Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes By Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Overview – 

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2006
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback , 317pp
  • Sales Rank: 19,252
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

My Thoughts


Okay, so I need to get this out of my system before I start writing my review, I really liked this book!  Such a fun story and so very different from the other YA that I have read.

Ginny gets a little blue envelope that lays out some crazy rules, buy a plane ticket to Europe, take only 1 backpack, no additional money, and NO contact of any kind with those States side.  She is go to the Chinese restaurant below her aunt’s former apartment in NYC pick up a package and get on the plane.  As crazy as it is, she gets the package and gets on the plane after hours of restless travel she opens the package to find 12 little blue envelopes.  She opens #2 which gives her directions to her first challenge.  The oddest part of the this whole hunt is that her aunt has been dead for three months.  

Ginny is in for challenges she never thought she dreamed she would faced with.  She is alone in a foreign country following the envelope challenge of a dead women who left her when she really needed her.

My favorite part of this book it is that of a discovery of who Ginny really is and just how far outside her comfort zone she is willing to be pushed  She will meet quite a few interesting people and might just fall into a relationship.  She will lose everything before realizing that means she has won everything and more.  

This was a nice simple read good for even young YA reads and it a really clean well written book.  Self discovery is a strong message and done very well in 13 Little Blue Envelopes.  

My Rating


4 of 5 stars – I really liked this book and can’t wait to read the next.  I really want to know what happen with Ginny from here.
*I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon

Overview – 

Abandon

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Format: Hardcover , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 474
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

My Thoughts

I have said this before and I will say it again, I love Greek Mythology so the premise of this book made it instantly something that I wanted to read.  Also, I have never read anything by Meg Cabot but have heard a lot of wonderful things so I thought that I could take care of two birds with one stone so to speak.

Pierce is a someone what typical teenager if you take away her extremely successful father.  The book starts as she is moved to a new home after her parents divorce after her “accident”.  Pierce feel into the family pool and died – some how she was given a second chance but all kids of off things happen and she always feels like there is someone there with her.  The story walks through Pierce’s new school and the odd things that have happened between her accident and the move and some history prior to even that.  

I really enjoyed the story and Meg Cabot has a wonderful way with words.  The world and characters she has created as wonderful rich in history and feeling.  The depth of each person was done very well and it did take too long to get to each one.  There seemed to be a lot of secrets about each character to discover which I enjoyed a lot.  It was also something was very frustrating for me about the book as well.  I really felt like the book moved along at a really slow pace.  I am used to a fast pace I guess and enjoy it more.  At about 250 pages into the book, I finally felt like the story was coming together.  In a 320 page book, this felt very late.   

I think that my favorite part of the book was the references to Mythology and the manner in which Cabot made it work for her.  Like any mythology it can be stretched to make it what it to be.  I was happy to see that the relationships between the different God and Goddess stood strong.  It would have bothered me for too many liberties had been taken.  

This is a great YA book.  When reading books in the YA genre, it always seems like there are vast differences in the type of language and plots are used.   I would recommend this for those aged 14+.  That being said, I know that there are a lot of mature kids out there so it may be acceptable for younger readers as well.


My Rating

4 of 5 stars.  This mostly due to the fact that I felt this book moved a long pretty slowly.  That being said, it was a good story.
*I was provided this book for review by Scholastic Books.  I received no compensation for my review.  All opinions are my own.