Monday, November 17, 2014

The Mini Break by Jane Costello

**** 4 stars
Cute Short story

Book Jacket Summary:
When Sophie's friend Anisha is sent on her first foreign trip in her job at a travel agency - and gets to take Sophie with her - she jumps at the chance of some time away.
But what Sophie doesn't realise is that there is a catch - a rather large catch. The five-star hotel is also a world-renowned golf resort. And its owners have offered the holiday on the basis of the girls' golfing prowess. Of which they possess quite literally none..

A Place for Us by Harriet Evans

****4 stars
I am not going to break this down by part, if I am being honest, I truly was frustrated with the way this book was released. I went ahead and downloaded each book as it was released but waited til all of them had come out before reading it. I have no issues paying good money for a great book, and this book was great. I just hated being dinged four times and then having to wait. I understand that the authors are now doing short stories or novellas, and we choose as readers to purchase there (which I do) but the way this book was released just left me baffled. I am hoping this doesn't become the new norm.
ok, about this book.
I loved A Place For Us. It was deep, wonderful, and intricately woven. I truly loved the characters and their many flaws, but adored the way each played into the entire story. This was a great emotional read.

Book Jacket Summary:
The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.
So opens A Place for Us by Harriet Evans, a book you'll dive into, featuring a family you'll fall in love with ... and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy and have discovered Jojo Moyes, you'll be thrilled to add Harriet Evans to your collection of favourite authors.
The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.
The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.
Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.
But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?
Welcome to Winterfold.
Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.

From Notting Hill with Four Weddings....Actually by Ali McNamara

***** 5 stars
Loved it!! Follow up book from Notting Hill to New York ... Actually. Great book! Just as delightful as the first, with many wonderful characters and best of all Scarlett, who seems to finally have found herself. Will go along with her first book, on my shelf of must reread books. :)

Book Jacket Summary:
Movie addict Scarlett O'Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she's dreamed of - but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread.
Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fianc�, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie - life couldn't be better.
But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous. As she begins to experience the other side to being rich and famous, it's not only Scarlett's perfect wedding that's put in jeopardy, but her whole world.

Winter Wonderland by Belinda Jones

**** 4 stars
I had put off reading this seeing as though it got mixed reviews. I am a huge Jones fan, so to get myself into the upcoming spirit I decided to go ahead and read. I will say that this isn't one of my favorite books by Jones, but I still found it a solid great read. I think many people felt the book is too descriptive and a large portion of the book is a very detailed description of Quebec. I think I loved this book because my family is from upstate New York and it felt like a piece of home with a magical touch. Definitely do not pass up. Even with mixed reviews and lots of details, it's still a Belinda Jones book so you will adore it :)

Book Jacket Summary:
Imagine waking up in a snow globe. . .
That's how travel journalist Krista feels when she arrives in magical Quebec to report on Canada's glittering Winter Carnival.
Over ten sub-zero days Krista's formerly frozen heart begins to melt as she discovers an enchanting world of ice palaces, husky dog-sledding and maple-syrup treats galore. And then she meets Jacques, a man as handsome and rugged as he is mysterious. . .
The two share a secret that could bond them forever, but can they find a way to break through the protective layers around their hearts to warm up this winter wonderland?
. . . let the snow-spangled adventure begin

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
***** 5 stars
I have out off reading this and had watched the first two movies, so figured I wouldn't read the book. When I realized the third movie was to be broke into two parts, I decided I had to read or I would be frustrated not knowing the end.
I loved this book and was surprised to see how well the movie depicted the book. Its not often the two are so similar. I chewed through this quickly and found myself eager to keep pressing on.

Book Jacket Summary:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Catching Fire
***** 5 stars
I think that the second book in this series was strong and as good if not better. I was glued to it and couldn't get anything else done til I had wrapped this trilogy up.

Book Jacket Summary:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

The Mocking Jay
*****5 Stars
Wow! It has been a couple days since I have finished this book and it still seems to monopolize my thoughts. I am glad I took the time to read these book. They are not what you expect but are truly well written.

Book Jacket Summary:
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived. But her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. . . . Can Katniss become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost?