Saturday, August 6, 2011

This Book Room

Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College—a career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchen—where a cheerleader has lost her head on the first day of the semester. (Actually, her head is accounted for—it's her torso that's AWOL.)

Surrounded by hysterical students—with her ex-con father on her doorstep and her ex-love bombarding her with unwanted phone calls—Heather welcomes the opportunity to play detective . . . again. If it gets her mind off her personal problems—and teams her up again with the gorgeous P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives—it's all good. But the murder trail is leading the average-sized amateur investigator into a shadowy world. And if she doesn't watch her step, Heather will soon be singing her swan song!

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Heather Wells series. The series has three books, and all of them have been released.

My thoughts: I liked the first book in this series more - the plot was just more interesting. But I adore Meg Cabot's earlier writing, and this book is from her earlier career. Her later works include historical fiction that just doesn't appeal to me at this point in my life.

The scattered Tribulation Force is drawn inexorably toward the Middle East, as are all the armies of the world, when history homes in on the battle of the ages. By the time of the war of the great day of God the Almighty, homes have been uprooted, new alliances forged, and the globe has become a powder keg of danger. Except those already in Petra, everyone has been forced to relocate as Antichrist ratchets up the ante in the worlds most treacherous game. New love is sparked, recent love is formalized, and old love is aggrieved while millions gather for war. Who will be left standing when the battle leaves the Tribulation Force on the brink of the end of time and the Glorious Appearing?

Additional notes: The Left Behind series is now finished, but the series comprises of 13 books. You can read more about the series and read my review of the tenth book here.

My thoughts: Great book! A main character dies, which is sad, but that's the way life is - we don't all make it to the finish line. Some of us get there sooner. Some days, I imagine going home to God and I can't wait. Of course, I want to live, but to be with Jesus? There isn't anything sweeter.

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.

Additional notes: The Hush, Hush series has three books so far - book 3 will be out this fall. I anticipate this series will only be a trilogy, but I do not have the official word on that. This is the second book in the series.

My thoughts: Jason and I both agree that book 1 was far better. We also both agree that Nora is a little too angsty in this book - she actually reminded him of Bella (from the Twilight series). I thought Nora was just plain insane. This series may be worth skipping, but we'll let you know how the third book turns out!

In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.

My thoughts: I could not put Jacyee's story down. She is inspirational and incredible. I would highly recommend this book, and I would recommend watching Jaycee's interview on Nightline. It is scary to think stuff like this can go down in this great country.

On the rolling plains of Lancaster County, PA., Lillian Miller is searching for her grandparents' house...and so much more. After years of neglect and abuse, she's turning to a lifestyle of simplicity among the Amish to find herself.

As she discards the distractions of her former life, she befriends the young boy working on her family's farm and his attractive widowed father, Samuel Stoltzfus

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Plain series. Currently, there are 5 books in the series. As far as I know, this series is ongoing (but I could be wrong!).

My thoughts: I feel I should preempt my review by saying I'm going to continue reading the series, but this book wasn't my favorite. The writing style seemed slow and forced, but I like Beth's novellas in collections I've read. This one was a miss for me, but other stories by her are hits. Go figure!

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