Quick Book Reviews

You may have already seen that I’ve been posting quick book reviews over on my family blog (V Family Fun). Well, I’ve now decided that they would be a better fit here on Me, My Books and I so I’m moving them over and any future quick reviews will be posted here.

These quick reviews are always for books that I’ve purchased myself and they include a star rating and a line or two covering my overall thoughts of the book in question.

Here are all the quick reviews I’ve posted so far:

Wow, just wow! This left me desperate to know what happens next, it was full of danger, excitement, witches, magic and a dash of romance.
5 stars from me!
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This was a fun, funny and sexy read that had me flipping through the pages – I couldn’t get enough.
5 stars from me!
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This was a dark, dangerous read with an underlying hint of romance, another hit from Meg Cabot.
5 stars from me!
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 This was an enchanting read which had mystery and intrigue oozing from every word!
5 well-earned stars from me.
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Charade Nyrae Dawn

This book had a young feel to it and took me on an emotional roller coaster. Full of raw feelings and personal struggles.

 An easy 5 stars from me as I couldn’t put it down!
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Chronicles Of A Lincoln Park Fashionista
This was a feel-good read that was impossible to put down – likeable characters and a great storyline.
5 stars from me!
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This was an intriguing and original storyline but the pace was a little slow for my liking.
I give this book 3 stars.
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Another addictive, laugh out loud read with fantastic characters from this author who quickly became one of my favourites. What a ride!
An easy 5 stars from me.
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This was a fun and summery read, perfect for anyone who spent their teenage years dreaming of pop stars!
I give Bon Voyage 4 stars.
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Firewalker was a breathtaking mix of suspense, unexpected twists and romance. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next book.
There’s only one rating I could give this book – 5 stars!
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This quick review is a little bit different because it’s for a whole series (or the whole series as published so far).
I got the first book, Becoming Alpha, when it was available as a free download on Amazon and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t resist moving onto the next book in the series. It didn’t stop there – as each book ended I found myself wanting more and, seeing as there were 5 books already published, I gradually made my way through every available eBook!
Book 6 isn’t due to be released until May 2016 so unfortunately I’m forced to wait to find out what happens next (waiting for book releases is pretty much the bane of a bookaholics life).
So in the meantime, here is my overall opinion of the series so far:
Alpha Girl Series
The Alpha Girl series is exciting, magical and dangerous with a thread of romance running through it. A supernatural roller-coaster!
An easy 5 stars from me.

Me and Mr Darcy – Alexandra Potter

Me and Mr Darcy

“After a string of disastrous relationships, Emily Albright has had it with modern men.

She’d rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and step into a time where men were honourable and strode across fields in breeches, their damp shirts clinging to their chests.  The men she meets are more into pleated trousers, two-timing and internet porn.

So when her best friend invites her to Mexico for a week of margaritas and manhunting, Emily books a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead.

There are no dream men here.  The coach is full of pensioners, apart from on Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing a piece on why most women would love to date Mr Darcy.

But then she walks into a room and finds herself face-to-face with Darcy himself.  And every woman’s fantasy suddenly becomes one woman’s reality…”

I love Alexandra Potter books (reviews here) so I couldn’t resist picking this one up while I was out on a shopping trip.

Emily had a bit of a disastrous dating history, at the start of the book she was on yet another terrible date and I found myself laughing out loud at the authors familiar, witty writing.  Unfortunately it seemed to take me a while to feel completely involved with this book, to begin with I found that I was easily distracted when reading and that is something that doesn’t happen often to me.  However, once Emily got to England and began the Jane Austen tour my interest picked up quite rapidly, particularly when she met the grumpy journalist Spike.  He had been sent on the tour as an assignment and he didn’t seem to be too pleased about it, this angered Emily and I have to admit that I enjoyed the hostility between the two characters.

As Emily’s English adventure continued she found herself in all sorts of unusual situations and it was these situations that began to make her view life in a different way.  The tour only lasted a week but what a difference that week made to Emily’s life!  The main turning point was when she received a revealing email which made her think that maybe she had completely misjudged a certain person from the tour.

All of the supporting characters were interesting in their own right and I enjoyed reading about them as much as I did the main characters.  Some of my favourite moments from the book included: Emily’s first Mr Darcy encounter, a drunken evening in the pub, the regency ball and my particular favourite was Spike’s finished article on Mr Darcy at the end of the book.

This was a fun read which had a hint of magic in the air, it was not my favourite book by this author but I loved the idea and I think it would be a big hit with fans of Mr Darcy/Jane Austen.

Me and Mr Darcy can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Alexandra Potter visit her website here.

Don’t You Forget About Me – Alexandra Potter

Don't you forget about me

“After a bad break up, doesn’t every girl want the same things?

For her ex-boyfriend to stay single forever…

Or maybe emigrate, to a remote, uninhabited island?

Better still, that she’d never met him in the first place!

But what if one of those wishes came true?

Tess is heartbroken when Seb breaks up with her and can’t help blaming herself.  If only she’d done things differently.  If only she could make right all her regrets… But she can’t.  It’s over.  She has to forget about him.  Drunk and upset on New Year’s Eve, she wishes she’d never met him.

But when she wakes up to discover this dream has come true, she realises she has a chance.  To do it all over again.  And, this time, to get it right…”

Having read and enjoyed other books by this author (reviews here) I was really looking forward to this one.  I loved the whole idea of Tess changing her actions to try to eradicate her regrets, I knew it would make for interesting reading.

The book began on New Years Eve so the fact that I started reading it on that date was perfect!  Tess was apparently still upset over her break up from sexy American Seb and when it came to midnight she made a wish that she had never met him.  This was the part that I was most looking forward to, I couldn’t wait to see how her actions would differ from the first time around.

As with the other books by this author I did lots of laughing, there were many funny moments but a few stick out in my head – a fake sweat disaster, the after effects of spicy food and a military fitness class are all events in this book that you should look out for.  Whenever Tess visited her Gramps in the nursing home I couldn’t help but smile and I felt that this was a nice touch for the book as it gave it more of a family feel.

I was surprised to find myself getting annoyed with Tess as the book progressed, it seemed that she was trying to be someone completely different and I couldn’t see why she would change her life just for Seb (who was also seriously getting on my nerves with his selfish ways).  Saying that, I did find it interesting to see how she reacted to things with the power of hindsight under her belt.

Even though I guessed quite early on how this would end, I still enjoyed the journey to get there and I think that it sent out a good message – you should always be yourself!

This was an enjoyable book, not my favourite by this author but it was definitely a fun read.

Don’t You Forget About Me can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Alexandra Potter visit her website.

Going La La – Alexandra Potter

“Frankie’s life is falling apart.  In less than a week she’s gone from having everything – a great job, lovely flat and gorgeous Hugh – to having nothing at all.

Devastated, dumped and on the dole, she packs her bags and flies to Los Angeles to stay with an old friend.  Her goal? To sort out her life and get over Hugh.  She does not, repeat not, go to LA to fall head over heels for an American photographer called Reilly and to run away to Las Vegas.

But what happens when Hugh wants her back?  Who will she choose?  And is it really true that whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?”

I bought this book because I previously read and enjoyed What’s New, Pussycat? (review here) by Alexandra Potter and wanted to read more from her.

This book has a lovely cover and the story captured my interest right from the start, Frankie was a likeable character who seemed to be going through a rough time after losing her job.  After a disastrous birthday trip to the bowling alley she also ends up losing her boyfriend and her home.

I loved following her story as she headed to LA to start a new life full of glamour and fascinating LA living.  During her time there a few coincidences seem to push her in a certain direction, one which she is quite reluctant to head towards.  As I’ve said before, I love a story that contains a coincidence or two so this was a particularly enjoyable part of the book for me.

Rita and Dorian were brilliant characters – really fun and outgoing, they certainly liked to enjoy life and have a good time.  Reilly was an interesting, sexy guy who couldn’t figure Frankie out as she blew hot and cold with her indecision.

This book may have been a little bit predictable at times but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of it in the slightest and I found that I just didn’t want to put it down (another one day read to add to the list).

This is a real page-turner and, seeing as most of it is based in LA, a perfect summery read.

Going La La can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Alexandra Potter visit her website here.


What’s New, Pussycat? – Alexandra Potter


This is a feelgood romantic tale about a woman called Delilah who is stuck in a rut and wants to change her life.  Armed with her dog and Tom Jones record collection she heads off to London with nowhere to go, just a business card given to her by a handsome stranger named Charlie.

She starts her London adventure in a café run by Sam, she immediately gets along with him and after letting slip that she doesn’t have anywhere to stay he tells her he has a friend who would take her in – that was definitely a worthwhile coffee!

Something I always do when reading a book is try to predict who will end up together and with this book my predictions were correct although there were a few times when I thought I may be proved wrong.

My favourite character in this story has to be Vivienne, Sam’s friend and the lady who Delilah ends up staying with – she is flamboyant and energetic and has a liking for any male with a pulse!.  She becomes a good friend to Delilah while she is finding her feet in London and is also there for her when things start to go a bit pear-shaped.

I really enjoyed this fun, fast paced book and I look forward to reading more from Alexandra Potter.