I read this one, because everyone seemed to LOVE it. Everywhere I turned this book was staring back at me and people were raving about it. Plus, I was in the mood for some YA.
Well, I can definitely admit to getting sucked into this story right from the start. Chock full of family drama, teen angst, first love, a raging fire, and faded memories helped keep my interest, however the word "liars" from the title loomed large in my head. My attention began to dwindle when I sussed out where the story was heading and I did not like it - too predictable! Definitely not a book that I'll be re-reading or even remembering a month from now.
Bond's story brings Ruby and Ephram together slowly, all the while revealing parts of their pasts that will shock you, break you, and just leave you crying for these two souls who deserve so much happiness and freedom from everyone and everything set on destroying them. Ruby is a beautifully written story filled with pain, desire, love, and so much more. I would most definitely recommend this book - it is truly a must-read.
The Fever is the YA version of The Crucible - it is filled with lying teens who mimic each other and traumatize a community. Except its modern day and not 1692; and we have teens who text. In Abbott's book, we have a group of teen girls who one by one suddenly fall ill - and the culprit to blame is the HPV vaccine (maybe?!). Suffice it to say, the guilty party is none other than jealousy. Yep, a girl is in love with her friend's older brother and she hears he was in the bushes with a mutual friend and the next thing you know she is cajoled into spiking said friend's thermos with a potent mixture. Its pretty crazy/scary to think about the lengths a girl would go to just to get back at her so called friend. Makes that movie Mean Girls look like child's play. Overall, I found The Fever to be too predictable and the HPV angle to be rather annoying (in a headline news grabbing way).
I found this book to be the perfect chick lit/women's fiction read for a rainy day - it made me laugh, cry, and smile. I would happily recommend it.
I'd never read anything by Dubus before, so when I got this book in the mail, I was a bit hesitant. However, once I began to read his beautiful written words, I fell in deep. Dirty Love is a book comprised of four short stories about relationships - the before, during, and after. We read about the love, the sex, the emotions and everything in between that makes people crave connections with one another. Its a bit depressing at times, but then again so are relationships (when they are not working out). I found Dubus to be a terrific storyteller - one whose books I will happily search out. So, yes, I would definitely recommend Dirty Love to fans of Andre Dubus III and anyone looking for a great book of short stories.
This book turned up everywhere last year, so I finally decided to give it a read. Let me just say that I wished I had kept on waiting to read it. The Interestings by Wolitzer is far from interesting. This is the story of a group of selfish teens who grow up to be even more selfish adults. Money is no object for all of them, except Jules - the outsider they invited "in" to their group at camp one summer. Through the years, Jules has grown jealous of her so called best friends Ash and Ethan. All she does is whinge to her husband over and over about what little they have and how much the others do have. Its beyond annoying! Plus, the whole thing with Ash's brother raping their mutual friend and then escaping to Europe is crazy - why even have that be a part of the story? I mean I get why, but still it was just too much and only showed what hypocritical snobs Ash's family was (something Jules drooled over being). And then there is Jonah who is still madly crushing on Jules - the torch never blew out?! Lame! Actually, the lamest part of the story was when Jules convinced her husband that they should run the magical camp she attended as a teen ( you know, where she met "the interestings") - Ack! This was one book that I am happy to forget and delete from my kindle.
I am Team Hillary all the way - 2016!!! So, of course I just had to read the latest book about her political career - HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Aime Parnes. I was excited to learn more about the Democratic Party's future presidential nominee.
Written in an engaging tone, HRC, is an easy book to get caught up in. I found myself feeling like a fly on the wall, as I read all about Clinton's relationship with President Obama and how she handled the aftermath of Benghazi. This was an insightful book filled with information from political insiders. We get to see the changes Clinton underwent in order to become the "unifying candidate within the Democratic Party". Her work at the White House and within the Democratic Party is a testament to the strong, intelligent, savvy woman that makes Hillary Clinton a popular and important political figure in the world today. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of political nonfiction.
In Mr. Mercedes, King has created a horribly creepy guy named Brady who is Mr. Mercedes - the mass murderer who mowed down a bunch of people one early morning as they all waited outside in line for a job fair. Brady was never caught. Hodges is the retired cop who never figured out the identity of Mr. Mercedes. He's depressed and unhappy since retiring from the force and tends to spend his days watching TV and playing with his father's old gun. Then one day Hodges gets a letter from someone purporting to be Mr. Mercedes and the next thing you know - the chase is back on.
Talk about classic King! This book has suspense, mystery, chills and thrills. I loved the references King made to his other works (think It and Christine). And, I just loved Hodges and his gang. I'm so eager to find out where King will take this story next - can't wait!! So, yes, I would definitely recommend Mr. Mercedes to fans of King and anyone looking for a great summer read.
Imagine my delight when I opened the post to this lovely treasure - a Doctor Who book! Love, love, love! It was a "thank you" for having reviewed a dew Doctor Who books last year - how cool! Anyhow, I happily devoured this book of four short stories in one sitting. Devoted to the eleventh Doctor, who spent nine hundred years defending the planet Trenzalore and town of Christmas, Tales of Trenzalore is a terrific book to get lost in. I absolutely loved reading all about the citizens of Christmas and their admiration for the Doctor who they relied on to help defend them from the wicked monsters hellbent on destroying them. Each story tackles a different horror that the Doctor outsmarted to save the day and I loved them all. Filled with crazy/scary beings crashlanded on Trenzalore, each story focuses on a different citizen of Christmas and help remind us just how breakable the Doctor really is. I would most definitely recommend this book to fans of Doctor Who!
Well, there you have it, some of my recent reads. A pretty good mix, eh? Some were definitely hits and others fell short, but overall they made for a great couple weeks of reading. And now I'm off to continue reading Rick Yancey's, The 5th Wave. Happy reading!!
Thanks to the publishers who provided me with the following books: Tales of Trenzalore, Ruby, The Fever, The Opposite of Maybe, Dirty Love, A Farm Dies Once a Year, How About Never, and HRC.