Monday, April 02, 2012

Hillary Jordan: When She Woke

I have totally been on an audiobook kick.  And when I like the book, the tv goes off and I "read" for the noise.

Review to follow my bookclub (in May!), so I post no spoilers!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches

Even though I was not a fan (at all) in the beginning, the more I "read" (I listened to the audiobook), the more attached I became--to the story and to the characters. While the romance might be too sappy for some, the science and history and thorough research that went into this book is clearly evident. I am VERY excited for book two to see what Diana and Matthew will endure next. Some of the story is contrived, but the last 1/3 of the novel makes any struggle worthwhile.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jodi Meadows: Incarnate

Maybe 3.75/5--it's a first book. Setting up what could potentially be an epic series. But Ana is a rough heroine to appreciate in this book. Sam is much more lovable, as are the other characters (minus Lin of course). This text is frustrating because of the very confusing setting. Is it present? Futuristic? Post-Apocalyptic? Pre-Apocalyptic? With dragons, creatures that burn (slyphs), centaurs, and trolls alongside iPhone-type devices, laser guns and flying attack devices, it was really hard to imagine this world. Quasi-medieval, quasi-futuristic, quasi-fantasy realm. I guess. I am looking forward to book two when Ana takes off her whiny pants and puts on some bad-ass fighter/discovery pants (hopefully).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus

I may have given this a 5 because I listened to this book, and Jim Dale (who read the Harry Potter books) did the reading, but really, I fell in love with the characters. The time period, the magic, the cyclical nature of the entire text--going forward, moving backwards, going further forward. Holy crap it must have taken some work! While I loved the heroine, the other characters are what make this text memorable. Bailey, Sukiko, Poppet and Widget, the clockmaker, even Isabell....Is it better to have little to no expectations for this book? That might have helped me. Did it help not having the written words in front of me? I don't know. At times (and at one point I did go into Barnes and Noble and look at a copy to see the structure and appearance of, and where I was in the book!) I was frustrated not being able to see the dates and then look back as to where I just came from, but then I listened closer, and I know that I experienced the words I heard more thoroughly than had I read them. I really loved loved loved this. Loved the world, loved the characters, and I EVEN loved the ending!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Megan Crewe: The Way We Fall

Maybe TOO much for a young YA reader. Maybe ok for upper levels, but the subject matter and the manner in which the world is completely shattered for the heroine is really a downer. And I like downer books! Plus, there is going to be a book 2? The end really sucked and I am not sure an entire second book will be worthwhile.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Janet Lee Carey: Dragonswood

I loved Dragon's Keep.  This book was good, but not my favorite.   It takes place two generations after Keep, and the Fey and Dragons'  safety are being jeopardized.  
There are elements of the Salem Witch Trials, Merlin, and Robin Hood (King John) woven in throughout this book.  The beginning is slow and slightly painful to get through, but the last 100 pages make the beginning and middle worthwhile.  I wish that the dragon/fey/human interaction would have been the focus rather than on Tess and witch hunters and the brooding Garth.  The ending is good, and leaves an opening for a sequel if Carey chooses.  Not sure if I would recommend this book though.  

Monday, March 12, 2012

Veronica Rossi: Under the Never Sky

UK Version (I like this cover better)
US Version
Read this in one day.  Once I got into the rhythm of the book, and fell into the dystopia that exists for Aria, I was hooked.  This is fast-paced, interesting, and the tribes that have been created due to the separation between the classes (my guess), is disturbing to say the least.  Those living underground live in Realms created by a contact-lens type of device that sucks the wearer into a virtual reality.  No pain, no sickness, no REAL anything.  Those living above ground must fight to stay alive.  Blood Lords rule clans, and powers exist in some due to Aether storms constantly destroying things around them.  Aria is whiny at first, and annoying, and I was easily frustrated with Perry but sympathized and liked him.  But then things became reversed.   I appreciated Aria and grew irritated with Perry.  The ending leaves MANY questions and several different directions the series could take.  I wish the ending had been more satisfying, but I understand why it ended the way it did. Glad I snagged it from the library when I did.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Melanie Dickerson: The Merchant's Daughter

I didn’t know what to expect with this book, but a parochial text was even in the realm of possibilities.  I am not religious, and I can appreciate others’ faiths, but I choose to not partake in religious life.  So when I read this book, I was taken aback by the highly religious thread that was woven throughout the book.  It was a decent plot—think Robin Hood times crossed with a tamer Beauty and the Beast and with a splash of Cinderella.  I am glad that I read (and finished) this book because if I ever get to teach again and I encounter religious students, I can highly recommend this book.   There are sermons, questions of faith, and conversations with God.  Thank goodness for me, there was a happy ending.  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Emma Donoghue: Room

Yuk.  Yuk.  Yuk. 
Not a fan of this book at all. 
Disturbing, inconsistent, and disheartening.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Maria Snyder: Touch of Power

MUCH better than her Poison Study books—much tighter editing, and the plot is much more fast-paced.  The ending is unexpected, but happy, but leaving many questions unanswered for the next book (not until 2013!).  I liked the heroine, and the “hero” is interesting.