Thursday, August 12, 2010

MIA

Sorry, gang. I will be MIA for a few more days (hence the fact that no reviews have been posted) because I am packing and moving to University of Evansville for my first year at college!

Just a heads up!

Reviews will come whenever I can get a handle on classes (18 hours...yikes) and newspaper, etc.
See you then!

Monday, August 2, 2010

And Then Everything Unraveled / And Then I Found Out The Truth

I am doing this series of two as a joint post.


And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman
Publication Date: July 1, 2009
Publisher: Point
Pages: 244
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher (thank you!)

Summary: When Delia Truesdale's mother, T.K., goes missing, everyone thinks she's dead. Well, everyone except Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia is s
till shipped off to New York City to live with her two aunts - one a downtown bohemian, the other an uptown ice queen. She also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding
her mother. As she delves deeper into a tangle of conspiracies and lies, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy ... and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.

The characters in this book were outstanding. Plain and simple. Charley, the bohemian aunt, was a delight with her secret love of 80's classics and ice cream for dinner. Patience, the other aunt, was very consistently uptight, and I was impressed with my ease to like her even though she was the strict one. Although I had a slight issue with a boy being named Quinn, I enjoyed his personality even more the farther I read in the books. I liked Delia, but she was just too normal of a main character for me to be able to love her and sympathize with her. Her genius friend Natalie, though highly unbelievable, proved to be funny by appearing whenever Delia needed an expert hacker the most.

While I enjoyed each character's distinct personality, I was not so fond of the plot. It was a good one; not too stereotypical but not too original. The only problem I encountered was the book split. This could have easily been one novel, without the boring beginning bit of the sequel explaining what happened in the first book. It was an unnecessary split, but did not cause so much distress as to make me hate the book.

I did enjoy the comedic feel of it. Even though Delia's mother went missing, her aunt Charley still finds time to be in an independent film and Delia worries about acting out Romeo and Juliet. It had a great feel and was the perfect light summer read.

And Then I Found Out the Truth by Jennifer Sturman
Publication Date: July 1, 2010
Publisher: Point
Pages: 272
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)