Monday, January 24, 2011

Book Wars 4

It's time for another Book Wars!

(Click on the book titles to be redirected to their goodreads page so you can get an actual synopsis.)

Fearscape by Simon Holt
Third book in The Devouring series

The overarching theme for all three books is finally verbalized at the end of this book and it validated the MC's (Reggie) journey for me. Here's the two lines that say it all, "But for all the horrors Reggie had seen, she had also witnessed the wonder of the human spirit fighting back. It wasn't about eradicating fear; it was about overcoming it." To me, this was a really powerful message.

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Fire In The Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

This book is set in rural France several decades ago (not sure of the exact date) and I loved the way she highlighted the community, the way they both operated as a collective and as individuals and the way they kept family matters family matters (even though everyone else knew about it!). It was a very interesting and revealing look into rural existence in France after the war (first - I think).

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Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

So, unless you haven't been reading any of the new fiction books in the last couple of years, you know that love triangles are in (even when we say they're going out). But, I have never read a book where I ever had a doubt about who I wanted the main character to be with. I always know within the first third who I want to win (even though half the time they don't). That is, until I read this book. I actually couldn't decide. I wanted her to choose both of them (but then I don't want them all to be together or anything like that). My point is, the best thing about this book is that the love triangle actually felt like a real love triangle, each guy brought something different and valuable to the table and I understood why Frannie was conflicted because so was I.


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Firelight by Sophie Jordan

I really liked the beginning of this book, it started out with a bang and went right into the action - basically, straight to the point with no unnecessary set up.



This Week's Winner

So, this week, I have to go with Personal Demons. The main character was strong but still feminine and relateable . Also, as I said before, I was really impressed with how the author handled the romantic aspects of the story - it was very well done. I'm excited for the next book in this series.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did you read this week?

27 comments:

  1. The only one I've read here is Firelight. The MC's internal monologue seemed to repeat itself a number of times, which got a bit annoying, but on the whole I enjoyed it :-)

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  2. I haven't read them, but I've heard of the last two... hmmm... So PD's that good? I'll have to check it out! Thanks, Mel~ :o) <3

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  3. Love Personal Demons! You're actually making me want to re-read it right now, even though my TBR pile is a mile high :)

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  4. I must check some of these out.

    HI, Melissa...

    It's been ages. Hope all is well.

    Michael

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  5. The only one of these I've read was firelight, which I loved. But now I need to go check out personal demons. Love triangles are totally fun, especially when an author knows how to make the two guys different from each other.

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  6. Oooh....I haven't read any of those! Personal Demons is on my bookshelf, so maybe I'll read that next.

    Right now I'm reading Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Sci-Fi isn't usually my thing, but I'm loving this book!

    Thanks for the information on all these titles.

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  7. The only one of these I've read is Personal Demons, and unfortunately, it wasn't my cup of tea, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    I'm curious about Firelight, but I haven't check it out yet. So it was good hearing what you thought about it. Thanks!

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  8. Hahahha! "I dont want them to be together or anything like that." hahhahaa! You read many books a week, your nuts. even when you have so much school. I better get reading.

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  9. I haven't read any of these, actually. I've heard a lot about Personal Demons but I'm still not sure it's something I want to pick up . . .

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  10. Personal Demons surprised me. I'm Team Luc all the way though. I like the bad boys. ;)

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  11. I read Five Flavors of Dumb and Confessions of an accidental player - both by Antony John. LOVED dumb, liked the other.
    I'll be curious to get your take on your next set of books!

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  12. Oh I like your reviews... I haven't read any of them but I really need to!

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  13. I haven't read any of these, but I'm looking forward to Personal Demons! :)

    Great reviews!

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  14. Cool beans--PD is on my Kindle ready to go!

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  15. That kind of looks like Frodo on the cover of Fearscape:)

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  16. I've been wanting to read Firelight, and been curious about Personal Demons, so now I wanna read that, too. Love a good triangle!

    Thanks for stopping by the blogfest!

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  17. Me too on the love triangle thing! I'm always all "meh, whatever it's obvious who wins" and Personal Demons, the whole time I was arguing with myself over whether or not it was okay to want her to be with both and not automatically side with the angel. Moral. Crisis.

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  18. I haven't read any of these, but 'Personal Demons' has piqued my interest, a believable love triangle sounds like a very tempting read.

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  19. Booo!!!!

    Just kidding. Personal Demons was great... but I'm partial to Firelight :)

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  20. Puhleez, love triangles aren't going anywhere, if I have a say about it!

    I especially love ones where there isn't a clear-cut winner. Those ones that leave the reader a little unsettled because they realize the MC could ultimately end up choosing either guy (or gal, depending on the MC). Those build the best tension!

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  21. Haven't read any of these, but there's always room on the list. Been on a big Christopher Moore kick lately.

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  22. I'm looking forward to fireligh...but I'll be sure to check out personal demons.

    New follower...

    demitrialunetta.blogspot.com

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  23. Personal Demons is on my list. I think I'll read it next. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  24. I like your book wars series. If only I could read that much! And your cat is darling.

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  25. Oooh, Personal Demons sounds really good. I love when you, the reader, can't decide who they want the MC to be with!

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  26. my copy of 'personal demons' was written by stacia kane [aka stacey fackler], printed 2008 by juno books

    how can two books with the same name be published? GRRRRRRRRR

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