Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I'm starting to panic

The queen of procrastination (that's me) has done very little Christmas shopping. I woke up in the middle of the night (my nightly routine), then couldn't get back to sleep just thinking about how behind I am. Christmas cards NOT sent. Christmas tree NOT up. House NOT decorated. Shopping no where near done. Why do I do this to myself? I went to the stores two weekends in a row and only lasted 2 hours at most, then I got claustrophobic with the crowds and traffic and headed home.

OK, so in a mature moment I decided to take Friday off from work and get my shopping done. Daughter and I will put up the tree and decorate on Saturday. Instead of reading tonight after dinner I promised myself to start the Christmas cards. Whew I feel better now.

I recently finished Dark Lover (Ward) and Breaking Point (Brockmann), both very good books. I don't think I'll do reviews on either of them (unless someone begs :). Dark Lover has so much buzz (Tara, CindyS, and an AAR review by Sybil, etc.) and I don't think I have anything to add since they said it so well. I thought it was excellent for the most part but the last 1/4 seemed slightly uneven so I gave it a B+ overall. I can hardly wait for the next one in the series. Loved the vampire world building on this series and want a story for Butch too.

Breaking Point was much better than I expected, and probably better than the last four in this series (since Out of Control which I gave an A). I loved all four of the main characters: Max, Gina, Jones and Molly. There were no loose ends too which I have been getting sick of in these books. And not a trace of WWII story (hallelujah). I gave it a B+. I feel a sense of closure on this series now and have no real desire to read the next one (Into the Storm) . Brockmann's voice is starting to grate on me and I have noticed some quirks in her writing style that are bugging me. I think that's what happens when you read too many books by one author close together.

Right now I'm reading Twilight (Meyer) which is a YA vampire book. I'm on chapter 3 and finding it very compelling. I'm also reading Leaving Normal (Holm) which reads a bit like a chick lit (whatever that is - I need to look up a definition) but it's a mm paperback.


CindyS said...

Loved Ward but you are right about the last 1/4 of the story.

I'm secretly livid about Breaking Point - oops, secret's out ;) Brockmann built Max and Gina up and didn't deliver. At least for me. Jones and Molly were the saving grace but I was too mad about MG's romance to enjoy JM as much as I should have. Therefore, I'm on break!


Megan Frampton said...

I am so intrigued by looks amazing, let me know what you think.

ReneeW said...

Cindy - Actually, I liked the M&G story but the build up was way too long (about 3 years I think). But it wasn't that spectacular so I can see your point.

Megan - I promised Keishon I'd do a review. It's very good so far.

Kristie said...

I'm looking forward to what you think of Leaving Normal. I really didn't like this one at all, at all but it got a DIK at AAR

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