The Fairy Tale Trap by Emily Casey (Book Review)

Ivy is ripped from her home and sucked into the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Emily takes the story of Beauty and the Beast and spins an original creative story that’s all her own. The world that Emily was able to create was colorful, magical, and intriguing, along with fast-paced twist and turns that keeps your interest. A Pesky pixie (who I would have loved to smack around a little) despite my  feeling this way I did enjoy the character popping in and out of the story. Beast who goes from semi-gentle to crazed animal , and  teenager Ivy Thorn fighting to get back home. The characters blend well together and complement each other

The Fairy Tale Trap is quick fun read, and it’s nothing like your typical fairy tale.

Thanks Ivy Thorn for the crazy adventure. I’ll be seeing you in The Fairy Tale Twist

Wedding night by Sophie Kinsella (Book Review)

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night: A Novel

Book Excerpt

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse

My Thoughts

You can always count on Sophie for a good laugh. Wedding Night is fun and frustrating, with it’s share of quirky characters. Lottie is a fly by the seat of your pants kinda of girl, upset by the turn of events involving her boyfriend Richard, she runs off and marry the first guy who ask (literally). Many times through out this story I wanted to reach into these pages and give Lottie a good shake. I likes Fliss and Lorcan they were the perfect anchor in all craziness that was the wedding night. I loved the chemistry and the underlying heat between the two as they try to keep it semi casual.  The Wedding Night is light easy read and nothing you would want your wedding night to be.

Quote

“Youth is still where you left it, and that’s where it should stay. Anything that was worth taking on life’s journey, you’ll already have taken with you.”  The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Once Upon A Tag (short story) by Anna Adams (Book Review)

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Book Excerpt

“Once Upon a Tag” is a short story.

“One a.m. Twenty minutes, forty-six seconds, in the Parisian subway.
That’s when David Leblanc saw her for the first time.”

David LeBlanc lives for art. He’s on his way to his friend’s home when he sees her.
Meet Rita. She’s the infamous “Masked Menace”, a street artist, a vandal according to some. Her latest “hit” has shocked Paris. Two entirely different people collide and embark on an adventure bound to bring them closer.

My Thoughts

Thanks to the author Anna Adams for giving me a copy of her short story Once Upon A Tag in exchange for my honest review.
The story takes place in Paris (Oh La La) and tells about two people who expresses their love of art in very different ways. David the preppy art student who attends a prestigious art institute and thinks that should be expressed in a contained “proper” manner. Rita who feels art should be expressed in a free thinking, free- spirited way, that art should be a voice that makes people stand up and take notice.
While on his way home David sees and hopes to apprehend “the masked menace” Rita, the tyrant (in Davids opinion) who has the audacity to destroy beautiful works of art.
I felt the chemistry before these two characters met, they are opposite and very forward thinking in their individual beliefs on what’s right or wrong, on what is artistically beautiful and what is not.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it was well-written and the characters are very well developed. This is story of self expression and taking risk for something you believe in.

In the end the author leaves you guessing and wanting more

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“rigid critics who thought on beauty belonged only to the past and that nothing new could be considered as art”

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern (Book Review)

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahren

If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

Book Excerpt

Everything in Elizabeth Egan’s life has its place, from the espresso cups in her gleaming kitchen to the swatches and paint pots of her interior design business. Order and precision keep life under control-and keep Elizabeth’s heart safe from the pain and hurt she has suffered in the past. Being a reluctant mother to her six-year-old nephew while trying to keep her design business on track is a full-time job for Elizabeth, and one that leaves little room for error-or fun. 
Until one day, when Ivan unexpectedly comes into their lives

My Thoughts

Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Do you believe in imaginary friends? Well if you didn’t before, this book will make you a believer. This book takes place in small sleepy town in Ireland. When Ivan enters the lives of Luke and Elizabeth, their lives changes forever. Ever since Elizabeth was a child she has been responsible for her family, the baby sister her mother abandoned at an early age, the father who became lost and broken when her mother left, and now the child her sister cannot take care of because of her wild, carefree and drunken state. Elizabeth is charged to take care of everyone, but there is no one to take if Elizabeth. Enter Ivan who hails from the land of  Ekam Eveileb (make believe) the friend that Elizabeth most needs in life, the one person who reminds her there is still magic, love and hope. The person who makes her believes in herself. If You Could See Me Now is a love story, a story where you find hope in the last place expected, and where you can find joy in sadness. A place where you can still believe.

Quote

“That’s the thing about lessons, you always learn them when you don’t expect them or want them.” 
― Cecelia AhernIf You Could See Me Now