Katie Finn’s novel Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mendis a great contemporary YA read. Gemma’s summer isn’t starting out like she had planned. Instead of saving the world, she is picking up the pieces of her broken heart and heading to the Hamptons to spend the summer with her dad. Realizing that she is mourning the end of her romantic relationship with Teddy for a strict one year period (since that is what the magazines have determined to be the proper amount of time) she plans to stay close to the house and keep her head down. That is until she meets Josh who is sweet, funny, and somehow makes her think less about Teddy. Of course the kicker is, she already knows Josh and his sister Hallie from when she was younger and things did not end pleasantly between her and Hallie. Determine to fix things from the past, Gemma finds her summer turning into a Shakespeare play with all of the mistaken identities.
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mendis the perfect summer read. Finn creates a fun atmosphere with beach parties, babysitting and new love. It was great to just get lost in this world. It was fun to see how hard Gemma worked to try and hide her true identity from Hallie and Josh. She has such good intentions, but you just have this feeling that everything is going to crash down around her. Although that didn’t stop you from hoping that it would all work out. Another thing that I liked about this book was that all of the characters are charming and likable. They just end up in crazy situations. Without giving anything away, the end twists are awesome! I really didn’t see some of it coming and was left shocked and so excited to read book two (Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold currently planned for May 2015).
I love Sophie Kinsella’s novels! Her books are always funny and filled with delightful mishaps. Her latest paperback Wedding Night is the story about a boy and a girl who decide to get married immediately instead of dealing with their dysfunctional lives . Of course their friends and family are completely against this rash decision and realize that it will never last. I mean really, the two love birds haven’t seen each other in over 15 years. Now the rush begins as Fliss attempts to prevent her sister Lottie from having her wedding night so that she can still get an annulment.
This was such a fun read. The entire time you are thinking, oh it can’t get any worse but of course it just keeps snowballing. What I really liked about this book was that it was told from both sisters perspectives so that you could really see how every action effects everyone. It was also a fun look at sisterly love and all that goes along with trying to look out for each other. As always, Kinsella created a charming and entertaining read.
Here are a few book events that we will be hosting for the month of June:
June 8th(Sunday) 1:00 – 2:00 Book Signing with Lee Marie Schnebly. Ms. Schnebly is the author of Confessions of a Glommer. Her self-help book is perfect for better understanding types of loves and how to find your happiness with others.
June 14th (Saturday) 1:00 – 2:30 PM Book Talk & Signing with Jenny Milchman. Ms. Milchman is the mystery author of Cover of Snow andRuin Falls. Her novels capture small towns’ angst and fears that are sure to create a roller-coaster ride of emotions and suspense.
June 15th (Sunday) 1:00 – 2:00 PM Book Signing with Kristy Harvey. Ms. Harvey will be signing her book Mindfulness on the Move. This book discusses her personal mindfulness journey and learning to fully engage her senses in every moment in order to be in the here and now.
June 15th (Sunday) 2:00 – 3:00 PMBook Signing with Jessica Hickam. Ms. Hickam’s debut YA (young adult) novel The Revealedis sure to please readers with her mix of mystery, supernatural powers and romance. This is sure to be an addictive read that will hold you until the very last word.
Midnight Crossroads by Charlaine Harris is a great start to her newest trilogy. Harris gives us a new paranormal world that is sure to excite her past readers and entice new ones to start reading her novels. Welcome to the quiet town of Midnight, Texas where people keep to themselves while still looking out for their neighbors. Manfred is the newest member to this quirky town and it doesn’t take him long to learn the ins-and-outs of the town. However, he is often left wondering about his neighbors and what their back-story is. Before long things get a little interesting in Midnight when the townspeople discover a body out in the desert. Now everyone is left wondering who is the killer.
Midnight Crossroads really focuses on getting you into to town-life and the people who live there. While there is a mystery to be solved, the story is really more about Manfred finding his place in his new town. I really like that Harris gives you just enough information about the townspeople to keep you happy but still leaves you wanting more. I am excited to see where the next two books go because I feel like she is setting us up for something exciting.