Monday, May 23, 2011

Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate.

Adventure is the last thing on Andrea Henderson's mind when she moves to Moses Lake. After surviving the worst year of her life, she's struggling to build a new life for herself and her son as a social worker. Perhaps in doing a job that makes a difference, she can find some sense of purpose and solace in her shattered faith.

For new Moses Lake game warden Mart McClendon, finding a sense of purpose in life isn't an issue. He took the job to get out of southwest Texas and the constant reminders of a tragedy for which he can't forgive himself.

But when a little girl is seen with the town recluse, Mart and Andrea are drawn together in the search for her identity. The little girl offers them both a new chance at redemption and hope--and may bring them closer than either ever planned.
from Goodreads.

Not the best book I've ever read. It was ok. I wasn't drawn into the book, didn't feel any real connection to the characters, and overall, it just didn't stand out from other books I've read. 

Yes, it wasn't my favorite book ever, but it wasn't terrible. I tend to have issues with cookie-cutter Christian fiction, and, comparatively, this book is good.

Goodbye Hollywood Nobody, by Lisa Samson.

Charley’s off to Scotland with her new beau, and Scotty and her dad travel to Maine in search of Scotty’s mom. When they land on her mother’s last known trail, will their questions finally be answered? from Goodreads.

Goodbye Hollywood Nobody is the last book in the Hollywood Nobody series. Scotty has changed so much since the beginning; she's grown up, and made new friends. In this last book, Scotty and her father set off to search for her mother. Charlie's in Scotland, and it seems like all the pieces of the puzzle will fall together.

Let's do this one in a list, since I frequently think in lists and it seems appropriate to wrap up the series this way.

1) Seth. Seth, Seth, Seth. It's just...weird. I'm not sure I liked what happened with him. Maybe I just didn't read it close enough and missed something, but where did Angus go? He seems to have disappeared. In my humble opinion, Seth is too old for Scottie, and their relationship feels too weird to me.

2) Babette. Not to spoil it, but I wasn't pleased with the way this one turned out. Just a little too sad for me.

3) Charlie. Yes yes yes yes. I highly approve of the way her part in the story is wrapped up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It was a fast read, but one that I enjoyed. Scottie's quirky personality was one that I really loved reading about, and, when she wasn't being judgmental, she was a likable character.

Many thanks to NavPress for providing me with this series!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Romancing Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson.

Scotty and Charley find romance in the Highlands when a couple of cute guys in kilts look their way. How will Seth and Jeremy react when they realize the ladies who were interested in them have captured the hearts of a young bagpiper and a Scottish actor? Meanwhile, as Scotty and her dad look for answers to their questions about faith, they also look for Scotty's mom. The search takes them deep into mob territory, where someone will go to any length to keep the past a secret.Will Scotty lose everything that's become important to her? from Goodreads.

As much as I hate to say it, this book was only ok. I feel like Scotty's changed a lot, and I really dislike her relationship with Seth. It's not her place to tell him what to do, and she seemed overly harsh with him.

Her relationship with Angus was a little bit weird as well. It moved way to fast for me. Even though she kept saying that she still had feeling for Seth, her relationship with Angus didn't reflect that. I love that her family is settling down more and becoming a true family.

Fingers crossed that they'll find her mother in the next book!

Note: I received this book free of charge from NavPress Publishers. I was not required to write a favorable review, only an honest one.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

the Truth About Dating, Love, & Just Being Friends by Chad Eastham.

This book: full of truth about dating and whatnot from a guy who's dated. I really don't have much to say about this book, except it made me laugh, and laugh loudly. It was well researched, well written, and really enjoyable to read.

It was easy and light, not something that required a lot of thought to process. I finished it very quickly, and considered picking it up to start again.

What stood out most is the way it's written. It sounds like a conversation between a youth pastor and a student, between an older brother and a younger sister.

I sat there reading it laughing to myself; Chad Eastham has the funny thing down.

Loved this book!

Not: I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a favorable review, only an honest one.

A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell.

A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchell chronicles the stories of three young Italian immigrants: Julietta, who wishes more than anything to be American; Annamaria, who falls in love on the other side of the road; and Luciana, trying to flee her past. The three young women meet in Madame Fortier's dress shop, where they spend their days creating works of art for the wealthy upper class women who patronize Madame Fortier's shop. They look for love in unexpected places, finding it in ways they never imagined.

I know. Cheesy, right? It wasn't as bad as I expected, although the title lived up to the book's Christian-fictionyness.

This book wasn't great. It was ok, and it got me through a long Sunday afternoon. Besides that, it wasn't terribly exciting. I think it was a little predicable how everything ended up all perfect and all. Besides that, the book was enjoyable.

Favorite character: Annamarie, most definitely. I loved how she stepped out.

Note: I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.

Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson.

In this sequel to Hollywood Nobody, Scotty finds the truth about herself, her grandmother, and her past. New issues of faith and friendship arise as she struggles not only with the normal parts of growing up, but with the realization that her past as she's known it wasn't true.

I loved this sequel to Hollywood Nobody. It seems like Scotty's matured, and it's interesting to see less of the blog and more of her actual story. Her interactions with Seth disappointed me; I kept expecting him to finally get it right.

Over all, I really enjoyed Finding Hollywood Nobody. It was a quick read, but the religion aspect of it felt less much forced than it did in Hollywood Nobody.

Note: I was given this book free of charge in exchange for a review. It didn't have to be positive, just honest.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Movie news: the Hunger Games screen test.

There are more details in the video. What do you think? Personally, I think it's phenomenal. I can't wait for the movie.