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Rennison, Louise: A Midsummer Tights Dream

A Midsummer Tights Dream (2012)
Author: Louise Rennison
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humour, Young Adult
Pages: 246 (hardcover)
Series: The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #2

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Why I Read It: I became a fan of Louise Rennison about three summers ago when I devoured her Georgia Nicholson series. I was very happy and excited when she released the first book of her Tallulah Casey series, Withering Tights. While I didn't love the first installment in this new series quite as much as Georgia, it was enough to make me want to come back for more. So shortly after this second book was released, it was brought into my public library and I promptly signed it out. Spoiler-free review ahead.

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Final Verdict: Most of my complaints/reservations that I had for the first book in this series still stand in this second volume: while I really like Tallulah as a main character, her friends at Dother Hall lack characterization to the point where I can't even tell them apart unless they have one glaring trait that's impossible to ignore. The plot was much tighter and focused, which was nice, and there were some interesting albeit predictable developments that I found quite amusing. I plan on continuing the series, and I'm excited to see where Tallulah ends up next -- I just hope I get to know some of the secondary characters a bit better in future volumes.

Cover Commentary: I love that they kept up with the look of the first volume; this one is just as colourful as its predecessor and I love that it also features an owl (who aren't important to the plot, but they're a fun addition to the story regardless.) I hope they keep this look for the rest of the covers, because I think this could be a really cute little set if they do. :)

Connolly, John: The Gates

The Gates (2009)
Author: John Connolly
Genre: Horror, Humour
Pages: 296 (hardcover)
Series: Samuel Johnson #1

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Why I Read It: Back in 2009 I read and really enjoyed another Connolly novel: The Book of Lost Things. So when this title showed up in the Bargain section at work I was all over it. It languished on the TBR forever, but I've been trying to work through and finally decided to pick it up.

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Final Verdict: I am so sad to say that I did not like this book at all and honestly wished I had just DNFed it. I really enjoyed The Book of Lost Things by Donnolly so I really *wanted* to like this book, but it just didn't work out, mostly because the humour fell flat for me. Humour is a slippery and subjective thing though, so if the premise intrigues you, give it a go -- hopefully you'll have a better experience than me. Needless to say I won't be checking out the sequel The Infernals.

Cover Commentary: I really like it. I love the style and it's very colourful and eye-catching.
The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya (JP 2005 / NA 2011)
Author: Nagaru Tanigawa
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Humour, Young Adult
Pages: 208 (trade paperback)
Series: Haruhi Suzumiya #6

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Why I Read It: I fell in love with the anime series these books inspired, so I decided last year in April that I wanted to read the source material. I've read the previous five books, and while this hasn't been my favourite series ever, I'm interested enough to keep reading.

For this review I'll be going over each short story and giving general thoughts and impressions with no spoilers.

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Final Judgment: While the first story in this collection was decent, everything else was pretty "meh". The second story was also all right, but I still think it was done better in the anime (which I just think was a better medium for it anyway), and all the other stories felt like useless appendages. This is easily my least favourite book in the series so far, but it hasn't dissuaded me to keep reading: the next book in the series, The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya is supposed to be about some of the time traveling shenanigans that went down Disappearance, so I'm looking forward to getting to THAT. This collection though was very sub-par, and I honestly think one could skip over this completely and not really be missing out on much.

Cover Commentary: I still love these covers for their simplicity and bright colours. My only complaint is that I wish The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya had been this colour, and that this volume had ended up being purple instead -- then the progression of the series and their covers would match the progression of a rainbow (red to orange to yellow to green etc.)

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