Monday, December 26, 2011
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wanted to give this more stars, but couldn't. I liked the beginning. It was gripping and interesting. I could feel her panic and anxiety throughout most of the book, but where it feel short with me was it moved too slow. I find with Catherine Anderson books that they are generally way too long for what she writes about.
Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie Hall takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by dangerously good-looking Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can never escape retribution from the man who has sworn to kill herand that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.
I liked Rainie and Parker. I thought they were sweet, but the characters seemed like they were two dimensional trying to be three dimensional. And not quite pulling it off. Towards the end I kept skipping pages hoping it would just end. I think I'm going to stop reading Catherine Anderson for a while. She seems to do this a lot with her characters.
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Friday, December 23, 2011
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I couldn't even finish it! It had a great plot and interesting characters, but it didn't need to be 300-400 pages long! Seriously! 200 pages and that would have been it. I liked Loni and thought she was very interesting, but Anderson took WAY too much time getting this guys together while trying to find the boy. Are you trying to find the boy or are you trying to hook up??
The story goes like this... a woman with the second sight has a vision about a boy lost in the woods and believes it is Clint's son. Only Clint tells her, he doesn't have a son. Turns out... maybe he does. Well the boy is lost in the woods with his trusty dog and Loni believes that only Clint can find him with her help.
Sounds it should be gripping and intense, right? But it's not. The beginning is rolling and then half way through I hit a dead end. Nothing was going on. I kept flipping through pages hoping that somewhere it'd pick up and get good again, but it didn't. So I put it down and let it go. I have to say when it comes to Catherine Anderson, she either hits it on the head and it's awesome or it's so horrible I can barely finish it.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Everyone seems to think that Annie is a moron including the town's meanest drunk. After he rapes her and thinks nothing of it, his older brother steps in to offer his help. With Annie now pregnant and her parents more concerned about scandal than their own daughter's welfare Alex decides to marry her. Only after a few weeks he realizes she isn't an idiot, but deaf.
It was a hard read in the beginning just because there wasn't one character besides Annie and Maddy that I liked. I thought everyone in this book was horribly selfish. After Alex finally realizes that he can help her, things improve and Annie grows to love and trust him.
It was a quick read and one of Catherine Anderson's better books.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this book, but Lily was kind of a combination of my favorite kind of character and my least favorite character and I just couldn't like it. I did finish it. I was getting literary whiplash from the two of them going Yes-No-Yes-Yes-No and so on and so forth. One minute she is proud and ambitious and then next he is using her. I did not like this male lead whatsoever! He was far too commanding and not in the sexy way.
I hated how everyone was saying "Marry him" when all he was offering was her to be his mistress. For real!!! I wanted to see a stronger female lead and she had all the potential to be one, but she just didn't get there. I had read Emma and the Outlaw before this and thought that was slightly better. I don't mind a touch of indecisive in characters, but it can't be the whole fecking book.
If you need to finish the series then fine read it, but if you want enjoyable characters skip this and go to the other two. I plan on reading Caroline and the Raider and hope that those two are better written than these two.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
This may seem like an hour wasted, but for me it was an hour well spent indeed. I found this on my Google Reader a few weeks ago and just had to share. David Lankes offers some insight into how to keep librarianship alive. This fresh and entertaining perspective was most enjoyable to listen while working on my homework. So well I was able to use it in an assignment that week. Libraries are dying for ideas... dying being the operative word here. If an hour is time you just don't have I recommend the first ten minutes. Check your email while you listen and enjoy some chuckles as Lankes offers options into having libraries not only survive, but thrive with INNOVATION!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Singer, I. (2011, October 13). 2011 Ebook Survey Overview Public, School and Academic Libraries [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/events/e-book-summit/
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Let me start by saying how much I am in love with the e-books. Now before everyone of the old school persuasion starts waving their pitchforks at my disregard for the physical presence of books, I love books... period! I own several bookcases full and love to have precious physical copies of my favorites, but digital books are a speedier way to pass on the written word. And I love the technological advances to copying and digitizing your book collection.
There are so many books that I own which would be easier if I could put them in e-book form. I have so many mangas and small volumes of graphic novels which take up so much space in my bag. With this new machine coming out in March or April will make scanning your physical collection much easier.
" Tap the Scan button and the spread is digitised and dropped onto an SD card, ready to be transferred to your computer. Each page is saved separately, thanks to the unit's two flash-equipped cameras." (Smith, 2010 para. 2).
This will not only quicken the process of scanning your books, but also make it easier by having the scanned pages fall into a SD card which can easily be placed into most e-readers out there today! Although I seriously look forward to the premiere of this neat little gadget, I don't look forward to the price tag.
For more information check out: http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/07/ion_book_saver/
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
From fantastic manga artist, Rinko Ueda comes the story of Sumi Kitamura. From the back of the book, "When Sumi Kitamura's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperatrely need is she agrees to marry him. But is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?"
After Natsuki, Soichiro's spying and manipulative cousin, sets his sights on destroying Soichiro's position as president and potentially ruin Sumi in the process, he looks to encourage Nozomu obsession and infatuation with Sumi. While Sumi and Soichiro's relationship seems to be become more tender and compassionate, Natsuki sends a spy disguised as a maid, Keiko is determined to find some dirt on Sumi and Soichiro. She practically has the entire household convinced and may ruin the budding romance starting to flower for this couple.
I have been looking forward to this issue for three to four months. I enjoy the budding romance of Soichiro and Sumi. The mystery thickens as Natsuki threatens to destroy all that Soichiro has been plotting and planning for years leaves the reader hopeful yet sullen over the success of Natsuki and Keiko. I anxiously await the next volume which is due out April 5, 2011. It's already pre-order!
A romantic idealist leaves everything she's ever known including a nice teaching position and hops on a train hoping to surprise her beau in his hometown, but what looks like a picture perfect romance turns horribly embarrassing for Adelaide Proctor. Alone in a strange city she finds an ad for the position of governess over a ward of Mr. Westcott on a sheep ranch. She is chosen to watch over Isabella a five year old mute and is almost instantly infatuated with her employer, Gideon Westcott. As Adelaide slowly or rather quickly, in my opinion, opens up the world to, Isabella's villainous Uncle Reginald reappears to seek the fortune that his late brother and sister-in-law denied him. Reginald's mercenaries attack Gideon leaving him with an abdominal wound. About to die he marries Adelaide in a very unemotional and artificial way.
The romantic appeal is limited at best for her relationship with the rancher is rather forced and not of a natural feel. Her romantic notions seem to carry her away, but the author tries not to let her which feels forced. The only authentic relationship formed throughout the book is the relationship she has with the little girl.
While I don't have a issue Christian writers, she writes over the top God language. Christian historical fiction should have a particular amount of religious speak, but the problem with most Christian writers especially Karen Witemeyer is that they overload the story with spiritual jargon. Historically speaking religion is a part of the everyday American life, but it is not drawn out into an entire page or two of spiritual thoughts. When something is a part of everyday life it isn't drawn out and rehashed fifteen different ways. This will probably overwhelm the readers and take away from the actual story.
With artificial romance and forced spiritual journey of the characters, I say skip this and go read something with real human connection and emotions.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Originally I had bought this book for my dad as Christmas present, but before wrapping it I took a peak like the bad kid I am and found this to be highly entertaining. From the first quote to the last, I was rolling on the floor laughing. I was so hooked to what crazy thing this old man was going to say next I even read it while cooking. I don't recommend that. In what started as a Twitter feed quickly became a book and then a TV show. It is not surprising Halpren's immediate success after reading just a few of his dad's now infamous quotes. Halpren's story of his father and their relationship will make you laugh, smile quite possibly tear up.
It is broke up into fairly easy to read chapters with a couple of stories and then after each chapter there is about two pages with humorous side-splitting quotes from his father. It is a quick and light-hearted read which will do nicely after the holiday overload. There is foul language in it, but the foul language will probably remind you of some old man in your life who is set in his way and isn't going to change for the world. We laugh at touching humorous stories such as these, because we see someone we know or ourselves in this one man's quotes. It's refreshing to see a no-name author can achieve all of this with just the start of a Twitter feed.