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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Ruins (BOOK CLUB and Audible book)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

My Review – 5 stars

WOW, I knew it was going to be good, but it really floored me. I loved the Hollywood history and gossip. I loved all the secrets, twists, and lies that each of them held onto. I felt one way through the book, but after Pasquale’s statement at the end…I had a completely different outlook. 

A MUST READ!!!!!

Highlight for spoilers… (((We find out she’s not dying, but prego. At first we are led to believe it’s Micheal Deen’s…the dirt bag, douche drinker that he is….I DID NOT LIKE HIM and in the end…he proved to be worse than Satan’s shit in the toilet bowl.  
It is really is Richard Burton’s kid. He was having an affair with ???? behind Elizabeth Taylor…who he was cheating with on his wife Debbie Reynolds…
So many little effects and a”beautiful ruins” come from this. We cheer for Pasquale to find Dee More and be with her. The lives they lead seem sad, but Pasquale thanks her for making him the man he needed to be….sniffles.)))

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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Book on Audible)

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything…

Think this might be a darn good mystery/thriller/suspense book…I can’t wait. I hope I can sleep after reading it. 

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This Week I Read…

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Howdy-Doodle Doo!

 

Amazon Summary:

Julius Jr. and his playful friends use equal doses of imagination and inventive spirit to help each other overcome challenges big and small, teaching boys and girls ages 2-5 that the best inventions are the ones that help your friends. This Step 1 Step into Reading leveled reader based on the creative spirit and lovable characters of Paul Frank comes with a shiny foil cover and two sheets of sparkly hologramatic stickers!

Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

AJ’s Review:

They go on the farm, the chickens get out. So Julius creates a machine to make the farmer’s voice louder. He calls his chickens back. 

Mommy’s Review:

While AJ can read some of the words and sound out others he still relies on memorization and using pictorial cues to help him read what’s on the page.   

He is trying, but being stubborn he refuses help. I try to remind him to sound out the words. He knows it’s easier to rely on learned self-help skills than sound out words. We will keep trying, because when he does it he feels so darn good. 

For a Step 1 book, it’s really cute. The book focuses on team work and helping others. He needs to bring a few books into first grade; books he can read on his own. I am hoping continued practice with a few Step 1 and 2 books will make him feel confident when reading books that first day. 

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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Audible book)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

My Review – 3 Stars

It took me some time to get used to the switching back and forth between characters and time…but soon it all makes sense. One secret destroys so much, creates so much pain, and create more lives. 

At one point I was questioning how it was all going to come together, then it makes sense. Both times situations on Nantucket caused pain, but then we return to the place it all happened. How will it all end? Well you have to read to find out! The story really pulls you in and makes you root for Cat, makes you root for love and family.  
The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because the ending left us guessing what would happen. I feel after all those details, emotion, and building it up and to leave us THERE makes no sense. Almost like she was at her deadline and rushed to finish writing to get it printed. It left me with more questions than answers. I think after a book filled with tons of details deserves somewhat of an ending or look into how the characters will end up. 
Highlight for spoilers… (((First the mom goes to Nantucket, to take a break from her loveless, lonely, and terrible marriage, in order to help her aunt. She meets a neighbor, Brooks. She has an affair with him and gets pregnant.  But she goes back, never telling him about the baby. She goes back to her evil husband. Her daughter, Cat, has a terrible life…and eventually becomes an alcoholic
After the dad dies, the identify of her real father is revealed. She travels to Nantucket to meet him, her two half-sisters. Brooks is also a drunk, Julie is an enabler, and the Ellie doesn’t want to meet her. Cat winds up getting drunk with Julie’s boyfriend and has drunk sex. Brooks politely makes her leave, saying his drinking has done enough damage, he can’t have her do the same.
Cat returns to London, marries her longtime boyfriend and has a child. For years she stays sober, but then stress of motherhood makes her drink and she goes back into pain of alcoholism. He divorces her and she finally becomes sober.
Part of her amends is going to Nantucket once again to ask Julie and Ellie for forgiveness, but Brooks has passed years ago. Julie forgives her and loves her. Ellie is another story.  But Julie is a liar and hits on and kisses her ex husband to get back at her. Julie is just a drunk like her dad and a horrible person. Ellie forgives her and has a long distance sister-relationship with her. In the end it is implied that she gets back with her ex-husband, but we only can guess…after all those details and story and we don’t know, don’t have an epilogue….so not right.  The ending was a HUGE letdown.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Ruins BOOK CLUB BOOK (Book on Audible)

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

I’ve had this on my To Read list for a while, so having it as our book club read was perfect. A great beginning, can’t wait to see how it all unravels.  

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This Week I Read…

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Outside

 

Amazon Summary:

In this gentle picture book fantasy, a child’s world transforms through his hard work, imagination, and persistence when he opens the door and steps outside, into to the brave new world of his imagination

AJ’s Review:

His brother doesn’t want to play with him, so he uses his imagination. Then his brother comes out and plays with him. I really like the illustrations, they are cool. 

Mommy’s Review:

I know a book about snow???? But that is one of the books AJ wanted to borrow from the library. He loves getting to pick three picture and/or non fiction books as long as he picks three books on his reading level.

What a great book to encourage being patient and using your imagination.  

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Goodreads Summary: Cold Cold Heart (Audible book)

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims. Nearly a year has passed since she survived her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep. Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together. But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small-town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school. Terrified of truths long buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past. Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies. Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed.…

My Review – 4 Stars

WHOA…from the beginning you are thrown into Dana’s nightmare. Right from the start the horror is there, but you know you’re in for one crazy ride. NOT FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T HANDLE READING ABOUT TORTURE AND PAIN.

I had a feeling of who it was and I was right, but I always go for the last person you would think and I’m almost always right. There’s a twist in there and it’s a good one, but predictable.

This book really helps you get into the mind of a victim and survivor. She perfectly describes Before Dana and After Dana. She survived, but life will never be the same. 

I REALLY loved that Tami Hoag made several statements with her book that are sadly true to life. In addition she speaks about TBI Traumatic Brain Injuries and how it has affected her. The statements are listed in the spoilers. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((Dana somehow survives and by pure courage survives, but doesn’t remember what the serial killer did to her…but the pain and horror is still there. She now suffers from a TBI and no one really knows how to help her accept the new therapist and retired cop. At first Dan Hardy is made out to be the killer or creepy dude, but he really wants to find Casey’s killer and helps Dana the most. 
Tim was Dana’s boyfriend and Casey was dating John. Tim that fucker, is the one who killed Casey (who was a cheater and liar just like him). Tim killed her because she was pregnant and was insisting he was the father. He killed her possibly killed the stripper decades ago and told rumors that it was Dan Hardy. He recently beat and raped a local waitress. 
He tried to put the blame on John. The fact that he tried to blame John instead of helping his old friend was the BIG clue to me.
The twist of the skeleton…John’s dad is an abuser and worthless shit. He killed his wife and kept her body in the shed. He made the whole town believe she left her son behind. Imagine no one bothered to check and believed the word of a drunk. Poor John spent his whole life thinking his mother abandoned him and was raised by a drunk…and no one helped him. It was a trick to make the reader think the dad killed Casey, but I knew it was the mom.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Summer Secrets (Book on Audible)

When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green’s keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness; about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

There’s been a lot of buzz all over social media about this book. I love Jane Green and hope this book lives up to the hype. 

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This Week I Read…

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There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch

 

Amazon Summary:

All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place. Young readers are asked, “What shall we do?” and encouraged to sort out this puzzle. Collage art in felt, stitched with antique fabrics, buttons, and other bric-a-brac, perfectly illustrates the playful text.

AJ’s Review:

I love the pictures, they looked like they are sewed on. They have button eyes and clothes that I think I can touch, but it’s not real. He was in love with the illustrations, even though he was giggling as we read the book. He loved to take guesses on what animal would be in wrong place next.

We got the idea of making a video review from Blooming Brilliant from http://www.bloomingbrilliant.net/ Hope you enjoy AJ’s first video book review. 


Mommy’s Review:

AJ borrowed this from the library, I think he liked the cover. Sometimes he is so captivated by the illustrations, as he was with this book. It looks like a collage with sewed on buttons, felt, and quilts. All AJ wanted to do was run his fingers over each page to make sure he really couldn’t feel it through the paper.

The premise of the book is great, repetition of text to get kids engaged and easy for them to make predictions about what animal would be in the wrong place.

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Goodreads Summary: Don’t Tell a Soul (CD rental from library) 

Tim Wallace’s wife died in a boating accident several months ago. Tim was the only eye witness, and one New Jersey cop is sure he killed her. He didn’t, but even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy.

On New Year’s Eve, his two best friends and business partners finally convince him to go out for the first time since Maggie’s death, and at their neighborhood pub just a few minutes before midnight, things in Tim Wallace’s life go from bad to worse. “Can you keep a secret? A really big one?” a drunken stranger asks him. Before Tim can say anything or turn away, the man confesses to a months-old murder, even offering as proof the location of the woman’s body. “Now it’s your problem,” he says and walks away.

When the man turns out to have been telling the truth, Tim’s life and work are put under the microscope again by the cops, and this time they’re not giving up. But neither is Tim, even when things keep getting worse for him, and eventually he realizes he’s the only person who can figure out what’s really going on—even if it kills him.

My Review – 4 Stars

As I continued reading I thought maybe he was indeed crazy and did kill his wife, I mean he could have been pretending to be innocent and psycho all along.
He really was framed…but by who???? I had my theories, but I was wrong…

There was one major clue that I missed, seriously when they talked about the clue I wanted to smack myself for not getting that either.

The climax/ending was a big far-fetched and over the top…

Highlight for spoilers… (((It was the secretary!!!! seriously, it was Meredith and the major clue I missed? Where did they get the DNA to compare it to the finger found in the park? That was given to the police by Meredith. Obviously it wasn’t Maggie’s DNA, but no one even questioned it.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Cold Cold Heart (Book on Audible)

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until a notorious serial killer tried to add her to his list of victims.  Nearly a year has passed since surviving her ordeal, but the physical, emotional, and psychological scars run deep.  Struggling with the torment of post-traumatic stress syndrome, plagued by flashbacks and nightmares as dark as the heart of a killer, Dana returns to her hometown in an attempt to begin to put her life back together.  But home doesn’t provide the comfort she expects.

Dana’s harrowing story and her return to small town life have rekindled police and media interest in the unsolved case of her childhood best friend, Casey Grant, who disappeared without a trace the summer after their graduation from high school.  Terrified of truths long-buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past.  Viewed through the dark filter of PTSD, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies.  Questioning everything she knows, refusing to be defined by the traumas of her past and struggling against excruciating odds, Dana seeks out a truth that may prove too terrible to be believed….

Right from the start you are treated to Dana’s horror and torture. What an introduction to the highly twisted and intense story. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. 

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants

 

Amazon Summary:

The first book in Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!
Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.

AJ’s Review:

I love Captain Underpants. George and Harold are very funny and they play tricks on people. I’m going to read Attack of the Talking Toilets next. Captain Underpants runs around in his underwear. He is naked…(AJ laughs out loud). I like the cartoons George and Harold draw in the book. 

Mommy’s Review:

AJ bought this at a school fair and so glad he did. What a great book to get kids interested in reading in chapter books and capturing bathroom humor. Yes, bathroom humor…but, if it gets a kid reading then it’s worth it. The first book is an introduction to George, Harold, and Captain Underpants.

AJ was able to remember what we read the night before and summarize it for me, before we read the next few chapters. It’s easy to follow along and make predictions. 

AJ has read thirty-three books so far. For 30 books he got a superhero pic taken. In my opinion this is the BEST prize the library ever had. They had a green screen app and green cloth hanging up.

What’s even better is that they are hosting a comic-con this coming Saturday!!!!!

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Goodreads Summary: Plea of Insanity (CD rental from library) 

Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.

The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.

But the state suspects that Marquette’s insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well—murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer.

It’s Julia’s first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty—death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past—a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she’s not sure she ever wants to see it.(less)

My Review – 5 Stars

WOW what a crazy ride this was. Julia’s entire life is unraveling and nothing is what it seems. She’s be lied to, treated poorly, used, and tricked. At the same time she has to deal with this trial. This trial that has some intense moments and hidden truths that make you scream Holy Sh*t. 

I think I would feel like I was going crazy too. It stinks that she has to deal with her past while prosecuting a huge case. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((I hate her aunt for lying to Julia about her father and brother’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. I hate her aunt for not telling Julia that her brother was alive and rotting in jail. Then Julia finally reconnects with him and he can’t handle it and kills himself. 
Rick, the guy she’s dating and asks her to co-chair is a huge piece of rotted, dog turd. He just used her, in a way her getting fired was a blessing.
Julia think’s she going crazy, fearing that if David’s brother Daryl was also schizophrenia, she must be like her brother too. In my opinion, all the lies of her aunt, being used by Rick, and trying to be perfect take their toll on her. The only one who really understands and loves her is the officer, Lapp.)))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Don’t Tell a Soul (CD Library Rental)

Tim Wallace’s wife died in a boating accident several months ago. Tim was the only eye witness, and one New Jersey cop is sure he killed her. He didn’t, but even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy.

On New Year’s Eve, his two best friends and business partners finally convince him to go out for the first time since Maggie’s death, and at their neighborhood pub just a few minutes before midnight, things in Tim Wallace’s life go from bad to worse. “Can you keep a secret? A really big one?” a drunken stranger asks him. Before Tim can say anything or turn away, the man confesses to a months-old murder, even offering as proof the location of the woman’s body. “Now it’s your problem,” he says and walks away.

When the man turns out to have been telling the truth, Tim’s life and work are put under the microscope again by the cops, and this time they’re not giving up. But neither is Tim, even when things keep getting worse for him, and eventually he realizes he’s the only person who can figure out what’s really going on—even if it kills him.

I hope this is good as it looks!!! It can be a real nail biter.  

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This Week I Read…

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Bunny Loves to Read

We were going to review another first grade book, but we would have not given it good reviews. AJ immediately felt it was a kindergarten book with just first grade on the cover. I didn’t think it was fair to give a bad review, so we are going to skip it. If you really want to know the book, in order to avoid buying it then email me.

 

Amazon Summary:

Bunny loves to read, but his friends want him to play outside with them…until it rains, and they all discover what fun reading and pretending can be.

AJ’s Review:

I like to read like Bunny, but his friends only wnat to play outside. They don’t like books or reading. He shows them cool books and they read and want to read more.  

Mommy’s Review:

A wonderful book with amazing illustrations. All of Bunny’s friends hate reading, but Bunny shows them the loves, mysteries, suspense, and magic of reading. Soon they want to read books too. An amazing book that proves the power of reading. 

AJ has read twenty-eight books so far. Some books are on his reading level and other books are pictures books that I read to him. Some say that those don’t count, but if you know AJ from all his book posts you know he keeps reading the books. You read a book to him once, he recalls just about every word on each page then will reread it to himself over and over. Besides, reading is MORE than just decoding, it’s comprehending what’s on the page.

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