Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mini Reviews: Let It Snow, The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1), S.L.H (Stray Love Hearts) vol. 1

Title: Let It Snow
Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle
Pages: 352
Publication: September 11, 2008
Publisher: Puffin
Summary taken from goodreads: 
Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today's bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.


I liked the first two stories. The third one had me really irritated with the main character. But the whole interconnecting storyline was pretty cool.

Title: The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1)
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Pages: 492
Publication: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Summary taken from goodreads: 
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. 
Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.


The beginning was kind of slow since you're getting used to the setting and it didn't help that I found the characters annoying half of the time. The last 50 pages of the book was what bumped up my rating half of a point, because that was when there were finally some explainations and twists revealed. 

The ending, thankfully, wasn't a cliffhanger, but it did stop up at a pretty good spot for the next book in the series to continue. Dunno if I'll read the sequel, though. 

Title: S.L.H (Stray Love Hearts) vol. 1
Author: Aya Shouoto
Pages: 195
Publication: May 12, 2008
Publisher: MediaWorks
Summary taken from goodreads:
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Kozue Hiyoki is visited in her dreams by a man who steals her heart- literally! Determined to find him and retrieve her stolen heart, Hiyoki, with the color of the man’s hair and the tattoo on his chest as her only leads, enrolls in the S-Hall dormitories of St. Nazareth Academy, but quickly realizes that its residents are not at all like she expected… For starters, they’re all guys!  
There, Hiyoki soon discovers that she has the ability to look inside her dorm-mates’ dreams, which may be the key to uncovering the identity of the thief who stole her heart…. But perhaps her biggest challenge is that most of the guys won’t let Hiyoki into their rooms, much less their hearts!


It's not as bad as most shojo manga, although it still has some of the same cliches in a reverse harem where the girl usually solve's a guy's problem so he ends up liking her and whatnot. 

But, the art is pretty. XD

(I'm so shallow...)

1 comment:

  1. You have a really great review =) Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Have a nice day!!! =) advance Merry Christmas ;D

    p.s. did you know the movie rights for this book has been bought?