Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mini Review Catch Up

Not that anyone reads my blog anymore but I felt the need to catch you all up on what I've been reading. I didn't want to write out all the reviews, though, so mini reviews it is. Sorry. Life is just busy lately what with marriage, the world cup, and life's other many trials.

 Everbound (Everneath 2)
I really liked the adventure in this one. I liked the way the Everneath was described. Unfortunately I just am not very attached to the characters in these books. I will read the final book, though. Just to see how it all ends.

Going Vintage 
I love Lindsey Leavitt's books. While Sean Griswold's Head was much more entertaining to me. This one had a lot going for it too. I just love books of self discovery and lessons the characters learn and share with us. Mallory was delightful. I loved her relationship with her sister Ginnie and her interactions with her strange family. Oliver was perfectly realistically dreamy. Sigh! All in all, a great book. I'd highly recommend it.

The False Princess 
I wanted to like this one. I really did. It was OK, I guess, but it just had too much telling. The whole book would have been at least 100 pages shorter without all that telling of useless info. Plus it felt forced and fake. There were just too many things that were't realistic. Ah well.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Honestly the thing that drew me into this book was the pictures. There's some pretty creepy and bizarre pictures throughout. Unfortunately, though the book started out with a great deal of promise, it ended up being littered with cliches. It felt more like a middle grade book than a YA and that, more than anything, bugged me the most!  

Cruel Beauty
Oh my gosh! Can you say love? Well, say it with me! I loved this book! I may have gone into it with ridiculously low expectations. I heard that Nix was so angry and pessimistic that everyone hated her. I, however totally understood how she felt and why she felt that way. It was a much more realistic take on Beauty and the Beast. Let's face it. No one is as happy and selfless as Beauty was. That's why I loved Nix so much. She was imperfect and flawed. The best part was she learned and grew. I can't even begin to express my love for this one. Sigh! I loved the tie in with mythology and fantasy and the house! So cool and creepy all in one.

Can we please not mention that I've only read 5 books in two months? Sigh! Hey, I'm just impressed I'm reading at all with everything else going on in my life. Until next time!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

April Wrapup

Well, April was only a slightly better reading month then March.

Body & Soul (The Ghost and the Goth, #3)
Body and Soul (The Ghost and the Goth 3)
Good ending to a great series. I wanted a few more things wrapped up but oh well.

 Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)
Perfect Lies (Mind Games 2) 

Meh, It just made me hungry. So hungry!!!

Yeah, yeah, don't laugh. That's all I could manage this month. Favorite of the month we're definitely Body and Soul and Perfect Minds.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: Wintergirls

Title Wintergirls
By Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre YA Contemporary
Pages 278
Recommended by Book Club

First sentence So she tells me, the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee.

Lia and Cassie were best friends. They shared everything. Even their deadly eating disorders. Lia is anorexic and Cassie was bulimic. When Cassie is found dead in a hotel room alone Lia is haunted by her ghost and her struggle with anorexia comes to a crescendo. 

What is has going for it
I'm not going to lie, I ate this one pun intended. Although, as you can tell from the first sentence in the book, that there is a lot of talk about food. Metaphorically and just plain descriptive this book talked so much about food I was stuffing my face and screaming at Lia to just eat!!! I actually cheered when she ate all the cupcakes! Laurie Halse Anderson has a very poetic style of writing that sucks me in and makes me flip the pages in a trance. I had no desire to read this one. I'm not one for eating disorders but once you start reading about Lia you just can't stop. I was engrossed. It was like watching an accident you just can't look away from even though it's not pretty.

What's lacking
Hmmm, I feel like I'm rambling and maybe being a little confusing. Did I like the book? No, not really. Yes I liked the writing style, that can't be helped, but the book was so depressing! I don't have a lot of patience for girls who have these problems and even if they don't say it...they blame everyone else. I felt like the author wanted us to believe that Lia's parents were so awful that she was driven to it. Well guess what? Life sucks and pretty much everyone has messed up parents. That doesn't mean we all have to go around blaming all our issues on them. At some point you have to just say, "yep, I've had a pretty crappy life and pretty crappy examples but I'm going to step up and take some damn responsibility for my actions!" Phew! Now that I have that off my chest. The other thing that drove me nuts was the book made me so hungry I probably gained 5 pounds reading it. See? Look at me! I can blame others for my issues too! :p

Favorite moment
When Lia eats all the cupcakes.

Yea or Nay?
Meh, maybe read it for the writing? Just be prepared to eat everything in sight.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games 2)

Title Perfect Lies (Mind Games 2)
By Kiersten White
Genre YA Supernatural/Paranormal
Pages 232
Recommeded by Me

First sentence Annie.

Fia and Annie are back. There lives are about to collide again. With Annie longing to be useful and willing to do anything to save Fia and Fia trying to bring down the Keane Foundation, things are about to get tricky.

What is has going for it
I went into this one expecting to be so confused. Everyone said it was crazy and all over the place. I think it helped that I finished the first book in the series not too long ago so I remembered who everyone was and what was going on but I didn't find it confusing. I loved it! I was totally immersed in the story. Watching and waiting for the two sisters to meet again and their lives to collide. I found myself liking Annie more and more in this one and disliking poor Fia. Funny, because I liked Fia better in the first one and kinda hated Annie. I guess that's what good writing can do for you. I'm not sure if there's going to be anymore books in this series or not but though things ended good enough I'd love to see more of these sisters and join in on their adventures.

What's lacking
I can see how this one could confuse the hell out of some people. Its all over the place timeline was a tad confusing and it doesn't tell too much back story if you don't remember the first one. I know if I hadn't read the first one for a year I would be so lost. Still, I can't help but love these kick ass girls and their wild adventures.

Favorite moment
Watching Annie discover who the man she loved was. Like we didn't see that coming. Sigh!

Yea or Nay?
Yes, if you like crazy fun stories, read this series.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Body and Soul The Ghost and the Goth 3

Title Body and Soul (The Ghost and the Goth 3)
By Stacey Kade
Genre  YA Paranormal/Supernatural
Pages 316
Recommended by Me

First Sentence Malachi the Magnificent , Consultant to the Stars, had a storefront in a dingy, rundown strip mall between a sketchy looking Laundromat and a closed-up nail salon with a big, bright orange health department sticker plastered on its door.

The conclusion to the Ghost and The Goth series find Alona still trapped in Lily's body searching for a way out and Will determined to help. When the two run into a controlling ghost determined to take over Lily's body as well, Alona isn't so sure she wants to give up the body after all.

What it has going for it
This series has the silliest covers and almost sillier story lines but please, I beg of you, don't dismiss them. I love this series and this book was a lovely conclusion. I love watching Alona become softer and more selfless throughout the series and watching Will become more in control of his life and ability. Any book or series where the characters don't just overcome some obstacle but actually mature and grow is a book/series I'm probably going to love. And it doesn't hurt that I just adore Will and love the stories that unfold in each book. I loved how the books all intertwined as well. Sigh. I just love this series and am so sad to see it end.

What's lacking
I know, I know. You probably think I'm going to say nothing but the truth is. There was one little thing that left me scratching my head in irritation. There were some answers that we never got. Is the series really over? Sigh. I wanted more answers about Will's father. Oh well.

Favorite moment
How Will tests Lily to see who's in her body.

Yea or Nay?
Yes. Just yes!