Thursday, April 28, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Off Season (Anne Rivers Siddons)

I would have rated this higher expect that I detested the ending, well really the last half of the book. I also do not like talking animals, at all. For what it's worth, I actually quite enjoy endings of this type, but this one was too rushed to be believable and I don't feel like the conclusion was dealt with appropriately.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Beyond Reach (Karin Slaughter)

So I really just cannot believe how this one ended. And I can't write anymore than that without giving it away. Shocked.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Faithless (Karin Slaughter)

So this one I really enjoyed because (like the fourth) it broke up the monotony a bit. I also am really beginning to dig the way Slaughter works social commentary into her books. I know that some find the focus on DV and rape to be a bit much, but I do think these are real issues that are symptomatic of some of the least appealing parts of our culture, so I like that she takes it head on.

That said, still can't stand Lena. Feel no connection to her character whatsoever (and not just because of the obvious, DV issues).

Indelible (Karin Slaughter)

At first, I thought I would hate this book. The idea of flashbacks to trace the development of the two main characters turned me off. But I felt like they were well done and the addition of another murder mystery within the main action was interesting. Well done.

Still am really not digging Lena. Which isn't good because the book that started me reading these so quickly is focused on here (book 6).

Indelible (Karin Slaughter)

At first, I thought I would hate this book. The idea of flashbacks to trace the development of the two main characters turned me off. But I felt like they were well done and the addition of another murder mystery within the main action was interesting. Well done.

Still am really not digging Lena. Which isn't good because the book that started me reading these so quickly is focused on here (book 6).

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Faint Cold Fear (Karin Slaughter)

Just ok. Perhaps a little worse than the first one but I didn't call the killer, which is always a bonus with suspense. Lena is *really* annoying me though. Her character just doesn't make sense... she's like a ball of cliches.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Kisscut (Karin Slaughter)

I actually liked this better than the first Grant County book because I was totally surprised at the ending. Can't really reveal why without spoiling the end, but suffice it to say that Karin Slaughter does a great job of weaving together seemingly unrelated events and tweaking our stereotypes to surprise us.

From my TBR list.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pemberley By the Sea ( Abigail Reynolds)

So I expected to love this book but I really didn't. It was fine, but the dialogue was super stilted, the relationship between the two main characters was annoying and not Austen-esque in my opinion. Meh at best, and the ending seemed totally unbelievable and far too quick.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Room (Emma Donaghue)

This was a fantastic read. Hard to get through at times, certainly, but not as much as I expected honestly. Telling the story from the point of view of the five year old was genius, I think, and am amazed at how well the author seemed to be able to put us right in the story. The book was sparse and felt claustrophobic at times, which I'm sure was intended. Anthropomorphizing the objects in the room was a stroke of genius. Fascinating book, and I blew through it. I guess I will have to check out some other Booker Prize short list members.