MINI-REVIEWS: The Little Lady Agency, Meeting Faith, Eyes Like Stars

The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne
Publication: Pocket (September 5, 2006), Paperback, 416pp / ISBN 1416527265
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Beach Read
Read: May 15-16, 2010
Source: BookMooch

A different sort of chick lit book in that the heroine meets the hero by hiring out her services as a fake girlfriend/(real) life planner, which makes for some uncomfortable accusations of prostitution from other characters (though luckily not the hero) and some really wacky hijinks. I really liked this, though Melissa has serious issues with denial, almost to the point of me wanting to throw the book against the wall. But she’s a nice change from the more Shopaholic kinds of protagonists (though I love Becky); plus the hero has red hair! When do you ever see a hero with red hair, eh? Hardly ever.

118. Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of A Black Buddhist Nun by Faith Adiele
Publication: W. W. Norton & Company (April 2004), Hardcover, 288pp / ISBN 0393057844
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Read: May 18-20, 2010
Source: Library

I wrote about this for one of my Thursday Tea posts and I really don’t have anything more to say except that this is one of my favorite books EVER. I loved the writing, the story, how the personal journey detailed by Ms Adiele never feels pushy or more-spiritual-than-thou. I really wanted to know more about what happened after she left the monastery. Did she keep the same feelings of personal value that she left with? What happened after? Luckily she seems to be writing another memoir about her life, and I know she’s written at least a FEW essays about her travels and such for other books. I’ll have to track them down!

124. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Publication: Feiwel & Friends (July 7, 2009), Hardcover, 368pp / ISBN 0312380968
Genre: Fantasy, YA/Teen
Read: May 30, 2010
Source: Gift!

I’m torn about this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed the whole theatre motif, and how it’s magical and wonderful and everything, and I liked the plot…kinda. But on the other hand I felt really adrift in the story; what world is this theatre in? Ours? An alternate universe? How is it magical? Why doesn’t anyone ask why it’s magical? Is magic normal for that world? Or does everyone outside the theatre just think the characters are actors, not people literally stepping out from a book?

I wanted more concrete details about the world that the theatre lives in, and I never got any so I had to guess. And that’s kind of annoying– it’s one of the things that can ruin a book for me, actually. Luckily I think with the next book the story/characters are going outside the theatre, so hopefully I’ll learn some more about the world then.

The writing style is really great, though! I know I had issues with the plot and everything, but the writing is what kept me reading and it wasn’t anything that would keep me from continuing on in the series.

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