Thursday, July 5, 2012

June Mini-Reviews

For those who don't know I've made a goal to read a book a week this year. I'm way ahead of schedule, and enjoying every moment of it.

I couldn't enjoy clockwise without picking up the sequel, Clockwiser, now could I? I enjoyed this book as well. I really like Cassie's personality and the crazy situations she finds herself in. However, I liked clockwise more. That's the thing about book two in a series, it is always the low point. The MC doubts her relationship with the boy, and she starts to doubt herself when she used to think she was awesome. It's the nature of the beast for a second book. That being said, I would recommend this book :D

I've read Divergent before. I loved it the first time around. The whole time I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. When I read it again this month I was at the height of my edits and I wanted to read it to figure out what I liked so much about it. It's hard to enjoy a book when you read it that way. I still liked it, but it wasn't my favorite anymore. I was afraid to read insurgent becasue of that. I took a few days breather and really thought about what I read. I came to the conclusion that Roth has wonderful descriptions and rich text. You always know where you are in the story and your always headed in a forward direction. That's what makes this book awesome.  

With those feelings sorted out I started Insurgent. This book is not small. It's 106,000 words. and I read it two days. Even after feeling down about Divergent I couldn't stop reading Insurgent. Each page begged to be turned. When was she going to fix things with Four? What is outside of the fence? Would the fractions ever find peace? Really good sequel.

After the mind blowing read of Insurgent I really needed a book to lighten the tone. There was no way I could handle another action packed mind-blowing adventure. In comes awesome author extraordinaire Jenni James.  I loved her first book Pride & Popularity. Seriously cute lighthearted fun romance. When I picked up Northhanger Alibi hoping for more cuteness and romance I wasn't disappointed. It put me in a cheery mode and I laughed the whole way through. Seriously fun.

To round off the month I read the final book in Kane Chronicles, The Serpent's Shadow. I was hesitant to pick this book up. I really disappointed in book two (The Throne of Fire) becasue Riordan's usual touch of getting his characters into trouble and keeping them in trouble didn't come through in that book. The characters kept wiggling their way out of everything too easy. With the hesitation, I had a hard time getting into the story again. It took me until I was about half-way through to realize that Riordan's old charm was back and this books was going to take me on the adventure I had been waiting for. I thought the series ended perfectly and left just enough room for me to wonder about when Percy Jackson is going to team up with the Kanes. Excellent story.

I tried to keep the reviews short but sometimes I get caught up :) What did you read this month?


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to her the third Kane book picked up - I loved Carter and Sadie in the first, and like you, felt the second fell a bit flat.

Haven't read Clockwiser yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

I've been reading through Charles Todd's Bess Crawford series lately, and loving it!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer is really amazing and I just finished The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen which I just loved.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I am dying to read Insurgent! And these other books sound fun. I'm reading The Lost Hero with my son. He really likes it, so we may have to pick up the Kane series next.

Hope Roberson said...

I've been on the list for Insurgent forever! I think I'm finally down to the 20's :) Your blog looks beautiful!

Stephanie McGee said...

I read Serpent's Shadow, too. I quite enjoyed it and it definitely wrapped things up pretty well. But at the same time, I was disappointed because I don't enjoy the Kane books as much as the Percy Jackson books.

Riordan has said that he is contemplating a Kane-Jackson cross-over but it will have to wait until Heroes is done and he's written his Norse mythology series he's working on right now.

Leigh Covington said...

I love your mini reviews and I've been looking at getting my hands on Insurgent. MUST.READ!

Golden Eagle said...

I want to read that series by Rick Riordan. I actually had the first book out from the library, but never got around to reading it. :P

Christa Desir said...

I love your book recos bc you are so refreshing and honest and enthusiastic. I hope we are friends on GR. :)

Tara Tyler said...

always love your reviews!
i read divergent after hunger games...not a great idea since they both were similar in story setup - tough girl heroine, post apocalyptic societies with cruel controlling leaders and secret love interest...
great read, but still waiting to read insurgent, i will some day.

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PK HREZO said...

Awesome reviews! I havent read Divergent yet but so need to. I hear its about to become a movie too. How cool is that??

Jay Noel said...

A book a week?

Divergent is definitely a series I need to check out. My oldest son is a big Riordan fan, so we'll have to check it out.

Leslie said...

I've been trying to read a book or more a week and it's been such a fun year of reading so far! I also read Clockwise and then had to read the sequel. Such cute books and I enjoyed them. Same with Pride & Popularity so now I'm looking forward to reading Northanger Alibi.

To be honest, I didn't love Divergent. I thought it was okay though. My 13 year old son absolute did though and thought Insurgent was amazing. So now I'm thinking maybe I'll reread Divergent and see if I like it more the next time around before I read the sequel.

And all the young adult books I've read by Rick Riordan have been fabulous. I have loved them all so far so can't wait to read this one!