Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Size 12 is Not Fat (Audio Book)

Size 12 is Not Fat: A Heather Wells MysterySize 12 is Not Fat: A Heather Wells Mystery by Meg Cabot

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was super cute to listen to until it got super annoying and having to listen to every single analyzing thought by the main character. And then I realized it was a series and I threw up a little in my mouth, what?! No closure?! I liked this book but it got to be too much pining over the love interest. Blech. This book could have been compressed quite a bit, if it had, I would have read the next books in the series. Well, I just might still, but I certainly won't do the audio version again, at least with reading I can skip parts!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmmmm. Hmmmm. I'm sitting here staring at the monitor thinking what did I like, what didn't I like?

At nine years old Rose Edelstein discovers that she can taste people's feelings from the they food they make. She realized what a curse this is but realizes she's simply going to have to adjust her life around either avoiding eating her mother's sorrow and guilt ridden meals or eating pre-packaged factory food. As Rose grows up she realizes that she isn't the only one with a strange ability.

#1 dislike, no quotation marks. None. Anytime someone spoke you had to re-read it or guess if someone was actually speaking, thinking or it was narration. I got used it relatively quickly but it sure was odd!

#2 dislike, it was deep, I guess, but I'm not always into deepness and sorrow and this book didn't change my feelings on that.

#1 like, original, kind of. It was a kind of like a depressing version of Sarah Addison Allen's awesome books about foods and feelings. But it went deeper and in to other family members trials and tribulations.

#2 like, it was a kind of poetic and weird (and that's cool)! The middle portion of the book was the best, the beginning was a little hard to catch on to and the ending was a little flat, it went too fast.

I'd call this more a 2.5 star, closer to a 3 than a 2 though. I didn't hate it.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished reading this to my 5 year old daughter. She loved this book and it sure brings me back to my childhood. It's so cool to be able to read these all over again with her.

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Christmas Magic on the Mountain

Christmas Magic on the Mountain (Harlequin Romance (Larger Print))Christmas Magic on the Mountain (Harlequin Romance by Melissa McClone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a sweet, adorable little romance novel! I'm glad I found this book on the eharlequin website.

Cocoa Marsh used to be a pro snow boarder until an accident ended not just her career but also her relationship with her boyfriend when he ran off afterwards without a word. With her new job as a snowboard designer she hoped she could put her pro-riding and heartbroken days behind her. But when Rex comes to town to to guest coach at the local slopes and is assigned to team up with Cocoa on a new board design, all the feelings Cocoa thought she had put away comes back. Rex is as handsome and charming as ever but Cocoa doesn't want to get burned by him again. No matter how Rex tries to tell her he's changed, she doesn't know if she can trust him to mend the broken heart he caused her in the past. But can she deny the feelings that are surfacing for him all over again? Is her wish to have someone to love for the holidays going to come true?

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Extras (Uglies #4)

Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Here's my review of how I think Aya, the main character would tell it:

This is a dizzy making story of Aya, a wanna-be kicker (one who spreads gossip and trends) and wants a high face ranking in her city by kicking a mind blowing story about a secret click called the Sly Girls. When Aya hangs with these adrenaline kicking girls, they discover a fear making secret that Aya knows if she story-kicks, her face ranking will finally be in the top thousand.

With the help of the icy-most-famous-making name in the world here to help, Tally Youngblood, Aya and her friends learn how fright making kicking this story will be.

Okay, that's about all the fake making talk I can make! LOL! This story was rather lame compared to the other three books. This is why an author should say the word trilogy and stick to it. The talk was perpetually annoying.

I did crack up at what I take to be the authors attempt at portraying how our world could be in several hundred years...think Facebook and Wall-E.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Death's Excellent Vacation

Death's Excellent Vacation (Includes: Night Huntress, #4.5; Sookie Stackhouse, #10.1,)Death's Excellent Vacation by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So rare for me to give any book a one-star rating! I could hardly stand any of the stories in this book. It's not that I don't like short stories ( I loved Weddings From Hell ) , I just found it irritating that some of these books were ".5 versions" of popular book series for one. And the short stories that weren't part of a series were not to my taste. I read three stories and mostly browsed through the rest. Even my beloved Jeaniene Frost was a little disappointing. I liked her short story, there were merely not enough pages to enjoy Cat and Bones in this compressed anecdote.

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