Micro-Reviews

by Jessica Anderson on October 4, 2012

in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews

Micro-Reviews
Divergent, by Veronica Roth [rating:4]
Fast-paced dystopian novel that I couldn’t put down.
Precious Bane, by Mary Webb [rating:5]
Odd but fascinating and romantic story of a girl on the frontier with a hare lip and a greedy, selfish brother.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy [rating:5]
Not quite as disturbing on a reread, but just as effective.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card [rating:4]
A watershed book for modern science fiction (and therefore interesting), but the ending was anti-climactic for me.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Audio) [rating:5]
As lovely and unforgettable on audio as it was in print.
Insurgent, by Veronica Roth [rating:3]
Not as good as Divergent.
Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos [rating:3]
I can’t remember much about this one except this: quirky and for kids.
Emma, by Jane Austen [rating:4]
I liked Emma, even if she is a bit of a spoiled brat for most of the book.
For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund [rating:4]
An interesting, science-fiction-y retelling of Persuasion where “Anne” is tougher but “Captain Wentworth” is meaner.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine (Audio) [rating:4]
An adorable retelling of Cinderella.
Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon & Dean Hale [rating:3]
A cute, fun, well-written, well-drawn, graphic novel, but the form is not for me.
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan [rating:4]
In Defense of Food boiled down to sixty-four pithy rules.  Handy, common sense rules.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Care October 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

That’s a bunch of books! Who read The Book Thief – do you recommend the narrator? I suppose I should read Ender’s Game one of these days…

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Jessica October 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I do recommend the narrator. He was really really good. Let me look up his name . . . Allan Corduner. Here’s a link to his Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/551119.Allan_Corduner

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Angie October 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Nice take on FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. That was sort of what I loved about it. Her toughness and his meanness. And the letters . . .

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Jessica October 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks, Angie. I really enjoyed your review of it – it’s what originally put it on my radar. And the letters were lovely.

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Jenny October 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Love the micro reviews. You’ve read a ton!

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Jessica October 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks! In one or two more books, I will break my personal best-year record. :)

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Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews October 5, 2012 at 2:24 am

Had not heard of Precious Bane before but does sound intriguing.

The Book Thief is just wonderful isn’t it.

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Jessica October 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

THE BOOK THIEF is delightful. And PRECIOUS BANE is little known but was loved by almost everyone in my book club.

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bermudaonion(Kathy) October 5, 2012 at 5:17 am

It looks like you’ve been doing so great reading lately. Precious Bane is a new title to me too.

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Jessica October 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thanks, Kathy. PRECIOUS BANE was new to me too, when my book club picked it.

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melissa @ 1lbr October 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

I love these micro-reviews! I wish I could write so little and say so much at once. My “mini” reviews tend to go on and on…

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Jessica October 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Thanks, Melissa. That’s so nice of you to say. But in some cases, it was all I could remember about the book because it was so long ago.

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Emily October 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Love the micro-reviews. Lots of good books in there, including one of my faves, Ella Enchanted. I’m normally not a huge fan of Cinderella stories, but I absolutely adore that book :)

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