Publication date: April 11, 2017
Category Archives: mature topics
Translated by: Deborah Smith
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.
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.
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?
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.
I LOVE YOU* SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS: A Contract Killers Novel
By Erin Lyon
Forge Books, 2017
From the rim of my glass, I noticed someone watching me. Why is he looking at me? I’m wearing my token. I looked down at my necklace— a gold feather quill with a diamond at the tip. He knows I’m taken— it’s not as though I intentionally left it at home.
He walked over and stood in front of me with his back to Logek (which is hardly ever the case, I might add). I had to do the quick math (sad, I know)—if I’m five foot nine and I’m wearing three- inch heels and he’s at least three inches taller than me . . . screw it. I can’t do math sober— now it’s pointless. Whatever, he’s tall. He’s got dark, dark hair and light eyes. We were in a bar so I couldn’t vouch for the eye color— either green, gray, or hazel, though. Big eyes. Perfect lips. Holy shit. He’s beautiful.
He held out his hand. Big hand, long fingers, tan. Gasp. I shook his hand, politely, because that’s what you would do when any man offers to shake your hand. Regardless of his movie- star quality.
“I’m Adam,” he said, in a deep voice. Figures. He does kinda make you think of original sin.
“Kate Shaw,” I said, trying to sound casual.
“Kate. I love that name.” I’m sure you do, incredibly hot guy, who is inexplicably hitting on me.
“Thank you,” I said, turning back toward the bar. Score one for Kate.
“What do you do?” he asked, seeming genuinely interested.
“I’m an out- of- work attorney,” I told him, with a quick nod and an ironic smile. “You?” “Oh . . . sorry,” he said, cringing slightly, acknowledging that he just stepped in it. “I’m in marketing.”
Of course he is. It’s pretty much the vortex that sucks up young, attractive men, giving them no actual job definition other than “marketing.” Translated as: I’m good at selling shit to people that don’t need it because I’m (incredibly) good looking. Oh, Adam. I am so onto your game.
I cocked an eyebrow at him. “ Really? Just marketing? That encompasses anything from being a sign spinner to being an advertising executive.”
He smiled. “I’m not a sign spinner,” he said. Shit. He has a dimple. Whatever. Jonathan is six feet, gorgeous; has dark Latino skin, black hair, dark eyes. Hot. All that on top of him being the love of my life. Like this guy is going to sway me.
27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set in Erin Lyon’s I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions.
In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.
Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy—hot, sweet, and committed.
Enter the contract killer, the man who pursues only signed women. No commitment, no hassle, all the fun. But Kate has enough fun on her plate… until her partner doesn’t re-up their contract.
After an epic but well-deserved meltdown, Kate gets practical. She accepts a job with her uncle’s law firm, practicing signing law—the one type of law she swore she’d never do. And the contract killer? Now that Kate is single, she’s no longer his type, but he still wants to be friends. Yeah, that’ll work. Kate may be heartbroken, but she’s not impervious to this sexy, smart, and complex man. But hey, it looks like he may not be impervious to her either—signed or not.
Hilariously relatable, with biting wit and charm, The Contract Killers is 27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set.
ERIN LYON is a practicing attorney who spends her free time writing novels about lawyers. I Love You* Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is her debut novel. Visit her online at: www.erinlyon.net.
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This is a compilation of Lucy’s earlier comics and there is no real continuity in the strips throughout the book. Some of the comic strips were hilarious and others left me confused. This book does contain some graphic images and “naughty” words and scenarios.
Although I am a fan of Lucy’s art, this was not my favorite book by her. I am glad that I didn’t pick this one up first because I may not have continued with these graphic novels. I highly recommend that read any of the other books by her. Relish is still my favorite and I have to read her newest book which I got for Christmas.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
Publish Date: January 10, 2017
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley
Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker.
Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). Clinton delves into all these topics—and many more—in this thoroughly unabashedly frank and uproarious collection.