Hello fellow readers!
I finished The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda. The first lines: “I married Tobias Warring in the Silver Bells All-Nite Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. It was a conventional start to our unconventional story. And it was an attempt to conjure something solid from the wind-scattered sands.” Although highly intrigued by the title and the plot, I found this book to be “just ok.” The book starts off with the marriage of Mel and Toby, but then works backwards to everything leading up to the present. Although there is no lack of detail, I felt the plot moved very slowly. Also, I was expecting Toby to do lots of magic, and there wasn’t really much of that. However, the love story through between Toby and Mel was memorizing. It reminded me of the movie, The Illusionist – romantic, sad, and magical, all at the same time. (3/5 Stars)
I then finished up Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris. The first line: “The attic had been kept locked until the day after my grandmother died.” Poor Sookie. It seems like someone is always trying to kill her – and this book is no different. Much of the action centers around two enemies – one from Sookie’s past, and the other is Victor, the new regent of Louisiana. Eric and Pam get a lot of face time in this book, and there are some heartbreaking revelations on the relationship between Sookie and Eric. On the one hand, the book was a very quick read and the two main storylines/conflicts were resolved by the end. On the other hand, there are still many unanswered questions, and I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. However, if you are a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books, you’ll enjoy this one. Was it one of the best? Not in my opinion. But it was still very enjoyable and definitely worth reading. (4/5 Stars)
I demolished The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa. The first line: “The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall.” I am really loving this series!!! I think that Kagawa does an amazing job making the fey world come alive – I can picture exactly what is experienced throughout the winter court. The story of Meghan Chase, the half human, half Fae Princess continues exactly where she left off, torn between two worlds. Meghan is stuck at the Winter Court after her contract with Ash, the Winter Prince, in the last book, and she is, for all intents and purposes, a “prisoner” of the Unseelie Court awaiting her fate. But as time passes and Summer turns to Winter in the NeverNever, old enemies resurface – threatening all Fae. This sequel definitely lives up to the expectations of the first book and left me craving more of this magical world. (4/5 Stars)
I just finished Wicked (Pretty Little Liars #5) by Sara Shepard. The first lines: “Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what people are thinking?. If everyone’s heads were like those clear Marc Jacobs toes, their opinions as visible as a set of car keys or a tube of Hard Candy lip gloss?” Fifth in the Pretty Little Liars series…and I still read it in practically one day! Background: There was once five best friends who did everything together – Ali, Emily, Spencer, Aria, and Hanna. Allison disappeared when they were in middle school. A few years later, her body is found, and now the girls are being stalked and terrorized by a mysterious “A” texting and emailing them during their most personal, embarrassing, and secretive moments. They think they’ve found Allison’s killer, but then he disappears as well. In my opinion, although there is a lot more background information on the girls’ lives, this book is just as fast-paced and full of unbelievable instances as the previous ones. Overall, it’s such a fun, quick read, filled with high school drama. (4/5 Stars)
Here is a look at what else is sitting on my To Be Read (TBR) list:
- I got a library card! That’s right, folks – I went down to my local library and finally got my very own library card. The library is only 2 miles from my house, so it’s super easy to pick-up/drop-off on my way home from work! There are many branches of the library throughout the surrounding area, so even if a book I want is not offered, it is a pretty short wait for the book to be transferred from another branch. Very pleased so far…and it brings up good memories of my childhood days of library love.