Category:BlogHer Book Club’

Born Wicked – Wickedly good

 - by Sarah Lipoff

Born Wicked, the first book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood, is definitely a romance. Full of dreamy imagery together with interesting drama, and a few twists and turns, I (honestly) couldn’t put it down. Considered Young Adult, this is the first book of three in the Cahill Witch Chronicles and it had me hooked. Sure, some of it was a bit contrived, but that’s what being 16 is like, right? First loves, social pressures, being forced into choosing marriage or joining the Sisterhood at 17, worrying about being carted off for being a witch…

The book is set in the 1890’s where girls are at risk of being accused of witchery just for being a bit different. Spotswood has created the Brotherhood; the group the girls fear that not only are in charge of taking away those witchy girls, but also selecting a husband for the un-claimed girl once turned 17. And, for Cate, this has become quite the challenge.

Our main character is a 16-going-on-17 witch. She’s the oldest of three young witch sisters that have been successfully living in secrecy. Cate’s been in charge since her mother died several years ago, and has kept her sisters’ magic – as well as her own, under wraps. But when her father decides it is time to bring in a specialist from the Sisterhood to assist the girls transition into womanhood, things start to fall apart.

And then Cate falls in love – and not with whom everyone, including herself, expects her to.

Sure, this book isn’t going to make the list of the top 100 YA fiction of all time, but Born Wicked has strong female characters that aren’t afraid to be themselves and follow their hearts. You can’t help yourself for hoping that Cate gets what she wants, and that her sisters stay safe from the Brotherhood.

Spotswood does a wonderful job of writing a book you kind of fall in love with yourself.

I’m totally looking forward to reading the next two books of the chronicles.

Check out what others are saying over at BlogHer and jump in one of the exciting book discussions taking place in the Book Club!

*Yes, I was provided a book and paid for this review by BlogHer, but the opinions are totally all my own.

Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

 - by Sarah Lipoff

By the second page of Diary of a Mad Fat Girl I was laughing out loud. OUT LOUD. Stephanie McAfee sets the scene perfectly for a wonderfully fun read packed with interesting twists and turns – and true characters. By the end of the book I wanted Ace Jones as my new bestie.

Um, well, honestly?

I wanted to be Ace Jones.

Yes, you aren’t going to be on the edge of your seat with the comprehensive plot or intense situations, but you are going to snicker your ass off while getting caught up with the character’s dirty laundry while reading of Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. McAfee knows how to crank out a Southern-fried book full of ladies drinking sweet tea and lovers behaving badly.

This is the type of book that makes anything better – even a packed plane ride a full of ornery people. I guarantee you’ll be the one laughing out loud while everyone else is grumbling.

When her spring break plans are changed at the last-minute, Ace Jones is led down a bump-and-tumble road of events that could only happened in the unique town of Bugtussle, Mississippi. Instead of shrinking into the shadows, Ace runs head-first into the drama that starts unfolding around her, using her wit and quick humor to deal with one crazy situation after another.

But, when an old flame comes around, things change.

I found myself turning page after page, devouring the fun and trying to figure out how it would all end.

Check out what others are saying over at BlogHer and jump in one of the exciting book discussions taking place in the Book Club!

*Yes, I was provided a book and paid for this review by BlogHer, but the opinions are totally all my own.

The Magic Room

 - by Sarah Lipoff

Just about every girl daydreams about her wedding at some point. No matter if she’s hoping for a princess dress or something simple and elegant, that gown is a big part of her romantic musing.

While reading The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow I was reminded of my experience while trying on wedding dresses. I was with my sister at a re-sale and seconds wedding shop and we were on our own. I would’ve loved if Shelley, or any of her staff from Becker’s, had there to help me make my decision and then lead me down to the Magic Room for my final selection.

This book is such a good read and reminds us all that life happens when you least expect it. The stories shared in The Magic Room tell of anxious young brides, mother-daughter relationships, and the irony and tragedy of love.

Make sure to get nice and comfy before starting to read The Magic Room. Once you start you won’t be able to stop.

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Sea Change – Get ready for a flood of tears

 - by Sarah Lipoff

There’s no other way to put it. You are going to cry at some point while reading Sea Change by Jeremy Page. For one, the writing is so devastatingly beautiful and so detailed, causing a dizzying sensation of something not right just around the corner. Then, within the first few pages, it happens. You want to turn away, to put the book down, but the action has already taken place – and you have to know what happens next.

I’m an avid reader. I swallow good books in big gulps often reading them in one sitting. With Sea Change, I had to pour over things in small chunks. Each chapter offered an assault on my ability to not break down bawling in huge gasps. The story was so true, so real, which made the path of Guy, the main character, even more heartbreaking. I cried with him, stared out at the sea with him, all while wanting so desperately to reach out and hold his hand and offer some sort of comfort.

Throughout the book I questioned how things might end, how Jeremy Page could twist the plot or offer a bit of closure. But, as the book dwindled, the realization that nothing can change events such as what Guy experienced set deep within me and I couldn’t stop the flood of tears.

Sea Change is a poetic, haunting memoir that leaves the heart aching with pain, understanding, and regret.

Find out what others are saying over at BlogHer, read Jeremy Page’s bio, and join in the book discussion!

*I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Tana French: Faithful Place

 - by Sarah Lipoff

faithful place tana french

Ever read a book so entrancing you can’t put it down and then nothing gets done? Yeah, after reading the first few pages of Faithful Place by Tana French, our laundry piled up.

Head on over to BlogHer to check out the rest of my review of Faithful Place, and then go pick it up or download it.

But, be warned.

Nothing else is going to get done. Plan on reading, reading, reading all day (and all night) long!

 


A Good Hard Look: You won’t be able to put it down

 - by Sarah Lipoff

I love a fantastic book, and when I had the opportunity to read A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano and write a review over at BlogHer, I was so excited. Reading is one of my favorite things to do when not chasing the tot, eating chocolate, or cooking and cleaning. So, whenever I can snatch a couple of minutes, I am usually all caught up in a book. And the minute I started A Good Hard Look, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down…..

You can read the rest of my review over at BlogHer.

Go check it out!