Becky’s Sixth Book Review: “Explosive Eighteen” by Janet Evanovich

I just finished reading “Explosive Eighteen” by Janet Evanovich. This is part of the Stephanie Plum series. Anyone who hasn’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. Her books are a quick, fun read. The books are full of comedy, romance, action and very lovable characters.  The first book is called “One for the Money” and is being released as a movie staring Katherine Heigl on January 27. I am very excited.

Back to “Explosive Eighteen”: What can I say? It was a fun read like the other Stephanie Plum novels. I don’t want to go too much into the plot because it is so far into a series and I don’t want to give anything away. I will say that the usual love triangle is present. And you gotta love Lulu.

Becky’s Fifth Book Review: “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella

Just finished reading “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella. This is not the first time that I’ve read this book, each time I find it more entertaining. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. “Twenties Girl” is a fun chic-lit book with a new twist…it is also a ghost story.

The story centers around Lara Lington and her great-aunt Sadie. “Twenties Girl” starts with Lara and her family attending Sadie’s funeral. She had lived to one-hundred and five. During the funeral, Lara all of a sudden hears someone asking where her necklace is. Lara then realizes that she is the only one who can hear and see this person who turns out to be her great-aunt Sadie at age 23. One thing leads to another and Lara ends up promising Sadie that she will find her necklace.The two go on an adventure together to recover this necklace for Sadie. Throughout the book Lara learns about Sadie and her life.

When I was reading this book and witnessing the connection between Lara and Sadie it made me think about the older women in my life. More specifically my Omi and my Grandma. I feel like I know so little about their lives. My Grandma was born in 1913…if I just pause and think about all the history that has unfolded since then, it’s overwhelming. And I know that Omi lived through WWII, going through things like having to run out of her home with a wet towel on her head because her house was bombed. It’s interesting how such a light read leads to so many incites.

Kinsella knows how to write a feel-good novel that has many laugh-out-loud moments. She develops characters in a way that lets the reader really connect. I’m sure that her books appeal more to women, but her books are fun and there is no reason that a guy couldn’t enjoy her books as well.

Becky’s Fourth Book Review: “Dark Angel” by V.C. Andrews

“Dark Angel” is the second book in the Casteel Family series by V.C. Andrews. The first book is “Heaven”. Now when I was reading “Heaven” there were some slow moments but I am so glad that I pushed myself through it. “Dark Angel” was so much better! I don’t know if it was partially because the audience and the author knew the characters better or if V.C. Andrews just improves as her work grows. Or I guess it could be a combination of the two.

“Dark Angel” starts with Heaven heading towards Boston and a new life there. She is meeting new family for the first time only things are not at all what she expects. There are some very interesting twists in the novel and while the main focus of the story is on Heaven, we do meet again other characters from the first book.

This is a very dramatic series. I found myself to be more emotionally attached to Heaven as she continued to tell her tale. She goes through so much. V.C. Andrews is quite talented and I see why she has so many books now. I cannot wait to continue with the next book in the series. I am actually going to go start it now.

Additional Review for “Bite”

When I wrote my initial review of “Bite” I had just started what I thought was the last story in the book. I wasn’t so thrilled with it so I chose to do my review early based on the fact that I would probably not be finishing the story. Well, against my better judgement I did finish the fourth short story only to find that there was an additional story in this collection. Also by the same author, Angela Knight. I have to say that I’ve read some bad stories before but this is up there. The first story by her in this collection was okay, for the most part too much blood, too much graphic sex. The second story is just a joke. I have never seen vampires displayed in this manner and I am glad it only has happened to me once. The story is just awful and cannot be categorized as anything but porn with a vampire plot thrown in. I appreciate how some sex can be appropriate for a novel, but this is just so tacky. I feel like I have already invested too much time into this last story to not finish it, but I’m hoping that it will end soon. I just can’t bring myself to stop reading with only a few pages left.

Becky’s Third Book Review: “Heaven” by V.C. Andrews

I just finished reading “Heaven” by V.C. Andrews. This is the first book in the Casteel Series.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The writing is pretty good and the story line is very interesting. At the same time I had a hard time dealing with the characters. This novel revolves around a girl named Heaven and her experiences with her family. She has a lot of siblings: Tom, Fanny, Keith, and “Our Jane”. She also has a step-mother Sarah and a horrible father Luke. I don’t want to give away too much of the story so I won’t say too much more about the plot of the story.

I can see why V.C. Andrews is such a successful author. I do feel compelled to finish the series (There are four more books in the series). I am glad that there is more to the story because the end of “Heaven” was kind of abrupt.

Would I recommend this book to someone else? Yes, I probably would. Although I don’t think that this book is something that everyone would enjoy. I will most likely pass it on to my mom, but I doubt my dad would read it. Or if he did, I doubt he would really enjoy it. This is not by any means a difficult read, it is a very casual novel although some of the language that V.C. Andrews uses makes it clear that she is a very intelligent person. I am just saying that I wouldn’t classify her novel as one with a large amount of symbolism or metaphors. Everything is pretty straight-forward.