Monday, June 30, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The story follows a man who recounts a part of his childhood that he has forgotten entirely. Told through the eyes of a seven year old it is almost too wild to be believed. Filled with brutally honest insights that most children have, the recollection of this forgotten and fanciful childhood is teeming with truthful, naive, and confused emotions. The result is a masterpiece. I honestly couldn't get enough of this book. Just another shining example of why Neil Gaiman is such a dynamic author!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
All the Pretty Horses
The two teens leave Texas with nothing but their horses and dreams of a quiet existence in the wild Mexican frontier. On the way they encounter another young man who ends up tampering with their dreams of an idyllic future. What can their friendship withstand? Trials, guilt, love?
Narrated by Brad Pitt, I was mostly pleased, but wished he would have spoken a little louder. He was very soft spoken, and at times sounded dispassionate. I have yet to see the movie adaptation.
This is a must read for fans of westerns, literary novels, and Cormac McCarthy.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The story follows retired police detective Bill Hodges, a man on the verge of withering away in his La-z boy chair. Life holds no excitement for him, that is until, he receives a letter in the mail from the Mercedes Killer, one of the few men that eluded capture while Hodges was still active duty. The Mercedes Killer was responsible for running down dozens of people standing in line at a job fair in a stolen Mercedes, killing eight and critically wounding many others. He got away without a trace but he's not done with the fun. Now he wants to make the fat ex-cop his next project. Little does he know that this might just be the wake up call that Hodges needs to get on with his life.
Suspenseful, thrilling, and disturbing, this is a must for fans of crime novels and Stephen King. Readers will also enjoy the black teen that Hodges uses as a sidekick. Witty and insanely smart, that kid could have his own series! Hands down my favorite character. I want a Jerome in my life!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Girl and boy teens alike will enjoy this read. It's gory, bloody, horrific, romantic, thrilling, etc. It's got something for everyone!
I received this novel for free from Librarything in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Monday, June 9, 2014
While You're Away
If you're wondering why I despised this story let me break down the plot for you. Sarah and her boyfriend Dave are talented musicians, singers, and songwriters (they have it all!) and have a kick ass band together called Dasa. After a performance Sarah finds herself in a room with the high school man-whore, Will, and they end up making out. Sarah is Torn. She esteems Dave and loves what they have, BUT she thinks that there is something deeper with the wealthy, too good looking to be real man slut that is Will. She eventually decides to dump Dave after seeing Will behind his back (harlot) and Will eventually leaves his girlfriend (shocker). Together they are perfect and soo soo in love (cue little birdies singing). But oh no! Will has to go to college! Can Sarah trust Will around other girls?! Especially since he is a womanizer and known cheater? "Can a love born from betrayal stay true?" Barf. The worst part about this story was the end. It was ridiculous and I feel like I need to apologize to any self-respecting females out there. You are better than Sarah. Please always remember that. I guess that is the real lesson from this, because clearly cheating is alright if you find your "soulmate" (yeah right!).
Saturday, June 7, 2014
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good
Recommended for someone interested in changing their eating lifestyle or wanting to try out a vegan diet.
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
The Fault in Our Stars
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Pelican Bride
I received this book for free from Revell Reads in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
One wintery morning Parkland residents woke up to find an unwelcome surprise; Stew Pot was out of prison and back in town. Eighteen years of bliss in the neighborhood and now Stew Pot was back, and as a man, not a kid. Stew Pot was the most evil and notorious kid; burning down garages, killing cats, introducing kids to drugs, sleeping around, you name it, he'd done it. Parkland residents decided that they had to do something, but what? This novel tells the story of how these residents try to tackle Stew Pot and get him back in jail. Filled with gossip, rumors, jokes, and musing. This tale will have you enthralled. Soo good! My description doesn't even begin to do it justice. Just read it all ready!
I received this book for free from LibraryThing in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
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