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Monday, September 7, 2009

Nation and Confessions of a Serial Kisser Reviews

Nation by Terry Pratchett
Summary: Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne -- a girl from the other side of the glove -- is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives -- all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.

Review: This book took awhile to hook me. Honestly, with Percy Jackson calling me I really wanted to put it down. But once I pushed on, I started to get into the story a lot more. I really like Mau and Daphne. Their characters were really well done and their trouble at communicating since they speak different languages was funny and realistic. I got seriously annoyed with the gods though because they seemed to have a lot of demands that didn't make any sense and little in the way of help. Though I think that was part of them. Thinking back, I'm still not sure if I get it. I kind of liked the ending, but with Daphne leaving and going back to the mainland with her king father (seriously, how did 138 people die again?) it kind of ruined it. I wanted her to stay on the island with Mau... 6/10

Confessions of a Serial Kisser

Summary: The self-help book made it sound easy, but finding a crimson kisser in the halls of Larkmont High is proving even more difficult than Evengeline imagined. What seem like good kissing prospects turn out to be fish-lipped kissers, or misser kissers, or even worse --ear-lickers! Disgusting!

But Evangeline is not ready to give up. She really needs to believe in love right now. Or at least in the possibility for love. Or--oh, one good kiss isn't too much to ask for, is it?

Review: I really liked the voice in this book at the start. That being said, even voice couldn't make up for the fact that the majority of the book is her kissing random guys that she's not even dating. The teasing she goes through isn't half as bad as what it could've been. Though the middle seems to drag, the ending is great! I love the Princess Bride reference (I caught it!) and how it ends for everyone. The chapters for the story are kind of weird. There's over a hundred, but each of them is like two or three pages long. I didn't really mind, but it was just something I thought was interesting. 6.5/10

Okay, I'll be back in awhile with my CF review!

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