Monday, November 29, 2010

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I think I am officially done with Nicholas Sparks. I find his stuff so formulaic at this point. This reminded me of an old lifetime original movie (or "Sleeping With the Enemy" starring Julia Roberts from the 90's) it is about a woman named Erin who escapes her abusive husband and lands in North Carolina, on the run and skittish about meeting new people. She's worried her husband will come back for her and makes every effort to try to be invisible. Too bad she's absolutely beautiful and attracts the attention of the local store owner, a widower with two wonderful kids...oh and he's a great dad and absolutely perfect (of course!). I just think Sparks should expose character flaws as well as the good. I don't consider a widower still loving his wife who passed away suddenly a character flaw.

Zombies Vs Unicorns by Holly Black

This book is what happens when two teen authors get into a fun argument about how awesome zombies are rather than unicorns. Holly Black from the popular "Tithe: A Modern Fairytale" and Justine Larabalestier, wife of Scott Westerfeld compile short stories from popular teen authors like Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, and Cassandra Clare to prove once and for all which one is better. Each author has a new twist on the popular tropes of each. I really enjoyed Meg Cabot's "Princess Prettypants" and "The Third Virgin" by Kathleen Duey for Team Unicorn and "Cold Hands" by Cassandra Clare from Team Zombie. Each story was unique and I never felt tired of reading about either topic. As a person who loves both zombies and unicorns, I really couldn't decide which was better by the end.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Cold Sight by Leslie Parrish

It's always fun to find a new author. I stumbled across this book by serendipity. It reminds me slightly of the Kay Hooper Bishop series of psychic FBI agents. (She really needs to write those faster!) Cold Sight is about a man with psychic skills that he and a few others use to solve crimes. He got "burned" on his last case and is trying to stay out of everything in a small town. But, murder and a pushy reporter find him anyway. The characters are likable, the story has a nice twist and I enjoyed it. If you like your suspense with a little romance, give it a try. Can't wait for book two, Cold Touch.But that comes out in April!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Squirrel seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Once again David Sedaris indulges in the darker side of human nature...only this time using animals. This anthropomorphism might remind you of picture books of your youth but don't be fooled. These aren't your ordinary sweet happy endings or lovable animals. Awkward first dates, "one uppers", racism, parenting, know it alls, chronic complainers, AA, Sedaris covers it all and more. His endings leave you thinking about the characters long after.