Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Alternately humorous and poignant, romantic and tragic, playful and dramatic, Spinning is the kind of wise, touching, emotion-packed novel readers have come to expect from Michael Baron.
Despite lukewarm reviews, I was a pretty big fan of Michael Baron's novel, When You Went Away. Despite not so great writing-Baron did have an uncanny knack for story telling and once I started Spinning, I could not wait to be spun quickly into Dylan's life. Sadly though, that never happened. I found Spinning to be poorly written, dull, and frankly, cliched. A few times it seemed like something was going to turn around and that kept me reading...only to be disappointed again and again.
I wish I could say that this novel did have some kind redeeming factor that allowed me to continue reading to the end, but it didn't. I did finish, mainly because once I realized that this book was going nowhere I was already too far in to give up but I definitely would not recommend this book. Even if it was a freebie on Kindle.
Monday, September 12, 2011
MADE IN THE U.S.A. is the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy children who must discover how cruel, unfair and frightening the world is before they come to a place they can finally call home.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he's still one of Houston's best detectives.
I finished this book about two weeks ago, and I do remember enjoying this book but two weeks after finishing it I can't really remember what made this book a good one, rather than just an okay book. I guess it was because the mystery portion of this book was compelling enough to propel this story forward...though, the secondary plot started out too vague and then resolved entirely too quickly.
I do remember feeling kind of hesitant about reading this book as it was labeled Christian Fiction...however I didn't pick up on a Christian theme at all. There was a few biblical quotes that were thrown around every once in awhile and some of the characters were Christian but that's about as far as it went. The book was kind of tame, compared to other crime dramas, so it would be an ideal read for someone who is doesn't care to read overly gory or sexualized crime novels but I wouldn't let the Christian fiction label turn anyone off.
I'm looking forward to other novels in the Roland March series.