Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

covetTitle: Covet

Author: Tracey-Garvis Graves

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Published: (scheduled) September 17th, 2013

Series: no

Source: review copy/Netgalley

 

The Story

Claire Canton is married to Chris.  There marriage was good, until Chris was downsized and everything changed.  After a long time unemployed, Chris is offered a job far away from home.    He ends up traveling a lot.  Claire is lonely.  She finds solace in a friendship she forms with a police officer, Daniel Rush.

 

My Thoughts

Just like her other book, I wasn’t quite sure how I would feel about this subject matter.  I have to say Tracey Garvis-Graves writes excellent characters.  I felt like all of the characters, major and minor, are well written and thought out.  The secondary characters live their own lives.  They aren’t just written as a side note to the main characters.  I really enjoyed their stories.   I could see all side of the story.  I loved the way the story was handled.

There are points in the story where you want to scream at the main characters.  At least I thought that, and times when you feel for each of them.  That is a sign of a good writer.

I also want  to take a point to talk about the book cover.  So, so gorgeous.

The biggest hiccup with this book is it deals with real subject matter.  A lot of the book is talking about the drama of real life.  It touches on marriage problems, money matters, drinking, and more.  Some people might think that it drags on.  I did feel like something was missing.  Although I think that may have more to do with how much I really liked On The Island and less to do with this story.  I had really high expectations.  That being said I would definitely recommend this book.

I would give it:

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Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week is top ten secondary characters.

Kirsten Greene in Just Listen

Finnick in Catching Fire

Patrick in Perks of Being a Wallflower

Grace in Delirium

Iko from Cinder

Dee from Just One Day

Minny from The Help

Tiny from Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Alice from Twilight

Annette from Girl in Translation

 

I am sure I missed some.  What are your favorite secondary characters?

Review: Scattershot by Richard Goodwin

ImageTitle: Scattershot

Author: Richard Goodwin

Publisher: Seedpod Publishing

Published: May 30th 2011

Series: no

Source: purchased/ e-book

The Story

Wicker is a twenty-three year old man and he is lost.  He is homeless and desperate to get his things out of storage, mostly his mother’s ashes.  He has the idea of hitchhiking to Las Vegas to win it big.  On his journey he runs into Edna.  Edna is trying to make her way to the beach, but has made a wrong turn.  She is hoping to find some solace away from her son, who is convinced she is losing it in her old age.  The two go on an unbelievable journey, taking Edna’s son with them.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue was rich and clear.  I felt like each character had their own voice.  The two main characters, Edna and Wicker, are fun characters.  I do have to say they do make some stupid mistakes, but that is part of the fun in this book.   I really liked the character of Edna.  She is the voice of reason that is needed in this book.   The character of Wicker is rough around the edges, but you get the sense that he is (underneath) a decent guy.

This is a dark comedy.  I do have to give a warning, if you are offended by language or graphic scenes you probably won’t enjoy this book.

 I am conflicted on my rating.  The book was very enjoyable, and then halfway through something happens.  I can’t say what, because that would spoil it, but something that made me want to say “wait, what now”.  I kept waiting for the thing that was happening to end or it to be a misunderstanding, but it doesn’t happen.   Also, the ending I kept thinking what is happening.  It was a page turner.  I really wanted to know what happened.  Then I finished the book and was very conflicted.  I would give this one 3 1/2 stars.  I definitely urge to pick it up, give it a try, and make up your own mind on this one.

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Book Superlatives

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner (smart, smart girl) did a post on senior superlatives, but for books.  I feel like most of her answers were spot on and that I could just say, “yeah what she said”, but what fun would that be?!  So, go check her post out, and here goes.

Bookish

“Senior Superlatives”

Characters

Most Likely to Change the World

Cinder-she is a cyborg!

Cutest Couple

Annabel and Owen from Just Listen

Class Clown

Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments series.  

Most Likely To Become Famous For Their Athletic/Musical/Artistic Abilities

Echo from Pushing the Limits.  

All Around Good Person

Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower.  He seems like a good person to have in your corner.

Biggest Flirt

Daemon from Obsidian, a total flirt.

Most Likely to Be Fought Over

I have to agree with Jamie and pick St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door.  I think a lot of ladies would get in line to fight over these two.

Mostly Likely To Be Friends Forever

Wade Watts and Aech from Ready Player One.   The friends that play together, stay together-or something like that.

Most Likely To Have Their Own Reality Show

All of the ladies from Beauty Queens.  That would be entertaining.

Most Unique

Alina from Shadow and Bone.  The whole book is pretty unique and all around awesome.

Most Likely To Survive An Apocalypse

Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.  I am thinking his ability would help and people would want to keep him protected.  

Most Likely To Be A Villain

Queen Levana from Cinder.

Biggest Wallflower

Lennie from The Sky is Everywhere.

 Most Likely To Break Your Heart
Lena from Delirium.  She is a heartbreaker, but doesn’t even know it.

Most Changed

Beth from Pushing the Limits and Dare You To.

Most Likely To Get Arrested

Suze from The Mediator series.

 Self Proclaimed God/Goddess

I have to agree again with Jamie—-this one screams Jace from City of Bones.  SO, so full of it.

Best Person To Bring Home To Mom & Dad

I know I am copying, but it has to be Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door.  

Now onto the Books

Most Likely To Make You Cry

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Dares To Be Different (in world, plot, storytelling, etc.)

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Best Dressed (pretty cover!)

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Most Likely To Make You Swoon

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Loveliest Prose

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Most Likely To Be A Favorite Of 2013

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Most Likely To Change The World (or change your life)

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A real look at how some kids are living in our foster care system.

Book You Are Most Likely To Keep Putting Off

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Most Likely To End Up As Christmas Gifts For Everyone You Know

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Most Likely To Be Thrown

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Most Likely To Be Reread More Than Once

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Most Likely To Make You Read Through An Earthquake Because It’s THAT Engrossing

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Most Likely To Be Passed On To Your Children

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Most Likely To Break Your Heart Into A Million Pieces

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Most Likely To Brighten Up Your Day

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I tried to stick to mostly young adult books, since it’s suppose to be senior superlatives.  Do you agree with my choices?  What would you pick?

Challenges Update

As I settle back into blogging, felt very strange not to have any time to write anything, I thought I might take a look back at one of my first posts.  I am taking a look at my progress, so far!

My first goal I set was to read 65 books this year.  Then I panicked and lowered it to 55.  I am at 42 books read.  So, maybe I didn’t need to freak out.  I shouldn’t have any trouble hitting 55, and hopefully I can hit 65.  

Here are the book category challenge I am working on with some of my family members.  A few of these books are different than I originally picked.  I may or may not have a bad attention span.  Wait, what was I saying? 

A book that delves into the past or has a time related word in the title. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (completed May 2013)
A book from a genre you don’t normally read. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (completed Feb 2013)
A book by an author you are unsure about or did not like the first time around. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (completed May 2013)
A book that takes inspiration from a classic work of literature. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (completed March 2013)
A book that is part of a series. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (completed Jan 2013)
A book that takes place in a capital city, a small town, or a place near you. Divergent by Veronica Roth
A book that has more than 4 words in the title. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (completed March 2013)
A book that has a name in the title. Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodgkin (completed Jan 2013)
A book in which a non human plays a key role. Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan (completed May 2013)
A book that is set in a different country. The White Queen by Philipa Gregory (completed Jan 2013)
A book in which a senior citizen is a main character. ScatterShot by Richard Goodwin (completed August 2013)
A book that has a cultural conflict or is about another culture. The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (completed Jan 2013)
CHALLENGE: A book that is picked by someone else for you.  Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (completed June 2013)
CHALLENGE: Pick 3 books that have something in common (same author, setting, or theme. Night by Elie Wiesel (completed Jan 2013) , The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (completed June 2013)

Two left to go!

 

A to Z Challenge

A: 
B: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire
C: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
D: Dare You To by Katie McGarry
E: Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
F: Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
G: Guernsey Literary Society by Mary Ann Shafer
H: 
I: It’s Just A Dog by Ryan Russ
J: Just One Day by Gayle Forman
K:
L: 
M: Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
N: Night by Elie Wiesel
O: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
P: Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Q: 
R: Run to Me by Diane Hester
S: Shadows by Ilsa J Bick
T: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
U: Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
V: Vegan for Life or Vampire Academy
W: White Queen by Phillipa Gregory
X:
Y:
Z: 

 

What challenges are you completing in?  How is it going?

Quick Update

I just wanted to post a quick update as to where I have been.  I am finishing up two courses I needed for my teaching certificate.   I have also accepted a new position that has started and will keep me pretty busy for the next two weeks.  I hope to be back posting regularly after that.  I am still reading as much as possible.  Hopefully I will have quite a few reviews and posts to put on here when I return.