Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Club: Clear


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This week I'm reviewing...



Here's the synopsis:

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.
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Here are my thoughts:

Whoa.

Okay, so it's no secret around these parts that I don't read many paranormal books.  In fact, this is probably the first full blown paranormal book I've ever read and it certainly threw me for a loop.

I've read all of Jessica Park's books to date and have absolutely loved all of them.  Clear is a complete change from everything she's written before and it's a crazy ride.  Stella's journey to find Sam in Maine and build a life with some normalcy was one of my favorite story lines in a long time.  With Jessica's writing, I could picture the Maine coastline and smell the salty air.

I'm afraid to say anything else and risk of giving away a surprise in the book, so I'll leave it at this:  Clear is is a wild ride, with some unquestionably intense moments, but I enjoyed every minute (even the ones that freaked me out a little).

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Club: Confess


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Here's the synopsis:

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…
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Here are my thoughts:

I love Colleen Hoover insane amounts.  Her books always draw me in and hook me, always leaving me wanting more.  Confess was no exception.

The concept of Owen's confession wall is so much fun and I loved how Owen and Auburn met.  As always with Colleen's books, I couldn't have predicted the overall direction of the book or how it would end.  And I certainly never expected Owen's confession!

Side note: Colleen has been collecting confessions from her readers lately and some of them are CUH-razy.  You should look them up.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Club: The Secret Dreams of Sarah Jane Quinn


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Here's the synopsis:

Sarah-Jane Quinn has many secret dreams: to own the bed-and-breakfast inn where she stayed as a child; to finally capture the elusive Coleridge “Collie” Tate, on whom she has an enormous crush; and most importantly, to be someone’s top priority for once in her life.

But Collie is a single father with a potential custody battle on his hands, and Sarah ranks roughly Number 917 on his list of concerns. So when Gus Haldemann, the sophisticated director of Human Resources, shows a marked interest in her, she finds it not only flattering (and mystifying), but decidedly tempting and irresistible.

And then Sarah is brutally attacked by a violent stalker. In the aftermath, she must re-evaluate her priorities and decide which man reaches deepest into her heart – and let the other go forever.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

Drama, drama!  This book was stuffed with drama.  It was enjoyable, but I must say that I enjoyed Office Politics, the first book of this due more.  I liked Sarah Jane as a character, but just didn't feel like I connected with her as well as I connected with Frannie from the first.

I did enjoy that I got to "check in" with the characters from Office Politics and see how they were doing after their "happy ending".

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Club: Women Are Scary


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Here's the synopsis:
When you show up at the park for the first time with your little ones spilling out of the van, scan the swing set for anyone you might recognize, and notice that all the other moms are already hanging out in pairs, you realize that your awkward adventure of finding mom friends has only just begun. Too many women are frazzled and lonely, isolated in their minivans while schlepping bags, strollers, and munchkins to and fro across town. It doesn t have to be this way.

In this hilarious yet thought-provoking guide to momlationships, blogger Melanie Dale uses a dating analogy to help women get more intentional about bonding with each other.

We are better together, she writes. We make each other better moms, better humans. We need each other, because mothering is just too darn hard. Moms will discover how to make sure their kids aren't the only ones having fun, develop lifelong friendships, share their burdens, and join together to impact communities around the world."
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Here are my thoughts:

5 Stars.  Seriously.

We've all been there- new to parenthood and with few friends who also have kids.  As mothers, we need someone to relate to and someone (adult sized) to laugh with.  Of course, we have significant others, but there's something different about having a woman who really understands the exhaustion, stress, and utter joy of being a mommy.

Melanie Dell hits the nail on the head with her advice, stories and hilarity.  She's absolutely real- there's no sugarcoating the messes, the laundry and the literal poop.  Bonus?  She hasn't taken out a restraining order on me, despite my constant tweeting at her while reading this book.

Extra bonus?  The mulled wine recipe toward the end.

Read it.  You're welcome.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Club: Happenstance (Part 2)


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Here's the synopsis:

Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead. 

In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town. 

Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that gives her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.
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Here are my thoughts:

Happenstance is a series of three novellas.  I reviewed Part 1 here.

I hated the secret that Erin discovered about both Weston and Alder.  It was awful to think that Alder was so sick and cruel.  But I held out hope that Erin and Weston would work through their issues, because they're such a cute couple.

All in all, it was a great book- so good that I immediately picked up Part 3.  I'll review that one in a couple weeks!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Club: Riffs of Regret

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Here's the synopsis:

A weekend of discovering new music sounds like the perfect break from reality. Cori Stevens is bored with her job and jaded when it comes to the dating world. Luke Walker works hard but lost his creative drive years ago. Mutual friends invite them to one of the nation’s largest music festivals, and the four of them take off, eager to get away from their everyday lives. As the weekend unfolds, it proves to be a turning point in the lives of all four twentysomethings. Even as they return from their musical excursion, the missed chances, broken hearts and regrets are only just beginning. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Right off the bat, I had good feelings about this book, because the foursome of main characters were traveling to Austin City Limits.  As a complete coincidence, the weekend I was reading this book, the Mister and I were headed to- you guessed it- Austin.  So the details in this book had me all sorts of excited for my weekend away, both so I could enjoy Austin and get some much needed downtime with a good read.  Something that also makes me happy?  The author clearly did her research- as far as I could tell the Austin details were completely accurate.  And that makes this book nerd so happy.

It took me a little longer to connect with the characters than I'd hoped, but once I did I was hooked.  I found myself worrying about the characters when I wasn't reading and was completely caught off guard by more than one twist in this book.  I was extremely satisfied with how the story was tied up in the end.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Club: The Marrying Type

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Here's the synopsis:


Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).


With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.


Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

Here are my thoughts:

I was very excited when author Laura Chapman contacted me to review The Marrying Type.  As a former wedding planner by profession myself, a book about a wedding planner sounds just right up my alley.

I quickly related to Elliot as a character when she dealt with multiple wedding related crises with class- and a glass of champagne.  There is nothing like a novel set in the South.  It's guaranteed to be stuffed with classy women, a little gossip and a ton of drama!  I also enjoyed the wedding details woven throughout this book- from the fragrant flowers to the drunken bridesmaid- The Marrying Type does not disappoint.

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