Books are cheaper than heroin, but they DO add up....

Amy, Carrie, Chanin and Sarah buy (and read and review) their own stuff. They've been known to shop around from dealer to dealer looking for the best price. If you're interested in slipping them something to try out, just contact us.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The One that Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

This was a fun little romance book, but a bit on the shallow side. Ruby is a professional (ad man) in NYC, getting ready to attend her younger sister's wedding in a castle in England. Her sister is marrying her ex's best friend, so she'll be seeing him for the first time in years. While she's become successful in her firm, he's become some mega-app billionaire type. She has a secret about why they broke up, and she's not sure that she doesn't have some feelings left for him.
She's likeable, as is he - though you don't really get to know him at all. The story is told in "now" and "then" format, and while we get a couple of "then" from his view, we don't know why they fell in love in the first place, and we don't get any "now" from him at all. We get her thoughts from both time frames, but we still don't know why she fell so in love with him in the first place, besides him being cute. 

There are added complications with Ruby's father, and the wedding, and it's romance, so things are good in the end. The secret was NOT what I was expecting - if it had been what I thought, I think I'd have liked the book more because it would have been deeper. 

I finished it in one day, it moved along fine, but it's a pretty basic, easy romance that isn't going to be all that memorable for me.

There is mention of sexual acts, but no sex scenes at all - very very PG rated.

I happened to receive a preview of the British publisher's version free from NetGalley in exchange for a review, and it is set to be published on 2/28/17. However, I see that the American version should be published on Thursday of this week. ;) There were a few British spelling changes, but I would assume otherwise that the book remains the same.

Not a bad choice if you enjoy pure romance without suspense, mystery, or sex.  ;)
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

In case you are heading out to the movies this weekend, feel free to put this one on your list.  I read it as part of my " review series" this year....reading all of the 2016 books to movies.  I got my list here. 
I don't even care what books are being made into movies anymore this year.  I can't imagine a better one than this.  Think Jodi Picoult on steroids. Or think An Affair to Remember in modern times.  Or just take my advice and go.  (But you have to promise to read the book after you see the movie).  Jojo Moyes wrote a bestseller with this one. 
And if you're thinking it will be a hard sell to your husband/boyfriend/partner-in-crime, remind him that Emilia Clarke is the female lead.  If he's still not convinced, remind him that she plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.  You know, the Mother of Dragons.   That should help. 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman

In my never-ending quest to procrastinate my mom duties, I finished yet another book.  You'll remember that I'm reading and reviewing all of the 2016 books to movies, and The Light Between Oceans is installment number two.  Unlike the first one, The Circle, which I reviewed last month, I actually enjoyed this one.  Set off the coast of western Australia, The Light Between Oceans tells the story of a couple that find a lone infant adrift in a boat.  Struggling with the loss of multiple recent miscarriages, the baby seems like the perfect miracle.  Over time though, circumstances change.  New "parents" Isabel and Tom don't necessarily agree on decisions that must be made.  As light keeper, Tom has a duty to report all vessels that come in and out of his landing.  However, this conflicts with his deepest desire of wanting to heal his broken-hearted wife.  It's a good story and doesn't read as far-fetched as it sounds on the book jacket (a baby just HAPPENS to float by in a boat? Come on!).   

The movie is set to release in September of this year.  Unfortunately, I am old enough and far enough removed from the Hollywood scene that I had to Google who the actors are that were cast for this one.  Michael Fassbender? Alicia Vikander? Anyone? Anyway, it turns out that I'm also old enough to have plantar faschitis in my right foot.  So now when I'm reading, I'm rolling my foot over this torture device.  At least I don't need reading glasses yet, right?

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