Chasing Harry Winston Author: Lauren Weisberger Characters: 5 out of 5 Plot: 4 out of 5 Overall: 4 out of 5 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased by Myself
Abo...moreChasing Harry Winston Author: Lauren Weisberger Characters: 5 out of 5 Plot: 4 out of 5 Overall: 4 out of 5 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased by Myself
About the Book: (Goodreads) Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she’s wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer—whose fees are paid by Emmy.
Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life…
Adriana is the drop-dead gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she’s about to turn thirty and—as her mother keeps reminding her—she won’t have her pick of men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there’s always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she’s wondering…does Mother know best?
These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade in the greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they’re looking toward their future….but despite all they’ve earned—first class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large—they’re not quite sure they like what they see…
One Saturday night at the Waverly Inn, Adriana and Emmy make a pact: within a single year, each will drastically change her life. Leigh watches from the sidelines, not making any promises, but she’ll soon discover she has the most to lose. Their friendship is forever, but everything else is on the table. Three best friends. Two resolutions. One year to pull it off.
From My Point of View:
Likes: The characters! With the exception of Duncan, I loved each and every one of the characters in the book. The girls were my favorite, Adriana, Emmy, and Leigh, but I also loved Jesse, Russell and Izzie too.
Dislikes: I can't pinpoint an exact dislike with this book. I thought the whole thing was really well written. I would have liked to have seen Adriana settle down, but I suppose that wouldn't really be staying true to her character...
Why 4 stars: While Chasing Harry Winston was a fabulous summer read, I don't believe it will be a book that I read again and again.
Recommendation: Any fan of Chick Lit looking for a summer beach read will love Weisberger's Chasing Harry Winston!(less)
Bridesmaid Lotto Author: Rachel Astor Characters: 5 out of 5 Plot: 5 out of 5 Overall: 5 out of 5 Format: e-Book (on my Kindle) Source: Purchased by Myself
B...moreBridesmaid Lotto Author: Rachel Astor Characters: 5 out of 5 Plot: 5 out of 5 Overall: 5 out of 5 Format: e-Book (on my Kindle) Source: Purchased by Myself
Book 1 in the McMaster the Disaster Series
Description: (Goodreads) Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded 'McMaster the Disaster' nickname that has followed her around her whole life.
Josie's quite content to be single, much to her mother's disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announced where a socialite is holding a lottery to pick her bridesmaids (and rake in a little extra cash), she can't roll her eyes fast enough, even if it does mean meeting Jake Hall, her one and only movie star crush. Obviously, Josie doesn't enter the bridesmaid lottery, so you can imagine her surprise when her picture pops up among the winners, thanks to Mom. With a little prodding -- okay bribing -- Josie agrees to participate.
The wedding turns into the event of the year, and Josie finds herself in the middle of a paparazzi feeding frenzy, which gets even crazier after Jake Hall takes a special interest in her.
Can Josie handle the pressure in the spotlight? Is it possible she might really have a chance with Jake Hall? And if she's busy worrying about all that, how in the heck is she going to keep 'McMaster the Disaster' from showing up in front of the entire world?
From My Point of View: Have you ever finished a book and felt the need to tell absolutely everyone you know to go read it? This is one of those books. I literally set my Kindle down and thought, "who can I tell to read this book?"
I cannot think of a single bad thing to say about this book. The worst I was able to come up with is that I noticed a couple of typos. I literally loved every word! Chick lit fans will not be disappointed with this book. In fact, I actually squealed when Jake Hall asked Josie on a date. Like it was me being asked on a date by Ryan Reynolds (love him)! And, of course, when I realized I was squealing at the book, I knew it was a good one.
The plot is fantastic! Fast paced and interesting, not only will it keep you hooked, but it will also keep you grinning. There were tons of "face palm" (you know, where you totally want to smack your forehead because the main character did some ridiculous) and laugh out loud moments. I always scoff when people say, "oh, yeah, I read that book in two hours." Really? You did not. But I can honestly say that I did in fact read this book in just over two hours. I simply could not put it down!
Don't even get me started on the characters in this book -- it's impossible for me to say who I liked more. Josie, Jake, and Mattie were up there, but I also loved Jennifer and even Josie's mom. They all had such great personalities and were very real for me.
Typically, I am not the biggest fan of self published works. In the past, I've found so many that were just not good. Bridesmaid lotto has completely squashed that notion for me. Thanks to Astor, I will be picking up MORE self published works hoping for gems like hers.
Now, do this fabulous author justice and go read her book! Only $0.99 on the Kindle! I promise you won't regret it!!(less)
Night Road Author: Kristin Hannah Characters: 4 out of 5 Plot: 5 out of 5 Overall: 5 out of 5 Format: Hardcover Source: Borrowed from my Library
Description:...moreNight Road Author: Kristin Hannah Characters: 4 out of 5 Plot: 5 out of 5 Overall: 5 out of 5 Format: Hardcover Source: Borrowed from my Library
Description: (Author's Website) For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.
Vivid, universal, and emotionally complex, Night Road raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love, and forgiveness. It is a luminous, heartbreaking novel that captures both the exquisite pain of loss and the stunning power of hope. This is Kristin Hannah at her very best, telling an unforgettable story about the longing for family, the resilience of the human heart, and the courage it takes to forgive the people we love.
From My Point of View: It's a rare occasion when I don't know where to begin my review. Usually there's at least one prominent point I want to hit on, so I start there. It's not that Night Road has no prominent points, it's more so that I have no idea which one to hit on first.
From pg. 1 Night Road was an emotional roller coaster. I knew it would be. Around page 38 I'd nailed down the plot (including who died), which, honestly, was perfectly fine by me. Of course, then I had to look ahead and confirm my suspicions and wouldn't know you it -- just SCANNING for that information brought me to tears. Obviously, I backed up again and kept going... proceeding to spend the next few hours crying through the book. Had I discovered this book on my own, I would have steered clear because tear-jerkers are not my thing. Since it was a bookclub book, that really wasn't an option, but I am so glad I read it!
Night Road is just one of those books that will continue to live on once you've snapped the cover closed. The characters were vivid and real, the storyline as interesting as it was emotional, and the ending a happy one (given the circumstances). This is one of those books that you never fully forget. I can count on one hand the number of books that have had this profound of an effect on me (3 including this one and you saw my review on The Girl Death Left Behind).
Though it's emotionally draining, this is definitely a book that everyone should read at least once, ESPECIALLY teenagers. The lessons in this book are too good to pass up, so if you've got a high school reader in your household -- get your hands on this book! In all honestly, I'd give anything to see this as a movie...
But I'm rambling, so in conclusion: GO READ IT. You might not thank me (even after the tears have dried up) but you'll be glad you did!(less)