Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3)

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Listened to this one on audiobook and I have to say that the experience this time around was much easier than I had with the previous installments. The narration was very soothing also.

These books are never what I expect, to be honest. We find September a year older in this one, but she doesn't seem to have matured at all. The story wasn't gripping for me and I really think I need that for a book to be more than just enjoyable. These books are definitely more like a stroll where the destination is never really set until you get there. At least that's how I feel. The uncertainty of where the story is finally going to end up I think also hinders my enjoyment because I'm constantly looking for how the story will resolve.

I will still continue with the series as I do like them. The end of these books always makes me curious about what will happen in the next installment, and this one didn't disappoint in that regard.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Primal Waters (MEG #3)

Primal Waters Primal Waters by Steve Alten
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This installment has taken me the longest to finish so far and it was the least enjoyable as well. Fast forward a couple decades and we have an older Jonas and his family including two teen children, one who thinks she can do anything she wants because she's almost 18. She really grated on my nerves and I did not like how her character progressed at all. We again have the dual POV situation here, but it didn't bother me in this installment as much as it did in the second book.

The reality TV show aspect of this installment wasn't enjoyable at all and it wasn't believable to me considering the situations these characters were in. I am still going to progress through to the next book in the series though, because though I enjoy them less and less, this series is still keeping my interest at the moment.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed revisiting this story. It was more hilarious than I remember the original to be for sure. I'm not sure if it was because the lines sounded different in my head, if it was the way the narrator delivered them, or if they were in fact slightly different. There are a few differences in the story as well, which I found interesting. It's been several years since I read the original series and I will need to go back and re-read it just to see what differences were made other than the obvious ones.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

City of Ashes City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally got to the next book in this series and I'm really enjoying it! Yes, I am watching the TV show and enjoying that as well. The differences in the book and show are interesting and I'm curious what will happen in the next installment. I really feel like with adaptations, I need to watch them first before reading the text. I seem to be able to enjoy the show for what it is without the constant voice in my head telling me things are different or being disappointed as to why certain things aren't in the show.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Trench (MEG #2)

The Trench The Trench by Steve Alten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5

I felt this installment had 2nd book syndrome. It wasn't as good as the first one was for me. Though it was still enjoyable, I didn't like the alternating POV every chapter. I felt that due to this, I lost some of the flow to the story and I was more interested in one POV than the other. I definitely recommend these books over Jaws, which I also read this month and I'm looking forward to the next installment of this series.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Crochet: Peanuts Graphghan - Schroeder

Finished my first square for the Peanuts Graphghan with Two Hearts Crochet! It had to be Schroeder because he's my fav đŸ’™ Worked in Tunisian crochet as that was the look I liked best. I was never a fan of the purple shirt, so I amended the color scheme ^-^

Monday, August 21, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Jaws

Jaws Jaws by Peter Benchley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was so fascinated by Meg that I thought I should probably check out this book. Yes, I've seen the movie, but I was still curious about the source material especially because I don't quite remember everything from the film. This one was available to stream for free through Audible for Prime Members so I thought, why not.

It's been a while since I've seen the film, though I can say that when I watched it, I did think it was scary. I was a child when I watched it and as an adult, I don't think the movie will give me the same chilling feeling I had then. This book surely was not anything like I expected, and not in a positive way.

The use of vulgar language and a derogatory word right off the bat did not help matters for me. The writing style didn't agree with me and the story itself was very dated. The descriptions of the attacks were not chilling or suspenseful to me and the end was very anticlimactic. There was also a story line in this book that I felt was entirely pointless. It added nothing to the story and I would've appreciated more about the shark or have scenes in the story from the shark's point of view.

In the end, I am glad I finally read this book, but I will probably not be reading any more by this author in the future.

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