Unpredictable by Eileen Cook

Synopsis: Sophie isn’t crazy, she just wants her guy back. And posing as a psychic to give his new girlfriend a fake reading designed to break them up isn’t going overboard, is it? Don’t answer that.

Faking psychic powers turns out to be fun, especially after a few lessons from Nick, the cute skeptic, who teaches her all the tricks of the trade. But her readings do a lot more than she could have predicted. Now she must decide whether to accept her rising stardom in a less-than-honest line of work-and whether the best option is trying to rekindle her old flame or finding romance with someone new. And, most importantly, she needs to figure out whether the answers lie in the stars-or in herself.

Review: I bought this novel a long time ago, I’m always eager to find new light novels to have a good time. And that’s precisely what this novel offers us for our greatest pleasure!

Sophie has been in a very bad way since Doug left her overnight after 6 years of relationship. When she learns that Melanie, Doug’s new girlfriend, is going to see fortune tellers, she gets an idea: to become one and ruin their relationship so that he can come back to her. But the story really gets past her when she does a session with one of Melanie’s friends and what she says averts a disaster. Becoming famous in spite of herself, our heroine will have to make choices, but she will also cross paths with Nick, a skeptical academic who will help her in spite of himself.

I had a really good time with this novel and it was a really entertaining read. Sophie is going to go from crazy situations to crazy situations and when she can finally get out of it, she will get into more trouble. But maybe all this will open her eyes and allow her to see the truth.

 

Ne dites pas à ma mère que je suis voyante, elle me croit libraire à Vancouver de Eileen Cook

Résumé : On dit souvent que l’amour rend aveugle. Pas dans le cas de Sophie Kintock, qui, après une rupture, se découvre un don de double vue jusque-là insoupçonné !

Quand Doug la quitte après six ans de vie commune, Sophie, libraire à Vancouver, est prête à tout pour le récupérer. C’est pourquoi, lorsqu’elle apprend que sa nouvelle petite amie, la pulpeuse Melanie, s’intéresse au paranormal, elle a une idée aussi folle que diabolique : proposer à sa rivale une fausse consultation de voyance destinée à faire rompre les tourtereaux. Mais rien ne va se passer comme prévu, car Sophie se retrouve vite dépassée par le succès inattendu de ses nouveaux talents… Eileen Cook signe une comédie désopilante portée par une héroïne au caractère bien trempé, maladroite et attachante à souhait.

Avis : J’avais acheté ce roman il y a bien longtemps, je suis toujours avide de trouver de nouveaux romans légers pour passer un bon moment. Et c’est précisément ce que ce roman nous offre pour notre plus grand plaisir !

Sophie est au trente-sixième dessous depuis que Doug l’a quittée du jour au lendemain après 6 ans de relation. Quand elle apprend que Mélanie, la nouvelle petite amie de Doug, va voir des voyantes, il lui vient alors une idée, : en devenir une et ruiner leur relation pour qu’il revienne vers elle. Mais cette histoire va vraiment la dépasser quand elle fait une séance à une amie de Mélanie et que ce qu’elle dit permet d’éviter un désastre. Devenue célèbre malgré elle, notre héroïne va devoir faire des choix, mais elle va aussi croiser la route de Nick, un universitaire sceptique qui va l’aider malgré lui.

J’ai passé un très bon moment avec ce roman et c’était une lecture vraiment divertissante. Sophie va passer de situations rocambolesques en situations rocambolesques et quand elle peut enfin s’en sortir, elle s’enfoncera davantage dans les ennuis. Pourtant, tout ça lui permettra peut-être d’ouvrir les yeux et de voir la vérité.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

Review: I usually have a very good time with Sophie Kinsella’s novels, so when I saw the release of this one, I was quite intrigued. A little comedy was just what I needed to relax.

Fixie puts her family first, even when it’s hard for her. She has been trying to keep the family’s business with her mother since their father died and her brother and sister have been getting in her way. Yet her mother is always there to fix the situation because our heroine can never stand up to them. But then, her mother goes away for a long vacation and the business becomes disastrous without her being able to do anything about it. And what about Ryan’s return to town, her childhood crush who has broken her heart several times? Will she fall under his spell again in spite of everything? And then there’s this little game with this stranger, a debt game that is as fun as it is intriguing.

I really like Sophie Kinsella’s writing and I had a hard time letting go of the novel before I finished it. It’s really hard to have a story where the heroine is so unbearable because she’s everyone’s doormat and she never says anything. She lets herself be manipulated and does whatever is asked of her, even if she doesn’t want to. You want to shake her up, you want to ask her to wake up and it’s very complicated because you’re frustrated throughout the whole thing and I really hated her behaviour. But I wanted to see what was going to happen, I wanted to see how she was going to save her store and I wanted to see what was going to happen with this mysterious Seb. But I also found that about the latter, that he goes from one woman to another like that so quickly, it was a bit of a shame.

So it’s a novel with which I’m quite mixed, but which, at the same time, was very well written.

À charge de revanche ! de Sophie Kinsella

Résumé : À 27 ans, la douce et discrète Fixie se retrouve à la tête de la Maison Farr, la boutique fondée par ses parents, nichée en bordure de Londres. Mais pas le temps pour la jeune femme de célébrer cette promotion, car la voilà qui doit gérer une lutte fratricide : Nicole, sa sœur fashionista, est bien décidée à faire du drugstore de quartier le centre de yoga le plus tendance de la capitale, quand Jack, leur frère so snob, y verrait plutôt une épicerie de luxe.

Alors que les ventes chutent, que la faillite approche, Fixie va devoir arbitrer : conserver l’esprit désuet de la Maison Farr ou la transformer en super-fashion-concept-store ? Maintenir la cohésion familiale ou se mettre à dos Nicole et Jack ? Affronter les problèmes ou rester planquée sous la couette ?

Ne manquent plus que le retour d’un ex envahissant et l’apparition d’un bel inconnu pour plonger la timide Fixie dans le plus inextricable des embarras…

Avis : Je passe généralement un très bon moment avec les romans de Sophie Kinsella, alors quand j’ai vu la sortie de celui-ci, j’ai été bien intriguée. Il faut dire qu’un petit chick-lit me disait bien pour me détendre.

Fixie fait passer sa famille avant tout, même quand c’est difficile pour elle. Elle essaie de faire tenir le magasin familial avec sa mère depuis la mort de leur père et son frère et sa sœur lui mettent des bâtons dans les roues. Pourtant, sa mère est toujours là pour arranger la situation car notre héroïne n’arrive jamais à leur tenir tête. Mais voilà, sa mère part se reposer pour de longues vacances et les affaires deviennent désastreuses sans qu’elle puisse faire quoi que ce soit. Et que dire du retour en ville de Ryan, son amour de jeunesse qui lui a brisé le cœur à plusieurs reprises ? Va-t-elle retomber sous son charme malgré tout ? Et puis, il y a ce petit jeu avec cet inconnu, un jeu de dettes qui est aussi amusant qu’intrigant.

J’aime beaucoup la plume de Sophie Kinsella et j’ai eu du mal à lâcher le roman avant de l’avoir fini. Mais mon souci porte surtout sur Fixie… C’est vraiment très difficile d’avoir une histoire où l’héroïne est aussi insupportable parce qu’elle est le paillasson de tout le monde et elle ne dit jamais rien. Elle se laisse manipuler et fait tout ce qu’on lui demande, même si elle n’en a pas envie. On a envie de la secouer, de lui demander de se réveiller et c’est très compliqué parce qu’on est frustré tout au long de l’histoire et j’ai vraiment détesté son comportement. Mais j’avais envie de voir ce qui allait se passer, j’avais envie de voir comment elle allait sauver son magasin et j’avais envie de voir ce qui allait se passer avec ce mystérieux Seb. Mais j’ai trouvé aussi qu’au sujet de ce dernier, qu’il passe d’une femme à l’autre comme ça aussi vite, c’était un peu dommage.

C’est un donc un roman avec lequel je suis assez mitigée, mais qui, en même temps, était très bien écrit.

DNF: The Surfer Solution by Cathy Yardley

Synopsis: Allison Robbins needs to relax… or else.

The middle child in a family chock-full of Type A’s, she’s determined to get promoted before she turns thirty. What she doesn’t anticipate: panic attacks that look like heart attacks, just before one of the biggest presentations of her career. Under doctor’s orders Allison has to find a nice, physical hobby.

After a series of unfortunate attempts, she finally settles on the perfect pursuit for a California girl: surfing. She’s even commandeered the services of surf instructor Sean Gilroy — just the guy to teach Allison’s uptight self how to chill. But aside from being unsettlingly cute in a wet suit, Sean seems like the stereotypical surfer: casual, laid-back and entirely certain that things will take care of themselves. In other words, the polar opposite of Allison’s world of stress, coffee and more stress.

Sean Gilroy has never experienced anything like the force of nature that is Allison. Before he knows it, they’re making each other crazy — and making each other hot. But he’s worried that she’s never going to embrace his lifestyle — and that the changes he’d have to make to fit into her life would destroy the core of the person he is.

As he learns to step up, and she learns to hang out, the two of them learn one important thing: sometimes, the last person you expect to fall for is the one person you really need.

Review: I had had this novel for a long time and I wanted to have a good time so I took it out of the back of my TBR pile.

I had already read some good novels by this author and I was curious to see how this one would turn out. However, I have to say that even though I insisted, I couldn’t get hooked on the story or the characters that left me indifferent.

So I preferred to give up.

DNF: Sea sex and Sean de Cathy Yardley

Résumé : Toute Californienne digne de ce nom sait tenir sur une planche de surf. Sauf moi, Allison Robbins ! Le seul truc sur lequel j’ose tester mon équilibre, ce sont mes stilettos. Normal : mon trip c’est plutôt réunions à rallonge et pause café express. Je ne vous raconte pas le stress ! Jusqu’au jour où j’ai eu une crise d’angoisse en plein milieu d’une présentation. Résultat : mon boss m’a mise au repos forcé et mon médecin m’a prescrit… des séances de surf. Rien de tel pour se détendre, a-t-il assuré. Se détendre ? Facile à dire quand le moniteur est un grand blond aux yeux verts et au physique de demi-dieu ! Sean – c’est le prénom du demi-dieu – a beau être ultra zen, il met en surchauffe tous mes capteurs sensoriels. Pas besoin de vous faire un dessin : je suis amoureuse. A votre avis, est-ce que la reine des plannings serrés et des pronostics de résultats, bref une fille comme moi, a des chances d’intéresser un mec aussi cool que Sean ? En tout cas, je tente ma chance !

Avis : J’avais ce roman depuis longtemps été j’avais envie de passer un bon moment donc je l’ai sorti du fin fond de ma PAL.

J’avais déjà lu de bons romans de cette auteure et j’étais curieuse de voir ce que cela donnait. Pourtant, je dois dire que même si j’ai insisté, je n’ai pas réussi à accrocher à l’histoire ni aux personnages qui m’ont laissée indifférente.

J’ai donc préféré abandonner.

Fashionably Dead by Robyn Peterman

Hot Damned, Book 1

Synopsis: Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.

At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?

Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.

To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.

Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.

Review: I had read some nice novels by Robyn Peterman, and I realized that I had this novel about my kindle, probably picked up one day when it was free. I don’t read a lot of vampire novels anymore, but I was quite curious to dive into this one.

Astrid didn’t think that by wanting to stop smoking, she would become a vampire and it’s far from being easy. In addition to the arrival of a guardian angel who looks like Oprah, a man who must teach her how to fight and who looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, a best friend who is much more than she thought and small entities that our heroine considers as her children, Astrid is going to have to deal with a very sexy vampire known as Ethan, but even worse a Chosen One status that she really doesn’t understand!

I had a really good time with this novel. A bit in the Queen Betsy style by MaryJanice Davidson, the author allows us to get carried away in a light story full of vampires, but also of other various creatures. The little creatures were adorable and I was looking forward to learning more about them. And then, I must admit that I wasn’t really expecting such a turn of events at the end, so it was a nice surprise.

Many things were launched and I must say that I’m curious to read the following to see how Ethan and Astrid are going to get out of it!