Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review: The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I am amazed that I actually read the whole thing. It's supposed to be fantasy but only in the sense that it has some magic in it? Maybe? Who knows, this thing is really a rough read and very confusing. I really can't add much to what fellow one-star super rants have said other than to say that I totally agree with them all. Terrible, make that non-existent, world building? Check. Shallow characters? Check. Nonsensical story? Check. False advertising? Maybe, I mean i can see if you haven't read fantasy before that you might think this to be awesome fantasy. I was hoping it was because a new series would be fun. Unfortunately, this will be where I end this series unless someone can convince me that the remaining two books in the series get better, a lot better.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller

The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller by Anthony Franze
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this more and to be honest this is closer to a two than a four for me because I know that when you are under a lot of stress you may do some stupid things. However, when you have seasoned professionals with you, I would think that ty would stop you from going all half cocked and crazy. It does have some redeeming qualities as well, I liked Emily and she actually had me crack up more than the character that was supposed to give comic relief. In my opinion anyway. I figured out who the ultimate bad guy was before it was revealed although the author almost threw me off course, I stayed true and was rewarded with being correct. I love when that happens.

Happy reading, y'all!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel was interesting, not because of the content but rather because it started slow, I almost gave up, picked up steam (I started telling people how great this book was) and it limped to the finish. The more I think about it the more I don't like it because the main character is, well, really annoying and well let's just say, I hope people aren't like her in real life. I'd say more but then I'd be accused of spoiling it. Anyway, read it if you want to and tell me I'm wrong, either by too many stars or not enough.

Happy reading, y'all!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay this was a very fast read. Probably because it's a play, regardless, it was a very fast read and here are my fast thoughts about it.
I didn't like it.
I loved it.
I found it to be curious.
I found it to be confusing.
I ended up enjoying it overall.

Slower thoughts, I didn't like it because it was written as a play and truth be told you don't get a whole lot of exposition and in depth thought and characters. It seems rushed. It seemed like ms Rowling sold out.

I loved it because some of my favorite characters are back and kind of better than ever. There is adventure and humor, what's not to love about that, right?

I was curious because why these kids? Why not the older child? Why this guy and that guy, etc. I mean if Albus feels this way, how do James and Lily feel? Also, can't wait to see that wedding! No spoilers, you'll have to read it yourself to figure that tidbit out.

I think I was confused because of the format and the way certain characters acted, seemed out of character to me but what do I know.

I recommend you all go and read it, if you haven't already. I think you'll like it!

Happy reading!


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed listening to Mr. Offerman's stories of his growing up in Minooka, Illinois through his career as an actor and woodworking master. I honestly think listening to the author tell these stories is the best way to 'read' this book because of the personality of the author.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the synopsis for this book a while ago and have to admit I was very "meh" about it. Then, not one, two or three people from work but five separate people all recommended it. So since I'm weak and succumb to peer pressure easily... I decided to read it and you know what? I thought it was fantastic! Loads of geeky/nerdy references that had me remembering some of my childhood and why I made fun of some of those geeks, when I wasn't playing in the marching band that is. Anyway, it was a great read filled with lots of adventure and even some romance and loads of eighties science fiction and video game references. So now friends it's your turn to grab this bad boy and read it! You won't regret it.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: End of Watch

End of Watch End of Watch by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent conclusion to a very well-written series that started with Mr. Mercedes, and continued on with Finders Keepers. Mr. King is a master storyteller and this series, as a whole, is in my top ten of Stephen King works. A real page turner that kept me wanting for more and with an ending that was completely satisfying and well worth reading to the very end. Give it a try, you won't regret it.

Happy reading!

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