have stopped while I was only a third into the book, because this book
was dumb, dumb, dumb. It is a literary (I use that word loosely) version
of TV's The Bachelor. Please, don't waste your time.
July 1, 2011
by Sourcebooks Landmark
(first published Sept. 16, 2010)
Jane Austen fan fiction. I'm not sure why I keep reading this stuff.
They aren't particularly well-written nor do they have very original
plots. But there's something about a story with a guaranteed happy
A beautifully photographed,
reader-friendly cookbook for families who want to eat more healthy. My
favorite part of the book was that most of the recipes had side notes
showing you how to make baby food and purees for your baby from the
ingredients that you were already using in the regular recipe. The
only gripe I have with the book is that the author consistently uses
hard-to-find, much more expensive ingredients in her recipes, many of
which I have never heard. It's hard to spend the extra money if you are
on a budget. Of course, I am a neophyte when it comes to quinoa and
spelt and all those other "healthy" grains, so maybe the health benefits
outweigh the financial factors. And at the risk of sounding
blasphemous, I disagreed with the authors disdain for cow's milk. But
if you can overlook the author's high-brow opinions and high-budget
ingredients, this is a pretty cool cookbook. I can even see myself using
some of the recipes (tweaked a little) with my family. And thank you NetGalley.com for providing this book for review.
256 pages Published
Nov. 8, 2011
by Delacorte Press After reading waaaay too many dystopian novels, this was a welcome change. Uplifting, free from swearing, sex and "dark," I enjoyed it thoroughly. And the best thing??? It's a stand-alone novel! Those are hard to come by nowadays.
May 8, 2012
by Harcourt Children's Books
This first half of the book was pretty amazing, and held so much potential! And then ... it just got weird and foundered and sank. I think the author was trying to cram every single fairy tale into one story - it just got too confusing and too lame. If she would have just stuck to one concept - the Frog Prince - things would have turned out much, much better.
Also, all the characters, with their odd names, made it that much more confusing.
I was so sad when this book ended, because so much was left wanting - a fabulous idea destroyed in the execution.
was so much unbelievable stuff in this book, I hesitated to give it 3
stars. Like: Gabi being able to speak medieval Italian or sword fight
with no problem. Plus the "romance" was a bit cheesy - I'm so tired of
love triangles! But the premise was interesting, and I wanted to see how
the author imagined life in the 1300s to be like. Also, the writing was
decent, and the author knew how to move the plot along. I doubt I'll read the next in the series, though. This book just didn't hold that much interest for me.
hope this is the last of the Heather Wells books, because this one
finally had the right ending. I honestly read these books - not for the
murder mysteries - but to see if Heather ever ended up with the "right"
person. I was happy with who she ended up with.
Totally predictable, but fun nevertheless. A spattering of swearing, but it's not too bad. This book follows the adventures of has-been pop star Heather Wells in her job as an assistant dorm director. I'll likely read the next in the series. Gotta see if she ends up with "the one." I'm a sucker for a good love story.
Super short - read it in a few minutes, but it's a good little glimpse into another of the Garde. I do wish, though, that the titles of the books didn't all have "I Am Number Four" in them. Makes things confusing - "Have I read this one or not?"
I do dig the whole legacies idea though. How cool would it be to move things with your mind?
Anyway, the only reason I gave it 3 stars is because I wanted MORE. Sadly, 11 pages is just a tease.
Wow. This book was actually pretty awesome. I enjoyed it immensely. Brandon Sanderson knows how to write an epic fantasy novel. He has created a world with well-thought-out rules and ways of life. And of course, his characters are fully fleshed out and real. I would have been disappointed if they weren't - Sanderson's novel has p.l.e.n.t.y. of pages to develop his characters. Yet if I had one gripe about the novel - it would be that ... the length. I know most fantasy books are long, long, long, but this one seemed like it could be condensed quite a bit. Some of his explanations on how the metals worked seemed redundant and overly verbose.
I am happy that the book had a good ending - enough questions remain to facilitate a sequel, but enough tied ends to make it a stand-alone book if you wanted to end it there. Which I may do, I haven't decided yet.
368 pages Published
Jan. 8, 2013
This a fabulous little fantasy adventure for those kids in the middle grades. It has magic, apprentices, lessons on love and loyalty, and myriad other life lessons. The writing is spot-on for the intended audience - no cumbersome words that force kids to the dictionary - although sometimes that isn't a bad thing. When I was a kid, my parents gave me a dictionary for my birthday so I'd quite bugging them with the question "What does this word mean?"
If you have a kiddo looking for a new adventure fantasy book, this one will fit the bill nicely. No swearing or bad stuff.
346 pages Published
Nov. 26, 2013
by Harlequin TEEN
Argh! I can't believe it's been 10 days since I've last posted! But happily, it was for a good reason. Some girlfriends and I flew up to Berlin and spent the whole week sightseeing and shopping. It was delightful.
BUT NOW, back to the reviews.
While on the plane I read this whole book - so you know Pawn will be a fast read. It's not thick on character development or fantastic writing, but it does move along quickly and has a decent premise - think Meg Cabot's Airhead trilogy, with a touch of Keira Cass's The Selection and with some rebellion thrown in.
One happy aspect - there is no love triangle. For a while, I thought there might be, but I was thankfully wrong. And there was an evil grandmother - who doesn't like an evil grandmother?? Quite awesome.
358 pages Published
Jan. 22, 2013
by Balzer + Bray
I so wanted to love this book. I used to live near Park City, Utah, which is where the book is set, so I know the places mentioned in the book. That eased visualization a bit. But in the end that "plus" just wasn't enough for me.
The first book in this series, "Everneath," had such great potential. Teenage angst, which is usually annoying to me, was dealt with in a "See what can happen if you act rashly, not rationally!" Yeah, you get sucked underground and your life force is bled from you. Delightful. I loved it.
But this second book ... I felt like half of it was getting to the place where something actuallyhappens. And it was SO dark. Dark and depressing. It was like I was in the Tunnels getting my life force sucked out. I need to watch a light, funny romantic comedy to counteract all the happiness suckage.
My favorite part was the very end. You gotta give Cole props. Nice one, mister.
I'm not sure if I'll read the next in the series. I kinda don't really care what happens next. We'll see.
Jan. 24, 2012
by Balzer + Bray
I liked this book pretty well, mostly because I've been a lot of the places where the story was set. The writing was good, the plot clicked along at a nice pace and the characters weren't too flat. I will definitely be picking up #2 when it comes out.
344 pages Published
Nov. 28, 2006
by William Morrow Paperbacks
I would have given this book an extra star except for the horrible language it contains. I think this was Meg Cabot's chance to cram in as many f-bombs as possible to make up for what she doesn't put in her YA books. It's too bad, though. The language didn't even further the story.
Doubt I'll pick up the next in the series. Life's too short to have your ears burn while reading.
A very quick little novella that takes place before "Under the Never Sky" that tells us how Liv (Perry's sister) is sold to feed her tribe. Unfortunately, the story was pretty much told in "Under the Never Sky." The only additional information was a deeper understanding of the relationship between Roar and Liv. Entertaining, but completely unnecessary to the development of the full novel.
September 18th 2012
by Greenwillow Books
The first half of the book was booooring. It took me forever to get through it. Slog, slog, slog. Once I got through that though, it picked up. But then that
part went way too fast. Why couldn't Carson skip the lame stuff and
concentrate on pacing the good stuff? The final "battle" was like a page
long, maybe two. Don't know if I'm going to read the third in this series.