I won this through Firstreads giveaways, and I would like to thank the author for providing this book for me to read.
This book seriously impressed me...moreI won this through Firstreads giveaways, and I would like to thank the author for providing this book for me to read.
This book seriously impressed me. It had something for everyone. I was hooked from the first chapter to be honest, and I did not want to put it down. This book has beautiful writing, great characters, and an amazing story.
The synopsis says that these two should not have fallen in love, let alone gotten married. That has been said about so many famous literary couples, but this is a fresh take on the subject.
If you are looking for an exciting book to keep you entertained the whole way through check this out. You will laugh and cry. Feel sad yet hopeful and experience a very wide range of emotions while reading this book. (less)
Eyes Open is the exciting first book of the 2108 series, and the debut by author K.L. Glanville. I've praised 11/22/63 by Stephen King for doing an am...more Eyes Open is the exciting first book of the 2108 series, and the debut by author K.L. Glanville. I've praised 11/22/63 by Stephen King for doing an amazing job at making you feel as if you are actually back into the past, and I can now say the same thing about this book. Only it puts you ahead in time.
When you are reading this book you will never forget you are reading a story that takes place in 2108. The descriptions and world building are very well done. Glanville created new words, phrases, and technology that are truly unique. At the end of the book there are a few pages labeled "Jewel's dictionary". I didn't know it was there until the end, but I wish I had, because there were so many terms to keep track of I found myself going back and trying to remember what something was.
Jewel just turned 16 and was raised in New Zealand at a time where the world is separated into Naturals, Holdouts, Trollers, and there are also Aliens. Jewel is a natural, and they get along with Holdouts, but most of the Trollers have been criminals. There are also Bionics, where are a type of Troller that has been enhanced.
The plot moved quickly, and the ending left you wanting to know more. Like I said before, I was confused quite a lot in the beginning, but then things started to fall into place, and it got better. I think this series has potential to be amazing. Jewel is a very fun, original character.
This book has just been released today, April 9th, and I hope it has success. Fans of YA who love sci-fi should really enjoy this one as much as I did. I would recommend using Jewel's dictionary while you read this, but I'm not sure if the author wants you to do that since it's at the end of the book. Either way, I will continue to read this series, because it's just so creative and fresh. I can't even compare it to anything else...well it kind of reminds me of The Jetsons, but book wise...nope!
This book is totally Natch. haha I probably used that wrong. Sorry!
This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to read your work.(less)
It's been a while since I read a V.C. Andrews book. I think of her as a guilty pleasure, and occasionally pull out one of the books I read over and ov...more It's been a while since I read a V.C. Andrews book. I think of her as a guilty pleasure, and occasionally pull out one of the books I read over and over again as a teen and still enjoy them when I'm in the mood for a quick read.
I have not read anything recently written under the name V.C. Andrews, mostly because I don't really enjoy the books written by Andrew Neiderman as much as the old books written by Virginia herself. I picked this newest one up, though, just to see if I'd change my mind.
Right off the bat I decided that I don't really like V.C. Andrews novels in the modern world. It just feels so weird to me. If you are looking for something more modern by all means this has that feel. For me I like the older books written with less detail about the time the characters are living it. Sometimes she did mention the year they were living it just to show how much time has passed, but her older novels seem timeless. I like that the characters don't call their parents mommy and daddy as teenagers anymore like all of her old characters, but to me it pulls me out of the world when current actors are mentioned or someone is complaining about Facebook.
As far as plot goes it's the typical formula here. Girl that's soooo beautiful (just like her mama, of course) that she makes her next door neighbor fall in insta-love with her...some boring stuff happens and a ending simply done for shock value. If you've read any other book from V.C. you probably won't miss much with this one.
*sigh* when will I learn my lesson? These newer ones are nothing like the ones I cherished as a teen, and I need to just stop buying them! For me V.C. Andrews books feel like the rag mags they keep at the checkout counter. I don't need that crap, but it's there, so why not?(less)
I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaways, and the author included a note as well. Thanks for that! :-)
This book pleasantly surpri...moreI received this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaways, and the author included a note as well. Thanks for that! :-)
This book pleasantly surprised me. This type of book is not my all time favorite genre, but I enjoy them from time to time. This author truly impressed me, and made me more interested in books like this as well as any future books he may write.
I received this book from the Goodreads first reads program, and was thrilled to see the author added a note inside. She seems so nice.
This book was a...moreI received this book from the Goodreads first reads program, and was thrilled to see the author added a note inside. She seems so nice.
This book was a breath of fresh air. This woman seems to take herself seriously yet remain humorous about certain situations. When you're reading this you probably will feel like you would love her as your BFF.
If you are contemplating a major change in your life, or are just not happy with the way your life is currently going, but have no idea where to start, check this book out. Vivian offers much great advice concerning love, life and career.
The advice is given mostly through a story about Morgan. Most women I feel are going to be able to relate in some way with Morgan. She's a very loveable girl.
This book was very inspiring and motivational. I am going to reread this often often when I feel the need to. I have my own personal goals, and this book makes me feel as if I could do anything. Thank you!(less)
Home Front is the newest book by author Kristin Hannah, and I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book through GoodReads First Reads.
When I first r...moreHome Front is the newest book by author Kristin Hannah, and I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book through GoodReads First Reads.
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I will admit it didn't seem like something that would appeal to me. After reading and loving Night Road I gained confidence in Hannah's writing, though. I loved that book so much I decided I will read everything she writes from now on.
This book is really about a lot of things. Jolene is a 41-year old woman who had a pretty messed up childhood, but met the love of her life when she was 17 years old. The story takes place in 2005, and is told from the POV of Jolene, and her husband, Michael. Again I will say for those who are worried about multiple POVs Kristin Hannah does them flawlessly. Jolene was a character that every wife can relate to in my opinion. She's also a great mother. She has abandonment issues as an adult, because of what happened to her as a child, and those issues fuel the fire for some of the problems in her marriage.
Kristin Hannah always tackles issues in a way that never sound preachy. In this book she writes about marriage, war, loneliness, honor, and hope. Jolene's husband Michael tells her that he is no longer in love with her right before she finds out that she is being deployed to Iraq. When the story is told from Jo's POV we see what is going on in Iraq. We see her thoughts, and I personally could literally feel her heartbreak. Hearing your husband doesn't love you right before you leave, and just when you need him he's not there. Hoping you will get home safely, because your children need you. These are just a few of the things swirling around in Jo's mind as she lives in fear trying not to get hit by explosives or crash her helicopter she flies.
When the story switches to Michael's POV we are seeing his everyday life at home with the family. Struggling to take care of two daughters when he hasn't got a clue. At the same time he is also trying to figure out a way to help a client who apparently killed his wife while suffering a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in Iraq. While dealing with this case he learns a lot of what is actually going on in Iraq while America is (and his family) being sheltered from the truth.
This book dealt with a lot, and she certainly gets her views across about how America treats their mentally unstable vets when they return from Iraq. Again, I don't feel like she pushed her opinions on anyone, but I agree with everything she said. You can tell that Hannah really did her research in preparation for this book too. Whether or not you agree with the war in Iraq you will gain a new sense of understanding for our soldiers and their families. Not only do they put their lives on the line during the war, but oftentimes they come home emotionally wrecked, and find out that the government doesn't want to help them get better.
I feel like this book could cater to a much broader audience than her normal chick-litty dramas. Fans of war novels could probably enjoy this too. This book didn't make me a blubbering mess like Night Road, but I definitely felt for the characters. Someone else who has been affected by war on a more personal level or knows a military family will get more of a reaction than I did, probably.
So 4/5 stars. Beautifully written with a great flow and pace. Hannah will not disappoint her fans with this book, and I think she may even gain a few new fans. Holding back 1 star just because it didn't spark as much emotion with me as I have come to expect with Hannah's writing, but like I said others may feel completely differently about that.(less)
When I first started this book I was really confused as to whether this girl was actually someone I wanted to read about or not. I used to be obsessed...more When I first started this book I was really confused as to whether this girl was actually someone I wanted to read about or not. I used to be obsessed with American Idol, but I don't watch it anymore with the newer people. The reason I was confused was because with celeb written books I often get irritated if they come off cocky or arrogant and it's a fine line between cocky and confident. I'm going to say that at one point I thought she was quite arrogant and had an "I'm better than everyone else" attitude at the start, but whatever. At one point she mentioned how she ended up hiring lots of her family members and old friends to do jobs in her career and I thought that was something I would totally do if I was a celeb. Not just to give them ultra swollen paychecks, either, but because leaving the people I love the most to go on tours and things would be the most difficult thing in the world. From this I gathered that she is probably a very down to earth, caring person that I would love to have as a friend in real life. I also admire the way she loved her body at every size. It's easy for big girls to say they love their body and don't mind being plus size, but usually that's just covering up deeper feelings. This girl has a positive body image no matter what her weight, and that was refreshing to read about.
The first half of this book was all about her short experience with American Idol before she was voted off, and her career with Dream Girls. This first part was an interesting short read, but not what I was expecting. I knew this book was categorized as uplifting and inspirational, but I expected at least some mention of her family's tragedies. That would have made the book show her on a more personal level and show how much she's endured.(sidenote: please note that I do understand why she kept this out of the book, though. It probably would have been a terribly painful thing to write about and bring down the whole book.) But nope. Nothing...Just American Idol, Dreamgirls, and...Weight Watchers.
The second part of this book was indeed one big advertisement for weight watchers. I didn't mind it too much, but if I had known so much of the book was dedicated to this I wouldn't have bothered. If it wasn't Jennifer boasting about the company it was her other family members talking about it. At least her sister kept it real and acknowledged that WW did not work for her. Of course many people are probably constantly asking Jennifer how she lost all of her weight so she felt she could put it out there for everyone to read, but honestly this info could have been found just as easily with a google search.
Overall this book was nothing special. I like reading lots of celeb books even if I'm not a fan of the author, just because I like to get a glimpse into their worlds, but this was a very small glimpse. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless you are a hardcore fan of hers or want lots of boring info about Weight Watchers. If you are trying to lose weight yourself I guess this book could be kind of inspirational and motivating, but I'm not so sure. (less)
I received this book from the Goodreads "First-Reads" giveaway, and this was my first giveaway won. I was so excited to see that I'd won Sophie Kinsel...more I received this book from the Goodreads "First-Reads" giveaway, and this was my first giveaway won. I was so excited to see that I'd won Sophie Kinsella's new book. This book is going to be released on Valentines Day.
As soon as I started this book I couldn't put it down. I had the afternoon off so I just sat here and read it cover to cover. It was such a fun read. I feel like Sophie is amazing at writing characters that are just so darn loveable, you can't help but root for them. Poppy is a prime example. She's a real sweetheart. When we are first introduced to Poppy she is trying so hard to hunt down her engagement ring that she's lost. (It's also a family heirloom of her fiance's) She is engaged to a man named Magnus who she adores, and who adores her. His family is a bit intimidating, and they aren't thrilled about Magnus marrying Poppy.
While Poppy is on her hunt for the ring she has her cellphone stolen, and just happens to find another cellphone in the garbage. This is when the story gets interesting. It shifts from being just about her finding the ring to a story that explores our obsessions with technology. She meets a businessman named Sam who gets all of his calls/texts/e-mails through this phone number, and feels like she is getting to know him through the snippets of information she reads before she forwards the messages along to him. This also leads to Poppy learning an important lesson about judging people, because she thinks she knows Sam, but realizes she only knows a small part of who he is.
I really enjoyed this book. Again the best part of this book was the humor. Sophie had me laughing out loud at some parts, and I really think she is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers for chick-lit books. I am a little annoyed at her getting Beyonce's "Single Ladies" stuck in my head for hours though. :) She's right, it's so catchy!
The only thing I didn't like about this book were the footnotes...Yes, you read that right. Footnotes in a Sophie Kinsella book! Okay, so she decided to add ongoing footnotes as a gag, because all of Magnus' family members are writers and "intellectuals" so I guess she was kind of mocking footnotes. She used them just to add little notes at the bottom meant to be added humor, but they were just kind of annoying and distracting to me. I don't know if those will be included in the e-book versions, but I hope not. (Edit after release: They are included in the e-books, apparently)
I would recommend this book to all of Sophie's fans, because this book doesn't disappoint. I would also recommend it to people who haven't tried Sophie Kinsella's books, but would like to, because I think it truly captures what makes her a wonderful writer. Laugh out loud humor, with a loveable main character, a little light romance with subtle messages.
Hazel is a 16 year old girl with stage IV thyroid cancer, and has been living with an oxygen tank since she was first diagnosed at 12. She realizes sh...more Hazel is a 16 year old girl with stage IV thyroid cancer, and has been living with an oxygen tank since she was first diagnosed at 12. She realizes she is going to die, but she is on a drug that is keeping the tumors at bay. At a support group meeting she meets hottie Augustus Waters, who is in remission. They immediately hit it off and change each others lives drastically.
The Fault in Our Stars is another beautifully written book by John Green. A few months ago John made a video on his youtube channel, and in this video he read the first two chapter of this book. I was hooked instantly. I wanted to know everything there was to know about Hazel and Augustus. I'm not going to say that this was the most original cancer book out there, but it felt more personal.
Let's start with the characters. John Green wrote the same exact character over and over again in his previous books. This is one complaint I've always had, but you won't find that here. Hazel is no Alaska Young, she is no Margot. She's just Hazel, and she's lovely. Same with Augustus. He's unlike all of John Greens male characters, and I adore him.
There is simply one complaint I have about this book. John needs to make his 17 year old characters sound more like 17 year old teens than 35 year old men. Most of the dialog in this book and sweet and enjoyable, but then the characters come out with these crazy words and there are other ways to show your characters are intelligent people without always making them spout out these weird, random words. In all honesty it's a bit annoying, but it doesn't bother me too much, because I understand that his younger readers will build a much better vocabulary if they pay attention. Also, his book is full of quotable lines as you can clearly see from everyone else's reviews.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. John is a phenomenal writer. He's great at building suspense when needed, and also at hitting you in the gut with a healthy dose of raw emotion. Almost everyone I know who has read this book cried. At least a little. He also throws in lots of humor which is usually appreciated to break up sad moments.
As far as John writing a female voice for the first time, I thought he did a good job. This book wasn't life-changing for me, but I easily could see how others could be affected by this book in an astounding way. It tackles cancer, death, loss of sight, loss of loved ones, love, thoughts of the afterlife and shows vividly from one girls perspective what it may feel like to know you are dying. This book may not suit everyone, but if you don't have issues reading about those things I would recommend this book to you. It was quite depressing at times, but I'm sure you would know that just by reading the synopsis.
My son is 9, and he got this book recently. We read it together, and I have to say this book was so funny and entertaining. I've been trying to get my...moreMy son is 9, and he got this book recently. We read it together, and I have to say this book was so funny and entertaining. I've been trying to get my son to read more, and these are the only books he will reread over and over again.
Recommend this to all parents who want their kids to read more!(less)
Thank you to my good friend, Shellie, here on GR for sending me this book with a high recommendation. P.S. I love the cover of this book!
Being my firs...more Thank you to my good friend, Shellie, here on GR for sending me this book with a high recommendation. P.S. I love the cover of this book!
Being my first book from Sara Zarr I came into this book with no expectations. I don't read a lot of teen dramas, but this book has lots of good reviews so I wanted to read it. Zarr's writing reminds me of Kristin Hannah for YA. I realize I seem to be in the minority here, but to me this book was simply okay.
Jill is grieving her father that died. They were very close, and she thinks about him constantly. Her mother, Robin, is trying to adopt a baby from a teen named Mandy, and at first Jill is angry about this. Mandy has a horrible life at home with an abusive step father so she moves in with Robin and Jill for the last few months of her pregnancy. The story is told back and forth between Mandy and Jill's POV.
The author did a really good job at showing how your perception of people can be completely wrong. For this reason I think Mandy was the best written character. When we are reading from Jill's point of view Mandy comes off as kind of dumb, asking a lot of awkward questions. When we are reading for Mandy's POV, however, we are privy to the fact that she is aware that she does this, and actually sounds a lot more intelligent than she would seem to anyone speaking to her. Jill comes off as really rude, but deep down she's not so bad.
I liked Mandy and Jill despite their flaws. This story held special meaning for me since I was also pregnant around the same age as Mandy, and I felt the author did an okay job telling Mandy's POV. The ending of this book was completely predictable. I do have some praise for her ending and it is this (view spoiler)[ Almost every time a YA author starts a story and the main character has a boyfriend they are constantly falling into this cop out ending that really irritates me. The current guy starts out nice and you just know the author can't think of any other ending so what do they do? Turn the current guy into an ass and that simply wraps up the story leaving our main character free to date the newer guy. Some books that have done this were Lola and The Boy Next Door, and Even Mockingjay kind of did that. I'm glad that Zarr was more original and did not turn Dylan into a super douche, but she was still able to end their relationship. (hide spoiler)]
I didn't find this story to be extremely powerful or intense, in fact there were many parts where my mind drifted in boredom, but overall it was a decent story with well written, relatable characters. I don't know what I'm missing here that everyone else adores so much of this book. I liked it, but everyone else seems to LOVE it.
As far as Zarr's writing goes I think she's a fantastic writer, and I will check out more of her books. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was not as good as I thought it would be. I was actually pretty disappointed with it. Virginia's writing was beautiful as it always is, but...moreThis book was not as good as I thought it would be. I was actually pretty disappointed with it. Virginia's writing was beautiful as it always is, but the story was just boring to me. It seemed obvious how it was going to end, but the first 200+ pages just dragged on. (less)