Thursday, April 1, 2010

Juliet, Naked ~ Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked was a completely different book than I'm use to reading.  I read it in about 4 days even though it was only about 400 pages. 

Annie's boyfriend, Duncan, is completely obsessed with a former rock star named Tucker Crowe.  Tucker releases an acoustic album of his most popular album.  Duncan, of course loves the new album and Annie not so much.  Deciphering the album causes Annie and Duncan to reevaluate their relationship all together.  Something kind of cool happens to Annie during this time but I don't want to give it away because it was the highlight of the book for me and I don't want to ruin it for you. 

The beginning of the book was semi-boring and didn't really suck me into it until the kind of cool thing happens to Annie.  From that point on, I just wanted to see how everyone ended up.  There was a lot of banter, joking, sarcastic dialogue which was interesting to read.  The book had a nice ending that I was satisfied with.

I read this book for free from my library.  I noticed that the ebook version at B&N was running a little high, at $12.99.  Personally, I would have been disappointed in this book if I paid money for it.  Also, you have to keep in mind that this was my first Nick Hornby book so the fans out there may love it. 

For the hardcover click here.  For the B&N ebook click here and for the paperback click here.

In my Opinion: C

The Girl Who Chased the Moon ~ Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon was such a cute book! I actually read the whole thing last night.  It's magical and lovely.

Emily moves in with her grandfather who lives in a quirky small southern town that her mother grew up in.  The town residents look at her strange and treat her differently because her mom was the mean popular girl in school. Her mom was involved in some drama that went down when she was a teenager and no one will tell Emily exactly what happened.   Emily begins seeing strange lights coming from the woods behind her house and crazy things happen in her room.   The story is about Emily's journey in figuring out the secrets the town holds and her family's history.

I suspect there will be a sequel but I don't know anything about it.  I will be adding Sarah Addison Allen's other 2 book to my to-read list!

To purchase the B&N ebook click here and for the hardcover click here.

In My Opinion: A

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Stephanie Meyer Book

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will be released June 5th!
This is an Eclipse novella that tells the story of Bree, a vampire from Victoria's clan that she converted.  Bree appeared in about 10 pages of Eclipse though I don't seem to remember her.

I had no idea that book was in the works until this afternoon.  I'm pretty excited about it!

Now I feel like I need to reread the Twilight Saga to get myself ready for this book!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lover Avenged : Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 7 ~ J.R. Ward

Lover Avenged was just an ok book for me.  It actually took me a week to read it instead of 2 days because I just couldn't really get into it.

This book is based around Rehvenge.  He is not a Brother, but the brother of one of the Brother's shellan (wife).  Rehvenge is a species of vampire called a symphath.  Symphaths were banned to a colony long ago but Rehvenge has been living with humans, civilian vampires, and the Brothers without anyone, not even his sister, knowing his true identity.  He meets a female civilian vampire who changes his world.  Also in the book, Wrath and John Matthew deal with their own new problems.

Lover Avenged isn't quite a cliffhanger but doesn't quite conclude all the storylines.  If you've not read the previous 6 books, there is no way you'll be able to understand half of what goes on in book 7.  Book 8, Lover Mine, will be released April 27th, 2010. 

To purchase the Barnes and Noble ebook click here.  For the paperback click here and for the hardcover click here.

In My Opinion:  B+

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Body Finder ~ Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder is such an amazing book!! From page one, I couldn't put it down.  This is Kimberly Derting's first book and what a great one it is!  Desires of the Dead, the sequel to The Body Finder, doesn't come out until 2011 and I'm upset I have to wait that long.

This book is about a girl named Violet who has been surrounded by death since she was born.  She has a way of sensing dead bodies (animal and human) and it bothers her until they are put the rest respectively.  She also gets "echos" from people who are killers or have been around death.  There is a serial killer on the prowl in her town who preys on young girls and she sets out to find him when a friend of her's becomes one of his victims.  Violet also finds herself falling in love with her long time friend, Jay, who also comes to her rescue more than once.

I instantly fell in love with Violet and Jay and the relationship they share.  For me, this book was not predictable.  Some of the chapters left me hanging so I had to keep reading which caused me to stay up late hours of the night.  The Body Finder is about 330 pages so it's a quick read.   I'm looking forward to Desires of the Dead!

In My Opinion: A+

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shiver ~ Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver is one of those books that everyone around me was reading so I felt like I needed to jump in but it wasn't spectacular for me.  Fortunately, it was a quick read.  I had it done in about 2 days while reading 2 other books. I was able to read this book for free since I borrowed it from a fellow Nook owner. 

Shiver is about a girl, Grace, who falls in love with a werewolf that she has known since she was a little girl.  Sam, the wolf, changes from wolf to human depending on the weather.  The book is about Grace protecting Sam from the cold weather so that he doesn't turn back into a wolf.  Other events unfold while this is happening involving Grace's friends and Sam's wolf pack. 

This book just didn't have enough action and drama for me but it wasn't necessarily boring either.  It had an interesting concept.  I felt like the characters were not well developed at all.  Throughout the whole book I had lots of questions that never seemed to get answered to my liking.

Despite the fact that I wasn't blown away by the book, I will be picking up the sequel, Linger, that is due to be released in July.

In My Opinion:  B-

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lover Enshrined : Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 6 ~ J.R. Ward

Lover Enshrined so far for me is my least favorite of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.  It really didn't pick up and hold my full attention until the last 1/4 of the book. 

Lover Enshrined is Phury's story.  It's about him battling being the Primale and a drug addict.  John Matthew's story is also discussed quite a bit in this book.

I'm going to take a short break from the sexy vampires and read Shiver and The Body FinderThe Body Finder was released today and I was able to get the ebook for $2 at Barnes and Noble.  Shiver I borrowed from a fellow Nook owner.

In My Opinion: A-