Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Reviews (10)


 

I feel bad for saying this, but this book didn't really do anything for me.  I know a lot of people raved about it and had so many emotions about it but I just didn't get it.  It was very slow and hard to get into and I guess I just wasn't overwhelmed by the big event.  It wasn't a bad book and I really enjoyed a lot of the interrogation scenes (not because I enjoy that but because they were well-written and the dialogue was interesting).   I really wanted to love this book but I just didn't.  3 stars.

 

I loved the Wolves of Mercy Falls books so I had to read this book.  It's all about Cole and Isabel and it was  really good.  Cole is a fascinating character; he's a total smart-ass but also a very sensitive soul.  I enjoyed getting to know him more and watching him deal with his demons.  He is a very unpredictable character so there were a lot of situations where I felt like I was holding my breath out of fear that he would screw something up.  The romance between Cole and Isabel is dreamy and the story had me hooked from page 1.  Did I mention that the ending rocks?  Because it does.  Definitely a must-read fro any fan of the series. 4 stars.
 

I am fascinated by the story of the Titanic (embarrassingly enough, I saw the movie 7 times in the theater).  This book moves between past and 'present' (1980s) and follows a young Irish immigrant girl in 1912 and her granddaughter in the 1980s and is kind of a coming of age story for both characters.  The story is absolutely beautiful and heart-breaking.  The author created a wonderful story by combining fictional characters with historical figures who really were on Titanic.   I highly recommend this book.  4 stars.




Let me start by saying that I love Tana French so I was really excited to read this book.  However, I was a little disappointed by this book.  It was very slow to get started and even when the story started moving it was just not super exciting.  I didn't hate it but I really struggled to push through it. It was an interesting premise and I think that Ms. French did a great job of portraying the complexities of teenage girls so it wasn't a total wash.  That being said, if you haven't read any of Ms. French's books, don't start with this one. 3 stars.
 

 
Margaret Pole is such an interesting historical figure with such a complicated life.  Ms. Gregory did an excellent job of covering Margaret's life from the time of her brother's death until her own death.  However, this book was really long and at times seemed to drag on.  Even though I enjoyed reading this book, it seemed like I was reading it forever.  I stuck with it because I really wanted to finish the series and overall, it was a decent read. 3 stars.

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