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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!

Party Girl (The Girls #1) by Rachel Hollis

Landon Brinkley’s dreams are all coming true. She’s landed an internship with the fabulous Selah Smith, event planner for the Hollywood elite, taking her from small-town Texas to the bright lights of LA. Landon soon finds herself in a world in which spending a million dollars on an event—even a child’s birthday party—is de rigueur and the whims of celebrity clients are life-and-death matters. At first, the thrill of working on A-list parties and celebrity weddings is enough to get Landon through the seventy-five-hour workweeks and endless abuse at the hands of her mercurial boss. But when the reality of the business reveals itself, she’s forced to make a choice: do whatever it takes to get ahead, or stay true to herself.

Drawing on the author’s real-life experiences as an event planner to the stars, Party Girl takes readers on an adventure among Hollywood’s most beautiful—and most outrageous—people, revealing the ugly side of Hollywood’s prettiest parties.

My Review : What a fun book.  I could not put this book down it was so entertaining.  I laughed, I cringed and oh my god I wanted to slap the boss… because I could relate, I mean we have all had “those types”  You know assholes?  lol

That being said I enjoyed the characters of the book and I loved the idea of being a professional party planner.  I mean I would love to plan Hollywood parties until I realized that I am not exactly type A and I suspect most in Hollywood are type A personalities.

This is a page turner and I love how it is based on the author’s real life experiences… and oh my god bless her if her boss really was that big of a jerk.

Such a fun book it kept me highly entertained on a 15 hour flight to Beijing.  🙂

Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.

Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another.

My Review:  I really adored this book.  I laughed so many times it reminded me of the early Stephanie Plum days.   I did not want to stop reading.

I loved Sarah and Annie both for different reasons.  I found both relatable even if you are not a successful lawyer or a chemist.   They both had quirks that really made you believe you could be their friend.

The side characters were likeable too and a couple were even perfectly dislikable.

It made you think about high end face creams and the length people will go to so they can maintain that youthful glow.

Also the last large monologue is very true and I think it should be blasted every where.  Even if it was meant to be silly it really had a lot of truth behind it… don’t worry I won’t spoil.

This is probably going to be my favorite book of 2017 and I could easily read again if I needed entertainment.

A School for Dragons by Amy Wolf


A School for Dragons
by Amy Wolf
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Red Empress Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Mattie Sharpe—seventeen and bored in L.A. —is getting into trouble. She gets into even more when she’s whisked to Cavernis, a world teeming with dragons. But these are dragons as you’ve never seen them: they are fussy gourmets; work as lawyers & CPA’s; and attend their school ASH, where they take classes like TNS (“Tails, Nails & Scales”).

Reuniting with her childhood friend, Mattie learns why she’s been brought there, and even heads ASH’s rowing team, Skull & Bones. She learns how to be a knight from the mysterious Eli, a small mute dragon…or is he?

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About the Author
Amy Wolf has published 38 short stories, including two in Realms Of Fantasy, and one in Interzone. Her memoir, Don’t Let Me Die In A Motel 6, is a humorous account of her years after the Great Recession (and is available on Kindle).

Amy started her career working for the Hollywood film studios, where she was a script writer/reader. She is currently a refugee from Los Angeles living in Seattle.

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