Monday, March 25, 2013

Recommended Read: Sunset by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Sunset (Pact Arcanum, #1)Sunset by Arshad Ahsanuddin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first impression of this book was: "Wow, this is one hefty book!!" - and you definitely get a whole lot of book for the price with this unique vampire novel! A mix of fantasy and sci-fi, there are several intertwining plots and many characters to keep track of, which can make it a littel confusing despite the glossary, cast, and timeline at the beginning. There were also a few small editing errors, but considering the size of the book they really were not very common and didn't detract from the quality of the story. An overarching theme in the novel was love, and I found it refreshing that many kinds of love were represented throughout, although it was a little bit skewed toward homosexual love. But overall this was an interesting, complicated book filled with an incredible world of beings and I would definitely continue to read this series! Highly recommended for all readers of vampire novels, sci-fi novels, or general fantasy/magic novels.

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New Job!

So I've been a little MIA lately, but that's because life has been craziness (more so than usual)... however, I'm happy to announce that I have a new job! :)

This should hopefully mean that I may post more frequently... maybe... ;)

I am now the Sales and Operations Manager for Square 1 Health Club run by Marty and Amy Wolff from Season Three of The Biggest Loser!! Yup, that's right - celebrities.

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Thanks - and here's hoping I get some more book reviews up soon!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Freebie Flop - The Darlings by Cristina Alger

The DarlingsThe Darlings by Cristina Alger
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Perhaps this was just too bourgeois for me, but I just couldn't get into this story at all. There seemed to be too many competing sub-plotlines wrapped into an overall theme of wealth and arrogance, and the characters didn't appeal to me or keep my attention. I frankly just didn't care what happened, and could not even bring myself to finish the book. While this was not my taste, if you are a reader who enjoys a more dry novel about wealth and Wall Street, this may still be a worthwhile read for you.

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Recommended Read - Lost in Petra by Melissa Boyle Mahle

Lost in PetraLost in Petra by Melissa Boyle Mahle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an excellent story with a simple structure perfect for middle school readers! The characters are interesting without being too one-dimensional or complex, the storyline is exciting, and there are a lot of fun cultural snippets throughout. Truly an educational yet enjoyable read. I really enjoyed it despite being quite a bit older than a middle school student, so I think it is suitable for all ages middle school and up!

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