I enjoyed this witty book about a modern thinking woman who finds love gets in her way. However she soon discovers that love can mean more than she had originally anticipated while she discovers herself along the way. A delightful read!
I enjoyed being taken back to the time of Shakespeare with all it's colorful characters and dialogue. Very witty and entertaining!
Olga - A Daughter's Tale
on July 09, 2011
This is a wonderful family legacy type story that I truly enjoyed! It gave an insight to early Jamaican colonial days and much that it's people endured. One Of my favorite books this year!
When I began the book it almost had a short stories feel to it but as I read on the story began to tie in and I found it enjoyable. It did get a little technical and predictable however it is modern and fun with a creative approach.
I loved the setting of this book in Louisiana! It instantly conjures up images that as the story develops it begins to live up to. You go into a world that is not for the faint of heart. Quite an amazing story that leaves you wondering if love can prevail even in the world of vampires.
I love a good pirate story and this book was certainly that! A lot of swashbuckling action and adventure but with a very good story behind it. Also with quite a few surprises right up until the end that kept me on the edge.
I loved the whole summer love story here. A young girl starts out with all her hopes of what the summer will bring. She learns about love, life, friends and family and what is truly important along with discovering her own strength. A fantasic young adult book!
This book with a mix of chick lit and mystery had me trying to figure out just how it would all end. It seemed to begin one way but ended in another with a few surprises along the way. Over all an enjoyable read.
Very thrilling and although short has quite an elaborate story behind it. I liked the ancient vampire mythology that was the backbone however I felt it just needed a little more in the way of I guess time for everything to be absorbed. Regardless it's good and leaves you anticipating the next book!
Being from an ethnic back round myself and having heard stories from family members of how it was back home I felt like I was hearing them again while reading this book. It gave me a warm feeling of family and tradition. It enriches our lives to remember and pass on to future generations. The endurance of the women in this story is amazing. There is a sense of pride and hope that you are left with.
A very good story with a few sensual and erotic scenes that will raise your temperature. I really liked the smart and funny characters that not only had insatible appetites but were real enough to have moral conflicts and honest emotions. I really enjoyed the story. If you like Chick lit you'll like this however keep in mind it is explicit.
An enjoyable book that although has a slow and melodic pace, managed to keep my interest. It held a few moments of discovery and excitement but over all was like sharing a cup of tea with a friend. Familiar and heartwarming.
I liked the telling of the story as it captures that true fairytale feeling. It definitely had some creative elements to it as well that are not in traditional fairy tales. There were times I felt it needed a bit more explanation before it embarked on a new part of the story. I was left feeling like something was occasionally missing but over all not bad for a quick read.
I can say right from the beginning I liked this story. It is seen through the eyes of a teen boy which for me is a different approach as I have mostly read books seen through the eyes of a girl. It does switch up however from both perspectives accordingly. Incredible attention to detail by the author and no stone is left unturned here. Very funny and entertaining. I also must say I loved the ending! I would highly recommend this to any young adult.
I liked the native legend angle and that it was set in Alaska. Good use of the landscape. A love triangle and friends having to unite to fight the enemy. It is a very action packed paranormal story. Lots of the unexpected.
I have to say that this cover is beautiful and had me wanting to read it as soon as I saw it! I was hooked from the first page. I was expecting a young adult book but this honestly has a mature flavor to it which I found appealing. It is a unique story and I was really drawn to the heroine. She has a strong presence throughout and with so may twists and unexpected events I could not put it down.
My initial reaction was I liked the characters but I found them a bit immature. As I read on I began to consider that a lot of people really do live life to the extreme on vacation and what's a trip to Europe without the stories to tell all your friends when you get back. Not only did the heroines discover love but they discovered themselves and a new direction in their lives. Not bad for two girls who began hell bent on just partying. It's a fun chick lit novel and I liked the ending which has me interested in whether there will be a sequel. I'll definitely read it!
I enjoyed the return of the hero sleuth in a different mystery to solve but with the same integrity and once again I was kept guessing. The author has chosen characters that really seem true to life old and new. I would have liked to see his romantic side explored just a little more but otherwise equally as good as the last book.
This is an excellent book. It is well written and from just a chapter in I felt both moved by the story and like I knew the characters well. There is such diversity and dynamic relationships between characters. I really look forward to reading more from this author.
This is an extremely enlightening book. Even if you think you don't need it, it is worth a read. Simple philosophies with easy hands on methods. It is also not a long book. I liked the simple humor, easy to relate to examples and the recap chapter at the end that helps reinforce the concepts.
If you're a young girl and feeling sad I can't think of a better way to cheer you up than enter to a world full of ice cream. All your favorite flavors come to life. Some really fun characters and an adventurous journey is undertaken. The story is enjoyable but I found it just a little too crazy for me and I would have liked just a few more illustrations so it's 2.5 stars for me. My daughter the kinder critic however liked it and rates it at 3 stars and insists that the reader eat an ice cream upon completion of the book.
A heart warming Christmas story that captures the rural life of peasants in medieval times with such purity. A Father who would sacrifice himself and work himself to the bone to see his family well taken care of and with the deepest hope of seeing his children succeed to a better life is a something that any parent would wish for particularly at Christmas. A nice short story.
For anyone who has grieved over the death of a loved one they can relate to the very strong emotions that come through powerfully and beautifully in this short story. A small reminder that we need a shoulder to lean on in times of need.
I had mistakenly assumed this would be a regular paranormal/romance however there is a lot more to this story. There were elements of mystery,vigilante justice,psychology and unbelievably romance thrown into this mix. It definitely had me curious as to how this heroine and her love would be together in the end. An unexpected ending and refreshingly not sappy.
A soap opera type story which has a variety of characters that mostly connect on some level or other and each story develops as you switch in between them all to discover what happens next in their lives. The gossip travels fast as it usually does in small communities. The jazz singer is quite a cunning character. I was surprised to see the story not entirely revolving around her. I found my interest was piqued more by certain characters and their stories and not by others but overall enjoyed it. 3.5 stars
A very fun chick lit short story with really good characters. I loved the combination of coffee and a hot guy. I'll definitely be scoping for one the next time I hit Starbucks! A reminder that sometimes it pays to take a chance and let your heart guide you.
This book started out really interesting. I liked the characters and the situations that they were in however my interest began to waiver slightly the further I read. An enjoyable chick lit story but not my favorite of the two I have read from this author.
An interesting short story set in historic Alexandria. The author captures the interest in higher learning and the divercity of people that would have been living in Alexandria quite well. Surprisingly it turns into a mystery and although some of the dialogue would not have been spoken in this time period (little too modern) it does add some whimsy to both the characters and helps to lighten the intensity of the story. Overall I really enjoyed it!
A love story with an uncoventional ending makes this a very unique read. The characters are really brought to life with depth and richness. Where they begin is not where they end up and you are lead through a series of extra ordinary events along with alot of emotion both sad and joyful. There were moments that I felt it dragged slightly with a few too many details but otherwise I liked the flow of the story and the author's writing style. 3.5 stars.
An incredibly interesting book on the inconclusive story of Richard III and the princes in the tower. Whether you believe black magic could have played a role or not the writing is eloquent and engaging.
A short but spooky tale that invovlves a mystery in an old castle. An excellent setting with an interesting bunch of characters who discover that perhaps fate is a ghost indisguise. If you are searching for a ghost story to read this Halloween then look no further.
This short story is wonderful! The author has created one of the most unique love stories I think I have ever read. Christina, a compelling young woman during medieval times that truly touches the heart, is faced with marriage instead of fulfilling her dream of dedicating her life to the church. How she manages to find love and a guardian of her heart in Burthred, her betrothed is amazing. An excellent choice for Christmas or anytime of the year.
An extremely adventurous story about a groundhog and a gosling that will have you glued to each page. Just when you think the adventure is coming to an end the courageous duo find themselves in yet another dangerous predicament and manage to come through with learning a few lessons along the way. My daughter age 7 who I refer to often as the kinder critic read this story to me and gives it a 5 star rating. A few challenging words for those advanced readers and a little longer than I had originally expected I give it 4 stars. Either way definitely a great story with a good moral lesson.
I enjoy this author's writing style immensely. The dialogue between characters makes the reader feel as though they are a part of the conversation and not just reading it. I also liked the view point of being from the wife of a famous singer/actor. Although it is easy to see the desireable side of being famous or connected to a famous person, you can feel Nicky's loneliness and just how difficult it can be with the challenges of trying to make a marriage and family life work in the public eye. A pleasant story that I recommend with a cup of tea!
A really intriguing short story that has a bit of a mystery to unravel. The characters are the kind you hope will get together in the end. They have a real honesty about them. I was a little disappointed in the ending though and found it a bit abrupt.
A completely different idea for a Jane spin off but very fun and entertaining. She does portray a wonderful superhero type character and effects the lives of her rescuees in more ways then they might guess. Her wit is captured here quite nicely and for any Jane fan this is a light and pleasant read. 3.5 stars.
A very intriguing story told by Hermione, the daughter of Helen of Troy. Not only does the story tell of her personal experiences but of the after math of the war and how it affected many of it's participants both the willing and unwilling. An amazing amount of events take place that had me glued to the end. I felt like I was truly witnessing the ceremonies, rituals etc. as though I was walking within the palace walls wearing a white Spartan gown and sandals on my feet. This author gives great detail in it's complexity and such a well rounded view. For those readers who enjoy Roman or Greek historicals this is a must read.
On a Foreign Field: A Story of Loyalty and Brotherhood
on Feb. 21, 2013
A story set during the rebellion of the Scottish against the English lead by William Wallace told through the eyes of an English soldier. A new approach that I have not read before and can say I thoroughly loved. There were a few fictional characters mainly the said soldier Reeve, who gives such an honest and courageous view. Each one was interesting and engaging. You feel the honor these men had and the respect earned by each other and what it meant to gain Scotland's freedom. Not only is the story such a good one but the characters just had me from the get go. Loved this book!
“A very fun fantasy story starring a young girl who discovers she is from a line of witches. She then needs to save a fairy world and her family from a mysterious theft and evil plotting. She comes out with shinning colors and learns her strength. A great read for tween/young adult.
The White Peacock
on Sep. 28, 2013
Loved this story from beginning to end and wow, I did not see this ending coming! I really enjoyed getting to know Juliette and her strong but sincere character and Miles, the irresistible guy that I wish I could meet at a bar. Two things that always stand out for me in these girl meets boy type stories are the dialogue and that first kiss. Amazing is the best choice to describe both. The unexpected twist of this story had me in awe and all of this from a short story. Proof that one can be fulfilling and worth getting your short shorts on!