Sunday, August 29, 2010

Love is Hell- Marr, Westerfeld, Larbalestier, Zevin, Stolarz

Title: Love is Hell

Author: Marr, Westerfeld, Larbalestier, Zevin, Stolarz

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Pages: 256 pages

From the back of the book: Supernatural romance is the well-chosen theme of five original stories by as many authors. After her family moves into a house where a boy was murdered, Laurie Faria Stolarzs protagonist finds herself falling in love with his ghost; Gabrielle Zevin introduces a high school student who may (or may not) be overidentifying with the book she is reading; and Scott Westerfeld looks into a future where hormonal balancers tamp down teen romances and bioframes obviate sleep and dreams. Melissa Marr and Justine Larbalestier reinterpret folklore conventions, Marr writing about selkies and Larbalestier about faeries. There’s enough variety to round out the central theme, and consistently supple storytelling will lure readers through all five entries. -

Review: I wasn't sure if I would like this book when I borrowed it to review from Ashley. The first page of the first book caught my interest and I read it with curiosity, really liking what I was reading. With the second book it took me a few pages to realize it was set in the future. Normally I don't read books set in the future, but I was intrigued by what I had read so far and continued reading. I found that when I finished reading it I had really enjoyed it and wanted there to be more. The third book I definitely liked from the start until a certain twist turns the towns people from those who were bound with fear because of their superstitions to murderers. Book four, another good read. And with this good opening I thought I would enjoy the ending more then I did. Book five... definitely has an interesting start to say in the least, but it was an opening that certainly caught my attention and a happy ending to go with this time. I enjoyed the books as a whole but there were parts of the individual stories I disliked.

Rate: Over all I give this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, I rank this book an 8.

Reviewer: Bec

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