Title: Run to You Part Two: Second Glance
Author: Clara Kensie
Length: 304 pages
Why I read it: Sequel
What it’s About: This is the continuing story of Tessa and Tristan Walker. Tessa has told Tristan her family’s secrets, and he’s told her his, but not all of them. Tessa soon finds herself questioning if she can trust Tristan or if his love was all an act.
The Good: This installment of the book was action packed. There were quiet moments too, but it was never boring. Every turn of the page, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to happen. It was a puzzle and I couldn’t wait to learn all of the secrets.
The Bad: Tessa. She was stupid. This book would have gotten a higher rating if it wasn’t for Tessa. I know she’s 16 and Tristan was her first love, and she didn’t want to have secrets from him, but she’d been told since she was eight years old that she had to lie to stay safe. I get why she did it, but she I feel that she was incredibly selfish to tell Tristan everything and put her whole family in danger.
Final Thoughts: While I did like this book, Tessa was a let down in terms of a main character.
Title: Run To You Part One: First Sight
Author: Clara Kensie
Length: 304 pages
Why I read it: Curiosity got me
What it’s About: Tessa Carson and her family are on the run from a man trying to murder them. Why? because they all, except Tessa, have special abilities. When Tessa and her family move to, yet another, new home, Tessa goes by the name Sarah Spencer. It isn’t until she meets Tristan Walker that her secret and her true identity are revealed.
The Good: This series reminds me of Heroes, big time. The characters either have abilities or they don’t and they are trying to bring down the people who are trying to capture the people who have abilities. The story itself is a relief from most YA trends of the moment, and it is a captivating concept. I especially loved reading about the different kinds of abilities people have. I also like the idea of a serialized series. The first book is comprised of three volumes, or parts, which is interesting.
The Bad: I read this book, and the other two parts two months ago, and nothing is really sticking with me. I can’t remember Tessa’s family, I can’t remember what their abilities are, and Tessa herself got on my nerves. I got so mad at her, we had some reader/character issues after a while. I know Tristan was her first love, but you’d think that after being on the run for eight years, she’d resist her impulse to tell him all her family’s secrets. And while I did love the concept, it would be nice to have a bit more… just more, I guess. Like Why does Tessa not have abilities? How did Tessa’s parents learn about their abilities? There was nothing that made any character stand out.
Final Thoughts: The reason I didn’t give this a lower rating is that I did like the book, and it has potential, so it deserves a medium rating. Hopefully some of the flaws in it will be mended with the next three parts.
Title: Dorothy must die
Author: Danielle Paige
Length: 452 pages
Why I read it: Seemed intriguing
What it’s About: Amy Gumm is swept from Kansas to Oz in a tornado, just like Dorothy Gale from Wizard of Oz. Only Amy’s version of Oz is vastly different from Dorothy’s, and it’s all because Dorothy has become a power hungry tyrant. Now it is up to Amy to save Oz and make it what it once was.
The Good: Since I first heard about this book I was itching to get my hands on it. I love the idea of Dorothy, the Tin man, the scarecrow, and the lion being evil. Amy herself was flawed, and rough around the edges, but I loved her. I also loved the fact that Paige wasn’t afraid to be gory. I love dystopian Oz.
The Bad: The lack of information. I know it’s the first book in the series, but I was hoping that as the book progressed, there would be more back story as to HOW exactly Dorothy became a corrupt power-hungry tyrant, and how the Beloved sidekicks became what they did. I’m hoping the second book explains a bit more.
Final Thoughts: I loved this concept. I do think that it could have been a great one off book instead of a series, but I also love that it there is going to be another book. Paige has the potential to build on something that is already good, and make it even better.
Title: The wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Length: 156 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Children’s, Adventure
Why I read it: Old childhood favorite
What it’s About: When Dorothy Gale’s house is swept up in a tonato, she lands in Oz, and beautiful, impossible land, but all she wants is to get home to Kansas. Along the way she meets The Scarecrow, who wishes for brains, The Tin Woodsman, who wishes for a heart, and The Cowardly Lion who wishes for courage.
The Good: This was one big nostalgia trip. I remember my mom reading this one to me when I was a little girl. I love the books, and the movie to this day, and couldn’t wait to reread this as an adult. I’m glad I did too, because it was like coming home to an old friend. Baum had a talent for making things come to life in a way that authors should have today. Reading about the tiny city made of china, and the glasses that made the emerald city appear to really be emerald, it felt like I was really there, and I was another of Dorothy’s companions.
The Bad: The reason I didn’t give this book a higher or perfect rating is due to the nightmare fodder. I’m talking about the part of the book I was either too young to give much thought to, or just blocked out. The Tin woodsman. His back story is horrific. Great. But horrific. He tells Dorothy, who is a little girl, the story of how the Wicked Witch of the East made him chop off his limbs and construct tin ones, just so he couldn’t marry the girl he loved….Wait, what? And this is a kids book?? Like I said, I didn’t notice it as a kid, but as an adult, that gave me nightmares.
Final Thoughts: The nostalgia was great, but I think I’ll not read this one to my niece and nephew. Atleast not till they are a bit older.