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Daisy Greenbaum has a dark secret and she uses this secret to keep her life just the way it is. In The Social Climber’s Handbook by Molly Jong-Fast, Daisy lives on the Upper East Side in New York City, she has twin girls, one who goes to one of the most elite private schools in NYC. Daisy is a New York socialite and wants to keep it that way. Dick is Daisy’s husband, he works Goldman Sachs, he is a financial wiz and has information about upcoming troubles that could make him lose his job. Daisy isn’t about to let anything get in the way of her lifestyle, even kill if she must.

Molly Jong-Fast has a very dry sense of humor, which I enjoy, but I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. I think it’s because I don’t understand a “socialite’s” life. Up until January of this year, I was living in a very small town (think 2600 people and that included the surrounding area). So I struggled with that concept. I did enjoy meeting all of the characters and figuring out how they all fit into the story. I was intrigued about how it was going to end, and Jong-Fast did a great job of keeping the ending open for interpretation. There is quite a bit of swearing, including the use of the f* word. There are some descriptive sex scenes. Overall, I enjoyed the dry humor, but just couldn’t get into the socialite life. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind sex and swearing.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: The Social Climber’s Handbook

Author: Molly Jong-Fast

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 247

ISBN: 0345501896

Publisher: Random House Digital

Release Date: April 25, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Random House

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

The Books-to-Movie Challenge for June is How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and is the first animated film for our challenge.  Published in February 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Readers it is first book in the How to Train Your Dragon series. How to Train Your Dragon follows the story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, a struggling viking as he learns to become a viking.

You can read an excerpt here.

The film was released in 2010 with the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson and America Ferrera.

Some things to consider when reading:

How closely does the film follow the novel?

Do you think the artwork in the novel translates to the artwork in the film?

So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!

Katniss Everdeen has to make a monumental decision in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Their country, Panem, has been destroyed by civil war and the twelve remaining districts of the original thirteen are required to give a boy and girl tribute once a year the Hunger Games. It is a televised fight to the death inside an arena specially designed and the last remaining survivor is declared the winner. When Katniss’s little sister Prim’s name gets called, Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place. Katniss spends the next couple of months training with Peeta, the boy tribute from her district. During the fight and training, Katniss makes some friends, and loses even more. Peeta declares his love for Katniss right before the games start in front of the entire country. She fights hard and has to make various decisions based on her own desire for survival.

This book is the first in The Hunger Games Trilogy. The end of the novel sets up for the next book really well. This book was my favorite in the entire trilogy and can despite its set up for the next book, it can be enjoyed as a single novel. I really liked how it set up an interesting perspective on a severely controlling government. I do like how touching it is when Katniss is willing to sacrifice herself in order to save her younger sister. However, I don’t like the fact that it is teenagers that have to fight each other and I didn’t like how Katniss played Peeta for a majority of the novel. I really liked how quickly the novel progressed and how fast paced it was. Some parts of the novel made me want to laugh, some made me want to cry, but mostly I was on the edge of my seat then entire time I was reading it. Just when I thought Katniss or Peeta was safe, something else came up that made me just want to continue reading until pretty soon the book was over.

As a side note regarding the rest of the trilogy, I really enjoyed the second novel, almost as much as the first, but the third book was kind of frustrating. I didn’t like the third book because of how slowly it started and then Katniss was really annoying almost the entire book. I didn’t like how sad the book was, but mostly I was frustrated by the fact that Katniss was depressed for the entire novel, even when everything was over, I could tell she wasn’t happy.

The Hunger Games Triology:

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

Mockingjay

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Format: Hardbound, Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B002MQYOFW

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: September 2009

Available: Amazon

Reviewer: Jillian

 

To see someone and notice them is one thing, to see someone and find out they are dead two days later is another. In Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel, Alex Delaware and Robin Castanga go to the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills to enjoy drinks there one last time before it closes. They notice a striking young woman sitting alone and watch her throughout the night as she waits for someone. Alex and Robin leave before she ever meets up with her “date” and never find out if she does in fact meet up with them. As they leave the hotel they see a big burly man, who looks to be a body guard and assume that he is waiting for her exit. Two days later, Alex is called to help Detective Milo Sturgis, his long time friend, find her killer.

I enjoyed meeting more characters as they interview people and was intrigued to find the path to the killer. Unfortunatley, it wasn’t my favorite book to read and I found it hard to finish it. Jonathan Kellerman did a great job of keeping the suspense and I was pulled into the book in that sense, but it just wasn’t one that I found easy to read. There is quite a bit of swearing in the book, and the use of the f* word among those. There is suggestion of sex and sexual acts, but nothing descriptive. I will try reading another of Jonathan’s books to give him another try. Why don’t you read Mystery and find out who the killer is?

You can read an excerpt here.

Alex Delware Series Reading Order:

When the Bough Breaks

Blood Test

Over the Edge

Silent Partner

Time Bomb

Private Eyes

Devil’s Waltz

Bad Love

Self-Defense

The Web

Survival of the Fittest

The Clinic

Monster

Dr. Death

Flesh and Blood

The Murder Book

A Cold Heart

Therapy

Rage

Gone

Obsession

Compulsion

Bones

Evidence

Deception

Mystery

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Title: Mystery: An Alex Delaware

Author: Jonathan Kellerman

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0345505699

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: March 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Ballantine

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

 

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