Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: I Let You Go

I Let You Go I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A five year old is dead after a speeding car hits the child and does not stop for help -- a fatal hit and run.
Who was at the wheel? Where is the car? Were there any witnesses?

This novel had intrigue, twists and turns, multi-layered storyline - but also a level of abuse that left me very unsettled.

In the end, I didn't like it.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: Maybe in Another Life

Maybe in Another Life Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How different would your life be if you'd made different choices?
A summer, chick-lit novel that explores such a dilemma.
Told in alternating chapters of, "what if," we get a peek at what Hannah Martin's life might have been, or not, had she gone home with high school boyfriend, Ethan.
Almost a "choose your adventure story" for twentysomethings.
Great dialog and themes.
I'll be generous and give it 4 stars.


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
Entertaining, futuristic novel based on 80s geek culture. Interesting cast of misfits who save the "virtual world."
I wasn't much vested in the first 2/3 of the book, but the last 1/3, including the final battle, were highly exciting.
A sweet ending too.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: A Tangle of Gold

A Tangle of Gold A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved the first two books in this series, and think Jaclyn Moriarty's writing is whimsical and electric. My lack of enthusiasm for this book rests entirely on me -- I simply didn't remember enough from the first two books to make sense of what happened in the final book.
I loved the relationship between Madeleine and Elliott and their multi-dimensional worlds and all the crazy things that happen between them and their friends to bring about a "colorful" ending. But I spent better part of the book totally confused.
So -- 5 stars for creativity and originality - 2 stars for reader inadequacy.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfectly British; there's something quite mystical about ancient Cornwall. This ended up being quite lovely, the characters much more multifaceted than in the BBC series, and the development of Ross and Demelza is utterly romantic.
Can't wait for book #2 and season #2.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Make Good Art

Make Good Art Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Meh. I've read better commencement speeches.
Make good art. And repeat.
Graphics made it difficult to read.

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Review: Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An epic novel that spans multiple continents and encompasses everything from political coups to the evolution of medicine - but ultimately is about family and brotherhood and the unyielding love that binds us together.
Brilliant.

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Review: Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
I got engaged on the Ponte Vecchio and married a boy who speaks Italian, so how could I not think it was a cute romance?!
Sweet just like gelato.


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review: Pieces of Sky

Pieces of Sky Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the tradition of These Is My Words, author Kaki Warner has created a memorable western romance featuring Englishwoman, Jessica, and rancher, Brady.
I loved the dialogue, I loved the internal family struggle, I loved their relationship -- I even loved the dog. I was shocked how much I loved this -- so much that I devoured it in a day.
My only hiccup -- stereotyping "good white man vs. bad Mexican," and the ending -- gosh why are endings so tough to get right? It just ended flat.
This book sat on my shelf for 5 years. Should have read it sooner.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was laughing by the 3rd page. But the new/retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, while abundant in humor, was almost totally lacking in romance.
When Mr. and Mrs. Bennet (yes, only one T) are the most developed characters (and they were hysterical), and Darcy is all but absent and completely one dimensional, something is askew.
It was entertaining, but I missed the angst, drama and longing that one expects between "Liz & Darcy."


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