absolutely loved "Gone Girl" so I couldn't wait to read more from the very talented Gillian Flynn! "Sharp Objects" was a superb but quite disturbing babsolutely loved "Gone Girl" so I couldn't wait to read more from the very talented Gillian Flynn! "Sharp Objects" was a superb but quite disturbing book. Ms. Flynn has a knack of developing characters who get under the reader's skin, which I find riveting, yet borderline creepy at the same time. I read somewhere that characters should be the vehicle in which the story is told, and that is certainly true of this book. Slowly but surely, the layers of each character are stripped away, to reveal the nitty gritty of the plot underneath. I didn't particularly like the protagonist, Camille Preaker, nonetheless I found her compelling. The more we discover about her past, the easier it is to understand her personality. Let's just say that she has the mother from hell, and that's an understatement! This book is a dark psychological thriller, and not for the faint-hearted. I enjoyed it, and plan on reading "Dark Places" as soon as I've digested "Sharp Objects"....more
What happens on honeymoon, stays on honeymoon! Another brilliant read from the hugely talented Ms. Reil. “Wed to the Wrong Wayne” was laugh-out-loud, tWhat happens on honeymoon, stays on honeymoon! Another brilliant read from the hugely talented Ms. Reil. “Wed to the Wrong Wayne” was laugh-out-loud, tears-rolling-down-the-face hilarious. I wanted to slap Callie Temples (a reality star) most of the time, but I couldn’t help liking her anyway. A light-hearted, fun read. Well written, in Ms. Reil’s usual warm style, making it difficult to put down as Callie roller-coasts from the private chapel of an Irish castle in order to find her missing groom--British rock god, Rocco. Another great, feel-good book. However, a word of warning: beware reading in public, as you’ll get some strange looks when you can’t control your laughing! Five stars from me. ...more
Bridget Jones' Diary, by Helen Fielding is a laugh-out-loud, hilariously funny and touching account of one woman's journey through the minefield thatBridget Jones' Diary, by Helen Fielding is a laugh-out-loud, hilariously funny and touching account of one woman's journey through the minefield that sometimes is womanhood. Not every woman has her life in near perfect order and it was a wonderful relief to read about Bridget Jones, a woman who I can most definitely relate to, maybe a little too much in common!
Bridget Jones' Diary details a year in the life of a thirty-something year old woman. The book describes Bridget's love-life, or lack thereof, career, body image, family and friends.
Helen Fielding is an excellent writer and I thoroughly enjoyed Bridget Jones' Diary....more
Nora Roberts, where have you been all my life? I've only just discovered Nora Roberts' books and I'm absolutely thrilled that she's written so many! INora Roberts, where have you been all my life? I've only just discovered Nora Roberts' books and I'm absolutely thrilled that she's written so many! I bought ten of her books last week and I've been reading like someone possessed ever since. Vision in White is a wonderfully romantic book which tugged at my heart strings. Nora Roberts has a gift for pulling the reader right into the story and developing an affinity with the characters. I loved Mac, the story's protagonist, right from the start. She is such a likeable but endearingly flawed character and her relationship with Carter is too cute. I was so happy for the two of them to have found each other and by the end of the book I found myself a little bit in love with Mr. Maguire. The description and detail in the book were never tedious and always written with finesse. The author describes her characters in such a way that the reader immediately "gets" them and it's easy to visualise them. I loved the friendship between the four women and I can't wait to read the rest of the Bride Quartet to find out more about each of the women. This is the first time I've read a book by Nora Roberts and it certainly won't be the last!...more
Having read and loved "The OMG Test", I was eagerly awaiting Pippa Franks' fabulous second book, "The Seventh Day of May". I fell in love with the stoHaving read and loved "The OMG Test", I was eagerly awaiting Pippa Franks' fabulous second book, "The Seventh Day of May". I fell in love with the story from the opening scene, where long-suffering Jenna Croft arrives home from work to her best friend and lodger, Ellie, re-arranging the furniture. It's a comedy, a mystery and a drama all rolled into a wonderful package. Ms. Franks' writing style is funny and chatty--like having a conversation with your best friend. As well as the flowing writing style and unique plot, the characters were entertaining and each had their own individual quirks. This is chick-lit with a twist of paranormal in the form of Alesha--the sometimes not so friendly ghost. Witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and emotional at the same time, "The Seventh Day of May" shows the importance of friends, family, love, and being brave enough to live your life without fear. It will stay with me for a long time. ...more
"What Dreams May Come" is one of the most heartbreaking, uplifting and thought-provoking books that I've ever read. What happens when we die? Will we"What Dreams May Come" is one of the most heartbreaking, uplifting and thought-provoking books that I've ever read. What happens when we die? Will we ever meet our loved ones again? Is there life after death? These are the themes which are explored throughout the story. The descriptions of the afterlife were vivid and detailed and really resonated with me. Chris and Annie are soulmates. Chris dies tragically leaving Annie behind and she can't cope without him. It was a captivating book from start to finish. I felt like I was right there in the story with them and at time I almost felt like a voyeur, as if I was intruding upon the characters, that's how well it's written. It was a tragic love story of epic proportions. The author took me on a journey from heaven to hell and some sort of middle land in between. His depictions of hell were horrifying. I was fascinated by the way the author wove his extensive research of the afterlife into the plot. It was never tedious or "preachy". I believe in life after death but I appreciated the fact that Matheson never gave the impression that there is a right or wrong belief system. This is an outstanding novel which should appeal to everyone, no matter what their religious or spiritual beliefs. The main message for me was to never give up on life but at the same time realising the importance of knowing when to let go. It's a heartbreaking, poignant love story which transcends life and death....more
I loved "The Finch Family Holiday 3". As always, the characters are lovable, some more so than others! Hilarious, laugh-out-louChick lit at it's best!
I loved "The Finch Family Holiday 3". As always, the characters are lovable, some more so than others! Hilarious, laugh-out-loud storyline, starting with the lovely Kitty Finch forgetting to put her watch forward and being an hour late for the beginning of the madcap antics that are all part of annual Finch family summer holiday. I burst out laughing at one point on the train, and got some funny looks from my fellow passengers! A page-turner right from the opening line. I can't wait for the next one already....more
I was hooked from the very first page: "I've never been in love, and never intend to be", and by the end of the first scene, I was already smiling. "TI was hooked from the very first page: "I've never been in love, and never intend to be", and by the end of the first scene, I was already smiling. "The OMG Test" unfolds flawlessly and it's clear that the author has a real gift for creating strong characters. I liked the main character, Olivia Daly, from the beginning. Although she's a bit of a control freak, it's only because she is afraid of change and it's her fear of change that prompts her to meddle in her friends' love lives with some unexpected results. "Olivia's Misunderstood Gang" brings out her kind and vulnerable side. There is a wonderful cast of characters, and every character has depth, which makes a refreshing change from other novels where the secondary characters seem more like sidekicks than friends. I loved everything about this book--it's clever and modern, with a unique twist on a romantic story. The narrative was fresh and well-plotted,the characters likable and easy to relate to. It's an emotional, humorous, heart-warming book. I really enjoyed the fact that Olivia overcame past hurts and discovered her inner strength and so much more. I can't recommend "The OMG Test" enough and I'm already looking forward to Ms. Franks' second novel. 5 stars all the way!...more
I didn't think that it would be possible but Catching Fire is even better than The Hunger Games! Catching Fire was a spell-binding read for me. It wasI didn't think that it would be possible but Catching Fire is even better than The Hunger Games! Catching Fire was a spell-binding read for me. It was the perfect sequel to The Hunger Games, and answered some questions that left me wondering when I finished the first book. The author gives the reader a better understanding of Katniss' home town, the rather starkly named, District 12. District 12 is a poverty-stricken mining community which is strictly and harshly controlled by the Capitol. There is more description of the surrounding districts too which helps to build a bigger picture of the world in which Katniss lives. We are given a greater insight into the characters and their motivations which I found intriguing and I liked the romantic element which is further developed. Catching Fire is a rollercoaster read and more than surpassed my expectations. There is a constant simmering tension brewing just under the surface which makes for some nailbiting reading! Again, the book was quite violent at times, not gratuitously violent as it was necessary to the overall plot, but I wouldn't recommend it to children under twelve. Catching Fire is quite a thought-provoking novel. It could be argued that The Capitol represents dictatorial rule which some people are still enduring today and are so bravely rebelling against. It was interesting how the author compared and contrasted the atrocious lives of those living in the districts to the comfortable lives of the Capitol's citizens. It made me think how oblivious and even unconcerned we can be to the suffering of others. Catching Fire is a riveting read from start to finish, which I would highly recommend. Try to have a few days free before you start reading the trilogy as you won't be able to get anything else done! ...more
Dr. Sadie Rollins is madly in love -- literally -- but the object of her desire, Xavier or X for short, doesn't even know she exists.From the moment sDr. Sadie Rollins is madly in love -- literally -- but the object of her desire, Xavier or X for short, doesn't even know she exists.From the moment she sets eyes on him while channel-surfing, she becomes obsessed and is determined to do whatever it takes to meet him. So begins The Plan or more accurately, The 12 Step Plan to meet X. I loved the chatty tone of the book; it was like hanging out with a close friend, drinking wine and eating too much chocolate while she tells you all about her latest love interest. I'm a big fan of Erin Brady's books; her stories are well-written and the characters so likable. I love a good romantic comedy and The 12 Step Plan is about as romantic and as humorous as they come. 5 stars!...more
Esme is hell-bent on marrying her fiance, Harrison, and having the wedding of her dreams. However, first she has to overcome a few unexpected obstacleEsme is hell-bent on marrying her fiance, Harrison, and having the wedding of her dreams. However, first she has to overcome a few unexpected obstacles, including pulling off the perfect Christmas to impress her future mother-in-law, before her dream comes true. She's invented a few white lies, which have become a tangled web, and there's only one way out... Maureen Reil is one of my favourite contemporary romance writers. Her witty and warm writing style never fails to make me smile. I "A Granny is for Life, not just for Christmas" is an uplifting, lighthearted romantic comedy. Perfect with a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie. This is a wonderfully heartwarming Christmas story, characterised by the author's uniquely humorous voice. I love Maureen Reil's books. Nobody writes a Christmas novel quite like her. The story is full of hilarious quips, quirky characters, a rollercoaster of emotions, which all culminate in a happy ending. Another 5 stars for Ms. Reil. If you're looking for a magical Christmas story, with lots of laughs along the way, this is the book for you. ...more
I absolutely loved Vision in White, the first book in the Bride Quartet, and so I couldn't wait to start reading Bed of Roses. We were briefly introduI absolutely loved Vision in White, the first book in the Bride Quartet, and so I couldn't wait to start reading Bed of Roses. We were briefly introduced to Emma and Jack in the first book. Emma is one of the co-founders of Vows and Jack is like an annoying brother who's always hanging around, that is until they share a passionate kiss. Nora Roberts has a gift for bringing romance alive in her books and she delivered once again in Bed of Roses. I sped through the pages of the book as I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I enjoyed getting to know the characters from the first book as they were further developed in Bed of Roses. Mac and Carter are still madly in love and as sweet as ever. Parker remains the thread that bonds the friends together. Next on my reading list is Savour the Moment, the third book in the quartet. I'm really looking forward to Laurel and Del's story. ...more