Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: The First Days

The First Days The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book was not good. I mean, it started out ok, then fell apart like paper in a rainstorm.

I really thought it would be my jam. Survival, zombies, and what should have been kick-ass heroines. Alas, it was not.

I wanted to love you, book, I really did. It's probably not you based on the other glowing reviews, it's me.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: A Knight in Central Park

A Knight in Central Park A Knight in Central Park by Theresa Ragan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Time travel. Romance. This book should be better, but it's not.

I'm going to save you a couple of hours and tell you the plot is disjointed, the hero is a terribly unlikeable jerk with daddy issues, and the heroine is shallow and weak.

Read it if it's free, you REALLY enjoy time travel romances, and you have nothing better to do.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am unsure how to feel about this book. Maybe not the best book as an entry to Vonnegut? I needed to read a book published the year I was born, and here we are.

Funny at times, bizarre most of the time, I felt I wasn't in on the jokes during certain parts. But interesting, for sure. I am going to give it 3 stars because it made me laugh.

I might re-read it some day. Maybe after another Vonnegut.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: Rushing Amy

Rushing Amy (Love and Football, #2)Rushing Amy by Julie Brannagh

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ah, contemporary romance. I keep trying to love you, but we just can't seem to connect. Maybe someday I will find the one that gets me hooked, but this wasn't it.

Amy Hamilton (Emily's younger sister from Blitzing Emily) meets the dashing, successful, and gorgeous Matt Stephens in the bar after her sister's wedding. She holds him at arm's length, he pursues her, and some nonsense happens that could have been avoided, which is my main issue with contemporary romance. But I did not hate both characters, in fact, I rather liked them, so I am giving this 2.5 stars. It's pretty ok, and if contemporary romance is your thing you will probably rate this much much higher.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Review: Room

RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine you are five-years-old. Imagine you have never left the room your were born in. You have limited knowledge of the outside world, because you don't realize there IS an outside world. Welcome to Room.

I really enjoyed this one--I found the concept unique and the voice of Jack didn't seem off to me, like I read in a few reviews. And as gripping as I found the first half of the book, I found the second half to be even more interesting. I listened to this on audio, and I think it added to the story. Definitely recommend.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Review: Reflex

Reflex Reflex by Dick Francis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another winner by Dick Francis. This time Philip, our everyman hero, is an amateur jockey and amateur photographer. I'm giving the edge to his photography, because hey, you can't be a jockey forever. That job has a shelf life.

We've got revenge, blackmail, murder, romance, and horses, all things you expect from Francis. But he also wrote family complexities very well. This one has the added drama of a drug-addled mother who abandoned Philip and flitted from place to place. He's estranged from his grandmother and I found this side plot as interesting as the main one.

You can't go wrong with Dick Francis. 3 solid stars.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

More Qwill and the kitties solving crimes in the sleepy village of Pickax, where there must be a murder every week. Qwill needs to hook up with Jessica Fletcher because they both are murder magnets. Moose County's a rough place to live, people.

The newspaper's publisher has died. Accident, or murder? Well, since it's a cozy I'll let you figure it out. Qwill is on the case, and trying to be a mustachioed ladies man about town, but the cats continue to thwart him. Go, cats. Qwill is ridiculous. Polly is way too good for you. Still the same cast of characters you know and love, with Arch, and Mrs. Cobb, and a million Goodwinters.

A fun, easy series. Really enjoying reading through them all again. 3 stars.

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