Friday, February 17, 2017

My Not So Perfect LIfe by Sophie Kinsella Review




I received an ARC of this book so thanks to the author, NetGalley, and the publishing house.   I loved, loved, loved this book.  Katie "Cat" Brenner is the perfect example of anyone who grew up in a small town longing to move to the"big city".  I laughed several times throughout the book.  I was able to relate to Katie as the main character on so many levels it was a little crazy.  I was rooting for her from beginning to end.  The story takes place between London and Someset so there are just a few slang words that I wasn't familiar with.  Katie is working in branding and loves the company she works for but just wants a chance to contribute and really feel like part of the team. Her boss Demeter is a bit of a bully and has issues communicating with others.  She also takes her staff for granted.  Katie meets an unexpected love interest just as her hopes for her career seemingly go up in smoke. Her ability to try to piece her life back together is what makes this an amazing story.....and of course there is a HEA.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Rage of Plum Blossoms by Christine M. Whitehead

The Rage of Plum Blossoms



****I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.***
I loved this book!  I was drawn to the book initially by it's cover.  The design and color scheme are very appealing to the eye.  I read the description and then knew I had to reach out to the author who graciously sent me a copy.  I sat down late one night to start reading it and knew within the first 3 pages that I was going to be hooked so I waited until my mini vacation.  I did indeed read it from beginning to end in 1 sitting.

Quinn Jones Chang is a divorce lawyer in Manhattan who waited until she was in her mid 30's to finally find love and settle down.  Her husband, Jordan, is  everything to her so when he winds up dead in what appears to be a suicide she is beyond devastated.   She refuses to believe that the honorable man she married would ever do something so cowardly.  She begins to look for clues to prove it was a murder and before you know it people are trying to kill her.  She meets some guys along the way that believe her and a very unlikely little "detective" club forms.

I don't want to give away too much info but this was such a fantastic book.  I have already recommended it to several of my friends.  It is hands down one of my favorites that I have read in a long time.




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gilmore Girls: A year in the Life.....







Winter has finally decided to show up here in Western New York and that is when I get all my best reading and watching done.  I love when it snows for all of 3.2 seconds and then I retreat indoors with a glass of wine ( Chocolate Lab wine is the shit) or hot cocoa and curl up to binge watch stuff on TV or read.  I used Thanksgiving weekend to get started and the first thing I watched was the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.  I had a mild obsession with the Gilmore Girls back in the day. OK, so maybe I watched every single episode the same as I did with Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.   The UP network actually ran a marathon the whole week leading up to the premier on Netflix.  It was awesome! 24 hours of Rory and Lorelei.   I had forgotten just how many actors from that show went on to amazing careers ( Melissa McCarthy, Milo Ventimiglio, and let's not forget Jared Padelicki).

I loved that this revival became a thing.  I watched all the episodes ( 4 @ 90 minutes) and I was just left angry.  By now most people will be aware of the dirty trick played on us with the cliff hanger ending.  I am NOT a happy camper.  I also felt like the fact that Rory was in London the first 5 minutes of an episode then would 3 minutes later be walking into  Luke's Diner was very confusing.  I just felt like it was to much info to take in.  I really wish it had been like an entire season or at least maybe a couple more episodes.

My advice... watch because..hello it's still the freaking Gilmore Girls just don't say I didn't warn you.

What I watched over the extended Xmas weekend....

Hi there... I have been so busy with my job and holiday preparation that I have seriously been slacking on my posts so today's will be kind of all over the place.  My idea of relaxing usually involves a good movie, a good show to binge watch, a good book,  a good glass of wine, or hot cocoa. I did not get to partake in any festive drinking this past weekend because I ended up super sick.  I lived basically on pepto, water, and dry toast but....I did get to watch some pretty good stuff.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

Now this trailer is compliments of Warner Bros. UK but it still doesn't fully prepare the viewer for just how visually appealing this film really is.  I may be partial because of my love of all things J.K.Rowling but it surpassed my already high expectations.  The story of Newt  and his adventure to America to free one of his many "fantastic" friends is touching, funny, and full of excitement.  The cast was simply wonderful ( Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, and a small appearance by Johnny Depp). This is a perfect family movie for the season ...or anytime you want to get your magical fix on.

The Secret Life of Pets:


I was super excited to watch this film.  I  was positive that this would be pretty hysterical but ....it fell flat. I mean there were some entertaining scenes (like the rabbit voiced by Kevin Hart) but as a whole it just wasn't all that impressive.  The story is cute but I actually feel asleep while watching it. I would recommend this for a younger audience or a family with little ones for sure.

Honorable Mentions:

Mechanic : Resurrection ( Action, Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones....need I say more)

Ben-Hur (2016 edition)

Trailer Park Boys:Out of the Park (the boys set loose in Europe...hilarious)

Christmas Traditions that are always watched:

A Christmas Story (24 hour marathon is always on 1 of my TV's)

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both versions)

Scrooged


Happy Holiday binge-watching!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Lost Healer by Rachel Robins


Genre:  Fantasy
By: Rachel Robins

Overview:  When raiders come to Daelfjord, Frida is taken away from her home and everyone she's ever known, doomed to a life of slavery. Although she belongs to Agnarr, lord of Groenthjal, she can't seem to escape the attention of Daegal, the town's resident magician. Sparks fly as their personalities clash, but it is eventually Daegal who helps her escape from the raiders. The magician has his own plans for Frida's newfound freedom, however, and it isn't for her to return home to Daelfjord. Instead, he is convinced that her very existence was prophecized and that she will be instrumental in battling the evil forces coming from the Borderlands. All Frida wants is to return home, to her comfortable life of healing the sick and wounded, but it seems that fate has other plans for her. Will she eventually get what she wants? Or will she only trade Agnarr's slavery for Daegal's control?

My Thoughts:   This is Book 1 of what could turn out to be a very good series. I love reading fantasy/sci-fi type books that involve magic and healers.  This one even has clans of barbarians. Frida is a young healer who has always longed for adventure and yet knows her place is to heal others using various methods her grandmother taught her. She has been treated as a sort of outcast and just wants to be accepted for who she is....once she figures out who that truly is.

She pretends to be a man when her village is invaded and along the way meets a unique priest who can tell there is much more to Frida than meets the eye.
I really enjoyed this story and would very much like to read more about these characters. The only major issue that I had with this book was that it almost moved too fast and the romance portion of the story could have used more build up.  I would give this 4 stars.

If you are interested you can find it on Amazon for $8.36 plus $3.99 for shipping.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Holiday Gift by RaeAnne Thayne



Genre:  Romance

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I was not disappointed in the least with this book.  It was full of love and Christmas cheer.  This is part of the Cowboys of Cold Creek series and sadly I have not read most of the others but I will make the time for them.  I love that Faith and Chase have been best friends forever and he has always wished for more.  The story was a fast read but there were also real life scenarios going on that added a realism to it ( blended families, difficult pregnancy, second chance at love). I even laughed a little at how ridiculous Faith was being when she tried hooking Chase up with another woman all so she didn't ruin their friendship. This was a perfect read for this time of year.  Did I mention there is a Christmas ranch? Who doesn't love that!

Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Reader Copy.