Book Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

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I am using this book for the Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Literary Friday, and Book Club Friday.

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Summary from Goodreads: Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance… and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. This was the final book in the series and I think it wrapped it all up pretty well. Even though Sookie didn’t end up with the guy I wanted her to, the ending was good and the person she did end up with was probably the best choice!

4 stars

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Book Beginnings / The Friday 56

I’m reading And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini…

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“So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one. But just the one. Don’t either of you ask me for more.”

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“Women worked with fevered focus to pile onto platters pyramids of fluffy white rice speckled with bits of saffron. They cut bread, scraped crusty rice from the bottoms of pots, passed around dishes of fried eggplant topped with yogurt and dried mint.”

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

4374400I am using this book for the Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Literary Friday, Book Club Friday, and the May book club at Peanut Butter Fingers.

 photo ArtatHomeButton_zps18898da7.jpgSummary from Goodreads: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck… A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

Book Club Discussion Questions:

1. Were you rooting for Mia to stay or to go? How did you feel about the ending?
I definitely wanted her to stay… I thought it would be so dumb if she chose not to!! So I was pleased with the ending.

2. Did you find yourself more interested in the present day scenes where Mia is in the hospital or the flashback scenes that reveal more about Mia’s life before the accident?
I liked the flashbacks better… I was not a huge fan of the out-of-body experience crap that was going on with Mia in the present.

3. How did you feel about Mia and Adam’s relationship?
I understood it… Sometimes people want different things from life and it’s hard to choose between love and pursuing your dreams.

Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars. This book was totally not what I expected. I would have never read it if I knew it was about a girl who is “outside” her body the entire time. That was weird. Also it was a little frustrating because you know what her decision should be and ultimately is. Regardless, it was a good read and I may have shed a few tears at the end.

3stars

Literary Junkies

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1. What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.
I just finished If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It was totally not what I was expecting… It’s about a teenage girl who gets in a car accident and then she has an out of body experience and has to decide whether to live or die. It was interesting… 3 out of 5 stars.

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2. Summer is just ahead and my fave thing to fantasize about is laying in a hammock with a good book. What are your top three fave “summer” reads?
I don’t classify reads by reasons but I guess if you mean “light” reading then my favorites would be Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and two of Chelsea Handler’s books (Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, and/or Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea).

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3. What are your top three summer “to reads”?
I am getting And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and am so excited about that! And going to his book talk/signing on June 14th! Also excited to read Silver Linings Playbook next month; loved the movie. And I still need to read the last Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Ever After.

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4. What book do you wish they’d make a movie of?
All of my favorites that aren’t movies yet! If I had to pick a top three: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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5. Has your favorite author published a book lately or going to publish a book soon? Tell us about it.
See above (And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini). Also I am looking forward to Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming book Sisterland.

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