Review: Grace Doll

September 29, 2012

Grace Doll
Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I really thought this was going to turn into a vampire story but it did not. Which was not a bad thing as it did go against my expectations. This was a quick read that did not blow me away but did keep me entertained. The author did a great job of showing bits and pieces of the old Hollywood system and how stars were born and used by producers, directors, and studio heads. Unfortunately the characters never drew me in enough for me to have me become very invested in their fate. There was a twist I did not see coming that helped and the ending was really well done but this will not be on the top of my read-again list.

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Review: Bella Fortuna

September 27, 2012

Bella Fortuna
Bella Fortuna by Rosanna Chiofalo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I read this book rather quickly and did enjoy it. The description and lead up to Valentina finding her bella fortuna took much longer than I expected- 200 pages of a 350 page book. I still enjoyed it but the blurb was misleading in that way. Also the switch of narrator from Valentina to Olivia was good but at times unnecessary. The story was well written and it was a predictable but good plot. I enjoyed hearing all about the wedding gowns and crazy bridezillas as I was one about a year ago so I remember that time quite well. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick read where you know what is going to happen but you want to go along anyways.

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Review: Redshirts

September 5, 2012

Redshirts
Redshirts by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was fantastic. Oh my gosh I did not want to put it down. This is definitely a book for any Star Trek fan, even those inevitable awful episodes. We are following ensigns who have been assigned to the Intrepid for duty. The contrasting thoughts of these ensigns and their actions lead to some of the best moments of the book. They act like brave idiots and over-dramatic when with the senior crew but they cannot reconcile their actions with what common sense is telling them to do. The book could have end at the 3/4th point but the continuation did give the novel a more bittersweet ending. I want everyone to find this novel and love it as much as I did. I think that the word “Redshirt” has achieved a certain connotation in pop culture and i love that Scalzi uses this concept and flips it around for the enjoyment of the reader. I may have to dress as one of these Redshirts for Halloween even if no one knows who I am. Just brilliant.

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Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur
Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur by Ruth Nestvold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very well written re-telling of the Tristan and Isolde legend. There were a lot of elements I did not expect to be included such as the focus on the actual war between the Britons and the Saxons but it was well done. It did drag at some points but I kept coming back to it. It made me want to get the next book in the series as well to see where Nestvold is going to take the character of Iseult. I do not know if anyone can state with absolute certainty that everything in the book is historically accurate but it was one of the more accurate ones that I have read. If you love Arthurian legend the way I do, you will go and pick up this book.

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