Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Review: Love by the Book

Love by the Book: A NovelLove by the Book: A Novel by Melissa Pimentel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: February 2015 by Penguin Books
Source: Netgalley review copy

This book is about a woman who decides to follow a different dating guide every month as a kind of experiment. It was a fun premise, but I feel it could have been a lot better than it was.

Lauren was not at all likable for me. I couldn't relate to her at all. I thought she was also quite dumb. It was really hard to care about her when all we really get is that she works at a museum, wants a meaningless relationship, and smokes all the dang time. I didn't get much more about her personality and thoughts and even why she feels certain ways.

But overall it was an enjoyable enough read. I try to rate books based on their genre and what they're meant to be. This book is supposed to be fluff. And it did its job. I have read much better chick-lit though.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Book Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The Traitor Baru CormorantThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date : September 2015
Source: library

Baru's homeland has been taken over by the Empire of Masks. They will change her culture, traditions, pretty much everything she knows and loves. She vows to rise in power in the Empire and get revenge for her homeland from the inside.

I think one of my main problems with this book is I could just never connect with Baru. I never really saw the charisma that supposedly drew everyone to her and made all these people follow her. I just didn't buy it. And I didn't care much for any of the other characters either. They all seemed very one-dimensional.

The world building was pretty good. Much of the time I was drawn into the story enough to want to keep reading, but there were quite a few slow spots.

This kept being billed as a brutal story, but I didn't find it to be overly so. I kept waiting for it to get there, but it never really did except maybe at the end, which still wasn't bad compared to some I've read.

All that said, I didn't dislike this book. If it's the start of a series, I would definitely continue.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Review : World After

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)World After by Susan Ee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date : November 2013
Source: Netgalley review copy

I didn't like this nearly as much as the first book in the series. It just didn't feel very well written, and if the first book would have been likethis, I don't think I would have kept on with the series. Something about it just didn't work for me. It was still entertaining, so I'll give it 3 stars, and will read the last book, but I just think it was weak, and I hope the next one is better.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review: Better Homes and Hauntings

Better Homes and HauntingsBetter Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication date : June 2014
Source : Netgalley review copy

This was definitely not my favorite from Molly Harper. I've read most of her books, and this was probably the worst. I just didn't care for the writing style. The way the hauntings were written took me out of the story instead of drawing me in.

The characters were okay, but I found it all just a bit cutesy. The romances and friendships came extremely fast. I just wasn't feeling any of it. If you want to read some of Molly Harper's books, try just about any other besides this one.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #1)Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication date : October  2012
Source : library, but I would purchase this

I'm having a hard time figuring out why this book isn't more popular, and why I'm not hearing about it all over the place. I mean, obviously I heard about it at one point, or I wouldn't have added it to my tbr list, but I think it should definitely be more well known. It's really good.

I have read a few reviews that call it a copy of Harry Potter. While I honestly think it's just about as good as Harry Potter, I wouldn't call it a copy at all. Yes, there are some similarities. But that's true of just about all books nowadays. There really is nothing new under the sun. There are bound to be similar elements in books, especially if you read a lot, and more especially if you're looking for them.

I think this book stands on its own, and is a fantastic addition to its genre. The setting was really fun and memorable. I loved the main character, and there were a lot of side characters to like as well. The plot moves at a great pace, and was never slow or boring. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Book Review: Devlin's Luck

Devlin's Luck (Sword of Change, #1)Devlin's Luck by Patricia Bray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: April 2002
Source: library

This was pretty average epic fantasy, with nothing that really stood out to recommend it above the other epic fantasies that are out there. I guess if you'd already read through all the really good fantasy, you might eventually make your way here. It's not bad, it's just not particularly groundbreaking or even very memorable.

With that out of the way, I mostly enjoyed reading this. Although I thought the first half was slow, it really picked up in the second half. It got good enough that I will continue with the series.

Devlin is an interesting main character, and showed a lot of growth throughout the book. I liked that we also got the story from the POV of some secondary characters. The setting is fairly generic, but is about what you'd expect of a fantasy of this type.

I would probably only recommend this if you've already read a bunch of fantasies, and are looking for a new author to try.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book review: Deluge

Deluge (River of Time, #4)Deluge by Lisa Tawn Bergren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: 2014
Source: library

I think the best thing about time travel novels is the fish out of water aspect for the character who did the traveling. We are well past that at this point in the series, so that interesting part was not there for me.

And this book was just extremely slow to start. I was quite bored, and it took way too long for me to get sucked into the story.

I don't remember how the previous books were, but there was a lot of modern slang and references, like The Walking Dead, that jarred me out of the story. I get that these girls were from the future, but it almost seemed like the author was trying a little too hard to remind us of that.

Other reviewers have commented on the similarity in voice of Gabi and Lia. I wish the author had made them more unique, or done away with the varying narration altogether. There were too many times I had to go back and see who was supposed to be narrating.

Besides all that, and I know it seems like a lot, the story did pick up quite a bit, and it was really good and hard to put down at the end.

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