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A Rose Isn't a Rose Without It's Thorns
by †ara

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12In12 2011


1.Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Pages: 278
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics-Literary-Romance- Gothic
ISBN: 9780141441146
Review: Jane grew up as an orphan and her Uncle died and her Aunt and Cousins were horrid to her and she was said to be badÂť so she was sent off to some type of reform school. Then she left there to be a Governess at Thornfield Hall. There she fall in love. I really enjoyed this book a lot!
Rating: A+
Completed: January

2. Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 451
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics-Literary-Romance
ISBN: 9781593083342
Review: Boring like Emma life was boring. Nonsense talk and sometime I had trouble on who was talking. I read her other books and I wasn’t bored with them. Very disappointing.
Rating: F-
Completed: February

3. Title: Agnes Gray [ It has all three sisters in it]
Author: Anne Bronte
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics-Literary-Romance
ISBN: 9780143105831
Review: Agnes Gray comes from a middle class and her father is a clergy man and made some bad investments and is in dept so she goes to work as a Governess; where she runs into obstacles one family of psychos and one snobbish. It was really enjoyable.
Rating: A-
Completed: March

4. Title: A Room of One’s Own
Author: Virginia Woolf
Pages: 132
Format: Paperback
Genre: Essay Women's Studies
ISBN: 0156787334
Review: Virginia Woolf’s writing though colorful but she seems to ramble before she says her point. I also found it a difficult to read in that its not just a pleasure read more a think about book. Perhaps this essay had more meaning to women in 1928.
Rating: D
Completed: April 7th or 8th

4a. Title: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Author: Jeanette Winterson
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Genre: Semi-autobiographical novel//mostly fiction
ISBN: 9780802135162
Review: Really good book humor lots of it and the story line is very different and original. I recommend this book for anyone.
Rating: A+
Completed: April 16th

5. Title: Burned [House of Night Novel #7]
Author: P. C. Cast + Kristin Cast
Pages: 323
Format: Hard Cover
Genre: Romance, fantasy, young-adult fiction
ISBN: 9780312606169
Review: In this installment in the House of Night Series Zoey Redbird soul has shattered and it up to her friends to bring her back the battle between Light and Dark has just part of it. Neferet definitely spawn into the darkness along with Kalona. Stevie Rae is imprinted with the Raven Mocker named Rephaim whom is also Kalona’s son. Stark goes into the Otherworld to save Zoey . It was most intense book. Most who read the series and some I’ve talked to and read said they didn’t like Burned. I did, reading the different POV and the intense moments and I couldn’t put the book down.
Rating: A
Completed: May 9th

5a. Title: Awakened [House of Night Novel #8]
Author: P. C. Cast + Kristin Cast
Pages: 290
Format: Hard Cover
Genre: Romance, fantasy, young-adult fiction
ISBN: 9780312650247
Review: Neferet is getting on my nerves but other than that a good installment and nice twists and a good set up for the next book which will come out in November. I don’t want to revel everything just in case someone was to pick up the series. I enjoyed it.
Rating: A
Completed: Friday May 13th

6. Title: Wuthering Heights [ It has all three sisters in it]
Author: Emily Bronte
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics-Literary-Romance
ISBN: 9780143105831
Review: It took me forever to read it, but I enjoyed it none the less. The common theme I’ve noticed was bitterness, and coldness. Love was evident in it I liked the love story. It seemed to be a lot of death as well. And at times Mr. Heathcliff, pissed me off. Expessally in the later chapters but yet I couldn’t help but like him. I like how the story is told in a unique way. I won’t say anymore since there might be some who would like to read it.
Rating: A
Completed: June 27th

7. Title: The Glory Game
Author: Janet Dailey
Pages: 409
Format: Hard back
Genre: Romance- Family
ISBN: 9780671555443
Review: Luz Kincaid is the known as the girl who had everything. Rich family and her father well known polo player. That’s not how the story starts she has to children a son Rob and a daughter Trisha. Her son Rob, doesn’t want to go to college but wants to prefect his polo playing and become a famous polo player but one problem he’s addicted to cocaine. Trisha wants to become a lawyer like her father. Drew Thomas who is a good lawyer and has money in his own right, he hires a young beautiful women to his law firm named Claudia whom he ended up having an affair and getting her pregnant and they end up getting married while the divorce proceedings were going on Luz takes her children to England then Paris France. Before that they had met Argentine Raul Buchanan who is dark and handsome Trisha has a thing for him but soon Luz too and while in Argentina so that Rob could improve his polo playing and buy some horses off of Raul they end up falling in love. Rob finds out about them and isn’t too happy about it and Luz finally tells Trisha that also puts a strain on their relationship. Tragedy strikes the Family and Luz losses herself bushes Raul away and it takes her assessment to leaves her and she finally finds herself.
I really liked this story I sympathize with the characters and I really enjoyed what I read. I’m not into romance novels but this is just a cheese romance novel. You are put into the lives of these characters and you go along with them. The ending is good and I was hoping for how it ended but it left me with a question did Luz ever better her relationship with Trisha? That’s my only wonder oh if Trisha actually found someone too.
Rating: B+
Completed: July 27th

8. Title: What Looks like Crazy [Kate Holly Series One]
Author: Charlotte Hughes
Pages: 2 61 [Last page of the last chapter falls on it actually has 279pg. Which is the excerpt of Nutcase the Second book of the series]
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction- Humor? , Fictional-Physiology
ISBN: 0515144231
Review: I really enjoyed this book I started it yesterday and I couldn’t put it down. I love physiology so this book was right up my alley! With the quirky characters and somewhat crazy life Holly has. You are laughing out loud at many parts. It was a very easy read!
Rating: A
Completed: August 2ed

8a.Title: Twenties Girl
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 435
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Women Fiction- Ghost Fiction-Treasure troves
ISBN: 9780385342032
Review: I love this book! I found myself laughing out loud and I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed it tremendously. It’s a must read. Here is the synopsis if you are interested: Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Normal twenty-something girls just don’t get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s great aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without. Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life. But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?
Rating: A+
Completed: August 7th

8b. Title: Hex Hall [Book One]
Author: Rachael Hawkins
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
Genre: Magic-Young Adult Fantasy
ISBN: 9781423121398
Review: Easy read! I couldn’t put it down and It didn’t take me long to read it either obviously. I did enjoy the book. I really want to get my hands on the next book. It’s a Trilogy apparently.
Rating: A
Completed: August 9th

8c. Title: Buttercream Bump Off
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Pages: 212 [213-219 cupcake recipes & then an exert of the next book =228pages all together]
Format: Paperback
Genre: Mystery - Bakery
ISBN: 9780425239247
Review: It’s one of those series of books that doesn’t matter when you start. I read this out of order because I felt obligated because my Aunt Kay gave me the book because she couldn’t read the font. Anyway, the start itself is okay. Even if some things were explained there seemed to me missing things from the first book. Which I think was “Sprinkle with Murder”. It was enjoyable but reading something after the pervious two books this was a sizzle.
Rating: B-
Completed: August 14th

8d. Title: Demon Glass [ Book #2 Hex Hall Series]
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 359
Format: Hard Back
Genre: Magic-Young Adult Fantasy
ISBN: 9781423121312
Review: Second book of the Hex Hall series was really good! Sophie thought she was a Witch but really she is a demon. And in this book soo many twists and revelations and shocks I thought it was these two charades raising demons but I didn’t think of one fact of Sophie’s life was factored into that as well. At the end of the book you are left thinking what was “bad” is it “good” and what is really going on. Rachel Hawkins did an awesome job setting up for the next book. I cannot wait now until that times out I am so into this story I really in love with all the character’s and I want to know how things going to play out.
Rating: A+
Completed: August 16th

8e. Title: Hush
Author: Nancy Bush
Pages: 426
Format: Paperback
Genre: Suspense- Mystery
ISBN: 9781420103427
Review: In this book secrets can be deadly! Who you think is the killer turns out to be someone completely different. It was a good story I couldn’t put it down. I am curious to how are other books are.
Rating: A
Completed: August 25th

9. Title: The Guardian
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 494
Format: Paperback
Genre: Romance- Suspense- Mystery
ISBN: 0446613436
Review: Who knew that romance and suspense could go together. I read a few of his books and I like them. Along with this one, he proves to be a good writer because I didn’t think he would write someone so psycho. I enjoyed the book. If you like these types of books you won’t be disappointed it’s good. Here the synopsis: Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died-a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire...
Rating: A
Completed: September 18th

10. Title: Lisey’s Story
Author: Stephen King
Pages: 513
Format: Hard Cover
Genre: Suspense – Love- ??
ISBN: 9780743289412
Review: There is a man who got his writing polished. You don’t even have to like his books to see that his writing is polished and someone to look at as a writer the structure of his writing physically. I admire his style someone to look at, to at least help one as a writer to polish their own style. You can tell he’s been writing since the 70’s or something like that. I don’t know what his other books are like this is my first Stephen King book. I like this story. It’s personable and you find yourself inside along with Lisey and what her late husband left behind. Scot Landon, who’s a horror writer & there is another world called Boo’ya Moon a too beautiful place and frightening as well. Who doesn’t want to go to a place where something that can heal you and something that can suck you in? This is Stephen King and there is always a twist somewhere if you think it’s going to go one way but it goes in completely 380 degree turn.
Rating: A
Completed: October 31st

11. Title: Hannah’s List
Author: Debbie Macomeber
Pages: 379
Format: Paperback
Genre: Romance
ISBN: 9780778329299
Review: I found myself caring for the characters and wondering what will happen to them. I found myself emerged into the lives of these fictional characters. The story is about a widower who wife Hannah had died of cancer and a year later after her death , She wrote a letter to Michael which was giving to him by his brother –in-law in the letter she asked him to date her cousin , the oncology nurse and someone he never meet. Macemeber did a wonderful job of transitioning from Michael from thinking everything Hannah to the women whom he fallen for.
Rating: B+
Completed: November 7th

11a. Title: The Servants Of Twilight
Author: Dean Koontz
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
Genre: Suspense
ISBN: 978-0425121252
Review: I liked the story and I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books that makes you question is he really the Antichrist? Especially at the end of the book, it makes you wonder if the crazy old lady was right. I’m still thinking about it. [I saw the movie after I read the book and I liked the book better the movie had a different twist than the book.] So anyone reads him? Any books you suggest I read next?
Rating: B+
Completed: November 17th

11b. Title: Tigers Curse [Book One]
Author: Colleen Houck
Pages: 448
Format: Hard Cover
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Mythical
ISBN: 9781402784033
Review: This combines Indian mythology and Indiana Jones together. If you like Adventure stories this is for you. I liked it because the connection between Kelsey and Ren right from the beginning even the Tiger and the Man. I am in love with all the characters. I can’t wait to get my hands on the 2 books that are already out.
Rating: A+
Completed: November 25th

12. Title: What Came Before He Shot Her
Author: Elizabeth George
Pages: 548
Format: Hard Cover
Genre: Mystery
ISBN: 978060545628
Review: It is what the title says. George tells the story of young children and their Aunt and the events and contributing factors and decisions of the lives of Campbell children. It’s was okay what kept me reading was I really wanted to know what will happen to them. I would have liked it better if it had Inspector Lynleny in it but it was still a good story.
Rating: C+
Completed: December 18th

12. Title: Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Author: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fairy Tales
ISBN: 9870140366969
Review: There are many, many stories about the Golden Bird, one of my favorites Rose- Bud which is sleeping beauty another one is Snow-Drop- this version better than the Disney. Others I really liked were, Jorinda and Jorindel, King Grisly-Beard, The Landy and The Lion which is like beauty and the best but different, Hansel And Grettel, that version is also different there is no house made of ginger bread this one is cooler, Ashputtel, The water of Life (always been my favorite even the kiddy one is good) The Four Clever Brothers and Cat- Skin. Supposedly this is the unabridged and complete version but apparently it’s not from some of the reviews I read. I liked it brought me back to my child hood days and watching the preschool show called, Grimm’s fairy tales. I enjoyed the read.
Rating: A
Completed: December 30th

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wow thats a long list and some of them im gonna have to try n read they seem like good books especially the classics!

[JessbabyblueStar|0 likes] [|reply]

Wow you've read a lot of books. How do you have time for that?? lol I'd like to find a new book to read now that I've reread the twilight series. lol

[*Pixie*|0 likes] [|reply]

I really enjoyed "The Guardian" by Nicholas Sparks. I also read "What Came Before He Shot Her" - it was pretty good but long! I am reading a Jane Austen book right now!

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