Quickie Review: Shakespeare’s Landlord

Quickie Reviews are a new feature where I highlight a recently read (by me) backlist book and give it a quick review. I would like to highlight books you may have missed and those that never landed on your radar.

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris

Title: Shakespeare’s Landlord

Author: Charlaine Harris

Series: Lilly Bard Mysteries #1

Publisher: Dell

Publication Date: July 7, 1997

Source: Library

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Lily Bard is a loner. Other than the day-to-day workings of her cleaning and errand-running service, she pays little attention to the town around her. But when her landlord is murdered, Lily is singled out as the prime suspect, and proving her innocence will depend on finding the real killer in quiet, secretive Shakespeare.

Review

I read this book in a sitting because I had to know who the killer was. (My guess was completely wrong, which is always good in a mystery.)  Lilly Bard is complex, tough, and has a really interesting back story. A few hot romantic scenes and tons of action, Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris makes for a great week-end read.

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The Future Of Us A Review

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Title: The Future Of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Authors: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Publisher: Razorbill

Publishing Date: November 21st, 2011

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Summary

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future. By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.

Review

I may be the perfect age for this book, having been a sophomore in High School in 1996. I remember the newness of the internet as a teenager and all those free AOL CD’s. The other cultural references like Green Day’s Dookie and bootleg albums, really brought me back.

The Future Of Us is written with both Emma and Josh narrating their own chapters. The switching of the narrator from Josh to Emma in each chapter allows the reader to get to know and become emotionally invested in each character. Getting to hear in each characters own words how what they see of the future effects the way they react to the present, is really interesting. It also brings up so many questions, do you play it safe or go for what you really want? Is it ever too late to change? I am not generally a fan of books written by two authors but Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler do an excellent job. Emma and Josh felt very real and I rooted for them throughout the book.

I had a hard time putting this book down and loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a creative story that makes you feel nostalgic for your teenage years, pick-up The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.

 

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The Death Cure By James Dashner

The Death Cure by James Dashner

The third book in a trilogy can be tricky. There can be great anticipation amongst readers for the right conclusion. The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials left readers with more questions than answers. I had high hopes that at least most of my questions would be answered. Some of them being:

Why were they put in the Maze?

Is WICKED good?

How are they able to find a cure by these trials?

What characters are good or bad?

Who can we trust?

The Death Cure, like other books in the series, was exciting throughout with excellent pacing. James Dashner writes with a slow, thudding urgency. It makes putting his books down difficult. (Luckily, all the books in this series are quick reads, so plan on setting aside a chunk of time to plow through them.)

What I Loved About The Death Cure

 

  • Not afraid to kill of main characters
  • Ending not wrapped up in a neat little bow
  • This is not a good versus evil story but rather filled with shades of grey
  • A main character that we really never get to know

The greatest part of this series as a whole is that it does need feel the need to have an epic romance, it does not condescend to its readers, and it is not afraid to use an escalating level of violence where it makes sense in the story. The Maze Runner Series is really some of the best among a crowded field of dystopian young adult fiction.

I highly recommend The Death Cure by James Dashner and look forward to reading his other works.

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