Hi Everyone!!! I'm sorry for being a slacker, but I actually have good reasons this time (not that ALL of the other times were bad reasons. Thalia is pretty cool)! I was working on Saturday, on Sunday I had a person come over, on Monday I had no internet access, and on Tuesday I was doing homework, and then learned some new programming stuff (If you'll recall, I had some stuff for next year's English course to take care of. Half finished!) . On Wednesday I had work, and then the internet died again, and I had work today also, but the internet is not yet dead, so I am determined to get this finished. This is Flipped, which just might be one of the best books of all time. Honestly. This was a book we read in class in Grade 6 (I think. I had the same teacher for 2 years, Gr. 4 and Gr. 6, so I get the two years mixed up sometimes.), and I still hear parts of it in my teacher's voice. My copy of this book is one I got when a school library was getting rid of some of their old books, so it's pretty beaten up.
To be honest, I haven't a clue what to say. This book lived up to my expectations, yet in a totally different way than I thought it would. Aside from my not entirely knowing precisely what to say, I also do not want to say too much because I really want you to read this book. I know that I have said this for many other books previously, but even if you ignore most, or all, of my other previous recommendations, please seriously consider trying to get your hands onto a copy of Elizabeth is Missing.
This book has left me dumbfounded. I loved Emma Healey's writing style, and I loved how she managed to portray an elderly woman living with dementia so clearly, and with such clarity about how dementia is affecting Maud (the elderly woman), while leaving you unsure about what is happening, and on top of all this, having a spare moment for a splotch of hidden humour. I will be honest with you - you are reading this long after I read the book, and I wrote this review about 2 weeks after reading the book. I'll also let you in on something else - I loved the book (that is not the secret, we already know that), but I would give it not five stars, but four, simply because I am pessimistic sometimes and despite my love for it am convinced that it could have been better (although I know it could not possibly have been, and applaud Emma Healey for writing such a feat of literature).
I'm back! Hi everyone! Thanks for being patient with us while we were away (well, Jason technically still is...but...whatever)! The posts will go back to normal now, and you might even get a few midweek posts, so remember to watch out for those!
So, we went to a bookstore while we were away, and this is one of the books I got (actually, I got the first three in the series)! I had read the first book before, I I remembered really liking it, so when I saw the books, I knew I just had to get them! This is the cover that the book I read the first time had, and it's the one that I prefer, because it is so much cooler than the new ones, so I decided to use this one for the review.
Note: If you are looking for this in a store, the title changed when the cover did, so you should actually be looking for Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy if you want to read it. The store you're at may have the old, cooler covers, but you never know. I got my copy from the scratch and dent section, and then, when I wanted to find books 4-6, I had a really hard time trying to find them in the rest of the store, but that was because I was trying to find it in YA. Would you believe that they had this series shelved as 'Children's'?
Hint: These books are probably not a good bedtime story for your five year old. Just sayin'.
Jason and Elizabeth are brother and sister book addicts who somehow manage to get along (most of the time). They reside in Canada with their dog Becky, and one (slightly insane) fly-hunting cat named Fish. Oh. And their parents. They're important too.
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