Friday, December 08, 2017

Book Review: Hanna Who Fell From the Sky - Christopher Meades

Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven.  She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters.  And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.

But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will.  Then her mother tells her a secret--one that could grant Hanna the freedom she's known only in her dreams.  As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven.  But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she's ever known?  Or is there another option--one too fantastical to believe?

With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating unknon world--and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I liked Hanna right away and knew she did not belong in this community.  I felt bad for her brothers and sisters and sister-mothers because the father Jotham and how he treats everyone badly.  In this story we see Hanna grow and learn to believe in herself and question things around her.  Most of that is in part to Daniel.  I wish we had learned more about Daniel and his past, although things were mentioned.  Overall I liked the book and really liked how it didn't end quite how I thought it would have.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Book Review: Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger

Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job "a million girls would die for" working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine--a dream that turned out to be a nightmare.  Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high end bridal magazine.  The Plunge, which has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish.  Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart's content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro.

Even better, Andy has met the love of her life.  Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous.  Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple.  Andy Sachs is on top of the world.  But karma's a bitch.

The morning of her wedding, Andy can't shake the past.  And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread.  Andy realizes that nothing--not her husband, nor her beloved career--is as it seems.  She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago--and directly into the path of the devil herself...

2/5 stars (it was ok)
Andy is not the same person she was in the first book.  She seems to have changed quite a bit.  She is best friends with Emily and is writing for a high end bridal magazine.  Alex is long gone and Lilly has moved away.  She is in love with Max a gorgeous guy.  I never saw any chemistry between them and their love felt forced the whole book.  This book is not just about Andy's career and running into Miranda but takes us to married life, kids and career and love again.  I did however like how the book ending as it seemed very fitting. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Review: Iron Crowned - Richelle Mead

An embattled mystically entwined with our own, the Otherworld is at the mercy of one woman...

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm.  But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom.  Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear...

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part.  Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search.  And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way.  To control the Crown's ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation-one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril...

4/5 stars (really liked it)
This book picks up right where the last one left off.  Eugenie and Kiyo are over due to what happened in the next book and she is now with Dorian.  Dorian seems to have changed a lot since the first book as has Eugenie.  Because of the events from the previous book Roland, her step-dad refuses to talk to her.  With the urging of Dorian and a seer at the castle, Eugenie and Kiyo set out to see the Iron Crown.  The war with the Rowan land is not letting up.  Seems like so much happens in this book.  I am really growing to like Jasmine, Eugenie's half-sister.  The ending of this book really makes me want to read more!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Review: Insatiable - Meg Cabot

Sick of hearing about vampires?  So is Meena Harper.

But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them.

Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural.  See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die.  (Not that you're going to believe her; no one ever does.)

But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets--then makes the mistake of falling in love with--Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side.  It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien's already dead.  Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met that she could see herself having a future with.  See, while Meen'as always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able to look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future...

If she even has one.

2/5 stars (it was OK)
Sadly I was expecting something different in a vampire book, instead I got the cliche of a woman instantly falling in love with a vampire.  A vampire with a temper who doesn't kill humans.  I actually didn't care too much for Lucien or Meena.  The characters I really liked were Alaric Wulf the vampire-hunter that works for the Palatine and Meena's brother John.  Who I was very sick of hearing about was Jack Bauer, the dog.  I felt like that's all we heard about was the dog.  Also did not like the chapter headings of time and exact locations.  If Alaric is in the next book more then I will definitely read it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Review: Camanchaca - Diego Zuniga

A long drive across Chile's Atacama desert, traversing "the worn-out puzzle" of a broken family--a young man's corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obstructive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle's unexplained death--occupies the heart of this novel, Camanchaca is a low fog pushing in form the sea, its moisture sustaining a near-barren landscape, Camanchaca is the discretion that makes a lifelong grief possible.  Sometimes, the silences are what bind us.

2/5 stars (it was ok)
I couldn't really get into it.  Each page contained little snippets of thought and sometimes they really didn't mean much.  I think this would have been more enjoyable as a full novel.  I would have liked to have gotten more from the main character instead we don't get much.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book Review: Another Day - David Levithan

Every day is the same for Rhiannon.  She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don't be too needy.  Avoid upsetting him.  Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes.  Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day--a perfect day Justin doesn't remember the next morning.  Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything.  Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person...wasn't Justin at all.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon's side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is the same book but different than the first book.  This book takes place in the same amount of time as Every Day except in Rhiannon's point of view.  I loved reading about how she views A and all that he reveals to her.  So sad how she had basically given up and was in a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship and she never questioned it until A came around.  I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, especially with how things in the first two books ended.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Royal Wedding - Meg Cabot

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity: living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements.  And speaking of engagements, Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend, Michael, manged to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question!  Of course, Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal "oui."

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: her grandmother has leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom.  Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a stomach.  Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

3/5 stars (liked it)
It was nice to read about Mia again.  Unfortunately it seems Mia still has not grown up.  She complains about being a Princess, her Grandmere and basically everything.  It feels like it took a long time to get to the proposal and then it was a wedding and over just like that.  I did enjoy reading about the characters and where they were in their grown up lives.  I feel like it was left open to another book.

Book Review: Hanna Who Fell From the Sky - Christopher Meades

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