Review: The Wishing Spell

January 27, 2014

The Wishing Spell
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This did keep my attention but I do think this is a children’s book. I read it to see if it would work for my 8 year old niece and I think it works well for her. She could not wait to read it when I have it to her. I am on to the next in the series to see if that is appropriate for her as well. Great look into the fairytale world and see what happens after happily ever after.

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Review: Open

January 2, 2014

Open by Andre Agassi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A friend sent this to me and I really enjoyed it. It was not a typical sports biography at all and was immensely readable. I would definitely suggest this to anyone who wants to know more about professional tennis and life behind the headlines.

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Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was great. I read half of it while waiting in line for a Xbox One and it distracted me from the crappy weather and the cold. Always great to read about princesses I may not be familiar with and see how they lived their lives. Usually we think of Diana or Grace but they learned to be poised and confident because of some of their predecessors. If you want to read about historical figures who had interesting lives and were royal to boot, check this out.

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Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor
Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor by Duane Swierczynski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this interactively with my husband. It was a great Batman story and while we guessed the ending before we finished, it was genuinely entertaining and very enjoyable. The clues in the book are great and I loved the Bat Computer “locking” the ending so you agree that you read the book and are ready for the solution.

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The Geek's Guide to Dating
The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I magically got this book directly from Quirk and I just loved it. While I am married, I still got some great ideas for new things my husband and I can do together and determined what kind of geeks we are. I suggested it to a friend of mine and she went out to buy it on launch day for another friend of hers. I really enjoyed that Smith never talks down to you and doesn’t expect that this dating manual is one-size-fits-all. It is more of a recommendation to make sure you don’t fall into certain pitfalls. It also makes me happy knowing that Smith himself used these tips and is now engaged. All in all, yes it may be in the self-help section of the bookstore but it is worth your while to get.

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Review: Starling

October 4, 2012

Starling by Lesley Livingston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this in a giveaway from a Goodreads first reads contest. I enjoyed this book and liked the idea of the different pantheon of gods being real and having pathways to Earth. The Norse mythology angle is a nice change too but I was hoping for a stronger novel. Too many books these days have the love triangle and I was hoping for more. I also realized I may have missed some of the background because I have not read Livingston’s previous Faerie series which has a major character crossover that I learned of when I Googled a character name. It was enjoyable and Mason was a great heroine with her fencing skills but something seemed to be missing. It could be resolved with subsequent books in this series but for now, I will put this on the shelf and possibly revisit in the future.

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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 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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