REVIEWS: Second Star, The Westing Game, The Black Moth

027. Second Star – Dana Stabenow two-starstwo-stars
sci-fi/romance | ebook | read Feb. 10, 2013 | source: author freebie | rc: Why Buy the Cow?
I’m not sure why I even bothered finishing this book, except that it’s short and I wanted to see space aliens. There’s some good ideas in here– I love space stations and living in space and exciting space things!– but there are some real clunkers, too. The romance! Was so terrible. The love interest did SUPER CREEPY THINGS, stalker things, and everybody was just like “lol isn’t that cute.” WHAT.

I’d try one of the author’s other series (she does mysteries, too), but no way am I reading another book in THIS series.

Westing Game 028. The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars
MG mystery | paperback | reread Feb. 11, 2013 | source: bought
This is one of my FAVORITE books, and I tend to reread it every year or so. Kristen of We Be Reading is going to read it for the 100 Chapter Books Readalong thing (in April) and I was inspired to read it again myself. It’s still just as good a book as the first time I read it way back when. I’ve read it so many times that the answer to the mystery is ingrained into my memory, I can almost quote lines by heart, and I know each and every plot twist by heart. And yet it’s not BORING. I’m still just as entertained reading it now as I was the first time. The characters, the writing, the STORY! All of them are so freakin’ good. If you HAVEN’T read The Westing Game yet, you need to get on it STAT.

029. The Black Moth – Georgette Heyer three-starsthree-starsthree-stars
historical fiction romance | ebook | read Feb. 22-24, 2013 | source: public domain | rc: Back to the Classics
The Black Moth is Georgette Heyer’s first book ever written, when she was 17 and wanted to cheer up her sick brother. It’s not as amazing as April Lady was, but it’s still pretty darned good for a first book anyway. Yeah, Lavinia ends every sentence with an exclamation mark. Yeah, the villain kidnaps the heroine TWICE and nobody does a frickin’ thing about it. But the characters are very human and real and the romances are just as lovely as you’d expect, so if you like Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances you’d probably like this Georgian romance, too. (I also wrote a bit about The Black Moth in Sunday’s Currently Reading post, so go check that out for more of my thoughts.)

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  1. Oh God I love The Westing Game. It’s so good! Every time I reread it I’m blown away again by how elegantly structured and executed it is. Way to GO Ellen Rankin. I want to get the copy with that cover up there; mine is the older cover, which is also good but not AS good.

    • I used to have an older copy and then I saw this newer copy at the bookstore and I HAD to have it, even if the house is weirdly off-center. It’s a VERY nice edition, though– that perfect sort of square shape that I love! And the intro by ER’s friend is very sweet; it reminded me that ER wrote OTHER books besides The Westing Game, which I always forget because TWG is so perfect.

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