Wednesday, January 13, 2010

how do the bloggers DO IT?!?!

How do they maintain their blogs and sites so faithfully? I've only been in school for 3 days now and I'm already neglecting my poor blog... :(
I'm so sorry, my lovely blog! But I still have such big plans for you!
...Occasionally I will talk to inanimate objects, it seems therapeutic...

So as of now, I've finished one book already this week. Not bad! I predict, though, that my spare reading time will greatly suffer this semester - a pox on those literature classes!

My review for Once Upon a Marigold can be found here. This book was a genuine pleasure to read - why can't all books be this happy?! I'm moving on to the sequel next, and I hope the author doesn't mess around with the plot too much...

PS: I labeled this "fantasy" because I really didn't know where else to put it. It didn't seem angsty and morbid enough to be YA (haha) and I suppose the fairytale elements would categorize it as "fantasy"... so whatever.

A quick note on Twice Upon a Marigold: This book is for some reason taking me longer to read. I was so proud of myself for finishing Once Upon a Marigold in just two days, and now I'm losing some of that pride. As of right now, I'm not as impressed with the plot. The two main characters have somehow been demoted to "co-characters" and chief villain from the previous book now all of the sudden has the main point-of-view. **I want Christian and Marigold back!!** It's not that I don't like the idea of a sequel. Lots of books really should be left alone after they're completed, but the ending of the first book allows enough room for a continued arc. I just don't happen to like the direction this story is going in. The concept seems a lot more shallow... and I'm discovering that there is indeed a difference between the cutesy, over-the-top feel of the first book and the so-far shallowness of this one.

But of course, I'm not done yet! And interestingly, there have been quite a few times in the last two days where I've really, really liked specific quotes in the book - in other words, I like the message that the author is trying to send. The story just doesnt seem as invigorating as its predecessor. But it's not over yet!
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