Saturday, October 8, 2011

So Near (Liza Gyllenhaal)

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Summary:


In the aftermath of a devastating loss, Cal and Jenny Horigan's marriage is unraveling. Both are plagued by guilt, unable to seek comfort from one another. Burdened by remorse, they begin to lose sight of the love that once anchored them-together with their sense of right and wrong.

As the Horigans try different ways to deal with their pain, a new acquaintance seems to offer the support they desperately need-though at times they are unsure whether his guidance is leading them back to each other or further apart...



My Thoughts:
This was a book for mothers and daughters alike. After I read it I just HAD to pass it on to my mom. The story was thoughtful and engaging. The only negative was the beginning. I was not drawn in right away but I became attached as soon as I was. The characters were all so much like people you meet in your everyday life. They could have easily been your next door neighbor. Due to this I felt an intense connection to this book, way more so than any book has done to me lately.

The writing style was easy to read and not distracting. I would recommend this book to all women.

Scores:
I give this a A and an adult rating.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Anti-Prom (Abby McDonald)

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Summary:


Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald.

They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, ├╝ber-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.


Review:


This book was entertaining enough to be good, but too predictable to be great. Everyone has heard and experienced their fair share of high school drama, and this book really isn’t anything extraordinary. It was very well written, lots of excitement and “oh no” moments, and a heart-warming happy ending for the main characters. I would advise readers of 14/ 15+ to read this, but don’t get any bright ideas ;)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

18 Minutes (Peter Bregman)

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Summary:
Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review columns (which is one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 MINUTES clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items which are truly the top priorities in our lives.

Bregman works from the premise that the best way to combat constant and distracting interruptions is to create productive distractions of one's own. Based upon a series of short bite-sized chapters, his approach allows us to safely navigate through the constant chatter of emails, text messages, phone calls, and endless meetings that prevent us from focusing our time on those things that are truly important to us.

Mixing first-person insights along with unique case studies, Bregman sprinkles his charming book with pathways which help guide us -- pathways that can get us on the right trail in 18 minutes or less.



My Thoughts:
I thought this was wonderful book and an asset to anyones nonfiction collection. We all have a hard time focusing and continue to procrastinate. I believe that this book can help you work through that. You will find yourself understanding why you have these issues and how to fix them upon completion of this book.

Scores:
I give this an A and an adult rating.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday Wishlist

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What?

Lexi's feeling a little holidazed this winter....

Lexi's been going out with Cameron for way too long. Sure, he's a nice guy, but there's a spark missing between them. So she comes up with the perfect plan: get him to fall for another girl so she'll be free — and guilt-free, too.

But when Lexi sees Cameron looking awfully cozy with Jaylene, her heart melts, especially when her budding psychologist best friend tells her that once a new couple has gone out a dozen times, their relationship is pretty much set. Cameron's twelfth date with Jaylene — the Christmas Ball — is coming up. Can Lexi find a way to rekindle her relationship with Cameron in the (saint) nick of time?



Why?
It's getting to be that time! Let the holiday's begin!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Michelle Hodkin)

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Summary:


Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.


It can.


She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.


There is.


She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.


She's wrong.


Review:


YES! I enjoyed this book immensely! The way the author twisted this story and spun it up in just the right way to really make it unique, it was a stunning source of enjoyment. It’s absolutely topsy-turvy and demented and just incredible in every way. It gave me goose bumps and chills, and I have never read a book as excellently crafted as this one. I couldn’t put this book down, if I didn’t already own it I’d have it on pre-order! So followers, 14+ I hope you’ll enjoy this read as much as I did.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Must Monday

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What?
It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend.

They power up and log on and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out



Why?
Two amazing authors. I loved meeting Jay, so any book he has a part in I will read!

When?
November 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Unforgettable

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I was luck enough to be a part of the blog tour for Loretta Ellsworth's newest book, Unforgettable. As my post I wanted to spotlight the many exciting things available to you involving this book.

First off, take a moment to see what this book is all about: http://www.lorettaellsworth.com/books/unforgettable1.html

You also have the oppurtunity to read some of the book online. You can do so here:

http://www.lorettaellsworth.com/pdf/Unforgettable_excerpt.pdf



Loretta has many visits planned. You can see those and the other blog tour stops:


http://www.lorettaellsworth.com/schedule/schedule1.html



Last but not least.... YOU have the chance to win a nook! That is a super fabulous prize! Look for the details in Loretta's journal:


http://www.lorettaellsworth.com/journal/


Look for a review of this book, this Friday.



Thanks to Loretta for the chance to participate in this blog tour!

The Lost Wife (Alyson Richman)

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Summary:


In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.



My thoughts:
This was a beautiful book. Everything from the cover to the romance was fantastic. The cover was what drew me in originally and made me have to read it. The romance is what kept me going. The blossom of love in such a hateful time was alluring.

I have always had an interest in the Nazi's. The way they treated people has always boggled my mind. This was a very unique venture into the war. It wasn't a documentation of the hatred, it was a representation of love and life beyond.

My only problem with this book was how slow it felt to me. It was not a quick paced book by any means. I would still recommend anyone with an interest in romances read it!

Scores:
I give this book a B and adult rating.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

School Started

I just wanted to let y'all know I am back! I have a full course load this this term so I will be busy but I am back to reviewing. I just needed a week to get into the swing of things for school. So here come the reviews....