Book Reviews: The Help, It’s All Greek to Me,, Codex Alera

Three Fer

In honor of the holidays, I’m gonna give you 2 of my favorite books (for this month) and my favorite series of the year. It also gives you a pretty good gauge as to the type of books I read 🙂

It’s all Greek to Me by Katie Macalister, Signet Books

I love Katie Macalister, even though her heroine’s tend to end up in bed with the hero a little too quickly. But she is one of the few authors who writes steamy, FUNNY love scenes. I laughed so hard I snorted soda through my nose. As soon as I read that scene I thought of posting it here, and I was still in the beginning of the book. Let me know if you figure out which scene it was.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Berkely

I circled around The Help for several months. It was a movie, it was on all the book club lists. I was scared it was one of those “important” books that aren’t very entertaining or uplifting. I was wrong.

It is told in a three part harmony of first person narratives. Besides being a gripping read, it made me think about the way things were where I grew up in California. It also makes a person think about what matters so much to you that you would risk getting beaten so badly you went blind, having a tongue cut out… So many brutalities were possible for the women in this novel, that their bravery sings through out it.

The Codex Alera (series) by Jim Butcher, Ace Fantasy

Rarely do I find a series that grips me so hard I read books 1 through 6 right in a row. Nothing in between and thank goodness they had all already been published because if I had been forced to wait there would have been bodily harm done upon someone. Everything comes together in the series: believable characters—some whom you are rooting for and some you wish would fall into a hole in the earth, gripping action, and a main character who is the moral compass of the whole place.

This is a high fantasy series, and I enjoyed every second of Tavi’s journey/quest. I still go and dip back into the different books while I’m in between novels.

What would your three fer include?

5 thoughts on “Book Reviews: The Help, It’s All Greek to Me,, Codex Alera

  1. Thanks for the rec’s! Saw the movie The Help (bawled my eyes out). I also read the first Codex Alera book and enjoyed it, but I need to finish the series. I LOVE Jim Butcher’s other series, The Dresden Files, with an unholy passion lol.

    • Hi Leslie,
      I got started on Butcher with the Codex Alera, but have started reading the Dresden files too. Any other reccomendations?


      • Sorry I’m a month late on replying to this! I don’t know what’s wrong with me lol.

        In the realm of scifi/fantasy, I’d recommend Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, just to name a few. And of course The Dresden Files!

      • I liked Ender’s Game, I’d almost forgotten about it 🙂 Lynch and Gaiman I’ll have to look up next weekend. The Dresden Files I pick up when there’s nothing else that grabs my attention. Not that it’s a bad series… More that it’s the solid, dependable guy hehehehe. I still hear that actor’s voice from the series narrating the books whenever I read them. Liked the series on TV, too, not sure why it never took off.

  2. Ender’s game is an oldie, but it’s a classic. 🙂

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Dresden! I liked the TV series too, but I watched it after I’d read the books, so I think that affected my viewpoint a bit.

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is an Ocean’s 11-esque fantasy novel – very fun and well crafted. Gaiman’s stories tend to be on the darker side, but Neverwhere is haunting and lovely.

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