Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Way, way behind!

S.E.C.R.E.T.: a novel  by L. Marie Adeline 
I don't generally review books that would be considered erotic this one I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact read it cover to cover in one sitting, then spent so much time talking about the book to others I completely forgot to actually write the review.  The main character's journey of discovery makes for a wonderful read and you can't help but want to cheer for her.  I for one will be looking forward to more from this author.

The Death Relic by Chris Kuzneski
For the first time Chris Kuzneski has left me disappointed.  Most of the book, though certainly well written, felt like a prelude.  At the moment I finally thought, "Yes! Now we are on track..." the book ended abruptly and with little grace.  Overall this book left me wondering if it's merely a placeholder for whatever comes next. 

That Girl Started Her Own Country by Holy Ghost Writer

I found this book utterly fascinating. So much so that I will be tracking down the rest of the series and reading them as well. Even the times I found myself stopping to google along the way didn't destry the flow of the book. This book will make you pause and ponder a lot...enjoy every moment!

The Last of the Bird People by John Hanson Mitchell

It took me a long time to wade through the very short book.  The premise was interesting and I expected to be both fascinated and excited by it.  Neither proved to be true.   I struggled to care and understand the people being written about and found myself just wishing I could sit down with the author and ask questions rather than reading the book.  Disappointing at best.

A Woman's Right to Rest by Denise George

It's taken me a while to actualy work my way through this book, I wanted to address it as a study not just something to read. So glad I did!  I would highly recommend getting a copy and working through it, especially with some female friends, you won't regret making time for it.  (Carrying this book into a pub in Ireland resulted in an absolutely hysterical debate with a group of men about how "dangerous" an idle woman could be. Six months later I am still laughing.)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

It's easy to see why this book is so often listed as a "must read" and as time distances me from the actual reading of it I find myself more and more willing to consider going back and reading it again.  The mere fact that I was so able to despise the characters rather than love them is a credit to the author.  Had the been badly written I wouldn't have been interested in reading far enough to care about them one way or the other.  While I'm not sure who I would recommend read this book, it certainly made for interesting discussion among our book group.  I am sure one day in the not to distant future I will pull it back off the shelf and read it again.

The Courage of Strangers; Coming of age with the human rights movement. by Jeri Laber

It took me an entire day to read the first seventeen pages of this book, then barely 24 hours to read the remaining 375. Most of the events detailed in the book happened during my high school and college years and while I was aware of them I know now that I never truly grasped just how significant they were or how much was happening below the surface. The Courage of Strangers peels back the layers and shows just how much impact a single person's refusal to accept the inhumane treatment of others can make a difference. Seldom can I point to a book and say without hesitation that the mere reading of it fundamentally changed me. This one did, Jeri Laber's sharing of her journey through pivotal moments in world history is an amazing gift...one for which I am grateful.

Hidden Gem by India Lee

It feels inaccurate to say I enjoyed this book. It was engaging enough to keep me reading, yet I wanted to yell at all the adults in the book for being so utterly disconnected from the their children. Of course it IS a teenager as the focus of the story and told from her perspective so some of that is inherent. As much as I liked the character Gemma I would not suggest this book to parents of young girls I know. Fourteen year olds out at night clubs and planning weekends away for sex just strikes me as inappropriate.   The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

This book was definitely interesting but I doubt that I would seek out the rest of the series. This book left me with the over all sense that I just read a very long forward to some other book. Disappointing   The Amulet: A Faedra Bennett Custodian Novel by Alison Pensy

There were parts of this books that were just a shade on the too graphic side for me, especially considering this is "young adult" fiction. So if you 11-14 year old picks it up you might want to give it a read yourself first. That's said it is a good read and while they won't be high on my list of must read books the rest of the series will be there.   Elemental: Soul Guardians Book 2 by Kim Richardson

It's been nearly two weeks since I finished this book and I am still both disgusted and giggling over the three foot tall French cockroach who serves as the elevator operator in Hell. Kim Richardson's imagination has created versions of Heaven and Hell that constantly make you shudder and laugh as well as leaving you will the constant creepy feeling that something so much bigger is happening than you can see. Fabulous! While this is technically "young adult" fiction I think readers of stages of adulthood will enjoy it.   Maid for Love: McCarthys of Gansett Island (Volume 1)… by Marie Force

This book was moments so laugh out loud funny that I actually dropped my nook several times. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a really fun romance to read. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more by this author and definitely more from this series.   Echoes at Dawn (A KGI Novel) by Maya Banks

The fifth installment in Maya Banks' KGI series is another gripping read. Action, suspence, and a dash of romance mixed with well developed characters is a recipe for a sleepless night. My only complaint was there was no good stopping point so I just had to keep reading. Tired with gritty eyes the next day was 100% worth it though.   From Notting Hill with Love...Actually by Ali McNamara

While I may at some point revisit this book and attempt to finish it that is unlikely to happen any time soon. Over 100 pages in and I still have a bored sense of waiting for the story to begin. The premise sounded interesting but at least for this reader falls woefully short despite a few very funny scenes. (I did finally finish it...the ending was OK, not an author I would seek out again.)     I have a huge stack of reviews waiting to be written still so will be adding to this daily until I am caught up.

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