Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: Imperfectly Bad

Book Review: Imperfectly Bad by A.E. Woodward

** spoiler alert ** Imperfectly Bad is book 3 in the Series of Imperfections books by author A.E. Woodward. Here we get to take a deeper look into the life of Rob. Now I am not going to lie, I liked Rob...he's a bad boy and that was a huge attraction for me for some reason. He's a player and womanizer ...he goes after what he wants and women pretty much fall at his feet...and typically in real life that would not be attractive to me, but in this book I was swooning for Rob. In my mind, Rob looked a bit like Bradley Cooper...yummy! 

When we learn about Rob's estranged wife, I hated her....I hated everything about her. I hated the way she came back into his life and I hated that he still felt this pull to him even after all the bullshit she put him through. 

As the book went on and the big accident, I was openly sobbing. My heart broke into a million little tiny pieces...and then I continued reading...and I felt this way of relief wash over me. 

I loved how the book ended - so happy that Rob ended up with who he did. 

Another must read!

Book Review: Imperfectly Real

Book Review: Imperfectly Real

Imperfectly Real is the follow-up story to Imperfectly Perfect by A.E. Woodward. In this second book, we are now focusing on Tyler and his budding relationship with Emma's sister Elizabeth.

I gave this book four stars only because I loathed Elizabeth. I tried so hard to like her, but she just rubbed me the wrong way. LOL I felt like she was stringing Tyler along and I loved Tyler and wanted him with some else! :-) 

The story itself is well written and is the perfect follow up. 

While I realize that a story that touches on adultery isn't everyones cup of tea, I really did enjoy this book. I don't know if that is why I didn't like Elizabeth ...I suspect that is what made me not love her like I did the other characters. 

"Love is a lot like finding a piece of sea glass that isn't quite ready," she'd say. "It's beautiful, but jagged around the edges. And sometimes you gotta throw it back so you have a chance of finding it again...when it's absolutely perfect."

I look forward to Imperfectly Bad!!

Book Review: Imperfectly Perfect

Book Review: Imperfectly Perfect by A.E. Woodward

What can I say about A.E. Woodward that hasn't already been said? She's effin' fabulous! I read Kismet first and that book literally just blew me away. So when I had the chance to read her other books, I admit I was a bit know, you worry that maybe the first book you read will be the best. But not with Woodward!!! Each book I've read I have fallen in love with! 

"Things are perfect only in the eye of the beholder. It's the uniqueness that drives us. Life isn't about what is perfect for everyone else; it's about what is perfect for you."

I instantly fell in love with the MC's - what a somewhat unlikely mix - Shane, Rob, Tyler and Emma - all nearing 30 yrs old - all living together as best friends. It's not long before we discover that sometimes best friends can morph into more. Sometimes what seems imperfect, is actually perfect. 

Wonderfully written debut novel (though as I said this wasn't my first book of A.E.'s that I've read) that flows very well with characters that you can connect with and fall in love with. A book where relationships and friendships are put to the test. A must read!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Review: Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes

I received "Stillwater Rising" by Steena Holmes as an ARC. I had recently discovered Steena Holmes after reading two of her books and was hooked. When the opportunity presented itself to get an ARC of her newest book, which is due to release in Nov 2014, I jumped on it. 

Stillwater Rising is the story of a tight knit community torn apart and put to the test after a local teen goes into the elementary school and fatally shoots several children and teachers. Secrets are kept...relationships are put to the test - not only those between friends but also between spouses and parents and children. 

In a day and age when school shootings aren't out of the realm of possibility, this book hits home. It's easy to sit back and say how you would react, but when in that situation you find yourself put to the test. I found myself sympathizing with Jennifer - I understood why she was withdraw...why she had turned to alcohol...why she had so much hate ...when you lose your elementary aged child to a school shooting, it's so easy to be so overcome with so many feelings and lose sight of everything else. 

You'll definitely want to add "Stillwater Rising" to your "To Be Read" list.

Book Review: Working Girl by A.E. Woodward

I was gifted an ARC of Working Girl by A.E. Woodward  in exchange for a review. Let me just say that first and foremost I was incredibly excited to be able to read this book. I fell in love with AE Woodward as an author when I read her other book, "Kismet". Once again, she does not disappoint. She has definitely outdone herself. 

This is one book you'll want to add to your "To Be Read" list *NOW*!!! 

Working Girl is what I imagine a sort of modern day "coming of age" story to be - with family dynamics, friendships, relationships, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat! 

Character development is spot on - with a main character that will leave you rooting for her and cheering her on...and characters who you'll want to reach through your book or screen and strangle the very life out of. 

Working Girl brings out a host of'll find yourself laughing at times and other times your heart will be torn into shreds. That is the epitome of a good book for me - one that can make me feel a whole range of emotions and keep me wanting and yearning for more. Working Girl was just that book for me.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: Mother, Mother

Mother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas

So I started reading this book and at first I found it a bit slow going ...but about 20% into the book I found I couldn't put it down. I was hooked! 

Mother, Mother is a psychological mind-screw! It's the story of Josephine Hurst and her dysfunctional family. There is Douglas Hurst - the dad - who is there but not really present. There is mom - Josephine - who is an overbearing psychopath who manipulates everyone including her kids. Rose Hurst - oldest daughter, college-aged, who for all intents and purposes has run away from home. Violet Hurst, hippy, drugie with a temper and quick tongue. And then Will Hurst, special needs son and youngest of the Hurst family. 

We quickly discover that dad is having what appears to be an affair only to later find out, he's a recovering alcoholic and not a adulterer. Rose has run away after being tormented by her mother to have an abortion, which she did, but then is tormented by her mother for having said abortion. Violet goes on a "trip" after having some "natural" seeds and supposedly hurts her brother and is locked up in a psych ward. And Will, the "puppy" at his mommys heel, at 12 yrs old doing everything and anything to please his mommy without a thought of his own basically. 

It doesn't take long to see that this is a family in crisis ...a family with so many secrets that are literally tearing the family apart. So many lies. 

And then suddenly their whole word comes tumbling down...we see just how much of a vindictive, manipulative psycho Josephine is and how she has destroyed her family. Nothing is as it seems. Some mothers will go to any length to keep their secrets ...

I absolutely loved this book - lots of twists and kept me on the edge of my seat! 

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.