Thursday, January 31, 2013

A few quick reviews

As the month winds down, I have a few final reviews I wanted to share with you. These were all excellent reads -- I was blessed with a great reading month. Huge update on January reading tomorrow, so stay tuned. 

Son by Lois Lowry

Love, love, love. This last book in The Giver Quartet definitely had the tears flowing, but it was such a perfect ending. The gorgeous writing of Lois Lowry never disappoints me and Claire was an excellent companion character to the other novels. The message of how to overcome evil is prominent and perfectly executed. Definitely add this one to your list if you enjoyed the others (even if you haven't read past The Giver). 

(A big thank you to Houghton Mifflin for the review copy!)

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

Holy crow. I loved this book. Such a surprise! I hadn't heard much about it before borrowing a friend's copy, but it was an extreme page turner. An awesome intro into the world of art fiction with a complex main character and a thrilling plot. If you need something to jumpstart your February reading, buy/borrow this one!

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

In love with Downton Abbey like me? I knew I wanted a new audio series set during that time period and after asking around on Twitter, I ended up with this first of a series. I don't know how I've missed out for so long, but I absolutely loved every single thing about this book. The characters, the story, the setting, the emotions, the unique mystery -- everything. 

This is the first in the series and I believe book 6 is I'm going to try to pace myself through the series and make it last longer. I kinda hate the cover though. Am I alone in that?

Where We Belong/Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

This is where I make a confession. Totally though Emily Giffin's novels were total chick-lit fluff. Like Danielle Steel minus all the sex (sorry to all DS fans).  I'm definitely not a fan of the overly girly covers, because those are what gave me the fluff impression in the first place and I ended up being completely wrong!

Much meatier than I expected, I really got into Where We Belong. The plot line wasn't entirely unique, but a spin was placed on it that was interesting and pulled me into the story and I wanted to know what would happen to each of the characters. Very important!

I didn't love, love Heart of the Matter, but Giffin's characters are just so darn likable! Even the ones that made poor decisions and essentially broke up families were still likable as characters and I think that's why Giffin is such a well-loved author. Her books are realistic and relatable. I'm picking up Baby Proof next. 

Still not a huge fan of the covers, despite all that. I definitely judge by the cover and I would have picked up the books much sooner had they not looked so light and fluffy. I get that light and fluffy is a preferred "genre" for some though, so I should just be quiet. 


Lisa said...

I can read Son without reading past The Giver? A friend keeps pushing Son on me, and it's always on the shelf, but I never read the others.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I'm a huge fan of Emily Giffin. I also thought her books were really fluffy until I finally picked one up, since then I have read them all. The Art Forger was AWESOME! I really liked it too. And Maisie Dobbs is one I've been meaning to pick up for such a long time! Glad to hear you loved it.

Amanda said...

Lisa, yes! As long as you've read The Giver, you'll be fine. Even that isn't totally necessary, but the story all kinda comes full circle.

Susan said...

I loved THE ART FORGER, too. Great book, but very underrated. Why do the really good ones always seem to go unnoticed??