Tiny reviews for July reads

I’m glad that my last tiny reviews post went over so well! Sometimes I worry about things too much, I think. Anyway, here’s some more. We’re almost caught up! Yay!

140. False Memory – Dan Krokos [rating: 2.5]
Hyperion Book CH (August 14, 2012), ARC, 336pp / ALA 2012 / July 20-21, 2012
Read this if you like YA action sci-fi with bits of romance and if you don’t mind that it’s a little bit boring, if you think about it too much. I think I’ve just seen too many of the same things in this book in other (better?) books, and while I had a good time reading it, afterwards I was decidedly less enthusiastic about the whole thing.

141. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher [rating: 4]
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2012), ARC, 224pp / ALA 2012 / July 21, 2012
Read this if you like contemporary MG fiction dealing with things like terrorism and racism and the trauma that comes after a violent death, and that’s written from a non-US perspective for once. Sometimes people in the US can get a little fishbowl-y, and it’s good to read about different-but-similar life experiences. Also, for all that it’s heartbreaking, it’s got cute kid protagonists. (Note: Americanification of certain words is present, like “football” into “soccer.”)

142. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy [rating: 3.5] *
HarperCollins (February 22, 2011), ebook, 410pp / freebie / July 22-23, 2012
Read this if you’ve somhow managed to ignore all the other times I told you to read this, and if you DO read it, read the audiobook first if you can. The narrator (Rupert Degas) makes the dialogue more snappy and less repetitive(/annoying) than it is in print. Sometimes reading dialogue renders it less effective than listening to it– remember all those times when your English lit prof told you Shakespeare was meant to be seen and not read? Same thing here.

144. Bossypants – Tina Fey [rating: 3.5] a
Hachette Audio, audiobook, 5:35:00 / freebie / July 29-30, 2012
Read this if you like Tina Fey and want to know more about her/her life/etc., or if you want to know more about what it’s like to be a woman doing comedy. If you DON’T like Tina Fey…don’t read her autobiography. What’s wrong with you?
Best story: That’s Don Fey.

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