Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key was definitely not at all what I expected it to be. In case you haven't found out by now..I don't really do a lot of research on the books I purchase. I literally judge books by their covers.. and titles... and sometimes I'll get a vague idea about the book and if it interests me I will buy it. Which is kind of how Sarah's Key came to me. I had seen the book on my Amazon Recommendations and the story seemed interesting enough. Jewish girl, Holocaust, secret key. So I was surprised when the book wasn't really based on the Holocaust, at least what we know of it.

The story is about two women whos lives intersect 60 years later. 11 year old Sarah and 40 year old Julia. Julia is an American, who is married to a Frenchmen and has lived in Paris for twenty-five years. She is also a journalist who is assigned to write an article on the Vel d'hiv round up. While doing research she finds a connection between her in-laws and Sarah. So a whole search to find out what happened to Sarah commences. For the 1st 150 pages we go back a forth between Sarah's story and Julia's, but then Sarah's story abruptly stops and we just see Julia's story. I really didn't like this because the first 150 pages the story was so profound and haunting. I was in tears for most of that period and once that stopped, I felt the book just became very generic. I lost my connection to Sarah. (Although I do see why the author made that choice)

Those 150 pages shook me, cause we know the typical tale of the Holocaust but there are so many small stories we don't hear and Vel d'hiv is one of them. If you don't know Vel d'hiv  was a giant round up of Jewish families on July 16th 1942. What makes this a little more unique then the average round up is that the round up was done by the French Police, not German soldiers.  It is something that is not mentioned a lot cause the French don't like to acknowledge that they had some role in the Holocaust (although yes, the order for the round up did come from the Germans). Until this book I never knew about this.

Overall, the book was good. Although, at times predictable, it still maintained a realistic feel. There is a very French VS American feel in this book and I really could not stand Julia's husband, I also wasn't a huge fan of older Sarah.. although again I empathize with her. I think I didn't like her, mainly because that connection had been lost. I can't say much cause the book is specifically written to keep some things out till the end. I would like to read Tatiana De Rosnay's second book A Secret Kept, but I hope it doesn't fall short as I feel this book did. I feel I needed to know more, just like Julia. Maybe that was the De Rosnay's intention?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (2)

The Last Little Blue Envelopes By Maureen Johnson

I read Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes, a summer or so ago  and I enjoyed it. The story of Virgina getting 13 blue envelopes from her eccentric Aunt Peggy, each envelope with a new set of instructions for Virgina to complete. These envelopes taking her all over the world. So, I was happy to see that there would be a sequel to the story.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me By Friends,Family and Other Victims of Chelsea's

I am guilty of loving Chelsea Handler, watching her show Chelsea Lately and owning all of her books. So, naturally I would want to read a book about all the crazy things Chelsea has told her friends and family. If you are unfamiliar with Chelsea Handler she is a hilarious comedian with a knack for telling outlandish stories and convincing people they are true. Point is I LOVE her and her books and cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

A Tale Dark and Grimm By Adam Gidwitz

Yes, I am aware that this is kind of a children's book.. in fact grades 3rd & up.. but as you may know I am a sucker for fairytales and I like the idea of Hansel and Gretel making their way through Grimm Fairytales. I have heard great buzz about this 192 page book and would love it in my book collection.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (1)

Before I start In case you guys don't know/ haven't heard My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by The Unread Reader and basically you gush about your book boyfriend... Come on ladies, how many times have you read a book and fallen head over heels for a character and then looked at your real boyfriend and thought... "Why can't you be Edward Cullen?!"  Or something along those lines..

My Book Boyfriend  is Peter from Red Riding Hood. His mysterious dark lusting ways pull you in, and Valorie's need to be with him is intoxicating. It's the whole forbidden love thing, that gets most us girls.

That would be him in movie form, just look at the smoldering look, oh my! He screams I'm dangerous and probably REALLY good in bed (sorry Mom).

Ok, I know this blog isn't really selling you on him, but he honestly doesn't say much in the book, he really is just there being sexy and alluring.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Red Riding Hood

When I saw the trailer for Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood  I was instantly entranced.. in fact, it's one of those trailers I like so much I go to Youtube to just to watch it again and again. I love fantasy, I love far off places (real or imaginary) and I love when fairytales take a darker turn. So, when I heard that the movie was based on a book, I had to read the book first. BUT I was wrong.. The book is based on the movie, different I know. Catherine Hardwicke felt there was more of the story to be told then you see in the movie, so she had her friends write the book.

For those who don't know Red Riding Hood is a more mature and darker twist on Little Red Riding Hood. I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I started out reading the book and liking it, but in the last 30 pages the book turned into one of my favorites. The main character is Valerie and her town has been plagued by The Wolf for years, to keep the wolf happy the villagers woulds sacrifice their livestock... this changes when the wolf kills a villager and they soon realize The Wolf is one of them.

Pretty much from the beginning  you will be guessing who The Wolf is and you will think you know who it is and then it will change and then you will change your mind again and again, going back and forth. The ending of the book comes together quickly and will leave you with a nice twist. The true ending to the book though is perfect. It pays perfect homage to the original tale. The book plays out pretty much like a movie, but is overall a nice read. If you like dark twisted fairytales then Red Riding Hood is a perfect addition to your collection.

Emily Giffin Giveaway Winner

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)

Sorry it's kinda rushed and sucky, but I was using my fiance's webcam and he was rushing me... as well as staring at me as I did it.. which then makes me feel awkward.


Mad Love By Suzanne Selfors

Deja Dead By Kathy Reichs
Death Du Jour By Kathy Reichs

Spotlight Sunday (6)

Twitter @TheStorySiren

Ok... I'm sure most of you bloggers already know who The Story Siren is but her blog is too awesome to NOT Spotlight. I love her blog, the layout and the name. One of the nicest and well organized blogs I have seen. She Is also like my book blogging guru. I take her blogging advice to heart. If you are a book blogger and don't know who she is.. I think you may be living in a box or under a rock. I absolutely love her weekly meme In My Mailbox and to be honest... her book cases in the backround make me jealous! Point is as usual, go check her site out and follow her.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The HERetic's Daughter

The Heretic's Daughter is an interesting tale of a family from Andover going through the Salem Witch Trails. What makes it more interesting is that Kathleen Kent (the author) is telling the story about her own family.  The story mainly follows 10 year old Sarah Carrier, as she tells the story of how her family was accused of witchcraft and life in the Salem jails.

I wouldn't say I loved this book, but I was most definitely impressed. Being as I am someone who loves history and as always been curious about the witch trails. I enjoyed the book. Kent does a great job of finding her ancestors voice and telling the story as accurately as possible. You can see why Sarah's family was accused of the actions, for basically being different from what the masses of that time were, so they became an easy target. The book is overall a quick read and if you love history. You will like this book.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Want, Want, Want, Wednesday! (1)

Want, Want, Want, Wednesday is my own version of memes by The Story Siren and Makeshift Bookmark. These are books I do not own and obviously WANT and if you have seen my Wish List, you know there are A LOT of books I want! And Yes, I know it is a LONG title with lots of W's but That is HOW bad I WANT these books.

 Beauty Queens By Libba Bray
 I LOVED Bray's Gemma Doyle Trilogy, So I have been quite excited to see that she has some new books out. I am sure this book will absolutely NOT disappoint. Beauty Queens stranded on an Island, fighting for their lives... how could you not be intrigued?
 Bright Young Things By Anna Godbersen
I have heard great things about this book and the more I heard the more interested I was.. especially because the authors Luxe Series was on my wish list. And, to be honest the title and cover of the book is enough to have made me buy it.
Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
I am a HUGE fan of Emily Giffin. Hence, the giveaway and extreme excitement over the movie based of her 1st book. However, the fact that this book came out in Hardcover only until recently.. Made me not buy it right away. You see her 4 other books were only in paperback and I have a thing of wanting the book in series to match. So! Now that is is in paperback I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book. I am excited to see if it is as good as I hope it is and if she weaves characters from past books briefly into the story; as she has done before.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love Me Some Libba Bray

Alright, I haven't blogged a review in awhile, but I have wanted to review this book and the series for awhile, and as I am writing this I haven't decided If I want to review all 3 books separately or review the series as a whole. Hmmm.. OK, I will do the series as a whole I think... that way I won't give too much away.

Before I review the whole series I want to say that I remember finding this book, randomly at the Border's in Los Gatos. What made me want to read the book was the cover. It was unique and I remember the lace of the corset was raised, as well as the poetic title (in my eyes) and the fact that I love anything that has anything to do with history/ period / era  pieces. After reading the book I was hooked and I could not WAIT for the next book to be released and then a year or so later I was looking through the book section at Target to see that the not only the sequel had been released BUT also the third book as well!



What is known as the Gemma Doyle Trilogy is probably one of my favorite series of books and maybe to the less experienced readers/ reading world (not that I am at all experienced) it not extremely well known. I get excited whenever someone I know has read the series.

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy is about Gemma Doyle is a teenager growing up in the Victorian Era. She grew up in British India until her mother went missing, She was then sent to England to attend her Mothers old boarding school Spence Academy. Gemma makes friends with three girls Pippa, Ann and Felicity. Gemma and her friends soon learn that the school has a dark past and Gemma learns she is different in more then one way from any other girl. She hold Magical powers, these powers soon lead to a dangerous mystery and a secret society. The Trilogy is a fantasy, as well as a tale of mystery, and forbidden love, but overall it is a thriller. You easily fall in love with Gemma and just as easily hate some of the characters or their characteristics just like Gemma. You feel the passion she does when she engages in a forbidden relationship. You cannot help but get caught up in this series.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spotlight Sunday (5)

And This Week Our Sunday Spotlight is...

Reading with Tequila
Twitter @TequilaReader
It's the blog that has everything, which may normally seem crowded however, the blog has a perfect aesthetic.  Beside a kick ass Blog Name and rating scale, Reading with Tequila offers a plethora of Challenges. Probably, best known for her Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge. Anyways, as the point of the Spotlight, her blog is amazing, therefore you need to check it and as usual her blog will be featured on the site for a week.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Emily Giffin Contest

This will be my 1st Contest that I am holding on my site and I am SO SO SO excited to do this! The books I am giving away are....

Something Borrowed By Emily Giffin
Something Blue By Emily Giffin

I Choose these books because May 6th the movie Something Borrowed (based on the book) hits theaters. I also choose it because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the books and the author the whole series is amazing.


-  US Only (sorry)
- Enter Your Name Below in a Comment (once) and on March 20th, 2011. I will add all your names into a hat and pick the name. You can watch the draw happen when I post it through Youtube. 
- HOWEVER. If you spread the word of the contest and post links of you spreading the word. I will add your name how many different ways you spread the word. 
- Any Questions E- Mail Me.

In My Mailbox (3)

Red Riding Hood

The Wedding Girl By Madeleine Wickham
Rescue By Anita Shreve
Madame Tussaud By Michelle Moran

Spotlight Sunday (4)

I wasn't sure  I was going to get to do a Spotlight Sunday, since I just had surgery and I am a bit loopy, but I am glad I was feeling able enough to provide one for you this week and my choice is...

Twitter @Missie_Bee

The reason I picked her is quite obvious! Anyone who does a meme on Book Boyfriends.. ROCK! I have yet to join in on this, mainly because I have yet to recently read a book worth a swoon worthy male character. However, I know the feeling of wanting one so bad. Ergo, why a weekly meme rocks. She also has some very cool challenges and her blog overall makes me smile. Plus, how can you not like someone who draws a diagram of there Stairs Vs Elevator Pet Peeve Dilemma?  If you haven't checked her blog out then you REALLY should get on that.. like RIGHT NOW! = )