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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