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review 2017-10-08 20:13
Missed the mark
The Dirty Book Club - Lisi Harrison
When I read the blurb for The Dirty Book Club, I was intrigued by the premise, and when I started reading, I found the beginning both engaging and promising. Sadly, that fizzled quickly as I found less and less to like about main character, MJ. 
Let me add that each of the characters have their flaws and that's okay. I didn't expect them to be perfect and several times, I've found the flawed characters in a story the most endearing. That was the case with the 1960's book club. Not so much with the modern day club. 
MJ is rather disconnected from living life and that's understandable considering the the loss she's suffered. She throws herself into her career to keep from dwelling on that loss, which is also something the reader can empathize with and understand. As time goes on, MJ's long distance love interest, Dan, tries to convince her to move across the country so they can be together. This is where my problem with this character began. Things don't go as she's planned in her career, so she heads to California and to Dan. She then spends most of the story waffling between wanting to be with Dan and wanting to run back to New York and her job. Indecision, I can understand. She's spent considerable time on her career, but it came across like Dan was nothing more than a backup plan, the second choice. More than once, she asserts that she gave up her career and sacrificed for Dan, when that isn't the case. She gave up her career because things didn't go her way. She didn't get what she wanted, so she fell back on the second choice. Basically, I found her whiny and petulant, and I spent most of her story wishing Dan would wake up and send her packing. 
The other characters in the modern day book club weren't exactly likable, but at least they did have some wit and even some charm about them. 
 By the end of this journey, I found the letters from the 1960's book club to be the most interesting parts of the story and the only modern day character that I really liked or rooted for was the good and giving doctor, Dan.
I will say the the author is talented and writes well, but this one completely missed the mark for this reader.
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review 2014-10-17 00:00
Monster High (Monster High #1)
Monster High (Monster High #1) - Lisi Harrison I really hated this book and was thankful it was a short read! It read as if all the students in the school were rich and snobbish. I wasn't able to connect with any of them at all, even though I'm not really the target audience! Even my daughter, who is in the target audience, disliked the book! The story was uninteresting at best and was often very confusing, especially with the constant PoV changes. I did get a chuckle out of the ""Monster World Lives Among Us!"" situation, but it wasn't enough to save the book from a one star rating. My daughter recommended that I read one of the Ever After High books, as she believes they are much better than this is.
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review 2014-08-24 00:00
Alphas - Lisi Harrison In one word, disappointing.

I could not connect with the characters, never mind the age difference they just were not any way appealing to me.

The concept sounded like it would be worth checking out despite the very negative reviews this book has garnered and in some aspects it was and in too many others it was not.

Upon having finished the final nail in the coffin was the abrupt out of the blue ending, to my mind it does not even qualify as a cliff hanger more like from one sentence to the next it was finished with no idea on the readers part why.

Glad this was available on digital library loan, certainly will not continue with series as it just did not strike my fancy as something that would click any better going forward.

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review 2014-07-07 19:28
Not all that Pretendy
License to Spill - Lisi Harrison

I'm going to link back to my last progress update on this book, as I don't feel I have all that much to add to it, even twice+ as many pages later.  The things that didn't make sense as of page 151 still didn't make sense on page 335, and the punning/wordplay only grew more obnoxious.  The epilogue called back to the prologue by hoping that this middle installment had provided more resolution than it predecessor.  Well, okay--I'll give it that. 


I didn't hate the characters, for the most part.  It was kind of interesting to read their perspectives on one another and see how many erroneous assumptions they made.  But the whole conceit of the book--that one of the "Phoenix Five" (most outstanding freshmen of the year) leaked their private journals to reveal that they are all "pretenders"--didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.  Mostly, they didn't strike me as being more "pretenders" than the rest of the school population (with the exception of Jagger--see my linked update).


Anyway, I will most likely pick up the final book in the trilogy when it becomes available at my library, just to fulfill my own morbid curiosity as to how things turn out for the characters.  (Although I had received the first book through NetGalley, this second book was just a loan through my public library.)

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text 2014-07-06 23:51
Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 335 pages.
License to Spill - Lisi Harrison

I temporarily know what page I'm on.  Okay, so here is an example of the painful wordplay that characters in this book engage in.  Sheridan has decided that Duffy should be nicknamed "the Encryption" because of the "mixed messages" she thinks he's sending her.  Yeah, hi-freakin'-larious!


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