Friday, 16 May 2008

Team T-Lo Reads! #3

What can I say about this group of books. There are two romances, because I like romances. There is one non-fiction about an historical figure that I always wanted to know about. There is another book about another historical figure, only this time it's fiction. And of course, Logan reviews one of the very first board books he ever owned. Enjoy and pay attention to some of the reviews because I'm giving away some of these books to interested readers!

1)

Mao Zedong (A Penguin Life)
Author: Jonathan Spence
Penguin Publishing, August 2006

Tawny Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I started reading this book knowing hardly anything about Mao. I finished knowing more than I would ever need to know.

This small book was so packed full of information that my head was swimming after each reading session.

I think this would be a great place to start if you were studying Chinese history or world leaders. But it was way to complicated to read just as a biography like I did. So 3 stars because it made me feel like I was back in school trying to remember everything and follow along.

This is one of the books I'm giving away to a good home. Please let me know if you would like me to send it to you. I'll ship almost anywhere in the world as long as you give me a good reason as to why you want to read it.


2)
On Fire
Author: Carla Neggers
Mira Publishing, November 2003

Tawny Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I'm not really interested in the inner workings of an oceanographic center, so I couldn't really get behind the plot of this book. It just doesn't hold any intrigue for me. But I will say that the characters were written well. I liked Riley and Straker as a couple and was rooting for them.

There were way too many characters and relationships in this novel. I couldn't tell who was who and who were supposed to be related. Even at the end of the book I found myself wanting to go back and remind myself who a certain character was and why he/she was important. Maybe it was because I took longer to read this book than normal, or maybe the secondary characters weren't written with enough pop to make them memorable.

I liked the kind of soapopera-ness feel of this book. The two main characters exchanged some witty and sometimes funny dialog that I enjoyed very much.

3)

To Love A Texan
Author: Georgina Gentry
Zebra Publishing, January 2007

Tawny Review:
4 out of 5 stars

This book certainly isn't for anyone who is hoping for a meaningful, deep read. Instead, it was fun and light and totally silly. I loved it! I love any romance that starts with a prim character (this character was actually named Ms. Primm... awesome!) getting in way over her head. In this case, she inherits a "hotel" and finds out that it's not the kind of hotel she thought. What? That never happens! Hahaha.

This seems to be a running theme in old west romance novels. There is always a brothel involved. And I love every single one of them. This one was particularly entertaining because the battle of the sexes between the straight-laced Ms. Primm and the sexy cowboy Brad O'Neal was funny, hot, and soapish. Love it!

4)
Rasputin's Daughter
Author: Robert Alexander
Penguin Publishing, 2006

Tawny Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I had high hopes for this novel. Ever since I first heard the muths about Rasputin, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, this book didn't give me any satisfaction.

The purpose seemed to be to dispel the myths surrounding Rasputin's death. That was fine, but the alternative wasn't at all interesting enough for a whole novel.

But I didn't put the book down either and the character of Maria Rasputin was well written. It's fun to imagine what a daughter would be thinking during those tumultuous times and Alexander did a credible job at that.

This book is another one that I'm giving away to a good home. If you are at all interested in Russian history, let me know and I'll send this one to you. I'd love to hear what you think!

5)
Mommy Loves Her Bunny
Author: Josephine Page
Cartwheel Publishing, February 2003

Logan Review:
3 out of 5 stars

I'm growing too old for this book. There aren't enough words to keep me interested, but I love the pictures. I point out all the things I like and mommy and daddy tells me what they are.

Daddy reads this book a little different from mommy. He changes all the "mommies" to "daddies." I don't mind.

I also really like the soft cover. It pops out and it's super fuzzy. I like to check that out for awhile before we get into the book.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Ya, number 5 needed to at least slap one "daddy" in there and I'd be happy. Boourns!