Quick Review: Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud: A Novel

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 6,204

Synopsis

In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother’s life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie’s life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go — and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts.

My Review

I decided that I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.  I am always disappointed the other way around so I did.  The books was what I expected – a easy sad read with a decent ending.  I was pretty predictable but still a good read.  Would I pick it up and read it again, probably not but it was worth the read. I really don’t have a lot more to say about the story.  If you like a predicable story, this one is a good quick read.

3 of 5 stars

Review: Go Small or Go Home

Go Small or Go Home by Heather Wardell: NOOKbook Cover
When massage therapist and aspiring artist Tess begins treating stressed but attractive hockey star Forrest, her art career soars due to his gallery-owning mother, but her creativity plummets under the weight of rules and deadlines. Soon, she’s lost the freedom and joy she’d always found in art. Is having her dream career worth losing doing her art her way, or can she somehow have both at once?

My Review –

Heather Wardell has done it again!  Tess and Forrest just jump right off the pages and the book reads as though it was a movie!  I loved this book as much as I loved Life, Love and the Polar Bear Tattoo. 

The Plot –

Usually, I get frustrated with a book that has two different plot lines running.  In this case, the hockey part of the book and Tess’ art career.  Heather Wardell did a great job of not only balancing the two, but making me want to know what was going on in each.  It was the perfect balance of a love story and finding the perfect career for Tess.  There were smooth transitions between the two and they truly tied together wonderful in the end.

The People –

I love that Heather took the time to develop each character individually as well as how they worked together.  Plus we got to know the people in each person’s life and why they were important.  This is a step that I see missed so often in books.  Kudos to Heather for taking the time and effort to take each life full of people, not just two main characters.

Overall –

This was a great story with twists and turns that I did not see coming (I love that in a book!).  I would highly recommend it, remember that you can get it for $0.99 from her website.

My Rating:
5 of 5 stars.

* This e-book was provided to me by the author for review.  I was not provided any compensation and my thoughts and comments are mine alone.

Review: Extraordinary

Extraordinary

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Hardcover , 400pp
  • Sales Rank: 12,334
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe—but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.
Soon she’ll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe’s ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn’t been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?

My Thoughts

I went into this book right after finishing Impossible and I have to say that I was pretty disappointed.  I came to expect great development in both story and characters.  

Format:

I had a really hard time with the flip back and forth between the two different story lines.  It left me confused and honestly a little lost.  For me I think, I would have rathered the story to run as one and all of the surprises at the end.  I felt like I was always missing something.

Characters:

I felt like I never really got to know Mallory, Phoebe and the other.  More like the story moved but I never got a great sense of who they were.  It seemed that it was just surface information until the very end where there was some deep feelings explored.

Overall, it was not a bad book just not my favorite.  I hope to see Werlin return to the style of writing displayed in Impossible.

My Rating:

3/5 Stars