December 12, 2012

A Pile of Mini Book Reviews: The Lifeboat, Guilty Wives, & Reflected in You

There are several books that I have read recently, but I haven't had the time to review each one. So I decided to throw them together in a post with a brief review of each book. Hopefully this doesn't happen very often, but here you go, three totally different book reviews.

The Lifeboat by: Charlotte Rogan (2012)
Genre: Fiction/Survival

Summary: Grace Winter has a semi-impromptu marriage to Henry, and while they are on board an ocean liner in 1914 there is an explosion. Henry sacrifices himself and gives Grace a spot on the lifeboat. This novel tells the story of Grace, and her time as a wife, widow, survivor, and maybe soon to be prisoner.

Review: This novel was thought provoking and very well written. I enjoyed reading Grace's story. The only downside to this book is that I wanted more. I wanted more action and I wanted more information about Henry and Grace's relationship. However, the author does an amazing job at knowing when to switch from the present, where grace is on trial, to the past, when she is in the lifeboat. This book is worth your time.

Rating: 4/5  BUY The Lifeboat

Guilty Wives by: James Patterson and David Ellis (2012)
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Summary: Four best friends take a mini vacation in Monte Carlo to get away from their stressful lives and relationships. Their vacation gets a little crazy and after a hard night of partying they wake up to find themselves being handcuffed and taken in for questioning. Now they must fight to stay alive and convince everyone that they are innocent.

Review: It's a typical James Patterson book, and not one of his best. Although the story has some good shocking revalations for the reader, it isn't as creative as I would have liked. Originally I thought all these wives would be stuck up and married to millionaires, but that isn't the case. There is a lot more to these characters then I expected, the highlight of the novel. The main wife, Abbie, is such a strong woman that all I could do was root her on in her race to find the truth.

Rating: 3/5  BUY Guilty Wives

Reflected in You by: Sylvia Day (2012)
Genre: Steamy Romance

Summary: The sequel to Bared to You, a novel for fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Gideon is rich and falls for Eva. They both have some demons from their past that they are fighting while trying to make their relationship work.

Review: This book takes you on an incredibly crazy and intense emotional roller coaster ride. If you liked the first book you will like this one, for the most part. I enjoyed it more than Fifty, partly because it is better written. This is a good guilty pleasure book and the ending is delicious. I do want to give you one warning, this book gets redundant  they fight, they are fine, they fight, they are fine... there is a lot of that in this book and it gets a little frustrating. Too much of this back and forth made me only give it a 3.

Rating  3/5   BUY Reflected in You

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