Catch Up Time = 3 Mini Reviews!

I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to do these books justice, but I shall try in one paragraph per book! You see, I’m horrible at remmebering details about books for longer than a week. But here goes nothing.

210 Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy

This is Simon Van Booy’s second collection of short stories and they’re just as beautiful as his first book, The Secret Lives of People in Love. Van Booy has a true gift with words. I’m sure I said the same thing, in fact, during my review of his first book. Love Begins in Winter consists of five short stories that focus around the subject of love in it’s various forms. They range from the whimsical, to touching, to heart wrenching, to uplifting. He’s one of those authors that you just sort of drool over at the cleverness of his writing. Not clever in a funny way, but clever in a “how the hell does he write this well” way. His writing is subtle, yet it just attacks the heart. As with all short story collections, there are some that I liked more than others, but overall, it was another fantastic collection!

Willow by Julia Hoban

I just loved this book! It’s a wonderful story, but it’s a very sad one. After a horrible accident, Willow has taken much of the 112blame upon herself. The flood of emotions is too strong for her so instead of dealing with emotional pain, she resorts to physical pain by cutting herself. She feels as though her life is worthless until she meets a guy named Guy in the library where she works. Guy tries everything he can to help Willow see that there are other options, but Willow is stuck in a haze that is hard to come out of. This book was written just perfectly and gives a great insight into depression and how deep it can go. The characters felt extremely authentic to me and I could tell that Hoban had truly researched the subject matter. Great read!

The Dead Girl’s Dance by Rachel Caine

31Such a fun series. This is the second book in the Morganville Vampire Series and I just had to go out and buy the third after I finished this one. The book starts off immediately where the first one left, so I can’t really talk about the plot much. But it continues to be filled with vampire yumminess and the ultra cool gang of humans that live in the Glass House. It’s a tad bit predictable, but I consider these my escape reads, so it’s all good. One thing I love so much about this series is that the characters are so great. I truly feel as if I know all of them and I’m spending time with friends when I read this series.

That’s it for today…tomorrow, I’ll be back with my spoiler free review of Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games!


14 Responses

  1. Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

    I was walking home from the post office today, wonderingly happy that I didn’t feel the urge to go buy any more new books and how I didn’t feel any withdrawal symptoms from not having bought a book in at least a week.

    And then you go and post mini-reviews. (Thankfully, I prefer paperbacks and the paperback of Willow won’t come out for another year almost. So on my wishlist it stays!)

  2. I really want to read Willow. It sounds like such a great book.

  3. Yep, you totally sold me on both Willow and Love Begins in Winter. Do you feel even the teensiest bit ashamed of yourself for what you do to my wish list? Yeah, I thought not.

  4. Sounds like I really, really need to read some Simon Van Booy!

  5. I have Willow on request at the library. The Morganville Vampire books all have cliffhanger endings, so the reviews are hard! It is essentially like one giant novel broken up. I really need to read the next one in the series!

  6. can Willow be considered somewhat similar to Norwegian Forest of Murakami? I mean in terms of deep sadness and how far you can go in letting go life in little drops?

  7. They range from the whimsical, to touching, to heart wrenching, to uplifting. He’s one of those authors that you just sort of drool over at the cleverness of his writing. Not clever in a funny way, but clever in a “how the hell does he write this well” way. His writing is subtle, yet it just attacks the heart.

    Absolutely agree 100% on all of the above. You are so good at this reviewing thing. No wonder I missed you so much. Nope, can’t shut up about you being back, yet. I’m bummed that Debi isn’t blaming me for adding Simon to her wish list, though. You know his writing is another thing I can’t shut up about.

  8. My library doesn’t have any Simon Van Booy. 😦 Maybe I should tell them to buy him.

    Willow does sound really sad; I had friends in high school who cut, and it’s so hard to not be able to get them to stop.

  9. Shanra, Sorry to keep adding to your wishlist :p Willow is really fantastic though!!! I think you’ll really enjoy this one when you get to it!! Very powerful YA. And sad 😦

    Amanda, It is! It’s a great book!!

    Debi, Squee! I’m glad I sold you :p Now I just need to sell you on the Morganville series too :p

    Nymeth, Oh, you’d appreciate his writing so much! It’s beautiful.

    Kailana, It really is hard to write reviews of the Morganville books! Maybe I should’ve just waited until I read them all :p

    Simona, I don’t know that I’d compare Willow to Norwegian Wood. I think they’re sort of in a separate league. I adore Norwegian Wood, one of the best books I’ve ever read. Willow is a bit more shallow, but still a great book. Both deal heavily with sadness and feeling unfulfilled in life though, but under different circumstances.

    Bookfool, I hardly consider myself good at this review thing :p It’s just that when you have a great book, it’s easy to talk about!! And I’m going to have to give Debi a talking too, lol….you should most definitely get the blame for those.

    Eva, If you have any extra money laying around, I’d tell you just to buy the Van Booy books. They’re just amazing and have TONS of rereadability. Like that new made up word? 😉 I had friends who cut in high school too. And I see it literally every day at work. It is a frustrating thing and I think that’s why I actually liked the book so much. Quite powerful stuff.

  10. Well, Nancy and Chris, it definitely seems if I hadn’t been on an extended blogging break throughout most of May, I most certainly would have been blaming Nancy, wouldn’t I? Glad you were there to back Nancy up, Chris…because it sounds like this is one I don’t want to miss.

  11. You might have blamed me, Debi. But, Chris is very persuasive. I just like being blamed. Isn’t that insane?

    I forgot to tell you I sent my son to Simon’s signing in Memphis. I always try to send people to favorite authors’ signings, if I can. Daniel thought Simon was “extremely cool”. Well, yeah . . . of course. Don’t we all?

  12. Ye-hes, you say you’re sorry and then turn right around and add another book, don’t you? (You do know I love that about you, right? ^-~) I’m not sure ‘enjoy’ is the right word for it, but it does sound like an incredible book. You’re so good at recommending books that have that ‘are important to read’ vibe to them!

  13. Willow has been on my must-read for awhile now. I like these mini-reviews, you write them very well!

  14. Willow sounds really good and I really must start the Rachel Caine series.

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