Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cinderella's Secret Diary by Ron Vitale

I enjoyed reading this book.  It was well written and put together as if it truly were a Diary.  I immediately got into the life of this rather rambunctious post-teen as she recited her life after her marriage to the prince.  It felt empathy with her as she struggled to find herself in her new world that was so different than the one she left.

I kept having to remind myself that this was written by a man because he got all the right nuances of what it would be like to be a 20something woman in a man’s world.  The plot was enjoyable and even though it didn’t have a bunch of twists and turns like some of the crazy books I’ve been reading lately, it was definitely a good read and one that I would recommend.

The author did a good job describing the world around Cinder and her friends and family that resided there.  I liked the plot even though it was fairly simple and easy to follow.  It was just an all-around good book to curl up with and know it was going to have a happy ending no matter what.  On my must read list for sure.

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 Reviewed by Sue Owen

The Speed of Darkness by Sarah Baethge

There is a lot of plot to this story.  It twists and turns around a few main characters.  I found myself liking the main few even though I’m not sure they were very nice people.  They just seemed to need someone to be on their side.  The story itself was a little slow in places but seemed to move along enough that I didn’t get bored reading it.

I had a few issues with the writing style.  I find a lot of quotes and italics to be very distracting and not easy to read beyond.  I’m not sure if that is the way the author wrote it of if it was a formatting issue but it did contribute to the reading experience.  The thing that saved this for me was the story line.  I think it was well thought out and had some good twists and turns; enough to be an interesting book.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Altered Visions by Pam Bainbridge-Cowan

Altered Visions

This is a very strong collection of short stories.  All 10 stories are well written and have some kind of twist or surprise in store for readers.  I normally don’t read short stories but I’ve had the privilege of reading some of Bainbridge-Cowan’s pre-released work and have very much enjoyed her writing style.  She never disappoints.

This book is no exception.  From the very first story I was hooked.  I never knew what was going to be lurking around the next page.  A couple of the stories I had to re-read because I was so involved in the story that the ending took me completely by surprise and I had to read back to make sure I got the entire plot correct.  It was like reading 20 stories instead of 10 there was so much going on. 

I completely loved this book.  It was fast paced and held so much to keep my attention I just couldn’t put it down.  Bainbridge-Cowan is an excellent writer and I encourage anyone to get this book or any other that she has put out.  You will be surprised, awed and fall in love with her characters just as I did.  

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Reviewed by Sue Owen