Category Archives: 4 stars

Storm Front

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Country Set in: United States, Texas
Summary: As leader of the elite counter-terrorism team Omega Force, former army ranger Jack “Kell” Kellison is always focused on getting the job done. So when a Houston high-rise is bombed and the governor killed or missing, Kell’s mission is clear: infiltrate the group suspected of the bombing and neutralize the threat by any means necessary. But once Kell meets beautiful chief suspect Mori Chastaine, he realizes there’s more to this case than meets the eye. And more to Mori than any man—any human man—could imagine.

Mori Chastaine is running out of options. Suspected for a crime she didn’t commit, forced into a marriage she doesn’t want, she sees no escape—until Kell walks through her door. A lifetime hiding her true nature warns her Kell might not be who he seems. But he could be the only one able to help save more innocent humans from becoming pawns in an ancient paranormal power play. If Mori reveals her secret, will Kell join her fight? Or will she become his next target?

When it comes to books set in Texas, I am pretty picky. I hate when authors make “assumptions about Texas and wing the setting. Clearly this author has lived in Houston or did her research. She even nailed directions and highways. I lived in Houston for 10 years, and it is a city I do hold near and dear to my heart, so I would have been a little sensitive if she assumed it was all farmland (yes it has happened, I kid you not)

This book was a fun, fast read that I enjoyed from beginning to end. This is a paranormal romance which is not everyone’s cup of tea, but clearly this book is for me. I looked for book 2, but can’t seem to find it.

The Characters– I loved both Kell and Mori, and I liked how Kell was human. Typically the man is always the supernatural one, so this was a refreshing twist on the genre.

I found this book action packed with a little steam, and this book did get major bonus points for nailing the city that I hold near and dear to my heart.

Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen

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Country Set in: Singapore
My Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: Gretchen Lin, adrift at the age of thirty, leaves her floundering marriage in San Francisco to move back to her childhood home in Singapore and immediately finds herself face-to-face with the twin headaches she’s avoided her entire adult life: her mother’s drinking problem and the machinations of her father’s artisanal soy sauce business.

Surrounded by family, Gretchen struggles with the tension between personal ambition and filial duty, but still finds time to explore a new romance with the son of a client, an attractive man of few words. When an old American friend comes to town, the two of them are pulled into the controversy surrounding Gretchen’s cousin, the only male grandchild and the heir apparent to Lin’s Soy Sauce. In the midst of increasing pressure from her father to remain permanently in Singapore—and pressure from her mother to do just the opposite—Gretchen must decide whether she will return to her marriage and her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, or sacrifice everything and join her family’s crusade to spread artisanal soy sauce to the world.

Soy Sauce for Beginners reveals the triumphs and sacrifices that shape one woman’s search for a place to call home, and the unexpected art and tradition behind the brewing of a much-used but unsung condiment. The result is a foodie love story that will give readers a hearty appreciation for family loyalty and fresh starts.

I love soy sauce in fact while reading this book I found myself craving Asian cuisine.  I have never had artisan soy sauce but that being said I would be willing to give it a try and now I am really wanting to go to  a soy sauce tasting.

In short, I absolutely loved this book. When I read the reviews I was concerned I may be on the ones who didn’t like this book but I wasn’t.  I found Gretchen very believable, I felt she was someone that if she was real I would be her friend.  She is going through real situations and they have an effect on her decisions every day and untimely her choices lead her to take a new path in life.

This story was not a story where the main character has a perfect existence she has real struggles, she has real dilemmas.  She felt very real.

I also loved how this book was not about the main character finding love it was about her finding peace in life.  I am finding that lately books are all about a woman finding love and that is what makes her happy not making decisions about her life that lead to her happiness.

She has problems with friends, family and her relationships.

She was flawed, she was raw she was real.  I don’t think I can stress this enough the fact that this character was not perfect is why I love this book, I love the book even more because it wasn’t about her pining over a man.  A

Actually I take that back, she did have some issues she wanted to get back with ex husband but I think that was because she wasn’t ready for change not because he existence was about a man.

I think this book is for anyone struggling to adapy to change and for those that love to eat.   All the talk about soy sauce will make you crave Asian cuisine.

Girl in the Wild by Beth Orsoff

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Purchase Link: Girl in the Wild
Country Set in: United States- Alaska
My rating: 4 stars

Summary: When Los Angeles publicist Sydney Green convinces her boss to let her produce a documentary for the Save the Walrus Foundation, the only thing she is really interested in saving is herself. Sydney sees the walrus as merely a means to improving her career and her love life—and not necessarily in that order. For any other client Sydney would’ve killed the project the second she learned she’d be the one having to spend a month in rural Alaska, but for rising star and sometimes boyfriend Blake McKinley, no sacrifice is ever too great.

Yet, a funny thing happens on the way to the Arctic. A gregarious walrus pup, a cantankerous scientist, an Australian sex goddess, a Star Wars obsessed six-year-old, and friends and nemeses both past and present rock Sydney Green’s well-ordered world. Soon Sydney is forced to choose between doing what’s easy and doing what’s right.

Girl in the Wild is a bright, comical tale of ambition, romance…and walruses.

I must admit, I thought the walrus mentioned in the above summary would have a different part, but the truth is even though the story was great, the walrus pup is the story that stuck with me. If I saw something like that I know my life would be changed too.

Because Global Warming is real people and his story is true. No spoilers here, but I think this book is worth reading for that part alone.

I enjoyed this story, I am someone who finds volunteering with wild life fascinating and I know I personally want to do this someday.

While this story did not really mention too many sites and places it did mention the midnight sun and Walrus Island.

So my favorite parts of the book, I enjoyed the banter between Ethan and Sydney. I know both publicists and scientists and I found the character flaws believable. I found the facts about walruses most fascinating and I would have never thought to google Save the Walrus Foundation. It exists and you should totally check it out.

The story of Brutus broke my heart. No spoilers here.

The characters were flawed, they were raw and they were real.

My only complaint about the book is when I reached 72% I knew how it would end, and that is why it lost a star. Otherwise this book will make you want to learn about walruses and possibly consider a trip to Alaska, especially to see the midnight sun!

This is a must ready for any animal lover, any adventurer and for anyone who gives a damn about the environment.

Book Review: Legend


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By: Marie Lu

 

This is one of the best books I have ever read, it kept me on the edge of my seat! It is exciting, dramatic and every chapter will leave you at a cliff hanger. If your into mystery, crime and a little bit of romance then this is defiantly the book for you!

I love the seemingly impossible relationship between June and Day! I love how a highly ranked soldier falls in love with the most wanted criminal and uncovers the heartbreaking truths about there so called perfect Republic. They show true love when they end up risking there lives for the sake of each other. I am defiantly looking forward to the sequel!