Friday, April 18, 2008

Book Review

It has been a while since I have done my book reviews, so since I just took another trip to the library, I suppose I should get on that. So, if you are a reader, this is what I have been reading lately.

Daughters of the Moon Series by Lynne Ewing

There are 13 books in this series of which the 13th was only recently released. Anyway, they follow the lives of 4 main characters who are teenage girls struggling with normal life, but who also have special talents that help them fight the evil force trying to take over the world. It was a rather intriguing series. I liked the ideas and the symbolism as well as greek god history lesson. However, I was a little less than impressed with the writing. It was a very easy read, but I suppose since I read them so close together that I was tired of reading the recap in each book. I mean, it would be great if you spread the books out over the course of time, but I was reading about 1 every day and a half. She basically says the first 2-3 chapters as recap word for word from previous books. There are a few in the series that are fantastic though! I loved 1, 5-7, and 11-13. 10 was cool, but a little difficult for me to read because I am not too much into historical settings. The books are best read as a series, but because she recaps word for word, you could really pick up where ever you want and enjoy the books, you just would miss out on some of the bigger plot. So, if you are bored and want a new book to read, I would recommend this easy to read series, however, it wouldn't be my first pick.

Change of Heart by Jodi Piccoult

I am a fan of Jodi Piccoult. She generally writes about the moral ethics surrounding difficult medical decisions. This books took a slight twist to that by adding a legal plot to the story. The books tells a story of a death row inmate seeking to give his heart to the daughter of the man he was accused of killing. The book also delves into the mysteries of religion and how we create our views of life and death. I really enjoyed reading this. It was a little different than I expected it to be, but I was fascinated by the idea of organ donation upon completion of a death penalty. It was an easy read book but it took a little more thinking that I had time for while reading this book. I find it much easier to read when Dave is gone than when he is home, and he was home while I was reading this. But I would highly recommend this as one of your top 5 on your next library visit. Just be prepared to really look at what you believe and what you think is ethically and spiritual correct.