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Book ReviewSofie Metropolis

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Tom Doherty Associates, 2005

As you can tell from the summary, there's a lot going on in this starter series novel, but it's all good. I quite enjoyed this book like a spritz of water in the face in the heat of summer. It reads much like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but there's no Grandma Mazur and Sofie's mother is much more overbearing. It does have a great sense of humour much like Evanovich that had me laughing out loud and sharing parts with my husband. There's kooky characters in general within Sofie's family, her apartment building, her neighbors and her coworkers but it all...

Book ReviewMidnight in Austenland

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Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Publisher: 
Bloomsbury, 2012

I was looking forward to this second installment in the Austenland series by Shannon because I so very much liked the first, Austenland. But sadly, this second novel is nowhere near the perfection of the first.
Shannon mixes a few aspects of Jane Austen's novels into each of her own. In Austenland we had the play - much like how the characters in Mansfield Park performed a play. In Midnight in Austenland our main gal Charlotte is much like the shy, vulnerable Fanny in Mansfield Park. Charlotte is even given a...

Book ReviewThe Little Lady Agency

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2005

Snap this book up if you can. That's my advice when it comes to this series by Hester Browne. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of this story and what fun it was to vicariously put on a wig with Melissa and become the strict, 'Honey' putting everyone's lives in order...except her own. I also loved that this is a main character with curves – for once a break from the usual willow-thin female, Melissa is yanking up her spanx thinking about her roommate’s excellent shortbread cookies she ate the night before...

Book ReviewThe Little Lady Agency

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2005

Snap this book up if you can.  That's my advice when it comes to this series by Hester Browne.  When I first got my hands on, The Little Lady Agency, I noticed it was a big thick book...this meant one of two things.  1. A sloppy editing job that left in extra dialogue/scenes that would drag the flow of the story down or 2. Lots and lots of juicy plot twists that required a chunky bunch of pages.  I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong on both counts.  The reason this book has so many pages is because it's a solid, good read!

Book ReviewAustenland

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Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Publisher: 
Bloomsbury, 2007

I loved, loved, loved this book and the movie recently made (perfectly cast with Kerri Russell and JJ Field). I love the entire concept of this book and think it would be a grand success should someone actually run with the idea and build Austenland for real. Maybe Stephanie Meyer is the girl for that trick - she and her Twilight millions were the pushing force behind turning this 2007 sleeper book into a feature film. To put my own personal light on this review, yes, I do...

Book ReviewThe Chase

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Bantam Books, 2014

This book was a pleasant surprise. Teaming together for, The Heist, the first book in the O'Hare and Fox series, Janet and Lee were, for me, a disappointment. As a seasoned reader of Janet's I could easily see where Janet had contributed with her fast-paced savvy style and where Lee had written his history loving (plot slowing) style. I guess I wasn't alone in my early criticisms because this second venture between Janet and Lee was a much smoother and much better read. The Chase is a nicely plotted book with something new around every corner. I liked how the...

Book ReviewBetter Read Than Dead

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
Publisher: 
Penguin Group, 2005

This book is a zinger! I enjoyed the first book in this series, Abby Cooper: Psychic Eye, but this second book had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved the ramped up intensity and how delicately Abby had to tip toe her way through all the plot twists. This book reads like a ride at a...

Book ReviewAbby Cooper, Psychic Eye

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Penguin, 2004

This author was a bit of a shot in the dark for me as I am not a super keen mystery reader, but the lure of a psychic private investigator and a little side dish of hot detective made me wonder if it might work out after all. Yes it does, dear readers, it definitely does! I knew nothing about the author as I started this book and was duly impressed with her research. I am somewhat familiar with psychic stuff - not by personal experience but...

Book ReviewThe Bride Wore Size 12

Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Publisher: 
William Morrow, 2013

I've had the pleasure of reading Meg Cabot's other works, including a previous one in this series and I stand by my earlier statement that she is a good go-to author in between my favorite authors. Meg does a great job of giving us a step-by-step daily job view of working at a college residence in the United States, and the stressors of getting married (both of which Meg herself has experienced!). There are also some nice spots of humor to be found in these pages as well so I tip my hat to her on that. The murder mystery component was a bit...

Book ReviewSilent in the Grave

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Mira Books, 2007

Over the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I read this first book in the Lady Julia Grey series and I must say, it was quite enjoyable. There were a few factors that intrigued me to pick it up and give it a go. First, these are Victorian era murder mysteries. I was curious how the restrictions placed upon women would play out for Lady Julia - would the author be lenient or by the book so to speak for the times of her setting. Deanna chose to stay solidly true to the times and doing so meant the bendables of fiction could stray in other areas instead. What was most lovely...

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