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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.
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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. ;)
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.
Did you guys join this one? How did you do?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.