Audiobook vs. Movie: Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Published by Listening Library on September 1, 2015

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance, young adult

Format & Length: audiobook, 6:44:23

Source: library

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Book Review: It’s Always the Husband, by Michele Campbell

It's Always the Husband, by Michele Campbell

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

Published by St. Martin’s Press on May 16, 2017 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Source: Netgalley

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Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

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Book Review: The Thief, by Michele Hauf

The Thief, by Michele Hauf

The Thief by Michele Hauf

Published by Lyrical Press on April 11, 2017 (expected)

Series: Elite Crimes Unit, #1

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Source: Netgalley

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The Elite Crimes Unit works behind the scenes of Interpol—and employs some of the world’s most talented criminal minds. Because as everyone knows, it takes a thief to catch a thief—or to seduce one . . .

The old farmhouse in the French countryside is a refuge for former jewel thief Josephine Deveraux. Admittedly, there aren’t many men in the vicinity, but she has her cat to cuddle up with. It’s a far cry from her former life, constantly running from the law, and she’s enjoying her peace . . . until the intruder in the three-piece suit tackles her. He wants her back in the game, helping with a heist—and he’s not above making threats to get his way.

Little does Josephine know that notorious—and notoriously charming—thief, Xavier Lambert, is after the very same 180-carat prize she’s being blackmailed to steal. To his chagrin, he’s doing it not as a free agent, but as a member of the Elite Crimes Unit—the team he was forced to join when his brilliant career came to a sudden end. And little does Xavier know that his comeback is about to include a stranger’s kiss, a stinging slap, and a hunt for missing treasure—along with the infuriatingly sexy woman who’s outfoxing him . . .

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Book Review: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Published by Barnes & Noble on June 1, 2009

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, classics

Format & Length: e-book, 432

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen’s own “darling child”—tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

Humorous and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogue, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to reach an immensely satisfying finale. In the words of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

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Book Review: Grand & Humble, by Brent Hartinger

Grand & Humble, by Brent Hartinger

Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger

Published by Smashwords Edition on November 23, 2011

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, young adult

Format & Length: e-book, 134

Source: purchased

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Two teenage boys, both at a crossroads…

Harlan and Manny are both seventeen years old, but they couldn’t be more different. Harlan is an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend, the son of a powerful U.S. Senator, and possibly the most popular kid in his high school. Meanwhile, Manny is a quirky theater geek, the son of a struggling single father, and one of the school’s least popular kids. And yet, Harlan and Manny both share the same sense of foreboding, a feeling that something is not right in each of their lives.

They have something else in common as well, even if they don’t know it. Fourteen years ago, when they were both three years old, a tragedy occurred — an accident that would link the two boys together forever, even as it ultimately drove them apart. It’s an event that both of them barely remember, but it still haunts them in the form of Harlan’s premonitions and Manny’s nightmares. Somehow both boys know that nothing will ever be right again until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives.

An All-New Edition, Rewritten and Revised by the Author!

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Book Review: Pieces of You & Me, by Pamela Ann

Pieces of You & Me, by Pamela Ann

Pieces of You & Me by Pamela Ann

Published on April 5, 2016

Series: Pieces, #1

Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, new adult, romance

Format & Length: Kindle edition, 268

Source: purchased

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This is a story about firsts—love, hate and agony.

Olivia Taylor’s life turned upside down when she found out her mother was moving into her boyfriend’s home. The glitch? The boyfriend had a son named Greyson—the guy she loathed more than anything.

Greyson Edwards was your typical arrogant self-entitled jerk. He loved to taunt and tease Olivia. But the more time they got to spend together, the more complicated things became.

Will these two stubborn folks ever figure things out?

Will they let themselves feel what was truly boiling underneath the angst and unveil the passion that’s only a mere kiss away?

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