Category Archives: Book Review

The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain: A Quick Review

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So, it’s a new year and I’ve joined a book club.  I’m excited, but also a little nervous because I’m finally reading “adult” stuff.  It’s my goal to share with you what I’m reading each month, and maybe you’ll want to give it a shot, too.  So with that being said…  My first book of 2014 is The Paris Wife, a novel by Paula Mclain. Continue reading

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A Quick Review: Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Hello Friends,

In case the cold weather is keeping you in the house these days and
you want to further procrastinate your housecleaning or Christmas
shopping — join the slacker club with me! I have two wonderful books
to keep you entertained: Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, both
“A Proper Romance” by Julianne Donaldson.

Okay, so let me just say — swoon. I could not put these two great,
fun, delightfully romantic books down. They both left me grinning
like an idiot, and also feeling very concerned that I might never find
a man that suited me as well as a fictional character (scary, I
know.) Donaldson definitely delivers that Regency romance that I
can’t get enough of, but her writing speaks more to the modern world,
while not becoming it. So for those of you who love Austen movies,
but have trouble getting into the books — these novels will not

Truly, I had such a great time with these stories, and they really are
good “clean” fun — and who of us can’t use some of that these days.
So put on a pot of chili, curl up in your Snuggie, and let Philip
Wyndham keep you warm!

— Hillari

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The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen: A Quick Review


Hello all my literary soulmates! In case you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to spend your time for the next few months while we wait patiently on The Mortal Instruments film adaptation, the final installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, and not to mention The Hunger Games sequel, I have some ideas…

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Young Adult Fiction Author John Green: A Quick Review

Author John Green is one of those people who have the ability to make aspiring authors, like myself, both want to better ourselves and vomit at the same time. I would be satisfied to just write a sentence as well as Green, let alone a whole novel. The guy is just good. His knack for language is excellent, and his capability of making our everyday emotions this tangible thing is inspiring.


I was introduced to Green’s work about three years ago when his young adult novel, Looking for Alaska, was listed as a text for one of my kid lit classes. I bought the book, but I ended up dropping the class (I decided to go with storytelling that semester). Anyways, the book sat on my shelf until a couple of months ago. I decided to go searching for it after reading and loving his latest novel, The Fault in Our Stars, last year.

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