Saturday, September 1, 2012

Paige reviews The Golden Lily and gives it 4 bookworms.
*Spoilers for Bloodlines and the Vampire Academy Series*
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead is the second book of the Bloodlinesseries, a spinoff of The Vampire Academy series. Mead is once again successful in making her characters actual people, who just happen to be protecting a Moroi princess at a boarding school from assassins. Sydney is a character that many a teenage girl can relate to, with self esteem problems and an inability to understand teenage boys. Adrian, the stereotypical rich party boy, shows there’s more to him than everyone thinks there is. Unlike many second books in series, TGL doesn’t fall victim to a filler plot. This sequel has made me ever waiting for the third book.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Leslie (Mom) here:

My nightstand's been piled high with books this summer and I'm woefully behind on my reviews.
Until I get there, let me just share with you:

I really enjoyed:
Return of the Rose and A Knight in Central Park by Theresa Ragan
The Archers of Avalon series by Chelsea Fine

I liked:
Predestined and Existence by Abbi Glines
Goddess Test and Goddess Interupted by Aimee Carter

I couldn't really get into:
Forbidden (Arotas) by Amy Miles
Enchant me by Anne Violet
(I did read them ... just not as good as other books out there.)

That's my two cents for the moment.

Paige has been busy finishing her summer reading of On Writing by Stephen King for school. I know she'll be back online soon. We are both looking forward to reading The Rise of Nine.  But we are really looking forward to Mark of Athena in October! (A side note:  Rick Riordan recently showed on his blog (Myth and Mysteries) some book reviews that he had written over the years. I had to chuckle because his review of The Historian was exactly how I felt!)

Let us know what you've enjoyed reading this summer. We'd love to know if we've missed any great books out there.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

My first review:
Paige reviews Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
She rates them both 5 bookworms.

Divergent and Insurgent are a YA dystopian fiction written by Veronica Roth. In the world Roth creates, the city of Chicago has been split into five factions. The faction system was created long ago, according to the narrator, Tris (Beatrice Prior), and divides people by how they believe conflict should be eradicated. The five factions are Abnegation (Selfless), Amity (Peaceful), Candor (Honesty), Dauntless (Bravery), and Erudite (Intelligence). Now, Beatrice must make her choice as to which faction she will live in for the rest of her life.

I really enjoyed the characters that Roth created. She creates depth in minor characters like Christina and Will, as well as major ones making the books realistic and engaging. The main character Tris, has an interesting personality, and doesn’t fall into the Mary Sue trap. The tone of the books are equal parts serious and humorous, making them a good read for any bookworm. Veronica Roth keeps her readers on a rollercoaster that never stops till it leaves you hanging on a cliff, waiting for the next book.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My first review:
2.5 bookworms
Leslie's review of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

I couldn't wait for this book to come out. Luckily it came out when I was on vacation so I was able to read it right away. Turns out it was a good thing I was on vacation because I ended up having to go back and skim through it again to answer some questions ... and I also flipped back through A Discovery of Witches, too. And I'm still not sure I have all the details straight!

I given this 2.5 stars but I do appreciate the depth of historical knowledge Ms. Harkness has and I am hopeful that some of my issues will be clearer in book 3. And I am committed to Matthew and Diana's story -- it's just so heavy-handed here.

I don't think these comments are spoilers, but I'll post it here just in case you haven't read it yet and don't want to know some of the issues I had.

1) The intermittent present day chapters -- I am hoping that we'll get more on what was happening now in Book 3 because what's shown is not very clear. Diana and Matthew are back in the past for quite awhile and the family in present day is looking for historical blips that may appear that mean Diana and Matthew have changed something in the future. They don't want that information to fall into the hands of the congregation. My question is: How does a mention that Mary Sidney had a helper named DR mean anything to anyone? How did they know the miniatures were of Matthew and Diana so they could swoop in and buy them? How does an article about the "telescope" mean it has anything to do with them? Right, I know it was a Shawdow of Night figure ... but how would they ever put the two together? Weird blips that seem very obsure and also only a handful of blips -- more must have been changed during the many months Diana and Matthew blundered around.
2) Time travel -- this is also wrapped up in the blips. Present day Ysabeau looks for a note from Phillipe that will tell her he's seen Matthew and Diana ... meanwhile present day Verin (introduced with practically no background) gets a call from Gallowglass during which she says that she guesses her father's ravings were true about a time traveling witch, and we have a present day Gallowglass sharing that he basically followed Diana in her present life to see how she turned out so he has the memory, but everyone else is keeping it from 1590s and 2012 Matthew?-- I feel like the time travel is all screwed up. Wouldn't everyone's history now include memory of the 1590s?
3)I honestly had to go back and find a mention of 1590s Matthew -- where was he, what happened to him? In two tiny places in the first book and in the second, throwaway lines, really, it is mentioned that you can't exist at the same time, so 1590s Matthew is just sucked away into some void, to appear when 2012 Matthew leaves. For all of the many, many, many pages devoted to history lessons and Matthew's blood rage and/or guilt, this is buried. So he's going to be sent away out of England when he returns? So Elizabeth 1 will never question what happened to him? So all of the servants and family never slip up and tell him or get confused in the next 500 years? What about Louisa? And also remember they were traipsing all over the Hapsburg empire ... you need to have some consistency over what affects the future and what doesn't.
3) The ribbons ... am I the only one who can't tell if they are real, actual ribbons or metaphorical magical ribbons?
4) And being a weaver and how to do it ... lots of words around it but again can't really say I get it. And it did sort of come along very quickly at the end. (Diana herself admits that she should have been concentrating on it.)
5) Diana's father -- this I did try to find more of in A discovery of witches. The description of him here doesn't really seem to match the description of him in the first book.

I usually go with the flow, and I'm a pretty forgiving reader. But reading this is very hard, almost drugery -- not light reading at all. Which normally isn't an issue for me ... but this time I feel that the author lost track of the story trying to shoehorn in all the historical element. I hope everything is straightened out in the third book.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Welcome to our first post!

I'm Leslie, the mother of Mother Daughter Bookworms. Paige (daughter) and I are getting our first reviews ready. We can't wait to share them with you. Since we're starting in the summer we've had  a little more time to read -- yay!

Our rating scale will be # of bookworms we feel the book deserves. (Now we just need our little bookworm artwork finished and we'll be set.)

Check back soon and see who will be our first featured book review.