Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn Review

There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn.

The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right?

Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …

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My Rating: 3 stars 
My review 
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. After reading this summary, It looked so interesting. After reading the likes of celebrity type books such as Love Unrehearsed, I wanted to find out what this book was all about. HDTHF is a sweet novel about Bonnie, a thirty something year old single mother who has a crush on rock star Holden Finn. Feeling undeserving of love, Bonnie finds herself in a predicament. Holden Finn wants Bonnie. What’s even worse is she finds herself caught up between three different men! (No spoilers!)
Writing Style: Tennant has a great writing style. The book is wonderfully edited, and consistent. The wit of the characters were hilarious.
Character Development: Bonnie’s development in the book shows a lot. The rest of the characters, I didn’t feel I knew in the end. What was Holden’s driving force with Bonnie? I wish that Paige and Bonnie could have bonded more, maybe over her father or even Holden. Max was more of a side character than Bonnie’s good friend. I would have liked to see some more one on one time with them both to see sparks.
Ease of Reading: This is more of a problem with me and will be different for each reader. I am not British; therefore I did not understand a lot of the slang in the book. There was a lot of slang in this book, and I have read many books set in the U.K. I did find myself distracted by this slang, not sure what it meant and confused.
Storyline/ Subject matter: I was a little disappointed. The book was titled “Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn” though there really wasn’t much Holden in the book, and I wouldn’t really say he is in the book very much at all. It consists of them meeting, him hitting on her, asking her out, then he calls her a few times. There isn’t much of a romance between them. The book is more about her learning to move on and date.
Even though I say this, I want to compare it to something else. Ever picked up a glass expecting juice, only to realize you picked up your child’s cup and got a mouth full of milk? Well, If you haven’t. it sucks, to be expecting something, and get something else. I guess that’s how I felt with this book. From the summary, I expected a different type of book. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I hadn’t been expecting a romance between Holden and Bonnie. Still, this is a good read which I would recommend. I just want to clarify in case someone else picks up the book. I would recommend this book to all readers who want a light-hearted romantic read with slight humor. I give these book three stars. I liked it, minus a few disappointments.
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

(Kindle Lending Library, February Pick) Left Drowning, Jessica Park.

Left Drowning, Jessica Park.

I read this book in a span of five hours. Huddled over my kindle, late at night, watching over sick child, unable to sleep, unable to put it down. This story follows Blythe and Chris, two lost souls whose pasts and futures are entangled together. After the death of her parents, she is unable to let anyone in, that is until she meets Chris. Chris helps her learn to live again, and don't forget he gets help from his close knit siblings.Chris' brother, Sabine, has to be my favorite character, his whit and dramatics had me cracking up in bed. This novel touches on dark subjects (no spoilers) that ultimately show how parents much parents shape and affect their children, even the lack of their presence affects a child deeper than can be explained. This is my first novel by Park, and she did a wonderful job creating likable, believable characters who tugged my heart into their love story. About 70% of the way into the book I told myself ' one last chapter, then i am going to bed' then I hit the climax of the novel. It made me cry out, "what in the world is Chris doing?" then I sobbed into my pillow hoping and resisted the urge to skip to the end. Oh, but how happy I am that I waited, because the story unfolded nicely. Five stars to Park, for writing this! Last night's sleeplessness was so worth it!
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Walking Dead Graphic Novels- Books 1-4

This is my first journey into the world of graphic novels, and I was very impressed.  The pictures were intriguing and told the story well. Some of the pictures were a bit to graphic for my eyes, no biggie, I just read and looked away Ha ha. I did have to keep reminding myself to look at the pictures as well as the text, it was a hard habit to get into. Book 1-3 really caught my attention. They seemed to really grasp the everyday struggles a party would have if a zombie outbreak did occur. Book 4 was a bit more difficult to get into. It was more about the relationships of the group, not so much about the zombies. In all this is a very successful dive into graphic novels. I will finish them up! I give this series a 3/5 stars. A bit to violent for my taste, but I'm sure others will love them!

Catching Heat (ARC Review)

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had never read anything by this author, but the summary caught my eye. Unplanned pregnancy, baseball players, and falling in love? Yes, my type of romance! This is a novel about Angie and J.T. whom shared a passionate night that results in an unplanned pregnancy. When Angie loses her job, J.T's offer of marriage becomes more appealing. Angie wants nothing to do with ball players, and J.T wants nothing more than to be there during every part of his child's life. The writing style of Packard is well-written and clear. She makes the characters witty and believable. She is able to back up every "what if" question I had. So many times, I read a book, only to be like "What in the hell are you thinking???" I didn't feel that way with Catching Heat. I fell in love with both the characters. I didn't guess the ending either. (No spoilers) but I figured J.T would do something...and it never happened. Nothing better than a book that keeps you guessing! A marriage of convenience isn't that far fetched. It happens! I love the character building. I promise you- you will see the characters grow and change from the beginning to the end. Even the minor characters are believable, and they don't distract from the story. From Angie's jerk of a mother to J.T's investigating brother, each character helps the story progress. I read the book in one sitting, pulling an all nighter (which i rarely do these days since I have to be at work at 7am) then went out and bought another book from this great author! I give this book 5 stars, because its a believable love story that made me laugh and cry.
I won't give away any spoilers because I hate when i accidentally read something, but Packard has definitely gotten me hooked!

Book Summary
Life has taught Angie DeMarco that all baseball players are womanizers, and her incredible one-night stand with sexy San Francisco Blaze back-up catcher J.T. Sawyer seemed to prove it. Determined not to give in to their sizzling chemistry a second time, she’s kept her distance ever since, focusing on her accounting job with the team. But now she’s laid off…and pregnant.

J.T. was hurt by Angie’s rejection, but with one more year with the Blaze, he has no time for love. He needs to spend the off season training hard so he can negotiate a better contract with a new team at the end of the year. But when Angie shows up on his doorstep, he‘s overwhelmed by wanting to not just do right by her but pursue a relationship with her. Hoping for a second chance, he proposes.

Angie agrees to marry J.T. on one condition: the marriage will be purely a business arrangement. But as Angie spends time with him and his family, and J.T. neglects his training to spend time with her, what begins as a union in name only slowly grows into something more—something that looks a whole lot like love and friendship.

(Kindle Lending Library-January Pick) Falling into Infinity

Pre-med student Caroline “Charlie” Collins, a sophomore at Texas A&M, knows exactly what she wants in life and the order that it will happen: finish college, complete medical school, and then fall in love. A chance meeting with A&M’s star quarterback Colin McKinney changes everything. A friendship between the two grows over time and blossoms into a powerful love affair. Charlie and Colin must learn to cope with his transition to playing professional football, the crushing attention of the media, and constant demands of his fans. At the same time, she’s struggling with how her dream of attending medical school will fit into their already stressed relationship and Colin’s new life. Falling Into Infinity asks the question is just loving someone enough to make a relationship work?
This is a book about Charlie and her college boyfriend. Thier struggles with fame and family really put a damper on their relationship. I have to say, while reading this book, I was torn on if I should give this novel a 4 or 3 star review. It wasn't a bad story, but the writing was very immature. The first chapter involves the main character talking like a 16 year old. She gets drunk with her friend, brags on her rich boyfriend, but for a girl who has such high ambitions....I don't know maybe me experiences are different. Seems to me, a girl with such low self esteem and hopes to go to Harvard Medical school would start the year off differently. The books does this thing where it flips back and forth from all four years of highschool and then to eight years after. It was hard to keep up with. I couldn't remember what college year I was reading. Then her boyfriend is very controlling, but we never know exactly why. His character development is pretty limited. Overall, I give this book a 3 star review, because the storyline wasn't so bad, and I did finish it! It was a cute free read, but I don't think I will be reading anything else in the series. Didn't love it, but don't hate it.