Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Something Blue

Something Blue, by Emily Giffin

Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma. But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane good girl, steals her fiance, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life with a baby on the way.

Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply.

It is only then that Darcy can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood. Something Blue is a novel about one womans surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship, love, and happily-ever-after. It's a novel for anyone who has ever, even secretly, wondered if the last thing you want is really the one thing you need.  FROM GOODREADS.
I read Something Borrowed for a book club in December and just finished this second one yesterday.  I enjoyed this one much more than I did the first.  And I think that's because I could root for the characters in this story, and in the first one I kind of thought they all stunk.
Darcy's transformation was believable, and her romance was too.  I liked it bunches.  The pregnancy stuff was interesting to me too, but I think that's just because I can relate to that stage of life.
Definitely a good beachy read or if you want something fun and feel-goody.  You have to read the first one though, because this does not stand alone.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

ReReads: The Host and Breaking Dawn

So my book club choose The Host for the book to read for the February meeting.  I had read it two years ago (see linked review) but I wanted to reread it so I could talk intelligently about it, and with details.  I just finished it again today.

But before I read that one, I reread Breaking Dawn, because it was available for download to my iphone from the public library, and I've needed an Edward fix.

I have to say, I enjoyed Breaking Dawn a lot more the second time.  I could still do without just about everything after she turns into a vampire.  Actually, I can pinpoint it better than that.  Everything after Irina sees the baby in the forest.  Everything after that is crap.

But the 500 pages before that were enjoyable.

The Host, I enjoyed less the second time around.  I remembered LOOOVING it so I think I had no where to go but down.  I still liked it.  But the simplicity of it really bothered me.  Meyer took such the lazy way out with the science of the medicine, specifically.  It really bothered me.  "Smooth?"  Really?  "No Pain?"  Really?  And even when decribing other planets, she kept saying over and over again, "the word for it in this language is, chases bears by river, but it has a much prettier name in their language."  Being able to say that is sort of a cop out, isn't it?

Still ... I enjoyed it again.  Would recommend it again.  The wierd love quaderangle is fun.