What a great week here in Hawaii. After not feeling well, and just being run down from the moment I got here, it is nice to finally be looking forward to getting out in the beautiful sun for awhile! In two weeks, my best friend "Doc" will be flying in for a week-long break from med school. Then, the night she flies out, my other good friend Kris will fly in for a week-long visit. While I'm sure I have some appeal for my friends, I feel much more confident that this beautiful environment is the real "final straw" on their decision to come visit. (No, I'm not offended at all. At least I get them here to visit!)
Reading has been really good for me this year. As you might recall from years previous, I don't always do so great in the summer. However, since really trying to reach my daily 10,000 step quota (which it took me over a week to finally accomplish here), I've been able to combine reading and walking. I know. It sounds crazy, but I really love grabbing a book, and taking off for a walk.
On that note, of walking and reading, during the 48 hour marathon I finished up Strange Neighbors, which I read over the course of several long walks. It was a fun read, and allowed my imagination to run a bit wild!
Review: To put it simply, I found this book to be cute and engaging. The relationship between Merry and her ball player Jason, picks up so quickly that you really do start flipping through pages to see where they are headed. Also, the number of quirky neighbors and things we learn about their lives and, in some cases, their connection to Merry, give the story a lot of energy. I found the story to be cute, fast moving, and easy to connect to.
The only drawback I found was in the quick connection between Merry and Jason, which left over half of the book for some new angle to pop up to keep the tension going. I thought the author handled this challenge well, by creating other tensions between the couple, because of all the paranormal activity that popped up to weird out our main character. In some ways, I think the sexual connection between the two characters was also supposed to keep you reading, but until things were up in the air between them towards the end of the novel, I felt like "he caught her, now what." Don't get me wrong. The book is a really cute escape read, and if you like a mixture of paranormal creatures that live in the same world, then this book is perfect for mixing all of those elements.
*FTC Disclosure: This book was provided by Sourcebooks for review only.
Thank you to Sourcebooks for providing me with an opportunity to review another fun book! Strange Neighbors came out on June 1st. Check out Strange Neighbors for more information on purchasing the book for yourself.