Review: Honolulu

September 28, 2011

Honolulu
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another book that my mom recommended for me but also a very nice look into the history of Hawaii. Told through the eyes of Jin, a picture bride from Korea. She has a not-so-unique situation of immigrants to Hawaii but it is portrayed quite well and Brennert does his best to present all sides of the equation including haoles, locals, fictional and nonfictional characters in his book. I was disappointed that the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its effect on Honolulu was skipped in the timelines as we went from the early Depression straight to 1957. It was a fast read but enjoyable. A good beach or train book to pass the time.

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Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

September 24, 2011

Moloka'iMoloka’i by Alan Brennert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A look into the somewhat shameful past of Hawaii and its treatment of residents who are infected with Hansen’s disease better known as leprosy. We follow Rachel Kalama from her early childhood in Honolulu who is then sent to Molokai when she is found out as a “leper”. The story also focuses on other figures in her life such as Sister Catherine who helps raise her, her husband Kenji and all of the other residents of Kalaupapa as well as historical events like the death of King Kalakaua, the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Very well researched and engaging as I followed Rachel throughout her life. I will admit I knew of leprosy but not a lot before reading this novel but Brennert does a great job of showing the different phases and incarnations of Hansen’s disease through his characters. Probably not something I would have picked up on my own even though I adore Hawaii but well done.

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Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

September 22, 2011

Mrs. KimbleMrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very interesting read that examines the lives of three women who all marry the same man. Ken Kimble is an absentee husband and father but three very different women marry him for different reasons and at different times in their lives. It was a very fast read but an intriguing one. I’m not sure if my mom was trying to warn me about the perils of marriage since I am newly married but it was a good look into both history and how women have and have not changed in their views of men and marriage since 1969.

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iZombie Vol. 1: Dead to the World
iZombie Vol. 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short but sweet, this was a different look at creatures of the supernatural. Gwen is a zombie who has to eat brains once a month to keep from becoming a shambling mess and her best friends are a ghost and a were-terrier. Very cute, very sweet and definitely something anyone who enjoys the out of the ordinary.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing ending to the Millennium Trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is my hero for being so smart and able to take care of herself. I sped through this book because I could not possibly put it down. A must-read for this year.

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Thank You for Smoking

September 21, 2010

Thank You for SmokingThank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was quite enjoyable but not as good as the movie. There were plot variations but it was good. I would recommend it for anyone who needs a good snicker.

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Cleopatra’s Daughter

September 15, 2010

Cleopatra's Daughter: A NovelCleopatra’s Daughter: A Novel by Michelle Moran

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was absolutely fantastic. It introduced me to a world I had never known, the world of Kleopatra Selene, daughter of Marc Antony and Queen Kleopatra VII of Egypt. She lived under fear of reprisal from Emperor Augustus just because of her parents. She is an amazing heroine and Michelle Moran does an amazing job in being historically accurate and true to her characters. A must-read for any history buff of the Ptolemies.

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Still Alice

September 13, 2010

Still AliceStill Alice by Lisa Genova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting look into Alzheimer’s disease and how it can affect a person so profoundly. The protagonist, Alice, slowly loses her memory as the book goes on but finds more than she thought she would. It made me think a lot about my family and our experience with this disease and how it would affect someone like me who, like Alice, lives through my brain and language functions. A wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone wanting an honest look into a debilitating disease that is still misunderstood.

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Naamah’s Kiss

September 9, 2010

Naamah's Kiss (Kushiel's Legacy, #7)Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a wonderful addition to the Kushiel series. New characters introduced years after the ending events of the second trilogy that continue the legacy of desire, travel, and wonderful heroines. I cannot wait until I can read the next in the series.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so much more than I expected. Plot twists. tattooed ladies, and a book I never wanted to put down. Highly recommended.

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