Thursday, July 12, 2012

Funeral Potatoes by Joni Hilton

I have read books by this author in the past and have really enjoyed them.  I can't really remember much about them though, so I have no idea if they are the same as this one as far as plots go.

This book has a lot of amusing anecdotes especially if you are LDS and understand the language that normal mormons use.  Unfortunately I couldn't quite find the plot.  It seemed like a bunch of stories put together in one.  I wasn't super impressed with the book and almost thought I wasted my time with this particular book.  I don't feel like all the characters were developed as much as they could have been and the plot really struggled.  It did make me laugh quite a bit though so that was a redeeming quality.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

No Place Like Home - Mary Higgins Clark

Occasionally I get tired of all the love stories.  It seems like every book I read has a love story in it.  Most of them are cheesy or predictable story lines.  I have had a few of those lately so I decided a good Mary Higgins Clark book would get me out of the love stories.

This one was a good mystery. From the first few pages all the way to the end had me wondering what was the connection between all these things and who was behind it all.  Of course there was one particular guy whom I suspected to be behind all of it from the beginning, but just like all good mysteries, it is never the person you first suspect or maybe even hope it is.  I thought I had it figured out a few times, but the one outcome I had eliminated in my mind was the one that ended the book.  If you are in the mood for a good mystery, this is one of them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blackberry Crumble by Josi Kilpack

I kind of forgot about this blog.  I might be that it took me about 6 months to read one book.  It wasn't this book however.

This book is the fifth in it's series by Josi Kilpack.  I really have grown attached to the characters in the stories and get excited to find out what will happen to them in the next book.  I have also tried some of the recipes and most of them that I have tried I've really enjoyed.  I think this was a good idea for a book series.

As the fifth book in a series, I was kind of nervous that it would kind of be a repeat of the other four and that I would start getting bored with it.  Luckily I was surprised to find that it was different than the others leaving me still guessing at the end of the book.  I'm glad that it wasn't predictable and that the author was able to bring in a different type of story without ruining the whole series!  I am excited to read the next book in her series.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Second Sun by Chris Stewart

The Second Sun

Yet another Chris Stewart book that I can’t get enough of.  The Great and Terrible Series is just so amazing and this book really makes you start thinking about things that could possibly happen in the future.  This particular book is one of my favorites from the series.  It is starting to really bring things into focus from the previous books as well as leave you hanging for what is going to happen in the rest.

Chris Stewart is an amazing author.  The descriptions of everything that happens in the book are so vivid.  He descibes things perfectly.  A lot of research and experience were put into these books and that time was not wasted.  AMAZING!!!!!

Eddie Fantastic by Chris Heimerdinger

Eddie Fantastic

I really enjoyed this book as well.  Chris Heimerdinger is a pro with the time variances.  It seems that most of his books have some sort of time shifting element but I really don’t mind.  I liked this book from start to finish.  It was fun to read and Duck was my very favorite character.

That being said, I was not happy with the ending.  He definitely left it open for a second book but he left too many loose ends that needed to be tied up.  The numbers that he was told to memorize didn’t turn into anything.  I really wanted to know what that was.  Although if he ever does write a second one, I’m sure he’ll tie that in but there is no sequel to Eddie Fantastic in the works.

Overall though, the book was good and I would probably recommend it to others and even to my kids as they get older.

The Fourth Nephite by Jeffery Savage

The Fourth Nephite

This book was really interesting.  Since it is obvious by the title that it is LDS fiction, I excepted something in the Book of Mormon time period just based on the title.  I had even read the description of the book and thought that it was a time travel type book that would send him back to Book of Mormon times not unlike the Tennis Shoes books by Chris Heimerdinger.

I was pleasantly surprised when it had a completely different time travel than expected.  This author did an excellent job portraying what many LDS teens are thinking and feeling today.  I really liked that he made it easy for someone that age to read.  I also like the whole story.  I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.  It’s an easy read but a good story.

Chaos by Jeff Downs

This was an interesting book if you like suspense novels.  It wasn’t extremely suspenseful and I kind of wished that it would have had a little more to it.  It seems kind of random although I suppose the title of the book fits that.  They also threw in the LDS fiction story as well.  I think it could have been better.  I like the suspense novels to make you think a little more or have something a little more close to the characters that happened, but like I said before the title fits the story.