Friday, March 11, 2011

Mrs. B's 2010 Book Reviews: October

Apparently, I didn't have much to say about October's selections!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins: Totally Awesome/5 Stars
I've definitely caught this fire.

Mocking Jay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins: Really Liked/4 Stars
I would have given it 4.5 if I could. Loved this series; am looking forward to the movie (whenever it comes out).

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (CD): Solid/Good/3 Stars
Sweet...interesting...entertaining...and a tad predictable.

BTW, did folks back in post-WWII times do nothing but write letters and notes? Sometimes three or four a day? Must have kept the postmen busy!

I listened to this so perhaps this bothered me more had I read it. I do have a copy; maybe I'll read it again someday.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan: Really Liked/4 Stars
Riordan's 4th in the series was a notch (star) more enjoyable/interesting to me than the first three. I really liked the concept of the Labyrinth and many of the "new" characters who popped up this go-round.

All in all, this has been a real fun series to read!

Angel Time (The Songs of the Seraphim #1) by Anne Rice: Hated It/1 Star
Typical Anne Rice. Limited parts of it were somewhat interesting, most of it was all over the place ramble (how much time can an author dedicate to describing a hotel in Riverside CA, anyway?)

Add to it the fact she wrote this after her "Come to Jesus" phase, well, yawn.

She certainly had an intriguing concept (which is why I stupidly bought it); a modern day hit man is offered a chance at redemption by becoming an angel's assistant. He travels (back) in time to help people in need.

Yeah, except he only goes one place and the story surrounding this job is just lame.

It's denoted as "The Songs of the Seraphim #1". Which means there will be more of them. Run screaming! The main character is not that likable; I can't see him carrying a series like Rice's Lestat (who, to give Rice credit, is one of the best fictional characters ever created, in my opinion).

The only good thing about this book was it was short.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey cuz. Took your recommendation on The Hunger Game series. Page turning stuff.
My last read was "Spousonomics", non-fiction book on marriage and economics.... Yes, sounds boring, but was really funny and maybe usefull. Worth a few hours.
Good luck with the juvenile neighbors.
The other Mr. B(itzer)