Thursday, June 28, 2012

**GUEST REVIEW** The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks


From Amazon --

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?  


The Best of Me is about a couple who were young loves.  Her parents didn't approve, because they were from different sides of town. Everyone in the town of Oriental knew the Cole family; they knew not to mess with them and to stay out of their way if they saw them near. Amanda didn't care, she had fallen in love with Dawson and it didn't matter to her what his last name was.  They spent all of their free time together even though it caused a lot of fights between Amanda and her parents.  They made each other feel special and they loved with all of their hearts.  After a year or so together and after they had graduated from high school, Dawson knew he would have to let her go.  She deserved a better life than what he could provide for her.  She went on to college, graduated with a teaching degree, met and married a man and they had a family.  Dawson moved away to separate himself from his awful family and from all of the memories of Amanda and of growing up in Oriental.  He discovered that no matter how many miles he put between himself and Amanda, he would always be in love with her.  The kind of love they shared was a once in a lifetime kind of love.  Twenty years later their paths are reunited due to the loss of a close friend named Tuck.  Tuck had a particular way he wanted his remains to be taken care of and he only trusted Amanda and Dawson with something so precious. The attraction from all those years ago came back in an instant.  They fell into step, caught up on their lives, and just enjoyed being in the company of one another.  The weekend they spend together carrying out the final wishes of their friend Tuck goes way too fast and soon they find the time is over.


In order to not ruin the ending, you'll have to read the book for yourself.  Anything else I say will give too much away!

I'm giving this book 5/5 stars - I find myself still thinking about it and how amazing it is.  I miss Amanda and Dawson and wish there was more to read.  I love everything Nicholas Sparks writes!  Enjoy!



*Jamie*

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Monday, June 25, 2012

June 24, 2012 New York Times Bestseller List

Find This Weeks Listing Here


Ok Ok Ok So the first three books along with Number 6 is again the Fifty Shades Books!!! (Woot Woot E.L. James!!!!)

Now on to the rest of the list!

I see a couple of books that I am completely intrigued by this week. For starters, thanks to my wonderful friend Michelle I have been made aware of books number 4 and 5 on the list (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Bared To You by Sylvia Day) and I have them on my to be read and reviewed list as we speak :)

A bit further down the list I see 11th Hour (which I have read and recommend to anyone who is a fan of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club books - It was a great book that kept me guessing!) and then a book that I have been very curious about because of the movie trailers I am getting blasted with on TV - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter...Will someone please read this book and let me know if it's worth my time?? I have so many other books on my "To Be Read" list that I can't even imagine adding one that just seems to far out of my normal reading tastes.

How about all of you?? Anything on the book warrant a look or two??? Have you read anything recently that you would like to share??? If so leave a comment below so I can add to my already out of control list of books "To Be Read"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Our First Guest Review!!)


From Amazon.com

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.


Safe Haven is exactly how it sounds; Katie is determined to find a safe haven for her heart, her mind, and her body.  Her husband, Kevin, was a loving and caring man throughout the course of their dating, right up to when they were on their honeymoon. Katie crossed a line only visible in Kevin’s head; he made her pay for it.  Although he wouldn’t allow her to have friends or leave the house without him, she remained a good wife.  She cleaned the house and prepared his meals exactly the way he liked them.  She did everything she could to not upset her husband.  She befriended the older couple across the street without Kevin knowing; he didn’t like them and wouldn’t have wanted her associating with them.  Visits with the elderly couple gave her the encouragement she needed to leave her husband.  She began stashing money, dollar by dollar, until she had enough.  






After weeks of odd jobs and looking over her shoulder, she found herself in Southport, North Carolina.  She found a quaint place to live, she was hired at a busy restaurant in town as a waitress, she minded her own business and just focused on getting through each day – all the while knowing her husband would be looking for her; he wasn’t the sort of man to just let her leave and be free from him.  He would find her.  A woman named Jo moved into the little cottage next door to hers and they become friends.  Jo encouraged her to get to know the owner of the local store.  Alex was a great guy and everyone liked him.  She was nervous about this because she knew she was still married, but she was pulled to Alex by something stronger than either of them; she falls in love with him, and he with her.  She was finally in the kind of loving relationship she had always wanted and had always deserved.  Even after months went by, she knew she was never really completely safe, she continued to look over her shoulder, scanning the faces of everyone; her husband was still out there determined to find her.  She’s right, he hasn't given up and he finally manages to track her to South Port, North Carolina.

You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens once he finds her.

I always love any book that Nicholas Sparks writes.  This was a good one and I loved the characters.  Erin is just as sweet as any of the other women Nicholas Sparks has created.  It’s not quite the love story that some of his previous books are – of course, everyone knows The Notebook and The Lucky One.  However, Safe Haven is a good story and a recommended read.

Jamie


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

How to Make Love Like Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale By Jenna Jameson and Neil Strauss


From Amazon.com --

How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, the mega-bestselling memoir, triumphant survival story, and cautionary tale that spent over six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and rocketed adult film icon Jenna Jameson into the mainstream spotlight, is now in paperback and ebook for the very first time. Her unforgettable memoir, written with master storyteller Neil Strauss, is many things at once: a shocking sexual history; an insider's guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult-film industry; and a gripping thriller that probes deep into Jameson's dark past. With never-before-seen photographs from Jenna's private collection, exclusive photos taken for this book, and original cartoon strips, this memoir is an unparalleled exploration of sexual freedom.
In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, gawky, brace-faced Jenna Massoli was transformed into the bombshell Jenna Jameson. Today, Jenna is the biggest star in the history of adult movies, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful women alive. But behind the glamour and the meteoric rise to fame was a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. As a teenager—drawn into a dark and chaotic world where rape, abuse, and murder were commonplace—Jenna began her rapid downward spiral of addiction and degradation . . . while at the same time becoming the porn world's biggest crossover 


Are you intrigued????? I definitely was.

From high school cheerleader to stripper to the "Queen of Porn", Jenna Jameson shows how hard work and dedication can result in success no matter what. In her extremely candid autobiography, Jenna Jameson shares not only the triumphs and failures but also the wonderful milestones and tragic events that all made her who she is today.

From the very beginning of this book you know life wasn't in any way an easy and smooth ride. The prologue takes you through the moments when Jenna found her first real friend and confidant hanging herself in her shower. As if that wasn't tragic enough, the very first five chapters outline her rape by her boyfriend's "father", Preacher.

Some would assume she fell into her lifestyle due to being a "victim". Victim she is not! She shows that while she may have made poor decisions at times, she managed not only to correct her wrongs but also come out much better in the end.

When deciding if I should do this review I seriously debated with myself due to the content of this novel. After seeing the positive response to the Fifty Shades of Grey novels, I feel everyone is a lot more accepting and open to this type of story. This book like the Fifty books will open your eyes and push the envelope.

Turn the Page and open your eyes. You will be cheering and rooting for Ms. Jameson through out the entire book even when you can see her making a bad choice! You will want to be her friend and To me that's the sign of a truly amazing auto-biography.

I definitely suggest getting this book even at the high E-Book price of $14.99.

I'm giving this book 5 stars....


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse 12) by Charlaine Harris

From Amazon.com:

It’s vampire politics as usual around the town of Bon Temps, but never before have they hit so close to Sookie’s heart…Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she’d rather not know. And now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.
There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard—especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

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The review from Amazon, in my opinion, really leaves so much of the book out that I feel like it really only gives you a tiny crumb of the whole cupcake.

Sookie has more to deal with in this book than the murder of a human that shows up in Eric's front yard. Yes, it's a big issue. But, as usual with all Sookie books, there's a few other storylines that coincide with this one. If you've read the eleven books leading up to this one, you surely know that this book can't ONLY be about one murder. What about the fae? What about the cluviel dor? The Long Tooth Pack?
No worries, that's all included. And as a matter of fact, I feel like the book really circled more around the cluviel dor - the magical love-gift Sookie inherited from her Gran - than on the murder of the human.
In the beginning of this book you get a look inside Hooligan's, the bar owned by Sookie's cousin Claude. And you're in luck... it's ladies night! Most of the male strippers are fae, but don't assume that the evening out would be all fun and games. It wouldn't be a Sookie book if there wasn't some drama thrown in! Then, after more drama, Sook gets a visit from Niall, who she thought she'd never see again. And it wasn't just one visit either! You get a clear look inside the Long Tooth Pack and how it's currenly running. You get updates on the day to day lives of some of the humans. And even Mr Catliades makes an appearance!! There is so much going on in this book that you won't be able to put it down!



My personal opinion:

In Deadlocked, you really get to see what's going on with many of the characters you've grown to love... or hate, over the entire series. This is a great thing, unless of course it's been a year since the last time you've read a Sookie book (guilty). It's even worse if you're also watching the True Blood series and are therefore confusing things because the HBO series really does not stick to the books (of course the books are better!!). I don't think Harris does a MARVELOUS job of refreshing your memory like some authors do, but she does leave the book as enough of a stand-alone that the rest of the background info isn't necessarily mandatory.
Did I love this book? Yep. Did I occasionally think to myself "Huh? Who? WHAT went on?!" when she referenced something from previous books? YEP. But, again, I got over that. Would I recommend this  book? OF COURSE. Just be sure to read at least book 11 for a refresher before you move on to this one!

Spoiler:
This book, to me, featured a sort of "Where are they now?" for one of my favorite characters. If you've been wondering about Quinn, you don't want to miss this one!!!


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Monday, June 18, 2012

New York Times Best Seller's List for 6-17-2012

So this weeks Fiction Best Seller list is honestly boring to me. There isn't anything new on the list that I want to read so I guess by saying it's boring I am kinda lying because the list is a veritable "Who's Who?" for my favorite books and authors and I have already read everything on there of interest to me.

CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE LISTS HERE


You see my big thing is the fact that while I LOVED the Fifty Shades of Grey books and I believe that all three of them should be on the list I am slightly irritated that the Fifty Shades Trilogy (as an entirely separate item) is listed as #6 on the list this week. I mean it's fine to have all three books listed individually because that's what the list is, INDIVIDUAL books, but I just don't see why it has to take up a whole other slot on the list when I think there were other books released recently that may deserve their fair share of time in the spotlight too.

What about you? How do you feel about the weekly list?? Do you think there is a book missing that should absolutely be on the top 15? If so, which book is it???

I'd love to know what you think and as always "Keep Turning The Page!"




Friday, June 15, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Belly Laughs by JennyMcCarthy

From Amazon.com

Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy! In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress and new mother Jenny McCarthy reveals the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or, indeed, has ever been born!



Are you pregnant? Trying to get pregnant? Curious about pregnancy? Just want a quick, witty read? Then Belly Laughs is a book for you!!

In Belly Laughs, McCarthy tells all about her pregnancy journey, from getting that positive test all the way through childbirth. In true Jenny fashion, she's extremely open and blunt about it all. The good, the bad and the ugly! She holds nothing back. If she was ever embarrassed, you'll read about it. The day she almost peed her pants? Oh, you'll read about it! When she reached the point where all she wanted to wear was a muumuu, oh yes, that too! She's descriptive in a way that (probably) won't gross you out. And she will keep you laughing from beginning to end.
Cravings, gas, moodiness and basically every other pregnancy "symptom" is talked about in this book, but in a funny and REALISTIC way. It's a quick, not so serious version of What To Expect.

If you've ever been pregnant and realized that it's not all blissful glowing and beautiful baby belly, you'll relate with McCarthy. I felt like I was there with her through it all, and I've  certainly never been in her position before!
McCarthy draws you in from the first page and keeps you reading until you finish the book! Which, you'll probably finish quick. Like I said, it's a short read. This is a book I first read years ago and have read many times ever since. It's a book I've gifted some of my expecting friends, and every time I've been sure to say "I've got this book for  you... But I've got to read it first, so you'll get it tomorrow." Yep, I admit it, I have to read it every time I see it! That's how much I like it!
Some pregnancy books can be very depressing to those of us that are infertile, and I was hesitant about reading it again after our diagnosis. However, this book is absolutely hilarious and really made me think twice about WANTING to be pregnant! Okay, really, I would gladly take all of those symptoms if it meant I could have a baby. But still, I would say this book is a good dose of reality for those that think pregnancy is a piece of cake.

I give this book four stars. I would've given five if it had just been longer! I felt like it ended before I'd had enough.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series Book #1) By J.R. Ward


-       In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.   The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.



This story starts out with vampire, Darius, going to Wrath, the blind vampire king, to ask for protection for his daughter who is half human and half vampire and about to go through the “change” to become a vampire.  In comes our leading lady and heroine Beth. Beth is a journalist with a life that leaves a lot to desire recently. She is ready for a change but is not sure what that change might be. Little did she know that there was a big transformation on the horizon. In true romance fashion in walks the “man of her dreams” or is he? After a hot and steamy first encounter with the vampire king, Wrath, Beth’s life will never be the same.

Like that wasn’t enough to keep you going there is a second storyline that will intertwine with the first. Lessors (soul-free vampire hunters) are on the upward move to take out the vampire race. Led by the eerily creepy Mr. X, the lessors are setting traps left and right in order to kill more vampires. When Mr. X’s evil plan threatens Beth, the vampire king and his warriors know they have to do something.

Will they be able to save Beth and their entire race before time runs out? Turn the Page and find out ;)

After reading this book I have to tell you I was pleasantly surprised. I only read this because my comrade and book worm second half Destiny told me that they were really good books and I went in blind. I didn’t read the reviews. Hell I didn’t even read the synopsis. I wanted to just read the book and make my own mind up. I am a huge fan of the Twilight Series so I was worried when Destiny told me they were really nothing like those. There is a good amount of sexual content but it wasn’t, in my opinion, offensive or crude. It was honestly exactly how I thought vampire sex would and should be, if that makes any sense.

I implore you to at least give this series a try. It may surprise you. I know it definitely surprised me.

I give this book 4 stars. Honestly had it not jumped from storyline to storyline (like it had to to cover all of the dynamics of the story) I would have given it five stars or at least 4.5 stars.

I guess you will just have to Turn The Page and find out for yourself. Let me know what you think!!!


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