The Plumb family has left their children a hefty inheritance, except that they cannot access it until the youngest child turns forty. The Plumb childrThe Plumb family has left their children a hefty inheritance, except that they cannot access it until the youngest child turns forty. The Plumb children knew their whole lives that their inheritance or "The Nest" was coming, so they didn't fret too much over college tuition or large bills. However, everything changes when the eldest child, Leo, leaves a wedding early with one of the waitresses and crashes his car. The waitress loses her foot in the accident; plus, Leo was high and drunk. In order to pay for all the hospital bills and pay the waitress, their mother has allowed Leo to access "the nest" early. In fact, he has burned through almost all of it! When the other siblings find out, they decide to call a meeting to discuss how Leo is going to pay them back. He will, right? Just out of rehab, Leo shows up to the meeting and makes many empty promises, which the other siblings fall for. Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's debut, The Nest, is an enertaining novel that examines relationships and has tons of family drama. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more
Sisi: Empress on Her Own picks up where The Accidental Empress left off and while you don't really need to read the first book to enjoy this one, I hiSisi: Empress on Her Own picks up where The Accidental Empress left off and while you don't really need to read the first book to enjoy this one, I highly recommended it if you want a full picture of Sisi's extraordinary life. At this point, Sisi is frustrated at not having truly raised her eldest daughter and son, thanks to her domineering mother-in-law, but now that she has had her youngster daughter, Valerie, she is determined to not let her out of her sight. She often takes her away from court to her various country homes so she can not only be with her alone, but also ride her beloved horses. All this time away from home has put a strain on her relationship with her eldest son, Rudolf. When her daughter Gisela writes saying that she is concerned about Rudolf's tutor, Sisi packs up and heads home to Vienna. Things are always much different at court though. There are people who gossip about her relationship with Count Andrassy as well as her time apart from her husband. While there, Sisi longs to escape on her next adventure and is torn between her duty as Empress and doing what is best for herself. As time goes by there is even more in store for Sisi and her family. Rudolf struggles as he comes into his own as the Crown Prince, her youngest daughter is ready for marriage, and then there's always her shaky relationship with the Emperor. Fans of Allison Pataki won't be disappointed by Sisi: Empress on Her Own; it's definitely a sweeping and entertaining saga about one of the most fascinating people in history.
Eden is your average high school freshman. She's sort of shy, is in band, and has one really good best friend. Her older brother is home from collegeEden is your average high school freshman. She's sort of shy, is in band, and has one really good best friend. Her older brother is home from college and his best friend, Kevin, is as well. Kevin is pretty much an honorary family member. They grew up with him and he often stays at their house for holidays. One night Kevin shockingly rapes Eden and threatens her if she tells anyone. Obviously, this sends Eden into a state of despair and unfortunately, self-destruction. Her rape not only changed her body and her relationships, but also the relationship with herself. She doesn't tell anyone what happened and it festers like an infected wound. The story is told over her four years of high school and even though she tries to move on, what happened to her always comes back to haunt her that is until she confronts it. Amber Smith's debut, The Way I Used to Be, is a tough read. It examines situations that will make readers feel uncomfortable, but it's an important novel as this is a reality for many young people today. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c......more