Mini Reviews #9

3 stars, 4 stars, chick lit, mini reviews, review, romantic suspense, self-help

One Day
3 Stars
Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? 
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

One Day was a sweet gift from my friend Z! She said it was a great read and hoped I’d like it. And I so wanted to. Really badly. But didn’t. That’s not to say I didn’t like it at all, because I did. I just really disliked Dex and thought Emma could have done sooooo much better than him. Then there was the ending! Oh my god the ending! I was sobbing my heart out after the ending after getting over my shock at what happens. This is why really I like romance books because they have happy endings. But I’m still glad I read One Day because it was beautifully written and I liked the way the author took the reader in too the lives of Dex and Emma on the same day every year to see how they lived their lives and how they lives connected and clashed. One Day is a beautiful read that touched my heart and will be living on my bookshelves for a good long while. Thanks Z, but next time no books that make me cry ok?

I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
3 Stars
A practical week-by-week guide for quitting sugar – and getting you clean, clear and lighter!
Sarah Wilson is a high-profile Australian TV and magazine journalist, as well as a health coach, and her 8-week program draws on her personal journey (through hypoglycemia and auto-immune disease) as well as tips and research from the best experts around the world. I Quit Sugar includes recipes, shopping lists and clever tricks for ditching the sweet stuff – for good.

I’m a big fan of Sarah Wilson, I’ve been following her blog {} for quite some time as I love her honest posts and dealings with living with an auto-immune disease. So when I first saw her I Quit Sugar ebook come out I was tempted to buy it but not sure it was for me. Now it’s actually available worldwide and in book format and at such a reasonable price it was something I couldn’t turn down! While I felt that I Quit Sugar had some great recipes and would provide some help along the way if you decide to quit sugar I felt that you would also need to do a bit more research and possibly join the facebook group Sarah created to help you complete the 8 week journey. The best bits about this book for me were Sarah’s honesty about the side effects and how she felt about staying on track and the wonderful photography used in I Quit Sugar.

Fantasy in Death
4 Stars
They were best friends, driven by one shared vision – to rule the world of virtual reality games. Cill, hard-edged and beautiful, Var and Benny, brains and business acumen, and Bart, the genius behind the idea. Their newest invention, developed to transport the player into a fantastical virtual world, is just about to be launched.
Then, suddenly, Bart is found brutally killed, defeated by their own game. Their close-knit group is torn apart. Who could have engineered a virtual death with such devastating consequences? 
Even Eve Dallas, New York City’s most cunning investigator, is hard-pressed for an answer. But as she digs deeper, peeling back layers of secrets, revenge and misplaced allegiances, she realises with growing dread the depth of the killer’s master plan. And she knows his game is far from over.

I’m a big fan of J.D Robb’s In Death series. Fantasy in Death is the 30th book in the series and I’ve been catching up on it for the past two years so clearly I quite like it. Fantasy in Death was released in 2010 and I really liked the way it opened. The similarities between the old {our time} and the new {the time the book is set in, as the In Death series is set in the future} with the victim’s droid set to look like Princess Leia and the idea of virtual gaming, especially with the direction gaming is going in nowadays. Realising who the killer is was quite easy in Fantasy in Death compared to some of the other books in the series but I still enjoyed the overall journey Dallas, Roarke and the rest of the crew took us on. Pretty much my favourite parts of the In Death books are the connections between Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab and a whole host of other characters that make this series so likeable along with seeing how Dallas finds the killers, but I also really enjoyed the storyline of the virtual gaming and how Dallas went about solving the murder.

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