Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend Trip & Lots of Reading

The Mystery of The Fool and The VanisherThe Mystery of The Fool and The Vanisher by Ruth Ellwand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a strange and haunting book.

I'm super curious now to see the other books this husband and wife team have created.

This is of course, fiction. But the photography lends an eerie sense of reality to the story. If you enjoy stories about the fae ... this is one not to miss.

Loved this line from page 24 ... "When the lid opened, the sweet smell of age, like an old library, was the first thing I noticed."

PS Don't stick with my review. Go back to the book's page and look for Elizabeth Bird's review. Much better description. You'll be convinced to go look for this book immediately!

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The Visconti HouseThe Visconti House by Elsbeth Edgar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a quiet mystery--not a lot of action--but a nice one nonetheless. The Australian (and, in a way, Italian) setting is a lovely one to sort of imagine from the author's descriptions. The main characters learn to accept themselves and their perceived differences with classmates.

I did like it. Just was able to put it down several times and to be a four or five star book ... at least for me ... I want to be so enthralled in the story I can barely stand to stop reading until it's done.

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The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OOOH! If you can get past the whole zombie thing Carrie Ryan's story is just so good.

In fact this might have been a five for some of the lovely turns of phrase ... but I did think that one of the relationships in this one seemed a bit rushed. I may be wrong but I think this one was shorter than her others ... so why didn't they give it more time/pages too develop?

That said ... still loved it. Still bummed it's the end. Oh. Except for the short story I saw on Twitter that I can now download on my Nook. So now that I'm home after a little weekend jaunt ... now off to do so!

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Because of Mr. TeruptBecause of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were a lot of good things about this book. Good writing. Interesting characters. Liked how it was written from all of the different points of view. Took a bit to get used to but it was worth it.

I just thought the main plot problem really came out of almost nowhere. It was very jarring.

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Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Story's not too original (future society where we are no longer allowed to love) ... but the execution was quite well done.

Read in the car on the way to an air show. Wish I would have kept track of some of the beautiful lines ... but I didn't.

I forgive Netgalley for denying me an e-arc (I'm very low on the totem pole in terms of followers) and actually as I was not a super huge fan of her first book the author, too. Looking forward to more!

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As you can see we spent some time driving to our destination (well ... not ME, obviously) and I managed to not get carsick while reading. Good stuff and library stack now significantly reduced!

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