Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

RoomiesRoomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Description from Goodreads

It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate

I gave this book five stars out of five

My thoughts:

This book was both well written and also a fun and interesting story. I really enjoyed the structure of this book. Chapters were short, and alternated between the different narrative voices of the two prospective college roommates. This constant switching back and forward between the two main characters, in an answer/response format, meant that there was a good pace to the story. I was always eager to find out what happened next, and was kept glued to the page.

It was a coming of age story about two girls preparing to leave home and go away to college, and how they dealt with moving on from friends, family and romantic relationships. It was a interesting look at how each of them viewed the impending changes in their lives. The wide mix of emotions they experienced ranged from excitement to fear and apprehension and everything in between.

It was also a story of change and growth. How two young women from different backgrounds, attempted to build a friendship, in advance of meeting physically, in the knowledge that they would soon be sharing a dorm room. It was fascinating to see how the relationship between the prospective ‘roomies’ developed through the course summer break.

I loved both of the main characters, and I especially enjoyed the interaction between them, getting to know each other by email and bonding.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants a light, entertaining read. The story, built upon the two girls leaving the family nest and their hopes for the future, was one that many of us will be able to recognise from our own experiences.

This review is based on a digital ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher.

Character Origins: Queen Ionia

The origins of a character. Queen Ionia. I like that.

Legends of Windemere

First, this character is named after Ionia of Readfulthings.  She has become a dear friend even though we only met this year, 2013.  So, I’m sure people are already jumping to the comments for one reason or another.

Now, the character of Queen Ionia is a major factor in Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies.  This is where I start deviating drastically from the game this series is based off of and she is one of the reasons.  The guy who ran the game loved ‘The Forgotten Realms’ and he brought in the famous NPC’s a lot.  It meant I had to make variations that grew over time when they were major players in the plot.  In this event, he used a popular character named The Simbul.  She is a sorceress who rules some kingdom and is sort of deranged because she tied magic rings to her…

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Quentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

QuentinHideQuentin Hide and the Evil Lord Twigton by Dean Kealy

Description from http://www.amazon.co.uk

Young Quentin Hide has just graduated from the Dragon Academy of Knights and Warriors, and with a new quest in his pocket, he’s off on his first adventure, but little does Quentin know, this may also be his last!

Quentin Hide and The Evil Lord Twigton was first seen on the blog: deanzdoodlez.com but see it here and now in all its glory with never before seen illustrations included!

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I was deliberating between three and four stars for this book, but decided that the inventiveness of the story and the entertainment provided warranted four.

This was a short story, that was quick, easy and very fun to read. I did think that the manner in which it was written was overly simplistic in nature. I will freely admit that I tend to be particularly critical about the more technical aspects of writing. I did, however, find that the strength of the story allowed me to mostly ignore this and enjoy it for what it was. A fun and inventive story.

I liked the characters of Quentin Hide and also the Evil Lord Twigton. They were well enough developed to feel very real, especially within the confines of a short story. I also loved the location of the professor’s office and his reasoning for it.

I really liked the plot twists, and I did not see them coming. This is, I think, for me, one of the marks of a good story, being surprised by events.

I would recommend this to others as  a quick, fun read. It  is reasonably short and a lot happened in these few pages. If you want to be entertained with some laughs for half an hour then it is definitely well worth a read.

Oh my F*cking Sweet mother of WOW!

I had to reblog this. What an awesome title. I shall be reading this book soon and am pretty excited about it.

readful things blog

Okay, so now that I have your attention…

 

There is this really great book floating around cyberspace called

 

Yesterday Road

 

Kevin book cover

I am the first to admit that I have not read it yet, but I am working on getting there. I have heard nothing but good things about this book–and that is highly unusual in and of itself. This to me means that the author either threatened a lot of people or that he is a damn good author. We are going to assume that Mr. Kevin Brennan is the Latter variety and not the former.

 

So here is what I am saying. Go buy the book if you have not done so already. Really, don’t wait for everyone else to do it. Treat this like a Black Friday Sale and beat the poor schmuck next to you senseless if they try to steal your copy.

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Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein

LovegonemadLove Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein

Description from Goodreads

When heart surgeon Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty, RN, meet at the hospital where they work, neither has any idea of the scorpion’s nest into which they’ve stumbled. Strange and frightening events begin happening to each of them; someone is after them both–and the stalker is not only brilliant and crafty, but vows to exact revenge for the ultimate betrayal. As things spin out of control, Megan and Adrian fight for their lives.

I gave this book four stars out of five

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was something of a psychological thriller, with a love story thrown into the mix. It was moderately paced, and the author had the ability to keep me interested all of the way to the end.

This book was filled with plot twists, which although generally relatively predictable, were executed in such a manner as to not diminish them in any way. The story kept moving forward and there was plenty of action to accompany the intelligent plot.

I liked the relationship between Adrian and Megan, and also how Adrian was introduced into the life of Megan’s little girl, Marlee The characters were interesting and well formed. The character of Conrad was fascinating, although I did find him to be a little larger than life, being a prime specimen both physically and mentally.

The story was very intelligent. It was a frightening glimpse into the mind of a very disturbed man, perceived as a paranoid delusional, and dealt with a subject that instils fear into many. I found the insight into forensic psychiatry to be both informative and revealing.

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants an intelligent thriller, filled with action and a touch of romance. I enjoyed this read immensely.

This review is based on a digital review copy provided by Netgalley and the publisher.