Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mini-Reviews



Twilight: The Graphic Novel
By Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
2010, Yen Press
Age Range: Readers, 12 & up
Overall Grade: B-

I'm not a big Twillight fan but I love graphic novels so I thought, why not? Young Kim's illustrations brought the story to life. The illustrations looked lifelike, and every picture was precise and beautiful. I especially loved Edward--the way he was drawn perfectly captured his character in the book. I think this novella would be improved if the pictures were all in color (the black-and-white graphics blurred into one blob after a while), and if the ending weren't so abrupt. I know that the whole book couldn't have been transferred into just one graphic novel, but this first volume only covered about a quarter of the book--there was no action whatsoever, and I think fans would be disappointed by the high price ($19.99) and lack of developed storyline. Unless you're a devoted Twilighter, than I think this one can be skipped--or, if you're interested, get it from the library. Check out a sample of the artwork here

By Micol Ostow
193 pages
Simon & Schuster, 2009
Age Range: 14 & up
Overall Grade: B+

GoldenGirl was definitely a light read: you've got the bitchy girls, the money, the secrets and scandals, the exclusive prep school...Imagine Gossip Girl with a bit more depth, less trash, and better writing. I've got to say, I love nearly everything Micol Ostow writes, and this was no exception--the blog format gave the book a fresh feel, and the drama kept me at the edge of my seat. I wouldn't recommend it if you were looking for a serious read, but lots of cattiness and secrets all the same add up to an entertaining, quick, can't-put-it-down-yet read.

by Karen Day
205 pages
Wendy Lamb Books, 2008
Age Range: 12 & up
Grade: A-

This book combines history and athletics and makes one perfect book for middle-grade readers. A must-have for any library, No Cream Puffs was full of girl power, and Madison herself was a spunky, relatable character. I loved all of the sports involved in this book--it has plenty of baseball action, but still appeals to girls. Plus, what a great cover!

By Susan McBride
304 pages
Delacorte Press, 2009
Age Range: 14 & up
Overall Grade: B-

More Deb drama is here! I liked the first book pretty well, and this book brought all the old favorites back with more drama, revenge, Texan accents, and poofy gowns. While it wasn't too serious of a read, it was still a little toofluffy for my taste. This may appeal to some girls, but the mean-girliness and catfights were over the top for me. Still, I definitely want to see more of Susan McBride in the YA genre--the quality of the writing was great!

5 comments:

Flo said...

i'm a Twilight fan but still i agree, $19,99 is definitely too much for what we got.but i might buy it anyway since the illustrations are just beautiful.
Love the No Cream Puffs cover! 8)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fun minis. I've been reallly tempted to pick up the Twilight graphic novel. It just looks so pretty.

Lauren said...

Woah, I can't belive how expensive the Twilgiht Graphic Novel is! Anyway, Golden Girl as well as No Cream Puffs (I've never heard of that one before) sound good! I'll have to check them out some time.

Callie said...

I'm not a big Twilight fan either, but I'm reading this graphic novel now. And about the Daughters, I'm sure you know that it's to be released May 1st, but Amazon has it in stock already!!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I really didn't think the graphic novel was that great. I looked at the copy we got in at the library and I wasn't impressed.