Thursday, November 14, 2013

What Would You Put on Your Life List?



Thank you to Librarything and Random House for sending me two copies of The LifeList by Lori Nelson Spielman.  I have two copies to giveaway.

Synopsis:

Brett is mourning the death of her mother, her boss, and confidante.  She barely makes it through the funeral. The reading of the will is the following day.  Brett sees herself as the new president of Bohlinger Cosmetics which her mother founded.  When the will is actually read Brett does not get the job but gets something else instead.  A Life List that she wrote when she was fourteen years old with goals.   These goals must be completed in order to get her inheritance.  Will Brett follow through?  How will her life change because of these goals?

My Thoughts:

An interesting story by author Lori Nelson Spielman.  Half the fun when covering a topic such as this is what ends up being on the Life List.  Is there any outlandish goals? Or are they simple and easy to complete?  The author does a great job of creating complexity in the plot to keep reader guessing.  Will Brett be able to complete the task or not?

The only part that wasn’t my favorite is the fact that I read a novel like this before.  In other words the plot is not new to me.   The descriptions and the tone of this story create a setting that you are ready imagine yourself part of.   

The novel is still a good read and worth picking up!

Rating:

4/5

If you would like to win a copy of this novel?  Please include your e-mail, a follow, on Facebook, twitter, GFC, or Google +.   You can also include visiting Lori on Facebook or Twitter. This giveaway is open to US residents only.  This giveaway will run from today November 15, 2013 to  November 23, 2013. Answer this question what would be one goal that you would include on your life list? 

I am not responsible for packages that maybe lost in the mail.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What Would You Do To Find Yourself?



Audrey Niffenegger tells and interesting story in Her Fearful Symmetry.  This is a tale of sibling rivalry and sacrifice.  

Synopsis:

Elspeth Noblin is preparing for her death. What she will decide to do with her estate?  She does not want her sister and twin Edie to have it.  So that leaves the twins Julia and Valentina who must live in her flat in London for one year and then they can decide what to do with it.   Julia and Valentina do everything together!  This is starting to wear thin on Valentina who wants desperately to make her own decisions.  Julia tries to control everything about her.  Can the neighbors Martin and Robert help?  What secret are Elspeth and Edie hiding from their family?

My Thoughts:

I was excited at the time to read Her Fearful Symmetry.  The story was easy to follow.  It had a slow start!    The author communicated well the struggles each of the characters had within the story.  Julia‘s desire to control, Martin’s obsessive compulsive disorder, Robert’s grief, and Valentina’s lack of confidence.

Should you desire a great Halloween read then this novel is for you!  

Some of the themes centering on ghosts made me a little uncomfortable .I am not a fan of ghosts and some of the communication methods.  I figure that this is how the author was finding a way to communicate.  In some ways it is beautiful the thought of the afterlife.   I just so badly wanted these characters to move on.

Rating:

3.75/5

You can reach Audrey on Facebook Page, Twitter, and her Website.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

In My Mailbox November 10, 2013

Congratulations to Jessica who won the Mary Andrews giveaway.  Had a great time last night with Elin Hilderbrand, Wendy Wax, and Jeffrey Stepak at Marcus Jewish Festival.   They had a great talk for beginning writers.  I will share a little of the talk later this week.  Here is what is in my mailbox for this week:













Secretly Smitten by Kristen Billerbeck, Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt













Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner

My Big Greek Family by Maria Constantine

I am currently reading: