Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bite Size Book Reviews (1)

Title: Watching Willow Watts
Author: Talli Roland

This may sound weird, but the first thing I enjoyed about this story was the fact that it was written in British English (same as South African)! Silly, I know, but I read so much American English, that it was refreshing to read the British version of words :-)

What I remember most from reading THE STORY BOOK, by David Baboulene, is knowledge gaps - and Talli does this excellently. She jumps from one character's perspective to another, so that you, the reader, usually know what's going on, but the characters may not always have a clue. Which ramps up the tension!

WATCHING WILLOW WATTS (and I like the alliteration!) was a fun read :-)


Title: Open Minds
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

Sometimes you can tell when a book is self-published. In this case, you can't.

OPEN MINDS is a unique story with wonderful world building. I love (really love!) that Susan made up new words and slang to go with this imaginary futuristic world. She also surprised me in a few places when the story took unexpected turns - gotta love a story that's not predictable!

I'll definitely be reading the sequel, CLOSED HEARTS, when it comes out in 2012.



Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins

Oh my freaking FREAKOUT!
There. Are. No. Words.
So I won't even try.
(And everyone who knows what's good for them has read this already anyway!)









Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor

What incredible writing! And the story - the story! I could not have dreamed up something like this. No way. I have been completely captivated by Karou and the world(s) she inhabits.

It was like eating a fine handmade chocolate, dark and rich, after months of eating the cheap stuff. My literary appetite says, "Thank you, Laini, for an absolute delicacy of a novel!"


Definitely one of the best books I've read in 2011.


7 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

I've read two of these and love them, and one of them has been at the top of my tbr list since I first heard about it. I guess that means I'd better add the fourth one too :-)

Cherie Reich said...

Great reviews. I loved Talli's WATCHING WILLOW WATTS, and I'm looking forward to reading the other three.

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

British English? Methinks you miss Harry Potter.

J. A. Bennett said...

I'm dying to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I need some money first...

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you for the reviews!

I love that cover for Daughter of Smoke and Bone--the other one with the mask is good, but I love the violet/blue feathers here.

Trisha said...

I haven't read any of these! Wow! hehe. Loved these reviews.

Talli Roland said...

Thank you so much, Rachel! So pleased you enjoyed it. :)