Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding


Cover Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5


Synopsis:

Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

"123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)..."

Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you'll find yourself shouting, "Bridget Jones is me!"

Review:

I have read a lot of books,  few I read after seeing the movie and this is a prime example. I love the movies, it is one of the only films I can stand to watch Renee Zellweger at all. 

The book, it had a lot of the comedic flare but I was shocked to discover most of my favourite parts from the film weren't actually in the book.

Usually I sort of hate film adaptations, or at least I find it not quite as good or missing vital information. 

When this ended I was a bit like - but, huh? All this waffle about her crummy little life for this? for a crumb of hope and that's it? 

I have the second book because I bought them together, but otherwise I wouldn't read it. A big shame. I hope book two is better.





Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Rewired (Progress #3) - Amy Queau

Cover Rating: N/A
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Expected release date for the final book in The Progress Series is December, 2013.

“Because if it weren’t for Jesse, I would have never been the girl you fell in love with.” -Charlie

Impasse: def. noun. 1. a situation in which no progress seems possible. 2. a difficult or puzzling situation from which there is no easy escape.

Charlie is about to find out how far into Jesse’s tormented past she needs to travel when she hops into his car, leaving the man she loves alone and searching for answers.
But Samuel’s a fighter. He’s not about to give up without an explanation. And he’s soon to discover events in Charlie’s past that offer reasons to her recent behavior. But will it be enough for him to want her back?
Unable to forgive herself for what she’s done to Samuel - and her crumbling future without him - Charlie’s solution is simple: Help Jesse open his mind and his heart, allowing him to trust someone for the first time in his life.

Rewired is the third and final book in The Progress Series.

Warning: This book contains sensitive material (including sexually explicit content, acts of graphic violence, language, and triggers) and may not be appropriate for all readers.


Review:

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”
Robert Francis Kennedy


Progress. That's the exact word we are given. Progress isn't where something is fixed or solved, it's progressed from one place to the next.

This book, who do you think is the main character, take your pick

Charlie? 

Jesse?

Sam?

I thought it was Charlie too, I thought that we were finding out who Charlie chooses, why Charlie made certain decisions. 

But this is about Jesse, we may not understand him, and we may judge him but this book is all about him and his thoughts, I loved the surprise Jesse excerpt at the end, beautifully done Amy. 

I started reading this a little disappointed, I didn't get it. I didn't understand why Charlie left, but this isn't her story. It's Jesse's.

I left wondering about his life and wondering if I could help fix him myself, because we know with his knee bouncing, he ain't on his meds. 

I wish we got a little more of my Charlie and Sam, but I like what we saw. 

A lovely trilogy and please Amy, don't stop writing. For each person who might slate your book, one person is being touched and inspired. Jesse's letter to Charlie made me think of many things in my life. It touched me and it will others. You are a natural Amy. Don't give up. 

4.5 stars. (I wanted more Sam, what can I say) 





Monday, 14 October 2013

Convicted (Consequences #3) - Aleatha Romig


Cover Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

You must stick to your CONVICTION, but be ready to abandon your assumptions - Denis Waitley

Book #3 of the Consequences Series—

There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!
When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.

Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled...

At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along? 

Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded? 

As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation? 

With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?

When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH! 

Aleatha Romig’s CONVICTED!

Review: 

'In time, in time they tell me, I'll not feel so bad. I don't want time to heal me. There's a reason I'm like this.
I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won't smooth you away.
I can't say goodbye.”
― China MiĆ©ville, The Scar 


That quote sums up Convicted, it is a quote I read a long time ago and it kept hitting back at me with Convicted. 

The series is so complex and in-depth, this series is mature, in a way that many other stories around this subject miss. 

This isn't a normal 'stockholm' story at all. 

Claire, she has changed so much since Consequences, she was frightened and timid, where as now she is strong and determined. I was so proud of her. 

Emily, I don't like her. Maybe I should, maybe it is odd that I forgive Tony and not her, maybe it is odd that to me what she did was worse, but some how it is. She knew Claires past. Really she just didn't want Claire better.

Tony, even writing his name now makes my heart slightly warm. I don't know what to say about him other than - I cant wait to see what's behind those dark and intimidatingly sexy eyes.

Catherine, bitch. Ummm... That's it. 

Amber, knew it!! 

Sophia, it is sad, but they were impenetrable and they always will be. I just wish we got to see more of her and Derek, more of future. 

Meredith, an angel. 

fantastic series, beautifully written and I will look out for Romig. 

she makes you laugh, cry and question every. Tiny. Detail. She is a great author - I am so glad with what is coming :)

5***

Sometimes songs remind me of books - my song is Justin Timberlake - Amnesia

'So cold baby, now I’m going crazy
I don’t know why you need me alone
If it was true, if it was you
Don’t you think?, don’t you think I would know?
Amnesia! Every memory fades away till it’s gone
Where did you go?
Amnesia, everything and nothing
No 'we' anymore, she’s a stranger that I used to know


Now peace for those of us
Some have peace on inner
Tell me what happened?
Who they? Where did they go?
And was he enough, enough?
When did all the fire turn colder?
When did your heart start to beat slower?
My whole memory of me is now gone so far from me, it's not fair
And I can feel it almost start to change
But it just hurts too much, I let it go away'