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Snippet Reviews: The Postmistress, Ten Big Ones, Sloppy Firsts

February 29, 2012

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
My first thought upon finishing The Postmistress was that I felt I should have liked it more. There didn’t seem really to a tight, coherent storyline, the plot seemed messy and all over the place. Okay, when you have a book with multiple points of view, you’re going to expect that it seems disjointed at first but then comes together at some point. And while the storylines did join up, the overall plot seemed a lot tighter in the beginning, and kind of fell apart near the end – around the time that Frankie did, actually. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it for the most part, but near the end it felt like Blake was grasping at straws trying to pull everything together under one overarching message. It was an interesting experience, though, reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the same time, which was completely coincidental. Going from the bombed-out streets of London to the idyllic comfort of the WWII English countryside.
If you were planning on reading this, I’d say still go for it.
My rating: 6.5/10

Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
So, when you read enough Stephanie Plum books they all kind of blur together and become the same story, right? Which is why I need to take long breaks between books in this series. When I cracked Ten Big Ones open it had been well over a year since my last Plum and I was so ready for some hi-jinx with the old crew. And Ten Big Ones did not disappoint. Actually, I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a Stephanie Plum book this much – but that could have something to do with waiting so long to read it. Destroyed cars, Grandma Mazur, creepy bad guys – it’s all in there. But what I loved most about this one was the look into Ranger’s life. Love love loved it. I’m generally Team Morelli, but this one definitely had me rethinking that position.
My rating: 8/10

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
I feel very conflicted about this book. For the most part I did not like Jessica, not one bit. But I also don’t like my own teenaged diary self. And just same as how I can’t stop reading my old diaries when I dare to pick one up, even though I cringe so hard my face hurts, I flew through this one in almost record time. In conclusion, I didn’t not like it? Also, I finished it on Monday night, and the first thing I did on Tuesday morning (before even getting out of bed) was to put the second book on hold at the library. I don’t know why, but I need to read more.
I also don’t know how to rate this. 10 points for honesty? 3 points for likeableness? So… 7/10 perhaps?
PS – Is that supposed to be Jessica on the front cover? I’m pretty sure that they actually took a picture of her sister instead.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 29, 2012 7:53 am

    Let’s see…I felt the same way about The Postmistress, I’ve never read Janet Evanovich, and I totally know what you mean about reading old diaries. :-)

  2. February 29, 2012 9:38 am

    I’ve haven’t read any Janet Evanovich books. I know people love the series, but because it’s such a big series, I just don’t know where to start and I think that’s what keeps me from reading them although I will admit they all look interesting. Maybe I just need to jump in and try one.

  3. February 29, 2012 10:42 pm

    I think I enjoyed Sloppy Firsts more than you did even though it wasn’t as great as I imagined it to be. But you’re right, those must be her sister’s legs! Hehe!

  4. March 5, 2012 8:31 pm

    I didn’t really like Jess in Sloppy Firsts either. Didn’t really want to spend anymore time with her. Didn’t hate it, just didn’t like it.
    Enjoy Stephanie now, I think after the 10th one (maybe 11 or 12) is when they started to go downhill for me.


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