The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) by Diana Gabaldon

the fiery crossFrom goodreads:

The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.

Review…

I desperately wanted to give The Fiery Cross 4 glowing stars but I couldn’t.  When I say that I’m in love with this series, I mean it but this book failed in delivering the excitement we’ve come to expect from Diana Gabaldon.

DG is a talented and flawless writer but this book was mostly about the day-to-day minutiae that bored me to tears.  I kept reading because I’m invested in Jamie and Claire.  Their relationship is engaging and while these two have settled into daily life…the chemistry is still very much alive.

“Sorcha,” he whispered, and realized that he had called her so a moment before.  Now, that was odd; no wonder she had been surprised.  It was her name in Gaelic, but he never called her by it.  He liked the strangeness of her, the Englishness.  She was his Claire, his Sassenach.

However, there were things in the story I didn’t care about, Jemmy being one of them and Brianna’s lactating breasts were another. I simply did not care for Jemmy’s baby talk and I love kids in stories but I all I wanted to do was stick a pacifier in his mouth!  Don’t even get me started on Brianna’s hardening breasts. Yes, I said hardening. *eye-roll* I’m thinking DG must have been pregnant when she wrote this story.

It was so frustrating.  Frustrating because it was 1,400 pages!!!  Nothing was happening, so much trivial crap I didn’t care about was explained and I couldn’t figure out where the plot was hiding, it felt as though I was searching for Waldo!!! But it did get better.  The second half was slow to get going as well but that eventually changed around the 60’ish % mark.

With that being said, even though there were moments that I loved with great dialogue that only DG can deliver, the story still felt disjointed and boring. *heavy sigh* For those of you that want to read The Fiery Cross…hang in there because it is a tough book to finish but I’m glad I did and the last 10% of the book was AUH-MAZING!! That ending left me with so many questions but I think that’ll be answered in the next book.  And based on what I’ve heard, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) makes up for what The Fiery Cross lacked.

3stars

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More or Less?

Do you read more or less now than you did 5 years ago? 10 years ago? Or did you read more as a child?

I read more now than I did 5 or 10 years ago. According to my Goodreads stats, I’ve read almost twice what I read 5 years ago. I didn’t read much at all 10 years ago, since I had a toddler and another one on the way. I have a little more time now, plus my kids are older so they don’t need my constant supervision. Also, I make it a point to read more because reading keeps me sane, LOL! Seriously, for me, reading is a way of winding down & relaxing, especially for the night. And when things are too busy and too stressed, and I don’t have time to read much, I have withdrawals now!! I definitely read more than I did years ago.

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I remember reading a lot as child, but I don’t remember exactly how much. It’s hard to hard to compare my childhood reading amount to now. I don’t think I read quite as much then, though. I definitely read more now than I did as a teen. Between school, homework, part time jobs, and spending time with friends and family, I didn’t have much free time for reading. I’d usually get bummed out by the school’s required reading, not as many fun books, LOL!!

So what about you – do you read more or less than before?

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Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

75576 From Goodreads: Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

Review:

I will confess: I am a fan of chick lit. Chick lit is one of those guilty pleasures that I love reading curled up on my bed while it’s raining outside. That being said, Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret? is a chick lit book that you should read.

As with any Sophie Kinsella book, the premise is usually really difficult to wrap your head around. This book is no different: Emma, after having one too many drinks, finds herself confessing all of her secrets to a mysterious and attractive stranger that sits next to her on a plane back home. Suddenly he appears at her office and things are just horrible all around.

The fact that Kinsella managed to write such a hilarious book while still dealing with tough issues was wonderful.

Emma was the protagonist and I loved her. She was such a blabbermouth. She tried not to spill secrets but ended up ruining it even more. I love the fact that her thoughts are all over the place while we’re reading. It made the story all the more hilarious.

“Oh God. I’m losing it. Everyone knows this is how criminals get caught. They add too many details and trip themselves up.”

The fact that Emma spilled each and every one of her secrets to none other than her boss is more than enough for me to disappear from the face of the earth. But Emma stands strong! Although mortified, she decides not to let this affect her (all that much).

Jack is a wonderful and hilarious male protagonist. He was so cute and shy even if he already knew everything about Emma! I like how he could poke fun at her without being mean.

Speaking of, this book is HILARIOUS. I think the fact that Emma doesn’t know how to keep a secret attributes to this. Even when she’s being serious, something else would happen and I’d end up laughing all over again.

I love the way that the different subplots of this book were worked with, and I think that the book had a really great resolution (even if I secretly wish for more).

My only grief with the book was the fact that Jack and Emma didn’t have as much chemistry as I would’ve liked. There’s still chemistry there, trust me, but not as much as in I’ve Got Your Number, for example.

Overall, Can You Keep a Secret? is a chick-lit book filled with humor, romance, and secrets (lots and lots of secrets). Definitely pick this up for when you need a light book that’ll capture your attention for a while.

“Is your life ruined? Is it such a disaster for people to know the truth about you?”

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Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent 0.1 – 0.4) by Veronica Roth

Four_A_Divergent_Collection_cover From Goodreads:  Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the perspective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

 

 Review:

I absolutely LOVED this! I know there’s a lot of mixed reviews and feelings about this installment (and others) of the Divergent series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. After the crazy emotional state Allegiant (the final book of the series) left me in, I needed this. Plus, I’ve wanted to know what all was going on in “Four’s” (Tobias Eaton’s) head from the beginning. He was such a mystery. While we get his POV a lot in Allegiant, this is different and better, in my opinion. This book contains 4 short stories about Four (The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor) and 3 scenes during Divergent with Tris (“First Jumper – Tris!”, “Careful Tris.”, and “You Look Good, Tris.”). We get to see how he was before he meets Tris, how Tobias Eaton became Four.

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 “That’s what I really want – to shed all the people who want to form and shape me, one by one, and learn instead to form and shape myself.”

From reading Divergent, we know kind of why and how Tobias Eaton transferred to Dauntless and became Four, but reading it from his POV, I thought, was heartbreaking and emotional. We get to see how the animosity between him and fellow Dauntless initiate/member Eric started. This books shows why Four was so suspicious of the Erudite and Dauntless, and how he mentally beat himself up trying to come up with a solution. His loyalty was torn between Dauntless and Abegnation. Despite his tumultuous relationship with his father, he was still protective of the Abegnation faction. He slowly starts being a little less untrusting of others and a little less of a loner by bonding somewhat with others – first his instructor Amar, then Zeke, Shauna, Tori, and finally Tris.

“Here, I’ve learned to defend myself, I’ve learned to be stronger, but one thing I haven’t learned, won’t let myself learn, is how to enjoy causing someone else pain. If I’m going to become Dauntless, I’m going to do it on my terms, even if that means that a part of me will always be a Stiff.”

 

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There’s several other things, mysteries unraveled and such, in the book but I don’t want to give too much away in case others haven’t read the series or this book yet. Ooh, I have to mention how I loved his thoughts of and interactions with Tris because it’s kind of awkwardly cute. Tris wasn’t just his first love, she was the first girl he ever liked. Plus, not only was he kind of shy and a loner, but Abegnation dating rules were very strict and very different from Dauntless. So, he really had no idea what to do. He’s so conflicted about her, and it’s endearing to me.

“When I’m around her I can’t control what I say the way I do around other people. I say vague things because that’s as close as I can get to stopping myself from saying anything, my mind addled by the feeling of her body through her shirt.”

 
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“I don’t want to be close to her anymore; it’s all I want to do.

I want to kiss her; now is not the time.

I touch my lips to her forehead, and neither of us moves.

No turning back now, not for me.”

 
All in all, I really enjoyed this!! Reading it after Allegiant made me feel better, but I would have loved reading it sooner – like right after reading Divergent. While some things may be reiterated, it still sheds some light on a lot of things and gives us insight into Four/Tobias Eaton and his busy over-worked brain!! In the series, this book is listed a prequel (0.1 – 0.4) to Divergent, but I really think it’s best to read it right after Divergent. Four was a mystery and one of my favorite characters from this series, so I just love this book!! Hope you enjoy it too!!

“One thing I know: For helping me forget how awful the world is, I prefer her to alcohol.”

 
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5stars

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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From Goodreads:

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

 

Review…

 

This is me before reading Dangerous Girls:

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While reading it:

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When I finished it:

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The following week.. and probably the following years of my life:

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I wish that is enough but No, I’m not gonna stop there. You see, Abigail Haas is like a hidden gem for me. She’s this author who is not given the right  exposure. So until everyone has read this precious, I’ll continue recommending it.

Here’s a short summary. Okay, no, I’m not gonna write a short summary because I can’t do it without spoiling anything. It’s so haaard to review this book. You have no idea how I wanted to DNF it because it has something I do not want in a book: CHEATING. Ohhhh, I hate cheating with a passion. And I’m not sure I’m not the only one, so when this was first recommended to me, I avoided it! But then, the buzz about Dangerous Boys started and DG was recommended more and more to me. SO, I gave it a chance. And how glad am I that I did.

Haas’s writing is gripping and readable. She doesn’t use overly deep words or fill her sentences with metaphors but her writing is utterly compelling. I do not kid when I say I’ve finish this in 2 hours. I suddenly forgot about my bladder and my hunger at that time. DG is in a alternating present-past POV. And Anna narrates it. Oh this girl, this Anna. You will not help but give her sympathy. Her voice is real and authentic. Like everything she says is.. real. That’s why  every time I thought that I got it all figured out.. doubt creeps in. So I read more, and then realization comes in that I REALLY DON’T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.

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DG is centered around Elise’s death. Who killed her? Why? When and how did it happen? And of course I got my own suspects as well but nothing prepared me for that ending. Look, I’ve thought of that while reading. But Haas just exploded it on my face! Slapped me with how much of a genius she is and how she got away with it. I did a back read.. a lot of times and yeah, all I can say is GIVE ME YOUR BRAIN ABIGAIL HAAS. I want it. Overall, Dangerous Girls is not a book to be missed. BELIEVE ME! You want a fantastic and well written murdery/thriller read? THIS IS IT.

 

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5stars

 

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Do You Sneak a Peek?

Before you start reading a book, or even while you’re reading it – do you sneak a peek at the last page or last chapter to see how it ends?

Me – nope, no way, not gonna do it!  My oldest daughter – pretty much always sneaks a peek at the end of a book.  She did it with Allegiant by Veronica Roth when she was just a few chapters into it.  I told her not to, but she did it anyway.  And then she put the book down for the rest of summer (those who have read Allegiant know why).  Recently, she finally picked up the book again to read and hopefully finish.  But she already knows how it ends, or at least how a part of it ends.  I told her that there’s so much more to it than just the ending though (not just with Allegiant, but with most books), so hopefully she’ll finish it.  She said she likes looking at the end of a book because she HAS to know how it ends and doesn’t really want to be surprised.
 
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We disagree on that.  I want to be surprised by a book.  Sneaking a peek at the last chapter or page of a book is a spoiler.  I don’t like it when people spoil books for me, so I certainly don’t want to spoil it for myself!!  Although, I admit, it is hard sometimes – especially if things are looking bleak for favorite characters – to not sneak a peek!!  While I want everything to work out nicely for the characters, I don’t want to jump ahead in the story to make sure.  I just feel like it’ll ruin the story for me.  I don’t even like checking the back of the book for extras or to see how many pages are left because I don’t want to chance seeing a spoiler!

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There’s so much more to a story than just how it ends.  If I read the ending first, then I might not read the rest of it – what’s the point?  Then I’d miss all the events and details that lead to the ending!  Think of all the great things we’d miss out on!!  Sure, we’d be able to skip all the conflict, tragedy, and anguish some books have (Allegiant), but that’s what helps make a story great and endears the characters to us.  So, while I’d love to know what happens at the end of book as soon as possible, I want to know HOW it got to that ending and WHY so much more!!!

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So, what about you – do you like being surprised by the ending or do you sneak a peek?

 

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Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon

drums of autumn - outlander 4From goodreads:

It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.

Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century—their daughter, Brianna….

Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history … and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past … or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong….

Review…

I need to just say that I’m going to have a massive book hangover by the time I’m done with this series.  Every night I get in bed and read this series. And every night Claire and Jamie feel as though they’ve become family and their journey is my journey.  I don’t even want to think about how I’ll feel once I’m done.

“You are my courage, as I am your conscience,” he whispered. “You are my heart—and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Drums of Autumn has all the details you come to expect with Diana Gabaldon’s stories and no stone is left unturned.  Not one.

Jamie and Claire are totally on the same page.  Their love for each other doesn’t waver and now they are growing as a couple facing the challenges of building a life together.

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The first half of the story is all about Colonial America and being in the untamed wilderness as Jamie and Claire figure out where to settle.  Many would consider this to be slow-paced because of the descriptive narration, which it definitely is and there were moments that were exciting but I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I wanted and needed more, some of the day-to-day minutia didn’t always seem necessary but I understood why DG wrote it that way. She wanted us to have a true sense of life back in those days and it is grueling and oftentimes, unfair.  Don’t even get me started on her description with all the different smells.  Two words: body odor.

Drums of Autumn became beyond exciting and devastating in the second half of the book when Roger and Bree go through the stones.  Holy cannoli Batman!!!  Talk about drama.  And if I needed the other shoe to drop, it happened after the 49% mark and it did not stop.

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Every character has their own harrowing story to tell and if I had to pick a favorite supporting character, it would be young Ian.  He’s my absolute favorite.

My heart broke so many times for Jamie and while some of it was his own fault, I couldn’t help but feel awful for him! *deep sigh* There was so much miscommunication that happened but if it didn’t, we wouldn’t have a story.

“And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours, Claire— I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you.”

Now, I’m onto the 5th book, The Fiery Cross.  If my calculations serve me correct…I should be done with the series by October! *wink*

4stars

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PS: if you don’t feel like reading the series because it’s too long, might I recommend the show on STARZ.  It’s friggin’ AUH-MAZING! ♥

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Where Do You Read?

Do you have a favorite spot to read or can you read absolutely anywhere? I prefer reading at home, in a few favorite places – my comfy chair, my small couch, and my bed (usually stretched out across the bed on my stomach).

When they’re reading, my kids can be found sprawled out in various locations inside the house – they can pretty much read anywhere, even the floor!! I remember doing that myself, and I’m a little envious that it’s not as comfortable anymore, LOL!! My oldest even likes sitting on the step of our front porch to read. While I used to read a lot outside as a kid, I’m not much of an outside reader anymore. I’m not much of a bathtub reader either, I’m too scared I’ll damage (because I’m clumsy like that) my Kindle or physical book!!

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I don’t read much outside my home – I’m mostly still a stay at home mom. When I worked full-time, I would sometimes try to read on my breaks, but it made the break time go by too fast!! I like going to the library to get books, but I rarely stay to read. I always bring something with me when I wait at doctor’s offices and other appointments, but lately I haven’t had to wait too long. I can’t read while traveling, because we usually travel by car, and reading in a car gives me headaches (unfortunately). I like reading at the beach sometimes though.

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So, most of my reading is done in the comfort of my own home in my favorite spots. What about you? Where do you do most of your reading or where is your favorite place to read?

Dream spot:

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

15777621From Goodreads:

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

Review:

Well this book was definitely a disappointment. Basically all my Goodreads friends have rated it 4-5 stars and I’m so sad that I can’t even muster 2!

While this would definitely appeal to those who have experienced some kind of bullying before, I really could not enjoy this book mainly because of Elise.

Elise has been bullied her entire life. She’s been treated as an outsider for as long as she can remember. At first, I really felt for her. I thought her situation was really sad for a while. However Elise seems to believe that because she is going through a rough time she has a free pass to belittle and judge everyone and everything.

She has these two friends who are actually pretty nice and sweet to her, and she calls them pathetic.

They are both less popular than me and I don’t know why, but I hope it’s because they are unbelievably boring. They have only one interest, and that is: what the popular kids are doing.

This girl that befriends her is too “wild” for her.

Her little 8 year old sister is delusional because she makes an effort in school.

“She [little sister] needs a reality check, diminished ambition, and some non-imaginary friends. And that’s what I am trying to give her.”

Elise went by this mindset that if you were “popular” you were unlikeable. If you weren’t, you had to change everything about yourself to become that person.

Elise was just overall mean and judgemental. She justified all of her actions and I just wanted to reach inside of the book and throttle her most of the time.

I know she’s just 16 but I honestly believed she was being completely childish. I couldn’t connect to her, and never really understood any of her decisions.

There’s also a lot of suspension of disbelief that has to go into reading this book, because there are a lot of unbelievable aspects. Elise is a 16 year old girl that works at a nightclub? And no one, not even the manager of the nightclub, bats an eye? Really?! I kept waiting throughout the book for someone to say, “hey, she’s not 21, how is she the DJ?” but no, that never happened. Something else that I really couldn’t believe was the fact that Elise doesn’t actually have much DJ experience. She’s been DJing for maybe a month, and suddenly she’s the best DJ in town. I just didn’t get it.

I didn’t enjoy the romance either because I never got the chemistry between them. It felt forced and it made me cringe a couple of times, too. DJ Charming was just maybe a little bit charming and a whole lot of annoying.

On the other hand, at the end of the book I’d like to think that Elise grew up, if maybe only a little. She finally realized some things that I was basically shouting at her from the beginning of the book.

The writing was also good in some parts. There were many wonderful quotes throughout even if Elise was an all around annoying character.

Overall, I couldn’t connect to the main character which led to an immediate unlikability for the plot and much disappointment. You might enjoy this more than me! I recommend you read this if you’ve ever been bullied, because the bullying topic IS covered wonderfully.

Sometimes people thing they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.

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Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble #1) by Meg Cabot

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From Goodreads:

What’s an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?

Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. But what’s the point of planning for the future when she’s done it again? See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. And it’s not just that she can’t keep her own secrets, she can’t keep anything to herself.

This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. So now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-refundable airline ticket.

Fortunately, there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in southern France, catering weddings with her boyfriend, Chaz, in a sixteenth-century château. One call and Lizzie’s on a train to Souillac. Who cares if she’s never traveled alone in her life and only speaks rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Château Mirac – not to mention gorgeous Luke, the son of Château Mirac’s owner – and she’s smitten.

But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Château Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, her ex-boyfriend Andrew shows up looking for “closure” (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…

Unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

 

Review…

This book was just what I needed to read at the time – something lighthearted and fluffy!  Kind of predictable and a little cheesy, but very entertaining for me. I loved Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series (as well as her Insatiable series and Abandon Trilogy), so when I saw this one in a used book store, I had to get it. I’m so glad that I did!!

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it because the main character Lizzie started off kind of ditzy. She also has a problem of babbling on and on, which is sometimes hilarious and sometimes annoying. Anyway, the book starts off with her being “in LOVE” with a guy she only saw once because he was moving back to England the next day. They’ve been communicating all summer via email. After her college graduation, she goes to England to visit with him. Everything pretty much falls apart. At first, she tries to overlook things, but FINALLY she realizes what a lying loser he is and leaves him!! If she hadn’t left him, I probably wouldn’t have continued with the book.

“I hate confrontations. It’s so much easier to walk away than it is to explain to someone that you never want to see them again.”

She travels to France to meet up with her best friend working there. On the train to France, she kind of has a break down because she’s had such an awful day, but thankfully, the nice guy (Luke) next to her is very sympathetic. So sympathetic, that she ends up babbling WAY too much!! That was pretty funny!! Then she finds out that he actually knows who she is and they’re going to the same place – she’s so embarrassed. Although, I did find it to be a little soon for her to start crushing on Luke so soon after dumping her loser boyfriend – Lizzie and Luke were so cute, I wanted them to fall in love.

“Diet Coke does not contain nasty chemicals. It contains lovely and delicious carbonation, caffeine, and aspartame. What’s unnatural about that?”

Lizzie still had her ditzy moments, but she was also quirky, sweet, and passionate. I’m glad I gave her a chance and continued with the book. It’s not a complex book, but it has a lot of quirky characters. I needed a fun, lighthearted romance and this one fit that perfectly! I plan on reading the other two books in the series as well. Very entertaining!!

“Sometimes we need to take big risks if we want to find out who we are, and what we were put on this planet for.”

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4stars

 

LoveTricia