Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Garden of Small Beginnings by: Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

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May 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
I absolutely loved this book.  I am not a gardener by any means, in fact, last year I killed a CACTUS!  A CACTUS!  How is that even possible?!  Anyway, each chapter has a brief one page tidbit about gardening that is quite cute and sometimes funny.
The setting of the story, a gardening class, helps to bring all of the characters of the story together and leads to the underlying theme of nurturing yourself and tending to your own needs.
Lili’s story is one of heartache but then she starts to see glimmers of hope and happiness when surrounded by the new growth of the garden and the support of new friends.  I can’t say enough about this book and really do recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.

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The Best Man by: Kristan Higgins

The Best Man

I received this book at Book Con in 2015.  I don’t really read Romance novels but I saw that it was available on my Overdrive app as an audio book and decided to give it a try.  I am really glad that I did.

Yes, there was a lot of mentioning of breasts and it did get annoying but the story was fun.  I liked the characters of Chief Levi Cooper and Faith Holland.  I found myself laughing along and really getting into the story.  Faith is a young woman who moved away from her family and home after her wedding day literally fell apart at the altar.

This is book 1 in the Blue Heron series and I wouldn’t mind picking up the next one to see what it is about.  If you enjoy a fun,contemporary, romance novels, then give this series a shot.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by: Greg Cox BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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If you are not familiar with The Librarians, it is a television show that is aired on TNT.  It has completed its’ 3rd season and it is a fun show to watch.

 

Greg Cox

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
GREG COX is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories. He wrote the official movie novelizations of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, GODZILLA, MAN OF STEEL,THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DAREDEVIL, GHOST RIDER, DEATH DEFYING ACTS, and the first three UNDERWORLD films, as well the novelizations of four popular DC Comics miniseries, INFINITE CRISIS, 52, COUNTDOWN and FINAL CRISIS. In addition, he has written books and short stories based on such popular series as ALIAS, THE AVENGERS, BATMAN, BUFFY, C.S.I., FARSCAPE, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE 4400, THE GREEN HORNET, IRON MAN, LEVERAGE, THE LIBRARIANS, THE PHANTOM, PLANET OF THE APES, ROSWELL, STAR TREK, TERMINATOR, UNDERWORLD, WAREHOUSE 13, XENA, THE X-FILES, X-MEN and ZORRO.
 
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The Book:

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

Synopsis 
 

For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

 

Praise for The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

“Fans of the quirky TNT series The Librarians will not be disappointed by this novel, which captures the show’s spirit of risk. VERDICT:  Daring, high-stakes action is in no short supply as Cox brings his best in this tie-in novel that will please lovers of the show and aficionados of fantasy adventure alike.” —Library Journal

My Review:
I love to watch The Librarians.  This book was very entertaining.  I felt as if I was watching an episode because I knew the characters and I was able to picture it all in my head.  In this book, the second in the series, the Librarians are on a wild goose chase, literally.  Mother Goose, or someone who is claiming to be the real Mother Goose is on the loose trying to piece together 3 parts of the book that would unleash a great power.  Each librarian is own their own journey and meet some real descendants of the original Mother Goose along the way.
It was exciting and amusing in the way that the show is done.  I will be on the lookout for additional books in this series.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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One Good Thing by: Wendy Wax

One Good Thing

About ONE GOOD THING (from the publishers):

In her fifth and most exciting book yet, Wax returns to her Ten Beach Road series with ONE GOOD THING (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; April 25, 2017; $16). Picking up where Sunshine Beach left off, fans of the series will delight in catching up with familiar beloved characters and new readers will have no problem sinking into this witty and heartwarming story about loyalty, friendship and the secrets that test those bonds.

Sure to resonate with readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green, ONE GOOD THING is a warm and insightful look at love and the bonds of true friendship.

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships. 

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, nor can she trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

My Review:

If you have been here a while, you will remember my mentioning the Ten Beach Road series and its’ individual titles pretty often.  Well, the day has arrived in which the 5th book has been released! YAY!

I have missed these women and their significant others.  I feel like I am part of their crew whenever I read these books.  Each woman has such endearing qualities that I can’t and won’t pick a favorite.

I loved the way in which this book picked up after the 4th book without making it feel as if time had passed in weird way.  I highly recommend that you pick up this series if you enjoy summery, contemporary fiction and I also suggest, strongly, that you share them with other readers in your life that you think would enjoy them.  I do…my mother and I love this series!

I give this book 5 crowns!

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I’d also love for you to share your #OneGoodThing. It can be a special person, an event, or something good that happened that day. I promise not to judge.

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BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY York: The Shadow Cipher by: Laura Ruby

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York The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Synopsis 
 

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

MEET THE AUTHOR
Laura Ruby
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery LILY’S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe

I have a collection of books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read many years ago and loved.  On a recent trip to buy some books, I came across an Elizabeth Berg book called Never Change and purchased it.  At work one day this week, I needed to borrow another audiobook from Overdrive because I had just finished the previous one.  I couldn’t remember the name of the book I had just purchased but knew it was a two word title.  I was convinced this was it, so I downloaded it.  What a pleasant mistake!

This audio book is read by the author (my favorite situation) and the story touched my heart so deeply from the very beginning.  I feel confident in saying that this book is one of my favorites that I have read this year if not the BEST of the year!

I loved every character in this story and will definitely re-read this book, and I don’t do that!  Helen is very down to earth and Tess, her daughter, is a typical daughter who tries to minimize her mother’s involvement in her life.  I absolutely loved this book and encourage you all to read it.

I should probably tell you that I already own a copy of Never Change and know just purchased Home Safe to add to my shelves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by: Maeve Binchy

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After Maeve passed away, her husband gathered a collection of her articles from the Irish Times and had them published into this book.  I was and still am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy.  Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read before and her story telling abilities were bar none.

I listened to this on audio book and found that it was read by her daughter with the same strong Irish accent that I believe Maeve had.  It was as if I was listening to her.  Each of these stories were articles that she had written and published in the Irish Times.  There was no continuous theme except that they are painstakingly honest.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing at some of the stories.  I did enjoy it but I know that if I had read it, I may have enjoyed it more.  Short stories and/or articles are difficult to listen to.  It is much better, for me anyway, to listen to a complete story.  That being said, her writing was true to that of her full length novels.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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