Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Thought I Knew You by Katie Moretti

Claire is stunned when her husband never comes home from a business trip. After a day or so, she starts calling around--the airport, the police, the hotel. He's just disappeared. Months later, he's still gone and Claire's still trying to find answers.

Honestly, I didn't finish it because I was about 1/3 of the way through when I realized that this isn't the book for me. The premise had me picking it up--my husband travels a lot and what would I do if something like this happened to me? I like suspenseful books. It was interesting and the writing flowed well, but I'm not into a lot of the other content. If you happen to enjoy strong language (4 "f" words by the time I put it down), a woman who seems to get drunk all the time, is very selfish, and engages in some intimate acts (that had me skipping a page or two when it started to get descriptive) while she still may be married, then by all means, this is a book for you. If not, I'd recommend passing this one by.

* 1 star.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Reunion by Ally Condie

I read so much that it's hard for me to keep a story straight months after I read it. Typically, when I pick up a sequel, I'm lost for awhile, thinking, "Who did what? Who is that character again? What's going on?" For some strange reason, I didn't feel that with this book. The characters came right back to me and it was fun to see all the intertwining of stories from the previous two novels in the series.

Mikey and Ethan are in love, much to the disgust (really disguised happiness) of her two younger brothers, Sam and Alex. I loved seeing how the brothers interacted and really felt their personalities shining through the pages.

Sam is snowboarding buddies with Rob, Cody, and Addie, yet he nurses a crush from afar on Addie. I like how he's such a good friend and allows himself to be himself and honest with her. Cody and Rob are great side characters. I love the friendship these four friends share on their weekly outings.

Cate is away at BYU-Idaho and has to deal with a roommate situation that she would rather not face.

There is a lot of mention of the LDS church (temple marriages, missions, Word of Wisdom, honor code, etc), therefore it is a clean read. One person has some struggles and they are mentioned, but not in great detail.

**** 4 stars.