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Monday, July 25, 2011

Currently Reading: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Say that ten times fast! I'm about 120 pages in and I'm none too thrilled. Honestly I'm pretty bored. The book is written in letter format from different characters to one another, and it's set post WWII. Basically this woman, Juliet, is an author and is currently working on an article about how reading benefits the psyche for some newspaper (at least I think that's what's going on). Either way, she's writing letters back and forth with this literary group who lives in Guernsey in the English Channel. They're supposedly discussing how their reading group helped them through the German occupation on their island.

Whatever's going on with this group, there's also a love affair (I think?!) between Juliet and some publisher named Mark. I think. There are a lot of "I think" moments during this book. Because it's supposed to be set in and English owned area, as well as London, there is a lot of British humor occurring. The book is short enough that I shouldn't have a problem reading it, but either way, I'm not enjoying it as much as I would like. Oh well :/

The Help by Katherine Stockett

Finally finished The Help by Katherine Stockett. So amazing!

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

"Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed."

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was just too amazing for words. The characters are amazing, I immediately fell in love with all three of the women and their lives are so deep and their friendships are so special it brought tears to my eyes. Minny is especially hilarious and cracked me up on more than one occasion. Knowing that Emma Stone is going to play Skeeter in the upcoming movie seriously made me happy, I think she's a perfect fit. These women's stories are so heart-wrenching and uplifting I could barely put it down. I'm sad it took me so long to read this one, but I'm so happy I finally got around to it.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vacation Time!

Well I'm headed off to my grandma's for the next couple days, and taking along a few books with me. I'm hoping to finish The Help while I'm there but who knows?? I'm also taking Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, some book called Girl Parts which I picked up at the library and a young adult book by Paolo Bacigalupi called Shipwrecker. I'll also be picking up a few new bools at the local thrift stores which always have good deals on used books. Hopefully I'll find something good!!

We're also going to some pre-fixed meal deal with special wine pairings which sounds super fun!! I've never done anything like that before so I'm really stoked on it. That's it for now, I'll keep you updated!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Currently Reading: The Help

So I just started reading The Help by Katherine Stockett and, although I'm only a few pages in, I'm really enjoying it! I love how the language really represents "The Help" and how they spoke and the way they pronounced certain words.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now and I've yet to pick it up until I recently saw the preview for the new movie coming out! I'm really glad I happened to have it, because the trailers have really motivated me to get reading! I hope I enjoy the story as much as everyone I know did!

Passion by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)Passion by Lauren Kate

""Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever."

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever."

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Passion, for me, was alright. Definitely not my favorite of the series. It reminded me a lot of the Immortals series, with Luce checking out all her past selves and obsessing over Daniel's love for her. Nothing really opened any doors for me or gave me goosebumps, or even had me going "OH MY GOD THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON!" I'm honestly still really confused about their curse and what caused it, and if it was changed or not. Nothing was really explained very clearly, and even though Luce found out a lot, I'm not sure what she found out...

I'll definitely be reading the next one, but I'm hoping it sheds a lot of light on everything.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

"How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart."

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I really enjoyed Starcrossed, it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, I cried a few times, I laughed a few times, and I really grew to love the characters and the relationships, I felt like some portions of the plot were a little too confusing. Sometimes, when a certain topic was discussed, the explanation just wasn't enough for me to understand the different myths and histories of the demigod families. I'm hoping the next installments will provide more information about the histories and the feuds, but overall I really enjoyed reading this one.

One minor pet peeve I did have, however, was that there seemed to be a lot of grammatical errors and typos that were far too obvious for my taste. Usually I don't notice them when there are few and they are small, but there seemed to be just too many for your average novel.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot

Synopsis:New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG. Abandon was too amazing! I've never been much of a fan of Meg Cabot but this one truly blew me away! I loved the writing style and every chapter seemed to end with a cliff hanger.

I was always on the edge of my seat with this one and the major elements really kept my attention. I love Greek mythology so I was definitely drawn to the idea of a re-imagining of the story of Persephone and Hades. Overall, this was a really great read and I can't wait for the next installment!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Need by Carrie Jones

Need (Need #1)Need by Carrie Jones

Synopsis: Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has readers rapidly turning the pages.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What a let down. I'm sorry but really?! I've never met a character AND story line I didn't like so much. Zara is pretty much a whiney know-it-all who only cares about herself (unless she's caring about people in third world countries who she doesn't know). She also has this weird obsession with phobias which we never learn why, but she tends to recite them to herself when she's nervous. There's also the typical love story, which is pretty annoying in this case. Also, a lot of weird stuff happens that everyone just kind of accepts is alright.

The characters are never really looked too deeply into and the relationships come on pretty strongly. Everyone seems to flock to Zara right at her arrival which is totally unbelievable.

As much as I like supernatural stories, there just wasn't enough believability and almost too many different supernatural elements involved. Either way, I wasn't impressed and I wouldn't recommend Need to anyone.

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