Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
I got these books from the library and the e-library.

The Scoop (The Godmothers #1) by Fern Michaels

Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses by Meredith Mileti

Torn by Cat Clarke

Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery#10) by Cleo Coyle

About Face: Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Makeup Artist by Scott Barnes

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #5) by Ann Brashares

Title: Sisterhood Everlasting
Author: Ann Brashares
Publish Date: 3/6/2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Source: NetGalley 

Summary from Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

 My review/thoughts:

This book is the last book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. The girls Carmen, Bee, Lena and Tibby are all grown up in their late 20s and and living in different places. They have lost touch with each other and feel it immensely. Tibby tries to get them together and tragedy strikes. Somebody dies and it shows the remaining girls friendship withstand the lost of one of there own. If you are a crier, you will need a lot tissues to get through this book.There were surprises, too. It showed how each remaining girl coped with loss. It was a fabulous read that made you think about what's really important in your life.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Review: How to Ruin Your Life by Age 30: Nine Surprisingly Everyday Mistakes You Might Be Making Right Now by Steve Farrar

     Title:  How To Ruin Your Life by Age 30

     Author: Steve Farrar           
     Publisher: Moody Publishers

     Publish Date: 4/1/2012
     Source: NetGalley          

How To Ruin Your Life by 30: Nine Surprisingly Everyday Mistakes You Might Be Making Right Now by Steve Farrar  is a great gift for high school and college graduates. It gives advice about life and common sense issues since everyone isn't born with common sense. The main lesson that I learned from this book is that the decisions and choices that you make now affect your life later on. This was a short, quick read brimming with wisdom and an encouraging message.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Waxed:A Novel by Robert Rave

Summary from Goodreads:

Waxed is the story of three relationship-challenged sisters working together at New York’s hottest waxing salon, catering to socialites, actresses, and regular folk alike.
Yank. On the surface, glamorous Carolina Impresario---big sister and owner of Impresarios---unapologetically wants it all, but secretly she is caught between her successful boyfriend and the only man she has ever truly loved.
Pluck. After a painful divorce, middle sister Anna reluctantly reenters the workforce and puts on a brave face while attempting to raise her children, one of whom is decidedly different.
Tear. Newlywed Sofia is a hybrid of her two older sisters: She loves the idea of a domestic life like Anna’s, but is entranced by New York nightlife and a new best friend, resulting in some major complications at home.
Amid the sticky confines of a perfectly manicured world, these three sisters search for love, friendship, and better versions of themselves.
Waxed is a funny and heartfelt novel that illustrates the lengths to which some women will go to present a seemingly flawless exterior, even when it involves pain. . . .

My review/thoughts:
This book is about three sisters who couldn't be anymore different. Carolina, the oldest sibling, owns the salon and she is very meticulous and OCD about everything. She comes across as cold and mean. She's in a committed relationship, but isn't exactly happy. Anna is the middle sister who is divorced and has two girls and a boy, but she gave birth to two boys and a girl. She loves to irk Carolina and knows which buttons to push as only sisters can do. Sophia is the youngest sister who wants to have fun and party even though she's married. This book was a quick read.  You get a peak inside the lives of those who get pampered and the people who get paid to do so. JJ Powers brought the comic relief with her wit. This book was fabulous. It had glamour, drama, and sisterly love to keep the story moving forward.