Saturday, December 25, 2010

Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1)Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit the fact I read this was not because of Charlaine Harris, but for the fact my daughter's name is that of the main character, Aurora.

Real Murders is a quick mystery that is filled with my twists and turns -the whodoneit is an art form that Ms. Harris has captured. I was guessing throughout the novel and was in for quite a suprise.

The novel explores a small town, a group called the Real Murders (who study and explore past solved and unsolved cases of murder), and a copycat killer that has been unleashed ... is it one of them, the similiarites are too close to home. Everyone becomes a suspect and the game begins and holds you throughout the book.

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Review: if i stay by Gayle Foreman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A horrific accident leaves Mia in a coma, standing outside of herself. She explores the past and examines the present as she realizes the decision to stay or go in ultimately hers.

What a terrific story. Mia, her friends, and family jump off the page. The author, Gayle Foreman, gives new voice in YA that many will enjoy. An examination into the human spirit, making it impossible not to reflect after reading of your choices, and what you choose.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny Story (Movie Tie-in Edition)It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel is raw. It is a real, raw account of the lead character and his demise and rise in a struggle with mental illness. At times the book can be abrasive, but the truth of it breaks forth. The decline is written in such a way that you can experience it with each written word. The story at times feels broken, and the ending leaves more to be desired.

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Review: Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica

Indigo SpringsIndigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantasy, Magic, Thriller there is so much wrapped into this novel that you keep the pages turning. As Dellamonica unfolds the characters in a multi-layered story line, you as the reader, get swept into a tale of magic, mystery, and danger. Indigo Springs leaves you ready for the possiblity of another book in a series, and reflecting upon the dangers of using powers for your own gain.

There are so many layers, this book is for those that will want not just an escape, but a bit of a study of human nature thanks to the depths of the characters.

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