Table Talk 411: Love triangles, ugh!

Love-TriangleIn just about every YA novel you read, and sometimes in the Adult genre as well, there’s a love triangle. Let me define love triangle as something that occurs between the main character and two different people who are interested in that main character (did I make sense? I tried several times to generally define it). I never really gave it much thought until the Arcana Chronicles. The Arcana Chronicles has one the most heart-wrenching love triangle that I’ve come across (I may get into this as the book release for Dead of Winter gets closer; it just really gets me). I would not want to be Evie at this point in the story. Not at all. Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Well, I poked around the discussion boards on GoodReads and a reader made the comment that she hates love triangles and she really wished that Cole left that out of the story. I stopped to think about it a bit because I never thought to hate love triangle, nor did I think to love them either.

I guess it’s safe to say I’ve always been impartial to love triangles (and let me be clear, the subject matter is the love triangle in general and not necessarily characters involved, capiche?). I think, in most cases, they move the story along. Another reader on the discussion board mentions that love triangles are all about obstacles and tension. Authors need something for the lovers to overcome, hence their popularity and their effectiveness. I’ll go a bit further and say it gives the characters involved something to fight for, something to show their struggle, something that allows their feelings to grow and in time, we hope proves, which one our hero or heroine truly loves (and while this is always debatable on some level, that is a subject for a different day). Love triangles shows how each character responds when they’re under that kind of stress. And then of course you have the overall plot. You know, the world-ending event, the impending danger or doom, the whole my world-is-falling apart story arch? Yep, that one.

Anyway, when our main character has to face the main conflict while choosing who to love … drama. And I don’t know if you ever saw that old football commercial where the ref explains “Drama, change the channel, drama.” (You can view it here). Hilarious. Anyway, that’s what I think of when I think of love triangles. Drama makes things interesting, keeps things moving … most times. There are stories where I think they over do it, though. Take Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harrison. I liked the story, but I thought the love triangle dragged on a bit and, well, I got a little bored. That’s when love triangles work against the story. I thought it was a good idea, too, I mean it’s not the first love triangle I read that deals with brothers, but this one, just a tad bit drawn out.

So, it really boils down to the storytelling. That’s the way I see it and the way I deal with the whole love triangle story line. After all, you’re kind of subjected to whatever the author makes you feel anyway. And while I don’t always agree with how the love triangles play out (I’m looking at you Charlene Harris. I know it’s your world, but really? Sighs. Yep, still cannot let that one go), I understand their purpose. And you know what? They work.

Now that’s just in fiction. Reality is a whole different ball game. I don’t know what I would do if I was the main character dealing with all the tension*shudders*, but that is one subject I’m staying away from (as far as reality goes anyway).

What do you think about fictional love triangles? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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NaBloPoMo 2014 – Day 3: GoodReads Challenge 2014

Yay! Day 3. So far so good.

So, I just found out that I missed two book releases for two separate series that I’m following. I’m not sure how I feel about that, *lol*, honestly. I’m upset at myself for missing them and yet I’ve just been so busy that I’m glad I didn’t see them earlier because I’d have ignored my homework.

But now, I have two new books I can read. Yay! Gosh, I’m such a geek.

The two new books are … *drum roll* … The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olypmus, #5) by Rick Riordan and A Charming Secret (Magical Cures Mysteries, #6) by Tonya Kappes.

The Heroes of Olympus is basically a continuation of the Percy Jackson series, for those of you aren’t keeping up, and I love it. Riordan does a really good job of blending this world of Greek and Roman Mythology into modern-day stories. I like the way this continuation is going and I’m excited to see what’s in store with this one. The down side, I feel as if I should reread the last one just so I can get my bearings, which I don’t have time for. At the moment. So, I have it on my TBR queue, but not sure when I’ll get to it.

The Magical Cures Mysteries is AWESOME! I really like this world. I don’t think I’ve done a book review on any of the books in this series, yet, but I really hope to some day. Truth be told, I read this series almost non stop. When I discovered the first book, the series was already five books into the series and once I read the first book I couldn’t stop.

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Not to mention I’m trying to catch up with The Goth and the Ghost series by Stacey Kade. And the Oh My Gods! series by Tera Lynn Childs. Sighs.

So how does this relate to your GoodReads Challenge?

Well, I’m at 83% and right on track to complete my challenge to read 60 books this year. And with this semester being International Relations 101, I really hope I make it. 

  • What series are you reading?
  • Are there any books you are waiting on?
  • What’s your favorite series?

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BookJunkie 411: Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland (Austenland, #1)Austenland by Shannon Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s such a cute story!

This was a modern-day living with a dose of Austen-ness. Brilliant plot. The reason I say brilliant is because, what bookgeek doesn’t want to live out some of the stories they’ve read? And if you say that I’m the only one, you’re lying! Or in denial. Hale writes every bibliophile’s deepest desires, and she does it with one of the most … quoted or thought about or … well, one of the most popular storylines ever!–Pride and Prejudice.

It was an easy read, I’m not going to lie, but it was enjoyable. The story is pretty straight-forward, no plot twist that wasn’t somewhat predictable–ok, a lot predictable–but I don’t think complicated was the point. I think the goal was fun. Hale added a touch of Austen’s main novels in this Austenland and I thought the budding romances were cute, even though it did seem a bit cheesy–I loved that though. It was a roll-your-eyes-chuckle kind of cheesy, not the oh-my-gosh-I’m-embarassed-for-you kind.

What would make this a 5-star, for me, is if there was a little more plot. As I mentioned, I understand that it was meant to be straight-forward, but I do feel there could have been a bit … more.

I wouldn’t really add it to my personal library, or my e-book library either, but it is a book I’d borrow from the library when I want to give my brain a break.

I didn’t realize this is a series so I’m definitely checking the others out what the others have to offer. I wonder if Hale incorporates other Austin novels. Huh, curious minds want to know.

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Bookgeek 411: “Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)”

Spoiler Alert: As with all book reviews, there are chances of spoilers so proceed with caution.

Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark
From my GoodReads Review:

For a full review you can take peek at my blog, 411Junkie.com, but overall I enjoyed this story. I like the mix of paranormal mystery-romance. Ms. Harris’ blend of paranormal and reality is well done and Sookie is a strong main character. I’m interested to see her grow throughout the series.

Being a book geek, I was aware of this series for some time, but I never took to it–even though it seemed to merge me two favorite genres: Mystery and the Supernatural. Of course, this serious finally caught my undivided attention when the final book was released earlier this year. Having started my work in the library just prior to this release (February, the book was released in May), the reaction from the fans to the final book took me off guard and I just had to find out what the buzz was all about.

So, The Sookie Stackhouse series made it onto my TBR list.

Having recently finished Dead Until Dark, I’m glad I decided to leap into this world. Sookie Stackhouse isn’t the strongest protagonist I’ve met, but I like her personality. I like her spunk. And I like her ‘disability.’

Sookie is a telepath. In the past, whenever I gave thought to this unique … ability, I always pictured it the way Harris makes Sookie experience it. And actually, perhaps, this view of telepathic powers was pressed upon my mind when Prue, from Charmed, accidentally inherited that gift (remember that episode?). Anyway, I like that she’s a telepath and not a witch or some other supernatural creature.

She’s a fun character and I loved reading through her adventures. The fact that there is some mystery to this story only enhances my enjoyment. And a murder mystery at that. I appreciate that element to Sookie’s adventure. And while I’m not doctor, cop, or detective, I thought the plot for this mystery was put together nicely.

As mentioned in my GoodReads preview, I like how Ms. Harris blends the paranormal with reality. It’s done quite nicely. In Sookie’s world, vampires have ‘come out of the coffin’ and has been recognized, mostly, as … well, that they exist. With the development of synthetic blood, they can live among humans–for the most part.

I am excited to see where this series leads. It’s intriguing and a bit exciting. And like I said, I’m excited to see Sookie grow and develop into her ability.

[411 Toolbox:] GoodReads, A Booklovers Best Friend

“Can you print out a log of everything I borrowed in the past month?,” is a question that I am asked at least once a day by library patrons.  I am a booklover–plain and simple. As a booklover, I love to keep track of what I’ve read or what I’d like to read so I can reference it in the future. I’ve always done this, more or less, but I never realized the value of this until I started working at the library. Regrettably, our system doesn’t keep a running log of everything a patron has read, which makes me grateful for my membership at GoodReads. GoodReads is a must-have membership for all booklovers and I highly recommend getting it if you don’t already have it.

GoodReads is basically a all-in-one for all booklovers. Membership is free and at no cost you can look up books, look up authors, keep track of books you’ve read, keep track of books you’d like to read, and so much more! I mean, it’s everything a booklover could hope for!

Here are a few reasons I use GoodReads:

1) It helps me keep a reading log.
There are two shelves I use often: Currently Reading and To-Read
With the “currently reading” shelf, I can keep track of books that I’m reading as well as my progress. Yes, you can update your progress on the book by page or location or percentage for Kindle users. You can comment on your progress and share it through Twitter or Facebook. I really love this feature and use it often to share my progress with friends on Facebook and Twitter. It’s helped me meet many new people.
With the To-Read shelf, it does exactly as it says: keeps a log of books I want to read. And what’s really neat is I use this feature with the scanning feature–more on this later.
GoodReads does have a “Read” shelf that keeps a  log of all the books you’ve read and it does track dates. So when you’re finished with a book, from your “Currently Reading” shelf you can update it’s status to “Finish reading” and it will automatically move your book from Currently Reading to Read and tag it with the date you finished.

2) It helps me meet new people.
Social Media is the biggest thing on the internet today and GoodReads fits right into this community. It has a Facebook feel where you can meet other people and “friend” them on GoodReads. This allows me to view other people’s profiles, bookshelves, and updates. I find this very beneficial. The fact that you can meet cool people, and many authors, appeals to me. I’ve made some really cool friends through this community of booklovers–including authors.

3) It’s an app!
Because apps are a big things with smartphones, I am happy to report that GoodReads has an app. From my iPhone I can use all the features of GoodReads as well as a few more things. The app has a feature that I’ve found so useful, especially since I work in a library, and has made my membership with GoodReads even more valuable. It allows me to scan books. With my iPhone app, I can tap on “Scan” and scan the barcode on the back of the book to search for it on GoodReads. When found, I can pull up the book summary, what my peers have rated it (5-star rating system), and even add it to any of my shelves instantly.

There are so many other features that GoodReads offers, but to list them all would make a rather lengthy blog entry. The reasons I mentioned are the main reasons I’ve used GoodReads for over a year and have not been disappointed at all. I can’t really think of any negatives about it, honestly. It exceeds all of my expectations and fits my needs perfectly. I’d recommend this free service to all booklovers and fellow fans of reading.

Edited: 03 April 2015