This is a place for my opinions on what I read, some movies or whatever else I find interesting. I love reading. I can find something positive about everything I read, at least I hope I can. I understand it takes a great deal of love and effort to write a book and to get it published. An author does not set out to write a crappy book, this is/was their baby. They got up at all hours of the night to feed it.

I don't see how you can give a true review of a book rushing through it. Don't you need to savor it a bit? I don't want my opinion to discourage anyone from reading. I hope you find something here you find interesting.

I buy most of my books, I get a few ARC, and I visit my library when my funds are low. I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by my opinions on the books I've read. I don't care if you buy it, borrow it, or check it out at the library. Just read. :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Story Sisters

AUTHOR: Alice Hoffman
PAGES: 325

ACQUIRED: Purchase
The Story Sisters tells the story of three sisters lives: Elv, Claire, and Meg. After the divorce of their parents the sisters bond in a pretend fairytale world with a secret language. A tragedy that brings Claire and Elv together, is what ultimately disconnects the sisters and brings on Elv's downward spiral. After awhile the sisters branch into their own separate selves. They lose each other and themselves along the way.
I was disappointed in this book. The book is mainly about Elv, but while reading it you really don't care much about her. The book has a sort of whimsical quality, like it wants to be something else. It just doesn't seem very put together, like maybe it was rushed. I did like Claire's story. If you like Alice Hoffman you will buy it and probably be disappointed because it is not up to her usual standards. If you have never read a book by Alice Hoffman please don't let this book be your first. Read Green Angel, Practical Magic, The Third Angel or any of her others before you read this. The best thing about the book was the edgy pages, I thought that was unique. Ms. Hoffman said she was involved with the design of the book, but the edgy pages were a pleasant surprise.


  1. LOL...I loved this book, I think Im the only one....Im a big Hoffman fan, I dont know why it struck such a cord with me...I just thought the writing was different and the story unpredictable.Practical Magic was is my fav from her....;D

  2. Hi Tina,
    I'm a fan of Alice Hoffman's too. I don't know why I didn't like it. I heard that she was actually working on a series of fairytales (those little ones before each chapter) and she decided to make it into this book instead. I don't know if you like "Green Angel," but she is writing the sequel "Green Witch." I can't wait. :)


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I bought a book at a library book sale, it had a strange odor. Someone gave me this suggestion to remove the smell, and it worked, so I thought I'd share.
Put the book in a ziploc bag along with 1/3 cup(more or less) of Arm & Hammer baking soda and seal shut. Leave the book alone for 2 or 3 days. It worked for me, hope it helps you too.


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