Saturday, June 11, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
I know, I know everybody loves this book and this author. To be honest i'm not the hugest fan. There are two things about his writing that bother me. The first is that his stories are depressing. I wanna cry after reading his books. The second thing that bothers me is when he tries too hard by dropping in random huge words that nobody ever uses. Obviously you can figure out the words meaning from context but c,mon just use normal language.
I was excited to read this book because I love a good road trip. So i was looking forward to that part of the book. Unfortunately the road trip was only a small part of the story. Although the road trip provided my favorite part of the story and that is when Q buys a shirt for Radar. I actually laughed out loud. I also really enjoyed the part about the night out with Margo. I loved how inventive and thought out her plan was. What I didn't enjoy was how drawn out the story was. I figured out very easily how they should find her but it took forever for Q and his friends to figure it out. Also I really didn't like the ending. I felt like it was a real letdown. A friend of mine agreed that the ending was horrible.
If you're a big fan of John Green than I recommend that you read this book but otherwise I wouldn't recommend this at all. I suggest you watch the movie instead.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone how all she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson--who she also happens to be madly in love with.
When Axi spontaneously invites Robinson to come with her on an impulsive cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out of control after the teens find themselves on the run from the police. And when Robinson suddenly collapses, Axi has to face the truth that this trip might be his last. (Goodreads synopsis)
Definitely not your typical Patterson book but worth the read. James Patterson dives into the teen fiction arena and scores a win. The story of Axi and Robinson is a story of romance that is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Much like real life.
I enjoyed and was very envious of Axi and Robinson's road trip. I wish I ad the guts to just jump in the car and see the country. All though I don't think i'd steal any cars.
I gave this book four out of five stars.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
President John F. Kennedy is dead.
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I am an avid reader of books about JFK and I love time travel fiction. So obviously this book was one I wanted to read desperately. I must admit the size of the book scared me. As a result, it took me awhile to get around to reading it. But I am so glad I finally read it.
King gives you a great glimpse into the late 1950's and 1960's. I love his details about life during the era,especially his description of how the food tasted and how the towns people interacted with the main character and each other. The part about the bathrooms in North Carolina was especially good but didn't seem to fit with any other part of the book. The story line about high school in the south during the early 1960's is so good it could have been a book all by his itself.
I'm sure there are a few inaccuracies but I don't care it was a work of fiction and a great story. I love all of the historical information. The Kennedy part of the story started slow but that was due to the fact that he had years to wait. Boy did it pick up in the end though.
I must say I have mixed feelings on the end of the book. The ending seemed a little dark, scary and extreme. I will say this I do like that King didn't go with the obvious. He easily could have played it safe and given us the obvious results of everything being wonderful and perfect. But he didn't do that. He made us think and really contemplate what might have been.
I loved this book. This book is definitely going on my favorites list. A five star read and highly recommended.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Do we ever really know somebody? Cecelia finds a letter addressed to her from her husband and dated years earlier. The letter begins with "my dearest Cecelia, if you're reading this I have died." He than confesses to something Cecilia never thought possible. One man's secret can send ripples through the lives of so many people. I couldn't put this book down. The author has a great writing style and it is a very easy read. The ending I didn't see coming. I hope her other books are just as good.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Summer is working as a nanny on the Garrison families summer vacation in Belize. While she loves the little boy she is in charge of she can't stand his older brother. The older brother Bray is home from college and everything summer hates. Bray's mom on the other hand is bound and determined to make everyone get along so she suggests that Bray brings Summer along when he hangs out with friends. While on one of these get togethers Bray and Summer are caught in a storm and stranded on a desert island. At least they thought is was deserted. They soon find out that they have company and not the kind they want. While stranded they learn about themselves and each other.
This book will please both romance readers and adventure lovers. I loved this book but I am a sucker for a deserted island story.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The second (after a Time to Kill) in Grisham's Ford County books and just as good as the first. I love this series and can't wait to read the rest. Grisham blends drama with history and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover. Set at the end of the civil rights era in Clanton Mississippi, two men and one family has a profound effect on the town.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
James Patterson takes a different turn with his Alex Cross series. During some down time Alex decides to write a novel based on an old family story. This is the that novel and it is great. Ben is sent by the president to investigate lynchings in Mississippi in 1906. Right away Ben gets involved way over his head and finds his life in danger. With the help of Alex Cross's cousin moody and her grandfather Abraham Ben takes on the KKK and racism in the deep south. I really loved this book and I hope Patterson writes more like this.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Haunting but sad and beautiful all at once. Laurel receives an education in music love and loss. You'll need tissues when you read this. One of the best books I've read in awhile. Highly recommended.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mindy hands out advice to young girls that is not only useful but what a cool older sister should be telling them. I laughed all the way through this book. Mindy's sense of humor is hysterical and will keep you glued to the book. It will be over before you are ready for it to be. In addition there are some great tales about Hollywood and her life on the way to Hollywood and staring on the Office.
Nick Carter lets you in on his life and journey to recovery. He gives great advice that he has learned along his journey through a rough childhood and a problem with addiction as an adult. Even if you don't have an addiction problem these lessons are useful. Nick also lets us into the behind the scenes of the Backstreet Boys and his relationship with Paris Hilton.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
If your love a great love story this book is for you. With beautiful settings from Italy to Scotland to Hollywood to the Pacific Northwest you'll feel like your passport is being wore out by the time you finish. This book has it all a love story, a mystery and incredible behind the scenes old Hollywood gossip.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Sam and her friends rule the school and they aren't nice about it either. They define the term mean girls. One Friday night while driving home drunk from a party something terrible happens and Sam dies. The weird thing is Sam wakes up the next morning and it is Friday all over again. For seven days Sam relives her last day over and over again. Each time with surprising differences. Sam has to die in order to be able to really get to know herself. Very unique plot twist with the main character dying and reliving her day over. I gave it four out of five stars. The author has a trilogy called Delirium that is soon being made into a tv show that I look forward to reading. I'll keep you updated.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
CeeCee Honeycutt has had a hard life and for twelve years she has held on. On one tragic day everything comes tumbling down and CeeCee's world falls apart. Since she is only twelve decisions are made for her and she doesn't like them. As the summer rolls on CeeCee begins to realize that what she thought was wrong for her was what she needed all along. A five star read there ever was one. Usually a book offers up one character that you fall in love with but this one has half a dozen. One of my favorite books. I'll definitely be encouraging everyone to read it. I can't wait to see what the author writes next.
"It's how we survive the hurts in life that bring us strength and give us our beauty"