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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m very leery of reading in the young adult genre, due to the usual, overly fluffy topics, or the ever presence of vampires, werewolves, angels and other unworldly beings, yes I've read my share of these, I’ll be fair, but please, no more.

I waited until release date to make my purchase, to be certain no supernatural beings were involved. Nope definitely not, what we have here is a well written story about very mature teenagers dealing with a serious topic…CANCER.

Having known many adults, throughout my life who have battled this disease, some of whom have survived and others sadly not, I can’t possibly imagine the fear a parent must feel finding out their child has cancer, watching them deal with pain, knowing they cannot erase what their child is living through. What of that child? All that they have gone through? Growing up in pain, surgeries, treatments, in some cases nearing death, only to fight their way back but never truly being cancer free, living daily knowing that death is inevitable. Having considered these things I do not find it too far fetched to have characters in a novel older than their years.

I really like this book and definitely feel it deserves the four stars I’ve given it. I was thoroughly wrapped up in the emotion of this book; I laughed and cried then laughed and cried some more.

Would I re-read this book? Yes. Would I recommend this book to other readers? Most definitely.

Till next time ....

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 ~ Book Reviews

I've challenged myself to read 40 books this year.

  1. The Walking Dead ~ The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman
  2. Before I Go To Sleep ~ by S. J. Watson
  3. Death Comes to Pemberly by P. D. James
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Death Comes To Pemberly

Death Comes To PemberleyDeath Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first novel I’ve read, written by P.D. James and Pride & Prejudice has to be one of my favourite books.

Death Comes to Pemberly, was much better then the Harlequin trashy type sequels that have been printed. One thing I’ve learned from reading the sequels, if you want a Jane Austen novel then re-read one. Don’t go looking for Pride & Prejudice in another book, it just isn’t there.

I didn’t care for the retelling of P&P, to me this is a sequel to the original story, what a great opportunity for new readers to be introduced to P&P, they want to know what happened they should read it. Not only did the retelling take up a lot of time in this book but it gave a view from the Meryton townsfolk regarding Elizabeth’s capture of Mr. Darcy that I personally didn’t care for.

I wasn’t surprised that Lydia was holding a grudge, but disappointed that Charlotte Lucas was. I didn’t feel that Charlotte was upset with Elizabeth in P&P after her marriage to Mr. Collin’s so why that carried into this book was a puzzle to me.

I would have liked more interaction between the Darcy’s and when the chance came at the end for some quiet time, their discussion seemed strange to me. After six years of marriage, you would think they would have ironed out their issues already.

Regardless of the negative points mentioned above, once started I was captured, pleased to spend time with beloved Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

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Signing off till next time.