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Old 05-30-2013, 07:54 AM   #1621
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After your review and threeboysmom review, now I'm not sure I want to read this anymore. I hate wasting my time on a book that's no good.
Aww, don't let us sway you! It's a very creative story, and it's only a little over 200 pages so it's not like you'd be investing a whole lot of time into it. I thought I gave it a good review - I just didn't like the ending... because it DIDN'T end, lol. But now that I know a sequel is planned, that explains it.

Just know that it's YA which is probably why the other reviewer called it amateurish. I find that's the case with every YA I read which is why I try not to read them on a regular basis.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #1622
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Well, I just did something I haven't done in years-I put a book down without finishing it. I was attempting to read "The Double Culture Safari Club" by Alexander McCall Smith (I'm not even sure I've got the name right), but it just wasn't for me. The way they talked, thought, the names-I just couldn't gt into it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:33 AM   #1623
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Just know that it's YA which is probably why the other reviewer called it amateurish. I find that's the case with every YA I read which is why I try not to read them on a regular basis.
As a YA author, I have to take exception to that! There are a lot of bad, amateurish books out there, YA AND Adult. It is a misconception that YA books are less complicated and easier to write, and that YA authors are just looking to "graduate" to writing for adults. I get it all the time... "When are you going to start writing REAL books?" I have written for adults in the past and find it to be much more challenging (yet interesting) to get into the mindset of a young person. If they're not for you, they're not for you, but please do not insinuate that all those writing it are amateurs. YAs are certainly a lot brighter than we give them credit for, too, and I think the books available to them now show that. Plus, I've done pretty well writing my "amateurish" books.

Not meaning to start a fight, you just struck a nerve with me.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:51 AM   #1624
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I would say... Read it.

The story itself is worth it to me.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #1625
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I finished HP7. Still listening to We Need to Talk About Kevin (I have a very short commute so it's going to take a while) and am reading Under the Dome. I'm about 30% through. I like the short chapters, IMO, that makes for faster reading.

After Under the Dome I think I'm going to read Buried My Heart at Wounded Knee or The Light Between the Oceans or Inferno.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:13 AM   #1626
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I finished HP7. Still listening to We Need to Talk About Kevin (I have a very short commute so it's going to take a while) and am reading Under the Dome. I'm about 30% through. I like the short chapters, IMO, that makes for faster reading.

After Under the Dome I think I'm going to read Buried My Heart at Wounded Knee or The Light Between the Oceans or Inferno.
I'm glad you said Under the Dome has shorter chapters. I'm not a huge SK fan and that is one of the reasons why. I find his chapters long.(At least the books I've tried)

I just started Zoo by James Patterson. It's the first one by that author that I have read and I am enjoying it! It has short chapters as well.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:08 AM   #1627
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I apologize if you folks have already discussed this book, but I was wondering if anyone has read this series (I believe there are 5 books in the series so far). It looks like fun!

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Aww, don't let us sway you! It's a very creative story, and it's only a little over 200 pages so it's not like you'd be investing a whole lot of time into it. I thought I gave it a good review - I just didn't like the ending... because it DIDN'T end, lol. But now that I know a sequel is planned, that explains it.

Just know that it's YA which is probably why the other reviewer called it amateurish. I find that's the case with every YA I read which is why I try not to read them on a regular basis.
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I would say... Read it.

The story itself is worth it to me.
Okay, okay ... I'll give it a try. I just hate getting all the way through a book to have it end badly, and normally I don't do series books, but if it's only 200 pages I can knock that out pretty quickly and move on if I don't like it.
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#38 Delirum by Lauren Oliver

Absolutely the best YA book I've read ever!
Set in an "alternate present" where love is considered a disease. To keep from being infected everyone has to be cured by some kind of procedure at age 18 (too dangerous before age 18). A few months before the actual procedure, the person has to go before a panel & be quizzed about "stuff". Based on the results, it is determined what kind of continuing education & job you will do & you are also matched with 4 choices of the opposite sex to marry.
Of course there are always dissenters who are called invalids & live in the wilds which is outside the borders of the USA.
I give this 5 stars. Going by the library tonight to pick up Pandemonium, the second in the series.
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#38 Delirum by Lauren Oliver

Absolutely the best YA book I've read ever!
Set in an "alternate present" where love is considered a disease. To keep from being infected everyone has to be cured by some kind of procedure at age 18 (too dangerous before age 18). A few months before the actual procedure, the person has to go before a panel & be quizzed about "stuff". Based on the results, it is determined what kind of continuing education & job you will do & you are also matched with 4 choices of the opposite sex to marry.
Of course there are always dissenters who are called invalids & live in the wilds which is outside the borders of the USA.
I give this 5 stars. Going by the library tonight to pick up Pandemonium, the second in the series.
Try to pick up BEFORE I FALL by the same author, too. It's like a cross between Mean Girls and Groundhog Day. I know a lot of people were disappointed by the last book in the DELIRIUM series, so I'd love to hear what you think!
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Try to pick up BEFORE I FALL by the same author, too. It's like a cross between Mean Girls and Groundhog Day. I know a lot of people were disappointed by the last book in the DELIRIUM series, so I'd love to hear what you think!
Will check to see if Before I Fall is available tonight also. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:01 AM   #1632
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As a YA author, I have to take exception to that! There are a lot of bad, amateurish books out there, YA AND Adult. It is a misconception that YA books are less complicated and easier to write, and that YA authors are just looking to "graduate" to writing for adults. I get it all the time... "When are you going to start writing REAL books?" I have written for adults in the past and find it to be much more challenging (yet interesting) to get into the mindset of a young person. If they're not for you, they're not for you, but please do not insinuate that all those writing it are amateurs. YAs are certainly a lot brighter than we give them credit for, too, and I think the books available to them now show that. Plus, I've done pretty well writing my "amateurish" books.

Not meaning to start a fight, you just struck a nerve with me.
Oh Ginny, I apologize! I had no intention of putting down YA authors or books when I said what I did. Perhaps "amateurish" was not the right word then. I certainly didn't mean that YA authors are amateurs!! I was trying to convey that the writing style is different in YA books than in adult books, and I'm not sure what word I could use to describe that, lol. I find that they ARE easier to READ and less complicated than most adult books (at least in my experience), which doesn't mean AT ALL that they are easier and less complicated to WRITE.

I've read plenty of YA books that I have LOVED (The Book Thief, Fault in our Stars, Hunger Games, Divergent, etc), and I continue to read them, just not on a regular basis - I like to mix it up and not get stuck in one particular genre.

I am sorry that I offended you in any way. That was certainly not my intention and I feel awful about it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:17 AM   #1633
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Oh Ginny, I apologize! I had no intention of putting down YA authors or books when I said what I did. Perhaps "amateurish" was not the right word then. I certainly didn't mean that YA authors are amateurs!! I was trying to convey that the writing style is different in YA books than in adult books, and I'm not sure what word I could use to describe that, lol. I find that they ARE easier to READ and less complicated than most adult books (at least in my experience), which doesn't mean AT ALL that they are easier and less complicated to WRITE.

I've read plenty of YA books that I have LOVED (The Book Thief, Fault in our Stars, Hunger Games, Divergent, etc), and I continue to read them, just not on a regular basis - I like to mix it up and not get stuck in one particular genre.

I am sorry that I offended you in any way. That was certainly not my intention and I feel awful about it.
Oh, please don't feel awful! I completely understand what you were trying to say.

It is true that up until very recently, YA books were simpler and easier to read. In fact even as late as when my first book was published in 2009, YA books were lighter, shorter, filled with slang, and "fluffy". But things have been evolving rapidly, and I doubt my first book would even sell now. After Twilight, YA became the hot genre, advances for these books were much higher than adult books, and every famous adult author thought they could get in on the boom-- so there has been a surge of quickly-published, bad, derivative books out there to capitalize on the trend. The industry is finally starting to contract and rein that in, focusing more on quality. Books are getting longer, more complex, more layered . . . and in fact, the type of book that sells now in the YA market is almost exactly the same in structure and verbiage as many adult books, except for one thing-- the main character is a young person.
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Oh I love most of his books. This one is the 11th in the #1 Detective Agency Series. I find his books filled with interesting characters, he doesn't shy away from tragedy but there is always humour and great human observations in his books. His books are often set in Scotland (where he lives) but he has spent time in Africa.

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As a YA author, I have to take exception to that! There are a lot of bad, amateurish books out there, YA AND Adult. It is a misconception that YA books are less complicated and easier to write, and that YA authors are just looking to "graduate" to writing for adults. I get it all the time... "When are you going to start writing REAL books?" I have written for adults in the past and find it to be much more challenging (yet interesting) to get into the mindset of a young person. If they're not for you, they're not for you, but please do not insinuate that all those writing it are amateurs. YAs are certainly a lot brighter than we give them credit for, too, and I think the books available to them now show that. Plus, I've done pretty well writing my "amateurish" books.

Not meaning to start a fight, you just struck a nerve with me.
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