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A Bollywood Affair - Sonali Dev

This story is a romance that is set partially in India, and also in the U.S. There are elements of deceit and mistaken identity. There are a lot of elements of Indian culture included throughout the story. I enjoyed listening to this audio book. The narrator used accents for different characters, and this really made the story come alive for me. I found the story easy to follow, and it flowed smoothly. The sound quality was excellent. Everything was clear and there were no background noises. My enjoyment of this story was certainly improved by listening to it instead of reading it. The narration just added so much authenticity to the story.

The story itself sometimes felt a little improbable and melodramatic, but it was still a sweet (and hot) romance. I just needed to sit back and enjoy the story for what it was and not over analyze the little things that didn't jive with reality.

At the end of the story, I was still left with a few questions and uncertainties, which is why I gave this story three stars. If my rating could be based on the listening experience alone, it would be 4 stars.

The language and subject matter of this story would give it an "R" rating. If you are listening around others, you will probably want to use headphones ;)

The unabridged audio of A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev is narrated by Priya Ayyar and is 10 hours and 23 minutes. It was released in 2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. The audiobook was provided to me for review by the Solid Gold Reviewer program at Audiobook Jukebox.

Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From - Richard Davenport-Hines

I think I would have loved this so much more if it was a TV documentary. Sometimes it was just hard to tune into the story at some points because it was kind of boring. The descriptions of the sinking and the aftermath were much more interesting than the descriptions of the passengers and the building of the ship. The title really does suit this story well. Sometimes it felt like the story jumped from person to person to person very quickly and abruptly and I was left wondering who I was reading about.

can i join the ace gang?

Love is a Many Trousered Thing - Louise Rennison

I just finished this installment. As always, this series is just plain fun, and funny to read. The main focus of book #8 is Georgia's confusion over who to choose as her boyfriend, Wet Lyndsay always being in the way, and the class camping trip. This series is not all about a "plot" really, but what does go on feels very real. Just like with all of the books before this one, there are many laugh out loud moments. Also, now that I have read several of these books in quick succession I notice that I am using some of Georgia's words. (she sort of makes up her own little language that is very catchy). Once again, we are left with a cliff hanger, but I don't mind because I like reading these books so much.

Startled by His Furry Shorts - Louise Rennison

It is great to have finally read this installment of the Georgia Nicolson series! I saw this book in the discount bin at the store years ago, and it caught my eye because it was cute. I had never heard of the series before... But with my book addiction.... I just had to add this book (and all the other books in the series) to my collection. So, now I have finally read it! It was just as good as the other books. The main events were Masimo's decision, Georgia being on the rack of lurve, the MacUseless production, and Rosie and Sven's wedding plans! As usual, there were lots of funny, laugh out loud moments. The ending of this one struck me as even more abrupt as the previous installments. It basically ended mid-scene!

"...Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers" - Louise Rennison

Wonderful, as always. I enjoyed the 6th installment of the Georgia Nicolson series. This one is longer than the others, and it does seem like more things happen! The excitement surrounding Georgia's trip to Hamburger-a-go-go land was fun to read about, and it was neat to see America through her eyes. The scene where Georgia's shoes were too small made me cringe! ouch! You will know what I mean if you read this story !! As always, she is filled with confusiosity over who she should love, and the lucky girl has several options! Like always, this story was vair, vair funny, and ended in a cliff hanger! Time for book #7!

Reading progress update: I've read 119 out of 300 pages.

"...Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers" - Louise Rennison
Christmas on Chestnut Street: A Novel - Nancy Thayer

I really enjoyed this heartwarming holiday story about family and love :) This novel was a clean, feel-good book that moved quickly and was funny and touching. I definitely felt the Christmas spirit while reading this. There was even a passage that had me on the edge of my seat a bit! At first I was a little irritated by the (sometimes) hokey dialogue and writing style... But after a while I was able to overlook that and the characters really grew on me. I have never been to Nantucket, but the author's descriptions made it come to life for me. I do wish some of the recipes mentioned in this book had been included at the end. I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for review.

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes - Diane Chamberlain

I got wrapped up in this story right away, and it was a quick read for me. I wouldn't call it an "easy" read necessarily, because I did feel a little stressed out while I was reading this due to the subject matter. I couldn't imagine living with the guilt and worry and lies for so many years! Around the second half of the story I felt a little disengaged in comparison to the first half, but I still enjoyed it. I found a majority of the characters annoying and/or unlikable in the second half of the story, and I found myself getting really frustrated with them. The reason I gave 5 stars is because I really enjoyed reading this book, and felt a lot of emotion while reading.

Suee and the Shadow, Part 2 - Ginger Ly, Molly, Kay Lee

I won this book from LibraryThing.
I enjoyed reading this graphic novel, and part 1 as well! It is suspenseful, and Suee is a smart and funny girl. There are several interesting characters, and it is amazing how they come to life with just a few words and the pictures! This is a great YA series because the subject matter is interesting and unique, while being clean at the same time. There is a focus on bullying, and it will be interesting to see how this is resolved in later installments. You will need to read part one first, since part 2 picks up directly where part one leaves off and there is no real review of part one. This is a mystery, and part 2 ends in a cliffhanger, so it definitely leaves the reader wondering what will happen next.

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War - Helen Frost

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is the first book I have ever read about the War of 1812, and so it provided some interesting insight to that period of history. This story would be great read (or listened to) in the classroom. It is told from alternating points of view between a 12 year old settler and a 12 year old Indian. It is not too heavy on historical names, dates, or details, but focuses more on the events as perceived by the two boys.

I Take You: A Novel - Eliza Kennedy
  I loved this! This was a perfect chick lit read, though "darker" than most chick lit due to some serious topics, drug use and lots and LOTS of drinking. I laughed out loud SO many times, this book was just so funny :) I also really loved the setting (Key West). The romance was a bit unconventional. I admit, I was shocked by the first chapter alone! But this story definitely sucked me in and I am left wondering what happens next! A sequel would be great. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


The Silver Rings - Samuel Valentino
I struggled when trying to decide if I should give this book 2 or 3 stars. On the one hand, this is supposed to be a children's book, but I just found some aspects of the storyline too complicated, and some of the humor and narration too advanced for children to appreciate. (Not that the words themselves were too advanced, but the sarcastic/ironic humor would most likely not be understood.) On the other hand, it was jam packed with adventure and imaginative situations. This story incorporates aspects of many popular fairy tales. My favorite character was Rant, the talking fox, and his magic napkin. I personally did not overly enjoy reading this, but it could be a fun read for older children or teens.
I received a copy from NetGalley.


For Love of the Man: Part 1 - Mercy Walker, Alice Bello

This is a quick read, and a quick moving story. Bev is a great character because she seems confident and funny. The writing style made it very easy to read, and I enjoyed it. The story ends very abruptly though, and left me not understanding what was going through Bev's mind at that point... I will be reading part 2! I found some of the descriptions a little too crude for my taste, but overall, I liked reading this short story.

For Love of the Man: Part 2 - Mercy Walker, Alice Bello
  I received a copy in exchange for a review.

I really like the writing style because I find it very easy to read. I enjoyed reading part 2, for the most part. A chunk of this book was a retelling of part 1 from Quinn's point of view. It was great to find out more about him, but kind of annoying to have to reread events that we already knew about from the previous installment, especially since the book is so short to begin with. There is a lot more character development in part 2, and more plot development as well. The ending is a cliffhanger. Just as with part 1, I found some of the intimate scene descriptions a little gross.


Eternally Bound - K.A. Young
  There were parts of this story that I really loved and I found very unique. But, there were parts of the story that just didn't jive with me, or felt like a lot more detail was needed. I think this story could be a four or five stars if it was longer and the blanks were filled in for me. I loved the past life concept, but as the story progressed I became a little confused because it almost seemed more like a time travel type thing as opposed to reincarnation. I received a copy in exchange for a review


Mask of the Swan - Terry Maggert
  I received an audio copy of this book in exchange for a review.

First, the narration is excellent. The same narrator is used in the first book. Every character has a distinct voice, and accents are done very well(and there are alot of accents in this book!)

The writing itself is very good. The dialogue is very authentic and the style of writing and story telling is very fresh and realistic.

I did not enjoy the second in the series as much as I did the first. I felt lost much of the time due to the large number of characters and shifts in place and time. I just constantly felt like I wasn't quite sure what was going on or why.