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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk - Kelli Estes

READ THIS BOOK!

 

A beautiful mix of historical fiction and contemporary romance.The history part was utterly interesting. Don't know why I wasn't taught of that particular series of events in school. Glad I know now. 

 

Wonderful and colorful story. I could picture each and every word in my mind.

 

My favorite book of the year so far.

A Book Drawer

This takes a book drawer to a whole other level. o.O

 

Glamour Shot {HILARIOUS}

Instructions: Type your first name and then the words "glamour shot" into the Google search bar, then hit "images."  Post a picture from the first row of results.

 

I know the challenge says one picture but I just couldn't not share the 3 that came up! ROFLMAO

 

 

 

I'm sexy and I know it. ;)

 

Reading progress update: I've read 78%.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk - Kelli Estes

This book comes out tomorrow.

Read it! I'm so enjoying it.

Learning about the Chinese Exclusion Act in America in the 1880s.

The last twist I just read came up so unexpectedly.

I'm almost done with it, but I don't want this book to end.

Bookish Bingo 2015 Ready for Spring results

Hi!

I just posted my Bookish Bingo wrap up post on my blog for the Ready for Spring Edition.

It was fun and I'm happy about my results.

Bloggeretterized 2015 Ready for Spring Bookish Bingo Card

Did you guys join this one? How did you do?

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The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

This is an excellent story about Melanie, a very special little girl, in a dystopian zombie filled world. Yes my friends, I said the magic word: Z O M B I E S! Melanie is a gifted 10 year-old. We meet her right away and it is impossible not to sympathize with her, as all the cruel and daily challenges she has faced all her life are revealed.

The world in which Melanie lives is so much different than our actual world. The human race is becoming extinct as the “hungries” a.k.a. the zombies, take over the world. But the hungries are not the only danger for human kind. There’s also Ophiocordyceps, a fungus that is slowly taking over the world. I won’t say anything more about the plot because I don’t want to spoil your fun. But it’s good. It’s captivating from the get go.

This is a dark story filled with contrasts. It is scary, disgusting and gruesome at times, but it also has disturbingly endearing moments that make this an enjoyable reading ride. This is not your normal zombie story in which they are the abominable monsters that must be destroyed. Yes my friends, this book actually makes you consider and reflect on what would happen if the story was the other way around.

Another thing I like is that it is a realistic plot and the characters. I gave this book a raiting of 4 out of 5 because there were a couple of details that didn’t quite do it for me. More about this on the full review on my blog.

The Girl with all the Gifts is a perfect summer read. Read this book if you’re into zombies. If you’re into thrilling horror dystopian science fiction stories, this is the book for you. If you’re in the mood for a story that will creep you out but you won’t be able to put down this is the book for you. If you like to read books before they are tuned into movies this is the book for you. Yes, this book’s movie is under production. Glenn Close is part of the cast for the film. You have time to read it before it hits theaters in 2016.

 

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I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.
Source: http://bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/read-reviewed-55-the-girl-with-all-the-gifts-by-m-r-carey

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

By Genevieve Valentine The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel - Genevieve Valentine

The Girls at the Kingfishers Club is the retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, set in Manhattan during the Jazz Age.

The year 1927, there were 12 girls, the Halmilton sisters, confined by their father at their Manhattan townhouse. This led them to sneak out of their house when the sun went down to dance the night away at fabulous jazz clubs. The sisters enjoy their nocturnal ventures, but for the sake of keeping their identity safe they never give their real name; hence everyone at the dancing scene calls them “princesses”.

Mr. Halmilton has heard some rumors that the daughters of storied families were

“lured in numbers, by immodest music and the demon drink, like princesses into that dark underground which leaves no innocent unsullied”.

This made him realize that his daughters are reaching a certain age, so he decides to arrange lunches/interviews at their home with possible suitors for each of their daughters.

This doesn’t keep the girls from their nightly dancing adventures, until one day, they are caught in a raid that separates them. They are forced to run for their lives and to live for the first time apart from each other and away from home. Will they be able to survive on their own? Will they find true love, rejoin as a family and live happily ever after? That’s for you to find out. ;)

The setting is marvelous. I felt transported to the 1920s. I could picture the underground clubs, listen to the jazzy tunes and imagine the outfits and hairdos in my mind. The lovely feminine woman in the cover was also a great aid for my imagination.

The story is OK. It’s not a bad book. I had trouble with these:
- There were too many characters and I couldn’t completely bond with them.
- The sisters don’t get the same exposure in the story.
- I also felt like there where loose ends.
- The other thing that didn’t do it for me was the lack of romance. More in depth thoughts about this on the full review on my blog.

The Girls at the Kingfishers Club is a book I recommend as transitional read, a short quick story in between long and heavy books. If you like stories about sisterhood this is the book for you. If you like to listen to 1920s jazz this is the book for you. If you’re of age, this story is the perfect companion for your gin on a summer afternoon. If you’re a fan of fairy tales retold, this is the book for you. It takes you away back to a place and time that is more believable than the original fairy tale.

 

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.
Source: http://bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/read-reviewed-54-the-girls-at-the-kingfisher-club-by-genevieve-valentine

Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless: A Novel - Alison Sweeney

I picked up this book for two reasons:
1. The cover
2. Alison Sweeney
More about this on the full review on my blog.

Scared Scriptless is the story of Maddy Carson, a 35 year-old talented script supervisor at the hit prime time show The Wrong Doctor. She is very organized and dedicated to her job. She grew up in a small town in Wolf County, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After high school, following a family friend’s suggestion, she moved to LA to what she thought was just going to be a sort of internship to get the hang of TV production. But it turned out to be a good career which she has enjoyed for the past 10 years.

Maddy’s life revolves around her job. She hadn’t had a serious relationship since she broke up with her high school sweetheart. We meet Maddy as she starts dating an executive at her job but we also see how an actor is trying hard to sweep her off her feet. Maddy is still unsure if dating her boss is a good idea and on the other hand she has a dating rule: No actors. Will she break her rule and find real love? Well, that’s for you to find out. ;)

But this book is not only about the love triangle. On a trip to her hometown, Maddy finds out that everything is not running so great back home. So we follow her as she comes up with a brilliant idea on how she can save the day and keep everything in town running as smoothly and charming as she remembers it to be.

Scared Scriptless is Sweeney’s second book. Having not read the first one, I can’t say if this is a sequel. Even if it is, it is written as a standalone, you don’t get the feeling that you are missing details or info from the previous story.

The characters in this book feel real and that’s what makes this story believable. But what also makes this book credible, are all the details on how a TV show is made. More about this on the full review on my blog.

Scared Scriptless is a nice read, not so fast paced but an enjoyable story. A story about love, friendship, treason, family bonds, perseverance and happily ever afters. I would recommend this book as a “transition read”, i.e. a cute light story after reading a long and heavy book. Definitely a book that all Days of Our Lives fans shouldn’t miss. If you really, really, really miss Samantha get the audiobook narrated by Alison herself! ;) A book for those who want to be in the reality show or day time drama industry, it gives you an idea of how that sort of environment works. A good summer read that would also look cute in your beach/tote/vacation/summer bag. ;)

Samantha Brady may have left Salem for good, but Alison Sweeney is still around and I’m going to check out her next books in the future.

 

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Source: http://bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/read-reviewed-53-scared-scriptless-by-alison-sweeney

Book Meme of the Day: Books are like people #BMOTD

"I think books are like people, in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them." - Emma Thompson #quotes #writing #reading *

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy, Shannon Russell, Rosemarie Morgan

This book moves toooooooooooooooo slow for my taste.

 

Hardy's obssession to detail is both admirable and annoying at the same time. It sometimes is too much.

 

I'm having a hard time with the dialogues between the man but the plot is so simple that the dialogue challenge keeps me entertained.

 

Bathsheba started strong but she's getting hard to like with each chapter. I don't hate her but I don't like her either.

 

 Don't think this one will make to my favorite classics list.

 

Nihal of the Land of the Wind by Licia Troisi

Nihal of the Land of the Wind (Chronicles of the Overworld, 1) - Licia Troisi
Nihal of the Land of the Wind is an interesting fantasy filled story by Italian author Licia Troisi. It is the first book in her Chronicles of the Overworld Series. It was first published in Italian in 2004 and translated to English in 2014.

This book tells the story of Nihal, a girl who lives in the Land of the Wind with her father. She has great imagination and loves adventure. She is a tomboy and leadership among the little boys in the village comes natural to her. But suddenly the Land of the Wind falls under the evil Tyrant. Nihal’s world is shattered unexpectedly and so begins her fantastic journey which transforms her from a naïve little girl to an outstanding young female warrior.

Nihal is a likeable character from the get go. She feels like a real little girl who grows up before our eyes. More about her on the full review on my blog.

The fantasy world was great for my imagination. I liked it. There are dragons, knights, sword fights, forest creatures, sorcerers, magic, epic battles that kept my imagination flying and utterly entertained. The characters are great. Livon her dad is a hero. Sennar is a great side-kick. He compliments Nihal so well, which is the key because he never steals her thunder. Nihal is always the star of our story. You get a wide array of fantastic characters in this book.

Nihal of the Land of the Wind is a high fantasy coming-of-age story. Some people critique the lack of romance. For me it was refreshing to read a young adult book without that over used love triangle-instalove premise. It is a great book for kids and fans of fantastic epic worlds. An entertaining story for all ages from middle-grade and up. I would recommend this one if you’re looking for an entertaining story to read to the kids/grandkids. Book 2 in this series is titled Sennar’s Mission, it was published in English on September 2014 and is available on Kindle if you want to check it out. I know I added it to my TBR.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.
Source: http://bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/read-reviewed-52-nihal-of-the-land-of-the-wind-by-licia-troisi

Book Meme of the Day: Antigravity #BMOTD

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In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda

In the Mirror - Kaira Rouda

In the Mirror is the first book by Kaira Rouda that I read. It is the story of Jennifer, a young woman who has it all, a devoted husband, two adorable toddlers, a loving family, caring and dear friends, a successful business but in the midst of all those blessings, she also has cancer.

We meet Jennifer at a facility for sick and terminal patients, where no expense is spared so she can undergo the latest treatment to beat her illness. Throughout the book, we follow Jennifer as she narrates the ups and downs of her life as a woman who wants to feel acknowledged as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend instead of a cancer patient.

In the Mirror is an easy, fast paced book that can be read in one sitting. Unfortunately in our days, it’s rare to find a person who hasn’t been affected directly or indirectly by cancer. There are many books about this topic out there. The cancer theme is respectfully and realistically portrayed in this book. This story is an insightful window into the mind of a cancer patient. It is not a heart-wrenching story, like the blurb of the book said, but it shows you all the possible train of thoughts and emotions a cancer warrior can go through. It is a story that makes you reflect on what you would do if you were not only in the main character’s shoes but in each of the rest of the characters’ shoes.

All of the characters were real and believable. They were not perfect, especially Alex and Julie. Those two are pretty despicable. I was glad that at least one of them turned around and made amends. Jennifer was a likable character. I disagreed with some of her reactions and decisions but they are justified, after all, dealing with the fact that your days on this earth are counted is not something everyone can handle. There are no rules as to how someone has to handle this situation. In my humble opinion, she was doing as best as expected until she let her mind get tangled with her past.

There are many lessons one can take from this book. For more about this check out the full review on my blog.

The ending surprised me.

I am still undecided to choose between the happy or sad ending. The cover would make sense if I one chooses the happy ending. I’m leaning more to the sad one regardless if it makes me look like a pessimist, but it’s the ending that I think will give closure to Jennifer’s cathartic journey.

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In the Mirror is a good read. It wasn’t that painful to me but I can see it may be an emotional ride to some readers. A good story for book clubs to discuss subjects such as terminal illness and its strain on marriage, infidelity, relationships, revenge, sibling rivalry, stages of grief, friendship and parenting.

 

 

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.
Source: http://bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/read-reviewed-51-in-the-mirror-by-kaira-rouda

Book Meme of the Day: Nothing smells like that #BMOTD

Yes. All of them, yes. 23 Words For Book Lovers That Really Should Exist

 

Amen Rory! :D

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Lucky Us: A Novel - Amy Bloom
According to the rave reviews and book summary, Lucky Us by Amy Bloom is the story of Iris and Eva, two sisters who lived in the Hollywoodesque 1940s environment. I got the idea it was going to be a Thelma & Louise story of some sort, or an unforgettable story about the unbreakable bond between two sisters, but I should’ve paid attention to one line in the book description that said: “story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.”

I didn’t find anything fragile or heroic in this book. Absurd, that is the key word in all of this. This book didn’t meet my expectations. It was supposed to be the story of two sisters, but it ended up being only about one sister. The premise was great, half-sisters who fly away from the nest but instead of living amazing adventures together, they end up facing their new lives apart.

It sounded good but overall it just felt like the author had a bunch of odd and pointless story lines that she tried to intertwine but failed at it. There’s a lesbian relationship, the failed movie star career, an orphan kid they kidnap/adopt and no authority seems to mind, their father’s love story with the jazz singer, a guy who turns out to be a German spy, to name a few.

The change in narration was a big fail. The transition between first person narration (Eva), third person narration and letters from Iris was odd and somewhat confusing. The setting could have been fabulous with that old Hollywood glamour and jazzy ambiance, but it felt like it was wasted. The characters, I couldn’t find a single one I could relate to. And the ending, it was so rushed and sudden. It felt like the author got tired and wrote “the end” to get it over with.

The cover is a good book cover. I like it a lot. It looks magical and intriguing. Unfortunately, it has no relation to the story, or at least I was so dulled and bored by this book that I couldn’t find any relation between the story and the cover. In the end this book wasn’t my cup of Joe.

I never say don’t read this, because in the end you guys are free to read what you please, and maybe the final printed copy of this book was edited and better than the advanced readers copy I read. But if my word counts a little, you can find more engaging reads in the vast ocean of published books. If you are going to read it, borrow it from a friend or library, trust me, it will be money well saved.

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I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.
 
 
 
Source: http://bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/read-reviewed-50-lucky-us-by-amy-bloom

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