Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best of 2013! Plus Challenge Wrap up!

2013!!! Where have you gone???  It feels like just yesterday that I was doing the countdown with my friends for 2013! Now I'll be doing it AGAIN tonight!

2013 was such an interesting year! When it comes to reading I started the year strong, but then it sort of dwindled around summer time. But personally I think I have a pretty good excuse for that...I met someone this year.  And while I still read, I will admit it isn't my number one priority anymore.  And to be honest, it's kind of a relief!  The last couple of years reading has become a chore to me.  Authors, publishers, agents, etc. sending me request after request, and me being the type of person who can't so no...I finally realized something...READING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!

So what now? you may be asking.  Is there still a future for The Romance Bookie?

ABSOLUTELY! Of course!! The Romance Bookie is my baby! I have put so much hard work into getting The Romance Bookie to where is it today!

But none the less, the changes that have occurred over the past few months, will most likely continue.

Reviews will be less frequent.  Not only because of personal relationships, but also because next semester will be very vigorous for me.  I will be taking three night courses, plus one online, plus working two jobs.  And let's be honest, I still need a social life lol.  I've definitely gotten used to that, and I am 100% loving it!

To start off the New Year, I'm doing something EXTREMELY EXCITING!!!!!!!!! Something I've never gotten to do!  I am going to Florida to go to DisneyWorld with my boyfriend this Sunday!! We will be there until the 18th, so don't expect any posts in that time.  I have never been to Florida before!! And also I am A HUGE DISNEY fan!! Like HUGE!! I LOVE Disneyland! I got so lucky, because I met a man who also loves Disneyland as much as I do!!!! It's going to be awesome!!

While this was a year of many exciting things, it was also a year of heartache.  In July I lost one of my best friends due to a car crash.  She was only 21, and while we had lost contact over the years since middle school, she was the first person that was a true friend to me here in America (I'm from Germany, if you didn't know that).  Sherilyn I will miss you always, and always think of the amazing fun times we shared during our many sleep overs! One memory that will never leave me, is the night where we were watching Disney Channel together, and the FIRST EVER Trailer for "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" came on.  Sherilyn and I RAN screaming with excitement down the stairs to the living room where my parents were watching TV, and excitedly told them the news, as they looked at us like we were insane.  It was great! :)
I lost a few people this year that were a strong part of my life growing up, and they will be extremely missed.

Anyway, enough with the sad, and on to the best of 2013!

This years best of 2013 books, are in no particular order.  But I've picked ten of them that I absolutely loved!

Before I do show you my list though, I must admit, this wasn't the greatest year in books, in my opinion.  I read a lot of books I had been anticipating and they ended up disappointing me.  But none the less, there were still some amazing ones...so here goes!

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2013 (that I read this year! Not necessarily released this year) ACCORDING TO THE ROMANCE BOOKIE!!

This was a year of many series coming to an end!  Cassandra Clare (who I got to meet in March!!) ended her Infernal Devices series, Hilary Duff's "Elixir" series came to an end, Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard Series started and came to an end this year!, Lauren Oliver's "Delirium" trilogy ended, Meg Cabot's "Abandon" Trilogy!  So many! 

In one way it is very sad, but in another it gives me the opportunity to start some more series!! :)

On the Challenges!!

Well, let's just say I failed miserably this year!  

I only read 72 books, instead of the 100 that was my goal.  While I wanted to listen to 5 audiobooks, I only made it to 3.  I did complete my ebook challenge.  My goal was to read at least 25 ebooks, and I read 32.  With the ABC Challenge I didn't read a book for letters O, Q, V, X, Y, and Z.  I think pretty much the same letters I didn't do last year. For the YA Contemporary Challenge my goal was to read 5 new released YA contemporaries of 2013, I was able to read 15! I wanted to read at least 20 from my TBR shelf, I only read 10 ;(.  However, I will admit I didn't add very many this year! I was very good when it came to buying books!!

So anyway, that's it from me this year! I've got to get going!  Need to do a little shopping before the New Years Eve party I'm going to tonight.  Plus packing for FLORIDA!!! 

So excited!!!!


The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Racing Savannah (#4 in Hundred Oaks Series) by Miranda Kenneally

I'm so excited that I was able to able to finish Miranda Kenneally's latest novel, Racing Savannah, before the end of the year!  I had no other choice...I got it in the mail late last week, after having ordered it off of Amazon for only $5.99, and of course had to read it immediately! Miranda has become one of my favorite authors!

From Goodread:

They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

My Thoughts:

Miranda has this way of writing about teenagers that every girl can pretty much relate to.  Early on my family struggled financially, and while it got better as I got older I still had to work throughout most of high school and miss out on a lot of weekend activities.  Which wasn't a big deal for me, I've always been one to appreciate a nice paycheck ;).  Anyway, Savannah not only had a struggling family but also struggled with the fact of other people having more than she did...she judged them for it.  Now, I admit I did that too in elementary school.  Around 6th grade when my fellow classmates were getting their first cell phones, I was jealous.  I wanted a cell phone, but my parents couldn't afford it.  That's just a silly example of course, but it sucks being around people who have more money than you and can do things you can not afford!

Jack, Savannah's love interest in this one, I will admit sort of pissed me off.  While he bettered himself near the end, I didn't like him, and I was sort of hoping for a bit there that she would end up with her best friend Rory...but then he found Vanessa, who let's be honest was just perfect for him!

Savannah's dad sort of made me mad too, maybe because I'm used to having two parents that have always supported in pretty much whatever I set my heart out to do.  I get it...he was worried about her getting hurt racing the horse, but at one point he kind of crushes her dreams pretty badly...and quite honestly, I have no idea how I would bounce back so easily from a blow like that!

Overall rating:

I can definitely see Racing Savannah becoming one of those family friendly horse movies that get released every so many years.  You know the ones right? Like Secretariat and Seabiscuit. 

Miranda once again wrote a great story, where I think a lot of people will be able to relate to the character.  I do wish more could have been described on Rory's character...because the reader gets this information that I, personally, sort of wanted to know an outcome for.

Other than that, I did enjoy this one!  Miranda is definitely an author I would recommend to young readers!  Especially her novel Catching Jordan! WHICH REMINDS me, Miranda did something EXTRA awesome in Racing Savannah!!!! We find out how all her past characters are doing!!!!!!!!  Jordan and Sam make an appearance! And OH MY GOODNESS, Will and Parker make a HUGE appearance!!!! It's awesome!!

So anyway as you mind be able to tell, I definitely recommend this one! Check it out on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (however, Amazon is cheaper!  Only $5.99, versus the $9.99 Barnes and Noble wants!)

Thanks everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Audiobook Review)

Hey Guys!

So I didn't think I would be finishing another Audiobook this year, but thanks to the 45 minute commute to take my final last night, I finally finished listening to Kody Keplinger's Shut Out!

From Goodreads:

Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car gas been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention. 

Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming. 

Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.

My Thoughts:

First off, a HUGE Thank you to Kody for sending me a signed audio copy of Shut Out!!  I am a huge fan of Kody's books, love them each and every time! I'm really looking forward to her new middle grade novel, The Swift Boys and Me, coming out May 27th, 2014!

I started listening to Shut Out about three months ago.  I would listen to it every time I had to commute to school, which luckily this semester I only had to do three times (I took an online class where we only had on-campus meetings three times in the semester).  But anyway it was a fun drive with the audiobook!

The narrator of the audio was Kate Reinders.  She definitely put a different twist on the voice of Lissa than I imagined as I was actually reading the book back in 2011 when it was first released.  To be honest, the voice that Kate used, sort of made feel annoyed with Lissa.  It was very Valley Girl, and sort prissy.  My favorite character after listening to the book would definitely have to Lissa's best friend, Chloe!  She was extremely honest, told it like it is, and wasn't afraid of the consequences!  People judged her, so she would hash it right back at them!  I wish I was like that in high school!

When comparing the audiobook to how I felt when I first read the book in my voice, I will admit I enjoyed reading it by myself more.  Like I said I didn't really like the voice the narrator used.  However, that being said, Kody still came up with a fun story that a lot of teen readers would enjoy I believe!

My book review back in 2011 was:
But my audiobook review would have to be:
I would turn off the audio sometimes because I needed a break from the voice.  I enjoy putting my own interpretations of the voices in when I read, so it's always weird for me when I listen to an audiobook of a book I have already read, because all that's going through my head is, "That is SO not how I imagined them to sound!"

None the less, check out the book if you get a chance! It's a good one!  My favorite from Kody would definitely still have to be The DUFF!!

Love that one!

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Three YEARS for The Romance Bookie! (Giveaway!!)

Hey Everyone!

I just can't believe it...but it's been THREE YEARS since I started The Romance Bookie!!

Wow, I know I say this every year, but what an incredible three years!

This past year brought on my first major publisher sending me books (Atria and Gallery, which are publishers through Simon and Schuster).

Over the the past three years I have written almost 250 reviews! 250!!  I just counted them up...and can I just say I'm a little bit in a state of shock! Unbelievable!


Before I say thank you to everyone that has helped me with this blog over the last three years, I just want to say again how sorry I am about neglecting The Romance Bookie the last six months!

You see 2013 was a year of many firsts for me.  Among them was getting my drivers license, which has allowed me a lot more freedom, getting TWO news jobs, and also meeting an incredible guy.  Before this year, I had always been a bit of a loner.  I will admit at the time I preferred it that way.  However, I've been spending a lot more time with friends and loved ones this year, so that's taken up a lot of my free time.  Not to mention I work A LOT, so unfortunately some of that reading time has been taken over.

Honestly, though while I am sorry for neglecting The Romance Bookie, at the same time is it bad when I say I'm not?... Because I've been truly enjoying my life!  Getting out there has been a ton of fun! I've met some great new friends, been reacquainted with some old friends, and learning to be in a relationship!

Anyway, none the less there is no way I will be stopping The Romance Bookie completely anytime soon...reviews and other posts just won't going up with the same frequency as they used to.  I don't really accept review requests anymore from individual authors (unless...Meg Cabot if you're reading this and need a reviewer, OF COURSE I will do it!!!!), Gallery sends me some great books from awesome authors authors that I try to find the time to read, but other than that I've just been reading what I want to read!  I really need to get through that unread book shelf I have sitting in my room on these days! It's getting ridiculous!

However, I will say I think I did pretty good this year with not buying too many books!  I think I can name all the books I bought brand new (not counting thrift stores) on two hands! And they were all ones I had been waiting for already last year!

SO now to the thank you's!!

People I would like to thank...well first off I have to thank my mom. She is the reason I started The Romance Bookie.  She loves that I finally found a place to talk about all the great books I read! She loves that I found a community of people where I actually fit in with my interests! So thank you Mom, I love you!

Second a shout out to the some of the amazing friends I've made through blogging!  One person I talk to on a regular basis through email and Facebook, is Elizabeth over at Books I Think You Should Read and Yes/No Films!  Liz is super fun, and reads some great books!

Even though I haven't had the chance to talk to this blogger in a while, I still want to give her a shout out, because she is honestly an awesome person!  I actually got the opportunity to meet her early last year at Passion and Prose too, which was awesome!  Thank you Alysia over at My Little Pocketbooks!!

Another blogger who has inspired me and many others would have to be Kristi over at The Story Siren!

Now to the authors who have inspired me time and time again:

First and foremost to the author that has inspired me more times than I can even count.  Not only is she an amazing writer but also an amazing person...Meg Cabot!  Meg, if you're reading this, thank you so much for all your support these past couple years with Meg-A Readers!  When I got that first package from you trust me when I say I was jumping up and down on the street by the mailbox!  I wanted to cry with happiness! When I met Meg last year she was everything a fangirl could hope for! Funny, inspiring with her hilarious stories! It was like watching my favorite characters' personalities come alive!

Second a HUGE thank you to Lauren Clark for supporting me for the past two years!  I love your books and can't wait to find out what's next! :)

And now a thank you to the authors whose writing have been a huge inspiration for me to keep reading, and writing reviews....Cassandra Clare (who I got the opportunity to meet this year! She was super nice and awesome!), Sarah Dessen (who I still really hope to meet one day!), Miranda Kenneally (also want to meet her one day!), Gayle Forman (she was another great author to meet! Can't wait for the If I Stay movie next year!!), and probably so many others, but I'm just so overwhelmed by this milestone that I just can't think straight right now! :)

NOW to what I'm sure most of you have been waiting for...The Giveaway!!

I am giving one lucky reader the choice between one of these Two packages!!

The Contemporary Package will include:

OR the Dystopian Package:
The giveaway will be USA Shipping ONLY!! and it will end the 19th, which normally I would have it end a month after starting, however I'll be in Florida during the 12th of January! So I will be contacting right after the 19th! :)

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The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Beautiful Wedding (#2.5 in Beautiful Disaster Series) by Jamie McGuire

Hey Everyone!!

So Jamie McGuire made a super awesome announcement a couple of weeks ago, that had me squealing like a serious fan-girl!

Fans of Travis Maddox, from the Beautiful Disaster series will be thrilled to know that on December 10th (next Tuesday! One Week from today!!), the story of Abby and Travis's wedding will be revealed when Beautiful Wedding is released!

Well, thanks to the wonderful publishers at Atria I was lucky enough to get an advanced finished copy of the book last week, so of course, me being the squealing fan-girl started to devour it right away!

From Goodreads:

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

My Thoughts:

First off, let me start by saying I was actually very excited to hear this part of Abby and Travis's story.  I read a couple of not so nice reviews, from people who HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE BOOK!!! saying they thought it was "Stupid" that Jamie wrote this story.  I personally love that she did! It gave us fans that little more piece of Travis; the bad boy of all of our fantasies ;).

Now that being said, I will admit Travis and Abby's choice of wedding was't really my style.  In fact, I've always hated the idea of a Vegas wedding.  To me it sounds tasteless.  ESPECIALLY with Elvis there.  Oh God, horrible!!

Now I am not going to sit here and judge Abby and Travis for wedding location choice, but to me I don't really find it romantic to run off without your friends and family being by your side and exchange vows in front of complete strangers who are only waiting for that pay check as soon as "I Do" is said.

HOWEVER, Abby and Travis definitely redeemed themselves at the end.  NOW that was a beautiful wedding!!

None the less, this story has Travis and Abby in it.  Two characters a lot of readers absolutely became infatuated with throughout Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster.  It is pretty obvious to me and hundreds of other readers that this couple is meant to be!  You cheer for them to make it work as you read these books!

So what do I rate Beautiful Wedding?

It was a great continuation to the story, a lovely conclusion that gave us even more of a closure to Abby and Travis, one that Jamie was already AWESOME to do for us in Walking Disaster!

I'd 100% recommend to fans of the series, and even those of you that love contemporary New Adult novels and haven't read them, CHECK IT OUT!!

Here are the links for the series:

Beautiful DisasterAmazon and Barnes and Noble
Walking DisasterAmazon and Barnes and Noble
and Beautiful WeddingAmazon and Barnes and Noble

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

It's Thanksgiving here in the US, and I hope all of you get to enjoy that special time with your family, stuffing your faces with amazing foods!  I know I will be!  Can't wait for that Green Bean Casserole!  Not to mention the yummy Carrot Cake we bought for the occasion!! :)

Enjoy your Holiday! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beautiful Beginning (#3.5 in Beautiful Bastard Series)


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

This is a bittersweet moment...in one sense it's exciting to read the conclusion of a series, just because it's nice to add that final book to your collection on your bookshelf; but at the same time it's sad to say goodbye to characters you've slowly begun to know as friends...maybe that's just me though!

I love getting to know characters, and Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard series was no exception!

From Goodreads:

Love that Cover!
Back when not being able to stand each other also meant not being able to keep their hands off each other in Beautiful Bastard, neither Bennett nor Chloe could have seen this day coming.

An exasperated bride who just wants to elope. A determined groom whose only focus is getting to the wedding night. And—of course—a whole lot of name calling.

My Thoughts:

This series started off with the stories of Bennett and Chloe, so I feel it is only fitting for it to end with the first part of their story's end.  

Chloe is a strong independent woman, who I have had quite a bit of respect for since the beginning of the series, just because of her strong will to not give in to other people's actions.  Bennett is just plain sexy!  He's successful, and absolutely adores Chloe.

While thing after thing just keeps going wrong throughout the planning and even on the day of their wedding, Chloe and Bennett still know that nothing can stop the feelings they feel for each other! NOTHING!  Not even tire marks over the Maid of Honor's dress!

Overall rating:

While I have adored this series, and this book, I will admit of one thing that sort of bothered me in this one...the way Bennett and Chloe spoke to each other a lot of the times in the heat of the moment.  Yes that's just the way speak to each other, and have throughout all the books, but sometimes I honestly wanted to hear more romance in their words.  All that "Fucking" and "Suck my cock" got to be a little much for me.  I like that cheesy romance sometimes, so I thought it got to start sounding just a tad too dirty for me.  Once in a while, sure, add a little excitement into the relationship, but ALL the Time?  It was just a tad too much for me at times.  

Other than that, great characters, and a great conclusion to a great series! Definitely recommend it!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review

Hey Everyone!

So I saw Catching Fire on Saturday!!


And let me just start by saying it was amazing!

Description and image above from IMDB:

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

My Thoughts:

I read Catching Fire early late 2011, and honestly thought of it as my favorite book in the Hunger Games Trilogy!  I thought it had the best story line, the best adventure, and the most going on.
The movie was no exception!  Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job, once again, as Katniss Everdeen! I loved the new editions to the cast! One of my favorites was hands down Jena Malone as Johanna. She had some of the best rebellious quotes toward the Capitol!  I don't if it was me, but I don't really remember the tributes of the Quarter Quell rebelling against the Capitol; but Johanna definitely didn't hold back! Loved that! I found myself routing for her time and time again!

The arena was awesome!  I feel like the director Francis Lawrence (also the director of Water for Elephants) did a fabulous job bringing Suzanne Collins world to life! Absolutely lovely!

While a few small details were different, nothing huge stuck out to me!  The only thing, I'll be honest that I noticed they changed was...And sorry if this is a spoiler...but in the book Katniss lost a leg or foot I believe, and woke up with a prothetic.  In the movie she got to keep her legs! But that was so minor, and probably a cosmetic image thing for Jennifer Lawrence that they just couldn't do that to her character's image probably, I'm assuming.

Overall rating:

Five Mookies!! Can't wait to see it again in fact!

I will admit though, I'm not looking forward to much to Mockingjay Part 1 or Part 2!  First off, WHY do they have split this book into TWO movies?? Just because Harry Potter and Twilight did it, doesn't mean they have to!  Plus, both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows AND Breaking Dawn were boht over 700 pages long! Mockingjay is only like 350 pages! Plus I honestly thought not too much happened in the beginning of that one!

Second, though I'll be honest here and say once again, I wasn't a huge fan of the ending to this series.  I thought the third book was slow, and had quite a few things happen that just absolutely PISSED ME OFF!

Of course, I'll be still in theater along with everyone else next November and November 2015, but I won't as excited as I was for this or the first one.

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Some Exciting News from Atria!

Hey Everyone!
So I just got some exciting news to share with all of you from Atria!


(NEW YORK) – November 22, 2013.  Atria Books announced today a four-book world rights deal with #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. The first three books in the runaway new adult bestselling Too Far series, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR and FOREVER TOO FAR, will be published as eBooks in January 2014 with trade paperback editions to follow. Atria will also release a never before published novel, RUSH TOO FAR in eBook and trade paperback simultaneously in May 2014. The book will re-tell the story of Fallen Too Far from hero Rush Finlay’s perspective.
Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, and Forever Too Far, originally self-published by Abbi Glines, established her as one of the foremost authors of the new adult genre, selling over 400,000 eBooks each, with Fallen Too Far reaching the half a million mark. These books launched the Rosemary Beach series, which follow the romantic entanglements within a group of best friends in a small resort town on the Gulf Coast.
Judith Curr, President and Publisher of The Atria Publishing Group says, “We’re so thrilled to be the exclusive publishers of Glines’s Rosemary Beach series and to have the opportunity to work with her on building a long term career.”
The deal was negotiated by Atria editor Jhanteigh Kupihea with Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
Abbi Glines is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys (both published by Simon Pulse), Rosemary Beach, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
To read the prologue of RUSH TOO FAR, visit http://issuu.com/atriabooks/docs/rushtoofar_excerpt

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Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit our website at http://imprints.simonandschuster.biz/atria.
for which took the indie world by storm in early 2013. 

I've yet to read anything by Abbi, but Atria just sent me her latest Simple Perfection this past weekend, so I'm definitely planning on picking it up soon!  I've heard only great things! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren


Hey Everyone!!

It's been a while once again, but I've finished another awesome book, and just wanted to share my thoughts with you!

From Goodreads:

A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.

My Thoughts:

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren is the third and final whole number novel in the Beautiful Bastard series...yes I'm so sad!  I've fallen for this series this year!  Luckily this past Tuesday they released the last novella in the series, Beautiful Beginning, so I at least have one more book in the series to look forward to before the water works actually begin.

Anyway, Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren is the story of Will and Hanna.  Will was introduced to us in Beautiful Bombshell (#2.5 in the series), and possibly also Beautiful Stranger, but unfortunately I can't remember him in that one.

Hanna is this great character who in some ways very much reminded me of myself, just because up until late last year I was very much so the person who also kept her face hidden in books, and didn't do anything besides read, and stay home every weekend.

I love how she allowed herself to just let loose and enjoy her life, something that I have learned to do too very recently.  We both have enjoyed making new friends, starting new relationships, and just have fun with ourselves and the people around us!

While I have enjoyed all the books in this series, I will admit Beautiful Player was probably my absolute favorite in the series, if I had to choose one.

My overall rating:

I highly would recommend this series to adults who love romance, with a little sexiness involved!  It will have you routing for each and every character, and just wanting to know more and more about their lives!  It's like a fictional Pop Culture Magazine!  Addicting!

Something I have truly enjoyed throughout this series, is that while each book is the story of a new set of characters, the old characters are always a huge part of it!  I love it when authors do that!

So definitely check this series out!  You can check them all out on Christina Lauren's Amazon Page! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!! I'm planning on seeing Catching Fire tomorrow, so that review will hopefully be up on Sunday! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

IMM #26/Stacking the Shelves #6

Hey Everyone! It's time for In My Mailbox and Stacking the Shelves!!


From Publisher:



A HUGE THANK YOU to Pulse It!!

Alright everyone that's what I got in books this month!

Now to my recap in reviews:

Bye Everyone!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beautiful Bombshell (#2.5 in Beautiful Bastard Series) by Christina Lauren

Hey Everyone!!

So I finished another book, and just in time for me to take a new one with me when I go on my vacation to Disneyland tonight!!!

I finished the newest novella addition to the Beautiful Bastard Series by authors Christina and Lauren (yes, there are two awesome women who wrote this series!!), entitled Beautiful Bombshell!

From Goodreads:

The gentlemen from Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player are out for a wild night on The Strip.

When Max, Henry, and Will steal Bennett away for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, the first stop of the night doesn’t go at all as planned. With their scheme for a Guys Weekend completely derailed anyway, Max and Bennett begin to play a wild game of stealth and secrecy in order to have their bombshells all over Sin City.

My Thoughts:

The sexiness continues with this great edition to one of my favorite adult series!

Beautiful Bombshell was overall a cute sexy read! It was short, so nice for a quick fun read.  You get some fun incite into Las Vegas, a pretty fun place to go if you ever get the chance (I spent my 21st birthday there last year!).

 Beautiful Bombshell, also gives us a small look into Will's life...a nice preview of what to somewhat expect in Beautiful Player (#3 in the series!)!

Overall rating:

All in all a cute continuation of the series!  I will admit some parts were a bit too cheesy for me, just because of how the guys acted.  Yes some guys can act really whipped when they are in love with a woman, but I thought having two guys act like that in one setting was just a tiny bit too much.

However, I truly do enjoy reading this series, and am very much looking forward to the next book in the series, Beautiful Player, which I'll maybe be getting a start on during my trip! :)

Thanks everyone! I'll try my very best to post the IMM post this Sunday, however, it may have to be postponed a week!

Have a great rest of your week!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman

Hey Everyone!
Once again, it's been a while, but I guess that is what happens when you've got four jobs, plus school, plus relationships and a social life to uphold :).  But anyway, FINALLY finished Gayle Forman's latest release Just One Year, the sequel to earlier this year's release Just One Day.

From Goodreads:

Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began....

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

My Thoughts:

I don't know how she does it, but Gayle Forman has once again made another great young adult novel with that realistic feeling of heart break in it!  Willem is back!  This time it's his story to tell, but it starts the day after him and Lulu separated.

This book is the story of Willem's journey over the course of one year, after he met Lulu, the girl that changed everything in his life.

Willem does a lot of growing up, you learn a lot about him and his personal life; something that Lulu never truly got to see over that one amazing day they spent together.

While about 99% of the time I would say it is impossible to have these strong feelings for someone after only spending one day with someone, and still not knowing their real name, plus not knowing truly anything personal about the person; Gayle Forman has produced a novel that makes it feel authentic and possible for love at first appearance...or possibly love at first meet?

Anyway...overall rating:

While I absolutely adored this one, I will admit I enjoyed Just One Day, just a tad more.  Possibly because Willem and Lulu have this amazing adventure over the course of less than 36 hours.  While Just One Day, had a lot of serious elements to it, Just One Year took that even further.  Learning about Willem and getting into his head was really interesting and I truly enjoyed that.
I loved it, but something about it just didn't keep floored while reading it.  I took breaks in between from reading, maybe because I've been very busy, but somehow I think because I was hoping for just a little more.
I still give it Four Bookies, because it truly was a beautiful read, containing different cultures, a picture of Europe through a traveler and natives eyes, and that raw realistic feeling that sometimes is just needed to tell a truly beautiful story.

I highly recommend this one and the first companion to the series.  It's a great read, and will keep you on your toes wanting to know more and more...especially the question all us Gayle Forman fans have been waiting to have answered..."Will Willem and Lulu find their happily ever after?"

Find out!

If you haven't read Just One Day, you can get your copy either on Amazon or Barnes and Noble! Or if you have and still need to get your hands on the sequel, then you can get Just One Year either on Amazon or Barnes and Noble! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles

Hey Everyone!

From Goodreads:

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

My Thoughts:

First off, let me just say I am a HUGE Simone Elkeles fan! She is in my top five favorites list, and back in 2010 I even wrote her a letter and she wrote me back! Simone is awesome! She is great with her fans, always interacting with them online and answering questions! It's great, and quite frankly the perfect example of how an author should interact with their fans!

It seems like a long time since I read my last Elkeles book! In reality it's only been a little over two years but they are just such great reads! That being said I have a small confession, that I will admit is killing me to admit this right now...I was slightly disappointed by Simone's latest read Wild Cards.  
There was just something about it that through me off. The characters were great, the story had a great premise...that being said I will say I found myself cringing quite a few times when it came to there being overly cheesy scenes.
While I do think Ashytn and Derek had great chemistry (which is a given when it comes to one of Simone Elkeles's books), there were moments in their relationship I felt were very overdone and quite honestly if they were to happen to me in real life I'd be worried someone was Punking me.

That being said, like I said, other than those overly cheesy moments which were very few, this is still a great read! It's not my favorite when it comes to Simone's books, but it is still cute and worth mentioning.

Overall rating:

In one sense I would recommend this to the younger teenage readers because I think they might appreciate those smultzy scenes a bit more, but at the same time I can't really do that because there is quite a bit of language and sexual content in this one, so I will warn you!!! But I do think the age group for this one would be 15-17.

So that's it from me once again! I'll write again soon!! :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

IMM #25/Stacking the Shelves #5

Hey Everyone!!

It's time for my new IMM and Stacking the Shelves!!

I finally had time to make a video, which I haven't done in a few months!

From Publisher:



New Releases from this past month!! Reading Wild Cards right now!! OMG Simone it's been way too long!!  And I am SO excited to read Just One Year, the much anticipated sequel to Just One Day!!!

So that's that I got in books this month! What did you get?

Recap in Review from this past month:

(WARNING: The list looks really pathetic...)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack (ARC) (Blog Tour)

I am so excited to be asked to be a part of the blog tour of Cora Carmack's new book Finding It, the third book in Cora's Losing It series!

I am a huge fan of Cora's first three books (that's including Keeping Her, the novella she wrote for the series too!)  in the series, and was definitely excited to read this new one!

Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this one, I will admit it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for...

From Goodreads:

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

My Thoughts:

Alright, so while this definitely had some of Cora's signature humor in it, it had some major flaws in the characters that I didn't really like.  I will admit, for instance, I was not a huge fan Kelsey.  I thought she was a cliche rich girl, who spent her daddy's money to get back at him.  Honestly, I've always found those people so unbelievably annoying, probably because I work three jobs and extremely hard for my money.  While I understood completely Kelsey's heartache about her past, and how she tried to erase that pain by turning to a bottle and partying, I still found myself not being able to relate to this character at all.
I did like how she realized by the end of the novel that while she always believed herself to be a strong-willed person, that in reality she was weak...and that I thought was the turning point in Kelsey's life; the time she realized that she needed to change her ways.

One other thing that sort of bothered me was how soon I pegged the twist in the story!  I literally called what was going to happen by the second time she saw Jackson! (Seriously people, has no one seen Chasing Liberty with Mandy Moore??)  I read on some people's reviews that they were so shocked by that turn in events.

However, needless to say this book still contained Cora's fabulous writing.  It had some great adventures.  I loved the details that surfaced as Jackson and Kelsey were traveling through Europe.  And I especially liked the ending.

All in all my rating is:

While, this isn't my favorite Cora Carmack book, I am still very much looking forward to future reads by Cora!  She is definitely an author to look out for, if you're a contemporary new adult romance fan!  She has a great writing style, usually some great characters, and always adventures in romance throughout...that one you can definitely guarantee on!  However, I will warn you, these book are considered New Adult, therefore contain some mature adult content, involving sex and language...so if you don't like those things in your reading...then I probably wouldn't recommend reading them!

Here are the links to all of Cora's books:

Losing It (book #1 in the series) (which is currently only $1.99!!): Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Keeping Her (Book #1.5 in the series) (Only 99 cents!, it's a Novella!): Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Faking It (Book #2 in series) ($3.99): Amazon and Barnes and Noble
AND Finding It (Book #3 available on Tuesday October 15th!): Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Thanks everyone! I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend!

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Unidentified Redhead (#1 in Redhead Series) by Alice Clayton (ARC Review)


Hey Everyone!! :)

I've finished another book!! I was sent an Advanced Copy of Alice Clayton's new novel The Unidentified Redhead a few months ago.  Technically this is a re-release, because Clayton had this book previously self-published.

From Goodreads:

The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his?

Funny, borderline neurotic Grace is perfect in her imperfections, and the sexual chemistry between her and charming yet blissfully unaware Jack is off the charts. With laugh-out-loud dialogue and a super-steamy romance that will get your heart racing, sneaking around in L.A. and dodging the paparazzi has never been so fun.

My Thoughts:

Alice Clayton has done it again!  I read her novel Wallbanger back in March, and absolutely laughed my a** off! There was such great humor in it!

The Unidentified Redhead was another good one from Clayton!  Grace is such a sarcastic humor filled character, that made this book what it is!  Jack is such a sexy British man!!  OMG, is it weird that I imagined Robert Pattinson in the role?? Even though Rob doesn't have blonde curly hair (which is what Jack has, btw that is even more HOT!!!), I still couldn't help it :).

Anyway, my one complaint I have is the sort of unrealistic pace Jack and Gracie's relationship moved along.  It was fast! Yet at the same time, not...I don't know how to explain it without giving away too much!

Overall rating:

I definitely recommend this one!  It's a great adult chick lit read!  I will warn you it contains quite a bit of mature adult content, including language and sexuality.  It's got some great humor, including the nicknames Jack and Gracie call each other (Sweet Nuts, Crazy Top).

It was released yesterday so it's now available! And you can get your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!!

The Romance Bookie :)