I'm not much of a book reviewer...but I thought it might help me to analyze why I like some books. Maybe I can figure out how to be a better writer this way. I'm a fan of reading books--especially for learning how to write, but mostly for enjoying life and words--so now let's see if I really do learn anything from it.
I started a series called The Books of Elsewhere by Jaqueline West. I did this only because the editor of said books came to a workshop I attended and we were asked to read it before the conference so we could see how the process of editing the book went.
I fell in love with the first book. This is why:
-clever and fun premise
-great characters: Olive is wonderful, but I'm particularly fond of the cats--most particularly Harvey.
-easy to read, and by that I mean it wasn't wordy and didn't have too many ly words...also, it seemed to flow rather well and I just kept turning the pages.
I got lucky and won the ARC of the second book which I also loved mostly for the same reasons.
Overall I have two major frustrations:
1. All the cats were boys...this is okay except one of them was calico--almost ALL calicos are female with the exception of some weird-gened males, but it's very rare.
2. The end of the second book was a total cliff-hanger and the third book isn't out yet!!!
Now I'm just waiting for the next one to come out (this July!).
oh, and check out this website--it's so clever and fun!