Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Friday, July 29, 2016

Three Sisters, Three Queens Trailer



I can't wait to read this new book by one of my favorite authors

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian


I really enjoyed this book except for the ending. The ending seemed kinda rushed and left me hanging. All of the characters were well developed and relatable. The author provides a great glimpse into the lives of many teenage girls. I rated this book four out five stars and would recommend it. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Book Review: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.(Synopsis from Goodreads) As usual McMillan delivers with fully developed adult characters with everyday adult problems. This story isn't a fairy tale this is a woman like you and me facing the same issues that many woman her age face. I love that she is handling things by herself and not waiting for a man to solve all of her problems. Mcmillan throws a few curve balls at you in this book and keeps you guessing all the way until the end. I definitely didn't predict that ending. I highly recommend this book. **this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.(Synopsis from Goodreads) This book received 5 out 5 stars from me. I wasn't sure if I would like this book but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the characters, even the bad guys. They all were very well developed and believable. Although the names of some seemed a little weird and threw me off a little bit. In the beginning the girls with the boy names kept confusing me. The plot was well developed and fast paced. Kass Morgan kept you turning the page but didn't give away the upcoming plot. I already purchased the next two books and can't wait to read them. Definitely added to my favorites list. Have you seen the tv show or read the book? Let me know.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green


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

Book review: First Love by James Patterson


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

Book Review: 11 22 63 by Stephen King

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.
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

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Sparks reminds us that love can be surprising. I liked this book but that it was a little predictable. Such a sweet story. Sparks loves to break our hearts. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

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

Book Review: Summer by Summer by Heather Burch


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

Book Review: The Last Juror by John Grisham


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

Book Review: Timeless Love by Judith O'brien



One moment Sam is afraid her dad is going to kill her for scratching his BMW than the next moment she is standing in the bedroom of King Edward VI. History comes  alive  like Sam never imagined.  I love time travel romance books and I also love the Tudors.  So this book feels like it was written just for me.  I absolutely loved it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Review: Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson



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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Currently...

Currently...

Reading... The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  The movie is coming out really soon and I can't wait to see it.  The book was a little slow to start but I am now engrossed with it and i don't want to put it down.  I'm about half way through with it and hope to finish it soon.  I need to start reading faster since I am so far behind in my Goodreads challenge.  

Watching... Botched on E! channel.  This reality show stars Dr Dubrow from the Real Housewives of Orange County as he and his partners fix bad plastic surgery.  Each episode has crazier stories than the episode before it.  

Listening... Lie under you by Keke Wyatt is a beautiful song.  If you watch R&B Divas Atlanta than you know Keke and this song.  If you don't watch than you should and you should download this song.  This is a great wedding song.  Also I have been listening to Jhene Aiko.  She blends R&B and hip hop in a real smooth way.  

Dreading...  All of the housework I need to do that I have been putting off. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira


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.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stacking the Shelves



I love Tynga's Reviews Stacking the Shelves  so I borrowed it for my blog.  I hit up my favorite used bookstores recently and hit the jackpot.  I was able to get four books from my wishlist.  First I picked up Chocolate-Covered-Murder by Leslie Meier.  I love this mystery series and have been reading it for awhile.  I really need to catch up.  I also was able to get Fallen-Masters by John Edward.  Yes that John Edward the TV psychic.  I usually don't read much science fiction but this intrigued me.  Next I picked up Waltz-Time by Eugenia Riley and If-Only-Dreams by Wendy Markham aka Wendy Corsi Staub.  These two are both time travel romances which are a favorite genre of mine.  I'll let you know how they are.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Survey

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? 
Both of my parents are huge readers so I am sure it came from them.  My earliest memories are of reading the Little house series and falling in love with them.  I also really loved the Trixie Belden mysteries. 

Where do you usually read? 
I love to read in the bath or cuddled up in my bed. 

Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once? 
Lately it seems I have a few books going at once since I read some for school and some for pleasure. 

What is your favorite genre? 
I don’t know if I have a favorite. I love thrillers like John Grisham and cozy mysteries such as Leslie Meier.  In the last few years I have found a love for YA, especially dystopian themed books.  I also love biographies and chick lit.

Is there a genre you will not read? 
I am a big chicken so I probably won’t read anything in the horror genre.

Do you have a favorite book? 
Picking one would be hard but I really love A Time to Kill by John Grisham. 

What is your least favorite book?

Recently I tried to read the book thief and just couldn’t finish it.

What is the longest book you have ever read? 
Maybe a biography on Tsar Nicholas II

What was the last book you bought?
A time travel romance, a guilty pleasure genre of mine.

Do you prefer library books or buying books? 
I prefer buying books. I am always afraid that I’ll borrow a book, love it, and want to keep it. 

What are you currently reading?
The Killer Angels by Shaara for school and the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.  I am also reading Demi Lovato’s new book.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: Beneath The Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler


After their make-up and fashion videos went viral on YouTube, sisters Sophia and Ava London are thrust into the exclusive life of the Los Angeles elite.  Here fabulous parties, air kisses, paparazzi and hot guys all come with the scene. Sophia finds herself torn between a gorgeous bartender and a millionaire playboy, and Ava starts dating an A-list actor.  But as they’re about to discover, the life they’ve always dreamed of comes with a cost.
Beneath the glitter of the Hollywood social scene lies a world of ruthless ambition, vicious gossip…and betrayal.  Someone close to them, someone they trust, is working in the shadows to bring the London sisters falling down. And once the betrayal is complete, Sophia and Ava find themselves knee-deep in a scandal that could take away everything they care about, including the one thing that matters most—each other.
Fashion and beauty bloggers Elle and Blair Fowler have a hit.  They cover everything from beauty and fashion, boys, celebrities and murder. I can't wait to ready the next book in the series.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Book Review: Is Everybody Hanging Out Without me? by Mindy Kaling


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.