Sunday, April 28, 2013

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True


How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

Goodreads Summary:
From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Smart Girls Get What They Want, comes this romantic comedy about one girl's summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World.

When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?

My review:
This book was really cute! It was set in a theme park just like Disney world. The funny part? The "Mouse" theme park was their competition, but they never would come out and say Disney or Mickey Mouse. Loved that aspect of it!

I am kind of at a loss of what else to say about this book. It was one of the cutest books I read in a while. It was so fun and I loved all the characters! They were all so equally important in the story. There were lots of twists throughout the book, along with lots of drama. It made the book really, really interesting!

I also loved the romance part of the book! It takes a while to get to who she really ends up with, but even the journey to get there was fun! I love when she is finally with the right guy. It was really sweet.
This book was just great! Go read it!

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Parallel


Parallel by Lauren Miller

Goodreads Summary:
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.

My Review:
What a book! This book confused me, but definitely intrigued me. At first I had a hard time with what a parallel was, and which version of her was the parallel. It was hard for me to keep track off. Once I got it down though, I really enjoyed the book! I think it was kind of supposed to happen like that though. It gave the book somewhat of a magical, mysterious feel. The concept is explained more in little bits and pieces throughout the story, which really helped me.

I found myself rooting for certain characters throughout the book. I would love one of the guys and then read the next chapter and love him just as much. Towards the end, it was clear to me who the right person was though. I also found myself missing her life as a movie star from the beginning of the book. She mentions it a few times throughout the book, and it always made me wonder what would have happened to her life if nothing would have changed. I think the book was written perfectly though, and you'll see why once you finish it! ;)

Despite the fact that it took a lot of thought, this really was such a fun book to read!! It was a really cool storyline, and I would love to read more about it in the future. I love how the book ended too!! I felt like it was perfect! It summed up the book well along with giving the perfect amount of closure. It was done in a really sweet, but funny, way that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Bot Wars by J.V. Kade
I am usually not a fan of any type of robot books, but I really enjoyed this one!

2. Like Sweet Potato Pie by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
Being from the south, I wanted to like this book so bad!! I just could not get past some things.

3. The Replacement Wife by Eileen Goudge
I thought this book sounded really interesting, but I ended up really disliking it.

4. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
This book sounded really good, but ended up being nothing like the book blurb. I was really grossed out and disturbed by some of the stuff in this book.

5. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
This book looked so cute!!! I ended up liking it, just not as much as I wanted to.

6. Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist
I usually love historical Christian fiction books like this one, but the ending of this book had me very frustrated!

7. The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is one of my favorite authors, but this book was kind of boring at times.

8. Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
I was so looking forward to this book!! When I got to read it, it was repetitive and not like I had hoped it would be.

9. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
This book sounded like it was going to be good, but I was very offended by many things in this book.

10. A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry
This book was long and hard to stay interested in.

Well it looks like most of these are books that disappointed me. I read a lot of good books, but I usually only pick up books that I think I will like. This means that I expect to like all of the books I pick up. Usually, I do. Sometimes, as listed above, the books do disappoint me.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Love at Any Cost Book Tour



Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco #1) by Julie Lessman

Goodreads Summary:
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in "Love at Any Cost."

My Review:
This was cute a cute, sweet book! It wasn't all sweet though! There were some conflicts throughout the book that had my heart aching. Other times, I would find myself literally laughing out loud at the scenes that I was reading or swooning over the handsome characters that charmed me through the pages of this book. I felt every emotion as I read this book, and I believe that makes a book truly well written. This was my first book to read by Julie Lessman although many have been on my wish list for a while. I received another one of her books for Christmas, and I definitely won't be waiting much longer to read it after this! Julie can write so well!
I loved all of the characters in this book, and that we really got to know so many of the different characters. All of their lives were lives were twined together in the most interesting ways. I loved getting to learn about it, and getting to really know each of the characters. I liked a lot of the other stories that went on throughout the book besides the romance between the two main characters.
This book was very enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend it. I loved reading it, and just when you think you have it figured out- there's a twist in the story!! So fun!

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

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Elite


The Elite by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Summary:
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

My Review:
I absolutely loved The Selection, and have been patiently (or not-so-patiently) waiting for The Elite. Once I got it, I started reading right away. It left off right where the last book did, and I easily jumped back into this world that I has missed. I know there is a lot of controversy over this series, but I loved The Elite and did not want to put it down.
This love triangle is driving me crazy!! I just wanted to scream at American through a lot of the book. You need to be with Maxon!!! Why are you interested in both of them? Is it even a contest when you have Maxon? I just don't get it. I want to be a part of The Selection just to spend a day with Maxon.
One big thing that I loved about this book is that we get to know the other characters much better. There are only six girls left, so we really see them a lot. It is fun to read about each of the girls' personalities. We also get to know America's family, her maids, and the king and queen on a deeper level. I loved how Kiera slowly revealed more and more layers of all of the characters. It was really cool, and I feel like I have a better idea of the story now. The only thing that I am frustrated about is that this book still has no end in sight. I am dying for the next book. All it really did was prolong the suspense.
Have y'all read it? What do you think?

5 stars

Monday, April 8, 2013

Lost and Found Cover Reveal



Title: LOST AND FOUND

Author: Nicole Williams

Expected release date: May 7, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Mature Young Adult, New Adult/Adult crossover

Cover Designer: Okay Creations

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

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There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

 

About the Author
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I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?

 

Nicole Williams | Facebook | Twitter

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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Ultra Violets


The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell

Goodreads Summary:
Meet four best friends. They’re not super…yet.
IRIS: Visionary, artist, leader--the glitter-glue that holds the group together.
CHERI: A girly-girl on platform roller-skates who's never met a rescue puppy she didn’t immediately-and-madly love.
SCARLET: Short enough that you won’t see her sneaking up behind you. Freckled enough that you might mistake her for innocent. But look out! She can pants a bully faster than you can say O-M-Jeepers!
OPALINE: Loveable, huggable, supershy, sweet as pie…or is she?
And introducing CANDACE. Not just any babysitter—she's a Teen Genius, thankyouverymuch!
What happens when four best friends find themselves splattered with mysterious purple goo during a routine sleepover? Iris, Cheri, Scarlet and Opaline are about to become…
THE ULTRA-VIOLETS!

My Review:
This book was a cute story for girls. It was definitely aimed for younger kids though. I probably would have enjoyed it when I was really young, but it is really long for the desired age range (I would say 7-11 years old). I really liked all of the pop Luther references. They were really funny and entertaining. However, for this book being written for such a you g age, I'm not sure the readers would understand or even notice those references.
The story line was really cute and enjoyable, but I didn't feel like it was very original. It felt like the stories I grew up hearing/watching/reading. Maybe that's a good sign that young girls will really like it though! I would have liked to know a little bit more about the setting. It obviously isn't realistic since the girls have super powers. So, what world is the author picturing the girls in?
Overall I thought it was a cute book. Bonus! The entire book is in purple!! :)

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

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Off Limits Cover Reveal

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Title: Off Limits

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Vitalink

Expected release date: April 16, 2013

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“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it."

Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.

Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.

When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.

Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?

 

About the Author
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Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer Bennett | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Trouble With Goodbye Cover Reveal



Title: The Trouble With Goodbye

Author: Sarra Cannon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Okay Creations

Reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Expected release: May 2013

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One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.



 

About the Author
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Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.

Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.

 

Sarra Cannon | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

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Monday, April 1, 2013

His Southern Temptation



His Southern Temptation by Robin Covington

Goodreads Summary:
Some women are bad. Some women are a bad idea. The best ones are both...

A former Black Ops assassin, “Lucky” Landon has had more near-misses than a man should ever have. Now he’s out of that business and settling into the simple life in his small hometown. So the last thing he ever expected was to end up at gunpoint. Or that the woman holding the gun would be his best friend’s little sister and Lucky’s on-again/off-again lover.

Taylor Elliott is Trouble, and she likes it that way. And seeing Lucky again? Well, he’s been her dirty little secret for the past few years and everyone knows that secrets in a small town are almost impossible to keep. But Taylor has bigger problems on her plate. Like the local mob boss who wants her dead.

And right now the only thing standing between Trouble and disaster is a hottie named Lucky...

My Review:
This is the second book in the series, but I read it without reading the first and it stood alone fine. This was a great romance book. It was really sweet. I loved that we learned so much about their past and their past relationship. It really helped make the present so much sweeter.
There was some mystery and a little suspense in the book as well. It was not too much, but it definitely kept the book interesting. I thought it was done really well.
I also loved all of the secondary characters in the book. There were a lot of them, but I felt like they were all really well developed. I found myself being just as interested in their lives as I was in the main characters' lives. I really enjoyed this book, and read it in one day. I would definitely recommend it.

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

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