Category Archives: Contemporary

The Goddesses by: Swan Huntley

The Goddesses

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
Wow!  I finished this book this morning and I am stunned.  I was emotionally invested in this story and these characters, it was as if they were people I knew.  Nancy was going through a difficult period in her life and she found a friendship with Ana that she desperately needed.  Ana was a free spirit who showed Nancy a different way to live.
Nancy struggled to decide if she wanted to be the woman that she was in the States or if she was going to reinvent herself.  Ana made that choice easy for Nancy.  As their relationship became stronger, Nancy’s home life started to fall apart.
This was a psychological thriller that read like contemporary fiction.  I was hooked.  I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Woman No. 17 by: Edan Lepucki

woman no. 17

This was an interesting read.  I didn’t know much about it going into the story and what I did know was incorrect.  The main female characters Lady and S had a very intriguing dynamic.  There relationship didn’t seem to fall into one specific category and that led to some issues.
I enjoyed this book and would pick up the author’s other works.  This is not a typical fiction book and that made it more engrossing.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I recieed this book from http://www.bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Girls in Pants by: Ann Brashares

Girls in Pants

The third installment of the Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) was so much fun to read.  I listened to this on audio and I can’t wait to finish of the series.  I love the characters so much and have no trouble envisioning the movie while I listen to this.

The girls in this novel are about to go to college and are experiencing their last summer before that happens.  The is excitement and hesitation and an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for the friendship that these girls have.

This is a sweet summery read.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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The Bookshop at Water’s End by: Patti Callahan Henry

The Bookshop at Water's End

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My Review:
This was a sweet story of two women who are trying to come to terms with things that have happened in their lives over the years from the time that they were children through the present.
They return to the place were they met and spent some of the best summers of their lives as well as one of the worst.  With their children in tow, they confront their pasts and try to prepare for their futures.
I really enjoyed this story and loved that one of the main focal points of this story is this well loved bookshop that was had its’ own ups and downs and has survived.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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El Deafo by: Cece Bell

El Deafo

This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel about a girl who becomes deaf and grows up as the only deaf girl in her class.  She is embarrassed about the large hearing device with microphone that she has to use but then come to realize that it makes her a “superhero”.

This story was heartwarming and the illustrations were adorable.  I highly recommend picking this up.  This is based on the author’s life and slightly fictionalized.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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Fitness Junkie by: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie  Publication Date: July 11, 2017

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My Review:
After having a few books that I added to my DNF list and reading a few mystery/thrillers, this book was the perfect book to read.  I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  In today’s society we are all so obsessed with our appearances and this book really brought that to light in a humorous way.
Janey was a lovable character that was easy to relate to.  Her friends supported her in her decisions and were there with her through all of the crazy ways in which she attempted to lose weight.
This was an empowering story with a great ending.  I want to pick up the authors’ previous work.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Reawakened by: Colleen Houck

Reawakened

I have finally started this series and I am so glad that I did.  I love the way Colleen weaves mythology with storytelling.  Her characters are so enjoyable and lovable.  I loved her Tiger’s Curse series and now this one is right up there with it.

I listened to this book on audio and loved the narration.  This was like listening to a movie.  I was very invested in the story and could envision the scenes.  This series involves Egyptian mythology and I am obsessed.

I am currently listening to the next book in this series and realize that the 3rd doesn’t come out until August.  THis is the perfect combination of  the fantasy, magical realism and contemporary genres.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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