Friday, July 3, 2009

The Bottom Line, #2

The Bottom Line is a feature to designed to give quick and dirty reviews of books I've read, but I either don't have the time or the inspiration to write full reviews on them.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Publisher: Tor Teen (March 15, 2002)
ISBN-13: 9780765342300
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/5

I would never have thought of Sleeping Beauty in regards to the Holocaust, but it nicely done. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this book. Rebecca travels to Poland to figure out if there is any truth to her Grandmother's story of living in a castle. The final third of the book has a different narrator and I thought this was a little choppy. For parents reading with kids, there is some mention of homosexuality. ETA: Until I was writing this post I never noticed the face behind the barbed wire. I guess I'm not very observant...

The Plague by Joanne Dahme
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Running Press Kids (May 4, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780762433445
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/5

I was really excited to read a YA historical fiction as it seemed a bit different. I didn't find the story quite as smooth as I would have liked though. It seemed like there were characters randomly popping up and I found it a little hard to follow at times. There is a little bit of black magic in the book, which might appeal to some.

The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (April 28, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9781416549987
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 4/5

The Lincoln Rhyme books are one of my favorite mystery series. Deaver never fails to amaze me with the twists he includes, but they never seem contrived or too convenient. I have to admit, I can't even tell you want this book was about anymore (I read it in Feb), but if you haven't read this series, and you enjoy mysteries, definitely check it out. The Bone Collector, the first in the series, was also made into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and it's worth watching.

**If any of you graphics wizards would be so kind as to help me out with a button for this feature I would be forever grateful!


Sandy Nawrot said...

I like these...short and to the point! The Broken Window was about identity theft, committed by a serial killer and used for nefarious advantages. Awesome book, and truly chilling as it is a real fear nowadays.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

You know, often I just feel like The "nuts and bolts" when reading a review so thanks.

Jenny said...

Melissa, I have never ONCE noticed a face on that cover either!!! I read that book in January and don't remember it much, but I was disappointed. I had heard great things and I thought it was just okay.

I've been meaning to get around to the Deaver series. I've had the first one on TBR for a while. The bottom line thing is a good idea!

Lisa said...

I have Briar Rose waiting on me too, but honestly don't have much desire to pick it up.

Zibilee said...

I am interested in Briar Rose because I really like books that are based on fairy tales. I think I would enjoy it, although I will watch out for the choppiness in the conclusion. I also must say that I love this feature.

Angela said...

Well I guess I'm not very observant either because I didn't notice the face until you pointed it out to be.

Catherine said...

I shall have to add Jeffrey Deaver to my 'new authors to try' list, and see what they have at the library. I seem to have managed to overlook him until now.

I've left you an award here.

Sheila DeChantal said...

In Briar Rose... I didnt see the face either... LOL

Anna said...

We posted your review of "Briar Rose" on War Through the Generations.

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