The last book you finished... What did you rate it?
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The last book I finished was Nora Roberts Jewels of the Sun. I rated it 4.5 stars.
I really really enjoyed this book and it renewed my faith in Nora Roberts after I slogged through Born in Fire three years ago. It was sooooo romantic and I loved watching the heroine come into her own over the course of the book.
I'm looking forward to picking up the next two books in the trilogy Tears of the Moon and Heart of the Sea.
So what about the rest of you what was the last book you finished? What did you rate it? Why?
Unfortunately, looks like a lot of people don't enjoy it... I've written a review about that, so I guess it would be unnecessary to talk about it here. Anyway, I found it to be one of the best books I've ever read.
The last book I read was Thirteen Reasons Why, a young adult novel about a girl with kills herself and leaves behind tapes with her talking about the 13 reasons why she did. Very interesting and a good read. I think I gave it 4.5 stars.
I am going to finish Wilkie Collin's No Name this afternoon and will probably rate it at 4 stars. Not quite as good as The Woman in White or The Moonstone, but definitely a good story with memorable characters. Gotta love those Victorian novelists :-)
Leeny, I haven't read that book, but can I ask why you thought her situation was unrealistic?
Since this is a part of an 18 book series, I had to include a little bit of my love of the series in the final equation. A story arch that had been building for much of the series was finally resolved in this one, so it was extra nice to read. As these are all mysteries, most of them have focused on strange crimes that were directed at the family, but this one is set during the beginning of WWI so the mystery is about their activities in preventing an Ottoman attack on the Suez Canal. I liked this a lot, since it lent more weight to the story.
All in all, very satisfying!
This is the 2nd in this series, and I didn't think it was as good as the first one. The plot was a little too slow and at the end I just didn't care how the mystery ended. I give it a 2.5 out of 5. I recommend the Sookie series by Harris over this one.
There's a Christ-figure DOG in that book? No wonder you gave it one star...
Yep, it was pretty awful. There was another dog who was the reincarnation of an archangel. And all the animals talked to each other. I felt like I was reading a holy version of Charlotte's Web, only on a much lower level of literary merit.
I've wanted to read it for a while, even though I had mixed feelings about the title. I guess it still kind of pisses me off. But anyway, I think his ability to be irreverent but still so self-conscious at times really makes his narrative work. It's a fine balance he strikes. And the ending-- I think I would have done it the same way.
Anyway, I give it 4.5 stars, just because his voice is so early-20's guy-- which is realistic-- but...yeah. Excellent work, though, no doubt. Probably one of my favorites now.
Overall I guess I'll give it a 3.5 stars. As I said the writing was good, but apart from the first story I didn't find it exciting.
I really enjoyed the beginning. However, it got to be predictable in the end. That was a part when I feel the story should have ended, but it kept going on. I could see where it could've gone on some more. Needless to say, I loved the characters! Merricat and Constance were really well-developed.
I'm even thinking of picking up his other book Complications. Overall, recommended, even if it isn't your type of book (which this most certainly wasn't).
I ended up giving it a 3. After I requested it from LTER I read some pretty poor reviews for it so wasn't expecting much. With that attitude I thought it was pretty representative of the genre (fluffy historical fiction) and wasn't all that bad - although it certainly wasn't anything special.
I know a lot of people will disagree and that Maguire has a lot of die hard fans, but alas, I cannot be one of them no matter how hard I try.
Or on my 50 Book Challenge thread,
I also finished book 2 in Maria Snyder's series Magic Study and gave it 4.5 stars. I've been big into YA lit lately and even though I think the heroine for this series is a little old for that genre I really like how spunky she is.
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