Quick Takes #1

Golden, Gallagher Girls #1 & #2, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure, and The Shadow Cats

I’m going to write some quicker-than-normal reviews regarding several books.  Some of these are shorter than my normal book, some of these I might just not have as much to say about, and…I might just have way too many books in my read-but-not-yet-reviewed queue.

Golden by Cameron Dokey

How It Made Me Feel:

I love fairy tale retellings, when done well, and Golden hits all the right notes.  Engaging voice, unique take on the old tale of Rapunzel, sweet and romantic, but with a twist.

Gallagher Girls #1 & #2 by Ally Carter

How They Made Me Feel:

Please ignore the hideous covers.  If you’re looking for deep, layered fiction that you will ponder the meaning of for weeks, these stories about a training school for female spies are not your books.  But they are like delicious cotton candy: fun and quick to read, light as a feather.

The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen by M.T. Anderson

How It Made Me Feel:

This book (and its prequel) had me giggling out loud approximately once per page; these stories about three young teens who are the most clever people around (and strange and weird things always seem to happen to them) are extremely clever and sarcastic and just downright hilarious.  The thing that is so wonderful about M.T. Anderson is how versatile he is, considering that his other books that I’ve read have made me both Think Deep Thoughts and cry.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston

How It Made Me Feel:

The format (scrapbook-y, with period illustrations) helped me feel as though I was in the time period with Frankie.  The story was a coming-of-age, fairly standard for the type aimed at adults, but the illustrations really made it for me.

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans

How It Made Me Feel:

Extremely clever and sweet, a great mystery, fun characters.  Stuart Horten discovers that his family’s hometown holds many secrets, chief of which is what happened to his great-uncle.  Basically, what you might expect from that delightful cover.

The Shadow Cats by Rae Carson

How It Made Me Feel:

Well, it’s part of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series, so even though it was a prequel and too short (it’s a digital-only novella), it’s still Twue Wuv.

Disclosure:

Borrowed all of them except for The Shadow Cats, which I bought.

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