Wednesday, September 5, 2012

August Mini-Reviews

August started out as a great month for reading. My goal of a book a week was shattered by the end of the second week in the month. Of course, things got a little crazy at the end of the month and I didn't read anything else, but I had my baby yesterday and now I have late night feedings keeping me up with a good book ;) Onto the reviews -

Not Your Average Fairy Tale by Chantele Sedgwick. I bought this because Chantele is awesome and the book sounded like it was right up my alley. It was even more than that. I love the world Chantele built and I totally fell in love with characters. Hey Chantele, I better hear you writing because I'm dying for the next book!


Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. If you've been following this blog for a while you know that I've made my way through the other seven Artemis Fowl books slowly but surely. I happen to have impeccable timing because The Last Guardian is the final fowl installment and what an ending it was. It made me laugh and cry and ponder and hope for the characters in way reminiscent of the ending of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Once again, Eoin Colfer is brilliant!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Okay, I know I'm way behind the curve on this one. It seems like everyone and their dog has already partaken of the joy and tragedy that is this book. But better late than never, eh? I'll admit that I put off reading this for some time because everyone said it made them cry, plus I heard there were swear words scattered throughout and other things that I usually avoid in a book. But people kept writing about how wonderful it is. Even though I was hesitant, I'm glad I didn't pass it up. What a tragic and beautiful and beautifully written book. If you're in the mood to read something that makes you feel. Pick up this book!


Endlessly by Kiersten White. I loved the first two books in this series.I love the character and her pink loving, bleeping fun personality. But this book. I don't know what it was. It dragged on for me. I felt like she was trying to wrap every last detail up and by so doing it was more a book of let's get everything done rather than let's enjoy this character's journey. That's not to say I hated the book, it just felt like it could have been cut way back. I actually would have loved to have the ending open just a little more. It almost felt like the character's life was over. I still think the series is worth a read, this just wasn't my favorite of the three.


That was it for this month, what did you read in August?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I re-read my manuscript many times - does that count? Actually in the middle of one of Roland Yeomans' books right now.

Steph Sessa said...

Endlessly is on my to-read list. I actually didn't like Supernaturally as much, which is why I've been putting off Endlessly. But Kiersten White has such a great voice in the books that I know I'll end up reading it one of these days.

Gabe (Ava Jae) said...

Firstly--congratulations on the baby! That's wonderful news. ^_^

I read a lot of Percy Jackson in August and I loved it. I haven't picked up the final book in the series yet, but it's definitely in my TBR list (as is the final Artemis Fowl book...can't wait to get my hands on a copy!)

Also, I'm a big fan of The Fault in Our Stars. I don't often read contemporary lit, but I absolutely loved this one and I'll probably re-read it at some point.

Angela V. Cook said...

CONGRATS ON THE BABY!! Soooo . . . boy or girl??

Carolyn V said...

Yay! Congrats!!!

I love Artemis Fowl. I need to read the current book in the series. ;)

Weaver said...

I've got quite a list of books I read (or listened to) in August. Including The Scarlet Pimpernel, the I Am Not a Serial Killer series, and Twitterpated to my hubby.

Luanne G. Smith said...

Oh, congrats on the new baby! Middle of the night feedings are a great time to do a little quiet reading. I haven't read that John Green novel either, but I really, really should.

Suzanne Furness said...

Congratulations on your new baby.

Anonymous said...

Breaking my blog hiatus to say congratulations on the baby! Here's to lots of sweet snuggles and good books during all those middle-of-the-night feedings.

I'm reading up on the history of the CIA. Fascinating stuff. I also have Agatha Christie's autobiography waiting for me when I finish my current book!

Tara Tyler said...

you had the baby and needed to get these reviews out, like a checklist! ha! you're amazing!

and i've been wanting to read chantele's book since i saw the cover reveal! you moved it up on my tbr list, thanks!

Mia Celeste said...

I'm reading Moonglow by Kristen Callihan and running around visiting others' blogs with Deana Barnhart's bloghop.

Kimberly Krey said...

Thanks for sharing the reviews. Not Your Average Fairy Tale is next on my TBR list! And I'm with you, Chantele is awesome! Glad to have found your blog!

Krista McLaughlin said...

I loved Not Your Average Fairytale! Don't worry - I'm behind and I still haven't got around to read The Fault in Our Stars yet. You're not alone.

Congratulations on your little one!! :)

Kelley Lynn said...

This is so interesting! I have Fault in our Stars on my night stand and am currently reading Paranormalcy. I'm not usually a paranormal fan, but I got this when Kiersten was having her sale because of the release of Endlessly so I thought why not try it out. So far I like it :)

Congrats again on the baby! :)

Laura M Kolar said...

Congratulations on having the baby! Hope you are both doing well :)

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I bought The Fault, but I haven't read it yet, specifically because I'm afraid it'll make me cry for a long, long time.

I love these mini-reviews!

Hope the baby business is going well!

Tamara said...
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Tamara said...

Wow. Congrats on the new baby!! Boy or girl?

I haven't read the Fault yet either, because it seemed like it would be super depressing. Plus, I lost a close friend to cancer, so stuff like that can be difficult to read. But I keep hearing how amazing it is, so now I kind of want to check it out.

Thanks for the reviews and enjoy your new baby. :)