Monday, February 28, 2011

Tara Road - Maeve Binchy

This was my first Maeve. was supposedly set in the '90s, but it felt more like the '50s. It's mainly about an irish girl who falls in love and gets married to a go-getter. It has a few too many characters, there's the colleagues and the neighbours and the mum and the sister and the kids and their friends, and then the sam for the american broad.
when it ended the characters were in a much better headspace, but there were still a few details i wanted to find out...but it was a pretty big book, so i guess maeve was over it by that stage.
i don't think i laughed at all - her son was amusing. defo didn't cry - but did get shocked at one point - the other million pages were pretty predictable.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ever - Gail Carson Levine

Meh - interesting idea, but this is probably my least fave of Gail's books (that I've read). I like my literature nice & light - so human sacrifice doesn't really do it for me.
Interesting characters - but left a few unanswered questions.
She could have been a bit more explicit in her descriptions, because I can't really remember what the places looked like. And the GODS and their powers could have been more impressive (like in Percy Jackson - the movie).
After Ashling (which I'm currently reading) - I think I'll go back to contemporary adult fiction for a couple of books.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

93 - The last battle

I've finally finished narnia! (Except I haven't bothered with Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but if I see it in the library I will.) I was pretty over the series by this point. This last one had a couple of new characters & schemes that were interesting, but it didn't delve deep enough into anything. I know it's a kid's book, but you're talking about God and Heaven - it's not all black & white Clive!
***Spoiler alert following: plus he wrote Susan out of it! She was too busy with nylons & lipsticks! Sexist alert! I guess it's good he didn't kill her off like everyone else!***

Anyway, I'm glad I've read it - but it's not something I'll be in a hurry to read again.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Farseekers - Isobelle Carmody

This is the follow-up to Obernewtyn.....I really liked it:) There are once again too many characters & places & i can't keep track with all the weird spellings (what is it with fantasy?). But the story is really good & suspensful - i actually gasped out loud once or twice. I like how the animals are important characters too & have their own personalities. The romance isn't moving along fast enough though:(