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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

Over New Years,
two mates told me I
must read
The Husband's Secret.
All they would tell me,
or rather ask me,
was if I found a letter
Scott had written me,
but it says to be opened at his death,
would I wait?
Could I wait?

Could you?

Meet Cecilia.
One day, 
she's up in the attic
looking for something for her daughter,
she finds this letter.
What should she do?

We then meet Tess.
Her husband and her cousin/best friend
announce they are in love.
Her mother has recently broken her foot,
so she takes her 6 year old son
and moves to her mother's
to help out, 
and think things through.

Finally,
meet Rachel.
Almost two decades ago,
her daughter was murdered.
The murderer was never found.
And as much as she loves her son
and grandson,
there's a piece of herself missing.

While it seems these women have nothing in common,
their lives interwine
with each other.
And while the secret
is not as shocking as you'd think
(you kind of begin to suspect it)
I loved these characters.
I felt their pain
 and happiness.

Have you decided?
Are you like Pandora?
Do you need to know what's in the box?
Or can you let it be?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nil - Lynne Matson

Nil.
Zero.
Nothing.
Nada.

Seventeen year old Charley,
heads to Target one summer day
and suddenly finds herself
lying on a beach.
Naked.

Twelve days later,
she meets a group of teens 
and learns she's on the island of 
Nil.
And on Nil, 
you have exactly 365 days to leave
or you die.

Ok,
so let me start by saying I really enjoyed this book.
And I am fully aware it has gotten mixed reviews.
In fact, 
I think I even tried not to like it.
To focus on the negative.
I even,
gasp,
found out how it ended.
And yet,
I cried.
So I'm thinking,
if I know how a book ends,
I shouldn't cry.
But I did.
So this was a darn good book.

Charley meets Thad on Nil.
He teaches her about the island.
And they fall in love.
And it has it's 
Survivor meets Lost
moments.

We also meet Bart,
who's not very nice.
He tries to steal other's doors
(there's a porthole type thing to get out)
he picks fights.
And yet, 
his story just ends.

We never learn what Nil is
or how these kids end up there
and for many,
we don't know what happened to them.

But,
she made me cry.
And that alone
means this was one darn good book!!!!





Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Days: 41-50

You know, 
once you start this journey,
you come to realise how easy it is
and how incredible it is.
I'm halfway through my 100 days.
And there are days I think
"oh gosh, what is making me happy?"
And there are times
I want to take a few pictures
and have them on reserve
for another day.
But I don't.
It's amazing
how even some small things
can make you happy.

Day 41 - Going for a massage

Day 42 - A cappucino milkshake

Day 43 - BBQ with friends 
Day 44 - Turtle Cheesecake

Day 45 - The King is here 
Day 46 - Some down time to read and have a coffee

Day 47 - a great find at the library

Day 48 - My Grease date

Day 49 - Grease, with adults this time

Day 50 - A perfect Sunday

What makes you happy?



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Days: 31-40

Have I mentioned how much
I love this challenge?
Although,
I have noticed
I seem to get happy alot over food.
Should I be concerned?

Day 31 - A new haircut

Day 32 - Spidermen

Day 33 - Ethan learns to use chopsticks

Day 34 - Dinner with Antje and Rick

Day 35 - Hanging out with my lil' man

Day 36 - Chocolate Mousse Pie

Day 37 - Haircut and ice cream

Day 38 - Watching Ethan dive into a book

Day 39 - A Me day with a manicure, pedicure and head massage

Day 40 - Cupcake treats from a wonderful friend

What makes you happy?





The King - JR Ward

It's here.
It's here.
It's here.

Yes, 
The King 
is a book I have been waiting months for.
And I was so happy to get it.
The disappointing part,
was having to work, 
and not spend the day it came out,
sitting in bed,
reading.

For anyone who is not familiar with
The Black Dagger Brotherhood,
where have you been???

So The King
is mainly about,
well...
The King, 
Wrath!
His shellan, Beth
wants a child.
The glymera wants him dethroned.
What's a guy to do?

We learn a lot about his parents
which was great.
I loved learning about them.

And along with the Wrath story
there are some sub-stories.
(Often these seem to get in the way of Wrath's story.)

Assail and Marisol's story was great.
 I want more
(hint hint WARDen).
Xcor and Layla
is one I'm undecided about.
Most people love to hate him.
I'm not sure if I'm still loving the hate,
but I'm not loving the love.

John Matthew,
my favourite Brother,
had a few more seizures.
I soooo want to know the cause.
Why do these happen mostly around Beth?
Is there a Darius connection?

iAm, Trez and Selena 
was a great sub-plot.
I'm utterly chuffed to learn
that the next Brotherhood book
will be about them.

Let the countdown begin.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Third Grave Dead Ahead - Darynda Jones

I think I know what I want to be
when I grow up.
Or rather, 
who I want to be.
I want to be Charley Davidson.
Granted, 
I'm not the Grimm Reaper,
but I just love her!!!

In Third Grave Dead Ahead
Charley has way too many men to deal with.
First there's Reyes.
She bound the son of Satan
to his body and he is pissed.
Every time she falls asleep,
he comes to her.
And he's not happy with this.
So Charley does what anyone would do.
She doesn't sleep.
At all.
Remember, she is the Grimm Reaper.
Technically she doesn't need as much sleep as us
mere mortals.

Then there's her dad.
After setting her up as bait
he now feels guilty and has decided
the best way to keep her safe
is to demand she quit the PI business.
And he does so in a sneaky way.

Then there's Dr Yost.
He wants to hire Charley to find his missing wife.
But he's not quite right.
He oozes guilt.
Was he behind his wife's disappearance?

Next comes Garrett.
Oh Garrett.
What can I say?

And then there's Donovan.
Oh, how I do hope we see more of you
in the next books.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Days: 21-30

I am loving this challenge.
And I love seeing friends join
Happy Days too.
The last 10 days have been great.

Day 21- Scott's birthday

Day 22 - Waking up at the Hyatt

Day 23 - lunch with Bal

Day 24 - Watching Ethan's swim gala

Day 25 - A fantastic massage

Day 26 - Ethan's Student Led Conference

Day 27 - Ethan performs his hip hop routine

Day 28 - Girl Scout Cookies!

Day 29 - Chinese take away

Day 30 - Apple/ginger/mint juice

What made you happy?