Saturday, October 25, 2014

31 days of Book Reviews: Taken by the Cowboy

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Taken by the Cowboy was the worse book I've read in a long time. Really really bad. Like I can't believe I finished it bad.

This is a historical romance. The main character lives in the present day, but she gets into a car accident and is somehow transported to the wild west days of long ago. And she accepts that. And finds someone else who has been through a similar time transport. And then she falls in love with the sheriff.

I'm pretty forgiving, and it doesn't take a lot for me to accept that suspension of disbelief. But come on. It has to be at least a LITTLE believable. And I won't give away a spoiler, but the ending really takes it to the next level. The whole time I kept thinking, "Oh, come ON!"

Strangely enough, there are 141 reviews, and most of them are 5 stars. In fact, there are only three 1-star reviews. What? Did everyone else read a different book? Did they get paid to give positive reviews? Lame!

Lovely's rating: 1 out of 5 hearts

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Friday, October 24, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: Looking for Alaska

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Once I read a book that I like, I tend to read every other book I can find by the same author. So, after I was pleased with The Fault in Our Stars, I picked up Looking for Alaska. This is a coming of age story, kinda like The Perks of being a Wallflower. The main character, Miles, is kind of a loner, kind of nerdy. He brags that he can tell you the last words of any famous deceased person. Yeah, he's that guy.

Miles is at a new boarding school, making new friends, discovering who he is, and falling in love with Alaska. She smokes, she drinks, and she's beautiful. Oh course, she's trouble. And Miles has to deal with that.

This book was only ok. The problem was, I expected it to be as good as The Fault in Our Stars, and it just wasn't. It was well written, but I wasn't in love with the characters, and nothing happened. Snoozefest.

I will say that I'm in the minority here-- if you read the reviews, most of them go on and on about wonderful this book is, and many high schools and colleges have this on their required reading lists. So pick it up and read and tell me what you think!

Lovely's rating: 2.5 out of 5 hearts

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

31 days of Book Reviews: The Best of Me

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I've already told you about my love for Nicholas Sparks. He writes such a good love story! The Best of Me Follows a classic formula: two kids from different worlds meet and fall in love. They drift apart after they graduate from high school and follow different paths, but their worlds collide again 25 years later. Will they be able to rekindle the love they once shared?

Let me make something clear: I am under no illusions that Nicholas Sparks is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer. And I don't think Mr. Sparks holds those illusions himself. But he knows his niche, and he rocks it out.

This is a completely predictable story. Very little was a surprise. And I'll be honest that this was not his best work. But Sparks has such a knack for character development that I was still entertained throughout the story. An easy read to enjoy when you're snuggled up by the fire this winter!

Lovely's rating: 3.5 out of 5 hearts

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 Days of Book reviews: Warm Bodies

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You may or may not know that I have a degree in English. There were two authors that I took particular interest in were Edgar Allen Poe and William Shakespeare. Now, 15+ years later, I enjoy reading retellings of those stories.

So, when I heard that Warm Bodies was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, I knew I had to read it. It's a classic tale of the two star-crossed lovers.... except in the case, Julie is a human girl and R is a zombie. Hey! Zombies need love too, right?

What a great story! And this was MUCH funnier than the classic version! I mean, can you imagine? A zombie trying to get a girl to love him? Love it! And, call me crazy, but R was more than a little hot! I loved him! I think any Shakespeare fan would like this book, or anyone who likes a good YA romance. Don't like zombies?  No worries-- there's no scariness in this book!

Lovely's rating: 4 out of 5 hearts

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: The Selection Series

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I liked The Siren, so I wanted to see what else Kiera Cass had to offer. I found The Selection.

The best way to describe this novel is if The Hunger Games went on The Bachelor. Prince Maxon is ready to find a wife, and the tradition is that he will pick his wife out of 35 women that compete for his heart.

America is not interested in competing for the Prince's heart, but she does so at the insistence of her mother and sister.  She knows that being part of the selection will mean more money and a higher status for her family, but she already has a secret boyfriend who holds her heart.

As any good teen book, there is a love triangle. Obviously.

The trilogy follows America through the Selection process, as she falls in love with Prince Maxon, and has to choose between the prince and the boy she left behind. But does the prince even feel the same way? And what is the King hiding from his people?

This was a cute trilogy. It  would make a great beach read. There was nothing earth shattering that happened, but it was a nice idea. There are also two novellas: The Prince (told from Maxon's point of view) and The Guard (told from the point of view of Aspen, the guy she left at home).

And PS! Even though the story is resolved by the end of the third book, this isn't really a trilogy. There's a 4th book, The Heir, coming out in May of 2015!

Lovely's Rating: 4 out of 5 hearts

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Monday, October 20, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: The Siren

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(I have no idea why this book is so expensive. They must have stopped printing it.)

Did you read The Odyssey in school? Or watch the George Clooney movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?  Then you've probably heard of sirens. They're the beautiful women who sing to the sailors at sea, and the men are so dazzled by the beautiful singing that they drown.

This is the story of one such Siren, Kahlen. The duty of a siren lasts 100 years, and then a siren can be human. But what will happen when Kahlen falls in love with a human man when she still has 20 years left on her sentence?

I thought this story was cute and original. There were moments of laughter and tears. One moment that I thought was particularly funny: Kahlen makes some kind of noise. I can't remember what. She laughs or sneezes or something. And her boyfriend finds the sound so beautiful that he immediately tries to drown himself. I don't think it was meant to be funny, but I found the imagery humorous.

I really liked delving into the mind of a siren, And I really enjoyed the relationships and interactions Kahlen has with her sister sirens. A great original story!

Lovely's rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: The Last Policeman

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This is a normal police drama with a bit of a twist. Police detective Hank is investigating a suicide that he thinks is actually a murder. The twist is that an asteroid is coming towards Earth, creating a catastrophic event that will destroy the entire planet in six months.

How do you go on living when you know the world is going to end?

I loved the idea of this book. You've seen Armageddon and Deep Impact, but those movies didn't really delve into the social and economic breakdown that the world would going through with the knowledge that the world was going to end.   In most of those types of movies, it seems like people figure out there's going to be drama with like three hours to spare. The reality is that there would be much more notice than that, and there would be mass chaos.

But as much as I wanted to like this book, it was only ok. This is the first book in a trilogy, but I haven't read the other two. I just didn't care enough. I wish I had liked the characters more.

Lovely's rating: 2.5 out of 5 hearts

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