Book Review: The Sheik and the Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

Kayleen is a school teacher who was raised by nuns and is trying to make the world a better place by caring for orphans. As’ad is a business focused sheik/prince whose aunt is secretly trying to set him up. He ends up in a situation where there is only one possible solution – adopt three girls and hire Kayleen to take care of them.

What I Liked

  • Sometimes you just need a good, cliche romance novel to cheer you up. This one certainly did the trick.
  • I loved the commoner/prince dynamic presented by this book. It was sort of like Netflix’s The Christmas Prince, but with character development and natural dialogue.
  • I was sort of a fan of As’ad’s pompous personality. He didn’t act that way because he was a jerk – he was just raised that way and knew no better. (If you’ve ever read the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce, As’ad is very similar in personality to Jonathan.)

What I Didn’t Like

  • I was looking forward to reading about a business focused male love interest – and instead got the stereotypical playboy love interest. It would have been nice to see something new.
  • There were some inconsistencies in the book. For example, they very explicitly state that none of the princes are playboys, and yet each of the ones we meet… definitely are. Kayleen’s character was a little inconsistent as well.

In Conclusion

If you are looking for the book version of A Christmas Prince, this is for you. (There is adult content in this book, be warned.)

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Winter 2018 TBR

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped doing TBRs on my site for a while. This is mostly because I typically read based on what I feel like reading, which changes by the day. But since this is the Top Ten Tuesday topic for the week, I figured I’d give it a try. Not to have a rigid “these are what I must read this winter” list, but to remind myself of all the awesome books out there that I want to read! So here are ten books on my winter TBR. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so I will be linking there. 

  1. White Christmas by Jody Rosen
    This one keeps showing up, I know! But I really do need to read it before our performances start before Christmas. Because I am so tired of hearing the same stories about Irving Berlin four times a night! (Don’t get me wrong, Irving Berlin is a great guy with some great music and great stories. I just want more information so I can mix it up.) 
  2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
    I won this one off of Goodreads, so I feel like I need to read and review it pretty soon. Plus, it’s gorgeous and seems like a long read – perfect for curling up with in the winter time! 
  3. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
    I bought this one on Black Friday years and years ago. It looks like a quick, fun, read, and since I own it it should be easy to pick up. I just haven’t gotten around to it. *ashamed* 
  4. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
    I’m going to be honest, I don’t even know what this book is about. But it’s so pretty that I really want to pick it up and read it. 
  5. When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    I’ve loved the other books by these authors, so this one should be great as well. This is another one I own that I just need to read already! 
  6. Scooby Doo Y El Barco Hundido por James Gelsey
    This one is next in the Scooby Doo series for me. I’m hoping to brush up on my Spanish, and to feel the success of a quick/easy read. Plus, I always find Scooby Doo stories quite amusing. 
  7. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
    A fourth grader I taught (I volunteer at my church to teach once a week) recommended this book to me – but I promptly forgot the title. Then, my friend mentioned it as a great middle grade read. As soon as I saw the character names I got super excited! It’s definitely next on my TBR. (Not totally related, but my friend was reading this because she’s getting into writing middle grade novels. Which also means that I get to beta-read her novel, which is pretty cool! Finally my out-of-age-group reading habits have paid off. 😛) 
  8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    It’s going to happen by the end of the year, I promise. (I hope.) It helps that I finally found which box it was packed in. (I mean, of course everything was unpacked in January when I moved.. What am I talking about finding things in boxes still? 😛) 
  9. Mind Over Magic by William Rabkin
    I started reading this while I was in the emergency room over a month ago. I made it halfway through but then stopped. So I better pick it up and finish it! 
  10. Unspecified Christmas Book
    I have soooo many Christmas books I want to read! (There are 173 on my Goodreads Christmas TBR as of the writing of this post!) I already own quite a few, so I definitely want to pick up and read at least one of them this season! I’ll probably read a lot more than that though! 

What’s on your winter TBR? Any books I need to add to mine? 

❤ Annette 

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Book Review: Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean

Rating: ⭐⭐

Summary

A nurse named Connie Lou is assigned as a caretaker for “Uncle John” during Christmas time. She’s very starched and straight-forward and has no family of her own. She is a by-the-book rules follower. Uncle John is the exact opposite – eccentric, unpredictable, and charismatic. He shares Christmas with Connie Lou by telling stories about each of his unique ornaments.

What I Liked

  • Not much. This would have gotten one star, except that is reserved for books I loathe. And to be honest, this one wasn’t written well enough for me to loathe it.
  • Some of the messages were sort of okay? Or could have been, if written better.

What I Didn’t Like

  • It was very heavy-handed in its messages. Even as a Christian, I found it a little overwhelming.
  • For as heavy-handed as it was, it wasn’t very Biblically accurate.
  • I didn’t get it? I’m sure there was supposed to be a very obvious, heart-warming message in there somewhere, but I just didn’t get the story. It was weird and I didn’t understand the ending at all in the context of the rest of the book.
  • It was inconsistent. Half of the characters you meet are obviously supposed to be from the Bible. But the other half seem to be pretty random. There was no cohesiveness in this story whatsoever.

In Conclusion

I guess this is popular as a play, but as a book, it isn’t worth your time.

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