Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Let The Games Begin!



I began this book reluctantly at first; although I had heard some great praise for the Hunger Games.  Are the critics right?

The Hunger GamesSynopsis:

Katniss has lived all of her life in District 12 and every year they attend the Reaping where a male and female tribute is chosen.  She has grown up with her friend Gale hunting and providing for their families.   This year’s reaping is special because Katniss’s sister Prim is attending for the first time.    Both girls go to the reaping but when Prim’s name is drawn what will Katniss do?  The Hunger Games are a fight to the death.  There are always two tributes from each district, and who will the other be?

My Thoughts:

I am really glad I read this book and the critics were right on!  I thought the story was great!   I felt it was well written.  The protagonist is not superficial and shallow like many in young adult books.  The character of Katniss is realistic and knows the hardships in her world.  The conflict between Katniss and Peeta really helped push the story.  Suzanne Collins leaves you wanting more!

I spent most of yesterday finishing this book.  I don’t usually spend most of the day reading unless it is a Readathon.  What makes a great book for you?  For me it is a well told story, great characters, and great action.  I am ready for Catching Fire! Are you?

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Rating:

5/5

Monday, September 17, 2012

Are You Ready to Put Your Dancing Shoes On?



Wallflower in Bloom is the first novel by Claire Cook that I have ever read.  Thank you to Touchstone Books and Netgalley for an opportunity to read it.  I am excited to share this novel with you because it includes some of my favorite elements:  Dancing with the Stars, Reinvention, and Humor.

Synopsis:

Deidre is Tag’s little sister and his personal assistant.  She organizes everything for Tag from his living expenses to business and social media.  Tag the Rock star guru is the family money maker and not only employs Deidre but his parents as well.   One evening Deidre has decided she has had enough and quits.  She rushes home from the business trip to find out that Dancing with the Stars is looking for a replacement for an injured celebrity.   Her thoughts lead  to a way to get back at Tag and do something for herself for a change. She writes a letter to Dancing with the Stars asking about the possibility to of Tag’s little sister have a chance to dance as Tag.  Will Deidre make the cut?  How will she deal with her brother and the rest of her family?  Most important what will she learn about herself through this experience?
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My Thoughts:

I was very excited to read this book.  I had an opportunity to meet Claire in June on her tour.  Claire also appeared on Writer’s Corner to share about reinvention and this novel in an interview.   I found some humor in this book.  I loved the character development of the Protagonist as the pages turned.  I found the author’s descriptions of emotional eating a little uncomfortable to read.  I did find myself routing for Deidre in the end.  Over all I feel that Wallflower in Bloom has a very positive message.

What would you do if you had an opportunity to be part of Dancing with the Stars?  Would you respond like Deidre or would you have a different goal in mind?   I would love to be part of Dancing with the Stars and look forward to the people I could meet.

Claire would love to hear from you please stop by her Facebook page, twitter @clairecookwrites, and her website.

Rating:
4/5