Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Club: The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan

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Here's the synopsis:

Thirty-four year old, Mimi Finnegan is the third of four daughters and in her eyes, by far, the most unremarkable. She has no singular accomplishment that can stand up to any of her sisters. And if that isn’t enough, she is the only single sibling in her family. 

Mimi’s sisters decide that it’s time she gets serious about husband hunting, so they begin a campaign to find Mr. Right for her. Considering her most recent dating encounters include a night club owner who stuffs bratwurst in his pants and a WASPy trust fund baby, living happily under his mother’s thumb, Mimi is more than ready to meet THE ONE. Enter celebrated British novelist Elliot Fielding. 

Sexual tension and anger heat up between the duo and it isn’t until Mimi discovers that Elliot is almost engaged to another that she realizes she is head-over-heels in love with him. 

The journey will make you laugh, cry and want to pull your hair out from frustration! Mimi eventually learns that she is quite remarkable in her own right and never needed to worry that she lived in her sister’s shadows. 

The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan is the perfect laugh-out-loud, feel good book for any woman who has ever felt that she wasn’t good enough. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Move aside Bridget Jones, Mimi Finnegan is the new it girl.  It has been a long time since I've issued a 5 star rating and Whitney Dineen has broken that streak.  Not only has she broken it, but she's set the bar for future books incredibly high.

Mimi Finnegan is relatable, hilarious and someone I just rooted for the entire book.  She had her fair share of issues but took them in stride (although occasionally with the help of Ben & Jerry's).  I want to be friends with Mimi and her family.

I've already added Whitney Dineen's other books to my "Want to Read" list.  I can't wait to get to them!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Club: A Long Thaw

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Here's the synopsis:

ousins Abby and Juliet were born into one big, close family. But when Juliet’s parents divorce, it tears the family apart and sends the girls in very different directions.

Juliet grows up too quickly, forced to be responsible for her younger sisters as well as an alcoholic, single mother. Abby grows up a pampered, sheltered only child.

As women, they try to mend the rift and come to terms with the way their shared history connects them, in spite of the years apart.

Told in alternating narrative, A Long Thaw explores how the two women are shaped by the traumas and triumphs of childhood. It’s a story about the power of secrets and the unbreakable bonds of family.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I generally get a little nervous when I see a book is being told from alternating points of view.  A  Long Thaw was told primarily from Abby & Juliet's point of view, with a little from other characters thrown in- and it was executed very well.  No parts of the story were lost from the different perspectives.

I was very intrigued by Juliet's father's story and would have liked to hear more from him and see a little of Juliet's mother's perspective.  I loved the twist that surrounded them and led them to where they are in their lives now.

I enjoyed the growth that all of the characters experienced and connected well with their individual personalities.  I cannot wait to read more by Katie O'Rourke.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Club: The Other Side of Later

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Here's the synopsis:

Julia Merina always thought her life would be simple - go to college, meet Mr. Right, find her dream job, and live happily ever after. But just shy of 25, she learns the hard way that life rarely goes according to plan. 

Now, at age 28, Julia’s life revolves around her three year old son, Carson, her career at Oceanic Marketing, and her supportive family. After the turbulent years of her early 20s, Julia resolved to never trust a man again. That is until Drew Parkington, an old classmate, suddenly comes back into her life. 

Julia is forced to examine her life and decide if she can let go of the past and learn to trust again.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I find it to be a rarity that an author's first novel is well written and easily to read.  DK Hamilton hit the nail on the head with her debut novel.  The Other Side of Later follows single mother Julia Merina, whose life hasn't gone at all the way she'd planned.

Julia is a hard working, stubborn character, but so likable at the same time.  Drew Parkington is swoon worthy.  And Carson is just insanely adorable.

There were two main twists in this book- one of which I saw coming and the other I didn't.  Of course, I'm not giving any spoilers here, so you'll just have to jump to goodreads and add this one to your list.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Club: The Lunar Chronicles


Hey guys and gals, it’s time for Book Club Friday! Woot woot! And better yet, today you get me, Jennie, as a guest host. You’re welcome! Haha! I’m an avid reader, just like Heather, so when she asked me to guest host, I was all:

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Today, I’m reviewing this little gem, which is the 3.5th book in The Lunar Chronicles. (Yes, it’s not the third but not quite the fourth. And for some reason, that made me like it more. Haha!) 


Writing a villain takes work. They can’t be all bad, because that'd be boring, but they can’t be too good either because…you know…they’re villains. And because fairy tales are often about a character overcoming obstacles put in place by villains, there’s little room for the bad guy's character development. Enter, FAIREST, the story behind Queen Levana--the antagonist who wants to take over Earth, at any cost.

In CINDER, we met the MC for the series, a space-y cyborg named Cinder. SCARLET continued Cinder's journey with a Little Head Riding Hood inspired tale, and CRESS borrowed from Rapunzel to bring the plot to its breaking point. The final book in the series, WINTER, is due out in the fall, but earlier this year, FAIREST was released. It's more of a prequel than an instalment though, which explains the numbering sequence. And in keeping with the theme of fairy tale retellings, FAIREST references the queen in Snow White: as in “who’s the fairest of them all?” 

(Side Comment: Does Marissa Meyer have a next-level imagination, or what? Like, how did she come up with these ideas? They're out of this world! Haha! Get it? Cause they're in space? #badjoke #sorrynotsorry Haha!)

Of course, I can’t recommend reading FAIREST unless you’ve read the rest of the series, because otherwise, you probably won’t give a hoot about ole Levana, but even if you’ve read one of the previous books, I think you’ll love it. Villains always have motivations, and it was great to see where Levana’s come from because she’s super evil and we never know why. Giving us Levana's story before the final book was utter brilliance, as far as I'm concerned. Now that I understand Levana's history, I'm even more invested in the outcome, both for Cinder and her crew, but also for Levana.  

Because it turns out that Levana’s not the emotionally crippled character I thought she was. Err, okay, actually she's quite the emotionally crippled character, but there are reasons. Pretty good ones, in fact. I hadn't expected to sympathize with a woman who commits truly horrendous acts, but by the end, I found that I did. So although FAIREST is on the shorter side, it's an engrossing, in-depth look at how Queen Levana became the baddest beyotch in the galaxy (which means you need to read it). 
  

So if you love fantasy retellings that blow your mind with their creativity, I can't recommend The Lunar Chronicles enough!

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Thanks again to Heather, for letting me guest host! Hope you all have an awesome weekend!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Club: Falling Into You


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Here's the synopsis:

I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

This is the first book I've read by Jasinda Wilder and it won't be the last.  I loved the love story between Nell and Kyle.  I felt like I watched them grow up and fall in love.  Then I lived the hurt and pain with Nell when Kyle died.

My only wish is that there had been a little more detail about the beginning of Colton & Nell's relationship.  But I think the sign of a good book is that it leaves you wanting a little more, right?

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Book Club: Clear


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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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