Monthly Archives: March 2013

Making It by: Helen Klein Ross

Image  Audrey is an advertising executive that is the epitome of Madison Avenue.  Her husband is Mr. Mom.  He has raised their son Paley and taken care of the household chores after losing his job.  Audrey sometimes struggles with the role of working mother but she wouldn’t have given it up for anything.  When her company merges together with a newer, hipper agency, Audrey makes the decision to fit in.  She gives herself a makeover from head to toe and flirts mercilessly with her much younger boss.

Behind the lies and betrayal, Audrey exhibits the fear that some working mothers fear;  have they done enough for their children?  Audrey flip flops with her answer to this question and goes through some jealousy when she sees her husband and son together.  Audrey also fights the demon inside that convinces her that her husband is doing nothing with himself and that her younger boss has everything she needs.

This is a great read although I do not agree with some of the situations in the book as well as the comment made about school staff.  Audrey’s role in the betrayal in this book will provide for a good book club discussion.  I give this book 4 crowns for book clubs.

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The Wisdom of Hair by: Kim Boykin

Image   Zora May Adams is a sweet, kind-hearted young girl who grew up with a “crazy” mother.  After dealing with her mother’s delusions of being Judy Garland and her alcoholic behavior, Zora decides to leave.  She goes to beauty school and trains to become a hair stylist.  She meets a classmate that becomes her best friend and “sister”.  Throughout the story you see their relationship develop as well as the new family that Zora is brought into.  As with any coming of age story, there is a love story weaved in.  However, Zora’s love story is more about loving herself and forgiveness than it is about the romantic love between two people.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was interesting to have Zora’s life revolve around styling hair because a woman’s hair can be her most telling feature.  Any change to a woman’s hairstyle is a reinvention to one’s self.  Think about the days when you are having a bad hair day; you put your hair up or cover it.  Usually it is an outward hint as to how you are feeling.  Women that may have lost their hair to chemo or illness sometimes proudly show off their bald head and exude power and beauty.  Women may color their hair in vibrant, funky colors to show off their individuality.  A woman’s hair is sometimes her most valuable expression of herself.  For Zora, her first taste at changing her hair was cutting her bangs after her father’s death.  Not only did she want to change herself but she wanted to help change everybody that she was able to.

This is a story of change and empowerment; love and forgiveness and the ability to find strength within one’s self and those that care about you.  Zora find herself a “new” family and it is then that she begins to heal and change.

I highly recommend this book to book club groups and individuals.  I give this book 5 crowns.

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The Lost Magic Series by: Suzi Davis

Image Image Image   These three books, Amber Frost, Silver Dew and Sapphire Sun, make up this amazing young adult series that I believe can be the next big thing rivaling the Twilight series and Harry Potter.  I am totally smitten with the characters in this series, especially Sebastian and Grace.  Sebastian seems to be the irresistible bad boy and Grace is somewhere between the popular girl and the artistic, misunderstood girl.  This story is a love story with a coming of age story with a bit of magic mixed in.   Even though its genre is young adult, readers of all ages will love it.

I read these three books one right after the other and I was so upset when I finished the third book.  I am going to miss Sebastian and Grace and all of the characters that made up this incredible world.  The Lost Magic is an ancient magic that resides in a few people.  It can be used for good or evil and in this series, both sides are evident.  The stories are filled with action and adventure; love and hatred; friendship and betrayal and a magic that will hopefully be able to find its place with the right person and used for the right thing.  I highly recommend this series to individual readers and book club groups alike.  I give this series 5 crowns.  5_crowns

I am happy to announce my first ever CONTEST.  Please comment after this post with your email address or email me at bcqqueeniec@aol.com,  your email address and you will be entered to win this 3 book series signed by the author in your choice of ebook format!  Contest ends:  March 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.   

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the Powder of Life a sequel to the novel Silver Shoes by: Paul Miles Schneider

Image  Paul’s first novel, Silver Shoes, was reviewed on the website www.book-club-queen.com by my friend Queenie D.  I didn’t read that book but when I was contacted by Paul to read and review his second novel, I happily agreed and I am glad that I did.  What an interesting read!

In this sequel, young Donald Gardner and his friends and family are once again involved in a very mysterious occurrence.  It turns out that the land of Oz is a real place in an alternate reality as well as other fairy tales such as Peter Pan and Alice and Wonderland.  I was a little lost because I did not read Silver Shoes, so I do recommend that you read that book first.   Donald and his friends travel to Oz to help save their own world from an evil man that wants to destroy it.  Paul has described the land of Oz in such wonderful detail that it feels as if you are really there.

I have to be honest and say that I was disappointed that the ending of this story wasn’t as descriptive as the middle of the novel.  To me, the ending felt abrupt.  It doesn’t stop me from recommending this book to readers of all ages.  Young adult readers would love it as well as older readers with a love for Oz!  Book club groups may struggle a little with topics to discuss besides Oz, so I give this book 3 crowns for book clubs.            Image

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