7.27.2011

Bucket O' Reviews....

I've been trying to get my readin' back on, so here's the latest I've been catching up on...

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

I've always been a sucker for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series (the young adult series, as well as the movie that was made based on the first one), so when Brashares announced an adult follow-up that continued the story of Tibby, Carmen, Bee and Lena, I was so there.

Though this wasn't what I expected (quite a twist early on!), I found this compulsively readable, and couldn't put it down until I knew the outcome of each and every tale interwoven. It seems that Brashares is done with the series - there is little left that could be expanded, but I'm glad to have an exclamation point on such memorable characters...




Kiwis Might Fly by Polly Evans

I've always enjoyed Evans' travelogues, so I was happy to download her travels around New Zealand as one of my first Kindle purchases. Readable, light-hearted and interesting, Evans is a fun travel partner!









Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Number Eleven in the Sookie Stackhouse series - more vampirism and mayhem in Bon Temps. Hey, as long as Eric is still in the picture, I'll keep reading!










Home to Woefield by Susan Juby

Great cover, Meg Cabot blurbed it - but it just wasn't the book for me. Disjointed, unresolved, choppy and not that engaging. I finished it - but barely. Bummer. :-(









Beyond Seduction by Stephanie Laurens

Met her at ALA! This is the next in the Bastion Club series for me to read (just two more!), and the Last Traitor storyline is getting closer...plus the inevitable fall of another bachelor for a more than capable wife. ;-)









A Seahorse in the Thames by Susan Meissner

This was a nice diversion for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, but honestly, if you ask me next month what it's about, I won't be able to tell you, for it didn't stick with me. Right now, I remember a very sweet (sickly sweet?) romance, a missing sister, a surprise from London and a lot of hand-wringing. As I said, a nice diversion, but not a memorable one...







What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

This was a FANTASTIC novel! I couldn't put it down from the first page, when Alice wakes up after hitting her head at the gym (the gym!?) to discover she has forgotten the last ten years of her life - her children are strangers, she's skinnier and she's on the brink of divorce....and doesn't remember any of it, only remembers being pregnant and wildly in love. A compelling plot and a great character novel, this was a really readable, really engaging story that I think a lot of folks would enjoy. Highly recommended!





Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef

This is actually a title geared towards young adults that I picked up as an advanced copy at ALA. This is a straightforward account of Jane's life, family, background and writings, as well as a bit of a glimpse into the Regency times in which she lived. Easy to read, but full of great information!








Temptation by Nora Roberts

I grabbed an audiobook for a roadtrip, and being a fan of Roberts, thought this would fit the bill. Within minutes of listening, though, you can definitely tell this was "vintage Roberts" before she really honed her writing - indeed, this was written in 1987. It's a sweet enough romance, but doesn't pack the usual emotional punch or have enough twists and turns to compete with Nora Roberts of today. Still love her, though!






Bel-Air Dead by Stuart Woods

A new Stone Barrington novel on audio - what's not to love?!












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