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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (audio)

Audio CD
Gerard Doyle (Reader)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); 1 edition (February 10, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400090687
My rating: 4 ♥

My Take:
My husband borrowed the audio book form and I listened to this on a lark. I was hooked after the first CD. I was missing some fantasy book because Harry Potter is finished. Jim Dale is a fine reader. I fell in love with Harry Potter mainly because of him.

This book reminds me so much of Lord of the Rings. I am not a big fantasy fan, but I will listen or read this series because I enjoyed it. After Harry Potter, there's Eragon. I have the movie DVD, I hope the movie lives up to the book.

Book Blurb:
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . . .

Note:
Books in the series so far:

Eragon
Eldest

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: The Dial Press (February 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385338708
My rating: 5 ♥
My Take:

I love the series. Becky makes me exasperated, uncomfortable and sometimes plain frustrated, but I enjoy the way she's written. Every book of the series had made me laugh out loud, cackle even, or brought tears to my eyes from comedy or tragedy of it. I just wish I can get into Luke's head more. He's this character that I like, and pretty sexy, but I don't know much about him. This is a wonderful part of the series.

Book Blurb:
Star of the bestselling Shopaholic series Becky Bloomwood (now Brandon) is pregnant! But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke's glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky's perfect world starts to crumble. She's shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

Notes:
Other books in the series:
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
SHOPAHOLIC TAKES MANHATTAN
SHOPAHOLIC TIES THE KNOT
SHOPAHOLIC & SISTER

Friday, September 28, 2007

Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (June 26, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060852003
My Rating: 3 ♥
My Take:
I think it's a pretty good story, it was just a little "babbly" for my taste. I did finished it though. I came back to read the first book. The second book felt like it's the second book of the series. I don't know if that makes sense. I like Meg Cabot, so I'll read her, even if I am not instantly captivated in the beginning of the book.

Book Blurb:
Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn’t that she doesn’t have the slightest idea what she’s going to do with her life, or that she’s blowing her college graduation money on a trip to visit her long-distance boyfriend (of three months) Andrew, instead of using it as the down payment for the cute little Manhattan apartment everyone is expecting her to rent after finding a well-paying job in the city.

Where she’s going to live and how she’s going to support herself in the fall are really the least of Lizzie’s problems right now. Not when she’s got to deal with the fact that she’s done it again. See, Lizzie can’t keep her mouth shut. It’s not just that she can’t keep a secret—she can’t keep anything to herself.

But this time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie’s stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.

What’s an American girl with a big mouth—but an equally big heart—to do?

Fortunately there’s Shari, Lizzie’s best friend and college roommate, who’s spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings with her boyfriend Chaz in a sixteenth century chateau. One call to Shari, and Lizzie’s on a train to Paris. Who cares if Lizzie’s never traveled alone before in her life, and speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac—not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac’s owner—and she’s smitten…

But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie’s the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke seems to hate her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren’t bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for closure (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie’s chance at ever finding real love…

…unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

Note: Meg Cabot also writes as Patricia Cabot in historical fiction genre.
Books in the series:

Queen of Babble
Queen of Babble in the Big City

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Paperback: 235 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Today Show Book Club edition (February 6, 2003)
ISBN-10: 1400034779
My ratings: 5 ♥

My Take:
I picked this book up from the bargain section at the library. I heard people talk about it, but I just never thought to read it. But for 50 cents, I bought it and read. It's well done, it's entertaining, and I believe it gave me a window to Africa where this book was set. The characters are engaging, you just want to dive into the book and met them. I love it! I love the main character. I feel bad for her with her tragedy, but she doesn't dwell on her failures, so you never get uncomfortable with it. She just pick up herself and goes on. I admire her cunning and her kindness too. A must read!

Book Blurb:
This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.


Note:
Other books in the series:



The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Tears of the Giraffe
Morality for Beautiful Girls
The Kalahari Typing School For Men
The Full Cupboard of Life
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
Blue Shoes and Happiness

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Summer Garden - Paullina Simons


Number of pages: 839
My rating: 5 ♥
My Take:
The ending of the fantastic series which has taken me on a ride like a Giant Roller coaster at Six Flags. I never wanted it to end. This book is long, and so worth it. I feel it starts out slow, but that might just be because the other 6 books I was reading were very fast and action-ful on page one. This is a not to be mised series.

I would recommend that it be read in order because the story makes more sense that way, although each book can be read alone and you'd still get one satisfying tale.


Book Blurb:
From the bestselling author of The Girl in Times Square, comes the magnificent conclusion to the saga that was set in motion when Tatiana fell in love with her Red Army officer, Alexander Belov, in wartime Leningrad in 1941.

Tatiana and Alexander have suffered the worst the twentieth century had to offer. After years of separation, they are miraculously reunited in America, the land of their dreams. They have a beautiful son, Anthony. They have proved to each other that their love is greater than the vast evil of the world ... but they are strangers. In the climate of fear and mistrust of the Cold War, dark forces are at work in the US that threaten their life and their family. Can they make a new life for themselves in this new land? Can they be happy? Or will the ghosts of yesterday reach out to blight even the destiny of their firstborn son? Epic in scope, masterfully told, The Summer Garden is a novel of unique and devastating emotional power that spans two thirds of the twentieth century, and three continents. The Summer Garden. For what once was ...


Books in the series:
The Bronze Horseman
Tatiana and Alexander
The Summer Garden

Monday, September 24, 2007

Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts

My Take: 3
I have always liked the way Nora Roberts writes families. Her brothers and sisters have such strong ties and love each other and care for each other. It's a dream family. I have big family, but we're never as good as what she writes about. It's probably why I read her book. I go in spurts, and sometimes I would go a long time without reading her...but Nora Roberts is awesome!

Book Blurb: An amazon.com review.Perennial New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts's new Three Sisters Island trilogy is pure magic! No, I mean really magic. An intriguing combination of The Witches of Eastwick and Sleeping With the Enemy, Dance Upon the Air introduces readers to the idyllic town of Three Sisters Island. Reputedly conjured by a trio of sisters seeking to escape the Salem witch-hunts, the island remains a place of quiet refuge for one and all, including pretty Nell Channing who arrives in town afraid of her own shadow, with few possessions and no past. But the warm, sunny days and cool, windswept nights, as well as the loving concern of new friends--especially hunky sheriff Zack Todd--soon lure skittish Nell into a much-welcome fresh life. Nell's new boss, the captivatingly lovely bookstore owner Mia Devlin (look for Mia's story, hopefully, in the not-too-distant future), wonders from what or whom Nell is running. Mia treats Nell as she would a sister, which isn't too far off the mark, helping Nell discover and explore her inner resources while Zack's romantic attentions bring a rosy glow to Nell's cheeks and to her future. But something wicked this way comes… Will Nell be ready to face and conquer her past? Even with the love and support of Mia, Zack, and Zack's fellow police officer, his peppery, down-to-earth sister Ripley, Nell has the fight of her life--the fight for her life--on her hands. Roberts continues to delight fans and create new believers with her talent and imagination.

Books in the series:
THREE SISTERS TRILOGY
Dance Upon the Air (2001),
Heaven and Earth (2001),
Face the Fire (2002)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

Texas Destiny (Topaz Historical Romance)
by Lorraine Heath
Paperback
Published in 1997
Buy it Here

I love this book. It made me cry, which for me, means it's an excellent story. Some romances are good story, but they never made me cry. So, if a story can break my heart, I'm bound to read it again.

Amelia is a mail-order bride. She's supposed to be Dallas's wife. Fate have a different idea. When Houston, the younger brother, went to pick up Amelia from the train, they fall in love.