May 23, 2014

Book Review: Never Google Heartbreak

heartbreakNever Google Heartbreak falls into the category of “Chick Lit”, which I guess is something I enjoy, but even if not, I sure did enjoy this book.  The book begins with us learning about Viv’s relationship with Rob.  It started off looking like it was going to be a whirlwind romance.  He proposed 3 months after she slept with him.  They stayed together for 5 years with Rob calling off the wedding THREE times.  Finally she has had enough and moves out.  She expects that he will come back to her, but when he doesn’t she starts to try and deal with it and move on.  And move on she does – with her best friend Max.

Each chapter starts off with content that would be on a website about relationships – quizzes, checklists, talking with others about relationships, etc.  After Viv realizes that it may be Max that she is in love with – who should decide to come back? Of course, Rob. (Even though the two had met up at a wedding earlier and Rob was engaged to someone else!)  Then Max ends up disappearing and Viv goes on an quest by posting a blog to him every day to try and get him back.  She ends up printing up T-Shirts, going on the radio and getting thousands of “fans” on Facebook who are rooting for her to find Max.

But how does the story end? With Heartbreak yet again?  You’ll just have to read Never Google Heartbreak to find out!

A quick an easy read that you won’t want to put down because you’ll want to know what happens with Viv and her love life.  Things get so confusing and messed up but you can’t help but root for Viv and maybe even relate to her a bit as well.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Never has heartbreak been so amusing… a refreshingly honest, achingly funny read for fans of Sophie KinsellaHelen Fielding and Paige Toon.

When Viv’s ex-fiancé, Rob, proposed to her three months after she slept with him she thought it was one of those whirlwind romances you read about in magazines. Five years later, after Rob calling off the wedding for the third time, she has finally moved out.

As Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it’s not too late to try and get Rob back. One drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment later, and Viv’s scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces.

Just when Viv’s starting to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all along, she makes what might be the biggest mistake of her life…

Can love sneak up on us unexpected? What’s the answer to heartbreak? And what’s a girl to do when even the Internet doesn’t have the answer?

Book Review: Unbridled: A Memoir

unbridledUnbridled is a memoir by Barbara McNally.  While it may have appeared that Barbara had it all, she strayed and next think was divorcing from her husband.  She ends up taking a few trips to try and find herself – first to Ireland where her luggage gets lost for the beginning of her trip and then to a nude resort in Jamaica.  I’m not sure if Barbara even knew exactly what she was looking for when she went on these trips, but I think she ended up finding out more about herself than she knew she would.

I enjoyed this book and the story of Barbara and her travels.  Her description of the places she was on her travels were great – it almost felt like I was in back in Jamaica again. It did take me a while to get into the book initially, but once we got to about mid-way through her Ireland trip, things seemed to click and it was smooth sailing from then on.

I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Everyone believed Barbara was living the American Dream. She married her college sweetheart, sustained him on his rise to success, and seemed to have the perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect home. But when she strayed and her matrimonial cookie crumbled, Barbara realized that to be more than a just a wife… she’d have to get a life.

Following the lead of her adventurous late grandmother, she set off to overcome her fears and find her independence. While exploring Ireland, the land of her ancestors, she danced with horsemen and communed with priestesses.

Somewhere along the way, she discovered parts of herself that had been missing from her life. Something she’d longed for without knowing it. She tasted freedom and wanted more

Book Review: Screaming Divas

divasWhen I first started reading this book, I had my doubts.  Two chapters in and I was ready to call it quits.  I knew that the book had 4 girls who ended up in a band, and after 2 chapters I had met 2 of them. I figured that the next 2 chapters would be me meeting the other 2 so I decided to meet all 4 characters – Trudy, Cassie, Harumi and Esther and go from there.

I am glad that I did end up picking the book back up after the first two chapters.  While the intros to the characters were a bit drawn out, it was needed for the reader to really get to know them.

Once all 4 of their lives intertwined and they formed the band I was hooked.  It was an emotional roller coaster ride, as I’m sure any group of 4 girls are.  The 4 became their own family, as some of the girls really had no real family to turn to. Even though they all are a bit different and at different places in their lives, they all had that common bond in the band.

I have to say, even though I think I knew it was coming, I was a bit shocked with what had happened at the end. (I won’t say too much in case you want to read the book!)  I thought that this book was well written and by the end you felt like you knew these girls and they were your sisters too. Very glad that I didn’t go with my first instinct and stuck the book out.  (Very rarely do I end up not picking a book back up, anyway!)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Screaming Divas takes four talented girls through the dizzy, dangerous world of rock music, where their friendship breaks up and makes up amid the temptations and triumphs of love, rivalry, success, and rejection. They couldn’t be more different from each other, but all of them are talented musicians. Trudy, Cassie, Harumi, and Esther form Screaming Divas, a rock band that unites the girls in sisterhood, even as their relationships, differences, and desires threaten to tear them apart. A measure of early success is about to change their lives. But what comes next? Is the tradeoff for the dream worth the price the girls will have to pay, and what might happen to them as a result?

About the Author
Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy.

Book Review: Crazy, Stupid Sex

crazystupidAs you can probably tell, I am totally in love with these Cosmo Harlequin Red Hot Reads. I was drawn to this story because the main character decides to program and app to try and land a guy. Considering I will be starting up some new programming classes and am teaching myself all sorts of new things to better my skills, I figured I might have a bit in common with her.

Evie James is programming the app for Flirt magazine and decides to go to the bar to try it out.  After striking out several times, one of the guys in the bar who had been watching her approaches her. Caleb is all about one night stands and after he brings her home and proves that the app does work – he can’t get him off of her mind.

He ends up figuring out a way to get closer to Evie and tries to get her to go out with him again.  When it seems like things are going well and he lets her stay the night – he ends up throwing her out the next morning. Evie is hurt but realizes that Caleb is doing this for deeper reasons.

Can she find out what it is that is bothering Caleb and help him get through it to be with her?

The main reason I love these books is because they are so short and get right to the point – if you know what I mean. They are quick and easy to read and have a lot of action. But these are definitely for more mature readers.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

How to Land the Hot Guy 1.0

A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.

Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he’s more than happy to show her what she’s been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him…

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