Thursday, May 3, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Listen by Rene Gutteridge

I did not find this book completely undesirable. It was a page turner and had topics to think about and learn from. In the beginning I was enjoying the story and had an emotional connection with the characters. Then it happened. The stories believability started getting to me and the quality of writing wasn't wowing me. I found myself looking for the next far fetched scenario instead of having any kind of emotional connection with the story or its characters. 

I'd like to add that I agreed with the message the author was sending on the power of our words. This is an important topic that should be discussed and pondered. But if you are like me, and just like to be captivated by a good storyteller when you pick up a novel, this may not be the book for you. 

If you are part of a book club, this is a great choice. I read this with mine and it made for a very interesting discussion.

On a scale of 1 - 10:   5

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

This novel may not be for everyone. It is indeed no light read and can require a bit of mental focus. UGG! I personally developed my own timeline to keep track of the comings and goings between decades/centuries. BUT, Kate Morton is a masterful storyteller. She weaves you from 19th century to the 21st century with alluring skill, and makes it seem easy! If you are like myself, and enjoy the challenge of trying to figure everything out before the end, you will be awarded with some surprises. I love it when a novel can keep me guessing and this one did that and so much more!!!

On a scale of 1 - 10:   9.5