Born in Shame by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born in Shame by Nora RobertsBorn in Shame by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on January 1st 1996
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
five-stars

A talented graphic artist, Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. But her world was turned upside down whe she learned the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly traveled to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melted away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed. And amid the lush Irish landscape steeped in mysticism and legend, she discovered the possibility of a love that was meant to be...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I read this one just as fast as the other Born in Trilogy books. The reason for that is because they are soo good that you don’t ever want to put them down for a second in case you forget with where you were reading at. Trust me that has happened before and I was like -.- NOOOO THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!! Let’s just say that I wasn’t a very happy person at all. So I recommended with this trilogy to only put it down for a couple of seconds before going back to reading it or you won’t be a happy person like I was at certain points.

But other than that this book was such a good read. This time we start out with the youngest Concannon sister who isn’t really a Concannon since she was a child born out of wedlock. Or at least almost born out of wedlock. Anyways this girl is like a mixture of Maggie and of her own self. This one to most seemed like a rush job but I love it nonetheless. Nora was doing a different thing for it.

Shannon, unlike her other sisters, didn’t want to stay in County Clare, Ireland she loved it back home even though while she is in Ireland she has been painting much more than what she did back home in New York. Shannon is such a good mix for the Concannon family and it’s also just a really good book. Much like the other two. I once again give a Nora Roberts book five stars for an excellent writing and character development and just being awesome with this book.

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


Born In Ice by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born In Ice by Nora RobertsBorn In Ice by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on November 1, 1996
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland...
When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window.
But this year, cool, capable and thoroughly domestic Brianna is expecting an unusual guest - mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a painful past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own.
Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I read this one after I was done with reading the first one because why wouldn’t you? This one is all about the middle child of the Concannon girls. The middle one is more likable for the mother but not by much. In this one we find out that Maggie is now pregnant with her and Rogan’s first baby and Brianna is as stubborn as her sister on the whole thing of not being married. See Brianna would rather take care of other people than finding a husband.

Or at least that is what she thought until she started to spend time with Grayson Thane and she started to fall for him for each passing day. Though Grayson is as stubborn as the Concannon ladies and doesn’t really want to settle down since he is always moving from place to place to write his books. But what if he has finally found a place to stay?!

This book is such a good book that it makes me want to keep on reading all the different books from Nora Roberts even more. This of course isn’t my first time reading a book by Nora and it won’t be my last. Her romance books are just so good that I love them very much. I have to give this book five stars once again.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Born in Fire by Nora RobertsBorn in Fire by Nora Roberts
Series: Born In Triology #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Jove on October 1st 1994
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
five-stars

Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland...
The eldest Concannon sister, Maggie, is a reclusive, stubborn and free-spirited glassmaker—with a heart worth winning.
Margaret Mary is a glass artist with an independent streak as fierce as her volatile temper. Hand-blowing glass is a difficult and exacting art, and while she may produce the delicate and the fragile, Maggie is a strong and opinionated woman, a Clare woman, with all the turbulence of that fascinating west country.
One man, Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney, has seen the soul in Maggie’s art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie’s studio, her heart is inflamed by their fierce attraction—and her scarred past is slowly healed by love...

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

For this book I have tried to read it several times but I was finally able to read this book and I loved it. I read this book and the other two that goes along with this one sometime in the first few months of this year. I tried reading it last year for my last book count of only 50 books but I decided not to and instead read a book that I haven’t read in a while for it.

Anyways back to the main reason this review. This book was so good from beginning to end in my opinion. I loved how Maggie, for the oldest character, is not the one that her mother likes and is the one that felt closest to the father before he passed away the year before the book takes place. Margaret Mary is just so headstrong about not having any help whatsoever that whenever Rogan tries he gets told off by Maggie. I love how Rogan is like the complete opposite of the headstrong Maggie that it seems all so good.

This book for me is just sooooo good and soooo heartwarming that you don’t ever want to put it down until the very end. Even if you have those pesky things to do like chores, eating, sleeping, and other things like that. I give it a five thumbs up.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Series Rating: five-stars
on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 526
Format: Kindle
five-stars

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, ALLEGIANT, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the DIVERGENT series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I was sad that this series was ending and the ending of this book just planned sucked. Well I mean it didn’t suck but I was quite sad that Veronica did what she did with this book. This book just like the last two had me guessing and sucked in all the way through.

It also shows that just because you have the technology to control some human beings in a controlled environment that you shouldn’t do that because no matter what human beings always go back to the way that we were. Granted not all the times but most of the times yes. In this book we also see some things through Four’s eyes which I have to say is pretty entertaining. Tris and her brother Caleb learn more about their mother. Okay the part of their mother that she kept hidden from them since she couldn’t tell anyone about her being from the “outside” world and about her life even before that.

We also get to know more about what being a Divergent is really about. Everything about this book is pretty awesome and I say that it is such a good book that everyone should read if they have read the first two.

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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Dystopia, Fiction, Review, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books on May 1st 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 525
Format: Kindle
five-stars

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

This book, like the first one, is a good book. Or at least I would like to think so. Then again if I don’t like a book I will stop reading it and not read any more of it. Unless I am close to the end of it and then I would finish it just because I need to find out what the ending was. But with this one I didn’t have this problem.

Insurgent starts off with Tris, Four and the rest of them on their way to the outside so that they could stay with Amity. I know that Tris ends up going all around Chicago and the end of the book was such a big shocker for me. I mean I wouldn’t really think of it happening the way it did. But then again the ending was good.

Though if you liked Jeanine then you probably wouldn’t like the ending of the book. The other person I didn’t really like would be Four’s mother because for one she is supposed to be dead but we learned that she wasn’t since she had to fake her death just to get away from her abusive husband. Though that I get. What I didn’t get was why didn’t she take Tobias, who is Four, with her? I mean that wouldn’t have been a selfish thing to do. But then again he would have been in the factionless and wouldn’t have gotten where he is now.

Another thing I disliked was how Four didn’t trust Tris’s judgement on his father, who is an evil person, but if he knows something about the outside world then why not find out what it is. We find out that one of Tris’s ancestor’s on her dad’s side came into Chicago, well besides her mom, from the outside world and that whenever they had enough Divergent people to send them out. Thankfully they found that out after Jeanine was dead from Tris killing her. She didn’t know what to think about that discovery. Since that was a big shocker for everyone in the compound to find out the truth about the Divergent. Well unless they were Erudite people like Tris’s brother. Even if he didn’t know about that being one of his ancestor’s. The only thing he knew was that they wouldn’t allow the Divergent people to leave because they have no clue what the outside world really looks like or if they even need help any more

This book was such a good one that it had me guessing the whole time I was reading it. Which is something that I love about some books.

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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)