Monday, February 11, 2013

January Mini-Reviews

Once again, I'm attempting to read 52 books in a year. Last year I read 53. So I know it's possible, even if January was a rough start. Here's an overview of what I read last month.

Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann. This is one of those books that I read in a single sitting. the voice was hilarious, the characters were strong, and romance was melt in your boots steamy. Just a precaution,  there is some swearing and a teen sex scene, but it was kept pretty low-key.

Seriously cute story and something that will stay with me for a long time. If you're looking for something cute and romantic for Valentines, this is your book.

Aura by Rebecca Lynn Talley. I was really excited to read this one, which is probably why I felt so disappointed after having done so. I LOVE the concept of this story. There were so many good themes in this book, and I felt like with a little more work, it could have been knock your socks off amazing. As it was, I really struggled to get through it. The main character kept waffling on what she wanted and I didn't feel the urgency I should have felt at the midpoint when something happened to her parents.  I wanted to love this book, and I'm sure there are some people who do, but it just wasn't my favorite.

 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Beautiful prose. Haunting Story. Strong characters. Everything a book should be. Except.... I love this book, really, I did. I've heard so many good things about it and from the first page I just knew it was going to be amazing. It started off a little too smexy for me, but that died down pretty quick.

The major drawback to this story was back-story. Yes, it was essential to the story-line, but it could have been resolved in a single chapter. Instead it takes up almost the entire second half of the book. The author was trying to draw out the big reveal, but it lasted Waayyyyy too long. I will be reading the second book, but if she launches into back story again, I'm done. It was annoying and distracting.

If I rated this book on goodreads I'd still give it four stars for the excellent writing. That backstory was just not my cup of tea.

What was your favorite read last month?

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