Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wisconsin here we come!

I will be selecting a few good books and taking them with me camping.  I am looking forward to some technology free days spent outside enjoying the beauty that is Wisconsin.  We will be packing the kids bird books, nature journals, and binoculars.  I have ordered To Kill a Mockingbird on CD for the family to listen to in the car on the way there.  I find there is no better time to educate your kids than when they are a captive audience.  I told them they could only bring one electronic toy each and they exploded in anger.  Really?  Kids today as so spoiled.  In my day....  You get the idea.  We are praying for a rain free trip.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Book Four in The Mortal Instruments series.

I loved the first three books.  There was such a long wait between books three and four that I forgot a lot of the plot happenings so it took me a while to get into it.  That said, I still didn't like it as much.  Jace being so vulnerable and his refusal to believe that Clary loves his was getting a bit annoying.  I like Jace's combination of bad ass Shadowhunter and wounded soul, but enough already!  I liked Simon's storyline, but couldn't (and still can't) remember anything about the Mark of Cain.  The back of the book says it's going to be a movie--looking forward to that.  I think my daughter would like it.  Overall, the series is great.  I will read anything written by Cassandra Clare.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Vampire Diaries, The Return - Nightfall by L.J. Smith

I picked this one up because my daughter loves Vampire Diaries books and t.v. series.  I, however, am not that taken with it.  I find the T.V. series annoying.  There is way too much whining and teenage angst.  The first few books were okay, but not great.  My daughter said that she like the Return Series better than the first series and I think it was, a bit, better.  I still didn't love it and probably won't read the others unless I'm desperate for a vampire story.  Still too much whining and sap for me.  Plus I don't really like the characters much.  Elena is annoying and so is Stephen.  Damon is more interesting, but evil, so I can't like him either.

The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

Book 2 in the Nathaniel Cade Series

I loved the first book.  I was intrigued by the idea of someone who was forcibly turned vampire hating what he was so much that he had himself bound to do the will of the President of the United States.  The second book, however, was a bit disappointing.  I am much more interested in Cade and his relationships and what makes him tick, than I am the action.  This book was mostly action and actually very little about Cade.  On top of that, the book skipped around with little flashes of information then switching scenes and more little flashes.   Each chapter was fairly short and there was always info. to read at the top the chapter before you could get back to the story.  I HATE THAT!  I hate having to stop what I'm reading and read a poem or some other such thing.  It requires a shift in thinking away from the story and most of the time it isn't always obvious how the snippet relates to story.  Then I have to stop and think about it which it something I usually don't want to take the time to do.  If I skip it, I always feel guilty.  If I read it I'm always annoyed.