Friday, May 30, 2008

Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend by Lynda Curnyn


What a delightful read. This is a perfect beach read. It's funny and sweet without being silly.
Curnyn takes us on the path from relationship-to break up- to relationships. Giving us a humorous look into the life of Emma and her friends, both single and attached.

Single, Married or Attached you will relate and laugh at loud at the brutel honestly of this novel.

If you like Candace Bushnell, you'll fall in like with Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend.


Grade: B+

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Midnight by Dean Koontz


Midnight is quite possibly my least favorite book by Koontz. I have come to expect the very best from him and this novel just didn't capture my attention as before.

Midnight was a bit of a slow read and not nearly as thrilling as the other books I have read by Koontz however I would still recommend it since it does capture the character's feelings. The subject is interesting which leads to a semi-interesting read.

I do not recommend this as your first Koontz read since it doesn't really capture the true essence of his writing skills.



Grade: B-

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Chosen (House of Night Series #3) by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast


Chosen isn't what you'd expect. There are many surprising turns and twists, each better than the last.

This is by far my favorite book in the series. This book is one bumpy and exciting ride. Chosen does not disappoint. Zoey's life is much more complicated than before, major events occur in her life and that of her friends. This book is filled with betrayal, love and consequences.

The ending leaves your craving more, luckily in September the fourth book in this installment is released.



Grade: A

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2) by PC & Kristin Cast


The second book in this series does not disappoint. The title suggest a betrayal and I was taken back and surprised by the individual who betrays Zoey, it was not who I thought it would be!

This second book has some surprising story lines, which makes you all that more enthralled. The second book carries the characters from the first book and adds depth to them.


The tension levels increase and the stake a higher, I can't wait to see what transpires in chosen.

This book only enhanced my addiction to vampire tales.



Grade: A

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Marked (House of Night Series #1) by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast


Marked is yet another book about Vamps and this one is nearly as good as the novels in the "Twilight" series.


This book is a simple and easy read. It is entertaining and quite a page turner. I can't wait to read the rest of the series! This novel gives an intersting concept and spin on vampier lure. This book hooks you in from the start and never leaves you with a dull moment.




Grade: A

Monday, May 19, 2008

Blue Water by A. Manette Ansay


The write up for this book makes it sound a lot better than it really is. This novel really shows you how relationships can be tested when grief settles around the loss of a child. This book is filled with one tragedy after another, a car accident resulting in death, a brain damaged child and sexual abuse.

This book is much better than Ansay's novel, "Vinegar Hill." If you want to read a book that tests the limits of grief and love, pick this on up.


Grade: B

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Christine by Stephen King


Christine isn't as good of a novel as I have been forced to believe.

It is a bit silly and not as frightening as I anticipated or expected. It does however convey the angst of teenage life and the struggles to fit in.

Christine is NOT one of King's best but it does a decent job of entertaining you, that is when your not bored by some of the bland writing.

Skip this book and read The Shining instead.



Grade: C

Friday, May 16, 2008

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin & Alison McGhee




Elsewhere gives on a whole new perspective on life, living and death. In the novel, Elsewhere, 15 year old, Lizzie dies and goes to Elsewhere. In, Elsewhere one continues to live but rather than age, one goes backwards until they are a baby and sent back to earth to live a new life.

This is perhaps the happiest, saddest and uplifiting book I have read in a while. It is touching, heartwarming and highly recommended by this reader.

This book is an easy, quick read and quite enchanting.

The concept is quite a bit different yet similar to "The Lovley Bones". This novel is fresh, fun, witty and moving. A must read!




Grade: A+

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Host by Stephenie Meyer


I have to admit, that I was among those who rushed out to get this novel. I was anticipating it with much excitement and gusto however this novel does not compare to the brilliance of Meyer's, "Twilight Series".


It does just enough to keep you entertained.


It starts off slowly but as the story progresses you get involved and since the concept is so interesting you continue to read to see what transpires. The ideas behind this novel are creative which makes it worth the read once you trudge thru the first part.


You form compassion, anger and solace for many of the characters. Meyer has once again done a great job however I'm holding out for Breaking Dawn which I'm positive will out due this novel and leave me blown away rather than "ok", what shall I read next...


Grade: B -

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Child of God by Cormac Mccarthy






Chilling...!


This is quite possibly the most disturbing novel, I have ever read. Despite this is was hard to put down and I read in within hours. Once again, McCarthy's writing is a piece of art. His work is compelling and moving. Child of God presents us with unforgettable, disturbing and disgusting character's.

Child of God is beyond anything I have ever read, it is unique and with that being said, it is not a book for everyone. It deals with topics such as murder, incest and necrophilia. There is not one boring moment in this novel and it ends with a bang.



This novel is delightfully disturbing and gives an insight into the deepest evil a human can posses.



Grade: A+

Friday, May 9, 2008

Does She or Doesn't She? by Alisa Kwitney


This book is "ok". The cute cover is deceiving! It could be much better if there weren't two story lines going on. There is the main story and then the main characters "book" along with her fantasy's. This book would be so much better without having to read the characters, writing. This book is also far fetched, having read her work before I gave her the benefit of the doubt and finished the novel. It has a strong beginning and a weak end.



Synopsis:


Passion. The kind of tear-your-clothes off, scream-your-lungs-out, crash-into-the-furniture passion that changes lives.
It's what Delilah wants. It's what she craves. It's what she fantasizes about whenever her disinterested husband's not around. Okay, so it occasionally makes her late for the school run and distracts her from the fact there's no food in the fridge, but an elaborate fantasy life is a basic requirement for a fledgling soap opera writer.
Lately, though, the oddest things have been happening in Delilah's real life. First, she discovers a couple of skeletons rattling around in her husband's closet. Then, she learns that the insolently sexy plumber who's been fixing her pipes and starring in her daydreams is really an undercover FBI agent. And now all the clues seem to point to the conclusion that she's the only person in New York City not carrying on a torrid affair. Which she intends to do something about. Or does she?
Because there's nothing more dangerous than acting on your secret desire.



Grade: C

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Deathby Mark Fuhrman


This book was printed BEFORE the report from the autopsy was completed. There is much speculation but often speculation is what helps to solve a case.

This book creates more questions than it answers however it is a good read for someone who is interested in the case. This book is quite compelling, factual and organized. This book is informative and revisits the haunting history behind Terri's life and death.

However I encourage you to read more on the findings of Terri's autopsy in order to form you own opinions or agree with some of Fuhrman's speculations.



Grade: B

Monday, May 5, 2008

Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner


This book is heartwarming and full of hilarious moments. I initially thought this book would be another sad, left at the altar type of story but it's really a story about the relationship between brothers. This book is well written and Franz does a great job at turning a negative moment in his life into something positive and eventful.

I felt as though I was traveling along side Franz and his brother and boy do I wish I was, he is gorgeous, funny, intelligent and loves dogs! There journey is exciting and despite being continents away the keep in touch with loved one and return home to celebrate important events.

This book will make you reevaluate your relationships with loved ones and make you proud of the great ones you do have. I myself have a very close relationship with my little brother and while I couldn't see myself traveling with him I see myself wanting to know more about him.


Please pick up your copy today and read it... bonus it's on sale at B&N for less than 5 dollars!



Grade: A- because it can be a bit long winded at times...

Friday, May 2, 2008

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella


I'd have to say that this is by far my favorite book by Sophie Kinsella. The main character Lexi is adorable, intelligent and witty. This book is fresh, fun and an easy, page turning summer read.

Kinsella's writing style makes you care for Lexi, she is easy to relate to and memorable. This book is such a treat and will not disappoint.

P.s Sorry for the lack of updates. I moved and am in the process of unpacking, hence little to no reading time!

Grade: A


Synopsis:
With the same wicked humor and delicious charm that have won her millions of devoted fans, Sophie Kinsella, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Shopaholic & Baby, returns with an irresistible new novel and a fresh new heroine who finds herself in a life-changing and utterly hilarious predicament….When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game comes out, July 25th One text " I need you" has Isa, Kate, Fatima and Thea reuniting. The 4 women meet in t...