Friday, May 27, 2016

Reviews

I read lots of books every year. I post my reviews on Amazon and I've started to post them here and on Goodreads.  I read mainly romance but some best sellers and classical literature as well. In my younger years I read more Suspense and Spy books. I'm am sure that shaped my actual writing style and genre. I wish I could write like Jane Austen but I can't and I'm not sure if readers today have the desire to read books like that written modernly.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card









3 Easy Steps
1. Read: The Swallow  
2. Review: Write a Review 
3. Email: The review



More details:
Read The Swallow by Isabelle Joshua. Go to Amazon.com/TheSwallow and write a review of the book. Then email your review to reviews@isabellejoshua.com by June 30, 2016, to be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.


Rules:

  1. One entry per person and per household.
  2. Must be 18 years old to participate.
  3. The review must be your own original work.
  4. All reviews entered in the contest may be published on our website.
  5. You must write a review of The Swallow by Isabelle Joshua on Amazon.com and email the same review toreviews@isabellejoshua.com by June 30, 2016. 
  6. The last day to enter the contest is June 30, 2016. The winner will be notified and announced by July 15, 2016.
  7. If you've previously submitted a review to Amazon.com, to be entered into the contest, you must email the review to reviews@isabellejoshua.com by June 30, 2016.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: Queen of Someday

Queen of Someday Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love this book. Love Sophie and the intrigue of the court. Her relationship with her mother and Queen Elizabeth and all the men. OMG the end, she is so smart and caring and cunning. Exceptional book, can't wait to read the next one.

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Review: Queen of Tomorrow

Queen of Tomorrow Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a great series. I waited for this second book and it was incredible. The politics and drama are exceptional. I love this series. I really love Catherine's love interests (can't remember the Russian names) and I cried with her during the horrible tragedies she suffered. I know I will read this series again.

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Review: Queen of Always

Queen of Always Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a good book and a great finale to the series. I was sad by the things that occurred at the end and that she had to make a choice that would mean the people she loved were gone, ​but I thought the ending was great. It made me so interested in this historical person. Great writing and great twists.

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Review: Big Girl Panties

Big Girl Panties Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book, loved Holly and the growth she experiences. My heart broke with her and my heart soared as well. She was such a smart, witty gal. And who could forget Logan, one of the sexiest characters written. It is fun, sad, hopeful, and sexy. The intimacy between them is hot, and I smiled so much and laughed so much. I read it twice, and I'm sure I'll read it again.

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Review: The Total Package

The Total Package The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I couldn't wait to read this book because I LOVED "Big Girl Panties" so much. I also liked The Sweet Spot. This one wasn't as good as those two. I didn't find the characters very funny. I guess I thought his feelings for her were a little hard to understand because the story didn't explain their chemistry when they first knew each other. It was also hard to relate to a character that has been holding onto a crush for years. I also couldn't imagine leaving my child for months on end even for a job. I will keep reading her because it was a good book.

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Review: Sweet Talk

Sweet Talk Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought it was okay. better than some but as good as most I've read. I liked Grayson and the dialogue was good but there were parts that were over the top and don't make sense to me. Two month no contact after sleeping together, uh no deal.

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Review: A Baby of Her Own

A Baby of Her Own A Baby of Her Own by Brenda Novak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an okay book. It was hard to relate to the main character and I wasn't crazy about her friend. The story was engaging and it kept my interest and I finished it quickly. I thought it was interesting how they characters came together but it was just a good story.

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Review: Trying Not to Love You

Trying Not to Love You Trying Not to Love You by Megan Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay story and decent writing

I felt like this was YA but had some explicit sex. The writing seemed rushed and I felt like my 18 yr old was telling the story so I suppose it worked as the POV was of a young woman. I didn't feel like the character really grew. Mackenzie was very immature and irrational. It was hard to relate because of the stupid family dynamics of the over protective brothers. I didn't feel that there was a lot of depth to the characters. I think it was okay and I don't regret reading it but I wont keep reading the series. I didn't feel a connection to any character. I didn't really care and it was very predictable.

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Review: First Comes Love

First Comes Love First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won my ARC copy through a Goodreads Giveaway. I liked the book and the writing was good. I haven't read all of her books but my favorite is "The One and Only." The author seems to like to deal with difficult family relationship and she does this in First Comes Loves as well. Meredith and Josie are the main characters, they are sisters that experiences a great loss when their brother died and it has affected them in their lives over fifteen years later. I didn't feel connected or invested in either of the women. Their mutual dislike for one another was hard to understand and hard to relate to. It may also be that I enjoy romance and there wasn't much in it at all. I also couldn't relate to Meredith (I think) that made decisions out of obligation or for fear of hurting her family and loved ones. Then Josie's relationship with her roommate and then potential love interest. To me each women didn't have very strong feeling except for their dislike of each other. Otherwise they were rather blah emotionally. And the big secret that was plaguing Josie wasn't surprising or I thought that horrible and the reaction by Meredith was over the top. It held my attention well and I finished it quickly. I just didn't feel connected to either main character. I felt more for the men in the story than I did for the women. Maybe my personal experiences within my family is so different than the women in her story that it made it hard to connect with. But I would say that it was a good read, just not great.

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