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How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern

This probably wasn’t the absolute best thing for me to read at this particular time in my lifececelia. I’m unfortunately suffering from post natal depression after having my little man and I need books that distract me from this but this centered around a woman who through an unfortunate series of events (excuse the Lemony Snicket pun) comes across two men attempting to commit suicide. The first one she was unable to stop but the second man she did manage to talk down from the side of a bridge. She promises him that she can help him to fall back in love with his life in the space of two weeks. If at the end of the two weeks she fails then he has all intentions of going through with his original plan.

So not a book that’s a bundle of laughs but I didn’t really didn’t expect that anyway from Cecelia Ahern. I suppose it was still a nice story and it had a nice happy ending but I felt it was just a slight bit too close to the bone for me at the moment. Also the male character, Adam, annoyed me which in turn worried me because I wonder am I that annoying on one of my bad days? He was extremely selfish and other than being very good-looking did very little to come across as attractive to me anyway. He changed his mind constantly and it struck me as odd that everything that was driving him to suicide in the beginning of the book he ended up doing in the end with no problems.

I miss Cecelia’s books that have a bit of a fantasy element mixed in they always appealed to me but the last two I’ve read have been a little more of a normal storyline which just kind of bores me a bit.

I suppose it was sweet in ways just maybe not the book for me at this time in my life.

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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Book Review

 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

secret lifeThis was given to me over a year ago by mother who thought it was a fantastic read and with all that went on in the last year in my life (new baby, new house, etc) I’m only getting around to read it now. It was definitely worth keeping a hold of all this time as I really enjoyed it.

It’s a story set in southern America around the time when coloured people were just beginning to be given the same rights as whites. It’s both a sad and happy tale with a bit of humor mixed in. Our protagonist is Lily, a young teenage white girl who doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere, at school or at home. Her mother died in an unfortunate accident when she was young so she lives with her father and Rosaleen, a coloured housekeeper/nanny.

Rosaleen gets into an altercation with some white men and ends up being arrested and put in jail. Upon realising that how unfairly Rosaleen has been treated Lily decides to escape from town and bring Rosaleen with her. She makes her way to another small town that she found the name of in some of her mothers things. This is where she meets August and her sisters.

August is a beekeeper and she lives with her two sisters May and June. Lily starts to help August with her beekeeping and slowly begins to find her own sense of self and find out more about her mother and how she ended up in where she did in life. It’s a lovely story and it kept me interested most of the time. I didn’t absolutely adore it like so many seem to have but it was enjoyable for sure.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Book Review

 

Blue Moon by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake Series #8)

anitaAah I fear I have finally encountered the beginning of the decline in quality of Anita Blake books that everyone tried to warn me about. During the last few instalments Anita had decided she was with Jean-Claude and had begun having a relationship with him. However in this book she ends up sleeping with Richard but this does not stop her still having feelings for Jean-Claude. In fact she decides that most probably she will continue to see both men and what’s even more shocking is the fact that both men seem to be fairly ok with this. Weird right?

Actually no. That’s not the weird part of this book. That’s the part that is the most normal. Not only does she sleep with Richard while supposedly being in love with Jean-Claude, she has sexual feelings towards many other men including Asher and Damien (both vampires) and also Jason and Nathaniel (both lycanthropes). She ends up in sexual situations with nearly all of these men even though she keeps saying that she doesn’t want to be.

Don’t get me started on the part where she’s channeling Raina. She becomes this sex-mad fiend who asks everyone and anyone to fuck her which results in a race through a forest with a lot of very horny werewolves chasing her who want to ‘take her’. Of course she doesn’t really want to be taken, it’s just that creepy bitch Raina speaking, and so she ends up causing a lot of people to be hurt trying to protect her. It’s all very strange and the first book where everything was overtly sexual. Nothing was just a simple gesture or affectionate touch, they all meant something worse than what they seemed and to be honest it all got a bit tiring towards the end.

The plotline about Richard and the trolls and the whole vendetta against him was interesting enough but I feel like it got sidelined a lot to deal with everything going on with Anita and all her men. Niley and Linus had the makings of really scary bad guys but we didn’t meet them until very near the end and they got killed off a bit too quickly and easily in my eyes. Also, was there any need for Richards mother to be raped? I mean come on… Enough with the sexual violence already.

It wasn’t terrible, there were still a lot of parts to enjoy but I just hope I haven’t finally reached the beginning of the end for Anita.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Book Review

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Maguire (Beautiful #1)

disasterDear God why? Why would you inflict this on us? Why? The main female character is a freak show schizophrenic and the main male character is a violent control freak who has serious mental health issues. Their relationship is extremely unhealthy and is not what you should aspire to kids!! Ughhh…. I was just so disappointed.

It actually didn’t start off too bad I thought maybe it was going to be a different, kind of interesting love story with a Sandy and Danny type love affair. How wrong I was… Even though Travis seemed to be a stereotypical bad guy who does what he wants when he wants and goes through more drink and women than most people have hot dinners that doesn’t really last all too long. He soon becomes stalkeresque obsessed with Abby who he ridiculously nicknames Pigeon (they are typically known as rats with wings so ya… that’s cute). Eventually she succumbs to his ‘obvious’ charms and they then progress to become the most annoying fictional couple since Bella and Edward.

One paragraph they are head over heels madly in love and the next they are physically and/or verbally attacking each other. Aaah young love… So sweet. I’m all for a turbulent relationship with a few ups and downs but this really took the absolute piss. It was just so frustrating as a reader to deal with characters who seemed so indecisive and co-dependent on each other. Am I wrong in thinking that no one wants to end up in a relationship like theirs? I most definitely do not anyway. As a reader I like to be able to somewhat relate to the characters in a book. Personally I think its pretty much essential. I did not relate to these characters. And more importantly I didn’t want to.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Book Review

 

Madly and The Jackal by M Leighton (Madly #3)

madlyI think this was a little bit of a find to be honest. It seems to be a fairly unknown series but it is definitely worth reading. I always thought the whole mermaid world was a genre worth exploring and this sure makes a good attempt at that. Madly is slightly irritating at times and I didn’t overly enjoy the whole Jackson turning bad storyline either but other than that it was a pretty good book overall.

One thing surprised me and that was the sex. Lots and lots of graphic sex in this book. Now I love a good sex scene, don’t get me wrong, but I just wasn’t expecting it. The first two books in this series were very much young adult orientated with only the occasional very tame kiss or sexy daydreams involved so it just came out of nowhere. Suppose I really shouldn’t give out as I don’t get surprised by sex that often in books anymore!

The storyline was good with more Lore needing capturing, this time it was the Jackal and Hyde, a play on the old Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story. The story didn’t really center too much around the Lore story this time it was more about Madly and Jackson’s love affair which was a little annoying as I loved the whole Lore storyline in the previous book. I am still looking forward to the next instalment and can’t wait to see how Madly and Jackson’s love progresses in the future.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies #1)

warm bodiesI’ve been meaning to read this since the movie came out during the summer. I just thought from the trailer it sounded like such an original zombie story. You don’t see many written from the point of view of the zombie. Much less a zombie falling in love. And it worked.Yay.

We meet R hanging out with a hive of other zombies at the airport where he begins to explain zombie life and what they get up on a daily basis. It was actually really interesting as usually zombies are portrayed as completely mindless, killing machines. We never see them doing anything organised or ‘normal’ so it was kinda weirdly refreshing! R starts off as a fairly average zombie but as the book goes on and he meets Julie he starts changing and he starts to feel things that had previously died when his heart stopped beating. When he starts to change other zombies follow suit and an uprising begins. But a good one involving zombies for a change!

One of the best things about this book was the humor. It was a kind of tongue-in-cheek dark kind of humor and I loved it. This was quite possibly one of my favourite books of 2013. Hmm a zombie novel, who would have thought it?!

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Lover At Last by JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11)

loverI was waiting and waiting for this moment to come and man, was it worth the wait! Finally Blay and Qhuinn got their moment in the sun. I had stated before that I thought possibly Ward was shying away from writing this story and you know not for any homophobic reasons but I don’t blame her. I would struggle hugely with even attempting to write a gay love story because even though it is essentially no different to a ‘regular’ love story there is also huge differences. I would worry constantly that I wasn’t being fair to the gay community, is this really how people would feel when faced with the possibility of their sexual orientation not being how they expected it to be? Ward, however, did not worry about anything like this. And she was so right. She just wrote the love story like she did every other book so far. She wasn’t afraid of holding back in the love scenes and ultimately I think she was incredibly brave.

I always loved the whole Blay and Qhuinn storyline and was always rooting for them to get it together but when the last book ended with Layla going through her needing and Qhuinn servicing her needs I thought we had seen the end of that possibility but no need to fear my friends. It is, quite simply, one of my favourite BDB books of all time and that’s a real compliment because I pretty much adore each and every one of them. It’s never boring and you just fall instantly in love with nearly every character in this book, even the subplot ones.

We meet a few new characters in this book and see more of characters that we have only had glimpses of previously. Xcor makes another appearance and the plot thickens between him and Layla. What will become of them I do not know but my gut tells me eventually he will become a good guy. I really hope so. Trez and iAm become more important characters and we see the beginning of a possible love story between Trez and Selena. Also Assail who we knew very little of makes a big appearance in this book and I feel that we will see a good deal more of him in future instalments.

All in all one of my favourite reads of 2013! Thank God for the Black Dagger Brotherhood!!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Book Review

 

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