I don't give out a lot of 5 star reviews. The ones I do give out, are usually because the book was impossible for me to put down. That is the case witI don't give out a lot of 5 star reviews. The ones I do give out, are usually because the book was impossible for me to put down. That is the case with Uprooted. It has been a long time since I finished a 400+ page book in less than a week--let alone 3 days. I simply couldn't get enough this novel. I loved the fantasy and the magic. She created a world that was completely amazing and I didn't want to leave.
This novel beautifully blends fairy tales into an amazing story. The characters are heartwarming and you really like Agnieszka's spunk. She doubts herself and finds herself wanting in comparison to her beautiful friend Kasia, but she has an amazing strength that she doesn't realize she has until pushed. This read like a fairy tale and was completely charming. You find yourself cheering for Agnieszka no matter what she is attempting to accomplish. Dark and light at the same time--this book keeps the pages turning....more
Hermione's small school is known for their competitive cheer-leading team. This year is Hermione's year to be the team captain and she wants her teamHermione's small school is known for their competitive cheer-leading team. This year is Hermione's year to be the team captain and she wants her team to win. While at the summer cheer-leading camp someone slips Hermione a date rape drug and the next thing she knows she is waking up in a hospital. She doesn't want people to think about her only as the girl who was raped. Determined to not to let her attack define who she will be, Hermione sets out to live her life the way she wants.
I have to admit I really admired the heroine of this novel. She made choices and chose to take back her life instead of letting it be taken from her. Hermione is a strong female character which I really appreciate in a novel, but that didn't undermine the severity of her situation. This was a hard book, any book about rape would be. While the knowledge and scattered memories of the attack will undoubtedly remain, I love how Hermione determined that she would look forward not back. This book tackled a tricky subject and handled it with tact. ...more
When Lucy's boyfriend Kevin dumps her in favor of her sister, Alice, Lucy's heart is broken. She doesn't believe she could trust another man because sWhen Lucy's boyfriend Kevin dumps her in favor of her sister, Alice, Lucy's heart is broken. She doesn't believe she could trust another man because she doesn't want to get hurt again. When Lucy and Alice's parents disapprove, Alice and Kevin decide to try to set Lucy up with the hope of winning her parent's approval. Lucy and Sam hit it off, but neither wants a relationship. Still something is pulling them together.
This book blends a light amount of magic with realism for a perfectly charming romance. I read the first book in the Friday Harbor series and liked it so I wanted more. I love the island setting and the small town. The nice thing about this book is that it isn't necessary to read the first book in the series to enjoy this one. Reading book one will give you some details about the side characters and especially Sam's family, but feel free to pick this one up even if you haven't read the others. I loved the character and the romance. Sam and Lucy make a great couple. I will definitely give book three a chance. ...more
During the Christmas season I tend to watch some of the Hallmark Christmas movies and I loved the one Christmas with Holly. I didn't realize until myDuring the Christmas season I tend to watch some of the Hallmark Christmas movies and I loved the one Christmas with Holly. I didn't realize until my mother pointed it out that it was actually based on the book Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. So immediately I downloaded a copy to read it. As with most book to movie versions, the book was much better--what can I say I like the extra details. Movies inevitably change things and this one did, but both were satisfying. I loved the characters, the brothers and their relationship with Holly. Alex is the only brother that is really different in the book. Still I love the book and the characters, and now that I know it is a series, I can't wait to read more. A sweet romance and fun Christmas read....more
Earth abandoned the planet Gabriel 500 years ago and ever since the citizens must struggle to survive. Many were attacked by the Red Death a plague thEarth abandoned the planet Gabriel 500 years ago and ever since the citizens must struggle to survive. Many were attacked by the Red Death a plague that devastated the Citizens. Other residents of Gabriel live safely in the luxury of the Dome who trade with the Citizens. When Leica commits the ultimate sin, stealing, she is exiled to the desert where she finds an abandoned shuttle.
This was an interesting read with some surprising twists and turns. Knowing who to trust and believe became difficult at parts. Leica is a strong heroine in this novel. Her theft was not what would normally be considered theft—it was theft by the definition of her community and their religious beliefs. Her mother scavenged some items from the form colony and kept them—which is considered theft. Leica was caught while trying to get rid of those items and accused of the crime and banished. After her banishment Leica survives learning the rules of the desert. Later after discovering an earth shuttle, she finds herself invited into the dome by Edison. There she will be a Kisaeng, a concubine. This is her chance to find out what is going on.
Fast paced and interesting. Like I said, this book has some twist the reader may be unprepared for. Still, it is a great science fiction, with a strong likable female main character.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers: Violence: Yes Alcohol: Yes Language: Mild Sex: Yes, but nothing explicit...more
Carrie Slayton wants to be a serious reporter instead of being stuck on the society pages. Her editor issues her a challenge, to find and interview thCarrie Slayton wants to be a serious reporter instead of being stuck on the society pages. Her editor issues her a challenge, to find and interview the notoriously reclusive Finn Dalton author of the bestseller Alone. All she knows is that he lives somewhere out in the Alaskan wilderness, but that won't stop her from trying to find him. We she does she gets more than she bargained for as she begins to fall in love with him, but how does she decided between her job and her heart.
This was a cute romance. Finn just wants his privacy and believes that all women are untrustworthy. As he gets to know Carrie, he begins to reconsider his view, but he knows Carrie will publish the article despite his protests.
This was a charming romance with a Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday setting. Finn and Carrie are both well developed characters, and you cheer for the their relationship. Starry Night is a fun light book for the holidays and fans of Hallmark Christmas movies....more
Sisters Jenny and Rachel both seem to be unlucky in love. Jenny is now the best friend of her ex-husband and his perfect new wife. She is even at theSisters Jenny and Rachel both seem to be unlucky in love. Jenny is now the best friend of her ex-husband and his perfect new wife. She is even at the shower where she delivers his perfect new baby girl. He still wants to be friends, but can you be friends with your ex? Rachel catches her husband of 10 years cheating on her, and now doesn't know if she can ever bring herself to trust him again. Does she end the marriage, or stick with it for the sake of their triplet girls.
Our library has this book in the romance collection, and let me just say it doesn't belong there. People who pick this book up expecting a happy romance are destined to be disappointed. This is, however, a great chick lit book (read should be in fiction).
Higgins does an excellent job creating memorable and believable characters in Jenny and Rachel. I enjoyed how she even developed the stories of several of the side characters. Both these ladies have problems, this book is about their journeys. Yes there is somewhat of a romantic interest for Jenny, but he has his own issues.
The pacing for this book varies. Some parts seem fast and others seem to go much slower. The story is interesting and drama lovers will find plenty to interest them in this book. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, this is an interesting read. While Higgins does usually write romance, this is more of a book of self discovery for the two sisters than a true romance. ...more