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Nov 09, 2009 08:06PM

2051 Book 123:Water for Elephants
Completed Nov 9/09

My Opinion

This was my SECOND attempt at this book. The first time I had a bunch of books from the library and tried to get into it, but decided to pass on it. I saw it in the library and figured I should try it again. While visually stunning, I really had no interest in the plot. Gruen is a great writer, you could really see everything she was describing, but even as good as that was, I still had no interest. I did like the ending though, even if it was a bit predictable.

Grade: C
Nov 09, 2009 08:04PM

2051 Book 122:Lock and Key
Completed Nov 9/09

My Opinion

I surprisingly liked this one quite a bit. After the last book I read by Dessen, I was very hesitant to pick up another one of her books. I thought Ruby was a good main character and I liked reading about her life and the changes in it. I think it was a good book for someone 17 or older, not younger than that though.

Grade: C+
Nov 08, 2009 06:44PM

2051 Book 121:Just Listen
Completed Nov 8/09

My Opinion

I did not like this one as much as I have liked other books by Dessen. I felt the story was too confusing and I had a hard time understanding it in the beginning. I think this book tried too hard, and had too much of a HEA ending.

Grade: D+
Nov 06, 2009 03:51PM

2051 Book 120:The Lost Symbol
Completed Nov 6/09

My Opinion

While there are things that drive me mad about Dan Brown's books, I always enjoy them. However, I hate to say, but I was completely disappointed by this book. I found it really slow, it really only picked up near the end. I think a lot of stuff could have been cut out of this book. Langdon really got on my nerves this time, and I hate that there is always some random woman in this series. Especially since it always seems to be the "love of his life" but it is a different girl every time. There was a lot in this book that annoyed the crap out of me and made me go "yeah whatever," especially the part in the box. What a cop-out. I honestly wanted to stop reading after that point.

There were some good parts. The bad guy was pretty cool (and unexpected) and I liked some of the information about the Masons. I still would not put it anywhere near the rest of the books in the series.

Grade: D+

Nov 03, 2009 10:15PM

2051 Book 119:Glass Houses
Completed Nov 4/09

My Opinion

I just stumbled onto this series and I thought I would give it a shot. It is pretty interesting and caught my attention right away. I love the main characters and I think there is a ton of possibility for this story. I put the next book in the series on hold as soon as I finished this one!

Grade: C
Nov 01, 2009 10:25PM

2051 Book 118:Someone Like You
Completed Nov 2/09

My Opinion

Dessen is a fantastic YA author. She is able to get into the minds of young people and show realistic views of the teenage life. I think this book was very well done. I liked Halley and Scarlett and the issues that they deal with. Wonderful plot and even better writing.

Grade: B
Oct 30, 2009 08:17AM

2051 Book 117:Reign or Shine
Completed Oct 30/09

My Opinion

This book was fantastic! I love Nikki. She is witty, strong and stubborn, exactly like a 16 year old girl. The plot was so different and fun, and I thought that it was very well written. I was thrown right into the plot! The only thing that I don't like, is the fact the next one in the series doesn't come out till Spring 2010!!

Grade: B+
Oct 29, 2009 02:08PM

2051 Book 116:The Manny
Completed Oct 29/09

My Opinion

I saw this book on the shelf and it caught my eye. After reading the back, it seemed interesting so I borrowed it from the library. It was pretty good. I liked the main character and I thought the story was pretty good. The book was funny and touching at the same time and I thought it was a pretty good chick-lit book.

Grade: B-
Oct 28, 2009 09:16AM

2051 Book 115:Night Runner A Novel
Completed Oct 28/09

My Opinion

I thought this book sounded interesting, and the fact it is a Canadian author was icing on the cake. However, I really didn't like this story. While there were a few interesting turns, I found the plot to be silly overall, and I thought the ending was awful. It's too bad because it sounded interesting.

Grade: D-
Oct 27, 2009 05:20PM

2051 Book 114:Blue Bloods
Completed Oct 27/09

My Opinion

I was refered this book and I was really looking forward to it. However, it did not hold up to my expectations at all. The plot was okay, but the characters were horrible and unrealistic. I know that vampires are a big hit right now, but when I read crap like this, I miss the feeling Twilight gave me.

Grade: D
Oct 27, 2009 10:55AM

2051 Book 113:City of Glass
Completed Oct 27/09

My Opinion

It was good-ish. I was really hoping for more of a war in the third book and I was kind of disappointed with that. I was surprised at how many twists and turns were in this book and I thought the ending was pretty good. It was a good series and I am happy I finished it, but I don't know if I would read it again.

Grade: C+
Oct 20, 2009 08:38PM

2051 Book 112:Luv Ya Bunches Book One
Completed Oct 20/09

My Opinion

I won this book on goodreads, and although it is intended for a younger audience, I figured I'd read it for the fun of it. I thought the book was cute, with interesting characters and "poetic justice" for the mean girls.

However, I found that the suggested age level was a little young for the subject matter. Especially the computer stuff. Although it is a different time, I don't really agree with 10-11 year olds being on chatrooms and IM, so I don't think I would let a girl of that age read this book. Also, I thought the mean girls were horrible, a lot worse than girls I met at that age, and I don't agree with getting revenge on people, which I really think is a bad example for a young girl. I think overall the book would be better if the girls in the book were in grade 7 or 8 and the age catagory follow suit.

Grade: C-

Oct 20, 2009 02:24PM

2051 Book 111:Flashforward
Completed Oct 20/09

My Opinion

While watching the television show "Flashforward", I found out that it was based on a book and decided to check it out of the library. Though it was an interesting read, it was WAY too science-fiction for me. Taking physics helped me understand the book better, and although he does a good job describing things in laymans terms, I still felt the book would be over anyone's head who just wanted a fun book to read. I can see where the series took their information from, but it is also way too different to even compare the two of them. It was a decent read, but I am looking forward to the series more.

One thing I did like about the series is that Sawyer is Canadian, so he put in a lot of places and things that I was familiar with. While I enjoyed the book, I don't think I will be reading another of his for awhile.

Grade: C+
Oct 19, 2009 10:40AM

2051 Book 110:Blood Promise
Completed Oct 19/09

My Opinion

I have been waiting to read this book for months and I was not disappointed. While Rose was away from school, her ties with Lissa continue both of their stories. I love Rose, she is one of the best female characters going right now. This book did exactly what I hoped it would do, and learning more about Spirit was great! I am so excited to read the next one when it comes out! This book ended on a crazy note and it was definitely worth the read!

Grade: B+
Oct 18, 2009 03:52PM

2051 Book 109:Cat's Eye
Completed Oct 18/09

My Opinion

I hated this book. I forced myself through it, but it was just awful. The main character was very weird, and I just could not relate with anything she dealt with. Her childhood was horrible and I just didn't like it at all.

Grade: D-
Oct 15, 2009 12:52PM

2051 Book 108:Dead and Gone
Completed Oct 15/09

My Opinion

I am really happy to be finally caught up with this series, but at the same time, this book was so heartbreaking! Way too many "people" died and although I expected the Fairie battle to happen eventually, I was so upset about it. There are some characters who I know I am going to miss a lot.

Grade: B
Oct 12, 2009 09:17PM

2051 Book 107:City of Ashes
Completed Oct 13/09

My Opinion

I really liked the end of this book, however I did not like this one nearly as much as the first. Although there were twists and turns, there was too much focus on the "relationship" between Clary and Jace, which I found quite a bit disturbing. I think that the next one will be better and hopefully finish off the series, so I will read it, but I wasn't impressed with this one.

Grade: C-
Oct 08, 2009 11:15AM

2051 Book 106:The Pace
Completed Oct 8/09

My Opinion

This book was really interesting. A good combination of fantasy and science. Sophie is a great main character. She was written very well and I felt like I could relate to her in some ways. Wes kind of reminds me of a "Edward"-type character. I felt the plot moved quickly and was very enjoyable. The only thing I did not like about this book was where it ended, as it is the first of a series and I wanted more, or at least part of the story to be completed before the book ended.

Grade: B-
Oct 07, 2009 08:07AM

2051 Book 105:From Dead to Worse
Completed Oct 6/09

My Opinion

This book shocked me! I love that Sookie met her great-grandfather and that we are learning more about her life and past. I was completely shocked beyond belief at the end of this book! I could not believe what happened and I cannot wait to read the next one to see where things go with that story-line. I am so happy that the Weres came out and I am excited to see what happens now that they are out.

Grade: B+
Oct 07, 2009 08:06AM

2051 Book 104:All Together Dead
Completed Oct 5/09

My Opinion

This one was different! Seeing the way relationships are changing and how Sookie is dealing with life and love is awesome. I couldn't put this one down! Sookie is an amazing character! This book really changed the way that the series is going and I am looking forward to reading the rest!

Grade: B


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