Book Review: “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes

mebeforeyou  Title:  Me Before You

Author:  Jojo Moyes

Synopsis (bn.com):

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

 

My thoughts:  I bought this book a couple months ago for a book club and of course never read it.  I let it sit around for a couple of months as I felt it “wasn’t my kind of book”.  Well let me tell you how very wrong I was.

This book is absolutely fabulous in so many ways.  It grabbed my attention from the very first chapter and relentlessly didn’t let go until the last page!  I couldn’t put it down it was that fast.

It is a beautifully written love story that is thought-provoking, controversial, and full of wonderful life lessons.

Me Before You is one of those novels that makes the reader stop, think, and ask themselves questions . . . which I love.  What would I choose to do if I were in Will’s situation?  Is he being selfish or ultimately giving Lou the greatest gift?

Love, love, love the juxtaposition of the title and how it fits with the storyline.  Who comes first, Lou or Will?  Is it Lou that is truly helping Will or is it Will that is helping Lou?

Great book!  You won’t be disappointed.

And remember

Books Are Life

Heather

 

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Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: “Well Read, Then Dead” by Terrie Farley Moran (Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery #1)

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I am very happy to once again be participating in a Blog Tour for Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours (keep up the great work Lori!!!).

This tour is for Terrie Farley Moran’s new Read ‘Em and Eat Cozy Mystery series book #1, Well Read, Then Dead!!!

wellreadthendea Synopsis (from bn.com):

First in a new series!

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.

Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. If it’s not Rowena Gustavson loudly debating the merits of the current book club selection, it’s Miss Augusta Maddox lecturing tourists on rumors of sunken treasure among the islands. It’s no wonder Sassy’s favorite is Delia Batson, a regular at the Emily Dickinson table. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking.

No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.

Includes a buttermilk pie recipe!

 

My thoughts:  Watch out cozy mystery lovers . . . there is a GREAT new cozy series in town!  I really loved this first book in the new Read ‘Em and Eat series for many reasons.

I am a fairly avid cozy reader and when the setting is not only a book store, but also a café, you know you have a winner on your hands!  Great setting.  Anyone who has ever read my blog, also knows that I really enjoy my cozies to actually spend most of the action in the book right in the setting whether it be a café, a store, etc etc and this one does not disappoint.  For me that is the joy of the cozy genre.. . to spend as much time possible in that cozy space.

I also love my cozies to be in a setting that I feel I want to immediately visit . . . The Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore/café certainly fits the bill.  I’m so there, when can I visit.

The characters in this book are fabulous . . . fun, charming, quirky, engaging, and very important I want to know more which is a testament also in my humble opinion to a great cozy.

I very much look forward to returning to this series and am hopeful there are many more books on the horizon!

Cozy lovers . . . do yourself a favor and put this one on your list.  A great plane or beach read for anyone still getting in that last minute summer vacation!

 

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Now let’s not forget the important part . . . the giveaway.

The author has been gracious enough to giveaway one print copy of the book to each blog participating in this blog tour.

I’m not all cool enough to be up to speed on the whole Rafflecopter thing so here is how you can enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post with your email address.  (It is not necessary to like the blog or follow the blog, but that sure is nice as well and makes us bloggers feel good :) :)

2.  I will close the comments on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 5 pm CST!!!!

3.  I will randomly select the winner and email you for your mailing address/contact information and pass that info along to the tour host to get you the book!

 

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Vile” by Debra Webb (Faces of Evil #8)

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Title:  Vile

Author:  Debra Webb

Series:  Faces of Evil series #8

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):  Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows her time is running out. Somehow she must protect the people she loves and any more innocent victims from the serial killer obsessed with her.

Is sacrificing herself the only way to stop this evil?

Don’t miss the latest installment of this thrilling series!

 

My thoughts:  Anyone who has even glanced briefly at my blog recently knows that I am working my way through this great series . . . and am seriously hooked!

Again, book #8, Vile, picks up the storyline right where we left off.  Jess is back solving another case and continues to be stalked by The Player!

This series is a great psychological thriller with the serial killer aspect.  I like that as each book goes by we find out more and more . . . and more bits and pieces about other characters in the story, very interesting.

Now all that being said, as much as I love the series, I am getting to the point where I feel the underlying storyline of Jess being pursued by the serial killer is being played a little too long.  This series is really different than other serial books in that it is really one story carried out over the course of 10 books (or more?) rather than simply the same characters moving forward with other cases, etc.   I have to say it is time to move on from The Player story.  Jess, Dan, and the other characters in these novels are great . . . it is just time they get something else to be concerned about.

On to book #9 . . . come on, just because I feel it should move on, doesn’t mean I don’t want to see how it plays out :)

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

 

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Book Review: “Vicious” by Debra Webb (Faces of Evil series #7)

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Title:  Vicious

Author:  Debra Webb

Series:  Faces of Evil #7

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):  Serial killer Eric Spears is far from done. He has chosen his next victim and Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows it’s only a matter of time until he comes for her.

The murders are vicious, the killer relentless. Has Birmingham’s major crimes team run into its most baffling and deadly case yet?

Don’t miss the next thrilling installment of the Faces of Evil!

 

My thoughts:  Another great, fabulous, wonderful addition to the Faces of Evil series.  I don’t know, but I think this series just keeps getting better and better.  I am realizing at this point however that this is really more of one continuous story split up into 10 books that it is a series.  One book literally leads right into the next one . . . which of course make the plot twists and turns even better.

The author definitely has a feel for cliffhangers, suspense, and compelling characters.

I have embarked on book 8, Vile, and book 9 came in the mail last week.  I have my fingers crossed that one of the previous storylines surrounding Jess’s family gets addressed and doesn’t get dropped . . . noooooooooooo.

This series is definitely worth the read.  Fast-paced, exciting  . . . and what mystery lover doesn’t just love a serial killer plot!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review: “Ruthless” by Debra Webb (Faces of Evil #6)

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Title:  Ruthless

Author:  Debra Webb

Series:  Faces of Evil

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Three photos of three unknown women. Sent to Deputy Chief Jess Harris by the Player, one of the world’s most sadistic killers. The Player is taunting her, and Jess is more than ready to take on his challenge. Only one thing could distract her from the Player’s deadly game: the appearance of a clue to long-unsolved cases. For years Birmingham’s children were vanishing-one per year, always on a full moon-until the disappearances stopped and the Man in the Moon case went cold. No leads on the children were ever found-until now.

Jess has no choice but to pursue the case. Someone is reaching out to her, sending her mementos of the missing children, and the citizens of Birmingham deserve justice. But after years of silence, has the Man in the Moon really resurfaced? Or is he just another pawn in the Player’s game?

 

My thoughts:  Anyone who has read my blog knows I absolutely love this series.  Ruthless, gives us another great thriller in the Faces of Evil series.  Jess Harris and Dan are back in action, and better than ever.

After I finished book #5, it left me with my mouth agape and I literally went online and ordered what was available for the rest of the series.  Phew, it is good.

This author most definitely is the queen of “leave you hanging” endings, which make the next book even better.  I love cliffhangers.

I hate reading spoilers however, so I won’t ruin it for anyone, but let me just say that in Ruthless Jess discovers something less than expected about herself and her family of origin!!!!!!!

This is a wonderful series for those who love great police thrillers with a serial killer twist.

I must go and continue on with book #7, Vicious.  #10 should be arriving at my door any day . . .yes of course I pre-ordered it :)

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review: “The Three” by Sarah Lotz

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Title:  The Three

Author:  Sarah Lotz

Synopsis (from bn.com): Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists “The Three” are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he’s right?

The world is stunned when four planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters, a single child is the sole survivor. Dubbed “the three” by the press, these “miracle children” achieve international celebrity. Things take a dark turn when a fanatical preacher starts insisting that the young survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse.

As the children’s behavior grows increasingly disturbing, even their loved ones start to suspect there could be some truth behind the conspiracy theory. And when a survivor from the fourth accident is found, deadly alliances are formed and it becomes ever more difficult- and dangerous -to decipher the truth.

Combining the complexity of Lost and the thrills of Stephen King, THE THREE is an enormously ambitious thriller from a blazingly talented storyteller.

 

My thoughts:  Well, I literally just finished this book and had to sit right down to somehow sort out my thoughts about this particular read.  My friend from book club emailed me a couple of weeks ago with the synopsis of this book and it looked like a fantastic read that was just my thing – 4 plane crashes that occur at the same time, 3 survivors all children, conspiracy theories, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, creepy and exciting, so I excitedly ran to the library to put it on hold.

Now as I sit reflecting on what I just read, this is a first for me, but I literally don’t know how I feel about this book.  I am not sure if it was so bad that it held my attention enough to read it and be good or if was so good that it held my attention and was bad.  I am so, so confused.

Here are some of my immediate thoughts:

1.  Perhaps I should have done my research a bit more first, but I thought this book was simply a mystery/thriller.  In fact, it was more of a weird horror/sci fi/sort of dystopian vibe going on.  Not really my style!

2.  The book itself is written as a book within a book.  It took me a while, but here is what I mean.  The book is written from the perspective of a non-fiction book chronicling the events of that day, Black Thursday, and is written as a series of texts, letters, and interviews from multiple people involved that day.  Although an interesting concept, this format certainly didn’t add to this book in any way.  In fact, it got a bit confusing and we were introduced to many, many random characters that truly didn’t play any major role in the plot.

3.  Clearly, one of the major premises of this book is that some conspiracy theorists and right-wing, Christian groups decide that the three surviving children of the plane crashes are actually the Four Horse Men of the Apocalyse and hence the plot moves quickly into End Times/Rapture.  The author clearly isn’t a fan of Christianity or right-wing thought, so if you are a Christian that is easily offended by this type of thought, I highly suggest you stay away from this book.

4.  And last but certainly not least – THE ENDING!  Or should I say, what ending?  I am not a fan of ambiguity in my endings and most certainly not a fan of books that just end and leave me with the feeling I had with this book, namely “Is that it?  So what happened?   Where did the ending go?  WHAT?”  Pardon the whole plane crash analogy here, but this ending just crashed and burned, what little there was of it.  It is as if the author just completely lost where the story was going or had no idea where it was going to go, so just ended it.    Ugh, so frustrating for me!

All in all, I would have to give this book that looked oh so promising a huge thumbs down.  It moved along fast enough, but ultimately just lost its steam and left this reader extremely unfulfilled.  I must say, I kind of wish I had the hours I spent reading it back and I still need some closure!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Picture of the Day!!!!

readingpicOh this is the question I ask . . . every single day!!!

And remember

Books Are Life,
Heather

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