May 272015
 
Review: Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many

This book is hilarious! It’s Survivor meets The Bachelorette and is more amusing than you’d think possible. It also has some serious, and valid, points about looking at your past choices and evaluating them and yourself, but that’s nicely buried under the entertainment. One the best things about this book, beside the continual LOL moments, are the characters. There are quite a few of them, but they are all nicely developed. I never mixed up any of the exes, and MC herself is quite the bundle. Everyone’s dialogue and actions were portrayed realistically and believably, even if they weren’t all […]

May 192015
 
Review: The Well

This book had such an overwhelming melancholy feel, I had to read it in small chunks because the feeling of the book kept soaking into me. The feeling fell just short of depressed, but it was certainly on the darker side of emotion. This mood fit the story very well as the story is all about Ruth, and her reflections on what happened at The Well. Her story looks back at when her and her husband first arrived, and the struggles that started with the drought. It goes through the arrival of her daughter and grandson, and the arrival of […]

May 142015
 
Review: Being Emily

This is such a powerful story about a girl born in a boy’s body. The reader really gets to journey with Christopher as she fights to become Emily. It felt like an insider view to a very personal and emotional struggle. I liked that the focus was on the psychological side, with Emily learning to embrace herself, and really coming to terms with the person she wants to be. The story is primarily about Emily, but I really like the addition of Claire. Her character wasn’t just a vehicle to push education about transgender issues, she was fully developed with […]

Apr 282015
 
Review: The Beautiful Daughters

This story sounded like it would be an interesting slow unravelling of a mystery, but I didn’t connect with either of the main characters, and so I DNF’d at the 38% mark. The first introduction to Adri was exciting as she’s living a nursing life in Africa, but she quickly comes back to the states, and is shown to be rather boring. Most of what I read was her complaining about why she was there, and how she didn’t want to be there. It was annoying, and boring. Before I quit reading, there was one glimpse into Harper’s current life, […]

Apr 132015
 
Review: The Truth About Alice

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw details before its publication. I finally got to it, and in audiobook format even, and I’m so glad. This is an extremely powerful story. There are several things that greatly annoyed me, including the ending, but without spoilers, it’s hard to talk about any of it. Even though some parts made me angry, the fact that I felt such forceful emotions speaks volumes about the book. The audiobook has several narrators, one for each of the characters telling the story. It’s not often I listen to full cast narrations, […]

Apr 072015
 
Review: Inside the O'Briens

The crying! Oh, the crying this book caused! I read this all in one day, in one sitting even, and there were so many times I had to pause to wipe away the tears so I could see the page. This is such an emotional story. It gives you a front row seat to how Huntington’s Disease destroys a person’s life, and everyone around them. It’s extremely painful to witness, especially since there is absolutely nothing that can be done to halt or slow the disease. This story is told primarily from Joe and Katie’s points of view. They are […]

Feb 242015
 
Review: The Life I Left Behind

This was a difficult book to read, mostly due to the overwhelmingly depressing feel of Melody’s narration. Her constant sorrow, terror and depression come through so strongly that it’s hard not to feel those emotions pulling at you. It’s not really a bad thing because that is a good sign of excellent writing, but it does still make the book a more difficult read. Melody’s narration is interspersed with Eve’s narration, which has a much lighter feel, even though Eve is dead and Melody is still alive. Eve’s voice is solemn, but it has a “moved beyond pain” feel that […]

Feb 122015
 
Review: The Secrets of Midwives

This was a very emotional story about 3 generations of midwives. Neva has just announced she is pregnant and won’t say who the father is, while her mother Grace struggles to accept the news, her grandmother Floss is reminded of her own story. I found that I quite liked both Neva and Floss, but could barely stand Grace. Grace just seemed too selfish and flakey. Neva was a strong modern woman, and I loved the way her story flowed. Floss had quite the secret in her past, and while it was fairly easy to guess early on, the actual story […]

Feb 102015
 
Review: Inherit Midnight

Oh my gosh, this was such a fun read. The blurb compares it to The Amazing Race and The Westing Game (never read), but it totally reminded me of the movie Rat Race. The shenanigans some of the people get up to is just ridiculous, but still totally believable within the realm of the story. I found Avery to be a very likable character. She may have grown up in a very rich family, but she doesn’t act like it. Her main goal is to have a “normal” life with a loving support centre. Her family is really not that, […]

Jan 292015
 
Review: Claiming Callie

This is a fun and light-hearted romance story. It felt very similar to Shopaholic in that the main female is a complete disaster and needs to rein in her financial situation. There are several key differences though, primarily being the duel narrative with Dean. I think Dean’s narrative was my favourite part of the story. He’s just so sweet. He really has Callie’s best interests at heart, and seems like the only actual adult in the story. Callie’s plan to earn quick money is really a disaster and not thought out at all. It’s no wonder she ran into problems. […]