“Emery cut in impatiently, ‘For crying out loud. Who do you think you are, Nancy Drew?’ ‘Hey,’ I snapped, because no one sniped at my sister but me, and Mark echoed with a stern ‘Chill, dude.’ Phin was unperturbed. ‘Those books were highly unrealistic. Do you have any idea how much brain damage a person would have if she were hit on the head and drugged with chloroform that often?’” Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Final Verdict: If you like the Nancy Drew, you’ll enjoy Texas Gothic. Think of Amy as the modern day Nancy Drew, but where the mysteries include actual ghosts!
“Shouldn’t someone give a pep talk or something?” Minho asked, pulling Thomas’s attention away from Alby. “Go ahead” Newt replied. Minho nodded and faced the crowd. “Be careful,” he said dryly. “Don’t die.” “Great. We’re all bloody inspired.” Newt said.” The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Final Verdict: An enjoyable read that’s plot-driven. If you like books that have strong characters that draw you in, this isn’t the book for you.
For the full review and the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation, click the name of the book.
For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Valentine’s Day, for everyone else, Happy Day Before the Chocolate Goes on Sale Day! Thankfully we no longer celebrate Lupercalia, as animal sacrifices, nudity, and whipping with strips of sacrificed animal skins just isn’t the sort of party I enjoy (honestly if you are unfamiliar with the older traditions before Valentine’s Day I highly recommend you go look it up!). With all the sugary sweet posts about romance, it is sometimes easy to forget that there is a darker side to romance; heartbreak. Today I will share a find about heartbreak, and two finds about why books are better dates anyway!
The first is about heartbreak, with 15 Profound Quotes About Heartbreak From Famous Authors. I thing this may be my favorite find for these three Valentine’s Day posts. I was not familiar with most of these quotes, and I really liked many of them. I think my favorite is from James Baldwin, who I had not heard of before.
Now to move on to why books are a much better date than real people. The first is a collection of 11 Reasons Why Books are Better Boyfriends, but I would argue they are better girlfriend/partners as well! So for the rest of the single readers, I hope you plan a date with a book like I am, as I think it will be an excellent way to celebrate (maybe with some chocolate as well).
Lastly is a great song from Carrie Fletcher called, Boys in Books are Better (if you are unfamiliar with her on Youtube, I suggest you check her out, she sings in Les Mis currently and has a number of posts about books!). I love the song and the sentiment, however, I do not share all her views on who is a good match. It is a fun song, and I think one most avid readers can at least understand.
So how will you guys be spending today? Anyone else going on a date with a book, if so any good ones? I haven’t quiet figured out which book I will be spending the night with!
Book Title: Spirit and Dust (Goodnight Family #2) Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore “It didn’t matter, because he was an employee of a criminal enterprise and I was an FBI consultant and, oh yeah, technically kidnapped and probably in the throes of some kind of Stockholm syndrome.” Daisy Goodnight, Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Cement-Moore
Final Verdict: Overall, an enjoyable paranormal mystery. The paranormal world and characters are interesting and are what make this book enjoyable. The mystery, however, may leave you disappointed in the end.
“Dead or alive or somewhere in between, I could still kick a guy in the brimstones. Dante dropped to the ground, clutching what was probably his crotch under that stupid Snuggie he’d no doubt bought from a late-night infomercial.” Kirsty, The Reluctant Reaper by Gina X. Grant
Final Verdict: The Reluctant Reaper is okay; not awe inspiring brilliance or excruciating torture.