Monday, December 31, 2012

The Bad of 2012

Alrighty, here are the books that I just didn't like for some form or fashion. They aren't in any particular order.

Dystopian:
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons...There is such a liberal push to this book, it made me want to bang my head. The story was predictable and hard to keep me interested.
Legend by Marie Lu... It was not legendary. It followed the cookie cutter form of a YA novel. I was bored with it.
Rebel Heart by Moria Young...Our strong heroine  from the first book is such a door mat in this book. I was unsure of the first book, the second book I didn't enjoy.



 Fiction:
Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connely... It started off good, but then it just started to trip over it's self and it became a chore to finish it.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry & Ridley Pearson... I thought it would be funny like the snippet of the play, it was nothing like it and not child appropriate.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.... Took the story of Dinah from the Bible and twisted it into a giant mess.




Biography:
The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure... This is a book following a woman's slow spiral of fandom into an obsession. It was a bit disturbing in places.


Paranormal
The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn... I've seen all the movies and have read the books several times, however, the writing is horrible, the story is bad. Codependency and stalking are not healthy, neither is control and manipulation and anger in a relationship.
Eon by Alison Goodman... I honestly didn't understand what I reading. Not much happened, it was a bit boring, then a little action at the end.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor... Why is stalking ok these days? There are no healthy relationships in this book.







I think that about does it for my 2012 book review. I hope it's been helpful to someone out there. Happy New Year everyone!!



I just don't know.... The maybe's of 2012

There were a few books this year that I 100% didn't love or hated. So, I didn't feel right in putting them in one category or another. So, here are the undecideds for the year. Maybe you y'all will have a better time with them, or a worse time, who knows!


Crossed by Ally Condie
I loved the first book and I had high hopes for the 2nd. It just didn't meet them. It felt like a bridge book.


Blood Red Road by Moria Young
It was an interesting premise, but the writing style really through me for a loop. It just didn't balance it out for me.


Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn
I don't know what to think of this book. It wasn't as depressing as the other by this author.


Reached by Ally Condie
Again, I had high hopes for this book because the first was so good. It just left me wanting more, but I couldn't say I didn't like it.






 I've gone through the good and the not to bad, but not to good either categories. Up next will be the ones I just didn't like for one reason or another.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Get thee to thy bookstore ...the good of 2012





Here are the books that I just loved in 2012. Some are new and some are rereads from previous years. I hope it is helpful. Soon I will post about the books that were a maybe and finally, the ones I didn't enjoy. For now, I'll start with the good.

January
of 2012 books that got the need to go read these are...
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble
Divergent by Veronica Roth






February
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Matched by Ally Condie



March 
was a bit of a rough month for liking books.     
Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love by Larry Levin

April,
 sad to say, I only read 1 book and I didn't like it at all. So...moving on.


May,
 so much better!
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper




June,
 Harry Potter love!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling




July 
brought a slew of books.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
A Kiss for Cade by Lori Copeland
The Outlaws Bride by Lori Copeland







August
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
The Last Disciple by Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer






September
The Last Sacrifice by Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer
The Last Temple by  Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran




 October
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan



November
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan




And finally, December,
 the end of the year and this month was a good month.
The Lost Manuscript of Martin Taylor Harrison by Stephen Bly
The Final Chapter of Chance McCall
by Stephen Bly
The Kill Fee of Cindy LaCoste by Stephen Bly
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo w/ Lynn Vincent