Positive remarks: People liked the characterizations, especially that of Tori and the best friend/sidekick Quinn. Negative remarks: The way the book was written seemed either "dead ahead" or "dead," with a choppy execution. Also, everyone (fans too) was frustrated by the cliffhanger ending. Two people had already read the second book, which finally reveals some answers to the questions posed in the first, and one was halfway through the third book in the series. The book was rated 6.75, with five people giving it a 10 out of 10, and five people down in the 4-3-2 area.
Next month's book is The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor, and in spite of its Cylon-like guys on the cover, the fact that it's based on Alice in Wonderland led Harrison to make a remark about boy books vs. girl books (as in, "we read too many girl books") that had all the girls hopping mad. A spirited exchange ensued, and the upshot was that the girls took their revenge by voting as a bloc for the club to read The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot, in March. We told the boys to keep an open mind!
Other books we considered:
The Boy Who Dared, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
Deep Blue, by Jennifer Donnelly
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
The Kingdom Keepers, by Ridley Pearson
The Eighth Day, by Diane K. Salerni
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
Chasing Forgiveness, by Neal Shusterman
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 9.
Others we considered, in descending order of number of votes:
Etiquette and Espionage, by Gail Carringer
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey
Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeal
Tiger Lily, by Jody Lynn Anderson
October Sky (formerly published as Rocket Boys),
by Homer Hickam
Famous Last Words, by Katie Alender
Don't Look Back, by Jennifer Armentrout
Every Soul A Star, by Wendy Mass
Heist Society, by Ally Carter
The Shadow Society, by Marie Rutkoski