August 26th, 2010

Fiona

Going Crazy

Not really, but I want to talk about this:

I have so many books I want to read, and I love talking about books and such, but I can never bring myself to read. Like, I'm reading three books right now (one for school), and I like them, but it's just like - I want to move on to the next book now! And it seems to ALWAYS be like that.

How do you decide which book on your excessively growing TBR list is next? How many books do, or can, you read at once?
Fiona

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris



Rating: Three and a Half Stars
Length: 291 pages (paperback)
Source: PaperbackSwap
Other books I've read by this author: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas

Definitely my favorite of the series so far, but I just can't get past the style of Harris's writing. It's not bad, but it's sometimes so... bland, and she is so, so repetitive. It loses meaning once you've read the events of previous books five times in each new one. Besides that, though, it's a good entry into her popular series.

Sookie and Bill are on rough terms in this book, thank God. I hate their relationship. First of all, he up and leaves when Lorena, his maker, requests him for some (literally) dirty work. And then he's held captive. Yes, BEEEEEL was kidnapped. Oh no. His girlfriend has to go save him, of course with the help of Eric and newcomer werewolf, Alcide Herveaux. I really like Alcide's character. He's exactly what Sookie needs. Except that he really, really reminds me of Sam, he's a great guy. Sookie agrees, too... but then again, which man doesn't Sookie want to hook up with, despite having a boyfriend? Mhm.

Mayhem ensues. Alcide takes Sookie to a bar, dubbed Club Dead by the vamps, and Sookie and surprised-to-see-her friend Tara engage in a ridiculous dance routine. Think Monica and Ross Geller's routine ridiculous. Sookie also gets into some verbal fights with Alcide's ex, Debbie Pelt. What a bitch (Debbie.)

Pam is strutting around being the best character, as usual, and Chow is there as well. I find Chow very annoying. Ya know who I find even more annoying? Bubba. Yes, Bubba. HE'S OBVIOUSLY ELVIS, CHARLAINE, JUST SAY IT! I hate when she thinks she's so clever by beating around that bush. It's not funny, so stop. Please.

I know this may sound like I hated the book, but as I said before, I didn't. I'm already halfway through the next installment, Dead to the World. (:
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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

To begin: this review will be spoiler-free.

Katniss Everdeen has been a pawn, a victim, a fighter, and a killer. Her home is destroyed, but her family and the ones she cares for the most have safely been moved to the mysterious District 13. Everyone except Peeta. It hasn’t been easy playing into the propaganda machine of the rebellion against the Capitol, but now they want more. It isn’t enough that Katniss already feels responsible for the lives of hundreds, for the life of Peeta who’s been captured by the Capitol. Now the new leadership she faces under the ruins of District 13 want Katniss to outperform anything she’s ever done before, without the boy whose encouragement and genuine likability have carried her this far. The rebels want Katniss to become their Mockingjay.

I made the decision to read this book sooner rather than later. From the release day, it was clear there would be a lot of uncensored chatting floating around. Sometimes the readily-accessible flow of information on the internet is not always welcome. Having had other things spoiled for me in the past, it’s not an experience I wanted to repeat. I chose to sit down and read it before someone else accidentally ruined the ending for me. Luckily, it only took me a day to read (Collins’ writing is mostly momentum). Now that I’m finished, I think I’m pleased with the ending, but not blown away.

( Read the rest of this review at Jawas Read, Too! )