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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Review: Shawls Two (Vogue Knitting on the go)

Vogue Knitting on the Go: Shawls Two (Vogue Knitting on the Go!) Vogue Knitting on the Go: Shawls Two by Trisha Malcolm

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
The patterns in this book are beautiful. The ratings on skill level for the patterns seem to be pretty right on. My only problem with pattern books, and this one seems to be no exception is that the yarn that is used in the patterns is either difficult to find, or way to expensive. I know how to substitute but it would be nice to have a pattern book that used yarns that the average knitter or crocheter can easily and affordable obtain.

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Review and Giveaway: Girls in Trucks :Contest Closed

First my review: Sarah is a debutante from South Carolina. While she has the title, she’s never really fit well into Charleston society. As she grows up and away from her southern life, by moving to New York, she experiences the ups and downs of becoming an adult. We get to follow her through all of this, from a young child to a mother.
I really liked this book. It was witty and comforting in a weird way. I did find that it jumped around a bit, and there were some things that I would have liked answered that weren’t. But I loved the story. Crouch has a way to make you laugh at a situation that you really shouldn’t be laughing at. I think that most women have been in bad relationships, and so on some level we can all connect with what Sarah is going through.
A truly great piece of Chick Lit. One that is easy to read and really makes you think.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Review: GateKEEPERS

Before I give you my review. I want to say that I always try to read a book cover to cover. It is a very rare thing for me to set a book down and never pick it back up. I especially try to read everything I get from an author or a publisher, as I feel that if they've sent me the book for free the least I can do is read the whole thing in order to write a proper review. I also try to find the good in everything, so even a bad book I'm going to look for positives when I write my review. But this one I feel as though reading it is becoming a chore. I truly thought this one sounded like it was going to be interesting, and there are probably people out there that are going to like it. But for me, it just wasn't my thing.


My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
I never follow the 50 page rule, I almost always try to read a book the whole way through. But I just couldn't get into this one.

I think the story has merit, and had I been able to get over my dislike for the writing style, maybe I could have finished it. But the way this book was written was just not for me. I think there was a bit too much detail and that the dialogue was a little dry.

I really wanted to like this one, but as the story starts out at a congressional hearing my mind wandered, much like Nathan's, the main character in the first chapter. I couldn't focus on what was going on, and I had to keep re-reading sections because I was a bit lost at times.

I do think I will try to pick this one up again in the future. I think there's a big secret being hidden and as Nathan tries to figure out why his project was halted, as well as why it seems he maybe getting blackballed in the world of architecture, that the story will pick up. But at this point I just can't seem to muster up the interest to read any further.

I don't think the book is bad, it's just not my style of writing. I hopefully someday will pick it up again, as I do want to find out why Nathan's project was stopped, I just don't think at this point I can.

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