Monthly Archives: July 2011

Review: Body Surfing

Body Surfing
Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

more like one and a half…if it hadn’t been a challenge book I probably would have DNF’d it…thankfully, it only cost me $4 on the hardback sale shelf at borders vice full prince…

I had many issues with it – the first being that there was wayyy to much about the authors political views showing through…I really hate it when I start to read a book and there is a section complaining about a certain section or person in the government…it seemed obvious that she also hadn’t done a lot of research about certain aspects. While some might think its not a big deal, there is one part where she makes the statement about someone deciding the run the Boston marathon on a whim (umm, yeah, right…its a competative race to get into and you have to have a certain time in a previous marathon to qualify) and then like 15 pages later, she makes a comment that the same person is barely a runner…say huh?? did I miss something somewhere…

aside from that, the prose just seemed really awkwardly written like it jumped back and forth between first and third person…a good editor was definately needed…

this was my first by Ms Shreve and it will probably be my last

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Book Review


Review: Succubus Shadows

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

I have to admit, sometimes there are advantages to coming late to a series…case in point, I only have to wait 6 weeks to find out what happens to Georgina, rather than the year that lots of people have had to (sorry guys, I don’t know how the heck you’ve done it). Admittedly, this ending was not as bad as the book 4 to book 5 in Fever series (and I only had to wait 3 painful days for that one) or the pending book 4 to book 5 in Chicagoland Vampires (November can’t come soon enough) – but this one still has me thinking…

anyways, onto the review…at the end of book 4 I was so mad at both Seth and Georgina (AGAIN!) because of what had happened, I was unsure if I would continue the series (although, I don’t know why I keep saying that because I know I will…lol) – but book 5 opens following Seth’s engagement to Maddie, Georgina’s best friend (ouch!). For me the most interesting part of this book was seeing Georgina’s past. Throughout the series, we have heard what she did when she became a succubus, but for the most part, we have only seen brief glimpses of her past. In Shadows, we were able to see more and it helps me to understand more about her and why she has done some of the stuff that she has done. It also makes me curious to see how it is all going to resolve itself in the last book. I have my theories, but don’t want to discuss them without risking spoilers (although I might post a spoiler review of the book on my blog, but i’ll let you know)

another 4 star, nearly 5 star read for me – i’d probably called it 4.5, and Richelle Mead is going firmly into the authors I want to read more from in the future list.

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Posted by on July 10, 2011 in Audiobook Review


Review: Portrait of Seduction

Portrait of SeductionPortrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***This book was received as an ARC from NetGalley***

Having read a lot of historical romance over the years, I am always on the lookout for books that are set in non-traditional countries (and by this, I mean, France, England, Scotland – which I would guesstimate make up about 85% of most historical romances)…so when I saw this one was set in Austria, I was immediately intrigued. Added to that, since I studied the French Revoluation in high school (and my mom being a French teacher) I am interested in various periods of history where France/french personalities play a significant role. So this book was a winner for me. I was immediately draw into the story of Greta and Oliver as their relationship developed. The historical period made a suitable backdrop for Greta’s "talents" and Oliver’s past and present positions. I will definately be looking forward to more books by Ms. Lofty in the future.

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Book Review