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Book Review: The Two Week Wait - Sarah Rayner

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The Two Week Wait - Sarah Rayner After a health scare, Brighton-based Lou is forced to confront the fact that her time to have a baby is running out.  She can't imagine a future without children, but her partner doesn't seem to feel the same way, and she's not sure whether she could go it alone. Meanwhile, up in Yorkshire, Cath is longing to start a family with her husband, Rich.  No one would be happier to have a child than Rich, but Cath is infertile. Could these strangers help one another out?
3/5 stars (liked it) If you've read One Moment, One Morning then you already know who Lou is.  There are also some characters from that book.  I really liked this book because I got to see where the characters were after the events of the first book.  Lou really wants a child and so does Cath.  It is amazing the sacrifices people will go through to have a child.  This book really made me appreciate the fact that I had no trouble having my two children.  I'm not sure I would …

Book Review: Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks

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Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past.  Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships; one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo.  Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her...a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport.  With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and on…

Book Review: The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead

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The Indigo Spell - Richelle Mead In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.  Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run.  Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her.  But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought.  There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her.  And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood -- or else she might be next.
5/5 stars (it was amazing) By far the best book in the series.  Sydney has changed so much since Rose met her and I absolutely love this new Sydney.  Also if I didn't love Adrian before I really love h…

Book Club: Shanghai Girls - Lisa See

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Shanghai Girls - Lisa See In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are—Shanghai girls.
I really enjoyed this book and was surprised to learn all the hardships that Chinese immigrants had to go through.  This books follows …

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
3 out of 5 stars (liked it) I added this book a while ago, then I saw that a movie was coming out based on it so it made me want to read it sooner.  The book is from Ethan's point of view.  I'm not used to a male's point of view in a book but I actu…

Book Review: The One I left Behind - Jennifer McMahon

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The One I left Behind - Jennifer McMahon The summer of 1985 changed Reggie's life. Thirteen, awkward, and without a father, she finds herself mixed up with her school's outcasts-Charlie, the local detective's son, and Tara, a goth kid who has a mental hold over Reggie and harbors a dark secret. That same summer a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother Vera-an ex-model with many "boyfriends" and a thirst for gin-the most, Vera's hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there's no body and Neptune disappears.

Now a successful architect who left her hometown behind after that horrific summer, Reggie doesn't trust anyone and lives with few attachments. But when she gets a call from a homeless shelter saying that her mother has been found alive, Reggie must confront the ghosts of her pa…

Book Review: Four to Score - Janet Evanovich

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Four to Score - Janet Evanovich Working for her bail bondsman cousin Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers-- even when aided by crazy Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet-- and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with a vice cop Joe Morelli. RATED PG35 for licentious wit and libidinous cohabitation. 3/5 stars (liked it) This book introduces us to a cross dresser named Sally Swee…