Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Review: Night Circus

Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Format: Kindle Book
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars

Summary from GoodReads: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per¬formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

I don’t normally read fantasy, but this would be the type of fantasy book I would read. Similar to Harry Potter in that there is magic and some of the book is very made up, but it takes place in a real setting.

I only gave this book three stars. While I was intrigued with the whole idea, the book just didn’t grab me and keep hold of me through to the end.

I liked the characters the author developed. My favorite were the Murray twins and their interaction with Bailey. They were a lot of fun and the descriptions of them, their antics and the journeys did keep me entertained. I was shocked with Bailey and the ending of the story. I liked the game that was to be had, but it was a little confusing. I guess it was also confusing to the participants.

I guess what I didn’t like was all the detail of the meetings. It did seem like those just carried on and didn’t serve a great purpose to the story. I didn’t hate the book, just wasn’t as entertained.

Verdict: Give it a try. I know I will later try it in audio format. The book is read by Jim Dale (known from Harry Potter readings) and I hope this may give the book the flair I am looking for. I would give the cover 5 stars. This did help me to visualize the circus. Awesome cover.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: Dead in the Family

Dead in the Family
By Charlaine Harris
Kindle Book
Paranormal Romance
Part of a series: Sookie Stackhouse #10
Rating: 3 stars

Summary from GoodReads: After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

This book was an okay read. A lot is going on with the Faery War, but also with the political positions of all the vampires and weres. Everyone seems to be on edge, as well as Sookie who is not really sure what to do. Remember, she is part Fae, her brother and boss are shifters, and she is in love with two vampires. She does seem to be believing she is in love with Eric, but is she happy with him??

Verdict: 3 stars, an okay read. Seems to be a bridging book setting up a lot to happen in the next installment. For Sookie readers, enjoy but don’t expect fireworks.