This title was a book club pick for me and I wasn't too impressed. Nothing about it grabbed me, not the characters, not the setting, neither the roman...moreThis title was a book club pick for me and I wasn't too impressed. Nothing about it grabbed me, not the characters, not the setting, neither the romance nor the angst. All have been done better in other stories. The ending felt unresolved and left me unsatisfied. Overall, this story was just okay.
What wasn't okay, however, about the audio book is the intro...a series of monotonous emails which can be easily skipped over and/or skimmed in the print version is spelled out in excruciating detail. Everything is read from the sender and recipient's email addresses right down to the date and time the email was sent. The narrator drones on and on for almost a half hour!
If this book sounds remotely interesting to you, do yourself a favor and make sure you pick up a print copy. (less)
It took months for me to finish listening to the audio version of this book. Not because it was poorly narrated, it wasn't, but because I just didn't...moreIt took months for me to finish listening to the audio version of this book. Not because it was poorly narrated, it wasn't, but because I just didn't care for the characters. Now that I've finished I realize that was the whole point. It was a story about two unlikable people getting what they deserve out of life. Well written, full of plot twists, but overall a depressing story not intended to make the reader feel good at the end. Not my cup of tea. (less)
She makes some interesting points, but the author is clearly struggling with an eating disorder herself which I don't believe is as "under control" as...moreShe makes some interesting points, but the author is clearly struggling with an eating disorder herself which I don't believe is as "under control" as she thinks, and that fact diminishes her credibility. (less)
I'm fascinated by all things French and this audiobook held my attention. Unfortunately my tweens are too old for me to adopt this parenting style. Wi...moreI'm fascinated by all things French and this audiobook held my attention. Unfortunately my tweens are too old for me to adopt this parenting style. Wish I'd read this 12 years ago. (less)
I am a sucker for juicy celebrity tell-all and since I had a poster of the two Coreys hanging in my bedroom throughout my middle school years, this bo...moreI am a sucker for juicy celebrity tell-all and since I had a poster of the two Coreys hanging in my bedroom throughout my middle school years, this book seemed like a no brainer for my TBR pile.
Unfortunately I didn't love the story as much as I wanted to.
There were sections of the book that were extremely fascinating like Corey's behind the scenes gossip from the sets of The Goonies, Stand by Me and The Lost Boys and the details of his friendship with Michael Jackson (as I type this review, my son sits on the bed next to me playing with a Michael Jackson doll I bought for him off eBay #strangecoincidence).
But there were large sections of the book I found tragic and disturbing. Corey gives intimate details of the sexual abuse both he and Cory Haim suffered at the hands of pedophiles.
The two Coreys were linked with the bubble gum and bicycles of my tween years but this book reveals their carefree public persona was nothing like real life. Coreyography was not poorly written*, it was just heavier and more depressing than I like in my celeb autobiographies.
*Although the book wasn't poorly written, some sections of the audio performance read by the author were downright cringeworthy. Between Feldman's Shatnerian syntax to his outright mispronunciations I couldn't help but wonder don't they have the equivalent of copy editors for audio books? The most glaring mispronunciation was when Corey pronounced the word "emblazoned" with a short a sound...emBLAHzoned. (less)
You know those disclaimers bloggers need to provide at the end of their reviews? Well let’s set the record straight right now. I know this author (we...moreYou know those disclaimers bloggers need to provide at the end of their reviews? Well let’s set the record straight right now. I know this author (we blog together). I’m invested in this author. I want her to do well. She sent me a free review copy, and then I went out and bought her book anyway. I’m thrilled to pieces about her debut release…
…But I was a little bit scared to read it.
Between you and me (and several thousand people on Goodreads), it was like meeting your friend’s baby for the first time and hoping he’s cute. Not that you’d ever let on, but you’d feel sooooo sorry for your buddy if he wasn’t! I’m happy to report Serena has nothing to worry about. No cone-shaped heads or unsightly birthmarks here. Her baby is absolutely adorable (think Shiloh Pitt or Suri Cruise cute--minus the temper tantrums and high heels).
THE RYN is the story of knights and princesses, secret destinies, and mythical bear-man creatures. It’s a beautiful cross between fantasy and fairytale with amazingly intricate world building. I was perfectly content visiting the world Serena created. There was a scene toward the beginning involving the heroine and her brother that made me laugh out loud and I thought “there’s Serena’s humor!” in the same way you might comment “your baby has your eyes.”
Then something amazing happened.
With a brilliant display of craft, the author flipped the script on both her main character and the readers and sucked us deeper into this fairytale. A vine of tangled ivy couldn’t have held my attention any more securely. At that point, THE RYN stopped being Serena’s baby and became my story. I took up residence, I moved in. I became Rose and oh-my-word, it was me falling in love with the handsome knight Sir Julien.
Serena Chase has created a world in which any fantasy lover would gladly spend the day. It is full of allegory, adventure, mystery and just enough romance to satisfy this romance fan.
Bravo my friend on your glorious debut, and bring on THE REMEDY!
Sometime during my prepubescent years, long before I was old enough to actually read a Stephen King novel, I watched the movie Carrie which, in additi...moreSometime during my prepubescent years, long before I was old enough to actually read a Stephen King novel, I watched the movie Carrie which, in addition to scarring me for life, firmly imprinted on my psyche that horror was just not my genre. It took an additional 30 years for me to develop even a passing interest in the author.
But I kept seeing the title 11/22/63 popping up on Goodreads and the subject intrigued me. After verifying with multiple sources that its genre was definitely not HORROR, I decided to give it a try. I can't believe what I've been missing! King is a masterful storyteller and I enthusiastically recommend the Audible.com version of the book(I alternated between listening and reading), the narration is excellent.
11/22/63 is the story of a man who travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. It reads like a cross between The Time Traveler's Wife and Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (if It's a Wonderful Life came with a heaping dose of suspense). Not too much romance to turn off the guys, but just enough to satisfy saps like me. I completely enjoyed living in King's version of late 1950's, though I probably wouldn't have liked the real thing.
King hammers home a couple of themes throughout: 1. The Past is obdurate. 2. The Past harmonizes. And King makes the Past a character all his own, a character who adds just the faintest supernatural creep factor to the story.
I absolutely loved this book. More than I've loved a book in a very long time. While I doubt I'll ever put the likes of Pet Cemetery on my Goodreads shelf, I will definitely check out some of King's other work for my next five star read. (less)
Ugh, awful on so many levels. Utterly unbelievable plot points (even after adjusting for the fact this is paranormal fiction). The author drew antagon...moreUgh, awful on so many levels. Utterly unbelievable plot points (even after adjusting for the fact this is paranormal fiction). The author drew antagonists that were stereotypical cartoon caricatures of Christians (and I couldn't help but wonder if I saw little bias seeping through). But the worst of all was all the adult content masquerading as a YA book.
It's always a shame when a book with such a great premise winds up being a dud, but take my word for it, the best part of this novel was the blurb. (less)