Paperbacks And Frosting

You, In Your Green Shirt

81ri6M1yg5L._SL1500_by: Barbara Monier

Pages: 142

ASIN: B00CD9HBQM

From Goodreads: YOU, IN YOUR GREEN SHIRT, by Barbara Monier, follows a woman coming back to life after the disintegration of a twenty-plus year marriage. The book opens with Madeline Bruno and her family sitting around the dinner table as husband Dick recounts his fascination with a new female employee. Within a few quick, jabbing lines, 14-year-old son Jack accuses his father of being “involved” with her, 11-year-old daughter Kate hurls insults, and Madeline has retreated into a fantasy that her once-beloved husband has turned into a giant, scurrying cockroach.

As Madeline struggles through each incremental breakdown of her lovingly-created marriage and world, she is alarmed to find herself having vivid fantasies about her daughter’s music teacher. At first feeling that this must be an aberration and indictment of her maternal skills, she gradually allows herself to experience long-numbed feelings of desire for connection. Encounters with the musician, both real and imagined, become more and more playful, flirtatious, and sexual, such as when she attends his very formal concert and imagines hurling herself from the balcony directly into his lap below.

Ultimately Madeline realizes that this largely-fantasied “relationship” has served its purpose; it has enabled her to be ready for the real world of middle-aged, post-millennium dating and men. Neighborhood friends talk her into trying the internet dating scene, which she tackles with utter trepidation but also determination and gusto. Madeline wades through on-line dating profiles. She unravels the protocol of first encounters via e-mail and phone. She has her first “first date” in more than twenty-five years, wandering through a shopping mall with a man before dissolving into tears back in her car.

When daughter Kate notices that the neighborhood “catch” has his eye on her mother, Madeline is more than a little skeptical. But when a four-year friendship between Madeline and Bud crosses the line into romance, the results move quickly from heated passion to an aftermath of woeful regret. Back to the online dating scene, Madeline meets Robert, a long-divorced business owner with a dog Madeline ultimately feels far more affection for than his eccentric owner. Though Robert becomes somewhat of a steady beau, they both agree they should keep the door open to meeting others.

The final chapters of the book find Madeline meeting an internet date at a local coffee house, her fantasies once again taking hold of her as she envisions a new life with him, fully recovered and wholly alive. But it becomes clear that her fantasies are actually memories here. She is telling this entire story to Jim, the story of everything that led to this moment, when she would meet and fall in love with him.

 

This story was incredibly well-written and fun. I didn’t want to put it down. I love the way this author can draw you into a story. This is the second story I’ve read and reviewed from this author and I think I liked this one even more than the last one. It goes in depth to Madeline’s mental illness and I’ve always found that type of topic fascinating. This story really gives you an insight into what she’s going through and makes you feel for her. The transitions between fantasy and present were extremely well done. I found myself getting excited each time it happened because I was loving the story so much and wanted to keep reading. I would recommend this story to anyone who is looking to get sucked into and immersed in a world that is not their own. I love getting inside other people’s heads. Especially when it is realistic and really makes me feel like that person like this book did. This book should be getting more attention. If you’re looking for something new to read, pick this up! :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here:You, in Your Green Shirt

Snake the Gypsy

18147257by:Mikal O’Boyle
Pages: 156
Published: June 20th, 2013 by Black Rose Writing
ISBN: 9781612962245
From Goodreads: Enchanting and full of adventure, the story of Snake
the Gypsy, narrated by an elderly Snake, is a recounting of her life
as a young girl. It begins with a lonely gypsy girl who is ostracized
by her own nation and is neglected by her unsympathetic mother. Times
seem very hard for her as she struggles to find happiness in life
until she finally befriends an extraordinary snake who follows her,
protects her, and even dances with her during her rigorous training
sessions. When the time comes for Snake to enter into the Loce, the
bi-annual gypsy festival, a horrible fate befalls the gypsy girl and
her snake, deserting her in a place she is unfamiliar with, but she
soon discovers that things have become even worse as she has stumbled
into the midst of a war between two very unlikely beings. After nearly
enduring a painful death, losing her heart for the first time, and
sacrificing herself for a hopeless cause, Snake the gypsy continues on
to become the elderly woman who narrates the story. The only question
is, how true is a gypsy’s story?
This story was actually quite fascinating. I love stories that have
rich backstories that add depth to characters. I felt incredibly close
and connected with Snake by the end of the story. There were a lot of
part in this book that were difficult to read in the sense that they
were emotionally painful. The story itself was wonderful though. I
think Snake is a fantastic character and this story is tons of fun
because it rides that line between being believable and complete
fantasy. It’s exciting and engrossing. It’ll make you want to keep
turning pages and want to ignore real life. It’ll also make you feel
like you should be grateful for the life and family that you have. If
you’re looking for something different from your normal genre, give
this a try, you might be pleasantly surprised. :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

A Little Birdie Told Me

91ZiTyuDQ2L._SL1500_by: Barbara Monier

Pages: 184

ASIN: B00CDA9U3I

From Goodreads: A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME, a novel by Barbara L. Monier,
takes place over the summer and fall of 1972, in the six months
leading up to narrator CATHERINE’s sixteenth birthday. Thrust headlong
into an identity crisis when her mother reveals that she had actually
planned to marry someone else, Catherine decides to begin a journal in
an effort to find solidity and permanence in her own life. Hilariously
funny, impetuous, impatient, sometimes annoying and always remarkable,
Catherine freely quotes literature, pops pills, and casts her eye
unflinchingly around her world as she takes the reader through a
unique coming-of-age tale.
During the awkward summer in which Catherine is just barely too young
to get either a paying job or drive, she learns that her fraternal
twin sister Lizzy has been accepted at a prestigious dance academy and
will be leaving home, separating the sisters who had begun their
lives, Catherine muses, “so close that every bit of our bodies was
pressed tight tight together, a time when we didn’t even understand
that we were two different people, but just felt somehow that we were
one being with an extra bunch of limbs.”
As Catherine’s mother continues to drop hints about a former life and
a lost love, Catherine decides to undertake her own detective mission
to piece together the puzzle of her mother’s past. As she scours the
nooks and crannies of her home, she finds remnants of her own
childhood as well as her mother’s youth. When Catherine ultimately
discovers a large bundle of letters from her mother’s former lover, as
well as a handful that her mother wrote to him, she encounters a young
woman who seems to be an entirely different person than the mother she
knows.
Catherine sneaks the letters from their hiding place every chance she
gets and pours over them in her room; meantime, a very confused
cardinal continually attacks his own reflection in her window.
Catherine becomes nearly obsessed with both her mother’s story and the
troubling behavior of the bird, her feelings for each one paralleling
the other as she moves from concern, to anger, to frustration.
Set quietly against a background of radically shifting times – the
near end of the Vietnam War, racial tensions, changing sex roles and
more, A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME is ultimately a deeply affirming story.
At the book’s end, as Catherine lay in traction following a car
accident, she has learned lessons from her own experiences, her
mother’s, and from the relentless bird; she is ready and resolved to
move forward in a fully realized, fully embraced life.

I loved this book and it probably got me into more than a little
trouble at work. I didn’t want to stop reading it. I can’t really
explain what it was about this novel, but I found Catherine to be
fascinating. It wasn’t really that I could relate to her, but I found
her interesting and wanted to continue seeing the world through her
eyes. It is incredibly well written and makes you think a little
harder about your own life. It’s absorbing and rich in emotion. Anyone
that is as much of a coming of age story as I am will love this book.
It’ll bring you back to your own sixteenth birthday and maybe make you
think about it a little differently. I loved the letters and what they
revealed about Catherine’s mom. It hit home that you don’t always know
everything about your parents and that there may be secrets there that
you would never guess. I think that anyone looking for a good story
should pick this up and dive right in. :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Diamonds for a Dollar

downloadby: David Snowdon

Pages: 304

Published: February 27th 2013 by Pentergen Books

ISBN:  9780955265051

From Goodreads: Pensacola-born, Vietnam Veteran, Brendan O’Brannigan is a first-class sniper.

And he has a few scores to settle for old times’ sake.

And as he delves into the past, O’Brannigan suddenly finds himself entangled in a whirlwind of tenacious trouble.

But sniper O’Brannigan is no stranger to trouble. He’s seen it all before in the dense, hazardous jungles of the 60s Vietnam.

And if those suckers reckon they’re gonna take him for a ride, they’re in for a shocking surprise. If he’s going down, he’s taking the suckers with him.

Then the real action starts!

Set in Miami, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ohio, Detroit, Pensacola and New Orleans, this action-packed US thriller is a killer!

 

This book seems to no longer be available on Amazon, but I said I’d do a review so here it goes. It was incredibly action packed and I can see how this would have some people clinging to the edge of their seats. I don’t know if I was the author’s intended audience though. I’ll admit I was intrigued enough to finish the book and there are a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I did have some trouble with the writing though and that may just be my English degree talking. I found a lot of the conversations to be very similar even though they were supposed to be between different characters. The main character lacked the depth that I love so much when I’m reading, but I suppose in this type of story that isn’t what matters. I also felt like there were a lot of jumps in what was happening with very little explanation in between and that’s always something that bothers me. I can see where any fan of this type of action packed novel would have a great time though, so I would recommend it to anyone looking for something fast paced and that isn’t afraid of a little death. :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

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NaNoWriMo

I apologize for the lack of posts, NaNoWriMo is currently eating my brain. I shall return in December with more posts than ever (probably). I just have no more brain power for reviews at the moment, but I promise I shall return!

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The Mine

19353394by: John A. Heldt

Published: December 6th, 2013

From Goodreads: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

This book was so much fun. I love time travel. I think it’s such an interesting concept and I love the way this author did it. Joel ends up falling in love with where he is and is able to do a very good job at blending in and not really giving people too much reason to be suspicious. Sure, there are a few things here and there, but overall he does a pretty good job. I think it’s really cool that he gets to be friends with his grandmother. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. You get to think about how you would handle events and how you would react to learning things about your close family members that you never would have learned otherwise. I love the way this was written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think that anyone who is a fan of time travel (and especially if they’re a fan of romance) should pick this book up and curl up with it for a bit. It’s written in way that won’t throw you out of the story and it’ll make you want to keep reading. If you’re looking for something to read that has these elements, definitely give this book a shot! Also, this is the first in a series. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but they’ve definitely been added to my TBR list. :)

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

The Cancer Code

18158632by: Andrew Findlay

Pages: 393

Published: June 10th 2013 by WINEGOT BOOKS

ASIN: B00DCYBBFO

From Goodreads: THE CANCER CODE is a thriller about an altruistic New York biochemist called Jim MacWaide, who discovers a cure for cancer, independent of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company – his employers, Gluck Schmidt Little.

Coming from a renowned Napa wine-making family, Jim has spent three years obsessively experimenting on the properties of Resveratrol, an extract of the red grape. After achieving miraculous results in regenerating human tissue cells, he shares 90% of his discovery with the firm, but quickly gets cold feet. Realizing too late, he’s certain that once the ruthless pharma giant gets hold of the ‘Holy Grail’ of cures, only the rich will be saved from cancer – by a drug that costs ten dollars to produce.

When Jim refuses to reveal the last, vital code, his bosses hire an ex-Guantanamo interrogator to torture the goods out of him. Saved by a last minute tip-off, Jim hits the road, pursued by the relentless bounty-hunter in a race to find a non-profit organization for his miracle cure.

If ignominiously wrenched from his comfort zone, this terrifying journey liberates Jim’s ‘inner man’ and hitherto unknown strengths to outwit his nemesis for the common good.

 

This book was super interesting. I thought it was incredibly fascinating and I wanted to keep reading and neglect any work I had to do. This book was very well written and everything that explains the cure for cancer isn’t written in a way that’s hard to understand. In fact, it sounds perfectly realistic. I loved this book from the start and it drew me in instantly. I loved all the different plot lines and the way the book jumped around to let you catch up on all of them. I think that anyone who is looking for something fast paced and interesting, this is the book for you. I t is on the serious side, so if you’re looking for something lighthearted and fun, then this won’t be the place. But I love any book that has to do with medicine in fiction. It’s so fascinating and fun to imagine a world where stuff like this existed. I thought this book was very well thought out and very well paced out. Like I said, if you’re looking for something new and exciting and interesting to read, give this a shot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: THE CANCER CODE: “…more prophesy than fiction…”

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The Clout of Gen

15743233by: Ahmad Ardalan

Published: July 2012 by Smashwords

ISBN: 9781476056623

From Goodreads: Newspaper reporter John Teddy’s miserable life is turned upside down when he uncovers a voice from the past—a voice that suspiciously knows far too much about the would-be future. John’s natural curiosity to understand the hidden message takes him to places he never imagined seeing, and ongoing conspiracies he never thought existed. The more John gets involved, the more he is led towards mysteries that are beyond his understanding. The circle of people involved grows bigger stretching from west to east; each step forward is like a step backward.

 

This book was really, really intense and fun. I admit to not wanting to do my work in order to keep reading. It was very surprising. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and it’s fun trying to keep up with the mystery. I think this book was very well written. I didn’t find myself having problems with any of the grammar or spelling. I was able to quickly get absorbed into this world and continue turning pages! There also wasn’t a lot of moments in this story where I found myself drifting and had to get myself to focus again. I was always completely focused on the story. That’s always a good sign for me because I get thrown out of stories very, very easily. I’d recommend this book to anyone just looking for something new and exciting. This book is not what you’d expect. It also doesn’t really fall into any specific category in my mind, so I’d say it’s good for any adult fan of reading!

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: The Clout of Gen

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Lucid

18672156by: AK Harris

Pages: 256

Published: July 23rd, 2013

ASIN: B00E48DNVC

From Goodreads: I have dreams just like anyone else. The only difference?

My dreams are killing me… Literally.

Seventeen year old Mercy Clarke has gone crazy. Shes sure of it. Getting killed every night in her dreams, only to wake up feeling like she never fell asleep in the first place. She just wants the nightmares to end, that is until the mysterious Deegan O’Foalain shows up in them as well. But when the nightmares start bleeding into her real life, there is a lot more at stake than just her sanity. Now she has to find a way to stop the nightmares before the beasts inside them, find her or her family.

 

There were things I liked and disliked about this book. What I really liked was the concept, I’ve always been a fan of stories that play with dreaming. It’s fascinating to me. The extreme this novel took dreaming to was amazing. I loved that part. I wanted to figure out what was going on in her dreams so badly that I kept wanting to turn the pages hoping I’d learn something. I ended up being kind of disappointed though because this book doesn’t wrap everything up at the end. We are left with a pretty big cliffhanger and that’s not something I’m a fan of. I want to want to continue the series, not have to in order to finish just this story. Also, there were a lot of typos that kind of drove me a little crazy, but that may just be because editing is what I want to do for a living. By the end of the story I was attached to the characters and I would be willing to give the next book(s) a shot. There were definitely interesting parts and I think that this author shows promise. I think there’s places this story could go that would be really interesting and I hope we get to see that happen. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here:Lucid: Dreamer Legacy Book 1 (Volume 1)

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The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

17996909by: Lisa Orchard
Pages: 331
Published: May 28th, 2013 by Astraea Press
ASIN: B00D25G7ZM
From Goodreads: Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

I love this series and this was my favorite one yet! I think that the writing just continues to get better! I found the characters to be even more enjoyable and fun in this novel than I did in previous ones. The whole plot in this one was a ton of fun, I love the idea of kids taking on something like a giant corporation. This book took me next to no time to get through because I found myself inhaling it. :) These books are fun, quick reads that I highly recommend. They’re exactly the kind mystery I want to read. There’s more to them than just your typical murder. It also lets you go back in time a little bit and think about how you would react as a kid if you were in similar situations. I say if you haven’t already, then go pick up the first two as well as this one. If you’ve already read the first two then definitely pick this one up! Even if you’re crazy and think you may not continue the series, I promise that this one will make you change your mind. These books always come to me at great times and get me through situations where time would normally move incredibly slowly and be very boring. Instead, I read a great book and find myself in a much better mood than I would be otherwise. I highly recommend it. :)

Cupcakes: MysteryMysteryMysteryMysteryMystery

Buy this from Amazon here:The Super Spies and the Pied Piper