Review:Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel by Charity Shumway

Ten Girls to Watch

Ten Girls to Watch: A Novel by Charity Shumway

  • ISBN-13: 9781451673418
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Source: Netgalley


A radiant debut novel about stumbling through the early years of adulthood and a love letter to the role models who light the way.

Like so many other recent graduates, Dawn West is trying to make her way in New York City. She’s got an ex-boyfriend she can’t quite stop seeing, a roommate who views rent checks and basic hygiene as optional, and a writing career that’s gotten as far as penning an online lawn care advice column.

So when Dawn lands a job tracking down the past winners of Charm magazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest, she’s thrilled. After all, she’s being paid to interview hundreds of fascinating women: once outstanding college students, they have gone on to become mayors, opera singers, and air force pilots. As Dawn gets to know their life stories, she’ll discover that success, love, and friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. Most importantly, she’ll learn that while those who came before us can be role models, ultimately, we each have to create our own happy ending.

My Thoughts:

I really liked the blurb for Ten Girls to Watch, but was a bit disappointed buy the story itself.  It started very strong, Dawn West is a recent graduate, trying to make it in New York City in journalism.  She falls into a great job tracking down the past winner of “Ten Girls to Watch” contest.  It seems like the perfect job and finds out all kind of amazing things about the women who once won the award.  This is where the first difficulty I had with the book.  All of the stories were positive, every one of these women had done amazing things and were just perfect stories.  I can believe that some of the women would go on to do amazing thing but not every single one of them.  The other thing that bothered me was the book got boring because it was perfect story after perfect story.  While I understand that some of this was necessary, it went overboard and I lost interest in hearing about the winners.  I would rather have more plot with Dawn and her life, trouble with her roommate or her love life.  The plot of the story just did not make it for me.  I am sure that there are people who would really enjoy the stories and the women but it was just not for me.

My rating

3 Penguins


Review: Neverwinter by R.A. Salvatore

Neverwinter: Neverwinter Nights Trilogy, Book II

Neverwinter by R.A. Salvatore

  • ISBN-13: 9780786960279
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Source: Netgalley and Purchased Hardcover


With the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone–and free–for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion–Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one. As the two companions seek revenge on the one responsible for leveling Neverwinter–and nearly Luskan as well–Drizzt finds his usual moral certainty swept away by her unconventional views. Forced to see the dark deeds that the common man may be driven to by circumstance, Drizzt begins to find himself on the wrong side of the law in an effort to protect those the law has failed. Making new enemies, as his old enemies acquire deadly allies, Drizzt and Dahlia quickly find themselves embroiled in battle–a state he’s coming to enjoy a little too much.



My thoughts:

Neverwinter is the second book in the Neverwinter Saga by R.A. Salvatore and the 21rst book about Drizzt Do’Urden, probably one of the most famous fantasy characters.  With all of his original companions now dead, Drizzt finds himself following the elf Dahlia as she seeks revenge on her former master.  Dahlia holds a much harsher world view than Drizzt, forcing him to question his black and white ideals.  While his friends may be dead, not all of his enemies are as Drizzt discovers when meeting the character of Barrabus.

I don’t feel this book is as good as most of the early Drizzt novels.  The action and the sword fighting is as good as ever, but I thought the overall plot was a bit boring.  The antagonists were still trying to achieve the goals they failed in the first book, Gauntlgrym, but I found myself wondering when the book would get to the good part.  Any fan of the series will certainly want to read the book, but don’t expect anything too exciting.  I’m hoping the next book in the series, Charon’s Claw, redeems this one.


My Rating

3 Penguins



Review: The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Boy Next DoorThe Boy Next Door By Meg Cabot

  • ISBN-13: 9780060845544
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 400
  • Source: Purchased


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My Thoughts:

The format in which The Boy Next Door was written is by far one of the most interesting styles, leave it to Meg Cabot to come up with something different and unique.  This entire book is written in emails between different characters and nothing else.  It makes the character development and plot so different that a book written in typical style.  The only way you get to know each person is by how they written and respond to emails.  I loved it!  I was not sure how I would feel but I really did like this style so glad I tried it.

The story itself was okay.  It was about woman, a NY Journal page 10 gossip columnist, who finds her elderly next door neighbor after she has been attacked and finds away to make contact with her only living relative.  This relative does not want to deal with his aunt’s pets and convinces an old friend to go and pretend to be him.  The problem occurs when the two falls for each other but the girl has no idea who he really is.  The story goes through all of the emails between each person and trying to figure out who attacked the older woman.  It was funny and quick witted but there was not a whole lot to it.

My Rating:

3 Penguins 🙂