Monday, February 22, 2010

Gone With the Wind [Mitchell]

Book: Gone With the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Genre: Fiction

Review: What can I possibly say about one of the best books every written? Rereading it after approx. 15 years, I soaked up details like old memories. The characters are developed, the scenery is vivid and the details are thought provoking. This is one of the best books I've ever read!

Book Junkie's Grade: A+

The Donovan Legacy: Charmed

Book: The Donovan Legacy: Charmed [book 3]
Author: Nora Robers
Genre: Romance

Review: Anastasia Donovan (cousin to Morgana and Sebastian) has the power of healing. When new neighbors move in next door, she quickly falls in love with Jessie, the young daughter of widower, Boone. Eventually, Ana and Boone engage in a romantic relationship but Anastasia's inability to be completely honest with Boone has consequences.

Overall-not as fun and engaging as Sebastian's book, but slightly better than Morgana's. Anastasia was a tad too weak for a female lead character and Boone did not have many redeeming characteristics.

Book Junkie's Grade: C

The Donovan Legacy: Entranced

Book: The Donovan Legacy: Entranced [book 2]
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance

Review: Sebastian Donovan (cousin to Morgana) is a heredity witch with the power of sight. He works as a psychic for the police and FBI helping to track down killers. When a distraught mother asks for his help to find her missing child, he finds himself teaming up with Mel, a private detective who usually works alone.

Without question-this is the best of the Donovan series so far (granted, I've only read 3). Sebastian and Mel make a great team and this story was heartwarming and funny. Overall-a fun read.

Book Junkie's Grade: B-

The Donovan Legacy: Captivated

Book: The Donovan Legacy: Captivated [Book 1]
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance

Review: Nash Bridges is a screenwriter researching his next project, a horror film about witchcraft, when he decides to interview Morgana Donovan. Morgana is a hereditary witch who owns and operates a Wicca store in Monterrey, CA. While it is clear that Nash does not believe in witchcraft, Morgana tries to educate him in the ways of witches while they navigate their love for each other.

While Nash was engaging, Morgana was pretentious and annoying. Overall-a boring read.

Book Junkie's Grade: C-

Mastered by Love [Laurens]

Book: Mastered by Love [Bastion Club Book 7]
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Genre: Romance - Historical

The final installment in the Bastion club series follows Royce (previously known as Dalziel, the mastermind behind the British spy operations during the war). Now a duke, Royce returns to his family estate where he is pressured by the grand madam's of the ton to find a wife. He engages in an affair with Minerva, chatelaine of the castle and tries to convince her to marry him.

This book was a huge disappointment. While the main characters were interesting and made an engaging couple, there was little strife or side story to go along with the romance. In the previous Bastion Books, Royce is searching for a traitor and his story was finally resolved in this book-but it was almost an afterthought for Lauren's.

Book Junkie's Grade: C-