Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Double Clutch - Liz Reinhardt

Looking for a fun light-hearted romance Teen/YA novel to read ?
Review: Double Clutch - Book #1 Breanna Blixen Series - Liz Reinhardt - September 2011
It's interesting ,watching the shape and direction of where Teen fiction is going to head as the last year - Supernatural was on the rise and now a hint of Dystopian is coming to 2012. However, in the mix of it all is that light-hearted romance that us girls love to devour and probably secretly guys do too - trying to figure out how to get a girl to like him :).
In Double Clutch , we meet Breanna Blixen she has just moved back from Denmark with her Mum and her husband- Breanna's stepdad Thorsten. After a year doing homeschool, it feels odd for Breanna to be in public school and around people her own age. It seems this year for Breanna will be the year of Love and decisions are to be made. On her first day of school , she meets Saxon - the brooding mysterious type , her partner in AP Government and Jake - he is in her Graphics design course at Tech School. As the novel goes along, we read as Saxon becomes quite pushy and in parts almost scarily creepy and reminds me of the character Joey from Shortland Street ( a NZ Medical Drama) , whereas Jake just seems like your nice guy. Read as Breanna is stuck in a love triangle and must choose who to be with and will find out that in a love triangle, you can only pick one guy and the other no matter how hard you try you will break their heart.
Who will Breanna go for ? The Dark and mysterious Saxon or the Artistic and creative Jake - who I imagine to myself looks a bit like Chris Z who played Joey Donner on the TV Series of "10 Things I Hate about You".
For a nice light-hearted romance , check out Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt.


Review: Silver and Stone - JD Thompson



Wanting a new Werewolf YA series to start in the New Year ? Get ready for the first installment of a new series by author Jennifer Thompson.
Review: Silver and Stone - Bloodlines #1 - JD Thompson - August 2011
Last year Alexis had it all , top A-Student , Valedictorian - on her way to any Ivy League college , prom queen and Miss Popular. Then , the incident occured that caused her to lose everything she ever had and more - Alexis went from Prom Queen to accused Killer as her mum was killed in what Alexis claimed as Self-defense. Since that night, Alexis has been experiencing nightmares , hallucinating and hearing things. Ontop of that , all her friends from last year except for Logan, Theo and Amber have abandoned her - even her own sister Madison can't stand to be around her and wishes that it was her that had died and not their mother. Enter in Lucas Alexander , a new student at Weatherford Academy and Alexis's neighbour -from the moment they first meet, their is a chemistry that is beyond normal. He seems to understand her , more than she does herself. However, Lucas is hiding a secret - one that could get Alexis killed . He and his "parents' are Archangels sent to kill Alexis and stop her from being the animal that she is - apparently we discover that Alexis has been around for centuries and is in fact one of Lucifer's Hellhounds . Is this the end for Alexis as she faces a showdown and a close one too with Marcus and Gwen , or will Lucas betray his Archangel status and protect Alexis ?
An awesome start to a new supernatural series by author JD Thompson. One that if you love the Teen/YA Supernatural craze, you will enjoy Silver and Stone.


Review: Hearts Communion - Marianne Evans



As the hours and minutes countdown towards the end of 2011 , I have decided that since I'm not really the party person and I'm not really in the mood to watch TV or a movie , so I will spend my New Years Eve Blogger style and do a mini readathon and reviews :)
Review: Hearts Communion - Book #3 Woodlands Series - August 2011
What if the one thing that you had always dreamed of having when you met the right person turned out never to happen ? Would you leave that person and settle for second best or would you accept that as God's plan and live happily ever after with that person ?
For Jeremy aka JB , he has always dreamt of being a father and having a large family as he dotes and cares for his nephew so much . One day when his nephew is sick , JB picks him up from Daycare and it's love at first sight for JB and Early Childhood teacher Monica. The pair hit it off and after a few dates , JB is taking Monica around to meet his family as he can't wait to share this amazing person that God has given him . However, Monica is hiding a secret - one that could tear her happiness apart forever. She has endometris , a disease which has made her infertile and never to have children . When JB discovers this , we see that for a split second he is hurt as he realises his dreams of having a family with Monica are no longer realistic . However with God and his love for Monica , will JB accept Monica's fate and live happily ever after with their hearts entwined or will he take the easy road out ?
Find out with God's help the decision that JB will have to make - one that will change his life and it's path forever.
Check out Book #3 Hearts Communion in the Woodlands Series by Marianne Evans.



Waiting For Pops - John Riffice



Looking for a biographical novel to read over the New Year Break ?
Waiting for Pops
Synopsis: Waiting For Pops - John Philip Riffice -2010
This is a biographical novel that moves between Johnny's youth and more recent times. It is a painful recollection of a childhood blighted by his parent's relationship problems, loss and addiction. Viewed from the eyes of a child it is clearer to the reader what is really going on than to Johnny himself, and having a young narrator probably makes the story more painful and poignant. Before his father dies and his sister is diagnosed their life seems happy and loving, despite the long hours and little money. This makes the contrast with what happens later even more stark. Johnny is brought up in a neighbourhood where gossip is rife and he is desperate to keep his mum's secret, so is left to deal with the results of her drinking alone.
It covers what Johnny's teenage years were like growing up in 1950s Chicago which involve dealing with many of the rites of passage familiar to all boys, like first dates and kisses. His story though is also one of a boy growing into a man having to deal with his father's death, his mother's alcholism and his sister's admission to a sanatorium as they struggle to cope with her autism. He grows up with memories of wonderful times with his father while being angry with his mother, believing she is the root of all their problems. As a grown man he comes to realise things weren't what they appeared and has to reappraise his view of his parents.


The Dark Province : Son of Duprin - William H. Johnson

The Dark Province: Son of Duprin
Synopsis: The Dark Province - Son of Duprin - William H. Johnson - March 2010
Sitting in the honored stalls of the Crystal Sanctuary, Calvin Gooding should be rejoicing in the message he receives from the Holy King of Duprin. But his heart is heavy. He awaits the carriage in which he must ride to deliver the fated news to his family. Time has run out.pIn the midst of this sorrow, exhaustion, and uncertainty, a sorceress from the Dark Province appears to Calvin. She promises to make his terminally ill twin sister, Marilyn, well again. As twins, Calvin and Mari share a special bond, and Calvin will do almost anything to save his sister's life. But in order to free Mari from death's grip, the sorceress claims that Calvin must travel to the Dark Province-a land where souls and flesh are devoured by the lawless and the spirit of man is bound in shackles. It's a reckless land dominated by morally corrupt warlords and open sexuality. Wrapped tightly in his religion, Calvin must make a life-altering decision. He can choose to follow the sorceress into the sinful abyss to save his sister, or he can accept a life of guilt and certain torment over Mari's death.

Love is Strong as Death - Rick and Nancy Fleeter


Synopsis : Love is Strong as Death - Rick and Nancy Fleeter - January 2011
"A moving tribute to a remarkable woman-by an equally remarkable man. This perspective into Rick and Nancy's struggle together and his acceptance of her death gives us a fresh view into ourselves."
Dr. Steve Glazer, congregational rabbi and hospice chaplain
Our modern lives are managed for us by experts in birthing, in exercise, in nutrition, in education, in choosing a mate, in distribution of news, entertainment, government and groceries. Nancy and I were not experts on any of these things, much less on facing life's most difficult passage-death.
This book is our experience, two innocent novices, in dying, death and rebuilding one life where once there had been two. It offers no advice, only a window into this most personal, and at the same time universal, of human experiences.

Review: Matilda is Missing - Caroline Overington



When I saw this new release by Caroline Overington , I knew I just had to read it as I had read her book "Ghost Child" and adored that book :) -one of my favourite reads.
Are you on the lookout for a new Australian Author to read as we snuggle close to the upcoming Australia Day next month on the 26th January.
Review: Matilda is Missing - Caroline Overington - October 2011
Reading the blurb of the book compared to the book itself will prepare you for only half of the story , a snippet that doesn't get revealed till halfway through the novel. From the title and the synopsis , I had a whole different view of what the novel would be like and about and as I turned the first page , I would be in for a shock. The novel starts not with Gary, Softie and Matilda but in fact with an entirely different family named "the Harrisons". Husband and Wife , Pat and Barry Harrison. The story begins with a struggle of their own , their youngest son Brian is getting married to a bartender named Nerida who is a single mother with a 4yr old son named Ethan. Pat, from the beginning has shown nothing but dislike for Nerida and it will soon come to bite her own the bum as Nerida falls pregnant not once but twice with Brian's children. Soon Pat becomes a doting grandmother to Ethan, Jett and Baxter . However, the happiness will be shortlived as Nerida is caught cheating on Brian and she is so mad at Brian for leaving her , that she refuses to let Pat see her grandchildren. What becomes as a Grandmother wanting to spend time with her grandchildren, will hit National news when Pat decides to go for the extreme. Meanwhile Barry, stuck in the middle visits an old Family Court Judge friend of his Frank who three weeks later passes and leaves Barry , a court case and files - Monaghan vs Hartshon . This case was about Gary, Softie and the little girl named Matilda and what started as a loving family ended up in a deadly, costly and ugly court battle over two year old Matilda. As the case goes along, we see that it soon becomes all about Gary and Softie rather than the most important thing Matilda. As we read Pat and Barry discovering more about the case, we start to see similarities and will discover the lengths a family or someone who we love and they love us will go to save one another . Something interesting that I picked up about the Cases is that and I guess it relates in reality too , is that most custody cases end up being about what the parents want and need, rather than the childs even though they are the most important thing in the world and the battle is for their safety and welfare.
Another great read written by Caroline Overington :) and I look forward to her next novel "I Came to Say Goodbye".



Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: Kill Alex Cross - James Patterson




Are you a fan of James Pattersom's novels ? Adore his Alex Cross Series , or are you like me and make a habit to read ALL of James Patterson's released books ?
Get ready for the latest in the Alex Cross Series ...............

Review: Kill Alex Cross - Book #18 Alex Cross Series - James Patterson- September 2011
Can you say WOW ? , I did as I opened up to begin Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, especially when I discovered that this is the 18th book in the Alex Cross Series. Thinking about this brought back a conversation I had with a book lover's group "Bookaholics Anonymous" on Facebook about long-running series - the one in question was Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum as that's just made it's way to it's 18th book. Some people wrote that they couldn't get enough, while others said as they neared the 10th, 13th book- they stopped as they had just plainly had enough of that character. I found that with The Dresden Files , I read all the way to Book #7 and then had to stop for a while as that was enough dosage of Harry. Whereas for me , I ADORE Alex Cross and James Patterson as an author and I can't get enough of Alex as each book is written in the same fashion, thrilling and fast paced.
In Kill Alex Cross , we see a mixture of events occur from a kidnapping of the president's children - which of course reminds Washington and Alex Cross of the Gary Soljei case - "Along Came a Spider" and a terriost group has arrived in America calling themselves "The Family". Unlike his previous Alex Cross novels, we do read alot of bloodshed and so many people are dying and being killed. I lost count about halfway through. The Kidnapper as we discover likes to record himself and again refers himself to being like Gary and where Gary failed - the new kidnapper would love to "Kill Alex Cross". Can Alex find the children and solve the crime before he is the one that ends up dead ? Is this the last book in the Alex Cross series ?
And we read as a new addition is added to the Cross family , when Nana Cross ends up getting mugged and attacked -Bree angry sets out to find the culprit and instead finds the culprit as a 13yr old homeless girl named Ava. Nana Cross insists Alex to take her under their wing , will Alex be keen with the idea or will he find himself outnumbered ?
Read more in Book #18 Kill Alex Cross - another James Patterson novel that won't leave you disappointed.




 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride - Sandra D. Bricker



Wanting a lovely Christian novel , one that includes Weddings and Planning them ?
Review: Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride - Book #2 Emma Rae Travis Series - Sandra D. Bricker- October 2011
In the first book of the Emma Rae Travis series , we met well Emma Rae Travis of course :) , the title Always the Baker, Never the Bride. Emma has always dreamt of opening her own shop and in Book #1 she is offered a job as a Wedding Cake designer and Menu Creator , Emma also finds romance and love with the Tanglewood Inn owner Jackson.
Are you fans of Wedding Films like "The Wedding Planner" starring Jennifer Lopez ? Monster-In-Law also starring Jennifer Lopez , what about 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl or Bride Wars with Kate Hudson ?
In Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride we meet Emma's best friend Sherrilyn , she has moved back to Atlanta with her fiance Andy and has taken up the role of Wedding Planner at the Tanglewood Inn , she herself is also planning her own wedding to Andy but when things start to go horribly wrong in her own planning , will Sherrilyn have second thoughts to if she can handle the job ? It seems that Sherrilyn has had bad luck following her and her Wedding dresses seem cursed as everytime she finds the perfect dress - it disappears . Sherrilyn feeling guilty about a past relationship which lead her to stand up her then-fiance at the altar, feels this is her punishment , Will Sherrilyn let a few wedding accidents and disappearing dresses spoil her special day with Andy ?
With more than her fair share of up's and down's , is Sherrily destined to be "Always the Wedding Planner and Never the Bride" ?
Find out in Book #2 and stay tuned for Book #3 Always the Designer, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker.

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