Let me start by saying, I'm a huge Taylor Stevens fan. I loved her three previous books The Informationist, The Innocent and The Doll, and Vanessa Michael Munroe is a dynamic literary character. Each book in the series just kept getting better and better. So, all that being said, it pains me to say, I was slightly disappointed in The Catch. I had a difficult time developing an interest in any of the characters in the book other than Munroe and it felt like the plot developed slowly. I will plan to read more books by Taylor Stevens and am looking forward to what else is in store for Vanessa Michael Munroe.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Leveen's previous novel The Secrets of Mary Bowser so I naturally wanted to read her newest book. I initially wanted to re-read Romeo and Juliet before starting this book, but ran out of time to do so, as our book club meeting was coming up and this was the selection. I was slightly disappointed in this book, as I felt sections of the book developed slowly, and I couldn't really identify with any particular character. I'm looking forward to discussing this book with my fellow book club members to get their thoughts and opinions. One of the best things about book club is how we can all read the same book and take completely different things away from it.
Unbroken: A World War II story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand - Reviewed by Edee
This book has been on my to-read list for awhile. I kept hearing great things about Unbroken and with the movie adaptation coming out later this year, I was looking forward to reading it. The title of the book is very fitting and sums up what I took away from the book. The author's details and statistics about the fighting during World War II really gave me pause to think about how far our military has advanced since that time. We all truly owe a deep debt of gratitude to all those serving in our military, both past and present. I also appreciated the author incorporating Mr. Zamperini's family's struggle while he was missing. Unbroken is an important story that needed recording and I hope we all never forget the sacrifices our soldiers make for our benefit.