Monday, April 30, 2012

ARC Review of "Dancing Naked in Dixie"

I got a fantastic email a few weeks ago from Lauren Clark, the author of Stay Tuned, telling me her new book was coming out soon, and that she was hoping I would read it.  OF COURSE!! I answered! I loved Stay Tuned !! It was one of the, if not the first blog tour I ever participated in, and it brought back so many great memories!

Dancing Naked in Dixie is Lauren's second novel, set out to be released on May 21st, was a fun fabulous contemporary romance novel! 
Dancing Naked in Dixie

It follows the story of Julia Sullivan, a traveler writer for Getaway magazine.  After coming back from a trip from Italy, she finds the magazine has a new boss, someone she's got quite the past with...and he gives her one final warning to get her act together, after writing a few quite not so fabulous articles, and not being deadlines, and being late for work multiple times.  To prove she can do it, he gives her a new assignment...write an article on Eufaula, Alabama and talk about their annual Pilgrimage festival.

Upon arrival, Julia has quite a few mishaps, including getting her window shield broken on her car, getting a bee sting, and other problems that come her way.  She hosted around about super handsome man, who has a not so nice girlfriend.  And along the way finds out their might be more to Eufaula than she anticipated.

Instead of "Dancing in Dixie" she finds out a lot about herself, that she had been in denial about for the past few years.

I truly enjoyed this novel! I thought it was super cute, a fun contemporary romance, with a bit of action almost in the end.  Lauren Clark has impressed me once again!  I did find the ending a little bit predictable, but you know, most contemporary romances are like that, and that's probably why I like them so know they are going to have a happy ending :).  
If you like the writing styles of Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella, than I believe you are really going to like Lauren's stories! :)

My rating:

Also a super EXCITING surprise awaited me as I read the acknowledgements in the back of the book, something I always like to do, because some authors write some really funny ones, and thank some pretty awesome people!! MY NAME was in there!! Yes, MY name!! How awesome is that??!!

That's my name in there!!
See!! The name that says Mandy...YEAH that is ME!!! How awesome is that??  :)

I want to give a huge thank you to Lauren for allowing me to read her first two wonderful books!  

And if you all get a chance, download your copies of Dancing Naked in Dixie on May 21st, next month!! :)


The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

One Day Movie...I finally saw it!!

Happy Sunday everyone!

So I don't think I've done this in the past, but from now on I have decided to make a review on movies where I have read the books.  It will most likely not happen very often, but once in a while, there will be a movie review up!

***WARNING!!! May Contain SPOILERS***

So today, I FINALLY saw One Day with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.  I read the book last year in September and Reviewed it, and absolutely adored it!  It is one of the most tragic love stories I have ever read!  So realistic, lovely, and moments of "I hate you so much right now" and "Oh I love you too!".  I just adored it!

Well, anyway, so today I watched the movie...FINALLY!!  And even though I liked it, I couldn't help feeling a bit disappointed throughout sometimes.
Let me begin by saying that the book was very detailed.  It skipped from year to year, starting off in 1988, when Emma and Dex first met and their friendship began, all the way up until 2009.  Each chapter is a different year, and each chapter takes place on July 15th.  Now you may be asking yourself, "Doesn't that skip a lot of crucial parts, of Emma and Dex's relationship?"
The answer is in a way possibly, but not the parts that truly mattered.  Each year gave the reader so much to go by, that it always kept me intrigued to continue reading.  It was very difficult to stop in fact.

Well, even though I am a HUGE Anne Hathaway fan (I mean, how couldn't I be, she was in The Princess Diaries! Which reminds me don't forget to sign up for Meg-A Readers Blog Hop!) I was sad by how much they left out.  However, luckily, because I had read the story I got a little bit more information about both characters, and was able to explain some of them to my mom, who I was watching the movie with. :)

However, the one part that really got to me was the ending...I truly disliked how they did it!  It is a tragic love story, I will give you that information, so you probably already have an idea on what happens in tragic love stories.  So all I am going to say is that at the end, the part where the tragedy happens, was done really tastelessly, in my opinion.

David Nicholls' One Day  is supposed to be a loving tragic story.  (But then again, who knows, he wrote the screenplay for the movie, so maybe he did want it to be like that), but when the tragic part happens, they full-on SHOW IT!! It reminded me almost like that part in Mean Girls at the end (I can't tell you which part, because that would just totally ruin it!)

I personally, would have liked it more if the other character would have gotten a phone call telling them, and the audience finding out that way...but the way they did, made the ending seem almost gruesome to me.

Overall Rating:
I guess in this case "Mookies"? haha just kidding! :)

Overall, though, besides that, I thought it was good movie.  Sad, I was bawling my eyes out at the end.  I thought all the parts, except the end were very tasteful, nothing graphic when it comes to sex.  And overall, it's a movie where you'll want to get the tissues and chocolate may not want to watch this one with your special someone, because I can guarantee you WILL cry!!

With Much Love,
The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

IMM #5

In My Mailbox was originally started by The Story Siren and it's where anyone can participate and let everyone know what they got in books, and other book related things, throughout a given time.  Anyone with a blog can join in, and you can post once a week, once a month, or whenever you choose to.

Okay, so I heard about all the drama going around the book blogging community...and while many will not agree with me, I have chosen to ignore it.  It isn't that I am not upset about what happened...believe me; I am, in fact very disappointed.  What she did was wrong, and she should definitely own up to it.  I guess what I'm overall trying to say (and this will be the only time I discuss this!), I am not going to get myself involved in this mess, with my opinions.  I'm sorry, but I lived through enough drama in high school, and do NOT want any more in my life.  I am a freaking grown woman after all!  A young one at that, but none the less an almost 21 years old grown woman!!

So as of right now, my decision is to continue doing IMM, because I still believe it is a great idea, and would love to share my books with you. 

So this is my IMM for the month of April! :)

All the books and Swag from this month :)
 Books Purchased:




For Review/Received for Giveaway:

First off, again a HUGE HUGE thank you to Meg Cabot and her assistant Ann for sending me that AWESOMELY amazing box of books for Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! next month!


Received for Review author/publisher:
Received from Netgalley:
Purchased/Free on Amazon:

And then I also got some AWESOME Swag this month!!

Thank you to Meg Cabot and her assistant Ann, for all the great swag!  This is all going to be given away over the two months that Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! takes place! :)

  • An Airhead t-shirt
  • A signed Underworld book jacket
  • a TON of bookmarks
  • and some awesome booklets, which inspired the background for the Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! Button!

I got this awesome swag at the Gayle Forman/Nina La Cour/Stephanie Perkins signing last week!

  • Team Adam pins (Where She Went by Gayle Forman)
  • and a "Good morning Sunshine" tattoo from Nina La Cour

I think that's everything! A TON of great things this month! Let's see what I get next month, it going to be tough beating this stuff! :)

Now it's your turn, what did you get in Your Mailbox?

Happy Sunday!

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Man, I needed a new pair of old shoes."

"Man, I needed a new pair of old shoes" is definitely the most perfect phrase ever right now, when it comes to my reading! I needed more than anything to read a book that wasn't necessarily planned, I felt like reading, hadn't promised anyone to read, was a cute fun little YA novel, and romantic contemporary!

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell was exactly what I needed!  Not only did this book have a great story line, but it also dealt with some fabulous vintage shoes!! :)

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe is the story of a high school junior, named Chloe, whose world is falling apart around her.  She's lost her two best fact they are spreading TERRIBLE rumors about her, that honestly should have her probably questioning their friendship..., she's dealing with a grandmother whose suffering from Parkinson's, dealing with the rumors her so-called best friend spread about her, and dealing with the fact that maybe, just maybe, not everyone loves her spunky go-getter, heart-of-gold attitude.

Welcome, Caller, This Is ChloeChloe is realizing that possibly she hasn't been the best friend that her friends needed, especially her friend Brie, whose been spreading the terrible rumors.   To make matters EVEN worse, her new guidance counselor has just contacted her and let her know that project proposal for her JISP (Junior Independent Study Project) has been rejected, so she has until exactly 7 p.m. that day to figure out what she is going to do for the project, unless she wants to get an F on her permanent record.

That's when Chloe's counselor signs her up for her school's sinking radio station...a station she had no idea even existed.

Inside that station there are people she's never met fact, her friend Brie would have labeled them as "Outsiders".  She realized right away, there is no way she would ever fit into that group.  But none the less, she has no choice. She can NOT get an F on her record! That is just completely out of the question, when it comes to her Doctor ridden family, of whom both parents and her five brothers are all a part of.
The only person, she has to truly talk to is her Gram, but unfortunately her Gram has been acting less and less like her self, because the disease is slowly taking its course.  But that's when the radio station's Duncan, comes into Chloe's life.

Will Chloe be able to save 88.8 The Edge?  Will she be able to save her friendship with her two best friends?  Will her grandmother finally realize she may need help?  What about Duncan?  What is up with that boy?  And will Chloe ever have enough of vintage shoes???

I thought this was a super cute novel!  I really enjoyed it! I loved the more serious aspect of it, in between, because overall it made it feel very realistic.  I had a terrible experience with friendships in high school, and I loved how this novel addressed the many issues that can occur with friendships in school, and throughout life for that matter!  Duncan's story, I really enjoyed reading.  And even though I didn't relate to Chloe outgoing personality, I loved it because she was fun, spoke what she thought, and overall never hid her emotions (which if you think about can be a pretty good thing)! :)

So if this sounds like something you enjoy reading, and you want the questions answered above, then pick up your copy on Tuesday (May 1st), when Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe comes out in bookstores!!

Happy Friday!
The Romance Bookie :)

Cover Reveal of Alight...and a surprise!!! :)

Hey everyone!!
It's almost Friday!! Yay!! Weekend!!

Today I've got something really exciting!!  I got an exciting email a few weeks ago from KC Neal!
KC has a special place in The Romance Bookies' heart, because she was one of the first authors to ever ask me to read her novel...something truly exciting when you are first starting off as a book blogger :).

Soooo...KC...and I, in fact...want to share something SUPER exciting with all of you...

So while normally, I wouldn't start off with the surprise...I am going to make an exception today...

So here's the surprise!!!

Pyxis, the first in the Pyxis Series, has a NEW cover!!! I truly enjoyed this book last year, I thought it was capturing, super enjoyable, a great concept, captivating writing!! (Review HERE, and an interview with KC Neal, can be found HERE!)

Soooooo...without further ado...drum roll please...

Here it is!!!!!!!!

 Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path. Pursued by shadowy figures and a dangerous woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world--and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.
Pyxis!! (New Cover)
If you don't remember what the original cover looks like...
Original Pyxis Cover
Looks great right??? :)

And the moment I've (and hopefully you've) been waiting for....



 Alight: The Peril (Pyxis Series Book 2)
Anticipated release date: July 27, 2012
When Corinne learns who the second Guardian is, she must find a way to make peace with the last person in the world she wants to deal with. As she struggles, her nemesis unleashes an otherworldly evil, and a mysterious illness strikes Corinne’s friends. Faltering under the weight of her destiny, Corinne escapes to the dream world. There, she meets Zane, an Australian guy with a hot accent and a revelation that binds them together and alters the path of Corinne’s life. She throws herself into fighting for everything she loves, but just as she’s certain she will prevail, she’s robbed of what she needs most.

 SOOOOOOO EXCITED to get my hands on this!!!!

Don't they sound awesome!!

And GUESS WHAT??? I did keep a surprise until the end!!!

Starting today you download Pyxis for FREE on Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK)!!!
So if you missed the first installment in this awesome series...CHECK IT OUT!!! :)

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will seeing you all latest on Sunday for my IMM!! :) (I got some awesome things this month!)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr Review

Wow, I feel so bad everyone! My heart hasn't been in my books in the last couple of weeks...unfortunately.

Here's my problem...The List!! Yes the DAMN LIST!!!! I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!

Over the past couple of months, I've been getting an insane amount of emails from authors, requesting me to read their latest novel...which you know is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Authors want ME to read their novels???!!!

But here's the problem...I ended up promising too many authors that I would read their books by a specific time, and have the review up by a such and such date.  It's gotten too much!

Over the past couple of months the fun of reading has almost been taken away from me...something that I have a serious problem with!

Here's the thing though...and I don't want anyone thinking I don't love getting author requests...I DO!!!, it's just reading is supposed to fun! Not scheduled! I now realize it is my own mistake, I should have gone a different way with each of the requests...and luckily, between May 15th and July 21st, when Meg-A Readers Blog Hop! takes place, I will be having a reading break...not to stop reading or anything...but a reading vacation of reading some books I've been wanting to reread for quite some time!

Well anyway, to make a long story short...I need a break...from reading books off of the list...I need some contemporary in my life that's what will probably be showing up here soon :).

So now to my latest review...

So I've been reading Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, over the past few days.  Before I explain my thoughts on it, I'm going to give you the Amazon summary (because Goodreads doesn't give you an idea of what the story is about at all!!), because to be honest...I don't even know I understood this book...

From Amazon :

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

 So my thoughts...
Lets see...where to begin...
First off, I am just going to come straight out and say it...I was disappointed.  I think partially it's my mistake though...because I guess Ink Exchange isn't a real sequel to Wicked Lovely, it's more a continuation of Melissa's Faery world, with some of the same characters, but more behind the new ones.  Something I didn't know, because Goodreads said it was the sequel.
I went into reading this book, excited to read more about Seth and Aislinn.  BUT NO!!

This was pretty much a completely different story!!

I didn't like the main character, Leslie...I think partially because she allowed people to manipulate her...which I KNOW isn't her fault, but it just bothered me for some reason!  And then I felt this story was very metaphorical to someone in an abusive, both physically and mentally, relationship.  Leslie, in my opinion was abused mentally by Irial.  Which is something I absolutely hate reading about.  I've had friends in abusive relationships, friends I've lost, because they couldn't see what was wrong with their relationship, they kept hoping their partner would change...I hated not being able to help them, but their was nothing I could do.

Leslie's had a tough life, and I felt so extremely terrible for her, but overall, I couldn't get into this book.  I don't even know if I completely understood this novel, to be honest.  The only character I did like was Niall, who is Leslie's love interest at first...but she ended up changing her mind, and then ended up not being able to make up her mind!! UGH!! It bothered me so much!

However, this book has gotten some great reviews through Goodreads, so many people obviously liked it...I didn't personally, but that absolutely does not mean you wouldn't.

If you've read this book, I would love to get your opinion on it, because who knows, maybe I missed something as I was making my way through it??

Leave a comment below! :)

Thanks everyone!

And tomorrow I've got something pretty awesome coming up!! Hint: It's a cover reveal!!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)