I’ve gotten through a few of the Advance Reader Copies that I picked up at ALA Midwinter last month, and thought I’d post a few thoughts about each.
The Turning Point, by Freya North
A fun, lightweight weeper of a read. Has Lifetime Channel movie or summer chick flick weeper like THE NOTEBOOK written alllllll over it. It’s not silly or trite, but it is a little bit predictable. That said, the characters and situations are entirely plausible and I’d definitely recommend it.
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, by Paul Krueger
Loved this one. It’s fun and quirky and full of engaging characters. Like The Turning Point, I could see this one optioned for a movie or an oddball tv series, but it’s also great fun for a quick real-world-fantasy read. I really hope the author revisits these characters in subsequent work – they were fun to get to know, and I was sorry the book ended as soon as it did.
The History of Great Things, by Elizabeth Crane
Started well with an interesting structure, but it took a weird turn in the last third that kind of ruined it for me. The idea of mother and daughter characters taking it in turn to tell each other’s life story is an intriguing one, prompting thoughts about how others see our own lives, and what they may or may not know. Kind of taking the “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes” thing to a different place.
The Decent Proposal, by Kemper Donovan
Incredibly predictable. Sufficiently amusing to keep reading, but incredibly predictable. Reading it was kind of like this:
2 chapters in: Okay, this is a little rom-com-y, but I’ll bite.
4 chapters in: Why is everyone in the book described as so perfectly beautiful?
Halfway through: Rapidly turning into hate-reading.
3/4 through: WTF.
Currently working on Sisi: Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki, which is historical fiction based on Elisabeth, Empress of Austria-Hungary in the late nineteenth century. I actually read rather a lot last month – also finished Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson, Point of Honour, by Madeleine Robins, and Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher.