Friday, October 31, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: Conclusion

Whew! I did it!

I thought I'd use the conclusion to arrange the books I read in the order of my rating, so you want to just skip the good ones, you can. Enjoy!

5 out of 5 hearts
Doctor Sleep
The Fault in our Stars
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Longest Ride
The Art of Racing in the Rain

4 out of 5 hearts
Gone Girl
If I Stay
Silver Linings Playbook
The Siren
The Selection Series
Warm Bodies
The Best of Me
The Five Love Languages
Life of Pi
The Siren

3 out of 5 hearts
The 5th Wave
The Driven Series
Dark Places
Black Lies
The Divergent Series (3.5 stars)
The Thoughtless Series

2 out of 5 hearts
Mud Vein
The Customer Rules
The Last Policeman (2.5 stars)
Looking for Alaska (2.5 stars)
Beautiful Creatures
Labor Day

1 out of 5 hearts
Taken by the Cowboy

That's it! Hope you had fun!

Now, after a rest, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: Labor Day

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This is story of Henry and his mother Adele, who are innocently shopping the Thursday before Labor Day when they meet Frank, an escaped convict. Frank convinces Henry and Adele to take him in and hide him for the weekend. And in that weekend, Frank finds the father figure he needs and Adele finds love.

I wanted to like this book. I had heard good things about the book and the movie, so I anxious to read it. But for real. I HATED Adele. Hated her! Who takes in an escaped murderer and then falls in love with him? And in like 2 days? Stop being crazy, Adele.

I was ok with the characters of Frank and Henry, but Adele's weakness ruined it for me. Don't read if you like strong women!

Lovely's rating: 2 out of 5 hearts

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: Beautiful Creatures

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I had heard many good things about this book, and I hadn't seen the movie, so I decided to give this first book in the series a shot.

I can't even begin to tell you what it's about.

That's not entirely true. I know it's about a teenage couple-- the boy is human, the girl is not. She's what's called a caster-- a witch. She has to decide if she's going to be good or evil by her 16th birthday.

That's about it. Whoop de doo.

This book just didn't do it for me. It was ok, I guess, but the story didn't hold my interest enough to read the other books in the series. It would seem that I'm in the minority here, as there are 4000 reviews and the average rating is 4.5 stars. I'm also intrigued  that the final book, Beautiful Redemption, was awarded "Best Conclusion" by the Atlantic Wire in 2012). They wrote that it was a "beautiful, powerful conclusion." Hmmm.

Still the book wasn't memorable enough for me to give it a good rating. Did you read it and love it? Refresh my memory!

Lovely's rating: 4 out of 5 hearts

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: The Thoughtless Series

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I was looking for a new naughty book to read, and I found the Thoughtless series. This is the story of Kiera and her hottie Australian boyfriend Denny. Denny moved to Seattle to seek his fortune, and Kiera followed him, transferring to the local university in order to finish her education. The couple moves in with struggling rocker Kellan, Denny's childhood friend.

This is a naughty book. Obviously there's a love triangle. The question is: who will she pick at the end? Denny or Kellan?

This was a pretty good series. It was naughty without being too naughty. There was a reasonably interesting plot. Both of the male characters were extremely likeable. My problem was with Kiera. She's kind of a dirty whore. She sleeps with Kellan, and 30 minutes later, she's having sex with Denny. She says she loves Kellan, and then on the next page, she's certain she loves Denny. Dude, just pick one already, and stop torturing the other one.

Now, rest assured, she does pick one of them by the end.  But I often wonder what kind of future couples have after infidelity. If she picks Denny, after cheating on him once, what's to stop her from doing it again? And if she picks Kellan, how is their relationship going to progress when the very foundation is based on a lie?

Lovely's rating: 4 out of 5 hearts

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Monday, October 27, 2014

31 days of Book Reviews: The Five Love Languages

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One of my readers recommended this book to me when I had my first anxiety breakdown or whatever you want to call it. The book tells you what love language each person responds to. I respond to acts of service-- like if my husband was to make coffee in the morning or fill up my gas tank as a surprise, that tells me he loves me. I believe my husband responds to physical acts of love.... because he's a guy and he likes physical stuff.

There's a whole quiz that you and your partner can take so you can decide what's your love language, and what's your partner's love language, and then you can learn how to respond to your partner's love language. They have a similar book for children, but I haven't read that one. Yet.

Unfortunately, this book only truly works if your partner buys in to it, and he didn’t. I believe his response was something like, "You only think your love language is acts of service because you want me to take out the garbage!"

 But I still believe in the message of the book. This is one that’s worth reading again!

Lovely' rating: 4 out of 5 hearts

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

31 Days of Book Reviews: Life of Pi

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My girlfriend said I need to read this book, and since the movie was coming out, I decided to pick it up. Let me tell you, this is a smart person book. For sure. Reading this book took every bit of brain power I had.

No, I'm not very smart. Don't judge me.

This is the story of Pi, who is traveling to America with his family when the boat is lost in a storm. Pi is able to make it to a life boat, along with one other passenger: a bengal tiger. For the next 270 days, Pi is able to survive with the tiger on the lifeboat.

Unbelievable? Read the story, and you'll be a believer, too.

As I said, this was a hard book. The book is broken up into three sections, and the first section was almost the death of me. But the second section is when I really got in to it. Yes! You WILL survive with that tiger! Where I can get one? I want a tiger, too!

This was a great original tale, and the characters were completely relatable. It lost a heart because of the brain power it took for me to read it!

Lovely's rating: 4 out of 5 hearts

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

31 days of Book Reviews: Taken by the Cowboy

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Taken by the Cowboy was the worse book I've read in a long time. Really really bad. Like I can't believe I finished it bad.

This is a historical romance. The main character lives in the present day, but she gets into a car accident and is somehow transported to the wild west days of long ago. And she accepts that. And finds someone else who has been through a similar time transport. And then she falls in love with the sheriff.

I'm pretty forgiving, and it doesn't take a lot for me to accept that suspension of disbelief. But come on. It has to be at least a LITTLE believable. And I won't give away a spoiler, but the ending really takes it to the next level. The whole time I kept thinking, "Oh, come ON!"

Strangely enough, there are 141 reviews, and most of them are 5 stars. In fact, there are only three 1-star reviews. What? Did everyone else read a different book? Did they get paid to give positive reviews? Lame!

Lovely's rating: 1 out of 5 hearts

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