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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

21 Dec

I would not have picked this book out by myself. I read the little blurb about it when it was a bestseller and I ignored it because I was so done with teen fiction at the time. They are usually so predictable, you know? Then I went to YouTube and some vlogger was listing her favorite books of all time, and she could not stop gushing. I rolled my eyes and decided to give it a try. Am glad I did. This is not your regular teen fiction. It is a work of art that I read overnight, simply because I could not bear to take a break. I finished it around 3 am and had a good cry. Then I woke my boyfriend up to tell him how much I love him. HA. HA. This one snuck up on me and I was impressed. First book to reduce me to tears; in a good way.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Book Description:

TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!
The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Happy Reading :)

DOUBLE TROUBLE by DEBORAH COOKE

11 Aug

 

Double Trouble: The Coxwells (Volume 2) by Deborah Cooke

book description:

Two sisters. One disaster. First things first: I’m the bad twin. While my sister, Marcia, has the perfect family in the perfect suburb, I’ve been making my living as an Internet advice columnist and designing Web sites in my downtown loft. I always thought I had the right answer – and hair color – for any occasion. That is, until Marcia ran up loads of debt and ran out on her husband and kids, and I was left helping to pick up the pieces. Her husband, James, is a lawyer who I hate on principle alone. But for a guy who’s just lost his job, his marriage, and his expensive toys, he’s keeping it together – and making me rethink my feelings toward him. It’s not that he’s traded in his conservative suits for sexy jeans. It’s that he’s not giving up what’s important to him, and oh baby, I’m a sucker for a guy who hangs tough. That doesn’t mean I?m ready to step into Marcia’s designer shoes now that she’s gone AWOL. And it doesn’t mean I’m going to fall for James’ easy charm…not again, anyhow. Besides, I’ve had a lifelong policy of not being mistaken for my twin and I’m not backing down on that one now – no matter how convenient it might be for a certain sexy (and persuasive) man…

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what we thought:

This is what I call an intelligent read. The cover is stunning and that is usually my criteria for downloading books (yes, that shallow); plus it was free on kindle for a little while:) Maralys is a character that I will not be forgetting any time soon. She is smart, funny and vulnerable although she has this tough shell that can be misleading. I really felt her phobia for kids and dependency but she still works through that to be an awesome aunt to her two nephews. Her jobs? totally cool. Loved the twist with James ( am not telling) and I was so engrossed in reading this that it caught me unawares. Big up Deborah; looking for more of your books most def.

what we found out:

  • First of all, Double Trouble is the second book in a series that I cannot wait to get my hands on-The Coxwells. We will be featuring the rest of the series soon so you can check them out yourself.
  • The series has been around for some time (Could have fooled me) I could not establish exactly when the books first came out but we found a review dated 10 years back so around that time. The books were first published under her pseudonym Claire Cross. Then she decided to republish them and offer them digitally too. She hasn’t changed a word so you’ll be reading them the way they originally were. So glad she republished them because I probably would not have come across them.

On Deborah:

  • She writes under the names Claire Cross, Claire Delacroix and of course Deborah Cooke
  • She has written over 40 novels. Wow, right?
  • Apart from writing, she has a passion for knitting and sewing; quite obvious from her blog
  • She lives In Canada
  • She writes in different genres, including Young Adult and Paranormal Romance.
  • She has a fascination for dragons which has translated to two bestselling series; The Dragon Fire Series and The Dragon Diaries Series ( Young Adult). We hope to feature the books soon.

The Free Part:)

For Readers:

Deborah has a contest for the month of August where she gives away a signed copy of Third Time Lucky (One of The Coxwells books). All you have to do is check out her blog and leave a comment. Easy huh?

For Reviewers:

Leave a review of her books anywhere on the internet, Check out her blog and leave a comment letting her know you did and you could be the lucky winner of any of the books from the list she has made.

You can use the link below:

Deborah Cooke’s Blog

To get the book from Amazon:

Double Trouble: The Coxwells (Volume 2)

Happy Reading Everyone:)

THE HOLLYWOOD HEADLINES MYSTERY SERIES by GEMMA HALLIDAY

24 Jul

I have to say that I officially love Gemma Halliday after reading this series and I cannot wait to give her other books, the High Heels Mysteries, a read. I came across the first book in the series because Amazon is currently offering it free on kindle.You can use the links below to check out the books for yourself. I am a total sucker for free books :) The title jumped out at me since I love all things Hollywood, as you will soon find out. I was thinking Maggie Marr and Jackie Collins and I was not disappointed. This series was a fantastic read.

It is set in a tabloid newspaper and features the three main women who work there. I love the fact that Gemma keeps hinting at real life stars that we all know and I had a fun time guessing who she is talking about in each character. Plenty of mystery and a dash of romance to keep you turning pages.

 Hollywood Scandals: Hollywood Headlines Book #1 (formerly Scandal Sheet)


Tina bender is an unforgettable character and definitely my favourite. She is the lead reporter at the L.A. Informer and her gossip column earns her faithful readers, informers and enemies. It was fun following the life of a tabloid reporter in the earnest pursuit for the latest Hollywood Headline. However things become even more exciting when she receives a threatening message threatening to kill her if she keeps writing about the mystery threatener (I know it is not a word, thank you, spell-check). In true Tina Bender style, she does not back down but instead vows to uncover who is threatening her. Bodyguards, a new reporter trying to scoop her every which way and I was up all night trying to get to the last page.

 

 

 

 

Hollywood Secrets: Hollywood Headlines Book #2 (formerly Perfect Shot)

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What is a tabloid without the paparazzi? Enters Cameron Dakota (hot name huh?), the L.A. Informer’s main paparazzi. I could not wait to read about her after the first book and I loved her story. We find out why she does what she does and how she does it. Stalking one of the hottest stars to get exclusive photos is what she is focused on when she witnesses his kidnapping. Like every hungry journalist, she wants to get the story and please the unpleasable Managing Editor, Felix Dunn. Therein begins her series of adventures that did not slow down till the very end. I wish there was more of Tina here but … still a fabulous read.

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood Confessions: Hollywood Headlines Book #3 (Hollywood Headlines Mysteries)

Of course, the nosy blonde had to get her own book. Nkt.She was the least favourite of my characters from the previous two books but everyone deserves a chance, right? Anywho we find out that dumb blonde, Allie Quick, is not as dumb as we thought and she is determined to prove it. Her love interest was a twist that,  I have to admit, I did not see coming. Anywho, Chester Baker, some famous reality show producer, and his mysterious murder are her ticket to making everyone else take her as the serious journalist she is. I really wish there had been more romance here. I do not feel she was wooed enough (hahahaha) but then again, that is real life for you.

         


 

 

 

 

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