Thursday, September 19, 2013

9/19/13

Reality Boy is a no-holds-barred look at the life of a "reality star" who never really asked to be on tv and who has never made his peace with the results.  Gerald was on a "Nanny 911" type show when he was 5; and was made infamous when he, out of extreme frustration and a cry for help began to defecate in various places around the house....like his mother's shoes, or the dining room table.  The Nanny show didn't actually help anyone in their family and ending up only exacerbating the existing problems...and now Gerald at 17 is still struggling to deal with the fallout.  Gerald goes to anger management, he tries to hold his temper; but he still has a psychotic sister, an apathetic mother and an absent father.......In this book, A.S. King examines the real reality of reality shows and the aftereffects it can have.  She is also giving us a close up look at a family in crisis and we get to tag along as Gerald finds his way to a better life.

Golden Girl is the sequel to Dust Girl.  Callie is now in Hollywood looking for the portal and a way to her family.  She is hoping to sneak in and rescue them, as she isn't confident enough to "storm the castle" and take them back.
I think Zettel does a great job of showing readers the intersection of Faery and Hollywood fairy tale while setting the story in a 1930s historical setting.  If you like stories of the fae and are looking for something different, this is the series for you.



Sadly, Raven Boys disappointed me....I had heard so many good things and was really excited to finally read it......but I found it a bit drawn out and boring......sigh
The basic idea is that there is a little town in Virginia with lots of magic floating about.  Blue is told she will be responsible for someone's death, and so is determined to find this Gansey whom is fated to die.  This sets off a chain of events that no one anticipated.  Don't take my word for it though, borrow it and give it a shot....see what you think.

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