Monday, July 30, 2012

Perfectly Ridiculous

Perfectly Ridiculous
By Kristin Billerbeck
About the book:
Daisy Crispin is at a crossroads. In one direction lies the promised land--life at college, away from her embarrassing and overprotective parents. In the other direction is reality--her strapped bank account, an ailing father, and family priorities. Daisy knows the "perfect" daughter wouldn't have to think twice. But maybe Daisy was never really perfect on any level, because she does not want her life to look the way her parents think it should. She won't let that stop her, though. Now that she has been given an exciting free trip to Argentina before going to college, she's thrilled--until her parents decide to go along with her.

My Thoughts:
Perfectly ridiculous, the third book in the Universally misunderstood series, is ridiculous. A lot of people would say it's only fluff with a dash of humor and it is, there's a lot of funny scenes but it really is so much more.

Daisy and her best friend Clare are ready to hop on a plane for an elaborate graduation gift of a trip to Argentina when Daisy finds out in order to receive her scholarship to college she has to complete a missions trip.

A missions trip in Argentina? It'll kill two bird with one stone. But the journey Daisy is on is more about learning who she is and what she is worth than she even expected.

“Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Rating: 4 carats

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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper
By Sandra Byrd

About the book:
The author of To Die For returns to the court of Henry VIII as a young woman is caught between love and honor. Juliana St. John is the daughter of a prosperous knight. Though her family wants her to marry the son of her father's business partner, circumstances set her on a course toward the court of Henry VIII and his last wife, Kateryn Parr.
Sir Thomas Seymour, uncle of the current heir, Prince Edward, returns to Wiltshire to tie up his concerns with Juliana's father's estate and sees instantly that Juliana would fit into the household of the woman he loves, Kateryn Parr. Her mother agrees to have her placed in Parr's household for "finishing" and Juliana goes, though perhaps reluctantly.
For she knows a secret. She has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one of her visions she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of the king's daughter, the lady Elizabeth, to perilous consequence.
As Juliana learns the secrets of King Henry VIII's court, she faces threats and opposition, learning truths about her own life that will undo everything she holds dear.

My Thoughts:
The Secret Keeper" is the second book in Sandra Byrd's Ladies in Waiting series (read about TO Die For)
The book follows the same format as To Die For and is equally filled with deep and luxurious descriptions whisking you away to 1540s England.
We follow Juliana St. John as she waits on Lady Katelyn Parr. Juliana is incredibly loyal to Kate through everything and we see a wonderful and strong display of friendship throughout the entire book. Something that makes "The Secret Keeper" unique is that it is from the persepcitve of a friend instead of the main character herself.
Ayone who likes historical fiction will love this book as well any wanting to learn about a new era.
*I received this book free for review from the publisher*
Rating: 4 carats

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Katie Up and Down the Hall

Katie Up and Down the Hall
BY Glen Paskin
About the book:
 For families and animal lovers everywhere, Katie: Up & Down The Hall is the heartwarming story of how five neighbors living in a New York City apartment building are brought together by the purchase of a remarkable cocker spaniel.

Based upon a widely-read article published in Family Circle (“Granny Down The Hall”) here is the transcendent tale of how three generations of strangers and a dog create their own little family amidst the pressures, haste, and intensity of big-city life.

At the center of it all is Katie, an astutely intelligent spaniel with an unforgettable face who becomes a celebrity in her New York City neighborhood. There she is, alternately racing up and down an eighty-foot hallway between apartments, pushing open doors with her paws, or trotting outside along the Hudson River, surrounded by her “pack” of human friends. Through her soulful eyes, we witness nearly fifteen years of antics and family adventures spanning everything from Hollywood high times to the terrors of 9/11.

My Review:
There was so much hype surrounding this book from having the stories already published and loved in a magazine that I thought it would be better than it was.  It sounds like a great story, who wouldn't think a dog uniting an  apartment complex was a sweet story?  But i really found the book dull and somewhat lifeless.

*I received this audiobook free for review from Hachette Book Group*
Rating:3 carats
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Barcelona Calling

Barcelona Calling
By Jane Kirkpatrick
About the book:
Annie Shaw is a writer with lots of challenges. She has a new editor, her publisher would like a little more romance in her romance novels, and her latest novel set in a prison complex appears to be going nowhere. Only her first novel hit the bestseller charts and that was Annie's own story written before she divorced her husband who still comes around asking for money. To support her. Annie's cadre of friends decide that the way to get a bestseller is to get Oprah to know her name. What follows is a raucous effort to find fulfillment and how a Jack Russell Terrier, a trip to Barcelona, Spain and good friends help Annie discover that friendship is more important than fortune or fame.

My thoughts:
Barcelona Calling is about an author struggling with self doubt and trying to make her next book a best seller.
She has a great bunch of friends who support her and thats what really makes the book a good read. They all believe in her so much they are willing to help her in any way they can for her to achieve the success she craves. They decide to set out on a journey to get her book chosen as part of Oprah's book club.
This book was a fast and sometimes funny read but it also felt very drawn out and at times dull
*I received this book free for review from Zondervan Publishers through *

Favorite Quote:
"I don't have to be perfect. Perfection doesn't mean without errors or omissions; it means complete"
Rating: 3 carats