Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blink by Bradley Convissar

Read : May 31, 2012
read in a half hour
pages: too short

Eh. Glad it was free. I don't think it was terrible, but really the story just got interesting as it ended. The tongue ring is using the young adults as hosts? Okay fine. Now expand on that! That is the best part of the story idea here. Too bad the story ended before it went into it.

Connections by Selena Kitt

Read: May 30, 2012
read in an hour
pages: very short

Short and steamy. Not a bad free read. Might check out more by the author.

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Read: May 11-21, 2012
read in 10 days
pages: 325

I was once again disappointed. I can't say that I'm all that shocked. I've been getting more and more disappointed with this series as it progresses. Did you know that the book before this was the original end. Or okay lets say that originally Harris was only signed on for 10 books. This is book 11. She was signed on for an additional 3. I'm not sure that they were needed. I'm sure it has to do with the publishing company seeing the possibility of raking in more dough, but honestly Harris has been churning out filler and keeps dragging her readers along without giving any kind of conclusion or something solid to go on. When is Sookie ever going to have some kind of peace? Is she permanently doomed to be in limbo in all areas of her life? I mean I know she is an outcast and her life really didn't get interesting until she met Bill Compton but come on! Give the girl a break. I thought maybe we would see some mellowing in her life at least in terms of her relationship when she finally came to terms with the fact that she loved Eric....and he actually admits to loving her.....BUT no! We have to throw in some drama and make it even harder for Sookie to be with Eric. Ugh. I'm sick of the drama. I don't think I'll continue with the series. I think I'll give in and have a friend tell me about the 12th book. You know why I'm not going to read any further in the series??? Because I know from past experiences when reading these books that the ONE thing you most want to see a conclusion to will only slightly be touched upon in the next book. For example I'd like to know if Sookie goes back to Bill, or does she leave both Eric and Bill? And if so what then? She already knew before both of them that a normal existence was not within her realm of possibility. Who knows. At this point I don't care.

American Widow by Alissa Torres

Read: April 29-30, 2012
read in a few hours
pages: 224

I thought it would be interesting to read a book that had some connection to 9/11. It felt in a way similar to what the movie Remember Me was trying to do. Put you in the shoes of one individual and make you care for them and then experience through them the tragedy. This particular story follows a woman who is widowed due to the tragedy. It deals with her struggle to find support in post 9/11 and deal with the finger pointing of people who had nothing to do with the tragedy and had nothing else better to do than try to find fault in her. Parts of it were sad to learn, and maddening at the same time. I guess the book was ok, not something I would highly recommend unless someone was just interested in the experiences one woman had when dealing with the tragedy and its aftermath.

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton

Read: April 28-29, 2012
read in a few hours
pages: 149

Friday, May 18, 2012

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Read: April 30- May 9, 2012
read in  10 days
pages: 480

Wow. My heart is still racing as I sit here. I just finished the book, set it down and picked up some paper. I have to write about this now and type it up later. This was an emotional roller coaster and intense in the end. I somehow accidently skimmed someones review so I knew the ending was going to be that way, but I did not expect THAT.

Now that I reflect on this book and the fact that I read Lauren Oliver's first novel Before I Fall, I see a pattern starting with not necessarily giving the reader a happy ending or at least an ending that is as one would expect. Course I just saw that this is a series and while I think the book it great as a stand alone, I can see why she ended it the way she had. This leaves things open so there can be more. 

I understand the ending had to happen the way it did, but man to think of all that Lena went through to get to where she was and NOW what she has to live with. Just that last image of Alex. It was heart wrenching. Is it better to have love and lost or to never have loved at all??? I don't know and in this case I can see a few arguments.

I think a happy mind numbing story after this one. If there are more to this series as I see that there are now some listed, I think I'm going to stop here. I really liked this one and I don't really want to see any more. This is as far as I need to go. The society is just creepy. To think that they pretty much lobotomize people to make them "happy" and they have COMPLETE CONTROL over everything. Pretty scary.