I didn't finish this book, and it's not that I didn't try. I have been trying for almost four months to get through this book. When I'm forcing myselfI didn't finish this book, and it's not that I didn't try. I have been trying for almost four months to get through this book. When I'm forcing myself to read something it's because I don't like it. Just because I don't like it doesn't mean that you wont. I don't read a lot from this genre to begine with, so if you do please just overlook my opinion on this book. I have finally decided to throw the towel in since this one book is stopping me from reading others. I would have read at least 20 books by now, but haven't since I felt like I had to read this one first. I'm giving myself a break, and not finishing it, so that I can go back to enjoying what I read.I will however pass this onto someone who I believe will enjoy it....more
I was one of the lucky winners of an uncorrected proof copy of this book from the First Reads book giveaways on Goodreads! In this amazing, and emotioI was one of the lucky winners of an uncorrected proof copy of this book from the First Reads book giveaways on Goodreads! In this amazing, and emotional story we follow the author Adrienne Arieff on her journey towards becoming a mother. She had it all, a great rewarding career, a loving husband with an equally rewarding career, but one thing was missing. She decided it was time to become more than just husband and wife, it was time to become a family. Adrienne quickly became pregnant! She and her husband Alex were soaring through the clouds on happiness! They had the sonogram done, and discovered they were going to be the proud parents of a little girl. Then unexpectedly they lost it all, and no matter how hard they tried they could not seem to make their dream of becoming parents a reality. While talking to their doctor he suggested they try surrogacy. Almost as is if destiny were calling, Alex hands Adrienne an article about surrogacy in India that he found in the New York Times shortly after their doctor visit. Where that leads this couple unfolds in this book in a beautiful and touching story of becoming a family.
I watched the episode that Oprah did on the surrogacy program in India , and felt without even reading this book that this was a wonderful idea as it was extremely beneficial to all involved. Many have different views on this topic, but I think once someone has read this book they will come to more of an understanding.
I believe this will be a hit, and an inspiration for those thinking of taking this same journey. I honestly didn't expect to enjoy a book on this topic as much as I did. It's very touching, and keeps you hooked all the way to the end....more
I was really excited to win this book from the Firstreads giveaway here on Goodreads! I have to admit that while I wasn't completely let down I was leI was really excited to win this book from the Firstreads giveaway here on Goodreads! I have to admit that while I wasn't completely let down I was let down somewhat. The action was excellent! Riley is not a weakling! She's brave, and not afriad to back down just becuase she's a girl doing what is usually exclusively only a males job, trapping demons. The author is very talented as I definantly havn't read anything like this before! The year in the story is 2018, I personally would have went a lot further into the future seeing how 2018 is not really that far off. If the author had explained more about how things got so bad it would have added to the world building. I don't recall one time it explaining in the story how the demons became such a big part of the world. Also it says that there has been generations of demon trappers yet it doesn't explain the history of demon trapping at all. A little background would have led to a greater understanding as to why the world is now infested with demons. Keep in mind that this is an ARC I read and not the actual finished copy of the book, but I have to mention the writing mistakes becuase there were so many it nearly drove me crazy! Believe me I usually don't mention the writing at all becuase I'm definantly not the best at grammer, but to see this from a published author is insane! I could understand a few misplaced words here or there or maybe one time forgetting to add the correct punctuation so that the reader knows that it's actually being said in the story and not just a thought. I have read a lot of ARC's and never have I seen that many mistakes in one book, even if you add them all together it still wouldn't come close to the amount found in this book. I really hope those are all fixed in the final copy! At this point I'm undecided about the next book in the series. While I enjoyed the story I felt there were many things lacking, and I'm not sure how much more of the "ah" word I can take. ...more
This book had me hooked from the first page to the last. I couldn't stand to put this down! The suspense was top notch and had me sitting straight inThis book had me hooked from the first page to the last. I couldn't stand to put this down! The suspense was top notch and had me sitting straight in my chair gripping the book tightly in anticipation! April Henry did a fantastic job writing from the point of view of a blind girl. It was so good in fact I found myself wondering if the author herself was blind ,or close to someone who is blind. I would definantly recommend this book to others who enjoy the young adult genre! ...more
In this memoir Jessica Stern tells the reader how she and her younger sister were raped at gun point when they were teenagers. The police didn't takeIn this memoir Jessica Stern tells the reader how she and her younger sister were raped at gun point when they were teenagers. The police didn't take their claim very seriously and went as far to say that the girls were lying. Now more than several years later Jessica is contacted by police lieutenant Paul Macone telling her that he has opened the case once again and feels that he can solve it. Jessica suffers from Posttraumatic stress disorder due to the rape. This book really does give one a good idea what it must feel like to suffer from this disorder. The disorder makes it hard for Jessica while she is investigating her own rape, but she pushes herself on with the help of an old family friend. What bothered me with this book is that there was a lot of repeating when it came to what was in the police files. I have to admit that I wanted to skip around in this book, but didn't becuase then I couldn't add it to my list of books I read for this year. Am I dissapointed with the book? No. Jessica does have a way to bring one into very personal feelings so that you almost feel they are your own....more
I'm not really sure why I recieved an advance readers' copy of Infinate Days in the mail, or why my daughter also recieved one, but I'm really glad weI'm not really sure why I recieved an advance readers' copy of Infinate Days in the mail, or why my daughter also recieved one, but I'm really glad we did becuase this book is really good! I can't wait for book two to be released so I can see what happens, but seeing how this one is just getting ready to hit the stores next month I guess I have a long wait ahead of me. This is one of my favortie vampire books now! It's perfect becuase it has everything you could want from a book like this! The main female character is so unique. At some points it would be easy to hate her, but then it's also easy to love her and want everything to work out for her. Maizel did a great job with Lenah's character! Most books I read like this aggrivate me to no end becuase the main female character makes foolish mistakes to often, or keeps running away just when things get really interesting. Not Lenah! She makes choices that are realistic, ones that readers can understand. One thing I loved about this book is that just when you think something is not possible, there's no way Maizel will take the story in that direction she does! I love it when a book I'm reading surprises me like that! The ending was perfect. It leaves so many possibilities open for the next book! My only complaint is that I don't have book two already....more
When I picked this book up I was prepared for exploring the darker side of human nature, but I was still surprised by just how dark that can truelly bWhen I picked this book up I was prepared for exploring the darker side of human nature, but I was still surprised by just how dark that can truelly be. To say this book made me queasy is an understatement. I have never read something so graphic, yet I was not put off by it. The story was way to intriguing for that to dispel me and actually added to the horror of it! For a first book this was amazing! It was everything good horror should be! You go into this story thinking you know what it's about and rightly so, but there are some huge and unexpected surprises inside!
Normally I don't care to much for books that switch back and forth between two main characters, but Loretta Ellsworth did a fantastic job of it! SixteNormally I don't care to much for books that switch back and forth between two main characters, but Loretta Ellsworth did a fantastic job of it! Sixteen year old Eagan's life gets cut short when she hits her head during a figure skating competition. After her death she views memories of her life, starting from her childhood all the way up to the time of her death. Although she loves her mom very much they have a strained relationship and this is something Eagan needs to resolve before she can settle into her afterlife. Amelia who has been very sick for the past several years due to a weak heart is the recipient of Eagan's healthy heart. Immediately after her heart transplant Amelia begines to pick up on things from Eagan's life. Amelia even picks up some of her characteristics. The idea that our cells can carry memories is very intrigueing, and this story explores that theory in a very unique way....more
Even though this story is about a fourteen year old girl who is just turning fifteen I really enjoyed it! I normally don't read books with such youngEven though this story is about a fourteen year old girl who is just turning fifteen I really enjoyed it! I normally don't read books with such young main characters for fear that the book will be to childish, but the protagonist Joy is very realistic. She is not to mature nor does she seem to young for her age. Kitanidis really knows how to build up her characters and allow them to change, and grow as real people do in life. All throughout the history of the women on Joy's mother's side of the family they have been blessed or cursed, depending on who your asking, with a gift. They can hear peoples most imtimate thoughts. Joy and her sister Jessica have very different opinions about this gift. They disagree so much so that they have drifted apart, and have lost the closeness that they once shared. Joy uses her gift to please others and fit in with the popular crowd while Jessica pretty much shuns all human interaction. Thinking that her sister is out to ruin her birthday, yet again, Joy tells Jessica to get out of her life forever. Little does she know how much she will regret those words.
*This book does not belong in a series. I'm not sure why it says Whisper#1 on here. If you check the authors facebook page she says it's a stand alone although she is thinking of writing a story from Jamies point of view.*...more
My children and I read this one together each night right before bed time. My daughter said that she loved it and that's why she gave it five stars. IMy children and I read this one together each night right before bed time. My daughter said that she loved it and that's why she gave it five stars. I personally am glad to be finished with this story! For me it was painful and I just couldn't stand it, but as it was written more for my daughters age group and not mine that might explain it. My son always fell asleep while I was reading but he says that he likes it, but I'm thinking he just liked having me sit next to him each night while he fell asleep more than the story....more