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)

***WARNING***ADULT CONTENT INVOLVING INAPPROPRIATE SUBJECTS FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!***

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!!

From IMDB


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!


ATRIA BOOKS SIGNS FOUR-BOOK DEAL WITH #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR ABBI GLINES

(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

***WARNING***ADULT CONTENT INVOLVING INAPPROPRIATE SUBJECTS FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!***

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!!


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Bought:



From Publisher:



A HUGE THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO GALLERY BOOKS!!!!


WON:



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 :)