1.10.2014

Hit and Miss Reviews

Let's face it...sometimes the books you read are hits...or misses...



Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles was a hit. I loved all her previous YA novels (the "Chemistry" trilogy), so I was thrilled to see her new novel in advanced copy form at ALA. This time, it features a former football star, a female football kicker, a cross-country move, a lot of familial tension, and of course, a star-crossed romance. What's not to like? 

 Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge was also a hit. Lucie Walker is a middle-aged woman found standing in San Francisco Bay with no memory of who she is or how she got there. When her fiance, Grady, arrives to take her back to Seattle, she is understandably skeptical about returning to her life with someone she doesn't know. The novel then unravels how Lucie got to that point, and where she is going to go from here. Perhaps not the strongest of the recent spate of "amnesia lit", but it was satisfying and easy to read.

After Her by Joyce Maynard was a great big miss. I loved her previous novels, but once I discovered I was 50 page into this one, and hadn't enjoyed one line, nor cared one whit about the characters, I simply retired it. Ugh. How disappointing!

Always Watching by Chevy Stevens was also a miss. I liked her first book, but her others have been lackluster to me, and this one is no exception. It sounded promising...a cult, a psychiatric ward, and a lot of repressed memories...but when I found myself skimming whole paragraphs to get the gist instead of reading the novel, I knew Stevens had lost me as a reader. Disappointing - I don't think I'll be giving her any more tries...

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