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Monday, January 30, 2012

January Mini Reviews

There are always a handful of books that I don't really want to write a full review of, but that I'd like some record or having read.  

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.  I'd really have liked to review this one fully, but was completely stumped at trying to summarize the plot. I really enjoyed it a lot, loved the world Taylor created and the characters of Karou and Akiva and Brimstone. I loved the set up for the series, the reason for the book, if you will. I did think the last third of the book really bogged down, and if you've read it you know what part I mean. The more time that passes since I finished, the more I like it though, and at this point I'm very excited to see what happens next. Highly recommended.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A 13 year old boy, an ill mother, a nightmare come to life. This one is loved all over the blogosphere and when I saw it on the library shelf I grabbed it. I really had no intention of reading it before seeing it there.  This is a short book, with lots of really striking drawings and terrific writing and is easily read in one sitting. I will admit that it made me sob, like it seems to do for most people. However. Almost the instant I closed the cover I felt manipulated. I didn't see any reason at all for the book, other than to make me cry. I went to read other reviews of people who saw Conor grow and confront his own guilt and grief but I was just a little bit annoyed by it.

Whiskey Sour (Jack Daniels Mysteries) by J.A. Jonrath.  This was my first entry into my personal challenge.  It was perfect for the time, I had a couple other books going that required more brain power. In the end though, I didn't love the book.  While the humor made me laugh in spots, the writing was a bit simplistic and I thought some of the jokes were a bit insulting. For funny mysteries I'd stick with Janet Evanovich, for interesting mysteries I'm still loving the Inked series by Karen Olsen, and for murder I'd choose J.D. Robb's In Death series every time.


  1. Interesting to read your take on A Monster Calls. I'll give it a go, too, but the manipulation thing is very veryyy interesting.

  2. I really want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone...

    I read A Monster Calls in 2011 and thought it was a very well-done book.

  3. A Jack Daniel's mystery? Goodness, who would ever have thought to make a series about an alcoholic beverage?!

  4. Hmm, to read Monster Calls or not?

  5. I love your honest thoughts on all of these! It makes it very easy for me to see if I would be interested in reading them myself :)

  6. I'm convinced that I really need to read A Monster Calls but I'm really fascinated by your thoughts on the book being manipulative. Though...sometimes I don't care if all I want is a good cry.


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