Annabelle Pleasanton (sorry, but I'm not digging her name) has just been given a writing assignment from her boss. She really has to give this one her...moreAnnabelle Pleasanton (sorry, but I'm not digging her name) has just been given a writing assignment from her boss. She really has to give this one her all after her previous failure as a writer on Central Coast Living. The only problem is, every time she attempts to make an impression every thing seems to go wrong. The same can be said for her new love interest, Isaac. Every time Annabelle thinks she's making headway with Isaac, her boyfriend-snatching enemy, Rona, shows up to ruin things. On top of all that she is trying to successfully put together the menu for her best friend's surprise bridal shower. Will she be able to get it all together or will everything fall apart?
This book was seriously funny. It had a lot of embarrassing moments and funny twists and turns. I found the main character's interaction with the reader to be quite hilarious as well. Annabelle's inner voice is so saucy. I highly recommend this book, and I know there is a sequel too title Previously Engaged. I will definitely be reading it.
A few quotes from the book:
"Enchante," Patrique said, kissing me on my hand. It kind of shocked me, and when he removed his lips from the top of my hand, there was a blob of saliva just sitting there. He looked at me as if he had left it there as some sort of treat for me. I tried to hide my disgust as I wiped my hand on my pants. I almost felt sorry for them. I mean, they were nice pants. But it was either me or them.
My mind began to race with ideas for how to get the ring off my finger. I went over the options in my mind. Option one: Find some string and tie it to a doorknob and then slam the door shut. No. That's for loose teeth not tight rings. Option Two: Ask Lisa to give the ring a tug. No. I don't think tat will go over too well. Option Three: Use the slippery hand lotion in my bag to coat my finger, then tug and hope for the best. Okay. I'll give that one a try.
Genre: Mystery, Culinary Recommend to: If you like mystery or baking This is written by an LDS author, and while the main character is LDS, this book do...moreGenre: Mystery, Culinary Recommend to: If you like mystery or baking This is written by an LDS author, and while the main character is LDS, this book doesn't have much content in way of religion. Sadie Hoffmiller is busy canning her homemade applesauce when she notices two police cars drive into her otherwise quiet cul-de-sac. She soon discovers her neighbor, single mom Anne Lemmon, has been murdered and her son, Trevor has gone missing. After giving the detectives as much information as she can, she soon realizes she is the prime suspect in the murder. To make matters worse, her fiance, Ron, admits to being at Anne's house the night before. Sadie decides to do a little investigative work herself, but finds herself in a lot more trouble than she bargained for. I found the main character to be very nosy and it kind of disturbed me that some of her actions were undoubtedly against the law. It bothered me that she preached the importance of living good standards and clearly overstepped her bounds in trying to solve the murder. I understand this is just a work of fiction, but it sent a mixed message. An up-side to this novel, for all those who love baking, are the added recipes to the dishes Sadie makes in the book. I'm not one to bake much, but some of these sound very tempting (and fattening I might add). This book is to be a first in a series of Culinary Mysteries with Sadie Hoffmiller as the "cooking aficionado-turned-amateur detective." The next in the series is called English Trifle and comes out in Fall 2009. This series reminds me of another culinary mystery series by Joanne Fluke called the Hannah Swensen Series. That one starts with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. (less)
What to Read When by Pam Allyn is a guide to reading books to your children from birth to age 10. What I liked about this book is Ms. Allyn's way of c...moreWhat to Read When by Pam Allyn is a guide to reading books to your children from birth to age 10. What I liked about this book is Ms. Allyn's way of categorizing literature. Sometimes as a mom it is hard to determine which books are right for which ages. She has not only given recommendations for every age, but divides them into types of books (i.e. board books, concept books, music books etc.).
This book is basically divided into 3 parts. In part one the author explains why it is important to read to our children, keys to helping your child become a lifelong reader, supporting your child's reading life, and what she calls Landmark books. Landmark books are "...books that have shaped how childhood has been conveyed to us over the years." (pg 38)
Part two gives the Reader's Ladder of when to read which books to certain ages. Part three is the Emotional "When". The author details 50 Essential Themes and gives recommendations for each theme while also classifying them as emerging, developing, or maturing readers. Examples of these themes include: Bad Day; Courage; Building the World of Family; Adoption etc.
Overall, I really like this book. I am excited to try out some of the books with my little one, and I hope to be able to use this as a resource throughout his childhood.
I am trying to figure out my feelings on this book. On the one hand Tally's personality was completely ugly in this book but that wasn't really her fa...moreI am trying to figure out my feelings on this book. On the one hand Tally's personality was completely ugly in this book but that wasn't really her fault. I felt really bad about Zane - or rather that Tally was repulsed by him but still wanted to save him at the same time. Despite not liking Tally much at all I was really captivated by the plot. I wanted to see where it was headed. I really enjoyed the ending. (less)
This book is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist. The "Beast", Valor Lionhardt is very rich and handsome, but his heart has turned to bl...moreThis book is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist. The "Beast", Valor Lionhardt is very rich and handsome, but his heart has turned to black stone after his proposal of marriage to Coquette de Bellamont is refused by her father. Three years later, sweet, innocent Coquette is given in marriage to the dark Lord of Roanan to save her father's life - or so she thinks. She soon finds out that her vain father has traded her life for three merchant ships, a manor house, and gold. Coquette must learn to tame her beast, and Lord Roanan must learn to give up revenge and love again.
I liked this story pretty well. It was inventive and different from other Beauty and the Beast stories. It had a sweet romance, but not as steamy as Shackles of Honor. Even though it is not my favorite of McClure's books, I still recommend it. She writes clean romance, which I am highly in favor of. (less)
This installment of the Elm Creek Quilt novels takes us back again to Elm Creek's beginnings through the eyes of Dorothea Granger. I have to admit it...moreThis installment of the Elm Creek Quilt novels takes us back again to Elm Creek's beginnings through the eyes of Dorothea Granger. I have to admit it started out rather slowly for me and took some time to really get into it. Knowing already a few details about Dorothea's life from previous novels it is not much of a mystery as to her love interest, but it was interesting to note how the characters all came together and got involved in the Underground Railroad.
I am happy that though Uncle Jacob was not particularly liked or much respected at the onset of the story, he was much better viewed by the other characters and the reader by the end. I still don't much like Jonathan's character as from the previous book his character was in, but at least he is not as deplorable Mrs. Engle, Cyrus, or even Mr. Liggett.(less)
I know my head isn't screwed on straight. I want to leave, transfer, warp myself to another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me. My closet is a good thing, a quiet place that helps me hold these thoughts inside my head where no one can hear them. (pg 76)
Melinda Sordino is starting her first year in high school, and she is already a social outcast. She has lost all the friends she ever had, and any potential friend. Her one crime - calling the cops and breaking up a huge, teen drinking party. It was social suicide. Now she has to endure being physically and verbally abused by her former friends and complete strangers. Melinda finds her own little retreat at Merryweather High, an abandoned janitor's closet. She cleans it up, posts up her artwork, and even brings stuff from home. This closet and her own mind are her only retreat until she can learn to speak up about what happened to her; what caused her to call the cops.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt so bad for Melinda. The students at her school truly treated her horribly. One thing I really admired Melinda for was that even though her friends abandoned her, she still tried to reach out to them and continue the friendship. She could have been bitter and treated them badly too, but she just didn't. I liked that Melinda had one good teacher that tried to help her - her art teacher. I was glad that she could use art as a way to say what she couldn't say out loud.
I highly recommend this book. This book is a winner of the Printz award. Go to the Printz Project page for more great reviews of Speak.(less)
Set in the Civil War times, Sarah ran away from her family to become a soldier. She has to dress as a boy, and does a good job at fooling the officers...moreSet in the Civil War times, Sarah ran away from her family to become a soldier. She has to dress as a boy, and does a good job at fooling the officers until she is discovered. You need to read to see what happens next.
This was as really good one. While the main character was made up, she was based on actual women in history that disguised themselves to be soldiers. I recommend it to all. It is a good lesson in patriotism as well. (less)
This is a historical novel about the McCoy/Hatfield feud in the 1880s (post civil war era). It was pretty interesting, and also crazy about what will...moreThis is a historical novel about the McCoy/Hatfield feud in the 1880s (post civil war era). It was pretty interesting, and also crazy about what will throw people into a feud. Actually it was really insightful about certain aspects of those times. (less)
This book is about a girl who can see people's dreams. In her time, witchcraft was a dangerous thing and a person accused could be killed. The heroine...moreThis book is about a girl who can see people's dreams. In her time, witchcraft was a dangerous thing and a person accused could be killed. The heroine is left an orphan when her parents are killed. As she grows older, she is determined to find out who did it. She has a main suspect, and through dreams she finally finds out who did it. I think the ending of this book may surprise you.(less)