Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May Mini-Reviews

It's that time again! For those of you who don't know, I'm working on reading a book a week for 2012 and giving a little taste of my opinion about each one. I didn't quite as much this past month, but I've been diting like crazy, so it's worth it :)


I started out with a novel from an author I've actually met before. The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum. I'd heard so many good things about this book, I couldn't wait to dig in. Plus, I wanted to do my research on popular time travel novels and this felt like a good place to start.

That being said, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I have really hard time reading 1st person past tense novels becasue my mind changes the words to present tense. It's just my opinion, but if you're writing in 1st person it should be present tense.  The other thing was the clear lack of time travel. Yes, one of the MC's travels through time, but I really wouldn't classify the book as time travel.  I think I was so hyped about reading it that I just got disappointed. That being said, I still really liked the male MC.


I had Lola and the Boy Next Door on hold at the library and it finally came in this month. I really liked Anna and the French Kiss so I expected to like this book too, and I wasn't let down. I love the quirky Lola and the style conscious Cricket. A very cute and fun read!







This was another time travel novel that was hyped about, so I was way excited to read it. Hourglass by Myra McEntire is another 1st person past tense novel that had only a drop of time travel in it.

The MC really bothered me in this book. She was so antsy and afraid of everything. They didn't travel through time until the end of the story because 300 pages just had to be devoted to telling us how the time travel was possible.

I'm sorry, but this is 2012, everyone already believes time travel is in the realm of possibilities. I really didn't like the ideas being pushed on me.  This is the first book I've read this year that I honestly did not like. Every other book at least entertained me to some degree. ( I feel like that's really harsh--a lot of people like this book, I'm just not one of them.)



Last, but not least, I read Clockwise by Elle Strauss. I've been following her blog for a while, wanting to read her book, but a little afraid to take the leap. The other day she was giving it away for free so I decided it was now or never and downloaded a copy. I was reading another book, but I thought I'd take a quick peek at the first chapter.

I was hooked.

Once again, this book was 1st person past tense, but it was written so well it didn't bother me at all. I stopped reading another book so I could finish this one. And I was reading it on my phone (which I normally have a really hard time with.)

The time travel was awesome, the characters were so well rounded (and likable) and the story had me biting my nails. It really killed me to have to wait until my next paycheck to buy the 2nd book. It was the best book I read this month, hands down.


That's it for the month of May. What was your favorite read last month?

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24 comments:

Annalisa Crawford said...

Not sure I could wait 300 pages for the time travel - what happened to sucking the reader in from the start?

Tara Tyler said...

oh good! clockwise is going on the tbr list! i love your reviews! you seem to be on my page of reading likes! & dislikes. thanks!

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I'm so sad you didn't like Hourglass, I really want to read it.. :( I haven't been able to read any of Stephanie Perkins, but I can't wait to. I met her at LeakyCon last summer, and she was amazing!

Lauren said...

Since the comments are posted automatically I'm not sure you read them all--hopefully, but I really wanted to get you this response to your June 1st blog post.

You're concerned because one person didn't like your MC--

The fact that someone didn't like her is a good thing. If you created a character that everyone liked, she'd be a boring wimp and probably not a good MC. The false smiles and "She's so sweet" would make my teeth ache. Better, this reader disliked your MC well enough to tell you about it! Wow! Not ambivalent, not wishy-washy. This is a memorable character!

Don't give up on her, and don't change her!

I'm blind-siding you for the Versatile Blogger award (which isn't really an award, but oh, well.)

Come to my blog for the details.

Lauren

Lauren-ritz.blogspot.com

Precy Larkins said...

Man, I'm relieved I'm not the only one who didn't connect with Hourglass. I couldn't finish it. Maybe someday I'll pick it up and try again, but for now...meh.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oooo, I have a couple of those but haven't had a chance to read them yet. Now I want to even more!

Lauren said...

I thought the Hourglass Door was great, but I read it several years ago. Spiral was good. The Golden Locket was OK.

Ruth Josse said...

I haven't read the first two yet, but I have read the last two. I liked them both. So interesting to hear another's take on the book! I totally get what you mean. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for the reviews!

I didn't know Hourglass was about time travel--but 300 pages until it happens? That does seem like a long time, book-wise.

Emily R. King said...

I liked Hourglass and Clockwise. I need to read Clockwiser!

Anonymous said...

I picked up Clockwise last week, too. Glad to see you gave it a good review. Thanks!

Hildred said...

I don't like first person or present tense as a general rule, but present tense trumps first person in the "I can't read this" category. That said, seems like we've both been reading a couple duds recently.

Anonymous said...

Hi J.A., first time visitor and great to meet you! Good like with your reading goal. That;s ambitious. I average about two books a month.

JennaQuentin said...

I love meeting about books and authors and getting a little insider review! I read SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi last weekend and super enjoyed it.

Summer Ross said...

Great reviews- Was stopping by from Insecure writers support group. Love you blog- new follower.

Mark Noce said...

Awesome that you're sticking to it with all the reading. I remember when you started a while back and it sounds like you're getting lots of good books in:)

Renae W. Mackley said...

Thanks. I needed some new suggestions to put on my list. Anybody know some good, clean ones in the national market on audio?

Kelley Lynn said...

Insurgent was my fav read this month. Though it was as good as Divergent, in my opinion. There wasn't nearly as much Four :( haha

Taylorm1984 said...

I read the Hourglass Door awhile ago and I really enjoyed it! But I hadn't heard about it at all, my mom just gave it to me to read without saying much about it. I've been wanting to read the sequel, I just haven't gotten around to doing it.

Stephanie said...

Interesting that you feel first person should be in present tense. I've never been a fan of present tense, but I can see why that would make sense. Actually, one of my favorite books, Boy Meets Boy, was first person present tense.

I will definitely check out Clockwise. Thanks for the reviews.

Misha Gericke said...

I'm VERY slowly working my way through Sense and Sensibility, but I am enjoying it, so I guess that's the one. ;-)

Really want to read Clockwise soon.

Anil P said...

I haven't read many 'time travel as theme' books, might've more to do with films exploring the same subject but coming up short with their treatment. I suppose I'll try some now after reading your reviews.

1st person past tense can be tricky, unless it's intertwined with present tense. I believe it's more to do with the skill of the author than anything else. Some handle it better, or maybe the subject matter lends it better for 1st person past tense.

MTeacress said...

I didn't even realize it had been so long that I didn't know your blog moved. Better late than never. *cliche*

Thanks for your input on these books. I've wondered about Hourglass - it's got a great cover.

Have a nice weekend. :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Ooo! Great reads! My favorite was Bitterblue. :)