Review: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz: Book CoverInvincible Summer by Hannah Moskowtiz 

          • Pub. Date: April 2011
          • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
          • Format: Paperback , 288pp
          • Age Range: Young Adult
Invincible Summer  Synopsis:

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

 

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive….

My Thoughts:

First let me say that I have heard lots of great things about this book and despite my feeling it was well written and well put together, unfortunately it just was not for me.  It was a quick read but I had lot of trouble connecting with the story, character and what the underlying message really was.    It was odd to me that these two brothers could have some form of a relationship with the same gir and everyone be seemingly okay with it.  I just had a really hard time with it and was unable to get past it no matter how hard I tried.  I think that this was the sticking point for me.  Now while I said it was not for me, I really enjoyed the part of the story line that dealt with coaching with the youngest brother and his inability to hear.  I found this to be the best part of the story.

I don’t really have much else to say about this book.  I think that you should give a chance because while it was not for me it might be great for you.

My Rating:

Three Penguins – while it was not for me it was well written and an unique idea.

 

Review: Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards

 Sunset Bridge by Emilie Richards: Book CoverSunset Bridge by Emilie Richards

          • Pub. Date: June 2011
          • Publisher: Mira
          • Format: Paperback , 512pp

Sunset Bridge Synopsis:

Former socialite Tracy Deloche has nothing to her name but five ramshackle beach cottages and the unlikely friendships she’s formed with her tenants. Wanda, wise waitress turned popular pie-shop owner. Janya, the young Indian wife whose arranged marriage surprises her every day. Alice, a widow raising her complex tween-age granddaughter. And Maggie, Wanda’s daughter, a former Miami cop with a love life as complicated as Tracy’s own.

The new man in Tracy’s life hasn’t mentioned love or commitment— and Tracy has just discovered she’s pregnant. Janya longs to be a mother—and suddenly has two young siblings in her care. Maggie helps out at Wanda’s Wonderful Pies…but is the kitchen big enough for both Gray women? And Alice may lose her beloved granddaughter to someone no one expected….

As a tropical storm brews, the wind carries surprises and secrets over the bridge to Happiness Key. Now, more than ever, five friends will discover just how much they need one another.

My Thoughts:

What an expected find!  There was something about the cover of Sunset Bridge that drew me in when this book arrived in the mail.   I had just finished something else and even though I had other plans this book ended up at the very top of my reading pile.  I am glad that I made this decision.

I enjoyed this story of unlikely friends brought together by living on this little Key in home that seem to be just perfect for each of them.  All of them are faced with such challenging stages on life.  My heart went out immediately to Janya, who is in love with her husband despite they arranged marriage and despite everything they have tried they are unable to conceive a child.  Little do they know in a bizarre twist of events they have two young children living with them in their small space.  The other character that I was able to identify with immediately was Tracy, who find out that she is expecting a child compeltely unexpectedly and is struggling with what she is going to tell the father, because she is not sure where he really stands on their relationship and has a child from a previous relationship.  I was able to connect with her emotions, stronger by the day.

What I enjoyed about Sunset Bridge is that was just as much about the story line with their lives intertwined and crazy going on all over the place as their friendship and relationships with each other.  Emilie Richards does a wonderful job of building well balanced characters that don’t get in the way of the story yet as we learn more about one person the story morphs and changes to incorporate that person.  While the first few chapters were a bit slow for me once I got into the meat of the story I was captivated and had a really hard time putting the book down.  I needed to know what was going to happen with each of these women.  I never expected the book to take the turns that it did.  I was impressed with Emilie Richards ability to keep me in the dark and wow me with the ending of the story.

My Rating:

4 Penguins – I enjoyed the women and their interaction and the basis for the story.  This is one I would recommend as a change of pace in a good way!

 

 

Audiobook Review: Then Came You by Jennifer Wiener

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner: CD Audiobook CoverAudiobook Review: Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

            • Pub. Date: July 2011
            • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
            • Format: Compact Disc
            • Sales Rank: 91,745
  Read by:  Jenni Barber, Aya Cash, Annalynne McCord, and Karen Ziemba
Then Came You Synopsis:
An unexpected love story…Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. With the income she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.Annie Barrow married her high school sweetheart and became the mother to two boys. After years of staying at home and struggling to support four people on her husband’s salary, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash.India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), has changed everything about herself: her name, her face, her past. In New York City, she falls for a wealthy older man, Marcus Croft, and decides a baby will ensure a happy ending. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true.

But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Marcus’ daughter Bettina, intent on protecting her father, becomes convinced that his new wife is not what she seems…

With startling tenderness and laugh-out-loud humor, Jennifer Weiner once again takes readers into the heart of women’s lives in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood.

My Thoughts:

Then Came You is the first book I have read/listen to by Jennifer Wiener so I really had no idea what to expect.  This is a story about women of child-bearing years and their different views and needs when it come to children and reproduction.  It is a twisty story that links these women and it takes until the very end of the story to really figure it all out which almost felt rushed after the rest of the story had taken so long to get through.  The story development was good just felt rushed at the very end which I was okay with for the most part because the story had been strong up to that point.  Each woman and her story was what was the drew me into the story and trying to figure out how they were going to link in the end.

What I did like about this audio book was the readers.  There were 4 one for each woman in the story and they were all great.  It is hard to find good readers and it is what makes me leery sometimes about listening to audio books but all of these women were great.  They fit the characters and they kept my interest.

My Rating:

Four Penguins – mostly due to the readers there are what really made this book work for me.

*Thank you to Simon & Schuster Audio for the review copy.  All opinions are my own.