Raise your hand if you're over the whole "snow day" thing yet. *Raises Hand*
These snow days are killing me. It's not the weather or the lack of mobility, it's the closing of schools that is making me tear my hair out in frustration. I LOVE my children, don't get me wrong, but we're all tired of the inside of our living room right now.
If I have to watch Dora fumble her way through another "adventure", I'm going to need serious therapy. Serious therapy.
My semester begins tomorrow, and with 5-6 snow days stolen from my calendar I am not as prepared as I would like to be. I changed books for my American Government class because I was just tired of the old one. That means tons of work. Ugg.
Before I depress us all, let's turn to a few reviews.
Tiny synopsis: Sam and Grace continue to fight the circumstances that threaten to tear them apart. Sam is no longer a wolf, but their love remains star-crossed. Grace is sick and nobody can figure out why. Sam has trouble adjusting to life as a human. Beck's new wolf recruits are turning out to be more than a handful.
I think the most alluring thing to me about the first book, Shiver, was Stiefvater's crisp prose. Her writing was so sharp, it felt like there was not a single extra word. I still think she's got it, but this one felt slightly less polished. I wonder how much of it has to do with expectations. You know how it is, your expectations about a book can ruin everything.
I wonder if I just put her up on such a pedestal, even she can't reach it anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if I have.
I thought Linger was charming, a good story, full of surprises, and well-written. The plotlines had a lot of twists and turns that I didn't anticipate. It ranks just below Shiver, though, for me.
Matched by Ally Condie
This is a stellar example of how expectations can alter your perceptions. I didn't know what this book was about until I started reading it. When I heard the title I assumed... tennis? When I saw the cover, I thought it was SF/F. When I dug in I was happily surprised to find it was a dystopian book.
Tiny synopsis: Cassia is thrilled to follow the rules. In her society, one is matched by the government to their perfect partner. It's just one step along the continuum of a precisely organized life. From birth to death the government manages your existence. When Cassia sees not only her match, but also a second person's face on her Matched disk, she begins to question everything.
I also thought the world was more nuanced. In Uglies, it's a lifetime of partying that awaits you once you've turned pretty. In Hunger Games, a lifetime of despair is the most you can hope for. In Matched, the world is highly orchestrated, to allow each individual just enough happiness to keep them from rebelling, but not enough to make any life unique. It was compelling, and like all dystopian tales, there are plenty of lessons about who has power and control in a society. Not to mention, Cassia's job is all about sorting. It sounded like a giant game of tetris. Though I am sure I'd get bored if that was my job, it would probably still be pretty awesome.
I am sure this will roll into a series. I will definitely read more.