This book is not for the faint of heart and I would definitely not recommend it if you are the least bit squeamish. The book is about a medical epidemThis book is not for the faint of heart and I would definitely not recommend it if you are the least bit squeamish. The book is about a medical epidemic that pretty much wipes out most of the earth's population. It is told by Zoe a 30-year-old who is immune to the disease that has killed almost everyone she knows. The book bounces back and forth between two different points in time: before the epidemic and after the epidemic. I have to admit that I really enjoy dystopian type books and this one doesn't disappoint. The book almost combines the elements of a zombie book with the elements of a plague-type apocalyptic book. Most people die of the strange disease while others turn into something not quite right. I really enjoyed Adams' writing style and I couldn't put this book down. I went through a range of emotions while reading this novel and at times I wanted to just yell at some of the characters.
As one would expect in a post-apocalypse style book, you meet a wide variety of characters and they are not always good. The German character in this book that Zoe comes across is pure evil and I couldn't figure out why on earth Zoe put up with him for so long. This book is most definitely not in the realm of YA and it was nice to read something targeted at adults. It was grim but at the same time it offers some sort of hope in places. I quite enjoyed the book and I plan on reading more books by Alex Adams. Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
This was a book club pick. This year we decided to pick a different genre for each month and this month is non-fiction. This book is a literary travelThis was a book club pick. This year we decided to pick a different genre for each month and this month is non-fiction. This book is a literary travel book. Mayle gives a month by month recap of his life in Provence, France. Most of this book centers on food and at times I found the description to be way too much. While I like a bit of description I found that this went overboard. I almost felt like the author didn't have anything else to write about. It seems that Mayle spent a quiet year relaxing, renovating and hosting guests and when it came time to write a book he needed a little filler. This means pages upon pages of listed different foods that he ate and at times he even goes further by explaining where some of the food comes from (ie truffles). I ahve to say that there were a few cute parts to the book but overall I found it to be a bit boring. The book is not long so it didn't take me very long to read otherwise I may have abandoned it. One positive thing I can say is that it did make me want to visit Provence. It just seems like a place were one can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and really relax and enjoy a few glasses of wine. Overall I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars....more
I loved the Friday Night Knitting Club and Knit Two by Jacobs so I was looking forward to reading this book. Plus, you have to read at least one holidI loved the Friday Night Knitting Club and Knit Two by Jacobs so I was looking forward to reading this book. Plus, you have to read at least one holiday like book during the holidays. I have to admit that while I enjoyed this book, it didn't measure up to the first books. I did enjoy reading the snippets of Georgia's life and also seeing this character from the points of view of her family which is something that hasn't been done yet. I also love all the wonderful characters in this series. I found that the plot was seriously lacking for this book. There didn't seem to much of a conflict or a climax to the novel. The book just kind of floats around Dakota's trip to Scotland as well as Anita's wedding (which had previously been canceled many times). While I like the series and would like to read more I would also like a little more substance. Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. For those that have read the series you might as well read this one. For those who haven't read the Knit Club series, I suggest you start with the first book which is exceptional. (I even admit to full out crying on the bus while reading this book and yes people were looking at me like I was a crazy). ...more
I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers program on LibraryThing. The book is told in the form of diary entries. They are written by the moI received this book as part of the Early Reviewers program on LibraryThing. The book is told in the form of diary entries. They are written by the mother Mo, the daughter Dora and the son Peter who goes by the name Oscar (yes, as in the Oscar Wilde). I have to say that at first I wasn't sure what I thought of this book. It starts off with a diary entry from Dora who has the dirtiest mouth of anyone I have ever encountered before. I found that character a bit irritating but then I thought about what it was like to be a teen; Dora is about to turn 17. I feel like although I don't want to admit this, I was probably very much like Dora at that age. I was unsure of myself, insecure, trying to fit in by maybe adding a few new swear words to my vocabulary, embarrassed of my family and I may have thought that I was the center of the universe. Anyhow, after reading a few chapters I began to really like this family. They were disfunctional at the best of times but if you think about it I don't know a family that isn't. The mother at one point contemplates having an affair with her co-worker who ends up being a complete loser. She felt unnoticed and quite plain after years of marriage with the same man. During this point I just wanted to yell at her and tell her she was being dumb but in the long run she came to that conclusion all on her own. The character that I disliked the most was the son Peter/Oscar. He took on the personality of Oscar Wilde and had this gregarious personality. I found it hard to follow his story as he seemed quite deluded. Overall, I am not a huge fan of the diary entry style book. I wouldn't say that I disliked the book, it just isn't something I would normally read. There were some really great, hilarious parts of the book that made it worth reading but I don't think this will be on my re-read list. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com...more
I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. This book jumps between the past and the present but is told from the perspectiveI received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. This book jumps between the past and the present but is told from the perspective of Karen. Karen is currently the mother of Alice and is anxiously awaiting the return of her boyfriend Rex, who is serving time in jail for murder. It is not explained who Rex killed or why he did so. In the past Karen is a soon-to-be college graduate who has never really lived on the edge. She has travelled and studied but she has never done anything against the rules. She then meets Biba and Rex and is drawn into a summer of partying and sex. I have to say I was instantly drawn into Karen's world. I wanted to know more about her and I couldn't stop reading to find out more. As you read further there are several mysteries. Not only are you wondering who Rex ended up killing but you also want to know more about Biba and Rex's family life. I don't want to give away any spoilers but you will be blown away by the ending; the twists just keep on coming. Throughout the entire novel there is quite a bit of foreshadowing so you know the novel won't end in the way you think it will but I never really guessed what did happen in the end. I wasn't sure what to think when I was done reading. The entire time I had felt one way about a character and then at the end I started to rethink the way I felt about that character. I won't tell you who or why but this will become apparent once you read the novel. I found myself really frustrated wth Biba from the very beginning. Even when we first meet her I can tell that she is a destructive force and while this may be alluring it is only fun for a short time. This may be the reason many people live with Biba and Rex for short periods of time and then leave. To be honest Biba reminded me of someone I used to know and be friends with. Needless to say I am no longer friends with them because I found it all to be too much. Anyhow, overall I give this book 5 out of 5 and highly suggest you read this book. ...more
I bought this book with some birthday money last summer. I was so excited to read it because I love The Lovely Bones. I was greatly disappointed withI bought this book with some birthday money last summer. I was so excited to read it because I love The Lovely Bones. I was greatly disappointed with this book. I couldn't stay focused on it and the plot seemed highly unlikely. I finished the book but wished I could get my time back. ...more
Well it was my day off on Friday and I had big plans of cleaning my house and doing laundry and my apartment building decided it was a great day to shWell it was my day off on Friday and I had big plans of cleaning my house and doing laundry and my apartment building decided it was a great day to shut the water off for 7 hrs. Needless to say I didn't get anything accomplished except reading an entire book. I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would have. I did like the main character but I thought that the book didn't give as much character development as I would have liked. There are a lot of mini stories going on throughout the entire novel. I did enjoy reading the descriptions of Africa and I suppose that the character development may come in future books in the series but I have to say that overall I was a little disappointed. There is so much hype about this series and I felt it fell a little flat. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5....more
I'm not sure what I think of this book. It is centered around an eclipse and a blue stone that criminals are all trying to possess. There is a lot ofI'm not sure what I think of this book. It is centered around an eclipse and a blue stone that criminals are all trying to possess. There is a lot of mystery but a lot of excessive killing and then some characters turn out to be vampires. I think that it could have been better executed in the ending but overall it was ok. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5....more
I really did not enjoy this. I have been reading far too many vampire books recently and as a result someone from my work lent this book and told me tI really did not enjoy this. I have been reading far too many vampire books recently and as a result someone from my work lent this book and told me to read it because it was super good. I read about half of the book before I put it down. Its about a girl who is dying who befriends a vampire (she is unaware of this) who in turn feeds her blood while she is sleeping to help her feel better. The writing is amateur and I didn't enjoy it at all. I give this book 1 star out of 5....more
I have to say I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. Most of the plot was boring and there were long gaps in the timeframe that I didn't like. II have to say I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. Most of the plot was boring and there were long gaps in the timeframe that I didn't like. It also had way too many gratuitous sex scenes. I am not a prude by any means but I don't think that a book has to have a sex scene in it every chapter. It was just a little too much for me. I was disappointed because I thought that it would be just a nice easy summer read and I was looking forward to it. I give this book 1 star out of 5....more