Monday, April 25, 2011

Torment Lauren Kate

After reading Fallen, I had to read this one.  I wasn't disappointed, however I was a little bit impressed.  Luce had gone from totally trusting Daniel to having doubts and actually started thinking on her own.  I knew she was capable of it, and as the book continued she started to develop more than she was in the first book.  I still feel that she is dependent on Daniel, although it does start to change a bit here. 

The story line continues, doesn't repeat the same type of scenario's that occurred in the first book.  While there are new characters, the old ones do make appearances.  I am glad they didn't just get dumped, especially since Luce wasn't able to totally interact with them.

Overall the book was good, and probably better than the first IMHO so I give this book:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Blog Hop

So this weekend is a new blog hop.  This is a great way for me to get my blog out there, meet new bloggers, and get new ideas on what books to read and page designs.  Again the link is on the right hand column, so check it out and join me!

This weeks question:

"If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

If I love it yes I do.  I have done this with 2 authors recently.  The first is Maria Synder.  I had read Posion Study and instantly had to get the rest of the series.  There was a spin off series that I had to get as well, and now I am into her newest series Inside Out and Outside In...definitely worth checking her out!  The second author was Patricia Briggs.  I began with her Mercy Thompson series, which I read through very quickly.  Then got the spin off series Alpha and Omega.  There are other books of hers that I am waiting to get, but definitely another one to check out.*note to self, both of them deserve a re-read soon!*

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BBC Top 100

Top 100 books chosen by viewers (re-edited and remastered from the BBC site) The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Copy this , Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt.
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible 
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials –  Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare  
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (English)
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas 
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Additional books that seemed to have been excised from the list above and replaced with some others.
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
53. The Stand, Stephen King 
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

So how about you?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Hop

So as I am trying to network and get my blog out there more, I joined Blog Hop by Crazy-for-books.  So click on the logo on the right column and check it out!

This week's question is:

"Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."

I am currently reading "Outside In" by Maria V. Snyder, which is the sequel to "Inside Out"(so some of it is going to be a mixture from both books).  Trella is the main character that inadvertently starts a revolution.  She starts off being a scrub but is an introvert, which doesn't mix with the crowdedness of the lower levels.  She is strong willed and independent, but learns to depend on others for help.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate

First off I love the cover, there is something about it that is drawing me in.  I had seen it several times and kept debating about getting it.  Especially since I knew it was about fallen angels, which some how intrigued me. 

So anyway it begins from a guys perspective, but then it switches over to Luce's perspective.  So I was a bit confused, especially since names weren't mentioned.  Luce's experiences at the beginning are similar to what was at the beginning so I was trying to fit that into her life, while also trying to fit in the fallen angel aspect.  Yeah don't do that when you read it, just read it!  I found I enjoyed it better when I gave up and let the author take me to final destination instead of me trying to figure it out.

As I have mentioned before I like the first perspective and being let in on the character(s) line of thinking.  It always just adds that little something to keep me engaged.  For this book it is no different, it did remind of me of what it was like being a teenager.  Luce is only 17 and definitely has the insecure school girl who is in love line of thinking.  She isn't as independent as I like my female characters but she shows some promise here and there.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters too.  The personalities seemed natural to them, and knowing them through Luce's eyes also adds to their charm.

I will say that while for the most part I did enjoy reading this book, I did have an issue with Luce's obsession of Daniel.  It seemed a bit much even for a teenage girl.  I know there were jokes about being a stalker, and while it didn't quite get that far, it was a little off putting.  The reasoning behind her obsession is explained, although I am not sure that it is an excuse for her to be that way.

Overall I did enjoy it, I thought the aspect with fallen angels was quite entertaining.  So I give this:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wanton Edition Jane Austen Michelle M. Pillow

Ok so this did peak my interest a bit when I seen it as a free book for the Nook one Friday.  I haven't read the original in awhile so I wasn't able to really compare the stories as a side by side.  The "bedroom" scenes didn't really add to the story for me, I guess in a way I am a traditionalist.  However what was neat was the fact that we could get a look into some of the other character's brains.  I felt that Lydia's perspective helped into understanding why she was so flighty.

I will also say that some of the language that Pillow added wasn't needed, and definitely didn't add to the book either.  I understand that some of it was due to the characters persona, but I just could have dealt without it. 

I don't exactly regret reading the book, since I was able to look past it and see the traditional story that I do enjoy.  So my rating for this book is:


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