Thursday, December 27, 2012

This Book Room

Madison Parker has discovered that not all publicity is good publicity. After turning herself in for stealing some bling, the reality star is stuck doing community service while her Fame Game castmates soak up all the screen time. Not that newcomer Kate Hayes needs more attention—ever since her breakout song became an overnight sensation she's suddenly acting like she's Katy Perry. Aspiring actress Carmen Curtis is finally making a name for herself, but she's finding it harder than ever to get out from behind her famous mother's shadow. And in Hollywood, leading men are a dime a dozen, but a good man is hard to find. So when two of the girls have their eye on the same guy, that can mean only one thing: on-camera drama.

In the second novel in bestselling author Lauren Conrad's Fame Game series, friendships are tested, lines are crossed, and fashion crimes are committed—and that's before the cameras even start rolling.

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Fame Game series and was just released. You can read my review of the first book here.

My thoughts: I love that I was able to have empathy for Madison in this book since she's not been a very lovable character. This series is such fun to read, especially this latest book. Kate's becoming a bit of a snob, though, but I think one could guess that would happen. It's probably rare to be someone who lives in LA among the infamous and not become a snob. Knowing that these stories are likely infused with real-world happenings makes the book that much more fun to read.

Pa heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of DeSmet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.

Additional notes: This is the fifth book in the Little House on the Prairie series. There are nine books in this series and all have been released. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here and the fourth book here.

My thoughts: This wasn't my favorite book in the series. When the family moves to the new territory, it seems very lonely. There isn't really much to say. I felt bad that the family was all alone. I like the country, but not that much country.

For the second time in ten years, Grace Stone is starting over on Cedar Key. Grace first moved to the serene island to escape a disastrous relationship. Now a visit with her Aunt Maude is interrupted by unwelcome news: Grace's apartment and coffee shop have been destroyed by fire. Grace is devastated, yet ever-practical Maude has a plan. While she helps Grace resettle, Maude even has a business venture in mind--weekend knitting retreats where women can craft, chat, and support one another. The return of Grace's estranged sister, and a tentative romance with the local bookstore owner create even more chaos in Grace's neatly planned life. Knitting together her past and future will mean untangling the painful threads Grace has left behind, but the result could be a vibrant new life--and the courage to live life to its fullest.

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Cedar Key series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, and the second-and-a-half book here. The fourth book in this series will be released in 2013.

My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like that there's a bit of a mystery to each novel. Aunt Maude is a supremely lovable character, and I love that we're able to catch up with characters from other books in this series. If you enjoy knitting or just reading about knitting, you'll want to check out this series.

Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.

While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.

Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Appleseed Creek series. The second book will be released in 2013.

My thoughts: This book was interesting. At times, I didn't like it, and at times, I was riveted. There were a lot of little subplots that I thoroughly enjoyed. The best aspect for me was that this book didn't center on romance as so many Amish books do. The main plot of the book was mystery, and that was great. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.

An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.

Additional notes: This is the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and is the latest release as of this writing.
You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here, the fourth book here, the fifth book here and the sixth book here.

My thoughts: The beginning of this book was freaking hilarious. Being pregnant while I read this book made it all the better! I knew the book would end up just the way it did - but somehow, these books being predictable doesn't take anything away from them. It just makes them better. I really enjoy watching Greg slowly grow up and experience new life lessons.

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