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.

Review and Tour: Unleashed by Emily Kimelman


Praise for Emily Kimelman’s “Unleashed”“Emily Kimelman is fun. She is a clever young woman, who has re-imagined a traditional genre for a new generation. She is witty and insightful, and writes with a wisdom, care, and diligence beyond her years.” —Mark Bowden author of “Black Hawk Down” and “Guests of the Ayatollah”Description:Joy Humbolt is not a huge fan of people and after getting fired from her latest stint as a barrista she is becoming dangerously close to unemployable. So when Charlene Miller offers Joy her dog walking business on the Exclusive Upper East Side of Manhattan after knowing her for 15 minutes, Joy is happy to accept the profitable, low maintenance route while ignoring the suspiciously quick transaction. However, when Joy discovers a mutilated corpse on her route and realizes that Charlene has fled the city, the price of her new business starts to become clear. Joy is left answering the questions of an aggressive Police Detective who swings from telling her she is the next victim to insinuating that Joy is the killer. Following in Charlene’s footsteps, Joy discovers that her powerful clients have more in common than just their dog walker. As she is lead deeper into their world of power and influence Joy realizes too late that only one kind of justice makes it this far uptown: vigilante. When Joy let’s go of  what little respect she had for the human race…

My Thoughts:

This book was not at all what I thought it was based on the cover.  My guess was that it was a werewolf book but it was so much better than that.  Joy has lost everything in one day, her boyfriend and job, but in the midst of all that she bought herself a dog, Blue.  A huge dog at that.  Her neighbor, Nona, tells her about a friend of a friend who is selling her dog walking business and Joy jumps at the chance to start again.  Little does she know that she is going to be come involved in murder and cover ups and putting those she cares about at risk.

Emily Kimelman has a fun writing style that brought Joy, Nona, James and the rest of the characters to life better than I have seen in most mystery books I have read.  The level of detail and attention was marvelous.  The story line was written well.  I liked that the book started in the future and then took us back to where it all started.  The end was a bit confusing and I am hoping that it will be explained more in the next book.  It felt like it was just more deception.  I also enjoyed the dogs in this book, they really brought something interesting to the story.  There were so many options for how Joy could or should figure things out.  Overall, I enjoyed the story and the outcome and will be looking forward to the next story.

My Rating

4 penguins:  a good story if you like a mystery that could really happen

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*I was provided an ecopy of the book for review from Nurture Virtual Book Tourz..  There was no compensation and all opinion are my own.

Review and Giveaway: Pandora’s Box by Katie Salidas

  • Pub. Date: June 2011
  • Publisher: Katie Salidas, via Smashwords

After a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she’d learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package – a Pandora’s Box.
Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?
When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.
Powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?
And how welcome will they be in a city run by a whole different kind of supernatural being? 

My Thoughts:
This book picked up right where Hunters and Prey left off which was nice to see.   Fallon find a mysterious box on the door step and end up opening it even though Lyssa knows that this is a bad idea.  Fallon says that the box was calling to her to open it.  What happen next is terror for everyone.  They have unleashed something that it out to destroy them and does destroy Rozaline, Nicholas’ mate which put everyone on edge and trying to figure out how to get this spirit back in the box it came from.  This mission takes them to Boston to retrieve Lysander’s old journals.  All they find there is dead bodies and trouble with the werewolves who think they are at fault.  They have to work together with the wolves to solve this problem.
As with the previous two books, this was one that captured my attention and held it throughout the entire book.  the style of writing appeals to me and I just feel like I have a connection with the characters.  The most frustrating part of this book is the end, a  HUGE cliffhanger!  I cannot wait for more from this dynamic group.  What I liked the most about this book is the addition of the werewolves and witches.  I think it rounded the story out.  I also liked that there was not a lot of talk about the hunting itself.  All in all, another great story by Katie Salidas.
My Rating
Another good story!
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