Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph

A fairly predictable read. Not much else to say about it......this was one of those books where everything tied up just a little too neatly at the end to be considered realistic. I will admit that it was cute.... and I liked how it was partly a love story and partly an empowering novel about self confidence and learning to love yourself just the way you are (although I felt like a little more time could have been spent on the latter issue).

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ransom my Heart by Meg Cabot *For Mature Audiences*

Synopsis: Finnula's sister has got herself into some trouble. In a desperate attempt to somehow earn her sister's dowry, Finnula sets her sights on a wealthy man she encounters, planning to hold him for ransom. And, she succeeds in capturing him. Of course, she is unaware that her captive (Hugo) let her capture him, who was indeed enticed by the rebellious beauty. But, will Finnula return his feelings? Especially after she finds out who he really is?

One thing that surprised me about this book was the number of [descriptive] sex scenes it contained. When I picked this one up, I was unaware that this was one of Meg Cabot's adult books. It was linked to the Princess Diaries series, after all. So, you can imagine the shock I was in when I read this, not to mention the excitement. This one is definitely for more mature audiences, that's for sure. The love making scenes will make you melt on the inside. I give the sex scenes alone five stars

This is one of my favorite books by Meg Cabot. She did not disappoint!

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Synopsis: In this sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty, Belly struggles with her seemingly unrequited feelings for Conrad, all the while balancing her grief for Susannah and her brand new feelings for Jeremiah. 

This one leaves readers salivating with hopeful anticipation for the third installment in the series. When I finished this book, I almost pulled my hair out. That's how impatient I was for the next book to come out. I have to say that all though Conrad was a jerk in this one, I was still disappointed when she ended up with Jeremiah. Which sucks, because Jeremiah deserved her more than Conrad. But, I found it pretty hard to deny that my--I mean Belly's--feelings for Conrad were pretty strong. I also couldn't ignore the gentle and loving way Conrad treated Belly during her flashbacks of their brief time as a couple, although he was prone to letting her down. His love for her seemed at first "hot and cold", to the point where it seemed to deteriorate little by little. Of course, us hopeless romantics (and Team Conrad members) were able to see right through his act. We knew that he was just hurting inside (as anyone who'd just experienced the lost of a parent should have been).

But, it was also hard to deny Jere's love for her, too. Especially with chapter's from his POV popping up everywhere and hitting you in the face. Which is why this novel drew some conflicting feelings and overall confusion from it's readers, thus resulting in my near temporary insanity and impatience for the next book. 

Favorite Books..

So, for the next few days I will be reviewing my favorite books, one after one. You don't have to read the reviews if you don't want to, but I really do enjoy commentary. How about a comment telling me what your favorite book is? Maybe I'll review....or maybe I already have. Okay, much love to my readers. <3

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

It's been almost six years since Lucy's husband, Jimmy, died in a car accident. It's been about three years since Lucy and Jimmy's younger brother Ethan's relationship turned from "best friends" to "friends with benefits". It's been only a few hours since Lucy's little sister Corrinne delivered a healthy baby girl. That's when Lucy realizes she's missing something--and that something is not just Jimmy, either. It's a baby. And then she decides that she needs to get back out there, get on that horse again and find a husband. So of course, that means breaking up with Ethan--not that they were ever really "together" in the first place. Ethan is, of course, definitely not someone she should marry. He's someone that she knows she could love, if she'd just let herself. But, she can't do that. He could die and she'd be broken all over again. She needs a man who is bearable to live with, who would make a great father--much like Ethan--, and who is not too lovable. But, to do this, she first has to let go of Jimmy.

I knew this was going to be a good one from the moment I read the summary. I mean think about it: a book about a widow who has a less than appropriate relationship with her dead husband's brother? Don't tell me that doesn't sound interesting to you. 

Now, I believe that those of us who aren't stupid will have predicted the ending of this one before the end of the second chapter. This is the first novel that I've read by Kristan Higgins, although I've seen her books on plenty of shelves in plenty of stores before. I think I'll have to give the rest of her books a try. Let's hope they're as good as this one.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Apology to My Readers

Okay, so I feel really bad about not posting for so long. But, my life has been so hectic lately. I haven't been in the right state of mind to comprehend any new books and write any reviews. Another reason I haven't been posting: there's a slight problem with the rest of the books that are left on the Coming Soon list. I don't currently have access to Adobe Digital Editions, which is the program I use to view/read my eGalley's or ARCs.

However, I will be posting reviews soon, just not for the remaining books on the list. I will get around to reading/reviewing them, but not now.

Anyway, I'm really sorry. I just hate breaking promises. Much love to you all. <3
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