Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

About

Three holiday romances that intertwine but are separate.

My Thoughts  (each story, and overall)

The Jubilee Express, Maureen Johnson

I found this story to be my favorite. Jubilee’s sense of humor is pretty close to mine and I just thought her dramatic-ness was much like mine as well. Granted,  I didn’t have a douche bag bf on high school like hers.

Which brings me to my first point, the thing I disliked was her boyfriend. He was described as perfect. And if I’ve learned anything in life, it’s no one is perfect. Especially in a relationship. When Stuart tells Julie her bfis going go ingot dump her, I was like, thank you. Thank you for saying what I’m screaming in my head. It’s like, finally a character that says what a reader is thinking.

It’s an endearing story of high school love. And who doesn’t love endearing. The mom in the story is a whack a doodle but I liked her. And Julie ‘ s parents were in jail over a Christmas village piece. Can’t make that up right? Only in a book.

A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, John Green

I think tomboy ‘ s of all ages can appreciate this love story. Clueless boy, pretty girl who’s considered one of the guys. They think, I wonder what it would be like if, but never actually consider doing anything.

Then cheerleaders, twister, and a race to waffle house presents itself. Who can win?  JP, Duke, and Tobin; college dudes with a keg; or the twins??

Blizzard weather, snow covered roads, an unhealthy craving for all things hashbrowns make this story so cute it hurts. It’s probably the one that could 100% happen in real life, (good job on that, Mr Green).

I liked everything about Angie, aka The Duke. I even liked Tobin, if for nothing else but his name. JP was a needed character I think. Annoying, but needed to make the story run smoothly.

I honestly didn’t think they’d be the ones to make it to Waffle house. Just because of the beat down they almost got from the tweedledee twins. (Not their names but you get the idea right? Dumb dumbs).

Well, this trio make it to WH, with twister for the cheerleaders. Angie gets her hashbrowns, JP gets whatever he’s after (haha) and Tobin finally gets IT.

Young love is always sweet when the clueless finally get a clue.

The Patron Saint of Pigs, Lauren Myracle

The only reason I liked this one is because teacup pigs are adorable. If you havent seen one, Google it.

Addie is a self absorbed teen. I mean, most teens are. But this girl, brings it to a new level. Could not stand her. I was glad her friends and coworkers gave a her a little reality check on life.

The pig, Christmas gift for Addie’s friend. I would love a teacup piggie. I would love it. Well, I mean, if I didn’t have other adulting to do…but..back to the story…

The cute piggie is a gift. And Addie is supposed to topic up piggie. Well, I bet you can guess..she doesn’t!  Gasp!! She’s a bit too wrapped up in her ‘broken heart’. And. I put it that way because she did it to herself. She kissed another dude while drunk. She had a great guy who adored her, and that wasn’t enough. So her self pity= her own doing. She deserved a lesson in life she got.

She does pull through though. Which surprised the heck out of me. She also wakes up and realizes life is about more than her and her and her.

As a whole

I liked the book and how each author weaved the stories together, but made them separate. I would definitely recommend this book for teens and young adults. It gives your heart that Christmas joy you want and desire this holiday season.

 

 

Currently Reading

My list of books I’m reading…

1. Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton, part of Hamish Macbeth series

2. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, 3 stories one book

3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, book 2 in A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Keep a look out for updates on these! 😍📚

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

About (Goodreads)

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

My Thoughts

If you read any fantasy book, anytime soon, read this one. It’s fantastic.

Feyre is a strong, independent, naive girl. She thinks she knows her world and about the Fae. But she’s wrong.

When she consciously kills a Fae in would form, her real story begins. So too, does the retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I’ve said it before- retellings are my favorite types of books. The imagination it takes to retell a book, basing it on a loved story but taking it somewhere completely different, is hard and takes true authorship.

The story of Feyre and Tamlin is 100% my favorite retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’ve always liked Fae stories and the world’s they live in and the beauty of the beings and lands told about these peoples. But, Tamlin…well,he’s the type of Fae you sigh about. And by sigh I mean, swoon sigh. Laugh if you will but, that man, oh my.

Have you ever fallen in love with fictional character? If you haven’t, I am sad for you. If you have, read this book and fall in love and agony with Tamlin. It’s such a romantic, nerves churning, wit infused story.

I do have to say, I didn’t care for Feyre family in the slightest. They made me want to punch each of them in the face. Especially, her father.

I think the whole rescuing end is very exciting. It fit. Feyre is such a strong character that anything less than the ending of her rescuing Tamlin would not have been just. So, read their story.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

 

 

 

 

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

I’ve always been a fan of, Fixer Upper. Ever since it came on, I just can’t get enough of Chip and Joanna. When I saw they wrote a book, I didn’t even have to think, I put that book on hold- I was #10 on hold, and the library only had 1 book. Lifetime. Eternity. I waited what seemed like forever but really it’s more like maybe 2 months or so. Why didn’t I buy it? Well, we’re in the process of moving and buying MORE books probably would have given my husband a stroke. I have so many books. Boxes and boxes of books, plus books shoved in corners and nooks and crannies, that buying another book, well, I just didn’t my husband to lose his mind. I’m such a thoughtful wife.

So anyways…I get the book.

And I read this book, this beautiful, lovely book, in 2 days. I probably could’ve read it in one sitting but, you know, life and kids.

Joanna mostly tells their story, with Chip putting his two cents in, every now and then. She tells you their story. And it’s such a good one. You just can’t make that kind of life up. Their beginnings, make you love them and respect them even more. It surprised me to learn that Joanna had no background at all in any sort of decorating. It just came natural to her. Yes, she reworked things and learned along the way- but have you seen their show?- it’s not really something just anyone can do. Decorating a house, making it someone’s home takes talent and love and just, that something, that not every person has.

And Chip. What can you say about that man lol He’s so great. Hearing his story, how he’s a good mix of cowboy and good ole boy- just makes you ‘see’ him. And his faith, makes you truly respect and adore him.

Chip and Joanna are some of the best people. The good people. We need more people like them in this world, especially nowadays. I honestly can’t tell you just how amazing this book is. I cried and laughed every chapter. Every. Chapter. Let that sink in for a moment. I cried AND laughed. They just touch you so much with their story. You fall in love with them. Their story of being in so much debt they didn’t know if they would be able to feed their kids or pay bills, is one that many can relate to. But they made it. Their faith in God helped them. Their faith is strong and you can FEEL it in their book. But, it’s not like they’re shoving it down your throat. It’s just there, in those sentences and words.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you should READ THIS BOOK! I’m not one to read a lot of nonfiction. But, this one, is a GREAT one.

5 out of 5 stars! Go now! and watch their show too!

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Let me be honest for a moment, I knew who Amy Schumer was before reading her book, most people do now. But, I was indifferent towards her. I saw her movie, but don’t remember much of it. I’m sure it was funny because I do recall parts.

I decided to read her book based off a recommendation from a friend who said it was funny and good.

She under sold this book. It’s way better than good. And it’s hilarious,not just ‘funny’.

Amy Schumer presents her life in an open, honest, somewhat vulgar but appreciated vulgar, relatable way. Her honesty mixed her humor makes this book absolutely perfect. Her engaging stories from her past, her retellings of her hookups make you laugh out loud and five into her world.

What I learned from this book is that you cannot judge Amy at face value. She’s so much more than a funny person.She’s real. She has family issues,drama, and what makes her so damn relatable is her introvert status. Surprised the hell out of me, that this funny, energetic, talented person is an introvert. She likes being alone. Does her best work alone. And surrounds herself with like India individuals.

Let’s be friends, Amy. Cause I related so much to her in that moment. In that moment of reading, my eyes opened and I just liked her. I got it. I 100% understood her.

When she’s on, she’s on. But, when she’s not having to be Amy Schumer Hollywood, she’s just Amy. Who loves food,wine, and her sister.

You should read this book. I promise you’ll love it and her. And anyone who opens their book writing to their vagina, you know it’s gonna be interesting if nothing else.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

I’ve been consistently reading this series for the last few months. I’m up to, Death of a Poisen Pen, which is book #20.

While the books are basically the same: setting, characters, murder, tea and cakes, Scotland, Hamish solving the crimes and not accepting promotion; they’re different also. It’s hard to understand to some people why I love these types of mystery series. But, I’ll try and explain.

Mystery series that have multiples in it such as this Hamish series, are well written. And why they may have the same base, the contents poured into it are slightly different each time. And that is what makes you, well, me, come back and read the next and the next.

Hamish Macbeth is a great character. You can easily picture this long and lanky, red haired man walking around Lochduhb. Said, lock-doo. A great sign of writing is making the reader want to visit a place and search out a local copper for a picture. Silly? Perhaps, but I told my husband Scotland is a place we must go now. All thanks to M.C. Beaton and her Hamish Macbeth.

One of the things that does bother me is the character Priscilla. She frustrates me to no end. Just stop being snobby and do something already. You’re 30-something, make your own mind up and marry or don’t. Which that could be said for Hamish. He needs to forget about Priscilla.

Most of the books are set in a small town of Lochduhb. And you see the goings on of a small town set in a rural area of Scotland. How gossip travels faster than the speed of light and how people will stick up for you to strangers but talk right dirty about you to neighbors. It’s really funny, and so well written that you want to read more in the next book and next book.

Pick up the first in the series! Death of a gossip.

5 out of 5  stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

About

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out.

Book Details Length: Approx. 150 pages Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale Mood: Dark / Humorous Content: Moderate violence. A few mild sexual references. No sex scenes or erotica. Audience: Teens and Adults Author’s Note: For anyone who enjoys a dark fairy tale retelling. This Cinderella book has all the elements of the original story: beauty, magic, glass slippers, and a handsome prince. But like any “Grimm” fairy tale it gets twisted into dark places. Sinful Cinderella is the first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series.

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out

My Thoughts

I love fairytale retellings. It’s one of my favorite things to read. I love to see how an author takes what most people know, and give it a good twist.

I love it even more when it’s a dark twist.

I think you can tell from the title and cover that this is a dark retelling of Cinderella. It’s a short retell, but it’s SO GOOD, IT’S GREAT.

We all know Cinderella is supposed to be sweet, innocent, and naiive. But this Cinderella. She’s so much better. She’s dark, sinful, evil. Her only thoughts revolve around getting more magic. She has to be good for more magic to form in her decanter. But on-board being good, when you’re born to be bad. When the Prince sends out a royal invite,inviting all single females to come to a ball, Cindy knows she must go. But first, she must help her ugly, dumb stepsisters.

Cinderella gets to  the ball with help from her fairy godmother. She has 2 hours. Stroke of midnight. Upon arrival, Cindy is clearly the most beautiful, the most everything. The Prince finds her to be exactly what he wants. But, she runs away. Leaving behind a tiny glass slipper.

What makes this story different, since as you can see it’s quite the same story, is the devil in it. Everyone it seems is evil. Her godnutter isn’t evil per say, but fairies are. The Prince is evil, and abusive, which i don’t like but it does add a new level of toxic to Cinderella’s reasons for being bad. Cinderella has an evil heart and wicked soul. All her thoughts are sinful. The stepmother is evil, vindictive, unloving, as are the stepsisters.

When the Prince finds Cinderella, Cinderella does try and escape. But her Stepmother breaks her magical decanter which causes Cinderella to lose her shit. She stabs her Stepmother, killing her. She then agrees to marriage so she isn’t hung for murder. And her revenge on her sisters is to throw them in prison.

Then…y’all…then we find out the Prince’s daughters name is, Snow White.

And Cinderella becomes an evil stepmother herself. Or as she refers to herself, the Evil Queen.

Tell me , this isn’t good! I dare you.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

I read this for a book club I joined in my neighborhood. I made the mistake of reading book reviews about the book before actually reading it. I usually don’t do that because I like to just give books a chance. Reading the reviews gave me a sour taste in my mouth right away so it took me FOREVER to read this book.

About

Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you’d think.

For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again.

But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them.

Which is how it all spirals out of control…

My Thoughts
Like I said, it took me forever to read this book because I read reviews beforehand.

That being said…

I liked this book. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. The ‘accident’ wasn’t what I thought the whole book was leading up to at all. The entire book I was thinking that Tiffany and Sam, and Clementine and Vid had all had affairs together. But nope. Something much worse. I think as a mother, thinking about this situation made my heart hurt so bad. Because I would be like Clementine in that situation. I wouldn’t know what to do. I would freeze. The ‘accident’ for those of you wondering, and this is such a spoiler, if you plan on reading the book ever, is that the little girl, Ruby, falls into the fountain at Tiffany and Vid’s house and drowns.

You may wonder how the summary on the back of book has anything to do with what happened at the bbq. Well, the main theme of the book is friendship. It’s about how Clementine and Erika have been friends for so long. How they’re the best of friends. But not really. Clementine hates Erika, despises her. The only reason they are even friends is because of Clementine’s mother. Erika comes from a bad home life. Her mother’s a hoarder. So Erika, to fix it in her world, is a very straight and narrow type of person. Everything in it’s place, and a place for everything. She has such a longing for a mother (a good, loving mother) that she clamps on to Pat (Clementine’s mom) for that relationship. The whole book is about how Clementine has always resented their friendship because it’s been forced upon her, but she has never, ever done anything about it. So her complaining is aggravating.

I feel for Erika because she can’t help what she’s become. And you sympathize with her because you can’t imagine what it’s like to have a mother like that, to have no one until someone forces their daughter to befriend you. It’s sad. The ENTIRE STORY is depressing.

It’s full of drama. It’s full of annoying drama. But, it’s believable drama. Seriously, this shit could definitely happen to people in real life. And you PTL that it’s not in your life.

Would I recommend this book? Maybe. Once you get into the guts of the book, it’s good. It grabs you. But the first few chapters makes you want to do anything else but read it. So if you can wait it out, read this book.

3 out of 5 stars.

Update

It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything! That’s due to having a baby! She’s now 6 1/2 months old so I think it’s time to start back on my book reviews.

I know y’all are all so excited about this since I know y’all missed me.

 

So, prepare yourself, first review is coming at ya, SOON!

 

M