Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi

Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi book review
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Title: Coffee, Tea or Me
Author: Rich Amooi
Genre: Romantic comedy
How I got the book: I borrowed it for free through the Kindle library

Summary (from Goodreads):

Susie opens a tea shop next to Jack’s coffee shop and the war begins.

Jack Robbins has a booming coffee business, an eighty-year old customer who can’t keep his clothes on, and a rescue Chihuahua named Chimichanga that likes to kiss on the mouth. Life is good until the new business next door takes a bite out of his sales.

Susie McKenna has the new tea shop everyone is talking about, an over-protective brother, and a stubborn, good-looking neighbor who is trying to steal her customers.

Things really start to percolate when Jack and Susie both volunteer to help plan the downtown festival. They have to work together and soon Jack won’t be able to get by without his daily fix of Susie. But can a coffee lover and a tea devotee put their competition aside to get their happily ever after?

My Review:

I read this book on a whim because when I read the summary the movie “You’ve Got Mail” came to mind. I love that movie and I felt that this book would be a fun read since I was on vacation.

The chapters go back and forth between Jack’s point of view and Susie’s. I have to say that the author nailed both the male perspective and female perspective. I was often thinking the same things Susie was thinking. Jack was trying to keep his coffee shop up and running while Susie was starting off with her own tea shop right across the street.

The best part of this novel were the characters. Jack and Susie were fun to follow and it’s obvious from the beginning that they’re going to get together so I was cheering for them the whole time.

Plot-wise, I felt as though the beginning was slow. I didn’t mind it as much because I was enjoying the characters so much, but I didn’t think too much was going on. Towards the end, things get shaken up by something that happened in the beginning, which made it all come full circle and worth it.

The book was filled with great details and fun shenanigans from the characters. It was the perfect romantic comedy.

Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“He could never be a spy. He would get caught or killed on his first day on the job, for sure.” –Rich Amooi, Coffee, Tea or Me

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My Kindle Broke

So I went on vacation and brought my Kindle. I read one book on there and was in the middle of another book on the way home.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to finish that book for a little while. I mean, I have the Kindle app on my iPad so I could continue to read it, but I’m bummed out that I don’t have my actual Kindle anymore.

We came home Saturday morning and Saturday night I was looking at my Kindle to see what kind it was. I never had a case for it so I wanted to ask for one for my birthday.

When I turned it on, it said the battery was dead. It was 3 quarters full just that morning and the battery normally lasts forever.

I plugged it in. It turned on, but the light was orange instead of green. I unplugged it to see how the battery was, but it remained on the charging symbol and the light shut off. None of the buttons worked.

Kris managed to shut it all the way off, but now it won’t turn back on. I kept it plugged in hoping that would work. I finally got the green light so I turned it on. The screen remained blank and after a few tries, the dead battery symbol showed up again.

I’m pretty sad about this. I had a lot of books on there that I hadn’t read yet. Again, I can still read it through the app on my iPad, but I want my actual Kindle.

I also wish I knew why it broke. I’ll be two- or three-years-old in December. As far as I know Kindles should last a lot longer than that. But it is the first edition Kindle, so… I don’t know.

I guess I know what I want for my birthday now.

The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin

Psych

Title: The Call of the Mild (Psych #3)
Author: William Rabkin
Genre: Mystery
How I got the book: I bought it on my Kindle

Summary (from Amazon):

Shawn Spencer has always hated the wilderness-by which he means anything outside the delivery radius of his favorite pizza place. But Psych has been hired to solve a baffling case of industrial espionage, and the only way to catch the spy is to join their client’s bonding retreat-a grueling seven day backpacking mountain trek.

But when one of the campers turns up with a bullet in the head, Shawn and Gus soon realize that sheer cliffs, rampaging bears, and freeze- dried pineapple aren’t the greatest threats they face.

My Review:

I love the TV show Psych and considering that the author of the book series helped write the show, I thought the book would be great as well.

Call of the Mild is the third book in the five-book series and while the first two were pretty good, this one was my least favorite.

The case took a long time to figure out and then everything fell into place all at once in the last twenty pages of the novel. I don’t even understand how Shawn Spencer, the protagonist, came across the conclusion anyway.

Shawn and his friend, Gus, get stuck on a retreat lost in the wilderness with a bunch of lawyers who work together in a firm. They all hate and distrust each other making the journey hostile and not fun at all. The lawyers start to be picked off one by one and they realize the killer is among them.

The premise of the book was interesting, but I just don’t think it was tied together very well. The case was introduced in a very different way in the beginning of the novel where a new character was introduced, but he was barely in the book. A few chapters were based around him, but that was it.

Plus, two of the secondary characters, Carlton Lassiter and Juliet O’Hara, were barely in the novel as well. I wish they had a bigger part because Shawn and Gus barely interacted with them.

This book did have less typos in it than the other two, but plot-wise I would have to say that this book was the least well-written.

The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“He’d read enough Greek tragedies and seen enough Twilight Zone episodes to know that trying to avoid your fate only brought you to it faster.” –William Rabkin, Call of the Mild

The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos

Neon Lawyer

Title: The Neon Lawyer
Author: Victor Methos
Genre: Mystery
How I got the book: I bought it on my Kindle

Summary (from Amazon):

With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case—a speeding ticket—he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

Brigham’s new client is Amanda Pierce, a lost, exhausted woman who gunned down the man who tortured and killed her six-year-old daughter. A jury may prove sympathetic to her unbearable pain, but the law is no fan of vigilante justice—and neither is Vince Dale, the slick and powerful prosecutor who’s never lost a murder case. There’s no question that Amanda pulled the trigger—she did it in front of five witnesses. If she pleads guilty, she will avoid a death sentence, but saving her life this way comes with an admission that what she did was wrong. However, if she refuses the “guilty” label, Brigham will have no choice but to fight for his career—and Amanda’s life.

My Review:

Being only 166 pages, The Neon Lawyer was a quick read. Brigham Theodore is thrown into a high-class, important murder case as his first real case as a lawyer. His client, Amanda Pierce, murdered the man who kidnapped, raped, and killed her six-year-old daughter. How do you win a case like that when even the defendant admits she’s guilty?

While the case was interesting enough, there wasn’t a lot of action going on. It was a good read, but the protagonist didn’t even get the case until 60 or so pages into the novel. As I said earlier, the book is only 166 pages long. They didn’t get to court until there were about 30 pages left of the book. The beginning was slow while the ending went too fast.

However, the court was well-written and I enjoyed the tiffs between Brigham and the prosecutor. I don’t too much about lawyers, court, or the rules of the laws, but this was interesting and kept my attention the whole time.

My only wish for the book was that it was a bit longer. I felt as though so much more could have been done for the case and for the characters. There were some loose ends that I felt weren’t tied up by the end, which makes it feel incomplete.

Also, the last chapter was only four pages long which I didn’t think that was a good enough wrap-up for what happened to all the characters afterward. I would have liked to see an epilogue showcasing what happened to Brigham, the law firm he was apart of, his friends from the firm, as well as his client.

It was a good read, but I definitely think it could have been better.

The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“There was a warm sensation in his gut that he didn’t recognize–maybe something between satisfaction and the beginnings of greed, for someone who had never felt greedy.” –Victor Methos, The Neon Lawyer

Reading List

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You can never have too many books. We all know that, we all understand that. However, it’s hard to say that’s a good thing when you don’t have the time to read all the books in the world.

I have 183 books on my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads. That’s not even a dent of all the books I want to read. The books I add to that shelf are books I don’t own so I remember to buy them at some point. Even then, there’s still a lot more.

I go to Barnes & Noble once a week and the books are always rearrange neatly, new books are always added. There are times when I splurge, but most of the time I have to tell myself, “I have too many books at home I haven’t read yet.” So I take a picture of the book with my phone, go home, and put that book on my TBR list.

A few weeks ago I went through my books at home and wrote them all down. Between my two book shelves, Kris’ two book shelves, and my Kindle, my household owns over 330 books. I haven’t even gone through my mother’s book shelf yet because she has books I would like to read, as well.

So, let’s see… we’ll round up from 183 and say 200 (because I know there are more books that should be on my TBR), plus 370 (adding an estimate of my mother’s books) makes almost 600 books I want to read. I even rounded up the answer because I know there will be more books to come. Plus, I only have the first book of a lot of series’ on my TBR list. I’m sure I’ll be reading the sequels.

This is one reason as to why I can’t wait for school to end. I can wake up in the morning and read for two hours before I go to work. When work ends, I can sit outside all day long on the deck or by my pool and read.

Maybe then I can start making a dent on all the books I want to read.

4,678 Words

Dragging Along…

 

Every time I write, I post on here right after. If this happens in the morning, then I usually say in my post that I’m going to try to get some more writing done later on that night. I never do that. Yesterday, I actually did.

I wrote a total of 4,678 words today, but about 800 words of that if from last night. 800 is better than nothing. Plus, I made up for it this morning.

I still have about 45 minutes before I have to get to class, so I could actually write a little bit more, but I’m beginning to make typo after typo…I just wrote for almost two hours, which is pretty good.

I don’t think that I’m going to get any more writing done tonight. I’m probably going to be dead tired by the time I get home from work. Today is my long day at school and then I have work right after, so it does wonders to my body…

Even though I won’t be using this time to write, I am certainly going to use this time to read. I have about 100 pages left in Beautiful Creatures. I did not bring it because then I knew that I wasn’t going to write at all. I have my boyfriend’s Kindle hooked up to my iPod and there’s a book called Eye of the Wizard that he wanted me to read. I’m just about halfway through that, so that’s what I’ll be doing while I wait for class to start.

As I said before, I am not going to change the pages read thing because I will confuse myself. I am changing the words written…even though I confuse myself with that as well, but I don’t think that I have screwed up yet. If I did, maybe I’ll make up for it because I will hopefully write over 365,000 words by the end of the year…even though I am currently behind. 😉

 

2013: 41,268/365,000 Words Written
2013: 932/18,250 Pages Read