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In Which I Play Catch Up: Snippet Reviews Part 4

September 21, 2011

In an attempt to get back into the bloggy swing of things, I’m going to work through my backlog with some ultra-mini snippet reviews. My feelings on these books in 5 sentences or less!
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
I first read Something Borrowed back in 2008 and decided to re-read it this past summer after watching the movie. The movie was fun and entertaining, but re-reading the book reminded me just how much more depth there was to the story and that there’s more to it than just a girl unfortunately falling in love with her best friend’s fiance. I’m generally not going to be okay with infidelity, in real life or in fiction, so that fact that Giffin was able to get me to root for someone having an affair, especially mere months after I got married in 2008, is a testament to her storytelling abilities. I enjoyed Something Borrowed as much, if not more, than I did the first time around – and now I need to get The Heart of the Matter of my shelf and read it! Highly recommended if you like chick lit/woman’s fiction along the lines of Marian Keyes or Jane Green
My rating: 9/10
Soundtrack Saturday

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
To be perfectly honest, Beauty Queens is not the type of book I would normally pick up, but it was the pick for the first Forever YA book club, so I found myself displaying this cover in public on my way to work. Let me tell you, this book was crazycakes. I really liked the first half of it, I thought it had a great mix of silly and serious, but the seriousness disappeared almost completely from the second half. I still enjoyed the book, I was just expecting a bit more of a Lord of the Flies edge and less of a teeny bopper Disney TV movie vibe. It was definitely an entertaining book, I think I was just way outside the target demographic.
My rating: 7/10
Soundtrack Saturday 

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
This is another one that I read because of Forever YA and, you know, I really liked it. Yes, there were plot issues and problems with world building, but for someone who only dabbles in the paranormal genre it was a fun read. I did have trouble getting in to it, though, and lost interested whenever there was a scene that didn’t include Sam. But about half way through it picked up (and not just because of that scene in the cage) and the last half flew right by. It felt like the set up to a series and I’ve heard there’s at least going to be a sequel, which makes me happy because I want to spend more time with Sam and Brooke and the gang.
My rating: 8/10

You Know When The Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
You Know When The Men Are Gone is a collection of short stories about families in a military base, and I’ll be honest, army life – the decision to join, the reality of being part of military family – is something I don’t understand. But this is one of the reasons I love reading, it puts me face to face with life situations that I’m not familiar with. I thought that Fallon did a fantastic job of providing snapshots of what that life is like. I liked how the stories were loosely interconnected, although a couple times I had to flip back to for a refresher on how exactly a character tied into a previous story. The only negative I can think of, really, is that a couple of the stories had open endings and I really wanted to know how things turned out for those families!
My rating: 8/10

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2011 5:29 am

    I still need to see that movie.

    More Disney than Lord of the Flies? Thanks for the warning.

    Great minis.

    • September 25, 2011 1:43 pm

      The movie makes for a fun girls night, especially because of John Krasinski. But of course the book is still way better.

  2. September 22, 2011 10:11 am

    The Beauty Queens cover cracks me up. :-)

    • September 25, 2011 1:44 pm

      It is pretty fantastic, but it definitely stood out in a train full of business commuters ;)

  3. September 23, 2011 2:49 pm

    glad that you liked something borrowed. i have it on my bookshelf, but my friend read the book before i had a chance to get to it and she told me that she hated all of the characters in the book which made me not want to read it. i might have to give the book a try now though after seeing your endorsement of the book.

    • September 25, 2011 1:46 pm

      Yes, definitely give it a try. I think most people I’ve talked to (or read reviews written by) have really liked it.

  4. September 23, 2011 6:24 pm

    Enjoyed reading your snippets. I’ve thought about adding Beauty Queens to my list, but I appreciate the Disney warning. Sometimes I notice that I fall outside the audience range for YA too… I listened to part of You Know and just found it to be dry and depressing. I think it would have come across differently in print, though.

    • September 25, 2011 1:53 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sure how You Know would come across on audio, but in print it was great. But I’ve also found that short stories work great with my shorter attention span ;)

  5. September 23, 2011 6:32 pm

    I’ve never read Emily Giffin, but I’m interested now! I’m rather not ok with infidelity, too, so hearing we’re the same on that point makes me think I could maybe like Something Borrowed, too. I have a copy of Beauty Queens waiting for me on my shelf, and I’m looking forward to reading it — it sounds a little nuts!

    • September 25, 2011 1:57 pm

      Beauty Queens is totally nuts. If you go in to it prepared to suspend reality and ready for large amounts of satire, I think you’ll enjoy it :)

  6. September 24, 2011 1:19 am

    I loved Something Borrowed too, much more than I expected too! Like you I was surprised that I could root for those characters, but I completely did. Not as much luck with Beauty Queens though; like you I felt I wasn’t the target, so… meh.

    • September 25, 2011 1:58 pm

      I know! I never thought I’d like a book about infidelity so much I’d want to read it twice. Now I need to re-read Something Blue.

  7. September 24, 2011 4:25 am

    I kind of want to read Hold me Closer, Necromancer for the awesome title alone :P Glad to hear it’s good!

    • September 25, 2011 2:00 pm

      Each chapter title is a different song name, which had all sorts of music flitting through my brain while I read. It was an extra layer of fun!

  8. September 24, 2011 1:54 pm

    i’ve never read any of emily giffin’s books but her covers are so cute. also, i love the idea of short reviews–sometimes that’s all you need. :)
    ps. the name siobhan? i LOVE it.

    • September 25, 2011 2:02 pm

      I’m sure that the covers were what caused me read Emily Giffin’s books in the first place.

      And thanks! These snippet reviews are the only thing keeping my to-review pile from toppling off the side of my desk ;)

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