Breakfast and Bedlam Book Review

Bed and Breakfast Bedlam Book Review

Title: Bed and Breakfast Bedlam

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Chick Lit

Author: Abby L. Vandiver

I received this book for free to beta read. This is an honest review.

This was a cute, cozy mystery. It had very fun and memorable characters! I loved Miss Vivee’s sass and spunkiness. Poor Logan got roped into helping her. I think I would react the same way Logan did- trying to get Miss Vivee to see reason! Lol. This close-knit town sounded so adorable and had lots of interesting characters. I liked reading about each of them.

I also enjoyed the mystery story. It was interesting to see the girls investigate. It seemed very realistic as to what an amateur sleuth would do to solve a case. There were no unrealistic “lucky breaks.” I really liked that aspect of it. I didn’t figure the mystery out before they did!

My one critique would be a romance that was shoehorned in at the end. It just didn’t seem necessary since we really never got to know Logan’s love interest. I did like Miss Vivee’s little romance, though, and the character it was with.

I would recommend this light, cute story to others! 3/5 stars.

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Review of Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park Book Review

Title: Eleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I expected to. I LOVED The Attachments by this author and I liked Fangirl. There was just something about this book that wasn’t great. It took me reading a few other negative reviews to figure out why, I think. I just didn’t believe the romance between these two characters. Eleanor is the new kid in school. With red hair and a strange fashion sense, she is instantly a target for bullies. Park is half-Asian, but has some association with the popular kids. He feels bad for Eleanor and lets her sit next to him on the bus. At first, he ignores her so he isn’t bullied as well, but eventually, romance blossoms.

I was so much more interested in Eleanor’s difficult home life than in the romance. Their relationship did seem sudden and I just didn’t believe that these two characters were really in love. I can’t put my finger on more of a reason why. Of course, I have been more easily annoyed by YA romances as of late. I guess I’m getting old.

This book also lacked an “I can’t wait to see what happens next” element until the very end. I didn’t have a problem finishing it, but I wasn’t sucked into it. I think maybe it didn’t have enough of a plot. Things were going on in the story but there wasn’t one main plot driving it. As there were less and less pages left, I still had no idea how it was going to end.

The ending did get exciting, but then it ended in a totally weird way. I do not like books that end with uncertainties. I can’t say too much without giving things away, but I didn’t understand why Eleanor was acting the way she did near the end. It made no sense to me and seemed to negate the rest of the book. I liked the idea of two misfits falling in love, but I didn’t like how it played out in this story. 3/5 for it being well-written.

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Me Before You Book Review

Me Before You Book Review

 

Book: Me Before You

Author: JoJo Moyes

Genre: Fiction, Life (everyone should read it)

It’s been a while since I read a book like this. A book that sucks you in, chews you up, and spits you back out. It squeezes your heart and the tears out of your eyes. This book was so good. This book was so intense. This book made me cry.

I had no idea what this book was about before I read it. I only knew I had seen the book around a lot and that I had high reviews. Sometimes I think it’s better to have no idea what a book is about and let it unfold. When it started, it seemed like a women’s fiction, maybe chick lit. Then I thought it was going to turn into a romance. Then, something was revealed and I was like, “Holy cow, I have to keep reading.” These characters were incredible. They were so real. This book brought up a very serious, complex, controversial issue and made it so real. It was enlightening to see how each character reacted differently to the situation. I liked reading about a range of opinions on the topic. I don’t know if Moyes let her own feelings about the topic show or if she just laid the situation out there for us to see. I can’t decide.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I think people should read this book the way that I did- not knowing what it was about. Just like Lou didn’t know what was in store when she lost her job and Will didn’t know what was going to happen when he walked out onto the street. I think everyone should read this book. It is phenomenal. It is moving and haunting and will stay with you for a long time.

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Review of The Baby Group or Mother By Mistake

Review of The Baby Group or Mother by Mistake

There seems to be two different titles for this Rowan Coleman book. Mine is titled “Mother by Mistake,” but only a Goodreads search of “The Baby Group” brings up the book.

4/5 chickadees. This was a cute story. I really enjoyed the other Coleman book I read, “The Accidental Mother” and this book was also enjoyable. Natalie has a fling weekend with Jack, who she randomly meets in the train station. Jack promised to call, but never did, and Natalie finds herself pregnant. She loves her son, Freddie, and thinks they can do just fine without a father. There is a nagging in the back of Natalie’s head saying that Jack should be told, though. She wrestles with what to do.

Meanwhile, Natalie meets four other mothers and a father and they form a “baby group” of sorts. Three of the other women have other major things going on in their lives. Jess is extremely anxious about something terrible happening to her baby, Tiffany is a teen mother estranged from her family, and Meg realized she and her husband are very disconnected. When Natalie meets the other women, she inexplicably creates a lie about a husband who works overseas. Natalie also has a difficult and complicated relationship with her mother, who comes to help out with Freddie.

It seems like there are a lot of subplots in this book, but it felt just right while reading it. I wasn’t a huge fan of Natalie. She seemed to have opposing sides to her personality at times. She could be very forward and confrontational, yet lied about a husband, and then was anxious over revealing her lie. There were times when I liked her and times that I didn’t. I did really enjoy reading about the other ladies in her baby group, though. I also was interested in the complicated situations that these ladies either got themselves into or found themselves in. A lot of serious issues were in this story, but it still felt like a light and easy read. It kept my interest and was a fun diversion. I will continue to read more from this author.

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