March 08, 2016

Booked Vol. 8

I feel like I've been doing nothing but reading lately and I have to say I absolutely love it. You all know it, but there is nothing better than getting lost in a good book. It's comforting, fulfilling, exciting... I could go on and on about my love for books. Instead, let's talk about what I've been reading lately.

I started listening to this because it seemed a "popular book". After the first 20 minutes, I checked out. After I decided to buckle down I found that I really enjoyed it. Eilis is a young girl living at home with her sister and mother. When it's decided that she'll move to the U.S. to find work, her entire life changes. She struggles to fit in and find her place, homesick for what she knows. When she makes a trip back to Ireland she struggles to find her place - Brooklyn, or Ireland. 

This book was sent to me as an ARC. I truly enjoyed this book. Romance, spirituality, a little danger. A perfect quick read to relax and take a break. After slacking off and not giving his all Egan is sent on a 6-month leave of absence to get himself back in check. His good friend Luce, a PR maven, drags him along to North Carolina to scope out the property that artist and Reiki healer Celeste St. Angelo is turning into a healing center. After Luce goes back to NY and leaves Egan he's left to figure out if he can come to terms with his emotional past and love again.

I listened to this entire book on my lunch break one day. I didn't like it at all. Of course, with an opening line like this one has, you immediately get pulled in wanting to know what's going on. As for the entire story. It was just lacking for me, in everything. 

This was a quick an easy e-book that I liked. It was a filler book but it was enjoyable enough. What annoyed me the most, however, was that Petunia, the main character, was so incredibly naïve that wanted to slap her. After accidentally turning her ex into a cat Petunia stays away from making potions. Following a mix up with her new neighbor, an ex-cop, together they stumble upon a dead body. More and more evidence piles up and Petunia is faced with proving her innocence and realizing who she really is. 

Since I read If I Stay it was a given that I needed to read the follow-up story. Parts had me yelling at Adam and other put a knot in my throat. I think if you read the first then it's worthwhile to read this one. 

I was sent this ARC by a friend. I'm a sucker for a boy-meets-girl kind of story. Add some steamy events and I'm ready to dive in. Mia Scott is a hard-ass, all defenses up publicist in NYC. She decides to blow off some steam one night and goes out looking for fun. She finds it in a tall, muscular, man who she meets at a bar. 

I listened to this and was just so bored. There was nothing that pulled me in. I don't know if it was because of the format, the book itself, or Jennifer Weiner, but this just fell flat for me. A cheating husband, a former self-destructive daughter, an over-achieving daughter, and a wife left picking up the pieces. It read like upper-middle-class FWP. I don't know... it just wasn't for me. 

The Law of Attraction / Esther and Jerry Hicks   B-
I'm not really sure how to review this one. If you're into this thing, you've probably heard of this book or its authors. If not, it's possible you've heard of the Law of Attraction. Thanks to The Secret it became a household thing a few years ago. This is along the same vein. 

Wreck and Order / Hannah Tennant-Moore   DNF
I was excited to start reading this since I had marked it TBR forever ago on Goodreads. Imagine my surprise when I find out I was a winner in a Goodreads giveaway. But here's the thing. This book is terrible. And I hate to say that, you know? Someone took a lot of time and effort to put this together but my God is this book bad. At first, I thought it was just me, but the reviews on Goodreads aren't great either. There's no plot at all, the main character, Elsie, has absolutely no direction. I'm surprised I wasn't reading Benjamin Button that's how much she wasn't progressing. Add in the fact that she has obvious major self-esteem issues, and a money-pushing father in that 'here's a check for $4,0000... college is a waste anyway' kind of way and this book brings nothing to the table. 

Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes / Karin Slaughter   C
This short novella is a prequel to Pretty Girls which has been on my TBR for a while. I had some trouble keeping up with this and actually, because of its brevity, started it from the beginning... a second time. I just couldn't get into it and it's making me rethink whether I want to read Pretty Girls. 

Maid to Love / Marie Force   B
I'm not sure if it was a February thing {hint" it wasn't} or what but I read a lot of light, filler books this month. And I loved every word of it. This book was nice. I loved the way the characters met, and the entire storyline didn't seem far-fetched and fairytale-ish. This book could actually happen. Not likely, but it's more believable than that book about a monochromatic color. 

Revived by Love / Stacy Eaton   B
This was another ARC that I read. At first, I found it confusing to keep track of who was speaking and I had no idea who was telling the story. Once I found my groove I dove in. 

And I have to share this new website I was introduced to because holy amazing! 
Enter Thrift BooksFull disclosure, this is an affiliate link. You click, you buy, you save {15%}, and so do I. Last week I bought two books for $10.05. Books that were selling on Amazon for $10 each. And they have free shipping after $10. And really, who's only buying one book at a time? 

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