Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Quickie

I get close to being caught up on blogging and then I go and read more. I really need to work on self-control.... or maybe not. :D

Sorry for skimping on the book reviews recently, but remember, this blog is for me (hah!) and not for you. ::sticks tongue at all the internet readers out there in mock disregard:: If you are confused, read my first post in which I declare my independence and state the purpose of this blog.

1. Nightworld, Vol. 1, by LJ Smith

2. Aurelia, by Anne Osterlund (I love the cover for this book!)

3. Nobody's Princess (Book 1), by Esther Friesner

4. Nobody's Prize (Book 2), by Esther Friesner

5. Ever, by Gail Carson Levine

My review for all of the above books is pretty similar in that I found them all to be interesting and simple reads. Unfortunately while trying to blog about them, I found myself dragging my unwilling fingers to hit the keyboard repetitively in the hopes that something interesting would magically appear. After minutes of fruitless abuse to my keyboard, I discovered my brain had vacated the premises and - voile! - I'm on facebook...

As such, my review is simply that I would recommend reading them. I just can't bring myself to blog about them. It is not a reflection of the books, but more a reflection of my frustrating attention span. Can someone say - attention deficit disorder?

My review for all the above books: Somewhere between "6- Good. Solidly good," & "7- Great. This book is worth reading AND recommending."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

When you read more than you blog...

Eeekk! I'm getting so behind on blogging about books!

Here's what I've read recently:

1. To Catch a Pirate, by Jade Parker - I ♥ this book. Pirates, a head-strong aristrocratic heroine, adventure on the high seas, love, and betrayal. Need I say more?

My Rating: Somewhere between "6- Good. Solidly good" and "7- Great. This book is worth reading AND recommending. "

2. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, by Ally Carter - this series is still enjoyable, but it's losing steam for me. However, I'll let you know what I think of the next book in the series. I'm starting to think that her publishers are keeping the series going due to the all-important-dollar and, sadly, not as a result of inspiration on the part of Ms. Carter. My theory is reinforced by the fact that Ally just published a new book (Heist Society) that has nothing to do with the I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You series. However, I'm anxiously waiting for my copy of her new book to come in at the library - it looks fantastic!

My Rating: 6- Good. Solidly good.

3. The Morning Gift, by Eva Ibbotson - Have I mentioned that I LOVE Eva Ibbotson?? Well, if you haven't read that far back, let me educate you on my opinions of this stellar author. She's amazing. Simple enough. Read her adult/teen novels. They're amazing. All of them. The Morning Gift was one of my favorites of her novels thus far. I've plowed through all of her adults books now and I'm thinking I might give her children's novels one last chance...

My Rating: 9- Top 100 - this books tops the charts of my favorite books!

4. Madensky Square, by Eva Ibbotson - I told you I was plowing through her books. However, Madensky Square is my least favorite of her adult novels. It doesn't have a lot of movement in it. The main character is a forty-something woman whose life is centered around her shop in Madensky Square where she designs clothing for women. It is certainly a delightful story full of those superfluous relationships that reveal your primary character's strengths and flaws in a pleasing manner, but the story-line is so subtle as to hardly exist.

My Rating: 6- Good. Solidly good.

5. Evermore/Blue Moon/Shadowland, by Alsyon Noel - Goodness, I read these books so many weeks ago that I can hardly remember what they were about. My blogging can't keep up with my reading! Now that I'm pulling my memories out of their box, the books remind me a bit of the Twilight Series, even the introduction of a second "guy" into the story is reminiscent of Jacob in Twilight. However, the direction that Alyson takes these is a bit different and also enjoyable. They were hard to put down while I was reading them, but not so memorable weeks afterwards.

Sadly, if I had reviewed them directly after reading, I would have given the series a "7- Great. This book is worth reading AND recommending." As it is, I'm relegating it down a step due to the fact that I can hardly remember anything about these books.

My rating: 6- Good. Solidly good.

5. Princess Ben, by Catherine Murdock - This is a great rainy-day-got-ya-down fairy-tale that instantly transports you to another world. Princess Benevolence - Ben, for short (don't you love that?)- is a headstrong princess who is being forced by her step-mother to marry a "specimen of imbecilic manhood." Attempting to flee this fate (as all good adventure-story princesses should), she escapes her castle-prison and finds herself in the neighboring warring kingdom where she falls in love with a prince, discovers magic, and discovers her princessy-self is ready for the responsiblities of ruling her future kingdom. Very fun. Very childish. Very Me.

My Rating: 7- Great. This book is worth reading AND recommending.

Okay folks, I'm mostly caught up. Only three more books to review and we'll be right on track!