Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

So Barnes and Noble is shipping out copies of Miranda Kenneally's new book again!!! :)  Yay, and I got my copy of Things I Can't Forget last week, and just knew I had to devour it asap! :)

It's not supposed to be released until March 1st! :)

From Goodreads:
Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Read an excerpt here.

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

My thoughts:

First off, I LOVE Miranda Kenneally's books!  Catching Jordan is one of my all time favorites, and Stealing Parker was absolutely great too! 

I will say though with Things I Can't Forget, there was a point where I was thinking, "Oh, no..." This book has a main character who believes more than anything in God and in her faith.  Which believe, I respect entirely.  Now what my problem was, was having a character...heck even in real life...especially in real life actually, push his/her religion on everyone around me.  That bothers me so much!  Christians and Catholics, and other religious groups are supposed to not be judgemental, and why try pushing people into believing something they don't?

Anyway, I was worried there for a second...but then everything changed!

This book is honestly about Kate's beginning journey to self-discovery.  She learns that people each have their beliefs and that being judgemental isn't hurting them, it's only hurting yourself.  She makes friends, after losing her best friend, because of a deep dark secret (you find out about it pretty much right away into the book what the secret is).

What I LOVE about Miranda Kenneally's books the most I think is no matter how different each character is from one another, the readers will find themselves finding similarities to that main character.   While I may not share Jordan's athleticism, Parker's go-getter attitude, and Kate's views in the end Miranda is able to bring to life these characters that are going through the same thing every single teenager in the world will most likely have gone through, will go through, or are currently going through!

She's pretty much the Judy Blume of my generation! Or at least getting there! :)

Overall rating:
While I didn't share Kate's religious views, I absolutely loved how she evolved throughout this story!  In fact, not only was it getting to know Kate, but also getting to know other characters, such as Matt...and even getting reacquainted to Parker and Will (who appear a LOT!), and Jordan and Sam (who make a couple of smaller appearances throughout).  

I love Miranda's Hundred Oaks Series, because while she introduces to new main characters each time, we still get to revisit out old favorites! :)

Up next...well, not until December...Racing Savannah!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Music Tuesday #60/61

So I completely forgot about Music Tuesday last week!! :)

This week's TWO songs are in honor of my current obsession, and in honor of an old obsession and the release of this Saturday's DVD...

So for my current obsession...

Pitch Perfect's version of "Since you Been Gone"! I LOVE this movie so much!!!! :) Just can't stop listening to the soundtrack!! :)

And in honor of this Saturday's release of Breaking Dawn Part 2...

WARNING: This video off of YouTube includes a scene from the ending of the movie!!

Can't wait to pick up my copy!!!! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany Review (ARC)

Coming out March 19th, 2013 Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany is a novel that will have fans of Jodi Piccoult and Emily Giffin wanting more!

From Goodreads:
Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.

But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.

Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.

My Thought:
Before I tell you I have to warn you that this book is not for the light hearted!  I had a tough time getting through it so many times just because of how devastating it is!

Heart Like Mine is a story that a reader can't really fall in love with, just because of how sad and painful it, but at the same time it is a story that will stay with you in a positive sense for a long time to come!  It is devastating, will have you smiling at a few small moments, and has that realistic feeling that will have most readers relating to the story. 

Like I said above, this is one of those books where you really have to get into a sort of mind set to read.  

Overall rating:

I definitely recommend this one!  While it is absolutely devastating and had me in tears numerous times, it was gorgeous! The characters are powerful, and Hatvany does a great job writing in the point of views of numerous characters, Grace, Ava, and Kelli (however, Kelli's POV is in Third Person, while Grace and Ava's are in First).

Definitely check it out when it comes out! :) You can preorder you copy at Barnes and Noble or Amazon! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Audiobook Review

2013 Audio Book Challenge  

So I've completed my FIRST Audiobook for 2013!! My goal is to listen to at least 5 different books on CD, or technically my computer or iPod haha! :)

Now since this is my first Audiobook review, let me explain how I will doing these...

As of right now, I only plan on listening to books I HAVE already read.
Why?  Well, because I'm trying to listen to a new perspective.  I want to listen to a book through another voice, and I'm definitely looking forward to it! :)
So goes!! :)

Title: Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Audio Read by: Mandy Siegfried

Length: 5 hours/4 Discs

 From Goodreads

Audiobook Review:

Laurie Halse Anderson created a very powerful novel with Speak, in my opinion, and I thought it was a very unique experience hearing it come alive through someone else's voice.  When I read the book, I imagine it in my own way, and it was great being able to hear another perspective through Mandy's voice (haha, funny, because MY name is Mandy too!!! Not kidding!).

Anyway my overall rating of Speak, the Audiobook:
 Definitely recommend this one! Mandy had a great voice, that matched Melinda's personality perfectly I thought! :)

If you haven't read or listened to Speak, and don't know what it's about, CHECK IT OUT!! You won't be disappointed! It's a very powerful story, that I would recommend for anyone! I actually think every girl should read or listen to this one!

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Meg-A Readers Announcement!!!

OMG I am so unbelievably excited right now!!
Diana (Little Miss Drama Queen) and I have been talking about this for months now!

And we want you all to be in the loop of whats exciting to come soon!!

For all you Meg Cabot fans out there, ones who Blog and even those who don't!  Our SECOND ANNUAL Meg-A Readers will be happening again soon!!! :)

What Diana and I can tell you as of right now is that Meg-A Readers will be once again a TWO Month long event, celebrating the release of Meg's two new books this year!!

However, it will be a little later on, as of right now, we are planning between July and September, which is when Awaken (July 2, MY birthday!!! Yay!! Goodreads has May 7th as the release date, however on Meg's website it says July :)), which is the third and FINAL novel in the Abandon Trilogy; as well as Size 12 is the New Black (September according to Meg's website), which is the 5th book in the Heather Wells Series! Size 12 is the New Black doesn't have a cover design YET, but as soon as it does I will 100% be featuring it here on The Romance Bookie! :)

So along with the time frame, we also have a couple of new things we want to add to this years Meg-A Readers!  Diana and I are throwing ideas around, and coming up with different activities that will be fun!  Plus we hope to be doing Giveaways again!!

Now here's where YOU come in!!

We want ALL Meg Cabot fans, who Blog to sign up and join!!!! :) Like last year, we're doing a Blog Hop, where all the bloggers will be assigned a day where they will make a post dedicated in some way or form to one/or even their absolute favorite author of all time...Meg Cabot!!!! :)

Here is the Linky, for sign-ups, which will be open for a next few months, so you definitely have plenty of time!  When you sign up, I will also be emailing you with the latest details on what is going on, and discussing days for you to post eventually! :)

Thanks Everyone! And I REALLY hope we get a ton of new Sign ups this year along with the awesome fans who joined in last year!! :)

And both Diana and I will be posting more information in the coming months! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

First Time for Everything by Aimee Carson

***WARNING***This Book contains MATURE Adult Content***

So one of my goals for this year to finally read some Netgalley books!! :)

This time around it was First Time for Everything by Aimee Carson, which is one of the books in Harlequin's new romance series! :)

From Goodreads:
First Time For Everything

"So tell me, suit," she said, as lightly as she could. "What exactly is a virgin supposed to act like?"Jacqueline's new boss is none other than her friend's older brother—hot-shot lawyer Blake Bennington. His control freakery and his need to always, always be right would normally send fiery, unconventional Jax running a mile—but even she has to admit he looks edible in his bespoke suit!

She's quickly realizing she's way out of her depth…but with this contained, experienced guy, trying to get him to lose his cool is just a little too tempting….

Harlequin KISS has 4 new fun, flirty and sensual romance books available every month.

My Thoughts:

I've been requesting a bunch of these new Harlequin novels off of Netgalley, because they all just look so cute!! :)

This is only my second read in the KISS series from Harlequin, I read Waking Up Married for my first book of the year!

I found First Time for Everything to be a fun cute read!  It had some really strong characters!  I loved Jax's character, I thought she is a very strong independent young woman, due to some serious problems growing up, who doesn't take other people's crap! I really enjoyed that!
Blake was a dreamy well-rounded man, who went through quite the wild phase, which ended in a terrible consequence that changed his family's life forever.

I did have one issue...I thought this book moved too fast.  I mean I loved the scenes with Jax and Blake together, just because their opposite characteristics, yet at the same time having the chemistry be very obvious as well! However, I wish there could have been a bit back story...for instance the author kept mentioning this other lawyer, Sara, who Blake's mom and sister thought would be the perfect woman for Blake, similarity wise; however, nothing ever happened with that character.  She was mentioned in between, but no real conflicts.  I sort of wish there could have been more with that.

Overall rating:
This was a cute read!  Exactly my type of book! I love these somewhat cheesy contemporary romances, because they are fun, light, and just an overall cute!

I recommend this one to somewhat cheesy contemporary romance readers! Harlequin, I have heard, is known for those, so you've enjoyed novels in the past by them, then I think this is the book for you! :)

I will warn you, it does contain some pretty graphic sexual encounters, between Jax and Blake, so if you don't like novels involving graphic sex, then you probably won't like this one!

You can get your copy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rebecca's Lost Journals: Volume 2: The Contract by Lisa Renee Jones

***WARNING***This Book contains graphic scenes not intended for anyone under the age of 18***

***ALSO WARNING!***This Review contains SPOILERS from Previous books in Series!!!*** 

From Goodreads:

Description is in my own words, since Goodreads doesn't have one...

The second book in Lisa Renee Jones's Novella series, Rebecca's Lost Journals, takes off where the first volume, Seduction, left off...with the contract that is given to Rebecca by "the Master"...

In this one, Rebecca has to make the tough decision, on whether she wants to risk her feelings in take part in this relationship that the mystery man, known as "The Master" has set up for her.  Will she say yes?  Is it something she can do to herself?

Find out in Volume 2, of Rebecca's Lost Journals!

My Thoughts:

Definitely a great continuation!  These just keep ending on such a suspenseful note, that I just want the next one RIGHT AWAY!!! When I finished Volume 1, I had emailed Lisa asking her if I could get a review copy of Volume 2 when it was I was REALLY excited when she sent me it right away!  

I devoured it in less than half an hour!  This mini series will keep on the edge of your seat, wanting to find out more and more about Rebecca, because she has all these secrets, that the reader is just dying to know!!!

My rating:

Writing, keeping the reader enthralled to keep going, and intriguing characters is something Lisa Renee Jones has a definite gift for!  I won't give it five bookies, just because originality wise, it has quite a few similarities to Fifty Shades...with the BDSM, the contract, and the beginning relationship between Christian and Ana is very similar to that of Rebecca and "The Master".

However, if you're a fan of Fifty Shades, you are sure to devour this series!  Definitely start by either reading Lisa's If I Were You, or starting Volume 1 of the Rebecca's Lost Journals Novella series, because information is given that is very important!!  I actually am very glad that I read If I Were You before I started these novellas, because I love all the characters coming back in this series!

More Later! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Toni De Palma Interview (author of "The Devil's Triangle")

Hey Everyone!
I've got a special interview with Toni De Palma, who has just released her new book The Devil's Triangle!


The Romance Bookie: Please describe "The Devil's Triangle" in a few sentences. 

Toni de Palma: Seventeen-year old bad boy, Cooper Wanderman, dies in a fire but gets another chance at heaven when Lucy, Lucifer’s sister, sends him back to earth to find a girl named Grace. What Cooper doesn’t know is that Grace and he have a shared history.
TRB: What was your inspiration for writing "The Devil's Triangle"?

TDP: My son and I spent a lot of time watching the T.V. show Fringe and I love the whole notion of alternate realities. Putting Cooper in such a crazy, convoluted world was a blast.

TRB:   Has the paranormal/fantasy genre always fascinated you?

TDP: I don’t write a story based on a genre or where it fits on the shelf. I wrote this book because of Cooper. He’s a bad boy with a good heart. He’s conflicted and doesn’t know what to do with all of the emotions inside of him. He is tremendously appealing to me. The fact that he gets to go up against the Devil is a bonus.

TRB:   (It sounds like, from the description) that the a lot of the book is in the point of view of a male character, was that difficult to write?

TDP:  Getting into the head of a male character? Surprisingly no. At home, I am surrounded by testosterone. There’s my husband, my son and my dog, Chester. They all contributed their unique perspectives to this book, not voluntarily I might add. It was fun to say things that only a teenage boy would say and be a little gross.

TRB:  Which do you prefer: hardcopies or ebooks? Why? 

TDP:  I do have a Kindle, but I have to confess that, other than reading while standing in line at the Frankfurt airport, an ebook just doesn’t cut it for me. When I get a book, I go through a whole process, sort of like my dog when he is getting ready to flop down in a spot. I flip through the pages to see how many pages it is. Then I check how many chapters it is. I read the back flap, the acknowledgments and who published it. I feel its weight and this is where the dog analogy really fits – I sniff the book. A brand new book, a book from a second hand shop and one from the library – each one has its own unique smell. Okay, call me weird. But it works for me (and my dog).

Thanks Toni!  I feel the same way about holding an actual book in my hands! I love my Kindle, just because of its practicality, but it just isn't the same! :)

You can get your copy of Toni's new novel The Devil's Triangle on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! :)

Thanks everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Review)

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks has literally been sitting on my bookshelf since the paperback came out in 2011!  No joke!

I'm a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan!  So after reading that, you may be wondering, why have you had Safe Haven sitting on your shelf for the last two years, and only read it NOW?

Well, the only answer I know is that when it comes to a Nicholas Sparks book you really have to be in the mood to read it!  Why? Because you can pretty much guarantee that you'll cry at least once by the end!  At least that's how it is for me! :)

From Goodreads:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

  My Thoughts:

Safe Haven kept me hooked from beginning until end!
It was a bit different from his previous books, just because of the overall story feel.  This one was a bit of a thriller.  However, all-in-all it still had that element that Nicholas Sparks fans love! The romance, love, finding that special someone, chemistry, some sort of was all there! :)

Overall rating:
I would hands down recommend this one to all Nicholas Sparks fans! With the movie just having been released (on Valentines Day) I'm sure a lot of people will be checking this one out! :)  I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it soon!  I totally imagined Josh Duhamel as Alex, even if he doesn't quite fit the appearance, but that's okay!  I'm sure Juliane Hough will do a great Katie too!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Beautiful Creatures the Movie (Review)

Beautiful Creatures (2013) Poster
Image from IMDB

So I saw Beautiful Creatures this morning!! :)

I read Beautiful Creatures last month, and thought it was a great unique story! And so of course, I have been looking forward to seeing the movie, which finally came out yesterday on the official Day of Love!

My Thoughts:
My blogging friend, Liz, over at Yes/No Films, told me when she saw the movie that they had changed it A LOT from the book!  I was a bit worried, honestly, even after she told me, she still really liked it.  It's always risky, and while I'm usually very open about books being turned into movies (in fact, it's very rare that I don't enjoy the movie), I was looking forward to having this story come alive!

But guess what?

I had nothing to worry about!

While they did change quite a few things, for instance one being that they took out the character Marian, and combined her role as librarian with that of Amma (portrayed by Viola Davis); this movie was still really great!

If you've read the book I would recommend going in with a very open mind though, because if you're a HUGE fan of the book, and expecting it to be exactly like it, you'll be disappointed and probably not like it.  However, while I really did like BC (the book) and will definitely 100% read the rest of the series, I was okay with the changes they made, to be honest!

For instance, because the book is in the Point of view of Ethan, they had to have him be at every scene in order for the reader to get it; and in the movie it wasn't like that, which I actually found good.
Emma Thompson (who plays the role of Mrs. Lincoln (and another character...) did an awesome job playing pretty much a psycho!  There is this scene in a church, with Macon (played by Jeremy Irons), and she moved her head all crazily back and, that was pretty freaky, but at the same time so convincing!

There was also this line that Amma said that sort of stuck of me.  Ethan asks her why does she still believe in God, when she also believes in magic?  And she replies that God made her this way, and that it is the humans that decide all on their own to be the unforgiving ones towards people who don't have the same beliefs as them.  Loved that, because it's just so true!

I will say the ending completely freaked me out!  But then because of the last line, it made it all better.  I was worried their for a second, that they were going to give it an ACTUAL ENDING, you know instead of leaving it open for a second movie?  But luckily, they saved it!

Overall rating:
I should start calling the Movie review ratings, "Mookies" for Movies to Books, instead of "Bookies" lol.
Anyway, highly recommend this one! Even if you haven't read the book, and don't plan on it! It's a great story, played by some very talented (and CUTE!!! in the case of Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Ethan. OMG THAT SMILE!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!) actors!  The cinematography was really pretty I thought (my mom, who came with me to watch it, wasn't a huge fan of the effects, but I thought they were pretty good).  I loved the costumes, and the accents!  

Definitely go out and see it! :)

The Romance Bookie :) 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

***WARNING*** May Contain Spoilers from First book in Series!!***

I've FINALLY read it!!!


I have honestly been waiting since February 23rd, 2012, last year to get my hands on Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles!  February 23rd, being the day I finished reading Cinder of course! :)

And OMG, the wait was 100% worth it!! :)

From Goodreads:

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 My Thoughts:

WOW! Just wow!  An instant favorite this one!

Now I will say I was having my doubts a few months ago, when I saw some of the bloggers who'd gotten ARCs say it was about a different character, other than Cinder.  I was thinking to myself, "BUT what about CINDER???  Her story wasn't over!!!"
But luckily, I had nothing to worry about!

This book takes off where Cinder left off, and starts off with a bang! And continues that bang until the very end!

I will say it took me a little under a week for me to finish this book. Normally, it doesn't take that long for me to finish a book I've been looking forward to reading; but for some reason as I was reading it there were a couple of days in there where I just didn't feel like reading...I felt jittery was weird!  Anyway, I figured out what it was!  It was the anticipation of FINALLY having Scarlet in my hands!!!! I'm serious! Does anyone else feel that way ever when they start a book, that they've been waiting a long time for; and they truly enjoy it, but then are sad as their reading it, because they know when they are finished with it, they're going to have to start that wait all over again for that next book??? That's the feeling I got as I was reading this book!

Overall rating:
This book is absolutely and 100% phenomenal!  I am seriously in love with this series! I HIGHLY recommend it if you haven't read it!  Everything about this series is intriguing! The characters, the unique fairy-tale retellings, the author's writing! Everything! No joke!  

Highly recommend this series to everyone! :)

Now, I'm going to go and wait in a corner until next year for the next book to be released!

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tolulope Popoola Interview (author of "Nothing Comes Close")

Hello Everyone!

Please welcome Tolulope Popoola!

The Romance Bookie: In a few sentences tell us a bit about your novel "Nothing Comes Close"?
Tolulope Popoola: Nothing Comes Close is the story of two characters, Lola and Wole, and how their relationship developed in spite of the challenges they had to face. It’s a story of love, friendship, betrayal, secrets, honesty, regrets and, hopefully, a happy ending. Lola is a confident career girl. She is feisty and intelligent; she has her flaws, but she knows what she wants and she stands for what she believes in. She often sees things in black and white, and she is not afraid to speak her mind. Wole is mysterious and unpredictable, but he’s also loyal and he’s got a sense of duty and justice. Together, they make for a very interesting couple.
TRB: How did you come up with the concept behind "Nothing Comes Close"? 
TP: I wanted to write a story that most people can identify with. Relationships are one area of life that every adult has to deal with - we’re either searching for the right person to be with, or trying to make the best of our current status. Love is a universal language, finding love is not always easy and overcoming challenges always makes a good story, so I put those situations together to weave the story.
TRB:  There is a lot of culture in "Nothing Comes Close", was it based on your own, or did you do research?
TP: The main characters in the story are Nigerians, as I am, so the cultural aspect is mine; the food, the language, the expressions etc. are from my own background.
TRB:   Would you say you put a little bit of yourself into your main character, Lola?
TP: Maybe a teeny little bit, but that wasn't deliberate :)

 TRB: What is it about Wole that draws Lola to him so?
TP: Wole is intriguing to Lola because there’s something unpredictable and mysterious about him. He is impulsive and romantic. He does bad things, but for good reasons. He’s very honest and loyal, even though it sometimes gets him into trouble.

TRB: In spite of all she learns about Wole's past, what keeps Lola so determined to keep their love alive?

TP: Lola believed that no matter what Wole had done in the past, deep down, he was a changed person. Wole had also treated her like she was very precious to him and in the end, Lola didn’t doubt Wole’s love for her.
TRB:   Which do you prefer, ebooks or hardcopies? Why?

TP: E-books are great for convenience, but I still love hard copies.
TRB: Any advice for aspiring writers? :)

TP: Believe in yourself and don’t let fear hold you back. Don’t be afraid to make some mistakes in the process, it's how we learn. Read, read and then read some more. Read the sort of things you want to write, and read things that are totally different from what you normally read. Then start writing and keep writing! Work on it consistently and never give up.

Thank you Tolulope! :)

You can get your copy of Nothing Comes Close at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Music Tuesday #59

Happy Fat Tuesday Everyone!! :)

In honor of this Thursday's release of Beautiful Creatures, hitting theaters; let's listen to Florence and the Machine! :)

It's called "Seven Devils"! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Wings by Aprilynne Pike Review

So I've been trying to read Wings for probably about the last two years!  I started reading it two summers ago off of a friend's Nook, and got about a 1/4 way through.  I ended up buying about a year ago at Barnes and Noble, so I could eventually finish it!

Well I've FINALLY finished it!!

From Goodreads:

Wings (Wings, #1)
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.

In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

My Thoughts:

While that description may be short, it is also the perfect way to describe this book!
Aprilynne Pike has an Imagination! An absolute beautiful one!  The description of the wings was gorgeous!  My mom, who actually read this one before me, imagined it as a sort of Avatar (the James Cameron movie) feel.  You know those bright colors that are in the world of Avatar? That's how my mom imagined the petals growing on Laurel's back!  

The story idea was very interesting, because Aprilynne took all the myths of being a fairy and turned them into her own ideas.  She reimagined a mythical world, into something so real!

I do have one complaint...the love triangle...
So, honestly, I'm getting a bit tired of these.
While Wings was originally published in 2009, in the midst of the Twilight Saga fandom; it brought to life the sort of cliche love triangle that every author seemed to feel obliged to write about during that time.  All in all, I'm curious to see who she will choose...David, the Human? Or Tamlin, the Faerie?  But sometimes I wonder why there has be a love triangle, why can't it just be one? 

Overall rating...

So aside from the love triangle, I really liked this one!  The world of Aprilynne's faeries was gorgeous and her descriptive words were captivating!  Overall, I'm very much looking forward to continue reading this series! :)

I recommend this one to fans of faeries and fantasy novels!  This is a YA novel, so it's perfect for ages 13 and up!  I would definitely recommend it to Twilight fans, like myself! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

***WARNING***Mature Content in this book, not intended for a younger than 18 readers!!!***

First off, look at this title...

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)
From Goodreads

How HOT is that cover?
What is it about a good looking man in a suit???!!!

I have been dying to get my hands on this book, just because of that cover...honestly!  Yes, I admit I am a book cover judger!

For some reason, even though I was accepted to review it on Goodreads, it didn't download to my Kindle, when I pressed the "Send to Kindle" button, which was a bit disappointing!

But then the other day, I get an envelope in the mail...I hadn't been expecting anything either, just Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, which hadn't even shipped yet (darn you, Barnes and Noble sometimes!! I preordered that book TWO Months ago!! BTW it's finally shipped Tuesday night!).  When I opened that envelope, let me just tell I was shocked and super excited to find Beautiful Bastard slide out!  Keep in mind this book doesn't come until February 12th!! (this coming Tuesday), so it was pretty awesome getting an early finished copy!!

I started reading it Wednesday while I was at work, and just devoured it over 24 hours! 

Description from Goodreads:
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

My thoughts:

So I don't know about you, but if I devour a book in a very short period of time, I usually love it!  
Before I continue I have a couple of things to mention, that are background info about this book...
1. It was originally published as fan-fiction piece (I want to say Twilight, because I think I read that somewhere, but honestly I didn't really see any similarities), under the name The Office.
2.  This book, while it has been compared to Fifty Shades of Grey (which I don't really understand either, since there was no BDSM is in this one.  Just because it has sex in it, doesn't mean it needs to be compared to Fifty right away!), this piece of Fan-Fiction actually came out BEFORE the Fifty Grey fan-fiction was released!     

What really got to me in this one, in a good way, was the story that occurred between Chloe and Bennett.  While it started off as a pretty messed up boss-hating-intern, and vice-versa, relationship, it soon developed into a growing love and respect relationship.

My overall rating, if you haven't already guessed...
    Because Fifty Shades was technically published in paper form before Beautiful Bastard, I will recommend it to Fifty fans.  Honestly, after reading this one though, and finding out came out BEFORE Fifty, makes me sort of rethink my review on Fifty...but lets just leave it, I guess.  
While it had some intense sex scenes...okay, not some, more like A LOT!!, I overall really enjoyed the budding relationship that occurred between Chloe and Bennett. It was the growing love story that gets to me always!

Keep in my though, like I said, it has graphic elements to it, so if you're not into that, than I wouldn't recommend this one.  But otherwise definitely check it out, when it hits shelves this coming Tuesday on the 12th of February! 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kimberly S. Young Guest Post (author of "The Eighth Wonder")

Hey Everyone!

Today I would like to welcome Kimberly S. Young, the author of The Eighth Wonder!
The Eighth Wonder

A modern Bridges of Madison County, Nicole Benson, 35, is an ambitious college professor with dreams of teaching at an Ivy-league university until she falls in love with Tom Ryan, 44, married 23 years and shattered by his daughter’s death from leukemia.
As a psychologist, I have counseled men and women struggling with extramarital attractions and understand the emotional conflicts those endure who deeply value fidelity but still feel the pull of falling in love with another, even when one party or the other appears to be happily married. These experiences led me to write The Eighth Wonder.
I was homebound for almost five months recovering from retina re-attachment surgery. This was very serious. I had surgery in both eyes.  All the surgeon could say was that it was “in God’s hands now” because my left retina almost completely fell off before it was detected. I was scared. As a professor, I made an entire career from reading and writing, so the idea of potentially being blind was difficult. During my recovery, I could not drive, bend, or even poop too hard for fear of my retinas becoming dislodged. I felt pain in my eyes, something I had never experienced, both were full of blood and I looked like I was punched in the face several times. I felt embarrassed for anyone to see me.
I had always wanted to write a novel. During this time, I thought of my father who had just died. This began the journey into Nicole’s character. I started making notes, some by hand and some on the computer. My surgeon said that using my eyes was good — they were muscles in need of exercise is how he put it and writing helped take my mind off of my recovery.
Like Nicole, I was the first generation in my family to go to college and I found Bradford, Pa in 1995 when I took a faculty position at the local college to be near my father, who lived in Buffalo and was ill with pancreatic cancer.  Using my own experience on how I came to Bradford seemed like a good place to start my novel.
As I wrote more about Nicole, a story popped out. As I wrote more about Tom, he reminded me of many men that I met in life, middle-aged, content in their lives and marriages yet longing for something more. Tom was not looking to have an affair. He loved his wife, Rose, and the life that they made together.
 When Tom meets Nicole, something very deep stirs within him. I started looking at his relationship with Nicole from new eyes — yes, repaired now with some limitations — and I realized how I fell in love with Tom. He was a devoted family man crushed by the death of his daughter. Nicole was the only person who could heal him from his grief and loss. He becomes whole again and can help her with the loss of her father. In this process, they fall in love and the story becomes bittersweet.
Like the Bridges of Madison County, they have a difficult choice to make. Nicole finally opens her heart after years of pushing everyone in her life away. Tom has never felt happier or more conflicted when he falls in love for the second time in his life.
It is so much different to fall in love when you are older. I wanted The Eighth Wonder to capture that feeling. That difference of falling in love at an age when love is much deeper. It is fairly easy to fall in love in our 20s with our lives ahead of us. It is a different experience in our 40s or 50s (or beyond). After our expectations for relationships have evolved, falling in love takes on an entirely different meaning.
I wanted The Eighth Wonder to feed that romance in all of us but also to capture the hardship of falling in love and make the story very human and very real.
Writing it became my therapy during a difficult time in my life. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world to write my novel. I didn’t know how much it would impact me unlike anything I have done before. I only hope that others enjoy reading it!

Sounds good right??

Well you can your copy of The Eighth Wonder at Barnes and Noble and Amazon!

Have a great day everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Random Post #6: The Issue of Not Liking a Book and Reviewing It

There are thousands of talented writers out there, heck probably millions.  Not all of them choose to put there work out there, while others make their way into the publishing world.

Some succeed, some don't.

To get your book published, I have heard, is EXTREMELY hard work! 

JK Rowling...who some of you may have heard of...she's only the author of one of the MOST FAMOUS CHILDREN'S SERIES of ALL TIME, if not THE MOST!! was rejected a DOZEN times before landing a publisher!

And according to this article, the only reason why Bloomsbury accepted Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is because the CEO's "eight year old daughter" begged her dad to publish it!

Judy Blume, who wrote MANY famous novels that millions of young girls grew up with, received nothing  but rejections for over two years!

MEG CABOT, my hero! My absolute favorite author received over 17 REJECTIONS, before getting The Princess Diaries in print!

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer was rejected FOURTEEN times before getting published by Little, Brown, and Company, and becoming known as one of the biggest Phenomenons in the world!

It's a tough business!

Now to the real point of this post...

I am book reviewer as some of you may know :), not professionally, I have NEVER claimed that, but I do it for fun.  I read A LOT of books!  And this has been the perfect outlet for being able to find a community that has similar interests.  My friends, the ones I know in person, don't read.  In fact, I noticeably can tell that every time I mention a book, they get annoyed.  Not all of them, but a couple. And while that hurts, for a friend to be doing that, I get it in a way, because books are the main thing I can talk about.

But at the same time, I have absolutely no intention of putting someone off from reading a book, that I did not enjoy. 

It is a horrible position to put in when an author asks you to read their work, and you don't enjoy it.  I was in that situation a few days ago.  An author asked me (not naming names) to read her contemporary romance novel.  I love contemporary romances usually, but of course there are the exceptional few where they just don't click with me.

When I accept a book for review, I don't make promises out right that I will love it, a reader just can't do that.  But I inside I know, that if I don't like the book I am going to ask the author if they want me to post a review or not. 

I, personally, just can't be one of those people that mercilessly BASHES a book.  People have opinions, I get that, I've stated mine a few times here, Goodreads, and other sites; but this is someone's art.  And unless you're a professional, you don't really have the right to talk about someone's works in a way that will throw everyone off from reading it, just because YOU didn't like it.

Every time I have post a negative review on a book here, on The Romance Bookie, I have made it clear at the end, that just because I didn't like it does NOT mean you won't!  And I love hearing opinions on whether you, yourself, enjoyed it or not! 

Opinions are great things, but there is a point where it does get to be too much, and I believe some people just don't know the boundaries.

Now, I have also seen authors get very nasty toward a reviewer, openly bashing them on their own website, which, wow, can't get anymore unprofessional; but unfortunately there is no one that can stop them.

People can get nasty, believe me, I have experienced it enough times to know.  But there are invisible boundaries that I like to keep, and I hope some of you do too.

So for the future again, The Romance Bookie is completely MY opinions, not yours, not anyone else's.  So if I liked a book, and you don't...that's okay!  If I didn't like a book, and you really wanted to read that book...please DO!  I don't want to be the one responsible for stopping you from reading it! 

The Romance Bookie is my hobby, which means my fun outlet! :)
I hope you all still enjoy it, and continue stopping by, because I love hearing from authors, readers, and sometimes opinionated people!

Thanks for reading my rambling once again! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Another favorite!!!!

From Goodreads:

"I've left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please."
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the "New York Times" bestselling authors of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist." Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own. 

My thoughts:
I'm just going to get to the point:

I thought this was such a great contemporary teen novel!  I loved the characters, the setting (New York City!!!), the story, oh the story!!! The feelings between Dash and Lily felt very realistic, in that it wasn't over done!  
I loved that Dash and Lily, at first seemed like complete opposites, but then as you go on, you realize that they are way more similar than you thought!
There are a couple of scenes I wanted to highlight, because they were just so fabulous!

For instance, at one point Dash compares people to office supplies, it was such a classic scene!
And then here's a quote (which, please keep in my mind its an ARC version, so it may have a few corrections, but this is just such a great quote I have to share!!):
"The rare boy creatures I do meet who aren't either related to me or who aren't gay are usually too attached to their Xboxes to notice me, or their idea of how a teenage girl should look and act comes directly from the pages of Maxim magazine or from the tarty look of a video game character."

Why did I pick that quote?:  Well, it couldn't describe my love life any better! lol

Overall rating:
This book is a combination of so many of my favorite things! It's got New York City!!  It's got elements of one of my all-time favorite movies You've Got Mail!  Just a perfect novel, for my contemporary Young Adult, romance fix! :)

Highly recommend it! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Music Tuesday #57/58

  Hey Everyone!
So I've been watching the new TV show, The Carrie Diaries, on the CW; and since the show takes place in the 80s, in an era that has some of the coolest music, in my opinion; I've decided to dedicate the last two weeks of Music Tuesday's to...80s!!

 Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper! Cyndi is seriously one of my all time favorite artists! She is just so awesome!!


Madonna's Material Girl, since Carrie Bradshaw is all about Fashion! :)

The Romance Bookie :)