July 3, 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.

"I have three cars. They go fast across the floor. So fast. One is red. One is green. One is yellow. I like the green one. It's the best. Mommy likes them, too."

~ Grey by E.L. James

 

July 1, 2015

The Third Wife


"It was starting to melt around the edges, like a tub of frozen ice cream left on the counter, the mass of it still there, hard and cold, but almost soft enough to be able to scoop it out without bending a spoon." ~ pg. 42

Goodreads recommends reading Lisa Jewell's The Third Wife if you like authors Jojo Moyes and Liane Moriarty. I have to agree. This novel is family drama with a side of dark familial mystery. It all begins with a drunk woman who lurched into the path of an oncoming bus. Unfortunate accident or suicide?

"Adrian had never intended for his life to get this convoluted. Two ex-wives. One late wife. Three sons. Two daughters. Three houses. And a cat." ~ pg. 21

Adrian Wolfe is a grief-stricken widow. He thought his marriage was perfect. So if his third wife's tragic accident was indeed a suicide, why did she do it? He investigates the cause one year after his third wife's death. His oldest son uncovers poison-pen e-mails sent to his late wife all beginning with "Dear Bitch." As he digs further, his seemingly perfect happy marriage of two years was sprinkled with disturbing secrets.

The extended family goes on annual trips, hang out on the weekends and overall get along fine due to the circumstances of broken homes. No one holds a grudge against Adrian for his habit of cheating on his wife and starting a new family with a mistress...twice guilty. The children get along well and appear to be each other's support system. I love that we get a glimpse into each child's personal life and struggles. Fortunately, the story alternates points of view and the author treats readers to flashbacks of Maya, the third wife, in the months leading up to her death. The characters of The Third Wife are so well-developed.

"Like an abrupt end to a really good book, frantically thumbing through the pages to see if he'd missed a bit, bewildered and rudderless." ~ pg. 36

The Third Wife is indeed a really good book. Like the quote above, I actually did thumb through the pages frantically getting to the end but at times, went back a couple chapters to see if I'd missed something. The mystery was written in such a way that I suspected damn near everyone except Billie the cat. Every character earned suspicion. Unpredictable by all means. Lisa Jewell, you did that! The Third Wife earned a spot in my top books read of 2015.

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 Third Wife
Author: Lisa Jewell
Published: July 2014; June 2015
Pages: 271
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

June 28, 2015

Series Sunday: Zoo

(Zoo TV 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 an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"Animals once ruled the world. What if they decided to take it back?"

My Series Sunday pick is Zoo, the soon-to-be television series based on a standalone book by James Patterson. Jackson Oz is a young biologist who witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa. Violent animal attacks start happening all over the world. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz tries to warn world leaders before it's too late and there is nowhere for humans to hide.

Zoo is not your typical James Patterson read so I skipped it. I am not into supernatural, science fiction, zombie, apocalypse type shit. Though after watching the television series sneak peek below, I plan to watch at least the first episode. James Patterson himself says the CBS series will be better the book.

Zoo premieres this Tuesday, June 30, at 9 p.m. on CBS. Tune in with me!


Title: Zoo
Author: James Patterson
Published: September 2012 / June 2015
Pages: 395 / 60 minutes
Edition: Hardcover / TV

 

June 26, 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.

"They might have been fireworks, the splashes, bursts, storms of color that exploded in front of her eyes. They might have been the northern lights, her own personal aurora borealis. But they weren't, they were just neon lights and streetlights rendered blurred and prismatic by vodka."

~ The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

 

June 24, 2015

Inside the O'Briens


You may be familiar with the author from her previous book that was recently adapted to movie, Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore. When given the opportunity to read her newest novel Inside the O'Briens for my honest review, I immediately downloaded the galley. It took me a minute to sit down and really indulge in its contents. I have to be in the mood for what I consider heavy novels like this. When I finally settled comfortably in my Cocoa Comfy reading chair, I started reading about the O'Brien family that was faced with handling a serious diagnosis: Huntington's disease.

Joe O'Brien is a forty-something Boston cop. His sharp mind and instinct have seen him through decades of policing Boston streets and raising four children with wife Rosie. It started with simply dropping a glass water pitcher. It slipped out of his hands. Then he messing up during a drill formation. That bad knee of his wouldn't let him be great. His speech slurs. Unbeknownst to him, his temper has changed over the past few years. He's been writing up crime reports for years, but now all of a sudden he has difficulty processing the simplest of reports. And where did he mislay his darn police gun? It must be stress, right?

Joe's police partner, wife and children notice his uncharacteristic errors and behavior. Upon Rosie's persistence, Joe agrees to see a doctor. Unfortunately, after being examined, he is diagnosed with Huntington's disease. The O'Briens lives change forever after Joe's diagnosis and the realization that each of his four adult children have a fifty percent chance of inheriting Huntington's disease is all too real.

Lisa Genova is one of the very few authors that write about the effects of real conditions almost flawlessly. Inside the O'Briens is a story of family crisis, health and resilience. Please do add to your TBR piles, bookhearts.


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: Inside the O'Briens
Author: Lisa Genova
Published: April 2015
Pages: 352
Edition: Galley
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

June 23, 2015

I Take You


Lily Wilder is a New York lawyer and blushing bride. Will is a handsome archaeologist. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? The days and nights leading up to the wedding are what I would call "ho shit." Booze, bad decisions, partying, infidelity.

Listen. I am all for sexual freedom but being engaged, like getting married the next day engaged, I cannot condone this behavior by reading it. By page nine, she was cheating with her boss. By page 10, she reiterates that she doesn't deserve him. No shit, skank! By page 33, she admits to marrying him because of great patter. On page 46, she is called a "honky lovah" by one of her friends. Racist dater, much? So on page 51 when a character says to close your eyes, I closed the book and promptly returned it to the library.

If you find yourself bored on a summer day and have NOTHING else to do or read, then pick up ANOTHER book.

Title: I Take You
Author: Eliza Kennedy
Published: May 2015
Pages: 305
Edition: Hardcover
Challenge: Popsugar Started But Never Finished; New Author
Rating: ♥

 

June 21, 2015

Series Sunday: Grey

(Fifty Shades #4)


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 an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Grey, the fourth book in the Fifty Shades series by E.L. James, told from Christian's point of view. Yes, curiosity got me. I'm doing a buddy read with a couple friends. Review to be posted in my next Series Sunday...or so. In the meantime, I will live tweet and post my thoughts on Goodreads as I read along.

Share your thoughts if you've read or currently reading Grey.

Title: Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian
Author: E.L. James
Published: June 2015
Pages: 405
Edition: eBook
Challenge: TBD
Rating: TBD