Thursday, November 15, 2012

Loramendi's Story by Angela Carlie

Loramendi's Story (Lords of Shifters, #1)Loramendi's Story by Angela Carlie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not the type of story I normally read, (I don't read books like Twilight) but really good nonetheless. I am so intrigued by this story line and its characters that I might just have to purchase the others in the series just to find out what is going on in this fantasy world of shapeshifters.

I really like the character of Lora and thought she was well developed  throughout the story, not sure about the other characters though. I wasn't a huge fan of Chance (or his brothers.) I thought he was a bit too perfect and he seemed a little flat, but their relationship was sweet and heartfelt. I really liked Aubrey and her friends Jessie and Johnnie.

Overall, I thought the author is a great writer and her stories read really well and keep my interest. AND I love the Washington references. I would definitely recommend this book and I hope to read the other stories from Angela Carlie soon.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of MiraclesThe Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting book, to say the least. It starts off right away, no holds bar and gets right down to it....the earth's rotation is slowing down. Birds start dying, then plants, animals, etc.

This story is told out the eyes of a girl named Julia, who is looking back on the beginning of the slowing and how her life has to change and evolve over the course of about a year or so. We see how she and her friends and parents deal with the slowing and her relationship with a boy named Seth. Julia and Seth share a sweet little romance, but in the end, parishes, unfortunately.

Julia mainly focuses on how the slowing effects her life and the people around her, not so much the world as a whole, which I get. She's a teenager and teenagers are typically self-centered and don't focus on much of anything other than their own lives. But, I was left wanting to know more of what happened to other parts of the world due to the slowing and was left wondering what would I do if this actually happened. I even wanted to know more about Circadia and how these "Real Timers" coped with the slowing. I had a lot of questions, and they never seemed to be answered.

I thought the ending was a really lame. We jump from Julia being young teenager, 12-13 years old, to all of a sudden she's 23. Whaaaatttt???? There is just way too much time in between there that is left unsaid and then the story is done. Just done... Like that......Left hanging there. I read the last chapter and looked around dumbfounded. What the heck!?! Not good, in my opinion.

The rest of the book was great, but the ending was horrid. So disappointing. I feel this story had so much potential to be a fantastic story, but I was just left feeling flat. 3.5 out of 5 stars for me because of the poor ending. I am glad I read it though.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Now, that was a fun book to read! I really, really liked this book! I thought it was great from the get go. I loved the twists and turns and wild rollercoaster ride that this story took me on. What a thrill!!! I wish I could un-read this book just so I could read it again. An awesome, fantastic, exciting story! I need all my friends to read this book, so I can talk to them about it!!! Seriously!

First off, I love the author's writing style. I thought it was so cool how she went back and forth between Amy and Nick and told each side of their stories. I think it's absolutely brilliant story-telling! One minute I hated Nick, the next moment, I hated Amy. I actually felt pity for these two characters at other times. Now, I feel empty that I'm done with this book. *Sigh* I wish it would keep going.

I would definitely recommend this book! It totally kept my interest and I had a hard time putting it down. 5 stars for me!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

8 Reasons Why Reading is So Important

Here's a great article to check out, if you haven't read it yet. 8 Reasons Why Reading is So Important.

Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol

The Boy In The SuitcaseThe Boy In The Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was awesome! Intense moments, extremely suspenseful, and lots of non-stop action! I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read the author's next book.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son" by Anne Lamott

Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First SonSome Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was just okay for me. It was a bit too religious/spiritual for me, because I'm not a religious person, so that part did not appeal to me at all.

I enjoyed her journaling about her trip to India and about her grandson and her son. To me, that was pretty interesting up to a point, but I found myself skimming through a lot of the other stuff, just because I couldn't relate.

This book got a 2.5 stars from me. Glad to be done with it.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Okay, I have to admit, this one was better than the first one, Fifty Shades of Grey, and WAY better than the second one, Fifty Shades Darker. I didn't think I was going to read it, but I couldn't keep away. I had to find out what happened. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. Plus, I was next in line on the library wait list.

But there was actually a story in this one instead of all the dribbly smut. We actually find out more about Christian and why he is the way he is. There is actual drama and some exciting action instead of reading about the apex of Ana's thighs. Ana's still annoying and whiny, but not to the level in the first two.

Yes, it's still a sex filled story, full of heaving, thrusting, and handcuffs, but there was a little bit more depth and quality as opposed to quantity (meaning sex, sex, and more sex.) Over all I would give the complete series three stars out of five. This series is really hyped up and it keeps people buying it and enjoying it so I guess that has to say something, but I don't think it will stand the test of time.

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