Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Book Review #1057 Were You Raised by Wolves by Toben Heim

Book Review #1057
Were You Raised by Wolves? And Seven Other Crucial Questions to Ask the One You Might Just Marry by Toben Heim
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This book was pretty comical...which, you probably would have guessed from the cover and title. But the advice and suggestions were good. The thoughts and concerns the author brought up were definitely relevant and provided a framework for couples to work through and analyze. Though, some of the questions seemed a little bit more like common sense (in my opinion: duh.) - but it never hurts to cover the bases. This book took a fairly serious subject and found a way to make it light-hearted and entertaining. I'd recommend.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review #1055 Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

Book Review #1055
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Rating: zero stars (out of four)

The one word I'd use to describe this book: Disturbing. It didn't end how I had expected and was weird and overly dramatic. Throughout my reading I kind of had this sick feeling in my stomach because I didn't like where the story was going. A lot of the characters frustrated me and seemed superficial. I didn't like any of the people and was annoyed with their actions throughout the story. Well, actually, annoyed isn't the best word, more like dismayed. None of the characters felt well-rounded and I didn't care about their backstory.

I'm not really sure why I finished the book. The three different viewpoints were disjointed and confusing. Each time it switched I had to re-orient myself. The suspense worked well in the beginning, but fairly early on I figured out what Katherine's "dark secret" was and just wished they would get on with it and give me the details of what happened. After it was finally revealed I felt like all the drama and suspense was over and the rest of the story lagged. I was also annoyed that greater development wasn't given about all that Katherine had "suffered." Definitely not a book I'd recommend.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Book Review #1054
Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susan Nielsen
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This was a fairly light-hearted and entertaining read. I wasn't particularly amused with the main character, but I did think some of the antics were interesting. I didn't think the plot was very engaging though, I wished there had been more depth. There were some elements of the book that I didn't like and I could have done without. I wouldn't recommend this book.