Friday, April 18, 2014

*To Be PERFECTLY Honest*

To Be Perfectly Honest
By: Sonya Sones


My name is Colette. This book is about me. Who am I? To be perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure who I am. I guess you could say I'm the fifteen-year-old daughter of an annoyingly famous movie star. Or maybe I'm the eighteen-year-old daughter of a famous movie star's stand-in. Or maybe I'm the thousand-year-old daughter of a vampire.... Having trouble guessing which one of these stories is true? Join the club. My friends have a joke about me: How can you tell if Colette is lying? Her mouth is open.

My Thoughts
I absolutely enjoyed this book! This is one that is written in the forms of poems, which I love! It's easy to follow and quick to read! This book is full of romance, disappointment, sibling bonding, lies, and figuring out who you are! I love the fact that the main character has an imagination big enough to fill her life with lies, which you shouldn't do, but in this case they are pretty harmless! Although the main character, Colette, is "writing" the book, I think my favorite character is her little brother! He's so funny and speaks with a lisp which just brings light to everyone in the book! Overall, this is a great read!

Book Details
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: August 27, 2013
ISBN: 978-0689876042
# of pages: 480
Source: Library Checkout

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder 
by Ann Patchett

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (June 7, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062049803

In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains and effects of a colleague who recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. But first she must locate Dr. Anneck Swenson, a renowned gynecologist who has spent years looking at the reproductive habits of a local tribe where women can conceive well into their middle ages and beyond. Eccentric and notoriously tough, Swenson is paid to find the key to this longstanding childbearing ability by the same company for which Dr. Singh works. Yet that isn’t their only connection: both have an overlapping professional past that Dr. Singh has long tried to forget. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh must face her own disappointments and regrets, along with the jungle’s unforgiving humidity and insects, making State of Wonder a multi-layered atmospheric novel that is hard to put down. Indeed, Patchett solidifies her well-deserved place as one of today’s master storytellers. Emotional, vivid, and a work of literature that will surely resonate with readers in the weeks and months to come, State of Wonder truly is a thing of beauty and mystery, much like the Amazon jungle itself. --Jessica Schein - Amazon.

My Thoughts:  I listened to State of Wonder and thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Amazon on my way to work everyday.  The story of Marina's trip to the Amazon was both beautiful and scary.  The reader takes the trip with Marina to Brazil in search and her friend and colleague, the reader feels the heat, the insects, the fear, and beauty of the Amazon as if one were actually in the Amazonian jungle.  This part of the world is without cell phones and virtually no outside communications, limited communication with the local peoples, and unknown and unimagined situations around every corner.   

I enjoyed the book for many reasons including the vision of a basically unknown part of our world and the dynamics among the doctors, scientists, and the locals but mostly for the well-told story of Marina and her personal quest and strength.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BONES OF THE LOST by Kathy Reichs
Bones of  the Lost  (Temperance Brennan #16)

  • Series: Temperance Brennan (#16)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102459

  • SUMMARY: "Publishers Weekly-Bestseller Reichs draws on her experiences touring with the USO in Afghanistan for her captivating 16th novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (after 2012's Bones Are Forever). At home in Charlotte, N.C., the bone expert concludes that the death of an unidentified girl, 14 or 15 years old, was caused by foul play rather than a hit-and-run, as was previously suspected. The outraged Brennan urges homicide detective Erskine Skinny Slidell to investigate, knowing Slidell believes the girl to have been an undocumented immigrant, as well as possibly being a junkie and prostitute. Later in Afghanistan, Brennan oversees the exhumation of two unarmed Afghan villagers killed by a U.S. Marine to determine whether the victims were shot in the back or head-on. The two cases—and a third involving mummified dogs from Peru—"

    MY THOUGHTS: I have been reading this series since the first book.  I have to say that I was disappointed in this one.  I am certainly getting tired of the ups and downs of her "love life". Move on Temperence. I am also amazed as to how three different cases can all converge--what's the chances of that.   I stopped reading Patricia Cornwell, if this keeps up Kathy Reichs may not be far behind.

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    "Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars" By: Codi Gary Review

    Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars
    By: Codi Gary

    Gemma Carlson didn't plan on waking up married.

    She also didn't count on running into her old flame—and her son's father-turned-country rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow … neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there's just one thing to do: run.

    Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when they had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn't hesitate. Of course, he didn't expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn't plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn't know he had. He proposes, albeit belatedly, a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not …

    Gemma's not interested; she's got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don't date rock stars . . . right?
    My Thoughts
        Gemma finds out the hard way that some things that happen in Vegas, don’t stay in Vegas. When she wakes up with a ring on her finger put there by ex-boyfriend Travis, who just happens to be one of Country’s biggest stars, she panics and drives ten hours straight back to Idaho. How can she tell him she should have believed him and never have left him all those years ago? And the whole business of their son she never told him about is going to be a bit messy.
       So starts Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars, with a bit of a bang if you will. Travis, said rock star, fell in love with Gemma as a teenager. In and out of foster homes, he never had a true family and only two loves in his young life, music and Gemma. When life on the road gets the best of them, Gemma and Travis drift apart, with more than a few secrets held back from one another.
        Life has a way of getting the best of us, and with her newest novel, Codi Gary shows us how we can always find a way to make it work. Seemingly insurmountable odds are against both Gemma and Travis, but even through the paparazzi’s lenses, they find a way to love one another again and become a true family.
        One of my favorite things about Gary’s books are the secondary characters. Don’t get me wrong, the main characters are awesome (and some pretty amazing naughty scenes, meow) but she writes the background characters almost as fully as she does everything else. They have personalities, quirks, and you want to read as much as about them as anyone else. From the sassy barista down the road to the computer repairman with a penchant for trout fishing, Gary creates a rich backdrop for her characters to fall in love.
        Codi Gary is one of my new favorite authors. She writes sweets stories with the right amount of spice that are just plain witty and fun. This book can be absolutely read by itself, but if you fall in love with Codi Gary’s book as I have done, be sure to read Things Good Girls Don’t Do.

    Rock Canyon Romance
    2. Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars
    3. Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines (May 20, 2014)

    Book Details
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Date of Publication: April 22nd, 2014
    ISBN: 978-0062331717
    # of pages: 300
    Source: Edelweiss - for Review

    Originally published at the Brunette Librarian's Blog

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    The Queen's Vow: A Novel Of Isabella Of Castile

    The Queen's Vow: A Novel Of Isabella Of Castile

    • Paperback: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (July 2, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0345523970
    • ISBN-13: 978-0345523976
    Summary from Goodreads: 
    So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens—the warrior who united a fractured country, the champion of the faith whose reign gave rise to the Inquisition, and the visionary who sent Columbus to discover a New World. Acclaimed author C. W. Gortner envisages the turbulent early years of a woman whose mythic rise to power would go on to transform a monarchy, a nation, and the world. 
    Young Isabella is barely a teenager when she and her brother are taken from their mother’s home to live under the watchful eye of their half-brother, King Enrique, and his sultry, conniving queen. There, Isabella is thrust into danger when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone Enrique. Suspected of treason and held captive, she treads a perilous path, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain. Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragon.
    As they unite their two realms under “one crown, one country, one faith,” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. But when the Moors of the southern domain of Granada declare war, a violent, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, one that will test all of Isabella’s resolve, her courage, and her tenacious belief in her destiny.
    From the glorious palaces of Segovia to the battlefields of Granada and the intrigue-laden gardens of Seville, The Queen’s Vow sweeps us into the tumultuous forging of a nation and the complex, fascinating heart of the woman who overcame all odds to become Isabella of Castile.

    My Comments:   Not knowing much about Isabella, I was happy this book gave much more about her younger years and adult life prior to her connection with Christopher Columbus.
    The author did mention he took some liberties with the timeline on some events but it was to make the novel flow better.  He also said the meeting of Fernando and Isabella wasn't quite as it happened but it helped build a character and relationship.  
    I enjoyed the book and will likely read another by Gortner.

    Tart (A Delicious Novel)                                                                                              

    Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, TART, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn't long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.

    That's not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he's hardly ever taken it further than friendship. When he sees her start to fall for Gideon, he knows he has to make his move or risk losing her forever.

    Who would have anticipated that all three of them would connect on such an intimate level? The trio's scalding liaisons take them places they've never dreamed. But such an intensely passionate and unusual relationship comes with equally as complicated emotions, and when Jules must suddenly leave town, she wonders if she'll have a choice to make when she returns

    From my point of view...
    Well, this was a very exciting read.  I think this was a little over my sensibility level but it had a good plot and very interesting characters.  This is a

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Big Sky Secrets, by Linda Lael Miller

    Self-made tycoon Landry Sutton heads to Hangman Bend's Ranch to sell his land to his brother Zane. Though he's got cowboy in his blood, Landry plans to return to city life before the dust even settles on his boots. Of course, he didn't count on falling for Big Sky Country…or Ria Manning.

    Ria's starting to settle into country life herself…until she has a close encounter of the terrifying kind with a buffalo. Turns out the peeping monster belongs to the cowboy next door—and he has her running even more scared than his bison. She wants a home where the buffalo don't roam, and the men don't either. Could Landry's homecoming be her heart's undoing?

    My comments:
    If you haven't read any of the books in the Big Sky series, I highly recommend them. Big Sky Secrets was a heart-warming and interesting book about usual ordinary people who face challenges the life is throwing at them... with love.