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The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

Summary: Made into a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary—a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book—is Hunter S. Thompson’s brilliant love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent lust in the Caribbean.

Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible. Exuberant and mad, youthful and energetic, this dazzling comedic romp provides a fictional excursion as riveting and outrageous as Thompson’s Fear and Loathing books.

My Review-  As Puerto Rico is on my distant horizon for my next adventure I decided it was time to read perhaps one of the most famous books set in Puerto Rico.

While it was one wild ride, I think I was expecting a bit more.   This is what happens when you are told over and over that a book is amazing and a must read because it is so amazing.  You set such high expectations for the book that you end of disappointed.   This has happened to me a few times and I think it happened this time.

Our main guy finds himself in one crazy ass situation after the next and I have to admit I did find myself laughing and thinking jesus… what is next dude quite often.

Overall there isn’t much I can say about this book that has not already been said.   I will say if you are planning a trip to Puerto Rico then this book is a must read for you.

Awakened by Love by Azin Sametipour

Summary: From the critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Azin Sametipour, comes a breath-taking story about forbidden love, heartbreak and identity.

Born in California into a Muslim family from Iran, Zoha Farzam thought she had her entire life planned. Graduating from UC Davis in just three years, and attending Stanford Medical School. Even removing her scarf without her parents knowing was a carefully planned rebellion, but she never in her wildest dreams planned Ethan. Ethan Renard was everything she was not, and when he made her question everything she believed in, Zoha found herself being torn between her happiness and her duty. Would she risk everything, her family, her faith, and even her reputation for him?

A moving portrait about the challenges one faces from being in two cultures, or falling in love with someone who is, and the hard decisions one must make to be true to oneself.

Awakened by Love is astonishingly beautiful and frighteningly honest.
Critics call it captivating, powerful and a novel for everyone.

My Review: 

This book sat on “currently reading shelf” way too long. As a traveler, Iranian culture is one that is always so fascinating to me. I am not sure why but I am always gravitating towards books that are set in Iran or based on an Iranian family. I have read other works by this author and I knew I would love this book.

I did love this book. It is a beautiful and captivating story that is so hard to put down. There are moments that you will physically hurt for the couple because you have to wonder how true this is for so many couples (not just Iranians)

Such a beautiful story that is an absolute must read, I can’t wait to read what happens next!

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris

Summary: FIRST IN A NEW TRILOGY
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

My Review:

Confession: I watched the show before I read the book.

Yes I know bad Jen but I have to be honest after the whole True Blood train wreck we had to endure I was wary to read another series by Harris but man I am glad I read this book.

I enjoyed this way more than the first book in the Southern Vampire Series. Yes I know there are some that are going to call me crazy but I did.

Honestly I think it is because there is more to focus on than just two characters well three when you throw in a love triangle.

THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN in this book and that makes it fantastic. 

I loved each and every character.  Yes even the ones that don’t exactly have the best morals.  I love how they all work together in this one crazy fictional Texas town… but still have the Texas charm.

I love how the relationships ALL feel authentic and not forced.   Honestly I just love this book and thing that you should read it AND watch the show.

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

Summary: There is an alternate cover edition for this ASIN here.

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

My Review:   Yes I know ANOTHER zombie book, I am addicted.  I know.   That being said this one was a lot of fun.   It is during the time period where women couldn’t vote they married for status and to keep fortune and it is always fun to see how an author takes on those topics.

I was not disappointed.   Eleanor did whatever it took to find out what happened to her brother even if it ruined her reputation and I freaking loved that about her.   In a time, when most women would only do what is socially acceptable I was glad to see an author take chances.

I really loved this book.  In fact, it has been on my to be read shelf since 2013, this year I told myself I would focus on some older books that I have been wanting to read as well as find some new favorites.  This book made my blog because it is set in Pennsylvania which believe it or not I get asked for books set in all the time.

If you haven’t read this book already you should, it is a big hunk of zombie candy that feels so good reading.