Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mini Reviews - A Book Review Catch Up

I've been reading...but I haven't been reviewing. I'm going to be honest, between school work and a new relationship I just haven't had time to sit down and review. I've read some really good things the last few weeks so I've been itching for a chance to sit down and write about them.

I Stopped TimeI Stopped Time by Jane Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I reviewed this book for Central New Jersey - JASNA.  You can read my full review there, but I just wanted to share a few thoughts.  I really enjoyed the split perspectives of the story and the fact that they were from two different eras.  I loved the idea behind the title and the way it was used in the novel.

What the Bride Didn't KnowWhat the Bride Didn't Know by Kelly Hunter
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley.

I enjoyed the story, but felt there was too much going on for such a short novel. There was the back story of their childhood and how they grew up friends and all went into the same job field with her brother.  Then there's the story of how she got hurt.  Then the story of why they were in Istanbul to find her brother.  Then there's the love story. I've said this before about books, but less is better when it comes to multiple story lines.

Besides all that, I really enjoyed the story.  I think Lena and Trig are really great together and I think the story line about their romance could have taken place anywhere and still have been extremely sweet.  Trig won't let Lena go alone and after an accident tells the hospital they are married so he could help take care of her. When she wakes up she thinks they are married.  I like this plot line because it gives the characters a chance to come to terms with their feelings for each other.

Heirs & SparesHeirs & Spares by J.L. Spohr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ebook ARC from Netgalley.

I don't remember requesting this book, but I found it on my Kindle and figured sure, I'll read it...then I couldn't put it down!

What's a girl to do when the King chooses you to be his bride?  That is the question that Annalore has to answer in this novel.  She always assumed she'd marry her childhood friend, until she is chosen to be queen.  I thought this was addressed beautifully, and shows the conflict shes feels.  I think the relationship between Annalore and William is wonderful, neither of them is looking forward to married life, but they both willing to make the best of the situation.

There are a number of plot lines and I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book (I really hate waiting). I'm looking forward to seeing how Annalore and William's relationship will evolve and what's going on with Robert and his sister.

Ezra and Other StoriesEzra and Other Stories by Barbara a Whittington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of the book to review from the author.

Barbara has collected a number of very cute short stories.  The thing I liked the most about all of them, was they appeared to be a collection of supporting characters from those classic television comedies. They are quirky and funny and just enjoyable to read. "Ezra" was one of my favorites, it really shows that you're never to old to find love.

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