Thursday, December 20, 2012

*Book Review Wednesday?*

Well, I didn't get to do the book review yesterday because I was SUPER busy!! After work/school I had to go buy some light bulbs (of course I didn't have any replacements when the light burned out because they take chandelier size, ugh), then my daughter had 2 Christmas programs at school, after that was dinner at my moms, and finally we had to go to the supermarket (in another town, of course) to get cupcakes for Eve's school birthday celebration! This meant getting home at 8:45 last night. I took my contacts out, brushed my teeth, and then went to bed. I was pooped!!

Since I couldn't do the review yesterday, I decided to go ahead and do it today.

The book I am reviewing is:

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I am not quite sure what to say about this book. It is very.....different. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting Harry Potter, but I was expecting high quality writing. This book had good writing. The characters are very well thought out and you get a lot of background on them, which is good. What I didn't like was the amount of characters, there are tons. You spend the first half of the book trying to remember who is connected to who. Each chapter is only a few pages long but there seems to be a lot of info in those chapters. I think I was expecting more of a plot, which there was one, but maybe not what I had hopes for. 

Basically, someone dies and this is the trickle down effect of his/her death. I don't think there is 1 happy/pleasant/content character in this book. Everyone is either mean, abusive, depressed, manipulative, or all of the above. I think I read this book quickly hoping to find 1 happy person. I think I am depressed just from reading it. 

I am glad that I read this book and I do recommend it just so people can get an idea of Rowling's adult writing. Unfortunately, I don't think I will ever read this book again, even though I bought it for my Nook (I usually only buy books for my Nook that I will read again). I really had high hopes for this but was left feeling short and I can't really place why.

I give this book:

3 Stars= "Eh"

I have read some awful books and this is not one of them but I don't think it ranks with the Harry Potters either, hence the "Eh"!!

Let me know if you have read this book and what you think about it!

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1 comment:

  1. I love J.K Rowling, but I'm not really intersted in reading this book. I'm a sucker for fantasy type books (Hunger Games, Harry Potter) and just hearing the reviews on this book I knew it wasn't for me. Sounds like you've been busy Momma! Hope you are all prepared for Christmas!