Book Review: Wrapped

WrappedWrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Inventive addition to the typical paranormal - Egyptian paranormalcy in a Regency setting. I enjoyed the book, really I did, though what I have to say next might make it seem otherwise. The intrigue was a little dry for a long time and the author failed to capture a spirit of nervousness and danger (that one would expect to go along with her plot) with her writing. It was an adventure-filled book with the genteel feel of a much tamer story. That disappointed me, the feel of the book being all wrong. I wanted to feel anxious and to be on the edge of my seat to find out how these characters could possibly survive.....! But. I never did. However, I did like it and am definitely anxious to read the next.

As for the cover... Personally I like the following best.  How about you?


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Book review: Crescendo

Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A little dirty. Not my thing, but not enough to make me feel like I had to put the book down. A few bits I had to skim...

A well-written story, for the most part, but not written well enough that it was particularly memorable, either. I don't know. I liked it. It wasn't anything special or spectacular, really, but I liked it. The author has some neat, fresh ideas (scars that when you touch them show you someone's past... I thought that was particularly inventive) and a fast moving plot that keeps you reading.

A lot of the romance stuff in the book and she made the love interest seem like a REALLY BIG MEANIE HEAD. Then all of a sudden after everything he does to the main girl she just... forgives him. Meanwhile she's also been throwing herself at him and acting crazy and obsessed and then throwing herself at other guys too. That whole middle part of the love story and the book... really ridiculously immature and somewhat irritating. Could have done without it. There were other ways he could have pulled away while not being such a poop and making us hate him. It makes her feelings and obsession towards him unbelievable and made me, as a reader, think she was acting like a doormat. It also made it very unbelievable when they were all-of-a-sudden back together.

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Book Review: The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour (Cecilia and Kate, #2)The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had a hard time staying interested in this book. I really struggled with the writing of the author that was Cecelia's voice. In both books,actually, we were supposed to believe she loved James, but she barely said two words in any sort of loving sentiment. I felt that was extremely disappointing as it took a lot of the reader's ability to believe the character as a narrator away.

The intrigue was interesting, but not particularly spectacular. The plot was well-arranged and ended without loose ends, which was satisfying, anyway.

Not a terrific book, but not terrible. If you read and enjoyed the first you would most likely enjoy this book.

I wouldn't know which audience to suggest this book to. It is written somewhat simply that would imply it is for a middle-school audience, but some of the words and some of the hints at romantic encounters between a husband and wife put it a little older than that. The cover also seems more juvenile.... I don't know. Maybe a mature middle schooler.

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Book Review: Frannie in Pieces

Frannie in PiecesFrannie in Pieces by Delia Ephron
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the question posed: what rules, your head or your heart? And the conclusion that it's your heart. Life is an illusion because what we see is always filtered through what we feel. We see what we feel -- not always facts.
When fifteen year old daddy's-girl Frannie's dad dies and leaves everything to her she has the sad task of going through his house. Her dad is an artist and his medium is wood. He created a puzzle from a picture of a coastal Italian town. When Frannie starts putting it together she gets sucked in more than once. As she gets closer to putting the puzzle together she finds out a little more about her dad. It isn't until she finds him in the puzzle, though that she can piece everything together and realize that even though her parents are divorced, they loved each other and it seems to give her peace in dealing with her dad's death and in her relationship with her mom.
Meanwhile she's working as an arts and crafts counselor at a kids' summer camp and she meets a cute boy who is soooo not her type -- until he just might be.
This book has a cute voice with real characters. It's a quick read with deep thoughts. Overall really enjoyed the book.

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Book Review: Red Harvest

Red HarvestRed Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not as good as Maltese (or at least, I didn't think so), but as always I am blown away by Dashiell Hammet's talent in writing a novel.  He's just.... amazing.  Truly.  His descriptions create a vivid picture and never, ever feel cliche.  His dialogue and use of slang fitting the setting (time period and crime etc.) is believable and authentic.  The story is always intricate and gripping.

If you like crime novels, or just really, really amazingly well-written books then pick up something by Dashiell Hammet.

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