Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review: Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1)Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: April 2015 (English translation)
Source: Netgalley review copy

This was a decent book to read for entertainment value. I was never really bored except for maybe the first couple of chapters were slow going. The characters were interesting enough.

I guess the biggest problem I had with the book was that it felt like there was no plot. It never really got going, and then all of a sudden the story was over. I don't know if I'll read the next in the series.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Book Review: Love, Lies and Spies

Love, Lies & SpiesLove, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: April 19, 2016
Source: Netgalley review copy

Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

This book started off really interesting, and I thought I would enjoy it more than I did. It definitely wasn't a bad book, but it did seem to drag a lot in parts. It had the feel somewhat of a Jane Austen novel, which I think was the purpose.

I actually found all the spy stuff a bit boring, and it was my least favorite part of the story. I don't know if I would read more by this author or not. I guess it would depend on the synopsis of her next book.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Book Review: Angels Walking

Angels Walking (Angels Walking, #1)Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication date: September 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy

I find Karen Kingsbury's books to always be very easy reading. You never have to think a whole lot because the writing style is so light and fluffy. That's not to say that the subject matter is always light, though.

Angels Walking is very typical of her writing. I didn't love the book, but it was fairly enjoyable. I was never bored. It was very sweet; almost too much at times. Christian fiction is often that way.

As for whether I'd recommend this book or not, I'd say if you like the author, you'll probably like this. If you're looking for very easy to read Christian fiction, this would also be a good bet.

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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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