This will be my final block of book reviews on this site. Posting on two different blogs is more than challenging and time consuming. I obviously haven’t done a good job with it either. So, I have decided to keep this site open for the history of my reviews and such, but my other site, Poetry by Pamela will contain all future reviews (except for children’s book reviews which will remain on here). But here are the reviews I have today.
Before I get into the reviews, let me make a couple of other comments.
1) Book Covers really do make a difference. I often buy a book (or bottle of wine) because I like the artwork. It indicates to me that the author either was a professional or used a professional. Book covers show me that it has a quality I enjoy. If they look too “homemade”, I usually pass on the book – and that’s too bad because it might be a very good book. If you are self-publishing, it is worth the expense to have a book cover professionally created and there are several graphic artists and book cover designers to choose from.
2) The Book Blurb is also critical. It tells me what the book is about and the genre. But it also teases me – it entices me to learn more – it makes me click BUY! But don’t mislead me in your blurb, that will make me angry and if I already wasn’t thrilled with your book, I will not leave a favorable review. Don’t tell me it is romance and then the romance is so minor that I miss it. Don’t tell me it is thirty different genres either. It can be historical fiction with some paranormal thrown in, but it shouldn’t be historical fiction with paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and romance. Come on, just naming your genre shouldn’t confuse the reader before they ever start reading. And, if I’m confused reading your blurb and promo material, I will most likely not have any confusion when I decide not to buy your book.
Okay, enough of my commentary – here are the reviews.
The Nightingale by Kirsten Hannah will, I’m sure, be in the top five (if not number one) in the books I’ve read this year. It has spoiled me for all other books. Dealing with WWII in France, Ms Hannah introduced us to two sisters, Isabelle and Vianne, who made a difference. The depth of the characters was incredible. The story was captivating and pulled me in from the very first chapter. I was there with them. I felt their pain. I felt their fear. I felt their sorrow. I felt their love. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It was definitely a book worth reading, and one I will read again. Five out of five stars unequivocally.
Sweet Sorrow by Tricia Drammeh was a YA book that I picked up on a whim. I don’t typically read YA but this was a story of the angst and challenges of growing up. It was an easy read and I read it in a short time – well written and made me love the lead character, Rowan. Four out of five stars.
Infinite Waters by Nicholas Rossis is a collection of short stories. I don’t typically read short stories but these were cleverly written and easy to read. Woven in between each story was a separate story and I had a little trouble following it, not because it wasn’t well written, but because I kept forgetting what happened in the last segment, but it was easy enough to return and quickly remind myself what was happening.
Plundering the Romance Novel by Ionia Martin is the best spoof story I have read. I love things that make me laugh and this certainly did just that. We have all read books and groaned because they hum along and suddenly throw in all the predictable elements. This book pokes fun at that and brings the narrator into the story, as well. It was easy to read and definitely made me laugh out loud. If you are looking for a fun read that will only take a short time, this is definitely the book for you. Five out of five stars