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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne

Finishing Touches Hester Browne

The Finishing Touches

Book Author: Hester Browne

Romantic Comedy


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If you love Hester Browne books or just funny chic literature, then you will love The Finishing Touches. This book doesn't start off as a typical Hester Browne novel with a free-spirited women running a business. Instead, she is running a finishing school for girls. You will learn about etiquette, fashion, and have fun while reading this novel.

I hope some day soon that Hester Browne makes this book into a series.

I highly recommend The Finishing Touches by Hester Browne.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Delirium (series) by Lauren Oliver

Delirium

Delirium

Book Author: Lauren Oliver

Delirium Trilogy

Delightful Narration + Adventurous Cautionary Tale of a Futuristic World Without Love


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Delirium is a story of the United States in a hypothetical future where scientists have cured love. In this world love is seen as a delirium, a mind-poison, and something to be feared. Men and women are segregated. The USA has borders reminiscent of the German Holocaust or the Berlin wall. Everyone is a prisoner. The procedure is required and at first the lead character is looking forward to it.

"The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't." Love, also known as Delirium.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne

The Runaway Princess

Book Author: Hester Browne

Romantic Comedy


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A modern day prince charming story. Hapless princess goes through some of the craziest dating twists that only the rich might run into. It's cute and silly. The story leads you on and has you on edge laughing. I love Hester Browne. She is one of my favorite authors, which is why this book earned not only my favorite author award, but also favorite story award.

A Duck by Any Other Name

Let’s call a duck a duck, okay? By duck I mean spammer. If you spam me via email, Twitter, Facebook, direct mail or any other medium don’t be upset when I do my darnedest to block you from my community, my world, my time. I get it, spammers are people too, but you and I get to choose which people we associate with don’t we. That doesn’t mean I’m condoning being an asshole to people, but in a way I am. If you spam me I will block you. If you mass spam me and I will probably snarkily comment about it and then block you. Let’s call it my own personal primal instinct. So, when you randomly message me and 20 of your closest strangers, whom you’ve never met, and ask me to follow you on Twitter and I ask you why I should follow you if the majority of your tweets are asking other people to follow you en mass, don’t be mad at me when I directly ask you why I should follow you. It’s a valid comment, a simple question and I think it’s a fair one. What would you bring to my world when the last 20 things I see when I skim through your Twitter life appear spammy? You can respond calling me an asshole, but really who does that reflect on, me or you? I stand by my comment and I frankly don’t think I was much of an arse to this person (yes, this really happened). If you randomly found me and want to offer me something of value, like a question, a comment on my blog, actually read one of my tweets and reply to it and then ask me to follow that’s one thing, but it’s clearly another to follow 20 people and retweet their blog posts and then ask me to do follow you just because. I’m not that picky in who I follow, clearly, all I ask for is authenticity and I’ll be damned if I’ll apologize for asking someone why I should follow you. It’s not a snarky question, it’s not rude, it may be aloof but at least it’s not spammy. Happy Spamming. If you quack like a duck, act like a duck but call yourself a horse makes no difference when I say I hate ducks.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne

Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne

Honeymoon Hotel

Book Author: Hester Browne

Romantic Comedy


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This book reminds me of the 2001 movie of Jennifer Lopez as The Wedding Planner. It's a light hearted novel of love, marriage, and silly fun. Like most of Hester Browne's novels, this book is love-able chic literature.

I first fell in love with Hester's books with the Little Lady Agency series. The characters and story plot are very similar. Both books involve strong, independent, silly women who fall in love with men who need to grow up.

I recommend this book if you are looking for an easy-read to pass the time.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne

Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne

Swept Off Her Feet

Book Author: Hester Browne

Romantic Comedy


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Swept Off Her Feet is a quick read. This book is full of quippy honest humor. The book is engaging and quirky, a typical fun Hester Browne love-struck comedy.

I first fell in love with Hester's books after reading the Little Lady Agency series. All of her books are fun, easy to read, and hilarious. If you are looking for a happily-ever-after tale, this is the book for you.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Little Lady Big Apple by Hester Browne

Little Lady Big Apple

Little Lady Big Apple

Book Author: Hester Browne

Romantic Comedy


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Little Lady Big Apple is the second installment of the Little Lady Agency series. The love-able protagonist, Melissa, travels with her boyfriend and they are confronted by a number of obstacles. Jonathan forces the lead to leave her business, the business she loves, and goes from a fan-favorite to a hard to love character, and back to love-able in the span of a few pages.

This book will make you laugh, smile, and pull your heart around with ink. I love the British accent throughout the book and silly use of 'arse' throughout. I highly recommend this book for a light-hearted read.

Author: Abbi Glines

Author: Abbi Glines

About Abbi Glines

Erotica & Young Adult Fiction Author

Born Birmingham, Alabama, The United States

Gender female

Genre Young Adult, Romance

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series.

"“Everyone always says that love was enough. It wasn't. Not when your soul has been shattered.” "

-- Abbi Glines, Fallen Too Far

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kiro's Emily (Book 10 of Rosemary Beach Series) by Abbi Glines

BOOK REVIEW: Kiro's Emily

Book 10, Novella, Rosemary Beach Series

Book Author: Abbi Glines

"Innocence Meets Hard Core Musicians"


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This book is a lot like the Notebook in some ways. A bit rushed at the end, full of cutesy romance and innocent quips.

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Author: Alyson Noël

Alyson Noël

About Alyson Noël

Best Selling Author

Born Orange County, The United States

Gender female

Genre Young Adult, Children's, Paranormal

Influences: Judy Blume -- JD Salinger -- Life

Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of 21 novels.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review: Cursed (The Watchers Trilogy) by S.J. West

Book Review Cursed by S.J. WestBlessed by S.J. West Book Two of the Watchers Trilogy - In the sequel to Crused, Lilly Raye Nightengale discoveres why lucifer has been protecting her from malevolent forces bent on destroying her. She also comes face to face with the person who orchestrated the various near death experiences throughout her life and comes closer to learning the truth about why her death is so important to them.

Cursed

"Blessed and Love Struck by This Mysterious Series"

S.J. West
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By S.J. West Cursed (Watchers Trilogy) epitomizes everything I love in a book or series. It offers romance, humor, and mystery. Author S.J. West doesn't spell out every detail in the series or answer all your questions up front, she lures you in with one mystery after another and leaves you yearning for answers, mystery, and a few more moments with her lovely characters. 

The Watchers Chronicles is blessed, pun intended, with not just one handsome lead male character, but three. The book includes a damsel in chronic distress, and her witty southern side-kick best friend. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: BANG (The Black Lotus Series Book 1) by E.K. Blair

Book Review Bang Ek BlairBang by E.K. Blair the Black Lotus Series

Bang

The Black Lotus Series

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It all begins and ends with a bang.

E.K. Blair is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Bang (Black Lotus #1) (The Black Lotus Series), is the first book I've read by her. Bang is heart wrenching. I finished the first book in this series in one day and am now traumatized waiting for the second and third to be released. 

Last week (Feb 27, 2015) while interviewing indie author Nicole Collet, she recommended Bang and a few other books for me to read. This is the first book in her long list of recommendations that I dove into, head first. I nearly cracked my head and heart open with this book (diving head first). 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

My New Favorite Chronicle

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“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” 

“I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” ― Marissa MeyerCinder

"Science Fiction Meets Cinderella + All Your Other Favorite Fairy Tales"

The Lunar Chronicles starts off with a book called Cinder. This is a futuristic dystopian view of Cinderella in reverse. A young girl who loses everything in the worst ways possible only to discover things she never knew about herself and make lots of new friends against impossible odds on a mission to save two worlds. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Books: Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

Book Review Mein KampfMein Kampf

Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf is an autobiographical manifesto by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany. Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 192 5 and Volume 2 in 1926. Someone recently recommended I read Mein Kampf. I have not read it. I did however, study propaganda in relation to art, design, and advertising in college and remember discussing this book (maybe I did read it then, if so it would have been over a decade ago).

I do not have a lot of useful information to convey on this book. I'm open to starting a discussion on this book if anyone else is interested, then I will read it and reopen this review at that time. I'm disinclined to read this, even the reviews are a little disturbing (scroll down to book description or Amazon.com Review).

Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: For the Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell

Book Review For the Love of the Duke by Christi Caldwell

Woodsworth and Byron in the Heart of a Duke

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For the Love of the Duke is a historical fiction novel set sometime in the 17th to 19th century when the Thames River of London would freeze over. During this time winters where significantly colder in London than they are now. This time was known as the Little Ice Age. To celebrate Christmastide, what the book and that period fondly referred to as the winter or Christmas season, merry goers would brave the chill air with a little cup of alcohol to enjoy the Frost Fairs. At the time the River Thames would freeze over and they would walk an elephant across to prove it was solid. Then peddlers would set up tents of trinkets and goodies to sell, this would have seemed a lot like any other festival combined with a farmers market.

The first recorded frost fair was in 1608. The most celebrated frost fair occurred in the winter of 1683–84 and was described by John Evelyn:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Listening Is an Act of Love by Dave Isay

Book Review Listening is an Act of Love by Dave IsayListening is An Act of Love Dave Isay

"Fantastic makes me want to be involved"

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Would you listen to Listening Is an Act of Love again? Why?

This is touching. I loved hearing other people's life stories. You laugh and could cry with this book. It's short and I just want to hear more. It's fantastic.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Book Review: Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart

Book Review Wicked Plants

Entertaining and Educational Botany

Learn All About the History of Poisonous Plants


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Wicked Plants is an educational book about poisonous and insidious plants. It's written more like the story or life of a plant, how it's been mis-used, and as a cautionary tale. The audio version is interesting but fast passed and hard to take notes. I have a large garden and am always afraid I will run into something and not know it's side effect on myself or my puppy.

Highly recommend this book for any gardener, horticulturist, botanist, essential oils fanatic, or just someone curious about poisonous plants.

Book Description

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants,

Saturday, March 7, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: An Unlikely Duchess by Nadine Millard Narrated By Beverley A. Crick

Book Review An Unlikely Dutchess by Nadine Millard Beverley A Crick

"Irish Scoundrel Vs. Handsome British Duke"

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This historical romance starts off with a twist when two best friends make plans to wed their future children. Little did the two men know what twists and turns fate would make for their future children. In a lot of ways this story plays by the typical historical love story template, but luckily it has a deeper plot than most of these types of books.

An Unlikely Duchess has a few antagonists plotting against the happiness of the main characters. Overall this is a happy story with light hearted characters who are at the whimsy of their hearts and notions. The story makes 18th century London society sound like child's play. It's an enjoyable book to pass the time with very little reference to day-to-day life.

Friday, March 6, 2015

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Book Review: The Little Lady Agency (SERIES) by Hester Browne

Book Review Little Lady Agency Series Hester Browne

Little Lady Agency and the Prince

My Favorite Romantic Comedy


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little lady agency and the prince by hester browne

This book series is a British Romantic Comedy about a young woman who strikes out on her own to build a business. In the process she helps men find their way and finds herself in the position to maybe find her own.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Book Review A Rogue By Any Other Name

"Typical Period Mystery Love Story"

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I consider, A Rogue by Any Other Name, a typical 1800's fiction piece because they all have a pretty obvious template: sweet damsel in distress needs a husband, something bad happens, other questions are posed, woman gets married, and society gossips. I enjoy these books, they are great for passing the time. Modern chic flick movies have a similar template. These books also offer a small glimpse into British aristocratic society in a different time.

These books talk about society rules, fashion, etiquette, old slang, and the discomforts woman endured in another time. In some ways they offer historical facts, but most of the time the authors of this genre take some artistic license.

“What does Éloa mean?”

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Blameless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel by Gail Carriger

Book Review Blameless by Gail Carriger

"The book in the series about family & Adventure"

Gail Carriger
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Where does Blameless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my favorites.

What other book might you compare Blameless to and why?

Its a fantasy adventure: Twilight set back in time?

What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

She is a fantastic reader. I love the way she narrates voices (more more detail on this read my review of the first book) but needless to say the way she pulls her own and remains unified in the tones. You really get into the adventure and differentiate the characters!