A Booksquirm Book Club pick - and fortunately the first book voted off of the island. Our assignment was to read chapter 1. The following are my thougA Booksquirm Book Club pick - and fortunately the first book voted off of the island. Our assignment was to read chapter 1. The following are my thoughts of the book based on that first chapter.
This chapter would have been shorter if the reader didn't have to experience daja vu while reading it. For example, on page 3 "she (Belinda) knew she would remember Blake and this moment for the rest of her life." And then on page 4 "It was a day and a moment that Belinda knew would be engraved in her mind forever." Apparently it was so memorable that Ms. Steel wanted to make sure her notation of it was remembered by her readers for the rest of their lives. At first I thought maybe this was an isolated incident, but then she harped on the fact that Blake had been absentee father for the kids, especially for Sam, which is evidenced on pages 11 and 26. Oh, and let's not forget this little gem on page 22 "Daphne & Jack both had Blake's almost jet-black hair" and then again on page 27 "She (Daphne) was a beautiful girl, with her mother's features and creamy skin, and her father's jet-black hair." Really, Ms. Steel, if you are going to harp on something could you at least be consistent? Is Blake's hair "almost" jet-black or is it actually jet-black because this detail is obviously important enough to mention twice in the same chapter. And you give me all these repetitive facts but then leave me with "All three of them went to Dalton, and Maxine loved the school." Great! Mom likes the school she sends all three of her kids... but wtf? It took me a Google search to find out why someone would think that just dropping the name of the school would mean that readers would know why it was significant. BTW, in case you are interested, tuition for 2010-11 was $35,300. For the love of all things holy, I'm hoping never to have to read another chapter of this book!
Another Booksquirm Book Club pick. Thankfully, this book did not make it past month 2! Our 2 month assignment for this book had us suffer through theAnother Booksquirm Book Club pick. Thankfully, this book did not make it past month 2! Our 2 month assignment for this book had us suffer through the Prologue through Chapter 4. Here are the thoughts I posted for the book club.
Prologue - Chapter 2 observations: How exactly did Mr. Beck think that I would take him seriously when he writes on page 8 "Top psychologists tell us in Maxim magazine..." Really??? You expect me to believe that people who are at the top of the psychological field would really honestly take the time write for Maxim? I know that men only get that magazine to read the articles, but I wouldn't think the foremost experts in psychology would publish there! All in all, it's not the worst book I've read... (Then again, we were reading Rogue by Danielle Steel that month as well)
Chapters 3 - 4 observations: First, I would like to thank my fellow booksquirm members for feeling the same way as I feel about this book. It looks like it will thankfully be voted off the island. I felt like my soul was dirty after reading the assigned chapters this month, and I wanted to quickly sneak the book back into the return slot at the library before anyone noticed I had it checked out! lol. The one thing that stuck in my mind from reading this was the list of "red flagged" individuals (not comprehensive, as it was noted). After reading the list - 3 times to be certain - I was left wondering if there was anyone left (other than, of course, the author) that didn't fit into at least ONE of the "to be watched" groups. I think I fit in more than one category! I can honestly say that I don't even know what the book was supposed to be about... I missed character/plot development entirely - being too distracted with idiocracy of it all! I would like to thank wikipedia for giving me some insight into what Mr. Beck was go adept at making me miss! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_...
January's Assignment: Chapter 1 This is starting out as a fluffy chick-lit fantasy novel. I wouldn’t be opposed to keeA Booksquirm Book Club Selection.
January's Assignment: Chapter 1 This is starting out as a fluffy chick-lit fantasy novel. I wouldn’t be opposed to keeping on reading it for a while. I’m hoping for less fluff later, but sometimes fluff is OK.
February's Assisnment: Chapters 2-3 This is another "meh" for me... mostly because it's just a little too fluffy for my tastes. Also, it took me a while to remember what had happened in chapter 1 because it just wasn't memorable enough, so I felt lost in fluff. Never a good thing!
March's Assignment: Chapters 4-5 For some reason, I really want to like this book. But unfortunately I just can't get into it. Perhaps it's the fluff factor, or the like-ability of the main character(who I just can't seem to care about)... I honestly am at a loss as to what it is about this book that makes me want to NOT read it...
And another book is voted off the island. I have to agree with another reviewer (sorry, I don't recall the person) who had the following to say about this book. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Review version 1: OMG! This book is, um... like if, you know, like a 16 year old girl, drank waaaaay too much Mountain Dew & got it, like, into her head that she could write an urban fantasy novel sooo much better than those other people, you know? And so she picked up her pink, sparkly pen & wrote it all down. OMGZ! LOL!
"Review version 2: The more I read this, the more I like it! If you can get past the first few chapters, you'll be rewarded with a good read. I still think it was written with a pink sparkly pen, though!
"Review final version: I came at this one from the wrong point of view & with the wrong attitude. Like any first installment, quite a bit of background info must be introduced & that can slow a storyline down to a crawl. As I read this book, the character grew and I grew right along with her. Now, I find that I care about the characters & want to see how they develop. And there are so many places this one can go! I eagerly await the next installment!
"Every time I pick up this book, my IQ goes down a notch... but I keep picking it up."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While I will not make it to the point when the book would warrent the "final version" review, I do have to agree with the first version of the review. And now, I can say that I am finished reading this book. I didn't finish it, but it has been voted off the Booksquirm Island!...more
**spoiler alert** A Booksquirm Book Club Selection.
January's Assignment: Chapters 1-2 I’m not completely sure about the character development so far. I**spoiler alert** A Booksquirm Book Club Selection.
January's Assignment: Chapters 1-2 I’m not completely sure about the character development so far. I don’t have a very good mental image of the main character. However, at the end of Chapter 2, I did have the interest to continue further into the book. I think the mysteriousness of who the main character is and what has happened to her is a good hook. Our copy from the library has an ‘African American’ sticker on it, but I’m not sure why, other than the author herself was African American.
February's Assignment: Chapters 3-4 Ok, a little disturbed with the idea that Wright just had sex with someone that looks like she's 10. But putting that aside, I did really enjoy the 2 chapters that we read this time around. I enjoy Butler's writing style and I do like a good vampire story (no, Twilight doesn't count). The introduction that the girl is a product of a lab experiment took me on a new twist that makes me want to keep reading. I like that they are using the vampire mythos that includes the "thrall" aspect of those from whom the vampire feeds.
March's Assignment: Chapters 5-6 I'm still very disturbed by the sex with someone that looks like she's pre-pubescent. It's creaping me out. We haven't gotten more info on thr experiment aspect, which still intrigues me. But I don't know how much more of the pedophile overtones I'll be able to take.
April's Assignment: Chapter 7-8 So now the story is picking up. Questions are beginning to be answered and the fledgling vampire sex is not quite as creapy as I felt it to be earlier. Corse, that could be because it wasn't rwally part of the story in these chapters. I'm starting to like the story m/ore now. I'd like to know more about the Ina and the genetic ezperimentation....more