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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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Review: The Wishing Spell

The Wishing Spell
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! I can’t believe some of the negative reviews I’ve read. Sure, this is a debut novel and there are points where that’s pretty clear… But this book is by all means so much better than many debuts I’ve read. I think Colfer did an amazing job weaving new tales around characters that we have all grown up knowing. Incredibly creative, funny, touching, silly, action-packed, all all around a great read! Bravo, Mr. Colfer! I can’t wait for the next book and will definitely be passing this one around.

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Review: Passion

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

First thing’s first… I don’t like the cover of this book. LOL I judge books by their covers and books 1, 2, 4 and 5 of this series have gorgeous covers. Why did book 3 had to have a weird color thing going on, a totally different style dress, and straight hair on the model? It doesn’t fit at all.

Cover aside though, this book was SO much better than I expected it to be! I really thought the book was going to annoy me because let’s face it, Luce is pretty much the poster child for a TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) character. The whole plot of this book begins with the hissy fit that Luce pulls in book 2 when she puts herself in danger by running off alone to time travel. I expected to be pissed at her through the whole book.

I was happily surprised though that this book was really good. It was still a little long winded at times just like the other books, but things actually made a little more sense for a change! No, we still don’t know what the big huge secret is that the angels are keeping from Luce, but we know SO much more than we did from the first 1,000 pages of the first two books. I was so into this book that I didn’t want to stop reading it and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Well done, Ms. Kate!

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Review: Torment

Torment
Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was torn on this one… I liked it. In fact, I think I liked it better than the first book. But there were a bunch of things that made me groan and roll my eyes too so I had to knock it down to three stars instead of four.

As with Fallen, this book has WAY too many scenes that have nothing to do with the plot. It could have been a much shorter and more interesting book had Kate thrown out some of the fluff. Also, Luce was a bit of a brat in this book… I’ve read people say that they thought she was a brat in Fallen, but I don’t agree. In this one though? Holy bratness, Batman! I get that she’s pissed because NO ONE will give her any information on WTF is going on… I’d be pissed too. But to blatantly ignore the people who are trying to protect you makes for a TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) character in my book. Then of course there was Daniel. I think he needs some mood stablizer meds because he’s all over the damn place in this one… moreso than in Fallen and that was a lot! Finally, I just don’t understand Kate’s need to write books where the reader is left out of major plot points along with the main character. At the end of Torment we’re like 1,000 pages into this series and we still don’t know the basics of the Daniel/Luce backstory. If it’s so annoying for Luce not to know what’s going on, just imagine how annoying it is for the readers who have sat through two 500 page books and still don’t know what’s going on!

Despite my groaning though… I really did like a good deal of this book and I’m hooked into the plot so I’m going to have to read on. 🙂

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Review: Fallen

Fallen
Fallen by Lauren Kate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a good book but there was a lot of it that could have and should have been cut in editing. There were complete scenes (and even chapters) that just didn’t need to be a part of the book for it to make sense. It took way too long for the main character Luce to finally figure out what was going on (despite the readers knowing it since the prologue) and then just like that, the book was over. But then at the end there were still a bunch of unanswered questions. Interesting idea though and I plan on reading the next one just to see where it goes.

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Review: The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I start every review of a Sarah Addison Allen book the same way. I gush about how much I love her writing and how I want to live in the books she writes. This book is no different… it’s not my favorite of her books, but I still loved it and read it in about five hours.

One weird bit was that she repeated herself a few times in the book and I don’t recall her doing that in the past. For example she must have explained three or four different times how the government had bought the land and turned it into a national park. It was also different to see that the magic in this book wasn’t as subtle as it usually is. Not that it was bad, it was just interesting to see so many people in the book accepting of magical things this time around.

I loved seeing a little sneak of previous characters make cameo’s too. In all, I really enjoyed the book.

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Review: Skin Deep

Skin Deep
Skin Deep by Katie Blu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The only reason I didn’t give this one five stars was because it was short and I wanted more when it was over. 🙂 I absolutely loved this book! From the very beginning, Blu was able to pull me in and I fell in love with the characters right away. I love when erotica isn’t just about the sex but has a great plot and characters on top of it. To have that in the form of a novella is a show of great talent. It’s hard enough to write novella’s and make them interesting without rushing things and Blu definitely knows how to write a great novella.

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Review: Beast

Beast
Beast by Abigail Barnette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not a fan of historical romance at all. But I AM a fan of Abigail Barnette and when I read an excerpt of this book I knew I had to read it because I thought the idea was so good. I definitely wasn’t disappointed… the retelling of Beauty & the Beast with a twist was very interesting and the love between the two main characters was sweet. A great quick, sexy read!

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