Review | All I want for Christmas by Claudia Carroll

All I want for Christmas

Title: All I want for Christmas
Author: Claudia Carroll
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Short Story
Publishing date: 25th November, 2014
Published by: Avon
Pages: 21

My Rating: 2/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Christmas with the one you love. It’s going to be perfect … isn’t it?

Three couples. Three Christmases. One perfect day!

In three days Lucy and Andrew will to fly to Mexico for their beautiful wedding. What’s a twenty-year age gap when you’re this in love? Christmas dinner feels like the perfect occasion to introduce the two families to each other. What could possibly go wrong?

Workaholic Jo Hargreaves spends most of her Christmas day wondering where her unreliable new husband is.

Dawn and Kirk spend hours slaving over a mung-bean based vegan festive lunch – but Dawn’s mum is struggling to keep her true feeling to herself.

Can these three couples manage the magical Christmas they’ve been dreaming of?


My Take:

It’s a quick and easy read. The summary is very intriguing. I was really looking forward to reading it. What I didn’t realize was that this was a prequel to another book- Love me or Leave me.

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So, we get a glimpse of all the three stories, the Christmas time in the lives of these 3 couples. As prequels go this book did the job right of building the excitement for the actual book. 😀

I really want to know where the stories go. All the couples visit the first ever divorce hotel in the book Love me or Leave me. That’s interesting! 😀

A proper disclaimer about this being a prequel, actually teaser, should have been given. :/ It was a huge disappointment on that part but then again it wasn’t that long so it was okay.


Why would I pick it up?

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To build up excitement if I was reading the actual book.

 

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Review | Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks by Riley Weber

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks

Title: Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks
Author: Riley Weber
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Publishing date: 24th July, 2014
Published by: Riley Weber
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 

 


Synopsis:

Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks.


My Take:

This is a book about a King who wants to build a moat around his castle. He wants it so much that he invents or builds a excavator/ digger and a dump truck out of wood.

Now, kids aren’t going to think about why any metal wasn’t used. It might be the fact that metals weren’t that known in the time. This story just tells us about a King who wanted a moat and built big machines and equipments to build a moat.

The people of the kingdom are very proud of what their King has achieved and the King is happy with the moat. All well and happy in the kingdom.

How the wooden machines work is not told but then again it’s a children’s book. Good for a fun read, not much to learn though.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read.

Book Review | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

 

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing date: 26th February, 2013
Pages: 328

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My take:

I read this book because of the hype surrounding it. I don’t know what I feel. I kind of have mixed feelings for this book. It was a good read actually, it went smooth and I liked the switching narration of Eleanor and Park. 🙂

It’s been a while since I read this book so I had to search a lot and find out if people quoted something that even I liked and quoted in my copy because I lost all of my highlights. Reading those quotes made me connect to the book again on a personal level.

There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…

If you’ve ever been in love, true love, your first love, you will get what I am saying. It’s so nerve-wrecking and comforting at the same time. All those feelings leave you scared but that person drives all your fears away. First love is really a very pure experience and people who have experienced it are lucky. These quotes that I picked out are a mass acceptance because everyone seems to have loved these lines. I think it really connects with people. You go through these feelings when you are in love and it’s quite frightening until you know it is mutual, even then you need some time to digest the fact that you have such a wonderful person with you to hold and be held forever. ❤ 😀 ❤

This book had all those feelings, the words had feelings and lots of them to be honest. Just read these lines if you haven’t and you will understand… 🙂

“I don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
He was quiet. He wanted everything she’d just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with ‘I want you’ in his ears.”

These words. ❤ Now that I read it again I know exactly what Eleanor meant. This fear of the person, that is giving you all these feels, not wanting you like you want them and leaving you is real. It’s only them that can drive that fear away and that’s what Park does. I love it how Eleanor opens up to Park and how Park tries to solve all her problems and wants her to experience the beauty of little things. May it be reading comics to her pace or making her a tape of the songs he thinks she might like or thinking about asking for batteries as Christmas present so that Eleanor could listen to songs… really, it’s the little things that matter in the long run. Park wins with flying colours in that aspect. Him kicking his friend’s ass for bullying Eleanor is an added bonus. I was impressed with that kick. ❤

“Nothing was dirty. With Park.
Nothing could be shameful.
Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.”

These lines by Eleanor are something that every person in love feels. How you get comfortable with things you were uncomfortable with and how you start liking them. Love does get you to a new level of comfort with a person. 🙂

“My girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.”

This reminds me of something. 😀 🙂

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice.She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Park really has a way with words. I don’t think he could have found better words as to describe the way Eleanor dresses. To be honest, her style is too loud for someone who doesn’t want to get noticed. The same goes for Park. The guy who was focused on not being noticed starts wearing eyeliner which will surely get him noticed, I felt like he did it to piss his dad off. I don’t know I just felt like the scene was forced.

The ending, when Eleanor realizes who the person was behind all those little mean notes she got and the night she goes to bed and finds it out had me on edge. The book made me nervous from that point. I was scared for everyone involved and the actual ending seemed bland in comparison to the climax. Eleanor spends considerable time with her dysfunctional family so at this point they were all an important aspect of the story, forgetting them completely once Eleanor is out of the mess wasn’t exactly a good idea. I wanted to know what became of her mother and siblings, how they were, and what about her stepdad? Through Park we do know that they left but that seemed like lazy writing. Instead of delving into their story, the characters just disappeared with a vague explanation.

All in all I loved the love they share and the bond they have but the story… I need more. I need to know what happened to Eleanor’s family and what became of Eleanor and Park. I felt it was kind of wrong on Eleanor’s part to not reply even once and then start the interaction after months. I know she had problems but you don’t leave the only person helping you miserable. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I felt like there’s always hope for love and felt sorry for Park.


Why would I pick it up?

Because… Love! ❤

Blog Tour | Book Review | Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Better in the Morning” by Fern Ronay , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: Better in the Morning
Author: Fern Ronay
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 280

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer.And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of
proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.


My Take:

I had mixed feelings in the middle of the book but other than that this was a very enjoyable book for me. 😉

When I started this book, I couldn’t keep this drama-packed story down. As the book reached the middle I started doubting the potential of the book because of the story going nowhere and giving no exact hints to what the book was exactly about. It kind of felt that the story was dragging with no exact goals. Veronica kept on messing up things back to back. I actually put it down, read another book and picked this back up. Good decision, I must say. 😀

She was kind of pathetic in the start.

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I like, how her character development takes place through and through. 🙂

I am glad that I took a break instead of reading it in one sitting. Because when I came back to this book it did not disappoint me at all. It was like meeting a friend after a long time and realizing that you missed them more than you thought.

The message this book puts across is about happiness, about finding your true calling, and about working for it. I love fictions with such positive messages. 😀 You know what would have been bold for this book, bold and unconventional, if Syd didn’t realize he couldn’t stay without Veronica and he loved her and she moved on with her life. I guess, women’s fiction needs to always have some or the other cliche. I am not complaining, no!

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By the time I reached the end of the book, I kind of felt that this was going to have that bomb unconventional ending that leaves the readers gaping because of how unfocused that part of her life was. It was a simple mention like, it’s been a month since she last talked to him. Nothing too filled with emotions to make me think that he was important at that point in the book. But we all need a happy ending, so the author gives you that. 😉

This book would’ve been something else if only Veronica spoke her mind. I swear, I would’ve loved her for saying the things she thought. 😀 Here are some examples-

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Now, this start of the explanation that Veronica’s grandpa gives her for them giving her signs without knowing the future kind of made me scratch my head. Like, you can’t see the future but six months ago you knew that Veronica would be here and she would need to see your sign. How exactly does that work?

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I loved this line…

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…and this was just ❤ A perfect way to sum up the plotline and the title accuracy. ❤

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All in all, this was a good book, that kept challenging how I felt about the book. It’s a good read on how a person develops and learns from their mistakes and wrong decisions and moves forward. No matter what, the future is always bright for those who learn to trust it’s ability to make everything alright. 😀 😉


Why would I pick it up?

For the drama and the lessons and ofcourse, for Hurricane Veronica! 😛 😛


Author’s Bio:

Fern Ronay was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey. She is a lawyer and CPA as well as a writer, reporter, and blogger. After six years in Manhattan and six years in Chicago, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband.

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In addition to writing novels, Fern authors the blog Stop and Blog the Roses and is a co-host on AfterBuzzTV. When she is not writing, reporting, or blogging, Fern can be found eating something, reading something, or running.

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Blog Tour | Book Review | The Last Resort by Matt Drabble

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “The Last Resort” by Matt Drabble , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: The Last Resort
Author: Matt Drabble
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Eden Publications

Publishing date: 14th June, 2016
Pages: 327

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

The Paradise Resort is the ultimate in exclusive luxury island resorts, a private haven for only those deemed worthy enough to attend.

Landon Verger is a titan of industry and the founder of Paradise. The resort’s opening weekend should have been a celebration of wealth and excess, but without warning, it has gone silent.

Sam Verger knows his father only too well; the great man casts a long and dark shadow. He also knows that Landon Verger’s enemy list is long and varied, any one of which would love to see his father dead. Sam seeks to employ a professional to investigate the island, and Mac is one such woman.

An ex-military officer, she works dirty jobs and doesn’t ask questions if the money’s right. With her like-minded team, they travel to Paradise. Mac thought she’d seen everything that death had to offer, but she was wrong. What started out as a simple mission will quickly become the most desperate fight for survival she’s ever faced. There’s only one thing that she’s sure of: not everyone is getting out alive.


My Take:

This book is phenomenal! 😀 ❤

When I read the synopsis I was interested in reading this book but when I saw Matt Drabble’s name on the cover I was sure that I had to read this book. I must say, not a decision I regret. 😉

I’ve read one of his books earlier, namely, “Asylum II – 13 More Tales Of Terror” (Click on the title to read my review) and I loved it. Matt kindly gave me one of his other books “Abracadaver” which I started reading right away but had to put it down because of college work and forgot about it. After I read “The Last Resort” I picked up “Abracadaver” again and considering the time passed between now and the last time I was reading it, I was sure that I would have to start again but to my surprise I remembered everything that I had read.

So, now I’ve read three books by this author and there’s no doubt that I will be reading all of his books. I never had books that could get me out of reading slumps but I found the author whose books are going to be a great help to me. Thank you, Matt Drabble! 😀 😀

The writing style is, to describe in a word, engaging. With some books you rush the reading to just get it done with but not with his book, not even a page. I never wanted to rush even a word of this book. I loved being captivated by Matt’s words, the world he paints is magical, the way your attention is captured is mindblowing, you will be kept rooted to your seat neither wanting to keep the book down nor wanting the story to end. 😉

I know this is supposed to be a review of “The Last Resort” but I am so impressed that I can’t stop myself from singing the author’s praises. 😀 😀

Anyways, getting on with the review… (finally 😛 )

The story is what the summary tells you but the book as a whole is much much more than I could put in words. The characters are unique and you will find all types of personalities there. Throughout the book the uniqueness of the characters was maintained.

The plot line might seem simple but the way the suspense unfolds is very interesting. There were subtle hints pointing towards the answer of the questions that the characters had and the questions which keeps the readers thinking, if you are an observant reader then you surely can guess but it will still surprise you.

The action sequences will have you cheering for the characters, the loyalty some of the characters show will tug at your heart, some characters might make you grit your teeth and you are sure to feel the adrenaline rush.

The minute details with which the author describes every thing is commendable. No scope for lazy writing. This book has every detail paid attention to and all the loose ends tied.

I am not going to reveal much because I seriously want you to read this book and mind you, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I will be including some snippets from the book here when I post my review for Abracadaver. Stay tuned for that. 😉 😛


Why would I pick it up?

That’s me with Matt Drabble’s books. ❤ ❤ I feel like a book with his name on it is the only thing I am going to need in future to read his books. 😉 😀


Author’s Bio:

PictureBorn in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed “funny onion” equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S. sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon’s Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

“GATED” is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK and US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller and winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

“ASYLUM – 13 TALES OF TERROR” is a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review’s Top 10 Books of 2013 and is a Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner.

Both “THE TRAVELLING MAN” and “ABRA-CADAVER” won Indie Book of the Day awards while “ABRA-CADAVER” is also a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist.

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Blog Tour | Book Review | Cassia by Lanette Kauten

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Cassia” by Lanette Kauten  , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: Cassia
Author: Lanette Kauten
Genre: Literary Women’s Fiction
Publishing date: 26th March, 2016
Pages: 228

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 

 


Summary:

As a reporter living in Deep Ellum, all Tanya Falgoust wants is to be accepted as part of the underground arts district. But living among free thinkers and musicians doesn’t make her one of them. Then she meets the sensual, rebellious Cassia, a performance artist who struts onto the stage and into Tanya’s bed.

No one knows who Cassia is, but her beauty and talents as an actress and dancer captivate the local scene. Tanya is mesmerized, and they quickly form a relationship. A close friend warns Tanya about Cassia, but she brushes him off. But when Cassia refuses to divulge anything about herself, where she lives, or even her real name, Tanya starts to realize her friend was right. And the secrets her lover is hiding are deeper and more damaging than Tanya could imagine.

As the pull of their relationship deepens and becomes more volatile, Tanya must decide whether to break from her desire before she loses the one thing she wants most—connection to the musicians who have accepted her into their community.


My Take:

“Cassia” is one of the books that will make you keep the book aside and then reflect on what you just read. The intellectual discussion on art and it’s effect on humans and things in that tangent is something that most of the people will like reading.

Cassia as a character comes out really strong. Her confidence, her charm is not something you can ignore easily. I liked how she was mysterious about her past, dodged any questions that could reveal her past with philosophical counterbacks but yet was as transparent as they came. As a person she was open and outgoing.

Tanya on the other hand was kind of the typical natives who obviously couldn’t have resisted the charms of someone like Cassia.  Tanya lets her emotions rule her decisions while Cassia doesn’t care what people think. Cassia came across as someone who wanted to change the society but realized at a very young age that she couldn’t so she put on a mask to deal with whatever came her way.

Cassia will keep you entertained while Tanya’s friends Rodney, Nick, and Bonnie are the much needed variety in the mix.


Why would I pick it up?

For Cassia’s Personality and some of the mind simulating discussions.


Author’s Bio:

I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX, and moved all the way over to the next county… Pictureso, not very far. In high school, I was a serious and determined student with the goal of becoming a psychologist. However, an artistic desire awakened inside me during my late teens, and I became enamored with artists of all strains, and Deep Ellum became a home for my soul.

After a couple of years, I realized I would have to grow up eventually (actually, my mom realized that for me), so I went to nursing school and once again became a serious and determined student. While in school, I became fascinated with research, and after a few years of working as a floor nurse, I went into nephrology research and loved it!

Because just about everything interests me, I eventually picked up my long-dead hobby of writing, which I’m happy to say is now a budding career. My debut novel, HOUSE OF THISTLES, came out two years ago. I’m very proud of my latest, which takes place in an industrial arts neighborhood.

I’m married with two kids and a step-son, and I home school my youngest.


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