Thursday, September 3, 2015
Author: Nora Ephron
First published in 2006 by
The woman who brought us "When Harry Met Sally . . ., Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, "and" Bewitched, " and the author of best sellers "Heartburn, Scribble Scribble, " and "Crazy Salad, " discusses everything--from how much she hates her purse to how much time she spends attempting to stop the clock: the hair dye, the treadmill, the lotions and creams that promise to slow the aging process but never do. Oh, and she can't stand the way her neck looks. But her dermatologist tells her there's no quick fix for that.
Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. She recounts her anything-but-glamorous days as a White House intern during the JFK years ("I am probably the only young woman who ever worked in the Kennedy White House that the President did not make a pass at") and shares how she fell in and out of love with Bill Clinton--from a distance, of course. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.
I'm sorry to say that I didn't finish listening to this audiobook. I know that Nora Ephron is loved by many people. When she passed away in 2012, the literary world felt the loss greatly. She gave us wonderful movies and I'm sure other great books, but I just wasn't feeling it with this one. I was looking forward to reading I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. I was hoping for funny commentary on what is was like to get older; but I felt like all I was getting was either a lecture of complaining.
This is the first set of essays I have read by Ms. Ephron, but I find I prefer Erma Bombeck's offerings a lot more. I really didn't find much amusing in the essays that I did listen to. Not even the essay on "Parenting" was enough to make me want to keep listening. It wasn't funny. Instead I felt like the parents of today were being chided for taking active interests in their kids activities and lives. I think I will stick with watching Ms. Ephron's movies.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Date of publication: June 2015
Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn't actually go through with it. It's just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn't the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they're being framed. Or are they about to become the killer's next targets?
It had been a while since I read the first book, The Perfectionists, so it took a bit to re-orient myself to The Good Girls. Thankfully, the author did a good job of covering ground from the first book in the first couple of chapters. This one pretty much picks up where the first one left off. In The Good Girls, the five girls are back and someone is targeting the rest of the "kill list" from the first book. Bodies seem to be dropping everywhere and the girls are once again suspects.
I thought this was a great sequel to the first book. I had a hard time figuring out the solution. There are a lot of twists to the story. I won't give away any of the plot. I just can't ruin it for anyone! The ending was a major "Wait, what?" moment for me. Thinking back, I honestly never saw it coming until the reveal. You must read this one just for the ending alone! I'm not sure if this is meant to be a duology or if there will be another book in the series. The epilogue does leave an opening for a third book. It will be interesting to see what comes next if there is a third one! If you are a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series, you will love this one. Check it out!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Publisher: Mira (Harlequin)
Date of publication: August 2015
I'll start by saying that Come Away with Me is not an easy book to read. What I mean is that this is a very emotional and intense story about loss and grief. While it is a pretty quick read, I found myself having to put the book down at certain parts to take a break.In the book, Tegan was 6 months pregnant when she was in a car accident and her life was forever changed. When her husband reminds her about their jar of spontaneity, she decides to do three of the things in the jar in order to find herself again. The slips of papr take her on a journey across the world where she slowly begins to deal with the grief of losing her family.
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Monday, August 31, 2015
The Silenced - This was another good installment in the Krewe of Hunters series. It's the 15th book. I did enjoy the mystery and was surprised at the solution. The romance was just so-so, though and felt a little forced. I could have enjoyed the book even without the romance. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Hard to Let Go- The final installment in the Hard Ink series. I enjoyed Beckett and Kat's story. They have been circling each other for weeks. They were great together and it was great to see Beckett finally open up. It is hard to believe that the entire series took place over only a couple of weeks. The whole story arc was wrapped up nicely with a great epilogue in the end. It's sad to see the series end. I have enjoyed the journey with this group of guys and their loves.
On the Hunt - Honestly, I only read one of the novellas in this anthology. I got it mainly for Dianne Duvall's Phantom Embrace. It's part of the Immortal Guardian series. I had to see what happened to Yuri. So sad, but such a wonderful love story! The immortal guardian series totally rocks!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Hand that Feeds You -This is like one of the hottest books of the summer. It's on every must read list. I didn't care for it. I didn't buy the fact that these women were totally duped by this guy. Most women who online date are freakishly cautious and online stalk a guy until they know everything about every person in their life. I just wasn't buying the story.
Challenger Deep -This was a book I got as a review copy. It was also on a big display at the library so I was kind of expecting big things from this book. I really, really didn't like it. I was very confused from the very beginning as to what kind of book this was supposed to be; modern day or pirates? Then there was this alliteration thing that was super annoying. Just definitely not the book for me.
Tiny Pretty Things -I've read a few other ballerina books and I've always enjoyed them. The dancing and the drama is always appealing. I had hoped I'd like this one. Tiny Pretty Things never captured or held my interest. There were too many other books calling my name.
Station Eleven - Once again, this was a book that just didn't capture my interest. It seemed like the kind of book I would really like and I would be really into. I think I'm kind of burnt out on the post apocalyptic thing. I don't want to think about a super flu wiping out humanity right now...it's just not working for me.
Killing Monica: Being a Sex in the City fan, I thought I would like this book. I couldn't make it past the divorce party scene. The main character Pandy was annoying as were all of her friends. I think if I read the word Monica one more time, I was going to scream. Parody or not, it wasn't funny.
Book of Numbers - This was a book that I knew was just not going to hold my interest. I tried the first disc, but gave up. I was really bored. Besides it is a really long book and unless the book sucks me right in, I don't want to waste my time.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
published by: Minotaur Books
publish date: June 16, 2015
When two young female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness—the most remote stretch along the entire two-thousand mile Appalachian Trail—Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the search to find them. When two corpses are discovered—the bones picked clean by coyotes—rumors spread that the women were stalked and killed by the increasingly aggressive canines. His new girlfriend, the brilliant but volatile biologist Stacey Stevens, insists coyotes merely scavenged the bodies after the women were murdered. When Stacey herself disappears on the outskirts of the Hundred Mile Wilderness, Bowditch realizes that locating her means he must also discover the truth behind what happened to the two hikers. Were the young women really killed by coyotes or, as Stacey insisted, were they murdered by the most dangerous animal in the North Woods?
A few years ago I watched a documentary about the Appalachian Trail, The AT, and the people that hike the entire thing. It looked so awesome. There are people that take off for like a year to hike the entire thing from Georgia to Maine. It's crazy, but people do it all the time.
Anyway, this book was about that, these two women that were hiking The AT and go missing. After search teams are formed, their bodies are discovered. It's theorized that coyotes stalked and killed the women, based on journal entries and the condition of their bodies. However, Mike Bowditch's girlfriend, Stacey Stevens doesn't believe that. She knows they were murdered and she's intent on proving that. Mike, of course, is caught up in investigating the case from his own angle and doesn't realize the trouble that she is in before it's too late.
I love this series. Paul Doiron is a great writer. He does a great job portraying Maine and showing it's not all just lighthouses and lobsters. I really enjoy all the deep woods descriptions too. This is a great mystery series and I highly recommend it.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Today, we are excited to have an interview with a couple of characters from Dianne Duvall's exciting series The Immortal Guardians. They are here to help promote Dianne's latest book, Shadows Strike. Enjoy it after my thoughts on the book.
Date of publication: August 2015
The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out…
U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.
Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive…
I'm not even sure I need to write a review for this one because you all know what I will say already. It's amazing, sexy, fast paced, and just plain fun! You know when I get a new book by Ms. Duvall, I am going to just devour it! Shadows Strike was no exception. The story picks up about a year after the last book. It was fast paced and full of twists.
I loved Ethan and Heather together! They were just too cute. It was so fun to see Ethan finally find a love. It's funny that Ethan kept saying that his gift was nothing special. I thought it was pretty cool. Imagine being able to remember everything and have the added benefit of not having your mind manipulated ever. I'd say that was pretty cool. I also loved seeing Adira interact with the warriors. She is too cute. I can't wait to watch her grow up!
All I can say about this book and series is go buy it and read it! You won't be sorry!
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Release Date: 8/25/2015
Fourteen years later, Nadya returns to the beach to try to rebuild some semblance of her life out of her ex-husband’s shadow, but that means returning to her past and seeing Grady Havens again.
Now a charter boat captain constantly trying to put his past behind him, Grady doesn’t know what to make of Nadya’s return. All he knows is she was always meant to be his, and he intends to make his claim. He wants her back in his life and most certainly back in his bed.
When his entire family is threatened, he’s caught between rekindling his relationship with Nadya and protecting what belongs to him.
Together they try to rebuild what always should have been, but their pasts are determined to keep them ensnared. As passions ignite between them, they realize that even Grady may not be able to keep her safe this time.
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