Jesse Malloy is living a normal life in New York City until one day she is invited to attend the Academy Awards. She hasn't returned to California inJesse Malloy is living a normal life in New York City until one day she is invited to attend the Academy Awards. She hasn't returned to California in years and this unexpected invitation brings back a ton of memories. We flashback to her childhood where her father worked in PR at the famous Selznick Studio and worked with many celebrities, including the famous Ingrid Bergman. Jesse worships Ingrid not only because she is an incredible actress, but because she sees how much Ingrid loves her daughter. You see, Jesse's relationship with her mother falls short tremendously. Although her dad is really warm, her mother is the opposite and is pre-occupied with the Catholic Church and all of its rules. As things progress in Hollywood for Ingrid, they also progress for Jesse's family. But Ingrid, despite her pure reputation, has an affair and a child out of wedlock, which throws everyone for a loop. Plus, as Jesse gets older she starts to see things much more clearly with regards to the truth about her own family. Kate Alcott's The Hollywood Daughter is an enjoyable read that fans of Old Hollywood as well as classic movies with savor. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Sophia's mother is a professor at Rutgers University, but in recent years, she has been working in Tokyo and in turn, Sophia has spent the last yearsSophia's mother is a professor at Rutgers University, but in recent years, she has been working in Tokyo and in turn, Sophia has spent the last years living abroad, making new friends, and getting used to the local customs. She has only one more week left in Tokyo before they head back to New Jersey and this whirlwind of a week is made even more complex when Jamie Foster-Collins returns. She has a complicated history with Jamie who has been gone for three years and now that he's back this turns Sophia's world upside down, not to mention the fact that it makes her last week in Tokyo filled to the brim with drama. Things escalate quickly in one week amongst her friends and top that with the romantic tension between Jamie and Sophia and you've got yourself a memorable last week in Tokyo. Cecilia Vinesse's Seven Days of You is a cute contemporary romance set amongst the interesting backdrop of Tokyo and studying abroad.
4.5 stars - absolutely loved this book! Although I was able to figure out a few plot twists early on, I was still very entertained. This story has a b4.5 stars - absolutely loved this book! Although I was able to figure out a few plot twists early on, I was still very entertained. This story has a bit of everything. Suspense, mystery, murder, romance, friendship, history, secrets, and Southern charm. I loved the characters, especially Sugar, and loved the chapters that took us back to her young life. I also loved White's writing style. I found so many quote-worthy passages. This book is fantastic read and one of my favorite books of the year. Full review to come. ...more
Lane Roanoke's troubled mother committed suicide when she was just a teenager and in turn was sent to her grandparent's spacious Kansas farm home. LanLane Roanoke's troubled mother committed suicide when she was just a teenager and in turn was sent to her grandparent's spacious Kansas farm home. Lane lived there with her cousin, Allegra, as well. You see Roanoke girls don't stay. They either die or run away and that is the case with Lane and Allegra's mothers. Thanks to Allegra, she is brought up to speed on the Roanoke family history. Thing shouldn't be too bad here, right? The Roanokes are filthy rich and the patriarch, Yates Roanoke, her grandfather, cares for the girls fiercely. But Lane is wrong. Things are bad here and the Roanokes are harboring very, very dark secrets. Many years later, Lane's grandfather calls her up as Lane has moved very far away from them and asks her to return "home" as Allegra has gone missing. Lane feels like she has to since Allegra contacted her before she went missing, but Lane never responded. Feeling guilty, she comes back "home" to try to figure out where Allegra went and what happened to her, but her return opens up a new can of worms. Plus, there's the ex-boyfriend that Lane originally left on bad terms. Eventually she will need to confront all of her demons as well as find out what happened to Allegra. But this won't happen until she unearths some upsetting truths about her family. Amy Engel's dark tale, The Roanoke Girls, isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. It's pretty disturbing and deals with a taboo subject, but at the same time, it is compulsively readable. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
The year is 1998 and Ella Hawthorne moves out of her beautiful NYC apartment that she shares with her successful husband as she has found him cheatingThe year is 1998 and Ella Hawthorne moves out of her beautiful NYC apartment that she shares with her successful husband as she has found him cheating on her with a prostitute. Obviously, Ella is pretty much disgusted by Patrick's behavior, despite his insistence that it only happened once and it won't happen again; nonetheless, Ella moves into a smaller apartment in Greenwich Village with the hopes to start over. There Ella meets Hector, whom she instantly feels a connection with, and all seems to be going well until she hears strange noises coming from the basement at night. In fact, it sounds like a jazz club, but that can't be as the space has been empty for quite sometime. Ella comes to find out that it once was a speakeasy in the 20s. Cut to Geneva or "Ginger" Kelly, a young flapper trying to make it on her own in the big city in the 1920s. Ginger works as a typist, among other things, and spends her nights at the Christopher Club and with her privileged boyfriend, Billy. It's time of the Prohibition though and she should be watching her back. When she least expects it, the Christopher Club gets raided and she finds herself talking to a Prohibition officer, Oliver. He wants her to help him catch a notorious bootlegger, who is none other than her horrendous stepfather. The last thing she wants to do is get involved in her stepfather's affairs, especially when she might be marrying her wealthy boyfriend. She wants to put her past behind her, but receives a phone call that her mother is dying and has asked for Ginger to return home. In turn, Ginger comes face to face with her up-to-no-good stepfather. Slowly, Ella and Gin's stories intertwine in The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams and it makes for an interesting tale. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Not really feeling this book right now...not overly invested in the characters and right now I need a book to really hook me in. I may pick this one uNot really feeling this book right now...not overly invested in the characters and right now I need a book to really hook me in. I may pick this one up at a later time. DNF. ...more
Britta Flannery's father has been killed in a brutal murder and the main suspect is Cohen, their close family friend and her father's apprentice. ButBritta Flannery's father has been killed in a brutal murder and the main suspect is Cohen, their close family friend and her father's apprentice. But Britta knows there's no way Cohen could have done it. Now Britta finds herself practically homeless and alone as Cohen has left and has yet to return. Britta, a skilled archer, is caught poaching by the king's men and in turn, is sent to the dungeon. Britta believes she is doomed until the king makes her an offer. She can be executed or help him track her father's alleged killer. They know that not only is Britta an expert hunter, she is also an accomplished tracker, thanks to her father. Britta is in a jam though. She knows Cohen didn't kill her father, but she has no choice to find him for the king. The one major problem? Britta still loves Cohen despite the fact that he left her high and dry. Her journey brings many ups and downs in Ever the Hunted. There's new lands, magic, dark secrets, and much more. Fans of fantasy and strong heroines will enjoy this new series. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Tina is a sixteen year old Congolese refugee living in Kenya. She prides herself on the fact that she takes care of her half sister, Kiki. She feels rTina is a sixteen year old Congolese refugee living in Kenya. She prides herself on the fact that she takes care of her half sister, Kiki. She feels responsible for her since her mother died five years ago. Her mother was brutally murdered and Tina thinks her mother's killer is none other than her employer, Mr. Greyhill. It's hard to avenge her death though as Mr. Greyhill is one of the most prominent businessmen in Kenya. It's going to take a masterful plan to deal with someone like him. Meanwhile, she has been surviving by living on the streets as a thief. She is a member of a gang of thieves called the Goondas. The current job of the Goondas brings her right back to her mother's old employer, the Greyhills. Being back at the Greyhills isn't as cut and dry as she thought it would be. There's a series of events that complicate matters further in City of Saints and Thieves, an engaging YA mystery filled with many plot twists. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Victoria has lived a sheltered life before she became the Queen Victoria that we are all familiar with. HeI received this book for free from SheSpeaks
Victoria has lived a sheltered life before she became the Queen Victoria that we are all familiar with. Her mother didn't let her socialize or experience much outside of the walls of house, so in turn she doesn't know much about the world. At eighteen years of age, she find herself the Queen and with this comes not only great responsibility, but also a chance for her to carve out her own path. Thanks to Lord Melbourne, the prime minister, she learns the ins and outs of her life as Queen. There's one problem though. She starts to feel something for her much older advisor, Lord Melbourne, but she knows she can't possibly allow herself to love him. To complicate matters further, her uncle has come to court to remind her that she is destined to marry Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, but last time Victoria saw him, she was completely turned off. Daisy Goodwin's Victoria is an interesting glimpse into a lesser known Victoria. Readers get to know the Victoria that just arrived to the throne and the young woman who was finding her way.
I only knew the basic information about Victoria when I read this novel, but I love that Goodwin sheds so much light on her path to the throne as well as her life before Albert. The dynamic with her mother was especially interesting and I desperately wanted Victoria to break free from her mother's controlling grip. As any young woman will experience, Victoria struggled with her newfound freedom and although she didn't make the best decision at every turn, I still was rooting for her.
Her relationship with Lord Melbourne in Victoria was an interesting one. I could see the appeal of a well-respected man who actually supports her....a man with power and charm, but I knew that not only was he entirely too old for her, I was desperately waiting for Albert's arrival to court. And with that came my frustration. I was 70% through Victoria and there was no Albert yet! I was desperately waiting for his entrance and once he arrived, I was thrilled and loved his complex relationship with Victoria as well as his relationship with his charismatic brother.
All good historical fiction makes you want to learn more about its topic at hand and that was the case with Victoria. Reading this novel made me want to brush up on my British history and learn more about Victoria and Albert. It also has me so, so very excited for the show coming to PBS this January, which is based on this very book and written/created by Daisy Goodwin herself. I hope that Goodwin continues with Victoria's story as there is so much more to tell!
So, if you are like me and love all things historical fiction as well as British Royalty, you will definitely want to check out Victoria this fall, especially before the show airs this January on PBS. I can't wait!...more
Alosa is a pirate princess and a force to be reckoned with. She is not only the captain of her very own crew, but her father is a legendary pirate kinAlosa is a pirate princess and a force to be reckoned with. She is not only the captain of her very own crew, but her father is a legendary pirate king. He has part of a treasure map, but obviously needs the other part of it to obtain the treasure. The only problem is that a rival pirate, Captain Draxen, has the other part of the map. So, in order to get said map, Alosa has volunteered to retrieve it through a sneaky plan in which she allows herself to be kidnapped by the rival crew and then once aboard their ship, she will attempt to get the map. Meanwhile Captain Draxen thinks he has captured the daughter of the notorious pirate king and will hopefully get a ransom making it all worth it. But things aren't easy for Alosa once aboard the rival pirate's ship. Draxen's brother, Riden, is charged with keeping a very close eye on her and finding the map isn't going to be as easy as she thought. While Alosa is just as tough, if not tougher, than some of the male pirates, she also has a secret hidden up her sleeve that will help her obtain the map if all else fails. Tricia Levenseller's novel, Daughter of the Pirate King, is a swashbuckling good time. If you like adventure, strong heroines, and of course pirates, you must check out this YA debut. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more