Book Nymphs

We survived our 50 books in one year challenge. In 2009 we are still reading...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger (#14, Fiction)

I need to start mixing in some quality reads with all these guilty pleasures.

This book felt thin. Throughout you can sort of guess how things are going to shake out at the end, but you're not really sure why, or the motivations, or why things are happening or happened. It's very fairy tale, then messy, and finally fairy tale again, with a twist of simplicity for extremely complicated circumstances.  She basically uses huge gaps in time to explain away the complication... a bit lazy? 

A disappointment after the first book.

2.5 out of 5.

Hush by Kate White (#13, Fiction)

I told you I would read all she has! This one was even better than The Sixes.

3.5 out of 5.

The Sixes by Kate White (#12, Fiction)

I've always been a sucker for a mystery, starting way back when with my trusty Christopher Pike books.  Now, 20+ years later it's still my go-to. Kate White is exactly what I need when I want a guilty pleasure book.  I will read all she's got.

3.5 out of 5.

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper (#11, Fiction)

I went to the library after This Is Where I Leave You was highly recommended to me. Unfortunately, the hold list was weeks long, so instead I went for another Jonathan Tropper novel.  I'm guessing that Jonathan Tropper has a very distinct voice.  Sort of a more casual, poor man's Jonathan Franzen. The characters are extremely flawed and the story is depressing overall, with humor weaved in for relief.

3.5 out of 5.

Broken Harbor by Tana French (#10, Fiction)

I'm still waiting for the mystery from Tana French's first book, In the Woods, to be solved.  But, in the meantime, I'll enjoy her other mysteries. Not the best, nor the worst of her murder squad series. It was a very dark read touching on the pressures of family life and how things unraveled for a previously happy family when the recession hit Ireland.

4 out of 5.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (#9, Fiction)

A book club pick. I tore through this book (my first post Teddy read... I didn't think I would ever read again!).  It was a very easy read and I was happy to ease back in, but it left me unsatisfied.  Upon reflection it felt like I had read a lesser version of a John Hughes movie. Meh.

2 out of 5.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (#8, Fiction)

Two years ago I left you with my scathing review of Gone Girl. It took another Gone Girl hater to suggest this book was as much a page-turner and far less infuriating.  I liked this one.  The characters certainly aren't loveable, but it's a messed up story that weaves and winds to an unexpected, but palatable conclusion.

3.5 out of 5.