Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Can You Keep a Secret?

Emma Corrigan is returning to London after she has blown her chance at a promotion with Panther Cola, at a disastrous sales meeting. When she is seated on a plane next to an attractive stranger, she spills all her secrets to him when she thinks the plane is going to crash due to turbulence. Emma tells him everything from her desire for promotion, to watering her office mate’s spider plant with orange juice, to her dislike for g-strings. When the plane lands safely and Emma realizes she has just revealed absolutely everything to the attractive stranger she consoles herself with the idea she will never see him again.

Well, if only that had been true…turns out that the attractive stranger is the Panther Cola’s allusive CEO. Maybe he has forgotten the ramblings of a scared stranger…

Sophie Kinsella is a favourite author of mine. I can always count on her for some brain candy. Can You Keep a Secret? is no exception with many moments that made me laugh out loud. I loved Emma’s inner dialogue, her fears, her doubts and her triumphs. The supporting characters created a great cast around Emma; there were characters to cheer for and others to hate. A fun book, I thoroughly enjoyed! 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dead is the New Black

Nightshade, California is home to the psychic Giordano sisters; Daisy, Poppy and Rose. Also home to a soul sucker who is attacking teenage girls around town. With an eclectic cast of paranormal characters and some norms too, the Giordano girls attempt to find out who is causing Nightshade's cheerleaders to seizure and be hospitalized.

Dead is the New Black is a fun YA paranormal novel and the first book in the series. Marlene Perez has created a wonderful role model in Daisy. The book was a quick read that was hard to put down. I am definitely going to be recommending this book to the YA readers I know!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Review- Fatal Fixer-Upper

Avery Baker, a textile designer from New York, gets an unexpected letter from her Great Aunt Inga referring to a need to put things in order and right some wrongs. After consulting with her mom, Avery decides to head out to small town Maine to meet with her Great Aunt. Unfortunately, when she arrives in Waterfield, Avery finds that Great Aunt Inga died a few days before and she is the sole heir. Unsure what to do with her newly acquired rundown Victorian cottage, Avery returns to New York to think about her next steps. Ultimately, she decides that with the help of handyman Derek Ellis and a little hard work she can turn a little profit if she fixes up the cottage. Moving her life temporarily to Waterfield, Avery meets a cast of characters, some of whom make her feel at home. She also stumbles upon some trouble and a few mysteries.

I really liked this first novel in the Do-It-Yourself Mystery series by Jennie Bentley. It took some time for the story to build; however once it did, I could not put the book down. The cast of characters are interesting with a mix of good, bad and evil that kept me trying to figure out what was going on. I am looking forward to continuing with this series.