What I Read in February and March

Several awesome books in January were followed by some lackluster reads (and one good one!) in February and March that made me become aggravated with reading in general until this past weekend when I devoured the Delirium series (I was holding off until Lauren Oliver released her third novel of the series before jumping on the bandwagon). I’m only upset that I didn’t get a chance to finish that final novel because I decided to become somewhat productive on Sunday night and finish my tax returns (phew! – now give me my money!!!). So Delirium series…. Yay! Rest of the books from February and March… mehhh….

The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

The last time I talked about the Tea Rose series I was gushing. It was that good. And then I started the final book of the series. And…

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I think there were two main issues. 1) I hated the main characters. Or maybe hate is too strong a word. I was indifferent to the main characters. And as we learn in Delirium… indifference is worse than hate or love. But I’m getting off track. The love story of the two characters were introduced in The Winter Rose and their scenes were the only scenes that I didn’t care for in that novel – so no wonder I couldn’t get behind a book about them. My second main issue is that it was a love story about cheaters. I have a huge hang up about cheating. Sure, whose going to come out and say that they are pro-cheating… but I have such a problem that just reading fiction stories about it makes me disgusted. But outside of the main characters, the storyline was pretty interesting. WWI, Lawrence of Arabia (how did I miss that there really was a Lawrence!), Spies, you name it.

Disney after Dark by Ridley Pearson

A mystery series that takes place IN Disneyworld WITH Disney fairytale characters come to life. I figured there was no way I wouldn’t love it. Except I didn’t. I was so bored. I’d argue that it could be because I’m older than their target audience, but then again Delirium is recommended for ages 14+ and I’m currently rereading The Hunger Games so I don’t think my impressive maturity level has anything to do with it. Besides complete boredom, my main issue with the book was character development – or in this case, the lack thereof. SPOILER ALERT – Maleficent is the bad guy (or girl) in the novel. Surprise surprise. But why was she so bad. Okay, she tried to kill Aurora in Sleeping Beauty but as we’ve learned from Wicked…

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God I love that musical!

My two favorite characters in Once Upon a Time are Rumpelstiltskin and The Evil Queen, and let’s not forget the loveable serial killer Dexter… all proof of what good writing can do.

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

The 19th Wife tells two stories. The story of Ann Eliza Young, the most famous of Bingham Young’s 50+ wives, whom divorced him and went on to fight for women’s rights. I had never heard of her before (but then I also thought that Lawrence of Arabia was a fictional character) but her story line captured me more than the second story line, that of a woman in present times stuck in a plural marriage and accused of killing her husband and her estranged son’s path to try and clear her name by reentering the town that kicked him to the curb a couple decades before. I found the book highly entertaining and enjoyed it from start to finish even thought I wasn’t so overly captivated that I lost sleep over it. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing from my health’s point of view.

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