Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Reviews. Again. Learn to read, America!

It's time for me to just get my butt in gear and post some reviews of books before I read them and then feel guilty for doing you sucha disservice.

Let's do this shiz.

Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2)
This is the story of Sam and Grace. Sam, a boy who used to be a werewolf but now has apparently been cured. Grace, a girl who was bitten by wolves but ultimately didn't turn into a wolf but was in love with the wolves. Specifically Sam. This is book two of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and just like I did with Shiver, I read this book very fast. Like in 4 hours and 20 minutes. It would have been faster had I not had to pee, cook, and then eat. Trust me- if these were things I could put off I would have. Anyways. I can't really talk about this book too much without giving key parts away. But I can tell you that just like with Shiver, I cried like a baby at the end. I am demanding a specific ending and I sincerely hope the author complies. I don't know what I'll do if she doesn't but I won't be happy. And Matt can attest to what unhappy Sara is like.

But it does bring new wolves into the story and they each have an interesting character line to keep the book moving. And the thing about this series is that despite faults, and maybe because of them, I really like all of the characters. I can't think of a character I don't like. The author does such a good job weaving a story in and out of different view points that just keep you reading. And I have to say- the love story between Sam and Grace is just.....*sigh*. It's that good. Like I have no words. It's good. I highly recommend this book. But read Shiver first. Trust me. 5 out of 5 DEFINITELY.

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go
Now this is a book I got through Book Sneeze to review way back in March. I'm a fast reader and I read a lot, but this book was so awkward and unfun that it has taken me that long to read it. I kept passing it up until a week ago when I was like- dang. I just have to finish it. So I did. And I thought it was lame.

It's the story of Lucille, who is Shaq's mom, and her growing up and what it was like being a single mom. And I get that the theme of Book Sneeze is apparently all Jesus based, which makes me wonder how I even got started, but this one was kind of over the top. Her parents were really strict and honestly, I would say abusive. But she just talks it off like it's no big. And that really irritates me because that kind of behavior isn't ok. Anyways. Although I didn't really enjoy the memoir myself- it would be very good for someone who fits the stereotypical un-wed, uneducated mother. While it's obviously worked out for her that isn't the case for everyone. And I guess when I read the book it made me feel like she was saying, "Hey- it's ok to have babies on your own with no education! You just pray real hard and everything will be great." And really? That's not a plan. That's a hope. I had a hard time identifying with this story but then again, I've never been in that situation. So I guess if I have to give it a 1-5 rating (5 being the best) I'd say 1. Only because I just couldn't stay engaged at all.

Tempt Me If You Can
I can't remember if I've reviewed it but I think I haven't because it's not on my "finished" list. But this is a cheesy romance novel so you know- if you hate those, skip this review. The only thing I will say- little to no sex. I can't even remember if there was sex. And frankly? If you are going to write a romance- I expect some sex in there. THAT is the point, right? At least for me it is.

But this is the store of Ben and Emma. Emma is raising her long lost sister's son as her own, and Ben is really the dad but Ben didn't know that until a mysterious letter came, blah blah blah. And then Ben comes and just like a loser creeper thinks he can be hero of the day, super dad, AND be in love with Emma. You know how this goes. But then there's trouble (oh dang, yall!) and then yeah. Everybody lives happily ever after.

Quick read, very little brains are required. I'd give it a 2 out of 5.

Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities
Well I have never read anything by Marian Keyes before and this was a good starter book. It's a collection of short personal essays, some previously unpublished, that are all witty and fun. This is actually a pretty fun book to tote in your purse or next to your bed because you can read one or two stories quickly while waiting and stuff. What I enjoyed about the book were all the fun titles of the stories. Examples include, "The Pissed Is a Foreign Country, They Do Things Differently There". I mean, really. How many times have I said that people who are pissed off are totally irrational and you just are better off backing away from them. You can't negotiate or reason with angry. Or my other favorite, "Catholicism: Cheaper Than Prozac, but Is It Good for You?" AGREED.

Marian comes off as someone who would be a really fun girls night out buddy who would come in with a smart ass quip right when you need her to. I'd give this a 4 out of 5.

Ok- so I'm caught up on that. :) YAY! I'm reading a few things right now and I have TLC Book Tour reviews coming up (one each month through..December I think) so stay tuned. But right now I'm almost done with Jen Lancaster's My Fair Lazy and I cannot wait to review that for you.

What are YOU reading?


Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Sara you are KILLING me! You just keep adding and adding to my very long book list, lol.

Danielle said...

You go girl!!! I think I'm going to add Shiver to my book list ... I have so many sitting on my shelf right now that I still have to read! But right now I'm reading another James Patterson book, I know surprise, surprise but it's really good so far! It's called Private ... I'll be reviewing it soon! :) Thanks for reviewing yours because its always entertaining and gives me some ideas of future books to add to my list! :)

SarahMarie said...

I think I will add the wolf books to my TBR list, although I do prefer vamps to other creatures. I just finished Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian, and now am off to finish, On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt - one of those great gothic novels

thotlady said...

3rd book in the Millennium Trilogy.

Sam said...

I read "The Bedwetter" by Sarah Silverman and laughed so hard through the ENTIRE book.

Anonymous said...

These sound like amazing books. Right now I am reading Eat, Pray, Love and Pay it Forward. So far they are both pretty good. :]