Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lots of Books

Its been a while since I put my book reviews on my blog so here is a lot. I will admit these reviews leave something to be desired, lets just blame it on the fact that I am no longer a student, instead I care for two other human beings 24 hours a day.
The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 3) The Sorceress by Michael Scott
rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoy this book, and I'm really enjoying the series. There is really no point in writing a long review, because it is book three, so you shouldn't read it unless you've read book 1 and 2, it will make no sense alone. I am enjoying this series just as much if not more than Harry Potter. But then again I'm 10 years older than when I started reading Harry Potter.

A Mother's Book of Secrets A Mother's Book of Secrets by Linda Eyre
rating: 3 of 5 stars
Had some good advice, and some advice for a wife married to a drastically different man than me. But it was an enjoyable quick read for baby feeding time, and some cute stories to make me think how cute my kids are.

Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure Upon the High Seas Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure Upon the High Seas by Tanith Lee
rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an alright teen fiction. The first half was quite slow, but I became rather intrigued by the last quarter. But some of the side pirate characters were hard to keep remember who was who. The book was clean, it didn't have any YA smut. Clearly from the title you can tell it is about a girl who becomes a Pirate, she is trying to follow her mom's path.

Mary Poppins Mary Poppins by Pamela L. Travers
rating: 2 of 5 stars
Once I found out this was a book before the Disney movie I went to my library to pick it up. I should have waited a few years until my son was old enough to read it with me. It was a good children's book, but it doesn't have much in the way of adult interest. Winne the Pooh by A A Milne can be enjoy on many different levels what you see with book Mary Poppins is what you get, unlike the character's relationship with other characters in the plot.

Mary Poppins personality is slight different in the book, sometimes it was a relief to read that she was in a bad mood. Currently America likes to believe anyone that takes care of a child should be happy all the time for the betterment of the child. While other times it was just right annoying that Mary seemed to always be a little snippy.

My favorite character was Mr. Banks and he was really only in the first chapter, he reminded me of my husband.

My favorite line was on the first page, "But Mr. Banks, who owns it, said to Mrs. Banks that she could have either a nice, clean, comfortable house or four children. But not both, for he couldn't afford it." Truer words have never been spoken.

The Children's Story The Children's Story by James Clavell
rating: 4 of 5 stars
I would put this book in the genre of Anti-communist lit, with that said it is one of of my favorite books in that genre. I thought I see the point of anti-communist lit, I don't normally like this genre, and only read it when I'm assigned. I thought this book was excellent at making me think. I would recommend this book to everyone. I like the book because it doesn't give you specifics of a closed society, it just presented a way that the apathy of our Nation could give way quickly and easily to communism. It really made me think about my own patriotism, and what I pledge to believe and support. Hopefully I'll remember this book, and teach my children more than just lip service.

3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares
rating: 2 of 5 stars
I liked three out of the four traveling pant books, so I thought I would give Brashares another try. This book was ok, just like the two stars suggests. YA authors seem to be too set on continuing on with the story even when the story is dead. It would have been better if it was its own book. It was about some 14 year old girls, and maybe I'm just getting too old. I was a lot closer to the age of the girls in the first Pant book, when I read it, than I am to 14 now. The book just seem to try too hard. But by the middle I wanted to know the specifics to how it would end, but the general plot was predictable.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh thanks for this, Lesli! I've been in book funk. I'll go check out your two 4/5 star books!