Thursday, September 24, 2015

Another Kind of Hurricane by Tamara Ellis Smith: Review

RATING: 3/5 stars!
Author: Tamara Ellis Smith
Publisher: Schwartz and Wade
Source: Publisher
Release date: July 14th, 2015
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):

 In this stunning debut novel, two very different characters—a black boy who loses his home in Hurricane Katrina and a white boy in Vermont who loses his best friend in a tragic accident—come together to find healing. 
A hurricane, a tragic death, two boys, one marble. How they intertwine is at the heart of this beautiful, poignant book. When ten-year-old Zavion loses his home in Hurricane Katrina, he and his father are forced to flee to Baton Rouge. And when Henry, a ten-year-old boy in northern Vermont, tragically loses his best friend, Wayne, he flees to ravaged New Orleans to help with hurricane relief efforts—and to search for a marble that was in the pocket of a pair of jeans donated to the Red Cross. 
Rich with imagery and crackling with hope, this is the unforgettable story of how lives connect in unexpected, even magical, ways.
“In Smith’s poetic hands, this poignant story barrels across the pages and into the reader’s heart, reminding us that magic can arise from the deepest tragedy.” —Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor Award winner and two-time National Book Award Finalist


Thank you to Penguin Random House, who sent me this book in exchange for an honest review!

There were many things I liked about this book. The writing was absolutely gorgeous. It flowed so nicely, which made the book an extremely easy read. The beginning of the novel was very strong, and, like a rip tide, pulled you into the story. 

The current, sadly, was not strong enough to keep me though. 

After the beginning, the story lost its grip. I know it's supposed to be a story of coincidence, but it relied so heavily on this that I felt like it lost something. One thing led to another, and the story became so unbelievable that I almost had to put the book down. What should have taken me a day to read drew out into a week because the story became so bland and boring. No twists. No turns. Stuff just happened and it wasn't enough to keep me interested.

Overall, ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE was not a bad book. But, unless you are a die-hard middle grade fan, I would suggest skipping this one. 


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

On College and Reading Slumps

Hello everyone!

Sorry I have been so absent lately. I started my first year College back in August, and I have had so little time to do anything else besides do homework, study, and work for the past month. But what has kept me so absent before this?

A reading slump.

I have not experienced one of these for a long time. It all started when I read ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE by Tamara Ellis Smith. It was sent to me for review...and I just did not like it at all. It was so slow, and everything in the story was far too convenient for my taste. It took me forever to read, and after this book, I just lost all desire to read. I started INHUMAN by Kat Falls, hoping this book would pull me out of this slump, but I was not crazy about that book either. This takes me right up to when school started, and I started reading A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely love this book, but I have so little time now to read for enjoyment that it is making me crazy. But I'm hoping that as I get settled into my school routine more that I will have more time to read and review. Because I miss it. A lot. I know my posting has been sparse, and I really hope to get back into posting at least once a week instead of once a month like it has been :)

If anyone is still reading this blog, thank you so much! I adore each and every one of you. Sorry I have not been able to post more!!