First off, this cover is awesome. Judge this book by it's cover!! This New Adult genre just keeps g...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First off, this cover is awesome. Judge this book by it's cover!! This New Adult genre just keeps getting better. When the genre just popped into existence a while back, I really didn't know what to expect. Young Adult had encompassed so much and I was just accustomed to it but I'm glad that New Adult has taken these books out of YA. New Adult books are quickly becoming my favorite and this book is a really good reason as to why.
I wasn't expecting this book to be funny and there are quite a few places where I would chuckle to myself. The back and forth between characters is great and really makes me wonder if these convos are things that have actually happened to the author and she's just writing them down ... they are that good. Now, something to keep in mind is that this book does take place in Australia and there is a bunch of lingo that will be a bit unfamiliar to quite a few people. Thank goodness I fell in love with the movie Bootmen eons ago and I was able to keep up. BTW, if you haven't seen that movie ... you totally need to ... I'm talking Sam Worthington and Adam Garcia. You can thank me later. Anyhow ... there is some Australian lingo. You'll be fine. I promise.
Upside Down really got to me. The struggle that Talia and Bran go through separately and then together was very moving. You can almost feel their heartbreak and the push and pull of their emotions. It's something that will stay with me for a while since reading this. You become attached and almost protective of the characters from pretty much the very beginning of the novel. I also wanted to throttle both of them a time or two!
Lia Riley is someone that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on. The way that she writes is captivating and I'm really excited to see what her next novels hold. This is her first!!! Very impressive. Now, as a side note ... I would like to thank Riley for some new words and definitions. One in particular made me laugh out loud and I wish that I could say what word it is but I don't have a final copy of the book, I just have an ARC, so I'm not for sure that it will end up in the final book. I truly hope that it does!!!!
Great book. You have to pick it up when it hits shelves on Tuesday, August 5th. Yep. I totally just plugged this book. It's that good.(less)
The cover of this one really caught my eye. I was interested to see what this new (to me) author ha...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
The cover of this one really caught my eye. I was interested to see what this new (to me) author had up his sleeve because the concept of this novel sounded pretty interesting. Unfortunately, it just didn't hold my attention like I wish that it could have.
It's not a bad book ... even with it being an ARC it was polished. For those of you who don't know, an ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy ... it's basically just a copy of the book made specifically for reviewers ... there usually isn't a cover, there are probably still grammar/punctuation/spelling issues. It's main job is to get the book out there before it's actually published so that it can create a buzz before it hits shelves. Anyway ... finding an ARC without any issues is pretty rare and I was happy to see how well it was put together. But nothing else really added up for me.
Is it exciting? Yes. Is it fast paced? Yes. Is it quite confusing? YES! I'd like to think of myself as someone who isn't an idiot but I'm beginning to wonder if that is accurate at all because this book really gave me a run for my money ... haha ... run ... anyway ... there was just too much ... I don't know. Too much intrigue? Gosh. I guess the word intrigue will work ... I can't come up a good word to describe what I mean without spoiling something important.
Here's the deal ... it's like seeing a cat and knowing that it's a cat but then having someone come up to you and convince you that the person who taught you that it was a cat was totally lying to you and what you thought was a cat is actually a dog. But then the person who first taught you that it was a cat comes back and informs you that the person who told you it was a dog was just trying to fool you and that it actually is a cat and you start to believe them. But then a third person comes up and tries to convince you that the first two people are pulling the wool over your eyes and what you were told were cats and dogs were actually hippos. Are you confused yet? Yeah. That's what this novel was for me. There was just to much flip-flopping and it's not that I couldn't keep up with it but that it totally lost my interest.
I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, they felt a little shallow to me ... almost like shells of a person because they just didn't have any depth in my mind. I didn't really care about the outcome of the novel because I just wasn't invested in the characters. It really pains me to say that since there is so much work that goes into writing a novel but there it is. (less)
Usually I don't pick up a novel that is in the middle of a series if I haven't read it's predecesso...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Usually I don't pick up a novel that is in the middle of a series if I haven't read it's predecessors. But I made an exception for this one and I'm glad that I did. And this is the first book that I've read by Rebecca York ... I'm now looking forward to more things from her. At least the next in this series.
First, I was REALLY impressed with the beginning sequences. She used the word blood spatter. Spatter. Unlike most authors who use splatter or splash or whatever. Hey, don't shy away now, this is just a small part. Very small part and not the focus of the book but it was the use of the correct term that made me love the author in the first handful of pages. Don't look at the screen all weird, wondering why I'M weird. My dad was a criminalist (crime scene investigator) when I was growing up and I had a totally un-normal childhood because of it. For one of my science fairs, I did bullet identification and at another one, blood spatter. Yeah, it was creepy. My teachers probably thought that I was psychotic. But it's what I grew up with ... heading to Dad's lab to check stuff out. Anyway ... that's why I was so impressed with the correct words. It really had no influence on my rating, but I was tickled, so I wanted to mention it.
Okay, let's see ... I really liked the characters. You really got to know where they came from and why they act like they do and all of that. There were some times that I thought their rationalization for some actions were a little shallow. I think that some scenes could have delved even further ... gotten grittier. But it didn't ruin the book. There were a few surprises, for the most part, I kind of picked pretty much everything out. If you can still enjoy a novel when you know what is going to happen, that says a lot. I really wish that we could have gotten to know some of the secondary characters a little more - I would have been okay if the novel had stretched out a little longer so that I had a bit more background.
All in all, this novel got me interested in the series and I'm pretty interested in reading the next one and pretty much anything else that York comes out with. (less)
I was lucky enough to receive this book before it came out and I only have one thing to say after...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was lucky enough to receive this book before it came out and I only have one thing to say after reading Rules of Survival: YES!!!! Yes, yes, yes and HELL YES!! Dude, if I didn't think that I would hurt myself or someone else if I attempted to dance ... I would totally dance an awesome jig and burn up the dance floor right now.
Man, I didn't realize how much of a book slump I had been in lately. This novel gave me a nice smack in the face. I know that sounds crazy but I guess I was just comfortable reading "okay" books lately. Nothing had really knocked my socks off in months ... until this. Gosh, I don't even know where to start.
That's a lie. I totally know where to start. It's where everyone will want to start. With Shaun. Dear, sweet, way-too-young-for-me-but-utterly-irresistable, tortured, Shaun. I'll just tell you this much, Jus Accardo can write a great character. Just the back and forth between Shaun and Mikayla was awesome. They totally fed off of each other (conversation wise) and it was almost as if I was watching an interaction between a couple of my friends. I loved watching Shaun and Mikayla's relationship grow and morph into something that neither of them had expected.
Heck, Accardo can write a great anything for that matter. I was sucked into the story from the moment I cracked the spine on this one. Well, I didn't actually crack the spine because I read this on my Kindle. Fine. I was sucked into the story from the moment I swiped my finger across the screen. See? Not quite as moving. Speaking of moving ... I have a bit more to talk about once I'm done with this little derailment ... okay. I've never had the opportunity to live a life on the run, so I don't know exactly what it's like to not have a permanent place to stay, a steady income and food readily available. But with the way things are laid out in this novel, it was almost as if I had experienced everything on these pages. The author has a way of just totally engaging the reader and it's nothing that I've experienced in quite a while.
I will definitely be reading something else from this author in the near future and this is one of those books that my friends have to read if they want to stay in my circle of trust. (less)
I was super intrigued by Cinderella's Dress when I was approached to give it a read. I mean, come o...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was super intrigued by Cinderella's Dress when I was approached to give it a read. I mean, come on. I may be in my (very)(okay, maybe closer to mid) 30's but I remember hoping for my own Prince Charming and wishing that I could have a fairy godmother when I was a little girl. And now, Cinderella's dress might be real?!? I had to try this novel out. We all want that little piece of magic and that is what I hoped was within these pages.
You know, it was a pretty good book. A little slow ... that's why I gave it 3 stars. The story was completely enchanting, even if it was a bit confusing at times with all of the Polish. But the story itself was something that really swept me up. The whole premise was something new and one that I think would appeal to a lot of readers. If it weren't so slow it would have been amazing ... oh and sometimes it would skip ahead MONTHS and not give any indication that that had happened. I really thought I had received an incomplete copy a couple of times. If there had been a "A few months later ... " heading or something. Anything would have worked. Those jumps in time with no warning or immediate explanation made the book start and stop and it just impeded the flow of the whole novel.
You'll fall in love with Johnny and his interactions with the main character, Kate. She's a spunky one that kept Johnny on his toes - their conversations were fun to read. This is definitely a book to give a go. Maybe my expectations of pace is faster than yours. Cinderella's dress would be good to read if you're looking for a sweet, carefree, pool read. (less)
Everyone has that handful of authors ... the ones that are a sure thing. You know if you pick up on...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Everyone has that handful of authors ... the ones that are a sure thing. You know if you pick up one of their novels that you're in for a great read and you don't give it a second thought. Karin Slaughter is one of those authors for me. My mom branched out one time and read one of her novels and then when she suggested it to me, I was hooked. I used to be one of those readers who stuck to the basics: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, and Stephen King. These four authors were in my circle of trust and I NEVER read outside the circle. I was too afraid that if I picked up another author, I will have wasted my time on a bad book. I was foolish. All of those reading years, wasted on safe authors!! Well, Slaughter was really my first time betraying my circle. It was so worth it. Karin Slaughter is amazing. Her Grant County series is one of my all-time favorites. She has such a way with words and it completely draws you in. I have re-read that series alone probably ten times and I enjoyed what I've read of the Will Trent series also.
Which makes what I'm about to say so much more difficult. I didn't like this one at all. I tried connecting with Cop Town and it just didn't happen. It was well written, don't get me wrong. But it failed to grab me like all of her other novels. Maybe it was because it was set in the 70's and that decade is just completely foreign to me. That sounds weird since I was born in 1980 but I've had similar issues with reading other novels from that time period.
First of all, it wasn't a bad book. It was just as well written as her previous novels. It was just as well edited, thought out and researched. I found it kind entirely too easy to put down. Cop Town just didn't blow my skirt up. And I wanted to love this book. Who am I kidding, when I saw that Slaughter had a new novel out, it was like my unborn child ... I loved it before I had seen it. But the stork dropped this baby in an ugly tree before it reached its destination.
Remember, this is just my take on it ... you'll probably love it like most of the people who have read it so far. It's highly rated and a ton of authors that I love have really enjoyed it. So I'm probably out of my mind and temporarily delusional ... so give it a shot and prove me wrong!(less)
First of all ... longest. Blurb. Ever. Moving on ... I can't even ... (sigh) ... I just don't ... oy...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
First of all ... longest. Blurb. Ever. Moving on ... I can't even ... (sigh) ... I just don't ... oy vey.
I was VERY conflicted about the rating because in my head, I wanted to give it one star but my heart wouldn't let me because I did finish this novel. Barely. I made so many notes, I just don't know where to start.
Right from the beginning, I found Spotlight a bit creepy. And stalker-ish. I just noted that over and over and over again. I mean, the author took great pains to note how the main character wasn't a stalker fangirl and then each sentence following that declaration was just a sign to the contrary. It was page after page of obsession, creepy stalk-ery and stalk-ishness. Maybe it was the constant "Not a fangirl" commentary that really made it stand out in my mind.
After you get through that awkward first section, the book takes this sharp, face-first dive into left field. I was totally confused by change in the focus of the book. I felt like it really came out of no where and and I don't think that the ten page blurb on the back gave any indication that there would be this shift in the plot. Now don't get me wrong ... I'm not saying that I want to know all of the secrets of a book up front. Come on, why would I read if that were the case?!? But I would like for the changes or surprises to actually kinda go with the flow of the book. Two words from my days in Latin class kept coming to mind ... non sequitur. I knew all of those hours studying a dead language would come in handy.
There was also this weird section where it felt like reading a marketing handbook ... again, the book totally shifted focus and it just didn't make sense. Oh, and the company Lily works for had their website plugged so many times in the book that I actually looked it up to see if it was a real company. It felt like it was forced into the book WAY too many times and it became really old. Mentioning it that many times was totally unnecessary and we can talk about it more on my blog, Little Miss Bookmark unless you don't like hearing what my blog, Little Miss Bookmark thinks, in which case, my blog, Little Miss Bookmark will probably go ahead and give you Little Miss Bookmark's (<--- my blog) opinion anyway because (my blog--->) Little Miss Bookmark thinks that her opinion is totally important. You get what I'm saying.
Lastly, it was a boring romance. Dude, it was a total wet blanket. When I pick up a novel, I want to be transported into another life. An interesting one, preferably. I don't want to read something that could happen to one of my friends ... if it's a romance novel, I want the book to make me fall in love again. I want to experience what I felt when I first met my husband. I want to find the pet names endearing and not annoying and fake. I don't want a rubbing-my-feet-on-the-carpet kind of spark ... I want to be struck by lightening. I want to get that giddy feeling of knowing that these two people in the book would be perfect together. I just want to be swept up by it all and not smacked in the face with a dead fish. So frustrating.
After writing this review, I've totally changed my mind on my rating. Reliving this novel through my notes has made me even more disappointed with everything on its pages. It was a total let down and now I'm going to have to give it only one star. I hate doing that but I think it all comes down to the fact that I just didn't get it. I didn't get the motivation, the struggles, the fanstalkery, the sad romance or anything in between. I hate not liking a book. (Sigh)(less)
It was pretty interesting diving into Courier. I was born in 1980 so I thought that what I was feel...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
It was pretty interesting diving into Courier. I was born in 1980 so I thought that what I was feeling while reading was equal to what Marty McFly would have gone through when he jumped into the DeLorean with Doc Brown. (That was a Back to the Future reference in case you didn't have a fulfilling childhood and have never seen that movie.) Anyhow ... I had no idea that this was how couriers actually operated back then.
Courier gave me what I'm assuming is a fairly accurate accounting of what is going on in D.C. as the whole Watergate scandal explodes into a fiery disaster. I've heard my parents talk about Watergate but I've never done any real reading up on the subject ... since reading Courier, I have actually spent a couple of hours looking stuff up because now I'm super interested.
Courier moves at a pretty fast speed and keeps the reader fully engaged and on the edge of their seat. Now, I've never ridden a motorcycle and I think that people who have will find those parts a little more interesting. I did find myself skimming the parts where it talked about clutches and popping whatever it is that you pop when you drive a stick ... I have no idea how to drive a manual transmission ... so these parts were pretty much written in Chinese for me.
The writing was stellar throughout the entire book. Irving is such an amazing author that I could practically feel the wind blowing through my hair as the main character, Rick Putnam, raced up and down back alleys and busy streets. I'm betting it is spot on considering Terry Irving was a courier in this same historical time-frame. Man, I can only imagine the stories that he has to tell ... come to think of it ... was this one of his stories? How much of this is actually fictional ...
While the book did slow down a little for me about a third of the way through, it picked right back up and I was able to gain back my momentum. All in all, this is a pretty entertaining book and I'm hoping that Irving will have a memoir or something either coming out (or maybe it's already on shelves?) because I know that he must have some awesome stories to tell and I would love to hear them. (less)
I'm sure you can tell by my one star rating that this one really missed the mark for me. This is not...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I'm sure you can tell by my one star rating that this one really missed the mark for me. This is not a book that was made for me ... or anyone that likes having money, for that matter. I know that sounds really weird ... who doesn't like money?!? Or at least who doesn't like what money can buy ... like food and stuff. From the very first page, I got this distinct feeling that the main character in the book hated money. Or the author hates money. Someone (either within the pages or outside of them) HATES money. Now, was this written? No, it was just the feeling I got just from reading.
I just felt a lot of hatred from this one ... the character hates her friends, her fiance, her chosen career and basically herself. She just seems really bitter and although the pages really go out of their way to say that the main character isn't jealous but every other sentence is just laced with an underlying hatred of pretty much everyone and everything around her.
Maybe Almost Royalty isn't subliminally about hating money. Maybe it's intended to be wittily sarcastic or darkly funny. Maybe I just read the book wrong. When I got about halfway through the book, I went back to the beginning and reread the first chapter. I was just hoping that I would get a different feeling or something would click and make the rest of the novel slide into the fun chick lit genre that I had initially categorized it. Unfortunately, that click never happened. If anything, my rereading the beginning just kind of cemented my initial take.
Now, this is just my opinion. Take it with a grain of salt. This novel is wildly popular on Goodreads right now and I'm hoping that is how it stays. I'd rather be in the minority with my negative reviews than be surrounded by a bunch of other party-poopers, like myself.(less)
First of all, I ADORE the name of the heroine in this one!! Indigo Blackwood? Are you kidding me?!...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
First of all, I ADORE the name of the heroine in this one!! Indigo Blackwood? Are you kidding me?!? Awesome name full of spunk and sass, just like the young lady who claims it as hers. After you really get to know Indigo, you can just see that no other name would do that girl justice. Love it.
You know, this one had a slow start for me. It's not that it isn't written well, it is. It just took a while to work up to a good momentum for me. Haha ... I wrote a weird note in regards to the slow start of this one ... I think I may have written it after only sleeping for an hour and a half while we were vacationing at the beach ... not getting any sleep is my little sister's fault, by the way ... anyway, I wrote this:
Slow start to this one but when it picks up, hold onto your Sunday hat, Bessie!
Now ... I don't know anyone named Bessie and I don't know what hold onto your Sunday hat means but I'm assuming that I meant that the pace of the book picked up considerably. Because that's what happened. All joking aside, I'll definitely need to reread the beginning of Hexed just to see if maybe lack of sleep made me slow in the head and not the book ... if that's the case, I'll change my rating because the slow start was the ONLY reason why this book didn't get five stars.
I really became attached to Indigo and Bishop. Oh, dear Bishop. New book crush! He is such a pain in the butt and I really enjoyed his ornery attitude. But I like the ornery ones - I married their king. Soooo ... back on track ... characters are very well written. I found them to be totally personable and easy to connect with - which is great and I'm sure very hard to do for an author.
There are so many amazing quotes that I really want to share with everyone but I can't!!! The book isn't out and I don't have a final copy, just an ARC, so I can't share a quote unless I know that it's in the book ... which is kinda crappy because they are REALLY good. Guess you'll just have to pick it up and try it out!! You won't be disappointed. I promise!! (less)
Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually hate it. Detest it. When I finish a book and it's looking like it's going to get just one star, I always go back and reread ... just looking for something, anything to grasp onto that I like. Anything that could pull a book out of the very deep grave that my mind has dug for it. But sometimes I can't change my own mind. This is one of those situations.
I was really excited when I picked it up, the blurb on the back made me bump this puppy to the very beginning of my to-read list. But from the very first page, I had this moment of dread. It was just so ... weird. The story felt disconnected from the Ethan character. I mean, I wasn't interested in the story. Because the launch of the story was so weird, I found myself skimming immediately and then on like page 4 when it got to the part with him meeting Prenna ... WEIRD. What would a teenager honestly do if they found a naked girl in the woods and she looked like she was freaked out and had been through some sort of trauma? Would they just hand over their coat and watch her walk away? I sure as hell hope not. I hope that if my boys ever encounter this weird scenario that they would at least yell for help or go get someone or follow her or SOMETHING ... and not behave like this ...
"Oh ... hi, nekkid and muddy chick crouching in front of me ... would you like my jacket? You look totally traumatized, oh ... you want to wander off all by yourself? Cool, I'm just going to go look for my fishing rod because that's totally more important than helping to find out what is going on with you! YOLO, bitches!"
Now that obviously wasn't in the book ... it was how my mind interpreted those first few pages. The disconnect that I was talking about with Ethan happened with every single character that I encountered. There just wasn't much to them, they were very shallow - not conceited shallow but undeveloped shallow. When I pick up a book, I want the characters to feel real and these just didn't. Then the shallowness bled over into the story. You never find out deep reasoning as to any important questions that you start to wonder about throughout the story.
I mean, this book isn't just total crap, it's grammatically correct (hey, that's a HUGE deal in my mind) and the cover is pretty. The amazing grammar and gorgeous cover seemed to be the lipstick on a very ugly pig. Unfortunately, the lipstick wasn't amazing enough to cover up the fact that the book is just ... not good. It's really sad that I'm probably going to forget about this book the moment I pick up my next read.
By no means does this mean that you shouldn't check the book out. Prove me wrong!! Love this book! It's just not for me. (less)
Man. This is a tough one for me. I don't know. It just didn't blow my skirt up. I don't even know...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Man. This is a tough one for me. I don't know. It just didn't blow my skirt up. I don't even know where to start. Maybe it's too much fantasy. It's based in a landscape and world that aren't anything like what we live in today. There really isn't much for someone to relate to ... people's lives revolve around the meteor shower ... artifacts rain down from the heavens but most are broken by the time they hit and people go out searching for anything valuable to trade for things that they need. The people are nomads, just traveling from one town to the next, never really making any connections ... this part of the story just made the book seem more ... impersonal.
The characters were okay ... I liked Piper a bit. She seemed like a strong female lead for someone who was on her own when her father moved to work at a plant and then subsequently passed away. But she was just not a complete character for me. She lacked ... spice ... heck, I don't know how to explain it. For such a strong lead, I would have though she would have some more of that umph. I did like how she was with Anna, though ... taking her under her wing and everything. And Gee ... his transition ... was interesting and unexpected.
It was just paragraph after paragraph of descriptions and explanations and I found myself skimming more and more. Yes, there was some action, it wasn't totally boring but there just needed to be more dialogue. More something. Once you get about 80 pages in, things start to pick up big-time. But it was a rough 80 pages to trudge through.
After reading the last page, I'm left with more questions than answers. This book isn't logged as part of a series but I don't see how it can just end this way. In any case, I'm okay with it ending like it did. I don't believe that I would read a second book in this series if there was one.(less)
I was super excited about this one because one of my best girlfriends really enjoyed this book and...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I was super excited about this one because one of my best girlfriends really enjoyed this book and we hardly ever have a differing opinion on books. Well, we had a differing opinion on this book. I like the whole angels vs. demons thing ... I've read a few series based on this and it's pretty intriguing. Reading the blurb on this one made me bump it to the top of my To-Read list. A girl moving to a podunk town with her dad where there was a paranormal family living and she's the only one who can sense something is different about them ... hmm ... that sounds VAGUELY familiar ... well even though I hoped that there was no one sparkly in this book, I was really excited to dive into it.
I just had a really hard time getting into this one. And I shouldn't have. It was a really interesting read right from the beginning. But even though it was interesting ... I just couldn't attach myself to the story. Some of the jokes were super corny ... I really wasn't expecting that in a New Adult novel. It was almost elementary humor. I found myself rolling my eyes instead of doubled over in laughter and that was a bit of a let down. And every time I read the word "eh-hole", I got a little closer to slamming a hammer into my Kindle. I know that this is a book about teenagers so the whole teenage vernacular shouldn't have been surprising and it wasn't ... but combined with the weird spellings, it was just over the top and just ... too much. Way too much.
Now, I HATE it when a reviewer bases their rating of a book on how much a book resembles another one. Like similarities between two series and stuff. Sometimes they just seem similar. Sometimes they just ARE similar. Come on, it happens. Everyone is influenced by something. Anyhow, I try to not base my rating on my thoughts of another book. That being said, I feel totally confident saying this since I haven't read the book that I'm going to mention right now. And don't start shaking your head and wondering how I became a book blogger without reading this series, I just did. To this day, I still don't know why I haven't read it. Derailment. Crap. Okay. In this book there is a scar. It is in a location that is similar to a wildly popular series. Granted, it's not in the shape of a lightning bolt but the placement is eerily close - ESPECIALLY considering that one of the characters last name in this book is Patronus. Hell, I can't hear that word and not think of a damn deer. It didn't make me not like the book, it was just this irritating bug flitting around while I was reading.
I've never really read a book that has as many metaphors and similes in it. You know, when I noted the metaphor thing, I really started to question why seeing so many of them bothered me and I can't give you an honest opinion as to why. It kind of reminded me of long car rides with our two boys. Man, I think that the boys scheme ahead of time and make a bet on how many times they can kick the back of our seats before I have a meltdown. Maybe that's what the metaphors were. Just the 431st kick to the back of my seat.
In any case, my friend loved this book and she has pretty good taste ... look at who her friend is! So you should give it a try and maybe you've just been introduced to your new favorite series!(less)
Usually, after I finish a book and it comes time to write up the review, I have a pretty clear ide...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Usually, after I finish a book and it comes time to write up the review, I have a pretty clear idea of what I'll be saying about the book. I'll have looked through my notes and formulated what I see as being the best (and most fair) review for me to share. This time ... I'm having a hard time really grasping what I want points I want to hit on and what views to express. Nothing to say? It's not that ... it's never THAT with me, I always have something to say ... I think that it's just taking a while to fully process this book.
If there is anything that you take away from this review, it needs to be this ... this book is absolutely amazing. It is THE best YA book that I have ever read. And you may want to sit down for this ... it's better than my favorite book, Divergent (GASP). I know. I. Know. Dude, I thought that the sun and moon set on Divergent. Well, Divergent has been bumped. And it would take a lot for me to say that. This book had me from the first two sentences. Can you imagine being hooked on a book, falling in love with a character, loving an author and knowing that this book is going to be amazing from the first two sentences?!? It happened. The heroine of the novel, Tella, is just ... captivating. She's sassy and cynical and passive aggressive and funny. She masks her sadness and uncomfortable situations with smart ass remarks. LOVE her smart-ass-ed-ness (yes, it's totally a word). It's nothing short of refreshing. And yes ... part of that could be because Tella seems like me. Reading her dialogue and thoughts was almost like taking a peek inside my head ... it was weird.
Gosh, I don't know where to go next ... the landscape that Tella is thrust into is quite amazing. It's written in a way that it almost becomes tangible. You feel like you are right there next to Tella, trudging through the jungle. It was like this throughout the entire book. And it flowed into the characters as well ... by this I mean that the characters were so realistic that they seemed like someone you know. Each of the characters was so thought out and so ... complete. And the best part is that right when you think that you know these characters like you know yourself, something shifts and you find out that they aren't who you thought that they were. Awe. Some.
Haha ... I write tons and tons of notes when I read a book ... things that I need to remember, quotes I love, that kind of thing. Well, I wrote this one note and I just have to share it. I was almost done with the book, it was a little after midnight and apparently, I was a bit loopy. This is what I wrote:
Just when you think that you know what is going on, the author twirls you around, smacks your ass and then laughs at you.
And that really sums up the book. This is the first book that I've read by Victoria Scott but it will not be the last. There were tons of plot twists that really took me by surprise. Did I pick out a few of them? Yes. Okay, well ... I actually only figured out one ahead of time. The rest were TOTAL surprises. That kind of thing doesn't happen to me very often these days. It may be because I've read so many books or because after having our two boys, nothing really surprises me anymore. And that's pretty sad, I like being surprised with some twist in a story and this book was the perfect example of twisty-turneys (also, totally a word). There is only one thing that I regret about this book and it's that it's not out yet. Which means that #2 won't be out for a very long time and THAT is a huge downer.
I want to say so much more but I don't want to ruin the surprises. But you need to go read this book because it's going to be wildly popular pretty quickly. I just know it.(less)
Oh, Elusion. How fitting that I finished this book today when it is going to be live and on shelve...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Oh, Elusion. How fitting that I finished this book today when it is going to be live and on shelves tomorrow for it's big unveiling! SUCH mixed feelings about my rating for Elusion. I don't believe I've ever wavered so much when giving a book a score! Starting out, it was a solid 2.5 or 3 star book but the way that the last 1/4 of the book went, I had to boost it up to a 4 star.
So here's why I wavered ... the beginning of this book is ... hmm ... I don't want you to think that Elusion isn't good so I'm trying to think of the best way to say this ... wait, I've got it. The beginning of this book is like a stubborn, bull-headed kid who is dragging their feet and refuses to run. You know that this kid has some energy and momentum behind them but they just won't pick up their feet and show you what they've got! It's frustrating (bordering on annoying) but there's nothing that you can do to make this kid pick up the pace. You can't rush it, you just have to wait for it to happen. That's what the beginning was ... I didn't think that it was boring ... just very slow. Very, very slow. To the point where my husband made a comment about how it never takes me this long to read a book. My husband makes it a habit to never bring up what I'm reading or he knows that he's going to "get" to hear all about what I'm reading, going to read or want to read, what characters I love, authors I can't live without and so on and so forth. The speed of my reading must have been very weird for him to take a chance and say something knowing what might be in store for him if he did.
But (and it's a big ol' booty) ... it picks up. When it picks up, it's not this flash-paper type of situation, it's a slow, smoldering burn that quickly builds up into this raging fire that you just can't escape. So ... okay ... I think I'm all out of weird descriptions (you're welcome) and I'll get on with this dog and pony show.
Okay ... the meat of the story ... I don't really have any problems with the story except that I wish that there was more background on the society's lifestyle in this book. Why is the Earth trashed? Why is there this smelly rain, why the nasty clouds ... what happened?!? I think that I got distracted with those questions when the characters would do things like put on their oxygen masks. The story really didn't feel like it was totally unbelievable, so maybe the authors thought that they wouldn't bog the novel down with those types of descriptions but I think just one or two paragraphs with some reasoning would be appreciated.
The characters were pretty well written. I did think that a couple of them could do with a little more depth ... I would have loved to hear more about Regan and her best friend's relationship. At times in the beginning I found their friendship to be a little disjointed ... I didn't see as much friend-love between as I had hoped to ... they just didn't seem that close, to be honest. And then Josh ... I would have enjoyed finding out more about him and his past ... the surface of his story was skimmed but it felt almost unfinished.
Oh. Geez. I almost forgot. There is a lot of computer speak in this. A. Lot. Alotalot. I did skip paragraphs. And skim paragraphs. I think that this info was needed for the most part but it was just boring.
Now, all of that being said ... this was a pretty good book - one that I'll probably read again. Especially in the ending. Damn, that ending was pretty good. Not what I expected AT ALL. That last page just threw me for a big loop and left me sitting there wondering why I didn't blow through the book to begin with. Elusion isn't listed as the beginning of a series ... but it has to be with how the book ended. So go pick this up as soon as possible so that you can wait for the next one with me! (less)
Poor Loula! While reading this, I imagined that the triplets were three of our youngest son. And I shuddered. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy....morePoor Loula! While reading this, I imagined that the triplets were three of our youngest son. And I shuddered. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Well ... maybe I would.
Such a sweet story! I was really captivated by this book. The illustrations are adorable and the story line is something that most parents have been through.
I loved how all of the characters were written ... I think that my favorite speaking character was Gilbert ... he was so sweet and patient and played along with Loula.
Now ... my favorite non-speaking character is the cat that speaks giraffe! It doesn't get much cuter than that! (less)
I ♥ historical romance novels. To the point where I've often wondered if maybe I was born into the wrong century. I just adore novels set in the 1800'...moreI ♥ historical romance novels. To the point where I've often wondered if maybe I was born into the wrong century. I just adore novels set in the 1800's ... maybe that comes from my love of Jane Austen. She was one of the first authors I read when I started to get out of my R.L. Stein phase - which lasted entirely too long, if I must be honest. I had to have read Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice hundreds of times.
So needless to say, I was super excited to get my hands on Macnamara's first novel. (Insert frantic clapping and huge smile) I'm always looking for an untapped historical romance resource. I feel like I've read everything that is out there even though I know that that can't possibly be true. Anyhow ... A Most Devilish Rogue wasn't too shabby!!
I did find myself skimming some of the paragraphs. Nothing really serious or extensive ... at times it just felt like the story stopped and started in a few places. Do you know how they used to plow fields? They would hook a mule or a horse to a plow (or plough) and then someone would walk behind it in order to keep the plow and horse going straight. Well, it felt like this book's plow kept getting stuck on rocks or roots or something and it would just make the ride really jerky. But this is something that will probably get better with each book that Macnamara writes. I can't imagine that an absolutely perfect book is something that is easy to accomplish your first time out of the gates or there would be no need for the New York Times Bestseller list because all authors would be amazing. Whew. Totally off track. Hopefully you know where I was going with that though ... even though I'm not totally sure that I do ...
I did like how some of the characters were written, though. LOVED Benedict Revelstoke and his wife, Julia. I loved everything about both of them ... the way they spoke, how they were towards each other, how they treated the people around them ... they were, unfortunately, my favorite characters. It's unfortunate because they weren't the main characters in this book. George was okay ... he seemed a little spineless at times but other than that, I liked him. For the most part. And Isabelle ... the main character ... hmmm ... I don't know. I didn't really like how she was written at times. The way she flip-flopped between being absurdly desperate to totally standoffish became a little annoying. It made me wonder if the character had been fully explored before being written. And this could be how Macnamara intended and if that's the case, then she hit the nail on the head ... I just didn't enjoy it. But then again, I like a really strong female in a historical romance ... I think being a spunky and sassy female back in those days was such a rare thing and that's just what I personally like reading.
So all in all, not a bad book. I'll definitely be looking out for another book from this author.
I've tried reading this book numerous times over the past six months, give or take a few weeks. I'...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I've tried reading this book numerous times over the past six months, give or take a few weeks. I've tried. Tried and tried. I just couldn't get into it. It was to the point where I refused to let myself pick up another book until I finished this one and I was okay with just not reading anything. Now, it's just not common for me not to have a book or my Kindle in my hands 90% of the day. I'm always reading. Well, until I punished myself for not reading The Troop ... that was a long 4 days. Even after all of that, I still just can't get into this book.
From the very beginning, the style of writing just failed to speak to me. It felt weird and forced and just not ... not something that I could find myself getting lost in. It was almost painful for me and I don't mean to sound harsh or mean ... I've loved quite a few books that other people just didn't get and I've disliked books that the masses have adored (TFIOS). This is just the way that it is sometimes. It was just that time ... the shit or get off the pot time. I had to write a review.
Okay, so I like horror stories. Are they my favorite? No. But I really enjoy them sometimes. I've read my fair share of Stephen King novels and loved them ... the same with some Koontz novels. But this one ... ugh. I wish that I had a concrete reason as to why I didn't like it. The writing was weird to me and the flow of the story was just not my thing. All that being said, I didn't finish the novel. I HATE saying that. There are only a handful of novels that I've not actually finished because I insist on pushing through because you never know ... you might really enjoy a story after you get over that initial hill or the boring book plateau.
Sorry, it's just not for me but that might not be the case for you! You may love it and then you can tell me I'm wrong!(less)
Being a book reviewer isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Sure, you receive copies of books before they come out and it's almost like you're hearing...moreBeing a book reviewer isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Sure, you receive copies of books before they come out and it's almost like you're hearing juicy celebrity gossip before the rest of the world. Cracking open an unreleased book is ... exhilarating. I get this giddy, kid-on-Christmas-morning type of buzz just thinking about reading a yet-to-be-released installment from an author that I have followed for years or being the first to read how a character's life has changed due to some cliffhanger at the end of the previous book in a series or when you are one of the first to be able to read the very first book from a brand new author.
But there is also a very difficult side to reviewing books. Sometimes you have to dish out these less-than-stellar reviews about something that an author has slaved over for a crazy amount of time ... something that has probably become a best friend and/or enemy at many times during their writing process and has settled on being one of their greatest accomplishments and something they are very proud of.
The blurb for Middle Man was awesome ... millions stolen from Saddam, a soldier turned spy set out to solve the mystery of the stolen money with only a clue from his deceased father. That sounds amazing, right?
Unfortunately, this book just didn't hit the mark for me. I don't know what it was. Okay ... let me put it like this: books are like fish in a tank. There's a sign on the tank that says, "Don't tap the tank". I want a book to be the fish that I have to tap the tank for. I want to be banging on the tank like my life depends on it, trying to get the attention of this fish, repercussions be damned. I just didn't want to tap this tank. I wanted to walk by and drag my kiddos with me. Weird analogy, I know. But it's what popped in my head, so that's what you get.
I can't say for sure what it was about the book. I guess it could be in part within the first couple of scenes something that happened with a Marine sniper ... the whole scenario seemed weird to me. Not that I know from personal experience whether something about the military is true ... one of my favorite people is a Marine sniper and so I asked him what he thought ... he agreed with me that something was wonky (my word, not his - Marines don't say wonky, I'm sure).
Anyhow ... that one item didn't ruin the book. The writing wasn't BAD. The characters were well written, the story seemed full and it didn't seem to be lacking in any department. It could be that I've read so many Vince Flynn books that he has ruined me for military/spy authors.
I really wish that I had some concrete reason as to why the book and I didn't mesh. Sometimes, the book gods just aren't smiling down on you the day you start a new book.
Just because it missed the mark with me, doesn't mean that you won't love it! So if you're into the whole military/spy novel thing, you should definitely pick this one up and see what it's all about. You may have found a new author that you love. (less)
What to say ... this one is difficult for me to review. On one hand, the story line was one that I hadn't heard of before (that doesn't happen very of...moreWhat to say ... this one is difficult for me to review. On one hand, the story line was one that I hadn't heard of before (that doesn't happen very often!), the characters were pretty well written and the world that the author created were interesting. On the other hand ... it was just ... too much. This is considered a children's fiction book and it is very, VERY involved. There were tons of characters to keep track of and while I remembered all of them, sometimes it took me a moment to get back into the story.
That was another issue for me, the flow of the story seemed to start and stop every few pages because you were flip flopping between centuries and characters. Now, it's very likely that I had issues with that because I'm a stay at home mom and with two boys running around, I have to squeeze in reading time between taking care of those two monsters. But it really felt like I was in the car with a 15 year old who just got their permit and are learning how to use the break pedal ...
As a side note ... I really expected a tie in to the title by the time I was halfway through the book. But it really kept me guessing how it was going to happen and when. By about halfway through the book, I thought that maybe it should have been re-titled to The Doors or something. Anything having to do with the doors actually because that is what the story centered around for so long.
All of that being said, I did really like the conversations that the characters had ... I know that sounds weird but hear me out ... they went back and forth like a ping pong match and it was amusing to read. You can definitely envision actual conversations with this one, nothing seemed awkward or forced in that aspect.
I also liked the concept of doors leading to a new land or time. That was pretty interesting and I found myself wondering what they would encounter next. Each time I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued.
This isn't a BAD book but it's just not one of my favorites. I would probably try and read it again sometime. I mean, it really touched on all of the magical/fantasy/mythical creatures/beings and the like. I don't know if one more could have been
Oh, and Felinacious is an awesome name for a cat. Sounds pretentious, regal and lazy all at the same time.
I won The Rosie Project through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 07/26/2013!
Meh. That's how I feel about The Rosie Project. This book received 4.1...moreI won The Rosie Project through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 07/26/2013!
Meh. That's how I feel about The Rosie Project. This book received 4.11 stars on Goodreads. I usually really trust the star rating on Goodreads ... I use it constantly to give myself an idea of what to expect from a book and this time, I felt betrayed. I expected a four star book and I was saddled with a 1.5 star book. I decided to go ahead and give the book the extra half a star because at least the author was grammatically correct throughout the entire thing.
When I first heard about The Rosie Project, I was really excited. I thought that the premise was adorable and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. To my surprise, I won an ARC of the book through a Goodreads giveaway and I would get to read it before everyone else (insert nana-nana-na-na).
My excitement was quickly extinguished once I cracked open that book and read the first page. BORRRRING! Hell, I know that sounds so rude but it's what is going through my head. I would hate to sugarcoat things and spew sunshine and rainbows when that's not how I feel.
The main character is Don Tillman ... this Don character was a freaking nut job. He micromanaged his life down to the second. He is so stuck in the routine of his life that he doesn't actually live. He just exists. That's fine ... be anal retentive. Be weird. I have no problem with that. I have a problem with it a book being written like the back of a shampoo bottle. It was boring and I just couldn't wait for it to be over.
Every single person that Don met, he would calculate their BMI. Every. Single. Time. It got old. Really quickly. Don also pointed out a persons faults in his head. Every time he spoke to someone. I found myself saying, "OH, MY GOSH" quite frequently because after a while of reading about these weird things Don does, it just became annoyingly annoying (that's the worst kind of annoying).
It makes me wonder ... are books like children? Do they just want attention, no matter what kind it is? Good attention, bad attention ... kids don't care one iota, they just want attention. Is bad attention for a book good as well? By writing this scathing review, am I sending people to pick up this book? Will I be held responsible if someone drops into a coma because of my review?!? I sure hope not. Because there won't be enough hospital beds for the victims.
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 05/31/2013 and received my copy on 06/20/2013.
I am so conflicted with this review. So. Si...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 05/31/2013 and received my copy on 06/20/2013.
I am so conflicted with this review. So. Since I apparently can't tell my head from my behind with this one, I'm planning on just going through the list of ... things ... one by one and letting you guys make a decision on your own!
There might be some little mini-spoilers ... nothing serious or story ruining ... I promise!
At this point, you've probably already read the description for this book so you know kind of what is going on. Forget everything that they have posted. Just throw it out the window and hope that a car runs over it, smashing it into oblivion. Now. I'm not saying that the description is false. At least not completely. But when you're faced with a ghost in this book ... Yes. A ghost. One that talks. And people can hear it. A ghost you can have full blown conversations with. Now, maybe I have issues reading correctly or someone is going in and changing the book description when I go to read it ... but I didn't know that ghosts were a part of this book. It was just a weird thing not to include in the description, especially considering that it comes out within the first couple of chapters - so it's not like it was a secret only to be revealed at the end of the book.
Okay ... here come some little spoilers ... you might want to skip this paragraph. So. Reincarnation. I don't have feelings either way on this topic. Reincarnation might be possible, it might not ... who am I to say. But this is another topic that I didn't think would play a pivotal part in the book. But it does. And during a bit of the book, it was a little hard to keep up with who was who in another life and who dated who 5 gazillion years ago before they turned into another person who dated this other person 899 years ago but then fell in love again 458 years ago just to die in a freak space-ship accident but came back as pet leopard of the person they fell in love with back when rocks were forming. Yeah. It's a lot. And maybe how I explained it is a little more extreme than it actually was in the book, but you get my point. It was confusing. Or maybe I'm slow. Both are very likely possibilities.
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 04/09/2013 and received the book on 04/24/2013.
Well. I received Golden late yesterday aft...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 04/09/2013 and received the book on 04/24/2013.
Well. I received Golden late yesterday afternoon and finished it last night. When I pulled the package from the mailbox yesterday, I didn't know if I would start reading immediately but curiosity got the best of me. Initially, I just wanted to look at the pretty cover and maybe read the back. The next thing I knew, it was feeding time for our boys and I was halfway done with the book. Let me tell you, you've never seen someone make spaghetti as fast as I did last night ... I had channeled my inner Super Mom and knives were flying, onions getting diced then tossed into a pan along with mushrooms and garlic, I WILLED that water to boil immediately so I could throw some pasta in and steal a few moments to read. That may have been the longest dinner of my life. I just had to get back to the book. I had to know what would happen next for Parker.
The story revolves around Parker Frost. She's a high school senior who thinks that she knows where her life is headed. At least until she is given a task by one of her teachers to send out time capsule type journals that were made from students a decade ago. Parker happens upon a journal of a girl that passed away in a horrible car accident with her boyfriend and from then on, Parker's not only on a journey to find out what happened ten years ago, but also to find herself.
I'm really into teen novels right now. I LOVE the ones with vampires or ones with a dystopian scenario. I didn't know how I would feel about what I thought was a teen romance. I was totally shocked. This isn't just a teen romance, it's so much more ... it's a coming of age novel, it's a self-discovery novel, it's everything I wish I had to read when I was that age. Gripping. Sweet. Funny. Thought-provoking.
Don't get me wrong, while it's such a deep book, Jessi Kirby kept it light-hearted and sweet at the same time. Unassuming ... that's how I would describe it.
Such a good book. Excellent book. A must read!!!(less)
This is a really good book so we are just going to jump right into the review today! First of all, you need to know that this book is written from dif...moreThis is a really good book so we are just going to jump right into the review today! First of all, you need to know that this book is written from different point of views. This often just irritates me. Like, a lot. But not this time. I really loved the altering pov's. I can't see Deeper We Fall being written any other way. I don't think that the book would have worked if it was written in the "traditional" way. I really like seeing what is going on in the other characters minds - it offers invaluable insight into who they are and it really connects you to the story and the characters.
I was a pretty good chunk into the book and I was just itching for Lottie and Zan to interact in some way. I don't think I've ever wanted something to happen in a book so badly before. I'm pretty glad that our boys were at school when I was reading this because they would have been confused by my yelling, "COME ON!!". Unfortunately, I did that more than once. But it wasn't because I was getting irritated with the book - I can't say that enough. I just wanted it to happen so badly because Cameron had written these two characters in such a way that they had turned into my friends almost. She made them so realistic that it felt as if I was reading a diary.
I found myself becoming almost protective over Zan. The hand he was dealt really hit me. I've never known anyone involved in an accident like the one that the story was woven around, but it affected me. I wanted to jump into the book and shield him from any hurtful comments or actions and then maybe kick his brother's ass.
Deeper We Fall was very, very, very close to getting five stars. There was only one thing that bothered me and it may not bother other people as much. It was the fact that To Kill a Mockingbird was brought up so much. Come on, I love that book as much as the next person but it was referenced constantly. To the point of being irritating. Now, that could just be because I have a 6 year old that incessantly repeats himself. Redundantly. It drives me up the wall. So I might be a little more sensitive to the repetitive references. On the other hand, the same thing that bothered me, really held the story together. I know, that doesn't make sense. But that's how it is.
You know what ... after writing this whole thing, I think that I'm going to give the book five stars. It really does deserve it. When a book gives me a case of just-one-more-page-itis and keeps me up until 3am when I have to get up at 6am to get our boys off to school, you deserve five stars. FIVE STARS IT IS!
I guarantee that this will not be the last you hear of Chelsea Cameron. Go grab some of her books before it becomes the cool thing to do. You don't want to be a follower, be the leader!
I won Crime of Privilege through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 12/31/2012 and received it on 01/15/2013!
This book wasn't BAD but it wasn't my c...moreI won Crime of Privilege through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 12/31/2012 and received it on 01/15/2013!
This book wasn't BAD but it wasn't my cup of tea. It was a little confusing when I first started ... the story jumps around quite a bit and I didn't know if what I was reading was going on right now in the character's lives or if it was in the past and they were reflecting upon it. Granted, that could be because I'm not able to just sit down and read for hours at a time. I'm a stay at home mom and I frequently have to stop and start reading. If I had had the time to just sit down and dive into the book for a couple of hours, I might feel differently, but that's no guarantee.
I have read many different authors and therefore, many different kinds of writing techniques. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters or even the author on what he was trying to get across. It was a little boring. I don't need a book to jump out at me, grab me by the arm and pull me along, but I'd like for something to at least grab my attention a little bit. The characters were just ... hum drum. That's the only description that comes to mind.
I really hate giving bad reviews on books. Especially ones that were sent to me for the sole purpose of a review. But that's how things fell this time. (less)
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway!
So many thoughts are going through my mind on this one and I don't really know where to star...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway!
So many thoughts are going through my mind on this one and I don't really know where to start. The book was amazingly written. Very descriptive and the language used seemed to be accurate to the period. It really left you with no questions.
Here it is. The big BUT. Maybe it's because I had to pick this book up and put it down so many times ... I'm a stay at home mom ... but it was confusing going between Kate and Katherine (both of whom had someone named Jane in their lives) and THEN there was a Kat ... it was just too much. I'd have to re-read a paragraph or two just so that I could get back into who it was that I was reading about.
Pretty confusing and it lasted that way until the end. But I don't think that Alison Weir's concept could have been delivered a different way. The manner in which she told the story couldn't have been written in a "traditional" way. It had to skip between those characters frequently.
It was good ... I just don't know that I'll read it again. It took a while for me to get through this and I still feel a little confused as to why the second Katherine was even involved in the story ... but I can see that I'm in the minority on that one, so it was probably just a personal thing.
Don't get me wrong, Weir is an awesome writer and I would probably try another of her books in the future. (less)
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 07/15/2011!
I was really excited to read this book. The idea that someone or something ca...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 07/15/2011!
I was really excited to read this book. The idea that someone or something can control the weather sounded really interesting and the possibilities seemed endless with how this book would work out.
Let me tell you, the beginning of the book was hairy. I had to really push through it. There was a lot of background info and scientific stuff that I'm usually into but it was just too much. Once you get to the meat of the story, it was pretty good. I think that it could have been pushed a little further and explored a few more avenues - in my mind. That's the thing with book reviews. They are all subjective. Each person is going to have a different view on how it should have gone and not everyone is going to be completely happy. Anyway, it was just okay. I don't think that it turned out to be the earth-shattering book that I thought it would, but I might read it again. Maybe I'm just no science-y enough to fully appreciate it. (less)
I won Wayward Son through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 06/19/2011 and received it on 06/29/2011!
Wayward Son. Man. I started reading the book a...moreI won Wayward Son through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 06/19/2011 and received it on 06/29/2011!
Wayward Son. Man. I started reading the book and really getting into it, then all of the sudden ... we're back in B.C. times following biblical characters around. I had no idea that this is what the book would be like. I thought it was going to be about a woman going on an archaeological dig. It's still about that, but there is A LOT of back story. It still pertains to the story, I just wasn't expecting it. AT ALL.
It wasn't a bad book and I might reread it sometime but it wasn't on my list of 'I have to reread this right now'. It's interesting and covers a lot of stuff throughout history that I found captivating in it's own way.
I won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 04/08/2011 and received it on 04/20/2011!
This is one of the best books I have read in a l...moreI won this book through the Goodreads First Read Giveaway on 04/08/2011 and received it on 04/20/2011!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time!!! I absolutely love how Masello wove fiction and history together to make this wonderfully mysterious and gripping story. Masello really grabs you by the collar and pulls you into the storyline quite quickly and then yanks you around a little. That sounds really horrible ... but it's amazing!! You really think that the story is going into one direction and then all of the sudden, then you do a 180 and you wondering what in the world just happened.
I really enjoy reading books that pull from history. Masello really knows his stuff. Reading The Medusa Amulet made me research a lot of the facts that he put into his book. Granted, this is fictional, this is not a true story. But a lot of it is based on speculation and actual facts. Fabulous!!
If you like Dan Brown or Steve Berry, this is an author that you'll fall in love with immediately. His writing style is a little different from Brown and Berry, but it's just as enchanting. I wish that I didn't have other books that I need to get through, because I would be rereading this one!