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review 2019-01-15 23:34
Book Review: Fame
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Fame
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Firstborn, #1; Baxters, #6
Format: paperback
Length: 346 pages
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: A Dream Come True
Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list—a successful, popular actor with a bright future. He has everything a man could want—fame, fortune, and friends. But his heart is pulling him toward a woman and a family who have no idea how their lives are tied to his. . . .
A Wounded Past
Katy Hart, the director of Christian Kids Theater, is immersed in her new life. Glad to move on and forget her past, she finally feels at home in Bloomington, Indiana. With a successful community theater and the love of many friends, she thinks she is content. But that changes in an instant when she meets Dayne Matthews and he promises a future she left in her past.
A Painful Promise
As Elizabeth Baxter lay dying, John made a promise that he must keep. A promise to reconnect the entire family—including the one child they never spoke of.

(spoiler show)

 

Favourite character: I just… I kind of love all them. I can’t pick a favourite.
Least favourite character: Kelly Parker

 

Mini-review: I’m such trash for the Baxters series. Honestly. I’m kind of addicted to this series, it’s bad. I cannot wait to read the next one. I am just so… I need to know what’s going to happen, if and how John and Dayne meet. If Dayne meets the rest of the Baxter clan. I can’t wait to read Bailey’s story understanding the rest of the characters, not being confused like I was two years ago when I read Leaving. I just love this series.

 

Fan-cast:
Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart - Sophia Bush
Ashley Baxter Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Kari Baxter Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Kelly Parker - Jaime King
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Connor Flanigan - Cameron Boyce
Chloe Madden/Anna Madden - Leslie Mann
Heath Hudson - Jay Baruchel
Tim Reed - Nat Wolff
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Alice Stryker - Drea de Matteo
Sarah Jo Stryker - Sabrina Carpenter
Marc David - Joel Kinnaman
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin
Ashley Zarelli - Julia Garner
Mitch Henry - John C. Reilly
Luke Baxter - Cameron Monaghan
Brooke Baxter West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski

 

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text 2019-01-15 16:06
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 342 pages.
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

Haven't heard from our friendly neighbourhood psychopath in quite a few chapters. We've only been with her for one chapter, but I still want to know what's happening with her.

 

But she kind of feels like Margo from Sweet Valley High.

 

Also, sorry for the Spider-Man reference, the trailer has destroyed me.

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text 2019-01-15 03:12
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 342 pages.
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

Time for my favourite game...

 

How much can I read before I have to force myself to go to bed?

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text 2019-01-14 22:31
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 342 pages.
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

I'm soooo excited to get back into the Baxters story!

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review 2019-01-12 17:22
Death Without Tenure by Joanne Dobson (audiobook)
Death Without Tenure (A Karen Pelletier Mystery #6) - Christine Williams,Joanne Dobson

Series: Karen Pelletier #6

 

I haven't read the rest of this series but this one was available from the library and it seemed like it might be a cute cozy. It wasn't great, but I don't think its problems are worse than for other books in the genre. I don't think this was a great option for audio because the narrator almost seemed to be barking the dialogue at times and the pronunciation of Karen Pelletier's last name was egregious. Sure, it was an Americanized pronunciation and Karen is American, but every time that "tier" was pronounced "teer" instead of "tiay" or "tsiay", it was like there were fingernails on the blackboard of my soul.

 

Overall it was your typical lacklustre mystery where the main character is suspected of murder by the policy because she had an altercation with the victim. I wasn't hampered by jumping in part way through the series though, so that was good.

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