Clearing the To-Be-Reviewed shelves

Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
I loved this book. I mean, seriously: time travel, Italy, and archaeology all in the same book? The adventure, the fun, the ingenuity. Excellent. This is book 2 of the River of Time series (3 books out so far), and while I haven’t read book 1, Waterfall, now that I’ve read book 3, I think part of my enjoyment stemmed from being allowed to fill in those pieces from the bits of background scattered throughout.

Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren
This, book 3, was a letdown. Maybe it’s because the storyline seemed so one-dimensional after attempting to construct book 1 while reading book 2? I also thought book 2 indicated a larger discussion of or focus on elements of faith in book 3, but while there was a bit more, it was still seriously lacking in that department.

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games trilogy has been hashed and rehashed countless times while I was getting up the courage to read them. See, I was afraid, when I first heard about them, that they would be too much like The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, which, when I read it early in high school, left me scarred. But the similarities were quickly overcome once I dove in, and I quickly devoured the whole series. The reality TV (a la Big Brother) component is really interesting, but really they’re just great stories. They plumb the depths of what it means to be human.

And, with that, my writing time for today is just about up. Maybe I’ll add some thumbnails to the above and move on with my day. Hopefully this hasn’t drained me too much and I’ll be able to post another set of mini-reviews (or a few) soon. Hey, maybe I’ll even post more than once in a week — now that would feel like a miracle!

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7 responses to “Clearing the To-Be-Reviewed shelves

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed The Hunger Games!

  2. I’ve been avoiding The Hunger Games because I’m afraid it’ll be too much like Battle Royale which I didn’t like at all.

  3. I did not realize you had not read the Hunger Games. I haven’t read Battle Royale so no idea how that compares 🙂

  4. I just brought Hunger Games to work today to let a coworker borrow. Even though I own the other two I haven’t read them yet. Just read Kathy’s comment–I can’t believe she hasn’t read these!

  5. I enjoyed THG games too! Never heard of the River of Time series, but I love the cover.

  6. I’m been waiting on the Hunger Games but now that I’ve seen previews for the movie it makes me want to read the books first!

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