Thursday, September 22, 2016

Whitefern, V.C. Andrews

Whitefern did not pop for me. I'm not saying I didn't like it or think it's a bad read, but it seemed to lack something for me. I'm thinking it might be because I read My Sweet Audrina too long ago, or maybe I've just outgrown V.C. Andrews' novels.

What I didn't like about the novel- Arden's constant reminders to Audrina about the business and why he needed to have all the say.
The lack of darkness- My Sweet Audrina was a very dark, disturbing read. Whitefern seems to lack that darkness, though it alludes to the events that caused the darkness often...

I stuck it out though because I liked Sylvia, needed confirmation about Mrs. Matthews, and knew I'd be proven right by the end of the novel. I think I'll re-read the originals now to see if I still like them.

Whitefern (Audrina, #2)Whitefern by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Lady Anne, Gordon Thurborn

"The real life of Lady Anne Clifford, 1590 - 1676, is a story of feminine victory in a man's world, the men including King James I & VI, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and two husbands: the Earl of Dorset, gambler, waster and womanizer, and the Earl of Pembroke, gambler, waster, womanizer and the richest man in England." -quoted from the description on Goodreads.

I wanted to love this book, simply because I love reading everything I can get my hands on when it comes to the Tuder/Stuart era. But.... while there is a whole lot of interesting information in this book, it just didn't grab me. I would have liked to read more about Anne and less about the people around her...

The First Feminist: My Lady AnneThe First Feminist: My Lady Anne by Gordon Thorburn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I feel like it took me forever to read this book, and it just wasn't for me....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

I don't usually go for mysteries, but lately I've had a bit of a taste for them. This is an entertaining read and the characters are mostly likeable. The ones who are supposed to be likeable, that is. My favorite is dear old Mrs. Bentley, Mrs. Rodd's landlady and companion.

I would recommend this book to friends and buy any subsequent volumes should it continue as a series. Now, if someone would only tell me what makes a mystery cozy....

The Secrets of WishtideThe Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Life InterruptedLife Interrupted by Yessi Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book as part of a read along/ discussion for the Coffee and a Good Book group. I have to say I think it was a good pick. I was a little iffy during the first chapters, as the writing seemed a little shaky and unsure, but I feel like the author found her voice towards the end. Holly is a bit frustrating at times, but likeable overall, and she, Travis and Derrick balance each other out well, IMO. Kudos, Yessi Smith! You managed to bring tears to my eyes more than once. =)

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Doll-Master, Joyce Carol Oates

This is my review of The Doll- Master, which I received from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

It has been over a month now since I finished this book and I still can't get The Doll-Master out of my head. Six stories are told in this book, six. But I could only give you a basic plot summary of the other five if you asked me for one, because The Doll-Master is the one that haunts me. And because it does, I will tell you nothing more about it than this- it really doesn't matter if you can see it coming, because you know you are helpless to stop it. And it made my skin crawl.

Out of the other five stories, the one I can recall the quickest and with the most details is Gun Accident. I can relate to Hanna, the shy, quiet girl who can't seem to see that some people ARE just bad, and is picked by her teacher to house sit for her while she is with her husband in the hospital. Things quickly turn bad for Hanna, and the situations she faces are just too real...

Mystery Inc. was an interesting read, nice little turns to that one.

Big Momma, Soldier, and Equatorial were all decent enough reads also. And I think I just put them in order, best to okay for me. They all have their good points, but Equatorial was the one that was most predictable for me, so it rates lowest. I can't say I didn't really like any of them though. I think what I liked best is that there was just enough difference in the way each story was written that it almost felt like they were being told by different people.

If I could have a do over and read this book for the first time again, I would read The Doll-Master last. Just to see if my impressions of the other stories would be any different....

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of TerrorThe Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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