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Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
by Lauren Weisberger
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Andy vs. Miranda, August 25, 2013
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, the anticipated sequel to The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. It's almost a decade since Andy Sachs quit working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine. No one quite understands how Andy's dream job turned into a nightmare in less than a year. Now Andy and old co-worker/mentor/nemesis Emily are owners of their own high-end bridal magazine, The Plunge. The good fortune soon ends when Andy realizes her new marriage and business partnership are not what they seem, especially when it directly crosses the path of the devil herself, Miranda Priestly.

Let's analyze the cover first. Isn't it perfect? A striking red that will grab your attention on a bookstore or library shelf. As if the title alone would not refresh your memory, there is a small badge on the cover reminding us that Lauren Weisberger is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada.

Well the cover was what I liked best about this book. Maybe because the sequel was so highly anticipated, I expected more. The peak didn't come until toward the end of the book and was over in a few pages. As the author states in the video below, Andy and Miranda go at it again. Fans of the movie starring Meryl Streep may read this sequel at leisure. No need to rush and read how the devil returns. First-time readers may be more interested in the story and conflict.

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Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel
Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel
by Kimberly McCreight
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reconstructing Reality in Fiction, August 18, 2013
On October 24, Kate's life changed for the worse. She received a call that her A-student daughter was suspended for three days and had to be picked up from school immediately. But when Kate arrived at the school, she received devastating news from a detective. Her daughter, Amelia, fell from the roof; she unfortunately didn't survive the fall. Amelia was dead.

It didn't make sense. Amelia was not the kind of kid to get suspended from school, nor kill herself. So when Kate receives an anonymous text saying Amelia did not jump, she begins to trace the last six weeks leading up to her daughter's fall from the school's roof. She is determined to find out the truth by reconstructing her teenage daughter's life.

It took a few chapters to get into the book but I was interested in how the mystery would be solved. The story slowly unfolds through alternating points of view between Kate (mother), Amelia (daughter), Facebook (status updates by Amelia) and gRaCeFULLY (an anonymous blog). I liked this style because clues were revealed through different voices. I just wished it moved at a faster pace.

Reconstructing Amelia reminded me of a Lifetime movie (Sexting in Suburbia). This book may be fictional but shows a realistic view of bullying in schools and the devastating effect it has on students. At some point, school faculty and officials have to take responsibility. Even so, parents need to be aware of their teenager's actions on social media, interactions at school and familiar with their group of friends. Your presence as a parent is also necessary. Let this book be a wake-up call or reminder. Reconstructing Amelia is especially a good read for parents who like mysteries.

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The Silent Wife: A Novel
The Silent Wife: A Novel
by A. S. A. Harrison
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Good Book, August 17, 2013
"Her silence strikes him as dense and purposeful, a barricade." ~ pg. 108

Jodi and Todd have been married for twenty years. Everything isn't peaches and cream anymore. In fact, they are at a bad place. Todd is committed...to cheating; Jodi is forever in denial. He knows that she knows he's a cheater. So the stability and security of a significant other and the everyday freedoms are eroding. The story is about a marriage in dissolution, told in alternating points of view. Todd is debating whether to chuck the deuces and Jodi is willing to do whatever it takes to keep what is rightfully hers.

"It's the daily patterns that make a marriage, the habits you fall into as a couple." ~ pg. 140

I think Psychological Thrillers may be my new favorite subgenre. As most of you bookhearts know, I am a mystery, chick lit, and memoir kinda gal. But ever since reading Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, I've been chasing the next really good book. Well, I came really darn close.

The Silent Wife gave me the same type of suspense, mind boggling and compulsive page-turning sensation. It was by no means predictable. I really didn't know what was to come next. One of the characters manipulates personal circumstance to the highest drastic degree. It was the type of book I ponder about long after I've finished. You know the kind--you turn the last page, close the book, and just sit there thinking about the characters and ending. Yes, that was The Silent Wife for me. Author A.S.A. Harrison wrote a great novel about how having nothing left to lose changes everything.

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12th of Never (Women's Murder Club)
12th of Never (Women's Murder Club)
by James Patterson
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3.0 out of 5 stars 12th of Never is One of the Better, August 10, 2013
12th of Never is the 12th book in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson. The novel begins with Detective Lindsay Boxer in labor. After only a week at home with newborn daughter, Lindsay returns back to work and takes on two big cases. A serial killer wakes from a two-year coma ready to reveal where bodies are buried but he'll only confess to Lindsay. A football player is the prime suspect in a murder. A child is missing. Yuki is working on yet another high profile trial prosecuting a disbarred attorney. Claire's position in the Medical Examiner's office is threatened. Cindy is obsessed with reporting a mystery. And an English professor with precognition sees murders in a dream before they happen. Detectives don't believe him until the murders happen, fitting to the last detail of the professor's description. But these cases all take a backseat when Lindsay and husband Joe are faced with a possible loss.

Sound like a lot going on? Well, it was. ADHD much? However, I welcomed the multiple cases and individual story lines. This element was missing from the last couple installments in this series and kept me entertained while reading. While some parts were predictable, I was actually caught off guard by one element toward the end of the book.

Is the old Patterson writing style back? No. It is apparent, now more than ever, that James Patterson no longer writes this series alone. He may write the outline, but I really wish he would stop slapping his name on the covers when we all know Paetro is the one who wrote the past WMC novels. Thriller it is not. But 12th of Never is one of the better recent releases.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
by Maria Semple
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Psychological Suspense Story, August 10, 2013
Bernadette Fox is a genius and legend. She's an opinionated, revolutionary architect, best friend and mom. But Bernadette kind of has an allergy to people. She makes a promise to 15-year-old daughter Bee to go on a family trip to Antarctica. Bernadette can't even make simple trips across town let alone travel to the other end of Earth. She just doesn't like to leave the house. She's even hired a virtual assistant (located in India) to run basic errands and take care of simple tasks.

"TIME-OUT! REALITY CHECK" ~ pg. 235

Then two days before Christmas, Bernadette disappeared into thin air. Nowhere to be found! Bee compiles rambling emails, correspondence and official documents to help find her mother, the misplaced genius.

This is my first book read by Maria Semple. Before writing fiction, she wrote for television shows Mad About You, Ellen, and Arrested Development. I got a very good first impression of Maria Semple's fiction work and look forward to reading more. It was an e-page clicker! Ever since reading Gone Girl I have been on the hunt for a similar good book. Where'd You Go, Bernadette is recommended if you're interested in a psychological suspense story. It would be an even greater movie!

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Entwined with You (Crossfire, Book 3)
Entwined with You (Crossfire, Book 3)
by Sylvia Day
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1.0 out of 5 stars Done with You, August 10, 2013
Entwined with You is the third book in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. Although the book begins exactly where Reflected in You ends, not much happens. We don't find out the demons in Gideon's past. Their relationship barely grows. The erotic scene overload doesn't cover the fact that there is no plot.

When a book is highly anticipated, I expect the author to bring it. When a book's expected publishing date is delayed (by months), I expect a polished plot. I don't expect a lackluster half-ass effort. I have looked forward to reading Entwined with You for about a year. Silly of me to assume the author would take advantage of the extra time between release dates and reread, rewrite, revise and improve the story. The Crossfire series was originally a trilogy. But Entwined with You was nothing but a filler. I cringe at the thought this is how the story of Gideon and Eva would've ended.

The worldwide phenomenon of Crossfire has fizzled. What used to be my favorite dysfunctional couple has now fell down the totem pole. I'm not even excited that the series has been extended to include two more books. Instead I feel like the author is exploiting fans by drawing this series out. It doesn't need five books, ESPECIALLY after this...this...disappointing installment. Yes, I am interested and will tune in to the TV series pilot but only because I am curious to see Eva and Gideon's story unfold on screen.

I'm just really, really disappointed with Sylvia Day (because she's a good writer despite this flop) and Entwined with You. I feel like a teacher who knows one of their star students' capabilities but they fail a research paper. Really, Sylvia?! You're a New York Times bestselling author. I KNOW you could have done better.

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Stage Daughter
Stage Daughter
by Sheryl Sorrentino
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stage Daughter in Reality, August 1, 2013
This review is from: Stage Daughter (Paperback)
Sonya Schoenberg dreamed of becoming an actress until a one-time tryst with a Muslim man led to an unplanned pregnancy. Sonya was forced to put her dream on hold to raise biracial daughter, Razzi. Pre-teen Razzi is enrolled in a performing arts school and going through a rebellious stage. It starts off with Razzi piercing her own ears, failing math, then leads to her finding her father Aziz without Sonya's consent. Never mind that he is a father of two in an arranged marriage and had no idea Razzi even existed. ((O_O)) Sonya is playing the lifetime role of mother; Aziz is trying to convert newfound stage daughter to Islam. All the while, Razzi is determined to make this family a modern-day success.

America changed after the unfortunate events of 9/11. It is the sad reality that people of certain cultures are viewed differently and judged. This is one of the few books I have read that approaches this subject in a fiction manner.

I first had the pleasure of reading a book written by Sheryl Sorrentino this past March (The Floater). Sheryl is a practicing attorney by day and still finds time to write. Now that is dedication! I am glad she stepped out on a limb with the characters in her fourth novel, Stage Daughter. It was necessary, especially with current real life events, to bring light to issues such as religious and ethnic prejudice. What prompted Sheryl Sorrentino to write a book with such a powerful message? She explains, "While Stage Daughter is compelling in its lively depiction of this troubled threesome, most near and dear to me are the issues of religious and ethnic prejudice and promotion of diversity that are at its core. In fact, I have come to discover that my true purpose and penchant as a writer is to give life to these topics. Nearly fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech, we still have significant chasms to bridge when it comes to racial equality and cultural acceptance."

Stage Daughter releases today. I encourage my bookhearts to read it for the good meaningful story, diverse cast, and the underlying message. Central themes such as healing, forgiveness, unplanned pregnancy, single parenthood, religion, rebellion, sexuality, racism and bigotry are explored within the 300+ pages. This is a very good pick for a diverse book club, complete with 21 discussion questions that will definitely spark positive discussion amongst readers.

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Chasing Cherry (Maggie and Odessa Mysteries)
Chasing Cherry (Maggie and Odessa Mysteries)
by Jill Brock
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing the Next Good Mystery, July 28, 2013
Chasing Cherry is the fourth book in the Maggie and Odessa mystery series by Jill Brock. Ever since Odessa was dismissed from an advertising job and became a dessert chef, life has been anything but mundane. Maggie is a practicing P.I. that voluntarily gets involved in situations. This time the situation is closer to home. Bebe Dunn, the sous chef at Odessa's family restaurant, is charged with murder. Hot shot lawyer Thaddeus Ziemann is hired to clear Bebe's name and wishes the two amateurs, Maggie and Odessa, will stop interfering with this case. Ha! Good luck with that one, Ziemann.

Maggie and Odessa are determined to help Bebe and find the real murderer. Too many obstacles are in their way: lack of criminal law knowledge, a scary bodyguard and his music promoter boss, and Cherry--the only woman who can clear Bebe's name. Chasing down money-hungry Cherry is dangerous and difficult. But it is all worth it to help their beloved Bebe Dunn.

Chasing Cherry is another great addition to the Maggie and Odessa mystery series. Ms. Cupcake and Weather Girl are a hilarious pair. Their chemistry is undeniable. Their antics kept me entertained and flipping the pages. Jill Brock's writing has a way of transporting you to fiction world. I'm looking forward to the next installment, especially after the semi-cliffhanger. Nice writing, Jilly!

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Wedding Night: A Novel
Wedding Night: A Novel
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars When Wedding Nights Go Wrong, July 22, 2013
This review is from: Wedding Night: A Novel (Hardcover)
Wedding Night is a chick lit comedy about two sisters. Lottie is carefree, starry-eyed and a hopeless romantic. Fliss is responsible, sensible, nurturing and protective. The book begins with Lottie breaking up with Richard "The One." Within pages, she rushes into a rebound marriage by way of marriage to an ex-boyfriend. They run off to a honeymoon. Practical sister Fliss is appalled at the news. She is doing everything she can to stop her sister Lottie from consummating the marriage so it can be annulled. Operation Stop Wedding Night in full effect.

Who would've thought someone would sabotage a honeymoon? Let alone your own sister! Wedding Night was the perfect funny story of when honeymoons go wrong. The characters were memorable. I could relate to both sisters. Even though Lottie is cray, she wants the fairy tale of being swept off her feet and in love. What girl doesn't? I can also relate to Fliss' responsible and level-headed side.

Sophie Kinsella is my favorite chick lit author. Wedding Night is another success and great for a summer beach read.

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The Longings of Wayward Girls: A Novel
The Longings of Wayward Girls: A Novel
by Karen Brown
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Minority Review, July 22, 2013
The woods were a place of imaginative games and innocent wanderers. The swampy area was a harmless place until nine-year-old Laura Loomis went missing in 1974. The search continued for days with no clues found. A few years later, Sadie and her best friend are playing a harmless prank on a girl from the neighborhood. The result...the neighborhood girl disappears like Laura Loomis did.

Fast forward to 2002 and Sadie Watkins is used to being mistaken for one of the missing girls. In fact, saying "I'm not Laura Loomis" has become second nature to her. A boy from her old neighborhood comes to town sparking all of Sadie's old memories. The unsolved mystery and summer prank resurfaces.

The Longings of Wayward Girls had so much potential. The guilt of a grown woman over the disappearance of a girl, possibly her fault. The same grown woman grieving over a miscarriage while figuring out what really happened that summer. I really wanted to like this book. I realize I am in the minority with not caring for it. The premise sounded really good but it fell flat. There was no climax. My reaction to the ending was, "Oh." -___- Reiterating, this is just my opinion that does not mirror the majority. I longed for a better story line to The Longings of Wayward Girls but others may enjoy it.

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