So, the book is kind of hard for me to put my finger on. It's obviously her book and her voice. It's got her humor and flow. I truly laughed out loud in several parts. I love how she uses texts, notes, and e-mails throughout the book. I love how there is a huge portion of the book that really does give a good hard look at how horrible technology (gaming) is and the addiction to said technology but at the same time showing the ridiculousness behind over reacting about it. I mean, it is what it is, right? And what's the big deal with gaming anyway? This hit close to home for me as I am a gamer. Also as a mother and a wife and never wanting to cross that line that will screw up my children's or even my mind for that matter. I could completely see the mother's side of things as well as Frank's, the older brother and gaming addict. Seriously though, how much gaming is too much? The mother was a hysterical hoot. Actually the whole family in the book is well done. I enjoyed them all. And the little one didn't annoy me at all. People tend to write children annoying. But this kids was just fine, and not in it enough to be annoying anyway.
All that aside, the main focus of this book is about Audrey and the things that she has to deal with through her recovery. This is where it gets difficult to explain because at the end of it all, it is basically a book educating folks. I have been fully educated on what it might be like in the brain of someone dealing with psychological issues. I believe that's what this book was really meant to be about. To shed light on a subject that needs more light shed on it. I think it would be great for actual young adults to read it and enjoy the story while also learning a lot and maybe having a bit more understanding of their fellow peers without even realizing they've been exposed to some education.
The issues that Audrey is dealing with and her perspective are fleshed out so well that you can only assume the person writing them has dealt with each single issue. It can be kind of distracting actually, or at least it was for me, because I was constantly stopping and going, oh that's interesting! I couldn't help but stop and think about the author and what her relationship to some of these psychological problems Audrey deals with must be. So yeah, it was so well done it distracted me.
And the romance...well Linus seems sweet...but I don't get his motivation. Like what does he dig about this particular girl? I guess there are lots of books where the romantic lead does not really show their redeeming qualities to the characters within the book but we let it slide because our perspective is completely different. I mean we see them because we are in their head, but the characters within the book don't get to see from the perspective we do. So, that kind of bothers me sometimes, and it did in this book as well. Are we thoroughly confused yet?
Overall, it was a quick read (I read it in a few hours). It's mostly written from the perspective of Audrey. And she is a funny girl. There were a few times where I got confused on if it was written in past or present tense or whatnot. I'm assuming those are all just kinks that need to be worked out before it's officially available....more
This book was gifted me by HarperCollins. The release date is August 1, 2011.
I have the opportunity to receive loads of books for reviews, but only pick a few to actually get, as I can't read them all. I surprised myself when I decided to get this one as I have never actually read a spy novel, or any novel in this sort of genre. What caught my eye, initially, was the fact that the author, Matthew Dunn, was an actual MI6 field officer, which I thought was really cool. (I have watched every single episode of MI6 (or Spooks rather), as well as Alias, so, yeah). I felt that his books would then be kind of realistic, since he conducted like seventy missions he should know what he is writing about. Aside from that I had no idea what the book was about or what to expect.
I picked up the book and read it in one day. Which is quite a feat, because it is rather large, over four-hundred pages, and a lot of description. I don't generally care for description, but for this kind of writing it was most definitely important for the feel of things. It felt like I was reading an awesome spy movie, which I thoroughly enjoy. Each step of the mystery was explained, but in a most interesting way. I can honestly say I did not get bored while reading any of this book.
That was one of my biggest worries, whether or not I would find the story interesting, if it would be compelling, realistic, keep me sucked in...lucky for me it delivered!
Will Cochran is the man, actually the one and only Spartan. He's like the best of the best as far as covert ops and killing people and such. He basically answers to no one, as long as he gets the job done, like saving thousands of people from terrorist attacks and stuff. He does what he has to do along the way to complete his mission, he can not fail, he will not! He's the freakin' Spartan!
Anyway, the story is seriously intricate with twists and turns. I was not expecting so many, and was genuinely surprised how everything came together so very nicely, I mean no questions left unanswered in the end. That's a congrats to the author on a story well woven.
I developed tears in certain parts, I developed a pounding heart more than once, I developed shock at a very shock worthy moment, amazement throughout, and shock again.
I'm actually really surprised I even liked this books so much and totally up for reading another like it (hopefully more about Spartan?!), because I generally read things with romance, even if it's just a secondary part of the story. This really didn't have much of that. Although, that is the one sticking point I had with this book. Not the lack of romance, but the minor part where there actually was some. It wasn't all that great, and I didn't like the girl from the beginning....it all just felt kind of weak, although I understood the point...for development of character and other things which will not be stated. But these parts of the books were so few, that it didn't really effect my overall take.
Seriously, this book was awesome. I'm going to go play Call of Duty: Black Ops and pretend I'm a spy now...for serious. ...more
This book is written by Catherine Reef and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This is a review from an ARC copy that the publisbreesabookworm.com
This book is written by Catherine Reef and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This is a review from an ARC copy that the publisher was kind enough to give.
Basically, I love Jane Austen, so I'm always happy to read a book about her life in particular. As it seems, there is so much to learn about her, but there is so much still left unknown.
This is not the first biography of Austen that I have read, but I enjoyed it all the same. Basically it's written as a story chronicling her life and those around her. Lines from letters are interspersed throughout and integrated in. The author also explained some of the differences of her time period. There are pictures throughout of people that are discussed in this book as well as shots from movies based on Austen's books.
Most of the book seems to be about the books themselves. Big sections are explanations and summaries of her main novels. Reef also explains how Austen was originally published and all that. The descriptions and walkthroughs of the books didn't seem to be necessary to me, as I've read all the books many times over. But for someone who has never read an Austen book, I guess it wouldn't be a problem.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. I found some things fascinating, as I am such a big fan. :) But, with the majority of the book being overviews of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, etc. I only needed to read like half of it. ...more
I received this book from Carina Press as an ARC through a galley grab.
This book is to be released April 25, 2011. It was written by Christine Bell (also known as Chloe Cole, a name she pens erotic romance under). I will definitely be looking into other Christine Bell books!
From the start, I was hooked. The dialogue itself was fast, clever, and witty. It was also a very quick read, I read it in a couple of hours. I believe it has just over twenty-five thousand words.
You've got Dorothy "Stormy" Gale, a time pirate. She travels back in time to steal from the rich to give to the poor. Her brother, Bacon, goes along with her on her travels. But, that isn't what this story is about.
Her brother Bacon lost one of their time travel devices in a game over poker, when they time traveled back to the 1800's, to the Loony Duke of Leister. So, from the start Stormy and Bacon go back in time, whereupon she dresses up like a Madame Baptiste, her fortune teller persona, in order to trick the Loony Duke into giving her back the "TTM".
About halfway through the book there was what I considered a pretty big twist, which had me thinking how totally cool it was!
I can't really say anything more in fear of giving anything away. Suffice to say, the Duke is a hotty, Loony or not...which puts a hitch in Stormy's plans.
Even if you don't like science fiction, and this might be considered a little steampunkish with the time travel and all, I think you'll still like the book. It's a romance after all, and a good one at that. The author did a solid job in the short span of the book. I was really surprised, but very happy to have read it!
I also wanted to add that I just really liked the name of the book. Not just for it's clever rhyming, lol, but it's so darn catchy! ...more
Now I'm going to tell you that this whole blurb is totally inadequate and only the very last line really describes this book, in mybreesabookworm.com
Now I'm going to tell you that this whole blurb is totally inadequate and only the very last line really describes this book, in my opinion. Also, this is the worst cover ever for this book. It is completely misleading. After all, this is most definitely not your typically beach read, as the cover would suggest. In fact I wouldn't call it a beach read at all.
The blurb and cover are misleading in that they point this book to be about a love triangle between brother's Noah and Chase and their summer neighbor, Melinda. I mean, that is a big part of the story, but really, this book is about family.
The focus of this book was the relationship between the siblings, Noah, Chase, Claudia, Gideon, and Lucy. The family dynamics are written so well. It's written in first person from Chase's perspective. We follow along with him on four summers. Each summer brings a drastic change in his families life. He's growing up from fourteen to eighteen. Yes, he's dealing with lust and sex. And even though it's talked about a lot, to me it wasn't the focus. We are with him as he grows, as he learns, as he deals with the things we all deal with, as tragedy strikes and could potentially tear his whole world apart. It was all done very well.
I wasn't so sure about it in the first couple of chapters, it took me a bit to get into it. The writing is different and can be a little weird, but it really was well written. Because we are hearing the thoughts of Chase we read how he thinks....his stream of conscious. Once I got into the book, I was totally into it, I didn't put it down until I finished it. It was really good.
This is a serious book, not a light read by any means. I cried, of course. Definitely would suggest it to others to read. Just don't expect a light summer romance or anything like that out of this novel. ...more
I got this book through Harper Collins as an ARC, although I started it before the release date, I didn't finish it till after. Thebreesabookworm.com
I got this book through Harper Collins as an ARC, although I started it before the release date, I didn't finish it till after. The release date was May 1, 2011.
I'm not going to lie, the reason it took me so long to finish this book was the beginning was just, well, awful...awfully slow or something. It was very hard for me to get into it. Which left me rather disappointed, because I have just started reading Steampunk, and was beginning to worry that all were written in a corny fashion.
Anyway, I finally made myself sit down and read it. I'm glad I did. You do eventually get into the action, it gets more serious, and the relationship between the two leads doesn't seem so strained, or annoying. There is humor throughout, and in a good way. Yes, it's a funny book....more
Kate is dealing with a lot of emotional baggage over the loss of her parents when she meets Vincent, a guy who sweeps her off her feet with one look. Yeah, it's one of the those books. Where they are desperately in love from the get go. No, they don't actually say it, but their overly dramatic actions and words speak volumes. I have a hard time with this as Kate is only sixteen, and Vincent is 19 (sorta). I do understand, having been sixteen myself once, though, how easily it is to become obsessed with a boy and feel like the whole world revolves just around the two of you, etc. So, aside from what I considered a pretty corny relationship, it wasn't too bad reading it. Although, most of the book revolved solely around their relationship and Kate learning about Revenants.
The book didn't get really good until the last like forty pages, when all the action began. That was pretty cool.
Kate's character was pretty likable, and I felt that her thought process was written really well, covering all basis. I did not like how she was like sneaky, nosy, and going into places she shouldn't have been. Or how she felt entitled to know things or be places she had no business sticking her nose in. I understand completely though, that these characteristics were the ones that the author used to reveal this whole new world to Kate. So, whatever. It still annoyed me when she behaved in that fashion.
Vincent was like all gushy, obsessed, and a stalker (like he is for real a stalker). But, I guess he is no worse than Edward. I suppose, part of what bothers me so much about their relationship is that it mirrors Edward and Bella's so much (from Twilight, of course). And you could say there are differences because Kate wants to keep her distance from Vincent and Vincent is not exactly a threat to Kate's life, but still. It felt the same when I was reading it.
However, all that aside, it was a good read. I liked the creativity that went into all the new ideas, the new world that Amy Plum came up with. I thought it was great. It is also set in Paris, which I thought was cool. I would like to go to Paris after reading this, that is for sure. :)
I would definitely suggest that you read this book. I have a strong feeling that there could possibly be a love triangle sprouting in the next book, and I actually hope so. (PLEASE leave a comment and let me know if you thought the same thing...and with whom...so we can compare...I'm dying to know if it was just me!) Also, this book gets all the gushy lovey eyes out of the way, so I'm imagining the next books will have lots more action. Amy Plum writes great action, so I'm looking forward to that! Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I also like my romance a bit more gradual, a bit more realistic. But, maybe I was just in a mood when I was reading this.
I'm rambling now, but like I said, you gotta read the book. If YA fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, etc. is your thing, then this is a must read this year, just cause. I am anxious to know what other people thought about this book as well! :)...more
This Christian fiction novel was given to me as an ARC in a galley grab. I just love me some galley grab!
This plays out as a romance, but there is a bit of mystery as well. Like I said, it's also Christian fiction.
Abigail Jones is an investigative reporter known as The Truth Seaker in her mother's magazine, Viewpoints. Abigail also deals with health issues caused by hypertension. She is a workaholic which only makes matters worse. After a bit of coaxing her mother and sister are able to get her to go to a little ole place in Montana with the idea that she would be looking after her Great Aunt Lucy and her mental stability, while at the same time getting some much needed rest from her stressful job.
Upon arrival at Aunt Lucy's Abigail discovers that she actually rents a little house on a ranch. Soon after she meets the daughter of the owner, Maddy. Abigail and Maddy form a quick bond. Of course, soon after meeting Maddy, she meets the very handsome cowboy/rancher Wade Ryan.
Abigail ends up becoming Maddy's nanny for the summer and lives under the same roof as Wade and his daughter. Soon Abigail discovers that Wade isn't all that he appears to be. Turns out Wade used to be somewhat of a celebrity and the mystery surrounding his late wife's death is extremely intriguing to Abigail and her natural lure to investigating. She is determined to find out the truth and write an expose about it for column without Wade discovering that she knows his true identity. This could also be an answer to prayer, as her mother's magazine is floundering, and unless their next issue is beyond awesome, they are being shut down. An article about Wade Ryan, a.k.a. J. W. Ryan, could be what saves the family business as well as countless other jobs. What Abigail doesn't expect is the depth of her feelings towards the man she is investigating.
Wade Ryan has taken his daughter off the beaten path to hide away from people that might recognize him. He stays busy running his ranch and raising his daughter. He doesn't allow himself to get involved with women, because he doesn't trust himself. But when Abigail shows up...everything changes.
An immediate attraction is to be expected, but will Abigail find out the truth despite that and in order to save the magazine. If so, at what cost, and to whom?
Alrighty, so that's what the book is about. It was good. I like romance novels and Christian fiction. So, it was right up my alley. I did however get mad several times at Abigail for her sleuthing, but that is what adds to the mystery aspect of the book as well as her spiritual growth.
As far as the writing was concerned? I thought it was excellent. The storyline was believable...you get inside both Abigail and Wade's heads which I like, and the dialogue was smooth.
This is a nice Christian romance, without an overly preachy subtext. ...more
I was able to snag this book through a galley grab! I just love me some galley grab!
Anywho....it was so sweet! Basically, you've got the story of Harper and Nick. Now, they go way back...married when they were young, divorced quickly after. Once divorced they each moved on with their lives...but not their feelings (though Harper would deny it).
Harper became a divorce attorney on Martha's Vineyard...where she is pretty cynical about love...and Nick started his own architecture company in New York. One day Harper's sis, Willa, calls her up and says something like...Guess what?! I'm getting married, and not just to anyone but to your ex-husband's brother, Chris!....yeah, so now the exes are brought back together for the wedding.
They have hard feeling towards each other, but circumstances bring them together (don't they always?). Love is in the air!!
I really did like this book. I've never read anything by Kristan Higgins before, but she is a great writer. This book is written in first person and like a stream of conscious. You always know what's going on in Harper's head. I loved Harper. She could have easily been a very unlikeable character, as cynical as she was, but somehow she just wasn't. She was witty, funny, just plain lovable. Nick's character was great too. The descriptions in this book were excellent...really made you see/feel what was going on.
The ending was a little extravagant/outrageous....but it's fiction, so it's forgiven.
I laughed a lot, I had a big ole smile on my face for most of the book, and I did cry. So all in all, a fabulous work of chick lit! ...more
This book was given to me as an ARC through a galley grab. Amanda Stevens is the author and surprisingly enough the publisher is Harlequin. And might I say, it's not a book you might expect from them.
I have to admit when I think of Harlequin, I think of some serious romantic fluff. This book, however, is more in the paranormal genre. (I'm happy to see that they are venturing out into more genres) There is a strong romantic interest within the book, but the main focus is in solving a crime. So, I guess you could call it a paranormal crime novel, but I almost might say it's horror as well. The author is definitely gifted in giving one the creeps through her word pictures.
This book was nothing like I expected, maybe I didn't read the blurb clearly enough, but I'm almost glad I didn't, because I ended up reading a book that I might not have otherwise. I don't normally like crime novels/detective fiction, but this book is different as it has the whole scary paranormal (ghost) aspect to it. Eeks. They were not Casper friendly either.
Okay, first you have Amelia who owns her own business as a cemetery restorer. She gets a job to restore a certain cemetery only to discover that someone is leaving murdered bodies in other's graves. The bodies are anywhere from a couple of days old to fifteen years.
To top this off, Amelia is able to see ghosts since she was nine years old. Her father, who is also able to see them, has given her a number of rules that she has followed faithfully to keep her safe from said ghosts her whole life. That is until Detective Devlin comes into the picture.
John Devlin is the detective on the case for these murders, he has Amelia come in and consult. Amelia immediately is taken with him, drawn to him in ways she can't explain, and basically, I feel, like completely obsessed with him. I get that he is hot or broody and all that, but I feel like there might be something supernatural in the attraction that she has for him. Most of the book she is swooning over him and he seems basically indifferent to her.
So Devlin would seem perfect for her, that is if he does indeed share the same feelings, except for the minor fact that he has two ghosts trailing him sucking the life force out of him. In return, when he is around Amelia he is somehow sucking the life out of her. So, yes. She is obsessed with someone that could seemingly potentially kill her or whatever.
The book was good. I didn't want to stop reading it, which is how a good book always is for me. I found it intriguing. There was a lot of interesting information about graveyards, headstones, all that jazz. It might seem morbid, but it turns out it's all rather fascinating. The romance was good as well, because you never knew how it was going to play out. It was not like a typically romance, which is always appreciated.
Like I mentioned, I'm not really into crime novels...where so much of the book is based around details involving the crime and the detective work. My brain gets a little overloaded with all this information that's part of the puzzle in solving the crime. However, like I mentioned, the paranormal aspect as well as the romantic interest made the book work for me. I did really get the creeps while reading this book. I am most definitely going to be reading the next book in this series!...more
The illustrations are fantastic. I really liked the lion and the cub...just loved it!
The narrative is just so sweet and so true. A great message for the kiddos to hear!
I received an ARC copy of this book through a galley grab and it's an e-book version, I find that I am most definitely going to have to go buy it when it comes out. This is an excellent addition to my daughter's book collection!
I got an ARC copy of this book through a galley grab, e-book style...but honestly, now I'm going to have to go buy it!
First off, lets talk pictures! I just love love love the illustrations in this book. They are so sweet and they go right along with the narrative. When my daughter (four) and I were reading it, she would ask me what they were doing in the picture. I would tell her to listen to what I was reading, which explains the pictures, and then we would discuss.
Anyway, my daughter was fascinated and I don't know if it's just me, but it got me a wee bit teary eyed, because I do love my kids so much.
The writing had a good rhythm to it, so it was upbeat and fun to read. The words were true to life and hopefully my daughter learned something from it. :)
I would seriously suggest adding this to your children's book collection!
This book focused on Suzanne Yoder and Titus Fisher. It's written in third person and you get the point of view of everyone and their brother.
Basically you have Titus in Lancaster, PA living at home with his parents (which is totally common when they aren't married), the girl he has been in love with and courting for years, Phoebe, has decided to run off to California with a girlfriend. Phoebe has yet to join the Amish Church, has told Titus that she doesn't know if she will ever join. Since Titus has already joined the church, they are broken up. Titus is heart broken but he is soon given the opportunity to move to Pembroke, KY to start work in another Amish Community. He jumps at the chance. Titus is dealing with insecurities, as his twin brother is far more accomplished in life than he is. Titus is also a wee bit immature.
Suzanne Yoder is thinking that she is going to be an old maid. She's an Amish girl that doesn't care for cooking (gasp!) and instead loves to be outside hunting or fishing. Her passion is working with wood, though her grandfather and brother won't allow her to help out in the family woodworking business (said business that Titus is coming to work for).
When Titus first sees Suzanne he has a hard time being around her or even being cordial because she reminds him so much of Phoebe. Titus soon starts courting Suzanne's best friend Ester.
This book is The Journey of Suzanne and Titus coming through a rocky first meeting, to becoming friends, and then possibly something more. I like how in the book, they really didn't even like one another all that well for at least half of it. It wasn't love at first sight. There was a definite building of a relationship here, which I always appreciate the author taking the time to do.
Of course, there are other things going on here too...family troubles on Titus' side of the family and so forth. We follow Phoebe on her quest to find happiness among the English in California, Titus' mother learning to let her son go, along with other family drama.
Overall, it's a good book. Not the greatest book ever written, but decent, clean, and altogether wholesome. Good Bible verses and lessons throughout as well. ...more
I received this book as an ARC from Barbour Publishing. It's being released May 1, 2011.
Haha. I don't know what it was about this book, but it was kinda cheesy! LOL I think the point of it is to be kinda silly, so I guess that's okay. It was quirky for sure.
You've got Shannon who has gone out in search for a city of gold to show the world that her father wasn't crazy, although I think she might be.
You've got Gabe who is on his way to his brother's house, who I think might just be the dorkiest male lead ever.
You've got Lurene who is just freakin' crazy psycho.
You've got Tyra who is out to snag her a husband, which would be Gabe.
You've got Buck who is out to snag Shannon, his intended.
We get the pleasure of following ALL of them along as their stories intersect and they all come together one way or another.
The book overall was decent. Like I mentioned, it was quirky...but I also found it kind of annoying. There's a big to do over propriety in the book. I get it's like historical, so it goes along with the times. A female isn't supposed to be alone with a male, blah blah blah. But I could hardly get through the bits in the book about this. The parson and others got on my last nerve. That was the only truly annoying part for me.
None of the characters were all exceptionally likeable in my opinion. I don't know, this one just didn't hit the spot. BUT, I imagine that loads of people would like it. It's got some action, slight cheese ball romance, and interesting humor. I say, go for it! :) ...more
Let me just say first and foremost that after I finished the last line in this book, well I just burst into tears. I have been following Belly, Jere, and Conrad for so long, and am so darn pleased!!!
This is one of those books where I don't feel I can give a summary, not only because it will give it all away, but because you HAVE to read the first two books to even understand, to feel the emotion.
The journey these three characters take, especially Belly, is just awesome. This is definitely a favorite series of mine. Who doesn't love a good love triangle, containing two brothers at that! Wow.
This trilogy is a must read. Do me a favor and just read it. Ah, I am so thankful to have gotten the ARC copy today. Yes, I got it today, yes I put down the other book I was reading to read this, and yes I read it one in evening, very eagerly I might add!
So, yes, admittedly at first, it was a little confusing. But most books like this are. Because you are being introduced into a completely different world, but without actual introductions. You have to figure out what's going on through context and dialogue. At first I did wonder if any of it was going to make sense, but fear not, it happened in no time.
This world was written in a neat way with made up words, the way of talking was new and fresh, it's all rather creative. Ms. Cafferty has a way of writing that is fun. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but it makes for a rather quick read. It's very enjoyable to read what she writes on paper, she just has a way, I suppose.
The storyline was like nothing I had ever read before. Sometimes I would sit back and think, this woman must be a genius for coming up with this. Maybe that's a little overblown, but that's how I feel. She just wows me. :) I got my romance fix, I got my sci-fi/fantasy futuristic fix, I got my McCafferty fix, and now I'm waiting waiting waiting for her next book. Unfortunately, I imagine that's going to be a while.
The only fault I found with this book, was at the end I realized that there was going to be another book! There has to be! This can not end in that manner! ...more