Monday, July 25, 2011

Catching Up

For the past few days, I have been on vacation in Ohio. I know that doesn't really sound like the ideal vacation destination, but my sister Lissy wanted to visit a college there, so we just made a trip around it. We actually went to Cedar Point and the Detroit Zoo, so it was a pretty fantastic trip, even though it was incredibly hot. But, I have finished quite a few books between now and the last time I posted (four to be exact) so I'll write about two of them now, and two of them tomorrow. And tell you about our trip along the way :)

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay I actually finished before we left on our trip, but I didn't get a chance to write about it before we left. So here it goes. Juliet Immortal is a new twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet story. Instead of both Romeo and Juliet dying, Romeo actually killed Juliet in order to become immortal. He becomes the force that tries to make soul mates fall apart, while Juliet fights for them to keep together. They've been doing this for centuries, but this time when they're sent to Earth, something feels different, not right. With twists and turns, and Juliet falling in love again, it's quite an exciting story.

Now you may be thinking, why would you want to change the Romeo and Juliet story? It's such a classic. And yes, I'd have to agree with you there. Romeo and Juliet is very much a classic. But why does that mean it can't be tweaked a little bit to make another, interesting story? I liked the way Stacey Jay changed the story, I thought it was something fresh and new, something that no one has ever done before. I enjoyed the originality of her story, and I also thought she nailed the characters of Romeo and Juliet. They seemed very much like the Romeo and Juliet we all know and love. Overall, I thought this was a very clever story and would recommend it to those looking for a good love story.

Onto my next book. This one I actually finished on our way to Ohio, so there's not much interesting to add about our trip yet. The book, however, was very interesting. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore doesn't come out until...September I want to say. But I got an advance copy of it from BBYA :) Very exciting, considering I was dying to know what happened next at the end of I Am Number Four. These books are about an alien race that was sent here from their planet, Lorien, because it was destroyed. Only 9 survived, and are now being hunted down by the enemy that destroyed their planet (I can't remember what they're called or how to spell it...) But each of the 9 has a number, and they can only be killed in that number. I Am Number Four begins with Number Four telling his account, and The Power of Six basically picks up where it left off. Let me tell you, these are definitely some action packed books, and books that you absolutely fly through.

Pittacus Lore is very obviously a pen name, right? I think so anyway. The other day my mom and I got into a discussion as to why authors would have pen names. I mean, it doesn't really follow human nature. Why wouldn't you want people to know that you wrote that book? I'm sure authors have their reasons for it, probably sells books better, but why not take the credit for your work? It doesn't really make much sense to me. Someday maybe I'll have someone explain it to me.

Anyway, back to The Power of Six. I can't wait for the next one to come out now! This is the problem with starting a series before it's completely finished. You always end up with a cliff hanger that won't be resolved when the next book comes out who knows when. I almost think it would be easier to just wait until the whole series is published and read it then. You wouldn't be left with all that anticipation then. But I'm too impatient for that. If I see I book I want to read, I want to read it then and not wait for the whole series to be published. This is the dilemma that comes with reading book series. I guess I'll just have to live with it.

Well I guess that's all for now. Next I will write about To Timbuktu by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater as well as the more exciting parts of my trip :)

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