May 2015 Book Reviews

french revolution

Wow! What a great month of reading. I read twenty books and only seven of them didn’t get 5 stars. The Nightingale was our book club book this month and I was amazed but the strength of the two women. I’ve read a lot of books about WWII but I have never read a book the really shows what it was like to be a woman in occupied France. When I read books like this or the Invention of Wings I often wonder what I would have done if I was in the same situation. I always hope that I would be one of the few that would stand up, shout at the injustice and fight!

Another awesome surprise this month was getting an email from an author directly. I won’t go into too many details here because I not only read his book, I LOVED it and I was able to interview him.  Stay tuned for more!

five favorite books

  1. The Anything Goes Girl by Barry Knister
  2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  3. Memory Man by David Baldacci
  4. The Accidental Assassin by Nicole Chase
  5. The Liar by Nora Roberts
  6. The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Alone and Untouched by Robert J. Crane – (YA Fantasy) If you are into super heroes who save the world from the super bad guys AND young adult books…you will love this series!  The main character kicks ass and takes name while finding herself. I always wanted to have super powers but like Spider Man says, “With great power come great responsibility”. This series is intense, fast reads and action packed.

Chez Stinky by Susan Daffron – (Chic Lit) Cheesy fun read perfect for the beach.

The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands – (Paranormal) Argeneau #15 If you are a fan of this series you don’t miss this anthology.  Teddy finally finds his life mate 🙂 Super cute and a reminder of why I don’t live where it snows.  I listened to 1-15 audibly and I fell in the love with the series again and the narrators were great.

The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands – (Paranormal) Argeneau #21 This series never gets old and boiler plate. I love the new characters and when the old ones make appearances. They make me laugh, fall in love and kick butt all at the same time. This is one of my favorite series so if you are headed to the beach and want some fun reading…download these books!

The Stranger by Harlan Coben – (Suspense) This would have been #7 if I would have kept going. If you liked the Girl on the Train and Gone Girl you will LOVE this book. Edge of your seat suspense with crazy twists and turns!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – (Historical Fiction) Not only was this an amazing book, it is a great book club book because there is so much to discuss. Two sisters, same war, two different ways to fight.  What would you have done to save your daughter?

The Game Maker Series by Kresley Cole – (Erotica) If you like super sexy books that also have a plot then you will like this series. The Princess Diaries meets an amped up 50 Shades.

Memory Man by David Baldacci – (Mystery) A great start to a great new series! I can’t wait to see where Baldacci and Decker takes us. A real complex page turner that also tugs at your heart.

The Accidental Assassin by Nicole Chase – (Chic Lit)  After I finished this book I immediately logged into Goodreads to see if the next one in the series was released.

Four Nights with a Duke by Eloisa James – (Historical Romance) I love a woman that will do what she needs to do to save her family. Fun characters and fun read.

Unspoken Series by Gabbie Duran – (YA)  I really liked the first book and the mystery behind the main character’s memory loss and her finding love.  I got irritated with the second one but the back and forth and stupidity of young love is a real thing. I didn’t read the third book.

An Undeniable Rouge by Annette Blair – (Historical Romance) Another strong woman who will do what it takes to take care of her family. More fun characters and a fast read.

The Anything Goes Girl by Barry Knister – (Mystery) This book was written by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and you can tell, besides the awesome dedication to all RPCVs, there are things only RPCVs have experienced and it was nice to see it in print. I couldn’t put this book down and I HIGHLY recommend it. Fun, fast read that left me with questions that I wanted to ask the author so I did! Check out my interview with a RPCV author here.

The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama – (Historical Fiction) WWII books have been a theme the last couple of months that have shown different aspects of the war. Instead of fighting its been about the victims, the ones who lived through the war. This is one of those books but based in Japan. I have been to Japan several times and even seen a Sumo practice. At the time I didn’t get it but after this book I not only understand Sumo wrestling more but also what Japanese citizens went through.

Night is Darkest by Jayne Rolan – (Erotica) Another super sexy book with an interesting plot. It will definitely heat up your nights.

The Liar by Nora Roberts – (Fiction) I couldn’t put this book down! The characters and the town are so lovable and realistic you want to belong there. I would only hope that this story wouldn’t happen to people I know.

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