Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Another Great Read By Sophie Kinsella!


From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

My Thoughts:

***All opinions that follow are my own, honest thoughts on this title.  Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC.***

Sophie Kinsella is an amazing author.  I have read several of her books and loved them all.  This book was no exception.  Fixie Farr is the poster child for being a family doormat.  She has spent her whole life feeling guilty and going above and beyond to make sure her family and friends have all they need.  She got her nickname as a child because she has an obsessive compulsive need to "fix" things.  I won't lie, I really wasn't a fan of Fixie for the first few chapters.  I HATED the fact that she was constantly not speaking up for herself.  The more I read thought the more understandable it was to see why she behaved in such a manner.  I LOVED how far she grew as a person by the end of the story and how great everything turned out for her once Fixie started putting herself first.  This is a really great read.  It is very addictive so don't say I didn't warn you.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

Forget You Know Me: A Novel by [Strawser, Jessica]

I read this book and then had to just sit quietly for a minute to reflect on everything that happened in it.  Liza and Molly have been best friends their whole lives and find themselves gradually drifting apart as adults.  Liza moves to Chicago while Molly marries and has 2 kids.  They try to keep the friendship going but over time they realize it's more about going through the motions than the actual relationship.  Liza has reached a point where she is trying to figure out what she wants in life and what her next step is going to be.  Molly has become a shell of her former self bogged down by guilt and chronic pain.  One chance web chat that revealed an intruder in Molly's home changes everything for both women and their relationship.  The story that unfolds is one of lies, pain, secrets, and leaves you wondering how well you can really know someone.  I found this to be a fantastic read with the exception of Molly being slightly annoying in the way she handles things. 

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the ARC  and the chance to leave my honest review here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I loved this book: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

***Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and St. Martin's Press for the chance to give my honest opinion of this ARC.***


Netflix Has Some Amazing New Shows

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted on any sort of regular basis but what can I say....stuff happens.  The holidays came and went and with my daughter home on Christmas break I spent a lot of time watching TV and not a lot of time reading.  The good news is that I was able to put a nice little dent in "My List" of things to watch on Netflix.  Here is the list of shows/movies I watched and what I rated them:

***Trailer provided by Netflix and Youtube****

Birdbox:  This Netflix Original film stars Sandra Bullock and it was.....weird but good. It's basically about people trying to survive some sort of supernatural epidemic.  Sandra Bullock is the main character and she is trying to get her family to a safe haven. There no one has to wear blindfolds to avoid looking into the eyes of the infected and they have plenty of food.  The issue I had is that you never actually see what infects everyone that makes them kill themselves.  It leads you to believe that it is their worst fear that causes them to take their own lives upon seeing it.  The movie is worth watching for sure.  It's dark and a little scary.  I would say 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:  This is a new series based on the comic book character.  If you are around you watched the movie/TV series starring Melissa Joan Hart when you were young.  I loved them then and I love, love, love this reboot series that is so far from the original you would hardly realize they are based on the same characters.  I love Riverdale because it has dark and dangerous undertones and this show has the same type of feeling.  The cast is fantastic.  I watched the whole season plus the holiday episode the same nights they were added and now can barely stand the wait for a new season.  The first series is about Sabrina turning 16 and being forced to choose between her witch side or her human side. This series is so fun! 5 out of 5 for sure!

You: This is another original series that I sincerely hope gets picked up for another run.  Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl) stars as a bookstore manager in NYC who for all purposes appears to be your average, slightly nerdy, good guy who's looking for love.  His character also narrates this series so you can understand why he does what he does.  It turns out there is way more than meets the eye.  Creepy and dark doesn't begin to describe all the emotions the viewer feels while watching this show.  I would be lying if I said I haven't started looking at people differently. 5 stars all the way!

Sex Education: This is a British series that had me dying.  The plot is all about a teenager whose mom is a famous sex therapist and he begins a side business, with the help of friends, giving sexual advice out to the kids at school.  It's very funny stuff. I give it 4/5 stars.

Bad Education Series & Movie:  This is also a British series about the worst teacher ever and his high school students.  We actually watched the movie first and then realized there was a series that led up to the movie.  Holy Hell did I laugh out loud watching all of this. 5 stars.

Trevor Noah-Son of Patricia:  This is a stand up special.  I will be the first to admit that my experience with Trevor Noah had been limited to the occasional video clip from his show or listening to his podcast.  I have had a good chuckle from time to time but I was NOT ready for how freaking funny his stand up comedy is.  I can't lie. I have watched this special 3 times and each time is just as hilarious! His accents are so on point it's insane. 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars!!!

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by [Cornick, Nicola]

Alison Bannister and Mary Seymour were cousins orphaned at a very young age and sent to live in Wolf Hall.  They did not like each other but over time they did in fact grow to trust each other a bit. Alison began an affair with Mary's cousin Edward Seymour that resulted in a child.  Flash forward 400 years and Alison spies an old painting in an art gallery falsely  listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows that it's actually a picture of Mary.  Alison has spent years trying to figure out what happened to Mary because she is the last hope Alison has of ever finding out what happened to her son.  
This is a time travel book that covers all the bases.  It has historical fiction and facts all wrapped up in one not to mention magic, romance, and intrigue.  I loved every facet of this novel.  I only rated it 4 stars because I found Alison to be a tad bit on the obsessive compulsive side.

Thanks so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publishing house for the preview of the book.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Toil & Trouble and What I liked About It

***Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the opportunity to give an honest review of this story.***


Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Earl's Wagered Bride by Cerise DeLand and Why It Was Perfect

The Earl's Wagered Bride (Christmas Belles, #1)

*** Thank you to the author for allowing me the chance to leave an honest review of this selection after receiving an ARC.***

If you are looking for the perfect romance to get you in the holiday spirit then this is the book for you!  If I am being honest... I don't usually read Christmas-y romances but I love Cerise DeLand so I thought I would give this book a shot.  I was not disappointed at all. It was a charming kickoff to the season as far as I am concerned. This also happens to be book 1 in her new Christmas Belles series and since I am now emotionally invested in the Craymore sisters I will be reading them all.

The Story:

The Craymore Sisters (Marjorie, Delphine, and Belinda) have been living with their Aunt Gertrude since their mother passed away and their father lost all their money.  They love their aunt very much but are tired of depending on the charity of others so have decided to take matters into their own hands.  Marjorie is a very skilled gambler when it comes to cards and has big plans to fleece their  wealthy house guests during the Christmas party.  She plans to buy a house for her and her sisters once she has raised enough funds and it just happens to work out that some of those same guests took some of the money her father so carelessly gambled away.  The only person standing in her way is the man she has spent her whole life loving, the Earl of Marsden Griffith Harlinger.  Griff knows that Marjorie is up to something and makes it his mission to find out and stop her from ruining a perfectly good house party.  He figures it will give him a chance to keep her out of trouble and finally figure out why she is the one girl he has never been able to forget.

I am not saying anymore on the story because then I would be giving away spoilers.  This was a really cute story and I do love a feisty female character!