Quick Book Review: A Hunka Hunka Nursing Love by Kathryn Maeglin

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This romance novel was a quick and fun read! The novel follows Valerie Palka who is a businesswoman. This businesswoman decides to start up a little business involving male nurses helping the elderly in their homes after her Mother begins to need help in her home. Valerie hires one of the nurses who helped her Mother, named Keith, and might be falling for him!

While reading this novel, I found myself believing that this could happen (minus a few facts regarding the health care team that might have been needed to be researched more) and I enjoyed every minute! The novel started out and moved fast enough to keep me interested, and always had interesting turns with every page turn.

Following Valerie, Keith and Helen, as well as the other characters, was a roller coaster of emotions and minor suspense. I definitely would pick up another novel by Kathryn Maeglin after reading this novel.

The downside to this novel was how it ended. Not in the fashion of the plot, but the speed. I found the ending to come to a sudden, rushed end and without much insight into it. I felt the last chapter or epilogue could have been explained a bit more in one or two chapters, but maybe I’m just being picky.

I really did enjoy this book! I rate it four out of five stars mainly because I felt like the plot could have been extended to visit a few more problems within the story about Helen and Valerie’s relationship (without giving away any spoilers, I shall say “near the end of the novel”). Overall, it was amazing though!!

Four out of five stars! Amazing book! I’d read it again and recommend it to many of my friends who enjoy romance and light-hearted comedy!!

I received this book for free through Good Reads First Reads.

Book Review: The Most Beautiful Book in the World by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

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Book Review:

Title: The Most Beautiful Book in the World: Eight Novellas
Author: Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Date Read: September 4th – September 26th, 2016
Date Reviewed: September 26th, 2016

Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I wanted to read this because I was lacking in anthologies as of lately – I had almost none on my shelf!

Spoilers Ahead?: No.

Quick Summary: This anthology is full of eight different novellas that are not related. They are cute, short stories that are sure to entertain the reader. These are merely eight random stories, nothing that is to hard for the average reader to comprehend, and nothing sci-fi or crazy plot wise. It is a set of contemporary fiction novellas.

Evaluations: Some stories spoke more to me than others, but all eight of them were beautifully written. I enjoyed each novella as  they came, and even though it took me a while to get through the novel, that was merely because I wanted to read one story at a time. If a reader goes in expecting a simple, entertaining read, than this book is for them!

Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t extraordinary. It was just a good read.

Plot: Each of the plots are finished within each story. I was thoroughly impressed by Mr. Schmitt’s writing. Many authors create a fictional world within their novellas and then the reader is left craving more. Mr. Schmitt sums each story up perfectly and the endings left me feeling complete. I did not require more and I did not require less – so bravo to this fabulous author.

Themes/Creativity:  When I read over other reviews of this novel, it was clear either readers swung one way or the other. You hate this set of novellas, or you love it. If you are expecting a grande, exquisite set of stories then this anthology is not for you. It is contemporary, French literature, and readers should be aware of this coming in. The stories are creative in their own right, with each being different from the rest. They are fast past, they have a simple narrative and they are not super sophisticated.  I couldn’t find any themes, but I would say this little anthology is creative.

Uniqueness: Each story is unique in their own way. Some of the stories, such as the first Wanda Winnipeg, may put the reader off if they are not fully invested in the anthology. Some of the stories are brighter and more unique than others, while some of them are simply plot driven and simple minded.  Since this anthology was originally in French, I would have loved to read the French version without translation, because there may have been some words lost in translation.

Strengths: Mr. Schmitt’s plot driven writing is by far one of the best strengths. He gets to the point and writes a wonderful story!

Weaknesses: I found that the sophistication within these stories was very bland. I would have loved some grander stories, but perhaps the book was not meant to be grande and sophisticated.

Score: 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the novel, but I hoped for a little bit more. I would definitely read more wrote by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt in the future.

Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo

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Book Review
Title: Two Graves
Author: Zoe Kalo
Type of Book: Novella (Approximately 70 pages)
Spoilers below?: Yes.

Introduction: I was really interested in the premise of this book. It sounded suspenseful, potentially spooky, and intense. As soon as I was able to get my hands on this book, I began my read and it shockingly didn’t even take my an hour (include probably about 30 minutes of checking social media in that since I got distracted).

Quick Review: The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but if you are looking for something pretty to put on your shelf than this book fits the bill. The cover made me get the impression the book might be spooky, but it’s not as spooky as you might think. I found this book to be entertaining, but not what I expected from the cover and summary.

Plot: I was incredibly confused by the plot. I understood something happened to the main character’s son (which I thought was her brother? She was sixteen, so did she have her kid at twelve or thirteen? The way she talked it was like he was her brother, so was this supposed to be one of those situations where the grandparents raise the grandchild as their own?…) but then I was left confused as to what exactly happened. I re-read this book a few times trying to understand what happened, but I was left even more confused as my brain tried to put the story together. The book at least had my hooked at what supposedly happened, but to no avail. Then, after I got so thrilled to find out what was happening, the book kind of just ended. I know this is going to be a series, but it left me feeling a little sad. Was that the cliffhanger for the next book? I hope so! I want to know so much more! This was only a little seventy page novella, so I hope there’s more to come.

I was also very confused as to who the “Father” the main character was talking to. This “Father” left, so I was left assuming this was the Father of both the main character and her “little brother” (Apparently son as I read more reviews). But, she never gives him any form of affection or father-daughter like talk between the two, so I’m assuming he was the Father of her child? I would have liked if this was more specified. As much as I love putting the work into a good mystery, this wasn’t much of a mystery, and more of just some plot details left out. If this book was centered on finding how the relationships between the characters, then sweet! I’ll do the work for that. But this book did not give me this feel.

I found the sixteen year old version of the main character and the man she talked on the phone with sounded way to adult-like. I know there are very mature kids out there, but it just seemed odd. If these two had a kid together at a  very young age, I wouldn’t think they’d be acting super mature towards each other and playing the adult roles. It just seemed odd to me, but maybe it isn’t. That’s just my opinion.

Now here’s the real mystery that bugged me – why did  this woman want revenge and against whom? This person appears, but we never know why or who he is. It clearly wasn’t the Father of her child. Did this person do something to her child? That’s hinted at. There just wasn’t enough information for me to truly understand. I get wanting to leave a cliffhanger, but this felt like the entire plot wasn’t even addressed. It’s like, reading Gone Girl (spoiler alert……) and never finding out what happened to Nick Dunne’s wife and her never returning – she just leaves and disappears, Nick tries to find her, and then the end in the middle of his hunt. It didn’t seem right. Perhaps this was just an introduction to the rest of the series (and that could work!) but without a hint as to when the next book would come out seems unfair to the reader.

Overall: I expected a lot more and I hope more is added (whether it’s in this novella or a series of novellas or a series of books). This novella was super interesting, but it was just missing some bits and pieces that would have made it so much better! This author is incredible at describing wardrobes and pieces of music, it’d be a real shame to not see more of her work floating around in my local book shops!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

This novella was fantastic, and I’m glad I got a chance to read and review it. I definitely want to read more since this book was so well written, and I’m sure there is more to this story lurking in Zoe Kalo’s brain. It’s intriguing, it left me speechless, and it had my brain working overtime trying to connect anything and everything to try to solve the story.

Quick Book Review: Heart Prints by Anne Schober

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To be honest, I usually do not read books like this because I have no taste for them, but this book was a beautiful exception. This little book full of stories about how lives were changed and how to relate to other people and students warmed my heart up quite a bit.

At the beginning I wasn’t sure if I would be interested in the book, since I usually am more into fictional stories with grande adventures. Once I got into the book, reading about how lives were positively affected by other people and how one can change themselves to relate to others made me thoroughly enjoy this book.

The book is beautifully written with a great use of descriptive words where needed. I felt like I was reading a very well thought out essay for an English class (and I really enjoyed English class and editing essays).

It is hard to find one thing wrong about this book (other than the fact it is from a genre that I don’t usually read). This book can lift the spirits and teach the reader about how to relate to other people, not just students, and how a reader can possibly have a positive effect on another person’s lives.

Four out of five stars! Beautifully written and a wonderful, short read.

I also really enjoyed the fact that it was autographed and had a message specifically for me. It made my day brighten seeing the book specifically signed with my name by the author with a little message.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

 

 

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I have always wanted to pick up Carrie and I finally was able to find a copy of it.

Since I saw many film adaptions of this book first, it was kind of weird reading the different viewpoints of the novel – but it worked. I enjoyed reading the different perspectives within the novel, it gave a special insight into the minds of everyone else, something many books lack.

I definitely didn’t find it scary. It made me feel horrible for the treatment of the girl, and it made me understand why she was so evil, but I wasn’t scared. The films left me a lot more horrified then the book did (and books have left me scared before. The first Temperance Brennan book did just that).

It was well written – the writing style was strange at times, but it’s easy to follow.

I was definitely amazed at the idea behind this book. How did Stephen King think this up? That thought went through my mind numerous times while reading. It’s a wonderful idea and he did it justice.

Overall, it was a good story and I want to read more by Stephen King. He’s quite the genius!

Four out of five stars.

Quick Book Review: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

In honour of the Inferno film release, here is my review of Angels and Demons!

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As a swimmer I expected to like this novel, but sadly I found it lacking.

The story itself is incredibly amazing, but it lacked any form of excitement. It seemed to be more of an essay than a story about how the Three-Year Swim Club came to being and how they entered a quest to get to the Olympics.

The author did a great job researching and presenting this novel, but it was not what I expected at all. Despite the incredible writing and fantastic story, I just felt like it was lacking a good ‘umph’ to the story to make anybody want to pick it up and read it.

I expected a lot of explanation into swimming, but sadly there wasn’t much of that either. With the lack of exciting plot movement and swimming descriptions, I just felt let down.

I love non-fiction, and as a non-fiction novel it was fantastic, but it was just not what I expected off of the back cover.

Two out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Guilty:A Split Moment – A Split Family by Jane Bidder

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** spoiler alert ** This book was an amazing take on having a family member go to prison.

This book started out very slow for me, and I did not enjoy the first quarter of the book. I found it very hard to get into, until Simon went to prison. Once Simon went to prison for texting and driving and in turn killing a woman, the book became very interesting to me and had my hanging on at every word. It gave a very interesting perspective on what happens to family relationships when one person is thrown into a prison.

I found the relationships in this book very believable, and I also found the plot line very believable as well. The conversations made sense, and along the way I had constant questions that were eventually answered.

The only way this book could have been any better was if the beginning was more catchy to hold onto my attention. It felt very slow and boring at the beginning, but it was an introduction.

I still have questions about what happened to the characters and there is a special place in my heart for them.

Four out of five stars! Due to the boring beginning.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.