The Good Neighbor was fairly short by audio-book standards. And that is probably a good thing, because I am not sure that I would have stuck with it if it was much longer. As much as I wanted to like Sarah, I found her a bit needy. And that is even after she saved a little girl. She was a hero, but I found her annoying. Johnny wasn't really that much better. He didn't seem connected to Sarah at all. Little Mia was an adorable character and there was even a twist with her character. Mia's twist wasn't really all that surprising and frankly, neither was the "whodunit" aspect of the book. Predictable all the way around. ...more
ohn Green is easily the undisputed King of Young Adult novels and Paper Towns is another perfect example why. His stories are engaging and entertaining and guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. And guess what, - you don't HAVE to be a young adult to enjoy them!...more
Holy smokes, Crazy Love You is one heck of a thriller. There are so many twists and turns that you don't know what is real and what isn't. Ian is a seriously damaged young man. The events of his past has led him down the path of drugs and alcohol. Anything to make him forget his past and help his creative juices to keep flowing. The way he met Megan was even a bit creepy, but she normalized his life in a way that Ian desperately needed and frankly had wanted his whole life. Ian was clinging to that normalcy in every way he possibly could - he was as attracted to Megan's "normal" parents as he was to Megan herself. The whole thing was a bit romantic, a bit gothic. Then there is Priss - there is such a mysterious element to her that you find yourself questioning Ian's sanity just like the people of The Hollow's did. Man, it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Everything culminates in a heart-pounding, page-turning finale that will wrap everything up nicely without seeming forced or fake. It really was a work of beauty. ...more
I have been working on this audio book for way too long, mostly because I took a "break" from the treadmill for a while. Even though it took me so lonI have been working on this audio book for way too long, mostly because I took a "break" from the treadmill for a while. Even though it took me so long to finish, Harlan Coben still kept me hooked. Jake Fisher was a great character and I really felt his heartache. He was so sure that Natalie was the "one" for him and he was not about to abide by her wishes to never contact her again. I also liked the friendship between Jake and Benedict. They seemed so different from each other, yet Benedict was the one person that Jake could depend on. And even that was called into question in true Harlan Coben fashion.
Bottom line, Harlan Coben is one of the best mystery novelists to ever have written a book. His books are captivating, exciting, and full of surprises. Six Years was no different. If you are looking for a good mystery, as always, Harlan Coben is the way to go.
Mary Kay Andrews is another one of those great "Summertime" authors. Her slow, Southern novels always have that "vacation" feel. Even when they are about a group of women with shitty husbands. I really liked Grace and I really like Wyatt and the rest of the group, but I found myself getting very frustrated for Grace when her ex and the floozy were trying to sabotage her new blog. As a blogger myself, I know there are ways to prevent that kind of sabotage and it frustrated me to see how long it took Grace to catch on to those tricks. Even with those minor frustrations, I found Ladies' Nights to be a fun way to pass the time while on the treadmill. Grace is a great character and I found it sweet the way she took on Sweetie ( an abandoned dog) and the house on Mandavilla Lane, not to mention Wyatt and his son. ...more
Marian Keyes has always been known to write Chick Lit novels with a somewhat dark overtone, but The Mystery of Mercy Close is the only one that somewhat parallels her own life. In 2009 Marian Keyes experienced a crippling bout of depression, much like Helen Walsh, it nearly destroyed her. Her experience with depression is the reason why this book was so good. The darkness that envelopes Helen is almost as terrifying for the reader as it is for Helen. When she even went so far as to buy a knife and start planning her suicide I was so tense and found myself so concerned for her well being.
Bottom line, The Mystery of Mercy Close, has everything you would want in a novel. Mystery, romance, rock-stars,divas, crazy families and more. At the heart of everything is the severity of mental-illness. It is an important message to get out there and one that I think needs to be discussed more often, like maybe at this month's book club meeting?...more
I have been a big fan of Jonathan Tropper and his incredible sense of wit for years. Having said that, I was a bit disappointed by One Last Thing Before I Go. I did not laugh as much as I had hoped and that ending was not nice at all. But, it is Jonathan Tropper, so definitely worth the read. Just go into it know it is not one of his best works....more
I always enjoy listening to audiobooks because I feel like I can really get into the heads of the main characters and I know that I won't miss any little detail by glossing over or reading too fast like I sometimes do with print. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this YA novel was told from Ethan's perspective. It seems like most YA novels I read are told in a female voice. We do get to hear from Lena, but it is only briefly and only at the end of the novel. I enjoyed the quirky cast of characters that populated not only Gatlin, but Lena's family. It really gave the whole novel a real dark, Gothic feel. I am looking forward to seeing the movie, just because I am curious as to how true to the novel it stayed. Has anyone out there seen the movie yet?
Bottom line, while I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures it did not "hook" me the way other YA novels have. I suspect it is only because I listened to the book at 30-45 minute intervals. I did purchase the rest of the books in e-book form a couple weeks ago (Amazon had them for dirt cheap) so I will likely stay with Lena and Ethan. Even if it takes me years to read them all. :)...more
Bottom line, The Fault in Our Stars, is a pretty damn good book. John Green is one of the best YA novelist out there right now and he proves why with this book. I know most of my readers are adults, but if you only read one Young Adult novel this year, let it be this one. You will be glad that I introduced you to Hazel and Gus, I promise....more
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) was an audiobook that I was listening to while on the treadmill, which is funny considering Mindy discusses her workout routine and her playlists in the book. This book just seems to be a free flowing collection of stories about Mindy's life -from childhood to college to her time in New York City as an Au Pair and of course her time on The Office. My favorite parts were when Mindy starts gushing pop culture references that we all of us (of a certain age) can relate to. Harry Potter, 80's movies, Chick Lit (and flicks) - her favorite comedy scenes on screen. You name it and she covers it in her cute, witty way....more
With any post-apocalyptic novel, any novel really, the reader is asked to use their own imagination to make the details of that world come to life. And I must say that William R. Forstchen's novel put my imagination into overdrive. The "What-If's" that are generated by this novel is the stuff of nightmares. Death, destruction, cannibalism, and other forms of mayhem can all be expected during the breakdown of society. It makes me want to run out and stock up on all of the essentials. Food, water, toilet paper, and Diet Dr. Pepper. AND it made me Thank the dear Lord that (at this time) I am not reliant on modern medicine to stay alive.
While One Second After is not the most "literary" novel I have ever read it was entertaining and engrossing. The characters, while a bit cliche, came to life as they struggled with this crisis. From the Middle-Eastern convenience store owner to the town's Mayor, the familiarity of the characters made me long for small town living. I *do* wish that the author would have given a little more time to John's daughters and how they were dealing with "stuff" as he was off saving the town. I know the book was written from John's viewpoint, but including the girl's viewpoints would have made the book a little more well rounded.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a good book to keep you entertained give One Second After a chance. BUT, go into it knowing the subject matter and knowing that it can be a bit graphic. ...more
I ended up listening to this book through Overdrive and I want to say that it was really quite enjoyable. Janet, Ina, and Janet's daughter Alex, wrote the book in a Q&A style. So to listening to Janet's thick Jersey accent as she talks about the details of being a novelist really gave it a personal feel. I felt as if she were talking directly to me. She gives a lot of great advice, the most important being, (paraphrasing) JUST WRITE IT! Getting caught up in the need for a perfect book while writing the first draft will likely ensure you never finish the first draft. (*gulp*) But the fact that hit me like a ton of bricks is this, Janet Evanovich was FORTY-THREE when she published her first book. -- Sidenote: Doesn't she look GREAT for her age?? Forty-three is not old by anyone's standards, but it is a little late to launch a new career. So to hear that your dreams CAN come true at any age has motivated me to march on and finish what I have started.
Bottom line, if anyone is looking for some basic advice from a bestselling author on what it takes to publish your novel, then grab this book. BUT - do so realizing that this book was written six years ago. Before e-books exploded onto the scene. And we all know how e-books have changed the publishing world, for both readers and authors. Having said that, this book is still full of great advice and a wonderful read for anyone trying to make their dreams come true.
If there is ever a book that would make the perfect Chick Flick, it would be The Fixer Upper. It has all of the fixings for the perfect Reese Witherspoon movie. It is funny, romantic, sweet, and has a little suspense (very little) thrown in for good measure. Not to mention a handsome man that sweeps in to help save the day. Oh and it has house porn. A century old Greek Revival mansion set in the deep South. Seriously, it would make a GREAT movie!
Bottom line is that I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed watching Dempsey "blossom" from the patsy that was set up by her boss to this strong woman who tackles a home renovation project with gusto. And then kicks the sleazeball in the crotch. It was a real "I am woman hear me ROAR" kind of moment...more
Once again Karin Slaughter has written an engrossing novel featuring my two old friends. We got to see both Faith and Will move along on an emotional level. Faith, with her mother and Will with the beautiful, Dr. Sarah Linton. I have been reading the series for years, and even though I should remember all of the backstory, I don't (it sucks getting old). Karin Slaughter does a great job of catching the reader up in a way that you don't realize that is what she is doing. So have no fear, if you have never read a book by Karin Slaughter, now is the time to start. You won't be lost. I promise ...more