Chasing Perfect Book Review

Synopsis:Chasing Perfect

Title – Chasing Perfect  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Susan Mallery (Website, Goodreads)

Published – January 1st 2010

Classification – Contemporary Romance

Summary – In Fool’s Gold, California, the men don’t stay. The problem of the imbalance of men vs. woman is a problem Charity Jones is hired to fix as the City Planner. Charity sees Fool’s Gold as the perfect small town she can settle down in. It is also the home of Josh Golden, the world famous bicyclist, who is the second youngest winner of the Tour de France. Josh makes the whole town swoon, which is exactly the type of boy Charity swore off. She wanted boring and sensible. But how could she do boring when Josh leaves her breathless?


Chasing Perfect is the first book in the Fool’s Gold Romance series by Susan Mallery.




A few months ago, I read Kiss Me, the 17th book in the Fool’s Gold series. I enjoyed it so I thought I’d read another in the series. Why not start at the beginning?


Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Kiss Me. Charity was an okay character at best. She meets Josh right away and was “mesmerized” by him. Apparently so was the rest of the people in the meeting…and the whole town! Every single conversation she had with someone led to talk of how perfect and attractive Josh was. The townspeople even had a serious conversation about how good they think Josh would be in bed. They then asked Charity for a confirmation. Really? I don’t know anybody in real life that can produce the same reaction as Josh got from a whole community. They act like they’ve never seen a guy before (the gender imbalance of the town isn’t that bad!).

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I can’t believe they are actually talking about Josh this way either.

Since Josh was a very unbelievable character for me and the story didn’t have much meat, I found it hard to read. Since I’m being honest, I have to admit I cheated a little. I skipped about 40 some pages and quickly skimmed a few of the chapters. Life is too short to read crummy books, right?


I hate giving books bad reviews. I’m sorry.

Was I too critical? Have you read this book? Do you recommend? Should I try another Susan Mallery book?
Conclusion: I enjoyed Kiss Me, the 17th book in the Fool’s Gold series but if I would have started on this book, the first in the series, I wouldn’t have continued. This book is not one I recommend picking up. 


Best Books Read in 2015

Best Books Read in 2015 by Miss Kristine

This list is the best books I reviewed in 2015. Check them out!


Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

The Heir by Kiera Cass

365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz


Want to see a book review? Let me know in the comments!


Thanks for reading.

-Miss Kristine

Home Book Review

Synopsis:Home 1

Title – Home (Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Ellen DeGeneres (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 27th 2015

Classification – Non-Fiction

Summary – If Ellen did not make it big with her career in comedy, she would be an interior designer. This BIG book is filled with big beautiful pictures of rooms in Ellen and Portia’s many homes.




In natural Kristine fashion, when I find out a famous person wrote a book I immediately put it on hold at my library. For example,immediately after I found out Lauren Graham wrote Somebody, Someday, Maybe, I read it that next week. I did the same with Nicole “Snooki” LaValle’s and Wendy Williams’ books.


So, when I found out Ellen DeGeneres wrote a book, I HAD to pick it up. Turns out, she wrote a handful of books but Home is the latest one published.


How did I find out she wrote a book? I follow her on Facebook and she posts various of clips of her show. The clip below is the one I saw, featuring Ellen talking to Nick Jonas about him living in one of her homes.



Home is page after page of big (literally…it’s a big book), beautiful, glossy pictures of rooms that Ellen designed. She revealed that she always wanted to be an interior designer, and probably would if she didn’t make it big with her comedy. Growing up, her family took her to many open houses and she loved that each home had its own character. With financial success, she was able to buy many homes and unlock her interior design passion.


literally…it’s a big book


Within the book she leaves tips on how she designed the room, which always includes one humorous tip (did you expect anything else from Ellen?).

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Home fulfilled my curiosity of catching some glimpse in Ellen’s life. That is the main reason I pick up books written by celebrities: to learn bits and pieces of their lives that is not always highly broadcasted.


I have to admit, while the rooms look beautiful, I couldn’t imagine living in any one of them. It would be super cool to visit but I guess I don’t have the same taste as Ellen.


But what do I know about home design? I’m not an interior designer nor do I strive to be one. My taste in living space is a room with pictures of loved ones on the wall, throw blankets on the couch, and stacks of books on the floor. I’m sure that for an actual interior designer, the pictures are provoking and influential.


For articles on Ellen’s designs, check out and Check out and for some pictures featured in the book.

It took me a total of 20 minutes to flip through these wonderful pictures of Ellen’s decorating and I’m glad I did. I hope to pick up another one of Ellen’s previously published books in the near future. If anybody has read one of her books, let me know in the comments section!


Conclusion: Somebody who loves interior design would find this book very interesting. I read it for a glimpse into Ellen’s life.

Hope Flames Book Review

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Title – Hope Flames (Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Jaci Burton (Website, Goodreads)

Published – January 1st 2013

Classification – Contemporary Romance


Summary – Emma moves back to her hometown, Hope, to open her vet practice and is determined to be independent. Hometown cop Luke, with his police dog Boomer, are loving the bachelor life. Clearly neither one wants to enter a relationship, but since their first meeting they can’t stop thinking about each other.


Hope Flames is the first in an ongoing series. The fifth was just published on Dec 1st, 2015 and the 6th book is expected to publish on July 26th, 2016.




Even before the first two chapters were done I was hooked because I LOVED the characters. Emma just became a business owner of the town’s veterinary clinic. She lives on her own (with her dog) and has a good group of girl friends. She is strong, independent, and kind. Luke….well I fell in love with his character in the first two paragraphs:




Who could not love Luke?


On a side note: Burton, in my opinion, totally could have played upon the sexy cop more. Oh well, Luke was still swoon worthy.


Ok, so I like the characters but the second time they interact is very very AWKWARD. Read for yourself:

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I would die of embarrassment.


However, after this brief moment is over, the rest of the book is free from awkward situations. They aren’t klutzy together; they don’t stumble over each other. Emma and Luke together is perfection.


Therefore, I am going to have to disagree with this reviewer. This is a book for someone who loves small town (that is me). And people who love dogs (that is me too, & apparently this dog-lovin’ reviewer).


Don’t worry, it is not one of those sad books where the dogs passes away. Nope, none of the dogs die. Who wants to read about that? Nobody.


I’m not sure if I’ll read the second book in the Hope series because I’m not sure if I can move on from Emma and Luke. Should I pick it up? What about other Jaci Burton books?


Conclusion: Burton created lovable characters that fall easily into a relationship. It’s an A+.

The Compound Effect Book Review

Synopsis:The Compound Effect

Title – The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success  (Website, Goodreads, Amazon, BarnsAndNoble)

Author – Darren Hardy (Website, Goodreads)

Published – January 1st 2010

Classification – Non-Fiction

Summary – The Compound Effect is “the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.” Modest choices or habits will greatly change anything. Everybody knows you can’t buy success; hard work, discipline, and consistent patterns can.

From the publisher of SUCCESS magazine comes a New York Times bestseller.



Let me skip right to the point: this book is AMAZING. I haven’t read any other book that is better for someone who is trying to kick a bad habit, start a new habit, or change their life in any way. This book can be the game changer. I recommend picking it up if you’re just at the beginning of making a change or if you want extra motivation while trying to reach a goal.


Ok, before I get too gung ho about change, I’ll recognize not everybody loves change. Right away on page 13, Darren Hardy talks about three friends who each choose to make a small change in their life. One makes no change. One starts to read 10 minutes a day and implements something he read: to cut 125 calories from his diet every day. The last friend buys a new TV and drinks one alcoholic drink per week. After 25 months, one is exactly where they were two years ago, one is 33.5 lbs lighter and earned a promotion, and one is 33.5 lbs heavier and lacks energy.


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Ten minutes a day and 125 less calories isn’t a colossal change to make, but the ripple effect was huge. Another example was Beverly, who wishes she could run a marathon. Finding her “why” and walking a one-mile loop around her house led to loosing more than forty pounds and running full marathons. It also gave her raised self esteem, renewed energy, and heightened sales at work, as well as “healthier” friends and a better relationship with her husband…all from starting to walk a one mile loop.

The Compound Effect

Look what a 1% change in a flight course could land you.


Hardy starts by recommending to track at least one behavior in the area of your life you’d like to change or improve. He then gives some “game changer” strategies, in which you start to gain momentum. He finishes off the book with acceleration to multiply your results.


For some extra reading, here is an interview with Darren Hardy about many of the topics covered in the book and here are some great quotes from the book.



My favorite part of The Compound Effect is under the subtitle “Thanksgiving Year Round” on page 26. If you’ve read this book (or after you finish), let me know your favorite part of the book in the comments below.

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It was late December when I read this book and I couldn’t have picked up a better time of the year. It put me into the best mindset for ringing in the new year. You can bet that you will find me next December re-reading The Compound Effect. Who is with me?


Conclusion: This is a great book is highly recommended by me.


What do you think? Have you read the book and made any great improvements in your life? Let me know in the comments below!