Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review: Sugar - Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar
Sugar Legowski-Garcia wasn't always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen.  Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn't gotten out of bed in months.  Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something.  But she's large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery story, walking down the street, at school.  Sugar's life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home--cooking, shopping, and, well, eating.  A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan - his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on his birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body.  As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

3/5 stars (liked it)
Poor Sugar and poor Even.  Both come from dysfunctional and abusive families.  Sugar's Mama is verbally abusive and it explains why Sugar would turn to food for comfort.  Her brother Skunk is physically and verbally abusive.  Even lives with a father that resents him and treats him like crap.  I loved seeing how Sugar realizes throughout the book that she is beautiful and she doesn't have to take any of the abuse her family or herself has given her.  I really liked the ending.  I would love to see a follow up book to see all the things Sugar has accomplished.




Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Review: Unforgiven - Lauren Kate

Unforgiven (Fallen, #5)
High School can be hell.

Cam knows what it's like to be haunted.  He's spent more time in Hell than any angel should.  And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can't stop loving, is serving out punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matter to him to love him again.  If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together.  But if he fails...there's a special place in Hell just for him.

Tick-tock.

3/5 stars (liked it)
Finally we learn more about Cam and his past.  Also poor Lilith having to live through Hell for all of eternity because of her love for Cam.  I thought it was somewhat predictable but I loved the ending anyways.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Book Review: Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)
Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning form war.
When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed.  There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men.  But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I really liked the first book, second book was not as good, then this one was good.  I loved the tension between Robin and Cormoran.  I really liked that we got into the killer's head.  Also the ending, OMG now I really want to read the next one.  I still really dislike Matthew and this book really affirmed my opinion of him.

Book Review: Insatiable - Meg Cabot

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