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Blog Tour: Hannah Both Ways

November 30, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Hannah Both Ways

Blog Tour: Hannah Both WaysHannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway
Published by Rebelight Publishing Inc. on November 17th 2015
Pages: 218
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?

So this book only took me a few hours to read. It’s hardly 200 pages, and I flew through those pages because I was so connected to the characters and what was going on. While there were a few things that I wish the author would have fully resolved, this was a cute story that completely held my attention the entire time. Truthfully, I wasn’t ready for it to be over once I hit the end. It wasn’t a totally unique plot, but the way the author weaved together these characters did make the book standout. I was able to connect with Hannah in a way that is sometimes rare for me. I also loved Lucas and felt like he was a brilliant book boyfriend. If you like YA romance, this book should definitely go on your TBR list right away.

Lucas was a beautiful character. I loved him from the very first moment that we were introduced to him. I loved how determined he was to get to know Hannah, and we later find out exactly why he felt so drawn to her and that just made me like him even more. I’m also a sucker for the inexperienced male character, because we don’t see that often enough in YA books. There’s plenty of scenes in the book that are just so adorable with him and I enjoyed getting to see that.

While it did bother me what happened to Hannah, I still believed it. Kids are cruel, and I could easily see that occurring at a high school. There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about the book, except I was kind of hoping for some sort of breakthrough with some of the mean girls. However, this book was realistic and also got me on a personal level. Hannah used books as an escape, and that’s something that I find myself doing as well. Maybe you may not connect in this specific way, but I’m sure that this is a book that you might be able to find something relatable and enjoyable for you personally. This was a quick and memorable read and I was lucky to get to read it!

About the author:

Rosie Greenway grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, and continues to live and work in the GTA with her husband and family. After spending her formative years public-school hopping, Rosie attended the University of Toronto, specializing in English literature. A former English teacher, Rosie now finds herself putting into practice the many lessons she used to impart to the students in her class room. While she has often turned to writing as a way to relax and unwind, Hannah Both Ways is her first foray into the world of Young Adult publishing.When she isn’t writing, Rosie is an avid traveler, armchair film critic, enthusiastic foodie and voracious reader. She is a passionate literacy advocate and one of her greatest achievements is instilling in her daughter the joy of reading. You can connect with Rosie on Twitter @Rosie_Greenway.

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• Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway (US/Canada)
• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway (INT)

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Lindsey Leavitt Books Reviews

November 29, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★★

Lindsey Leavitt Books ReviewsThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 6th 2014
Pages: 292
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five-stars
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?
And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax.
Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.

The Chapel Wars is a sweet and creative novel. The plot is like nothing that I’ve ever read before. I loved Holly and Dax and felt like the story was a perfect and accurate portrayal of first love. Dax is the ideal book boyfriend and I loved everything about him. Holly was a quirky and beautiful protagonist and her pop culture references made me laugh out loud more than once. I’m sure it’s obvious due to my excessive use of the word love when it comes to this specific book, but I found it to be an easy read that I totally connected with.

Why I think you should read this unique story:

  • Dax Dax Dax! He’s honest and upfront about the way he feels about Holly. He is a likable and loyal guy who goes after exactly what he wants. In short, he was beyond swoony and I loved every moment he appeared in the story.
  • The fact that a wedding chapel was factored into the plot was in such a natural and incredible way. Beyond that, it was also a ton of fun to say the least.
  • Holly is so quirky and one of a kind. Reading her perspective is refreshing. She’s one of those female characters that is definitely going to stick with me.
  • The supporting characters.
  • Holly’s siblings, specifically her little brother James.

These are only some of the reasons why I loved this. So I just want to go into even more detail about what made this book tick for me. One of the best parts about it was the family dynamic. Basically, Holly’s parents have divorced but they communicate like they are still married. After her grandfather dies, Holly is the one who takes over the chapel. However, since she is still a sixteen-year-old with a lot on her plate, her parents both work together to help out with the money problems and all. So anyway, her little brother James is confused by the divorce and starts acting out and being more aggressive in general. Holly herself discovers that even though her parents seem to have no reason to divorce, some things aren’t always what they seem. I like that this plot isn’t overly dramatic about the family issues going on.

One thing that I have yet to mention is how much I loved Holly’s friends. She has never had any female friends, besides her best friend’s girlfriend, but she met her through him so it doesn’t totally count. Additionally, it’s rare to see friendships between female and males that are strictly platonic so I thought this worked very naturally. To conclude, my best advice is to simply pick up the book and dive right in!

blackdots Lindsey Leavitt Books ReviewsGoing Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury on March 26th 2013
Pages: 320
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three-stars
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:1. Run for pep club secretary2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree3. Sew a dress for Homecoming4. Find a steady5. Do something dangerousBut simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

Going Vintage was another creative novel that also has a quirky protagonist and a swoony book boyfriend. To be honest, I didn’t love him as much as I loved Dax, but I found Oliver to be ridiculously charming and fun nonetheless. The whole Jeremy part of the plot made me like it a little less. It wasn’t a love triangle, which I enjoyed, but I just wasn’t a big fan of what happened with his cheating. Honestly, the cheating in this book was definitely not your typical story, but I still didn’t completely buy it. This was the first novel from Leavitt that I read and it really drew me in and made me love her quirky style. While it wasn’t flawless, it was a book that I found to be entertaining and a quick read.

Again, the family dynamic was different from your typical YA books. In this one, Mallory has an incredible relationship with her little sister Ginnie. I felt like the banter between them was real and charming. On the other hand, I feel like the novel didn’t go as deep as it could have regarding the issue with her mom. Ginnie suspects that her mom is cheating, but it turns out to be a totally different thing distracting her, which I didn’t expect. I was just hoping to dig much deeper, but instead it seemed to only scratch the surface of these relationships.

Read this one if you’re looking for a unique and funny novel that has a creative plot. I loved Oliver, he was a swoony book boyfriend for sure. Personally, I wanted the relationship to go a bit faster than it did. I felt like Jeremy should have had a smaller role honestly, I was just ready for her to move on and be with Mallory. I still think it was a fluffy and light read.

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Lindsey Leavitt Books ReviewsSean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books on March 1st 2011
Pages: 288
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four-stars
According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It's supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold's head. They've been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it's an alphabetical order thing), but she's never really known him.
The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father's newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it's working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He's cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.
In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.

Oh man, Sean Griswold’s Head is a book that will stay with me for a long time. This was the final book that I read by the author, and I also believed that it was the most serious of them. Payton finds out that her father has MS and he waited to tell her months after he received the diagnosis. I felt like the mention of MS was very important because it’s something that many Americans struggle with, but you don’t see it much (or at all really) in YA. Despite taking on a serious subject, it wasn’t TOO serious either. Meaning, I didn’t feel completely depressed while reading it, Lindsey still managed to work in a lot of her trademark offbeat (but lovable) humor through the voice of Payton.

As far as the relationship goes, I immediately adored this one and felt like it was realistic. I will admit, the relationship was pretty unconventional and is unlike anything I’ve read here recently. Sure, it has some of your typical high school tropes, but I found it to be refreshing as a whole. There’s one specific thing that the pair bond over that made me so ecstatic to see. Sean makes a Seinfeld reference to Payton because she’s wearing a T-Shirt with one of the most famous catchphrases from the series, Serenity Now, and then they start up a sometimes awkward friendship. I won’t lie, Payton making Sean (or rather his head) her focus object made me ridiculously nervous. Anytime the two started getting closer, the fact that she was pretty much stalking him and writing about him in her journal was always looming above them. I won’t say much more about it, except that Sean was definitely a charming character.

In the end, this was a charming and adorable story that was never boring. Though it was less fluffy than some of her previous works, I was impressed by her ability to craft yet another awkward but still fascinating protagonist that you can’t help but love. All three of these novels have dealt with family and relationships as a whole. In Sean Griswold’s Head especially, the reader really walks away with a strong message about forgiving those who hurt us and having the ability to let people that we care about in and not push them away.

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Sunday Post: Week of November 28th

November 29, 2015 Features 11

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Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where we share all of our blog posts from the past week, and all of our upcoming posts. We also share the books that we’ve collected throughout the week.

Blog posts from this past week:

Upcoming blog posts:

Monday: Hannah Both Ways Blog Tour – Hosted by Chapter By Chapter

Tuesday: Truest Blog Tour – Hosted by YA Reads Blog Tours

Top Ten Tuesday will be posted as well!

Wednesday: Ready to Rock Blog Tour – Hosted by Barclay Publicity

Thursday: Next Door to a Star Blog Tour – Hosted by YA Bound Book Tours

Friday: Between The Notes Book Blitz – Hosted by YA Bound Book Tours

I’ve read a lot of books lately, so I will hopefully find some time in this busy blog tour schedule that I have lined up for this week to write some.

Books that I’ve collected this week:

I’m bummed that I didn’t get to buy any good books during Black Friday, but I personally felt like none of the sales were big enough for me to purchase anything from.

Fellow blogger Jenna from Bookiemoji had a huge book sale and I bought three books from her. Here is my new collection:

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So I know that these books were published awhile ago, but I never got around to reading them. I was so anxious to read “What Happens Next” but couldn’t find it anywhere cheap, so I jumped at the chance to buy it from Jenna. As soon as I got it in the mail, I instantly started reading it, and couldn’t put it down. I’ll be posting a review here later this week! I also am curious, have any of you read the book This is Not a Test? I bought it because I know that Courtney Summers writes Contemporary YA extremely well, so the zombie apocalypse part kind of throws me. So if you read and loved it, I’d love to hear what makes it great!

Favorite posts from bloggers this week:

Cheryl @ I Heart Fictional People posted a fascinating discussion about whether or not reading challenges are worth it.

Olivia from Olivia’s Catastrophe talked about how to be a fangirl. I completely agreed with everything she had to say!

Liza from Reading with ABC posted a very accurate discussion about commenting back to the comments that bloggers receive. I agree with her, replying back is important, it can come off as you thinking that you’re better than others if you don’t. However, some comments can be difficult to reply to if you’re not sure what to say back to them.

Maryam @ Once Upon A Story made a good point about whether or not bloggers need half stars when they post book reviews. I think half stars are important because some books you might feel connected to the characters, but didn’t love it because the plot was liking in certain areas.

I feel like I always include posts from Jen @ The Bookavid often, but I love all of her book blogging tips posts that she does. This one was specifically relevant to me since I feel like my TBR list is always like a mile high.

Making time for reading can be difficult, and Alex @ Brewing Up Books touches on just how difficult it is when you are preoccupied with adult things like college, a social life, and work. Personally, I manage to read so much because I’ve turned to reading on my phone pretty frequently. Obviously, I don’t break it out while I’m in class, but if I have some down time between them, I often pull out my phone to read.

So that’s all for this week! I hope each of you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Truthfully, having a week off for college wasn’t nearly enough time, I’m now desperate to just skip finals altogether and get to the good part of Christmas break. Anyway, I hope you all have a great week! 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Family Review + Playlist + Favorite Quotes

November 28, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

Blog Tour: The Family Review + Playlist + Favorite Quotes

Blog Tour: The Family Review + Playlist + Favorite QuotesThe Family by Marissa Kennerson
Published by Full Fathom Five Digital on October 8th 2014
Pages: 320
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four-half-stars

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Just like any average seventeen-year-old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity…
All one hundred eighty-three of them.
Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Family members coexist with values of complete openness and honesty, and they share a fear of contagious infection in the outside world.
Adam—their Father, prophet, and savior—announces that Twig will be his new bride, and she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the Family compound, Twig finds that the world outside is not as toxic as she was made to believe. And then she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, and begins to question everything about her life within the Family and the cult to which she belongs.
But when it comes to Family, you don’t get a choice.

My Review:

I’ll admit, I don’t know much about cults. The most I know is from what I’ve seen on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black, both of which aren’t 100% accurate obviously. So The Family both intrigued and kind of intimidated me all at once. However, once I began reading it, I just couldn’t stop. Before I knew it, it was nearly two in the morning and I was finishing up this book. It was an amazing read and I am so glad that I didn’t let my ignorance of cults get in the way of enjoying this read.

Twig was a great protagonist, it was really mind blowing to me about all of the stuff she didn’t know once she visited the outside world for the first time. An iPod Nano is something that our generation just instantly knows and expects everyone else to know about as well. When Twig meets Leo for the first time when she has to go to a real hospital away from her family, she sees him holding an iPod Nano and she is completely perplexed about what it is, and what earphones are as well. So basically, I really loved getting to see Twig learn more about the world as she realizes that maybe life outside of the safe one that Adam created isn’t so evil after all.

I loved Leo, he was definitely my favorite character. I loved how understanding he was when it came to Twig. Based on his personality and how crazy he was about Twig, some of his actions did confuse me a little bit. But I also know that he’s very patient with her since he knows that life in the cult is all she knows and getting her outside her comfort zone too much could scare her away. So in short, I was surprised by how emotionally invested I became in this story. At times I felt angry, other times I felt happy, and other times I felt sad for these characters. To me, it’s always a mark of a good book when it causes you to feel so many different emotions. I definitely recommend this one, it’s like nothing I’ve ever read and I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon!

Playlist:

So the official book playlist was posted by Curling Up With a Good Book. Many of the songs I was going to include were on there, so I had to improvise a little here. Basically, Twig has no exposure to music before she meets Leo. So the songs that I’m going to put on here are ones that I believe that Leo would show Twig and also some that represent Twig’s situation in general.

1 New Slang by The Shins

I feel like Twig would be a little overwhelmed by this song since she’s used to slower stuff, but it seems like something Leo, who is a bit of a hipster, would love.

2. Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan (Emmylou Harris cover)

I love the original from Bob Dylan, but I also adore country legend Emmylou Harris’s cover of it. Just read these lyrics, “In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need. When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed. There’s a dyin’ voice within me reaching out somewhere. Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair.” It’s a beautiful song filled with heartfelt words that I believe represent what Twig is going through really well.

3. Time of Your Life from Dirty Dancing

Leo and Twig watch Dirty Dancing together, and she’s just in complete awe of this movie. I imagine that this scene in particular would take her breath away.

4. Only One by Kanye West

Leo mentions Kanye West when he asks Twig what she thought of the artists on his iPod. I feel like a lot of Yeezus’s song would likely overwhelm her since she’s never heard anything like it, but this one is the most soothing to me.

5. Nirvana by Sam Smith

I picked this song because I feel like it shows how Twig feels after spending time with Leo then having to go back to the life she’s always known.

Favorite Quotes:

Twig’s definition of what marriage should be:

“It means love. Two people who love each other decide to join together in order to pursue and create the life they want to live, together. It means the power of two.”

“Can you love someone and hate them at the same time? Love them and doubt them?”

“Like before, sitting here with you on these steps and the rightness between us…the ease. Sometimes only a song can describe a moment like that.”

“How could the Family really change the world if they never left the compound?”

Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her master’s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She lives in California with her family. The Family is her first novel (Full Fathom Five Digital) and will be coming out October 2014.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: Stupid Love Review

November 27, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Blog Tour: Stupid Love Review

Blog Tour: Stupid Love ReviewStupid Love (Stupid in Love, #3) by Cindy Miles
Published by TKA Distribution on September 10th 2015
Pages: 247
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Bestselling new adult author Cindy Miles is set to capture the hearts of Stupid Girl fans again with the grand finale of the Stupid in Love series, featuring Memory and Jace.
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That’s how I refer to the guys who’ve had the bad fortune to fall for me. They only see long legs that they wish were wrapped around them, a cat-like smile, and the reckless abandon to take on any wild dare. It’s all a game to me. Show me a bridge, and I’ll leap over the side. Give me a car, and I’ll race it. Give me a heart, and I’ll break it. I always win. I even showed Death who was boss a long time ago.
Or so I thought.
Now, time is running out, and I’m losing fast…and big. I met someone. Jace Beaumont. He’s smart, and good, and I dream about spending days exploring the summit of his perfect lips. But, I’m a grenade. I know I should leave him be. I can’t.
JACE Study, class, work, repeat. That’s all I have time for. At twenty-five years old, I have a bit more mileage on me than the average college freshman. But, that’s what happens when you spend your youth drinking, partying, and bagging girls like it’s a full-time job. Now, I have goals. There’s just one kink in my plans. Her name is Memory. She’s every guy’s dream girl. She’s intoxicating. She’s trouble. I want to stay away. I can’t.

I have a confession to make: I didn’t read the first two books in the Stupid in Love series. The first book wasn’t really my thing, I (unfairly) never really gave the second one a shot, so I just went for this one. Surprisingly enough, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was emotional, romantic, fascinating, dramatic, and filled with complicated yet charming characters that you sincerely root for. Despite some of my hesitation, I think that I am going to give this series another shot at some point. I also am planning on rereading this one as well since I loved this story so much.

So first of all, I found both of these characters to be amazing. Memory was a strong and confident woman, who is still trying to figure out who she is, all the while she is carrying a terrible secret with her. Jace was an impressive book boyfriend, his romantic side is impossible not to love. In the beginning of the book, Memory is the one who chases after Jace. However, once he finally sets his hesitation aside and just take a risk, he does some of the most amazing things for her. He takes her on dates that are sure to make your heart melt. The gradual build of this relationship in general lovely and beyond enjoyable to read about. While I did love the actual relationship part of things, the intimate parts were steamy and real. There wasn’t very many of them, but Cindy still makes it memorable by adding a lot of detail to the one scene.

To conclude, I didn’t expect to cry while reading this book. I was extremely emotionally invested in these characters and what was going to happen to them in the future. This is a pretty rare thing for me, so I recommend this book if you’re looking for a book that will have you hanging onto every word, and you’re not afraid to read something that most people would view as being depressing.

AUTHOR BIO:
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National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.
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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Mother Bruce

November 25, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Mother BruceMother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 24th 2015
Pages: 48
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Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?

I’m beyond ecstatic that I had the opportunity to read this adorable children’s book! Big thanks to The Irish Banana Review for hosting this blog tour. Mother Bruce is a charming and hilarious read filled with memorable characters, plot, and fabulously detailed illustrations. I recommend this for young readers, specifically K-2. Personally, I found that it makes a great read aloud book, so teachers make sure to take note of this story!

I was curious about how children would react to Mother Bruce. I found it instantly likable and immediately connected to it. However, I wasn’t sure how kids would feel about it. So to test this out, I read the book to my mother’s first grade class. The result was that they seemed to really enjoy it. They laughed in all the right places, and they seemed to really respond to what I read to them. When my mom asked them what their favorite part was, the large majority of the class responded with rather thoughtful, or at least relevant parts.

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When I read the book to the class, I wore this super adorable apron. What I like the best about this is how it goes directly with the story. That might sound like a lame thing to note, but I always love it when children’s books come with little stuffed animals or accessories like this that come from something important in the text.

So what did the children like the best about this? You’ll have to read it to find out exactly what happens, but they particularly loved the ending. Additionally, there’s also a funny reference to Bruce (who just so happens to be a bear) loving to cook and discovering recipes on the internet. They also liked how grumpy Bruce was when the goslings started following him and they found his methods of trying to get rid of them to be very amusing.

If you have any children in your life, I highly recommend considering buying a copy of this book for Christmas!

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Blog Tour: Sinful by Jennifer Dawson

November 24, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 1 ★★★★

Blog Tour: Sinful by Jennifer Dawson

Blog Tour: Sinful by Jennifer DawsonSinful (Undone, #2) by Jennifer Dawson
on November 17th 2015
Genres: Romance
Pages: 238
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ve wanted my brother’s best friend, Leo Santoro, for too many years to count. No matter what I do, he won’t confront the attraction that burns between us. It’s time to put him behind me once and for all. I have no choice but to call his bluff.And then I will walk away.
The last woman I should want is my best friend’s baby sister, Jillian Banks. No matter what I do, she won’t ignore the attraction that burns between us.It’s time she learns the real me. The only promise I can make is that her fantasies are no match for reality.And then I’ll watch her walk away.

EXCERPT:

After my liquid courage, I leave Gwen to her prey. The guy is cute, charming, and affable. Poor thing. Gwen ate men like him for breakfast, but that was his problem, I had bigger problems to contend with, namely my increasing nerves.

I’d already planned out what I was going to do, but my plans with Leo always go awry and, despite my shots and half a drink, I figure this time wouldn’t be any different.

Regardless of how I want it to be.

But I can’t focus on that. I must focus on closure.

The first order of business is to actually catch his attention and since he stood near the bathrooms, that shouldn’t be too hard. I put an extra sway in my step, tossing my hair over my shoulder. With purpose, I walk toward my goal.

The crowd parts like I’m parting the Red Sea, confirming I look plenty delectable, but as I make my way through the room, my confidence flags. I’ve looked good before, but I was never able to sway him, was I fooling myself that this time would be any different?

I take a deep breath and slowly exhale.

It didn’t matter what he did, I was going to do things differently and let the chips fall where they may. I’ve got it all mapped out. I’m not going to hint, bat my lashes, or attempt any other such nonsense.

No, I’m going to flat out tell him my plans.

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My Review:

I didn’t read the first book in this series. Technically though, it’s more of a standalone since it focuses on a new main character, but still features the same characters. Anyway, I honestly didn’t realize how steamy this book was going to be when I first started reading this. It’s not a bad thing, the BDSM thing was just a surprise to me since I didn’t read Crave. I enjoyed Sinful because it explores the relationship between a girl and her brother’s best friend, which is a trope that I’m a true sucker for. Jillian and Leo were both likable characters and I loved watching the relationship between them grow into more as the two (well Leo) push aside their doubts and act on their feelings. Give this series a try if you’re looking for a steamy contemporary romance that isn’t filled to the brim with angst.

To begin with, I felt like Jillian was a pretty fabulous protagonist. She was feisty and confident, she knew what she wanted and wasn’t the least bit hesitant about going after it. She doesn’t follow the typical requirements of what people may expect from a submissive partner. She is sassy and not afraid to disobey people, but I still found myself being intrigued with her character and whether or not she could stick to that role with Leo. So there’s a lot of reasons why Leo should stay away from Jillian. Her brother Michael is his best friend, and his friend is very clear to him that he needs to stay away from his little sister. Leo has never objected to that because Michael knows all about the nature of his relationships considering he’s also apart of that world. Despite his valid reason to stay away, in the end Leo couldn’t resist her. I felt like the beginning of the book was well done since we see how he is desperately trying to fight it, but after Jillian uses his other best friend Brandon to make him jealous, he couldn’t fight it.

If you’re looking forward to a fast paced read that features fascinating characters, look no further than this addicting book. Once I picked it up, I absolutely couldn’t put it down. I love the character growth of both Jillian and Leo. I also found their relationship as a whole to not just be pure smut, there was true development as the story gradually progressed. This was a great read with likable and endlessly fascinating characters.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later they’re married living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history. These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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Crave:

I vow. I crave. I give in.

I used to be a nice, normal girl.  I had dreams.  Good, happy dreams of white picket fences, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever.  Nobody warned me the prince dies three weeks before the wedding. 

Like any addict, I swear this time is the last….

Now, I go through my days, a shadow of my former self. I pretend I’m okay, and the people in my life pretend to believe me.  But, sometimes, when I can no longer stand the craving my dead fiancée left behind, I roam an underground sex club looking for my next hit.  It’s dirty and wrong, but I can’t stop, and my only line of defense between them and me, is the rules I’ve designed to keep me safe. With free, no-strings attached sex; men always abide by my rules. Until I meet him. 

And, like any addict, I’m wrong.

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Tour Giveaway:

Tour wide giveaway for $30.00 Amazon gift card and e-copies of CRAVE and Sinful. Open internationally.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

November 24, 2015 Features 9

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is about Thanksgiving, and I chose to make mine about the top books that I’m thankful for. This list includes many books that are personal to me, and that have helped ignite my passion for reading. I hope you enjoy my list! I did my best to include books that I have yet to mention on TTT, but that’s very difficult to do so I just did the best I could.

1. Bridge to Terabithia

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When I was nine years old, my best friend died in an extremely unexpected way. This book helped me get through that confusing and difficult time in my life. Reading this story helped me feel less alone and gave me some comfort. It’s a tragic and sad book, but the message is that some people change our lives forever, regardless of whether or not they stay there for a long time, they can still stay with us and change us for the better. I’ll always be thankful for this book for giving me that realization.

2. Charlotte’s Web

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I remember reading this in the first grade and it just stuck with me. It’s honestly one of the first stories that gave me a love for reading. For that, I’ll always be thankful for this timeless story about friendship and love.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why

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This is a truly beautifully written story that opened my eyes to the fact that everything we say affects everything. We never know what someone is going through, so that’s why watching what you say matters. Obviously, I should have probably known all that stuff, but reading it here just drove the message home to me.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest Potter fan out there, I only read the first four books, but I’m still thankful that J.K. Rowling created this magical and creative world. Think about it: this series inspired so many other authors to create their own worlds and let their imagination run free in the same way that Rowling did.

5. To Kill A Mockingbird

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Okay I know this book is pretty typical, but just hear me out. There’s honestly no other book that really spoke to me like this one did. It showed me just how unfair the world was during that time period. More than that though, it also made me want to be a better person, as cliche as that may sound. It’s such a powerful book!

6. Divergent

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This was such a whirlwind of a trilogy! Even though I’m still not over being beyond angry over the third book, I have to admit that this is still one of my favorite series. Yes, I loved The Hunger Games just like everyone else, but there was something about this one that demanded me to never put it down. I read all three books in three days over my Spring Break this year, and I loved every second of it! It’s definitely one that I’ll never forget.

7. Just Listen

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I had to include at least one book from my favorite author Sarah Dessen. I chose this one because it was the first one of hers that I read and it’s haunted me ever since. The story and characters are so powerful and memorable that it makes me want to read them over and over again.

8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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This is easily the funniest book I’ve ever read. I think that I’m most thankful for it because it’s so bold and edgy. Cancer isn’t something that is supposed to be funny, but somehow Andrews managed to make it into something real and not cliche. The only way to get through something as terrible as cancer is by using humor. In my opinion, he did this is a sensitive and honest way.

9. Speak

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Speak tackles the tough subject of rape, and it’s a beautifully written novel that I’ll never forget. Personally, I knew very little about it and how survivors go on living after this awful thing happens to them, and I still have no idea what it’s like. However, it did give me some much needed perspective about it.

10. The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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This is my favorite book of all time. It’s just so brutally honest about how difficult growing up and finding your place in the world is. Charlie is just the type of character that you can’t help but cheer for throughout the novel. His story is touching and heartfelt, it’s also very similar to so many other teens out there who feel like wallflowers as well. This is a timeless story that is relevant regardless of how old you are or what decade it is, we can all relate to the madness that is getting through your high school years. I love that Charlie finds his people. When I read this in high school, it gave me a little bit of hope that maybe I’d find my people too.

So that’s it for this list! I hope you enjoy this list even if it was a bit too personal. I’m hoping each and every one of you has a happy Thanksgiving and good luck black Friday shopping if you’re brave enough to go shopping 🙂

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Wild Reckless Review

November 23, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Wild Reckless ReviewWild Reckless (Harper Boys, #1) by Ginger Scott
Published by Smashwords Edition on March 17th 2015
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Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.

I hadn’t heard of this book until I saw that it was a finalist for the Goodreads awards. I read Waiting On The Sidelines by Ginger Scott, and I honestly wasn’t all that impressed. I’m just not typically a fan of guys that are douchebags to the main character. This should be a given, but sometimes that can come across as acceptable because the guy has a transformation or he slowly begins treating the girl better throughout the book. In this book, Owen is a douchebag but he never really disguises himself as being a good guy. However, he’s a complex character and I found myself genuinely enjoying this story as a whole. I’m dying to read Andrew’s story now!

It surprised me how much intense subject matter was packed into Wild Reckless. We have: suicide, mental illness, drug addiction, and adultery. I was starting to think that Scott’s books are more fluffy and light, but this one showed another side of her writing that I loved. I had a difficult time deciding whether to call this New Adult or Young Adult. Technically, the characters are still in high school, but we see them turn 18 and make important decisions regarding college. The main reason it’s more of a NA story is that it has more serious issues and also has some steamy scenes that aren’t so common in YA stories. So this is a beautiful story and I found myself very much invested in these characters and where they were going to end up. I won’t lie, there’s quite a few cliches here, but I think what intrigued me most was the people and the relationships that we get to see build throughout the story.

Kensi was a fairly well written character. I felt like her love for music, specifically the piano was realistic and you could feel the passion radiating from her every time she played it. Basically, she finds out that her dad cheated on her mom with someone extremely close to her. She feels like her whole reason for playing the piano in the first place was because of her father, so she drifts away from it because of the memories she has of it. Personally, that particular aspect of her personality felt realistic to me. Owen is a tough egg to crack to say the least. In the beginning, he has a bad attitude and we don’t know much about his story besides what he witnessed his father do when he was a little boy. As the story unfolds, we get to learn more and more about him and it’s impossible not to sympathize with him.

Considering the fact that they couldn’t stand each other in the beginning, the relationship between Owen and Kensi did move a little fast to me. I will admit that the steamy scenes between them were definitely worth reading. Besides that though, the actual relationship side was one that I found myself rooting for, and that doesn’t always happen if I have no connection with either of the characters. Ultimately, I recommend this for readers who aren’t afraid to read something that touches on some darker subjects.

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Sunday Post – Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2015 Features 10

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Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where we share all of our blog posts from the past week, and all of our upcoming posts. We also share the books that we’ve collected throughout the week.

Posts on my blog this past week:

Upcoming posts:

I have quite a few blog tours planned for this week as well as top ten Tuesday as always.

Tuesday: Sinful Blog Tour – Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Wednesday: Mother Goose Bruce Blog Tour – Hosted by The Irish Banana.

Friday: Stupid Love Blog Tour – Hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.

Saturday: The Family Blog Tour – Hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club.

Books collected this week:

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I received my first Uppercase box this week! I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time now so I was excited to see what was in the box for this month. To be honest, the book isn’t one that I had on my TBR list because it didn’t sound like something I’d enjoy. But I’ve heard good things about the books that Lisa picks, so I figure that there must be a reason why she picked it. So I’m going to give it a shot. If you own this book and haven’t read it yet, contact me if you’re interested in a buddy read of it.

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I also received this book for the blog tour that I’ll be doing this week, which I already mentioned. Isn’t the apron just adorable?!

Favorite posts from bloggers this week:

This is a short but honest post from Lisa @ Read. Breathe. Relax. She’s discussing how you catalog your books, and I’m like Lisa, I’m a pretty big e-reader so I think that cataloging is really important. Goodreads is great, but it can be difficult to catalog EVERY book you’ve ever read, so it’d be nice to have another app that gets this job done. I hope that Lisa finds an alternative to Goodreads for this.

I feel like I feature something that Cait from Paper Fury posts basically every week. But her post about book blogger problems was just pure gold.

I loved Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords post about accidental plagiarism. Sure, a lot of people will say that it’s not a thing, but it’s hard to be creative. We’re influenced by what we read and so it can be hard to be 100% original when we write.

Jen from The Starry Eyed Revue touches on the beauty that is reading without feeling obligated to review them.

With the holidays coming up, there’s obviously a lot of posts dedicated to gifts for bookworms. I feel like Brin from Brin’s Book Blog was spot on with her guide.

Well that’s all for this week. Thank you for reading my post. I hope that you guys all have an amazing Thanksgiving and have success with Black Friday if you go shopping 🙂

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