7.02.2010

Book-Go-Round

I've been turning a lot of pages lately, wracking up reads and need to get some reviews down here in the blog, so let's get started!

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Despite having just read a "one person remembers the past and one doesn't but they're soulmates" story, I was eager to read this new adult novel from Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). I still like the premise, and I thought this was enjoyable enough, but towards the end it seemed very YA-omigod-Edward-Cullen-and-I-are-soulmates-4ever, if you know what I mean. An interesting premise, and Brashares left it wide open for a sequel...






Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

I'm finally all caught up in the Sookie Stackhouse universe! I'm so on Team Eric. ;-)










Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

You know I love me some Nora Roberts trilogies, and this is a good one to listen to - takes place in Ireland, interesting characters with interesting professions, and a good ole romance. I dig. :-)








Born in Ice by Nora Roberts

The second in the trilogy, and again, love the setting and the characters. Such easy, pleasant books to listen to...









 Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart

I adored Stewart's first novel (The Myth of You and Me) so I dove into this one eagerly, hoping to devour it in an afternoon (which I did). Sarah's husband confesses that he has an affair, and Sarah is thrown into a maelstrom of emotion in which is examines in minute detail every aspect of their family (including a toddler) and marriage. Stewart's writing and insight sometimes makes me feel small or too stupid to grasp, but by the end, I found myself vaguely annoyed at the self-centered and egomaniacal behavior of Sarah - but that may be what was intended. Not as good as Myth, but I'm glad I read it...




Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Everyone says angels are the new vampires, and I really, really wanted to love this novel, but when it started feeling like homework from college and I was hating every word, I closed the book for good. Ugh.








The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne

I actually really enjoyed this novel, in which a 20-something girl returns to her childhood home (a finishing school), only to find the school bankrupt and out of date. She turns classes on manners and table arrangements into modern classes like how to eat sushi and how to pose for the paparazzi. A fun, breezy, easy read with a lot of heart!






Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

This is very much a character novel, but with one shocking act of violence smack in the middle that will take the reader by surprise and change the whole dynamic of the story. Quindlen's writing is gentle and readable, and this was a great character study. Worth the time...







Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Of course it's silly and unrealistic and hilarious and full of explosions, drama, and Joe-versus-Ranger. What's not to like? A fun diversion for an hour or two....









There ya have it!

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