I hate spending time reading about the plot of a book on review sites - just tell me, Did you like it or not?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Falling Fast

Falling Fast

Published Jan. 16, 2011
I should have stopped while I was only a third into the book, because this book was dumb, dumb, dumb. It is a literary (I use that word loosely) version of TV's The Bachelor.

Please, don't waste your time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts #1)

Published July 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published Sept. 16, 2010)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Me, You and the Kids Too

Me, You and the Kids Too

176 pages
Published March 2012 by Duncan Baird Publishers 
A beautifully photographed, reader-friendly cookbook for families who want to eat more healthy. My favorite part of the book was that most of the recipes had side notes showing you how to make baby food and purees for your baby from the ingredients that you were already using in the regular recipe.

The only gripe I have with the book is that the author consistently uses hard-to-find, much more expensive ingredients in her recipes, many of which I have never heard. It's hard to spend the extra money if you are on a budget.

Of course, I am a neophyte when it comes to quinoa and spelt and all those other "healthy" grains, so maybe the health benefits outweigh the financial factors. And at the risk of sounding blasphemous, I disagreed with the authors disdain for cow's milk.

But if you can overlook the author's high-brow opinions and high-budget ingredients, this is a pretty cool cookbook. I can even see myself using some of the recipes (tweaked a little) with my family.

And thank you NetGalley.com for providing this book for review.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Don't Expect Magic

Don't Expect Magic (Magic #1)


After reading waaaay too many dystopian novels, this was a welcome change.

Uplifting, free from swearing, sex and "dark," I enjoyed it thoroughly. And the best thing??? It's a stand-alone novel! Those are hard to come by nowadays.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)


2 stars

308 pages
Published May 8, 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books

This first half of the book was pretty amazing, and held so much potential! And then ... it just got weird and foundered and sank. I think the author was trying to cram every single fairy tale into one story - it just got too confusing and too lame. If she would have just stuck to one concept - the Frog Prince - things would have turned out much, much better.

Also, all the characters, with their odd names, made it that much more confusing.

I was so sad when this book ended, because so much was left wanting - a fabulous idea destroyed in the execution.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Waterfall (River of Time #1)


Published Feb. 1, 2011 by David C. Cook

There was so much unbelievable stuff in this book, I hesitated to give it 3 stars. Like: Gabi being able to speak medieval Italian or sword fight with no problem. Plus the "romance" was a bit cheesy - I'm so tired of love triangles! But the premise was interesting, and I wanted to see how the author imagined life in the 1300s to be like. Also, the writing was decent, and the author knew how to move the plot along.

I doubt I'll read the next in the series, though. This book just didn't hold that much interest for me.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Big Boned

Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries #3)


Published Nov. 20, 2007 by Avon A

I hope this is the last of the Heather Wells books, because this one finally had the right ending. I honestly read these books - not for the murder mysteries - but to see if Heather ever ended up with the "right" person.

I was happy with who she ended up with.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Size 12 Is Not Fat

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells Mysteries #1)


Published Dec. 27, 2005 by Avon Books

Totally predictable, but fun nevertheless. A spattering of swearing, but it's not too bad. This book follows the adventures of has-been pop star Heather Wells in her job as an assistant dorm director. I'll likely read the next in the series. Gotta see if she ends up with "the one." I'm a sucker for a good love story.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Eight's Origin

Eight's Origin (Lorien Legacies: The Lost Files Bonus)

ebook, 11 pages
Published August 13th 2012 by Harper
Super short - read it in a few minutes, but it's a good little glimpse into another of the Garde. I do wish, though, that the titles of the books didn't all have "I Am Number Four" in them. Makes things confusing - "Have I read this one or not?"

I do dig the whole legacies idea though. How cool would it be to move things with your mind?

Anyway, the only reason I gave it 3 stars is because I wanted MORE. Sadly, 11 pages is just a tease.

If you want to read it right now, go here.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)


4 stars

541 pages
Published July 25, 2006 by Tor Books

Wow. This book was actually pretty awesome. I enjoyed it immensely. Brandon Sanderson knows how to write an epic fantasy novel. He has created a world with well-thought-out rules and ways of life. And of course, his characters are fully fleshed out and real. I would have been disappointed if they weren't - Sanderson's novel has p.l.e.n.t.y. of pages to develop his characters. Yet if I had one gripe about the novel - it would be that ... the length. I know most fantasy books are long, long, long, but this one seemed like it could be condensed quite a bit. Some of his explanations on how the metals worked seemed redundant and overly verbose.

I am happy that the book had a good ending - enough questions remain to facilitate a sequel, but enough tied ends to make it a stand-alone book if you wanted to end it there. Which I may do, I haven't decided yet.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Jinx (Jinx #1)


This a fabulous little fantasy adventure for those kids in the middle grades. It has magic, apprentices, lessons on love and loyalty, and myriad other life lessons. The writing is spot-on for the intended audience - no cumbersome words that force kids to the dictionary - although sometimes that isn't a bad thing. When I was a kid, my parents gave me a dictionary for my birthday so I'd quite bugging them with the question "What does this word mean?"

If you have a kiddo looking for a new adventure fantasy book, this one will fit the bill nicely. No swearing or bad stuff.

I'll be reading the next in the series.

Monday, March 24, 2014


Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1)


Argh! I can't believe it's been 10 days since I've last posted! But happily, it was for a good reason. Some girlfriends and I flew up to Berlin and spent the whole week sightseeing and shopping. It was delightful.

BUT NOW, back to the reviews.

While on the plane I read this whole book - so you know Pawn will be a fast read. It's not thick on character development or fantastic writing, but it does move along quickly and has a decent premise - think Meg Cabot's Airhead trilogy, with a touch of Keira Cass's The Selection and with some rebellion thrown in.

One happy aspect - there is no love triangle. For a while, I thought there might be, but I was thankfully wrong. And there was an evil grandmother - who doesn't like an evil grandmother?? Quite awesome.

I will be reading the next in the series.

Friday, March 14, 2014

As You Wish

As You Wish (Genies #1)


Published Aug. 25, 2009 by Harper Teen

I liked this fluffy little story well enough. It's definitely not fine literature, but a cute beach read for teens.

It touches on how it's OK to not belong to the "in" group and to be yourself. And how change can be a good thing.

There was one f-bomb, which was weird because there wasn't one other swear word in the whole book. Why did the author put it in?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Everbound (Everneath #2)


I so wanted to love this book. I used to live near Park City, Utah, which is where the book is set, so I know the places mentioned in the book. That eased visualization a bit. But in the end that "plus" just wasn't enough for me.

The first book in this series, "Everneath," had such great potential. Teenage angst, which is usually annoying to me, was dealt with in a "See what can happen if you act rashly, not rationally!" Yeah, you get sucked underground and your life force is bled from you. Delightful. I loved it.

But this second book ... I felt like half of it was getting to the place where something actually happens. And it was SO dark. Dark and depressing. It was like I was in the Tunnels getting my life force sucked out. I need to watch a light, funny romantic comedy to counteract all the happiness suckage.

My favorite part was the very end. You gotta give Cole props. Nice one, mister.

I'm not sure if I'll read the next in the series. I kinda don't really care what happens next. We'll see.

Monday, March 10, 2014


Everneath (Everneath #1)


4 stars

370 pages
Published Jan. 24, 2012 by Balzer + Bray

I liked this book pretty well, mostly because I've been a lot of the places where the story was set. The writing was good, the plot clicked along at a nice pace and the characters weren't too flat. I will definitely be picking up #2 when it comes out.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (Heather Wells Mysteries #2)


I would have given this book an extra star except for the horrible language it contains. I think this was Meg Cabot's chance to cram in as many f-bombs as possible to make up for what she doesn't put in her YA books. It's too bad, though. The language didn't even further the story.

Doubt I'll pick up the next in the series. Life's too short to have your ears burn while reading.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Storm (Elemental #1)


353 pages
Published April 24, 2012 by Kensington 
I am sad.

This book failed my "3 F-bombs" rule. And by like Page 20, too.

I'm so disappointed because I had been waiting to read this book for months. I had really enjoyed the novella "Elemental" and had expected this to be the same.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Roar and Liv

Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky 0.5)


3 stars

68 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by HarperCollins 
A very quick little novella that takes place before "Under the Never Sky" that tells us how Liv (Perry's sister) is sold to feed her tribe. Unfortunately, the story was pretty much told in "Under the Never Sky." The only additional information was a deeper understanding of the relationship between Roar and Liv. Entertaining, but completely unnecessary to the development of the full novel.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Crown of Embers

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)


Published September 18th 2012 by Greenwillow Books

The first half of the book was booooring. It took me forever to get through it. Slog, slog, slog.

Once I got through that though, it picked up. But then that part went way too fast. Why couldn't Carson skip the lame stuff and concentrate on pacing the good stuff? The final "battle" was like a page long, maybe two.

Don't know if I'm going to read the third in this series.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Valkyrie Rising

Valkyrie Rising (Valkyrie #1)


4 stars

352 pages

Published Oct. 9, 2012 by HarperTeen

An interesting book about a subject not written about often. Especially in a YA genre.

I didn't know a lot about the Norse legends and myths and this was a good introduction. I'm familiar with Odin and Loki (from the movie Thor), but the Valkyries were mostly new.

I enjoyed the pacing and the writing. The main character was a bit too whiny for me at first, but she got better. Especially when she discovered her powers.

I'll probably read the next one in the series. There's enough room for a sequel, but it's not necessary. This is a standalone book.