Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)The Last Star by Rick Yancey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yeah its going to be hard to right this one without being insulting. I mean, seriously if you read my reviews you know I have absolutely no talent in telling a story. So me, judging an established and obviously gifted writer, is kinda not cool (See what I mean about my talent) But that being said this one was a hot mess and honestly I was confused a lot of the time about what was going on. The first book was brilliant and I enjoyed the second installment, but I have a feeling the author stopped giving a shit about the characters in the series. Cassie became all wussy and her constant comments about Evan made me gag -- and for the love of god do not get me started on the sex scene - ick. I did enjoy Ringer and Zombie but even then not enough to care about them at the end. I think I just expected better from Yancey whose other books I have truly enjoyed. Umm maybe this is once situation in which the movie will hopefully be a lot better. Also Yancey, I love you but I have to be honest.

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Rapid Fire Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy hell this series just gets better and better and the character development is brilliant. This installment will have you on the edge of your seat and tears will also be running down your face. And plenty of snarky fun dialogue too. I love Celaena (ok Aelin -- but she will always be Celaena to me) and have really enjoyed getting to know all of the secondary characters and the background to this fascinating world that Maas has created. And this is from a girl who previously hated any stories dealing with the Fae. Maas takes the genre and turns it on its heel and makes me want more and more. Ok heads up this is one naughty installment, almost everyone gets a little bit of detailed action. (Some of it might be a wee too much for some of the younger YA readers) And hello I have a sudden urge to find a Fae lover (Dont worry Tennant - you are still my first choice). Really enjoyed some of the characters from Celaena├Ęs past coming back and once again I so enjoy the dialogue between all the strong and feisty female characters. However, the ending is gasp worthy and killing me right now, as I have no idea when the next installment is coming out -- Maas give me more NOW!

Just some of my favs

“You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.”

“You will find, Rolfe, that one does not deal with Celaena Sardothien. One survives her”

“Rowan’s always looking for an excuse to show off. Dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfillment in his dull, immortal life.” There”

“The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.”

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Rapid Fire Review: Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife (The Midwife Trilogy, #1)Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A truly fascinating biography that hooked me right away. The stories are heartbreaking, funny and completely eye opening about giving birth in the east end of London during the 50s and 60s. Jennifer is candid and honest about the conditions she worked in, the poverty and abuse she saw. But also the beauty she found in the simple joys of people who did not have much. Some of the stories are quite funny and others so painful to read, you will find tears running down your eyes. You will fall in love with the nuns she worked with and her patients. You will also learn so much and truly be grateful (and somewhat saddened strangely enough) by the changes in medical practices dealing with childbirth (Done it twice myself, and holy hell thank you I cannot imagine what would have happened to Jacob if I had giving birth during that era) I really enjoyed the story about Princess Diana's bodyguard and also the one about the husband who accepted another mans child as his own. I will be picking up the other books by her before I sit down to watch the series.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and StoriesThe Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a wonderful introduction to this posthumous collection of essays and short stories by someone who admired her. This hooked me right away and made me want to delve into her writing right away. After reading her exquisite writing, it made me feel such loss for those who loved her and to what she could have created with more time. She seemed to be a force of nature and makes me think that the brightest lights shine so bright that the world isn't big enough for them and that some higher power wants them back. The essays are filled with such insight for someone so young and filled with a wonderful sense of hope and enthusiasm. The short stories are also fabulous filled with everyday characters in everyday situations, and an incredible insight into the human condition. It will lead you tears because she had potential. The stories and essays aren't perfect, but they showed the beginning of something special.

Favorite Quotes/Passages

“High on their posthumous pedestals, the dead become hard to see. Grief, deference, and the homogenizing effects of adulation blur the details, flatten the bumps, sand off the sharp corners.”

“something about the stillness or my state of mind reminded me of the world’s remarkable capacity to carry on in every place at once.”

“I worry sometimes that humans are afraid of helping humans. There’s less risk associated with animals, less fear of failure, fear of getting too involved. In war movies, a thousand soldiers can die gruesomely, but when the horse is shot, the audience is heartbroken. It’s the My Dog Skip effect. The Homeward Bound syndrome.”

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Rapid Fire Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this book. Ok, well I listened to it as it was read by Neil Gaiman himself and his voice is perfection (though FYI listening to this one as you are walking home from work on a dark and dreary night might not be the best idea - I'm a 46 year old women and I was spooked). This is THE perfect book (Just like his other middle grade title The Graveyard Book) for the middle grader. Gaiman is a truly gifted storyteller who never writes down to children, he treats them like the intelligent beings they are. That being said, kids who do not like darker tales, may want to stay away from his work. But I think they will be missing something by skipping this one. Gaiman has created a brilliantly magical world filled with dark creatures, unusual adults and one of the most delightful little heroines. I have to say my favorite parts of the novel included any part that the Cat was in (Yes Gaiman must have cats, as he truly understands them). I also got a kick out of the two retired actress', especially as the one mentioned all the roles my Mother in Law has played. I truly believe the child that picks this up will turn into an adult who loves to read. I am ending this review as it truly saddens me that I cannot express in more articulate and brilliant words how outstanding Gaiman's middle grade novels are. This is a classic my friend

Favorite Quotes/Passages

“Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”

“Coraline wondered why so few of the adults she met made any sense.”

“The cat dropped the rat between its two front paws. "There are those," it said with a sigh, in tones as smooth as oiled silk, "who have suggested that the tendency of a cat to play with its prey is a merciful one - after all, it permits the occasional funny little running snack to escape, from time to time. How often does your dinner get to escape?”

“I think most things are pretty magical, and that it’s less a matter of belief than it is one of just stopping to notice.”

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Crowned and Dangerous (Her Royal Spyness, #10)Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FYI this review is for the audio version. Got hooked into this series when Jen L. suggested I listen to Her Royal Spyness on audio. I was ruined from reading this series from the first word Kathrine Kellgren spoke. She breathes even more life into each and every deftly written character that you are totally convinced it is more than one person reading you the story.

This installment was a pure delight as always. Though I would have enjoyed a little more Belinda and Granddad. That aside I really enjoyed the addition of Darcy's family and most of the story being set in Ireland. The highlight of this series are the characters, and again this installment does not disappoint. Bowen introduces some new and memorable characters that you fall in love with, or detest wholeheartedly. Fabulous characters, hilarious dialogue and a well crafted mystery, what is not to enjoy. I felt quite bereft when the story ended, and know I will probably have to wait another year until I get me some more Georgie.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Dewey's

Very slow to start and I won't lie, it really took a long time for me to get into this one. But once I did, it was intriguing and well developed. I even ended up enjoying the tale, eventhough I didn't really love most of the characters. Well, with the exception of Nena and Jesper who get most of the best lines. The author really has done a thorough job in developing this world and all of the characters that inhabit it. Great character development and she is obviously setting this up as trilogy. Lots of twists and turns and could be described as a Russian, dystopian crime heist. I will definitely pick up the next installment and hope it doesn't drag like the first quarter of this one. But lets face it she is really letting you get to know the ins and outs of all of the characters

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