Monthly Archives: January 2012

Review: The Future of Us

The Future of Us by Jay Asher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I really wanted to love. The concept behind it – over 5 years or so before facebook was launched (FWIW, I vaguely remember having an account in college, when it was just students and only a limited number of colleges) – what if you could have access to your facebook account and see your future? That is what happens to Emma and Josh when she gets a free copy of AOL online (wow, those were the days) to install on her computer. Intriguing right?

Unfortunately, Emma has to be one of the shallowest characters I have read about in a while. It was like she had no concept that her actions could seriously screw stuff up down the road. However, I did like Josh – he provided a needed sensible balance to Emma’s idiocy. The supporting cast of their high school friends, crushes and family members provided an interesting mix and perspectives.

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Admittedly, we are only 20 days into the new year (wow, 20 days already…), but this is likely going to rank up there as being one of the best books of the year. I have to say that it pretty much surpassed anything that I read in 2011. The world that Ms Taylor created was beautiful and descriptive, it made me want to go and visit Prague (which was already on my list of places to see before I die). I loved how she managed to tie in the cultural life of Prague, while integrating the fantasy world of Brimstorm, Isa and everyone else.

The narrator of the audiobook, Kristina Hvam, suited the book to a tee. I could close my eyes (not that I did that while driving!!) and see each of the characters in my head, from Karu to Akiva, Brimstone and Zuzanna. Unfortunately, now I have to wait for book two to come out (fingers crossed on it being sometime in September…I don’t know if i’ll have the patience to last much longer than that)

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Review: East of the West

East of the West
East of the West by Miroslav Penkov

While I am normally a fan of short stories, I really struggled with this book. I don’t know what it was, the writing style was good, but the stories just weren’t that intriguing. I felt like, as I was reading, that for the most part the stories could have been easily transplanted and take place in America, with the exception of the first and second to last ones, because they were focused on Bulgaria politics and international relations. That being said, I think the author has some definate talent and I’ll be checking out more by him in the future, maybe a full-size novel will work better.

I’m not going to give this book a rating because its really hard to assign a star rating to a book like this.

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


Review: When She Woke

When She Woke
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set in the futuristic America (primarily Texas) – When She Woke tells the story of Hannah. A woman found guilty of the crime of murder, the only thing, her victim was her unborn child. In a country, where Roe vs. Wade has been overturned and abortion is now a crime. A country, where individuals found guilty of crimes have their skin color genetically altered to suit the color of their crime, in Hannah’s case, she is now a red.

I’ll admit to being on a bit of a dystopia kick recently and When She Woke fit right into this kick perfectly. For me, the biggest issue highlighted is what could potentially happen, if our separation of church and state, disappears and religion becomes and integral part of our lives. where the people who rebel again religion are essentially seen as terrorists and are even identified as such.

One of my main issues with the book was the ending, while this review is spoiler free, the ending just seemed to fizzle out and I was left wondering what happened…

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Book Review


Review: Unveiled

Unveiled by Courtney Milan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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While I only ended up rating this book 3 stars, I enjoyed the start of this new series by Courtney Milan and will definately be seeking out the rest in the future. One of the key elements that I enjoyed was the fact that the hero was not an original member of the nobility, but rather was someone who came into it unexpectedly and I felt that Ms Milan did a good job conveying that through-out the book.

The banter between the H and h was entertaining, but I have the admit that the younger brother (at least for me) stole the show and i’ll be looking forward to reading his book in the future.

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Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Book Review


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