May 25, 2013

The Storyteller.

Posted by Jenia. at 5/25/2013 11:44:00 AM 0 comments
 

The Storyteller.
Jodi Picoult.
Publisher:Atria.
Publication Date: February 26,2013.
Genre:Historical Fiction|Mystery.
Format|Pages:EBook|460.
Source:Owned|Goodreads.

 
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From all the Jodi books I read, which is all of them actually, The Storyteller was the most intense, inspirational book that I read by her. It was completely different from the other books that I read by her. That’s what I loved about it, because it was unlike other books and was based on pretty tough subject, Holocaust. Despite being a hard, depressing subject to read about, it kept my attention till end, I could not put it down. I found myself wondering how it was going end. If you love Picoult books or historical books, this is one book that it’s worth checking out.


GOODREADS SUMMARY
Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
 
What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?


This is officially my new favorite Picoult novel, despite being pretty hard subject. You can’t help but love the book, the story. Though I read novels about holocaust before, back in high school, this was unlike the other books that I have read before; Picoult put a twist on it. After reading The Storyteller, I felt that I learned even more about the subject then I knew prior to reading the novel. I’m not going lie, through reading novel, especially from Minka’s point of view, I teared up multiple times. I felt scared for Minka multiple times, scared that she wasn’t going make it, even if I knew that she would. I felt angry at soldiers, how could anyone treat someone this way? Just because they are Jewish? It’s the question that I always wondered about. But I loved reading from Minka’s point of view, of her time in Poland and everything that she went through. Even if it didn’t seem like it, to me she was strong, someone who kept on going, despite what happened to her. I learned so much about her, from her story. She was my favorite.


Sage: I wasn’t sure how to feel about her at beginning of the book, she didn’t seem certain about herself. I actually liked her friendship between her and Josef, in beginning; I could tell that she enjoyed his company. Even if she wouldn’t admit it, I had feeling that she still cared for him even after she found that he was Nazi SS guard and it was one of reason she turned him in, because she couldn’t find the courage, to kill him because of her mixed feelings for him. I was glad that she actually turned him in, because it brought her to Leo, a guy who cared for her despite her past and not having to hide relationship and wanted to be with her, 100% of time. I was also glad that Leo was able to find someone too. I knew that it was them working together that brought them close together. I was glad to see Sage actually happy for a chance.


Like in her other books, I loved that book was written in different point of views, that way you get to know each character. It’s because of that, I actually found it hard to hate Josef which I knew I should have. Through reading his point of view and then finding out who he was at end, made it harder for me to hate. I loved the story in between, the story that Minka was writing, at first I wasn’t sure what it was till I figured out during Minka’s POV. It made it easier to know what they were talking about, when I read the actual story that she wrote. Honestly there wasn’t anything in this book, which I didn’t enjoy. I loved that it had stories both from Nazi SS Guard and the survivor, it made the story seem even more realistic.


The Storyteller in my opinion is book that everyone should read, you will learn a lot. You find yourself wondering what’s going happen with all the characters, especially Sage and Minka. I’m eager for next year, to see what story Picoult will come up next.

May 18, 2013

The Look Of Love, The Sullivan's,#1.

Posted by Jenia. at 5/18/2013 01:06:00 PM 0 comments
The Look Of Love.
The Sullivan's,#1
Bella Andre.
Publisher: Harlequin Mira.
Publication Date: May 28,2013.
Genre: Adult Romance| Drama.
Format|Pages: E Book|384.
Source: Received through NetGalley from publisher, for review.


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~ E Copy was provided by Harlequin, through NetGalley, in exchange for honest review ~


 The Look Of Love , was an amazing book. It was hard not to like the characters in the book. Especially Chase, he’s the kind of guy that I knew I was going to love through the book. How can you not love him? He’s caring, loving, and loyal. I loved fact that the book didn’t only have romance but also bit of thriller, drama, made it even more interesting to read. In general The Look Of Love was type of book that you couldn’t help but love.


GOODREADS SUMMARY
 
Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
 
 
As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?
 
 
Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.


To be honest, title and cover was what captured my attention first. I was surfing through Netgalley, seeing what books they got and when I came across this one, I knew that I had to read it before even reading the summary. The couple of the covers look so happy, and the title The Look of Love, I knew that there had to be a story there. The background is also stunning. You could tell by looking at the cover that it was going be a love story. A love story that I had feeling I was going to enjoy. I was right; I ended up enjoying it even more than I thought I would.


Chase : I loved the relationship between him and Chloe, in a way. I knew that Chase truly cared for Chloe and even fell in love with her, but for while I wasn’t sure if she actually felt same for him. I felt like she was using sex, like an escape for what happened to her. It felt to me like she was only using him for sex. I could tell that there was a bond, an attraction between the two of them, even if she wouldn’t admit it. At first. I thought it was cute how Chase took care of Chloe, how he rescued and even offered her place to stay, not many guys would do that. I knew that Chase cared about Chloe, from the moment that he came across her on the road. I was hoping that eventually Chloe would see how much Chase cares for her, will let him in. Will let another guy in her life.


As for Chloe, I liked her character and in way I felt bad for her. I could see why she was hesitant about letting someone else into her life. To be honest, if I was in her situation, I would feel the same way. I felt proud of her by the end, it takes so much to overcome what she gone through, especially after her ex comes back, in attempt to hurt her once again. I was afraid for her, and hoped that Chase would show up, to rescue her. Once he did, I knew that Chloe was aware how much he cared for her. I was rooting for Chloe and Chase to get together through the entire book.


Emotions were described so well in this book, both Chloe and Chase. I enjoyed fact that story was told from both Chloe & Chase’s point of view, that way I got to know both of characters pretty well. I loved them both. I don’t think I would been able chose my favorite. But the emotions, the descriptions of everything, made the story seem so much more realistic and it had my attention the entire way.

The Look Of Love is a book I would recommend for everyone, especially if you in romance. You find yourself craving for more, even after finishing the book.

May 12, 2013

Cross My Heart, Hope To Die, The Lying Game, #5.

Posted by Jenia. at 5/12/2013 03:52:00 PM 0 comments
Cross My Heart, Hope To Die.
The Lying Game,#5.
Sara Shepard.
Publisher:Harper Teen.
Publication Date: February 5,2013.
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller| Fantasy.
Format|Pages:Hardcover|321.
Source:Owned|Goodreads.

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Wow. The more I read The Lying Game series, the more extreme and mysterious it seems to get. I was even convinced that Becky was the killer, all the details that were described about her in the book, made it pretty convincing evidence that she was killer. That’s why I did not see the ending coming. Yet, another twist. Cross My Heart, Hope To Die kept my attention till end. I’m eager to find how it all ends, who the killer is.

GOODREADS SUMMARY
 
When I died two months ago, my killer told my twin sister to become me—or else. Now Emma has it down to a T. She tosses her hair with the signature Sutton Mercer flip and can lead a Lying Game prank with the best of them. She’s even repairing my relationship with my adoptive family. The only thing she hasn’t done is solve my murder.
 
Then our birth mother, the woman who abandoned us, showed up in Tucson. Emma hasn’t seen Becky in twelve years, but Becky recognizes Emma immediately—as Emma. Is it a mother’s intuition . . . or does Becky know I’m already gone?


The descriptions in this book, especially when Becky’s Illness came into effect, were amazing. It was because of those details that made it pretty convincing for me to believe that Becky was Sutton’s killer. Actually I was pretty sure that she was the killer, just way that she acted around Emma when she came to visit her, after her breakdown. The look on her face, her actions. I was positive that Becky was the killer, especially with her mental Illness history. How could anyone not think that she isn’t the killer? Especially once Sutton had those memories, the way that Becky was acting with her, I was even more convinced that she was the killer. That’s what I love about series, once you sure that you had it figured out, there is another unexpected twist.


Ethan & Thayer: Every time I read about Emma and Ethan’s relationship, the more it makes me smile. I love the connection that two of them have, despite everything that’s happening and fact how Emma’s life is in constant danger. I can see how much Ethan cares for Emma, how much he loves her. I found myself smiling when they finally said I Love You, to each other. Ethan is the type of guy that every girl looks for. I am happy to see, how much their relationship develops, despite Thayer being in middle of it, because he assumes that it’s Sutton, not Emma. I was glad that Emma could find someone who could make her happy. Now Thayer, despite me not being his biggest fan, I was happy to see that there were more scenes between Emma and Thayer. I could tell by way he looked at her, talked to her, that he still loves Sutton. I’m actually curious what will happen if he finds out that it’s not Sutton.


Despite me not being biggest Nisha fan, I was glad to see that her and Emma develop bond, and becoming friends instead of staying enemies. It sucked what happened to her at end, I did not see that coming. I am curious if it was murder too. I’m also curious what it was that she wanted to tell Emma, right before she ended up dead. I got feeling that now Emma is going be trying to figure out two murders, instead of one. I’m getting more eager, to see how it all ends. At same time sad that all of this is going to come to end soon. It’s one of most addicting, mysterious series I have read, it keeps you wanting more.
 

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