A mothering book by a contestant on Project Runway, Laura is best known for being highly glamorous while raising 6 children in a 2 bedroom New York lo...moreA mothering book by a contestant on Project Runway, Laura is best known for being highly glamorous while raising 6 children in a 2 bedroom New York loft apartment. This is a collection of amusing anecdotes about her life as a mother to 5 boys.
I don't think I've ever read a more hilarious book. Almost every line had me laughing, or at least smiling while suppressing a giggle. The antics of a gaggle of boys make me glad I only have one son.
While not everyone would agree with Laura's relaxed style of parenting, it does make for a refreshing glimpse into the life of a mom who is more than willing to admit she is not a supermom. I'd love to have her access to nannies, mannies, and cleaning ladies. Not to mention her closet.
This is a light-hearted read that is sure to make you smile. The audiobook version is a delight because Laura reads it herself, and adds her own emphasis to certain words and phrases. It is very natural to listen to, like she's simply thrilling you with stories from her life. This is definitely a book to check out. (less)
This was a book that I was drawn to as soon as I saw the cover. It is gorgeous with a sci-fi feel. and fits the mysterious and adventurous summary. Ne...moreThis was a book that I was drawn to as soon as I saw the cover. It is gorgeous with a sci-fi feel. and fits the mysterious and adventurous summary. Needless to say, when I picked it up, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, I was left feeling very unsatisfied and let down.
The plot felt like it moved quite slowly, and there was a lot of repetition. Over and over Gabriella talked about her grief and her feelings for Andrew. It was the same feelings and thoughts every time, and it just felt like too much.
I didn’t connect with Gabriella at all. In the beginning she was a skeptical scientist whose job was to prove or disprove supernatural occurrences. With this in mind, she seemed to accept everything that happened way too easily. Once things started, she never once stopped to question anything. She fully believed and accepted everything as it happened. It didn’t feel like the same character that was introduced in the first chapter.
I also took exception to her instant connection with everyone: Joseph, the angels and her mother. Everyone she met seemed to form an instant and intense connection with her. It felt awkward and fake since she laments about having no friends in the first few chapters. It doesn’t feel reasonable that a self-proclaimed loner hermit would form such close and intense relationships to several people within such a short time frame.
Overall, I didn’t connect to this book at all. I had problems with the main character, and the constant repetition of her thoughts and feelings. I loved the concept of the book and the cover, but the actual content didn’t meet my expectations. I am especially saddened as it seems that everyone else I know who read this book loved it. I just wish I had too.(less)
This book was amazing. It is easy to see why it is considered a classic. It had a wonderful story-telling feel that seemed to come to life. I’m sure i...moreThis book was amazing. It is easy to see why it is considered a classic. It had a wonderful story-telling feel that seemed to come to life. I’m sure if I had listened to the audiobook it would have felt like Sayuri was sitting beside me telling me her story.
The writing was lyrical and beautiful. The ability of a debut American male writer to transport the reader to 1960s Japanese geisha life was incredible.
Reading this book was an experience I will not soon forget. This isn’t a very in depth review, but I feel like I can’t talk about the book without gushing, and would strongly recommend everyone read this book.(less)
While there does not appear to be much mystery to the story, the beauty of it is in the characters themselves. Emmy is a simple-minded girl who just w...moreWhile there does not appear to be much mystery to the story, the beauty of it is in the characters themselves. Emmy is a simple-minded girl who just wants to find her baby. Her misadventures along the way are quite heartbreaking.
Sophie is the real star of the story. Her adventure focuses on her daring move to become friends with the boy next door and his family. I was swept along her adventures with the two aunts. They were such sweet old ladies.
Joey was a great hero. He was super sweet and so friendly and accepting of Sophie and her odd way of life. He very gently encouraged her to become a beautiful young woman. There relationship was definitely one to be encouraged and "aww"-ed over.
Overall, this was a tragic story that was told in a beautiful and positive way. It was a clean read that is very sweet.(less)
It took a long time for me to get to this series, but now that I've started, I can't wait to continue. This is a fun old-school style paranormal actio...moreIt took a long time for me to get to this series, but now that I've started, I can't wait to continue. This is a fun old-school style paranormal action story. Harry is an every-day man, an underdog that is easy to cheer for.
Murphy makes a great sidekick. Her toughness is fun. She doesn't take any guff from Harry, and isn't afraid to put him in his place, even in the face of his abilities. Her best feature is that even when things go bad and she doesn't know who or what to trust, she sticks to her morals and does what she thinks is right.
I listened to the audiobook version, and found it a great addition to the story. The narrator really embodied Harry and brought him to life. I'd definitely suggest trying the audiobook if you want Harry to narrate his own story, because that's what it felt like happened.(less)
This is a scary book. Not in a horror book way, but in a plausible, maybe-happen-in-the-future way. It's scary in a good, can't look-away kind of way....moreThis is a scary book. Not in a horror book way, but in a plausible, maybe-happen-in-the-future way. It's scary in a good, can't look-away kind of way.
This is an easy to follow story. The narration style is a bit disjointed though. It is hard to connect with any of the characters since the book is essentially a compilation of important moments as narrated from an outside observer.
Action-packed is a great way to describe the book. The compilation style of the book means it is nonstop incident after incident. There are no downtime moments as the story jumps between important moments through the timeline.
Overall, this is an exciting book that will have you looking at your smart gadgets with suspicion. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and will definitely be reading the author's next book.(less)
This was a fun twist on vampyres told from a very authentic feeling point of view.
The vampyre story was well developed, and quite different from most...moreThis was a fun twist on vampyres told from a very authentic feeling point of view.
The vampyre story was well developed, and quite different from most vampire myths. In this story, vampyres are marked, not made. They grow into their bodies and abilities over a period of timem much like regular people do. I found it very convincing and a unique change from the standard myth.
The point of view was the highlight of the book. Zoey felt like an actual, normal teenaged girl. She was likable and scared and just felt real. I’m not sure I’ve even read a YA book that had such an authentic voice before.
This was definitely a series book. There was no cliffhanger ending, but very little was resolved. The story felt like it was just beginning.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. The characters were fun and the story moved quick. There was quite a bit of humour in the story which kept it light, and yet the mythology behind it was serious. This makes for a good weekend read, and would be especially good if you had more than one bok in the series as the story seems like it would continue almost seamlessly.(less)