under the dome: thoughts so far

At almost exactly halfway through Stephen King’s massive Under the Dome, I have a few observations to make so far.

  • apparently when they decided to make this book into a TV series (I started watching this before getting into the book) the only things they decided to keep from the book were: some characters’ names, and the dome. Seriously people, a ton of the TV show characters were already DEAD within the first 100 pages of this book. What the? 
  • but, I am really enjoying the way the book’s unfolding. It’s nice to be surprised, and not just “oh yeah, I remember this from the TV show” while reading.
  • there are some GROSS descriptions. Am I surprised? No. It’s Stephen King. I wasn’t expecting lovely descriptions of the smell of freshly baked cookies. But still – the guy can be GROSS. Especially in describing dead bodies, and the odors thereof.
  • so far, even at the halfway mark, there is no indication of  what caused the mysterious dome. Will we ever find out? I’m not sure if I’d like an ambiguous ending, but I’ll have to wait and find out.
  • BIG JIM is pretty much exactly the same as in the show. They actually cast that guy really well, I feel. 
  • pink stars ARE falling in lines. That is all. (haha)

Wish me luck finishing this by Friday, which is when I have to return the book to the library, unless I’m able to renew it for another few weeks. I’m 3 books behind my Goodreads reading goal for the year, and I blame this book being so long!! 

book review: tidal (watersong book 3)

Tidal (Watersong, #3)Tidal by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series! I keep thinking I’m going to stop reading it, but then I pick up the next book and somehow it draws me in again.

This book, the third in the series, was actually one of the best so far. I enjoyed reading some background on the sirens; the chapters set in their past were enjoyable as they brought to light the reasons some of the girls are the way they are now, and also they went deeper into the mystery of what happened to some of the previous sirens.

I feel like some parts of the ‘mystery’ are a bit obvious, and I did see a few of the clues coming. I’m interested to see the role that Thalia plays in the next book- I think she might have been supernatural.

Parts of this book were a bit cheesy, and I did cringe at a few of the scenes between Gemma and the men that can’t resist her.

Daniel lost a bit of my esteem when he decided to make a deal with Penn, but we’ll see how that plays out in the next book.

And yes, I will be reading the final book- in fact, it’s already being held at the library for me, so I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

Fans of supernatural, mythological creatures – stay with this series at least until this book. No guarantees about what the last one will be like.

**See my review of book one (Wake) and book two (Lullaby) **

A-Z Reading Challenge >> Progress so far

One of the groups I belong to on Goodreads has a reading challenge called the A-Z Challenge. You have to read a book that has a word starting with every letter in the alphabet within one year.

I started in January, and so far I’ve got 22/26 complete!! The bad news is that for a few of the letters I have left, like X and Z, I don’t have anything pending on my to-read list to use.

Below are the letters I’ve completed so far, along with the ones I still have left. If you have any recommendations for the letters I don’t have filled in, feel free to share them!

A\ The Alchemist and The Angel
B\ The Body Finder
C\ The Cydonian Pyramid
D\ Delirium
E\ Eve & Adam
F\ The Fault in our Stars
G\ Gone Girl
H\ Hourglass
I\ The Iron Butterfly
J\
K\ Knife
L\ Living the Good Life
M\ Mind Games
N\ Nieve
O\ One Day
P\ Pandemonium
Q\ Quicksilver
R\ Requiem
S\ Surrender
T\ Tell The Wolves I’m Home
U\ Unnatural Creatures
V\ The Vanishing Act
W\ Wake
X\
Y\ The Truth About You & Me
Z\

Tell the Wolves I'm Home The Alchemist and the Angel Eve and Adam Wake (Watersong #1) Living the Good Life  Your Guide to Health and Success The Fault in Our Stars The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1) Delirium (Delirium, #1) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) Surrender (The Ferryman and the Flame, #1)The Cydonian Pyramid (The Klaatu Diskos, #2) Gone Girl Mind Games (Mind Games, #1) The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly, #1) Requiem (Delirium, #3) Unnatural Creatures The Truth About You and Me The Vanishing Act Quicksilver (Ultraviolet, #2) Nieve