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Divine Secrets Of Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Posted: November 29, 2009 in Movies, Reviews
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Today being a holiday , I decided to rent a movie to watch. As I was flipping through the movie library I found this one and decided it would be worth watching. Though I am yet to read the book by Rebecca Wells I rented it. I usually do it the other way round , where in I read the book and then watch the movie . This time I decided to do it differently. Well, what do I say , I loved the movie. Actually I cried a little laughed a lot and had fun not worrying if the movie had stayed true to the book 🙂 I didn’t know , so I didn’t care.

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Sandra Bullock stars as Siddalee Walker , who is a playwright and whose interview to Time magazine goes awfully bad in print much so, her description of her mother  Vivianne (played by Ellen Burstyn )and Siddalee’s unhappy childhood. Though Sidaa tries to explain  to her mother ,an over emotional , melodramatic woman Vivi, refuses hear her out leading to  similar emotional response from Sidaa who refuses to invite her mother to her wedding.

The task of bringing peace is taken up by Vivianne’s lifelong friends . These four women Vivi , Teensy , Caro and Necie are the Ya-Ya s . A sisterhood they had formed as children , they have been friends all their lives and know each other well enough to make Sidalee understand why her mother is the way she is and why Sidalee’s childhood had the streaks of unhappiness which she blames her mother for. Great acting and some really good humor component makes it a  thoroughly enjoyable fare.

The story unfolds smoothly while going back and forth between Vivi and Siddalee’s childhood but the narrative never falters.Ashley Judd as  young Vivi does a great job.  You can call it a chick flick but it is definitely more than that.

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5

Have you watched this movie?

How did you like it?

Emma Vol 1 by Kaoru Mori:

Set in Victorian England this books traces the life of a young kind-hearted ,intelligent maid Emma . William, a young aristocratic lad falls in love with the beautiful Emma and she too starts developing feelings towards him. But they are on either ends of the social ladder which makes it a twisty situation.

This is book was my first attempt at graphic novels thanks to Alyce from At Home With Books for the recommendation. I must say that not only are the illustrations beautiful but also the life in Victorian Era has been depicted very beautifully. It is a very easy read and also very enjoyable.This is an ongoing series so I am yet to discover what happens  to the love birds eventually.

People who love historical romances or Georgette Heyer type of regency romances will love this series. If  you are new to graphic novel genre then this would be a great start.

Highly recommended.

My rating : 4.5 out of 5

My reviews of Emma Vol 2, 3 , 4 will be posted  soon

Vision In White by Nora Roberts

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Reviews
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From the author’s website:

  The first book in the Bride Quartet—following the lives and loves of four friends who run Vows, a wedding-planning company. Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends—and business partners—to see her way to her own happy ending.

My Views:

I rarely indulge into romantic novels these days but reading this book,I realized why I used to love reading romances. They are just like comfort food. A place to go when you are feeling low . Nora Roberts Vision In White is one such comfort reading book.

The girls Parker, Laurel, Emma and Mac are so much fun to read about.Each has a different area of excellence but they blend in to create the most perfect weddings people dream about. Though this book is about Mac, the wedding photographer and her love life ,you can’t help but fall in love with the world Nora Roberts creates. Friends who not only stand by one another at the time of need but also know when the other one needs you even though it is unspoken request. They are there for each other. The conversations are funny , witty , very contemporary and totally spontaneous. Did I use too many adjectives 🙂 But this book deserves the praise.

At a point I felt that Mac’s story could be have been fine focused on a little more. But  the book forwards at a good pace and you hardly have time to find faults.The creative , impulsive Mac with a calm and mature Carter suited well for the story.Minor sub plots like Mac and her mother and  also the whole wedding planning business were so well merged in this story that nothing jarred at any point. I am speaking for myself here, others might have a different opinion.

I would love to know what happens with the rest of the girls and how they get their happy ever after in the coming books.

If you need a book to relax and rejuvenate yourself, look no further.

Highly Recommended

My Rating :4.5 out of 5

Can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which is about Emma .”Bed Of Roses”

 

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From the dust jacket :

The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other’s lives.

Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, a good book and a glass of wine-Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly, and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their differences in background, age and respective dilemmas.

What starts as a reading group gradually evolves into a forum where the women may express their views through the books they read and grow to become increasingly more open as the bonds of friendship cement.

My Views :

I must admit truthfully that it took me a while to get in to this story. I was actually bored within the first half an hour of the reading ,with the number of characters that keep appearing at different times of the story , I tried very hard to like it,  but even at the end it left me wanting . As you have read the blurb you know that it’s about a book club and that was the main reason for me to get this book . I loved reading Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler which was fast , hilarious , thought provoking  and intelligent all at once and had thought this would generate somewhat similar reactions from me.

I know many people have loved this book but I didn’t enjoy reading it. I wanted a little more. I wanted to know the characters  well rather then being subjected to their mundane  conversations which were at times very very confusing. The frequent flitting between the different characters  didn’t let me get comfortable with any of them.

But in all this, there were things I liked about the book , their book club meetings where in there was spontaneity and spark , something that  the rest of the book lacked very noticeably .The book selections too were good and I was actually thrilled when I had seen the index initially , where the  chapters are  named with the books they read for each month.Other than that rest of the book was a dull affair.

This was my first Elizabeth Noble book and I know people love her writing , so I guess I picked the wrong one and would definitely want to read more .

Do you have any suggestion for my next Elizabeth Noble book?

Have you read this book , if yes then did you like it ?

My rating : 3 out of 5

I would like to give you a glimpse of something I really liked in this book:

It’s their book club meeting for Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist :

‘This is a novel, isn’t it?”
“I want a word with the twenty million people whose lives
have been changed by reading this book, according to the blurb
on the back.”
“Me, too. Right, Susan. You chose it. Tell us why . . .”
Susan grimaced. “Because I believed the blurb on the back?”
It was a question. “Nice cover, not too long, author looks a bit like
Roger in the photo?”
“Not good enough. If our numbers weren’t already down without
Clare, I’d think we should drum you out of the group.”
“Sorry.”
“Hang on. Don’t say sorry to Harriet. She’s not the boss of us.”
Nicole was laughing too. “You don’t have to apologize for your
choices in this group. That, as discussed ad nauseam, is the
whole point of reading groups. They make you read things you
never would otherwise. Don’t they, Harriet?”

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Summary from Goodreads:

Once upon a time I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

My Review:

I loved Elizabeth Scott’s Something, Maybe . It was one of my best reads for the year 2009 so I didn’t bother to see the dust jacket summary before starting this book , though I suspected that the book wasn’t a happy one nothing prepared me for what was coming in form of this small book. My suspicion was proved right  within 2 pages in to the book.I

I had highly recommended Something, Maybe to one and all but when it comes to Living Dead Girl , I think I would be much more careful with recommendations. .

Ok, you must be feeling I am going on the negative side with the review for this book.Absolutely not. This is a very powerful book. Scott skills as YA author is  already proved but with this  book she has risen a notch in my opinion. She has handled a subject  which would be difficult to pen down , difficult to read and discuss in to a book for Young Adults ( I would say preferably 16 yrs and above ) A book which needs to be read , to understand what goes through the mind of a child who has been abused for years together . You need to read it to understand how some very simple clues are missed out by people who happen to see the predator with their victims. It’s always right out but we fail to see it or rather prepare our minds to think otherwise .

Alice is so well sketched out that you just feel for her from the first page. I was desperately wanting for Alice to realize that she can help herself , get out of there , tell people what has been happening with her  but when you realize why she isn’t going to do that,you don’t get angry at her, you just pray for some miracle to happen. Such is the power of this book.

I would recommend it with a piece of caution please read  it knowing that it isn’t a pleasant read but an absolutely powerful dark book which needs to reach a larger audience.

Recommended audience : Above 16 years , (lots of scenes are very descriptive about the abuse )

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5