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Ok people, we’ve had a breakthrough 🙂 While exploring the other tour host’s blogs, I discovered that Carrie over at Sweet Southern Home had the brilliant idea of creating a separate blogspot blog just for hosting her giveaways. Such a brilliant idea in fact, that I have shamelessly stolen it, which means you may now only enter the giveaway via the convenient rafflecopter widget available here. So just click right through and register for Doing Dewey’s first ever giveaway!
Title: Dead Beautiful
Author: Melanie Dugan
Source: from publisher for a TLC Book Tour
Review Summary: Fun, enjoyable re-telling of the Persephone myth. Original enough to be interesting, true enough to the myth to have that extra level of awesome added by the parallels between the two stories. Well written with each character having a unique voice.
For those of you who don’t know the Persephone myth, a quick recap: Persephone, daughter of the Greek goddess of of the harvest, is abducted by Hades, the Greek god of the dead. Before she is rescued by her mother Demeter, she eats six pomegranate seeds. As a result, she is required to spend six months of every year with Hades and her mother is so distraught during those times that she neglects her job as goddess of the harvest and we have fall and winter. In Dead Beautiful, Melanie Dugan considers the possibility that Persephone wasn’t abducted after all but was just a rebellious teen who fell in love with Hades and didn’t have the courage to tell her mom. Read more »
Title: Moments of Being
Author: Virginia Woolf
Review Summary: Amazingly well written, but too much work to read it!
Moments of Being is a collection of five autobiographical essays by Virginia Woolf, not intended for publication. Editorial decisions interpreting Woolf’s drafts are clearly marked and it appears that few changes were necessary to make the essays feel finished. The editor’s comments were somewhat dry and literary enough that they required as much effort to read as the essays themselves, but I appreciated knowing the context in which the essays were written. The editor chose to present the essays in chronological order of their contents, not in the order they were written – a decision which made it much easier to understand the essays. Read more »
Title: Bound By Blood
Author: Leigh Savage, Kain Savage
Source: author giveaway on goodreads
Review Summary: A collection of short stories with an unacceptable number of typos, underdeveloped and unoriginal plots, and reliance on shock factor to make things creepy which really didn’t do it for me.
This book is a collection of short stories by Leigh Savage and her late father, all about vampires and other creatures which need blood to live. I won a signed copy on goodreads and had high hopes for the book, until it showed up and I discovered that the excerpts chosen for the bookmarks had typos. Unfortunately, this was indicative of the quality of the editing throughout the book which was filled with typos as large as having sentences repeated and words missing or inserted. Read more »
Title: I Never Fancied Him Anyway
Author: Claudia Carroll
Review Summary: My first foray into chick-flick romance novels, this turned out to be just what I was in the mood for. Light, but not too cheesy with believable characters; an interesting twist on the typical chick-flick; and of course a happy ending.
After reading the rather depressing classic, The House of Mirth, I needed something light and I Never Fancied Him Anyway was just the thing. Set in Dublin, I Never Fancied Him Anyway follows Cassandra as she tries to avoid falling for her best friend’s crush although her never-before-wrong psychic abilities tell her he’s the one. Complicating matters, she is offered a position as a talk show psychic working for her crush. This situation is made even more awkward when Cassandra realizes that her psychic powers take a vacation whenever her crush is around! Read more »
Title: The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
Author: Sonja Lyubomirsky
Review Summary: Really awesome self-help book, solidly grounded in research and with specific, actionable suggestions for becoming happier.
Unlike many happiness and self-help books, The How of Happiness is very solidly based in scientific research. The author, Sonja Lyubomirsky, is a psychology professor at UC Riverside with a degree from Stanford who does a great job pulling together current happiness research. The main premise of the book is that 50% of our happiness is inherited, only 10% is determined by circumstance, and 40% of our happiness is determined by our own thoughts and behavior. Activities presented here are intended to affect the proportion of happiness under our control. Read more »
Title: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Review Summary: Slightly creepy but intriguing story about a supposedly likable murder, but I found him an unsympathetic main character which made it hard for me to really care where the plot went.
The Talented Mr. Ripley is not a book I would have picked up on my own for fear it would be too dark. However, I’ve been enjoying doing group reads a lot and this was the next book for the Constant Reader Group on Goodreads. The book tells the story of Ripley, a man sent to Europe to talk an acquaintance into returning to the United States. Instead, he begins desperately wishing he has his acquaintance’s life and even murder won’t prevent our amoral protagonist from achieving his goals. I’m sure you can see why I was worried about it being too dark! Read more »
Author: Kristin Cashore
Review Summary: Well-written, unique world with magic that obeys believable rules, and great characters. Brought back fond memories of reading Tamora Pierce’s quartets about strong heroines taking on traditionally male roles.
Graceling is a story about Katsa, a rare individual Graced with a supernatural level of skill – in her case, the Grace of killing. Although previously the king has used Katsa to enforce his often cruel will on his subjects, in this novel she begins to question her place in his plans and discover her own identity. There is also a handsome prince (a supporting character who complements but doesn’t overshadow our heroine) and of course an evil villain. Read more »