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Review: Fairytale

Fairytale
Fairytale by Maggie Shayne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wish Goodreads would add a half star option. This book for me wasn’t really a two star book but it wasn’t a three star book either. I’ve heard that this was Maggie Shayne’s first book (which explains why it’s being offered as a free book through Smashbooks). It’s okay. Not great, not awful, just okay. I haven’t read any of her other books so I can’t compare, but I know people who love her stuff and so I’m guessing that like any good author, her work has grown since writing her first book. I certainly hope that’s the case.

This one was just really slow. Downright exhaustingly slow at times. But I still managed to care about the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen to them, so I kept reading. Sadly though, when the book was just getting good and it looked like there were 100 pages left to read, the book ended with a horribly quick finale that was ridiculously rushed. (Haha… Rush pun not intended.) Then there were 100 pages of another book to tease readers with. I read those pages too and have no desire to seek out that book. I might be interested however in checking out the next book in this series. Maybe.

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Review: Rapture

Rapture
Rapture by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I was skeptical at first about having Matthias as the main character but I ended up really liking him in this one. I also enjoyed that the female lead was a strong woman who had her faults but knew how to take care of herself too. Looking forward to book 5.

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Review: Rapture

Rapture
Rapture by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was going to wait until this was available in trade paperback but then I saw that it’s a free lendable ebook through my library so I just had to read it. 🙂

As with the previous books this one still was a little too long for my taste, however it was quite possibly my favorite of the series. Luce transitioned from a Too Stupid to Live (TSTL) character in books 1 & 2 to tolerable in book 3 but in book 4 I actually liked her! In fact, I liked everyone in this book. Daniel wasn’t the moody pain in the ass he’d been in book 3 and this book did a great job at FINALLY explaining the big secrets that have been going on for the last three books. Some of it was pretty obvious a few books back, but other details caught me by surprise. I also absolutely LOVED the epilogue. Had that not been included I would probably have knocked the book down to three stars, but I think the way this book ended was by far the perfect way to end the series (I don’t count the 5th book as part of the series but rather a sidecar).

Great book, great ending. 🙂

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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. There were parts of it that I simply adored but there were many that I just didn’t like. The grandparent flashbacks were often more confusing than anything and left me with more questions than before I read them. I also didn’t like how Safran Foer used his own weird formatting and ignored basic writing rules. I’m all for creativity in presentation but putting a conversation between two people all in one paragraph is just annoying to read. I often had to go back a page and re-read to see who was saying what.

I really loved Oskar. It took a while to get used to his narrative but once I did, I fell in love with the kid. However, as a social worker I wanted to know his diagnosis. LOL He presented as someone on the Autism Spectrum but was extremely high functioning too and there were times when I wondered if he had Aspberger’s but then others when he didn’t seem like it. Then of course there was the Grandpa. WHY did he lose his words? WHY didn’t anyone ever try to help him with it? So may questions left unanswered.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read the book and I look forward to finally seeing the movie. I just don’t know if I’d suggest this book to other people without a disclaimer on how odd it is.

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Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a hard one to rate. On one hand I wanted to give it four stars but on the other I was aiming more toward three. I guess that means it’s a 3.5. I liked this book… I enjoyed the characters and situations. The idea of a shrink for teens who is completely unaware of her own children was kind of brilliant and quite realistic. What I didn’t like about the book though was that it seemed like Ginny’s problems all got solved over night. One day she’s miserable and self mutilating and the next she’s all outgoing and making huge changes. It just felt too rushed. I still think it was a great book though despite the poor pacing.

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Review: Year Zero

Year Zero
Year Zero by Rob Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book that I probably never would have read but I’m really glad that I did. See, I’m an avid Backstreet Boys fan and when I read the review of this book in Entertainment Weekly I giggled like a fan girl. The idea of aliens mistaking a lawyer named Nick Carter for Backstreet Boy Nick Carter just tickled my heart. (I’m an avid Carter fan as well). I even paid full price for the hard cover version of the book because it’s not in paperback yet, and that’s something I just don’t do. But I was excited so I splurged for my birthday.

In reading the book I found that the plot was funny, interesting and pretty darn creative. I could have done without the footnotes, they got annoying after two chapters or so, but even those I learned to skim over. I’ve decided that Reid simply has to be a Backstreet/Carter fan because at times it was like reading inside fan jokes. His Nick Carter had too many things in common with the real Nick Carter for it to be coinsidence, in my humble opinion.

It was a fun read and lived up to my fangirl needs.

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Review: Speak

Speak
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great 5-hour read (when I should have been asleep). I saw the movie years ago and couldn’t remember if I read the book or not. Loved the book (still can’t remember if I read it before), and now I really want to watch the movie again.

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