Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review: Million Little Mistakes By Heather McElhatton

. Published: August 1st 2010 by Harper Paperbacks

Details:Paperback, 400 pages

Description:Congratulations—You just won $22 million in the Lottery! So what happens next?

       In Heather McElhatton's second do-over novel, Million Little Mistakes, you win $22 million in the lottery. Given the chance to live like a millionaire, you could realize all your dreams or learn that money only causes more problems. It all depends on the choices you make . . .
          Should you keep your day job? Stay in your relationship? Save an endangered species? Have a debauched weekend on Sex Island? Buy an aristocrat's life on eBay or pay off all your family's debt? Should you climb Mount Everest, trek the remote jungles of China, book passage on a luxury cruise, or become an infamous Voodoo priestess? Is your destiny to become a philanthropist, a pharmaceutical tycoon, a happy homemaker, or a burlesque stripper? Be careful. Your fortune could be lost in a Ponzi scheme; your wildest fantasy may bring you total bliss or lead you to a run-in with extortionists who try to kill you.
            There are hundreds of possible adventures sown inside Million Little Mistakes. Some lives end fabulously while others in utter disaster, so choose wisely. You can buy a lot with $22 million, but can you buy a happy ending?

Cover Review: The cover is very colorful , are are the many ventures through out the book.
Very pretty and a noticable cover.
Review: I have never read a choose your own adventure book before this one. I was on vacation during labor day weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a wedding and the night I got there I was bummed out not getting to go to concert nearby so I take my children swimming and low and behold who is there as well .... Yes it was Heather McElhatton herself and she was so very polite talked to my children and all. After I put them to bed so I can go hang out in the hot tub me and her talked. She told me about her book and gave me a copy for review so here I go :
     Like I said I have never read a choose your own adventure book before this one so I had no idea what to expect. It starts you win 22 million dollars and the first choices are do you keep your job or quit and naturally being me I kept working. The more I worked my way through my chosen paths and found happiness. I mean hell who wouldn't want to end up in life with your own restaurant and vineyard  as well as your love that has went through it all with you! Atleast for my first adventure I didn't end up dead like I did the next time I went to chosing how my story would unfold.
     I would say I loved this book. It was fun and a bit of a make you think kind of book to read. I liked that about it. Thank You Heather for being so kind when I met you and writing such a great book. I look forward to reading more of her work!!!!
I gave this book 5 stars because it was just that good!!!!!!
Readers note: This is an adult choose your own adventure book~~~

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Published: May 5th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Details: Hardcover 276 pages

Description: Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along

Cover Review: I thought the cover to really be a nice summery cover. When I saw the cover in the store that is what made me want to read it.

Review: I will start by saying I loved this book and the fact it was a nice easy read. This story is about first loves and how they aren't as you always thought they'd be. I think Jenny Han really does a great job on the emotions and actions throughout it all.  At first I really did think Belly was just some immature girl but the more I read the more I found she was actually just like teens this day. She was in love with Conrad, her moms best friends oldest son, even though she thinks Conrad doesn't give a rats butt about her. She has started to really blossom into a young lady over the past summers and Jeremiah, Conrads brother, has started to take notice to her even though she sees him as just a pal. But not just Jeremiah is taking notice to her so is another boy in town Cam. When she starts hanging out with Cam it causes more tension then before he came along with Jeremiah and Conrad. Belly finds out alot about herself throughout the book and as the chapters do go from past to present it gives you insight on why she loves summer and the beach house. All the while letting you in on why she is so in love with Conrad.  The book did leave me with a few questions but not to worry I will be picking up the second book soon. I would recommend this book if you like easy fast reads  that make you want to go lay out and read.

I give this book a 4 1/2 star rating!!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Forget You By Jennifer Echols

Published: July 20th 2010 by MTV

Details:  Paperback, 293 pages
Description:  WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . . AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER? There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon. But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug. (less)

Cover: I thought the cover to be  very beautiful in a simple and intimate way. Makes me want to grab this book and go outside, lay in the hammock and just read it.(Which by the way I certainly did.) It has a wonderful summer feel to it that draws you in!

Review: Let me start out by saying I want more of Zoey and Doug! Forget You was a book that I could relate to in so many ways. Zoey is so like most teens today going through parents divorce, having sex for the very first time at a time you know they shouldn't be, and how she is so judgemental of Doug before she really gets to know him. Brandon, the boy she loses her most prized possesion to is this big time player that doesn't even realize how much Zoey cares for him. Instead always coming to her with his girlfriend per-say problems and blowing her off after the night they have sex. Then there is the wreck and she forgets everything of that night even the most important of things and Doug tries to keep the memories from her. Not out of spite though. Zoey and Doug are so much alike that it makes for some pretty steamy chemistry. Zoey's world revolves around  Brandon until she finds out the truth.
All in all Forget You is more then some summer fling it will keep you on your toes wondering what exactly happened that night of the wreck, what happens to Zoey's unstable mother, and if Zoey and Doug will ever be together. Not to mention the ending is like WOW!