Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Call for Suggestions

We would LOVE to expand our reading horizons here at FabulousReads and we need your help. If you know of a book that you think is absolutely, remarkably, fabulous then please let us know. If our libraries have it then we would be honored to read it and, if we like it, then recommend it to everyone who follows this site. So start perusing those bookshelves of yours and let us know what you think we ought to read next.

Karen & Stephanie

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Posse of Princesses by Sherwood Smith

Title: A Posse of Princesses
Author: Sherwood Smith
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: Fabulous
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: "Rhis, princess of a small kingdom, is invited along with all the other princesses in her part of the world to the coming of age party of the Crown Prince of Vesarja, which is the central and most important kingdom. When Iardith, the prettiest and most perfect of all the princesses, is abducted, Rhis and her friends go to the rescue. What happens to Rhis and her posse has unexpected results not only for the princesses, but for the princes who chase after them. Everyone learns a lot about friendship and hate, politics and laughter, romantic ballads and sleeping in the dirt with nothing but a sword for company. But most of all they learn about the many meanings of love." (King County Library System)
Opinions: This was a fantastic read. I adored Rhis as a character. She was a dreamer with just the right touch of practicality and reality and all around good person. The first half of the book is spent establishing each of the characters and how they react to each other at a courtly event before the rest of the story unfolds, but its fun getting there. Once the rest of the story unfolds it was a struggle to get my family to leave me alone so that I could find out what happened next. There were parts of the story that I guessed about in advanced, but that did nothing to change how enjoyable the read was for me. This is definitely a great read for teenagers, young adults, and adults alike. My husband even read it before me and enjoyed it (keeping in mind he has highly eclectic tastes in books). So if you like books about strong princesses, fun intrigue, and dashing young men, etc., then this is a great book for you.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dearly Departed by Tristi Pinkston

Title: Dearly Departed (Secret Sisters Mystery #2)
Author: Tristi Pinkston
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: LDS Fiction/Mystery
Rating: Fabulous
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: "Ida Mae Babbitt has done her community service and is a reformed woman—no more law-breaking for her. But when Arlette’s granddaughter Eden discovers a mystery in a fancy nursing home, Ida Mae—with the perfect excuse of a broken wrist and a broken ankle—checks herself into the place. After all, it is for the greater good. Soon she’s buzzing around in her motorized wheelchair, questioning the residents and swiping files from the office. She’s bound and determined to get to the bottom of this case. But can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?" (
Opinions: Earlier this week I posted the review for the first book in the Secret Sisters series by Tristi Pinkston. I have to say that even though I loved the first book, I think the sequel is sensational. Just my non-professional opinion. If you're a lover of fun mysteries then this book will be right up your alley.

The humor carries through in this book just like the first one, which is a must. Plus, we get to see such fantastic characters excel to new heights. I adore Ida Mae and loved delving into her psyche even deeper and in such a tough physical situation for her. I also was excited to get to see more of Eden. She is my favorite character in this book. I love her internal battles, her spunk, and her willingness to dunk crispy bean burritos in ranch (rock on girlfriend - I thought I was the only one). I loved seeing the same crazy antics from some really awesome women placed in a new and exciting situation as they search into a possible murder. I can't wait to read um, Tristi (if you're reading this)...when is the next installment coming out?