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Book Review- The Rescue

Once I started reading “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks, I couldn’t stop. I can’t compare this to any of his other books, because I haven’t read any other books of his, but from what I see on Goodreads it isn’t his best one.  However, I quite enjoyed this. Once I started this, I laid in my bed for 4 straight hours and read. When I finally put it down, with puffy eyes due to my excessive crying, it was 1 AM. Greeaattt. On a school night. When I have to wake up at 6 AM the next day. Perfect. But it was worth it!

This book is about a woman named Denise who has a child named Kyle. Kyle has a speech problem- he is 5, but he talks like he is 2- or younger, depending on who he is talking to. She gets into a car accident, and several things happen. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but the man who rescues her is Taylor McAden, a volunteer fireman. Many things happen (and once again, I can’t tell you what!) but they fall in love! The question is- will Taylor break his bad habits of the past so that he can be with the perfect girl for him?

This is a very easy beach romance- type of book.  Like I said before, it took me about 5 hours of straight reading to finish this.  That is like nothing-  this book is 352 pages.  If you are looking for a book that is a quick read and a little bit of a tearjerker, yet still a romance that leaves you feeling satisfied, this is for you!

I am now reading both The White Queen and Shiver- from my Library Awesomeness Haul, and I am really enjoying them both. I hope everyone had a great weekend and a better than the usual terrible Monday!

I would love to read more Nicholas Sparks books! Give me your suggestions of his best!

Thanks for reading!

Olivia 🙂

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Library Awesomeness- Haul

Can you even call books you got from the library a “haul”? I’m not sure, but I’ll do it anyway. 😀 Yesterday I ordered some books that I wanted to my local library, and picked them up a few hours ago. Man, there is nothing like a brand new, shiny book. But it makes me sad that I can’t keep these forever! Maybe I’m irrational. That or I like books. 🙂

Anyway, I got 6 books today. That might seem like a lot, especially considering the fact that I am already in the middle of a book. I don’t care.

Goodreads’ Description- “Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.”

One Day was inadvertently recommended to me by Chew Your Lipstick in her day 4 of the 30 day book challenge (a book that makes you cry). I say inadvertently because I don’t know her personally, I just read her post and knew I wanted to read this book. I also saw it at a local used bookstore, so I know if I love it I can buy it for cheap.  I am almost always interested in books that have movies of them, so I’d be excited to see the movie after I read this.

This is similar to Phillipa Gregory’s other books in that she is writing again about the kings and queens of old England. This one in particular is about Queen Elizabeth, and her rise to power. I am interested in this one even more after reading The Other Queen-  because it makes Elizabeth seem like a nasty person. Her point of view will be refreshing.

Those of you who have read my last few posts know I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I have already read a sample of it on my Kindle and fallen in love, so this is most likely the one I will read first.

The Princess of the Midnight Ball is a new version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. If you haven’t read this, it is about a handsome man who has to rescue 12 princesses from a curse- every night they must enter an underground kingdom and dance the night away.  I really enjoyed the original version as a little girl, and I look forward to reading this version. This was recommended to me by Cara, and it seems like we have similar tastes! I can’t wait! 🙂 Thanks, Cara!

This is another one of those werewolf series’. Unfortunately, I am a sucker for those. 🙂 These seem to be better than the other stereotypical sagas though. I think maybe because so many people dislike Twilight, they give all other romantic fantasy werewolf/vampire type books a bad rap. Yes, I realize these are meant for preteens, but after reading a chapter or two in target, I was hooked.

OK, so if you have read any of these books, comment and tell me what you think! I will hopefully review all of these once I am finished! Also, I LOVE recommendations, and as you can tell, most of the time I read what you recommend! So please tell me what you would suggest!

Spread the love, my fellow bookworms!!

Olivia

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Book Review- The Other Queen

Yesterday I  finished reading The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory, and I really enjoyed it.  If you have seen my Goodreads bookshelf or any of my posts lately, you will know that I have been reading this for about a week and a half.  For me, this is a little weird, because usually I finish about two books a week- one a week if i have a lot to do. But this book is kind of long and I have had hardly any time to read lately!

So basically, this book is about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her “guardians”, in the 1570’s.  A little background info on the author, Phillipa Gregory; for most of her books she takes real life stories of English kings, queens, and members of the court and gives them drama and romance! Now, I don’t know if other people would like this, but the idea fascinated me from the start. So while this book is for the most part historically accurate, there is some very interesting stuff added!

This is the story of when Mary, Queen of Scots is removed from her throne in Scotland because of rebellion, and she takes refuge in England with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth.  However, because Queen Elizabeth is an illegitimate child of the king and Mary was the first heir to the throne, Queen Elizabeth is paranoid about her.  She places her on a kind of “house arrest” with one of her most trusted lords, George Shrewsbury and his new wife, Bess.  This is the story of her many attempts at escape, finding love, and I have to warn you, has a little bit of a tragic ending.

That tragic ending, in fact, is the reason that on Goodreads I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t had an opportunity to discuss this on here yet, but I really, really, really don’t like sad endings.  I respect the power of a heartbreaking ending from a writer’s perspective, because it can bring a whole new level of emotion to the novel, but as a reader, a sad ending leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth about the book. Although in this book, I agree with the sad ending, it definitely fit the needs of the story.

The other thing that I didn’t like about this book is that it seems to be longer than it should be.  I realize that the author is trying to make the book accurate to the actual time period Queen Mary was kept in captivity, but it comes off as a little drawn out.

Those two things are the ONLY things I disliked about this book. The book switches perspective with every chapter, we go from the honorable George, to the extremely beautiful Mary, to the frugal Bess.  For the entire book we aren’t sure who is the main character- we guess it is Mary- we aren’t sure because each of the characters get equal emphasis- but at the end you find out. There is a little bit of romance in this book, but not enough to bother anyone who doesn’t like romance.  The Other Queen certainly keeps your emotions from getting too comfortable, and I don’t believe I have ever read a book with more dynamic characters.

I know this will be a well worn book on my bookshelf, and I can’t wait to read her other books, particularly The White Queen, which shows Queen Elizabeth’s story. Hopefully these two books intertwine with each other, but I can’t be positive. Anyone who has read them both, could you tell me please?

I highly recommend this to anyone, particularly if you enjoy history and old England. If this doesn’t sound quite right for you, check out some of Phillipa Gregory’s other books, I bet they are just as good!

Tell me your thoughts if you have read or are reading this, as always!

🙂 Olivia

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