Cute story and one that I could totally relate to from my own past. I did enjoy how her problems were (somewhat) resolved and the manner she went abouCute story and one that I could totally relate to from my own past. I did enjoy how her problems were (somewhat) resolved and the manner she went about resolving them....more
I feel like I should cut my review into half (along with the book) and do two separate reviews because I really got into thOriginal review posted here
I feel like I should cut my review into half (along with the book) and do two separate reviews because I really got into the first half of this book and by the time the second half came around I really just.. wanted it to end.
Yes, let me just get this out of the way, this is a fictionalized tale of Laura Bush and George Bush, Jr’s life up through their presidency. It was a bit distracting, because I kept expecting her to move to Texas at some point, but it was set in a different state for a reason – but again, the state thing really threw me. Once I got into the story and started to really figure out who Alice Blackwell was my curiosity was piqued. Did these things really happen? And I consider that a good thing, because it inspires me to read more and learn more about the people sharing this earth with me.
However, once Alice and her husband, Charlie, were married and the marriage began to suffer, as do all marriages where there is high tension, then things began to slide downhill for me. I got a bit of the impression that I was being preached at – and in a fictional story like this one, that’s not something I enjoy (heck, it’s not something I enjoy in any sort of book). I got the feeling that the author was manipulating her character too much and it made me feel.. uncomfortable. Yes, I know it’s fictional – but still.. it’s a thin line when you base a character on a real person. I don’t know how else to say it, it just made me uncomfortable.
I am glad I finished the book. I am glad it no longer takes a spot on my TBR shelf. I’m a bit melancholy that I didn’t like it more – but I think I’ll stick to Sittenfelds other titles dealing with purely fictional characters in the future....more
Entertaining - but not as fun as the Armed and Magical series. The story is full of action and interesting - but seriously, it's like Yasmine GalenornEntertaining - but not as fun as the Armed and Magical series. The story is full of action and interesting - but seriously, it's like Yasmine Galenorn took a page out of Stephanie Meyer's books. Lots of good looking hunks .. and every other page she's reminding the reader that her gals are half-faerie. We got it the first 10 times it's mentioned!
Fairly certain that this review is going to cover the entire series. I'll change it up if the books get better. They aren't bad enough for me to put aside (I really do want to find out what happens, despite the horrible writing)....more
This is one book of a set I am, from now on, calling my "sorbet books". Every now and then (sometimes more now than then) I feel the need to cleanse tThis is one book of a set I am, from now on, calling my "sorbet books". Every now and then (sometimes more now than then) I feel the need to cleanse the palate of my mind from the more serious and involved reading I do and just read something fun and fluffy.
No one delivers fun and fluffy more so than Rachel Caine. This series is a hoot, and I think this is the best one yet. So much fun - and so much action.. this time taking place on the sea in a cruise ship! I laughed and laughed some more and now feel ready to move on to more serious subjects again....more
Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally. Five women this book focuses on during the late '60s and into the early '70s. The Wednesday Sister's doesn't brFrankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally. Five women this book focuses on during the late '60s and into the early '70s. The Wednesday Sister's doesn't break new ground, as far as the subject matter goes. Each woman is distinctly different and has her own strengths and they bond together over a period of time through writing and critiquing each others work.
Frankie is the "main" character of a sort. Smart woman, gave up college to marry and support her brothers going to college instead. Aspiring author with an intelligent, supportive husband.
Linda, the athlete. Ally, the childless, Kath, the cheated on and Brett, the ambitious.
The book touches on historic events that occurred, which is nice and incorporates them into the lives of these women, rather than the author choosing to ignore what was happening around them. It was nice to get a glimpse of what the reaction to Armstrong's moon landing would have been, or the protests happening.
Overall, it was an interesting read. Not compelling, just pleasantly fun - and I do admit to having a moment with my tissues as the story wrapped up....more
Damn you, Nicholas Sparks for once again making me cry my eyes out!
Each time a new book comes out by this man I know to sit down with a box of tissueDamn you, Nicholas Sparks for once again making me cry my eyes out!
Each time a new book comes out by this man I know to sit down with a box of tissues and just drown in it. This story was no different. He has a way of digging deep into the angst of a teenage girl, but still is able to showcase the gentle and forgiving adult with grace and style. This story was predictable, I mean - if you've read Sparks' previous books you know what's going to happen eventually, but at the same, the last half of the book just took a hold of my head and squeezed.
This is one of those books that seems like it's trying to be all insightful and deep, and just not succeeding well. There were several aspects of theThis is one of those books that seems like it's trying to be all insightful and deep, and just not succeeding well. There were several aspects of the book that just were not believable (the "investigation" of the police officer, the willingness of Addie to just.. drop everything for a friend gone for 10 years, etc). Serious issues such as rape and assault were glossed over and only given brief nods. Instead, the focus was on how Addie could only be happy if she lost weight and all her dreams would come true when she was thin. Silly, but easy to read. ...more
To its credit, I raced through this book, devouring every word quickly. So why didn't I give it five stars? A few reasons.
The beginning was very confuTo its credit, I raced through this book, devouring every word quickly. So why didn't I give it five stars? A few reasons.
The beginning was very confusing and it took a bit for me to get used to the flip-flop of time-periods. There was no real indicator at times that the author decided to go back in time, and I had a hard time distinguishing between the present and past. Once I got used to the format, it became a little easier.
Too many people introduced all at once, without really any clear introduction to who they are. I didn't get everything straightened out in my head until about 70 pages in. It shouldn't take that long.
April was a weak character. I think maybe the author wanted to show that she was strong because she barely reacted to the abuse heaped on her, but with her lack of decisions and her need to be protected all the time by people around her while she made stupid decision after stupid decision, she just simply came off as weak.
The book focuses on this twisted, garbled love that two childhood friends have always had for one another when in my opinion, I would have preferred reading a story of how one friend was able to help the other regain control of her life, through her own actions. Instead we get a load of self-pity. Lovely....more
Like Valentine, in Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, I'm also a 33 year old woman. However, I cannot imagine myself being put into the situation thatLike Valentine, in Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, I'm also a 33 year old woman. However, I cannot imagine myself being put into the situation that Valentine found herself in.
This book is about a woman who fights and loves with her family, her relationships and her career/tradition. Trigiani sets up the story with a cast of characters that are full of life and their own distinct personalities - between Alfred the stoic (and somewhat boring) brother, the romantic but aloof Roman and the thoroughly loveable Gram.
There's a little bit of something in this book for every gal looking for a good, light-hearted read. Lots of talk about food, gardening, shoes and then more shoes, fashion, Italy and Italian men. There's family arguments and tension, and then the forgiveness and acceptance that inevitably follows through the cycle.
I will say one part I really didn't like about the book was the Trigiani's promotion of her own book/movie, Lucia Lucia. I dislike when authors feel the need to promote within their own books and this wasn't an exception for me.
Overall though, a very fun read with a strong female lead character and an ending that was incredibly satisfying....more
It's pretty bad when you start a book and realize that the author, in her anxiety to introduce you to a character, decides to introduce the same detaiIt's pretty bad when you start a book and realize that the author, in her anxiety to introduce you to a character, decides to introduce the same details about her character more than once within the first few pages. Yes, I get that DD McGil is 38 years old. Thanks for reminding me.
I don't really know what I was expecting when I picked out this book - but if I'd known the book was a knock-off of Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich's series I would have said, "thanks, but no thanks". This is the story of DD McGil (No, her name doesn't stand for anything dirty, just Daphne December). She's an insurance investigator (see: Make-shift P.I.) and has the quirky Aunt (much like Stephanie's Grandmother), the same parental relationship with her mother and even issues with her car.
The mystery was only just engaging enough to make me feel as if I wanted to find out "who done it" but even that was nipped in the bud as I realized about 60% in I knew who did it! Fully predictable, full of blatant knock-offs and fairly badly written, I know for sure I won't be reading the sequel to this anytime soon....more
Every once in a while I feel like reading something light, funny and filled with all sorts of astonishing deeds. Eloisa James didn't disappoint. I firEvery once in a while I feel like reading something light, funny and filled with all sorts of astonishing deeds. Eloisa James didn't disappoint. I first heard about this series from Felicia Day (one of my favorite actresses) and she said there was something different about these books. These women are full of life, opinions and do not just fall into a mans arms.
A lot of fun and really well written for this genre....more
Every once in a while I'll pick up a book knowing absolutely nothing about it and find myself falling into the story within just the first few pages.Every once in a while I'll pick up a book knowing absolutely nothing about it and find myself falling into the story within just the first few pages.
The first time I saw this book I was on Amazon and it popped up as a recommended book choice for me. I love reading about food, eating food and preparing food so I thought.. hm, couldn't go wrong? I picked it up (it's cheap on Amazon, y'all!) and was not disappointed.
There are several characters in this novel and they all get their own short story told. The overall "main" character is a woman who, as a child, discovered how food can change moods, people and make memories. I want to meet a woman like this. I think all our lives would be improved by knowing a person like this.
As I read through the stories and got to know each person and where they fit in the grand scheme of things I found myself tasting the food being prepared, slowing down and enjoying the bites of food I prepare myself in between readings and just enjoying life.
Beautiful, touching read. When I finished I was left with just one question...Where do I find the recipes?!...more
I've been excited about starting this series because I thought it would be something fun, historical and interesting. It definitely wasn't the first nI've been excited about starting this series because I thought it would be something fun, historical and interesting. It definitely wasn't the first nor the last.. and as far as the historical value.. well, I suppose it was historical because the setting was 18th century.. sometimes.
If I'd had any idea (and I should have just read reviews, but I try to steer clear of them until AFTER I've read the books) that this was just a hardcover historical romance that I feel like I've read before.. several times over the span of several authors, then I wouldn't have picked it up. As far as the mystery goes? I know who The Pink Carnation was by page 12. So, not much there.
Silly, romanticized fluff. I'm sad I wasted time reading it....more
Let me just say - if you are going to write about four women and their paths toward fulfilling their dreams - at least try to be somewhat unique aboutLet me just say - if you are going to write about four women and their paths toward fulfilling their dreams - at least try to be somewhat unique about it. As I was reading through this book I couldn't get over how similar this book was to books like The Friday Night Knitting Club, The School of Essential Ingredients, and even the story that Balancing Acts mocks in its pages, Carrie Bradshaw and Sex in the City.
Like these books we look at things from all the characters points of view. I saw the story twist with Naomi coming immediately and all I could think was.. "Please.. don't go there". And it did.
The dialogue was awkward and strange. I got the feeling Naomi was almost..wishing for or boasting about the major change that happened to her life.
Aside from the story - there was some really bad editing. At one point, Charlie begins to make a box of macaroni and cheese and in the space of three paragraphs, opens the box and dumps the noodles in twice. Then about 10 sentences later, spoken to her friend over the phone, the noodles are done? I wish mine cooked that fast - maybe it's from the double pour. In another instance, Naomi was talking to Naomi about something. You get the picture. It was distracting.
From pure stubbornness I finished the book. I wanted to like it - I love yoga and I can appreciate the idea that slowing down, stretching and reconnecting with women from your past can have a calming and enriching impact on your life. I just don't think it can happen in the period of six weeks - plus have everything else that was wrong in your life suddenly go right.