mvenus929 (mvenus929) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 16 - 20

I'm on a roll right now. I'm already up to 22 books, and I'm slowly marking them off my to-be-read lists. Slowly. Anyway, here's books 16-20 for the year (started September 29).

16. His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novick
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

I'm not terribly impressed. It was an interesting perspective from a historical point of view, but it didn't have enough action, or romance, or something to really hold my attention. I felt like nothing happened, which I'm becoming used to in the middle of a series, not the start of it.

Rating: 2/5

17. An Offer From A Gentleman, by Julia Quinn
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

I've become obsessed with Julia Quinn. And it helps that this one is another sort of retelling of Cinderella. I'm a bit of a fanatic about fairy tell retellings. Which probably explains why I was so happy about writing my own with Fallon for NaNo. Anyway... it was a nice quick romance read. Not as much trashiness as many other romances I've read, even Quinn's herself. Still, it's a romance novel through and through. Tension between the characters is frequent and characteristic of the novel.

Rating: 3.5/5

18. I Heart Bloomberg, by Melody Carson
Genre: Teen Lit

What do you get when you put a family-focused Latina, a strong Christian girl, a shopaholic, and a young mother (without her child) together? Apparently a lot of uninteresting drama. The writing wasn't good, and the plot was, frankly, stupid. One character is Christian to the point that she seems to mention it at every turn (though I may just be more sensitive to that than the average 20-something). One character seems to have a nice level head at the start, but then loses it and becomes horribly superficial. It's just... stupid. Don't waste your time with it.

Rating: 2/5

19. Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris
Genre: Supernatural, Mystery

My friend is obsessed with True Blood, so she told me to read the series. After the first book, I enjoyed it enough to continue, but it's been a couple of months since I picked up the series. This book was interesting, and it's nice to see Sookie really explore her boundaries and get out of Bon Temps (yes, she did that with the second book, but she was also constantly with Bill). I liked the sexual tension she got herself in, and it'll be interesting to see how that plays out in the rest of the series. I'm officially hooked again.

Rating: 4/5

20. Dead To The World, by Charlaine Harris
Genre: Supernatural, Mystery

In the grand scheme of things, very little happened in this book. I felt bad for Sookie, but the world seemed to go back to how it was at the beginning, with the exception of Jason. I guess I was expecting a little more, so I wasn't as satisfied with this as I was with the last few. Still, it was a small triumph for Eric, even if he doesn't know it :)

Rating: 3/5
Tags: fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, romance, supernatural, teen lit

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