November 25, 2013

Take a look, it's in a book

I haven't been reading too much recently, life's been kinda busy.

But I did finish these books within the past two weeks so, 
it's review time!

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"Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning." In his absence, Hugh's son has been killed and his beloved wife, Sophie, abducted by a ruthless duke in search of a priceless relic dating back to the Crucifixion. Taking on the role of a jester, Hugh infiltrates the court where he believes Sophie is held captive. There he confronts men more evil than he ever imagined and embarks on an epic battle to restore his broken life"
[picture and teaser via goodreads]

This was one of those books that I finished reading, just because I had to know what happened. I wasn't totally invested into it like other books, but there was NO way I could set it down without finishing the whole book. This book may have had Patterson's name on it, but it was completely different that any other Patterson book I've read. At first I was intrigued by the medieval setting and the journey, but grew disenchanted with the violence. I was able to figure out one of the big twists before it happened, but was thrown for a loop by others. Honestly, the book felt a bit drawn out and could have ended a few battles earlier. If you want a book that's unique, a 'quick' read or you enjoy the medieval era, this is a book for you. If not, I'd say skip it.

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"The New York Times bestselling author of Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish, Bethenny Frankel takes us on an empowering journey to A PLACE OF YES
BETHENNY FRANKEL’S no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally bestselling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes.” Bethenny’s path was not always clear as she overcame a difficult childhood, failed relationships, entrepreneurial efforts that never quite got off the ground, and lifelong money struggles. To deal with these challenges, Bethenny developed ten rules for pursuing her goals with authenticity and drive."
[picture and teaser via goodreads]

Yes, I read Bethenny Frankel's 'self help' book. But only because it was free on BookShout. I think she's a rockstar, building her life from nothing to where she is now and was interested in reading more about where she came from and how she got to her skinnygirl empire. I honestly was hoping for some great behind the scenes stuff from her time on RHONY, but sadly not much was written about that chapter in her life. Most of it was about growing her business and her relationship with her then husband, Jason. It was kind of weird reading about their 'AMAZING' relationship, knowing full well the are divorced now. She has a great writer's voice, no nonsense and to the point, just like her personality, but the book was a bit unorganized in my opinion. And near the end it got way too 'Rah Rah, you can do it' blah blah blah. Which is a reason I choose to not read many SelfHelp books. If you want an easy peasy read and to learn more about the skinnygirl mogul I'd say give it a try.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

6 comments:

Jenn said...

Interesting to know about Bethenny's book--I always wondered how it would be, but now I think I'll skip it! Thanks for the reviews! :)

The Pink Growl said...

I've heard good things about Bethenny's books, but I don't feel like I would actually get anything out of them. If that makes sense...

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I totally finished the line at the beginning in my head "it's reading rainbow!!" I think when James Patterson writes with others it is never as good when he writes on his own.

Kristin said...

Love your honest reviews and LOVE Bethenny Frankel. :)

Janna Renee said...

I honestly didn't know she had any books, and your review doesn't surprise me. I don't blame her for trying to corner every market, but she doesn't strike me as a super talented writer, haha.

Carolyn said...

I love Bethenny! I was so sad when her and Jason didn't work out! LOL! Reality TV junkie right here!