Sunday, November 25, 2012

October Reading

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napolean's Court by Michelle Moran
After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war.
Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s first wife, Jos├ęphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself.
While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire's peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history—and change the course of her life.
Another great book from Ms. Moran. This was a very quick read; I was actually surprised at how short this book was. Being told from 3 different points of view, I thought it moved along quickly. And once again, I feel like I learned something, more than I ever did in or remember from History class!

Blackout by Mira Grant
The year was 2039. The world didn't end when the zombies came, it just got worse. Georgia and Shaun Mason set out on the biggest story of their generation. The uncovered the biggest conspiracy since the Rising and realized that to tell the truth, sacrifices have to be made.
Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies-and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this:
Things can always get worse.
Sigh. I am so sad to finish this series. I hate to leave Shaun and Georgia 2.0 behind. This installment was action packed and definately a page turner. It might even be my favorite of the series.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The unconventional love story transmuted by the genius of Bronte's imagination. Above all, the story of a woman of passion and intelligence who refuses to be satisfied by her "place" in society, and asserts her identity and aspirations with defiance and dignity.
I had high hopes for this book, but they just didn't pan out. I thought the beginnng with her childhood was a bit slow. Then things picked up once she was 18, but I just feel like the story really didn't go anywhere. I didn't like Mr. Rochester, and therefore really didn't care if she got him back or not. It just became a struggle to finish, but I did.

The Next Always by Nora Roberts
The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen.
After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look . . . at the building and the man behind it.
This was just okay for me. At times I was little bored with the details of the Inn, but it was interesting enough fo rme to keep to reading. Reading the rest of the series will be low priority for me.

Emma by Jane Austen
Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.
I really enjoyed this. It was very readable and quite a page turner!


When it Happens by Susane ColasantiAt the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love.Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?
This was just okay. There really wasn't much of a conflict. I kept predicting these bad things were going to happen, and then they didn't. Basically a lovers quarrel is the extent of conflict in this book.

Sultry With a Twist by Macy Beckett
When Mae-June July Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs, Texas, with her heart in pieces, she swore she'd never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin or back in Sultry Springs with the man who intoxicates her like no other.
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a page turner, I flew right through it. It made me laugh out loud, blush a little, and gave me goosebumps!

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