February 29, 2012

book reviews: february 2012 recap

February's Top Read of the Month
February has come to an end, and I read and reviewed a lot of fantastic books.

I had a lot of books to keep me busy, and I was definitely pleased so many of them were enjoyable to read.With the exception of Sophie Kinsella's latest release, the rest of these authors were first-timers for me (and I think in most cases they are debut writers, too).

I added a few of books to my "read again" pile, which I'm always glad to do. My Top Read of the Month was Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number. I had high expectations going into it, and they were well met and exceeded.

Here's a quick recap of the books in case you would like to try them for yourself:

Thank You For Flying Air Zoe by Erik Atwell
Synopsis: In Erik Atwell's Thank You For Flying Air Zoe, the heroine questions her life's direction and vows to change it after a brush with death. When Zoe's airplane nearly crashes, she thinks back 15 years when she and her best friends played in an all-girl garage band. In high school, the Flip-Flops were determined to take over the world with their Go-Gos- and Bangles-inspired group. However, they part ways after graduation and never get to see their dream fulfilled.

In the process of reuniting the band, Zoe must also deal with her fear of love, inability to commit and healing old wounds from her past.
Read my review here.
Rating: 4.5 of 5


Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo
Synopsis: The scoop on Julia's Child: "Cookbook author Sarah Pinneo delves into the delicious world of fiction with her hilarious first novel, being published by Plume in February 2012. Perfect for foodie and all-natural mamas, Julia's Child examines motherhood’s choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs. risking it all."
Read my review here.
Rating: 4.5 of 5


Waitlisted by Laurel Gans
Synopsis: In Laurel Gans' Waitlisted, a young woman learns there are no guarantees or freebies, and she must make changes if she wants to meet her goals for the future. The fast-paced story captures the college experience in a humorous way.

Kacey Barlow has coast through most of her life. She was pre-accepted into dental school, comes from a long line of alumni (and dentists) and has never faced any real adversity in her life. She quickly goes from having her biggest worry be whether or not she convincingly invented an excuse to get out of class for the day, to realizing she no longer has a guaranteed spot in graduate school. Through the book, she must finally commit herself to studying, become a more well-rounded student and decide what her future should hold.
Read my review here.
Rating: 4 of 5


Confessions of a Call Center Gal by Lisa Lim
Synopsis: In Lisa Lim's Confessions of a Call Center Gal, a recent college graduate makes the best of her unemployment by taking a crap job to make the best of it. After graduating with a journalism degree, Madison Lee sends out hundreds of applications to print publications big and small with hopes of landing a job in her field. Even without the recent economic crisis, print journalism has already taken enough of a hit that Maddy finds herself unemployed, broke and bored. When her college roommate/BFF invites Maddy to visit her in Pocatello, Idaho, the two out-of-work women end up landing jobs at the Lightning Speed call center. Tasked with helping callers from around the world, Maddy somehow finds entertainment with a side of romance at her job.
Read my review here.
Rating: 4 of 5


I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (***TOP READ OF THE MONTH***)
Synopsis: A young woman's life is turned upside down when she loses her engagement ring and cell phone 10 days before her wedding in Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number. Poppy Wyatt, a compulsive people pleaser, commandeers an abandoned cell phone in the meantime, hoping it will help solve her problems. Instead, it puts her directly in the path of Sam Roxton, an uptight and mysterious businessman.

In exchange for helping him transition between personal assistants, Sam agrees to let Poppy borrow the cell phone short-term. Instead, Poppy can not seem to help herself from meddling in Sam's affairs and likewise the tables are turned. Ultimately, more surprises and problems are in store for Poppy and Sam as she faces her impending nuptials and he protects his business.
Read my review here.
Rating: 5 of 5


One Pink Line by Dina Silvers
Synopsis: Dina Silver's One Pink Line tells a compelling story about love, growing up, consequences and what it means to be a family. When Sydney finds herself graduating from college and unexpectedly pregnant by a man who is not her long-time boyfriend from back home, she must make tough decisions that will forever change her world and the lives' of those around her. After making the decision to keep her baby, she must build a different life then the one she expected. With the baby's father out of the picture, Sydney finds others willing to offer love and help. Years later, Grace, her daughter, deals with the reality of her existence and her desire to meet the biological father who never wanted her. 
Read my review here.
Rating: 5 of 5


Idol Hands by Cynthia Hill
Synopsis: A woman trapped in a bad marriage, dead-end job and few prospects for improvement decides to change her life's course in Cynthia Hill's debut novel Idol Hands. Told through a series of diary entries and news articles, the story begins when the main character Tara realizes her disillusionment at the life she has. After watching a TV program about Idol Hands, a boy band from her youth, she decides to find and reconnect with her ex-boyfriend, a member of the band. Leaving her home and life behind, she travels from Canada, to Philadelphia to Carmel, Calif., on her quest to start over.
Read my review here.
Rating: 4.5 of 5


Mad About the Boy by Suzan Battah
Synopsis: In Suzan Battah's Mad About the Boy, Julia Mendoza finds unexpected romance from an unlikely source. Skeptical of finding love after being widowed at a young age, Julia pours herself into her business, By Design. A new romance throws her life into a detour. After an adorable meet cute in a grocery store, Julia finds Christophe Augustine. Handsome, wealthy and successful, Chris is the total package. Though his parents divorced, he still believes in love and thinks he might have found it when Julia appears in his life. Chris wants to know her better, and Julia is not opposed to a little fun. Together, they face a series of events and must decide whether their relationship is worth pursuing.
Read my review here.
Rating: 4 of 5


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