Saturday, May 31, 2014

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) StepsAdulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help



In a month I will be 33 and of course I am married and have two kids but this book still hit home, especially when I am folding up 5 baskets of laundry in my sweatpants watching Bubble Guppies I do not feel very adult like, lol! I found this book to be a quick enjoyable read and found some very useful tips in it, particularly those about social situations and people which are some struggles of mine. I feel that no matter your age you can get something out of this book but those that are recent graduates or just starting out on their own would benefit the most from the steps in this book. 

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Amy

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American FortuneEmpty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-Fiction/Biography


A sad story of an heiress that never seemed to grow up. The story was really interesting but the way the author presented the facts was a little confusing because he constantly flip-flopped back and forth through the years of Hugette's life, not telling her story in any kind of order. I read a lot and still had a hard time keeping up with all of it. I feel that the information just wasn't organized enough and that this is why the book is so stilted instead of flowing. The only reason I was able to finish the book is because of my interest in the subject matter. 

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Amy

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Someone You Know (DS Lucy Black, #2)Someone You Know by Brian McGilloway (DS Lucy Black #2)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Crime



I was very excited to get my eyes on this book, I really enjoyed Little Girl Lost and wanted to read more but of course the book ended as all books do, sigh, but that is why I love a series!

So back to it then, well, as always Brian's storytelling is wonderful, he really pulls you in and makes you want to stay which is a hard task because of the types of situations that arise in his books especially those dealing with kids.

I read this book in one sitting, yep gobbled it right up! And was routing for the good guys and wanting to punch the bad ones in the face so I was definitely pulled in.

If you love a good crime novel then you need look no further, Someone You Know is an explosive, jaw dropping read that will have you on the edge of your seat to the very end.

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Amy


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Remember Me Like ThisRemember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Thriller/Mystery




When I first got started into this book an unbelievable amount of grief for this family enveloped me. I have two daughters and as a parent I found this book an emotional read. I am one of those worst case scenario parents, a little suffocating, but I try to hold it in and let them learn to navigate the world on their own but with supervision, so I think about what would happen if someone took one or both of my girls and I can't even describe it because my mind won't let me go there it is protecting itself from the unthinkable. Somehow though Johnston was able to describe some of it to us in the beginning of the book placing us in that unbearable, unthinkable place.

When Justin is found I rejoiced but to read all the horrors he endured to watch him go through so much emotionally, I saw red. I was so pissed I was thinking about all the horrible things I would have done to his abductor.

This book covers an emotional roller coaster of our capacity to heal. This book focuses not on the crime as it is occurring but it delves into what happens after.

Even though it was hard to read at times because of the content, this family and the way that they start to get through this is nothing short of a miracle and I am so glad that I got to read their story.

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Amy

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Runaway Highlander (Highland Renegades, #2)The Runaway Highlander by R.L. Syme (Highland Renegades #2)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Romance



What a truly terrifying position Anne finds herself in, her mother is evil and the man her mother betroths her to is a monster, thank goodness she is a fighter. In this house of terror Anne meets Aedan for the first time when he brings a prisoner in to the sheriff for the bounty. Trying to escape for the first time Anne actually knocks Aedan out and when he comes to the sheriff will not pay him the bounty and Aedan leaves downtrodden. Opportunity to escape a second time proves successful for Anne and pretty soon Aedan is on her trail to bring her back to her mother for the bounty that he needs. Once Aedan catches up with Anne all bets are soon off as they fall for each other.

The Runaway Highlander was a page turner, I just had to know what happened to our two sweethearts, so I stayed up to 3 a.m. to find out. Yep, read it all in one sitting, well minus bathroom breaks and raids of the snack cabinet. I think my love of historical fiction and non-fiction is what draws me more to historical romances than the modern day ones and this one did not disappoint. It was a wonderful read!



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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Outcast Highlander (Highland Renegades, #1)The Outcast Highlander by R.L. Syme (Highland Renegades #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Romance



WOW! Can't say I'm not a little jealous of Kensey. Broccin sounds like something from my dreams, who knows he might make an appearance in a future one for he is forever implanted into my sub-conscious. I read The Outcast Highlander and then The Runaway Highlander back to back, couldn't put them down, was up to an ungodly hour but it was worth it! If you love historical romances you have got to pick up this series!!!

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Midnight WitchThe Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal




I love books about witches! Magical, powerful women are great characters; I know personally that I find them empowering which is great for an introvert who is completely unsure of herself!Lilith is that type of character. She is unsure of herself which means every person can relate to her but she also does what she thinks is the best in the end, she trusts her instincts, and we all wish we could do that automatically without having to second guess ourselves. I did find it annoying that her role as head witch was repeated over and over if I would have heard "But I am head witch" or "But you are head witch" one more time I would have screamed! So her role is given airs and was laid on a little to thick for my liking, I mean we already know she is head witch and we are not idiots so you don't have to repeat it twenty million times. It was just to much.


Engaged to one man, who is her true social equivalent but in love with another, a penniless artist, Lilith makes the right choice she chooses penniless love over a wealthy friendship. Aaahhh, Love!!!


Necromancy is scary but in that adrenaline rising excitement type of way, like riding a really scary roller coaster. To talk to the dead is one thing but to be hounded like Lilith is by the dark spirit sent by the Sentinels, dark wizards, to spy on her and basically make her life miserable just to get to the elixir is quite another thing, it is a wonder she doesn't go a little nuts. Our heroine perseveres of course and is proclaimed to be "Queen of the Night".


Even though I loved this book I still found it to be pretty predictable plot wise but I did find the details dealing with necromancy to be the ones that held my attention in this book.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ripper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller




Allende has a way of just plopping you right in the middle of some family’s life and luckily she does it at the most interesting moment! Every time I read one of Allende’s books I become completely engrossed in the characters and their sometimes complex relationships with each other and how it corresponds to the events transpiring in the story. Allende doesn’t leave out the mundane parts of life that still occur even when your world spins upside down there is still laundry to do, kids to feed, litter boxes to empty and this lends to the authenticity you feel from reading this story, this is so true to life it could actually happen, and if you read my reviews you know I like this type of fiction to be as close as literally as is figuratively possible.


My Likes About This Book:

1.)The family dynamic. Even though most of what the Jackson family, well considered family, were not actually blood related Allende wove so many varying, complex characters together to make up this family and they fit just perfectly together each complimenting the other in some way.

2.)Ripper, the game. Very cool way to bring characters together and to be able to bring Amanda, a teenager, into the criminal investigation. I also liked how different all the other players of Ripper was, but they were all needed in some way to help solve the crime.

3.)Attila. Who could resist this dog? I wanted to go out and buy him a mammoth bone! Loyal, kind, and brave; if only most men could have these traits, sigh, lol!

My Dislikes About This Book:

1.)Amanda’s inability to see things right in front of her face. This irritated me to no end especially when the killer is revealed after working so closely with two people how can you not tell. No girl living in a big city such as San Francisco would ever be that naive, it just didn’t seem really true to life in my opinion.

2.)Amanda’s access to police files. Again another not really true to life moments in the book, some talk and exchange of information I see but actually getting autopsy records, no way.

3.)That not relevant parts could be dry sometimes. I know I like that Allende puts in the mundane events with the bizarre events but sometimes I just wanted to skip over them, particularly the ones about Keller.

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Friday, May 09, 2014

The One Safe PlaceThe One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopia




I love a good dystopian adventure, Stephen King’s The Stand is one of my favorite books, and it is fairly easy to find a dystopian themed book for adults. But you don’t often see one that is geared toward the young reader. Not sure why? Because young readers are bombarded with horrific scenes everyday so why not more so in books. This book is written so that the young reader can experience a dystopian society that is filtered from to much horrible stuff, such as those found in Stephen King’s The Stand. There are a lot of educational points made throughout the book: such as global warming and the environment, I mean it barely rains and everything is pretty much dried up and dead, and those with the water are the wealthiest living off the needs of others; technology is also talked about because of the reason the kids are invited to the home in the first place, not trying to give anything away, but the story makes a point of when does technology go to far, these kids are trapped and basically technology is ruining their childhood and is also placing a huge mental and physical strain upon these children; which brings us to the rights of children, even today this is something that kids see on the news, where other children are being abused or mistreated, where does the rights of children stand. This is why this book stands out!

I was not to thrilled nor to disgusted with this book, indifferent would be a good word, it was just a shrug and a “humph”.

Am I glad I read the book?

Yes and I am especially glad that this topic was approached for this age group and that it didn’t involve supernatural creatures.

Would I read the book again?

Nope probably not. Just not a good reread for me because I just wasn’t that in to it.

Would I recommend this book to anyone?

Yes I would. This book was written for those 10 year of age and up but I really feel that this is more for the 10-12 year old’s and less for anyone older than that. The topics in this book are pretty gender neutral so I think both girls and boys would enjoy it just about the same.

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

That Part Was TrueThat Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance




My Likes About This Book:

1.)The prose was light, I know it sounds weird but when I read it it was like the words just floated effortlessly from the page to my eyes, it was relaxing.

2.)The letter writing. I still write out my thoughts on a book there is just something about pen and paper that a computer can never be and that is romantic.

3.)My emotions were all over the place, which means the author did a great job making sure I felt something about the characters and the story.

My Dislikes About This Book:

1.)That life was in their way. I know a part of the story line such as this should not be on a dislike it should be something like dry parts or run on sentences but I felt such profound gloom the more their lives stayed apart from one another. Go back to Like #3 for further clarification.

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Saving Lucas BiggsSaving Lucas Biggs by David Teague
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Middle Grade Fantasy




My Likes About This Book

*That Margaret and Charlie are great friends, which also looks like it could bloom into a wonderful kind of young love.

* Each chapter is marked with the year the events are occurring in and the name of the character that is narrating that chapter so there was no confusion in the way of how the story flowed.

* Vividly detailed settings and characters.
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A storyline that tugs at your heart and makes you want to see this book all the way till the end.

My Dislikes About This Book
*I wish there had been a little more traveling back through time. Can I get a whoop, whoop from all my fellow Dr. Who fans out there!

*I feel that the change that come over Lucas Biggs towards the end of the book is to quick to be very believable even younger children can pick up on situations like this and it effects the overall view one has about the story

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The Luck Uglies (The Luck Uglies, #1)The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham (The Luck Uglies #1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Middle Grade Fantasy





My Likes About This Book:

1.)It is full of magic with every turn of the page.

2.)The names of the people, places, and things fit them just perfectly with extraordinary whimsy.

3.)The awestruck feeling I got when I read the first Harry Potter book I got while reading this book. I want to be a Luck Ugly!


My Dislikes About This Book:

1.)That this story is fictional, lol!


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