Month: March 2015

Mar 12
{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

Never Trust a Happy Song is a standalone young adult contemporary/realistic fiction novel that deals with the surface and below the surface two very different teenage girls face. Though one or two aspects of this story didn’t 100% agree with me, I liked the overall story progression and theme. And I thought the story ended in a nice place. (although where was Cassidy’s mother. She was coming up to visit with her and then poof nothing. The story ended and there was no mention of her.) This is not necessarily a happy book, but it is the journey of two 15 year old girls. When you look at Grace and Cassidy, you couldn’t find two girls that seemed further apart. Cassidy is ALL about school and studying and basically entering the rat race as a tween. It is all she has known. Which wouldn’t bug me at all, if that had been her choice. But she didn’t even seem to have a helping hand in picking the direction of her… Read more »

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Mar 11
{ARC Review+ Giveaway} Red by Alyxandra Harvey @entangledteen @alyxandrah

{ARC Review+ Giveaway} Red by Alyxandra Harvey @entangledteen @alyxandrah

Red is a standalone young adult paranormal. I found it very refreshing to see a standalone paranormal. And I thought it ended in a great place and the story actually felt complete to me, so kudos to Alyxandra Harvey for that. It is no easy feat. Red is a re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood. When I first started reading Red, I was calling it a “re-telling” in my head, but the further and further I journeyed inside the story, the less it felt like a re-telling of the same old tale and much more like a complete re-imagining. Yes there are wolves and a grandmother and all those classic ingredients, but after that just about everything is totally different and fresh. Kia’s red “hood” so to speak is actually her ability to start fire. And the wolf if more like a whole menagerie of crazy and mythical creatures. Those woods around the Blackwood’s estate felt so much scarier to me than the woods in Little Red Riding Hood. Kia… Read more »

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Mar 10
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Adapted for Film by Stacey Rourke @Rourkewrites

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Adapted for Film by Stacey Rourke @Rourkewrites

Adapted for Film is a contemporary romance that works as a standalone. That being said, I would like to pop into this world again and see what Aubrey and the characters are up to. I really dug Stacey Rourke’s writing style and the way she told the story. The book starts out with a famous romance author being interviewed. You initially think the interview is for her book that has been turned into a major blockbuster movie, but you soon find out that the interview is for her upcoming, high profile wedding. But who is she getting married to? We have no idea as the reader. The interview is broken up and spread out throughout the book as she tells the story that has landed her with her fiance, and throughout it all you see the two main guys in the story and you can’t help but go back and forth a couple of times with who it is going to be. I hesitate to call this a love triangle,… Read more »

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Mar 09
{Review+Giveaway} Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker #TakeControlTBR

{Review+Giveaway} Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker #TakeControlTBR

Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour is 4.5 non-billable hours of pure hilarity. I don’t even know where to begin with my review. Having been a law clerk at a “big law” firm while in law school, and watching some of my classmates go through the grind, I found this book to be extra humorous. I could not stop laughing. I’m at a smaller boutique law firm now, and I am happy to say it is NOTHING like Krapp & Lipschitz, LLP, but I still know a thing or two about billable hours. While I do believe that this book will hold an extra snicker or two for people in the legal profession, I think anyone will get a kick out Kate’s Escape. She is zany and kooky and her “sanity break” as her firm will call it, is such a fun journey. Where can I sign up for mine? Kate is an ideal associate. She has virtually no life outside of the law firm, she bills hundreds of extra… Read more »

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Mar 09
Blogger Opportunity- Meet The Callaways by Barbara Freethy

Blogger Opportunity- Meet The Callaways by Barbara Freethy

Is there anything better than falling in love with a new book? How about falling in love with a whole new series? Well, here’s an awesome opportunity for you! Now you can get to know the New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance series by #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbra Freethy as part of a fun publicity event. Each Callaway novel is filled with romance, suspense, and adventure. You can read all 8 books in the Callaway series for free (or, if you choose, you can give the series a try by reading just the first book, or you can host a guest post or interview instead—there’s lots of options). How cool is that?! The event will run from April 6 to April 11 and will celebrate the strong women in our lives with guest posts and interviews from the author, Callaway excerpts, and–of course–your reviews! We’ll have lots of prizes to give away too, including Amazon gift cards, autographed books, and Callaway swag! Don’t have time to read and review?… Read more »

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Mar 08
{Weekly Wrap Up} Week of March 1-8th #TakeControlTBR

{Weekly Wrap Up} Week of March 1-8th #TakeControlTBR

Sunday Post is Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves is Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews Hey guys! How has your week been? This week on the blog was like a celebration week for no particular reason! I have had so many awesome books and giveaways up on the blog, including a giveaway where you can win any book you want if you are lucky. 😉 But I also had 3 five star reviews and I was quoted 2 books! I have never had that many 5 star reviews in one week or been quoted in that many books. I am still a little starry eyed. My friend and I had a great time at Harry Potter world last weekend. I can never get over the magic in that place. The attention to detail that Universal Studios put into every little thing is incredible. And Diagon Alley is so big and so tall that you could easily spend an entire day in and not discover everything. Especially with… Read more »

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Mar 06
{Giveaway} Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop

{Giveaway} Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my post for the Lucky is Reading Giveaway hop! This hope is hosted by Stuck in Books The theme to this hop is lucky.  Books you are lucky (glad) you read.  Books that lead you a great author or series.  Books about luck.  Anything that has to do with lucky. I am lucky to be able to read a ton of amazing books and discover new bookish loves and authors all the time. I want to spread that luck around. And I want to make it easy, so this hop is open to international followers of mine as well. For the hop, one (1) winner can choose any book they want. I don’t care if you read ebooks or paperback books.  If you want a paperback book you can choose any book from the Book Depository (up to $10) OR If you love your kindle the winner can choose an Amazon ebook up to $10 (INT) Here are some options that I was lucky to have found and… Read more »

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Mar 06
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Man of a Thousand Faces by Jay Stritch

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Man of a Thousand Faces by Jay Stritch

Today author Jay Stritch is here to talk about: Where the inspiration for her books and worlds comes from This is a great question because world building is where you really have to start when writing a fantasy series. It’s from the world which you’ve built the foundations of that your characters grow as they have to be a product of this imaginary environment and the rules and way of life which flourishes there. With this book the inspiration came (as inspiration often does) from an otherwise unremarkable moment. I was killing time with some friends and we were reading out each other’s star signs of that week in the back of a magazine. We were all different ones and this meant that different qualities, futures and interactions were supposed to befall each of us. I looked around and suddenly thought what if we were actually governed by this? What if our star sign actually depicted the rules that we would live by and the qualities we possessed? What if… Read more »

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Mar 06
{ #Review } Flunked by @JenCalonita @jabberwockykids @SourcebooksFire

{ #Review } Flunked by @JenCalonita @jabberwockykids @SourcebooksFire

Flunked is the first book in an adorable middle grade series called Fairy Tale Reform School. I really liked this book. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. Yes, it was a younger read than I was used to, but it was perfectly suited for it’s middle grade audience. The heroine is Gilly and is around 12 or 13. She is caught stealing a hair clip and is shipped off to the Fairy Tale Reform School for the mischievous children on the path to becoming a villain. I think this is such a cute idea for a magical and funny story. I really like that we got to see the “crime” that Gilly committed to get sent to reform school as it played out, rather than just starting the book with her already there and flashing back on what brought her in. I thought it gave the readers a great perspective on what her family is like, and gave us an idea of… Read more »

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Mar 05
{Review+Giveaway}The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons @hymheather @InkSlingerPR

{Review+Giveaway}The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons @hymheather @InkSlingerPR

Note: I will try my best, but there will probably be some spoilers from the first book. If you are new to the series, check out my review of The Collectors’ Society HERE. These books need to be read in order. The Hidden Library is the second book in the New Adult Fantasy Series, The Collectors’ Society. And I have to first mention how much I love these covers. I think they are beyond beautiful. Ok, on to the review. The First book, The Collectors’ Society, was one of my favorite books of 2014, so I beyond excited to get my hands on the second book. And even more excited when I opened the book on my kindle and saw that I was quoted from my review of the first book. (This has to be the most epic week on the blog EVER! I believe that there are 3 five star reviews in one week and I am quoted in 2 books. Neither of those things have happened before!) This… Read more »

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