Saturday, December 29, 2007

Letters to My Sisters by Ngozi Osuagwu

Letters to My Sisters is composed of letters written by Ngozi Osuagwu to a few of her patients discussing a few of the gynecological problems for women. Letters to my sisters was very informative on some of the things that happen to a woman's body. I found this book to be very encouraging. With the very first letter you get the feel for how caring she is to her patients and how devoted she is to doing her job and doing it write. I really enjoyed how straightforward she was in explaining what was going on through the letters. Even when having to deliver upsetting news she offered nothing but encouragement, hope, and compassion for her patients. I found it very refreshing that she did not sugarcoat anything instead she gave straightforward diagnosis and solutions. I have learned a tremendous amount about myself, how everything works, and exactly whats happening. I would recommend this to every woman I meet. In fact I have given a copy to best friend in hopes that she learns more because everyone can always work to improve their health.

Monday, December 17, 2007

An Open Vein by J.M. Warick

John had always been the smartest in his class. After being labeled as gifted in the fifth grade he continued to soar through his classes until his early graduation at 16. John's parents best friend, Kane, offers John a chance to spend the summer with him in New York City. Ready to be free of the problems that come with high school and ready to prove his independence John jumped at the chance. Upon his arrival to New York City John and Kane explored various places and sites, ate at popular restaurants and eventually fall into a routine. John is loving his independence and is excited about starting his journey at USC to become a doctor. One night as John was helping Kane unpack when he came across a document that would change everything he had known. John is starting to accept this new information. When Kane comes home one day from his job at the hospital and tells John about a letter he received threatening Johns safety. Prepared to do anything to protect John, Kane suggests that John reaming inside the apartment instead of going out. Gradually staying inside 24/7 starts to get to John and he begins to disobey Kane by sneaking outside to sit in the courtyard. Kane gets slightly angry at John but lets it go. One night John gets food poisoning and becomes really sick. Kane has to insert an IV into John to help him to recuperate. Kane insists that John learns to depend on him more. Kane decides to try an exercise that will help the two of them become closer. Kane removes all of Johns clothes and requires him to ask for his clothes and his food when he needs it. Eventually Kane becomes even more controlling to the point that John is locked in his room for long periods of time in the nude and without any food.

AN OPEN VEIN is a psychological thriller that forces the reader to ask why. Why does John allow Kane to completely control and dominate him. Why does Kane treat John so badly and what was his reasoning behind it. J. M. Warrick has done an absolutely amazing job in keeping me guessing for more. This is definitely a book that I will read over and over again.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand

Primavera takes place during the Italian Renaissance. Flora is the youngest daughter of the Pazzi family. The Pazzi is one of the two most powerful families. The Pazzi and their biggest rival the Medici are in a bloody struggle for the ultimate power over Florence. Caught in the middle of this is Flora. While her beautiful sister Domenica is being painted by the famed artist Botticelli Flora is dreading what is to happen to her. Flora is seen by her mother as possessing no beauty. Her mother does not even allow her to dine with the rest of her family for fear of having to explain their "ugly" daughter to their guests. Because she posses no beauty her mother is positive she will not be able to find a husband so she has been destined to spend her years in a Convent. The only reason she has been sent to the Convent yet is because of her dear Nonna who has stuck up for her and kept her from being sent off. Flora does not realize that even though her mother did not fuss over her or buy her pretty dresses as she did Domenica she had all love she could need from her Nonna.

Suggested reading age for Primavera is 12 but that seems a little young for me because of how bloody and graphic the fight scenes are. Primavera is set to come out in March 2008.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Poseur by Rachel Maude

Charlotte Beverwill, Janie Farrish, Melissa Moon and Petra Greene have nothing in common except for their passion for fashion. They all have completely different fashion styles and hang out will different groups. So you can imagine that when these four girls are put into to the same class together to create their own fashion label they really Clash. They all have different opinions on each other and make no move at first to try to work together. Each girl has an opinion on what their fashion label should be. By the end of the book the girls realize that even though they are very different they can work together with their fashion label. Because everyone has a little bit of a POSEUR in them.

Poseur was a fun read and very entertaining with the catty fights between the girls. I recommend this for any fans of the Gossip Girl series. Poseur is due to be released in January 2008

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A New Start

I am completly addicted ot books. I decided to start this blog to post reviews of the many many books I read. If you would like to e-mail me to give me suggestions or questions or anything at all feel free. I love getting e-mail. Make sure you check back often to check for new updates and reviews. Thanks.