4.07.2010

New Book Reviews...

I'm woefully behind on book reviews, so let's get to it! We're going to move fast, so look alive, people! ;-)

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

I am a HUGE fan of Allen's first two novels, so I was first in line when her latest came out! Again, this is a southern, small town, quirky character, laced with magic kind of novel, and I absolutely LOVED it. Allen's writing is just so luminous and cozy and comforting, and I find myself getting completely lost in her words. Recommended!






A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

This is more novella than novel, and was a very quick Regency read. Boy and girl forced into marriage for money and station, but they have a secret of their own...a satisfying enough read, but not a lot of character development in such a short novel...










Heat Wave by Richard Castle

I'm a huge fan of "Castle", the Nathan Fillion/Stana Katic show on Monday nights, so when Nathan Fillion's character put out a mystery novel, I had to read it! It took a while to separate Fillion from Castle from Rook, but once you do, this is a fun, fast, fresh read! Way to go "Castle"! ;-)









Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

This is a truly FANTASTIC young adult novel. Set in Chicago, this matches Alex, a Mexican gang member, with Brittany, a perfect, rich white princess as they are forced to become partners in chemistry class. What follows is their slow dance to get to know each other, their inevitable attraction, and how they both have to fight to stay together - if they are going to stay together. This is a beautifully written, romantic novel set with sad and shady undertones - a truly great read for young adults OR adults. I can't recommend it enough!






From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

The seventh novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series - heavy on shifters, light on Eric, no Bill - not a bad mix, though I wanted more Eric. ;-)










Love in Translation by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

I really enjoyed this novel, set primarily in Japan, where a woman travels to try and find a part of her elusive family, falls in love with a Japanese man, ends up on television, and slowly adapts to the culture. I really loved reading about all the cultural differences, as well as the satisfying conclusion to her travels.









Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton

I really, really enjoyed this novel! Leelee, a true Southern belle, follows her husband on his sudden quest to own an inn in Vermont. Leelee is then thrust into an untenable situation - a rundown inn, a surly staff member, cold weather and then the ultimate injustice - being left to cope with it all on her own. This is a great, easy, breezy read where the plucky gal triumphs in the end - my favorite kind of novel. :-)









Seduced by His Touch by Tracy Anne Warren

Decided to read a different Regency novel author, and this fit the bill! A card game, a bet, a loss, an arranged marriage, and ultimately, a love story. This was a great read with a slightly different resolution to the inevitable conflict between the two main characters, who were well written and engaging. Recommended!









Kisser by Stuart Woods

A new Stone Barrington novel! The usual mayhem, women, murder and sex fill the pages - another great read in the series!









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