Ashlie (ardaigle) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 24 & 25

Title: Julia's Chocolates
Author: Kathy Lamb
Topics/Themes: Domestic Violence, Love, Family

I didn't like this book at all. To me, it seemed like a Lifetime original movie, which I also loathe.

The characters were either perfect or odious, with nothing in between. There was no depth to anyone. I also figured out the ending about 10 pages in so everything in between was a dreary race to the finish, at which point I could close this book and not look at it.

There were moments of humor and creativity, but overall I thought that it was awful, although it might certainly appeal to the same audience that enjoys Lifetime or Nicholas Sparks.

Title: Dead Like Me
Author: Charlaine Harris
Themes/Topics: Vampires, Supernatural Forces, Small Town

I've heard amazing things about the TV series Tru Blood, as based on the books, and was excited to read these. I tried watching the show but as a native of Louisiana the accents drove me crazy.

I was a little nervous to beginning reading as I feared it would be reminiscent of Twilight but I was pleasantly surprised. There was even a nod at mocking it when someone commented (paraphrased), "It's not like vampires want to be out in the sun, playing baseball." HA! These vampires are REAL vampires: walking dead, violent, sexy, and unable to go outside in the sun.

What a fun read! This is definitely a light and quick book, entertaining and interesting but not too taxing on the brain: a great read for the summer time. I can't wait to read the others.

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