November 10, 2014

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
This book was so addicting cover-to-cover. I could hardly put it down. I am not sure if it was the writing style or the actual story itself, but something about it just hooked me and would not let me go.

It was fun, it was sweet, it made me laugh out loud at times.

The characters were all pretty great. Anna as the protagonist was fun to read through. Her personality made this book very light and enjoyable. I think every girl reading this can find a bit of themselves in Anna or on of her friends.

St. Clair was a great complementary character. Once they met, you could feel the chemistry right away. He and Anna had witty conversations and you could feel the relationship growing from day one.

There was something really sweet about seeing such a fun relationship bud throughout the pages of this novel. You can’t help but to root for them to be together.

With the young romance, the family and friend drama, and the quick and fun experience with reading this book, I feel that Anna and the French Kiss as well as its sequels will be a staple in YA literature for years to come.

5/5 Stars

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November 7, 2014

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson

A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach...for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon's over.
A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite--and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it's anyone's guess which happy couple is next on the list.

FBI Agent John O'Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common.

As wedding hysteria rises to a frightening new level, John and Sarah work ever more closely together in a frantic attempt to decipher the logic behind two rampages.
After reading a bunch of Alex Cross books, it was different to jump into a Patterson book that had different character in it. I wouldn’t call it a stand-alone book since there was one book that came before it, but that is what I consider it in my head.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book. It was full of suspense and full of action.

John and Sarah were great characters that really complemented each other while they were working together. I would enjoy to see this turn into another series with those two as the lead detectives. After one book, I just wanted more.

The plot moved really fast and had me turning page after page. I didn’t want to put the book down.

This was a really refreshing book with lots of action, lots of suspense, and great characters.

5/5 Stars

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November 6, 2014

River of Desire by J.K. Winn

Imagine traveling deep into the Amazon Jungle, where every step is a struggle through thick undergrowth, any rock or tree may mask a venomous creature and somewhere, at some time, you will run up against a mysterious Ebola-like Hemorrhagic Fever.

River of Desire tells the tale of Leah Roberts, a reporter on assignment in Peru, who hires professional guide, Dylan Hart, to escort her into the Amazon jungle on the trail of a deadly disease. On the river, Leah and Dylan encounter treacherous rapids and carnivorous creatures, but what they fear most is the attraction growing between them. Their travels finally lead them to a reclusive doctor who holds the answer to the sudden appearance of the lethal viral strain.

Don’t expect the ordinary when you begin a trip down the River of Desire. So, hop on board the boat and take a thrilling, sometimes life threatening, but always action-packed ride down the mighty Amazon with Leah and Dylan, who face daunting adventures, but know that love is the most amazing adventure of all.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book. I haven’t read many romance novels, and I was a little worried that it was going to be super cheesy and turn me away from it. I am a big fan of J.K. Winn’s other novels, so when I was approached to review this one, I couldn’t turn it down.

I was not disappointed. River of Desire has an interesting and action filled plot that keeps you turning the page.
The chemistry between Leah and Dylan makes the read even more enjoyable as well. They work well together, and their dialogue flows really well and never becomes boring. You can tell that their attraction is growing throughout the novel and it is only a matter of time before they end up together, but that is about the only predictable thing in the book.

I did not expect it to turn into a deep novel with stories about family lines and war. It came out of the blue, but was written to fit perfectly into the story.
The action will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the relationship between Dylan and Leah gives it a nice soft side.

Fans of romance novels will surely enjoy it.

4/5 Stars

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