Well, over the past two weeks I’ve read quite a few books, but none of them really stood out to me. Rather than writing full length reviews for books that I found mediocre, therefore, I figured that I might as well do yet another round of Ten Second Reviews! Ready….Set….Go!
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
After the death of her family, Jocelyn moves to Scotland with the hopes of starting over. Her quiet life is going well until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street. Despite every attempt she makes, Jocelyn can’t seem to escape her roommate’s older brother, a gorgeous Scotsman who is determined to get her attention. In many ways On Dublin Street reminded me of the 50 Shades series (minus the red room of pain): characters with tragic pasts, a relationship formed through an arrangement, and an intense and extremely protective hero. I enjoyed On Dublin Street, but things slowed down a little bit too much at the end for my taste.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Gypsy King by Maureen Fergus
A slave to a despised man, Persephone’s life is changed when she is one day sold to a mysterious thief named Azriel. A member of a superstitious Gypsy clan, Azriel believes that Persephone is the girl described in an old prophecy who will help to free his people. The Gypsy King had its good moments, but I mostly found myself counting down the pages until I would reach the end. The story had potential, but I found some aspects of the plot a little bit ridiculous. Needless to say, I probably won’t finish reading this series.
Rating: 2 Stars
The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
The book club at the library I work for was given the second book in this series by Terry Fallis to read for the month of March, so I figured that I might as well check out The Best Laid Plans first! The story revolves around Daniel, a burnt out political aide who is forced to find a Liberal candidate to run for the upcoming election in Cumberland, a small riding outside of Ottawa. The only problem is, almost everyone living in Cumberland is a die hard Torie. Fate intervenes, however, when Daniel is able to make a deal with his landlord, an engineer professor and hovercraft enthusiast, to put his name on the ballet in exchange for teaching his dreaded English for Engineers course that semester. What follows is a quirky story that takes a humorous look at Canadian politics. Although the plot line was completely predictable, it was still an enjoyable read!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The High Road by Terry Fallis
Continuing the story started in The Best Laid Plans, The High Road follows Angus as he attempts to get re-elected into Parliament. Filled with plenty of funny scenarios, I found myself chuckling on more than one occasion. While The High Road was amusing, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book. At times it was a slow read, and the similarities in the plot to the first book took away some of the excitement.
Rating: 3 Stars