Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book Review: Big Red Tequila - Rick Riordan

Big Red Tequila - Rick Riordan
Big Red Tequila (Tres Navarre, #1)
Everything in Texas is bigger...even murder.  Meet Tres Navarre...tequila drinker, Tai Chi master, unlicensed P.I., with a penchant for Texas-size trouble.

Jackson "Tres" Navarre and his enchilada-eating cat, Robert Johnson, pull into San Antonio and find nothing waiting but trouble.  Ten years ago Navarre left town and the memory of his father's murder behind him.  Now he's back, looking for answers.  Yet the more Tres digs, trying to put his suspicions to rest, the fresher the decade-old crim looks:  Mafia connections, construction site payoffs, and slick politicians' games all conspire to ruin his homecoming.  It's obvious Tres has stirred up a hornet's nest of trouble.  He gets attacked, shot at, run over by a blue Thunderbird--and his old girlfriend, the one he wants back, turns up missing.  Tres has to rescue the woman, nail his father's murderer, and get the hell out of Dodge before mob-style Texas justice catches up to him.  The chances of staying alive looked better for the defenders of the Alamo...


3/5 stars (liked it)
I liked Tres and especially loves his cat and wish Robert Johnson was in the book more.  Although I found it a little hard to keep track of some of the characters as it seemed like there was a lot of people from his past that came back.  Overall a good story and I think I would read more books in this series.

Book Review: Paper Towns - John Green

Paper Towns
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar.  So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school and discovers that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery.  But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they're for him.  Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

2/5 stars (it was OK)
I did not like Margo at all, not the idealized version that Quentin had of her or the actual version of her.  So because of that it was really hard for me to care when she disappeared.  Quentin drops his life to find her along with his friends.  Then at the end I feel like it was just wasted.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Book Review: Ink & Bone - Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses.  Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly--but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market.  Jess has been sent to be his family's spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library's service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn...


4/5 stars (really liked it)
I thought it was a little confusing at first in terms of what kind of world this was set in.  But once I figured things out I really liked it.  I like that the main character whose mind we are in is a male.  Also there is no great love story here although there are love interests.  All the students, even the ones I didn't like I enjoyed reading about.  The last 100 pages of the book really kept me reading and now I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Book Review: Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Life of Pi
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbling on the wild, blue Pacific.  The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan...and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary works of fiction in recent years.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I thought this book was well written and very thought provoking.  Pi shows incredible strength and compassion.  Even when things look so bleak he tried his best to survive and provide for Richard Parker.  He goes through and incredible journey, not just physically but emotionally.  I like how we get glimpses of him as an adult living in Canada and as a boy trying to survive on a lifeboat.

Book Review: Until the Beginning - Amy Plum

Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)
When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family.  She soon discovered everything she though she knew about her life was a lie.  Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico.  Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them.  But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything.  To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I like Miles even more in this book.  I also really like that we finally got to see Juneau's clan and her father.  I thought it was a great conclusion to this two book series.  Miles has become more confident and deals with his past, which includes his mother.  Juneau also deals with her past, and the past of the clan.  

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Review: One Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

One Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns (First Edition)
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.  As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them--in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul--they come to form a bond that makes them both sister and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.  With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I think I like book better than The Kite Runner.  Both Mariam and Laila were likeable and I was rooting for both of them to get the life they deserved.  They both struggled in different ways.  I would love to see a follow up book on Laila and how her life has dramatically changed since the events that occurred at the end of this book.



Book Review: The Mime Order - Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly.  Jaxon Hall and his Sever Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.  Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows.  But where is Warden?  Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I think I liked the first book better than this one.  This book seemed to be a little slow and there was a big lack of Warden.  I would have liked to see more of Warden in the book.  Although the ending of this book greatly redeemed itself.  I love the forbidden relationship between Warden and Paige.  Also as much I don't like Jaxon I like him.  All the other clairvoyants that are friends with Paige are great.  I can't wait to read the next one.

Book Review: That Summer - Sarah Dessen

That Summer
For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly.  She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister-the always perfect Ashley-is planning a wedding of her own.  Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were.  Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
Sarah Dessen is a great author and I always love reading her books.  They are always a quick read.  This book is about Haven and how she is at a place in her life where she is no longer a kid.  Her life is changing, her sister is getting married and her father is also getting married.  This was a great book about a young girl and how she must accept change.