Posts Categorized: 5 stars

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Fans of historical romance let out a collective squee when it was announced that Julia Queen would be returning to the world of the Bridgertons with a new series. I fell in love with the Bridgertons several years ago when I dipped my toes back into the historical romance genre. I was immediately captured by this unconventional family. Julia Quinn is back with a new book about the Bridgertons and a new family, the Rokesbys. As far as I can tell (and I haven’t done a ton of research) this series happens before the original Bridgertons series and focuses and an earlier generation… Read more »

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Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

There’s really no way to sum up this epic tome that is the grand finale of The Lunar Chronicles, but I’ll do my best. Fans of TLC will not be disappointed with this one. Yes, it’s over 800 pages long but no words are wasted. Everything that happens in the book happens for a reason and leads up to the breathless conclusion. Meyer really takes her time with this book and crafts a deft narratives that weaves together many different characters and storylines…Read more »

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Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

It’s going to sound like I’m telling you spoilers, but almost everything I mention here is already on the jacket cover or takes place in the first few chapters of the book. Astronaut Mark Watney ends up stranded on Mars with just his wits and a limited supply of resources with which to survive. Not only must he figure out how to make do until someone comes to take him back to Earth (or he dies of misadventure), he’s got to figure out how not to go crazy. Luckily, he’s got a diverse set of technical skills, a sarcastic sense of humor, and a few decade’s (uh, the 70’s and 80’s) worth of classic TV and music to keep him company.

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Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Unlike a lot of my friends, I did not watch The Princess Bride growing up and only saw it for the first time when I was in college. Of course, I had heard of the film but for whatever reason, had never managed to see it until then. I knew that it was a much beloved classic. My friends were quite appalled that I had never seen it and so I made a vow to finally watch it and see what all the fuss was about. Now, watching something as loved as The Princess Bride can be a little intimidating for the first time viewer. I was worried that the film would seem dated or that maybe I just wouldn’t “get” the humor. There was the chance that my expectations were totally skewed and that, as a result, the film would fail to live up to the hype.

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Review: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

Review: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

As an avid reader of David Lebovitz’s blog, I knew that I wanted to add My Paris Kitchen to my cooking library as soon as it came out. His stories on life and cooking in France are funny, charming and delicious. I already have several of his dessert cookbooks in my kitchen and they are well used and well loved. While you may expect a former chef to be snobbish about food, Lebovitz is not. While he recommends getting the best ingredients you can afford, he isn’t stuck on labels or appearances so much shopping local and using what tastes good to you. My Paris Kitchen is a wonderful extension of Lebovtiz’s blog and is filled with funny stories and anecdotes about his life in Paris as well as over 100 recipes for modern French cuisine.

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Review: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Review: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

My first introduction to the work of Brian K. Vaughan came from reading Runaways. It was snarky and fun and I loved it. It was my first actual comic book series. Yes, I know I was late to the party but I am here now. Isn’t that what counts?

Fortunately, when I started Runaways, I had the first eight volumes available to read. Sadly, after seven volumes, Vaughan left to work on other projects, and vol 8 was written by the amazing Joss Whedon who maintained Vaughan’s vision and voice. However, after Whedon when the voice changed with a new writer, I decided to follow Vaughan rather than the Runaways, and I have been following him ever since.

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Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Recently, I have been in a reading slump. I start books and don’t finish them. I have trouble with finding a connection to characters and I wonder if I will ever finish a book again. I reached out to a friend and asked her to recommend a favorite book. We have similar taste in books, particularly in the types of hero/heroines we like. Her response – Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren, author of the Beautiful Series. As part of full disclosure, I have not read the Beautiful Series. Something about that series never appealed to me.

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Review: Long After by Cheryl McIntyre

Review: Long After by Cheryl McIntyre

Title: Long After (Sometimes Never #3) Author: Cheryl McIntyre Publication Date: October 14, 2013 Publisher: Cheryl McIntyre Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N Source: Purchased For Annie Phillips, there is a right way to do things and everything has a place. College and her flawless GPA are top priority, as is planning her perfect future. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. So when she meets Loden Guiles, she believes she has finally found her perfect happily-ever-after. Chase Malloy is funny, loyal, and an all around nice guy. He’s also sloppy, tattooed, and undirected. All Chase wants to do is survive college, hang out with… Read more »

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Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You Author: Jojo Moyes Publication Date: December 31, 2012 Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book Depository Source: Library Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small… Read more »

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Review: Magic Rises

Review: Magic Rises

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6)  by Ilona Andrews Publication date: 30 July 2013 by Ace ISBN 10/13: 1937007588 | 9781937007584 Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Indiebound Category: Adult Urban Fantasy Keywords: Urban fantasy, weres, magic Format: Mass market paperback, eBook Source: Purchased   Synopsis from Goodreads: Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost. Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is… Read more »

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