Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: The Lake House

The Lake House
The Lake House by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I've heard Patterson's name every once in a while over the years but never got around to reading one of his books. Last week my husband and I went by a thrift store to drop off some yarn and I checked out their books. Saw this book, thought it sounded interesting, and thought, "Why not?"

Ever watched a movie or a read a book where at the end you ask, "Why didn't the protagonist just do (fill in the blank) in the beginning?" Yep, this is pretty much one of those. If Frannie, Kit, and the 6 children had just done a few things differently in the beginning the book would've been much different, and better. There were decisions made that were just not that smart, perhaps not dumb, but there were smarter options available.

The book also felt cliché. Mad scientist, doctor with ego the size of the planet, said doctor has clones of himself and a Stepford Wife, FBI without a sense of humor, clueless parents, a teen girl who falls in love, women melting into mens arms, so on. The oldies are sometimes not that great.

I do hope this is not the best example of his writing.

Hmmm… Not bored so far. There are a few things I take issue with. There was an experiment done where bird DNA was put together with human DNA. The children were put into women who were unaware of the type of fertilize egg being implanted. At around 8 months these women were then told that there was something wrong with the pregnancy and an emergency C-section would have to be done. Afterward the parents were then told that the child died.

In the previous book this was all uncovered. The children are now back with their biological parents. The woman and man who had rescued the children sued for custody, and lost. This first part deals with the hearing.

The issue I take is the arguments used in the hearing are pretty bad. The lawyer on the side of the bio parents use the unmarried, no children status of the individual suing for custody as reasons why they make bad parents. Ha, that could easily be dismissed. The individuals suing for custody know that the children would do much better in her care because the children have imprinted on her and the man, but this is never bought up.

The proceeding seemed overly simplified. It felt as if Patterson had to write it but didn't want to bother with fleshing it out and giving it some meat.

Part 2: Flying Lessons

Not catching me really. Nothing wrong with it but… Just not getting into it. The writing is good though, so I may look into some of Patterson's other books. This does feel like it is written for a younger audience.

As far as I can tell, the parents of the children are idiots. Frannie and Kit (the two who tried for custody) have gone their separate ways and neither have attempted visiting any of the children. That is what I don't get. Just because they didn't get custody doesn't mean they can't be friends with they children.

No one is calling child abuse on the way the bio parents excessively push reporters onto these children. I'm also puzzled as to how a judge can come to the conclusion that splitting up 6 children that have been together ranging from 4-12 years in the best interest for the children.

Part 3: House Calls

The Stepford Wife crap? Really! Sure it fits this guys personality but is rather a silly thing to add in my opinion. Stereotypical. This book seems to rely heavily on stereotypes. The evil genius doctor, the courts siding with married bio parents simply because they are bio and married, the FBI agent who sides with the FBI over his feelings for the children, parents are all into using the children as money makers. It feels as if this book is full of stereotypes and has a dearth of personalities.

As for flying the coop? I personally wonder what took them so long. It's not like living with bio parents was actually providing them with anything but an awkward attempt at normalcy.

Part 4: Yellow Brick Road

Not certain why this part is named as it is. Finally things seem to be moving along. No more reading about moping kids, sad adults, or gerk offs. Now something is actually happening. Of course we get to witness the stereotypical woman melting into a man's arms, twice. I do wonder why the Doctor waited so long to move on the kids.

Part 5: The Hospital

So, Frannie and Kit decide it would be a good idea to leave 6 children who are being hunted alone? Really? Seriously? Not only that, they head off to talk to somebody in a hospital that they think is The Hospital and it never occurs to them that by doing so they could very well be warning the person who is having these children hunted down. Wow! Good job there, smart! *eye roll* And the clone thing is just silly as well.

Part 6: A Brand New Day & Epilogue

Too bad Oz had to die. I skimmed most of this, was ready for another read..

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: Exposure: A Virals Novel

Exposure: A Virals Novel
Exposure: A Virals Novel by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As enjoyable as the others. The ending did not surprise me though. I knew that it would happen eventually, about time really.

There was one thing that did bother me a bit. All that class skipping. Perhaps it is different with other schools, but the one I went to for high school it was a pain to get off campus. You couldn't just up and take off. Nor could you just wonder in after the start of school without someone noticing. Perhaps things are different now.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Night Broken

Night Broken
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved! At first in was hesitant because I thought, "Oh, geeze ex-wife staying with Adam. Such a silly trope, please not this!" Nope, not that bad. There was of course some tension but the story focused on other things. For example, some more info on Mercy's heritage and Coyote. Fun times on that! And then there is that darn stick...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: The Silence of the Library

The Silence of the Library
The Silence of the Library by Miranda James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meh, that's really as good as it got for me. I enjoyed myself while reading, but was never left wanting more. The characterization of Diesel started to get annoying. It was like James had to add him in every paragraph out of some compulsion. Also, a lot of the characters seemed rude, short, grumpy, and/or generally unhappy.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Clean Sweep

Clean Sweep
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love! Ilona Andrews always come up with the most unique magic and modern life mixtures I've seen. Clean Sweep is no exception. I love the Inns, most especially the kitchen. Oh, if I could just have a pantry like that. They also seemed to be subtly poking fun at the vampire/werewolf love triangle. Though to be clear there is only the barest of romance. The entirety of this story contains unique creatures, places, and magic. It is very much its own unique world. I do hope to see more in the future.

Now that I have the initial gush over I can write more clearly. Dina is an Innkeeper. This means she has an Inn, with currently one guest. Her and the Inn have a kind of symbiotic relationship, she takes care of the Inn and it takes care of her. On the Inn grounds her power, so far, seems limitless. Off Inn grounds, her power is severely limited.

For the most part Inns are neutral territory, only getting involved when the Inn and it's guests are threatened. Dina though is not a typical Innkeeper. She just can't stand by while her neighbors are at risk. So she involves herself before her neighbors get hurt pr possibly even killed.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: Blood Trinity

Blood Trinity
Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have not actually finished the book, I'm just done with it. I've been puzzling out my thoughts on this book and why I'm not inclined to read it and I've figured it out. Characters are not memorable and I have no sense of curiosity about what comes next. I do enjoy reading the novel, when I am actively reading it, but after putting it down I have no desire to pick it back up. In fact I find myself thinking about the pile of books I would like to read.

Another reviewer mentioned Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I have to agree. The snappy comebacks and commentary feel like stuff Buffy would say. Not too annoying but I do think it interferes with the character building. One thing that did annoy me was Evalle's hormonal reaction to every new male she met. This woman feels as if she needs to get laid. Another thing was the author's use of alpha. Every single male it seemed had alpha instincts. Females were not described with alpha, even though none of them seemed beta to me, Evalle seemed alpha herself. I begin to wonder if the author knows what that word means. More likely though, she's making the mistake of telling instead of showing.

PS. I had to look up Evalle's name. That is how little of an impression this character left.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review: Thankless in Death

Thankless in Death
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a bit of time to finish this one, about a week. I think that had more to do with getting pulled into a knit project. This book, was fun and enjoyable but felt lacking a bit. I would have liked to see more with Roarke's family. Also lacked in the Eve Summerset sniping. For the most part there seemed to be a lot of focus on the mystery, the family bits really didn't come in until the last third of the story.

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