Mermaid Park

Mermaid ParkAbout The Book:
Written by Beth Mayall Published Year 2007
Nothing in sixteen year old Any's world holds the promise of anything but dissappointment... until a nightmare weekend at the New Jersey shore with her mother, sister and Tom leads to a discovery that will change her life. When Amy first lays eyes on Mermaid Park, she feels like she stepped into a living, breathing fantasy. Girls dressed in fabulous costumes put on uderwater shows, dliding throught the water as a captivaded audience falls under their spell. In that moment, Amy becomes convinced that if she could be one of the "mermaids," the rest of her life would be just as beautiful. But over the course of the summer full of real life magic and ordinary miracles, she discovers that the difference between reality and fantasy is murkier than it seems.

I think I'm on a slump I'm stuck with books that I can't decide on if I really like or not. I chose to read Mermaid Park thinking it will one of those simple charming coming of age book. I'm just not so into Amy's charcter, she's very contradictive and always down playing her self, how many times have read her refering to herself as 'not pretty' and 'stupid'. If she's really all that how coume she snagged Dylan who suppose to be a hottie, or not, again I'm confused. Is it because the author is making a point that nobody is perfect, but what does that suppose to mean really? The Mermaid Park though seemed like a really great place and maybe it is magical afterall it did serve as a luckycharm for Amy, she had friends, she's doing something she loves, she had confidence that supposedly she doesn't have before, she finally understood Mel, she had an understanding with her mother and she learned a family secret or her mother's secret rather. There's certainly alot of things happening in here, that secret was abit of stretch Amy being actually related to Bruce. Another point taken from the book was that everyone creates their own fantasy, to that I agree I think that's one reason for my love of reading.

Something Blue

About The Book:
Written by Emily Giffin Published Year 2005
Thirty years old, successful and stunning, Darcy Rhone used to think that 'being down and out' meant not finding a size four at the Barney's Warehouse Sale. Now she is pregnant, unmarried and recovering from a broken engagement to Dex and the betrayal of her ex-best friend Rachel who stole Dex's affections. Marcus, Darcy's new man and father of her baby, helps her paper over the cracks in her seemingly charmed life, but reality quickly catches up. A few months into her pregnancy, she loses the second boyfriend in a row. For the first time in her life, she is completely alone. Frantically casting around for help, she calls upon Ethan, an old high school friend, and convinces him to let her stay with him in London for a few weeks to get her act together. Little does she know what she's in for when she boards to plane to cross the Atlantic, but as weeks turn into months, Darcy makes a surprising discovery. Preparing for motherhood and settling into a new career, she builds herself a new life from scratch, finally finding romance - in the most unexpected place.

We all know that this will be Darcy's redemption of somekind but to me all it proves was how shallow and self centered Darcy is. Darcy is a reminiscent of Becky Blomwood's character albeit less appealing and more resolute. Maybe it's the new thing to develop higly unlikable characters and work on them halfway through the book so the readers will end up liking them. Ethan was the only all out admirable character here, he seemed really sweet but still he's able to put Darcy in her place. I don't find the prospect of motherhood much exciting to read though the prospect of motherhood served as a catalyst for her Darcy to change eventually. If you'd like to venture on non-generic chicklit than you might enjoy this.

Soul Enchilada

About The Book:
Written by David Macinnis Gill Published Year 2009
Girl meets boy at a car wash.
"Dog," she says.
"Dude," he says.
And probably this would have been a sweet teen romance. . . .
If Beals hadn't been sitting next to her in the car.
If Beals hadn't been a supernatural repo man looking to repossess her car.
And to possess her.

An interesting storyline, very creative. Bug found out that his Papa C sold his soul for the Cadillar but her grandfather skipped so the demon, Mr. Beels is after her soul now. The twists in the story are pretty good too esp with the mixture of horror and humor, I was just a little put off by the language and the dialogues, it could be better. Bug's really a feisty character if not a bit stereotypical for her ethnicity. It has it's moments though I can't say I really loved it.