Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Recommendations #34

This is a (sometimes) weekly feature, where I get to go all fannish about two randomly-picked favvies (which may not actually be favorites, but got a rating of 3 or more strawberries) that I would recommend to friends!

Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: mystery
Part of a Series: All the Wrong Questions (#1)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girls and boys, ten and up, fans of Snicket books and other like-books, such as The Mysterious Benedict Society. Snicketeers of all ages - including adults! - will also really enjoy this. Especially since it hints at giving us some answers!

Why I Liked It:

I'm a lifelong Snicketeer! I was even mistaken for Lemony Snicket on a ASOUE forum (long story, that, but was it was awesome). So of course I read - and loved - this companion-series to A Series of Unfortunate Events. It takes place in the same world, but it is told from Snicket's point of view, when he's a twelve-year-old kid. I miss Brett Helquist's illustrations, but I thoroughly enjoyed once again going back into the bizarre world of Lemony Snicket and V.F.D. - and quite possibly getting some answers concerning the sugar bowl; maybe even find out when Snicket met Beatrice!

Author: Kate Kae Myers
Genre: mystery, thriller
Part of a Series: No
Rating: 4 out of 5
Who'll Like It: Girl-and-guy read, sixteen-and-up. Anyone looking for a fun supernatural thriller that keeps you wondering the whole time and offers a few scares will enjoy this. If you're not reading for the writing style, even better!

Why I Liked It:

You know, this is one of those books that I can't totally peg why I liked it so much. The characters were good, the romance not at all rushed or in the way, and it was spooky and definitely kept me interested all the way to the end. The writing wasn't the best - not even close - but I still really enjoyed it. Did it deserve a 4-strawberry rating? Maybe not. But it suited my mood, and probably the next time I read it, I might think it's more of a 3-strawberry rating. In any case, it's a great summer thrill novel - or October. Perfect for both seasons!

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