Birdie Kaminsky is living the dream life (almost) after she gains her inheritance and meets the man of her dreams. She's given up her life as a common...moreBirdie Kaminsky is living the dream life (almost) after she gains her inheritance and meets the man of her dreams. She's given up her life as a common thief so put down roots and settle into a normal life as a journalist and newspaper editor in Liberty, Ohio. But when someone hacks into the newspaper and starts slowly stealing Birdie's money from her back account, Liberty is set on high alert. It can only mean one thing: Mama's back.
This book, much like author Christine Nolfi's other work, is told from multiple perspectives. I love this way of story-telling. It gives you a better sense of what is going on in the town. Even better, it lets the reader in on secrets that other characters don't yet know. I've always thought that it made me feel a bit special, but honestly it lets you feel like you are part of the story. Like you are right there in Liberty with the characters.
The Impossible Wish kept me guessing about what would happen all the way until the end. For once, I was almost always guessing wrong. Though it was frustrating to constantly come to a plot twist that wasn't at all what I expected, it speaks volumes about Christine Nolfi's writing ability that she can leave a reader surprised.
While I loved the book, there were a couple of things that prevented me from giving it all five stars. The first problem I had dealt with the character Hector. If you know Liberty, then you know the previous stories. (view spoiler)[ A troubled person comes to Liberty, finds love, and settles into a new, better life. (hide spoiler)] Hector's character didn't quite fit my expectations. I felt that there was no conclusion to his story line, like there is more to the story that isn't there. Hopefully it will show up at a later date, maybe a budding romance with Liberty's favorite makeup maven? We'll have to wait and see.
This story is more action-packed and mysterious than I had thought it would be, but unfortunately it seemed like the climax was entirely too short. I felt like the conflicts were resolved entirely too quickly. My hope is that there is more to the story, parts that will be revealed in a sequel. (view spoiler)[But I wish that the final conflict had been a bit more of a stand-off, because I don't believe that Wish could have been captured in the way that she was. Either way, I want to know more about her life with Spider, both before and after the events of this book. (hide spoiler)]
I really did like this story. I've liked all of Christine Nolfi's work so far, and I'm sure I will love any future works. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes exciting and mysterious stories. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who has read Treasure Me or Second Chance Grill, the first two Liberty, Ohio stories.
I thought that the story of Birdie Kaminsky was over at the end of Treasure Me. I was wrong. And I'm hoping that I am wrong in thinking that this is the end of her story. As a fan of the author, I'm left hoping that there will be another story featuring Birdie. But even if there is not, there is one thing I want to see in the next liberty tale: (view spoiler)[a description including a Birdie Baby Belly. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What is a person to do when they need to take a break from their life, when things have become too overwhelming to go on? For Mary Chance, the answer...moreWhat is a person to do when they need to take a break from their life, when things have become too overwhelming to go on? For Mary Chance, the answer comes in the form of a small-town diner.
Second Chance Grill is the second in Christine Nolfi's Liberty, Ohio, series which began with Treasure Me. In this story, we finally get to learn how Liberty and all of it's inhabitants came to be where they were in the first novel.
The first thing I liked about this book is that it can be read alone or as a part of the series. I had read Treasure Me a while ago, but had trouble remembering some of the finer details. I was a bit worried about how that would effect me while reading this story, but as I read on I realized that you don't need prior knowledge to enjoy this book.
Christine Nolfi is probably one of my favorite authors. She may not be a bestselling author yet, but if she keeps up the good work I know she will be. Christine has mastered the art of writing a story full of adventure, suspense, and love, while being able to leave out the overwhelmingly graphic language and violence. Now, I'm not saying that I don't like reading stories with violence, foul language, or gratuitous sex. I'm simply saying that this story was able to engage me and keep me reading without the need of any of that. And in this day, where it seems like the only way to get anyone's attention is with something over-the-top, I feel like that is a huge accomplishment.
My favorite thing about this book was how it drew me in and made me feel like Liberty was my home. Though it is in no way a utopia, Liberty is striking similar to the small town in which I grew up which is coincidentally right outside of Cincinnati (another key location in the story.) From the little locally owned diner to the neighborhood gas station/garage, Liberty could easily have been my home.
Who would I recommend this to? Well, the better question is who wouldn't I recommend it to. I don't recommend you read this if you are looking for an action-packed thriller or mystery, something erotic, or a horror novel. But if you want a book that will sometimes make you smile, sometimes make you tear up, and always make you wanting more? Check out Second Chance Grill by Christine Nolfi.(less)
I've come to appreciate the work of lesser known authors and I've learned that cover quality can really deceive you. This quick read was definitely in...moreI've come to appreciate the work of lesser known authors and I've learned that cover quality can really deceive you. This quick read was definitely interesting, but not so realistic. I liked the premise and Samantha's struggle with the sale of her beloved ballet studio, but I wasn't find of the way Logan was introduced. (less)
I can't give it all five stars, because i found two major flaws. One, Maddie went from alcohol and drug addictions to a Stewart addiction, yet no one...moreI can't give it all five stars, because i found two major flaws. One, Maddie went from alcohol and drug addictions to a Stewart addiction, yet no one ever stop her from that one. And two, I hate books with no real ending. I don't want to make up my own or interpret anything. I just want the author to give it a real sense of closure. (less)
Adventure. Fighting. Incredibly witty dialogue. All things I've come to expect from Joseph Robert Lewis. And he doesn't disappoint his fans in Raziel'...moreAdventure. Fighting. Incredibly witty dialogue. All things I've come to expect from Joseph Robert Lewis. And he doesn't disappoint his fans in Raziel's Shadow. If you like adventure or fantasy, this is your book. It's the tale of Zerai, a prince whose kingdom has been destroyed by ghuls and demons. He is one of the only people left from his nation, and the last of the royal bloodline. His quest to find the Magi, priests who study directly under angels, and retire his nation will draw you in until the last word. 5 stars. Definitely check this one out. (less)
No. Just.. No. I'm so sick of amazing books that don't give me enough of the story. This book deserves five stars, it might even deserve six. Or at le...moreNo. Just.. No. I'm so sick of amazing books that don't give me enough of the story. This book deserves five stars, it might even deserve six. Or at least it would if it didn't leave so much out. I'm not the kind of reader who wants an open-ended book. I want to know what the rest of the story the author had planned is. I'm very disappointed. (less)
I admit: I'm really critical when I read things. I am always trying to find the negatives, the bad things I can about how it was written. Sometimes it...moreI admit: I'm really critical when I read things. I am always trying to find the negatives, the bad things I can about how it was written. Sometimes it's grammatical errors I find, other times it is a huge flaw in the entire plot of the story. But as much as I'd like to focus on the bad parts of Insurgent, the good parts are all that sticks out.(less)