Friday, May 30, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Blood Red Road (Dustlands book #1) by Moira Young

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

From Goodreads:

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. 

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

Erin's Thoughts:

WOAH!! Blood Red Road is definitely an exciting read! There's a ton of action going on and it's always moving forward!!

I think I should start off by saying that this book is entirely written in an accent, so a lot of words are misspelled and the grammar is often times wrong.  Also, there are no quotation marks used AT ALL!! I know this could put a lot of people off to reading this book, but for me, after a couple of pages, you get really used to it and it doesn't really become a problem.  Actually, at first, it really reminded me of Hagrid's accent in Harry Potter, but you'll see that it's different :))). But the writing is so unique because it's so minimalistic, yet you get an entire story out of it and I don't feel like I'm lacking description or detail at all!!! I read the author bio and I was SO surprised to find this was Moira Young's debut book!! It totally doesn't seem like it!! And her writing actually really reminds me of Steinbeck!

But anyways, the story was...not exactly dark, but kind of bleak --in a good way!! Basically a post-apocalyptic world!! Saba starts out as a super tough heroine, who is not always the nicest, even to her younger sister, Emmi.  All she cares about is her twin brother Lugh and getting him back.  Anyways, once he gets captured, she goes to get him back, meets a bunch of people (wait till you meet Jack!! Aah!!) and gets into all sort of problems! Like I said, this was an exciting, action-filled read and there are no boring parts!! I totally recommend this to anyone who like post-apolocalypic books or really, anyone in general who liked thrilling, adventurous reads!!

Well, four and half!! I'm definitely going to be reading the sequels, Rebel Heart and Raging Star!! I can't wait to see what happens!!

Erin @ The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guest Post from Erin: Meeting Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, and Cynthia Hand!

Hey Everyone!

Brodi Ashton (Everneath Series), Jodi Meadows (Incarnate Series), Cynthia Hand (Unearthly Series) Book Event!!

Can you believe it? All three of those authors together in one event!!!! Aah!!! It was basically my dream come true!!

Yay!! So I had been waiting for this event for a long time!! I actually emailed Jodi Meadows telling her how amazing she and her books are (cause I'm a dork like that) and then I casually mentioned that she should stop by Salt Lake City, should she get the chance!! To my delight, Jodi emailed me back and told me that she, Brodi and Cynthia were meeting up in SLC for a writing retreat and that they would be planning an event!! I was so excited!! I, of course, immediately took credit for this phenomenon and told everyone (aka my mom) that I emailed an author and asked her to come to SLC and she totally granted my request!! Okay, so I massaged the truth a little, but still, cool, huh??

So, needless to say, I was SO EXCITED for this event!! Actually, more excited than I was for the Dangerous Creatures one!! And I'm happy to say that it did not disappoint!! Brodi, Jodi, Cynthia were all SOOOO nice and incredibly funny!! They had great stories to tell and they were just so fun to listen to! I think one of my favorite parts was when they started cracking up so hard at this one story/joke that they could barely stop laughing to tell the story!! I mean, how can it get better than that??!! I also loved that it wasn't an overwhelming event --no crowds!!! It was outside in this nice patio area and the people at the event were very nice as well!! I loved that it felt so personal and there was tons of time to talk to the authors!! I only wished I had stayed longer!!

From Left to Right: Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, and Cynthia Hand

So, if you didn't know already, Jodi is a fantastic knitter!! She even spins her own yarn, so yeah, a pro!! This is Sam (character in Incarnate) that she knit!! There is also Ana and a dragon, but I totally forgot to take pictures of those!! But isn't she amazing??

Oh yeah, I should also say, I got to meet Natalie Whipple! Author of The House of Ivy and Sorrow! I haven't read it, but it sounds awesome!! It's definitely on my TBR list! I do have to admit that I didn't recognize her and felt like such a dummy, but she was super nice about it!! :D

And of course, the signing part of it was awesome!! I got my copies of Incarnate, Asunder, and Infinite signed by Jodi Meadows, Unearthly, Hallowed, and Boundless by Cynthia Hand, and Everneath and Evertrue by Brodi Ashton!!

Oh!! And if this wasn't obvious before, I LOVE these authors' books!! All of them!! Definitely, definitely read them!! ;))

Erin @ The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Guest Review by Erin! Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Hey Everyone!

Here's another review from Erin!! :)

From Goodreads:

Salvage is a thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, and it explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family. 

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. 

This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can't read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change? 

Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick.

Erin's Thoughts:

Salvage was great!! The world building is so rich and well done that it really feels like you're in a different place, but there are bits of elements that are similar so that it's not entirely unfamiliar! I would definitely recommend this to people and it was just such a fun and unique read.  I love the language that Duncan used! It was, of course, English, but the way she'd structure her sentences and use certain works was really awesome!! It's hard to explain, but hopefully you'll understand what I mean if/when you read it! :D

My absolute favorite part of the book had to be the transformation of Ava! She starts out as such a meek and submissive girl (though she has a tiny hint of rebellion that you'll see) but then as the book progresses, you can definitely see the change she's going through as a character and how much more confident and starts trusting in herself more. Haha, that sounded kind cheesy, but it's really how I feel about this book!! That being said, I would say that this is more of a character based book, so there's not a ton of action going on (there's some!), which doesn't really bother me, but it might for others!

The only thing I would have to say is that there is this one section where Ava ends up in school, which I thought was a bit odd and I'm not sure if it's going to come up again, but it was pretty brief in the book, so we'll see what happens in the next book!!

Overall rating:

Well, four and a half! Like I said, the school part seemed a little odd to me and some of the other scenes seems sort of abrupt, but nevertheless I enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read the sequel!! By the way, I just have to mention that the cover is so awesome!! I know, don't judge books by their covers, but for this one, I would definitely say that book lives up to the cover or vice versa! 

Erin @ The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Guest Post from Erin!!! Author Event featuring Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Shannon Hale and So Many Others! :)

From Erin:

So last Tuesday I was able to attend the launching event for Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's new book Dangerous Creatures!! So a lot of you probably know this, but this is a spin off series from Beautiful Creatures featuring Lena's cousin Ridley (and Link)!

The event was JUST AWESOME!! Not only were Kami and Margaret there, but the amazing Shannon Hale, author of Goose Girl, was the mediator!! And in addition to the panel members, Ally Condie (Matched), Ann Dee Ellis (The End or Something Like That), Christina Hobbs aka the Christina of Christina Lauren (Sweet Filthy Boy), and some others!! I got to talk to Ally Condie and tell her how much I love her books, but unfortunately I haven't read Ann Dee Ellis, and I didn't even recognize Christina Lauren until way afterwards, although I haven't read her books either :(.  There was also a band, Dom Liberati, that played during the signing.

From Left to Right: Kami Garcia, Shannon Hale, and Margaret Stohl

From Left to Right: Christina Hobbs (the Christina from the author duo Christina Lauren), Unknown, Kami Garcia, Shannon Hale, and Margaret Stohl

From Left to Right: Unknown, Kami Garcia, Shannon Hale, Margaret Stohl,  Ally Condie, and Ann Dee Ellis

So, no surprise, Kami, Margie, and Shannon were all so hilarious! The conversations and stories they told were so funny and it was just very natural! You could definitely tell that they were all friends!! They are all super cool authors!  So nice and kind to fans!! I saw Margaret Stohl at the LA Book Fest about a month ago, but it was really fun to see her with Kami!! And Shannon Hale's been kind of my hero since I was eleven, so of course, I was thrilled to finally meet her and she totally was the best!!

Anyways, after the panel, there was, of course, a signing!! I took my copies of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Chaos (I only have the first and third --don't ask me why, cause I have no idea) as well as Goose Girl and got them signed!!

Anyways, this was a great event! I had so much fun! The only thing I have to complain about is that the music was REALLY loud -- or at least really loud for a book event.  It was just so hard to talk to the authors (or anyone) because you had to yell everything you were saying to be heard over the music.  And the music itself wasn't bad! It was actually good!! It just wasn't right for a signing :).  But all in all, I had a blast!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack (ARC)

Hey Everyone!!

So I finished Cora Carmack's newest novel All Lined Up, the first book in her new series Rusk University, and I'm so darn excited to share with you my review!!

When I was given the opportunity to review this one a few months ago for the blog tour, I instantly jumped at the chance; which for some of you, if you've been reading up on my blog for a while now, know that I haven't been the best reader in the past months, therefore haven't really been accepting any review request/blog tour dates, only because my schedule has been so crazy busy, I just haven't had the chance to read as much as I've wanted!

Anyway, I did it! I read my first blog tour book in like almost a year, I think!! Therefore, it's time to give myself a pat on the back ;).

From Goodreads:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

My Thoughts:

Wow, Wow, WOW Guys!  Cora Carmack has definitely done it again! I'm honestly pretty much obsessed with her books!  Her Losing It Series was one of my favorites last year, so of course I would jump at the chance to get to read her newest one!

The only thing I have to complain about is...CORA, DO I REALLY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT FALL FOR THE NEXT ONE???!!!!

WHY??? Why would you do this to me??!!!

Anyway, if you haven't already been able to tell, I loved All Lined Up!  It had everything I look for in a book! A great escape from the real world, great characters, a great plot line/story, just all around a great New Adult book!

While I was starting to think I was over the New Adult genre for a while, I must say this one has brought me back into it!

I don't know what it is, but when football and a love story get put together, it just usually always ends up great! And I'm not even a football fan!! Maybe it's those sexy rugged football players that just do it for me ;).

Anyway, if you haven't already guessed...My overall rating for this one:

 I think if you're a fan of New Adult, looking for a fun easy romantic read, then All Lined Up, is the book for you!  You'll find yourself falling for Dallas and Carson, and routing for them to get it on, ahem, I mean, fall in love of course ;).  Highly recommend it.  It's just the perfect feel good story, with life lessons, self-discovery, college life, shyness, love, etc. and so much more! That build up from Carson and Dallas becoming friends to finally giving the next step a try was just great!

All Lined Up is officially available now, so get your copy today!! It's available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as where ever else books are sold! :)

Have a great week everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Hey Everyone!

I hope all of you are having a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!  I'm excited because I not only got the day off today, but FINALS ARE OVER!!! Which means...SUMMER SUMMER TIME!!

Which also makes Cress by Marissa Meyer (the 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles) my first official Summer Read!! :)

From Goodreads:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Thoughts:

I think I've mentioned this before, most likely in my Cinder or/and Scarlet review, but I'll just say it again...I am a huge fairytale fan!  Always have been!  I grew up with them, the original ones, I should mention.  I am German (born there!), so Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers are in my blood!! ;)

Anyway, while the first book in the Lunar Chronicles was a unique retelling of Cinderella (Cinder), and the second about Little-Red-Riding Hood (Scarlet), the latest book in the Lunar Chronicles, is the futuristic retelling of Rapunzel, or as Marissa calls her, Cress.  Rapunzel, alongside Cinderella, has always been one of my absolute favorite fairytales!  In fact, Disney's Tangled is probably one of my absolute favorite movies!!! :)  My boyfriend bought it for me for Christmas on Special Edition Blu-Ray, 3-D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack!  He's pretty darn amazing! :)

Anyway, Cress!!!  So it took me a while to read this one, not because I didn't like it, oh heck no, it was nothing like that!! I just haven't all that much time, and for some reason I kept forgetting about it, even though I had started it when it first came out back in early February!!  It's just that I wanted to be in the mind set when I read this one, if that makes sense?!

Cress is the perfect continuation to the Lunar Chronicles!  It's the continuation of Cinder trying to save Earth along with the people she meets along the way, Scarlet and Wolf (who we met in the last book in the series, Scarlet), Captain Thorne (who we also met in Scarlet), Dr. Erland and Emperor Kai (who we first met in Cinder), and then now Cress!

Cress has been trapped in a Satellite for over a decade now, hacking into Earth's security systems and Newsfeeds for Mistress Sybil, who is the Lunar Queen, Queen Levena's, right hand woman.
Cress has always known what she is forced to do is wrong, and has even kept many things secret from Sybil and her Majesty.  So when her escape finally comes after all these years, in the form of Cinder, the handsome Captain Thorne, Iko (Cinder's super smart computer system), Scarlet, and Wolf, she jumps on the chance to help even further!!

Things get complicated along the way, which of course is necessary for any great story line, especially a continuing series like this one!!

I am so looking forward to what Marissa has in store for us with the conclusion of this amazing series!! Winter, which is expected to hit shelves and E-readers February of 2015, is going to be a much anticipated on many readers lists for next year!

I sure can't wait!!

Overall rating:

HIGHLY recommend this one!! Of course to people who read and loved Cinder and Scarlet! But also I would recommend this series in a heart beat to anyone who loves adventures, mystery, thrill seekers, fantasy lovers, fairytale lovers, just to everyone!! I've actually a couple of people to read this series, and they've loved it!! In fact, one of them borrowed my copy of Cinder from me, and loved it so much, that she couldn't wait to get the next one from me that she ended up buying it right away!

If you want your own copies, head on over to your nearest book store or online store!

Here are links for each of the books in the series:

CinderAmazon (ONLY $2.99 right now!!!!) and Barnes and Noble (only $5.86 for the paperback!)
ScarletAmazon and Barnes and Noble
CressAmazon and Barnes and Noble!

You can also get the first FIVE chapters for free from each book on Amazon! So if you're completely convinced check that out! :)

Hope you all have a great long weekend! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski (ARC)

And it's Tuesday! :)

I can't believe this is the fourth day in a row that I have a post to post!!  WOW, a new least for the past year! ;)

Anyway, I finished Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski yesterday!!

From Goodreads:

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have).

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.

My Thoughts:

Wow, this was a hilarious one! But if I remember correctly I felt the exact same way about Sarah's Ten Things We Did, that We Probably Shouldn't Have!

What I found the most interesting, and to be honest, what I was the most skeptical about at the beginning, was the first person point of view when talking about "we".  This book is about each and every single character that has the ESP (telepathy) in the book.

While at first I was skeptical, I ended up really loving it, because it did make this book very unique!

What I loved probably the most was hearing the thoughts! OMG I laughed out loud multiple times, that I even ended up writing down a few of them.  For instance, when they find out their nurse, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper...CLASSIC!  Or Mackenzie's first night, hearing her what her parent's are thinking in the next room...EWWW but also hilarious!  Rayna (who actually isn't mentioned all that often throughout the book) finds out her first evening of having the ESP that she was born with a sixth finger and that her parents just have never told her (they removed it as soon as she was born).  Pi hearing her teacher's thought, "Peanut butter and pickle sandwich" for dinner?  YUCK!  The twin's (Daniel and Dave's) thoughts when they have to wrestle each other ("You're ugly") LOL.

Just so many great hilarious moments in this book!

The characters were all good!  I did get annoyed with Mackenzie a lot of the times, because she really did like to do self-sabotaging on herself.  Cooper I felt extremely sorry for, especially since he was just this happy-go-lucky guy before the whole ESP happened.  Pi, I will admit I wanted to punch her in the face multiple times.  Tess, I will admit while I found it annoying, I get why Tess was mad at the girl, the guy she had a huge crush on was into.  I've been there, unfortunately.  Jealously does weird things to you!

I did like the struggles they all went through with their frustration of having to constantly listen to everyone around them, especially those that had it too, because they all knew their secrets weren't safe anymore.  But then at the same time realizing what a gift it was.

It's funny, because about a week ago, before I started reading this one, my boyfriend and I were talking about "If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be and why?" and I had actually answered "mind reading, because I would love to know what people actually thought of each other."  After reading this book, I quickly mended it, I would like to be the only one that can read other's minds, and I want to be able to shut it off whenever I want LOL.

Overall rating:

Any book that can make me laugh more than once (and not from being terrible), deserves a Five bookie rating in my opinion!  I would definitely recommend this one, to YA readers!  It's got the realistic feel, because it's teenagers going through teenage things and problems, then it's got the paranormal aspect with the ESP.  Plus the hilarity!  Definitely check it out if you get a chance!

You can get your copy either at AmazonBarnes and Noble, or wherever else books are sold! :)

Have a great week everyone!

The Romance Bookie :) 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally

And it's Monday Everyone!! But to cheer all of you up I'd like to introduce once again Erin, who I first introduced to everyone on Saturday !  

Erin has written her first guest review for The Romance Bookie, and it's...Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally!! One of my absolute favorites!!!

From Erin:

From Goodreads:


What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

Erin's Thoughts:

IT WAS GREAT!! I loved it so much! I stayed up until three o'clock in the morning because I just did not want to put it down and trust me, I paid for it the next day, but it was worth it! To be perfectly honest, I don't read too many YA contemporaries (although I have been branching out lately) and often they don't interest me, BUT Catching Jordan was amazing! It was so adorable! I mean, I've always wondered why more women don't play football, so reading about a girl who does play and is really good was really refreshing and so different from a lot of the books already out there.  I love the struggle Jordan has with being a female football play -- especially with how her famous football father disapproves as well as how she handles being around guys all the time.  

And the romance was great, too! Jordan has never truly had a crush before, so when Ty, the new football player comes around, it's really cute how she tries to work out her feelings.  In addition, she and her best friend, Henry, have a great relationship, which was a lot of fun read.  Now, I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that one part of the book I had a slight suspicion about totally threw me off in a totally good way!  Sorry that's so vague, but I don't want to ruin it for anybody because I love how I was completely blindsided by this!

So my overall rating...

Five bookies!

This is a book I would definitely read again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to other people! I saw that Miranda Kenneally has some other books similar to Catching Jordan, so maybe I'll give those a read in the future.  For now, I'm reading Salvage by Alexandra Duncan! I'm about a hundred page in and I like it so far, so hopefully it stays that way! Anyway, thanks so much again!! See ya next time! :D

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happenstance (Happenstance #1) by Jamie McGuire (Novella)

Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous Mother's out there in the world!! I know my brother and I are trying everything today to spoil our mom! :)

I've been a fan of Jamie McGuire's since I read Beautiful Disaster in October of 2011, when it was actually still a self-published novel!  I just absolutely devoured that book!!

So when I found out Jamie McGuire was publishing a new novella series, in the contemporary world, I knew I had to read it!

Happenstance by Jamie McGuire is the first of three in this new novella series, which hit online stores Friday (May 9th, 2014)!

From Goodreads:

Such a gorgeous cover!

#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

My Thoughts:

Happenstance was definitely a book about...Happenstance!  It pretty much was an extreme case of Karma being delivered all around.  While I'm NOT saying anyone deserves what both mean Erin's got at the end of the novella, it still somewhat definitely not the right word...I don't know really, how to explain it.  I think that was really my problem here.  I didn't know what to think!  Erin Easter, who, pretty much got the short end of the stick, goes from having absolutely nothing...but the future of going away to college to look forward to, to having a whole new life.  EVERYTHING falls into place.

Which to be honest, may have thrown me off just a little bit, because really? Whose life goes from complete crap to absolutely perfect in less than a week?

But then again, that's why the novella is called Happenstance, I guess. Everything happens for a reason, if you happen to be at the right place and time.

I loved Jamie's writing, as always.  She uses great descriptions, has great characters that evolve as the story goes on.  And I did like the overall premise of the story.  However, the ending did leave me with questions...which Jamie promised us wouldn't happen, when she promoted it on Facebook.  She wrote "No cliffhanger!", which yes, it did have an ending, but I was still left with questions!!

For instance, "Which school will Weston decide to go to? And how will his parents react?", also "Will Erin Easter ever speak to the woman who "raised" her again?", "Did Erin Adlermann know about Erin Easter, and is that why she was so mean to her?"

I'm guessing these will be answered in the upcoming novellas in the series, which haven't been given titles yet.  Hopefully soon!!!!!  

I'm definitely looking forward to knowing what happens! :)

Overall review:

Other than my unanswered questions, I truly enjoyed this one!  I didn't know it was the first in the series, when I bought it Friday morning, so I guess now I just have to wait... ;(.  But once again Jamie McGuire has written a novel, or novella, that will have readers wanting more and more!

I did forget to mention a very HUGE added bonus that comes with buying this $2.99 novella...there is a sneak peak of Jamie's upcoming Beautiful Oblivion!!!!!!!!! Which hits stores July 1st! A day before my 23rd birthday!!!!

So to get your own copy of Happenstance you can get it at AmazoniTunesSmashwords, or Barnes and Noble!

Happy Mother's Day Everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Introducing Erin!!!!

Hey Everyone!!

So as some of you may have noticed, my posts have been extremely sporadic this past year!  I've been so crazy busy, with school, my two jobs, starting a relationship, friends, and lets just say life in general! That being said, I still read as much as possible, and while I wish I could read more, there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything!  

I've been toying with this idea for a few months now, and while I've been a bit skeptical, because The Romance Bookie is my baby.  I've been doing this for three and a half years now, I've put A LOT of hard work into her!  But I've come to a isn't fair for her to go down!  The Romance Bookie needs more attention!!

Last month, at the Festival of Books, I was waiting in life for Marissa Meyer, when I started talking to the girl in line in front of me.  She was so nice! I found out, like me, she's a fan of books, of course, and  like me doesn't have any friends interested in reading like her!  So I told her about my website, and that anytime she wanted to talk about books, to shoot me an email!

Honestly, I didn't expect an email...only because how often do people actually find you when you tell them about you!  But less than a week later, I had an email in my inbox! And OMG I was so darn excited!!

This week, I finally made my decision...I wanted a guest reviewer!  So I asked Erin!  

Erin will be writing reviews for the books she reads, just like I do!  Sometimes they'll be books that I've already read, but in my opinion it is great to get more than one opinion on books!  Right?

Anyway, so I'm here to introduce Erin today, who'll be joining me as the first ever, hopefully, soon-to-be regular guest reviewer, here on The Romance Bookie!! :)

So to introduce her, I've asked Erin a few question, where you'll be able to get to know her a little! :)

The Romance Bookie: In 2-3 sentences tell us about yourself.

Erin: Hi, I'm Erin! I very recently graduated from college with a degree in kinesiology and I'm hoping to become a physical therapist one day! My mom thinks I'm addicted to exercise (Ha! No...) but if I were addicted to anything it would be to reading and books -- in fact, I probably am!

TRB: When did you start reading? If you remember, what was the first book you ever read?

I think I started reading when I was about seven or eight, but my mom read us (my brother and me) books before that.  I don't remember the first book I ever read, but the book that totally made me go from "sort of liking reading" to "I LOVE READING" was A Wrinkle of Time by Madeleine L'Engle! I read it when I was nine and I've been obsessed with books ever since then.

TRB: What is your all time favorite book? (Since this can be a very difficult question, you're welcome to write down more than one) :)

Erin: Gah! Yes, this is a hard question! Hmm...if I absolutely had to pick a favorite, I would choose Harry Potter!  But some of my other favorites are The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass, and Legend by Marie Lu.

TRB: Who are your favorite authors?

Erin: Aah! So many! JK Rowling, Marissa Meyer, Sarah J. Mass, Susan Dennard, Marie Lu, Rick Riordan, Cinda Williams Chima, Maggie Stiefvater...I could go on forever!

TRB: Do you prefer paper books or Ebooks? And Why?

Erin: Paper books for sure! While Ebooks are convenient and handy, they're just not the same as having an actual book.  I love holding the books and being able to see the different fonts, the page numbers, flipping back and forth, the beautiful book covers that I can stare at endlessly!!

TRB: If you could only bring three books with you on a deserted island, where you would be staying for the rest of your life (you have food and water!) what would they be?

Erin: Another hard question! Let's see...I'd have to say...Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireScarlet by Marissa Meyer, and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!!

TRB: What is your favorite book to movie adaptation? Least favorite?

Erin: I think I would have to say The Hunger Games! I loved how they stayed true to the actual book(s).  There's nothing more disappointing than seeing a movie of a book you loved completely distorted, at least for me! And on that note, I would have to say my least favorite book to movie adaptation would be Harry Potter.  I love those books and yet I can hardly stand to watch the movies! While the first two movies are great, I seriously can't watch the other six!

TRB: If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Erin: JK Rowling, without a doubt!! I think she's absolutely brilliant! I mean the things that she's come up with! And I can't believe the amount of planning she's put into Harry Potter, which is one of the things I love most about the series! There are extremely subtle hints and clues that come up earlier in the series that pop up in later books -- for example, how Peeves breaks the Vanishing Cabinet in the second book and then Montague is shoved into the Cabinet by Fred and George, in the fifth, and then finally in the sixth, Malfoy uses it to let Death Eaters into Hogwarts!! It's just AMAZING!!!

TRB: And now a couple of random non book related questions:

What's your favorite type of music? Who/what is your current favorite artist/song?

Erin: I don't think I have a favorite type of music -- I listen to almost anything! A lot of the times, if I just hear a song enough, I'll start to like it.  I think my current favorite song is "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic!! I love that song so much! I've been obsessed with it since last summer!

TRB: If you could travel anywhere in the world for a three week vacation, where would you go?

Erin: I think I would go to France! I went there a few years ago and I loved it! It's so beautiful there! I'd love to go back and see some more places that I didn't get to visit last time.  Plus, if I were in France, I could travel to other European countries -- say...England!

Wow, okay "Counting Stars" is totally my jam! I saw OneRepublic in concert in September with Sarah Bareilles and it was so much fun!!  And Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is my absolute favorite Harry Potter Book!!!  :)

I'm so excited to have Erin write her first review!!! :)

Which will be very soon, I think!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Season #1) by Christina Lauren (ARC Review)

***WARNING!!! This Book Contains Graphic Material Not Suitable for anyone under the age of 17!!!!*** 
ADULT NOVEL, means not for you children!!

Good Morning Everyone! (Or if you live somewhere where it is not morning...Happy Thursday Everyone! :))

I just finished an exciting release that will hit stores this coming Tuesday!  I'm so excited to share it with you!!

From Goodreads:

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

My Thoughts:

I am so excited that Christina Lauren have come out with a new series, which is still of the similar genre as their Beautiful Bastard Series!  Sweet Filthy Boy is the first book in the Wild Season Series, which will be followed by Dirty Rowdy Thing which will be released this November, which will follow the story of Harlow, one of Mia's best friends, and Finn, one of Ansel's good friends!

Anyway, I loved this book!  While people getting married in Las Vegas is usually a total turn off for me, this one just made it hilarious! Especially with the fact that Mia didn't remember doing so the next morning!

Mia took a serious risk moving to Paris, but in the end the reader will see it was the best thing she could have done, especially with her controlling father, who wished something upon her that would have made her miserable for the rest of her life!

Along with the great and sometimes funny story, there were some extremely juicy sex scenes!  They definitely found their chemistry there! LOL just kidding...sort of...Mia and Ansel did have great chemistry in other ways too, but only when they were actually talking to one another and getting to know each other...when they were already married.

One thing that I wasn't a huge huge fan of was the ending.  It felt a little rushed to me.


I thought Mia forgave Ansel a bit too easily.  Her horniness was all too forgiving, for the mess Ansel made by keeping all those secrets.  I'm not saying they shouldn't have gotten back together, but she had pretty much all ready forgiven him, after she had left him in Paris, before she even spoke to him.


Overall rating:

It was a cute novel! And I'm definitely really looking forward to reading the next one in the series!!  Especially since Harlow seems like an awesome sassy character!

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren will hit book stores and online stores this coming Tuesday, May 13th!  Definitely check it out if you get a chance! If you liked their Beautiful Bastard series, then you'll be sure to enjoy this one!! :)

You can preorder your copies at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or where ever you buy your books! :)

Hope everyone is having a good week!! Finals are ALMOST here for me, UGH!!! Next week is study hell week!  And the week after that Finals! But then school is done for the summer!!! :)

Have a great rest of the week everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2014 Part 2 (Sunday April 13th, 2014)

Hey Everyone!!

So here's Part 2 at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Book 2014!! Today I'm covering the second day, Sunday April 13th!  In case you missed last week's post, HERE is the link!  BTW sorry for saying it would be up the next day, things have just been crazy busy as always, and the uploading of these videos took a lot longer than expected!

So Day 2 began bright and early! We left a little later, because it actually hadn't taken as long as we anticipated, so YAY for an extra half hour of sleep!!

Anyway Sunday was probably the funnest day!

It started with a visit to meet Marissa Meyer (AGAIN!)! Marissa Meyer is the author of The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and next years release Winter).  I met Marissa back in 2012 at Passion and Prose, shortly after Cinder, her debut novel, was released (less than a month after).

Flashback to 2012...

Check out my long hair!
Well, this time around Marissa signed my copies of Scarlet and Cress!

Signed "Who's afraid?"

Signed "Hack Away!"
And I also got a picture with her again!

Oh check it out! We both got hair cuts! :)
I also got one of those awesome pins you see in front of Marissa...

Team Cinder!!
Here's something really awesome guys!  Marissa REMEMBERED ME!!  No joke!!  I happened to mention that I met her before, and before I could say when she went, "I knew, I remembered you!"  It was awesome!! I mean, Marissa did sit at my table at Passion and Prose and eat lunch next to me!  Here's proof...

Signed in 2012, at Passion and Prose "For Mandy, With thanks for a lovely luncheon chat! It was a pleasure to meet you."
Pretty awesome right?!

After meeting Marissa, I ran to our first conversation of the day...

the panel featuring Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Melissa de la Cruz (The Au Pairs and Blue Blood Series), Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), and Tamara Ireland Stone (Time Between Us)!

The table before they arrived

From left to right: Tamara Ireland Stone, Melissa de la Cruz, Ann Brashares, and Eoin Colfer
This was an awesome panel! No joke! Who made this one the greatest entertainment?? Well, I must say, none other than Eoin Colfer! Holy moly, is that guy hilarious!!

I got to record a bit of this conversation...

After the conversation, we went out to the field, where we had met Margaret Stohl and Laini Taylor the day before, to get our books signed by these authors.

Melissa de la Cruz and me

My signed copy of "The Au Pairs" by Melissa

Ann Brashares signing my copy of "Sisterhood Everlasting"

Ann Brashares and me (She was so sweet!!)

Signed "For Mandy, I'm so happy to meet you!"

Signed "For Mandy, I'm so glad you enjoyed this book."
Ann Brashares was such a delight, and it was honestly such an honor to have met her!  I read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants back in middle school, with my girl friends at the time, and we pretended all of that summer to be those girls!  I told Ann that story, and she just loved it!

Because the lines were crazy, Amara and I separated, so while I waited for Ann Brashares and Melissa de la Cruz, she waited in Eoin Colfer's line, and got my copy of his latest signed for me...

Signed "To Mandy, Warped Wished, Eoin Colfer"
After meeting Ann Brashares, Melissa de la Cruz, and Eoin Colfer we headed to the next conversation of the day...Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) in conversation with Ransom Riggs!

After listening to this hilariously depressing duo, we headed to wait in line to get our books signed!

While in line we met two delightfully awesome book fans, who we ended up hanging out with for the rest of the day! :)  That is why I love book events, meeting people who are nice, fun, awesome, and into the same things I am...BOOKS!!!

There is Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket!)

Daniel Handler signing my brother's copy of the first book in "The Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning"

Hilarious story behind this pic...see paragraph below :)

So there was actually a really funny story behind this picture.  My little brother is the fan of Daniel Handler (or to be more precise, Lemony Snicket, since that is the pen name he used for The Series of Unfortunate Events).  So after waiting for about an hour in line (which wasn't too bad, considering the day before's John Green line), I went up to Daniel and asked him if he could ultra personalize my brother's book.  I said to him, "Hello, I was wondering if you could like ultra personalize this book, and write, "To Ben, who has the best sister in the entire world!"

To which Daniel looked up at me, and said, "I don't know that.  I don't know if you're the best sister in the entire. So I can't write that."

LOL it was hilarious!  He said it with this amused serious voice too!  It was just perfect!  

I had ended up buying my brother a copy of Lemony Snicket's latest novel, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents for my brother's birthday, which is coming up in July.  And this is what he signed it as...

"To Ben, whose sister seems bossy."
So great!  My brother is going to love it!

He was also kind enough to sign my copy of the first book in The Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning for me! :)
Signed: "To Mandy, with all due respect."

Daniel Handler was just an absolute delight!

After meeting Daniel Handler, I headed to the table next to him to meet Ransom Riggs, the author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!  I'm glad I waited to meet him, instead of doing it at the YA Stage the day before, because I heard his line was RIDICULOUS then.  When I saw him it was completely empty, because most people were there to see Daniel Handler! :)

Me and Ransom Riggs

My signed copy of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" signed: "To Mandy, very peculiarly, Your, Ransom Riggs"
I can't wait to read that one!  It looks pretty creepy!

After Ransom Riggs and Daniel Handler, it was time for our last conversation of the day, also one of my most anticipated for the weekend...Laurie Halse Anderson!!

On the Left is Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson was such a great opinionated speaker! I just loved listening to her!  She described my high school experience to the exact queue (minus the part of being raped).  I loved her opinions on our education system!  Me, wanting to become a teacher, it definitely was interesting listening to her speak!  She has some great ideas!

After listening to Laurie, it was time for the signing!

Laurie Halse Anderson and Me!
 Laurie was such a nice and sweet person!  Loved getting the opportunity to meet her!

She ended up signing my copies of Prom, Catalyst, and Speak!
"Prom" signed: "Dare to dance! Laurie Halse Anderson"

"Catalyst" signed: "Be a catalyst!" 

"Speak" signed: "Speak Up!"
Laurie also has such a gorgeous signature!!!

After meeting Laurie Halse Anderson we done for the weekend!  We were exhausted, but it was well worth the lack of rest for that weekend!

While I missed a couple of other authors I wanted to meet, including Jane Green (Jemima J), who I missed by literally TWO minutes!!, Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park and Fangirl), and Veronica Roth (Divergent), whose line was just not worth it for me, after having stood in line for John Green so long!, I still had an amazing time!!

I did manage to catch a glimpse of Veronica Roth, because I snuck over there while I was line for Lemony Snicket and Ransom Riggs!!

That's Veronica in the orange, at the signing table

Veronica Roth being escorted in a golf cart after the signing
Also I caught a glimpse of Lauren Oliver while she was on stage with her panel, as I was running around trying to find where Rainbow Rowell was signing!

Lauren Oliver!!

But because I already met Lauren, only last month, and already had all my copies signed, and because there were so many others to see that weekend, I didn't really stick around long enough.  I wish I had had more time!

So for my overall haul for the weekend...

All the beautiful signed copies I get to add to my book shelf! :)
Then, in yesterday's post I mentioned that had Tahereh Mafi be the first to sign my Kindle cover...well, this is how my Kindle looks at the end of that weekend...

Signed by: Tahereh Mafi, Laini Taylor, Margaret Stohl, Ransom Riggs, Ann Brashares, John Green, Marissa Meyer, and Melissa de la Cruz on the front!

Amy Hatvany and Laurie Halse Anderson on the back!

The LA Times Festival of Books was overall a fairly good first experience! I will be honest I have a few complaints, for instance some of the people around (but who can control that?!), but also the lack of information the volunteers were able to give!  I actually became a volunteer this year, but after going this year, I must say I don't know if I will in the future! Maybe, only because I do kind of know my way around the campus now, but overall I don't think so, because I can't even imagine how many authors I would miss if I had to stay at one location for hours on end!

But if you're ever in the Los Angeles area around April, you should definitely check this fun and free event out!!  Parking does cost $10 per day, and if you want conversation tickets in advance (which I would honestly recommend), you can buy a set of eight of your choice for $35!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend, and a great week! :)

The Romance Bookie :)