Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sarah Palin's Going Rogue

Whether you love her or hate her, Sarah Palin's new book Going Rogue was a well done and satisfying read. My husband gave it to me for Christmas, and I had it completely read by December 27th. This book was on the best seller list two months before the release date! The New York Times Book Review gave it a positive review. I learned a lot about Alaska, politics, and what really happened in the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign. I am not usually the type to pick up a biography since I am a typical fiction lover, but I was glad I did. It was worth my time. I donated my copy to the local library when I was finished with it, so others can read it too.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

For fans of Stephanie Meyers...

If you are fans of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga, you will love, love, love Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, and its new sequel Catching Fire. This series is a mixture of several genres including futuristic science fiction, suspense, and horror. Katniss lives in a future North America called Panem where the people are divided into twelve districts. The rulers of Panem control the people by forcing them to participate in an annual televised game called the Hunger Games. One boy and one girl from each district are chosen, and they fight other young people from each of the districts in a battle to the death. The families are forced to watch their loved one die on TV. The winner of the Hunger Games ensures their district will not go hungry for a whole year. Sixteen year old Katniss is horrified when her little sister is chosen for the games, and so she volunteers to take her sister's place. Katniss does not want to kill the other Hunger Games contestants, but she must in order to win and make it home to take care of her family and see her boyfriend Gale again. The sequel, Catching Fire, was so good I could not put it down! A must read!

Twilight Saga

Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga. It is personally my favorite of all four books. I love how the author made everything turn out, and I am dying to see it on the big screen. Which book is your favorite?


In the Twilight Saga, this is my favorite book. The last book, Breaking Dawn, reveals how Edward and Bella's love story plays out. I will not spoil the ending for you, I promise! One aspect of the book that I really enjoy are the Volturi, and the threat of their arrival and the final scene with the Volturi is awesome! What an awesome ending to a great series. Go Team Edward!

Vampire Romance - Go Team Edward!

It seems the popularity of the Twilight series is gaining new heights with the release of New Moon at theaters. My ten year old daughter Michelle, plans to make the Twilight series characters the theme of her Valentine Box for school this year. She received nice color pictures of all the New Moon stars in a kid's meal from a fast food restaurant, and plans to paste them on her box. She is diligently searching stores for New Moon Valentines to give to her friends, but has not found them yet.

Book #1: Twilight
Book #2: New Moon
Book #3: Eclipse
Book #4: Breaking Dawn

I have read all the books in the series, and I must admit I enjoyed them. I did receive some negative opinions from a few friends, but the majority were positive. I believe the target audience is teens, but many adults like them too. For those of you who have not read the books, the main character is Bella who falls in love with Edward, who turns out to be a vampire. It turns out that hanging around with vampires proves to be challenging and somewhat unhealthy for Bella. Their love story is very compelling with suspense, action, and romance. A good read for tweens, teens, and adults.