Reading update

My update….

Life has been a tad busy with the holidays….so I have not been able to update my blog. It’s a new year and new goals!  Hopefully I can tackle them all.  So onwards to the reading and books!

I have finished reading Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum.

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What is the book about:

Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer.

The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.

My Thoughts:

The cover caught my attention to be honest.  Who doesn’t love rainbows and a lovely countryside?   Then I read the summary of the book and decided to give it a go!

At first it was a little slow but then once I got past that bit, I wanted to know what was going to happen with Holly.  I loved being immersed in Holly’s world and to feel and see what she had to go through with her sisters, her dad, friends and meeting someone new: Fletcher.    The bits of drama here and there popping up was cool.   I really liked it.  It was a break from the usual stuff I read.  It felt cozy and uplighting in a way.   I kept rooting for Holly through everything she went through and thought she was a great character.  Fletcher was an interesting character: a guy from Texas who went to England for school and lived there for a while.  Oh and he plays the guitar..that is a sweet thing!  The book was all good.

Currently Reading:

I am going to try to finish up The Iron Wyrm.  And then perhaps start on Painting the Moon by Traci Borum (which is the first book in the series).  I am going to tackle my to read pile this year.  It is a goal!

More to come soon!

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Finished Reading

COLD

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

I forgot to say that I finished this book.  I did like this book because it had a different spin on vampires.   Some make vampires sexy and some do not.  Why not have a mixture of things here and there?  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion!  (Think of all the vampire books out there!)

I liked how Tana kicked butt at one point.   I liked how Tana and Gavriel kind of click in a bizarre way.   I wasn’t sure about Gavriel at first. I began to wonder what his goal was.  Could he be setting up something or just being evil or wanted to actually not be a vampire anymore?  It was interesting to see how he unfolds throughout the story.     The story gives off revenge, death and some romance.  I am glad that I read this little gem!

Notes From Ghost Town

GHOST

 

By Kate Ellison
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by EgmontUSA

They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

 

I finished this book a few days ago.  I liked it.   I thought the book was going to be a bit boring but it had my attention.   To be honest the cover caught my attention first.  Then I read what the summary was and thought maybe I’ll give it a shot.  Well the poor book sat around since 2013….(Yeah my to read pile has books from all kinds of years….)

Anyways the journey that Olivia goes on is pretty intense.  One thing after another and her emotions comes out in wanting to forget all the bad stuff and hoping that there is a light for her at the end of the tunnel.   She decides to try to solve the mystery.   There were some moments that caught me off guard and some moments that were sweet.   I was surprised that I liked this story.  Give it a shot and tell me what you think of the book! 

Sweet Tea and Sympathy – Finished Reading

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Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?

My thoughts….

Oh my gosh!  I could not put this book down.  I loved it!  Even though I was tired I did my best trying to finish this book.  It took me about three days.  I love how the main character Margot goes on a new journey.  The journey sends her down a road she does not want to go on but has no choice.  While being on this road she finds out more about her family and learns to get friends.  She even finds love which is scary to her too!  So epic!   I could totally see Reese Witherspoon in this!

As for the guy part (Kyle), I have no clue who would fit in there!  Someone else read it to help me who would make a good Kyle.  I like Kyle quite a bit because I can identify with him a little bit.  (Read it to find out why) It is soooooo good.  I can’t wait for more from Molly Harper.

I love how Chicago and New York City is mentioned because I like both of those cities as well.  As for Margot adjusting country life was fun to see along with the crazy foods that  are mentioned too.  It is such a charming novel.   You must get this to read.  Plus the cover is stunning.  I got this book when I attended the ALA Convention in Chicago.

Check Molly Harper out!

Finished this book

 

Insatiable

Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Paperback: 451 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
Language: English

From Booklist

The author of the popular Princess Diaries series and Queen of Babble (2006) jumps on the vampire bandwagon. Meena Harper is a young soap opera writer who possesses the power to see how people are going to die. This ability has allowed her to save the lives of those she cares about, but it’s also made her something of an outsider. Her dreams of becoming the head writer on her show, Insatiable, are dashed when the job is given to a well-connected rival who wants to add a vampire character to the sudser. Meena is dismayed by the turn of events at work until a mysterious stranger named Lucien rescues her from a bizarre bat attack. Their romance takes off, until a smoldering vampire hunter named Alaric breaks into Meena’s apartment and tells her the man she’s dating is the prince of darkness. Meena doesn’t want to believe her lover is actually a vampire, but the gravity of the situation becomes apparent when she finds herself embroiled in a deadly vampire war. The vampire craze may be reaching the oversaturation point, but this novel’s appealing love triangle and Cabot’s popularity should draw plenty of readers. –Kristine Huntley

 

I could not put this book down. It was funny, whimsical and magical in it’s own way. I want to get the next one!  If you love to read about vampires, then you have to read this book.   Kristine Huntley’s summary covers what the book is about.  There are some some other surprises  that happen in the book that took me off guard but I liked it!   I am not going to name them all because I want you to go get the book yourself to find out.   Other characters from this story that are pretty cool is Jon Harper, Meena’s brother and Meen’s neighbor, Mary Lou Antonescu who is a vampire that is into fashion and style.   All the other characters just fit well together.  I really liked this book.

Finished book

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The Librarian  by Christy Sloat
266 pages
June 2017

He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that’s just the start of their troubles. Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She’d come only to find a librarian for her Gram’s library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she’d promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his. When the last page is read he’s gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…

 

I have finished this book!  I liked the story.  It was a cute, fast paced story.   It’s a story.   Everyone is going to like some things about it and not.   I think it was a bit too fast paced and could have been written a bit longer.    I think Emme is a character that is trying to figure things out.  The other characters that come into play was rather interesting.     I think the author kind of squished everything together rather quickly.  It’s a story!  I am keeping this book on my shelf.