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.

 

Review | Rainy Days by Grant Hudson

Rainy Days

Title: Rainy Days
Author: Grant Hudson
Genre: Fiction, Short Story
Publishing date: 18th June, 2014
Published by: Lulu.com
Pages: 11

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

John and Abigail are standing in the rain under an umbrella. The rain reminds him of the day they met.


My Take:

Memories can be triggered by any and everything. We associate memories with things surrounding the memory.

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This book works around that logic. It’s raining, John and Abigail are sharing an umbrella. The rain brings back memories for John. He goes into flashback about the day he met Abigail. ❤ ❤

Rain sure is something that I enjoy! ❤ ❤ It’s a memory, beautiful and romantic thing to be reminded of in rain. 😀

This is a beautiful short book about reliving a memory in it’s simplicity. 😀 😀


Why would I pick it up?

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Rain and a quick read? Yes please! 😛

Review | Making Room at Christmas by Olivia Stowe

Making Room at Christmas A Charlotte Diamond Mysteries Special

Title:  Making Room at Christmas (A Charlotte Diamond Mysteries Special)
Author: Olivia Stowe
Genre: Fiction, Short Story
Publishing date: 2012
Published by: CyberWorld
Pages: 12

My Rating: 2/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Charlotte and Brenda are now facing their second Christmas together. Last year’s Christmas and New Year were spent on a Rhine River cruise with Charlotte’s doctor brother and his minster wife, as told in An Inconvenient Death, but this year the pair are off to a mountain retreat so Brenda can promote a film to movie financiers. Of course all is not smooth sailing for the pair in this small Christmas gift from Olivia.


My Take:

This is a sweet little tale wound around the spirit of Christmas. Brenda and Charlotte along with two other travelers are snowbound en route to a mountain lodge and have to take cover in a B&B.

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This is a short and simple read that ends with a wedding. Despite of being so short you can still connect with the characters the best a short story can allow.


Why would I pick it up?

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For a quick read. 😀

Review | Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

Title: Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Author: M.C. Beaton
Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Mystery
Publishing date: 6th December, 2012
Published by: Robinson
Pages: 33

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 


Synopsis:

The bossy, vain and irresistible Agatha is back in this latest short story.

Agatha is spending Christmas at home in the Cotswolds – and in a fit of goodwill towards all men (and women) she invites six of Carsley’s oldest residents to come around and share Christmas lunch with her.

Christmas jollity soon turns to disaster as Agatha accidentally kills one of her guests with a gruesome homemade Christmas pudding… so will it be Christmas in the cells for Agatha? Or can she fix an escape out of this particular festive mess!


My Take:

I liked reading this short story.

Agatha is spending the holidays alone so she decides to hold a dinner party for six of the other lonely elders who would otherwise have been spending the holidays alone. She refers to them as ‘crumblies.’

She is a dysfunctional cook who shouldn’t be actually cooking but does that stop her from cooking for others, that to for a dinner party. Nope. 😛 Her dinner preparations are hilarious to read about.

Image result for a cooking mess gifIf it wasn’t for the fact that this book falls under the mystery category, I would’ve liked the book more. Considering how small the book is, there isn’t much time to build up the mystery.

Given the length of the book, the author does a good job.


Why would I pick it up?

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For the quick read.

 

Review | The Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake

The Awkward Owl

 

Title: The Awkward Owl
Author: Shawnda Blake
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book, Short Story
Publishing date: 18th August, 2012
Published by: Awkward Owl Media, LLC
Pages: 32

My Rating: 3/5 stars  


Synopsis:

When a little owl has difficulty flying, he needs an extra boost of confidence to try again. It takes the loving care of a little girl to help him overcome his awkwardness and take to the skies. A sweet and funny story for bedtime or anytime.


My Take:

This is a cute and colorful picture book with a beautiful message. 😀

Other owls can swoop and soar but our little guy is yet to learn how to use his wings properly. He flies backwards, to the sides, and bumps into trees. He is slowly discouraged. A little girl who observes him takes him home, her mom doesn’t approve of it, so she builds him a home, feeds him, gives him clean water to drink, and most importantly gives him love. She worries about him and wonders why he can’t fly like other owls.

It was a fun little book that has a very important message that kids should learn. ❤ 😀


Why would I pick it up?

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For the cute pictures and the moral! ❤ 😀

Review | Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I by Audrey Ballard

Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I

 

Title: Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I
Author: Audrey Ballard
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Short Story
Publishing date: 27th July, 2014
Published by: BookBaby

My Rating: 1/5 stars  

 


Synopsis:

Two sisters who initially are at odds, team up to help a mermaid with a broken tail. The mermaid, Aquamarine, performs at the local zoo with the dolphin show. There’s a witch, talking critters, mermaids, and a mysterious island. This story is put into short episodes for reading at bedtime or any other story time.


My Take:

This is the first and only book to date that I’ve rated only one star. It is so badly edited that I was frustrated reading it and didn’t want to finish it. The grammatical mistakes made me feel like the book never went to the editor.

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The story would’ve been good if not for how poorly it is told. I couldn’t enjoy the story because of how it is written. The books that kids read has an effect on them and this book is not going to leave a good one.


Why would I pick it up?

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Sadly, won’t.