Monday, August 18, 2014

Being Sloane Jacobs


Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Goodreads Summary:
Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

My Review:
This book is a fun take on Parent Trap. Two girls are frustrated with their own lives, and so they decide to switch places. Things get complicated when you throw in unfamiliar territory, not to mention boys. This book really had it all. It was funny at times, yet deep and emotional at other times.

This book is written in a way that you get to hear the story from the perspective of both of the girls. This is important since they are at different places, yet their lives are intertwining. Writing books with more than one point of view can be difficult, but the author does a good job at making this flow seamlessly.

This book is cute and a a fun, light read. However, there are something that are just too unrealistic. This book doesn't perfectly fill in every hole in the story line, and it's a little cheesy at times. It was definitely a fun book to read though. This is my second book to read by Lauren Morrill and I am already a fan of hers. I would definitely recommend this book to any contemporary young adult lovers.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just One Year


Just One Year by Gayle Foreman (Sequel to Just One Day- you can read my review of the first book here).

Goodreads Summary:
Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

My Review:
I read Just One Day, and absolutely fell in love with it. It blew me away. So, naturally I was excited to read Willem's story. I was hoping that it would be even better than the first.

While I did really enjoy this book, it was a little disappointing. It was all about Willem and his journey to find LuLu. While parts of the book were interesting, other parts started to feel repetitive. So, I started to get bored. Despite all this, I found that I could not put the book down. I was turning pages so fast I was giving myself whiplash. All to find out when he would meet LuLu. I kept thinking it would be soon, but it's NOT UNTIL THE LAST PAGE. This book really is like the first one. It's not necessarily a sequel, it's just Willem's side of the story. I was interesting to see his side of some parts, but that's not what I wanted. I want to know what happens after they find each other again!!

4 stars

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paige Rewritten


Paige Rewritten by Erynn Mangum (#2 in the Paige Alder Series. You can read my review of Paige Torn here.)

Goodreads Summary:
Paige Alder is in a really good place. She’s dating nice guy Tyler. Her boss has offered her a raise. Her walk with God is strong. Life is great—and that’s when things start to change.

First, the youth pastor at church keeps asking Paige to work with him full-time. Then her sister shows up newly engaged and wanting to reconnect, even though they haven’t spoken in years. And now former boyfriend Luke has come back into her life. How is Paige supposed to know what the right decisions are?

This warm and humorous second book in the Paige Alder series will help young girls work through important issues, such as forgiving others and obeying God.

My Review:
I am a huge fan of Erynn Mangum. I have yet to read one of her books that I did not like. Her characters are so relatable and realistic. I can't get enough!
It had been a while since I had read the first book in this series, so it took me a little bit of time to refresh my memory. It quickly came back to me though.

This book was a great continuation of Paige story. I loved every minute of this book. While I think this series is moving a little slower than some of Erynn's other books, I am still enjoying it! Paige is getting better at learning to manage her busy life, but she still has a lot to learn! I love how all of the characters interact in this series. There are some really funny scenes in this book.

I recently got the third book in the mail, and I cannot wait to read it!

5 stars

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Paige Torn

Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum




Goodreads Summary:
Everyone knows they can count on Paige Alder. But between volunteering at church, putting in overtime at work, and helping her best friend plan an anniversary party, she's lucky to grab a cheese stick for dinner. Paige can't even remember the last time she had a few minutes to relax or dig into God's Word. Then she meets laid-back Tyler, an attractive, Jesus-loving guy. Will he be able to help Paige get her priorities on track?

My Review:
If y'all know me at all, you know that Erynn Mangum is one of my two all time favorite authors. I always feel like I should be best friends with the main characters in her books. I love the way she writes, and how real it feels as you are reading. This book was a little slow to start, but I quickly got into it and loved every minute.

I love all of Erynn's characters. They all have such great personalities. They are all funny too! I laugh out loud at least twice in all of Eynn's books. I don't know how she does it. I also love that the characters who fall in love in the end always start out as friends. I think that is so important. Relationships need to be built on a strong friendship.

I think I know what will happen in the next book, but I'm not sure. There was quite the cliffhanger for the next book. I am already dying to read it!!

5 stars

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Apologies and Updates

Hello readers!
Contrary to what you may believe, I did not follow off the face of the planet. I would like to thank those of you that are reading this, because it means that you did not give up on me despite my lack of posts! Thank you, thank you!

Now, I would like to apologize. I am so sorry for not posting, and not even giving any reason. I just kind of disappeared. Honestly, I was really burnt out and had been struggling for a while about whether or not to take a break from blogging. I could not ever imagine actually leaving this world though. Annnd then school started. This year I am student teaching so I am basically working a full time job on top of having school assignments. As if that wasn't enough, there was a lot of things going on in my family. So, these things had to take priority. In the process, blogging kind of slipped to the back burner. It was always a constant weight on my mind though that I needed to update. However, I had recently added something else to my life. I started talking to a guy, and that took up what little was left of my spare time and energy. Therefore, blogging was not really a possibility this semester.

Having said that, I am always learning how to manage my time better. While I can't promise there will be a post every day, I do intend to get back into blogging (even if it is a slow process). I really miss everything blogging entails.

So, I am sorry and thank you for sticking with me.
Morgan

Friday, August 30, 2013

All In Book Blitz + Giveaway


Synopsis via Goodreads:
On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

About the Author
Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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Excerpt:
Ashley
When we step outside of the ice cream parlor, Lane reaches over and wraps his hand around mine, making me feel warm all over, despite the cool breeze coming off the ocean.
We walk down the boardwalk hand in hand, our arms swinging between us, and I can’t stop my blush each time I catch Lane staring at me, and then giggle each time he catches me sneaking a glance at him too. Both of us with silly grins on our faces.
As we turn the corner, at the edge of the boardwalk, right in front of us is a perfectly preserved turn of the century carousel.
I gasp at its beauty. How have I never been here before? Although, a community carousel is the last place that my parents would ever think to bring us. A ride on a schooner is more their speed.
The carousel is covered in small bulbous lights that cast a warm glow over the richly colored horses, each with a different face and intricate carvings on their saddles. The sounds of children and parents laughing intertwine with the carnival style music coming from the ride, and I can’t stop myself from hopping up and down on the tips of my toes like a child.
Lane chuckles, gripping my hand tightly, as we watch the ornate horses spin around and around and up and down until he points at a big brass ring when it spins by. “If you can grab the ring the ride’s free. Come on.” He gives me a smile and like a couple of kids we run along the side of the carousel until we both grab hold of the ring and hoist ourselves up and onto the ride, laughing and out of breath.
I move to a stationary white horse wearing a deep red saddle and without saying a word Lane lifts me up, in one swift motion, and sets me down so I’m face to face with him riding sidesaddle. He grips the horse’s gold post with one hand, and I can’t help but admire his sinewy arms, lean and strong.
“You are so beautiful,” he says, looking into my eyes as he brushes his thumb against my cheek with his other hand. His sincerity takes my breath away.
I wrap my arms around his neck drawing him closer until he’s standing between my legs. His soft smile fades into a smolder as he leans forward, causing my breath to hitch with the anticipation of his lips on mine.
I close my eyes as he closes the short distance between us achingly slow. My heart skips a beat when I finally feel the warmth of his lips press against mine. He tastes like ice cream and smells like summertime, and I suddenly wonder if the swirling I feel is from the ride or from his kiss.
He pulls away slightly before wrapping his hand around the base of my neck and pulling me into his lips again, making me certain of one thing.
I’m swirling, and it’s definitely from his kisses.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Addicted To You + Giveaway


Addicted to You by Colina Brennan
Publication date: June 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter’s latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn’t a sex addict; she just doesn’t do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can’t kick.

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AUTHOR BIO
I’m a new adult author with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. My new adult contemporary novel ADDICTED TO YOU will be available June 25.

Author Links:
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My Review:
I loved this book! It was funny, sexy, and fun to read! I loved the romance in this book! The chemistry between the two of them was so strong it was obvious as the reader.
The concept of this story was so different. It was funny, and I liked reading something different. Sex addicts? I was a little iffy about this book at first, but it turned out to be great! I enjoyed it! With that being said, it was a little bit predictable. I usually don't have a problem with that though, as long as the romance is great. :)

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

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