Thursday, March 6, 2014

Try Again With This Weeks Book Worm Wednesday…

The first week of the month is very busy around here.  Yesterday was my doctors appointment and that makes for a long day.  See  doc’, get blood work done, &  pick up needed medicines.  6 hours later, I’m ready to fight with a grizzly bear for a bone.  LOL.

Well I guess I should get on with the books for this week.  This one comes to me through NetGallery in exchange for my personal but honest opinions.   First book up is “Roomies” by Sara Zarr and  Tara Altebrando.  The description is provide by NetGallery.


It's time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.
As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they've never met.
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

This is a wonderful book for teenagers as they start thinking about leaving for college.  The book’s characters are complete opposites in all aspects in their young loves.   It’s interesting how things that can change a matter of a few text across country and how the other comes across in their emails.  The realistic characters came through the writing.This made for a charming read.    I did enjoy the story and will give it 4 out of 5 stars.


The next book from NetGallery is “His Secrets” by Lisa Renee Jones.


In this dark and sensual e-novella, which ties into Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris’s dark point of view comes to light as he tries to win—then hold onto—Sara’s heart.
In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life into hers.
She doesn’t see it. She doesn’t understand what I’ve shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.

This is the second book by Lisa Renee Jones that I have read and I did enjoy book even though I was a bit lost since I haven't read the others yet.  I'm in the process looking for the first two books. Looks like I have some catching with Sara & Chris.  It appears that Chris has many deep dark secrets from his past that need to be shared/resolved with Sara... his newly engaged fiancée. There was a taste of some other adult themes in this book that would be better with mature reader.  This novella got 4 stars out of 5.  But maybe I could give it 5 once I read the books before it.

Again this one from NetGallery was provided for my honest opinion.


This  book is also from NetGallery.  “Love the One You’re With” by Lauren Layne.


Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series simmers to a boil as two high-powered magazine writers find love amid a war of words.

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?
Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously

Awesome!! The second book in this series is not one to disappoint!  Lauren you have a new follower! I loved how plot comes together as Jake and Grace are on assignment that comes about when each of their magazine editors make a bet.  This is one funny, sassy, interesting book that will have you laughing at the back a forth banter throughout the storyline.  I'm already forward to the next installment of the series.  I so give this book 5 stars out of 5. 

This book comes to me from NetGallery for my honest opinion.


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Ali’s parents force her to help care for an Appaloosa suffering from severe neglect and malnutrition. At first she’s reluctant, having already lost her beloved pony in a traumatic accident, but working with Wind Dancer does distract her from life at home, where everyone is walking on eggshells trying to deal with her brother, recently returned from Iraq with a missing leg and PTSD.

This thought provoking book  has me connecting with the author  with her  uses horses as a bridge into difficult topics such a animal cruelty, family issues dealing a brother/son that returns from Iraq as wounded Veteran. For young readers, this would be a decent length book that helps bring these subjects to them in an easy to read and engaging way.  I think the book deserves 5 out of 5 stars. 

This ARC was provided by Net Gallery for an honest opinion.


Well there we have it for this week.  Sorry I was late this week but I’m working on the next installment of books for next time.  I hope you find these reviews helpful and that you might want to read any of them.  Until next time…


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