Often while rating books on Goodreads I have to really think about how many stars I am going to give a book. Usually hovering between, “Is this a 3 or a 4? Well it’s sort of in between do I go higher or lower?” Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet are two books that I did not have to question how I was going to rate them.
I borrowed both of these books as audiobooks through the Overdrive app and my local library. I listened to Bad Romeo and then anxiously waited on a Hold List for the Broken Juliet. The books are a two volume series and follow characters Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt through their tumultuous relationship from their first year in acting college through starring in a Broadway play. Readers are present for every up and down of the couple as they experience a love story as powerful as that of Romeo and Juliet.
I enjoyed listening to these novels…well I mean duh, they both got 5 stars from me! As a reader it’s always fun to get caught up in a story and taken to a different life/world. I love watching movies and seeing plays so it was interesting to see the relationship of two people in budding acting careers. I hate giving away spoilers in my reviews so in turn keep the details mostly under wraps. But I think if you enjoy stories that have couples that have real problems and their hard work in those relationships you’ll enjoy this book. Author Leisa Rayven hit a home run with this story as far as I’m concerned!
Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Book 1 in the Starcrossed Series
Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Book 2 in the Starcrossed Series
So this post is going to be pretty brief. Mostly just to acknowledge that I’ve been so busy reading and doing other stuff that I haven’t taken the time to actually post about my reactions to the books I’ve read recently. For the most part, I’ve been enjoying the books…which you can see in my Goodreads feed… except for the Bughouse Affair. There were just too many plot lines that it didn’t actually need. I think if they had focused on the main two detectives it could have been much better than also bringing in a possible Sherlock Holmes just to add conflict.
Anyways.. I’m keeping busy. I currently am in the middle of three different books! Not Your Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, Captivated by You by Sylvia Day, and Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I am enjoying them all for different reasons so far. Hopefully I remember to come back here and review at least one of them!
Sooo it’s been a while. I’ve been busy cataloging at work, playing with my new cat, and preparing to move while enjoying the World Cup!
While Germany won the Cup, I finished reading my first book since February! I read Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling. I grew up reading, and then watching Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling created the literary world of my childhood, and teenage years. I for one, am extremely excited to continue reading her novels for adults. The Casual Vacancy, which I also read was a bit of a flop in my opinion. I never seemed to be able to follow what was actually going on. This time however, I quite enjoyed the murderous plot lines. The plot isn’t genius, it’s fairly generic as far as crime novels go, but still enjoyable. Rowling brings her descriptive talents to play in the script. Some reader reviews I have read say she goes overboard with her adjectives, but I think they work, bringing the reader into the world of Cormoran Strike.
The one thing that bothers me about the novel, isn’t even about the book, but the fact that J.K. Rowling used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Now using a pseudonym is a great idea, when people do not know the real name of the author, or the book is written by a team of authors who choose to write under one created name, but using a pseudonym when the author’s real name is associated to the book the entire time is pretty pointless. I get it, she wanted to get boys to read the book by using a male name. Or even hiding her true identity so more than Harry Potter fans would read the book is a good idea. However, I, and I am sure many other readers found out about the book and found out it was Rowling at the same time.
Sorry for the rant, it just doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe some of you readers have heard more about why she went with the pseudonym and can clarify that for others like me.
Next book on my plate– The Silkworm book #2 in the Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith.
Happy reading all!
Ok. So since I read the original article scientists have run tests and one of the three books have been proven to actually be bound in sheepskin instead of human skin. However, the practice of binding books in human skin in olden times was not as rare as one might think. It may give you the creepy crawlies to think of holding a book bound in someone’s skin. The article mentions that when this practice was used it was often to bind the chronicles of a criminal’s crimes in his own skin. I wonder if this was in practice today how many crimes would still happen.
As it was recently found out that one of the volumes in question was bound in sheepskin it’s curious to think about why the author would say it was bound in the criminal’s skin. Was someone misinformed? What actually happened to the criminal’s skin?