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03 August 2008 @ 12:21 pm
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I've got a few reviews here of books that I've read recently, but as it'll be a long entry I'll put them behind cuts :)

Book: Queen of Babble gets hitched

Author: Meg Cabot
Blurb: Big mouth. Big heart. Big wedding. Big problems.

It’s the wedding of the century!

Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life’s become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings – not necessarily her own – as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancés chateau in the south of France.

But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man – whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept with….no, really, just slept – announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie’s Midwestern family can’t understand why she doesn’t want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.

Is Lizzie really ready to embrace her new role as wife and mistress of Chateau Mirac? Or is she destined to fall into another man’s arms….and into the trap of becoming a Bad Girl instead?

My thoughts: I’ve read the second book in this Queen of Babble series too, and this was just as good! A very light read, that’s a little predictable but fun at the same time.

Rating: 7/10

60 Book Challenge: Book 32/60


Book: The Night Country

Author: Bryce Courtenay
Blurb: “See how it rises silver from the water, the moon over the Night Country. It is here you can come whenever you are sad, or frightened. It is here where you can re-think your courage and find the way to go and the path to take. See the Night Country”
My thoughts: I picked this up at the library the other day, when I browsing through the shelves. I’d never heard it before but I’m glad that I tried it. The main character’s name is never mentioned and I wondered the whole way through, whether it was something the author had experienced. I can’t describe how beautifully written this book is but it is. Here’s a line that I especially liked “Out of nowhere sometimes comes  a memory of late mornings, when the heat silenced even the singing of the women picking cotton and the shimmering, glassy air filled up so completely with the shrillness of cicadas that after a while you forgot to hear them and they became the stillness itself. I can still recall the flat, dry smell of late afternoon heat and the dark, blurred shapes of returning cattle, the bells of the milking cows tinkling softly in the rapidly fading day, and the cries of greeting from the half-seen shapes of naked herd boys in a cloud of beast dust, backlit against a blood-red bushveld sunset”
Rating: 9/10
60 Book Challenge: Book 33/60

 Book: Can you keep a secret?

Author: Sophie Kinsella
Blurb: Emma is like every girl in the world. She has a few little secrets.
Secrets from her mother:
1 I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom to Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben Hur.

….From her boyfriend:
2. I’m a size twelve. Not a size eight, like Connor thinks.
3. I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

 …From her colleagues:
4. When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day)
5. It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

…Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
6. My G string is hurting me
7. I faked my Maths GCSE grade on my CV
8. I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is….

 …..until she spills them all to a stranger on a plane. Or at least she thought he was a stranger….
My thoughts: Another fantastic book from Sophie Kinsella! I really enjoyed reading this. It was a fun, light and very quick read.
Rating: 7/10
60 Book Challenge: Book 34/60

 Currently reading Paper Alice by Charlotte Calder

 
 
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James: Who can you trust when you're BAITkatsurian on August 3rd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
…..until she spills them all to a stranger on a plane. Or at least she thought he was a stranger….
So who was he? A long-lost uncle? Her real father, not the stepfather she thought was her real dad, who, unbeknownst to her, is on his way to meet the daughter he never knew he had?
Claire: pink cheekschief_85 on August 3rd, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
lol Well that part is kind of....misleading....it's more that she thought he was a stranger that she'd never meet again...but he turned out to be a very important boss at her work (ie. the head of her company) coming to check out the English branch of his business.
James: Happykatsurian on August 3rd, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Ha, I didn't think of that one.
That would be embarrassing. :)
Isn't it funny how different reviews on Amazon can make a book sound different? I wouldn't want to read the PW book - it sounds boring, while the Booklist review makes it sound humorous.
Claire: Gossip Girlchief_85 on August 4th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Yeah I know what you mean! Sometimes I like to get an idea of what a book is like (by the reviews on Amazon) before I read or buy it, but a lot of the time I disagree with the reviews that are on there. You sort of can't be put off by what other people say, and have to make up your own mind about a book :)