Monday, June 27, 2011

Cinderella, Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan

First, I have to say that overall, I loved this book. The reader can pick differing paths to reach the same end, but I ultimately read them all. Cinderella finds the magic the she has always possessed (literally) inside and also studies the way of the ninja on the insistence of her cat, Max. This all come in very handy when it comes to escaping her miserable life trapped (by her stepmother's magic) inside her home, made to do an incredible amount of work.

There is another book in this series: Sleeping Beauty, Vampire-Slayer. Try as I might, I could not get into this book. I am rather disappointed, after thoroughly enjoying Cinderella. It just seems very off-putting in tone.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Look At Flower by Robert Dunn

I just read this for LT's Early Reviewers. . . and I wanted to keep reading. I feel it ended rather abruptly in a sense, perhaps. As another reviewer has said, it also annoyed me that the story never returned to the "present", to get the main character's childrens' reactions to the story they never really knew about their mother and the year she ran away from home to join the "hippie world" in the mid to late 1960s. At first the story seems rather disjointed, perhaps because the point of view keeps changing (third vs first person, and past vs present), although I did get used to it fairly quickly. I liked, also, that Flower/Cynda also feels no need to get high like those around her, that she is confident enough to stick to it, too. Overall, it was a quick, interesting read.