Book Review: Dangled Carat

Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

Reviewed by Jill; @JL_ Knapp

 

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Synopsis-

Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship—why rush into things?

She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point. In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date—even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time—

and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

 

Review:

Dangled Carat is Hilary’s memoir, describing what she went through when dating her commitment- phobic boyfriend. This is a cute book with likable characters, including Hilary’s mother who you can tell from the beginning has her daughter’s best intentions in mind. I found it to be a very accurate portrayal of the emotions a woman had when dating someone like this. Having dated many commitment phobic men myself, I found myself nodding along with many chapters of this book, thinking “yep that’s exactly what i would assume to happen” at different points in their relationship. Hilary is likable and funny, when reading this book you can tell she has a good heart, and you want her to be happy. I would definitely recommend this book but with the disclaimer that- like it’s been said in He’s Just Not That Into You- Hilary is the exception, not the Rule. Hilary was Marc’s exception.

4 stars

 

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Book Review: Uninvited

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. Published by Harper Teen; Harper Collins

Reviewed by Jill

Synopsis-

From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, Uninvited is a chilling and suspenseful story about a girl whose DNA brands her as a killer, perfect for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer andConfessions of a Murder Suspect.

 

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Davy had everything—a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard— but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school and avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other “carriers” who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions—not the code embedded in her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can Davy trust herself?

Review:

This is the first book I have read by Sophie Jordan, and I have to say I had a really hard time putting it down! This book is the first in a series, the second one to be released in 2015 is called Unleashed. I’m not sure if there will be a third, but if the second is as good as the first, I am hoping there will be. I am usually not a fan of books that take place in a dystopian society, but Jordan writes this one realistically, making the time period not  too far into the future which adds a more realistic undertone to the story. The romance between Davy and Sean takes a while to develop, but you can tell there is a true sense of loyalty between the two of them. I am uncertain if their feelings for each other are genuine, or if they are out of sharing a mutually horrible experience together, but either way it makes for an interesting relationship.

The story is well paced. Davy feels like a teenager in the beginning of the novel, but by the end she has been through so much that the character seems to have aged at least ten years.

Davy is consistently torn between who she wants to be, and who her genetic make-up is telling her she is. Although it’s complete fiction, I find this story relate able. It’s a tried and true tale about the trouble we face when torn between who we really are, and who we wish we were. And sometimes, those lines become blurred, and we lose control over ourselves all together.

This is an engrossing book, that does a great job describing Davy’s life, the atmosphere of the training camp she is sent to, and what her “friends” are like. There really aren’t many un- answered questions, just enough to make you want to read the sequel.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

 

4 stars

 

You can follow Sophie Jordan on Twitter @SoVerySophie

 

The Lying Game

Hey everyone!

Jill here, giving you my first book review as the new administrator of this site. The first book I am going to be reviewing is the first installment of a series called The Lying Game, by Sara Shepard. Firstly, here’s the synopsis from the book-

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I had a life anyone would kill for.

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does–an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me–to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences.
Let the lying game begin

 

 

 

My review-

This book is nothing like the television show, so even if you were a fan of the show while it was on, you can still enjoy this book series.

The first thing I really liked about this book, is that know Sutton is dead immediately. That fact alone reminded me briefly of the show Twin Peaks which aired a long time ago, but had a cult following. Although the two stories are very much unalike, finding out a pivotal character is dead immediately always makes for an interesting introduction. At least for me.

This book was a quick and easy read, I finished it in two days. Whenever I wasn’t doing my own writing, or out of the house, this book was glued to my side.

The book is told from two perspectives. One, is dead Sutton Mercer. Is she a ghost? We don’t know. She can see, hear, feel and think about everything her twin sister can, but she can’t be seen or heard herself. Oh, and she also has no memory of what happened to her, including why or how she died.

The second perspective is from her twin sister, Emma. Emma is, for all intents and purposes, the main character of the book. However, he character is told in the third person from her sister’s experiences with her. Emma is from Nevada and was abandoned by her birth mother at an early age. After being bounced around the foster system for years, she is finally thrown out of her latest foster mother’s care after her foster brother accuses her of stealing. Before she leaves, her foster brother makes accusations about Emma not being who she says she is, and shows her an internet video of another girl who looks identical to her.

After leaving her foster mother’s home Emma is led to Arizona under the false pretense that Sutton is still alive. After seeing the video of Sutton on the internet, Emma tracks her down on Facebook and sends her a private message, asking her vague questions about her life. “Sutton” writes back, explaining she was adopted that it’s very possible the two were separated at birth. The next thing you know, Emma hops  on a bus to Arizona to find her long lost twin only to discover she died before ever sending the message. Only no one knows she’s dead, and now everyone is assuming that she is Sutton.

It’s a classic prince and pauper story. Emma gets to see what she missed out on by living in foster care, while Sutton had been fortunate enough to be adopted into a well-off family.

Crazy-ness ensues when Emma finds out more information about her friends and sister Laurel, and most importantly The Lying Game.

I was very happy with this book and would highly recommend it!

4 stars.

 

Review: Looking For La La

Looking For La La by Ellie Campbell Looking For La La
by Ellie Campbell
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Cathy is a stay-at-home mom (or mum since the book is set in the outskirts of London), who, like many before her and scores more to come after, is utterly bored with getting the kids off to school, cleaning the house before the housekeeper gets there, doing the shopping and all the other assorted mundane chores that encompass a stay-at-home mum’s days. When a mysterious postcard arrives through the mail slot containing a sweet nothing for Cathy’s husband Declan and signed “Love from La La,” Cathy is off and running in her quest to discover just who La La is.

As Cathy tries to find the person behind La La, a myriad of suspects emerge throughout the book. Continue reading Review: Looking For La La

Review: See Mommy Run

See Mommy Run
by Laura Kennedy
reviewed by Kelly Smith
Rating: 4 Stars
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Margie McDougal has had it. She’s reached her breaking point with her husband Mike who treats her like wallpaper and her teenage daughters, Kim and Molly, who treat her like she’s the enemy. Trapped in a dead-end job that was supposed to be temporary and a family life that’s devoid of every emotion except for anger, Margie packs her bags and runs away. Arriving in San Francisco with a couple of bucks and not a clue what to do next, Margie slowly rebuilds her life. Continue reading Review: See Mommy Run

Review: Something Blue

Something Blue
by Emily Giffin
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Darcy is pregnant with Marcus’ baby and although she can’t get over the betrayal by Rachel and Dex, she forges ahead with plans to marry Marcus who has, somewhat reluctantly, stepped up to the plate. But Marcus is no Dex and even Darcy can’t change who he is. Though Darcy seems to know that in her heart that Marcus is not the one for her, it shocks her when he tells her that he doesn’t want to marry her and that he doesn’t want to be a father. Truly on her own (her mother having written her off for the audacity of getting pregnant), Darcy makes the decision to move to London and stay with Ethan, a mutual friend of her and Rachel’s from elementary school. Continue reading Review: Something Blue

Review: Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed
by Emily Giffin
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Rachel and Darcy have been best friends for years and they couldn’t be more different. Rachel’s level-headed and a lawyer and Darcy’s the more flamboyant social butterfly who’s in PR and used to getting her own way. Darcy throws Rachel a thirtieth birthday that somehow winds up with Darcy the center of attention and Rachel spending the majority of the time with her friend from law school, Dex, who also happens to be Darcy’s fiancé. One thing leads to another and Rachel finds herself in love with Dex and he with her. Continue reading Review: Something Borrowed

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