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Perfect Chemistry  - Simone Elkeles

2 1/2 stars


I always go into a book excited and fully expecting to love it. I don't read synopsis' or reviews before I read a book because I like to go in blind and not be influenced. I rely completely on star ratings. (I do, however, like to read reviews when I'm finished)
I know, it's weird.

Sadly, this book didn't live up to the ratings for me.

Here's why

 

((some may think this is a little SPOILERish))

 

-The overuse of stereotypes. It felt a little 1960's blatant.

-The overuse of spanish phrases. These did not make me feel the story was more authentic.

-The overuse of Brittany striving for perfection. It basically came down to only her looks and it became too repetitive.

Suddenly You - Sarah Mayberry

4 stars

Naturally, Charlie - S.L. Scott

This was a cute and simple love story that had a very different feel from the usual commitment-phobic alpha hero story.
It had a bit of a slow start for me but after about 60% it picked up.

What I liked most about this, is that the H & h were (unfortunately insta-) friends first.
I get SO tired of the insta-lust/love and sex-is-the-same-as-love trope in so many books these days.

Some of the issues that knocked off stars were that having 2 Charlie's became confusing. I had to double check the beginning of the chapters a few different times to see whose POV I was reading.
Also, man Charlie was a bit too beta for me and he seemed a little to good to be true. He was way more patient with girl Charlie than I was and he came across as flat. I had a hard time sympathizing with girl Charlie. I wasn't always clear about her reasoning.
Then there's the reconcilliation/ending. It didn't work for me. It felt, well...unnatural.

Three Little Words: A Memoir - Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Audio
Read by the author.


Given the content of this memoir, I should have been emotionally moved.
I wasn't. This book barely skimmed the surface of a very troubling childhood in the foster care system.
The only emotions I felt were anger at the clearly broken system and the states that perpetuate this treatment of children.
I appreciated the authors honesty while recalling her attitude of distrust but she ended up coming across as snotty and ungracious. The delivery was kind of stiff and flat. It's too bad; this story could be so much more.

Fly Away Home - Jennifer Weiner

AUDIO

 

a smidge under 4 stars

 

I actually enjoyed this book despite the cheating, which i usually won't read.
Cheating leaves me nauseous.
I like a story about women who "find themselves" and I was proud of Sylvie
for doing just that.
However, her decisions in the end left me disappointed and unsatisfied.

Wife by Wednesday - Catherine Bybee

4 1/2 stars

Nice and fluid, realistic dialoge, likable characters and really well developed for 221 pages.
Well done Ms. Bybee!

Twelve Days - Teresa Hill

Kinda cute but pretty repetitive.

Backseat Saints - Joshilyn Jackson

Audio
The author reads her own book. Excellent job!


The story in this book over-laps the time frame in [book:Gods in Alabama|223462]

Love the way J.J. writes! Her descriptions and metaphors are razor sharp.
Pure chick lit.

Naturally, Charlie - S.L. Scott Why is this so expensive?~scowly face~ grrrr ETA: $2.99 on kindle. yay!This was a cute and simple love story that had a very different feel from the usual commitment-phobic alpha hero story.It had a bit of a slow start for me but after about 60% it picked up. What I liked most about this, is that the H & h were (unfortunately insta-) friends first. I get SO tired of the insta-lust/love and sex-is-the-same-as-love trope in so many books these days. Some of the issues that knocked off stars were that having 2 Charlie's became confusing. I had to double check the beginning of the chapters a few different times to see whose POV I was reading.Also, man Charlie was a bit too beta for me and he seemed a little to good to be true. He was way more patient with girl Charlie than I was and he came across as flat. I had a hard time sympathizing with girl Charlie. I wasn't always clear about her reasoning.Then there's the reconcilliation/ending. It didn't work for me. It felt, well...unnatural.
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard - Liz Murray Audio read by the the authorThis is a jaw-dropping, heart breaking and inspiring memoir.I just don't even know what to say.Wow.

Girl with Guitar: 1 (Kylie Ryans)

Girl with Guitar - Caisey Quinn OK I'm half way through and I can't finish this.Why all the great reviews and high ratings?First of all, She's "discovered" the FIRST time she's on stage at a bar in Nashville with open mic night.Secondly, She falls for the hero that is such an alcoholic dick, who is nothing but rude to her, way too fast.No build up, no moments to show me (or her) that he's even likable.ETA: just read a couple of reviews with others that rated similarly to me.So glad I'm not waisting my time.

Left Drowning

Left Drowning - Jessica Park HmmmmFelt like there was a lot of telling and not showing.I didn't like all the insta-friendships, insta-connections, insta-lust, insta-love.There was no build up to any of it. I was only told about it.Such a disappointment after LOVING [b:Flat Out Love|11096647|Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)|Jessica Park|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1361307724s/11096647.jpg|16018629]

Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Family Series)

Slightly Dangerous - Mary Balogh 5+++ starsAbsolute Perfection!

Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Family Series)

Slightly Dangerous - Mary Balogh 5+++ starsAbsolute Perfection!

Slightly Sinful (Bedwyn Family Series)

Slightly Sinful - Mary Balogh 3 1/2 starsI didn't start to really enjoy this until 60% into the book.

Dream Lake. by Lisa Kleypas (Friday Harbor)

Dream Lake. by Lisa Kleypas (Friday Harbor) - Lisa Kleypas Not loving this series.I'm don't feel that special magic that LK usually writes.disappointment.