Mini reviews: A two-for-one special!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve read a few books that I just didn’t have much to say about. I don’t feel they warrant their own pages, so here! Here they are! Two mini reviews on one easy-to-read page!

Pushing the Limits — Katie McGarry
2/5 stars
Goodreads summary: 
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Review:
If I could sum up this book in one word, it would be “shrug.”

The dual POV wasn’t too bad, although I thought Noah’s and Echo’s voices were quite similar and the only thing really differentiating them was how Noah’s dialogue was peppered with profanities. The characters are very stereotypical (although I did really like Lila and Beth) and there are few surprises. I began to lose steam with about 100 pages to go. There was just too much drama for me. I did want to know what Echo’s repressed memory was and so I kept reading. And I did get a bit teary-eyed over Noah’s choice near the end. But everything else—the insta-love, the possessiveness, the “baby”s and Noah’s constantly calling Echo goddess, siren, nymph—it was just too much.

It isn’t a bad book. It isn’t poorly written and I didn’t vehemently dislike it. I just… eh.

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version— Philip Pullman

4/5 stars
Goodreads summary: Not really necessary here. It’s fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm!

Review:
I like fairy tales. I also like organization. Philip Pullman elegantly combines both of those things in Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, providing readers with the classic Grimm fairy tales as well as his own notes on each one, including references to similar tales in other cultures and where they can be found. It’s an If you liked “Hans-my-hedgehog,” you may also like . . . dealie, and I approve. Now I have a list of Russian, Italian, and British fairy tales to hunt down! MORE FAIRY TALES IN 2013!

Some of the notes also include how he would continue the fairy tale if he were writing it as a full story, with character development and so on, and let me just say that if I had known Philip Pullman was this delightfully twisted I would’ve read the His Dark Materials series many moons ago.

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