Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chancers

Easily one of the most powerful memoirs about addiction I have ever read. Raw, gripping, and emotional, this memoir is told from two perspectives; from the addict and the concerned girlfriend. Addiction has such a stigma, it's the elephant that's in the room and no one ever wants to talk about but Susan and Graham do a powerful job of bringing their hard journey to life. Trying to help a loved one through addiction takes more willpower and love than most people can handle. Reading this memoir brought so many memories to the surface, it was surreal to read about another woman who understood everything I went through. Her thoughts, conversations, and actions were soo familiar to me because we had lived the same nightmare. Hearing Graham's recounting of his relapses, prison experiences, and descent into darkness also really helps put the story into perspective and allows readers to understand what is actually going through an addict's mind. A profound and touching book that was a little hard for me to read because it hit so close to home, if nothing else, at least it's given me a little more hope for the future.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Eligible

When I think of modern re-tellings of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the Bollywood classic, Bride and Prejudice is my gold standard. This satirical re-telling was definitely more raunchy and more current than I was anticipating. Liz works for a feminist magazine, Jane is a yoga instructor trying to get pregnant before she turns 41, Mary is an anti-social weirdo, and Kitty and Lydia are lazy unemployed bums. All the characters are here but there is more modern drama: mixed race couples, transgender dating, hate sex, and more. I tolerated the novel until I got to the relity tc stuff at the end and I would have given it a 3 if it had stopped there, but out of nowhere the last chapter changes characters and is told from Mary's perspective and is so weird and awful that I had to change my rating to a 2. The writing was OK but I did not care for any of the characters in this re-telling and the ending made me hate life.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Life of the Party

I am mildly obsessed with microhistories, I read a ridiculously awesome book on the "dark side of Beanie Babies" last year so when I saw that this book was about the Tupperware Party empire I knew I would have to read it. Easily readable and filled with pictures, this book hooked my interest immediately. Bob Kealing does an excellent job telling the story of Earl Tupper, his amazing invention and the woman who practically created direct selling and home shows as we know them. Brownie Wise perfected the art of home shows and empowered an entire generation of stay at home women. Her business savvy helped Tupperware grow more than Earl Tupper could have ever imagined. But as Brownie Wise got more and more positive press about being a businesswoman in the 50s so did Early Tupper's resentment of her, Brownie was seen as the figurehead of the company and basically ran things unchecked. Kealing tells the story of the rise and fall of Brownie Wise and it's one of the greatest business stories you've never heard.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased review.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kings or Pawns

I haven't read an epic world building fantasy in quite some time and this one really fit the bill. As with most epic fantasies, this one took me a hot second to get into just because a few of the names were challenging and I had to get a good grasp of the characters, plot, and land. Once all that was absorbed I really got into it! There are great elements of political intrigue, pawns and puppets, spies and assassins, and you aren't really sure who is on what side. Told through the perspectives of multiple characters from the general all the way to a mute servant girl, the story is fast paced and full of intrigue. Elvorium has become corrupted by greed and profits and there is an assassin on the loose. King Hairem ascends the throne when his father is slain and he has to try and reign in all the council members to try and actually work for the people. Stopped at every turn by corrupt officials he becomes  disillusioned, that is until he meets the elf of his dreams. But what if things are even more troubled than they seem? Should the general be out fighting Centaurs when he should be trying to find and kill the rebel leader that has been attacking cities on and off again for years? Who would dare try to practice necromancy? How deep does the corruption go? Wonderfully written and plotted out, I cannot wait for the next installment! Especially with the ending of this book! If this sounds like something you want to read (and trust me, you do!) enter the contest below!!!

I received this book for free from the author in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Continental Breakfast Club

Over Easy (book 1)

A cute, breezy chick lit in the same vein as the Stephanie Plum series. Readers will laugh out loud at the antics of the affable, ditzy, and well intentioned, Allie Parker whose over active imagination can get the better of her sometimes. Allie is sick of being the baby in the family and is determined to bring a man to her parents 45th wedding anniversary. Tired of always being looked down on for being a dog groomer and being single she is determined to turn things around for once and for all.

One of her friends has a brilliant plan to meet eligible men, they will sneak into swanky hotels and go to their continental breakfasts to meet businessmen. Everything is going well; Allie meets a cute guy and they meet for drinks after work, only things aren't what they seem. He leaves in the middle of the date, sticks her with the bill, and forgets a briefcase. when she realizes whats in the briefcase she understands she's in a world of trouble. How does stuff like this keep happening to her?!? All she wanted was some nice arm candy. Now she's a... jewel thief?!?

I flew through this and am in the middle of the second in the series. With fun characters like this, I expect there will be many more books to come!

Fresh Brewed (book 2)

The second in a cute new chick lit series, turns things around by having Bree find romance this go around. Allie (the main character in Over Easy), Megan and Bree have been looking forward to their vacation getaway for months. The venue is booked, the swimsuits bought, nothing stands in their way. That is until a huge storm cancels their flight, damages their hotel, and leaves them stuck in Atlanta. While there they meet Kristin, a clever young girl also headed to the same vacation destination. Kristin is always looking to help others out so she invites the trio to come stay at her family's beach house. There's only one catch, Bree must pretend to be engaged to her older brother Ethan. Doomed to be written out of his grandmother's will if he's not married by 32, Kristin decided to step in and whip up a fiance to hopefully change their matriarchs mind. No one will ever find out the farce since Ethan is on a trip to China and won't be able to make the family vacation anyway. Or will he? Bree finds herself in over her head as she tries to keep the charade up of being madly in love with someone who she's never met. How will she ever get to enjoy the beach and all the cute boys?

A fun beach read that will have readers looking forward the third installment, Honey Glazed. Hopefully Megan will find herself a man!

Honey Glazed (book 3)

coming soon!

Author's Bio

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot - and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer - and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.

Giveaway

Does this seem like a series you would like to read? Of course you would! Enter below to win a set!

Five winners total:
2 winners will get a print copy of Over Easy + a $10 Starbucks gift card,
2 winners will get a print copy of Fresh Brewed + a $10 Starbucks gift card,
1 winner will get a print copy of both books + a $25 Starbucks gift card

Ends Sept 17



Monday, August 1, 2016

Outcast - Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him

I wasn't sure what to expect since I had only ever read The Walking Dead series, but this was pretty awesome. It hooked me enough that I definitely want to continue reading it. It's very dark and deals with demonic possession. Kyle Barnes has had to put up with demonic possession his whole life and he's sick of it. It has taken everything good away from him. Determined to get some answers he teams up with a local priest, but little do they know the damage their meddling could do. Apparently it's also going to be a tv show. Color me intrigued!  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Worth the wait, I loved every word in this book. I refuse to post any spoilers, just know that it takes place nineteen years after book seven and is in play format. It's a quick read and once you get going you forget you're reading a script. It's dark, beautiful, and it drops you right back off into the wizarding world. I laughed, I cried (a lot, but that's just me), I was enchanted. I cannot wait to see this acted out on stage. It's wonderful, JK Rowling never disappoints!