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Flash Reviews: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Trapped by Michael Northrop & Solid by Shelley Workinger

March 17th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Description from “I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

3 out of 5 stars

This sounded like such a cute read and after seeing several positive reviews I definitely wanted to check it out.  It was a heart warming read filled with wonderful characters.  Lily was endearing and her whole family was filled with loveable, quirky folks.  Dash did not grab me as much but I loved his friend Boomer who reminded me of an excited, bouncing golden retriever.  The pacing of the book is leisurely as we follow Lily and Dash around New York City following dares they leave for each other in the red moleskin notebook.  I’m not all too sure I’m sold on the romance but that could just be because I was not that into Dash.  This is a great book to curl up with on a rainy day.

Description from

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive….

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision….

3 out of 5 stars

This book struck me as The Breakfast Club meets The Day After Tomorrow.  Seven teenagers find themselves stranded at school after a massive nor’easter blankets them in 10+ feet of snow and they are cut off from the rest of their small town.  Initially they think they will just be stuck there over night but as the storm continues for days they begin to wonder if they will survive the storm. I thought what there was of the story was riveting but there just wasn’t enough.  Scotty, the narrator and one of the stranded teens, states right off the bat that not everyone makes it so as you read you keep wondering is he not going to make it?  Maybe she’s the one who won’t make it?  Then as you get to the ending things speed up and all of a sudden you are left with a lot of unanswered questions.  I kept looking to see if there were more pages because I wanted to see more of what happened to the rest of the town, the family of the stranded teens and how everyone was coping with the disaster.  Still it was a gripping story that kept me anxious to get to the end.  Just wish there was more to the end.

Summary from Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop “super-abilities,” and even unearth a conspiracy.

3 out of 5 stars

This is a quick read that sort of has an X-Menish feel to it.  I did not dislike any of the characters but I did not find myself really becoming attached to any either.  Clio is one of the teens brought to the camp and she along with a few friends figure out there is more going on than they are told.  I think it would have been nice if the story had started a little earlier so that we saw how Clio reacted when she found out who she was so she seemed more real.  For a group of people who were supposedly the result of some mysterious government experiment that no one really knew about these teens are remarkably calm and un-curious.   I was a little surprised at how long it took them to become suspicious of what was going on.  I thought the ending was a little anti-climatic as I saw it coming and I was hoping for more explanation behind the bad guys thoughts and actions.  This series seems like it has potential so I am curious to see what the next book  will bring.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Michelle

    Have to say I’ve heard raves about Dash & Lily and I tried to start it and couldn’t get into it. I might give it another go but yea, just didn’t grab me. I will say that Trapped was much better for me than Gentlemen.

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