Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Interpretation of MurderThe Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery





This one has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile and I can finally put it on my "read" bookshelf on Goodreads! I was super excited to read this from the book's description but was a little disappointed due to the dryness of it, the words just drug on, and I found myself nodding off sometimes. The saving grace for this book is the storyline it is a twisted and complicated plot which could have translated into a great read if it was written with less dryness, so instead it was just average.
Thanks for stopping by,
Amy

View all my reviews

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Company of LiarsCompany of Liars by Karen Maitland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction





The plague sends an unlikely group of travelers on a journey to try and escape its ugly death but somehow death reaches in and takes what he wants to. This was a tedious read but one that I am glad I stuck with. The ending was most surprising, sharing all the secrets of this band of misfits I was generally shocked by their secrets, which is hard to do for I don't shock easily, I had no idea how deep and unsuspecting secrets can be. Narigorm , a leader of sorts for this group, was my favorite character and the one with the biggest secret of them all.

Recommended for: For people who love fictional adventurous travel reads.

View all my reviews

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Mill River RecluseThe Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan (Mill River #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Historical Fiction



A bittersweet tale of a wealthly shut-in with an extreme case of social anxiety. I found Mary's story to be sad and inspiring. A wonderful read that shows how through much pain and suffering it is still within our capacity as humans to be truly giving towards others. A great inspirational read.

Four stars means: A great read. Memorable and highly entertaining. Recommended, but for whatever reason, not the all consuming experience that I feel characterizes a five star book. Maybe one or two minor issues.

Thanks for stopping by,
Amy

View all my reviews

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal




Finally I got to read the third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy and it did not disappoint!! Blood-raged vampires, the birth of the twins, spell weaving and lots of conflict and drama. This is a must read for any fan of vampire/witch lore.

Thanks for stopping by,
Amy



View all my reviews

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nightmares! (Nightmares!, #1)Nightmares! by Jason Segel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Middle Grade Fantasy




Charlie and his friends go on a scary adventure into the land of Nightmares! A good middle grade book because even though there are some scary parts the ending turns out well and most of the monsters are not really evil they are just doing their jobs, like with Monsters, Inc.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy

View all my reviews

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Letters from SkyeLetters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction




Letter writing is definitely a lost art what with email and cell phones, but even though everyone else thinks letter writing is antiquated I find it to be quite romantic.

Most of the content in the book is presented in letters, there is the correspondence between David Graham and Elspeth Dunn, their correspondence starts in 1912 and continues throughout World War II, and then there is Margaret, Elspeth's daughter, and her fiance/boyfriend, Paul,and their correspondence occurs during World War II.

Letters seem to project love so much better than a text message or Facebook post ever could, and that is shown throughout David and Elspeth's correspondence with each other. Elspeth is a poet and David wrote her after reading one of her poetry books, what started as a sort of fan letter developed into something more between them, even though Elspeth is married!!

We all have seen romantic movies set during a war, the death, tragedy, conflict, all of it is the perfect contrast to love, making it a great story and Letters from Skye does not disappoint in this regard, it is a wonderful example of historical fiction and I can honestly say this is one of the best historical fiction novels that I have read this year.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy


View all my reviews

Monday, October 06, 2014

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary




Colin Singleton is a genius and he has a thing for Katherines, not Catherines, but Katherines. A little weird but there has been 19 Katherines so Colin's quirk is something that has brought him a lot of heartache. And how does a genius deal with heartache well he analysis it mathematical of course, The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.

Luckily Colin has a great friend named Hassan who convinces Colin to go on a road trip to put the Katherines behind him, literally and figuratively. Ending up in Gutshot, Tennessee to see the obviously fake gravesite of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Colin and Hassan meet Lindsey Lee Wells.

Lindsey Lee is smart but she is pretending to be something she is not, a popular small town girl. Lots of weird stuff happens like a wild hog hunt and a cheating boyfriend but the bonds of friendship between Lindsey, Colin and Hassan deepen. Could this be the end of Katherines for Colin?

Again John Green can tell a teens story like no other. Not as good as Looking for Alaska but still wonderfully written and insightful.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy

View all my reviews

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary




I think everyone has wanted to escape or reinvent their teenage life some time or another and that is exactly what Miles Halter, a.k.a Pudge, is hoping will happen when he starts a new school, Culver Creek Boarding School. Pudge has never been popular and his whole public school experience has been dull and lifeless, Pudge wants more. Quote: {"So this guy", I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. "Francois Rebelais. He was this poet. And his last words were "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."} -Pg. 5 Pudge is obssessed with people's last words. Which makes him quirky and a little nerdy but it comes off in a cute way. Pudge is the kind of person that you stay friends with forever as he says witty things throughout your life that relates perfectly to what it is that is going on in your life at the moment. Pudge's new roomate, Chip, a.k.a. the Colonel, is an extremely smart yet mischevious individual who instantly includes Pudge into his circle of friends. Without Chip I don't think Pudge would have survived boarding school. Like any school you have the other kids and then the rich kids. And more so at Culver Creek because each group, the Weekend Warriors, who are the rich kids, and then just the regular boarders, who includes the Colonel and Pudge and of course Alaska, have a huge prank feud going on against each other and the school. Flooding each others rooms and replacing shampoo and hair gel with blue hair dye. Nothing to harmful but still a pain. Pranks are played, wine coolers are consumed, there is some making out, some mistakes are made. But for the most part Pudge's experience is just your typical boarding school experience. That is until Alaska dies. Consumed with guilt Colonel and Pudge struggle to find whether Alaska committed suicide or whether it was just an accident. Full of teenage experiences and the range of emotions that encompass them Looking for Alaska is full of "The Great Perhaps" Wonderfully written John Green composes the teenage experience like none other!

Thanks for coming by,
Amy

View all my reviews

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary/Mystery




This book was not like what I thought it would be, I thought literary fiction, turned out to be a contemporary story with secret societies and codes in books. And there was a lot of computer talk for a book that has 24-hour bookstore in the title. I did like though how they tried to merge books with newer technology, I mean I own a Nook but I prefer the real deal in my hands not some electronic version that runs on batteries, but the book did put a neat spin on how old knowledge and new knowledge could work together. Sometimes rambling. Sometimes just plan weird.

Thanks for coming by,
Amy



View all my reviews