Friday, 4 January 2008

Team T-Lo Reads! #1

Yes, that's right. Team T-Lo actually reads a book or two every now and then. I thought that maybe you would like to know what we think about these books. Actually, it's more like, I thought that you needed to know our opinions on everything (that's why I have this blog after all), and our opinions on reading are no different. So, once I have had enough time to gather together a few reviews, I will post them up here.

Keep in mind, that reviews by me will be mostly Romance novels. I know that I have an English degree and therefore I should be reading more high-brow type stuff, but I can't help myself. Romance novels are the greatest of all literature hehehe

Logan will make his opinions known on all sorts of children's books. And we might even get Terry to review a few books. Who knows?

So to start off the first "Team T-Lo Reads" column, here are a mixed bag of books. The ratings are out of 5.

1) Raging Winds of Heaven by June Lund Shiplett (Paperback Romance)
Reissue published 1988 Signet Books

Tawny Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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I love Historical romances, so this review is a little biased. I read this novel once when I was younger, and remembered it so vividly that I had to order it and read it again. I could probably read it over a few more times without getting bored.

The title character Loedicia is a strong willed young lady who gets into all sorts of trouble in the effort to get away from an arranged marriage. During her escapades she falls in love with Quinn, who is very well written. He is the perfect hero in a romance novel. Of course Loedicia is torn between two loves as the story unfolds. It is normally difficult to have a reader genuinely root for both men, but in this case, Lund has made it impossible to choose. I cried during the chapter where Dicia had to choose between them. It was so beautiful and frustrating and fantastic! In fact, the whole book was like that.

2) Alias: Daddy by Adrianne Lee (Mass Market Paperback)
Published 1997 Harlequin Books

Tawny Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

Truly terrible. I can't believe I didn't put it down after a couple of chapters. First of all, if the book is classified as Romance, then it should be Romantic! Instead, it was a very weak mystery with a few awful love scenes thrown in.

I hate it when there is a dire situation, like having a serial killer about to kill the main characters, and rather than concentrating on keeping alive, they are busy having sex or talking about their relationship. Lame!

And another thing; books where there are crazy serial killers on the loose, should not involve children. At least the ones that call themselves Romance novels shouldn't. I was too busy worrying about the children, that I couldn't have cared less about whether or not the parents got together. I wanted to shake both of them and force them to keep on eye on these babies. But no, they just sent the children away, into an ambush I might add, and continued to get it on. Bleh.

3) River of Desire by Abra Taylor (Romance)
Published 1982 Worldwide Publishing

Tawny rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This book had promise. It started with the classic character structure of a true romance. A hard, bitter man who was haunted by something not yet revealed. And an independent woman who threatened to change all that. Perfect! I love that sort of stuff, yet I couldn't get into this one.

The characters didn't amuse me. In fact, they weren't even likable. There was no central dilemma to pull the story together, just a lot of scattered nonsense. A lot of the chapters could have been cut down to ten sentences or less. They were just filler.

The only saving grace was the setting. A good romance would have taken advantage of an exotic backdrop like the Amazon jungle. This one, unfortunately, did not. Not even the wilds of the jungle could spring some life into this novel.

4) The Hindi-Bindi Club by Monica Pradhan
Published 2007 Bantam Books (Paperback)

Tawny rating 5 out of 5 stars

The best book of 2007!
When you can relate to the characters in a book so well it doesn't matter how the writing is. Fortunately for this book, I related to the characters and the writing was good. And there were recipes!
The major theme of the book was about living in two worlds, East and West; something that I certainly understand, and my dad would understand even more. It made me feel close to my family and reminded me about how enriching it is to embrace two cultures.
So, I'll go with the cliche response and say, "It's a MUST read."

5) The Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton (Board Book)
Published 2005, Workman Publishing

Logan Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

This is the best book ever! I make my mommy and daddy read it to me everyday at least 15 times. This book is so good that I even like to chew on it. I read it so much that the cover fell off and mommy had to tape the book back together. I have tons of other books to read, but this one is still my favourite. Did you know that tiny hippopotamuses call their Belly Button a "bee bo?" Awesome.


Julie said...

I'm a secret romance reader, too. (Not so secret anymore, I guess.) Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's _A Rose in Winter_ has to be one of my all-time favorites.

Julie said...

Last week I bought a couple of books from the $5 bin at The Bay, Rideau Centre, and found a surprising treasure in _Dear Penelope_.