Miscellaneous Ramblings

Admitting a problem

Hello, my name is Tara, and I am a book-aholic.

Why am I just now admitting that, you may ask? Well, besides the fact that it is common knowledge: it’s because I am going to be completely embarrassed by this coming Monday’s post for Mailbox Monday. Why, you may once again ask? Well …*ducking head in shame* … it’s because in the past two weeks alone I have been a busy little bee on the PBS Box-of-Books page. I have 24 books coming to me because of 4 transactions. Oh, and then there’s the two wishlist books…… (Of course this also means that I was able to get 24 books to new homes). But really, 24 – er, actually 26? I am thoroughly embarrassed. I have to hide these big box trades from my husband – not because he cares, but because he just shakes his head in astonishment and it makes me feel guilty. This week (not counting Friday and Saturday’s possible mail) I have already received 12 books. Now, 7 of the books won’t be delivered to me for a while because of a emergency on the other person’s end, but still. It’s just the fact of the matter.

So, dear readers:

  • Do I have a problem? Yes.
  • Do I care? Not really.
  • Will I change? Highly doubtful.

So there it is. My admission. In all it’s glory posted on the internet for all the world to see 🙂

On a side note – I got my iPhone! YAY! I am a happy girl! And tonight is more March Madness! GO BUTLER!!! (Why Butler? Because that’s who I got in the office pool). Hope everyone has a great weekend!

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, L, RATING, Read in 2011, READING CHALLENGES 2011, Review Book

2011.11 REVIEW – Blood of My Brother by James LePore

Blood of My Brother
by James LePore

Copyright: 2010
Pages: 313
Rating: 4/5
Read: March 1 – 4, 2011
Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011
Yearly Count: 11
Format: Print

First Line: In July of 1967, Jay Cassio, who would be turning five in September, started a prekindergarten program at St. Lucy’s School on Sheffield Street in Newark, New Jersey’s oldest, largest, and about to be most turbulent city.

Blurb: When Jay Cassio’s best friend is murdered in a job clearly done by professionals, the walls that he has built to protect himself from the world of others begin to shatter. Dan Del Colliano had been his confidante and protector since the men were children on the savage streets of Newark, New Jersey. When Dan supports and revives Jay after Jay’s parents die in a plane crash, their bond deepens to something beyond brotherhood, beyond blood. Now Jay, a successful lawyer, must find out why Dan died and find a way to seek justice for his murder. Isabel Perez has lived a life both tainted and charmed since she was a teenager in Mexico. She holds a powerful sway over men and has even more powerful alliances with people no one should ever try to cross. She desperately wants her freedom from the chains these people have placed on her. When Jay catapults into her world, their connection is electric, their alliance is lethal, and their future is anything but certain.

Review: I received this book to review for the Pump Up Your Book blog tour. This book was very well written, there were some great themes throughout, but especially what effects your choices have in the long run. There is no sugar-coating the ruthlessness of people. I found it very interesting to see how Jay’s childhood shaped the man that he became – as well as the lifelong friendship he was to have with Dan. Isabel’s character really showed adversity over anything is truly possible. This entire book showed just how important friendship and loyalty to those friends can really be. To be completely honest, I found Jay’s character to be slightly overzealous at times. That’s not to say that I disliked his character, I just sometimes felt as if he was two steps over the line. I also would have really preferred more background into what happened with Jay’s parents and how Danny came to his “rescue” after their deaths. In the blurb on the back of the book it is mentioned, so I felt as if it was a very important aspect of Jay’s life, but there was no real elaboration into the matter like I anticipated. It was mentioned and discussed, but not to the depth that I had looked forward to. Perhaps more information there would have explained more insight into why Jay was so overzealous in the hunt for the truth behind Danny’s murder. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book – it’s not one that I would have picked up at the bookstore, but I am definitely glad I was given the opportunity to read it. There were flashbacks to Jay’s childhood as well as Isabel’s childhood, and to be honest I sometimes got some of the characters mixed up, but that didn’t take away from my final opinion of this book – it’s just a writing style that sometimes doesn’t work for me completely. I would highly recommend this book.