Blue is for Nightmare series by Laurie Faria Stolarz is basically Gossip Girl with witchcraft and murder. I like Gossip Girl, the TV show, but it’s not something I want to read. Witchcraft and murder I want to read about.
I finished the first and second book because for a long time I only had the second and third book. When I finally found the books I needed to complete the series, it seemed like such a waste not to read them all. I did not finish book three, and I don’t plan to finish the series.
Each book in the series is a cookie cutter of the last. She introduces a couple new characters, but they are the same stories with different symptoms of the same problem: figuring out who is going to kill who and how with witchcraft and home remedies she learned from her grandmother.
Even in one individual book, the character goes through the same thing over and over in different locations and it gets tiring to read.
There’s a pro to the big con. Stolarz writes a mean drum roll (reference I took from How I Met Your Mother’s Victoria) to a kiss: the anticipation, the teenage tension.
Hero by Perry Moore gave me a chapter and a half, and I was done. According to the book jacket, the main character is the son of a disgraced superhero and is invited to join a league of superheroes but must keep the fact that he has powers from his dad.
The first couple of pages were interesting enough. Why does everyone avoid his dad? Ooh, he has a power, and he’s using it. Interesting stuff and then the opposing basketball team calls the character out for being gay. It’s not that the character is gay that I have a problem with but how heavy handed the prose was. The more I read, the more I could feel an agenda being pushed.
It reminded me of the episodes of Glee that focused on Kurt Hummel and his father not being able to accept that he was gay. Heart wrenching stuff, and I like Glee.
I don’t like that it felt forced into the story of Hero.
As much as I love cheap books, maybe they’re on the sales carts for a reason…
Comment on Young Adult Novels:
I think as a teenager, I may have enjoyed reading the books I mentioned above as they are categorized as “young adult.” Does that make my older adult judgement unfair?
Good writing should appeal to everyone. For example, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” a series I loved in the fourth grade and have recently reread them and still love to this day. Another example is Harry Potter, a young adult series loved by ALL.
I am currently reading a book that is tougher to read on the go.
And around this time of year, everything gets jumbled up into one big ball of projects in my head: Halloween, NaNoWriMo, AND Christmas ornament painting!