Friday, August 31, 2012

Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney Review

I'm a little late on the Cheese Touch...haha, if you don't get what I mean by that...either go out and get your hands on a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, or rent the movie.

I was first introduced to this book series my senior year of high school by a librarian.  Since then my eleven year old brother has read all of them and loved them (and let me just mention he is not a reader!!)!  The seventh book in the series is going to be released in November...which my brother is already counting down the days for!!

Anyway, as I was sitting yesterday in the fifth grade class I volunteer in, and reading the last fifty pages of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I felt my eyes welling up!  That book made me cry SOOOO much!!  I just couldn't finish it during the class, because how embarrassing is it to burst out crying in front of a bunch of fifth graders???


Anyway, to make a long story short...I walked over to the class bookshelf, and picked up Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Now, you may be wondering...Why am I reading a kids book??


Because...why NOT???!!

On The Romance Bookie I want to review EVERY book I read!! Okay maybe not every book...for instance, I will not be reviewing any of my school textbooks, or the driver's ed manual!

But you know what I mean! :)

Now to the book!!!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
Here's the description via Goodreads!:
Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, �Just don’t expect me to be all �Dear Diary’ this and �Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.

Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day. F&P level: T

My thoughts:

This book is still huge!  Even since its 2007 release!  At the elementary school I go to every Thursday I usually see at least one kid reading one of these books! They have gotten kids, like my brother, who can't stand reading, to read!!  I think it's awesome!
This series is hilarious! Before now, I'd only ever seen the movies and I loved those! In fact, I've been dying to see the newest one, Dog Days, since it hit theaters a few weeks ago!

Overall rating:
 

Great book, great movie! Either one is great, so just pick one up and either read or watch it to get acquainted with the series if you haven't already! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Before I begin, let me just say I know I'm like the last person in the reading world to read this book...okay not literally, but it sure seems like it!!, but let me just say I've been working up my emotional level to get it started...

When reading John Green's The Fault in Our Stars the reader honestly can't help but think...Life is unfair.

Why is it that the good people always have to be the ones to go first?  And why so young?

Unfortunately, that is how life is a lot of the times.  It's scary, unpredictable, and unfair. And there's nothing we can do to change it...


The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel, a 16 year old girl, who found out at the age of 13 that she has Stage IV thyroid cancer.  She's living each day, thinking it might possibly be her last, while rolling an oxygen tank cart behind at all times, to help her lungs breath.  Her mom makes her go to a Support Group, at a church near them, and that's where she meets Augustus Waters, a past cancer patient, in remission, who lost his leg due to his condition.

Before Augustus, Hazel was strolling through life, pretty much waiting for it to end.

After Augustus, Hazel has learned to live life, be happy, and to find the one thing that most people are looking for...love.

He changes her life in the most positive way imaginable.
The Fault in Our Stars
My thoughts:

This book was amazing!  It was absolutely beautiful, but devastating.  I was bawling my eyes out during the last fifty pages.  I went through half a tissue box!  I even had to stop reading, while I was in the fifth grade class helping out, because I kept feeling my eyes well up!

This is a book I don't think I'll be able to get out of my mind for a long time.  This story opened my eyes in a way, because it made me realize once again how easy it is to lose everything in the blink of an eye.  The pain, life can give you.  Cancer is an awful thing, destroying more than just the lives it takes with it; and that's something Hazel and Augustus learn in this book.

Overall rating:

I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!  I honestly wouldn't be able to understand if someone didn't like this book, unless possibly that person had/does have cancer, or knows someone who does, and knows all the facts that go with it, and found out how wrong a lot of the cancer facts were in this novel (which I wouldn't know about honestly!).  This book is touching, and I will warn you it WILL MAKE YOU CRY!!
 

But none the less...READ it!

The Romance Bookie



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Music Tuesday #35

Okay everyone, yesterday was a sad day...

Not only was summer officially over, but I found out one of my absolute favorite shows has been cancelled!!!

I am so bummed, and quite frankly a little pissed, because the season/show finale ended on a complete hook and I wanted MORE!!!!

What show??

Jane By Design ;(...RIP


So even though I know, I've already used this song for Music Tuesday in the past, I have decided to use it again...in honor of Jane By Design...

So here is this week's song...the theme song to Jane by Design "Work of Art" by Rachel Platten!


I will absolutely miss you Jane!! AND BILLY!!! I guess you'll just have to be another show put on repeat on Netflix... ;(

The Romance Bookie

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner Review

Hey Everyone!!

Today's a sad day...
Why?

One word...
School.

Summer has come and gone, way too fast, friends have left to head off to their schools, and now it's time to get back to business.

Luckily, I believe I will still have time for reading, because my online classes allow me to do that!  Which is AWESOME!!! Reviews might just not be coming in as normal as usual.  But I'm hoping to have at least one up a week!

:)

So now to my review!!

Actually before I go into The Next Best Thing, I wanted to say some back ground information about Jennifer Weiner, the author.

Jennifer Weiner is not only the bestselling author of books like In Her Shoes, which was made into a movie quite a few years ago, featuring Cameron Diaz; but she was also the writer and creator of the ABC Family TV series State of Georgia, which featured Raven Symone (The Cosby Show & That's So Raven).

Why am I bringing this up, you may be wondering?

Well, after reading The Next Best Thing, I can't help thinking that her experience on the show may have been the inspiration for her newest novel The Next Best Thing!

You all remember Raven, right??

I used to love watching both The Cosby Show and That's So Raven growing up!

She was also a great inspiration!  She was one of the only normal sized girls on TV!  It was awesome!

Well, to make a long story short, I was quite the bit sad that Raven got into the mind set of the "Hollywood Way" on decided she needed to lose weight. I mean don't get me wrong, she is gorgeous in The State of Georgia, but she was also super pretty in That's So Raven!!
Before when she was on That's So Raven and she was acting super confident, and a bit obnoxious sometimes...come on, please tell me you remember the scream!!

NO? Well, here you go, just a short video to remind you...
Well, now that I've revived your memory, and quite possibly popped your ear drums (I'm sorry if that is the case, please don't bill me for your hearing aid!!!)...let me continue...

Anyway, so yeah, Raven!

Anyhow, now to my review!!


The Next Best Thing is Jennifer Weiner's newest book! It's the story of Ruth Saunders, making her dream come true of becoming a Hollywood writer!  At least, that's the dream she's always thought she's had.

But when it finally starts happening, she might soon realize it isn't what she always hoped for.  There is SO much that goes on in the process of making a TV show, a HIT TV show!  It's crazy!  For instance, the shows that are currently on TV those are only like like 1 percent (probably even less) of what gets sent into the studios every year!!! Crazy right??

The Next Best Thing: A NovelWell, anyway, Ruth is living in LA with her grandmother, and learning the ropes of Hollywood.  Her dream show, the story based on her own life growing up without parents and only her grandmother...may not turn out to be that show anymore when it airs.

In fact, it's practically nothing like her original idea!  It's oversexed, dirty, disappointing to her grandmother, and the dialogue is way different.  So many rewrites and reshoots that Ruth has practically lost count!

Along with the show, Ruth is dealing with her personal life, of dealing of pains from the past, her recent break-up, and her crush on one of her ex-bosses!  It's tough! And the only two things keeping her sane are her grandmother, and a swimming pool to do laps in!


My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this one!  Jennifer Weiner gave me a good idea of what to expect when writing for Hollywood...disappointment, and the slaughtering of your work!  It's sad, but I bet unfortunately true!
I got really excited every time Dave (her crush) came into the picture, because I was looking forward to what would happen!  I also found it very refreshing to have a male character that was a love interest that wasn't necessarily a living God!  Dave is in a wheelchair, after a terrible accident in the senior year of college that left him paralyzed.  I thought it was great that Ruth, feeling flawed herself, falls in love with Dave none the less!  I thought that was a great change from my normal reads, where it's usually only the girl that has some sort of flaw about her, not the main guy/love interest.

Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if The Next Best Thing was a story based on her experience with The State of Georgia, just because of so many different things! For one, Ruth has to deal with the change in her main actress...the main character in her show was supposed to be a robust, normal sized girl, and was cast by a size ten former child star in the book...then after the pilot has been shot and approved,  Ruth goes to a meeting with her star, and finds out her star has undergone a major weight loss!  In fact, there's practically nothing left of her star!!

That reminded me a bit of Raven, because she was a child star....and then she lost quite a bit of weight!  Who knows though??!

There were a few other similarities I noticed between the show and book, that I found interesting.   

Overall rating:


I actually only have one complaint about The Next Best Thing and that was I did feel that once in a while there a bit too many details. I got bored a couple of times, because Weiner would be describing one thing, and it would last for like a page and a half to even two pages.
But other than that, I loved the story!  The characters!  Great message!  Just an overall really great contemporary novel! :)


The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Interview with Lisa Renee Jones PLUS GIVEAWAY!!!

I've got something really exciting today! Actually it was supposed to be on Friday, because that was the day this awesome book was released, but because I completely forgot, I suck!!

Anyhow, today I'd like a huge welcome for Lisa Renee Jones, the author of If I Were You!!!!  I actually read this book last month and absolutely loved it!! (Review HERE!!), so enjoy!


The Romance Bookie: Would you tell us a little bit about If I Were You?
 

Lisa Renee Jones: If I Were You is a story that came about because my fiancee was buying and selling storage auctions long before the shows ever came about. He found a journal and was enthralled by it. There was plenty of drama in the journal including a murder next door. He was convinced I needed to write a story about a journal found in a storage unit and began bugging me to do it. And bugging me. And bugging me! All that bugging got me thinking and slowly a story took shape. I resisted though so it simmered a long time.

If I Were You, Romance, Fifty Shades of GreyTRB:  How did you come up with the concept of If I Were You?

LRJ: I jumped ahead of you! It really came from the journal in the storage unit which wasn’t erotic but did really spark ideas like-- what happened to the author or the journal? 


TRB:  Okay, so I have to ask:  Were you thinking of Chris Hemsworth as you were describing Chris Merit?  I know I was! ;)

LRJ: You know I didn’t but I’ve had so many people say that and I completely am on that bandwagon! Yes! Chris Hemsworth! Love him for Chris. 


TRB:  I noticed some similarities between If I Were You and EL James' Fifty Shades Trilogy, what do you think of all the frenzy behind Fifty Shades?

LRJ: I wrote this story long before shades. One of my editors liked a partial for it and she sent it to her boss. It set on her bosses desk for almost a year and finally she liked it. Then right at that point the division it would have fit was done away with. My book was a no after a year. Well, in that time Shades was released and I think that plays in my favor because the market is hungry for this kind of book. For once a story sitting on an editors desk for a year worked out! 

As for Shades I just read book 1 and 2 recently and I loved them. I think EL James is a great writer. I know a lot of people criticized her but I thought her characters were very real and I felt I knew them. 

TRB: Can you tell us a little of what we can expect to happen in Being Me, the sequel to If I Were You?

LRJ: There is a real journey and path to discover in both books. Book 3 is not a filler, want to write a 3rd book -- book. It has a strong important story line and I’m excited to write it. You will get a lot of closure in book 2 on certain things so don’t worry you will have the same lose ends. But as you get closure there will be other doors that open for book 3.

TRB: What you think will make this series unique, compared to the others in the same genre catagory?

LRJ: The suspense plot is unique and so is the storage unit connection. It’s rare to see an erotic novel have a powerful suspense plot that is actually tied to the self discovery of the characters. I think that makes this trilogy special. 


TRB: How long did it take to take write If I Were?
If you take into account the years of my fiancee bugging me to write it and the simmering idea and the editors desk -- forever! I’ve never had a story I let simmer so long but I think in this case that made the characters more alive to me. I knew them well. 


LRJ:  Now to a few random Questions:
What do you prefer: Ebooks or Paper books? Why?

Audio. I listen at the gym and its the only way with my writing schedule I get my book fixes. I work out a lot so its my escape from the pain. 

TRB:  Do you listen to music while writing? If Yes, what kind, and who?

LRJ: Absolutely. It really is part of my writing. The book impacts the kind of music.When I wrote IF I WERE YOU there was lots of Lifehouse and even Staind. I need dark and gritty. When I wrote my November Blaze Winning moves which is love lost and found -- I did a lot of country music. 

TRB:   Any advice for aspiring writers?

LRJ: Never, ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do this. I had plenty who tried and if you don’t believe in you no one will. There are so many ways to get into this industry now that didn’t exist before. Find those options and get educated so you don’t get taken advantage of.


Doesn't Lisa just sound awesome! And what about her new book??!!  LOVE IT!!! I AM SOOOO excited for book 2!!

Lisa also has been gracious enough to offer a giveaway for my lovely readers!!

Through The Romance Bookie, Lisa is giving one lucky reader a boxed set of her bestselling Tall, Dark, and Deadly series (which you can read more about HERE!), a Yankee Candle, and 1 journal!  The journal is perfect for anyone looking to write something exciting, like in the case for the inspiration for Lisa's awesome novel If I Were You!!

Pretty awesome prizes right!! So just fill out the rafflecopter form below!! :)

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The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cover Reveal for The Angel Chronicles Book 2!!

Amy Lignor's second book in The Angel Chronicles is coming out on November 1st!!! SO EXCITED to read this one!!! :)


So here's the cover reveal!!
 
Doesn't it look awesome??!!!
 
If you haven't heard about The Angel Chronicles then check out my review of the first book in the series, HERE!!! 
 
The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Still on My Mind #15

Still on My Mind is a weekly meme, featured on Thursday, started by Haley over at Ya-Aholic, where you discuss a book you've either recently read, or read over the past few years, that's still on your mind.


For this week's Still On My Mind, I'm using a book I read last week.  I absolutely fell in love with this story, and haven't been able to stop thinking about.


Emily Giffin's Where We Belong is a great read for anyone!  It captured your heart! Deals with first love, heartbreak, truth, and SO many other things!
Where We Belong
Here's the Goodread's description:

The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together
 
 
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
 
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.


You can also check out MY review!

Alright everyone, talk to you later!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interview with Steven Manchester

Hey everyone!!
Happy Wednesday!!

Today I'd like all of you to please welcome Steven Manchester, the author of Twelve Months!!

The Romance Bookie: Tell us about yourself first. 

Steven Manchester: I am the proud father of two sons and two daughters.
When not spending time with my children, writing, teaching, or promoting my works, I speak to troubled children through the Straight Ahead Program and host a Comedy Benefit each year for A Wish Come True, Inc.  Visit: www.StevenManchester.com

TRB: Tell us about your new book, Twelve Months.
 
Twelve MonthsSM: Don DiMarco has a very good life – a family he loves, a comfortable lifestyle, passions and interests that keep him amused. He also thought he had time, but that turned out not to be the case. Faced with news that might have immediately felled most, Don now wonders if he has time enough. Time enough to show his wife the romance he didn’t always lavish on her. Time enough to live out his most ambitious fantasies. Time enough to close the circle on some of his most aching unresolved relationships. Summoning an inner strength he barely realized he possessed, Don sets off to prove that twelve months is time enough to live a life in full. A glorious celebration of each and every moment that we’re given here on Earth, as well as the eternal bonds that we all share, Twelve Months is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit.

TRB: When did you start writing?
 
SM: I’d just returned home from Operation Desert Storm, and was working as a prison investigator in Massachusetts. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time. I decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, the professor talked about police work but nothing else. I finally raised my hand and asked, “The criminal justice system is vast. What about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” He smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d finally done it! In his office, he explained, “There’s no written material out there on corrections or prisons, except from the slanted perspective of inmates.” He smiled again and dropped the bomb. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” Nine months later, I dropped the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue on his desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.

TRB: What inspired you to write this book?
 
SM: My wife and children. They inspire all of my writing.

TRB: Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?
 
SM: Yes—it’s hard to be successful today without social media.

TRB: What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?
 
SM: The greatest challenge for me has been time. First and foremost, I am a Dad and my children come first. After that, there are other responsibilities that need my attention. Yet, my passion to write has constantly gnawed at my soul.
To overcome the obstacle of time, I made writing a priority over watching TV and sometimes even sleeping. Once my family is taken care of and the world closes its eyes, I’m up for a few more hours each day – chasing my dreams on paper.

TRB:
SM: Be true to yourself, always.
Write constantly.
Keep the faith!!!
And NEVER, EVER, EVER quit. Most people in this industry would agree that more than talent or skill or even luck, perseverance is the one trait that will always get the job done.
Knock on every door you can, and keep knocking. I promise that eventually someone will open and the warmth you feel on your face will more than validate every hour spent alone in the darkness.

Where is Twelve Months on sale?
Amazon: Paperback & Kindle
Barnes and Noble 
eBook: http://www.booku.com/Twelve-Months/Steven-Manchester/ebook_989303.htm  



I'm definitely looking forward to reading this one!! :)

Thanks everyone!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Music Tuesday #34

Hey Everyone!

For today's Music Tuesday, I don't believe I've used this one yet...but this one is a great song!!

Lights by Ellie Goulding...

Love it!! :)

Happy Tuesday!
The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

IMM #9

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

It's time for another IMM for me!! It's already been a month!! Jeez lol, time flies!!

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.


Remember everyone, this is a MONTHLY IMM, not weekly!!


Wow! I got SO many books this month!!


Seriously!  And they were pretty much all hard copies! Which is awesome!! I even got a SUPER SPECIAL package from MEG Cabot!! So I'll be sharing the content of that! PLUS some AWESOME signed copies!!!! So excited to share with you all!
So here goes:

 Hard Copies first!!

From Author/Publisher for Review:


My Thrifting:
These book are ones I got at Thrift Stores, or used Books stores for great prizes!

Here's a pic of the store:
photo

It's a really awesome set-up!

Well anyway back to my lovelies:
  • One Day by David Nicholls (99 cents!! And even though I already own this one, I thought it was in perfect condition, and perfect for a future giveaway!!)
Other Purchased books:


Won:
A HUGE thank you to Jennifer at Some Like it Paranormal!! You're awesome!

Trade:


THANK YOU Montana!! I've been wanting to read this one for a while now!!)

Now to my MEG CABOT package!!!


  • Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot (SIGNED!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!)
  • Foretold (which is actually an anthology featuring stories by Meg, Simone Elkeles, Richelle Mead, and MANY others!!) (ARC!!!!!!) (SIGNED by Meg too!!!!)
A HUGE THANK YOU to Meg!! Love you!!

Swag:
Some super awesome bookmarks from Miranda Kenneally (the author of Catching Jordan (which is one of my absolute favorite books!!! & the upcoming Stealing Parker!!!!)

THANK YOU Miranda!!!

So here's my overall haul in Hard copies:


 Pretty insane right??!! My bookshelves are breaking!! lol


Now to the ebooks:

Received from Netgalley:


The Heiress and Her Fake FianceDante's Girl


 
  How to Mend a Broken Heart
From Edelweiss:

Destined to Play

Bought/Free from Amazon:


So I believe that's everything!!

Except one other thing to share...

I got my Business Cards this week!!!
I got such a great deal on them, and I'm SOOOO excited to start passing these out at events!! :)

Now before I go, here's a recap of all my reviews from the past month:

Alright everyone that's it from me!!
I'm off to celebrate one of my friend's 21st birthday today!!

The Romance Bookie :)






Saturday, August 18, 2012

52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody

In Jessica Brody's 52 Reasons to Hate my Father the readers get to know Lexington Larrabee is your stereotypical spoiled rich girl.  
 
After crashing her brand new Mercedes, Lexie's father is fed up.  And he finds 52 jobs for Lexie to make up for it.

...in fact if she doesn't do those 52 reasons, spread out throughout an entire year, then Lex will lose her $25 million trust fund, that she was supposed to receive on her eighteenth birthday.  
 
52 Reasons to Hate My FatherWell, Lex is 18, but no trust fund in sight...so the works begins...along with a liaison (aka Babysitter) named Luke, who happened to be the most uptight 20 year old that Lex has ever met!

Job after job...Lex is not seeing the lesson her father is trying to instill in her...until a series of events makes her open her eyes.

Her father is never around.  He hasn't been since Lex lost her mother when she was five.  Since then, his father has been working, working, and just more working.  He's doesn't seem to want anything to do with any of his children, instead opting to marry a different woman every so many years.

A multi-billion dollar CEO Mr. Larrabee has it all...or does he?  And how is it affecting Lexie??


My thoughts:

This was my type of book! It was an easy read, fun, and with a great mortal at the end!  What I enjoyed the most was knowing that even though Lexie does some pretty spoiled rich girl things at the beginning of 52 Reasons, the reader realizes almost immediately just how miss understood Lex is!  She's a girl trying to get her father's attention!

I also thought it was a great change in a story line that follows a wealthy woman, who pretty much almost loses her money, but doesn't lose her friends! Has anyone ever noticed that?? That in most movies or book involving a rich girl(s), and when they lose their money, they lose all their friends too!!
Examples:
Material Girls with Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff, From Prada to Nada with Alexis Vegas and Camille Belle, Cow Belles with Aly and AJ Michalka and I'm sure a ton of others!

Okay, so those are all pretty much either Disney and not the greatest of movies, I will admit that...but like I said I'm sure there are a ton of other examples!

Lexie's friends support her, and treat exactly the same throughout.  Okay, they go on vacation, but they tell her if she needs anything tell them and they will be there for her!

I enjoyed going through the process with Lex, as she goes from job to job and learns to enjoy herself more and more along the way!  The Taco place was fun, I loved her enthusiasm for the flower shop job! And especially her enthusiastic videos to Luke, giving him a recap of her work each week!  

Overall rating:
 

It was a great contemporary teen book! With a great moral, a little bit of a love story, and the dealing of a super unstable family!

I recommend it to readers 14 and up, and ones who enjoy contemporary teen books! It's a super cute read!

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire GiveawayPLUS Still on my Mind #14

Still on My Mind is a weekly meme, featured on Thursday, started by Haley over at Ya-Aholic, where you discuss a book you've either recently read, or read over the past few years, that's still on your mind.




This weeks Still On My Mind is a bit more special! Why? Well, I'll be hosting an US/CANADA giveaway to go with it!!

On Tuesday (August 14th) Jamie McGuire's best selling book Beautiful Disaster was released via Atria books (an ADULT publisher through Simon and Schuster!)!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)


 I actually read Beautiful Disaster last year, when it was still an Indy book, and absolutely LOVED it!!
I know a lot of controversy has been going on around this book, but let me just get one thing straight...this is NOT A YA BOOK!!!  It's an adult book!  I'd say between the ages of 17-30!


Anyway here's the Goodreads description:
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

You can also read my Review HERE!

Now to the GIVEAWAY!!!

Thanks to Atria books, I'll be hosting an US/CANADA giveaway of ONE SIGNED COPY OF Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire!!! How exciting is that??!!

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form, and you'll automatically be entered! :)


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The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin Review

A few weeks ago, Where We Belong by Emily Giffin was released.  And Target, beautiful lovely Target, was offering signed copies during the first week! So I went right out and bought mine! :)
Where We Belong

I picked it up a few days ago, and just began reading.  I could not put this book down!

Before I continue, let me tell you a bit about it...

Where We Belong is the story of Marian and Kirby...a not so normal mother-daughter relationship.
Marian gave birth to Kirby eighteen years ago, at the age of eighteen, and gave her up for adoption.  NO ONE knew, except her mother.  Not even her father, and not even Kirby's birth father.

Eighteen years later, thirty-six years Marian is a successful television show producer, writing scripts for a hot drama on TV, with the picture perfect boyfriend of two years, who also happens to be her very wealthy boss.

Kirby is eighteen, living with her parents and sister, and overhears her parents one night discussing her.  She knows she's adopted, but when her parents point that there is no other explanation but that Kirby got her rebellious attitude from her birth mother...Kirby can't help feel more than ever that she doesn't belong...she needs to find herself.

Kirby find Marian.  Marian is shocked yet at the same time can't help but be thrilled to have her daughter be standing in front of her.  The little girl she gave up after many months of contemplating what would be best for her.

Along the way, Marian tells her story of meeting Kirby's father...a man she still holds in her heart to this day, and Kirby learns a few things about friendship, family, and learning to deal with your future by making decisions fit for you.


My thoughts:
I loved this book.  Each chapter switched off in between the point of view between Marian and Kirby.  Each time I felt I was that character.  I felt every emotion.  Every moment mentioned.  And enjoyed my ride along the way.
Marian's first glimpses at Kirby as a baby broke my heart and had me wondering "What if?"  it was thrilling yet at the same heart breaking just imagining if I were to be ever in that situation. What would I do?  Would I be able to go through with an adoption?  Wondering what my little girl is up to every day as she's growing into a woman?

Emily Giffin has a way with words.  I fell in love with Something Borrowed and Something Blue last year, and I couldn't help myself but fall in love with Marian and Kirby's story.

Overall Rating:


I was a little sad to see it end, but at the same time I knew everything couldn't be wrapped into a happily ever after, but I sure am hoping that Giffin decides to continue Kirby's and Marian's story one day! :)


Thanks to MacMillan, here's a clip from the audiobook:

I absolutely recommend this book to any Emily Giffin fan! Any lover of Chick lit!  A heart felt story, involving family, sacrifices, first love, and the journey of growing up! Some small mature events did happen so keep in mind if you're under the age of 16. 
The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Confessions of an Angry Girl (ARC) by Louise Rozett Review

Set to be released on the 28th of August, Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett deals with everyday issues with almost every teenage girl out there in the world.
Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)

It's about Rose Zarreli, a freshman, starting high school with the death of her father hanging over her.  Teachers treat her differently, because they feel bad for her, her best friend is changing and only has one thing on her mind...sex.  Is Rose ready to deal with that?  She's not so sure.
That's when Jamie comes into the picture.
Over her entire freshman year, Rose deals with heartache of friendship, change, and figuring out what certain things mean with a guy.

Is Jamie different than those other sex-seeking high school boys?  And why is Regina (the evil cheerleader) bullying her about it?
Oh wait, maybe because Jamie is actually still together with Regina, but things get seriously complicated, when threats are thrown out, bullying increases, and Rose is left alone because her supposed best friend ha chosen the wrong side.

Will Rose be able to make it through her freshman year?  What will happen with her and Jamie?  And will Regina stop bullying her?
Find out on the 28th of August, in Louise Rozett's debut YA novel Confessions of an Angry Girl!

My thoughts:
I REALLY enjoyed this one! I thought Rose was so relate able, especially to any Teenage girl who has ever been bullied.  This is the perfect book dealing with the starting of high school, friendships, first love, and the difficulties of the mean girls...

I do have one thing to say, Rose had the WORST best friend ever!! Tracy is selfish, doesn't care what her best friend has been dealing with, and only cares about getting laid by her boyfriend, who everyone knows may not be the most faithful.

I found myself relating to Rose's situation in that I had similar thing happen to me my freshman year.  I lost my best friend at the time, because of her boyfriend, and how mean he was.  He said some truly unforgivable things, involving my German heritage (involving a past that Germany isn't proud of), and she wouldn't stick up for me, instead sticking for him.
Let's just say I saw her true colors that year, and we haven't been friends since.

Overall rating:


This is a great story for young readers, especially ones starting out with a tough time in high school.  It will allow them to know they aren't the only ones out there.  A lot of us had similar experiences.

REALLY looking forward to the next book in the series!!

Read it! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Music Tuesday #32/#33

Today's Music Tuesday features 2 songs!!

I just didn't feel like posting one last week, sorry, there were too many posts already, and I had the hardest time typing with a bad arm. 

Well, anyway my arm is doing MUCH better! Very glad for that!
Anyway...so as some of you may already know, I am quite the Robert Pattinson fan.  I love Twilight (not just for the book (LOVE the books!!), but also the movies!, btw, he was also FABULOUS in Remember Me!!)

So in honor of Robert...I hope he's doing well...I know I would love to help him with his broken heart...;)...

Here's Robert's song from Twilight

with the added bonus of being able to look to his beautiful face :)


And now for Music #33!!

Yesterday, was an exciting day in that Taylor Swift finally announced when her new album is coming out!!!!

PLUS during the live chat, which I happened to have tuned in to, she also debuted her new single from the new album, which will be released on October 21st, and is entitled Red.

Here's her cute new song!!!

LOVE it!!! :)

What do you guys think of Taylor's new song???!! Let me know in the comments! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon Recap!

Happy Sunday everyone!!
This is my recap for the Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon hosted Jude @In Between & Jen @Some Like It Paranormal!

During the Read-a-Thon I was able to read ALL of the books I was hoping to, which makes me very happy!!
 :)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft (Audrey's Guides, #1)
  'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy (Bombay Assassins, #1)  and Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

Here are my reviews:
And now to the challenges I made posts for (I tried participating in as many as I could!):


Now before I leave, I want to mention this is your last chance to enter my Young Adult Giveaway!

GO HERE:
FOR A CHANCE TO WIN AN ARC OF JERSEY ANGEL!!!!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Fifty Shades Freed by EL James Review (SWUR #4)

This is my fourth and most likely final book in the Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon hosted Jude @In Between & Jen @Some Like It Paranormal.

Tomorrow I will be writing a short wrap-up post to recap all I read for this super fun Read-a-Thon!

***WARNING!!!! MATURE CONTENT & MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS NOVELS IN THE SERIES!!!***

For my fourth book I read EL James Fifty Shades Freed (the 3rd, and as far as I know, the final, book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy).
Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

For a recap of the first two books in the series, please go Here for Fifty Shades of Grey and Here for Fifty Shades Darker.

Here's a great description from Goodreads, that pretty much brings all the books together:

When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven, damaged young entrepreneur Christian Grey, it sparked a sensual affair that changed both their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and ultimately repelled by Christian's singular sexual tastes, Ana demanded a deeper commitment; determined to keep her, Christian agreed. Now, together, they have more -- love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of infinite possibilities. But Ana always knew that loving her Fifty Shades would not be easy and being together poses challenges neither of them ever anticipated. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian's opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own integrity, identity, or independence; Christian must somehow overcome his compulsion to control and lay to rest the horrors that blighted his past and haunt his present. Just when it seems that together their love can conquer any obstacle, tragedy, malice and fate combine to make Ana's worst nightmares come true.

And to add just a little information I will say that Ana and Christian have gotten married, already at the beginning of Fifty Shades Freed.  And a LOT happens!!!

Now to my thoughts:

Okay, I will admit it...I actually REALLY enjoyed this one!! This one was written quite a bit better than the previous two I felt, it didn't have James repeat herself as much as she had during the previous two.  And there actually wasn't as much sex as the previous two.

Also, Christian...oh Christian...how he's changed!! The transformation he's went through since Fifty Shades of Grey, is remarkable!  Okay, so he does still once in a while bring some of his old self in his and Ana's relationship, but definitely much better!!  He actually shows so much heart in this one!

Overall, I will say this...when it comes to originality (not including the sex parts! Holy Moly those are definitely pretty unique!) EL James would definitely get a 2 out of five.  Ever since it was pointed out to me that James originally wrote Fifty Shades as Twilight Fan-Fiction, I couldn't help but see just how may similarities there are between the two!! It's quite a bit ridiculous...

Here's a list, of just a few of the examples:

  1. Both takes place in Washington
  2. Ana drives a beat up old bug in Fifty Shades of Grey, before Christian buys her a new car later on to keep her safe; and in Twilight Bella drives a beat up old Chevy Truck before Edward buys her a brand new car in Breaking Dawn to keep her safe.
  3. Christian is a bit controlling, but WAY more to the extreme than Edward.
  4. Christian and Ana get married at the beginning of the final book Fifty Shades Freed) and Edward and Bella get married at the beginning of the final book in the series (Breaking Dawn).
  5. Christian and Edward are both EXTREMELY wealthy!!
  6. On Honeymoon Ana gets bruises from sex, but through a somewhat intentional roughness, while Bella gets bruises by accident from Edward during their first time.
  7. Honeymoon near water for both
  8. Ana and Bella are both insecure.  
  9. Ana and Bella are both uncomfortable with Christian and Edward spending their money on them.
  10. Christian and Edward are both skilled Piano players.
There are probably a ton others, but I either can't think of them at this moment, or they were too big of spoilers to include here...

Anyway, here are my thoughts about Fifty Shades Freed!

Overall, I really liked this book! I know that sounds a bit crazy, especially with what I wrote above, however, listen...I miss Twilight!! You can only read it so often before you pretty much have it memorized, so I loved reading a story that brought me somewhat back into the world of Twilight...okay so minus the vampires, werewolves, and definitely WAY more beating and sex!!, but what I love about Twilight is Edward and Bella's relationship and I was able to see a lot more loving relationship between Christian and Ana in Fifty Shades Freed then the previous two novels in the trilogy.  

I will say Christian scares the shit out of me sometimes!! Okay, a lot of the times!! 
However, I will admit he has many "Aww..." moments too, especially in this final book in the series.

And even though everything always falls into place, and a lot of things are VERY unrealistic, for instance just how young Christian is and how much he has already accomplished in his life...yeah okay, that would happen (that was sarcasm by the way), I will admit...that why I love fiction! Because anything can happen!  

That's fiction! If you don't like it...then maybe you shouldn't read it??

But anyway, overall I really loved the conclusion to this series...and okay, I will admit it...I think (only because of this third book though!!) I've fallen under the spell of this series! ;)

 Overall Rating:


I guess I get now why a lot of people love these books! :)

Anyway, so that's it for my review...sorry if it was quite a lot of rambling and not so much reviewing... ;)

Hope everyone is having a pleasant weekend!
The Romance Bookie :)