One Minute Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

the haunting of sunshine girl

The Summary:

Something is happening in Sunshine’s new house. Something not right. Something paranormal. The worst part is that the weirder things become, the less her mom believes her. Is something haunting her house? And what can Sunshine do about it? Especially if she’s the only one who is aware of it?

What I liked:

Another fast paced book and a quick easy read. I really liked that the author did a decent job of building up tension and some kind of creep factor.

What I didn’t like:

It was a little bit predictable after the first. . . act, I suppose, of the story. However, this didn’t leave me cold, and I’ll probably get the next installment in the series, if it’s easy to get a hold of. I will admit though, that it’s not so memorable that I would probably actively look for it.

Verdict:

I would recommend this book for people who like their books to have some creep factor. At the end of the day, though, it’s a fairly typical YA novel, so for those of you who do not enjoy that, be forwarned.

One Minute Book Review: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods

The Summary:

Author Bill Bryson, along with his friend Katz, decide to walk the Appalachian Trail, or AT, to get reacquainted with America.

What I liked:

Easily the beginning and end of this book, where Bryson and Katz are walking together were easily the best parts of this book. Katz provided plenty of comic relief to Bryson, who seemed a little too serious at times.

What I didn’t like:

The middle was a little heavy, by which I mean that the subject matter got very serious as Bryson spoke about the state of conservation in this country, and what the government means, exactly, by conservation. BUT it was very educational. So even though I didn’t rip through this portion like I did the rest, and even though I got a little bit bored, I easily learned the most during this portion of the book.

Verdict:

If you like to learn, and if you like memoirs and nonfiction, I would definitely recommend this book. It may not be your thing if you like fast-paced and action packed, though.

One Minute Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

the wicked will rise

The Summary:

Dorothy lives. Amy Gumm has failed. Her mission has become complicated. Because now she must not only kill Dorothy, but she must remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, and take the Lion’s courage. All while carting around the poor, loopy princess of Oz, Ozma herself. Because now this mission isn’t just about saving Oz, it’s about saving Kansas too.

What I liked:

The manipulation of the world was pretty good. I liked the Ozma storyline well enough.

What I didn’t like:

This one fell really flat for me. The first one was so good, I really loved it, and then I got to the second one, and I wanted to love it, but it felt like it wandered and meandered through this world, not really accomplishing much. I’m not certain if I will read the third in the series, I know it’s a trilogy, but after this one, I’m rather disenchanted with the series.

Verdict:

I can’t recommend this one. If you’re like me, you’re probably reading it because you read the first, but be warned. You may not enjoy it as much.

One Minute Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

dorothy must die

The Summary:

Amy Gumm lives in Kansas and her life is bleak to say the least. Her mother could care less about her comings and going, she’s bullied at school, and she wishes she could go anywhere else. Kind of like another famous Kansas girl. Except going over the rainbow isn’t really a possibility for her. . . or is it?

When a tornado hits town, Amy finds her mobile home sucked up inside it and she travels… somewhere. Could this be Oz? Because it’s not what she expected. And neither is Dorothy. In fact, Dorothy seems decidedly evil.

Amy must make her way in an Oz that seems turned on it’s head, where the good guys are evil, and the bad guys might just be good. She’s been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and charged with a mission. Because Dorothy Must Die.

What I liked:

I liked this book. It was good, it was fast paced, action packed, it started quickly, and moved quickly after that. That’s what I’m looking for when I read a Young Adult novel. I want things to escalate quickly, I want them to move along quickly, and I want to just really enjoy the book.

What I didn’t like:

This novel felt cut off. I understand that this was probably done purposefully, but it felt very much like cutting off this book before it’s natural conclusion. It’s a very fast read, and I know YA writers — and often readers– love a good cliffhanger, but it felt contrived here. I wished that it would have done a little bit of wrapping up, instead of leaving us smack dab in the middle of the narrative.

Verdict:

This book is good enough that I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading YA, or a fast paced read.

Where I’ve Been and the Future of this Blog

I know, I know.

I know what you’re thinking.

Nathalie! Where did you go?

Okay, so here’s the deal. . . Back in September I decided I wanted to start posting videos on YouTube. I felt that I could move over there fairly easily, at the time, since it was a format I was familiar with and it was something I’d done before. And because I was moving over there, I planned on kind of leaving the blog behind.

And then, of course, life intervened! Oh no!

Life got hectic (as it always does at the end of the year), and we also made the big decision to homeschool our children, which also necessitated a lot of discussion etc.

So where I am at this moment is that I will probably continue on with the blog. I’m also trying to make the YouTube thing happen, because again, it was something that I’ve done before that I really loved.

In the meantime, I do feel like leaving the blog is a disservice to those who may not enjoy YouTube videos, and just want to sit down and read a book review before deciding to read it.

So in short, I’m not leaving the blogosphere! I’m just trying to expand into some other venues. . . but I’ve read plenty of books since Orphan Train, and since I’m snowed/iced in, I’m writing a bunch of book reviews today!

I’m sorry I left you all for so long. I’m not going to promise to never do it again, because… Well, I’m a human being, and like most human beings I have to do human being things. But I’m going to really make an effort to be around more than I’m not around.

Now, let’s go read a book!

 

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Almost Been A Year!

So I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I was last here!

I can’t believe people are still finding this blog!

It’s all of these people still visiting this page and enjoying old books reviews that made me come back. You guys made me read my own reviews and reminded me how much I enjoyed doing these! So I’m back!

And I have read a lot of books! No kidding! Currently I’m working on those book reviews of the past few books I’ve read, so I have something showing up while I’m reading more books. I’m reading like 5 at a time right now (there are just SO MANY books I want to read), so there will be plenty of more books being finished to review.

Right now I have no goal for this blog other than simply doing the book reviews, because that’s what I enjoy the most.

But if you have any suggestions as to what you want to see, let me know!

One Minute Book Review: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4)

Summary:

Ethan has always wanted to leave Gatlin, but he never imagined that he would have to leave everyone he loves and cares for behind. So since the terrifying events of the Eighteenth Moon, Ethan has only one goal: to get home to Gatlin.

Back home Lena awaits his messages, doing whatever she has to to get him back.

Will they succeed?

What I Liked About It:
I’m going to be honest, after the events of Beautiful Chaos, I expected something spectacular. Because that was what they set me up for. Not to say that this wasn’t good, I would probably put it at the level of Beautiful Darkness. But with Beautiful Chaos knocking my socks off, I expected a little bit more with this one, and I think it could have delivered. However, I did once again enjoy the “Southerness” of it all, and also the extra dimension to a few characters that could definitely have used it.

What I Didn’t Like About It:
After all is said and done, there are definitely some characters that could have been fleshed out more. They were such an important part of things, particularly the Sisters. I mean, I got an impression of who they were, but with this being the last book in the series, it’s not usual to introduce an idea here that you can’t flesh out. I felt that not everything was tied up, and that bothers me. It was an unsatisfying conclusion to the series, and some things were wrapped up too neatly.

The Verdict:
Let’s face it, if you’re at the point where you’re looking to read this book, it’s because you’ve already made a commitment and read the other three. So I would say read it for that reason. But note that I was disappointed by the payoff. . .