Sunday, October 24, 2010

Feature Friday (4)

Feature Friday is where I will recap the past week, including reviews, what I'm reading, and what's next on my to-read list.
*All photos and summaries are courtesy of Goodreads

Review - Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Megan is used to moving from place to place -- it's typical for an army brat. But she drew the line at South Korea. She insists on staying in the States to finish her last two years of high school. So her parents made arrangements for Megan to live with their friends, the McGowans...and the McGowans' 7 sons.
Turns out, living with 7 boys might as well be a foreign country! The boys are messy. They are cliquey (who knew?). And worst of all, two of the oldest boys are H-O-T. (A problem considering they are supposed to be Megan's "brothers.") Megan is definitely in enemy territory. She needs to win over the boys' hearts without totally crushing her own.
And when Megan starts falling for one of them, sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning....
What is a girl to do?

This book was cute.  Pure fluff, but oh-so-cute.  Megan was a very likeable MC with a great personality.  I envied how she handled herself with Evan's girlfriend. I don't think that I could show that much restraint to someone that rude!  The plot is light, and quite predictable but totally enjoyable!  It's not a book that will stick with you through time, but the unique setting makes for quite a funny read.

Review - Poppy Done to Death by Charlaine Harris

On the way to a lunch meeting of her local book discussion group, the Uppity Women, small-town Southern librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden is shocked and dismayed to find her sister-in-law, Poppy, lying bloody and dead right outside her own back door. Poppy had her flaws, certainly - she and her husband were having trouble staying faithful to each other - but she didn't deserve to be so brutally murdered.
Investigating a case like this is never easy, of course, given the gossipy atmosphere of any small town, what with Poppy and her husband's extramarital affairs, the local police detective, who also happens to be a former boyfriend of Roe's, and his seemingly unresolved feelings of Poppy, and the need to protect Poppy's family. But Roe is also coping with a burgeoning romantic relationship as well as the sudden appearance of her teenaged half brother. All in all, it's a lot for one woman to have on her plate, even one as together as Roe.

It's been quite a journey through life with Aurora Teagarden.  This is the last book in the series, I'm sad to say.  While not my favorite, I did enjoy this one more than it's previous companion.  In this book, we get to see yet another side of Roe that we haven't really been introduced to before.  We see the angry, defensive, jealous side of mild mannered Roe.  There's a nice little surprise for Roe at the end of the book, although I have to say I saw this coming not just from the beginning of the book, but from about 4 books into the series.  The end of the book wraps everything up in a nice, neat little package, complete with a bow on top, yet still leaving room for further books if Ms. Harris decides to write more about Roe.

What I'm Reading - I'm almost done with The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson #3) by Rick Riordan. 

What's Next? - I plan on starting Dating is Murder by Harley Jane Kozak because it's due back at the library on Saturday.

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