The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

87%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

Ugh, contradictions. The entire party seems convinced the hunters went straight for Aislynn, even when she points out that Elanor was attacked first. Then Rhys says Elanor likes Aislynn, when she's only ever been a bitch, the entire time.

 

Don't show me one thing and then tell another, authors. It gives me a headache.




81%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

OK this is weird now. It's like an entirely different book. Where did the wolf come from, and why is Aislynn doing housework rather than getting on with her suddenly new quest?




77%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

Still not really sure about this, new characters introduced this late in the narrative, the dream coming true, possible villains exposed but not their motivations or goals.

 

On the other hand, possible lesbians, so yay.

 

I think I've figured out my issue with this book. Apart from the dystopian/misogynist world of controlling women, I don't know what the central conflict is nor how the main character is going to 'overcome' it. It's just a series of events.




68%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

OK this is getting a bit weird now. I really hope the fairy godmother aspect somehow contributes to whatever the final conflict is, otherwise this whole book has been a waste of time.




SPOILER ALERT!

Brilliant book, TERRIBLE ENDING

Get Even - Gretchen McNeil

Four school girls with nothing in common are secretly a vigilante group known only as DGM: Don’t Get Mad. They retaliate against bullies, but when their latest target is murdered before they can humiliate him and DGM is framed, they realise someone knows their identities, and is coming after them next unless they give themselves up.

 

Get Even should have been an amazing book. I stayed up until 3am reading it. I don’t even remember the last time I did that with a book. It SHOULD have been amazing because it was a thrilling mystery about four amazing, strong girls with nothing in common who worked as a fabulous team (seriously, put these girls in superhero costumes and they will KICK ASS), it had an incredibly diverse cast, the relationships were all organic and realistic, the plot was interesting, the mystery was mystifying, until… the final page. The VERY FINAL PAGE is where it all went to hell.

 

Why? How can one book, one which I was sure was going to end up a 5 star read, end up only 3 stars?

 

I’ll tell you why. There’s a little thing called GENRE CONVENTION. DO NOT FUCK WITH IT.

 

Let me ask you a question:

  • Is a romance without a happily ever after still a romance?
  •  Is a sci-fi without advanced technology and/or a futuristic setting still a sci-fi?
  •  Is a dystopian without the violent heroine starting a rebellion still a dystopian? (don’t answer that one, it’s tongue in cheek).
  •  Is a murder mystery without revealing the murderer still a mystery?

This book is a mystery. It’s a Young Adult Contemporary MYSTERY. There is a mystery. There is a murderer. There is a large cast of characters who are suspects, each with a great motive. There is Hidden Evidence, Inference Gaps, and Foreshadowing. It’s utterly thrilling. And if the book had actually revealed who the murderer was, I could say with certainty that there were a few red herrings.

 

Unfortunately the book ends before the denouement. The only reason I can think of why someone would do this is to extend the book into a series.

 

And I really fucking hate being bribed or suckered into reading a series.

 

I don’t mind cliffhangers. The characters could still have been hauled away. But leaving the biggest mystery unanswered really grind my fucking gears. Especially because I was so engrossed in this book that I stayed up until 3am reading that. Did I mention that? That’s because that NEVER HAPPENS. I feel betrayed by this ending. I feel personally fucking affronted. I’m not smart enough to figure out who the murderer is, and I was really, really looking forward to it being revealed.

 

BUT NO. I have to buy the NEXT BOOK to find out. Or maybe it’s a series-wide mystery and I need to read ALL THE BOOKS.

No. I need closure. I need satisfaction. Neither of which I got from this horrible, cash-grabbing ending.

 

I loved, I loved SO MUCH the multiple points of view. I loved the four protagonists. I loved their characters, their motivation, their chemistry together. I loved their friendship, their fighting, their wit. I loved the enormous cast of characters. I loved the sweet love interests for each girl and was rooting for all of them (even the spicy-scented, crooked-smiled cliché). I loved the villainy of the awful adult characters that demonstrated how authority cannot be trusted, especially in the case of bullies. I loved the use of Twelfth Night as the Shakepeare Play of the Book, and I especially loved it being mashed up with The Warriors because omg that fil is amazeballs has anyone else seen it? I loved getting a glimpse into American high school life because I have no idea what Leadership class is. Is there really a class that teaches teenager show to be leaders? That’s awesome.

 

But most of all, I loved the way this book made me feel, the way it kept e reading way past bedtime with my husband snoring beside me, eagerly flipping pages because I WAS DESPERATE TO KNOW WHO THE KILLER WAS.

 

I should have flipped to the end to find out that I WOULD NEVER KNOW.

3 stars for the ending alone.

 

Thanks to HarperCollins Children and Edelweiss for providing a free review copy for an honest review.




Negative online reviews are now protected by law in California

Nemo Says: This is important to me. I hope it spreads globally. When my in-laws came to visit for my wedding, they rented a house they weren't happy with. I won't go into the details, but they left a negative review on a travel website, and it culminated with the landlord making phone calls to physically threaten my mother in law and my husband and to threaten to sue. I reported him to the local police because he owns the house near where we live, and he knows our surname, so he could feasibly track us down, even though he doesn't live in the same country. All of this over one negative review! PROTECT THE REVIEWERS.

 

 

This is such great news! If a business tries to fine you over a negative review, California will give them a $10,000 fine right back.

 

If you’re a business owner with a thin skin in California, you’re about to have a bad time.

The state has had problems with businesses requiring customers to agree not to say anything negative about them online. But this week, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a state bill that cracks down on the controversial practice.

 

“No consumer should ever face penalties for voicing their opinions on the services or products they have purchased, and California law is now clear that no company has the ability to silence consumers,” Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), a sponsor of the bill, said in a statement.

 

Read full article: Negative online reviews are now protected by law in California

Source: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/california-non-disparage-online-review-law-yelp
Reblogged from Karlynp & The Doggone World



61%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

I think I'd like a little more plot than 'Aislynn can't do anything right.'




LonCon3 #21: Gender and Genre

Panellists: Francis KnightJenni HillMelanie FletcherJustin Landon

Are genres gendered? Truisms like “women don’t read science fiction” or “men hate romance” abound, but to what extent do these sorts of assumptions determine what we see on the shelves? How have certain sub-genres become strongly associated with writers (and readers) of a single gender? What are the difficulties faced by a writer trying to work in a (sub)genre traditionally associated with a gender other than their own? What role(s) can publishers and booksellers play in creating, reinforcing, or challenging such bias?

Continue reading 

Source: http://literaryames.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/loncon3-21-gender-and-genre
Reblogged from Literary Ames



29% 40% 53%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

29%

Absolutely loving all the references to other fairy tales, but it's still managing to be wholly original. Still mad at this horrible society. Suspect bad guy might not be BAD guy.

 

40%

All the advisors seem like creepy pedos. Also I wonder if there is the possibility for a lesbian romance or if we will be stuck with the usual hetero.

 

52%

I find a parallel between girls being innocent virgins until they lose their virginity and then are expected to become instant porn stars, and these maidens not using magic until they are fairy godmothers and are expected to be experts at it with no training.




12% My worst nightmare combined with my favourite elements

Stray - Elissa Sussman

I've always wanted to read about a princess at a boarding school, but this is so misogynistic it's making me anxious. There's a lot of worldbuilding and jargon to take in but basically women are to be feared and controlled because they are both stupid and dangerous, and to be blamed for everything. It's scary.




Flawed but highly enjoyable

The Rapunzel Dilemma - Jennifer Kloester

Lily’s scored a rare audition to get into the London Drama Academy, the school of her dreams, but there are a few problems: she’s only there on probation for one term, her dad wants her to quit acting to learn ‘the family business’, and everyone thinks she’s there just because she’s a rich bitch, not because she’s talented, and someone in particular doesn’t want her there and is out to sabotage her every move. Oh, and there’s a cute mysterious boy with mysterious secrets who mysteriously is drawn to her and talks about mysterious things all teenagers talk about like the meaning of desire because he’s like so totally deep and mysterious.

 

I’ve always liked boarding school stories, but The Rapunzel Dilemma made me realise how much I love performing school stories as well. In Adi Rule’s Strange Sweet Song, Rule made up an entire opera for the school to perform. In The Rapunzel Dilemma, Jennifer Kloester falls back on something that requires much less work and picks a play in the public domain: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I did however love the references to classic school plays like The Crucible. However, I actually did attend a performing arts school, and I actually was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and almost nothing the teachers taught the students resembled anything at all I might recognise from my days learning the craft. The teachers kept banging on about the students having to appear ‘otherworldly’ and ‘wise’ and a whole bunch of concepts that they kept yelling to their students about but not actually teaching them how to represent said concepts (physically, emotionally). At one point Lily is accused of appearing shallow and naïve whilst reciting lines, but there was absolutely no improvements offered.

 

I sure felt sorry for those kids because they didn’t have much guidance at all, and coupled with this weird need to workshop and rehearse the play as different characters before they are even cast, I didn’t find much in common with the performance aspect. In that respect, Adi’s Strange Sweet Song really outshined The Rapunzel Dilemma because Rule really got into the head of the performing student in a way Kloester didn’t. I will however say that I was glad that the role Lily was eventually offered was not one of the traditional roles, even if it appeared a little Mary-Sue-ish. It would have suited me just fine if she’d been cast in the most difficult part, and I think it would have added extra conflict as well.

 

I didn’t particularly like Lily as a character, because she was a whiny self-indulgent privileged brat who outright refused to accept that her wealth and privilege had given her a shot at the school that other students didn’t have. I certainly don’t think she deserved the horrible things that happened to her, and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book hoping she’d get out unscathed and figure out who was behind the horrible pranks. But Lily never quite warmed up to me, and neither did the love interest, which was easily spotted from a mile off. They simply had no spark together, no chemistry. It was practically a paint by numbers romance, and I was much more interested in the other aspects of the book.

 

However Lily’s friendship with Angel was darling to watch, even if they weren’t on page together, and Lily’s tentative friendship with several of the other characters was also nice to watch develop, especially because someone was sabotaging her and making her life hell. I liked watching the dynamics between Lily’s three room mates and every single character in the novel had their own personality and motivation, which was brilliant to see.

 

I wouldn’t necessarily say that The Rapunzel Dilemma is a modern retelling of Rapunzel, but more takes inspiration from certain aspects. Lily has long hair and she shuts herself in a tower to hide away from the other students. I did like seeing the classic Rapunzel elements brought the life in this way, especially at the climax where I was practically hyperventilating with anxiety only to see the most perfect use of the fairy tale trope found in the original tale.

 

I also need to add that The Rapunzel Dilemma is being promoted as a ‘companion novel’ to The Cinderella Moment, but I was often lost and confused about all of the events and characters obviously explored in the first novel. I’d recommend reading The Cinderella Moment first, and I think I’ll track it down so I can make more sense of The Rapunzel Dilemma. They should be first and second in a series, not companion novels.

 

However all of that being said the book was brilliantly written and it certainly didn’t stop me from really enjoying it and every aspect, even if I found the performing stuff weird, Lily unlikeable and the romance lukewarm. If you’re interested in performance school stories or quirky interpretations of fairy tales, then I’d really recommend The Rapunzel Dilemma because I just wanted to keep reading it despite its obvious flaws.

 

Thanks to Penguin Australia and Netgalley for providing a free review copy for an honest review.




All my updates - but read the final one!

Get Even - Gretchen McNeil

because I read this is one sitting and finished at 3am.

 

5%

New boy. Spicy scent. Crooked smile. Can spot these love interests from a mile off. Can we get a bit more original please?

 

11%

In this novel the Shakespeare reference is Twelfth Night. LOL.

 

21%

These girls are amazing! What a team! In other ponderings, I understand why everyone swoons over Olivia in Twelfth Night, but Viola is a much better role, especially if Orsino and Sebastian are hotties.

 

33%

"Thanks!" Logan said. "I watched the movie last night. The one with Ghandi and the chick that's married to Tim Burton. It was awesome!"

 

ROFLMAO right now. I can't even. This is awesomesauce. I love that movie too.

 

38%

Yes, I dig The Warriors! 'Come out to play!'

 

It's like the author looked into my soul and stole all of my secret weird nerdy secrets to plaster them all in this book.

 

53%

This book is most excellent and I'm really enjoying it and I have absolutely no idea who the creepy murderer stalker is.

 

93%

Can't stop reading this book is so addictive it's 3am and i need sleep send help.

 

FINISHED:

What? WHAT??! You cannot end it like that. I did not stay up until 3am reading this to be cheated out of a real ending! This is not an acceptable cliffhanger!! This is no way to treat an audience! Do you see Agatha Christie ignoring the denouement?!

'Don't Get Mad'?

I'M FUCKING LIVID BECAUSE OTHER THAN THAT SHITTASTIC ENDING THIS BOOK WAS AMAZEBALLS. AND I WILL NOT BE FORCED IN TO READING A SERIES. SERIOUSLY. FUCK THAT AND FUCK THIS BOOK.

Review to come. Maybe. Maybe I won't write a complete review because this wasn't a complete book.

 




68% and 93%

The Rapunzel Dilemma - Jennifer Kloester

68%

I don't care about this romance, I just want to know who the bad guy is and see them appropriately punished!

 

93%

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD *hyperventilates* In other news, the bad guy was who I thought it was.

 

FINISHED:

 

Most excellent. I feel like I've been on this wonderful streak of 5 star books recently.

Review to come.




50%

The Rapunzel Dilemma - Jennifer Kloester

LILY: Oh, Ronan, I don't know you at all and you're so mysterious and different from anyone I've ever known and I just know I can tell you anything!

 

RONAN: Oh Lily, I'm a brooding bad boy so I can only drop hints about being attracted to you!

 

God this romance is BAD.

 

But the awesome part is the horrific bullying going on. Genuinely stressed out for Lily when she's being wrongfully accused.




Received an email 5 September

(this was from a publicist, NOT an author)

 

"I hope you will consider reviewing the book timed to the September 9th publication"

 

Listen lady, I can't drop everything to review your book. I have actual spreadsheets dedicated to keeping track of my reviewing, a colour-coded calendar which, by the way, is FULL for all of September (except a couple of Sundays), 20 ARCs that I owe reviews on, shelves groaning under the weight of books I've purchased for my own pleasure waiting to be read...

 

And you think I can drop everything to read and review a book in four days?




35%

The Rapunzel Dilemma - Jennifer Kloester

Now they're doing A Midsummer Night's Dream! Which is perfect, because I know it backwards. Lily NEEDS to be cast as Bottom. it's the most horrible role EVER.

 

Also, a quibble. Apparently they're going to read and rehearse and dissect and walk though the play BEFORE casting? Because apparently that's what 'amateur' productions do?

 

UM NO. I've been in HEAPS of amateur productions and they always hold auditions first.

 

Just my luck, I bet Lily is cast as Titania or Helena. The boring roles! Hermia is much more interesting. And I bet they don't gender swap anyone! And whoever Lily is cast as, Ronan will be opposite her! BECAUSE FORCED ROMANCE.




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