Written by Charlaine Harris Series Aurora Teagarden Published Year 1989
Someone is killing the crime buffs of the Real Murders Society in Lawrenceton, Georgia. A librarian, Aurora Teagarden, sets out to catch the brutal murderer after fellow club members end up as victims. The uncanny resemblances to famous crimes challenge Roe and her two admirers, policeman Arthur Smith and mystery writer Robin Crusoe, to pursue the criminal. The lighthearted, witty handling of characters contrasts with the heightening suspense as Aurora seeks clues by searching past mysteries for the killer's identity--until she is caught in the sadistic web of terror herself.
There are alot of characters, that doesn't go well with me because I lose track of them. It was a nice quick mystery read, abit gruesome and when the real murderers were unveiled it's quite unbelievable; it portrays how twisted some people can be. I love the Charlaine Harris, and am planning to read her other series as well.
Written by Julie Schumacher Published Year 2006
It's hard for Thea to write four truths a day in the notebook her mother gave her for the summer. Especially when her grandparents' house on the Jersey Shore is even more packed with family than usual, and her cousin Jocelyn wont leave her alone. Jocelyn just might be the world's neatest and nosiest seven-year-old, and she wants to know what's in Thea's notebook. But Thea won't tell anyone about the secret she has promised to keep--or how she lost her best friend (Truth #12), whose name was Gwen.
Now Thea has to babysit in the afternoons, and all Jocelyn wants to do is spy on people. Neither of them expect to see Aunt Ellen and Aunt Celia at the boardwalk in the middle of the day, or for their aunts to lie and insist they were at work. Could it be Thea's not the only one in the family keeping secrets this summer?
"I dont think I'm going to have kids when I get older," I said. "I probably won't get married, either. I'm probabbly just going to live by myself." We walked up the stairs. "I mean, some people probably like having big families, and they like having friends. I just want to be by myself and be norma." I realized that I wasn't making alot of sense, but I couldn't stop talking. "The problem with our family is that it's probably impossiblr to grow up to be normal. I mean most people don't alphabetize the groceries"-- I had seen Phoebe do this-- "or play games at dinner. And what about Ralph? What if Ralph doesn't want to br a Creature of Habit? What if he just want to be regular person?
It's a really nice book for kids to read, intresting characters, good storyline even though it was short the writer was able to provide a vivid description of what the charcters are feeling even the unveiling of Thea's secret was suspenseful.
Written by Jennifer Allison Series Gilda Joyce Published Year 2005
Ever since her father died, quirky Gilda Joyce has been working hard to sharpen her psychic skills. She's determined to communicate with spirits from the Other Side and become a crack investigator of spooky, twisted mysteries. After wrangling an invitation to visit relatives in San Francisco, Gilda discovers that her dreary, tight-lipped uncle and his strange, delicate daughter need her help to uncover the terrible family secret that has a tortured ghost stalking their home. From poignant to hair-raising and hilarious, this is a behind-the-scenes, tell-all account of the very first case in the illustrious career of Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator.
Wow, this is definitely better than the 2nd book, having read it first. It's even scary, I like how it was written. Telling the story from different perspective of the characters. Already have the 3rd book and am gonna start reading now.
Written by Jennifer Allison Series Gilda Joyce Published Year 2006
Zany Gilda Joyce leaves her wacky disguises at home but brings all her psychic and investigative skills with her as she sets out to investigate a mysterious death at a Catholic girls? school. Is Our Lady of Sorrows really haunted by the ghost of Dolores Lambert? Or is the student body suffering from group hysteria? Solving this mystery will put Gilda in more danger than she ever imagined? and will put all of her brashness, bravery, and smarts to the test.
I'm a bit peeved that I didn't realize that this was a sequel. A book with ghosts not scary though clearly for children, why I read them; I'm still not sure maybe it's because I'm relieving my childhood? Anyway I really like reading children's books; they're easier to swallow they don't leave an aftertaste of bitterness; they don't try to hard to be meaningful or memorable. It's a good book to past the time. Oh and I'm sure be looking for the otrher books in the series.
Written by Maureen Johnson Published Year 2007
Sometimes you have to get lost.
The Girl: Clio, seventeen, wants to spend the summer smooching her art-store crush, not stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean. At least she'll get a killer tan.
The Mission: Survive her father's annoying antics. Oh, also find some underwater treasure that could be the missing link to a long-lost civilization.
The Crew: Dad's absentminded best friend Martin, his scary girlfriend Julia, her voluptuous daughter Elsa . . . and then there's Aidan, Julia's incredibly attractive, incredibly arrogant research assistant.
What's going on behind Aidan's intellectual, intensely green eyes, anyway?
As Clio sails into uncharted territory she unveils secrets that have the power to change history. But her most surprising discovery is that there's something deeper and more mysterious than the sea—her own heart.
I love this genre, even if sometimes they have a tendency to be generic. YA books provide light reads but in a more realistic setting compared to chicklits, the characters are not perfect; they're mean, stubborn, and alot of times selfish but they dont offer excuses for being that way; they're simply are. Clio's father kind of reminds me of the character in another book, Perfect You. I love this book, it has a bit of everything in it; adventure, romance and a little mystery... come to think of it, there's a whole lot of mystery till the end, nothing was explained about the stone but I guess that wasn't relly the focus of the story.
Written by Rachel Hawthorne Published Year 2005
Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:
8 oz steamed whole milk (no skim! doesn't work!)
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops)
1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)
4 dried, crushed mint leaves (or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)
Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute.
I should have known, with the kind of synopsis this book had that I won't enjoy it. I thought it'll be a fun read, like most ya books are; sweet and funny. It was boring, I liked the characters but the storyline was pretty lame it was so predictable, the characters couldn't have been more obious with their intentions unless it's written in their foreheads.
Written by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason Published Year 2007
An ivy league murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in The Rule of Four - a brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship, high art and unimaginable treachery.
It's Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair's breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family's past - and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled - until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia 's secrets.
Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginnning to see the manuscript in a new light - not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.
"Make no friends, and kick the old. All I want is silver and gold." "Why silver and gold?" she said, sitting me down in the small back room of the bookstore, where she kept the overstocks and old filling cabinets. "What do you mean?" I asked. There was an outdated calendar on the wall from the Columbus Museum of Art, turned to the month of May, showing an Edward Hopper painitng od a woman sitting alone in her bed. I couldn't help staring at it. "Why not bottle rockets?" she asked "or campires?" "Because those don't work." I remember feeling annoyed; the answers seemed so obvious. "The last word has to rhyme with old."
"Listen to me, Tom" My mother placed a hand on my chin and turned my head until I was facing her. Her hair seemed gold in the right light, the same way the woman's did in the Hopper painting. "It's unnatural. A boy your age shouldn't care about silver and gold." "I don't. What does it matter?" "Because every desire has it's proper object." It sounded like something I'd been told once at Sunday school. "What's that supposed to mean?" "It means people spend their lives wanting things they shouldn't. The world confuses them into taking their love and aiming it where it doesn't belong." She adjusted the neck on her sundress, then sat beside me. "All it takes to be happy is to love the right things, in the right amounts. Not money. Not books. People. Adults who don't understand that never feel fulfilled. I dont want you to turn out like that."
I've always enjoyed reading historical thrillers in the likes of Dan Brown, Steve Berry and such. This book peeked my interest because I've read on amazon that it's comparable to the works of Dan Brown. Hardly! The subject seemed interesting at first but eventually it became such a drag to read, it doesn't really give that feel of urgency/anxiety even if the murders unfold, it's so slow paced that it's a bore to read. It'a also over sentimental though that's not really a bad thing maybe it what's the story is about; how people is destoryed by perverse obsessions on things that are immaterial?
Written by Julia Quinn Series Bridgerton Published Year 2000
Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke? -- Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely and almost-on-the-shelf, Daphney Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth, it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke as declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her...but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke...for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love.
Usually when I 'read' rather browse historical romance because they aren't that appealing to me but it's different with this book, this is the first historical romance that I've read through and through. It's certainly is different because it's not as tacky, the characters are charming/lovable and the dialogue is witty and more of contemporary-style and also the bit about Lady Whistledown is a nice idea, it would be intresting if the character would be revealed in thr following installments in the series.
Written by Ann Brashares Series Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Published Year 2003
Four teen girls who have known each other since birth (their moms shared a pregnancy aerobics class) further forge their bond of friendship through a pair of thrift-store jeans that magically, impossibly, fits them all perfectly. Like the summer before, Carmen, Bridget, Tibby, and Lena share their individual adventures with the Pants collective, creating an engaging, kaleidoscopic narrative of four voices. This summer, Tibby attends a film program in Virginia and Bridget (Bee), whose mother has died, impulsively jets off to Alabama to get reacquainted with her estranged grandmother. Lovely Lena tries to protect herself from the heartbreak of loving her long-distance Greek god boyfriend Kostos, and Carmen deals (poorly) with her mother dating again and having the nerve to borrow the Pants!
For the first half of the book it's seeems like nothing can get any worse for the girls; they're a disaster between dealing with their mothers, boyfriends and themselves. The characters seemed normal as teens being overly dramatic, really it has that feeling like when you're wathcing a soap. By the end everything seems to fall into place again; Bee has come into terms with accepting the death of her mother and finding closure with the help of Greta; Tibby learned to deal with Bailey's death and realized Brians importance to her, Carmen learned to be more giving for the people she loves and Lena after her drastic love affair with Kostos seemed to have found a new boy. There's still alot of sapiness involved and more crying but the character have changed alot from the first book and alot of the side-characters have been developed in the story including their mothers who have redeveloped their friendship.
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Written by ND Wilson Series 100 Cupboards Published Year 2007
Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
The good thing is that I really liked it, the bad thing is that it's a series and it left alot of loopholes in the story which would be an intro for the sequel. The style of writing is quite good it's like reading a storybook. I never read of any story invoving cupboards before but the alternateworld-stuff is so cliche.
Written by Marian Keyes Series Walsh Family Published Year 2006
Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan.
But nothing in Anna's life is that simple anymore... Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars – but Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on? Is it even possible for her to move on? A motley group of misfits, an earth-shattering revelation, two births and one very weird wedding might help Anna find some answers – and change her life forever.
I'd heard the old wives' tale that we need a year and a day to know, really know, at our core, that someone has died. We need to live through an entire year without the person, to experience every part of our lives without them—my birthday, his birthday, our wedding anniversary, the anniversary of his death—and it's only when that's done and we're still alive that we begin to understand.
For so long I'd kept telling myself and trying to make myself believe that he would come back, that somehow he'd manage it because he loved me so much. Even when I was so angry over little Jack that I'd stopped talking to him, I'd still held out hope. Now I knew, really knew, like the last part of a jigsaw locking into place: Aidan wouldn't be coming back.
I was really holding out on reading this until I found the first three installments of this series but I've read a review that's it's quite different from the previous books and that it would have been better to be a stand alone instead so I gave it a shot. I was itching to find out what happenned to Aidan and then I realized that it's the catch -- he is actually dead, that part was really sad but the peculiarities of the characters and the situiation have overshadowed it for me. What's more funny is that Anna was brooding of how weird the people she was spending her time with, when she herself is very a very odd person, not to mention her family. English humor is so typical not as bad as slapstick jokes but typical -- they always find it funny when a person acts silly er stupid.
It's not really a typical chick-lit which is what I had set my mind on, that's why I find this hard to read because I hate the idea of someone dying on me and leaving me behind, just like Anna.
Written by Eoin Colfer Series Artemis Fowl Published Year 2001
Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history and with his trusty sidekicks, Butler and Juliet, in tow he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate The People from their stash is to kidnap one of their number and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action he reckons without Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--a sort of extra small Clarice Starling with pointy ears and wings--and her senior officer Commander Root, an elf who will stop at nothing to get her back.
My friend urged me to read it, I must admit I would not have picked it up on my own but I'm glad I did. It was good, very creative of the author to mix technology and magic, the pacing was good as well, not a an ounce of dullness. What I like the best is that it is vey detailed and the characters are very complex. I like this version of the cover because it shows some of the characters so you coukd imagine how they looked like; the menacing troll, Butler and Captain Holly.
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Written by Mildred A Wirt as Carolyn Keene Series Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Published Year 1930
Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will to help out several people. The search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure.
Yey! my first Nancy Drew and I loved it, my kind of book where nothing really goes wrong and everything falls right in the path of the heroine.
Written by Jean Webster Published Year 1912
The unforgettable letters of a high-spirited orphan to 'Daddy-Long-Legs,' her anonymous benefactor. A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month, and that she can never know who he is. Judy's life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties, and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing!
Give the Home my love, please--my TRULY love. I have quite a feeling of tenderness for it as I look back through a haze of four years. When I first came to college I felt quite resentful because I'd been robbed of the normal kind of childhood that the other girls had had; but now, I don't feel that way in the least. I regard it as a very unusual adventure. It gives me a sort of vantage point from which to stand aside and look at life. Emerging full grown, I get a perspective on the world, that other people who have been brought up in the thick of things entirely lack.
I know lots of girls (Julia, for instance) who never know that they are happy. They are so accustomed to the feeling that their senses are deadened to it; but as for me--I am perfectly sure every moment of my life that I am happy. And I'm going to keep on being, no matter what unpleasant things turn up. I'm going to regard them (even toothaches) as interesting experiences, and be glad to know what they feel like. `Whatever sky's above me, I've a heart for any fate.'
Judy Abbot is one of my favorite fiction characters, I grew up watching the animated version and wishing for a daddy-long-legs of my own. It's a simple and honest novel.
Written by Melissa Marr Series Tatooed Fairies Published Year 2007
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries. Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention. But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires. Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
After teen-vampires-loveaffairs, why not fairies eh? It's an okay read, when you pick this one up you don't really expect to read something spectacular or a total breakthrough in yafiction. I just find it lacking in details and poor character development. I know some people might be turned-off by the hype but give it a chance, it's quite entertaining.
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Written by Meg Cabot Series Queen of Babble Published Year 2008
Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she adores in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life’s become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own–as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé’s chateau in the south of France. But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man—with whom Lizzie might once accidentally have slept... no, really, just slept–announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie’s Midwestern family can’t understand why she doesn’t want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.
I loved this series and I was really excited to read this one and find out about Chaz and Lizzie so it's really hard for me to say that I did not like it -- not as much as I wanted to anyway. First Lizzie, is really acting stupid, selfish and shallow and why prolong the agony if the choice is made so obvious by the author, Luke's chracter was totally being bashed so it's given right? Another thing is that I hate the side characters -- they either lack moral and/or presence and/or just totally hateful.
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Written by Sarah Dessen Published Year 2008
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return. That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future - it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?
It was open just enough to make out a bed, the same USWIM sweatshirt Nate had lent me that day folded on top of it. I don't know what I was expecting, as it wasn't like I'd been in a lot of guys' rooms. A mess, maybe. Some pinup in a bikini on the wall. Perhaps a shot of Heather in a frame, a mirror lined with ticket stubs and sports ribbons, stacks of CDs and magazines. Instead, as I pushed the door open, I saw none of these things. In fact, even full of furniture, it felt . . . empty. There was a bed, made, and a bureau with a bowlful of change on it, as well as a couple of root beer bottle caps. His backpack was thrown over the chair of a nearby desk, where a laptop was plugged in, the battery light blinking. But there were no framed pictures, and none of the bits and pieces I'd expected, like Marla’s fridge collage, or even Sabrina's tons of cats. If anything, it looked more like the last apartment he'd taken me to, almost sterile, with few if any clues as to who slept, lived, and breathed there. I stood looking for a moment, surprised, before backing out and returning the door to exactly how it had been. All the way back home, though, I kept thinking about his room, trying to figure out what it was about it that was so unsettling. It wasn't until I got back to Cora's that I realized the reason: it looked just like mine. Hardly lived in, barely touched. Like it, too, belonged to someone who had just gotten there and still wasn't sure how long they’d be sticking around.
I'm seriously considering Sarah Dessen as one of my favorite authors, her books are like lighter versions of Jodi Picoult -- in the case of tackling social issues with a melodramatic setting. I like this one better than Just Listen because of the plot, it's different not the cliched unpopular girl in school well it is actually but not quite.
Written by Lauren Weisberger Published Year 2006
A cautionary tale of sex, power, and fame. This time around, the PR industry is her target, and Prada fans will recognize similar themes throughout this entertaining, if at times overly dramatic, exposé.
Bette Robinson is a twentysomething Emory graduate who shunned her parents' hippie ideals in favor of a high-paying yet excruciatingly boring job at a prestigious investment bank. One day, after a particularly condescending exchange with her boss (who sends her daily inspirational e-mails), Bette walks out on her job in a huff. After a few weeks of sleeping late, watching Dr. Phil and entertaining her dog Millington, Bette's uncle scores her a job at an up-and-coming public relations firm, where her entire job seems to revolve around staying out late partying and providing fodder for clandestine gossip columns. What follows is one episode after another of Bette climbing up the social ladder at the expense of her friends, family, and the one guy who actually seems worth pursuing.
I feel bad about saying this, but this kind of book gives bad name to chicklits. It's suppose to be entertaining -- witty, fuuny and sometimes even touching. This is neither though I'm not discouraging anyone to read it, maybe you should it'll make you appreciate good books more.
Written by Joanne Harris Published Year 1999
Vianne Rocher and her 6-year-old daughter, Anouk, arrive in the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes--"a blip on the fast road between Toulouse and Bourdeaux"--in February, during the carnival. Three days later, Vianne opens a luxuriant chocolate shop crammed with the most tempting of confections and offering a mouth-watering variety of hot chocolate drinks. It's Lent, the shop is opposite the church and open on Sundays and Francis Reynaud, the austere parish priest is livid.
When my daughter was born nine months later I called her after both of us. It seemed appropriate. Her father never knew her - nor am I sure which one he was in the wilting daisy-chain of my brief encounters. It doesn't matter. I could have peeled an apple at midnight and thrown the rind over my shoulder to know his initial, but I never cared enough to do it. Too much ballast slows us down.
And yet . . . Since I left New York, haven't the winds blown less hard, less often? Hasn't there been a kind of wrench every time we leave a place, a kind of regret? I think there has. Twenty-five years, and at last the spring has begun to grow tired, just as my mother grew tired in the final years. I find myself looking at the sun and wondering what it would be like to see it rise above the same horizon for five - maybe ten, maybe twenty - years: The thought fills me with a strange dizziness, a feeling of fear and longing. And Anouk, my little stranger? I see the brave adventure we lived for so long in a different light now that I am the mother. I see myself as I was, the brown girl with the long uncombed hair, wearing cast-off charity-shop clothing, learning maths the hard way, geography the hard way. How much bread for two francs? How far will a fifty-mark rail ticket take us? - and I do not want it for her. Perhaps this is why we have stayed in France for the last five years. For the first time in my life, I have a bank account. I have a trade.
My mother would have despised all this. And yet perhaps she would have envied me too. Forget yourself if you can, she would have told me. Forget who you are. For as long as you am bear it. But one day, my girl, one day it will catch you. I know.
I'm distracted with the thoughts of chocolates while reading this book, being a chocolate lover myself. Kind of reminds me of the book Like Water for Chocolates; both has a surreal feel into them though it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.
Written by Janet Evanovich Also titled as Ivan Takes a Wife Published Year 1989
Sinfully handsome schooner captain Ivan Rasmussen deserved to be called Ivan the Terrible, Stephanie Lowe decided. First he sold her a haunted house, and now he was laughing at her Calamity Jane cooking! She'd only agreed to work one voyage of his Maine coastal cruise in exchange for the house repairs promised by her cousin, who'd run off to marry a plumber. When the brazen Ivan, descendent of a pirate, swept her into his arms during a moonlight rendezvous, Stephanie knew how it felt to be pirate's treasure! Ivan teased her, flirted with her, and made her feel cherished as no one ever had, but when would her sexy scoundrel deliver the ravishing he promised?
Originally titled; Ivan Takes a Wife. I got it for only $2 but suprisingly I loved it. The plot was pretty intresting; the charcters were witty and hilarious and above all it was quick read.
Written by Lilian Jackson Braun Series Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit Published Year 1967
Qwilleran is not happy with his new assignment to write about interior decorating in a new weekly magazine. Then someone burgles the residence featured on the front cover and kills the lady of the house. Suddenly, Quill finds himself and his feline friend in the midst of a murder investigation.
I'm on my 2nd book and my aim is to finish this series, 27 books to go. I love this series because it's has a cat in it, it's a quick read and mystery happens to be a fave genre of mine.
Written by Meg Cabot Series Princess Diaries Published Year 2000
Mia Thermopolis is your average urban ninth grader. Even though she lives in Greenwich Village with a single mom who is a semifamous painter, Mia still puts on her Doc Martens one at a time, and the most exciting things she ever dreams about are smacking lips with sexy senior Josh Richter, "six feet of unadulterated hotness," and passing Algebra I. Then Mia's dad comes to town, and drops a major bomb. Turns out he's not just a European politician as he's always lead her to believe, but actually the prince of a small country! And Mia, his only heir, is now considered the crown princess of Genovia! She doesn't even know how to begin to cope: "I am so NOT a princess.... You never saw anyone who looked less like a princess than I do. I mean, I have really bad hair... and... a really big mouth and no breasts and feet that look like skis." And if this news wasn't bad enough, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, the paparazzi is showing up at school, and she's in a huge fight with her best friend, Lilly. How much more can this reluctant Cinderella handle?
Typical Cabot, a light read for teens. Though It's way past my age to read teen books I still enjoy reading them not to mention being late in reading this particular series.
Written by Helen Fielding Published Year 2003
Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that's “J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy”) and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination. How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world's destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules's overactive imagination?
Bridget Jones is tolerable; silly and fun. Olivia Joules is just plain ridiculous-- was meant to be satirical, it certainly has that feel. Well, maybe it wasn't really that bad; I have to give credit for the imaginative plot but it gets quite dragging to read.
Written by Charlaine Harris Series Sookie Stackhouse Published Year 2004
Waiting tables, sweeping floors, reading minds and solving mysteries for the undead. It's all in a day's work for Sookie. Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked - and poisoned - late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favour. Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don't do anything, well, vampiric while she's there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly.
I read the half of it a month ago but got bored so I set it aside for a while. I almost did not read it but it's never my habit to leave a book unfinished. It wasn't as good as the first one and it only started to pick up about 2/3rds of the book.
Written by Laura Lippman Also titled as Little Sister Published Year 2007
Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who—or what—could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters. But her involuntary admission and subsequent attempt to stonewall investigators only deepens the mystery. Where has she been? Why has she waited so long to come forward? Could her abductor truly be a beloved Baltimore cop? There isn't a shred of evidence to support her story, and every lead she gives the police seems to be another dead end—a dying, incoherent man, a razed house, a missing grave, and a family that disintegrated long ago, torn apart not only by the crime but by the fissures the tragedy revealed in what appeared to be the perfect household. In a story that moves back and forth across the decades, there is only one person who dares to be skeptical of a woman who wants to claim the identity of one Bethany sister without revealing the fate of the other. Will he be able to discover the truth?
I should have guessed her true identity but I was too preoccupied with the impending mother-daughter reunion. The plot is not something new but the story was really engrossing, I finished it in one reading.
Written by Ann Brashares Series Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Published Year 2001
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She would love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they are fabulous. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything), thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And now the journey of the pants and the most memorable summer of their lives begins.
Another teen novel, while reading I was thinking how alike I am with the girls except Bridget. I cried over Bailey and Mimi, it's so sad though it can be uneventful at times and sappy in general.
About The Book:
Written by Roald Dahl Published Year 1983
An imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! "In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch." Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.
It would certainly give children ideas would't it? It's the first I've read among Roald Dahl's novels and I'm probably lucky I've read it now rather then when I'm young 'cause it must have scared me alot-- being the paranoid that I am.
Written by Barbara Michaels Series Georgetown Published Year 1968
It begins as a lark -- a harmless diversion initiated by Washington, D.C., hostess Ruth Bennett as a means of entertaining her visiting niece, Sara. But the séance conducted in Ruth's elegant Georgetown home calls something back; something unwelcome ... and palpably evil. Suddenly Sara is speaking in a voice not her own, transformed into a miserable, whimpering creature so unlike her normal, sensible self. No tricks or talismans will dispel the malevolence that now plagues the inhabitants of this haunted place -- until a dark history of treachery, lust, and violence is exposed. But the cost might well be the sanity and the lives of the living.
I remember being really scared after reading the condensed version of this book, I was probably 13 then. Reading the full version now, I realized it wasn't scary at all but it's very insightful. I still like it though it's somewhat different from what i remember. It is very well written and engrossing to read.
About The Book:
Written by Alice Hoffman Published Year 2005
A transformative coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit. It is an ancient story with lessons for all time...a book that asks many profound questions, for which there are many answers. A stunning tale of primal power and mythic beauty from a New York Times bestselling author. Rain is a girl of the Amazon tribe of women warriors, the daughter of Queen Alina, living in a time of blood and fear. As the future leader of her people, she must seek and hold fast to her inner warrior. But amid the horrors of the battlefield, Rain is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy--men--within her. What she encounters along the poignant and harrowing path toward her destiny--a kind young man, a strange recurrent prophecy, and a condemned baby brother--lead her, against odds, to forge mercy, love, and peace.
It was a nice read but it left me a feeling af unfulfillment like there should be something more to Rain's story. It was nice that she had come to terms with who she is and what she needs to do for her people.
Written by Garth Nix Series Keys to the Kingdom Published Year 2003
Details the adventure of a schoolboy, Arthur Penhaligon, who, during an asthma attack is entrusted with a key by Mister Monday, a strange man from a place called the House (or the Epicenter of the Universe). The key, in the shape of a clock minute hand, is passed to Arthur on the supposition that he is about to die and the key will be returned to the original owner, ensuring his ownership of it and therefore fulfilling his part of the Will, an ancient part of text that had been broken by the seven Trustees of the Architect, the creator of the universe.. However, he survives, now in possession of both the key and a strange notebook known as the Compleat Atlas, and soon is being hounded by Monday's henchmen, Nithlings, who are beasts of Nothing that reside in the House. these Nithlings, who are also called Fetchers, inadvertently bring a plague of some sort to Arthur's home town. Arthur escapes the quarantine of his town with the help of the Will, who is a tangible creature of type, and sets off into a mysterious House, which has appeared his town, with a desperate need so solve all of the problems which had befouled his recent life.
I was looking for Harry Potter ripoffs when I saw this, from the cover you'd think it is indeed an HPripoff. Upon reading you would see some similarities but I guess Garth Nix is more imaginative because of the characters that he created, he's a storyteller as well. It's quite bizarre and i love it! I'd always have a penchant for constructing an image from a book that I'm reading and it's perfect for this one.
Written by Lilian Jackson Braun Series Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit Published Year 1966
A stabbing in an art gallery, vandalised paintings, a fatal fall - this is not what Jim Qwilleran expects when he turns his reportorial talents to art. But with his partner, Koko the Siamese cat, he sniffs out clues and confounds criminals intent on mayhem and murder.
How do you read the lead character's name? It was an easy read, I like it; I like the art incorporated with the story and I love Koko too, sort of reminds me of Rin-rin cartoons though he owns a dog. I'm sort of exploring the genre that's why I decided to read older published books such as this one.
About The Book:
Written by Mark Haddon Published Year 2003 Awarded Whitbread Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction
'The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears' house. It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.' The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
I love reading this kind of books, I call them smart books one of the reason is because they confuse me but I still read them because their different from the usual selection of fictions. Reading this book is like seeing the world in the eyes of another person which is Christopher. It was so sort of sad the way that father is trying to win back Christopher's trust.
Written by Jennifer Sturman Series Rachel Benjamin Published Year 2004
Rachel Benjamin and her friends aren't looking forward to Emma's wedding. The groom is a rat, and nobody can understand what Emma sees in him. So when he turns up dead in the morning of the ceremony, no one in the wedding party is all that upset. Not even Emma. Rachel, who had the good fortune to find Richard floating facedown in the pool, is feeling as if she's woken up in an Agatha Christie novel. It doesn't help that everyone around her seems to have a motive for murder. So, while the cops detain Emma's family and friends at her isolated Adirondacks compound for the weekend, Rachel, an investment banker by trade, makes like Miss Marple (minus the gray hair and sensible shoes) and does some digging of her own. Her investigation gets especially tricky when Peter Forrest, the too-good-to-be-true best man, turns out to be the number-one love interest and her number-one suspect. And Rachel can't help remembering the solemn pact she and her friends made back in college--a promise to rescue each other from bad relationships, using any means required. Has someone taken the pact too far?
A good mystery book all comes down to Agatha Christe. It's very well written with charming and quite intresting characters, why is it though that the heroine must always be a dimwit?
Written by Sarah Dessen Published Year 2006
Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything"--at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf 's Department Store.This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling.With Owen's help,maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.
This book tackles alot of issues; communication barriers, peer pressure, isolation that alot of teens may have gone through at some point. Unlike other teen-oriented books (well those that I've read anyway), Just Listen is more on the serious note but it's still easy to read and entertaining as well esp with it's reference to music.
About The Book:
Written by Helen Fielding Series Bridget Jones Published Year 1996
Meet Bridget Jones-- a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could: lose 7 pound, stop smoking and develop Inner Poise. Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter.
Reading this book, one thinks of how time passess really quick. Bizarre is an apt description for Bridget Jones. Ridiculously funny book albeit a little silly.
Written by JK Rowling Series Harry Potter Published Year 2007
Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him with.
It's so sad to think that I won't be reading any Harry Potter anymore. I hope JK Rowling comes up with another series as exciting and captivating as this one. Maybe I'll read A Series of Unfortunate Events, I have it for so long now. I guess I'll start with that series.
Written by Jennifer Crusie Published Year 1994
Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne, she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer, she was raised in a commune and thinks Cinderella is politically incorrect. He wants to get ahead in business, she just wants him -- only not the social-climbing Nick, but the sweet, caring, unbuttoned-down Nick. Nick wants her, too, but there's no way Tess is about to play second fiddle to his obsession to make partner. Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée for a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick's career. And while he's wrapped up in convincing Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her left-wing opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.
Weird characters; Tess and Nick are the opposite extremes of one another and their friends are just totally pathetic. It can be funny at times, and do have witty dialogues but the ridiculousness of the situation overwhelms me.
Written by Charlaine Harris Series Sookie Stackhouse Published Year 2002
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome -- and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the kind of guy she's been waiting for all her life. But Bill has a disability of his own: he's a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs out with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of -- big surprise -- murder. And when one of Sookie's co-workers is killed, she fears she's next.
This is the 1st vampire book I've read. Dead Until Dark is quite nice, Charlaine Haris a good mystery writer, the story can be quite engaging and exciting. I never would have guessed who the culprit was, definitely reading book 2.
Written by Meg Cabot Published Year 2007
It wasn't just the power failure the night Jean Honeychurch was born that earned her the nickname Jinx: misfortune seems to follow her wherever she goes. Which is why she's been shipped off to New York to stay with relatives including her sophisticated cousin Tory until the trouble she's caused back in her small hometown dies down. Tory couldn't care less about Jinx until Jinx's chronic bad luck starts wreaking havoc in Tory's perfect world. Only then does Jinx learn that beneath Tory's big-city glamour lies a world of hatred and revenge. And now Jean's jinx could be the only thing that can save her life.
I read alot of Megan Cabot nowadays, I just like the way she writes which is just fun and light. This is the first book I've read of Cabot's that leans on the paranormal side, it's fine though keeps things more intresting.
Written by James Rollins Series Sigma Force Published Year 2004
An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum -- a devastating blast that sets off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world, as the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. And her search for answers is about to lead Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's brilliant and beautiful curator, into a world they never dreamed actually existed. For new evidence exposed by the tragedy suggests that Ubar, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, is more than mere legend ... and that something astonishing is waiting there.Two extraordinary women and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, are not the only ones being drawn to the desert. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Painter Crowe, a covert government operative and head of an elite counterespionage team, is hunting down a dangerous turncoat, Crowe's onetime partner, to retrieve the vital information she has stolen. And the trail is pointing him toward Ubar.But the many perils inherent in a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmarish secrets to be unearthed at journey's end. What is hidden below the sand is more than a valuable relic of ancient history. It is an ageless power that lives and breathes -- an awesome force that could create a utopia or tear down everything humankind has built during millennia of civilization. Many lives have already been destroyed by ruthless agencies dedicated to guarding its mysteries and harnessing its might. And now the end may be at hand for Safia, for Kara, for Crowe, and for all the interlopers who wish to expose its mysteries, as it prepares to unleash the most terrible storm of all.
First book in the Sigma Force Series, it's very a long read, at some point it became such a drag to read and afterall that has happenned they are indeed just following a wild goose chase. Still, I'll be reading Book 2 one of these days.
Written by Sophie Kinsella Also titled Confessions Of A Shopaholic Series Shopaholic Published Year 2000
Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She's a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time...shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something - just a little something.
It's one of my guilty pleasures, yes it can be shallow and pitiful at times but it's very entertaining to read.
Written by MaryJanice Davidson Series Alaskan Royal Family Published Year 2004
In a world nearly identical to ours, the North won the Civil War, Ben Affleck is the sexiest man alive, Martha Stewart is a better pastry chef than insider trader, and Russia never sold Alaska to the US. Instead, Alaska is a rough, beautiful country ruled by a famously eccentric royal family, ostracized by the other royals, and urgently in need of a bride for the Crown Prince. In fact, ANYONE would do. But they have no idea what they're in for when they offer the job to a feisty commoner.. a girl who's going to need.. The Royal Treatment!
It has it's moments, pretty hilarious though It feels more like reading a rough manuscript rather than a book.
Written by Nicholas Sparks Published Year 1999
Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood.
I'm sure everyone knows the story since it was made into a film. The books is quite nice, heartwarming and such which reminds me of another movie/book made in the 70's starred by Ali Mcgrew, I should read that book as well when I find one that is.
Written by Mary Higgins Clark Published Year 1975
Nancy Harmon long ago fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her hair, and left California for the windswept peace of Cape Cod. Now remarried, she has two more beloved children, and the terrible pain has begun to heal -- until the morning when she looks in the backyard for her little boy and girl and finds only one red mitten. She knows that the nightmare is beginning again.
One of Mary Higgins Clark first novels, just one of my regular dose of suspense drama.
Written by Sophie Kinsella Published Year 2005
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she's mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they've hired a lawyer-and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can't sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope-and finds love-is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake. But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?
Love this book! I just can't believe Samantha prefers being a housekeeper as to a hotshot lawyer, anyway it's a very good read. I love the characters esp Trish -- having had a Cambridge-educated housekeeper… I could never go back.
Written by Sophie Kinsella Published Year 2003
Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She's always been a v. nervous flyer. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So, naturally enough, she starts telling the man sitting next to her - quite a dishy American, but she's too frightened to notice -all her innermost secrets. How she scans the backs of intellectual books and pretends she's read them. How she does her hair up like Princess Leia in her bedroom. How she's not sure if she has a G-spot, and whether her boyfriend could find it anyway. How she feels like a fraud at work - everyone uses the word 'operational' all the time but she hasn't a due what it means. How the coffee at work is horrible. How she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. If ever there was a bare soul, it's hers. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous founding boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises... It's the man from the plane. What will he do with her secrets? He knows them all - but she doesn't know a single one of his or does she?
I dont know if I like it or not. It's kind of bland, not one of Kinsella's best.
Written by Dan Brown Series Robert Langdon Published Year 2000
When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swiss research facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. His baffling conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church. In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair - a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican. But with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invisible enemy.
It's a great read, I really like Dan Brown's style compared to other thriller writers who puts too many blood and deaths into the story. Instead Dan Brown enthralls the readers with twists and turns of the events and he does put a side of romance as well.
Written by Meg Cabot Series Queen of Babble Published Year 2007
Lizzie Nichols is back, pounding the New York City pavement and looking for a job, a place to live, and her proper place in the universe not necessarily in that order. When "Summer Fling" Luke uses the L word -- Living Together, Lizzie is only too happy to give up her plan of being postgrad roomies with best friend, Shari, in a one-room walk-up in exchange for cohabitation with the love of her life in his mother's Fifth Avenue pied-à-terre, complete with doorman and resident Renoir. But Lizzie's not as lucky in her employment search. As Shari finds the perfect job, Lizzie struggles through one humiliating interview after another, being judged overqualified for the jobs in her chosen field—vintage-gown rehab—and underqualified for everything else. It's Shari's boyfriend Chaz to the rescue when he recommends Lizzie for a receptionist's position at his father's posh law firm. The nonpaying gig at a local wedding-gown shop Lizzie manages to land all on her own. But Lizzie's notoriously big mouth begins to get her into trouble at work and at home almost at once—first at the law firm, where she becomes too chummy with Jill Higgins, a New York society bride with a troublesome future mother-in-law, and then back on Fifth Avenue, when she makes the mistake of bringing up the M word -- Marriage with commitment-shy Luke. Soon Lizzie finds herself jobless as well as homeless all over again. Can Lizzie save herself—and the hapless Jill—and find career security not to mention a mutually satisfying committed relationship at last?
Talk about cliffhangers! Urgh I want the Book 3! I never imagined Lizzie and Chaz would end up together!
Written by Meg Cabot Series Queen of Babble Published Year 2006
Lizzie Nichols has a problem: she can't keep anything to herself. And when she opens her big mouth on a trip to London, her good intentions get her long-distance beau, Andrew, in major hot water. Now she's stuck in England with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date on her nonrefundable airline ticket. Fortunately, Lizzie's best friend and college roommate, Shari, is spending her summer catering weddings in a sixteenth-century château in southern France. Who cares if Lizzie's never traveled alone in her life and only speaks rudimentary French? She's off to Souillac to lend a helping hand! One glimpse of gorgeous Château Mirac—and of gorgeous Luke, the son of the château's owner—and Lizzie's smitten. But thanks to her chronic inability to keep a secret, before the first cork has been popped Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and Château Mirac is on the road to becoming a lipo-recovery spa. Add to that the arrival of ex-beau Andrew, who's looking for "closure" (or at least a loan), and everything—including Lizzie's shot at true love—is in la toilette . . . unless she can figure out some way to use her big mouth to save the day.
I love Meg Cabot! She always keeps things light and entertaining. But I especially love this series, it's very spontaneous, you think you know the story but it ends up differently.
Written by Stephenie Meyer Series Twilight Saga Published Year 2006
The "star-crossed" lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy's reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi.
It was a crippling thing, this sensation that a huge hole had been punched through my chest, excising my most vital organs and leaving ragged, unhealed gashes around the edges that continued to throb and bleed despite the passage of time. Rationally, I knew my lungs must still be intact, yet I gasped for air and my head spun like my efforts yielded me nothing. My heart must have been beating, too, but I couldn't hear the sound of my pulse in my ears; my hands felt blue with cold. I curled inward, hugging my ribs to hold myself together. I scrambled for my numbness, my denial, but it evaded me.Book 2 of the Twilight Saga: New Moon, as if reading about vampires are not enough the writer has to add werewolves which as the story goes are the im-mortal enemies of vampires, how totally un-original. It's really depressing since I'm looking forward to more smoochies from Bella and Edward. What's the point with all the distractions when the readers know they still end up together.
And yet, I found I could survive. I was alert, I felt the pain—the aching loss that radiated out from my chest, sending wracking waves of hurt through my limbs and head—but it was manageable. I could live through it. It didn't feel like the pain had weakened over time, rather that I'd grown strong enough to bear it.
Whatever it was that had happened tonight—and whether it was the zombies, the adrenaline, or the hallucinations that were responsible—it had woken me up.
For the first time in a long time, I didn't know what to expect in the morning.