Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review - The Customer Is Not Always Right by A.J. Adams

Retailers, restaurants, and tech support providers believe service is king, but in The Customer Is Not Always Right, A.J. Adams proves that customers will do anything they can to put that motto to the test.Readers get a collection of insights and stories from the popular Web site NotAlwaysRight.com. The book and site showcase customer-relations horror stories everyone can relate to. No matter what side of the counter you're on, there are hilarious tales about everything that can go wrong between the customer and retail or service provider. Whether it's a confrontation in the drive-through over not enough fries or arguing over a one-cent price difference on milk, this book proves the principle of "the customer is always right" can be dead wrong.From groaning, to intense complaining, to situations that leave workers asking, "Are you serious?," readers will enjoy these hilarious tales of customers gone wrong.

My Thoughts:

This book was hilarious.  It had stories of terrible customers from all kinds of retail establishments.  If you are looking for a funny book, this is exactly what you are looking for.  The stories are also available online on the authors website - notalwaysright.com.  The stories are all submitted by regular people, so there are a ton to choose from.

Friday, September 7, 2012

What Are You Reading Friday? - 09-07-12

What are you reading this weekend?  Anything good?  Anything worth telling us about?

I have a few books going right now, The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter, The Recruit by Monica McCarty and Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins.  I plan on reading a little bit of all three books this weekend.

Tell me what you are reading this weekend!

    

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

How was your holiday? Did anyone start a new book today?

I started Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins. This is book two in her Young Adult series, Hex Hall. I am only two chapters in so far but it is excellent!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, Book 1) by Jill Shalvis

Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover. — In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddies leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother - a ramshackle inn nestled in the coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career - if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes - and mouth - are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.


My Thoughts:

This book was amazing!  It took me a while to read it and I'm not sure why.  I have always loved Jill Shalvis's books because the writing is excellent and the books never fail to make me laugh.  This is the perfect recipe for a great book.  This book is no exception.  The two main characters, Maddie and Jax are very engaging and they make you like each of them right away.  The secondary characters are great as well.  Maddie's sisters Tara and Chloe are portrayed in exactly the right way in order to make me want to rush out and read their books as well (which I did, by the way!).  Jax's friends Ford and Sawyer are described as very loyal, good looking and very alpha male, which is always a good thing!  

I got right into this book and didn't look back.  I personally think it was the description of the town of Lucky Harbor.  It is very quaint, had great neighbors and totally made me want to live there!  I also really liked the idea of being left a run down inn and having to work to make the inn a success.  

There are 5 more books in this series and I suggest you read them all.  I've read the next two and they are just as good as the first.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

What Are You Reading Friday? - 08-31-12

What are you planning on reading this weekend?  It's a three day weekend for most folks, so I plan on getting a lot of reading done and I hope you do too!  I am planning on reading:

The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, Book 11) by Gena Showalter

At long last, New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter unveils the story of Paris, the darkest and most tormented Lord of the Underworld.... — Possessed by the demon of Promiscuity, immortal warrior Paris is irresistibly seductive -- but his potent allure comes at a terrible price.  Every night he must bed someone new, or weaken and die.  And the woman he craves above all others is the one woman he'd thought was forever beyond his reach...until now

Newly possessed by the demon of Wrath, Sienna Blackstone is racked by a ruthless need to punish those around her.  Yet in Paris's arms, the vulnerable beauty finds soul-searing passion and incredible peace.  Until a blood feud between ancient enemies heats up.

Will the battle against gods, angels and creatures of the night bind them eternally -- or tear them apart?

Friday, August 17, 2012

What Are You Reading Friday? - 08-17-12

This weekend I plan on continuing to read A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon.  This is one of my favorite series and I plan on reading it for a long time since the book is huge!

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest. 

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence -- with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie?s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

Friday, August 3, 2012

What Are You Reading Friday? - 08-03-12

This weekend I plan on continuing a book I've had on my Currently Reading list for a while.  This is a busy weekend for me, so I plan on still reading this next weekend too.

Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, Book 1) by Larissa Ione

They are here. — They ride. — The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. — His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't -- or won't -- understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

Friday, July 27, 2012

What Are You Reading Friday? - 07-27-12

What are you reading this weekend?

I plan on reading Coulters' Lady (Coulters' Legacy, Book 2).

Can their love give her the strength to overcome the tragedy in her past? — When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he’s serving, he’s gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone. More baffling is the dark, possessive instinct that tells him she belongs to him.

For Lily Weston, home is a secluded nook in a back alley -- until Seth offers her a place to stay. She’s wary of his offer, but even one night out of the cold is too much temptation to resist.

Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface. The Colters never imagined they’d follow the unconventional path of their fathers, but they can’t ignore their mutual need to offer Lily their protection -- and their love. But before Lily and the brothers can forge a future together, they must heal the deep wounds of her past.

Warning: this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, multiple partners, ménage a quatre, violence.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I’m jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.

My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything.

This was a great book! I finished it this morning and I'm still thinking about the ending. The end of the book wasn't what I had expected at all. I love it when I finish a book and hours later I'm still thinking about it. The writing was descriptive and the characters weren't immature like in some YA books I've read. I read the book in two sittings, which for me, means the book is definitely worth reading. If you enjoy reading about the beach and a family that isn't always perfect, I recommend reading this book. The romance is perfect too!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Still Sucks To Be Me by Kimberly Pauley


Here’s a little sneak peek for you from the back copy of the book… WARNING! If you haven’t finished the first book yet, I highly advise you to NOT read any of the following!! You *can* read the second book without having read the first one, but hey, why not read both?

Why It Still Sucks to Be Me

•My parents and the stupid Vampire Council are still ruining my life unlife? death (ugh, whatever).
•Not only did they make me fake my death and funeral (I didn’t even get to go!), but I had to leave behind my BFF Serena and move. Really far away.
•Meanwhile my boyfriend George is off “reconnecting with his parents” in Brazil. Land of beaches, bikini babes, and the biggest party in the world. He’s probably going “Mina, who?”
•Grady asked me to Homecoming and won’t take no for an answer.
•Did I mention cute but oh-so-complicated Cameron, the only other bloodsucking teen in town? That’s because I’m trying not to think about him, thank you very much.
•And ugh, Raven. Is she seriously stalking Serena?
•But the absolute worst thing is that here I am, some all-powerful (ha), all-knowing (yeah, right), in-control (totally not) vampire and my parents still get to dictate everything I do.

I wasn't as excited about this book as I was with the first one. It was a little too similar to the first one for my liking. I did enjoy the book though but it took a while to finish it because I felt like the main character, Mina was a bit whiny. Fine, your a vampire now and your boyfriend's in another countery, but seriously get over yourself! That's what I felt like saying pretty much throughout the entire book! lol If there is another book in this series, I will read it because the storyline is pretty interesting, but it probably won't be going on my keeper shelf.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review - Hold Me If You Can (Soulfire, Book 3) by Stephanie Rowe

HE IS HER DARK AND GLORIOUS PRIZE... — Stephanie Rowe is an acclaimed author whose high-octane romances are attracting a growing readership.  The third in a paranormal romance series packed with danger, sensuality and clever twists features Nigel Aquarian, a warrior with an artistic bent, and Natalie Fleming, a chocolatier who has a new lease on life.  But her freedom comes with a dangerous gift she doesn't want.

Nigel and his fellow warriors have only just escaped imprisonment when an even worse threat emerges.  Natalie is the only woman who can help Nigel -- but she's also the one most likely to bring him down.


My Thoughts:

This was an OK book.  It wasn't awesome but it wasn't horrible.  The book took me a while to finish, a few months.  I just couldn't get into the book, but I really wanted to finish it.  

I really enjoy Stephanie Rowe's books.  They are funny and always have interesting topics.  This is the second series I've read by this author and while I liked the first series better (The Immortally Sexy Series), the first few books in this series weren't bad.  

This book was about Nigel, a sexy warrior who enjoys drawing.  The heroine is Natalie, a chocolate shop owner.  The secondary characters are interesting as well.  This sounds like a good storyline right?  The book was a bit slow in parts and there was just too much silliness.  I really do enjoy Stephanie Rowe's books though so I'm still looking forward to her next book.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Portal (Portal, Book 1) by Imogene Rose

Come Find Me Two Years Ago... 
 
Six words that propel ice-hockey-playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension. 
 
She suddenly finds herself  living the life of a glamorous cheerleader. She finds herself transported from her happy life with her dad to living with the mother she hates. 
 
Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't. She is Arizona Stevens. 
 
As she struggles to find answers she is certain of two things -- that her mother is somehow responsible, and that she wants to go back home to her real life.
 
That's until she meets Kellan...  
 
 
PORTAL is the first book of the Portal Chronicles.

My Thoughts:

This is an excellent start to a YA series.  The story line is very unique and interesting to read.  The main character Arizona wakes up in a different life!  That doesn't happen every day for sure.  I thought it was a very interesting book and the writing was very good as well.  

Kellan, the hero, as well as all of the secondary characters caught my attention too.  I couldn't put this book down because I just had to know what happened next.  I plan on reading the rest of the books in this series very quickly because the story line is that addicting.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti


Lani and Erin are bonded for life. One thing that connects them is their fascination of fate. Lani wonders how much of our lives has already been decided and how much we can actually influence. Since the Unknown can unexpectedly change our lives forever, how much can we really control?

From the minute Lani meets Jason, she can't deny the intense connection they share. It feels like she's known him forever. She's not sure if he feels it, too. But it doesn't matter. Because Jason is Erin's boyfriend. Lani is determined to ignore her feelings for Jason, no matter how powerful they are, rather than risk hurting her best friend.

What if the boy who is your destiny is the one person you can't have?

Ok, let me just tell you this. I have wanted to read this book forever. The plot appealed to me as well as the picture on the front cover of the book. I just couldn't wait to read this book. And that is why I was so upset when I actually did read this book. The book didn't live up to the expectation that I had in my head. Not at all. I was very disappointed with the author's writing style and I felt that the book was written for younger teens. It had a very immature aspect to the whole book and I almost didn't want to finish the book. I'm still going to try reading another of Susane Colasant's books because the story lines do sound like they will be good, I'm just hoping that the rest of her books aren't as immature as Something Like Fate.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook



Popularity is the best revenge.

In the final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren Wood made a choice. She betrayed her best friend, Helen, in a manner so publicly humiliating that Helen had to move to a new town just to save face. Ditching Helen was worth it, though, because Lauren started high school as one of the It Girls--and now, at the start of her senior year, she's the cheerleading captain, the quarterback's girlfriend, and the undisputed queen bee. Lauren has everything she's ever wanted, and she has forgotten all about her ex-best friend.

But Helen could never forget Lauren. After three years of obsessing, she's moving back to her old town. She has a new name and a new look, but she hasn't dropped her old grudges. She has a detailed plan to bring down her former BFF by taking away everything that's ever been important to Lauren—starting with her boyfriend.

Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book. It was obvious as hell what was going to happen, but that was ok because the writing was interesting and the author really made you want to know what was going to happen next. I liked reading about how Helen and her mother had the courage to move back to the town they ran from 3 years prior. I would never have the courage to return like they did. I also liked getting to know the family that moved into Helen's old house. The author made me wonder how Helen and her friends were feeling, which makes this a great book in my eyes. If you can get me wondering about the characters after I've read the book, I'd recommend it to everyone! So, even though I knew what was going to happen, I couldn't get enough of this book. I even went out and bought Eileen Cook's other book, What Would Emma Do? because I enjoyed this one so much. Great book!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins



Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be...
So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1--she's five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2--she's cursed with four alpha male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there's only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she's never quite gotten over--although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.

Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can't seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys...

My Thoughts:

This is an awesome book.  Kristan Higgins's books just keep getting better and better.  And they all have dogs in them!  How can't you love that?  

One of the things that I like most about Ms. Higgins's books is that her characters seem so real.  I feel like I know them and want to be friends with them by the time I finish the books.  That is one of the best parts of her books.  The small towns in Maine are also a great part!  I always end up wanting to live in/visit these towns.  They seem so nice and homey.  This book also had one of my favorite themes, falling in love with your best friend.  

I definitely recommend this book to others.  5/5 stars

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right. Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother. But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good book.  It had its parts of "I don't believe this at all!", but it wasn't horrible.  The main character Delaney was a normal teenage girl until her mother died.  This part of the book I found a bit unbelievable.  Delaney didn't seem to mind that her mother had just died, she just went on with her life.  

The rest of the book went very quickly from that point. Delaney decided she must be a Fairy Godmother and learned how to be one overnight it seemed.  This part was also unbelievable.  I would have liked a little more info on how she practiced and learned.  Over all this was an average book.  I'd read more books in this series if there are going to be any.  

 
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