The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. AHHH where to even start on this book? The characterization is unbelievable. I still love the main characters so much it hurts. You fall in love with their stories and their individual journeys. It really gives you a look into these kids lives that you may never thoroughly think about otherwise. This is a MUST read!! It is amazing start to finish. Every emotion on the spectrum will be felt and you will not want to put it down. I also loved the aspect of travel—- I have been to Amsterdam and loved the reminiscing on the city. The way Green describes it had me smiling in remembrance of the amazing place. I loved this story.
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres is a hilarious upbeat read. I am obsessed with Ellen. I think she is one of my favorite women news show hosts out there. The best part about this book was that I could see her personality shine through 100%. It is as if she’s talking right to you. Reader to Ellen herself. You can actually hear her voice. Through reading it I sometimes even pictured Dory because another reason why I love Ellen so much is because I love Finding Nemo. After reading it I felt happy and ready for a party. I actually laughed out loud more than a few times. Ellen is so ridiculous and has life lessons in here everyone will love to read about. This is definitely a one-night-affair once you pick up this book. You will not be able to put it down until you’ve read the last page. Five Stars & yay for Ellen!
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The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken is a hot romance novel that will have you up all night to see what happens next. The Titus brothers are both drop dead gorgeous guys any girl would lose their mind over, and both of them are crazy about Kacey. Kacey is the girl next door that grew up family friends with them. This fantasy is a classic romance story that will have you guessing until the end. The flirty dialogues and sarcastic talk will have you giggling along with the story. It is hot and you wonder who she will end up with. I definitely suggest this for a positive, upbeat read that you will end with a smile on your face.
Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines is a hot romance that will have you turning pages as quickly as you can. I could not put it down once I started. This is definitely a happy, go with the flow book. It has an upbeat writing style that has you eager to learn what will come next. Della and Wood’s meeting is one that every girl may fantasize about. The way they are looped back together send your heart pounding. Della’s tragic past is reopened and rediscovered through her love story. Woods realizes he will do whatever it takes to be with her no matter the cost. Woods comes from big money in an upscale crowd that is enticing to anyone. While Della releases her wounds from the past Woods overcomes his ties to his family that he always worried about. His butt-head relationship with his father is tested. Through Della and Woods love story they both become better versions of them self and are hot and heavy at the same time. I would suggest to read this! If you like fast reads with fiery romance and drama pick this up. I also this it would be great as a movie. 5 Stars.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is a brilliant tragedy. I tend to aim towards an uplifting, positive story. Although the story takes an unexpected heartbreaking twist, the end fills you with hope and lets you leave in peace. The Drum family is lovable and each family member forms a place in your heart. When they suffer, as a reader you suffer with them. God is there throughout the whole story. Although they become doubtful in their faith at times, they close with faith guiding them forward. Struggles are triumphed and relationships are strengthened. A true five star read, I didn’t want to put the book down after starting. Truly a keep-you-up-all-night page turner. I highly suggest you pick this one up!
Shadow of the Night by Deborah Harkness is the 2nd book in this trilogy. This is one of my all-time FAVORITE books I have ever read. I think what I loved so much about it was the historical realism factors that were within the story. Discovery of Witches builds the world for what happens in this tale. It is enchanting and addicting. The pair travels back in time in order to discover more about the book they are seeking. The descriptions of the various countries in the past was amazing. Connecting the past and present is something extremely difficult to do in writing. Deborah Harkness is a true genius in the way that she explains the past and the people within it. I felt so elated when I got to meet characters int eh past that are so famous throughout history. The way Deborah incorporated these people was fascinating. All the while Diana and Matthew’s romance is growing and easy to get obsessed with. The love between vampire and witch is forbidden which makes it that much more fiery. Matthew is so intelligent which draws the reader into his past. Learning about who Matthew was in the past compared to the future was drool worthy. Every part of the book was necessary. When they travel back to Matthew’s homeland and she meets his mother and servant and they build a life there it is so magical. They live in a castle and are so well-known its obsessional. Riding horseback through their amazing backyard is something every reader wishes they were there in that moment. She is outstanding with imagery. I created this amazing world within my head. I wanted to be there in the countries and meet the people. I am a true fan of Deborah and am anxiously awaiting the 3rd book!
This book is a brilliant story of a young Native American boy growing up in reservation land in the late 1980s governed by its own legal system. But when his mother is brutally raped on the reservation’s land by, the justice system is unable to properly prosecute the rapists. Calling on family, tradition and honor, this family struggles to find justice that is not only punishable across all borders and all traditions Definitely a five star rating, this book with captivate your imagination and give lessons on family, tradition, and justice. I liked this book for in the internal struggles the characters portrayed and in the defining how law that are meant to protect people can be used for an evil intent when not utilized properly
This has all the elements of a flash back book that makes it appealing. The story recounts the truth of what happened to two young boy’s father in the winter of 1980 during a hunting excursion Minnesota. As the story unrolls of the apparent suicide of their beloved father, the older brother finds what really happened and takes justice into his own young hands. He holds the secret for over twenty years, until his final confession to his brother. This is a brilliant story of a young man coming of age and trying to protect his family from the murder of his beloved father.
I really loved this story. It is set in the city of Detroit, and describes the coming of age of a young man that realizes although born as a girl with a rare genetic abnormality, his chromosomes make him genetically male body. Giving the historical background of his family’s genetic and personal background through three generation of Greek families, he comes to terms with his genetic problems and decides how he is going to live the rest of his life with a problem that cannot be fixed. I love his honesty and his acceptance of all the good things and the not-so-good things that family brings to his heritage.