Friday, July 3, 2009

Perfect You

Title: Perfect You
Author: Elizabeth Scott
I.S.B.N.: 978-1-4169-5355-5

I’d had this book on my Amazon wish list forever and a day, but had just never bothered ordering it; there was always something else that I wanted more than it, so, when I was on holidays in Easter of this year, I came across it in Borders so I decided to buy it. I was really shocked when I read it by how much I liked it! It took me utterly by surprise, it was so different to those typical ‘oh woe is me; my parents are splitting up/best friend is ignoring me/guy I like hates/hearts me type novel even though it includes all these topics.. I’ve recommended it to all my friends and I’ve passed my copy to four different people, all of whom had the same opinion of it as me, a teen romance with a difference.

Kate Brown is your average teenager. She is a good student, good not great, she’s normal looking, i.e. not grossly disfigured, and is not a complete and utter loser, though has no best friend due to unfortunate circumstances involving a summer in Maine and a dramatic weight loss. I like Kate because she is not one of those typical Mary-Sue characters, you know the ones; drop dead gorgeous with a weird name (Raven, Ever etc.) but is sadly a misunderstood loner for some unknown reason. Kate reacts to situations the way I would often react to them myself which makes her so much more relatable.

This book has many laugh out loud bits, mostly involving Kate’s Dad and his seemingly endless supply of Perfect You vitamins, but it also has bits that will have you near tears (note I say near as opposed to in tears, this isn’t a sad book). The romance angle of this book is done very well though ever so slightly predictable though there are a few good twists thrown in. Through the course of the book we see Kate and Will, the guy who sits in front of her in biology, go from making out alongside the trashcans behind the mall to an actual relationship. Kate seems to be the only one who is oblivious to how he feels about her (aren’t they always?).
Overall a good girly summer read, though a tad predictable at parts.

Rating: 7/10

The Kiss of Life

Title: The Kiss of Life

Author: Daniel Waters

I.S.B.N.: 978-1-84738-397-6

The Kiss of Life is the sequel to Generation Dead by Daniel Waters. I read the first book back in November and totally loved it, so when I heard there was a sequel in the works needless to say I was ecstatic. Unfortunately for me I only got my hands on the book today (i.e. July 3rd) because I live in Ireland and had to wait for it to reach bookshops here, because being only sixteen, I have no credit card of my own to order it off the web. I was delighted to find all teen books at my local bookshop were 20% off so got the book for €6.39 when it was finally released here. I loved the cover of the book and thought that the black cover suited the theme (i.e. death and returning to life), plus the purple flower was really cool! (BTW, for American readers, this is the European cover!)

Chapter one opens inside Adam’s head. At first I found the format Adam’s chapters are written in hard to follow but it just makes you understand the character’s patterns of thought all the better. Adam has not come back as fully as Tommy or Karen and finds it difficult to function but, luckily for him, Phoebe sticks with him. I was pleasantly surprised by how the STD, a.k.a. Adam’s stepfather Joe, treated Adam. I thought for sure he would be given the boot, but everyone in his family is much more accepting of him now that he is DB (differently biotic!) with the exception of his step-brother Jimmy.

Phoebe has realised how deeply in love Adam is/was with her, he jumped in front of a bullet to save her, where as her zombie boyfriend Tommy Williams did not. Bad news for all the Phoebe and Tommy shippers out there, but that ship seems to have crashed and burnt, with Phoebe lashing out at everyone’s favourite undead blogger. I myself wasn’t left in a sobbing fit by this, but I know a lot people who will be! One thing that annoyed me about Phoebe with this book was the fact that she mothered Adam a bit too much, so much that he had to tell her to back off a bit.

Tommy is not around much for this book, (I’m not going to totally spoil the book for all those who haven’t read it!) but he still plays a large role. Some of the other smaller characters are embellished such as Collette and Tak. Karen also really comes into her own in this book, though Karen was one of the main zombies in the last book, this book she becomes one of the main characters. She appears to be a major role model for all the zombie kids out there, even getting a job at the local mall where her employers don’t even know that she is dead (undead?), the book ended on a bit of a cliff hanger in regards to her!

I was not disappointed in the Kiss of Life though it did have an awful lot to live up to! But I know some people may be disappointed with this book because it wasn’t as action packed as the first in my opinion. This suited me fine seeing as I’m a hopeless romantic and thoroughly enjoyed the more romantic angle, but I know it may not appeal to everyone. All in all one of the better books I’ve read this year.

Rating: 9/10