Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mini Reviews: Two Hits and a Miss

Waking Up PregnantWaking Up Pregnant by Mira Lyn Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the follow up to Waking Up Married. This story follows Connor's friend Jeff after the two part the night Connor meets Megan.  Jeff stays at the bar and meets bartender Darcy who can't wait for her last night in Vegas to be over. She's ready for a fresh start! She spends the evening with Jeff exploring Las Vegas and against her initial ideas they end up back at Jeff's hotel room.  When Jeff leaves to go into the bathroom Darcy bolts and Jeff can't tell her about their little problem.  Jeff's not surprised when Darcy shows up 3 months later pregnant.

Like the couple in the previous book, Jeff is willing to manipulate the situation to suit his needs. That's the only thing I didn't like about the book. Yes, he does it with everyone's best interest in mind, but ugh. Also Darcy is just a little bit too much with her independence kick, so maybe she needs Jeff's interference.

Both books are worth reading!

TT: Full ThrottleTT: Full Throttle by Nicole Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I checked this book out because I'm always looking for new books for the reluctant readers (or boys) in our library. I really enjoyed reading this book. It felt like The Art of Racing in the Rain for younger readers. While it's not told from a dog's point of view, the theme of basing life lessons on lessons learned from racing are there.  Similarly, I was at a loss for all the technical talk of working on racing bikes and what the races are like, but it didn't really matter. I was still pulled right into the story and into the excitement of Scott's team as they near the big race.

While I don't think this book would work at our library, it might work at other branches.

Picture MePicture Me by Lori Weber
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I thought it was a good story idea, but the execution was not good. I struggled with the multiple view points in each chapter. I would have liked it more if each girl had her own chapter and told a different part of the story. I tended to skip over the parts from Chelsea's point of view. Also I had to keep reminding myself they were only 13 years old, it really threw me that they were going to Bio lab, I'm not that far out of high school and I didn't a bio lab until I was in at least 10th grade (15/16 years old).

All three books were advanced e-book copies provided by Netgalley for honest reviews.

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