Saturday, March 23, 2013

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Posted by Millie L at 7:51 AM 0 comments
March 23, 2013

Hardcover, 268 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Viking Juvenile (first published May 1st 2010)
Source: Purchased
Summary from Goodreads:

Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

How long can Lani keep running from the boy who might be her destiny

My Thoughts:

I loved this book and the story.  The characters were very real and I sympathized with Lani, Jason and Lani's best friend Blake.  I really liked Lani but at times wanted to yell at her make a decision!  Lani was extremely loyal to her friends Erin and Blake and this heavily influenced the decisions Lani makes throughout the story.  These decisions initially do not make anyone, even Lani happy but when Lani finds the courage to stand up for herself, things begin to change.  I could relate to some of the things Lani was going through.

In reading this book, I was grateful that I am no longer in high school.  Dang, girls can be viscous and cruel! What Erin and Lani's friend Danielle did to Lani was extremely cruel.  And unfortunately, even out of high school, you still have the mean girls to deal with.

I would recommend this book.  It is a great beach read, fast paced and well written. This was my first book by Ms. Colasanti and I will definitely be reading more.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted by Millie L at 12:00 AM 1 comments

March 19, 2013

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

So this week's top ten was a little hard for me since there are so many books that I have purchased and have yet to read but I managed to narrow it down.  So here are my top ten books that I have purchased but have not read in no particular order:

 1. Pawley's Island by Dorthea Benton Frank
 2. A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry (can you believe its been on my shelf since 1998!!)
 3. Unspoken Words by Elizabeth Musser
 4. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
 5. Cocktails for Three by  Madeleine Wickham
 6. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
 7. The Edge of  Never by J.A. Redmerski
 8. Never Enough by Denise Jaden
 9. Forgotten by Cat Patrick
10. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

So those are the ones that have been sitting on my shelf; some more recent that others.  Although the one from 1998 is a little embarrassing.  But you know, you can't rush into these things!  What are your top ten?


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

Posted by Millie L at 7:07 AM 0 comments

March 9, 2012

Summary from Goodreads:

It is summer in the northwest town of Nine Mile Falls, a place where brown bears sometimes show up in the shopping mall and people in hang gliders soar down the mountains and sometimes get stuck dangling from the trees. Ruby, ordinarily dubbed The Quiet Girl, finds herself hanging out with gorgeous, rich, thrill-seeking Travis Becker. With Travis, Ruby can be someone she's never been before: Fearless. Powerful. But Ruby is in over her head, and finds she is risking more and more when she's with him.

In an effort to keep Ruby occupied and mend her own broken heart, Ann drags Ruby to the weekly book club she runs for seniors. At first Ruby can't imagine a more boring way to spend an afternoon, but she is soon charmed by the Casserole Queens (named, quite ironically, after women who bring casseroles to new widowers' homes in hopes of snagging a husband). When the group discovers one of their own members is the subject of the tragic love story they are reading, Ann and Ruby ditch their respective obsessions to spearhead a reunion between the long-ago lovers. But this mission turns out to be more than just a road trip. Somewhere along the way Ruby and her mother learn the true meaning of love and freedom from it, individual purpose, and the real ties that bind.

This lyrical, multi-generational story of love, loss, and redemption speaks to everyone who has ever been in love -- and lived to tell the tale.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book and the writing was fantastic.  I did have a hard time initially with the main character Ruby In the beginning of the book, Ruby says she was a quiet good person and suddenly she did not want to be quiet anymore.  So she attaches herself to Travis who is a big jerk.  I could not understand why she "loved" Travis, a guy she did not know but later it was explained what the real attraction was, his motorcycle.  The relationship was key for Ruby deciding she was going to be.  By the end I was cheering for her.

The story was great and I loved the relationship between Ruby, her mother and her brother Chip Jr. There were some really funny moments in this book that had me laughing especially Ruby's dog Poe and his antics.  What can I say about the Casserole Queens. I loved them! They were fantastic and brought humor to the story.

I rate this book 4 stars and would read more books by Ms. Caletti.


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