Book ReviewSpying in High Heels

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Gemma Halliday, 2011

This book reads like a comedic circus. It takes a certain amount of panache to write such colourful, over the top characters and this zany cast was certainly a risk, but a risk well worth your time. I love discovering a new series that has some history to it. The Maddie Springer books are at number seven in print now so this lines me up quite nicely for a fun summer of reading. In this modern, quirky tale the comedy is expertly sprinkled at unexpected moments that left me either smiling or giving a guffah of laughter. I would liken author Gemma to a mix of...

Book ReviewThe Sleeping Beauty Proposal

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
New American Library, 2008

I had been searching long and arduously for a Sophie Kinsella-like author and I've hit the jackpot with Sarah Strohmeyer.  I love a good comedic situation romance novel and The Sleeping Beauty Proposal is a perfect example of one hedged reply becoming a constant pie in the face in various flavours.  What makes this story yummy for us as readers is watching things wind tighter and tighter until they literally explode.  Each of us has an embarrassing moment (or many moments) and life's lesson is to laugh at ourselves.

Book ReviewThe Unnaturalists

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Publisher: 
Simon and Schuster, 2012.

I loved the cover of this novel. A historical setting, steampunk promise with a dash of fantasy I was hooked. I just wish the story itself had been as captivating. There are a few fundamental problems with The Unnaturalists. In a word - complex. I understand trying to craft a whole new twist on history cannot be an easy task, but Tiffany has us twisted upside down and 30 degrees to the left asking us to see straight ahead in a westerly fashion. Huh? Exactly my point. We've got...

Book ReviewThe Mystery Woman

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: 
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013.

This book is a silky time out from life that demonstrates all the aspects I love about Historical Romances - especially those by famed author Amanda Quick. Beatrice is the strong, independent and intelligent female heroine who approaches all things with equal intuition and reasoning logic. She is no young miss at 34 and in the time period of the late 1800's she is a mature, bonafide spinster, which means we don't get hysterical, swooning debutants...

Book ReviewWedding Night

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
The Dial Press, 2013.

I always look forward to another book by Sophie Kinsella and Wedding Night, though not tops in my rating system, did deliver some very satisfying bursts of laughter from me.  Sophie writes this entire novel from the perspective of Lottie, our honeymooner and her older sister Fliss, who is determined to make sure her little sister's wedding can be legally annulled.  It's a fun and furious kaleidoscope to switch from one sister's perspective to the other as one mishap follows another keeping the newly married couple apart.

Book ReviewThe Ashford Affair

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Publisher: 
St Martin's Press, 2013

I was reluctant to write this review for one reason - it is not a smash hit. I've come to the conclusion that my personal reading and movie viewing tastes do not include any historical Britians in Africa type storyline. For the same reason I disliked the movie Gosford Park, I disliked The Ashford Affair, their billboard is the same: Rich, slim blond British female seeks multiple lovers in attempts to find release from personal boredom...

Book ReviewScarlet

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: 
Fiewel and Friends, 2013.

If you've ever had a difficult time choosing between a caramel or fudge sundae put up your hand. Me too. But never fear, I've been motivated enough in the past by this question to come up with the perfect solution. First, you go to the counter and pretend you are ordering for a co-worker, "She would like a different type of sundae if you can possibly help me out today. She'd like a layer of hot fudge on the bottom, then ice cream and finally a healthy squirt of hot caramel sauce on the top. I'd really appreciate it; she's a little crazy so it's best to keep her happy. Thanks very much." That's verbatim my request at our local McDonald's a week ago and the staff, I think, were pleased with an odd request in the waning afternoon hours. And yes, it was delicious. Scarlett is exactly like that two-for-one taste bud sundae. There are two storylines that...

Book ReviewThe Runaway King

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: 
Scholastic Press, 2013.

Oh my double dunked chocolate donut - it's another book by Jennifer A. Neilsen (my highest rated Junior Fiction author of 2012)! I was so happy to buy this book for my daughter's Easter basket present and even prouder that I didn't crack the cover myself until...

Book ReviewClockwork Princess

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: 
McElderry Books, 2013.

There is much to be said about your state of mind when you sit down to read a book. I bought this book hot off the press and because I loved this trilogy I put it aside until I had the proper time to devote to it. And yet, regardless of my time I didn't love it. I'm honest enough to admit I never wanted this series to end. Perhaps my inner child is...

Book ReviewThe Friday Society

Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Publisher: 
Dial Books, 2012.

I started this book and within a few pages thought to myself, "Oh joy! I'm going to LOVE this book!" But then, like any novel, I turned the page. Initially author Adrienne captivated me with her writing style - it is fast, no nonsense, let's keep the line moving here, people! I liked the entire premise of three unlikely friends becoming heroes. I love a historical setting so what was not to like about The Friday Society?

For starters, the language. I tired quickly of the way our characters swore...

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