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review 2017-11-14 01:28
Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella

A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Egan's latest offering takes place in America during the Depression.  Twelve-year-old Anna Kerrigan accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who she perceives to be important.  Anna can't help but notice the lavish house equipped with servants, toys for the children, and the pact between Styles and her father.  

 

Years later the country is at war, Anna's father has disappeared, and she has to support her mother and disabled sister with work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Because of the war, women are allowed to work and perform jobs that were traditionally jobs for men.  She becomes the first female diver—an incredibly dangerous occupation—repairing naval ships.  Anna meets Dexter Styles at a nightclub and realizes that he is the man she visited with her father before his disappearance.  Styles has ties to the mob and Anna begins to understand the complexity of her father's life.     

 

The first section is smart, sharp, and brilliantly executed.  Egan's writing is solid, exactly what you would expect.  Then the novel makes one of many jumps in time and the story becomes scattered.  There is a complete lack of harmony and the reader is left with a rambling narrative that is a mash-up of three stories.  Hinging on boring at times, I didn't connect with the characters, or the plot, and this is disappointing because Egan has obviously done her homework.  

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review 2017-10-19 14:37
Reading progress update: I've listened 538 out of 718 minutes.
My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

I picked this audiobook because I needed something easy and light as I have a lot of brain fog at the minute. Plus, I wanted to try another Kinsella as I loved her YA novel Finding Audrey. This is no Finding Audrey, but it's alright. I much preferred the first half of the novel that was set in London. The second half is set on a farm in the countryside and it doesn't have the same urgency. It's still entertaining enough, I guess. I doubt I'll read another Kinsella, though.

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text 2017-10-06 16:26
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella $1.99
Can You Keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella

With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her mother:
I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Sammy the goldfish in my parents’ kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.

Secrets from her boyfriend:
I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks.
I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

From her colleagues:
When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.) It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
My G-string is hurting me.
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.

But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from 
the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse—Until they do.

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review 2017-08-31 20:21
Twenties Girl: A Review
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

 

What's up peeps and how are ya?! I hope you all are doing awesome and enjoying the last bit of summer! I am well to be honest a bit annoyed at the moment, because this is my second attempt at writing this review. I lost my first one and dummy me forgot to save it! YAY!!! SHEMURR! But, I'll get over it in a bit...not really no! I had it sound so good and then, my computer decided to be an itch and erase everything! I am going to go "camping" this weekend and by camping I mean be in a camper...no tents lol! I'm looking forward to doing that! Anywhoozles, today I have a review yay!!! It is "Twenties Girl" by Sophie Kinsella! Let's jump in shall we! 

 

The story focuses on a woman name Lara, whom has a lot to deal with. Her best friend/business partner ran off to GOA and so Lara is stuck running the business alone, but with some help from her secretary. On top of that her "perfect" boyfriend dumped her. And, to top even  that. She sees the 23 year old version of her dead great aunt Sadie, whom seems to be in 1920's wear. Life is just going peachy for her. Sadie stayed behind for a reason, she needs help finding her dragonfly necklace! And, Lara is the only one who can see her and help her out. Together these two polar opposites will have to set out and find Sadie''s necklace and Lara can have her peace. But, with a price, both women, have to help each other out with some crazy  requests and they end up discovering a lot about each other.

 

I will be honest, at the beginning, I was really annoyed at Lara because she so badly wanted to get back with her ex. I wanted to go up to her, shake her, and say "are ya dumb?!" a few times. I did feel bad for her because she had to run the business herself and not having much experience with what she signed up for. Sadie, is basically my favorite character and although there were times she did annoying me. I couldn't help but like her; she's just so funny and witty. Also, she seems to know what she is talking about when it comes to certain things. There are other characters as well that seem to make this book even more entertaining to read. There is Lara's parents and sister: Her mom is a major worrier, her dad just want his daughter to be doing well, her older sister is a know it all. Let's not forget her Uncle and his family! Her Uncle is a shameful rich know it all, his wife...well I don't really know, her cousin...spoiled as ever. Then, there is the new possible love interest name Ed, who seems to be sweet, charming, and serious. 

 

All in all, I really did enjoy this book! I liked how Sophie added really amazing details about the 1920's and building the dynamic between Lara and Sadie. The two did learn a lot about each other, and in the end Sadie learned a lot about what really happened in the past! 

 

Well, that's all I got for you all! I hope you awesome nerds are enjoying your reads and the last bit of summer. I will be back next week with a new post. Until then!

 

Later Days!

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review 2017-08-25 18:54
BoBs Day 5 and Book Review
The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella

Hey everyone and how's it going? I hope you all are doing Fantastic, I'm not doing to bad myself! Well, I am back again with an update and a challenge. So, after I have finished updating you all yesterday, I actually read a bit more of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and I'm still liking it. I have been continuing on as well with "Twenties Girl" and today it got better and I was liking what I was reading. Still, a bit of craziness, but I am about seven chapters away to finishing it! Ok, so onto today's challenge it's really interesting and I get to knock out one thing. And, that is a book review challenge. That's it, I have to share a book review and what a cool thing to do. So, as promised, I proved to you a book review. I will be giving you all a review on "The Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella! 

 

The story is about a woman name Samantha Sweeting who is a high power lawyer and a workaholic! She's awesome at her job, she doesn't let anything get by her. Until, one day she realized she had made a pretty huge mistake and she ends up having a meltdown and walks out of work and heads to he middle of nowhere. She ends up at a house to hopefully get a glass of water and direction. But, the owner of the house mistakes her for being apart of an interview to becoming a housekeeper! Now, Samantha finds herself doing something that she never does and that is cooking and cleaning!

 

I fell in love with this story and it's characters. Sam is pretty funny when she tries to figure out how to open an ironing board and doing the laundry. Her employers Eddie and Trish are quite strange, funny, and down right laughable. Sam's love interest Nathaniel is a total sweetheart and is swoon worthy, and not to mention really awesome at his job! His mom Iris is amazing, kind, sweet, Jill of all trades, patient, and takes on any challenge that comes her way (aka Sam in general.) This story is light-hearted and funny, I didn't know what I was going to expect when I dove into the book. Despite some people that you really want to knock out, this story had me laughing a whole lot. The chemistry between Sam and Nate is adorable and I was rooting them on the entire time. Iris had become my favorite character and I too wanted to learn how to cook and sew from her. I pretty quickly figured out why Sam seemed to have "made" a mistake while at her old job. And boy, that one was a bit of a douche move on someone whom Sam trusted so much.  All in all I enjoyed this book 100% and I would recommend this to anyone into comedy romance. And, a fan of Sophie Kinsella!

 

Well, that was a fun challenge right. It is different and I'm glad that someone had thought of this. I hope you all get a kick out of my impromptu review! I hope you awesome nerds/bookworms are having fun reading! And, I will be back tomorrow with yet another update and challenge.

 

Later Days! 

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