Cover art- 2/5 stars.
This doesn't appeal to me and I don't think that it really captures the feel of the book. I see why they did it, but I picture Evelyn much more pleasant looking, despite her vindictive tendencies. Perhaps if the book wasn't so great, this cover would please me. But with a book as engaging as this one, I think it deserves a more engaging cover. And yes, this is a little ridiculous, but there's no way Evelyn made THAT dress.
Book- 4/5 Stars
The Revenge Artist may leave some parents wary because of some of its content but let's get real: if your teenager, aka young adult reader, attends high school, they deal with all of this stuff in real life on a regular basis. TRA didn't sugar-coat high school. In fact, the reason I enjoyed it so much is that it managed to touch on all of the complexities that are being a teenager in today's society. School, friends, hormones, temptations, expectations from parents and teachers, wanting to be a good student but wanting to fit in and make friends. I found Evelyn to be a nice balance of irritating and sympathetic. Maybe that's because I saw myself in her.
But best of all, Philip Hoy did not disappoint us with an ending. No magical solution. No cop-out. Just honest teenager doing her best, coming clean, and guess what...that's all we want.
The Revenge Artist is an engaging read with some excellent morals particularly relevant to young adults today.
And it's also a modern-day The Crucible. But that's just a bonus.
This cover is nice. I prefer covers where the faces are obscured so that I can imagine whatever I want to based on the authors descriptions. This cover captures the mood of the book and tells a little of the plot as a hook.
Spark is a fun read because it captures much of the complexities of being a teenager (balancing sports, romance, family, friends) and adds in extra adventure with an extra-terrestrial. It's unpredictable and while it's not constantly engaging, it makes you think.
I found myself ping-ponging back and forth on who to trust in the book, and who to run away from. Gage does a nice job of drawing out suspense long enough for readers to form their own suspicions, but not so long that you stop caring. Though there are scenes that were not particularly related to the main plot, they were well written so I didn't find myself skipping over them too much.
Spark is well worth the visit as it is a new take on aliens and the ending will catch you off guard.
Cover: This cover is awesome. I find it easy to read. I love that you can't see her face. The color scheme matches the tone of the book. What shes' wearing makes sense for the story.
This book was good. 5/5 stars. Not 5+. It's not Harry Potter, but nothing is. I liked it. Great word building. Lack of purple prose but great descriptions. Fun character development. Some of the reveals at the end weren't my favorite, but it was engaging and creative and unpredictable.
It's a story of family love, budding romance, subversive adventure. I recommend it.
Let's talk covers. This cover is cool. It's interesting and not overwhelming and the concept isn't overdone. I'll say it now and I'll say it again, I ALWAYS judge a book by it's cover. So far as covers go, I give this 4/5 stars
Now the book. The meat. The story. I'm 40% done with this book and while the writing is really good, descriptive and visual, I'm afraid I have to stop for one simple reason: Too much swearing.
I can handle some language in my books, but my curiosity regarding the outcome of the story is outweighed by my discomfort.
Maybe I'll try to finish it later, meanwhile, I'm starting a new book.
Also, the POV switches are a little bit much, though I think POV changes tend to be that way, and all things considered LYNN does a fantastic job.
If swearing doesn't phase you and you like shape-shifter stories, you'll probably love this book. It's well-written and I just wish the language was a little toned down.
Disclaimer: I read an e-copy of this book. I hate reading e-copies in general so it's likely that had I been reading it in print, I would have 1- finished it and 2- liked it more.
This book shared some unfortunate parallels to Meyer's Twilight. That being said, I still think that YA would enjoy it. Adults who generally like YA....not so much. Jacinda is much more likable than Bella and Will actually has depth to his personality, but it's still Twilight with draki (dragons) instead of vampires and the female is the monster instead of the man. Love story between predator and prey....you know the drill. It's clean language, nice concept of people being dragons, and nothing age inappropriate for teens 14-18.
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