Thursday, September 27, 2012

Gilding Lily

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (September 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061451010
  • Author: Tatiana Boncompagni
  • Cover art: I like the dress.
  • Overall rating: **1/2 out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf

Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncompagni
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

In this delicious new novel, Tatiana Boncompagni creates a heroine everyone will love...and no one will ever forget.

As Lily Bartholomew navigates kiddie birthday parties starring chart-topping entertainment, society dinner-dances where any woman larger than a size 2 can barely stand to show her Botoxed face, and vacations to exclusive hideaways with the mother-in-law from hell, she constantly wonders, "On what planet have I landed?"

After all, she's just a down-to-earth gal from suburbia who felt as if she'd landed in the middle of a fairy tale when she married Robert. He's handsome, rich, and--best of all--able to make her laugh, and she happily jumped headfirst into his world. But now Robert's lost his job, Lily hasn't lost her pregnancy weight, and their once-golden existence seems suddenly tarnished.

Desperate to regain her self-esteem, Lily begins writing essays about life among the rich and snobbish, which tosses her into the spotlight and in the path of social disaster. But as Lily navigates her way through the shark-infested waters of Manhattan society, she starts to rediscover her own place in the world--and how to regain what truly matters. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I'm not entirely sure what made me read this book or what made me buy the book. I liked the name, and the dress and the fact that is was only $4.00 was good as well. Over all the book was just okay. It wasn't great but it wasn't horrible either. 
I liked the main character, but that was all I liked. Her mother-in-law is a bitch, her husband is a chauvinist.  
The "issues" that Lily is faced with seemed to be the same over and over and she complains about them all the time. She does take charge of her life and does her best to fix the mess that she made and the mess that others made for  her.
My biggest issue was the ending. The ending knocked it down from 3 stars to 2 and a half for me. It felt way to rushed and it felt too neat. I was really upset with how she just accepted everything. Her husband had been a massive dick to her and she just ignored it basically. 
I wouldn't recommend this one really. If you do want to read it, by all means do, but maybe get it from the library.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cover reveal If I Should Die by Amy Plum

Today I logged onto facebook and found a cover. A cover I have been waiting over a year to see so I am sharing it with you all the cover of Amy Plum's IF I SHOULD DIE!
This is the UK cover and Amy has said Harper is making some changes for the us cover. 

It's as beautiful as the first two, though UNTIL I DIE is my favorite cover. The shadow gives me hope that our beloved Vincent will be back! What do you all think of the cover? I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

If I Lie

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 28, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 144245413X
  • Author: Corrine Jackson
  • Cover Art: I like the edges.
  • Over all rating: ****1/2 out of 5
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf. 

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I read this book in a few short days. I really enjoyed it. I loved Quinn and thought the author did a wonderful job in letting the readers connect with her and her struggles. We find out fairly fast what it is that Quinn's deciding to lie about. 

Dealing with her lie is stressful and it's one that each person can think about and ask themselves What Would I Do if I were in her shoes? Myself, I guessed her lie just from the synopsis, not sure why, but I just did. 

Quinn's father is a bit of a jackass, but I understand why he is the way he is. I also get why the other characters in this book act the way they do towards Quinn.

George I love George! He was my favorite character in this book, I loved how much of George we get to see and I wish we got to know more of his story. 

I highly recommend this book if you like stand alone novels and want a contemporary book based on the war. 

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Monday, September 3, 2012

The White Glove War

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 031618750X
  • Author: Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix
  • Cover Art: Beautiful!
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf
  • Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars

The White Glove War by Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix
Review by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Every society has its secrets.

The members of Savannah's Magnolia League have it all: money, beauty, power, and love. Some may call them lucky, but we know better. Spells, potions, and conjures are a girl's best friends, and thanks to the Buzzards -- a legendary hoodoo family -- the Magnolias never run out of friends.

Golden girl Hayes Anderson would never dream of leaving the League or Savannah, where there's no problem that can't be fixed with a cup of Swamp Brew tea -- served in a bone china cup, of course -- and no boy who can't be won over with a Conjure Up a New Love spell.

But when danger lurks and family secrets are unearthed, Hayes discovers that her life may not be charmed after all.

Don't miss the second novel in Katie Crouch's enchanting and mysterious Magnolia League series. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads)

After reading the first book, I was eagerly awaiting the next installment of Alex's story. I really liked book 2.  I loved all the new spells and the new obsticals the MG's were faced with. I still want to know more about the Buzzards and to see more of them in the stories. 
We got to see more of one of them and we got to see a new side of the Buzzards. I didn't see the ending coming at all. It was such a twist!
I enjoyed getting more information on Hayes and her family. (I still can't stand her Grandmother though.) 
I read this book in a day, I was really sick and instead of sleeping, I read this book! It was a short book but worth the price and worth the hours I spent reading it. After this one I really want book 3! I have many theories about what might now in the ML! If you haven't read this series yet, you should, it's lots of fun and set in the south you can almost smell the humidity and scent of magnolia flowers coming off the pages!

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