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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book dust

*The format in which I do my reviews has recently changed, I now review 2-4 books at a time*

'I wonder what she would've said if I'd told her all the parts the report left out, like how I'd woken up that morning and pulled that sock out of my draw and filled it, one after the other, with the D batteries I'd bought the last time I visited my dad in the city. But there was no way. There was just no way I'd ever tell anyone what really went down that day...' Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn't have that much going for him. He's teased about his weight. He hates the suburb his mum moved them to so she could go to nursing school and start her life over. He wishes he still lived with his dad in New York City - where there's always something happening, even if his dad doesn't have much time for him. Still that's not why he beat up Maurice in the playground. Now his school is forcing him to talk to some out-of-touch lady therapist, as though she could ever fix him - as though she could ever figure out the truth. No, Butterball's lips are sealed about what happened that day. But some tales can't help being told. And this is one of them. 

I brought Playground by 50 Cent to my French class to read while other students did some oral presentations. My classmates are no strangers to the fact that I almost always have a book with me, no matter what class I'm going to.  A few people may take interest in this, but the majority just exclaim at how much I read. Schmurr. But things were different with Playground.  I'll let you guess, notice how the name 50 Cent is larger than the title of the book?  Immediately after seeing the book, people (mostly boys) crowded around me desk
 "50 wrote a book?"
"Yo, is it good?"
"Can I read it?"
That was honestly a first, people (boys) were fighting to read my book! Ha!  I think 50 Cent just solved the illiteracy problem.
The book is definitely geared towards a younger age group (and mostly to the male gender), but I accepted to read it because I was curious. Using a younger perspective, this book was good. It was something I can imagine a 7th grader boy reading, and enjoying. It was honest, realistic, and inspiring. Simple as that.  Young boys, and guys my age who don't read much, this one's for you! You'll like Butterball, you'll like Playground (and I already know you like Fiddy).

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.  Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.  But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

Looking back at when I reviewed Abandon by Meg Cabot (here) I wasn't very invested in the plot, characters, or anything concerning  the book really, although I was open to reading the sequel, which has brought me here, to Underworld. Underworld is different, much more different than Abandon. Pierce and John's relationship is still one I can't fully understand, but it develops and changes when they are faced with a certain... dilemma (or well, a few dilemmas). Although the plot doesn't move very far in this book, I liked it much more than Abandon. New characters (which I liked much more than the characters in Abandon) are introduced. John's history, and how exactly he was appointed the role of death deity is revealed (well a liiiiittle bit).  These books are for the young girls searching for the adventure/ROMANCE (hint hint) stories, do not think that this is a hardcore modern mythology story (if you're looking for that, please direct yourself to the Percy Jackson series, I do not care how old you are) although the series is getting a bit chunkier in the plot department, especially with the next book.  I am anticipating a third instalment which this time, I'd be delighted to read.


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