Two Book Blog

Well, I haven’t been all that faithful to my Friday blog, now have I? Things have just gotten in the way! Important things, mind you, but still distracting.

Yet I have had time to read a few things. Two of which I thought I’d share today.

First was a Marissa Meyer’s Young Adult novel, Cinder, a quirky twist on the old Cinderella tale.

I picked up a signed copy at the Teen Con Book. Got it signed and everything! Which means it’ll be gifted to a niece at Christmas (gently read, mind you).

In Cinder, you still have your evil step-mother who hates her. And you still have her two step-sisters. Although one of them is really not awful! She actually likes Cinder. But, unlike the real Cinderella, Cinder is a sixteen year old cyborg working as a mechanic in New Beijing where her best friend is a robot. And here, there’s a deadly plague that’s threatening to devastate the population (enter the time crunch factor).

It’s an interesting and creative fairy tale retelling. Which seems to be a popular thing these days. My husband and I were treated to a showing of Mirror, Mirror while visiting the SFA campus for orientation a couple weeks ago (yes, my baby is off to college in another month! Yikes — empty nesters!) Anyway, Mirror, Mirror stuck to the main premise of the original more than Cinder did.

I still enjoyed it. Enjoyed them both really.

Ah, but I digress. This is about two books! Not movies that are (or are not) like them!

So second up is Gayle Forman’s Where She Went, sequel to If I Stay.

I’d read the first book a while back but still remember how much I liked it. How much I appreciated Forman’s command of music lingo, both rock and classical. Not to mention near death experiences and hospital protocol. If I Stay was hard to put down.

I wish I could say the same for Where She Went. Forman wrote it from the perspective of Mia’s boyfriend, Adam, the guy who wanted her to stay when she was almost killed in book one. For reasons I won’t go into here, he was not a very pleasant person to be around. It took me a long time to actually like Adam. Almost half the book really. But I have to admit, it was Forman’s writing that kept me going. She got his angst tuned as tightly as his guitar was! And I’m so very glad I stuck with it! I loved how she ended things up. And again, I loved her command of music, both rock and classical.

It was well worth the read! And if you find that you don’t like Adam in the beginning, give him some time! He’s been through a lot of stuff that you’ll learn about later.

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