Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Lost Prince

Sooooo. Picked this book up off of my shelf at work. It belongs to the Special Ed department, they got a bunch of YA lit to try and get the students interested in reading.
Ummm. It doesn't entirely suck?
It is apparently the 5th in the series, but I don't really feel deprived by not having read the others. I was wondering if it was a sequel to another book, because there are a bunch of references to the sister of the protagonist.
It deals with fairies (instead of vampires or werewolves or angels) and has some interesting world set up.
Page 139/377

Dexter by Design (# 4)

I liked this one a little better than the last; I found the story to be more engaging. Between reading these and being at the end of the second season of the show, all of the details are getting a little swimmy and mixed up. I think I need to read something else until we're done watching the show.
But, plot of this one more interesting than the last... Starts off with a bunch of macabre art installations made with human bodies. There are a few instances where the characters make some really stupid choices... But overall I think it was well done.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dearly Devoted Dexter

As I was reading, I was really worried about them trying to make this one season 2. It's so gruesome and horrific. Really terrible.
We started season 2 tonight, and so far it is so incredibly nothing like the book. I'm both relieved and disappointed. I'm hoping that they took a read through this book, said "heck no!" And hopped straight to book 3. However, I have the feeling that this is where television departs from fiction.
Time to find out! On to the next!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

I read these books a couple of years ago, but don't remember most of the details. However, now that the husband and I have started watching the series on Netflix, I am inspired to read them again and compare.
The series has been interesting so far, we have only seen the first few episodes though.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Destined (House of Night 9)

This is the last(?) book in the House of Night series. Number 9. I've been reading them at school; a bunch of my students were super excited about them.
Overall, the series had a fairly strong start, but the latter books felt, to me, like they're just wandering through possibilities and spending as many words as possible on as little as possible.
Whichever book follows the cliffhanger ending one where the protagonist "dies" takes place over the span of maybe 3 days and nothing much happens. Really? Oh, I think they might hop on a plane. Yeah. That's about it.
I am still curious to see if we'll get any sort of satisfying resolution... So I guess I'm finishing it out.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

By John Green

Another one of those books that people talk about a lot. I borrowed this one from a coworker too.
The characters are really engaging. The protagonist is a girl who has cancer. She has a couple of friends, she loves to read, and, although she is a teenager, she earned her GED so is now taking college classes. She hopes to go to.... Somewhere... Overseas to meet the author of her favourite book.
Page 117/313

The American Heiress

An almost romance novel feel.
No characters I really love.
Meandering plot.
Page 149/496 maybe it will pick up.

A coworker lent it to me, she loved it, as did another coworker. It's okay, but I don't get the enthusiasm yet.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Jane Austen Book Club

Saw the movie years back, reading the book now.
Some changes,  but I think, so far, that the movie did capture the essentials of the book.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Deadly Heat

Haven't finished City of Bones yet, but someone lent this to me and I feel the pressure to return it swiftly.
So... Leaving the world of the supernatural for the moment, and heading into cop drama tv tie in novels!

City of Bones, Part Two

Pretentious much?

It's less bad than I thought it would be from the first 17 pages. I still don't care about any of the characters. It feels like it's trying too hard.
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