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.


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. :)