This book was a surprisingly well written debut novel. I'm not quite sure what I expected going in...but this novel certainly delivered. It was a romantic suspense at it's best including a crazy potentially deadly ex, a handsome new love interest, charming children, and amazing friendships.I was captured from the first chapter and invested to see how all of this would play out...and play out it did. There were several twists which kept me wondering and I loved how the Point of View would occasionally change to that of the ex so we could see what he was thinking. That only made things more perplexing in a great way.I adored all of the secondary characters in this book: from the reliable and caring Susan, to the charming children Josh & Eli, to the amazing friends Mitch & Chase. I need friends like that!I did have a little bit of trouble connecting to the two main characters...they both seemed a bit bipolar to me...but in retrospect they were both emotionally damaged and dealing with a very stressful situation. I'd probably have been acting a bit crazy myself. I also felt that there were a few sections that dragged on a bit...but it picked right back up toward the end of the book and hurtled us to a wonderfully satisfying ending...one that I admit ..I did not see coming.
I haven’t read a romance in a long time and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It started off as a simple travel/self discovery/love at first sight story but then luckily for me morphed nicely into a bit more. I am generally not a fan of the whole love at first sight, divided by a ridiculous conflict, and then reunited to find lasting love type story: But this story managed to make me enjoy it nonetheless. The character development was well done and the setting in Ireland so gorgeous that I managed to find the love story believable despite itself.Just when I feared there was no much more left to the story there was a small mystery thrown it to keep my interest though the end.All in all, a fun quick read…a really believable love story and an entertaining way to pass a rainy day. I doubt I’ll pick up the others in the series…but I don’t regret reading this one.
This is an adorably cute book which captivates not only with it’s rhyming verse but mostly with it’s incredibly vivid watercolor pictures. The two sibling are on a quest to find a cure for the ill brother cub. They meet a host of wonderful animals and get all kinds of advice before returning home and finding that sister cub had the solution all along.My only curiosity throughout was: where is Mama bear? However every time I’d flip the page and see another gorgeous illustration I’d be captivated all over again.
I almost don’t know where to begin with this one. When I picked up the book, I knew nothing about it or the setting. It’s about a girl whose father teaches her to read…or so I thought. I was so wrong.Death narrates this tale of a young girl’s life in Nazi Germany with both a sense of humor and surprisingly much compassion as well. And it is no easy tale to tell. There is unspeakable cruelty alongside unimaginable beauty. We see the worst and best that humanity has to offer…sometimes in unexpected places…and we are reminded of just who we are and what we are capable of…the good and the bad.The authors writing took a little getting used to but the imagery in his text is amazing. Each scene evoking a full range of the senses. And despite the foreshadowing (I knew what to expect) I still found myself sobbing through the last few pages.Although marketed as Young Adult…I have no reservations about recommending this to Adults as well. In short…Read this book.
I wasn’t all too sure about this book when I started it…and I honestly was worried that I’ve been reading a bit too much YA lately. But slowly the characters grew and the story developed and I found myself fascinated by the situation that Delaney woke up to and the mystery surrounding her, her “ability,” and Troy. I needed to know what was going on and where Megan Miranda was leading us.I found the characters of Delaney and her childhood friend Decker not only completely believable and charming but also very loveable. The romance that blossomed between the two…despite the usual teen angst setbacks was sweet (and I always root for the “best friend.”)The character of Troy was also compelling as well as a bit creepy. What exactly was his deal? What was Delany’s connection to him? Was he a hero, was he misguided or was he actually evil?And ultimately what does it mean to be human, what does it mean to be alive and what would you do if you knew that you or a loved one only had one day left to live? This book leaves you pondering these things… And deep down…at the end of it all…we all have a need to find these answers within ourselves.
This book has all the makings of a great murder, mystery/thriller. It starts with a gruesome apparently ritualistic murder and then weaves in the supernatural elements so that they don’t overpower but rather complement the story.I loved the plot and the main characters although I do feel that there was a little something lacking in the development of those characters…or perhaps it was simply the matter of fact style of the storytelling itself. If you are looking for rich language and a lot of emotional depth…this book does not deliver. That said, I did find the story line very compelling and found the novel itself hard to put down. I even found myself having crazy dreams at night right along with the main character: Dani. The murder mystery was nicely wrapped up by the end…however the supernatural elements were still left unsolved…leading in to the second in the series….If you’re looking for a simple Murder mystery read with supernatural elements thrown in and don’t mind waiting for the next in the series to have those answered…then this book won’t disappoint.
This was my first Sophie Kinsella read and I was absolutely charmed from the very first page. The character of Poppy Wyatt is one that I feel most women can easily relate to. She's flawed and insecure yet impulsive and mouthy at at once. The author does an amazing job of capturing the realities of what we all think and feel at one time in our lives or another and imbuing Poppy with those emotions!The supporting cast are also a pleasant surprise running the gambit from a less that ideal fiance and in-laws, to the assortment of friends...some true...some not so true. And the pace of the novel is perfect... keeping things moving along while peppering in moments of hilarity, reality, uncomfortability, and incredible sweetness. I was laughing non stop and enjoyed every minute.The budding romance that develops of all things via text messages between Poppy and Sam was incredibly sweet and somehow believable. I think I fell a little in love with him myself as I felt so much like Poppy while reading this!The only downside for me were the footnotes...not that I didn't enjoy reading them, but it was a bit difficult toggling back and forth on an e-reader. With a print copy though I feel they'd only enhance the read.This was an amazing delightful read that I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish and when I did I was left with only one question... Why in the world did I wait so long to read Sophie Kinsella??
This was a very entertaining holiday read. I loved the fact that there was an important family element and adored the setting. What could be better than a trip to Dublin, Ireland for the holidays??The characters were all incredibly likable if not terribly well developed. I fear that reading a book in this series out of order may have been a disservice to the author as there are so many characters who very obviously have been previously introduced and developed. I admit that I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of who was who...but it barely detracted from the story at hand.The main story line with Laila & Matthew developed nicely and kept me rooting for the couple until the end and the secondary story lines (especially that of the grandmother Nell)provided sufficient information about the other characters to tempt me to pick up another in this series. I'd definitely advise reading them in order however.All in all, a fun easy holiday read with a wonderful setting!
I flew through this novel at record pace. The writing flowed easily, the characters were all quite likable and believable and I found the premise to be interesting and unique. I have to admit that I was quite pleasantly surprised by this one. I wondered how I would relate to such young characters but I needn't have feared. Sam is wise beyond his years and Renee, well she also has much more experience than one would assume. (I don't want to give anything away!) Lois Brown does a wonderful job of introducing two very young characters and throwing them into the midst of a fascinating and mysterious intrigue. I loved trying to puzzle it all out right alongside Renee and Sam. I don't think that I'd have been able to guess at any of it before it was revealed.My only complaints would be that it did seem a smidgen unbelievable to me that two 13 year old were running around on their own. And there is one scene involving a conversation between Renee and a schoolteacher that seemed 100% improbable and age inappropriate. But then again...times may have changed greatly since I was 13!On the whole, I was impressed with Lois Brown's creativity and her character development and am curious to see where the story goes from here...
This beautiful baby board book knocks one out of the park. The lesson to express gratitude for the simple yet wonderfully miraculous things in life from kittens purrs, and sloppy dog kisses to pancakes with syrup and a sky full of stars can not be taught at too young an age and is a lesson that we all can benefit from even as adults.Marijan Ramljak’s perfectly warm and cozy illustrations are a perfect match to Amy Parker’s beautiful message and never grow boring. This book is a wonderful tool to instill the habit of thankfulness while at the same time enjoying snuggly, cuddly, beautiful together time with your little one.