I don't think this book lived up to all the hype that it received. As a plus-sized girl myself, the main character just annoyed me with how much she complained about her size and blamed her problems on it.
This book was something of a break from the usual JW book. While the main character is her typical plus-sized heroine, the book wasn't all about getting a guy or keeping one.
It was a little unbelievable in parts (Why, for example, would a bored suburban housewife decide that it was her job to solve a murder mystery?) but overall I really liked this one. Even the "perfect" neighborhood moms grabbed my interest and kept my attention through-out.
Lancaster's second attempt at fiction is at least twice as good as her first attempt.
While quintessential mean girl Lissy Ryder (all grown up) was a bit over the top in the beginning, her journey to become a new and improved version of herself was a comedy of errors in time travel that was generally fun to read.
With a city full of talking toys and nursery rhyme characters being murdered left and right, how can you go wrong? Throw in more plot twists than a person can easily count and you've got the makings of a great book that's only hard to follow in a few places.
This was a disappointing installment, in my opinion. I guess because the children were more "on their own" than in previous books, it just seemed more far fetched than the others and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
I picked up this book because most of the reviews said it was great. I continued reading it because several of the reviews said it would pick up after 150 pages or so.
It did indeed pick up, but the writing style continued to grate on my nerves until the very last page. The way the story jumps continually from first to third person made it read more like a play manuscript than a novel.
I also had issues with the description of the main character both when she was "fat" and "skinny". Being told at one point that a size 10 "is no longer skinny" sealed the deal on my dislike.
As a long time follower of Jen's blog, I was a little disappointed (at first) to see several stories that I'd already read... but that didn't stop me from reading them again and laughing out loud (again) at them. Plus the recycled ones were very heavily outnumbered by brand new stories that earned me funny looks whenever I was reading in public because I couldn't stop laughing!
So imagine if you will that you are a teenager who grew up LOVING the Narnia books and wanting nothing more than to visit Narnia yourself some day... and then *poof* you discover that Hogwarts is real (only called Brakebills and for older teens rather than 11 year olds)... except the headmaster isn't fun or whimsical at all and Magic is HARD.
That pretty much sums up the part one of this book... and then the kids find Narnia (Fillory) and it's not at all what they all secretly dreamed it would be.
Part one of the book dragged like mad for me, but I found it interesting enough to keep reading. The latter parts were more fun and quicker to read, but couldn't really redeem the boring beginning.
This one was a little tough for me to get into, but the quirky chapter numbers amused me so I kept on reading. After the first few chapters, I found myself not wanting to put the silly thing down. From paper-thin damsels in distress to misplaced Star Trek characters, there's a new adventure on every page in a book that keeps you guessing almost to the very end.