Between Yesterday and Tomorrow ~ Charmaine Pauls

Between Yesterday and TomorrowBetween Yesterday and Tomorrow by Charmaine Pauls

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not a big fan of romance novels – I’m more of a crime & mystery girl when it comes to cozy contemporary reads – but lucky for me Charmaine Pauls’ book had a few bites of mystery to it to keep me turning the pages. I love that this book is about a South African but is set in France. Funny enough my minds eye took to the French scenes far more easily than it did to the few chapters set in South Africa. I thought that was kind of funny. Like I should “get” the South Africa part, but the French part was just lovelier and more beautiful to think about :)

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Gods and Fathers ~ James LePore

Gods and FathersGods and Fathers by James LePore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When confronted with a book like this one I often feel a little ill equipped to give a fair review. The thing is that while this book is very well written I can’t say that I enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that I refer to as a “boy” book. I didn’t gel with the character dynamic, often feeling a little oh-for-heaven’s-sake about the exchanges between them. The main character is barely likable, but isn’t awful enough to excuse the fact that you just don’t really care what happens to him. His son, who all drama revolves around is repulsive and I really felt no sympathy for him at all – so much so that I would have been quite happy if he went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, simply because he was an asshole and bad shit should happen to assholes. On top of all that is was about Muslim terrorists. Oh. Dear. Lord. No thank you. I am so sick of this subject and am constantly finding myself disappointed when the “Muslim terrorists” make an appearance in the books I read. I LOVE crime fiction – but rather give me a serial killer please. Of course none of this is the fault of the writer – I bet we don’t like our eggs done the same way either! But the subject matter and the heaviness of the book just didn’t do it for me. I’m giving it a four for being decently written and well researched, but I’m afraid I have to give it a two for enjoyment value.

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Matched ~ Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actually I want to give this book a three and a half but it won’t let me :-/ I like Ally Condie’s style of writing. I am one of those readers who likes to read books that are a bit like floating in a lazy stream. None of this dragging your body against a pulling tide kind of thing (does that make sense?) Anyway – now that I have gotten to the end of the book I am glad I read it. It’s not often that I pick up a series book because I usually kind of feel like oh hell now I have to invest the next couple of years of my life for one story, but I do appreciate why they work. I do like that the book sort of buzzed with activity towards the end. I think it was fitting. All the dull druggery of living like a pod person (sorry) and then suddenly the insistent need to break free of it is kind of thrilling. Of course the reader is going “oh my god don’t live like this!” from the beginning so I was happy when it climaxed into a flurry of rebellion. I will probably get the next book.
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Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Dirty Little Angels

Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reviewed by request

The story of Hailey Trosclair and her brother Cyrus takes place in abject poverty in New Orleans, where their father has lost his job, so drinks and plays pool all day. Their mother just had a miscarriage, and she is overwhelmed by grief and depression. Hailey spends her days at school with a girlfriend Meridian, who is not such a good friend after all. At night and on the weekends, Hailey drifts with Cyrus as her companion, and they spend a lot of time with Moses, a failed preacher and ex con, who is a very bad influence on them, and everyone around them. When Moses’ ideas and twisted religious beliefs draw them into his violent world, the horror and fear create more problems than they ever had before.

Dirty Little Angels is not my sort of book, and I struggled to finish it, although I did manage to. The story just ‘ended’, leaving me frustrated, and I’m still not sure what the meaning of the story was. It seemed like the book was filled with a lot of violent criminals who never seemed to get caught, all living in a dirty, drug riddled, downtrodden world.

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The Help ~ Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the first page of this book I felt the most intense connection with Aibileen, as if I wan’t reading her thoughts but had her in the room with me, telling me her self. I could hear her voice and see the expressions on her face so incredibly clearly. I can’t express how incredible this book it. How heartwarming. How frustrating. How true. I can only simply be grateful for it’s existence. And for being lucky enough to have it on my bookshelf. What an amazing read!

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Dirty Little Angels – Chris Tusa

When I got the list of books that I could choose from, I was immediately drawn to the title. Why? To be honest I really don’t know, but I do know that I am very happy I chose that book. It was a very easy read which I enjoyed over the Easter Weekend.

The book is about a 16 yr old girl, Hailey Trosclair,  her family, close friends and the pressures she has to deal with growing up in New Orleans. Her Mother, who comes from a wealthy family, had just lost her baby. Her Father lost his job and had turned into an alcoholic who never comes home and worst of all cheats. Her Brother, Cyrus, is a hypochondriac but he is a very sweet boy – underneath all the trouble he finds himself in. Continue reading

Halo of the Damned ~ Dina Rae *FMB Promo Post*

Halo of the Damned

Author: Dina Rae

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Thriller, Horror, Romance, Suspense


Pages: 289

Tour Dates:April 16th – 23rd 2012


Book Description:


“A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship… Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan’s work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell’s Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother’s fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother’s secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.”

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Brand New Friend ~ Mike Gayle

Brand New FriendBrand New Friend by Mike Gayle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I definitely have a thing for these written-by-blokes but loved by women books. Or do men read them too? I don’t know! And I must admit I certainly seem to relate to these kinds of books far better than I do to many of the same kinds of books that are written by women. The funniest thing is that there very seldom seems to be much of a story line but they never fail to make me smile. Gayle isn’t quite at the top of my list like Parsons and Hornby are, but he’s pretty close :)

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