Monday, June 14, 2010

Mini Reviews (VIII)

Mini Reviews of non-vampire books I have read recently.

S.A.S.S. Girl Overboard - Aimee Ferris
Girl Overboard is a perfect summer read set in the Caribbeans. Marina has wanted to be a marine biologist her entire life, so when she hears about a 6 weeks long programme studying sea life in the Caribbeans she doesn't hesitate to apply - even if it means leaving her longtime boyfriend at home.

I was impressed by Marina's determination to be a marine biologist, she was so sure of her job choice, and was determined to do anything to make her dream come true! During this book Marina learns more about herself and the Caribbean sea life, and meets a flirty Australian hottie! Who will she choose, her steady boyfriend back home, or the fun, adventurous Aussie?

Rating: 4 of 5

S.A.S.S. Heart and Salsa - Suzanne Nelson
Heart and Salsa is set in Mexico, and was in my opinion not as good s Girl Overboard. It focused a lot on friendship, and how relationships develop over time. I couldn't really see the "sparks" between the main character Cat and her romantic interest Aidan. Aidan was a nice guy, a bit nerdy but nice. Which was nice for a change, but slightly boring! (I can't help it, I love bad boys!)
I liked that Cat grew up a lot during her summer abroad, and matured a lot.

Rating: 3.5 of 5

Whisper - Phoebe Kitanidis
Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.

I liked the idea of hearing whispers, it was original and well-described. Joy grew up a lot during this book, she learned the hard way not to trust everyone, and that perfect friendships don't exist. I was a bit disappointed that the "run-away-with-unknown-boy-to-save-sister" plot line didn't start up until the last 50 pages or so, during the first 4/5 part of the book I was waiting for that to happen!

Rating: 3 of 5

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