Saturday, November 6, 2010

Learn to Read

Honestly- if you aren't a reader I wonder why. I would be a boring loser if I didn't read. Anyways. Here are some books I've read lately that you may (or may not) like:

1. Crescendo- Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo (Hush, Hush)If you haven't read the first book in this series (or maybe it's only a trilogy??), Hush, Hush you'll have to do that before you read this on. I did a review on that one HERE, and I really think you'll love it. What I love about this author is that she's actually talented and she can write where you can't put the book down. This one took me two days to finish (so maybe 8 hours total) and it was GREAT. Beyond great. It leaves you on a fantastic cliffhanger and you only get part of the puzzle solved BUT the piece you solve is crazy. I never saw it coming. Never. It was good. I can't recommend this book enough.

2. Accidents In The Home- Tessa Hadley

Accidents in the Home: A NovelI got this book in the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble and it was good. A little different ending than I thought- but good nonetheless. It's about Clare, a 29 year old mom of 3 who is basically considered a stay at home mom. She's married and has, essentially, the perfect life. When her best friend visits with her new lover (whom Clare knows from years before) she suddenly realizes she wants more out of life. She is overwhelmed with her current life and is kind of jealous of the care free life her friend has. Never mind that all of Clare's family sees life differently and in their own rights are having some kind of crisis in their own lives. So in order to test the waters Clare sets in motion the acts that eventually end the book. Nobodies lives are ever the same and the ending is kind of unsatisfying to me as a reader, but I suppose if it were real life it's exactly how this part of the story would end. Honestly I could relate to Clare because I know the feelings she was feeling in the book. And I understood her rationale.  There was a passage that summed it all up perfectly: She couldn't think how to complain of him. She out to have a complaint, oughtn't she, for an alibi? He was uncommunicative sometimes. And he didn't like many people, much; he was always friendly and polite, but in private he was unforgiving if he found out anyone's vanity or pretension. He knew things but he didn't invent things. Those didn't sound like accusations; they sounded like goodness. And that's it- it makes it seem as if you're just good enough... maybe it isn't enough? If you're married, if you're married with kids, or if you are with a long term partner and kind of feel like you're in a weird rut- it's an interesting book.

3. Smoked - Patrick Quinlan

Again, a bargain book from Barnes & Noble. (Can I just say how in love I am with their online clearance?? It's great. Books for under $5? Can't beat that!) So this book is a suspense/mystery type book. Smoke Dugan is a former bomb maker that decided he was going to retire...which you can't really do when you're essentially in a mob like organization. He's hid for a long time but his number is up and they've found him. His girlfriend, Lola, gets into a lot of trouble and finds herself unknowingly tangled up in his drama. Then enters Cruz, the hitman of sorts sent to take care of Smoke, but is thinking about ending his career as well. He's debating how to retire and not get killed. The book is good. I liked the characters, the story was really interesting and all of the little things that go wrong and bring more players into the mix really keeps the story moving. The only quirk is that it kind of ends like there COULD be a sequel. It wouldn't necessarily be needed... but I could see how the author could turn around and write another story with these characters. For this being the author's first novel- he did really well.

OK- so that's what I've finished in the last 7 days! I have two book reviews next week for you, one on Monday and one on Tuesday for TLC Book Tours. I want you to come and read both, but the one on Tuesday is going to have personal stuff attached to it. Anyways!

Have a good weekend- you may not see or hear from me tomorrow. Maybe. We'll see. ;)


Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh these sound so good! Sadly my list of books is seriously a million and three miles long. Ugh.

And BTW I am loving Shiver so far! And YOU really really really need to find Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. You won't regret it, I promise!

Danielle said...

It's amazing to me how many people really don't read. I can't imagine what I would do without books. I love, love to escape in a good book!!!

Just Plain Tired said...

I'm an avid reader. I've read a Vince Flynn and John Stanford book in the last week alone.

Zoƫ said...

Well I will definitely check out your review, although I may wait until I get a chance to read it myself (this week), I am so happy to hear it's amazing though, I had awhile where I only seemed to be reading bad books and that has finally changed. these mini reviews were great, I haven't checked out the Hush,Hush series but it's on my "eventually" list for sure.