Sunday, 3 August 2008


Paradise By Judith McNaught

Synopsis :

Teenage socialite heiress Meredith Bancroft has a quick and disastrous secret marriage to unsuitably penniless Matt Farrell. Her domineering father tells each of them a series of damaging lies and speedily arranges a divorce. A decade later, Meredith, now vice-president of a department-store chain and engaged to a prominent banker, meets Matt again. The highly successful CEO of his own conglomerate, Matt has a well-deserved reputation as a ruthless corporate raider, and when he hears of Meredith's aggressive plans for her chain's expansion the two clash explosively. To complicate matters, Meredith discovers that they have never been divorced.

Again the first love plot and i am not getting bored one bit .
I really enjoyed this one ,it was like reading a episode of Dallas !
The rich fighting all the time but really loving each other ahhhhh nothing really realistic but you get so caught up in the story ,you don't care ,just plain indulgence.
As always few inconsistency ,i found Meredith very meek for the president of a "Harrods" type of establishment especially when you know it was written in the ninety's.
Her "best friend" was a complete turn off ,don't you love the good friend sleeping with your fiance ,just because she has been in love with him forever and it seems so obvious you're in love with someone else ? (with friend like this who needs enemies huh!)
Grades :3/5


Just saw it ...and ...hum ,let's just say i know now how to punish the people i hate.
I just can't express how much this movie is bad ,the fact that i stayed till the end just tell you how anal i am.

It's cliche after cliche ,it's very very painful.
In brief to avoid at any cost if like me you are a fan of anything a bit supernatural or just good.

Leader of the pack and Sex ,lie and online dating

Leader of the pack by Kate Cann

Sinopsis :

Being hard is what Jack Slade is all about. He has no time for weaklings, especially not on his team. He is captain, and his new coach has helped him realize that anything that interferes with his game is not worth his time. Gem doesn't see it that way, though. She fancies Jack like mad, but she doesn't want to be second best and neither does her best friend, Christian, who thinks Jack is just a meathead. Gem knows there is more to Jack, but she doesn't know if that is enough to keep them together...

After seeing a interview of Kate Cann on my favorite book
and i decided to give it a try .
It was the first time i read a YA book since my teen age years and i really enjoyed it.
I am not a big fan of rugby and even less of the hero but even with those flaws K-Cann managed to keep me entertained.
Teen age angst is very well written and she doesn't shy or embellished sex ,she just tell it like it is ,which at this age ,is fast,not always good and done a bit everywhere as long as it is done.
The reason i probably didn't like Jack was probably because he was too close to reality ,he is very selfish and by the end of the book didn't seems to have grown ,not once he show remorse for what Gem has to endure .
I will definitely read more of her book and summer seems like the perfect time.
Grade :2/5

Sex ,lie and online dating by Rachel Gibson

synopsis :

Quinn McIntyre has to pose as an internet dater to woo the chief suspect in a serial murder case, and the last thing on his mind is falling in love. Especially not to a thriller writer researching her next book, who doesn't even realise she's under surveillance! But Lucy Rothschild just doesn't seem like the killing kind! does she? Before too long, and against all his better instincts, Quinn finds he could be getting in too deep!

Rachel Gibson is a bit of a comfort read for me ,nothing transcending but always entertaining .
This one did not work for me ,it's not bad just blah .
I was not interested in anything ,not the mystery and not the romance.
grade :1/5

Holiday in death and All U can eat

Holiday in death by JD.Robb

Synopsis :

NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer terrorizing the city during the holidays. The only link between the victims--all are patrons of an exclusive dating service, Personally Yours. Working with her aide Officer Peabody, Peabody's nemesis Ian McNab, and her own intriguing husband, Roarke, Eve uncovers secrets that link the victims: secrets that involve both the owners and the clients of Personally Yours and which might be worth killing for.

You can never go wrong (IMO) with the in death collection and i am quite pleased to say i am not bored yet but because i don't want to accelerate the process i tried to read them slowly (one every three or four weeks),
This one is no exception ,just few annoyance though ,Roarke always butting in annoy me and Peabody ? I never thought she was the brightest bulb of the pack but bringing a male prostitute (also a suspect) you have just met in the morning to your boss Christmas party ? just brilliant ! a perfect match for McNab .
Grade: 3/5

All U can eat by Emma Holly

Sinopsis :

When the body of a wealthy woman is discovered in an alley near Frankie Smith's diner, Frankie realizes she's one of Chief Jack West's prime suspects. The truth is, Jack's attraction to the sexy proprietor of All U Can Eat is all-consuming—though he knows hauling her into custody isn't going to improve his chances with her.

What neither of them realizes is that the town of Six Palms is full of secrets that would shock even the raciest residents. Determined to clear her name—and to get to know the police chief better—Frankie joins Jack on a rollercoaster ride of an investigation. And soon, letting go of their inhibitions seems like the most natural thing in the world.

As i said before i avoid Ellora's cave because it's just too much but i wanted to try one of her book because they seems "milder" .
It was and i enjoyed it more than i thought i would ,it's less heavy on "the words" (you know THE WORDS! like juice ,cream and other thing i usually like to eat or pet !).
I liked the heroine ,she is not shy and has many different partner but did not feel slutty to me ,too bad i wanted her to end with someone else *sight*.
Still even if it was nice ,this book felt a bit unfinished ,i would have liked to know more about the protagonist and "the mystery" not very exiting.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

I am cranky (what else is new?)

Lately i went on a book binge ,no real reason why , i just didn't feel like doing anything else but i seem over it since i managed to watch a film yesterday .

The first X-Files movie ,i love this series but the alien plots where not my favorites ,still seeing Scully hugging Mulder is almost as good as a intravenous shot of chocolate .

I made the mistake of registering to Kenyon's mailing list long time ago and i could almost start a lawsuit for harassment ,i have received 5 mails this month for Acheron's book and seeing that i will not buy the book it really is a waste ,i probably will read it from the library after seeing the reviews because her last books were really disappointing.

Big day for me monday ,last scan before the end (in here you only do two) and if the shrimp is willing ,we will know the sex (with my luck he will cross his legs and we'll see nothing !)

i'll start on writing quick reviews on the book i have read soon.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Pet peeve

I saw the back of this book at the library ,it seems quite fun ,i hesitated a bit but it seems really funny so i took it(i am very brave like that me)

Bridesmaid By Jane Costello

Synopsis :

With less than an hour to go before her best friend, Grace, is to walk down the aisle, Evie is attempting to fulfil her most important bridesmaid role: to deposit the bride at the start-line at the appointed time. But with a bride famed for her chaotic sense of time, and the bride's daughter busy mashing Molton Brown into the expensive hotel carpet, minus underwear, the odds are stacked against her . . . At least she has her new 'chicken fillet' boob-enhancers to make her feel special. That is, until these are spotted poking over the top of her dress. So spotted by Jack - the most ruggedly attractive man Evie has ever laid eyes on. Evie is twenty-seven; a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist. She has never been in love and has started to fret that she never will be. Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at no less than three impending weddings is one that fills her with trepidation. Things get worse when Evie learns that Jack is her friend Valentina's date. Valentina is beautiful, shallow and self-obsessed. Her dates tend to be mirror-images. Which can mean only one thing: Jack can't possibly be as good as he seems. But as they sit together talking late into the night, Evie finds herself yearning to believe he's all real.

What i should tell you is ,i loath LOATH chick lit ,which is ,when you're living in the UK ,quite unfortunate ,but hey it could be worth i could still be stuck in France where the only romance you find is written by Marc Levy *shudder* (it took me three weeks to read a two hundred and fifty page book (if only it were true or just like heaven in the movie form ) and the sequel ? i lied to my friend i never read it ,there just so much i would do for friendship) .
This book unfortunately did not change my mind .
It's a good book well written and it IS funny ,i mean a book using wedding party as a plot can't be wrong (i loved four wedding and a funeral ) but if you are not familiar with the British actuality you will not appreciate it as much as one who does ,after all there is reference of Darren Day (the-git-who-cheated-on-the-bird-of-the-first-pop star-winner) to Collen McLoughlin (the-nineteen year old-fashion-expert-who-married-the-ugliest-promising-English-footballer) ,even me who had lived here for nine years had trouble with some reference.
So why this book fail to be good ??

SPOILER ,spoiler ,spoiler,spoiler.

Why is there always cheating in EVERY chick lit??
Why is there always a best friend willing to sleep with the boyfriend of the heroine or another friend boyfriend ?
It's my biggest and nastiest pet peeve ever ,to me it's the ultimate betrayal ,it make me so mad i could kill someone .
I saw it coming but i was hoping ,praying i was wrong ,it was going so well ,such a disappointment and i don't care if it was not the heroine ,it was a protagonist i really liked !
By the end of the book i was so angry that after reading the last word of this book ,i immediately started another book which is (thank god) Holiday in death ,no one kick ass better than Eve!!

Grade:2/5 (it would have been a solid 3 if it was not for the end)

Do you read chick lit ?
Or Marc Levy ?
What's you biggest pet peeve?

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

The ugly and the amazing

Divine Evil by Nora Roberts


Evil is afoot in Emmitsboro, Maryland, and sculptor Clare Kimball, who returns home for a rest, and Sheriff Cameron Rafferty, her former heartthrob, step right into it. Cameron chases clues to runaways and ritually sacrificed animals while Clare deals with memories of past satanic rituals and her present need to create art from the world around her

It's the first time i read a Nora book thinking i shouldn't have ,usually even the one that are (IMO) not good are better than most but this one is just plain bad .
Half of the book was unnecessary ,i like a story detailed but in this case i did not care for the thought of the victim ,the killer and all the people who lived in the village .
In Carolina moon it work ,not in this one .
Plus the romance was almost done by page 200 but i had still 330 page to go ,not a good signe .
And the fact that i have read ceremony in death not a long time ago did not help ,a strong sense of déja vu .

Blue-eyed devil by Lisa Kleypas


Blue-Eyed Devil is the story of the charming, volatile and ambitious Hardy Cates, who is determined to carry out his private revenge against the Travis family. Haven is the rebellious Travis daughter who struggles against her overpowering attraction to the most dangerous man in town. But when Hardy crashes a Travis family wedding, the heiress and the bad boy uncover an explosive chemistry that neither of them can deny. Hardy Cates is an unscrupulous rascal, but now he's trying to clean up his act. He is looking for the perfect society wife, the kind of woman Haven Travis could never be. Having once been burned by a love affair gone wrong, Haven vows to stay far away from the sexy heart breaker. However, Haven discovers that the temptation of a blue-eyed devil is hard to resist. And then when a menace from Haven's past appears, Hardy may be the only one to save her ...

After the last book ,i had to wash my head with something amazing so i took THE book that (almost) everyone love and i was not disappointed .
I only have two small complained about it .
First one is ,if you are the kind to cry in front of a book don't touch it in a public place because that plus the hormones ,it was terrible !
I cry like a baby in a playground absolutely packed with very bored moms ("i am fine it's not the Cookie ,it's the book!!!").
And the second one ,i had wished Hardy was a bit more well drawn ,you don't know much about him ,maybe i should have read Sugar daddy before but he feel a bit generic to me ,still even with that i loooooved him .
The end was really satisfying ,it was not too sugary just perfect.
Grade :4/5

Lately i have been a bit blue and i thought it was my mood that tainted the books i was reading ,making me a bit difficult but after this one i am reassured ,i just wish the next one is as good as that one !!!

I'll finish on a educative note:

For all the pregnant women out there ,i would strongly recommend not to hair dye your hair with the home product ,it seems that our pigmentation is not good ,so the color doesn't stick .
Very dark brown on blond hair ? I look like a partridge ! (the Cookie almost killed himself laughing )