[REVIEW] KIMCHI & CALAMARI

KIMCHI & CALAMARI BY ROSE KENT
Kimchi and calamari. It sounds like a quirky food fusion of Korean and Italian cuisine, and its exactly how Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Why wouldnt an adopted Korean drummer—comic book junkie feel like a combo platter given:(1) his face in the mirror (2) his proud Italian family. And now Joseph has to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies. All he knows is that his birth family shipped his diapered butt on a plane to the USA. End of story. But what he writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishes—and self-discovery that Joseph never could have imagined.

This book was truly stunning.

The thing that at first pulled in me to the book is the way that Joseph is Korean. I lived in Korea amid my senior year of secondary school, and Cherished it… what’s more, I appreciate any positive references to Korean culture, dialect, sustenance, and so on. I cherished that he was from Busan, which is truly near where I lived when I was there.

So the start of the story is basically: Joseph, a Korean kid, is received as an infant by an Italian-American family. He’s raised really Italian… eating pasta three times each week (in his words)… with the huge more distant family, and dab, spot, dab. And after that his eighth grade English educator gives his class a task to compose a 1500-word paper about their family line. So he resembles, “Uhhh… I’m received! I don’t know ANYTHING about my Korean legacy!” So he goes on a kind of social and familial investigation, supported by his closest companion (a web master) and another Korean family who simply moved into the territory.

I don’t realize what it resembles to be received or to be… sandwiched between two exceptionally solid societies (I’ve recently got the one in number culture, myself), yet I figure the writer made a truly extraordinary showing with regards to of composing Joseph’s story in a way that enabled me to venture into his shoes for a little time. It was an extremely intriguing and interesting background that I’m happy I could have!

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[REVIEW] SO INN LOVE

SO INN LOVE BY CATHERINE CLARK

Reservations? Yes. A couple. Like: Is Hayden really as interested in me as I am in him? And is my roommate right—should I beware of hookups? Confirmation? Doubtful. Oh, Im sorry, I thought you said commitment. Special Requests? Let me get through this summer without being fired and heartbroken. Let me fall in love this summer. Let me be part of the inn crowd.


Liza takes a summer job at the Tides Inn to make some money, get a tan on the hotel’s private beach, and find true love.

When she arrives at the Inn to report for duty things, as expected, do not go as planned.

Instead of working as a front desk clerk she ends up on the housecleaning crew. The dorm that the employees stay in is not nearly as nice as she had hoped. And her former friend that she knew from vacationing in the area with her family acts like Liza is a dead bug on the bottom of her shoe.

SO INN LOVE is a cute summer read, although at times predictable and it seems to have an abrupt ending. It’s a great book to read while lying in the sun, though!

The back covers of these books don’t reveal much about the plot so here’s the basic storyline. The main character Liza is working at an exclusive hotel in Rhode Island for the summer along with a group of other kids around her age, including a guy she really likes. I wasn’t wild about the love interest in this one. I never really warmed to him as a character and I thought he was more of a jerk than anything. Liza was okay, but she was really unreliable in her job and kind of lazy. She seemed to care more about hot guys than doing her work. The plot was more about the romance than anything else. It was a light, fluffy read, but nothing more than that. I did like that it was set in Rhode Island (one of my favorite places) though.

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[REVIEW] 26 DAYS – A LOVE STORY

26 DAYS – A LOVE STORY BY MICHAEL STAFFORD

Cynthia Thornton is the CEO of a world-wide cosmetics company. At age 40, her 10 figure income provides her with luxury few people enjoy and she is entrenched in her New York City lifestyle. She manages a mega-company with 28,000 employees, yet she can’t manage her own life. Her world is small and the happiness she seeks continually eludes her. Nicholas Legitt is a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize winning author who lives in a small town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. At heart, he is a mountain man. He and Cynthia meet at a fundraising event. Their friendship creeps along until it escalates into an off-again, on-again relationship that is rife with acrimony. Cindy has a very troublesome characteristic that makes sustaining a relationship impossible. Jill McDonald had lived her entire life in the same, small Colorado town as Nick. She and Nick had a torrid relationship that began in high school and continued for over four years. Her life moved on after the parted but she never lost the love she had for her high school sweetheart. Now that his relationship with Cynthia was behind him, Nick was free to pursue his former lover and they revived a love that never faded. The characters are as real as the people you know and they will become your friends. But a word of caution. Don’t jump to conclusions. Things are not always as they seem. So how does the story end? Do they each find happiness in their own way? Does each one live happily ever after? The answers are in the story. Please note. 26 Hours is intended for mature readers. It contains adult language and adult themes that are secondary to the plot. The story is driven by its plot, not by its sexual content.


Bestselling author Nick Legitt finds himself seated next to glamorous and intriguing Cynthia at a fundraiser for his long-time friend, Peter. Amid the glitz and opulence of the New York City Plaza hotel, the two are drawn to one another, making it even more surprising for Nick when Cynthia immediately dismisses him at the end of the evening. 26 Days: A Love Story by Michael Stafford travels from the exciting energy of Cynthia’s New York home and high pressure career as a CEO to the beauty and quiet of Nick’s Colorado town and calm life with his dog, Gloria. As the two embark on a tumultuous long distance friendship, the reader learns more about Cindy’s tragic past and unusual reaction to it. With each move towards closeness, Nick is met with rampant outbursts that emerge from Cindy’s personality at the slightest provocation. But soon, Cindy comes to trust Nick’s honest character and confides in him the story of her poignant and agonising past. Working together, Nick embraces Cindy, providing her with her first trusted male friendship as they enjoy exploring cities and each other. Soon, their mutual admiration turns to something more as they both experience feelings they have never encountered before. But will their long distance relationship, distinctive personalities, and turbulent pasts create a barrier to lifetime happiness?

Michael Stafford’s 26 Days: A Love Story is an up and down ride of the relationship between Cindy and Nick. Nick’s character is slow moving and patient as he helps Cindy work through her demons, making him a most endearing character. Cindy’s battles and subsequent life decisions are very intriguing, providing an unexpected edge from traditional female leads. Stafford does a fabulous job depicting both the physical setting and emotional ties to the locations defined in the book. From New York city to the Colorado Mountains to the cowboy dancing night clubs of Dallas, the reader comes along with Nick and Cindy for their ride as they both work to leave their pasts behind and take a leap into happiness. Stafford’s writing has a rarely found tender edge that works magically through the character of Nick as he helps Cindy move forward through both their conversations and their passionate encounters. I look forward to further stories from Michael Stafford and, given that this is entitled Volume I, I eagerly await Volume II.

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[REVIEW] TAUTAN KASIH

TAUTAN KASIH OLEH RYANA ADRINA

Hasilan nukilan Ryana ini pasti mencuit pintu hati anda dengan jalan ceritanya tersendiri. Athirah merasakan hidupnya kosong. Ada yang menyayangi, namun hati menidakkan. Ada yang disayangi, tapi si dia menghilangkan diri. Lantas, apa lagi yang tinggal pada dirinya. Dia sedar, dia harus memberi peluang kepada hatinya untuk menerima dan memberi, tapi dia tidak pandai mengungkap kalimah cinta. Sebenarnya, ada jejaka yang amat mencintai Athirah, iaitu Irfan. Namun, kehadiran Farah Marlissa dan Farah Hayana menyegarkan kisah cinta mereka. Apa pula yang berlaku dengan kehadiran semula Syazwani dan Danish? Siapa mereka di hati Athirah dan Irfan.


Irfan dan Athirah bercinta monyet ketika sekolah. Hubungan mereka terputus begitu sahaja bila Athirah ke SBP selepas MRSM dan Irfan ke UK selepas STPM.

Irfan kemudiannya bercinta dan berkahwin dengan Syazwani dan dikurniakan 2 orang anak. Mereka bercerai bila Syazwani sejak dari mula tidak menghiraukan suami dan anak2nya kerana ghairah mengejar cita2 sebagai seorang pengacara. Penceraian tersebut mendapat liputan meluas media dan Irfan disalahkan secara total. Irfan kemudiannya jatuh suka kepada Zuriani, setiusaha barunya. Bercadang untuk mengahwini Zuriani biarpun anak2nya tidak suka.

Athirah yang juga terlibat dalam bidang penyiaran (officemate Syazwani sebenarnya) telah bertunang dengan Danish. Akibat kesibukan si tunang, Danish curang. Athirah nekad memutuskan ikatan tersebut biarpun Danish berulang-kali merayu.

Dalam satu insiden, Athirah terserempak dengan ibu Irfan yang panik di Wad Kecemasan kerana anak Irfan diserang asma. Ikatan antara Athirah a.k.a Auntie Sya dan anak2 Irfan mula terjalin.

Niat Irfan untuk bertunang dengan Zuriani telah dipersetujui kedua-dua keluarga. Namun, ketika itu jugalah Irfan bertembung dengan Athirah di Langkawi. Dan kasih yang layu mekar kembali. Dalam satu pertemuan keluarga Irfan, Athirah dijemput sama. Irfan terkejut kerana Athirah dan Auntie Sya adalah orang yang sama. Athirah pula tergamam bila mengetahui Irfan dan Zuriani akan bertunang.

Penolakan anak2 ke atas Zuriani memberikan kekuatan kepada Irfan untuk memutuskan hubungan mereka. Zuriani yang kecewa berpakat dengan seteru sepejabat Athirah untuk memburukkan namanya di media. Malahan keluarga Athirah juga mula termakan dengan fitnah tersebut. Athirah dipaksa kahwin dengan bekas tunangannya, Danish.

Untuk mengelakkan perkahwinan tersebut dan juga untuk menyelesaikan masalah, Athirah bertekad untuk menyambung pelajarannya ke UK tanpa pengetahuan sesiapa. Irfan cuba memujuk Athirah dengan kiriman2 emailnya.

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[REVIEW] ABANDONED

ABANDONED BY LEE SHEPHERD

Terrified. Drugged. Abandoned.

A rural area in the north of England is put on edge as teenage girls start to go missing. The local authorities are stumped in their search for the one responsible.

Charles Lee lives a very normal life, in stark contrast to his troubled past. Putting years of abuse, neglect and loss behind him, he has built a new life in the countryside with his beloved family and border collie. However, his past soon starts to haunt him as burned bridges are resurrected, old grievances resurface and a lust for revenge takes over.

Will Detective Taylor and psychological profiler Georgina Riley suss out the clues and piece together the jigsaw in time to stop the disappearances?


The story of a man who was adopted at a young age and then on losing these parents was then placed in to foster care. What happened to him stayed with him and despite becoming a professional family man the haunts are still there. A chilling tale of how the past can shape our lives if we let it and don’t seek help or are powerless to do so. Hiding a deeply disturbed personality we would think would be hard in someone leading a “normal” life without leaving clues or even small tell-tale signs. A well described book and fast moving enough to keep you hooked. For a first novel this is excellent- keep going Lee!

 

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[REVIEW] THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS

THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS BY LYNNETTE AUSTIN

With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect wedding on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the ladies of Lynette Austin’s new Magnolia Brides series.

SOME DREAMS ARE WORTH WHATEVER IT TAKES

Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother’s death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her parents’ hearts as well as restore their beautiful but crumbling antebellum mansion. New dreams take shape as Jenni Beth sets to work replacing floors and fixing pipes to convert the family homestead into the perfect wedding destination. However, some folks in their small Southern town are determined to see her fail.

Cole Bryson was once the love of Jenni Beth’s life, but the charming architectural salvager has plans of his own for the Beaumont family home. As the two butt heads,
old turmoil is brought to the surface and Cole and Jenni Beth will have to work through some painful memories and tough realities before they can set their pasts aside and have a second chance at their own happily ever after.


Jenni Beth is moving back home to Misty Bottoms from Savannah to help her folks to deal with their home, Magnolia House. They never recouped from losing their child Wes to war, and Jenni Beth kept running back to Savannah when the memorial service was finished, and now they needed help in order to keep the family home. So Jenni Beth chooses to open a wedding business. She would do all the arranging, and have the weddings at the familys manor home. She winds up running into her siblings closest companion, Cole, a man she has been infatuated with since she was a youngster, and he offers to help her repair the house, which needs a great deal of work keeping in mind the end goal to be a place that individuals would need to come get hitched at. Cole and Jenni Beth had a one night stand years back, and he had abandoned her when he should take her to prom, so she has a confide in issue with him. As Magnolia House gets repaired, Jenni Beth and Coles relationship constructs. Also, only for a turn there is a corrupt bank chief who needs Jenni Beth to default on her credit with the goal that he can have the land that she utilized for insurance for the advance she took out for the house. It’s a decent story with a few characters that are exceptionally amiable, and some not really. I appreciated everything about this book and very prescribe it.

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