2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time.

The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

I read this in a few hours. I thought it was gonna be more to it. Not to say i didn’t enjoy it, but … The message to live your life to the fullest is pretty hard not to miss.

It’s got a religious tone to it, which I don’t mind. But Sarah, the girl, I hated her character. I found myself willing my eyes and just being annoyed with her throughout the story. I couldn’t enjoy it too much bc I simply kept swearing at how dumb she was.

For me it ruined the whole purpose of the story, which is live in the moment as that’s what God wants for us.

All in all, my verdict is two out of five foxes for this book.

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2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

20316954Summary: Clay Jannon is hired at Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore, third shift. He meets all sorts of interesting characters, that all seem to be reading the same books. Secret societies, Google HQ, weird roommates that build insane dioramas, and a mystery that’s never been solved in centuries! They all culminate at the end, but will they solve the ancient riddle?

Thoughts: The beginning of the book was fantastic. I settled in, as I’d never read anything that happened at a bookstore. It had a promising start, what with the mood and mystery, but two-thirds of the way I was getting bored. There was nothing remotely sinister happening, other than the bad guy being slightly threatening. No sense of impending doom, or racing against the clock, nothing like that. At the end, it felt forced, and contrived. 

Kat, the extremely smart girl who ends up dating Clay, is a bit of a bore. She’s written as flightly and has an attitude towards people who don’t work at Google. The only time she’s really in the picture is right near the end.

If you enjoy mystery and secret societies, you may like this book! More suitable for younger readers, or people who don’t read as much. It’s relatively short and easy to read. 

All in all I give it two paws out of five. After reading it and thinking on it for a day, I wasn’t really impressed with it. It could have been so much better, but it fell short. 

 

Publishing information: 

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN 0374214913
Genre: Fiction/Mystery
2 out of 5, Reviews, Uncategorized

Review – Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must DieSummary: A girl gets swept up into a tornado and deposited into Oz. Only this isn’t the Oz she expects. She meets witches and they all tell her, Dorothy must die!

Thoughts: First book in a series. This was an interesting read. I have to admit, I disliked the movie and found it boring. I could never keep my attention on it. Dorothy seemed too good, too sweet! Seeing Dorothy in this light was satisfying! I enjoyed the backstory told through conversations to Amy, the main character. It gave it depth, even if it was a bit to swallow. The romance was off, too. A bit forced. I prefer no romance in my YA, as most of the time it’s not done properly.

My favourite character was Star, Amy’s rat that came along for the ride. Amy was rather bland compared to the other characters. Halfway through, I wasn’t too sure if I liked it or not. I’m still not sure. I’d recommend it to people that like story re-tellings dark and moody. I’m glad I read it. I’m not glad I bought it.

Two of three paws for this one, folks. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have.

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And just to give you a heads up, there’s some controversy regarding Full Fathom Five. Here it is! Because of this, I won’t be buying the rest of the series. It’s too bad, because a lot of the authors that are affiliated with Full Fathom Five will end up suffereing.

 

Publishing Information: 

Hardcover, 452 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062280678
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy