Monday, April 23, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars by: John Green

Wow! That's what I am left with after reading this book.  I read the review of this book in a magazine and when I saw it available through Scholastic Book orders I jumped at the chance to read it.  It is about a girl named Haxel that has cancer.  Through her support group she meets Augustus, another cancer survivor.  Together they struggle with terminal cancer and the affects it has on those they love.  I can't tell you more for fear of being a spoiler.  I picked this book up yesterday afternoon and didn't put it down until I finished it.  Which means I actually worked out on the eliptical for an hour so I wouldn't have to put the book down.  This book is another of those books that sticks with you and leaves you wanting more.  I even read the acknowledgments in hope of grappling more from the author.  Excellent read, although a deep subject matter.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Drawn in

As a crazed reader I read everything!  From the Sports magazines to whatever is available.  Guess that is why I love!  my kindle.  I can carry hundreds of books so I am never without a goodread.  Tha being said I am always reading and hunting magazines and online recommendation sights.  So.....I was intrigued by the buzz about FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.  Primarily because I have read some Twilight fan fiction and thought it was pretty good, as well as I have actually written some.  So I bought the book and sstarted reading it and for the first few chapters I kept waiting for a vampire to appear.  Not goon happen!  The author took the THEMES in Twilight and went with them.  I thought I would just read one and that would be it, but after I got pulled into the first, I immediatley bought the rest of the trilogy.  The author is a screen writer in London and she does an excellent job of building a story and by the middle of the second book the erotica part of the story really starts to be replaced by the emotional turmoil the characters go through.  I personally loved the books and read them non stop until I was finished.  For the adult reader I can't say enough about them.  Definitly not a YA!

Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire

I was directed to this book after purchasing similar books on Amazon. (I love that feature) 
It is an inexpensive kindle book and I would have paid full price.  It had a good story with great characters.
Abby is the main character who had left her Kansas home to attend a small college far away from her past.  She is drawn into an underground fight club by her best friends boyfriend.   Ans as expected...she falls for the fighter.  The turmoil comes when her past comes past to haunt her and she is faced witht he fact she may be heading straight back to the life she tried so hard to escape.
At times I wanted to take the book and smack the characters in the head and Yell!  Talk to eachother!  But I felt the obsessive behaviors and chaotic emotions the characters expressed where spot on for that age group. 
Was a quick read and recommend it.  Definitly for the older YA.