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48 Hour Book Challenge, Update 1

June 4, 2011

I’m feeling too lazy to actually, you know, review what I’m reading, so you get random thoughts instead.

Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz, the 9th and final book in the Alex Rider series

  • Seriously? “Suddenly Alex had had enough. ‘Then why don’t you go and ——— yourself.’ He spat out the swear word.” (p. 229) Yes, it really reads “——— yourself.”
  • Holy ———, Smithers! Did not see that coming at all.
  • As usual, villains are caricatures, stereotypes. So I found it kind of disappointing that so much time is spent on them. Because what’s kept me reading this series is more the morality angle of using a fourteen, now fifteen, year old boy as a spy and the conflict between Alex’s desire for a normal life and his knowledge that working for MI6 is sometimes the best, if not the only, option to keep his country/world safe.
  • The ending worked for me. I thought it was fitting.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

  • Hmm, it wasn’t so much the change in tone from Cabot’s typical style that bothered me, but the structure. I mean, it started off like it was trying to be moody and atmospheric, but was merely confusing instead.
  • The first half of the book largely consisted of flashbacks. The events that happened seem like the kind of things that should be intriguing and interesting to read about, but having Pierce retell everything lessened the energy and suspense. Plus, so much happened *prior* to the start of the story and relatively little *during* the present time frame.
  • Actually reminded me of Kelley Armstrong’s The Gathering in its lack of story, though I enjoyed The Gathering a lot more.
  • Then the second half of the book was so dialogue-driven. As in worldbuilding infodump via dialogue.
  • Read the whole book, but don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series.

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

  • Aww, that was sweet.
  • Okay, maybe not entirely sweet, though there were definitely parts to which this descriptor applies. But overall, nicely entertaining, not too heavy, and romantic.
  • In some ways, the story was comfortably familiar while also including some twists I appreciated. As well as the nobility not having a clue about how commoners really live aspect.
  • I’ve seen some Shannon Hale comparisons, and I also think it’s comparable to Jessica Day George’s books. I already know which of my teens I’ll be recommending this to.

These were the only three books I began, and I finished all of them! That’s pretty rare for me, as I seem to have less patience with books these days and will quickly give up on ones that don’t work for me. So the 48 Hour Book Challenge is off to a great start for me. What about you?

Total reading and blogging time: 6 hours 45 minutes

Source of all three books: public library.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2011 3:47 am

    Great stuff! The False Princess is To Read queue (not for this 48 hours, but beyond that) and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. June 4, 2011 3:48 am

    That should be “The False Princess is in my To Read queue…” – I guess the (relative) lack of sleep/lots of reading is starting to get to me!

  3. June 4, 2011 4:45 am

    Yeah, I felt the same way about Abandon. I love Meg Cabot, but the flashback/lack of action kind of bugged me, ESPECIALLY because a lot was hinted at, but none of it really happened.

  4. June 4, 2011 9:35 am

    I really miss Cabot’s old stuff. I used to always look forward to a new Cabot release. Three books your doing very well.

  5. June 4, 2011 9:57 am

    You are definitely speedier than me. I’ve only finished one book, and it was one I was halfway through already. (In my defense, it was fairly long and complex: Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.)

    FALSE PRINCESS sounds like fun! I’ll have to look for that one.

  6. June 4, 2011 1:43 pm

    @Caroline – No worries, I knew what you meant. For some reason, I can’t comment on you blog, but I wanted to say two things. First, wow, you’ve done a lot of reading already! Great job! Second, I know what you mean about getting confused calculating time read. I had the exact same problem the first year I did this challenge. Since then, I’ve calculated everything only in minutes read (converted, say, 2 hours and 5 minutes to 125 minutes), added up all the minutes, then divided by 60. Or you could be like Maureen of Confessions of a Bibliovore and use the stopwatch function on your phone.

    @Reading (and Chickens) and @Doret – I actually liked the Airhead books (and The Mediator, and 1-800, and the first three Princess Diaries books), and I also thought Abandon would have had a lot of potential, plot-wise. Sigh. Oh well.

    @Sam – Can’t wait to read that! And my philosophy for the 48HBC is becoming, it’s not how much you read, it’s how much you enjoy what you’re reading.

  7. June 16, 2011 8:04 am

    Holy Smokes! You are a speedy reader. I am so happy to have found this blog because I am always wondering what book to pick up at the library. It’s nice to have a few recommendations (for good or bad) before I go! I think I will try out the False Princess book. Sounds like my style. Gotta love a bit of romance!

    • June 18, 2011 3:26 pm

      Hope you like The False Princess and thanks for commenting!


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