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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa YeeWonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
Series: DC Super Hero Girls,
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on 01 March 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Fantasy, Friendship, Middle Grade, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Metropolis // Paradise Island

First Line(s): It was barely the third week of school, and already someone had been expelled.

WONDER WOMAN AT SUPER HERO HIGH by Lisa Yee is the start of a new middle grade series set at the fictional Super Hero High in Metropolis. This is the school where all the young super heroes go to learn how to use their powers and how to be a super hero. Or maybe not as not all those who go to this school have good intentions in mind. Wonder Woman is a total fish out of water when she starts at Super Hero High having been home schooled and fairly sheltered on Paradise Island by her mother. She knows of the outside world but she misses a lot of social queues and doesn’t always get the joke. She’s a very literal girl and so this makes her a tad bit socially awkward and that is part of what makes Wonder Woman, or Wondy as she begins to be called, a relatable character.

Going to a new school is always hard be it a transfer in, a move from home school to public, or even going from middle school to high school. Its easy to get overwhelmed at times or to sign up for too much. Not to mention all the pitfalls of making new friends (or enemies as the case may be) along with being part of the social media generation. Wondy learns all of these things, often at a comical expense throughout the course of WONDER WOMAN. Her roommate runs HQTV (aka Harley Quinn TV YouTube channel) and so often captures Wondy’s mishaps along with her fellow students much to Wondy’s embarrassment but its something she learns to deal with and become aware of. To think before she acts because you never know who may be watching and to learn to accept that she can’t be perfect all of the time.

Wondy is a bit naive at times and that wasn’t always the easiest things for me to read as an adult but I think that this is something that will really help her appeal to a younger reader.  Wondy is also filled with so much heart and dedication to do well and to be the best friend she can be. She’s the sort of girl who wants to be the best at everything and to win all the awards but she’s also humble enough to know when to share the spotlight with someone else. Even if doing so means sacrificing something else.

There were times when WONDER WOMAN made me laugh at loud, usually at something Harley Quinn said, and times where it made me cringe. I loved all the various characters that were incorporated into this story along with the superhero triathalon. I liked how this was a girl power dominated story in a universe that is typically overshadowed by boys. I thought that the mystery element was a little weak, choppy and highly underdeveloped but that is probably not something that will bother younger readers. But will also help in teaching them the impoartance of making assumptions and why that isn’t always a good thing. There are a lot of great teachable moments in WONDER WOMAN and its a book that I look forward to sharing with my niece as I think she’ll like it a lot.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees BrennanUnspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: Lynburn Legacy,
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on 11 September 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 370
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
three-stars

 

Place(s) Traveled to: Sorry-in-the-Vale, England

First Line(s): Every town in England has a story.

The Lynburn Legacy Series Order
Book 0.25: The Spring Before I Met You
Book 0.5: The Summer Before I Met You
Book 1: Unspoken
Book 2: Untold
Book 3: Unbroken (2014)

Regular readers of my blog know that I love love loved Sarah Rees Brennan’s debut series, The Demon’s Lexicon, and I was really looking forward to her newest one The Lynburn Legacy. When I first read the premise of Unspoken I was excited for the possibilities of it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. When I did, I found that it took me forever to read. While I couldn’t put down The Demon’s Lexicon it seemed as though I didn’t want to pick up Unspoken. I enjoyed the beginning, the mystery of it all but I found it really hard to connect with any of the characters.

I found that Unspoken was filled with dialogue and seemed to lack world building. I never got a real sense of the world, the town of Sorry-in-the-Vale or its concepts of magic. What I got was a lot of talk and it just all seemed so forced. Kami was supposed to be this strong, snarky character and while she started off as cute and quirky by the end I felt the opposite. It just seemed as though Brennan was trying too hard to make Kami and her friends funny and as a result the opposite happened.

I also never felt the connection between Jared and Kami and never understood how they could end up as a couple as they never seemed to like each other much. And the other characters were just charactures of personality and were ultimately very forgettable. The characters weren’t the only things forgettable about this story but the plot was well. I recall that Kami did some stupid things and ended up in trouble but there was no big build, no climax, and before I knew it the book was over.

For me, Unspoken, was forgettable and that makes me sad as I so wanted to love it. At this time I am unsure if I will read Untold though I did just acquire a copy thanks to a wonderful Indie bookstore. I am curious about where Unspoken might go and hopeful that the story will get better as it progresses. But I am in no rush to get this one read. What about you readers, have you read Untold? What did you think of it? Is it better than Unspoken and more importantly…do you think I will like it?

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