Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Review: The Beach Trees by Karen White

The Beach TreesThe Beach Trees by Karen White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An intriguing enough story with a lot of twists. Maybe because I was forced to read it, put it down for awhile and come back, but it really did jump all over the place and I don't mean the two time frames with two protagonists. I don't feel the characters were strongly developed over the course of the book so when then answers finally emerged, I had to pause to recall who was who and how they were involved. To me, the most interesting part was the author's real life explanation at the end of the book of the Katrina Trees and how her other books (the Tradd Street series, which I love) ended up in Charleston instead of New Orleans.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"What did I think?", Goodreads asks. I'm almost dumbfounded for words. First my review, then, I am forced to react to some of the reviews on Goodreads (which I never do and unless it's one of my friends, I don't even read what other people think because frankly, I don't care.)

What else is there to write about in this world on the tragic story of a young person suffering from a terminal illness?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Kitchen HouseThe Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a big fan of historical fiction, especially the Antebellum era, there were times when I felt this might not have reached it's potential of genuine sentiment. However, over the course of the book, and certainly by the end, I came to better understand the characters and their place in the story. There were a lot of opportunities for the characters to grow even more,