A very enjoyable set of essays on motherhood. Some made me laugh so hard. And I could relate to all of them. This is a must read for mothers who are fA very enjoyable set of essays on motherhood. Some made me laugh so hard. And I could relate to all of them. This is a must read for mothers who are feeling out-of-touch, out-of-sorts, feeling like supermom or not. You will understand, you will laugh and you will be touched. And most of all you will see that you are not alone in your experiences of motherhood.
This collection is well put together and encompasses so many different things pertaining to motherhood from babies to toddlers to teens to grandchildren. It's perfect for any stage in a mom's life. It's humorous and it's uplifting. An overall great read that reads very quickly and at the end you wish there were more essays for you to read because you have enjoyed the book so much....more
I was very pleased when I started reading Love's Reflection and when I finished I was thrilled. I enjoyed reading the whole book. The robot angle wasI was very pleased when I started reading Love's Reflection and when I finished I was thrilled. I enjoyed reading the whole book. The robot angle was new to me and very enjoyable.
I also really enjoyed the characters. Cort was that bumbling yet hot man who we all love. Zoe is the typical stuck-up, only concerned with herself starlet. Alpha is just amazing. She's sweet, she's naive, she wants to please, yet eventually she learns what it is like to be a woman and she becomes stronger, but she never loses that part of herself .
Strong characters and a strong plot, along with a robot to complete a love triangle. Ms. North seems very knowledgeable about the robot angle (and you can find out why from the interview with her on my blog). This is a book that will stay with me for awhile. I loved the suspense angle and the romance, who will Cort choose? It's a wonderful book from start to finish.
An adorable read. It took me back to the best moments of high school, made me feel the romance and just took me out of life for awhile.
Kayla is a typiAn adorable read. It took me back to the best moments of high school, made me feel the romance and just took me out of life for awhile.
Kayla is a typical teenage girl, in fact her and her group reminds me more of my crowd in high school - the ones in the middle, neither popular or unpopular, friends with everyone. So that made this a winner in the first place. It made it really easy to relate with her and her friends. I think all girls will find it easy no matter what their popularity is. There are all types in the book.
The focus however, is on Kayla. I enjoyed getting to know Kayla as a character. She can come off a little judgmental at times, but you realize she has everyone's best interest at heart. Also as you read more about her you understand more why she is that way. I loved the aspect of the dating oracle. Her website and articles were cute and helpful for the dating scene. I like the way Kayla grows and develops through the book and look forward to where further books in this series will take her (the next is due out in November 2010).
I also enjoyed the character of Jared. He sounds amazing and just perfect for Kayla. I like the way he's described as being handsome to her. You never feel like he's the hottest guy at school, but you know that he's the hottest to Kayla and that tells a lot to me. The romance aspect was great. It's well written and has great tension. You never know if the two will get together or not, but you are cheering for them the whole time.
Overall this is a fun book to spend time with. The plot and characters are well-done and it makes a great young adult read....more
Romance, daily life, intrigue, pirates, kings, dogs, horses and so much more. This book has it all and packages it in a thrilling and romantic read.
MoRomance, daily life, intrigue, pirates, kings, dogs, horses and so much more. This book has it all and packages it in a thrilling and romantic read.
Moving from the castle to England and back, this is an exciting book. I loved the development of the characters of Dreya and Lucian and also Edwina who really livens the book up. I liked the view of everyday life, it worked nicely against the excitement that was building and added to the story very nicely, giving another dimension of what life was like for Dreya. This book gets you from the very beginning and I was always trying to figure out what would happen next. Then the events unfolded and I was so caught up I lost track of time (and I was on the treadmill so that's saying something). The romance has great tension, you can tell these two like each other, but they don't want to. It has a sensual side to it, but stays on the sweet side which I can appreciate in a romance. But you can feel the heat between these two and that makes it a great romance.
I haven't read much from this time period, but really liked it for a change from the typical historical romances. Set towards the end of the American Revolution, but in England and Scotland was very interesting, though that part was mostly a backdrop for the story and setup for the events to come.
The addition of the Scottish brogue was a little difficult to read at first, but don't let that turn you off. It eventually becomes second nature and I appreciated it because it really helped me discern the different characters better. It was like hearing their voices in my head and I enjoyed it.
So when it is all said and done, The Macgregor's Daughter is an excellent historical romance. Lots of intrigue and excitement are in this one as well as well-developed characters. It's an enjoyable read from start to finish and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Julian's books in the future.
Trying to write a review for this book is difficult. Not because it's bad, no it's absolutely wonderful, but I don't want to give anything away. ChokeTrying to write a review for this book is difficult. Not because it's bad, no it's absolutely wonderful, but I don't want to give anything away. Choker is an amazing debut novel from writer Elizabeth Woods. It takes you the reader to the heart of bullying. What it is like to be the one that is bullied. It doesn't matter that you have money or live next door to one of the most popular girls at school or even if your parents are friends with all the popular people's parents, you can still be the one that is bullied and that is what Cara goes through.
Cara comes across as a very sympathetic character and after the bullying incident she becomes even more so. You can see that she just wants to blend in and not be noticed either way. She has a boy she has a crush on but of course he is one of the popular girls' boyfriend. I really felt for Cara. Then Zoe comes back and Cara really seems to come out of her shell. It's an amazing transformation, but then things start happening in their otherwise quiet home town.
I won't say anymore about the plot, but just know that the plot grabs you and drags you in and does not let you go until the last page. It was gripping, it had me on the edge of my seat and though I kind of suspected where the book was going, it still came as a shock to me in the end. Ms. Woods paces this book perfectly, building you up in the first few chapters, hooking you until you can't put the book down.
I also enjoyed the characters. As I mentioned before, I like Cara and enjoyed watching her development. Ethan was also a great character who starts off appearing shallow but through the book you learn more about him. Zoe was a great foil for Cara and made an interesting read, though I never really liked her (and I don't think you were supposed to).
Wonderfully written, heartfelt and realistic, this is a world to be scared of, but it is a world that exists. Bullying is not just for boys, but for girls as well and Ms. Woods handles this subject brilliantly. The book shines even through the creepy parts and it is one that I won't be forgetting anytime soon....more