Friday, June 23, 2017

Geekerella


Geekerella
By Ashley Poston

This ended up being a really cute story. It was a fun take on the Cinderella story. It is full of fun geeky references. This is a modern telling, with food trucks, movie stars and Sci fi fans. I think this story does a great job of showing that it's ok to be yourself. That liking things that are considered geeky doesn't make you weird and that there are others out there who like the same things. You are not alone.

It did take me a little bit to really get drawn into the story but once I did I couldn't put it down. It jumps between the two main Characters, Elle and Darien. My one complaint at the beginning was that their voice in the book sounded too familiar, like reading the same character just one being a boy instead of a girl. After the first few chapters though I stopped feeling that way and they became very distinct personalities. I'm sure it is just her style of writing. I just had to get to know the characters first.

I loved the ending and how it all wrapped up. It was such a cute modern fairy tale. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for something fun to read.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The False Prince


The False Prince
By Jennifer A. Nielsen

This was such a fun book to read. This is a fantasy novel filled with intrigue, hidden secrets and plenty of action. In the book several orphans are  taken by a noblemen, who has plans to use them take the throne, by having one of them impersonate the long lost son of the king. The story moved quickly and easily kept my interest through out the entire book. I thought that the characters were interesting. I especially liked the main character Sage, who was mischievous and stubborn but also kind and thoughtful. He was a character I could really get behind.

The story was somewhat predictable for me but I was happy with it any way. If it hadn't gone the way I wanted it to, I actually might have been a little disappointed. This is a case of knowing what is going to happen but in a good way. This book is geared towards 10-14 year olds but I still really enjoyed it. I think this would be a great book for a kid who needs something to really grab their interest in reading. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Chemist


The Chemist
By Stephenie Meyer

This book is written by the same person who wrote the Twilight series and The Host. I really enjoyed those book so I was looking forward to this book. She dedicates this book to Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross so that should give you a pretty good idea about the subject matter of this book. Now I'm not always a fan of spy thrillers but I really enjoyed this one and I definitely liked it way better then the Jason Bourne book I read.

This book follows Alex, an ex-goverment specialist, who is on the run from the very people who trained and employed her. She will do what ever it takes to survive and bring the people down who want her dead.  She ends up kidnapping someone and in the process ends up learning that the conspiracy is much bigger then she ever knew. (Sound familiar yet?) I would say that the premises is a lot like Jason Bourne, except she has her memories.

I thought that the characters were really interesting and that the story moved at a good paced, especially compared to some others I've read. There was a lot of character development that need to happen to make the rest of the story work and that did take some time. But it didn't feel like it dragged on so I thought that part of the book was well done. The ending was especially exciting and tense, all the things you look for in a good thriller.

 I know that a lot of reviews didn't like how quickly the romance side played out but I found it so much more believable then the romance in Jason Bourne. (you can read my review of that book here.) I could actually believe that he fell for her so quickly because the book made it clear that there was an attracting from the very beginning.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Elantris


Elantris
By Brandon Sanderson

This should come as no surprise to you if you are familiar with me or Sanderson's writing, this book was amazing! I think the introduction at the beginning of this book explains his success as a writer best when  he said that Sanderson owes his success to the small human stories inside his epics. They are what make his books so great. He makes you care so much about his characters that you just have to read more. This book kept me up late finishing it because I just had to know how it ended. I haven't done that it years. My kids' 6 am wake up call came very early that morning.

This was an action filled story that I did not wan to put down. It was definitely worth losing a little sleep over. Princess Sarene has arrived in Kae, only to learn that the man she is supposed to marry is dead. But the truth is that he isn't really dead, he has just become an Elantrian, dead in a way but still alive. There are forces at work trying to take control of the City and they may be the only ones who can save them all.

The magic in this book is so different from anything else he as written and I found it captivating. I am amazed at his ability to create so many unique stories. None of them are the same. Well they are the same in that he creates characters that you grow to love and care about. I loved the characters in this book. Princess Sarene is strong, witty and determined. All characteristics I love seeing in a female heroine. Prince Raoden is kind, wise and intelligent. He was everything I would want a Prince to be and the perfect match to Sarene. I could go on and on. There are so many great characters in this book. It is what makes the story so great.

I am kind of bummed that this is the only book, so far, with these characters. I guess I can keep my fingers crossed that he will eventually bring these characters back so that I can learn more about Elantris and the magic that it holds.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Farewell to the East End


Call The Midwife: Farewell to the East End
by Jennifer Worth

This is the 3rd and final book in the series. It was filled with familiar stories from the TV show. Or I should say that the TV show used many of these stories. I really enjoyed this book. Her stories are engaging and fascinating. Book 3 was much more like the first book, filled with stories about the midwives' experience delivering babies in the East End of London. This made it a bit more interesting then the second book for me. The stories were all rather sad though. It was hard to imagine that people really lived that way.  I just feel so bad for the women who lived during that time. It really is amazing what proper training and medical advances can do for people.