2/29/12

Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley

The only more disappointing than reading a bad book is reading a book that you thought was going to be amazing, only to find that it wasn't as good as you hoped it would be.  Where Things Come Back isn't a bad book by any means, it just didn't wow and amaze me as much as I was expecting it to.

My friend Cuppalit raved about this book and, based on her other recommendations, I was eager to try it.  Then, it won the Michael L. Printz award, which almost guaranteed that it would be a good book, since I've loved every other Printz winner that I've read.

Whaley is a good writer, I won't deny that.  He's created some likeable characters in this book, which started off with a bang, flipping between the story of Cullen in Arkansas and Benton in Ethiopia.  I love stories that tell two parallel stories because I'm always just waiting to find out how they'll end up intertwined.  The intertwining of the story was perhaps the best part of this book, and it didn't happen until close to the end.  Between the interesting opening and the story coming to an end, I felt like the story flat lined.  The story was progressing, delving deeper into the characters' lives, but I found that I just wasn't caring as much.  Maybe it was the pacing of the story, or maybe I just can't identify as well with boys in small American towns, but I found my attention wavering.  I persevered and I'm glad that I finished this book; however, I'm surprised that it took me so long to finish, considering the fact that it's just barely over 200 pages long.

This book is Whaley's first novel so I do hope that his next book will be more enjoyable for me.  I won't give up on him just yet!
Read More

2/27/12

Top Ten Bookish Theme Songs

It's Tuesday and time for another Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke & The Bookish (I always feel like Sesame Street when I write that ... brought to you by the letter B!)  This week is a super fun list: Top Ten Theme Songs I'd Given a Theme Song To!  Since I love music almost as much as I love reading, I've given this one a LOT of thought.  The concept was a little overwhelming to begin with, so I've started with my list of Top Ten Books that Made Me Cry and then assigned songs to those titles.  Along with depressing book, I also love heartbreaking music -- kind of ironic, since I am a very upbeat, happy person!

1. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
This song lifts my heart and always makes me feel good, just like the story of Edward Tulane does.  I love driving in the sunshine with the sunroof open and this song CRANKED on the stereo.



2. Before I Wake - Rob Weirsema

Qu'il y ait toujours le soleil - Charlotte Diamond.  This might seem silly, but this is one of my favourite childhood songs.  Since the story centres around a little girl who's in a coma after being hit by a car, it seemed fitting to assign a children's song, but one with a message of hope.  I couldn't find a video on YouTube, but here are the English lyrics:

May there always be sunshine
May there always be blue sky
May there always be mama
May there always be me

3. The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
The Dog Days Are Over - Florence + the Machine.   Running is a integral part of this story, and this song is one of my favourite running songs.  How can you not just run your heart out to those drums?



4. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston.  This love story is like no other -- a love that can transcend anything.  So it's fitting that it should have one of the most beautiful love songs as its theme song, right?



5. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
Not As We - Alanis Morrissette.  At first, I wanted one of Alanis' angry songs for this book, since Astrid goes through so much heartache in this book.  But then I realized that the perfect song is Not As We, off her newest CD.  Throughout the book, Astrid is learning how to identify as herself, and not part of her mother.  Plus, I'd never seen the video before compiling this Top Ten -- I think I want to live in that house!



6. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Closer - Kings of Leon.  This was the book that I struggled the most with trying to find just the right song.  I love Kings of Leon, and have seen them in concert twice.  Whenever they play this song, I just have shivers from head to toe.  So I decided that it would be perfect for the Harry Potter book that gave me the same sensations.


7. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
Everywhere I Go - Lissie.  This song gives me chills, just like the story did.  This version isn't the official video at all, but the creator put together an absolutely gorgeous collection of images.



8. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende
Looking In - Mariah Carey.  Although I loved the adventure and the fantasy in this book, the fact that Bastian is tormented by his peers and literally escapes into a book is what made me love this book beyond all others.  At 10, when I read this book, I struggled with the same issues as Bastian, which is why I sobbed when the book was over, wanting my own Neverending Story to escape into, rather than facing my peers at school.  I discovered this song by Mariah Carey in junior high, after I'd left that part of me behind in elementary school, and it hit home so hard that I copied the lyrics out into my journals and listened to the song on repeat many, many times.  It's still one of my favourites of all time.  And a note -- tomorrow is "Wear Pink" for anti-bullying.  I'll have my pink shirt on, and I hope many of you will as well!



9. Fall on Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
Ave Maria - Celine Dion.  I first read this book in university and did a group presentation for the course.  Music is such a central theme of the book, so our group incorporated music as our transitions between the sections of our presentation (the presentation was an entire class, so it was about an hour long).  This is the song that we played at the end of the presentation, after which the only sound in the room was my teacher sniffling.  Needless to say, we received a really good mark =)



10. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
 Daughters - John Mayer.  This is such a pretty song (I love John Mayer!) and talks about mothers and daughters and sisters, which is what this book is really about.


I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.  I think that this is my favourite Top Ten Tuesday of all time!  Leave me a comment and I'll stop by and visit your blog as well!
Read More

2/26/12

In My Mailbox [2]

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  The last book from my Chapters order FINALLY arrived on Friday, so I thought it's time to do another IMM!

These books were all purchased by me, using my Christmas gift cards.  I like to spread out the holidays and spend time carefully choosing the books that I purchase, since the library fuels the majority of my reading habits.  I put the order in about a month ago, but for some reason Shine took three weeks to ship and finally arrived just last week.

These are the books that I ordered ... so excited to read them all!


I am a little disappointed by the paperback cover of Across the Universe; I think that the hardcover version is much prettier, but I'm still excited to read it nonetheless.

Any suggestions on which one to start with?  I only have ONE library book left to read and then I'm diving back into some of the books that I own, but haven't read yet.

Leave me a comment and I'll stop by to read/watch your IMM post too!  Happy Sunday everyone!
Read More

2/25/12

The Faerie Ring - Kiki Hamilton

After the disappointment of Anna Dressed in Blood, I was ready for a book to blow me away.  I wasn't disappointed in this one.

I first read a review of this book at The Book Faery, where she gave it her highest honour: a One Sit Read (OSR).  I immediately made note of her two recommendations and put this book on hold at the library.  Since it was on order, it took several months to arrive, but it was worth the wait!

The main character, Tiki, is so endearing and likeable that you have no choice but to root for her during the entire book.  She lives on the streets of late 19th century London, picking pockets to survive.  She picks the wrong pocket one evening, stealing the faerie ring, and sets in motion a whirlwind of events that change her entire life.

The story is well written and perfectly paced.  It has an essence of Victorian literature (I'm thinking of Dickens, even though I haven't read much of his writing) but without the wordiness of that era.   For a debut novel, Hamilton has really set the standards very high for her forthcoming books (and I really, really, REALLY hope that she will keep writing!)  Although there were a couple of predicatable plot points, this was a very enjoyable read and one that I likely would have read in one sitting if real life hadn't got in the way (i.e. I have to stop reading and go back to work?  Why is lunch only ONE hour?)

Plus -- the cover is gorgeous AND the story is too.  It's a win win!
Read More

2/23/12

This Is Where We Live

Soooo cool!  Thanks to A Solitary Passion -- I may have watched this several times, trying to see each book title in the video.


Read More

2/22/12

Never Have I Ever - Sara Shepard

I think that I am officially done with Sara Shepard.  I was on the fence about continuing to read the Pretty Little Liars series after some cringe-worthy plot twists, but I did enjoy The Lying Game so I thought I'd give this one a shot.

In the book's defense, part of the reason why I didn't enjoy this book was the narrator that they chose for the audio version.  Everything?  She said?  Sounded?  Like a question?  And when you say "The light shone in my eyes," shone is not supposed to sound like "shown."  That bugged me.

The plot didn't wow me as much as the first one and, in all honesty, not a lot happened in this book.  There wasn't much development towards finding out who killed Sutton and it seems like Shepard is dragging the plot out so that she can stretch this series as much as the PLL series dragged on.  I figured out the major plot twists eons before the big AHA! moment (so far in advance, actually, that I was half-tempted to skip ahead to the end to see if it ended the way I thought it would, rather than listening to the build-up).

Sorry Ms. Shepard, but I don't think I'll be coming back to your books anytime soon.
Read More

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

I added this book to my TBR list because, well, look at it.  The cover is GORGEOUS.  Plus, it has a solid four-star review on GoodReads.  But my final judgement?  It was all right.

The book starts off with a bang.  Cas is a kick-ass hero who slays ghosts, just like his father did.  After taking out a hitchhiker ghost, Cas receives an invitation to come to Thunder Bay, home to the infamous Anna Dressed in Blood, a ghost who still wears the bloodstrained dress that she died in.

Sounds good, right?  And it was.  But there were lots of parts in the book that dragged a little too much and I'd lose focus on the story.  Then, when something interesting happened, I'd get sucked back into the story.  When the action faded, my attention would start to drift again.  In short, the writing wasn't good enough to hold my attention all of the time, but it was good enough that I did finish the book.

Interesting sidenote: the printed text in this book is dark red.  Fitting, with the title and all, but interesting to note since I've never read a book with anything but black text.  Two points to the publisher for coming up with that idea!
Read More

Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray isn't an easy book to read, but it's a heartbreakingly beautiful story.  The story begins in Lithuania, when 15 year-old Lina's family is arrested by the Soviets and shipped to Siberia on a train.

There are so many stories about the Holocaust, each one portraying this horrific era of history from a slightly different perspective, but I have never read a book that told a story like Lina's.  Everyone knows the story of the persecution and genocide of the Jewish people under Hitler, but I really didn't know much about what life was like under Stalin until I read this book.

Lina has such a fresh voice and the story is told so well.  The chapters flow effortlessly and I only put the book down to wipe my eyes before returning to the story.  I don't know about any of you, but I remember feeling like my world had shifted somewhat after I read The Diary of Anne Frank for the first time at age 13.  Does anyone else remember feeling like that?  After I finished the book, I felt like the world would never quite be the same.  Between Shades of Gray is similar, yet slightly different than Anne's diary, but will leave you with the same sensation: the world won't quite be the same after you've seen it through Lina's eyes.
Read More

2/21/12

Top 10 Books I'd Save if My House Was On Fire

It's Tuesday, and time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week is a difficult one -- I'd want to save ALL of my books if my house was on fire, but I've narrowed it down to these ones (although I cheated and used series as a book a few times!)...

1. Harry Potter series
2. All of my Lauren Oliver books
3. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
4. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
5. Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate diCamillo
6. All of my Jodi Picoult books (because I haven't read all of them yet, and it'll give me something to do while they rebuild my house)
7. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
8. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
9. His Dark Materials Series - Phillip Pullman
10. Inkeart et al. - Cornelia Funke (because, again, I haven't finished reading the series yet)

Now, I think I will need to keep a wheelbarrow filled with books near my front door ... just in case =P

Which books would YOU save if your house was on fire?
Read More

Birthmarked - Caragh M. O'Brien

Birthmarked is a quiet, yet powerful, story of Gaia, a trained midwife.  Set in a dystopian society, where Gaia must "advance" the first three babies born each month, the advanced babies are given a better life within the walls of the Enclave.

After reflecting on this book, it's hard to put my finger on what was so mesmerizing about the story.  It's not fast-paced, but I couldn't put it down.  The characters were endearing and so REAL and the storyline was fluid and well-paced.  O'Brien's writing is effortless and the reader feels the emotions along with the characters, yet the storyline never feels forced.

I will definitely be reading the second book in the series, since I'm eager to find out what happens next!

(Sidenote: I was reading this book in the staff room and a coworker asked what it was about.  I hesitated, unsure of exactly how to describe the story.  Finally, I said "it's dystopian fiction."  Her response?  "Don't use such big words.  What is it about?"  I giggled to myself for a while afterwards.)
Read More

Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning

After reading the first book in this series, I was intrigued, but not overwhelmed.  There are quite a few fans of this series on GoodReads, who have encouraged me to keep going in the series.  Although this book didn't wow and amaze me, it was definitely better than the first one in the series.  Mac is a little less whiny and seems to be figuring out her place in this new world.  I listened to this one on audio, with a great narrator who could accurately do the Irish accents.  Her rendition of Barrons actually gave me chills a few times, especially when he was snapping at Mac for something.  It looks like the rest of the series is available on audio as well (love Library to Go!!) so I will be continuing onwards!
Read More

2/19/12

Linky Followers

Just heard the news that Google FriendConnect is shutting down March 1.  I've added Linky Followers (right hand side).  Thanks to those of you who have been posting about Linky Followers and gave me the idea!

I'm still learning the world of blogging, so I'm not sure how the transition works, but I'll try to stop by each of your blogs in the next week to invite you personally to join me via Linky.  Fortunately, since I'm still new to blogging, I only have 30 or so followers -- how are you guys dealing with this transition when you have more than that?  Is it common for these blogging tools to change so often?

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far -- now I'm heading back to reading Anna Dressed in Blood.  This books started with a BANG and I'm hoping it keeps up this pace!
Read More

2/17/12

Read-a-thon-ing!

I had fully planned to spend the weekend reading (like I usually do!) but then noticed via My Pathway to Books that Lovely Lit is hosting a Read-a-thon this weekend (and next weekend too, if anyone's interested!)  It's supposed to be dreary, rainy and gross all weekend -- so maybe I'll just stay in my PJs and try to plow through as many library books as possible.

Plans for this weekend include reading the following:

I may not get through all three ... but ambition's gotta count for something, right?

Hope you all have a truly wonderful weekend!
Read More

2/14/12

Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart a Little

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Although my husband and I don't usually celebrate Valentine's Day (for us, every day is Valentine's Day), he totally surprised me by sending a quartet to serenade me at work.  Although I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or die of embarrassment at the time (the entire office was watching the four tuxedo-clad men sing love songs to me!) it was a pretty unique experience.  And my husband is pretty much the coolest husband that a girl could ask for.  Plus, he made dinner AND did the dishes afterwards!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.  In no particular order, here are the top ten books that broke my heart a little:

1. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
2. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
3. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate di Camillo
5. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende
6. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
7. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
8. The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
9. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
10. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
Read More

Stylish Blogger Award!

I was touched when I logged in this evening to post a new review and saw that Auntie Spinelli Reads had given me a Stylish Blogger Award!  Since I'm still new to the blogging thing, it still amazes me that people are actually reading what I write, much less taking the time out of their day to pass on a blogging award.  I am really enjoying all of the love that the blogging community shares with each other.  So thank you Auntie Spinelli Reads!  I'm looking forward to passing on the love!


Requirements for the Stylish Blogger Award
- Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
- Share 7 things about yourself.
- Award 15 or so recently discovered great bloggers.
- Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.



Seven Interesting Facts About Myself
1. I have always loved reading, ever since I was a little girl.
2. The best job that I ever had was working in an independent bookstore.  If it paid more than minimum wage, I'd still be there.
3. Aside from the books, the best part about working in the bookstore was that I met my husband there.  He came in one day, looking for a book about cats.
4. I'm studying to be a library technician and hoping that working in a library will be as wonderful as working in that bookstore was.
5. I currently work as an administrative assistant in a busy property management company and I LOVE my job.  Not many people can say that they truly love what they do for a living, but I do!
6. I have a tuxedo cat named Romeo who is, hands down, the cutest cat in the whole wide world.
7. I am working on a young adult novel and hopefully someone, someday, will publish it.

And now, to pass on the love to some of my personal favourite bloggers -- since I'm new to blogging, every blog that I've discovered along the way is new, but these are some of my favourites ...

CuppaLit
LC's Adventures in Libraryland
Bookish
21 Pages
Butterfly-O-Meter
I Heart Books
Rainy Day Ramblings
Tynga's Reviews
Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Realm of Fiction
Pure Imagination
Gone With Words
3 Handsome Owls
The Absentminded Scientist
The Perpetual Page-Turner
My Pathway to Books

Read More

2/13/12

Storm Front - Jim Butcher

There wasn't anything terrible about this book, but nothing that really blew my mind either.  The book was chosen as a selection for an upcoming book club meeting and, after finishing it, I'm honestly not sure what we're going to talk about!  The writing was so-so, the plot was interesting enough that I read the entire book in just a couple of days, but there wasn't really anything gritty and discussion-worthy going on.  Interestingly enough, this title was included on a list of books that I picked up from Chapters years ago, entitled "What to Read After Harry Potter."  While the wizarding aspect is related to Harry Potter's world, there's nothing else that even compares to the wonder of Hogwarts.  The main character is likable, although some of his actions annoyed me, and the plot was super predictable.

But enough of this negativity... on to a better book next!  It can only get better from here!!
Read More

2/9/12

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

I think there's something to be said about reading a book without reading all of the rave reviews first.  When I read John Green's latest, I'd peeked at some of the reviews on GoodReads and was secretly thrilled to see so many five star reviews; I knew that I was in for a good read.  (Not to mention a good cry!)

So, one would think that the same would apply to Cinder.  Everyone on GoodReads is posting five star reviews, and I've been trying not to read any of them, waiting to read it for myself so that I could make my own judgements on the book.

It was good.  It was really, really good.  I don't know if I'd give it quite five stars because it didn't blow my mind, but it would still earn a solid four and a half stars.  Meyer has painted a truly unique world, with likeable characters and a really good spin on a traditional fairytale.  I like fairytale retellings, and this one is definitely unlike any other.

The story moves well and it's paced nicely.  It wasn't a Hunger Games-type page turner, but it definitely kept me interested and wanting to find out what happened next.  By the end of the book, I was really loving the story and will keep reading this series for sure.  I'm thinking that the next book will probably be even better than this one, since the storyline won't require so much explanation on the setting, the culture, etc. and it can just delve more into the storyline itself.
Read More

2/7/12

Top 10 Books I'd Hand to Someone Who Says They Don't Like to Read

It's Tuesday, and time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's Top Ten is those books that I would hand to someone who says they don't like to read.

For this top ten, I'll go with the ten books that I couldn't put down and devoured in either a day, or only a couple of days.  Stories as addicting as these ones will surely transform non-readers into readers, right?

1. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
All of Picoult's books are equally good, but this was the first one of hers that I read and I'm pretty sure that I read the whole thing in one day.  Her stories are well-written and the plot just grabs you from page one.

2. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
I tried so hard to slow down when I was reading this, but I ended up polishing it off in two days.  A-MAZING.

3. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
Holocaust story told in an atypical fashion: narrated by Death himself and SO beautifully written.

4. The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
The opening scene alone can transform a non-reader into a reader, as we are taken into the narrator's fiery car accident (note: not for weak stomachs!)  After that, you're hooked and in for a beautiful ride.

5. The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King
When we first moved in together, my then-boyfriend, now-husband, recommended this book to me.  I was a skeptical King reader, but this book is like none of his others.  It was written for his young daughter, so there are princes, dragons and a story told as only King can.

6. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
Because this series turned so many non-readers into readers.

7. Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer
Same as above.

8. The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer
This book has it all: likeable characters with a struggle that will tug at your heart and action-filled pages.  This is another book that I read in one day and one that was suggested to me by my husband on our first day (he gives the BEST recommendations!)

9. White Oleander - Janet Fitch
This was the first "grown-up" book that I read, and it switched me off kids books and into the adult section.  Of course, I now read more YA than adult lit!

10. I have about 50 other books that I want to use as part of this list, but for the last book I will suggest The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon.
This book is a mystery, but it has such a human element to it that it's more than just a whodunnit.  I don't think that I really understood what autism was until I read this book, which is narrated by an autistic boy.

What books would YOU recommend to non-readers?
Read More

2/5/12

The Lover's Dictionary - David Levithan

I read several reviews of this book on GoodReads, where the reader just raved about this book.  Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high, but I found myself disappointed at the end.

The structure of this book is its most redeeming quality.  It's written as a series of dictionary entries, as the title suggests, each chapter starting with a word (n. or adj. etc), followed by a sentence to a page and a half of text.  I haven't read any other books with a similar layout, so I did love the book purely for that fact.

The story is narrated by a male narrator, whose name we never learn.  It's told semi-journal style, somewhat like a letter to his former lover, telling the story of their failed relationship (this is NOT a spoiler -- he talks about the first time that he wanted to leave her on approximately page 3).  Perhaps this is why the book didn't resonate with me: it's not very positive.  Levithan does have a good way with words, and puts some beautiful imagery together in the brief snippets of text, but the story doesn't really grab you and take hold.  This may be due to the very short chapters and the fact that the timeline bounces around from chapter to chapter.

On the whole, the book was okay.  I may give Levithan a second chance because I did like his writing style, just not the content of this story.  If anyone's read a good Levithan novel, let me know in the comments section!
Read More

2/3/12

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

I finished this book last night, but couldn't wrap my head around my thoughts on it until today (and if I'd tried to type a review, I wouldn't have been able to see the computer screen through the tears).

It's hard to really put a John Green book into words: his books are an experience.  His characters are so real and so well-developed that you feel like they're your friends sitting next to you on the couch, sharing in the magnificence of the story.  I think that the outstanding character development is just one of the many reasons that I was sobbing by the end of this book -- I didn't want to let them go.

The storyline is just incredible and the hours and pages flew by without me even realizing that I'd been reading for so long.  It's been a while since a book has sucked me in this way, grabbed hold of my heart and refused to let go.

I'm not really too sure what else to say, so let me leave it at this: you must read this book.  It's a book that will make you laugh, smile, cry and leave you begging for just one more chapter, just one more moment with these characters.  In fact, I'll share just this: when I finished the book, I had tears streaming down my cheeks and I turned to my husband and said, "I need a hug."  I feel like words can't accurately describe the experience of reading this book, so you'll just have to see for yourself.  And, trust me, you won't regret it.
Read More

2/1/12

Waiting On Wednesday

I don't normally participate in Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine (I have enough trouble keeping my TBR list under control as it is!) but I just happened to stumble across this title reveal today:


It's the sequel to Laini Taylor's AMAZING Daughter of Smoke & Bone!  And now the teaser:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. 
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. 


This was not that world.

I cannot WAIT for this book -- the first one was so deliciously wonderful; I can hardly wait to see what's in store in book 2!
Read More

The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

This book started off so great -- full of action, intrigue and I was excitedly flipping through the pages, eager to see what would happen next.  Somewhere around page 100 I felt like it started to drag a little and the middle of the book seemed less exciting.  In Kagawa's defense, I was reading the middle of the book while trying to get a lot of homework done in preparation for heading out of town for a wedding.

By the end of the book, the story had completely redeemed itself and I found myself eagerly devouring the final chapters while on board the ferry en route home.  I've placed the next three on hold at the library (two of which have already arrived -- yippee!) and I'm excited to see how the storyline unfolds.  There's something to be said for starting a series once it's already fully written; I don't have to wait months or years for the next installment!
Read More

Flexible Template by ScreenWritersArena

Custom Design by Lea Christine Designs