Publisher: Bantam


Feb 06

Review * My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie KinsellaMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Bantam on February 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

What I Thought…

• Sophie Kinsella has long since been one of my favorite authors, and while her Shopaholic series dwindled for me some, I can’t help but pick up her books when I need something light and fun. My Not So Perfect Life fit that spot for me perfectly.

• MNSPL reminded me a lot of Can You Keep a Secret? in the best possible way. Things just happen to Katie and you can’t help but laugh and what she is going through. It was a bit ridiculous at times, but this is precisely the kind of book I needed in my life right now.

• It was so easy to identify with Katie. I completely understand the “fake” Instagram life she had and how you keep telling everyone how AMAZING and FANTASTIC your life is, even if it’s not. No one wants to show the bad parts. I’ve been there myself so I totally get it. And it’s so easy to make things look fabulous on the internet even when it’s not.

• What I liked best about MNSPL is that it really showcases that you should never judge anyone until you walk in their shoes. You don’t know where they’ve gone or what they’ve done. Some people just seem to have it all together and are seemingly perfect, but you don’t know what happens when you’re not around.

• Not a lot is happening at the beginning but around the middle of the book all these things start happening. Demeter (boss from hell) reappears in Katie’s life so does Alex (her crush) and there are other things that I don’t want to go in to because of spoilers, but I promise, you will enjoy the journey!

Overall if you’re looking for something light and fun this book is definitely for you!

Kimberly


May 29

Mini Review * The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Reviews 0 ★★★

Mini Review * The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee GoldbergThe Heist by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Narrated by Scott Brick
Series: Fox and O'Hare #1
Published by Bantam on June 18, 2013
Genres: Adult, Humor, Mystery
Time: 8 Hours 26 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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three-stars
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

What I Thought…

  • FUN!
  • Seriously, this was such a fun book to listen to.
  • It’s completely ridiculous at times (ok, most of the time) but who doesn’t need some light and fluffy ridiculousness in their life?
  • Kate and Nick make a good team despite the fact that one is the good guy and one is the bad guy. They are forced to work together and I enjoyed the way they both learned they had to make sacrifices for their partnership to work. I also loved that Nick get Kate to loosen up a bit!
  • They mystery was ok, nothing earth shattering, but good enough that I didn’t guess all the twists and turns.

If you like the Heather Well’s mysteries or the Stephanie Plum series then The Heist is for you!

Kimberly


Jan 17

Review * Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Reviews 15 ★★★★★

Review * Odd Thomas by Dean KoontzOdd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Series: Odd Thomas #1
Published by Bantam on December 9, 2003
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
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five-stars
The dead don't talk but they do try to communicate with a short order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd Thomas struggles to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

What I Thought…

  • I was a little worried about Odd Thomas because Kate (Midnight Book Girl) is obsessed with this series and Courtney (Abducted by Books) and Jenny (Alternate Readality) also love the books so the pressure was on. Thankfully it was really good so there were no worries to be had.
  • I love ghosts of all kinds. Happy ghost stories like The Ghost and The Goth. Scary ghost stories like Anna Dressed in Blood. Creepy ghost stories like Glimmer. Odd Thomas did not disappoint in the ghost department at all.
  • Along with the ghosts are the bodachs. The bodachs aren’t exactly ghosts, more like evil beings. They are attracted to areas where evil occurs and seeing them is a very bad sign.
  • Odd is a great character. He’s a bit different but so likeable. He sees these ghosts and knows that its his job in life to be there for them and help them if needed. He takes it very seriously, even when it could impact him negatively he can’t just ignore it. I loved getting to know him and his thoughts.
  • I also really liked Odd’s girlfriend Stormy (once you learn her real name you will totally be ok with her name being Stormy). She’s the right counter balance for Odd.
  • Odd has a vision that something bad will happen in Pico Mundo. Bodachs begin appearing in droves, confirming that something big and bad is going to happen, and that lots of people are going to suffer for it. He first sees the bodachs around “Fungus Man”. Fungus Man was really creepy. They way he looked. His actions. His house. All of it. Creepy.
  • I also really liked Little Ozzy (who’s not so little) and Chief Porter. Chief Porter is Odd’s father figure (his real father is a real piece of work, as is his mother). He knows about his gifts and trusts him when he says something is coming. Little Ozzy is more of a friend to Odd, but he is there to help when needed.
  • Odd Thomas is such a good thriller. Every time I thought I had something figured out everything changed again. The last half of the book was unputdownable. Twists and turns, new discoveries all over the place. Some of them I probably should have seen coming but I didn’t. I am terrible predictor in all things.
  • The ending had me all twisted up.  All twisted up!!! I can’t even begin to describe it how twisted up I was over the ending.

Overall if you haven’t already read Odd Thomas I highly recommend it!

Notable Quotes

“From time to time, I do consider that I might be mad. Like any self-respecting lunatic, however, I am always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity.”

“..the most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane to one another.”

 

Kimberly