March 9, 2011

Reading Journal February 2011 part 2

This is pretty funny. After I posted the last reading journal I went way back and checked some of my older posts. Ha ha, I already mentioned once I had read Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan. Oh well, I got a little more detailed this time.

At any rate, I remembered one other book I read awhile back, and thought I could add books for the remainder of February.

Saphyre Snow by Marcia Lynn McClure - I only gave this 2 of 5 stars. It was just o.k. for me. It is basically a retelling of Snow White with an added love story. Saphyre Snow is the princess whose step-grandmother tries to kill her. She runs for her life, but ends up in an abandoned fortress of some sort. There she discovers a band of misfit men. They let her stay and keep her safe while trying to figure out what her step grandmother is up to. They suspect the evil queen has a hand in the mysterious deaths of Saphyre's grandfather and mother and the illness of her father. Of course it is inevitable that Saphyre falls in love with one of the men, and he is the surliest one of them all.

Sabotaged (The Missing Book #3) by Margaret Peterson Haddix - This may contain spoilers from previous books. Jonah and Katherine are going back in time with Andrea, another of the missing children from history. Her true identity is Virginia Dare, the first baby born in the New England colony of Roanoke. When they arrive in the 17th century there is no trace of anyone, and they lost the elucidator (the only contact they had with the future and JB). The only thing they have to go on is a couple of tracer natives and Katherine's vague recall of what she learned in history class. They soon realize that they are following the instructions of a man called Second who they believe is trying to sabotage their mission.

I didn't enjoy this installment quite as much as I enjoyed the first two, but things got a little more exciting at the end. At the most it left me wondering what is going to happen in the next book. Which means eventually I will continue on with the series. I gave this book 3 of 5 stars.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous - This book is about a teenage girl circa 1970's. It is basically her diary; she talks about feelings of loneliness, weight issues, family troubles and being inadequate. During the story she goes to a party of a popular girl and finds out it was a drug party after she drinks a coke laced with LSD and goes on her first trip. This is the beginning of her life with drugs. This is an eye opening book that I believe can be a good talking point between teens and parents about drugs. I gave this book 5 of 5 stars.

Jane by April Lindner - This is a modern day retelling of Jane Eyre. Jane Moore becomes a nanny working for the famous rock star Nico Rathburn. A romance ensues with the suggestion of a mysterious past. Well, if you have read Jane Eyre then you pretty much know what happens after that. I thought this retelling was pretty straightforward. I liked it because it was like revisiting an old friend who'd had a makeover, but nothing to drastic. I also like this book because there are a million retellings of Pride and Prejudice, and this is the first I have ever encountered with Jane Eyre. I gave it 4 of 5 stars.



Rebecca Reid said...

fyi Go Ask Alice is a fictionalized novel.

Haiku Amy said...

Oh thanks Rebecca. I need someone to keep me informed. Either way I think it shares an important message about drugs. Thanks for reading.