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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hey ladies,
I know I don't contribute very often -- if ever. But I do love coming out to the blog and seeing what you are reading and what you think. I was wondering if any of you are on I am. I love it. It gives me a way to organize, list, and review some of the books I have read in the past and books that I plan to read. If you're out there and you want to link profiles, I am

PS -- I am reading A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. Two very disturbing books, more so because I am reading them simultaneously.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Gargoyle

I am currently reading a story that is about a man who is severely burned and happens to meet a statue artist who tells him stories of how they have been in love in previous lives...

I haven't yet gotten to the romantic part - I am still in the vivid descriptions of the burns part...hopefully the story will pick up soon...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Host

So I just finished a book last night called "The Host" by Stephanie Meyers - it is her more adult Sci Fi book and I loved it.  I highly recommend it - she really develops great characters.  As with Twilight the ending to this book was a bit too perfect but that must just be her style.  Overall a good read though.  It certainly raises interesting points/questions about humanity...

(PS - For those non-Sci Fi readers out there the story line may seem a bit out there but it actually isn't too bad - it really ends up being about the characters so don't let it scare you away...)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dark Hunter Series

For all of you fantasy romance novel readers out there check out the Dark Hunter Series...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In review: Twilight

By Stephenie Meyer

The first in the vampire Stephenie Meyer series, Twilight knocked my socks off. I. literally. couldn't. put. it. down. Had. to. have. more.

Stephenie introduces her main characters quite well, at least for Bella she does. In the opening pages you get an inside look at how Bella behaves before she meets her vampire, Edward. She's self-conscious and she doesn't fit in with her peers. Hmm, how often does that happen in a book?! It's even to overlook this unimaginative character development, because the plot that Meyers writes is so loving and so unequivocally romantic, I felt like I was reading all the best romance novels written in one book—Jane Erye, Pride & Prejudice, and more modern romance novels from Judith McNaught, like Whitney My Love with Edward filling the role of Clayton (they do both have storied histories). What I loved about Edward though is that he's a 90-year-old vampire—a vampire thirsty for Bella's potent blood. He's been raised to respect and not necessarily care for humans, but just to be indifferent to them—especially if, like Edward, you can hear the prattle inside everyone's heads. The only exception to this is that Edward can't hear Bella's thoughts. I did have to wonder if this was part of the magnetism...if, for once, he was able to use his imagination and intelligence to figure out what's running through a human's head. As the story progresses, though, you can see he becomes more than merely curious about Bella thoughts. He falls in love with her flaws and assets: clumsy and selfless.

Meyer's paints a beautiful picture of discovery on both sides, but it's written from Bella's point of view. Midnight Sun, however, retells Twilight word-for-event in Edward's perspective, which the draft can be read on Meyer's website. The draft made me love Edward even more and want to know more of the thoughts that ran through his head at pivotal moments, but because some stupid assholes leaked the draft, Meyer's says the story is on hold indefinitely; she posted what was leaked on her website. The draft didn't even get to the meadow scene, which is the best scene in the entire book because it's where Edward makes the resolute decision that he's not going to let the monster get the best of him and kill Bella.

There's a lot of sexual tension in this book, which grows with each book within the series, but Meyer's works out a nice balance to keep it PG enough for the series' intended young-adult audience while still remaining true to the very hormones and feelings teenagers at that age are going through.

Rating: A. I would give it an A+, but I did feel that Meyer defies logic a bit by having a blood-thirsty vampire fall easily in love with Bella, and vice versa on Bella's part as well. Although Edward is hot, as a reader, we're never given much for the reason why Bella falls in love with him besides the fact that he is beautiful and he's a novelty. Everything is about a smoldering look, a soft touch, a gentle caress, a breathtaking kiss that you have to wonder if Bella is a little shallow. But it's a book that delivers entertainment, especially the new dimension that Meyer's adds to the vampire race. Even Underworld vampires paled in comparison.

More reviews on the remaining books in the series to come!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Book Updates

I finished reading Twilight and I am about half way through the second book...

It is actually a really fun series. It is an easy read as I think it was aimed at a slightly younger audience but if you like romance / fantasy books it is definately worth picking up. So far I enjoyed the first book more than the second one but I think the second one is starting to get better. The best part of the story is the character development...very well done.

As far as the Art of Keeping Secrets goes I am a couple chapters in. So far it is just okay for me, I am not in love with the author's writing style. Also the story involves so much suspicion it isn't really what I would call uplifting or fun. We'll see if it gets any better soon...

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Twilight Series

So I found another series that I am interested in...

I was at the book store today and I think I am going to start reading the Twilight series.  I guess it is a love story about a woman and vampire.  I love that kind of stuff.   I will let you guys know how it is and if it is worth reading.