Driving Heat by: Richard Castle

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This is book 7 in the Nikki Heat series.  I enjoy this series and I loved the show.  These are fun, fast reads.  They always include a bit of drama as well as humor.

I won’t go into detail about this story because it is the 7th in the series.  Just know that all of your favorite characters are in this book!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Sound of the World By Heart by: Giacomo Bevilacqua

the-sound-of-the-world-by-heart Publication date: April 11, 2017

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

Save the Date by: Mary Kay Andrews

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This was a fun, romantic read for February.  I have always had an obsession with party planning and floral designing.  Cara is a florist that prepares the most elegant arrangements for her clients.  She deals with countless brides and their crazy families.  She owns her own business but is in debt to her father.  Her own love life is non-existent unless you count her love for her dog Poppy.

How will she deal with a crappy landlady, demanding clients and an accidental dog napping that leads to an overwhelming attraction?  Read this book to find out.

This was a great read.  I really enjoyed it and the characters were well developed.  Mary Kay Andrews is a wonderful storyteller and I will not hesitate to pick up more of her works.

I gave this 5 crowns.

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Human Acts by: Han Kang

human-acts Translated by:  Deborah Smith

 

My Review:

I had been hearing a lot about this novel as well as Han Kang’s previous work The Vegetarian.  I really didn’t know too much about this and that was ok.  The writing flowed in this book.  It was easy to read and the translator did a great job of keeping with the integrity of the story.  It is not an uplifting story and the details were excruciatingly sad.

This is the story of a young boy told from different people who knew him and a reporter who wanted to tell the story of the horrific events in South Korea in 1980.  It was an interesting read as I am not a fan of historical fiction; but it was done very well.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Blogging for Books.

I gave this book 3.5 crowns.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Written Novels

This is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms. -Goodreads Group post

Ok, this is a bit difficult for me and if you noticed, I skipped lasts week post because I didn’t really have anything to say about it.

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I love Audiobooks but I can’t say that there are narrators that I love and must listen to.

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This adorable woman is Lucy Knisley.  She is my FAVORITE graphic novelist.  I love her drawing style and her story telling.  If you haven’t read any of her books, go and get them.

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This has been around for many years and I have all of the books and occasionally still check the website.  This is Postsecret.  People from all over the world send post cards of their secrets anonymously to Frank Warren who started this project so long ago.  Check out the website and the books. http://postsecret.com/

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I know that this has some written word in them but they are the inspirations behind the tattoos.  I love tattoos and I  really like Kat VOn D’s work, so yes, I own these 3 books.

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I absolutely love Jewel and have ever since I was in high school.  She is so real and open and her poems touch a part of me that nothing else can.  She has a few collections that she narrates on audio and she reads her words as she wants them to be heard.

OK, so not all was non-written books but this was what I could come up with.

 

Another Piece of My Heart by: Jane Green

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I like Jane Green’s style of writing and the heart wrenching stories that she tells.  I have had this on my shelf for a while and decided to listen to it on audio book.  This story is about a women, Andi, who marryies a man that already has to children.  The youngest daughter is an angel but the teenage daughter is driving a wedge between Andi and her husband.  Emily knows just how to get her dad’s attention and is able to pull him away from Andi.  After some life altering events occur, this is a story of family and love and growth.

I enjoyed the first half of this book but then out of no where the chapters kept switching points of views without any indication that that would happen.  It took me a few minutes to figure out who was the narrator at any given point.  It felt a bit long to me as well.

I gave this book 3 crowns. 3_crowns

Killer Ambition by: Marcia Clark

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This is the 3rd book in the Rachel Knight series.  In this book Rachel and Bailey get involved in trying to find out who kidnapped the daughter of a very famous movie director.  Of course, nothing is as easy as it appears.  The cast of characters that surround this director on a daily basis is innumerable.

I love the way Marcia Clark writes and this is a great series.  I highly recommend that you pick up these books if you enjoy mysteries with  a bit of humor and a completely bad-ass female lead character.  Rachel Knight is totally in her element in this book as she is the prosecutor and this is very much a court house drama.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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A State of Jane by: Meredith Schorr

a-state-of-jane Publication date: February 14, 2017

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

 

My Review:

This was the second book that I read this month from Meredith Schorr.  She has an easy to read style that is filled with humor and real life situations.  This is a story about a girl who is feeling the pressure to find ” The One” and to start her educational path towards becoming a lawyer.  Let’s just say that in 5 or 6 months she has had sex with just as many guys and her attitude towards men and relationships has changed drastically.  Not only has that changed but so has her attitude.

This was a fun read but I was annoyed in the beginning of the book with Jane.  She had such a pessimistic and nasty attitude that I didn’t really care what happened to her.  That does change and so did my opinion but it was a rough start for me.  This book is about love but not in the way that you think.

I received an E-ARC of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 3 crowns.

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Seeking Mr. Wrong by:Natalie Charles

seeking-mr-wrong Publication date: February 13, 2017

About the book (from the Publishers):

Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she’s always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children’s books on the side. After her fiancé leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew. But then everything changes.

When Lettie’s publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing…and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she’s left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right?

My Review:

This is definitely not my typical genre but once in a while I can enjoy a good romance.  At first, I had a hard time getting into the story of a Kindergarten teacher and author of children’s books being “forced” to write erotica to fulfill her publishing contract.  Sounds a bit far fetched to me.  However, the story was fleshed out (pun intended) in the right way and that crossover became a bit more believable.

I did enjoy Lettie’s character as well as her friend Mindy and of course, Eric.  This was a cute read especially during the Valentine’s holiday week.  The sex scenes were dirty so be forewarned.

All in all, I give this book 3.5 crowns.

Blogger Girl by: Meredith Schorr

blogger-girl Publication date: February 14, 2017

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“Sassy, sexy, endlessly entertaining, and full of laughs (as well as some heart-wrenching moments), Blogger Girl is one of those books that keeps you up at night because you can’t wait to see what happens next.” – Tracie Banister, Author of Mixing It Up

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review.

With their ten-year reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her offline life.

My Review:

I was so excited to see a book about a Blogger.  This was so much fun to read.  Do you want to know what it is like to be a book blogger?  Pick up this book.  Kim is a chick lit blogger and she has a day job that allows her to do both things at once.  Kim meets a man; of course, chick lit!, and she has to balance her life so that she can do all of the things she loves.

Is she really working on her true passion? Maybe, maybe not.  What will happen at her class reunion?  Will she ever be ok around other people whose job titles are “so much more” than secretary and blogger?  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to pick up the rest in the series.  Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for letting me read this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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