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Another Piece of My Heart
Another Piece of My Heart
by Jane Green
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book captured my heart, April 16, 2012
I'm a Jane Green enthusiast! I've read all of her books and eagerly await new installments in her collection of work.

Another Piece of My Heart does not disappoint! This is definitely Jane Green at her best. It's now one of my top 3 favorites of hers. This book demonstrates the best strengths in Ms. Green's writing. Her ability to creat three dimensional, relatable characters.

This book follows the story of a woman in her early forties named Andi. She is married to the man of her dreams, who just happens to have two young daughters. Andi loves her family, but has a strained relationship with the elder, teenage daughter. Being a stepmother is a tireless and sometimes thankless job. It's putting a strain on her otherwise perfect marriage and the future doesn't look good.

As the story unfolds, Ms. Green maneuvers the narrative back and forth between the voices of Andi, her husband Ethan and her stepdaughter. It's a masterful juggle and she does it well. Women will walk away satisfied after reading this book.


Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.71
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal installment in the Hunger Games trilogy, April 16, 2012
After devouring the first two installments of the Hunger Games trilogy, I was eager to read Mockingjay and see how the author ended the story of Katniss and the revolution of the districts. The sense of closure comes toward the end of the book - but it's a gruesome and at times, difficult to read story. I almost had to put the book down at one point because I was tired of reading about people getting attcked, injured and dying. Overall this is a fitting final chapter, but I could have done with a bit less bloodshed.


Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars The struggle between Katniss and the Capitol continues..., March 27, 2012
Anyone who was drawn in by Suzanne Collins' first book in the Hunger Games trilogy will enjoy the continuing battle between Katniss and the Capitol in this second installment of the series.

All of your favorite characters are back and Katniss, who thought her life as a victor in the Hunger Games would be a more simple one, was very mistaken. Unrest from Katniss' defiance during the games which kept both her and Peeta alive has lit a fire (so to speak) of rebellion with the people from the districts.

As Katniss and Peeta set off on a Victor's tour of each district, it becomes apparent that everything they say and do is construed as either a plug for the capitol or a rebellious action against the capitol.

As the quarter quell reaping looms, a significant twist in the plot is presented and the reader is once again enveloped in the struggles for survival that made the original Hunger Games book such a page-turning read.


The Hunger Games (Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.21
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games is easily digested and leaves you thirsty for more..., March 19, 2012
I've been hearing about how I need to read the Hunger Games trilogy from friends for several years now. I thought since the series is geared towards teen readers that I wouldn't find the books interesting or relatable. I was wrong! The Hunger Games is a fascinating book that includes suspense, action and romance. The main character, Katniss, is a normal teenager who hunts to keep her family properly nourished. Once a year all the children from the ages of 12-18 from her society of Panem are rounded up for 'the Reaping' and 24 children's names are picked from a lottery to enter the Hunger Games, a test of survival which leaves only one victor. The non-victorious participants have to be killed off as a reminder to all that the Capitol (Panem's government) has control over all citizens. The games take several weeks and are watched by the entire population of Panem much like a reality tv show. After the reaping occurs is where Katniss's story truly unfolds and it's riveting until the last page. I've already started reading the second book in the series because I became so invested with the characters and I also look forward to seeing how the tale is brought to life when the movie comes out in theaters this month.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
by Lisa See
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How a sworn sisterhood changed the fate of two women in 19th century China, March 14, 2012
I'll start by saying that this is not the type of book I normally read. However, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a great work of fiction that depicts what women's lives were like in China during the 19th century. The narrative is about two women who become laotong (lifelong sworn sisters) at a young age. The book follows the women's relationship as well as their living and family situations from their youths through their elder years. This book touched me and really demonstrates the power of female bonds and how they can be even more influential than the relationship between spouses. This book makes you appreciate how many opportunities women have in the 21st century that we take for granted and how our place in society is vastly different today. Snowflower and the Secret Fan is beautifully written and I plan on reading more of the author's novels.


A Girl's Best Friend
A Girl's Best Friend
by Liz Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.59
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read one of Young's other novels instead, February 27, 2012
This review is from: A Girl's Best Friend (Paperback)
I'm normally a fan of Elizabeth Young's novels. That being said, I bought A Girl's Best Friend years ago when it was published in 2003 and finally read it last week. I was unimpressed by this book. The first third of the novel is extremely confusing. There are too many characters to keep track of. Then, just as the reader starts to remember everyone's names and understand each character's role in the story, the author puts the characters into a scenario where they are involved in a dinner murder mystery play and each character has a role in the mystery which involves having a name for their role. The reader is then forced to try to remember each character and the name of their role in the murder mystery plot. On top of all that confusion, there is the fact that Ms. Young uses a lot of British sayings and terms throughout the book that (as an American), I did not know. This was distracting as I would stumble over the Britishisms trying to learn what they meant instead of being able to read the book without pause. Overall the book is not a bad read, but it doesn't really take off until the middle of when the murder mystery dinner is over and the actual plotline starts. Overall, I'd recommend skipping A Girl's Best Friend and reading one of the author's other novels.


I've Got Your Number: A Novel
I've Got Your Number: A Novel
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turn your ringer off for a while and enjoy this great read...., February 20, 2012
I've read all of the novels written by Sophie Kinsella. Her books are always great fun with somewhat flighty heroines who embody the term 'to err is human'. The fact that as a reader you feel your heart strings rooting for them makes their ultimate triumphs divine.

I've Got Your Number fits this formula. It's the tale of a young woman named Poppy. She's recently gotten engaged to the 'perfect man' who is handsome, intelligent and madly in love with her. Everything is perfect. Until she loses her engagement ring which was a family heirloom from her fiance's family. Then her phone gets stolen and all hell breaks lose. Lucky for Poppy, she finds a cell phone in a trash bin and is able to use it for friends, family and anyone who might know the whereabouts of her ring to contact her. Unfortunately for Poppy, the phone's previous owner threw away a company phone and her boss, Sam, wants to get it back from Poppy.

This is where the plot gets interesting as Poppy starts communicating frequently with Sam, reading his private emails and sometimes interfering in his personal affairs.

The adventures, mishaps and chuckles throughout the book are highly entertaining and cement the fact that Kinsella is a leader in the chick lit genre.


A Secret Kept
A Secret Kept
by Tatiana de Rosnay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick to Madame de Rosnay's other book - Sarah's Key, February 8, 2012
This review is from: A Secret Kept (Hardcover)
After reading the brilliant novel 'Sarah's Key', I decided to read another one of the author's books. A Secret Kept is vastly different from Sarah's Key. The story unfolds narrated by a middle-aged divorcee Parisian with three kids. His life has been filled with tragedies- most recently his divorce, but prior to that, his mother's death when he was a young boy. The mystery that surrounds his mother's life and her passing is one of the strongest themes in A Secret Kept. I enjoy Madame de Rosnay's writing style, but it was hard for me to digest the constant tragedies, illnesses, deaths, accidents, etc etc in this book. It's hard to relate when there is so much turmoil. Too much for one family and this reader to bear in one novel.


Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel
Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel
by Candace Bushnell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $7.60
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4.0 out of 5 stars SATC fans will love this second 'prequel' installment of the Carrie diaries, January 31, 2012
Summer and the City is a frolicking good time. This second installment of the Carrie diaries is a snapshot of a young Carrie's first summer after high school. The book follows her as she spends a summer in NYC spreading her wings, making new friends, navigating her first adult relationship, taking a writing class, and ultimately writing and performing her first play. It's a summer of adventure, parties, boys, and sex talk. It's basically like Sex and the City 'light'- the early years. Reading this book is a fun peek into a young Carrie and the seeds of some of the relationships that ultimately grow into the roots of her friendship with characters like Miranda and Samantha. I'd recommend this book to any and all SATC fans and can't wait to read the third and final installment of the Carrie diaries.


I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down
I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down
by Jennifer Hudson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.92
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JHud educates and motivates in I Got This, January 28, 2012
Anyone who is a Jennifer Hudson fan, a Weight Watchers member, or just a person who has struggled to overcome obstacles in their life will love this book! I Got This is an autobiography that serves as an inspiring and motivational tool. JHud recounts her early career aspirations, rise to fame and the importance OTHERS put on her weight, weight gain and weight loss along the way. She goes into great detail of how she made the decision to become healthy and why Weight Watchers has worked for her. She even includes information on how 5 of her family members have consequently been inspired by her to start the program on their own. As of the printing of the book- her family members had lost over 2000 lbs! I loved this book because Jennifer is so open, honest, encouraging and joyful about her career and weight loss journey and the unique ability she has to improve the lives of others through her actions and fame. It's obvious that her greatest joy is educating people about weight loss through Weight Watchers. As a member of WW and a fan of the author - it was a pleasure to read this book.


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