Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The words "Hunger Games" "Panem" and "May the odds be ever in your favor" have spread across America like the fire of Katniss Everdeen. Even my own daughter was singing the praises of this series long before the blockbuster movie.

I managed to finish the first book just before the movie and I will admit it was pretty good. Not keep me up all night reading good, but fairly well written and an intriguing concept. For me the series really took off in book two and I certainly stayed up late to finish that one. By the time I got to Mockingjay I could barely stand to put it down and in fact when I finished it this morning I was in tears because I had become so connected to the characters and their struggle. Whether or not you liked the first book I recommend reading all three because the story just continues to build to a phenomenal climax that will tear your heart out and leave you wanting more.

4/5 stars

Monday, April 23, 2012

More coming soon I promise. I am reading a trilogy and I want to wait until it is completed before I post the review.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge

Okay, so occasionally I will go on random browse mode at a bookstore and pick up a book by a new author. Sometimes they are awful and I never finish reading them and sometimes they intrigue me enough to become a regular reader. I am not quite sure how I feel about Caitlin Kittredge yet but, I am interested enough to go find the next book though.

Like a lot of books I read Night Life is a paranormal crime novel with dash of romance.The main character Luna is a police officer struggling to fight crime and figure out her were nature without the help of a pack for guidance. I think the biggest thing making me hesitate is the dynamics between the Luna and the love interest Dimitri, they feel a little forced. Even so there is definite potential in the series. For now I give this book 3/5.

Monday, April 16, 2012

After finishing the latest Devon Monk book it was time to hit up my e-reader for a visit with an old friend. Bedlam Boyz by Ellen Guon. While this book is sadly out of print it can often be found at used book stores and is a great introduction to the character Kayla who is featured in the first Bedlam Bard book written by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon.

Kayla is a girl in the foster system who runs away with two other foster kids to live on the street. She discovers the world of magic through a robbery gone wrong and is drawn into the world of street gangs, elves, and magic over the course of the book. A very entertaining read it will whet your appetite for the rest of the series.

My only caveat, it is a bit dated since it was written in 1993, even so it is an old friend that I visit often.

Reposting from Facebook to get me started:


OMG just finished Devon Monk's "Magic Without Mercy"

As always her books catch me up and take me on a wild ride through a rollercoaster of imagination. All I can think of when I finish is what will happen next. I guess it's time to head to the back of the line and wait for her next book to send me on a wild ride. — with Devon Monk.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

For as long as I can remember I have been a Bibliophile. In other words addicted to books. I do not go anywhere without a book. Preferably one in paperback and a number of e-books on my phone or e-reader as backup. I love the smell of ink on the page and the journey each book takes me on. 

According to my mother I was reading chapter books in kindergarten. I am not sure whether to believe her but I do know that my earliest fond memories are curling up with a good book.  Moving all the time growing up books were often my only friends and the school librarian was my lifeline. Even when I grew into my awkward teenage years books helped me connect with other kids and adults alike. 

Now that I am older, I really want to take the time to share my "friends" with the world. So as I finish reading a book, old or new I will post reviews here in order to introduce them to my readers.