**spoiler alert** I was really disappointed in this book because I like my zombies to be over the top and blood thirsty, but I found these zombies to...more**spoiler alert** I was really disappointed in this book because I like my zombies to be over the top and blood thirsty, but I found these zombies to be pretty lame. Yes they did crash a few parties, but they were so easily killed that they weren't scary. I never once feared for the characters' lives at any point of the book. I was excited about this book because I was hoping that the writer would just do some crazy things like turning one of the Bennet girls into a zombie; however, I was extremely disappointed that Grahame-Smith just added tidbits of zombies to the overall story.
Overall it was an okay read. I wouldn't say it was horrible because the original "Pride and Prejudice" story line saved it, but it just wasn't as original as I would have liked. The beginning of the book was good, but it lost steam about halfway through. It almost seemed like Grahame-Smith got bored. I think I enjoyed the illustrations more than the text by the end of the novel. I may have enjoyed this book a bit more if I hadn't just read the original "Pride and Prejudice" last week, but I felt like it was the same book just with the word zombie thrown in every once and a while. I think it would have been more successful as a short story. I don't think it warranted an entire novel.(less)
I have a new favorite Libba Bray book and it is "The Diviners"! Speakeasies, flappers, prohibition, anti-immigration, the KKK, eugenics, spunky female...moreI have a new favorite Libba Bray book and it is "The Diviners"! Speakeasies, flappers, prohibition, anti-immigration, the KKK, eugenics, spunky female characters, and the Occult!!! What is there not to love about this book? Some of you may say the length, but as a slow reader and someone who can't stand books that make me feel like I'm watching paint dry, "The Diviners" kept my attention from start to finish. Usually I am antsy to finish a book so I can start a new one, but this didn't happen with "The Diviners".
I listened to the audio book and the narration was fantastic. I don't usually listen to audio books from start to finish (I switch between the book and the audio), but I sat for hours staring at the wall engrossed in the audio book. I did read some of the book; however, I found myself missing the narrator and usually switched back after 20 minutes.
I didn't realize when I started the book that it was part of a series, but realized it towards the end of the book that there was no way Libba Bray would be able to explain all the mysteries and questions I had. Usually I cringe when I realize a book is part of a series; this was not the case with "The Diveiners", I can't WAIT to get my hands on the next book! If Libba Bray tried to wrap up "The Diviners" in one book, it would have been TERRIBLE. The plot and characters are just too rich; the book would have just fallen flat.
You know a book is fantastic when you have a pile of books on your "to-read list", but none of them sound intriguing anymore.(less)
Blah... I started writing this whole beautiful review... and my giant thumbs pressed the wrong button on my tablet deleting the whole thing! What you n...moreBlah... I started writing this whole beautiful review... and my giant thumbs pressed the wrong button on my tablet deleting the whole thing! What you need to know- the book is awesome. Great love story with family issues adding to the drama. Who doesn't love a book with a family more screwed up than your own and some romance? It isn't that love at first sight junk either! Like Park, this book is a keeper.
*Receieved a copy for review through NetGalley(less)
Another hit by Rainbow Rowell. I LOVED "Fangirl"! I only found 2 things wrong with the book. 1- When the twins turned 18 they talked about all the thi...moreAnother hit by Rainbow Rowell. I LOVED "Fangirl"! I only found 2 things wrong with the book. 1- When the twins turned 18 they talked about all the things they could now due and included seeing a Rated R movie, but they would have been able to watch rated R movies for the past year. 2- Cath kept taking a rubber band out of her hair... they are called hair elastics or elastics! It just makes me cringe every time I think of someone taking a rubber band out of their hair because it would rip their hair out from the roots. Maybe this is one of those words that is different all over the country, like pop or coke, but it just made me cringe.
The rest of the book was pure wonderfulness. I love how Rainbow Rowell writes about these beautiful love stories without having to add sex. It is taking all my energy for me not go to completely fangirl on "Fangirl". The book is just amazing and I can't see what Rainbow Rowell comes up with next. (less)
"Unwind" is amazing. I read this book a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it! You may have seen me around the library having conversation...more"Unwind" is amazing. I read this book a week ago and I still can't stop thinking about it! You may have seen me around the library having conversations about this book with staff. I have read a lot of dystopian, but I found myself completely unsettled by this book. There was a part that was making me sick to my stomach because it was so horrifying- it may be the most terrifying part of any book I have ever read.
While this is a teen book, I think any book group could read this book and have a lively discussion for hours. It touches upon some very interesting issues that politicians have been arguing about for decades (if not longer).(less)
"Dear Catastrophe Waitress" is exactly the type of book I have been looking for! Not only did I have trouble putting it down, but it is about characte...more"Dear Catastrophe Waitress" is exactly the type of book I have been looking for! Not only did I have trouble putting it down, but it is about characters in their 20's! YAY! Maybe I just haven't been searching hard enough, but I have been having a difficult time finding books with characters in their 20s.
Here are some real reasons to read the book. I loved the two main characters. Yes they had their problems, but they were realistic. It's the story of two people just trying to find their way in a cruel world. Yes this book deals with serious issues, but it is also really funny. One of the main characters actually dresses in a purple suit and sings songs about poop to children, which sounds completely juvenile, but it ends up being a cute addition to the story. I like when characters don't take themselves too seriously! (less)