Genre: romance

ARC review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

ARC review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira Series: Ever After #1 Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on January 12th 2016 Genres: Young Adult, romance Pages: 350 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe MartinsÂ’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldnÂ’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win DevÂ’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? This book tried to be really cute. The MC Phoebe loves books so much. She talks about books, always has a book in her hand, and even goes to an author signing at the beginning of the book. She is written to be relateable and familiar to all of us booknerds. She’s shy and awkward and sweet, while lost in a fictional world. The problem is that Phoebe is a caricature of a person instead of being a full fleshed out character. I wasn’t able to connect with her or sympathize with her at all. I […]

Posted January 11, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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IB Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

IB Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne Published by Bloomsbury USA on November 20th 2014 Genres: New Adult, romance Pages: 150 Format: hardcover Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon In Mistletoe and Mr Right, Jessica takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays for Christmas break, sure that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily ever after. But it turns out his family – and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend – donÂ’t feel the same way, and the only person making the trip worthwhile is a hot local, who has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most … and least. The holiday high jinks continue in Sleigh Bells and Second Chances, when JessicaÂ’s best friend makes her own way across the pond! Christina Lake does not want to be away at Christmas, but she has an intern job as publicist for LondonÂ’s hottest band at their last-minute concert on Christmas Eve … even though she had a fling with Cary, the bandÂ’s lead singer, that never officially ended. Now forced to reconnect, Christina is starting to think that maybe London is exactly where sheÂ’s supposed to be to get the perfect New YearÂ’s kiss – at least until she finds out that heÂ’s been lying the whole time. Can Cary find a way to prove himself before the […]

Posted December 8, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Debut Author Bash: Mandy Mikulencak

Debut Author Bash: Mandy Mikulencak

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak Published by Albert Whitman and Company on September 1st 2015 Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult Pages: 288 Buy on Amazon A meth lab explosion leaves Arlie permanently scarred — both physically and emotionally. Yet, she develops the street smarts and survival skills to keep her addict mother out of the reach of the law and hidden from her stepfather, Lloyd, the man responsible for the explosion that killed three people.Shortly after ArlieÂ’s 16th birthday, her mother overdoses, forcing an end to their nomadic lives. Social services steps in and rules suddenly exist where none had before. Soon, sheÂ’s living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle and attending high school for the first time.While her facial scar makes it hard to fit in, Arlie begins to think a normal life might be possible – that is, until her stepfather tracks her down and insists she return drug money her mother had stolen. A final confrontation tests ArlieÂ’s idea of right and wrong, and how far sheÂ’s willing to go to protect her new life. I wanted to read this book and then I got to interview Mandy Mikulencak. Now I HAVE to read this book. I’ve posted about blindness before and how I think its important to have a positive view of disabilities because the way people are represented in literature is […]

Posted December 6, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller

Awesome Indies: Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I love the chance to feature the first chapter of a book! Its like a sneak peek.  I think this one really sets the tone for this book. I sure want to know what happens next! This one should pique your interest and make you wish for more. Chapter 1 I stepped out into the cold, dark night, searching for a familiar face in the parking lot. With a crumpled fold of white chiffon in my hand, I gently shut the car door, wondering why Eric was nowhere to be found. Locking my silver Volkswagen Beetle with the push of a button, I glided across the black pavement. The incessant clicking of my heels against the ground made me even more aware of my presence in a formal white gown. The Winter Ball had never been my idea, but Eric had insisted, since his antiquated high school did not host dances. Maple Creek High, on the other hand, had no problem renting a Hilton hotel ballroom for the evening. With the rate of tuition increasing every year, the PTA felt no remorse in demanding what they wanted. Inside the ballroom, a cluster of students migrated towards the center of the dance floor. Teenage boys jostled into each other, too distracted by the cleavage-baring dresses worn by their teasing girlfriends. Junior […]

Posted November 27, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Review: Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

Review: Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken Series: Dragon Kin #8 Published by Zebra on November 24th 2015 Genres: Fantasy, romance, paranormal Pages: 448 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review, Netgalley Buy on Amazon War makes strange bedfellows. I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman. Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian youÂ’re withÂ… So this one is a romance. Its obvious right? I mean, look at that cover! Very stereotypical naked, muscly man. That must be to draw people in because this book series is so much more than just a romance. I would even say that while the book is about two people falling in love, sometimes romance takes a back seat. The book genre is paranormal fantasy and the world […]

Posted November 23, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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