Goodreads Summary: The River of Time Series–a Top 10 Pick for over 20 YA book bloggers in 2011! If you like romance, adventure and a dose of medieval Italian culture, you’ll love WATERFALL (book 1), CASCADE (book 2) and TORRENT (book 3). Hint: They’re not just for teenagers.
BOURNE, a novella (1/3 the length of a normal novel), picks up right where TORRENT left off…Find out what has happened to men returning from the battle, gravely wounded, to the Betarrinis, fighting for the men they love, and just who is hunting them next…
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My Views: Phew! This one was heavy, in terms of emotions. Sad, actually. I ended up crying so many times. It’s like an eye-opener after all the previous books, showing the true and ghastly nature of battles and its aftermath. It just shook me up.
Not to say that there’s no romance, banter or life lessons. But it’s just a bit subtle and serious.
It was a bit unsettling to hear Lia’s point of view as I had become accustomed to see it all from Gabs’ eyes. It took me some time to shift between their respective POVs. But it worked well this way as it is a bit more of Lia’s story. And I have always loved Luca.
Gosh, there are so many amazing men in this series. I love at least three of them, if not more. Where are these men in real life, really? Lisa, do they really exist out there or are wiped out by the 700 year leap I made in time?
All said and done, this one has all the goods that the earlier in the series possessed. A must-read.
Goodreads Summary: Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”
Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.
But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.
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My Views: Phew, I just finished reading Cascade and it was INTENSE and Grappling. I finished it in a sort of a reading marathon. It isn’t like waterfall. It’s much more like a head-on battle. And I seriously missed the romance part but I guess if it went on, the book would have been a repeat of waterfall. The story once again is gripping, fast-paced and just so alive. LOL! It’s almost an irony to use that word in the context of this book. Though sometimes I wished the book used a third person omniscient point of view but that’s just my impatience speaking.
Oh, and I love the cover of this book and I somehow always loved the word ‘cascade’, yeah, yeah call me a lunatic. The River of Time series brings out the warrior in me. Seriously, I wish for an adventure like Gabriella undergoes, but I wouldn’t mind if all the wars can be avoided. Ok, ok, you got me, it’s Marcello I’m after. LOL!
I’m glad to understand some of Italy’s history through this book because history is one of my least favorite subjects and I don’t remember my own country’s to think of Italy’s. So, nothing better than fiction books to learn some hard facts, right?
Whenever you are in need of a fast-paced historical fiction, this is the book to read.
Goodreads Summary: Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last, and only five lucky children will be allowed inside. But what they find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors they’ve heard!
My Views: I picked this book from my library. I wanted to read this one and then watch the movie. It’s so refreshing to read children’s books once in a while.
Well, this is a pretty book. I loved the sketches by Quentin Blake. Roald Dahl is the master of imagination, isn’t he? Not only does he come up with a great plot but he also comes up with new words! Amazing! This is such a perfect bedtime read for your children over many days. And I loved the Oompa-Loompas! What an amazing word! And they look so cute. Quentin Blake, you are a child’s delight. The book wouldn’t have been as good without all those pretty sketches.
I also loved getting to know Roald Dahl from the pages in the end. He had such peculiar habits. Did you know he always wrote with a pencil, a very particular kind of yellow pencil with a rubber on the end. Also, he only wrote on American yellow legal pads and had a bonfire with the wastepaper. He had a writing hut which was never cleaned.
In short, get this book for your children, nephew, niece and everyone else. Highly recommended.
Now, I am off to watch the movie. I have been told the 1971 version is better than the new one. What do you think?
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Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes. Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.
Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up.
Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.
My views: OK, first things first, I love the cover. Secondly, this is the third book in the series but I haven’t read the first two. That doesn’t really faze me out since every book in the series should stand by on its own. And this one does too, except I was a bit confused in the beginning and had to cautiously step into the book.
Well, this book is about fantasy and though I am not too big a fan of this genre, I liked this book fairly well. It has a plot to keep you occupied, there is enough stuff to trigger your imagination. I kept visualizing all the places and the Gods and all.
The beginning of the story is really well done, it lures you in. And I think that should be the first basis of a writing. There are so many books that are supposed to get good later on but since I don’t like how it begins, I end up abandoning it.
Having said all that, some things didn’t appeal to me (though they could have been changed in the final version). I couldn’t imagine a God’s life-love wearing a tank top and jeans. It just plays havoc with all my imagination. Also, thinking of a God in jeans and another one saying ‘guys’. Umm, it doesn’t work for me. It completely shatters my becoming one with the fantastical creations.
I so wish that there was more in the book except the God yearning for his maiden and trying to save her. I don’t know what but something more.
In all, a quick read that is good enough for a one-time read.
I am torn between a 2.5 and a 3. OK I will give it-
Disclaimer: I got this book for free from NetGalley but all the opinions are mine. I did not receive any compensation for my review.
Goodreads Summary: Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…
My Views: Oh I adored this cute chick-lit book. It had lots of humor, fun and action in it. What a lovely book to curl up with for some laughs and good moments. It did remind me of “The Confessions of a shopaholic” and I think this would make into a good movie too. Is there a movie that I don’t know about? That happens to me a lot.
I’m sure you would love this book if you can ignore minor silliness and few exaggerations. Of course, that’s all a part of a chick-lit. I found myself giggling at quite a few places. I loved the character of Emma, it’s so colorful.
Though the book was a bit long (400 pages) and there were things I think the book could have done without, but never mind.
In all, curl up with this one on a cold, wintery, gloomy day and you will end up smiling by the end.
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It’s 10:45pm on Saturday and I’ve read 200 pages of Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella. I’m loving it so far. This mini challenge is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
I’ve been formally invited to Wicked Winter Ball. I have to pick my formal wear and my date from book covers. Hmm. Lets’ see. Here’s my dress. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Oops, I can’t decide on my beau (Hey, I’m a popular girl, I have a lot of choices.) Okay, I will go with him.
His name’s Kale. From Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo.
I know I don’t have the time for this. But well, I will try to pop in a book or two.
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10AM – 2PM EST | The Wicked Winter Ball | Kimberly @ Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
4PM – 8PM EST | Wicked Cover Lover | Christy @ Love of Books
8PM – 12AM EST | Guess the Title – Picture Puzzle | Michelle @ Book Briefs
Sunday, February 5th:
10AM – 2PM EST | Tease at Random | Claire @ Project TBR
4PM – 8PM EST | Sentenced to Sing | Amanda @ Letters Inside Out
8PM – 12AM EST | The Fight for Survival Part II| April @ My Shelf Confessions
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Goodreads Summary: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
My views: Here’s my first February read. I started and finished this yesterday in a 4:30 hours reading marathon that kept me awake till wee hours of the morning.
And what do I have to say? A deep, deep *sigh*. Nothing else? No. Not yet.
This book reminded me so much of Looking for Alaska. Isn’t it just like that? No, it isn’t.
Although I did fell in love with Hazel like I did with Alaska. John Green sure has strong female characters in his book and speaks through them (in the first person, I mean).
The book is kind of sad, it made me cry in the end (no, I don’t usually end up crying while reading a book. A movie makes me cry but a book, not often).
But like his other book (pardon me, for I have only read Looking for Alaska till now), this one’s cute too. However, I always wonder why every hero/female hero in the book is always so gorgeous, good looking and hot. I mean not all people are good looking. Do only good looking people get place in stories and books? What about real, normal looking people? Anyway, I am digressing from the topic.
The book was good but not the Looking for Alaska kind of good. I didn’t not want it to end, or got addicted or couldn’t stop reading. None of those. It was OK.
The plot was new, John Green style. The characters were marvelous and you fall in love with them. Gus, too. (another character).
The theme is a bit sad but it’s part of the book, the good part.
The John Green philosophy is all there.
I didn’t relish so much some part of the letter writing because it simply exceeded my meager understanding capacity.
A good read but don’t read when you are sad. The book itself is sad but not the writing, just the theme.
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Goodreads Summary: Three stories of light-hearted romance from bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter prove Love Finds a Way. Widow Lorna Patterson returns to college looking for education not romance. Then she meets fellow student and culinary novice Evan Bailey. Will his persistence have her re-thinking love? When Shelia Nickels searches for her grandmother’s doll her hunt leads to antique dealer Dwaine Woods’s door. But will she find love instead of a lost treasure? Wendy Campbell doesn’t want a relationship, but her father does. . .for her. Will his matchmaking end with an unexpected romance for Wendy and paramedic Kyle Rogers?
My views: It took me a long time to read this book because I simply couldn’t finish it. The book didn’t work for me at all. The stories were too cheesy and ‘Christian’ for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against Christianity but a subtle reference to it may work for me, not the stories repeatedly pointing to Christianity.
Also, I am not much of a believer in love at first sight and happily ever after, so it was all practically made-up and fantastical to me.
The settings were well developed, the characters were OK but the plot didn’t work for me, personally.
From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn’t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.
After managing to get her degree despite the machinations of the disagreeable directrice of the school, Julia started teaching cooking classes herself, then teamed up with two fellow gourmettes, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, to help them with a book they were trying to write on French cooking for Americans. Throwing herself heart and soul into making it a unique and thorough teaching book, only to suffer several rounds of painful rejection, is part of the behind-the-scenes drama that Julia reveals with her inimitable gusto and disarming honesty.
Filled with the beautiful black-and-white photographs that Paul loved to take when he was not battling bureaucrats, as well as family snapshots, this memoir is laced with wonderful stories about the French character, particularly in the world of food, and the way of life that Julia embraced so wholeheartedly. Above all, she reveals the kind of spirit and determination, the sheer love of cooking, and the drive to share that with her fellow Americans that made her the extraordinary success she became.
Le voici. Et bon appétit!
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My views: Well, this was huge book. It took me almost a month to read it. I had made so many notes on my Kindle App. But sadly, my app refuses to work, so all my notes are gone.
This is a wonderfully detailed narrative of Julia Child’s life and love (cooking). I am amazed at all that she could remember about years earlier helped with previous letters. It makes one want to keep an account of one’s daily life to reminisce over, too.
I loved all the talk about food, her obsession with perfect cooking utensils and he attention to details (be it her house, kitchen, cooking or writing about cooking).
Julia Child was such a hard-worker, I look up to her. I can never do all the stuff that she did, so much hard work she poured in everything.
I adored the pictures and sketches in the book. They add to the book’s special quality.
I also adored her humor and her subtle hints about her relationship with Paul were heart-warming. They were just so perfect together.
Her wandering nature and travel tales strike specially with me since I am traveler by heart and hope to see the world someday.
Not so good
If I had known French and be a non-vegetarian, perhaps I would have given this book 5 stars. I loved all the talk about the food, but I couldn’t understand most of it (the dish names were in French) and didn’t care about almost all of them (since they were non-vegetarian).
Also, the length of the book did not work for me. Towards the end, I was almost looking forward to getting over with it quickly.
In all, it made for a great read, a wonderful introduction to Julia Child and provided some fuel to my own cooking ambitions.
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