August 28, 2015

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"My girlfriend relayed a story to me recently about her conversation with my youngest daughter, Remy."

~ For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

 

August 26, 2015

Who Do You Love


"He'd been lonely, and I'd been lonely, but if we were together, we'd never have to be lonely again." ~ pg. 126

One of my fave bestselling authors recently released a new heartfelt modern-day fairy tale novel of first love and soul mates. Eight-year-old Rachel Blum is no stranger to hospitals. She was born with a broken heart literally (tricuspid atresia). Andy Landis is also eight years old and sent to the ER with a broken arm. The two children meet in the waiting room, introduce themselves and share a story. After Andy is taken back to the doctor, the new friends think they will never see each other again. Fast forward throughout the years and Rachel and Andy cross paths often thanks to fate.

A big factor in whether I like a novel is how I feel about the characters. Are they likable? Are they realistic? Is their intelligence level age-appropriate? Are their decisions logical? Yes, I question all of these things and more when reading about main characters. In Who Do You Love, Andy was very ambitious. He set goals and reached them. He took control of his future and genuinely put effort in making a better life for himself. I could totally relate to Rachel. She grew up with a heart deformity causing her to be really sick, fragile, unable to attend events or birthday celebrations and missing a lot of school. As a migraineur, I was the same way throughout elementary, middle-, high-school and college. I miss events, work and holidays still today due to being really sick on the most inconvenient of days. The sad part is, like Rachel states, is I'd never known anything different. And this is why I enjoyed reading about Rachel and her life with Andy. 

Who Do You Love is one of this year's greatest stories of love, fate and happy endings. Rachel and Andy are two memorable characters that I would love to see on the big screen. If I had to compare, this novel reminds me of Nicholas Sparks (but with a happy ending) and Rainbow Rowell with a witty, whimsical Jennifer Weiner signature twist. Who Do You Love is simply a very good novel that I recommend bookhearts read. 

Watch the video below of author Jennifer Weiner discussing Who Do You Love.



DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Title: Who Do You Love
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Published: August 2015
Pages: 299
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡

August 25, 2015

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend


"Since you've liked To Kill a Mockingbird, I'm sending you Kathryn Stockett's The Help too. They've got racism in common, at least." ~ pg. 25

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a book about books. The summary suggests it is witty and charming. The setting is in a small farming town called Broken Wheel in Iowa. The residents let books into their confined world, share stories they've read and make book recommendations. There is a lot of name-dropping and references, as expected in a book about books. Among those mentioned in letters between main character Sara and her pen-pal Amy are Little Women, Harry Potter, Lisbeth Salander, and Jane Austen. And still...

I wanted to like The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. I really did. What's not to love about a book about books?! But somehow it didn't give me that escape I need when reading fiction. Sadly I cannot recommend this book about well...readers' recommendations.


DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Author: Katarina Bivald
Published: January 2016
Pages: 398
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥

 

August 23, 2015

Series Sunday: War and Peace

(War and Peace TV Mini-Series)


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read/Watch an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is War and Peace, the classic book being adapted to a TV mini-series early next year. Anyone who read this thick novel may be overwhelmed with how long the TV adaptation has to be. The original saga revolves around five (5) aristocratic Russian families; the drama, history and romance classic will be split into a TV mini-series focusing on the love triangle between Pierre (Paul Dano), Natasha (Lily James) and Andrei (James Norton). It will air on Lifetime, A&E and History channels in January 2016.

Title: War and Peace
Author / Director: Leo Tolstoy / Tom Harper
Published / Air Date: August 1869 / January 2016
Pages / Time: 1,369 / 6 episodes
Edition: Book / TV Mini-Series

 

August 19, 2015

The Boston Girl


"I believe you are a girl with gumption." ~ pg. 37

"How did you get to be the woman you are today?" And so begins the story that 85-year-old Addie tells her 22-year-old granddaughter Ava. Born in 1900, Addie lived in Boston her whole life. Born to immigrant parents who were unprepared for the effect America would have on their three daughters. Addie was introduced to short skirts, celebrity pop culture, love, college, opportunities for women, feminism and a career.

The Boston Girl is a literary portrait of a young jewish woman growing up in America. Anita Diamant wrote with historical detail that made Addie's storytelling hard to pause reading. It wasn't too long and wasn't so short that I wanted to read more about Addie. A great balance! The Boston Girl is a good for 30- and 40-something women's book clubs.

Title: The Boston Girl
Author: Anita Diamant
Published: December 2014
Pages: 891
Edition: iBook
Challenge: New Authors
Rating: ♥♥♥

 

August 14, 2015

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"Hoodwinked. Bamboozled. Betrayed. My rage was bottomless."

~ Naughtier Than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey

 

August 12, 2015

Finding Audrey


"Don't you think I've tried snapping out of it?" ~ pg. 114

Some authors are an automatic buy/pre-order meaning I will purchase whatever book comes out regardless of title, cover or subject. Sophie Kinsella is on that short list of my automatic buys. She first won me over with the Shopaholic series, then captured me as a true fan with her standalone novels. Finding Audrey is her new release and it is a different genre: YA fiction.

"Social Anxiety Disorder. General Anxiety Disorder and Depressive Episodes. Episodes. Like depression is a sitcom with a fun punchline each time." ~ pg. 22

Fourteen-year-old Audrey's life is disrupted by an incident with school girls. Audrey can't leave the house, can't make eye contact and can't take off her sunglasses even inside the house. She is making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah but her brother's gaming friend, Linus, connects with her. She can easily explain her fears to him. She is comfortable interacting with Linus like she hasn't been comfortable around anyone else. Linus makes Audrey feel like getting back out into the real world is possible. A sweet romance develops that made me smile and root for young love and a reconnecting family.

Though this new release is different from Sophie Kinsella's usual genre, it was still light reading worth the few hours it took to finish the story. I would suggest fans of the Shopaholic series borrow it from the library or download the eBook when it is on sale. Finding Audrey is a YA novel about psychological recovery sure to inspire young people with an anxiety disorder.

Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: June 2015
Pages: 209
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♥♥