This was my bookclub's September book of the month. The Girl on the Train got a collective 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐! If this was based on a true story it's soooo the BrThis was my bookclub's September book of the month. The Girl on the Train got a collective 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! If this was based on a true story it's soooo the Brad-gelina / Rachael from friends saga! Yeah I know her name is Jennifer A., but coincidence that the scorned lady in the book's name is also Rachael.... I think not! Orrrr Anna is short for Angelina....think about it! Perhaps the author really loved The Interview with a Vampire movie and preferred Tom over Brad.... at any rate, there's another connection there. I'm just saying too many parallel similarities. This is definitely the alternate story of when Brad (aka Tom) cheated on Jen(aka Rach) with Ange(aka Ann) then left her for that Beeeooughccchhh. No worries ladies revenge comes sweeter with karma. Just crack that Chardonnay and cheers to the good life. All things happen for a reason. Even really bad breakups you can't get over. Just don't drink too much. Blackouts and memory loss are never good things. Besides contrary to popular belief being pissy drunk ain't cute. If there was one portrayal I despised about this one, it was that one. No way in h-e-double "l" I would drink my life away for any reason or pine over some man who doesn't want me. Nor would I act like a stalker or harassing crazy ex. Ain't nothing in life worth that kind of self-punishment. They probably "deserve each other" anyway! When life gives you lemons, honey you better rub those lemons on a few strains for some gorgeous summer highlights, whip that hair back, strap on some stilettos and werk. Get back out there and get your life! Oh and keep you eyes open and mind clear for the crazies because they definitely out there......more
So basically you got a 40ish older brother (Mr. No backbone) who throws a bachelor party for his immature womanizing 30ish baby brother at his home (*So basically you got a 40ish older brother (Mr. No backbone) who throws a bachelor party for his immature womanizing 30ish baby brother at his home (*cough* damn fool *cough*), of which he shares with his devoted wife and 9 year old daughter. Said baby brother and even more hound dog groomsmen decides to hire strippers of which they pay extra to have sex (I.e. tag team) and guest what, oh the strippers were sex slaves who took that very opportunity to kill their bodyguards/ captures right there in the house. So now the strippers on the run (literally 10blocks down the street... They so smart :/), the house is a crime scene, the older brother's marriage and family is falling apart, and there is a whole lot of media coverage & legal heat on all the groomsmen (ya damn skippy). I couldn't get jiggy with this because the characters were utterly stupid and it was like as the story went on the author kelp dumbing everyone down for cheap thrills and sad attempts at creating suspense. Uh no! This gets a 3 of I'm being nice and a 2.5 if I'm keeping it real. Read at your own risk, but don't say I didn't warn you....more
This was my book club, Bookclub Babes (Silicon Valley, CA), book of the month for June.
Please pardon my delay in a review. The plot of this novel revThis was my book club, Bookclub Babes (Silicon Valley, CA), book of the month for June.
Please pardon my delay in a review. The plot of this novel revolves around a witch and a scientist. It start with their childhood where she spoke to animals and he created Science Digest experiments. They were both social outcasts. He was bullied for being the geek and she was feared for being goth. Some psychopath enters their life with a premonition and mission that makes their teenage years far more dramatic and traumatizing than it otherwise would have been. They are separated then fast forward to their adult years reconnect. The things transpire that would imply that maybe that psychopath wasn't so crazy after all.
My issues with this one were primarily in the layout of the events. It goes from children, tweens, teens, adults, then backtracks to the missing years. The transition to adults made the characters unbearably boring. I found myself zooming through half the book in a day only to doze off right when the story jumped. I seriously could not go on at that point and had to invest in the audiobook to muster through. Then things got interesting when the missing years were revealed but then tapered off again before the climatic ending. I know fluff when I read it. Heck, I understand fluff. It's necessary for fluff to be in stories, but the repetition of fluff and hints before things were finally revealed was excessive. Also while I can do without sex in an adult novel; if you're going to be there dammit be sexy. It was so not sexy. At book club, we reread that scene and all agreed none were even a little turned on. In the end, I admit that I actually liked the novel. I enjoyed the dynamics between two such diverse characters. I liked the crafting of the underground worlds that overlap and co-exist with ours. I found this novel uniquely original, and I would recommend it to science fiction and paranormal lovers alike....more
“Sometimes books don't find us until the right time.”
This was exactly the light read I needed to get me out of my day to day mundane office grind. It“Sometimes books don't find us until the right time.”
This was exactly the light read I needed to get me out of my day to day mundane office grind. It tells the story of a small town man in the aftermath of an unfortunate life altering event. He learns to be kind again. He learns to open his broken heart. He heals from his pain. The journey of his recovery was a feel good treat. And of course along the way, there are also sidebar stories of other people with drama and lover woes. The voice of the narrator draws you in for about 5 hours and make you forget this is "just a story". The only part that bothered me about this read was the chapter intro of side stories. I thought they were distracting and even more so in the audiobook format. It was far easier to follow in reading the book. A big plus for me was that the author gave us diverse characters with this one! Yay! This novel was worth the read and definitely a great bookclub pick. I was seriously in a funk and this novel was a pleasant escape from the city life.
“You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?” ...more
This novel was the February book of the month for this new San Jose, CA based book club I joined since relocating to the West Coast. I checked out theThis novel was the February book of the month for this new San Jose, CA based book club I joined since relocating to the West Coast. I checked out the novel, audio book and graphic novel! Take that Goodreads reading challenge!!! But I'm not going to lie...I only listened to the audio book and occasionally followed along with the graphic novel. Hahaha! Similar to the original P&P there were long winded passages that just couldn't hold my attention. Therefore I compensated with pictures and audio. I absolutly loved the reading voice of the narrator! Her Old English accent was very appropriate for the story line.
I became a huge fan of Seth Grahame-Smith after seeing what he did with Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The creative liberties he took with merging this historical political figure and the walking dead was absolute genius. So it's no surprise that I was the loudest voter of this novel at our January book club meeting voting session. I was curious to see what he would do with this timeless romance.
While the author still delivered his gore and kick ass transformation of the historically reserved hero or in this case she-ro....I was a bit disappointed with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The original plot remained the same which made it predictable. The only creative liberties he took was in spicing up the dull parts .... which on second thought were beyond awesome!
In the end I found this one a very quotable and enjoyable read. It was slightly predictable because while you knew the story line that the author did not deviate too far from you didn't know when or where he would throw in the zombies, and when he did, the scenes did not disappoint. That was the saving grace for me. It made my loins quiver to see Elizabeth as the kickass shero she was always meant to be. ...more