Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Odd Interlude

Title Odd Interlude
By Deak Koontz
Genre Adult Horror
Pages 279

First Sentence They say that every road leads home if you care to go there.

Crazy, Evil adventures always seem to find Odd. It was supposed to be a simple one night stay in a small town but Harmony Corner is anything but harmonious. With and evil presence controlling the bodies and minds of the entire town's inhabitants and a secret, underground, deserted government lab, Odd is in for another creep adventure to save the day.

What it has going for it
Oh, Dean, your sick twisted imagination never ceases to disturb and delight me. I'm always so entranced in your creepy worlds and captivated by your horrific creations. How do you come up with such interesting ideas? Too many nights watching The Twilight Zone? No. Your creations are much more disturbing than anything TTZ could come up with. I love Odd. I really do. He's such a humble hero. No one in this world could compare. I'd risk living in his scary world if it meant I might meet him. His sense of humor and wit amuse me. His selfless deeds astound me. Poor Odd. My heart aches for his loss and the trials he goes through. Thank goodness he has his dog friends to keep him company. Thank goodness he saved Harmony Corner. I never doubted he would fail.

What's lacking

Favorite moment
When Odd hijacks the semi. Hee hee!

Yea or Nay?
Yes! Don't let this one slip you by or any of the other Odd books. Rumor has it there's only one more to come.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: The Lucy Variations

Title Thea Lucy Variations
By Sara Zarr
Genre YA Contemporary
Pages 309
Recommended by I'll read anything by Sara

First Sentence "Try harder, Lucy."

Lucy used to play the piano. Not just play but perform, compete. She used to. After the death of her grandmother and the constant pressure from her family she gave it up completely. Now, watching her brother go through what she did with a teacher that has some real passion, Lucy thinks maybe she wants to play again.

What it has going for it
It's a Sara Zarr book. I can't turn down anything the woman writes. Even though I saw a few negative reviews I still has to read it. And...well, it wasn't that impressive. Don't get me wrong, it was OK. I love a book where the main character grows up and learns something about themselves and the world. Love watching their decisions and choices change those around them, as well. This one lacked some of the passion and deep thought provoking moments that Zarr's other books possess in my opinion but all in all it still had me reading and not wanting to put it down.

What's lacking
 Well, I sort of told you. It lacked the depth and angst and rawness of Zarr's other books. Lucy bothered me. It's hard to respect a girl that desires praise of adults so much that she goes looking for it in older men. Speaking of older men...The teacher. Yuck! The man drove me nuts. And not his crazy ass obsession for the spotlight and praise but his instant inappropriate actions with Lucy. Yeah, just not my favorite Zarr book.

Favorite moment
I liked all the moments...even the bad ones, with Lucy and her brother Gus. I just liked their relationship.

Yea or Nay? 
If you're a fan of Zarr then yes, of course read it. I'd love to hear what you all thought.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Title Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Jamie Ford
Genre Adult contemporary
Pages 290
Recommended by Book club

First sentence Old Henry Lee stood transfixed by all the commotion at the Panama Hotel.

Jumping from Henry's present and past comes the story of a Chinese boy in America during the Japanese American interment. Henry's relationship with a Japanese girl is threatened when she and her family are taken away during the interment.

What is has going for it
Well, this one was an easy read. I was neither dying to pick it up nor dying to put it down. I guess what I mean was the story was interesting and engaging. I liked the romance aspect. I loved seeing the history unfold in such a bright, vibrant way and I liked a point and it is, after all, important to like the main character, wouldn't you say?

What's lacking
Honestly this one just felt slightly off. Slightly fake. Too convenient. I despised the fact the poor Ethel was settled for. This above everything else infuriated me. I also thought the whole internment thing was...I don't know, lacking in passion and sadness.

Favorite moment
When Keiko and Henry go to the jazz club.

Yea or Nay?
Personally I preferred the book Snow Falling On Ceders...if you want a book about the Japanese American Internment.