Monday 14 May 2012

Bittersweet by Brooke Moss and Zed by Stephen Herfst Book Review

Last week was a great week for me. I read two books in one wekk - it takes me about a week to a week and a half to finish a book. I'm a very slow reader. I enjoyed readin Brooke Moss' Bittersweet, a contemporary romance novella about a woman, Anna Kirkpatrick whose eight year old son, Bowen, is autistic. "A heartwarming tale about a tired mom at the end of her rope; a hot, tattooed pastry chef with a chip on his shoulder; and one ASD kid discovering he's a whiz in the kitchen." Her journey and her Happy Ever After. The kind that leaves you feeling mellow and deliciously happy at the then of the story. All proceeds go to Autism NOW. 

The second one, a complete different one and a storyline I've never tried before, Zed by Stephen Herfst. Zed is  like no other  zombie. He has upgraded his shuffle to a stride and is very proud of his achievement. Can count to 13 and he is one bright chap. This book is hilarious. 

Ok, so down to the reviews. 


Author: Brooke Moss
Publisher. Entangled Publishing
Publishing date: April 29th, 2012
Book Summary
Anna Kirkpatrick isn’t looking for love. Being a single mom to Bowan, her eight-year-old autistic son, takes up all of her time…leaving no room for romance. Willing to do anything to help her son come out of his shell, Anna agrees to take Bowan to cooking classes with a world class chef.

Motorcycle-riding pastry chef Leo Mancini isn’t exactly searching for
“the one”, either. After losing every penny he had, his business, and
his girlfriend, he’s moved to northern Idaho to sulk, restart his
career, and pay his sister back for a loan that no amount of money
could ever really suffice.

When Anna and Leo discover that Bowan’s fondness for the kitchen
extends beyond his peculiar cookbook collection, Leo quickly becomes the one person who can break through his barriers. But will Leo and Anna’s attraction lead to more than just a weekly cooking lesson

My thoughts:

Bittersweet is one of those stories, which with just a few pages (about 95pdf),those pages tell a story about a woman who has gone through alot, and still strong, holding on.

Anna's husband left her as soon as he knew their son Bowan was autistic. After that, the full responsibility fells on Anna's shoulders. She is persistent, strong, given up most of her dreams for her child. Bowan is a sweet child, who finds peace and is animated than usual in the kitchen. And then Anna meets Leo (oh, Leo *sigh*) and Bowan adores him as well, as they continue with their cooking sessions. 

It was really good to see Leo, who seems to have this playboy facade, but is really different on the inside, how the two fall in love. How Leo falls inlove with both Anna and adore Bo. Finally Anna finds love. :) and so does Leo who went through some hard times before meeting Anna. 

A wonderful novella, a fairy tale in nature. I love Brooke's writing style, and really look forward to read The Carny her upcoming contemporary romance. Highly recommended.


Book Summary:

The story revolves around a teenage girl's promise to save Zed from the human hordes.

Zed is not your typical zombie. He is cursed with the affliction of thought ... although he tries to make the best of a bad situation. The goals for his unrest are simple: to improve his stride, to taste a lightly-seared pork loin once again and avoid Activists at all costs.

His life was predictable, controlled and good until chaos crashed the party. In just one day his world is destroyed and his ability to survive is tested. Would he be able to get through this in one piece? And would he somehow be able to survive the unstoppable force that goes by the name of Chase?

My thoughts:

First of all, Thanks you Stephen and Making Connections for giving me a chance to read this book. I've never read any Zombie books, so when I saw Stephen's book offered for review, and after reading the book summary, I signed up.

Zed. He is a zombie, loves GI boots, loves to read, can count to 13, and has upgraded his shuffle to a stride, mastered it to perfection. That's what he thinks until Chase, a fiery teen girl and also a 'zee' hunter comes along and insults his stride.

Once Chase discovers Zed is not the average zombie, zed's life changes.

Zed's world is full of dangers from hunters who like to take zombies as trophies, activists, and converted zombies called Gumbies. Some work in the malls, food courts.

Chase and Zed's road trip adventure was a hilarious. To see how the relationship between the two grows, how they depend on each other for survival was a real treat.

Love zombie stories? I'd highly recommend Stephen Herfst's book. And I really look forward to reading the next book in the Zed and Chase adventure.

If you get a chance, and would like something hilarious (If you enjoy zombie stories) or romantic with a satisfactory HEA, I'd recommend the these two books.