Title: Sunday Creek
Author: Jeff Streeby
Publisher: InCahoots Film Entertainment
Source: Author Request
Jeff Streeby masterfully creates the world of Sunday Creek in poetry and prose. Sunday Creek is a place vividly populated by Native Americans, mountain men, miners, highwaymen, homesteaders, cowboys, slatterns and orators-saints and sinners from all walks of life. This provocative work is an original, a daring work in form and substance. From the gritty days of settlement and for another hundred and fifty years, these tales-many inspired by actual events and real people-reveal the interwoven relationships among the townspeople and a community emerges, reflective of the complex histories of those who populated the American West. With Streeby's careful scholarship and skillful storytelling, the chorus of voices sings with authenticity and the reader becomes a traveler to a place not soon forgotten.
This book was a great read. It's very poetry about various people. It was great to read what the author had to tell us through these poems. We learn about what some of the towns people had gone through back then. Definitely takes you on a great journey to learn about people and things they dealt with. I would definitely recommend this book to all poetry lovers and those who love historical books.
Title: Anyone But You
Author: Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Publisher: Merit Press
Series: Twisted Lit #3
Source: Publisher Request
These violent delights have violent ends...
Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family's proud pizza heritage, and the Montes--owners of a rival Italian restaurant--are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap's for four generations. Even if it means putting herself in harm's way, Gigi's determined to get to the bottom of the feud. Instead, in a secret encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief, she finds both danger and love at first sight. If the daughter and son of these two warring families fall for each other, can it be anything but a recipe for disaster? Slowly, Gigi and Roman learn that their story is fatefully linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World's Fair. The most stunning wonder of the fair is Stella, who innocently causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood. Wending its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is bittersweet, funny, and intensely exciting. It's classic romance--a tale of hate and the only force that can ever defeat it: love.
Only The Twisted Lit authors could find a way to weave a story inside another story. I loved this variation of Romeo and Juliet. In this one we have Gigi and Roman who are trying to be together and stop the family feud. What caused it no one really knows or if they do they won't say it falls on the reader to find the story between Benny and Nick and Stella.
This was a great story full of mystery and despair. You wonder at times whether the two families will ever make peace and at what price. I loved how the feud ended as well! A great story!
Title: The Sinister Sitcom Caper
Author: Sally Carpenter
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Series: Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries
Source: Book Tour
Sandy Fairfax, former teen idol and star of the ‘70s hit TV show “Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth,” is now a middle-aged recovering alcoholic who realizes that making a comeback can be murder. He’s the guest star on “Off-Kelter,” a corny family situation comedy, and the lowest rated TV show of the 1993 fall season. Before rehearsals barely begin one of the actors drops dead at Sandy’s feet. He investigates, enlisting the aid of two of his new cast mates: a dwarf and an animal actor. During his snooping, we meet Sandy’s ex, his parents and his teenage son, all with their own “situations” going on. During rehearsals Sandy also encounters a beautiful choreographer—could this be love? Will Sandy solve the murder before the Friday night taping of “Off-Kelter” or will the elusive killer cancel our hero before the final credits? This book was inspired by the author’s experience working as a tour guide/page at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
This book starts with Sandy Fairfax heading to guest star in Off-Kelter. Sandy is trying to get back into the sing of show biz after being out for a while. He winds up meeting a colorful group of people. It doesn't take long before someone winds up dead and right infront of Sandy. Now it's up to Sandy to figure out what is going on??
You can tell by reading this book that the author knows quiet a bit about Hollywood and studios. While reading this book I felt like I was walking around with Sandy at the studio. I think it is great when an author can pull you in and have you right there with the characters.
Can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Definitely a fan of hers with this series and this is the second book I will definitely be looking into the first book.
I have one physical copy of this book to giveaway. This contest is open to the USA all you have to do in the comments is leave your email address and to make this fun share your favorite cozy book series!!
Title: FANGIRL Author: Rainbow Rowell Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Pages: 448 Format: Audiobook Source: Personal purchase Definition:
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I have to state from the beginning that I've never been a fan of fanfiction. Internet is a wonderful place for finding people who love the same things you do as much as you do, but I've always felt fanfiction to be unnecessary and rather dull. Especially when fanfiction writers walk around declaring themselves authors, it annoys me. Not because they can't write or don't write well, but because it's easy to pick up a story and take it somewhere if you already have the characters and the settings laid out. So, in my review, I'm going to try and not get too much into the whole fanfiction thing.
FANGIRL is actually Cath's story. She and her sister Wren are big fans of a series of books, Simon Snow, which is a lot like Harry Potter, really. However, when they get to university, all Wren wants to do is suck it in and party it up, but Cath hold onto her fangirl-self a lot harder and becomes even more of an introvert. Instead of working on her writing assignments, she chooses to continue her fanfiction, which I felt is kind of a safe place for her. I also felt that she decided to study writing thinking, "I already love reading and am writing," which is a pretty misguided reason, but I'm not the one to judge.
I personally found Cath to be very annoying. As in VERY annoying. She wasn't even excited to be in university finally, didn't seem excited to suck all that information in, and that just didn't sit well with me. She should be thankful that she had a roommate like Reagan who had a friend like Levi who was pretty dreamy and fell in love with Cath somehow.
FANGIRL is among our book club selections at International Geek Girl Pen Pals. Of course I shared my opinions above with them as well. And when in return those who loved the book shared their comments, it dawned on me that there are all kinds of fangirls-- I'm not judging anybody, but I'm a pretty outgoing, curious person, and those who want to hide in their shell no matter what tend to annoy me.
In the meantime, many things didn't add or tie up to anything in the end. I'm all for writers leaving the ending to the reader, but this wasn't like that. For example, Cath and Wren's dad has some mental problems, so does their mother and she stays in a home. They appear and disappear throughout the story without any real impact on characters or events, which made me feel they were put in there as an excuse for Cath's introvertness and Wren's abuse of alcohol.
I had seen other books by Rowell around, but I'm not sure now if I want to read them. If they're along the same lines as FANGIRL, then I don't think I'll enjoy them. If you've read them, please do share your thoughts.
Title: Love in the Time of Cholera Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Publisher: Vintage Pages: 348 Format: Turkish paperback Source: Can Yayinlari
In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.
Most of us learn (or try, at least) what love is from books, movies, TV shows before we get to experience it ourselves-- if we ever do, really. Some of us believe we'll get butterflies in our stomachs, some of us think we'll be swiped off of our feet, while some of us believe we'll be able to see nobody else but "the one" when we're in love. Of course, this changes according to whose definition of love suits you better. Put on paper by my favorite author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza's love that lasts half a century is the one I myself chose to believe in the first time I read it.
Don't think it'll be all "baby, baby, oooooh" just because it's a love story. Even though Fermina has met and fallen in love with Florentino when she was young, she's married to Juvenal Urbino when we first meet her in the book. When they together again 50 years later, Florentino once again declares his love to her. However, how Fermina responds is kicking the man out of her house-- only when we dive into their past do we understand why.
There are many a life lesson in Love in the Time of Cholera. We see how 50 years can change people. We observe how, with them, their relationships change. We get to witness what kind of an effect time has on people as well as places and culture, what people are capable of when they're mad with jealousy, how death might scare them as they get older, and how being old affects the body as much as the mind...
In conclusion, Love in the Time of Cholera will make you question life in general. After all, there's a reason why it's on many "books you much read before you die" lists.
P.S. There's a movie based on the book, but I personally thought that was a whole different story; not the one I fell in love with all those years ago and all over again just recently. Do see the movie if you want, of course, but don't think you've gotten a sense of the book if you've only seen the movie and not read it.