Thursday, September 20, 2007

RIP II Review of the week

I've been a busy reader this week, well, I should say the last 10 days. I've read 7 books in the since 9/10, three of which were part of my RIP II challenge.

1) Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I didn't care for this book. I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but, to me, this book was meh. It didn't draw me in and force me to read it. It was a well written book, it had all the elements of a story that I would like, except for one thing. I didn't like Vivian, the lead character. She was never lovable to me, so it was hard to care about her plight. I also thought the story was to be a Romeo & Juliet -type, from the blurb on the cover, but it really wasn't. So I was disappointed in the book. I'd like to see the movie, to see if it leaned more toward the Romeo & Juliet-ness.

2) Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. I loved me some Kitty. This book had a heroine I could like. I read it in a couple of hours over the weekend, It drew me in and kept me hooked. I mean, really, tee-hee, a werewolf named Kitty. Snicker, snicker. The appeal to my sense of humor was the hook that caught me. The writing style of the story reeled me in. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next in the life of Kitty.

3) Storm front #01 by Jim Butcher. Another enjoyable book. A little dark and creepy, with bits of humor creeping in. I can see why it was made into a TV show. I wish I had caught an episode of the show. I am definitely going to read more books in this series.

The other books I've been reading have been by Tamora Pierce. I discovered her during the Last Challenge that Carl hosted. A big Thank YOU! To whoever recommended her. I am absolutely in love with her books. I just finished The Circle of Magic quartet which is 4 books of course. Yum. Yum. Her books are devouring books. They are children's stories, so they are fairly short, but oh, what great stories they are! I've been getting each quartet out of the library at the same time, so I don't have to wait to get the next book in the series. I'm impatient that way. Right now, I'm counting down the minutes until I can leave work and go to the library to pick up my next fix of her books The Protector of the Small quartet.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Interview---No I'm not a Vampire

A few day's ago, Marla, from Have the T-Shirt offered to interview her readers. So I took her up on her offer. Here are her questions, and my answers....If anyone wants me to Interview them, just ask! I am so willing to pass on the favor.

1. In the movie of your life, who would play you and why?
Nicole Kidman, 'cause I think she is so beautiful. She's who I want to be, so why shouldn't she play me?

2. What scares you the most?
I am terrified of losing Dale and being a single parent. Not of raising a child on my own, but the financial side of raising a child.

3. What have you done that you are most proud of?
Getting my College degree and working in my field for a few years. I was the first in my family to go to college, although, that bit of fame didn't last long, as my sisters both started college 3 years later.

4. You win one of the following, which would you choose and why?

a) You house cleaned once a week for a year.
b) A massage once a week for a year.
c) Manicure/pedicure weekly for a year.
d) Lawn Service once a week for a year.
e) ? once a week for a year
a! I hate to clean with a passion. I despise it. I, however, hate to have a dirty house and can only put off cleaning for a couple of days. Grr!!

5. What was your favorite concert experience? Please describe it.
Jimmy Buffett! I'm not a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, but I saw him one summer in Pittsburgh during college. I've never had more fun at a concert. We got there at noon, the concert was at 8, we had lawn tickets, and they had let you in at Noon. We picnicked/drank all day, wandering around watching the fun mayhem that was going on. What a blast!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

RIP review, 2 for 1

It's coming to my attention that I love to do the reading challenges. So many people putting their favorite authors out there for me to see/find. I love finding new authors to read. However, I hate writing review. I have a hard time defining why I like or dislike a book. You think with the amount of books I read, I'd be more articulate. Not so. My reviews are stilted and boring. Hopefully if I keep practicing, I'll get better. 'nuff said.

Poltergeist by Kat Richardson. I loved the story. It is a foggy, misty tale. I love the descriptions of the gray. I root for Harper and I want to learn more of what she can do.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield I loved this writer. It was a warped and twisted tale that kept me reading late into the night. The writing is rich and textured, the way of Jane Austen, without the feeling of being drowned in extra words and images that I feel from the classics. It's this depth that is missing from the The Gardella Vampire Chronicles. I just loved the twists and turns of the The Thirteenth Tale.
Happy Ella picture: