Review: Archangel

November 17, 2011

Archangel by Sharon Shinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have not read this novel in years so going back to it was great. The inclusion of the supernatural with science fiction is great and is a wonderful precursor to some of the bigger sci-fi novel series that have come out since. I have not seen anyone who has combined the spaceship technology with religion and fantasy as well as Shinn. Some may think that a religious agenda is being pushed until they realize that Jovah in the novel is a spaceship!!!!! A great piece of work.

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Review: Remember Me?

November 12, 2011

Remember Me?
Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very cute, very sweet and exactly what I always want from a Sophie Kinsella novel. Love Lexi and her reaction to both her memory loss, her new life, and the secrets she has been keeping from everyone. A great novel.

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Review: One Day

November 10, 2011

One Day
One Day by David Nicholls
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not my favorite and not my least favorite but I did find it interesting. I was curious to see how the love story was going to play out over 20 years and Nicholls did catch me off guard with a few points during the story. Not a book to go on my re-read pile but it was a good read.

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Review: Mockingjay

November 6, 2011

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know that some people and some reviewers were disappointed with the ending and some of the loose threads but I thought it was great. You know it is a good book when it is impossible to put down and this was definitely a book that I could not put down. Katniss was just as compelling as before but i was not expecting her lethargy. However you can see it as a family trait because of her mother’s collapse about the death of Katniss’s father. Peeta is still my favorite male character in this trilogy and Gale is not. I would say this trilogy is similar to the Twilight series in the addiction it inspires in its readers, the love triangle, and the characters not being as well drawn out as they could be. Yet I easily overlook this because I adored the book. Big recommendation for everyone to read before the movies come out because it is a compelling series that no one should pass up.

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Review: Catching Fire

November 4, 2011

Catching Fire
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great addition to the series. The blurb i read in the book only hinted at the plot but that always seems to happen with hardcovers. Watching Katniss become stronger in her own resolve was amazing and seeing her inspire the people around was lovely. These books are addictive and I started Mockingjay about 5 minutes after I finished this one. Absolutely fantastic.

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Review: The Hunger Games

November 2, 2011

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh wow. I cannot believe that I was going to skip this series and now I am really glad that I did not. This was a great start to this series. You can see the parallels between this and the myth of Theseus with some dystopian elements and the love triangle that is almost required in the genre now. Still Katniss is a compelling character who does what she must in order to survive while still wrestling with her own emotions about killing, love and general survival. This is definitely one of the books I cannot wait to reread.

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So for the last few years, I have watched the blog posts of some authors I adore during the month of November, known to some as NaNoWriMo. i have watched and waited to see what it was all about and what kind of work could come out. And today I may have done something silly – I signed up to participate.

That means I now have until November 30th to write 50,000 words. Definitely something I haven’t done before this will be an interesting month. Encouragement is greatly desired

Here goes nothing!.

Review: Heartless

November 1, 2011

Heartless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another amazing book in the Parasol Protectorate series. I was happy to see that this title of the series was now mentioned in the books. A great book with the inclusion of vampires being fashionable, werewolves howling, ghosts sprawling and Alexia waddling around London not letting the “infant inconvenience” slow her down. I cannot wait for Timeless to come out so we can see where the series will go to now but I love Alexia Tarabotti Maccons and her life and everything that Carriger writes.

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