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Review: Color Me Grey

Color Me Grey (Alexis Stanton Chronicles, #1)Color Me Grey by J.C. Phelps

I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a group that I belong to on Goodreads.com. When I first started it, the premise quickly drew my attention and I was looking forward to an exciting read, until chapter three.

Now, this is probably just me, but being in the Navy, I have an extremely hard time with books that feature military characters, when the author apparently has not done their research. In the space of less than half a page, there were three glaring military errors, and because of this, I completely got distracted from reading and couldn’t back into it. For example, error number 1 – a Master Chief in the Navy isn’t one rank below a commissioned officer, there are also Warrant Officers (who were previously enlisted and then applied for a specific program), or the fact that (error 2) a Master Chief can’t just take a test and become an officer – in fact, there is an age limit on when individuals can apply for commissioning programs. Aside from these two issues, there were a couple of other military mistakes that just continued with my distraction.

From then on, I tried to keep reading, but was continually distracted by small bits and pieces that just made the plot seem even more implausible than it already was. I finally decided to give up on it around the middle of Chapter 4, less than 50 pages into it. While I think the author has potential in the future, I advise her to find someone in the military that can critique her work for accuracies, and a good editor to help with tightening up the prose, and turn her telling into showing with the writing. I have refrained from giving this book a star rating her on GR because I didn’t finish reading it and it didn’t seem fair to do that.

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Matched

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

i have to admit that I normally find YA books to not be all that interesting, however, I found this one while trolling a friends bookshelf and since it sounded intriguing I picked it up. Wow. Normally, when I’m reading, I set myself a page goal and I rarely exceed that, to try and savor books, but i couldn’t stop reading this one and so I ended up finishing it it a day. The premise was basically that of The Giver with some tweaks.

Similar to the Giver, society has removed all choices from the individuals lives. They have the same clothes to wear every day, their meals are provided to them, they are match with their future wife/husband according to a program, and even how old they are when they die is controlled. Then you meet Cassia, the heroine. She has just been matched with her best friend, Xander, and yet, she also sees the image of another boy she knows…so what happens when she realizes she is falling in love with the other boy (Ky). I saw some comments on other reviews that commented on how easily they "fell in love," but as I was reading, it seemed as though, their love had been developing over the years, from a friendship into more, they just couldn’t acknowledge it or even understand it.

Unfortunately, the book came too quickly to an end and now i’m stuck in the waiting game until the second book comes out in November. But I can’t wait to see what happens

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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyThe No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those book series that I have seen mentioned many times and yet, never picked up. So when I was looking for a book set in an African country for a challenge, it seemed like a good a time as any to read it. I was pleasantly surprised with it, the writing was intriguing and the mystery while simplistic was compelling. I’m sure that I will pick up another book in the series in the future, but like always, too many books and too little time

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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Review: Succubus Dreams

Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, #3)Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hate Seth with every fiber of my being right now and yet, I know that i’ll pick up the next book in the series just to find out what happens…

In this one, book 3 in the series, Georgina and Seth try to continue on with their forbidden relationship, admist an arrival of a group of angels in town and dreams that are leaving her drained of energy.

I love this series, there is just something about someone who is evil, yet, who makes for a compelling main character as she struggles with her life. The supporting cast of Seth, Jerome, Eric, Carter, Cody and Hugh continue with laughs all around, and adding to the mix is Dante, and Tawny. Have to admit that I’m not a fan of Maddie and yet at the same time, i can see why events that occurred did (as much as I hate to admit it)

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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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