Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meg-A Readers Week! Day 4: The Princess Present (#6.5 in The Princess Diaries Series) by Meg Cabot (Novella Review) (Giveaway!)

Hey Everyone! :) Happy Meg-A Readers Day!!



From Goodreads:


Mia would give all the jewels in Genovia for the perfect present
Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmère. This year, she's looking forward to the most perfect Christmas ever: her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to Genovia, too.
But even a princess's plans can go awry. Lilly has a lot to learn about palace protocol, and with all the state holiday functions Mia must attend, there's no time to linger under the mistletoe with Michael. Worst of all, Mia hasn't been able to find him the perfect gift.
Can Mia stop her (bah-hum)bugging long enough to see that the perfect present has nothing to do with international express courier -- and everything to do with real love? (Though some shiny silver ribbon never hurts ...)


My Thoughts:

I love that Meg made these little novella's inbetween!  They are so adorable, and fun to read, especially because you can read them in like an hour or even less!

The ending of the story is based off of a rather famous Christmas story called "The Gift of the Magi".  When you read The Princess Present, you may recognize it, especially if you have watched the Christmas movie Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.  

Mia and Michael are seriously so adorable together!!!!!!! I love it when they get alone time!  Michael says the sweetest things to her, that just puts a big smile on my face!

What was great about this one, is the setting of Genovia.  You get to hear Mia talk about the country that she will one day rule, but you rarely get to have her actually be in the country.  So it was nice getting a better feel on where Mia lives during the Holidays each year.

My overall rating:
Great short story! Of course, a great part of The Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot! Definitely check it out!

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Meg-A Readers Week!! IT'S MEG CABOT DAY!!!! Day 4: Princess in Training (Princess Diaries #6) by Meg Cabot (Giveaway!)

Meg-A Readers Week!! Day 4!!!
Before I get to my first review of the day, I just want to say...

HAPPY MEG CABOT DAY!!!!!!!!

Yes, today is seriously Meg Cabot Day!!!! The mayor of Bloomington, Indiana (the hometown of Meg!) pronounced July 31st, Meg Cabot Day!!  

Today's first review is of Meg's 6th book in the Princess Diaries Series, Princess in Training!


From Goodreads:



Princess for president! Student body president, that is -- nominated by her power-mad best friend, Lilly. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, but as usual, she has bigger problems to worry about, like Geometry. And now that Mia's one true love, Michael, is uptown at college, what's the point of even getting up for school in the morning? But the last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends. . . . Really, it's almost more than a princess in training can bear!

My Thoughts:

As most of you know by now, this was my absolute favorite series in high school! It helped me get through a lot of hardships, because while my friends weren't always there for me when I needed them, Mia was!

Each one of these books sticks out to me in some way.  I remember pieces of each books, and while I can't tell you always which book contained what, because there are over ten in this series (if you count the novellas).

This one sticks out to me because it starts discussing a subject that to a lot of teenagers is super awkward...sex.  Trust me when I say, Meg Cabot does a great job with bringing up the subject without making this series too much for a young teenage girl!

While I know, today's teens, heck even when I started high school, almost a decade ago, had a ton of teens not just talking about sex, but actually going out there and doing IT.  Sometimes even with strangers!! To which, all I can say is...EWWW!!!

Anyway, besides the point, I don't want to say I was slow growing up, but in a way I was.  And honestly I can say, it was by choice.  While yes, my friends and I discussed IT, and I thought about it sometimes, it was something that I knew, if it came down to actually doing IT, that I knew I wouldn't have been ready, especially if I wasn't in love with the guy I was doing it with.

Mia is sort of like me.  Except, she's already found the guy she is in love with, but she knows she is not ready for IT.  And there isn't anything anyone can do to change her mind.  Which I love!

One of my favorite characteristics about Mia is that she's not easy to push-over.  She doesn't allow others to peer-pressure her (even though she does get that a lot, especially from her so-called best friend Lilly, and her arch-nemisis Lana).  She does what she wants!

In that case, she's almost as independent as she can be.  What with having a bodyguard assigned to you, which can make being independent a bit difficult sometimes.

While, yes Mia can be very immature, something I was too at the age of 15, especially now looking back LOL, but she's growing-up and doing it HER way.  No one else's, only her own way! And I love that!

Overall rating for Princess in Training:

I'm just going to repeat this as I review this series:  This is a must read for teenage girls growing-up!  Seriously! It's so relatable, in my opinion, and because the series takes place throughout Mia's entire high school years, you grow-up with her! At least that was the experience I had! :)

So definitely check it out!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Meg-A Readers Week! Day 3: Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries #5) by Meg Cabot (Giveaway!)

Day 3 Part of Meg-A Readers Week!! :)



Princess In Pink, #5 in The Princess Diaries Series!! :)

From Goodreads:



Princess Mia is dreaming about the prom - and contending with a hotel workers' strike - in the fifth, supremely hilarious episode of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries. This time, Mia's in the pink about the upcoming Albert Einstein H.S. prom, and she's crossing her fingers that Michael will ask her to go. (They're in love, so why wouldn't he ask her, right?) But during Seven Minutes in Heaven at her b-day party, Mia learns that Michael is not the prom-going type. Good grief, what's a princess to do? 

To make matters worse, Grandmere has gotten a busboy fired due to a mishap with her pooch, Rommel, at a swanky restaurant, so when all of the city's busboys go on strike, it causes a chain of events that result in Grandmere crashing at Mia's mom's place, her pal Lilly Moscovitz picking up a picket sign, and the prom being brought to a screeching halt. 

Thankfully, staunch yet boy-wise Grandmere has a plan to change Michael's mind and put everything back on track, making Mia the happiest "prom princess" on this side of the Atlantic - and readers more starry-eyed than Molly Ringwald in her prettiest pink frock. 

Following up the brief Volume IV and a Half and introducing a new addition to Mia's family, this knee-slapping fifth volume makes the series glitter brighter than ever, placing yet another jewel in Cabot's crown.



My thoughts:

Prom.
It's probably the one thing every girl in high school looks forward to the most.

It's an exciting night of dressing up, getting your nails and toes done, your hair done, finding the most gorgeous dress! And of course, the dancing! A night of dancing with your cute prom date!

It's the one thing Mia wants to do with the love of her life, Michael.  But he doesn't want to go! He believes it's a lame dance and that only popular people like Josh Richter go.

While, to be honest, I have to agree with Michael on this one (I went to my junior prom, spent a lot of my hard earned money on it, and didn't even enjoy myself. So for my senior prom I ended up skipping it, because I didn't see the point. But that was just my personal experience! I didn't really have a close friends group in high school, so I didn't have that connection with anyone to go out to this "once in a life time experience" and have the time of my life.

Mia on the other hand has these amazing supportive friends, a loving boyfriend, and a gorgeous dress to go with it!

Now if only Michael would take her!!!

Will Mia be able to persuade her boyfriend to go? Or will she be stuck at home watching the news on the strike happening in the city, caused by none other than her grandmother and her hairless poodle?

Find out!

Overall rating:



This is a great continuation of The Princess Diariea series! Mia is growing up, and while she's a little immature at times, she's learning.  Mia's thoughts were mine in high school.  Yes, I was a bit childish, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.  It's called growing up, and as each book goes on, Mia is getting older and learning life lessons that most teenagers learn every day!

Definitely check it out!  I HIGHLY recommend this series to every teenage girl!  They are the perfect read for ages 12-16! :)

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Meg-A Readers Week! Day 3: Project Princess (#4.5 in the Princess Diaries) by Meg Cabot (GIVEAWAY!)

Day 3 of Meg-A Readers Week!



From Goodreads:



Princess Mia and her friends volunteer to build a house for the less fortunate during their Spring Break.


My Thoughts:

This is such a fun short read that can be read in under an hour.  I think it took me like 20 minutes to get through! It's only about 50 pages long.  Of course it's very cute...it's Meg Cabot after all!

Mia is her normal teenager self in this one.  Only interested in one thing...Michael.  Or to be more specific...making out with Michael.

Does she get her wish? Or is this Spring Break a bust?  Find out in Project Princess #4.5 in The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot!

Overall rating:

If you're a fan of The Princess Diaries, then check this one out definitely! I personally think you'll have to have read the previous novels in The Princess Diaries Series in order to understand the back ground for this one, only because otherwise this book might seem a little boring, because of how short it is.

PD fans, check it out if you haven't already! :)

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meg-A Readers Week! Day 2: Princess in Waiting (The Princess Diaries #4) by Meg Cabot (Giveaway!)

Day 2 Part 2 of Meg-A Readers Week! :)



Do you want to know what I love most about The Princess Diaries Series?

Probably the fact, that while sometimes Mia's complaining about life may seem juvenile to some, in the end it pretty much a day-by-day playback of my thoughts back in high school.

Does he like me?
OMG he's looking at me, do I have something on my face?

Those may not be the word-for-word thoughts Mia had, but in the end the I, along with thousands of other girls in high school, had the exact same insecurity issues that Mia had.  Heck! In fact, I still have them sometimes!!

I'm wondering if Mia will still these issues in next years release of the 11th Princess Diaries book??!!

From Goodreads:



Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia's royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia's real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn't there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?

My Thoughts:

While, I'll be honest and say that sometimes the whining Mia does in this book annoys me, especially because of how juvenile the things she worries about are, I must also remember at the same time, that it wasn't that long ago that I was an insecure teenage girl, just like Mia, and that while I never had a boyfriend in high school, I had the insecure thoughts towards the guys I liked.  It's natural to feel that way!

Mia (or I should really say Meg) put these feelings on a page (or a book, if you want to be literal about it), and made them true to form.

I'm just soooooo glad Michael and her are finally together!!!!!!

Overall rating:

If I've said it before, I'll say it again!!! Read this series!!!  It's the most perfect series for a teenage girl growing up and living the hell that is known as High school!! Check them out if you haven't!! And no, do NOT watch the movie thinking you'll get the gist of this series!! Because while the movie is good, I have never associated it with the book series, with the differences are just too much!!

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Meg-A Readers Week! Day 2: Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries #3) by Meg Cabot (Meg-A-Readers) (GIVEAWAY!)

Day 2 of Meg-A Readers Week!!




Princess In Love, the third Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot is my absolute favorite book in the entire world!!!!!

Coming from a book lover, I understand how crazy that sounds! I know, trust me! But when you've read a book three billion times (okay, not quite that much, but probably at least a dozen times) and you still haven't gotten tired of it, you know it's your favorite book!!

From Goodreads:


Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo may seem the luckiest girl ever.She's a princess, for starters. She also lives in New York City. And while she's no supermodel, mirrors do not crack at her reflection. Best of all, she finally has a boyfriend.

The truth is, however, that Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nerve-racking entree into Genovian society under the slave-driving but elegant Grandmere, slogging through congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooches from her hapless boyfriend, Kenny.

All she wants is a little peace and quiet...and a certain someone else to be her boyfriend. For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy tale it's supposed to be...or is it?

My Thoughts:

So like I said above...favorite book right here!! So before I give you my 5 Bookie rating, let me explain why.

I first read Princess in Love, my freshman year of high school, which was almost nine years ago...wow time sure flies! Anyway, after I read it, I fell in love with that wonderful poem featured near the end of the book, written by Mia's true love!!! (Can't give that one away, for those of you who haven't read it!)

Also because Mia gets her love!!!

I know it's probably one of the cheesier ones in the series, but what can I say...I LOVE cheesy!! In fact, I'm obsessed with cheesy!! Especially when it comes to this book!!

Anyway, overall rating...

Best freaking book ever!!! No joke! Okay, so not all of you may think so, because to you there may be other "more important" works of literature out there, but to me this is my absolute most favorite book ever!!! And I've read a lot...trust me...a LOT of other books!!

Anyway Happy Meg-A Readers Day!!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meg-A Readers Week! Day 1: Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries #2) by Meg Cabot (GIVEAWAY!)

Still Day One of Meg-A Readers!!



From Goodreads:




No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.


My Thoughts:

In the second book in the Princess Diaries, Princess in the Spotlight, Mia gets a secret admirer!  We are all hoping it's her secret crush...Michael Moscowitz...but to find out you'll either have had to read the book already, or go out right now and get it and read it to find out for yourself! :)

Plus the news her mom drops at the beginning...HOLY MOLY!!

Grandmere is once again absolutely out of control!  And Mia's hoping she hasn't just pissed off the entire school after her horribly embarrassing first ever TV interview!

Meg's humor is featured as always!  Mia's panicking is there, I love it so much!  Michael is back!  I believe even shirtless once ;).

Overall rating:

It's Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries, has Mia in it, not to mention Michael!  What else could I want! There is no doubt in my mind that this book deserves FIVE BOOKIES!!  Favorite series!! :)

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Meg-A Readers Week!!! Day 1: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (Review) (GIVEAWAY!)

Hey Everyone!!

I'm so excited to announce the first day of...Meg-A Readers!!!


This is the third year Diana, over at Little Miss Drama Queen, and I are putting on Meg-a Readers for all Meg Cabot fans!  This year, is a little different, in that instead of doing two months, consecutively of all things Meg Cabot, we have decided to only do one week.  Why? you may be asking?

Well, Meg isn't releasing any books this year, because next year she is releasing THREE!!!! And if you haven't already heard, they are SUPER REALLY EXCITING books being released!!!! Not that all of Meg's books aren't exciting! But it's just the books being released next year, are ones that some of us Meg Cabot fans have been waiting YEARS to read...Almost six for me!

What are they?

Well...

NOT just ONE BUT TWO new Princess Diaries books are coming out next year!!!!! One is another journal by my all-time favorite character, Mia Thermopolis!!! Could Michael and her finally be tying the knot???!!!  And the second, is a new middle grade journal series, in the Point-of-View of Mia's long lost little sister!!

And THEN the third book being released is another continuation of another amazing series by Meg...a NEW MEDIATORS BOOK!!!!!!

HOLY CRAP, I'm having a hard time containing my excitement!! Not even kidding, my heart is about to explode from all of the excitement!!

Anyway, this year Diana and I only decided on one week, because we wanted to give all of our focus on planning next years, sure-to-be exciting Fourth Annual Meg-A-Readers!!

So for this year, because of my excitement for next years newest PD books, I'll be reviewing The Princess Diaries!  Now I realize that there are more than ten books in the series, including the little novellas in between, there are 13, not including "Princess Lessons", which is really more of a guide than anything.  So because Meg-A Readers is only seven days long, I'll be posting more than one review on some days! :)  And then the last day will be dedicated to another end of a great Meg-A Readers!

So let's get Meg-A Readers 2014 started!!!

Starting with a review of The Princess Diaries!

From Goodreads:



She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty--no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?


My Thoughts:

So I've made it no secret how big of a fan of Meg Cabot's books I am!  The Princess Diaries series is one of my absolute favorite series ever, if not THE most favorite, only because I've read it about...oh I don't know...a MILLION times!! Okay, not a million, but I would say I've read the entire series about a handful of times, the third at least a dozen times, and the tenth one about the same!

I just love living in Mia's world!  Her life, learning to live to be a princess, her friends, her love interest(s), the mean girls, Lilly Tells It Like It Is, Michael Moscovitz! I just love every single minute of this series!!

The first book in the Princess Diaries Series, titled The Princess Diaries is the one that most people would like to believe is what Anne Hathaway acted out in the Disney movie, The Princess Diaries, but let's be honest here...while I love that movie, it is pretty much nothing like the book!! The only thing they have in common is somewhat of the storyline which is that Mia Thermopolis finds out she's the Princess of Genovia, her grandmother gives her princess lessons, her best friend's name is Lilly, and she has a brother named Michael, and her mother is an Artist...oh and her principal's name is Principal Gupta.

That is where the similarities end!  The books take place in New York City, not San Francisco, her dad is alive, Mia's mom dates Mia's Algebra teacher named Mr. Gianini, not her speech teacher, Mr. O'Connel, who doesn't even exist in the books!  Her Grandmere, not Grandma, because if Mia calls her Grandma she gets yelled at by said Grandmere, is pretty darn mean, not like Julie Andrews character in the movie version.

And sooooooooo many other differences!!

Don't get me wrong though, I do like the movie, but I just don't associate it with the book series!  Sorry Disney, as much as I love you, I do give you blame for associating one of my favorite books to one of your movies!

Anyway, the first book the series, is pretty much Mia discovering she is the Princess of Genovia, after her dad finds out he can't have anymore kids due to having had testicular cancer...it looks like that whole not-being-able-to-have-kids thing is about to change...at least according to Meg's announcement about a continuation of the Princess Diaries series coming next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, I may have just broken my exclamation point...!!!!!!!! oh wait, never mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Anyway, I have always loved the beginning to this series! If I remember right though, when I first started it my freshman year of high school back in 2005, I believe I started with the second book, because I didn't actually know there was more than one book.  But soon after, when I went back to my high school's library I found MORE PD books, which I of course checked one after the other, until I ran out of the ones the library had available, and then headed to our local book store in town (which is now unfortunately closed), and ended up buying each and every single one of the books there one by one...even the ones I had already read...which I ended up rereading and rereading!

In fact, I think those books are probably the books I've gotten the most out of my money for lol, for how many times I've read them!

So overall rating:

My rating for this book...and as you'll soon find out, every single book in this series, will forever and always be FIVE BOOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Highly recommend this series!!! It's just one of my absolute favorite and cutest series ever!!!!!! I will never get tired of it, and stop loving it!! :)

You can get your copy through AmazonBarnes and Noble, or most other book store locations! :)

Happy Summer everyone!!


OH before I forget!! There is a giveaway for Meg-A Readers that will be running all week!! You can get a chance to win:

A SIGNED copy of Meg Cabot's "The Mediator", which includes Books 1 & 2!

PLUS a T-Shirt for Meg's novel "Airhead"!  THIS GIVEAWAY IS US SHIPPING ONLY!!!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Update on what's been happening Book Wise in 2014! :)



Hey Everyone!!

So it's been a busy, yet super exciting year so far, so I thought, because it's been a while since I've done a video, that I'd do one to update you all! :)





For those you not too interested in watching a boring video, I just discuss some of the events that have happened this year, both book related and on a personal level.

On the personal level, I'm right now in my second month of summer break.  I've got about a month left now, it's going by so ridiculously fast!  Come end of August, I'll be starting my last year at city college and hopefully applying to transfer next year to the university I really hope to go to.  I've also been a relationship for a little over a year now with an amazing guy.  We celebrated a year together in June :).

What with work, school, and fun times with friends and loved ones, it's been a crazy busy year, that's why my reading goal has dropped tremendously.  Something, I'm actually very okay with!  While I still love reading books, it's nice to have things to do, besides being stuck at home.


On a reading level, it's also been exciting!  Meg Cabot announced that she'll be releasing THREE new books next year!! One book in The Princess Diaries series!!!!!! And one that will be a middle grade spin-off series from The Princess Diaries, PLUS a new Mediators book!!!

Meg-A Readers 2014 is starting on Monday!! It will be running from July 28th until next Sunday August 3rd!  This year, Diana and I decided to only do a week, since there are no new releases, and instead dedicate the extra to planning next years Meg-A Readers, which is sure to be an exciting one!

I've also been to some very exciting book events this year!  I went to The Festival of Books both Saturday and Sunday, where I got to meet a ton of amazing authors!  Then in March I went to two signings, one where I got to interview and meet some of my favorite Adult authors, including Christina Lauren, Alice Clayton, and Sylvia Day, and I went to another event in Los Angeles where I got to meet Lauren Oliver and Jay Asher, and then last month I went to another event with my mom, where I got to meet Emily Giffin!

Thanks to an event I went to, I got to meet an awesome person who I have recruited to be a guest reviewer on The Romance Bookie!  Her name is Erin!  I really hope she sticks around, because she's been of tremendous help these past couple of months! :)

So like I said, a lot of excitement in 2014! I'm hoping it continues to be an amazing year, in December I'll be celebrating FOUR YEARS of doing The Romance Bookie!! FOUR YEARS!! That's crazy!!

So anyway, I really hope everyone is having a great year too!  If you have any questions, such as needing a book recommendation, a question on Meg-A Readers, and wanting someone to chat with about books, my email address is:

romancebookie@yahoo.com

You're absolutely welcome to email me anytime! :)

Thanks Everyone for all the support! :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Boomerang (Boomerang #1) by Noelle August

Hey Everyone!! :)

Today I've got a review for Boomerang by Noelle August!

From Goodreads:


The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

Erin's Thoughts:

Noelee August is actually a pseudonym for authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger! Which is actually what attracted me to this book! I am a big big fan of Veronica Rossi and her Under the Never Sky series! If you haven't read them yet, do so!! They're fabulous! When I heard Veronica Rossi was co-writing a new adult contemporary, I was surprised because Under the Never Sky is YA science-fiction.  Either way, I was super excited to know that another one of her books was coming out! Aaaaaand...

I thought Boomerang was AWESOME!!! It's told in first-person that switches between Ethan and Mia and I love them both! They are both such funny characters, especially Mia! I literally laughed out loud while reading this (my mom was totally weirded out by the way) and it wasn't just one line that was funny --it was the whole book! I love humor and comedy in books and this wasn't the cheesy kind where you just kind of weakly chuckle to yourself.  I was laughing really hard! The romance was perfect too! There was a lot of tension on both sides of the relationship and I was rooting for the both of them the whole way through!  The entire story was something like I've never read before.  So unique and different! Which is something I really appreciate!

Overall rating:


Boomerang is what I think is the perfect new adult book! Incredibly funny and entertaining, but sweet and cute at the same time! The perfect mix of both!! Lovers of new adult, try Boomerang! And if you're wary of new adult, try this one and see if you like it!! 

Boomerang is the first in the trilogy, which I believe (don't quote me on this) will have the second and third books told in the viewpoints of some secondary characters! I can't wait! I'm definitely going to buy an actual copy of this (have an ebook right now) and I won't hesitate to buy the next books when they come out!! :))

Erin @ The Romance Bookie

Monday, July 21, 2014

His Secrets (Inside Out #3.1) by Lisa Renee Jones

***WARNING***
***This book contains content not suitable for anyone under the age of 18!!! You've been warned!!***

Hey Everyone!

I've finally caught up on the Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones! Now I can officially read the newest one, No Inbetween!

Anyway, I finished His Secrets, which is recommended to be read before reading No Inbetween, because it somehow connects to the story.

From Goodreads:


An Inside Out story, Chris's POV

In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life to hers.

She doesn't see it. She doesn't understand what I've shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will.

My Thoughts:

It was a little odd, reading in the point of view of Chris, because I'm so used to reading from Sara's view.  I got a little confused sometimes, because something kind of masculine would be mentioned and I'd think to myself, "Sara wouldn't say that!", but then I would remember.

Anyway, if you've read the previous novels in the Inside Out series, then you know Chris is a very misunderstood character.  He has issues, unlike most people, he handles them in a very harsh way.  Something you learn as read the series.

Sara has been trying to get him out of his, let's call it a "funk".  Sometimes it seems like it's working, and sometimes he still finds himself dropping back in.  It's tough, and while I'll be honest and say, I don't know how someone could want that kind of pain put on themselves, I do understand that everyone has a different way of also handling their own pain.

Lisa Renee Jones has written a series, that I have absolutely been enthralled with since book 1.  I just can't stop reading these books! They've got mystery, thrilling moments, great characters that are misunderstood, but you learn their story one-by-one along the way.  She even writes these great little novellas, like this one, along the way, to get you into the heads of the other main characters!

Overall rating:



If you're fan of erotica, thrillers, mysteries, or don't mind sex in your books, then this is the series for you! Definitely check them out!

The Romance Bookie :)

Guest Review from Erin: Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

Hey Everyone!

Today I've got a Review for the second book in the Starcrossed  series by Josephine Angelini, Dreamless! Here is the link to my review of Starcrossed.

From Goodreads:



Can true love be forgotten?
As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out. A ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.
Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.


Erin's Thoughts:

Aah! The sequel to Starcrossed!!  I was not disappointed! I'm totally obsessing over Josephine Angelini right now (or at least, more than ever!) Dreamless was just as good as Starcrossed, if not better!

If you're read Starcrossed, you will remember that there was a huge reveal at the end, which (surprise, surprise) keeps Lucas and Helen from being together.  The second book builds more on this and shows the anguish between Lucas and Helen; how they're resisting being together and yet they can't stay away! I love that kind of tension in a book and Josephine Angelini does it so well!

In addition, in the last book, we find out why Helen has been having these weird dreams! Dreamless delves more into this and we even get to meet a new character -- Orion!! I know many of you may be tired of this whole love-triangle trope, but I have to say I love them! When they're done right, of course, and Josephine Angelini plays very well on Helen's confusion and her complicated feelings!

But my absolute favorite part of the book? I would have to say it's Helen loneliness.  She has this major quest to go on and she has to do it alone (or so she believes)!  When I was reading the book, I could totally feel how alone, isolated, and separated Helen felt.  How no one could understand what she was going through.  How no one could help her even if they wanted.  How she just absolutely had to do this on her own because it's her duty and destiny.  Her sadness, her loneliness, and her feeling of fatigue is so tangible!  It was tragic and beautifully done at the same time.

Overall rating:


Starcrossed/Josephine Angelini is chipping up to be one of my favorite series/authors! And definitely one of the best Greek mythology based books I've read! Now, off to read Goddess! The third and last book!!! :) I'm not sure if I should be happy or sad!!

Erin @The Romance Bookie



Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Master Undone (Inside Out #2.5) by Lisa Renee Jones

***WARNING!!!!***
***THIS NOVELLA CONTAINS STRONG MATURE CONTENT NOT INTENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!!!***

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  I am actually just sitting on my bed, enjoying a nice calm day off of reading and relaxing!

Anyway, I've just finished The Master Undone (#2.5 in the Inside Out Series) by Lisa Renee Jones!

From Goodreads:



*** The Master Undone is a part of the Inside Out trilogy, and is told from his POV. ***

I told him goodbye, and I will not call him. I know if I do, it will be my undoing, and I'll once again be caught up in his spell. I will once again be...lost. 

In her private journals, Rebecca laid bare her soul, revealing her obsession for the one man whose erotic demands captivated her imagination--and enslaved her forever. Now, with Rebecca no longer in his life he is lost, questioning everything he thought he knew about himself and about control he holds in such high regard. One women will reach out to heal him and then turn away, leaving him haunted. She is nothing he thought he wanted and somehow everything he needs. He tells himself to forget her but he cannot escape his desire for her. He has to have more...


My Thoughts:

This is the first book, or I should say novella, told in the point of view of "The Master" that Rebecca has been referring to all along in her journals.  If you've read the books, which you can find my review of the first in the series, If I Were, and all the other novels under my Reviews tab above) then you'll know who this Master possibly is.  Unfortunately, because it is kind of a huge spoiler I will not be giving it away here.  I had to wait, so now I'm making you wait...*cue evil laugh*.

Just kidding.

But no seriously, I'm not telling you who it is.  Read the series to find out.

Anyway, I'm a huge fan of this series!  Not because it is of the erotica genre, that's really actually only a small part of what makes this a great series to me, but because of every little aspect that makes this better than Fifty Shades of Grey.  It's unique, compared to every other follow since Fifty.

I mention this in all of my review of these books, but I'll mention it again...this series has mystery, a thrilling aspect that I love, sex, romance, and a story that is so intriguing it continuously wants me wanting more and more.

Lisa Renee Jones has created a series, that I continuously recommend to fans of Fifty, because I want them to see there are better books out there!  I'm not saying btw, I didn't enjoy Fifty, it just wasn't the best out there, in my opinion.  There are better books...Like Lisa Renee Jones's Inside Out Series!!

Now to the overall rating:

Yes, I truly enjoyed it!  The story of the Master is what all fans of this series have been waiting for.  Why?
To get into the head of the character that caused so much harm in Rebecca's life, of course.

Why does he do the things he does?

Why is into the things he is into?

You slowly start to learn these things in this little novella that is available through both Amazon and Barnes and Noble for only 99 cents!

The Romance Bookie :)

Guest Review from Erin: Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais (ARC Review)


Hey Everyone!

From Goodreads:


The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he's hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost--written when the author was just eighteen. 

Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with a knife. Now, as his illness progresses, he becomes increasingly demanding. She wants to be loyal--but fears for her life. Only the ultimate sacrifice will give this love an ending.

Erin's Thoughts on Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais:

I hate to give a less than glowing review, but sometimes it is what it is :(.  I was really intrigued by the premise of this story and it seemed like it had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, this fell short for me by a long ways.  In my opinion, I felt like the story had absolutely no plot.  There wasn't a point to the story! I was confused by Sphinx's motives and every decision that she made seemed like it was made because she "had a feeling" or "something was telling her" to do it rather than making a clear choice.  In addition, I felt like all the dialogue was really shallow.  Whenever she was talking to someone and someone was talking back, it felt really fake to me.  I didn't get any feeling from this book, I didn't like any of the characters and the story didn't make sense to me at all!! For example, the beginning of the story tells the story of Sphinx's mom and her friendship with Cadence's mom.  It goes through how they became best friends and eventually they this "plan" that talks about how Sphinx's mom will have a girl and Cadence's mom will have a boy and they'll get married one day.  The thing I don't get about this is that this is a contemporary novel! So I did not understand how this could possibly have happened.  Yes, sure, it's a book and the author makes that decision, but in Breaking Butterflies, it makes it seem like this whole "Plan" was a prophecy or something that was fulfilled.  I don't know?????!! That's just one of the many things that bothered me about this book. Soooo...

Overall rating:



I really hate writing bad reviews, but it's just what I personally thought about the book.  Oh! And by the way, this is not a book about fairies, as I first thought (probably because of the unusual names and the butterfly), but swear, this is not why I didn't like the book! :D

Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5) by Miranda Kenneally (ARC Review)

Hey Everyone! :)

Miranda Kenneally is one my favorite authors!  She's one of those authors where I will read their latest novel as soon as they are released!  I've reviewed all of her novels! I just can't get enough of her books!

Well, thanks to Netgalley I got the amazing opportunity to review an ARC copy of Breathe, Annie, Breathe #5 in The Hundred Oaks Series!

From Goodreads:



Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You 

My Thoughts:

This book was a lot different than Miranda's previous novels, in that it dealt with a much tougher subject...death.  I can not imagine dealing with the loss of a loved one, especially one as close to me as Annie was to Kyle, her boyfriend of more than three years.

I just can't imagine...actually I don't WANT to even think about it.  It would be unbelievably unbearable.

Annie's way of dealing with her loss, cannot be described as anything but a beautiful tribute to Kyle.

I am not a runner.  Never have been, and to be quite frank, never plan on being a runner.  I've always been terrible at it.  And while yes, some of you maybe like, "Oh, you can train yourself to become one!" I just want to say, "Sure, I can, but do I want to...No."  Sorry, it's just the truth.  I am and always will have a love for walking.  Hiking is one of my favorite ways to exercise!

Anyway, Annie's training to meet her goal of running a marathon was incredible.  Her dedication, her inability to give up, was great!  Miranda made it sometimes seem, when she was describing the pains Annie felt from running, the physical pains, not just mental, that I was running right beside her. And trust me, it was even hurt me!  And I wasn't even actually running!!

Who knew that running could cause vomiting and stomach pains like no other?!

To be honest, the only thing that did sound appealing to me was the food Annie and her other fellow runners were allowed to eat, without having to feel guilty about the calories...it ALMOST makes me want to become a runner.

Just kidding.

Anyway, Jeremiah was another great character!  His need for adrenaline was interesting, because while I've heard a little bit about people needing adrenaline like a drug addict feels he/she needs drugs, it was interesting to kind of get more of a feel for someone like him.

Anyway...overall rating:


I would definitely recommend this one! If you're a fan of the Hundred Oaks Series, I would definitely recommend it, but I will warn you again...this one is a little different than the previous novels in the series.  Quite a bit more serious, and also dealing with a bit of a tougher subject.  It was a bit darker, so to say.

Anyway, you're interested, you can get your copy through any book outlet there is, including, but not limited to...Barnes and Noble and Amazon!

Thanks for reading! :)

The Romance Bookie :)


Friday, July 18, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Siege and Storm (#2 in the Grisha Series) by Leigh Bardugo

Hey Everyone! Hope you're all having a great week!

From Goodreads:



Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Erin's Thoughts:

Awesome!! So I am going to just keep this review short and sweet! If you saw, you'll remember that I just LOVE Shadow and Bone/Leigh Bardugo and this one was no different! Siege and Storm was a great sequel! It had all the things that I loved from Shadow and Bone with some new adventures, excitement, and characters! (Of course, the most famous new character being Sturmhond, who is an excellent addition to the cast!!)

Siege and Storm begins a little after Shadow and Bone ends and it quickly jumps into action. Like the first, there's no boring moment in the entire story -- it just keeps you reading and reading until the end.  And one of my favorite things about the first book was the Grisha world.  It's just so beautifully done! I have such a distinct feel about it and it's clear that I can see it in my head and the sequel keeps up with it very well.  Anyways, if you liked the first one, I have no doubt that you'll enjoy the second one just as much, if not more, than Shadow and Bone! And if you haven't read either, I very highly recommend that you do!! It's a great series and Leigh Bardugo is an amazing writer!!

Overall rating:


I'm almost done with Ruin and Rising, the third and final installment in the Grisha Trilogy, so hopefully that review will be up soon as well!! Happy reading! :)

Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Hey Everyone!!

From Goodreads:



How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Erin's Thoughts on Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini:

OMG! THIS WAS SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK!!! I don't even know how to describe it!! The story is based on Greek Mythology, (which is why Starcrossed caught my eye)! I love it and I love books that incorporate Greek Myths!! I should also say that I have read this probably about three years ago or so and loved it the first time around, but decided to reread again since I forgot basically everything! :)

I stayed up till 1 o'clock in the morning reading this because I could not put it down! And I know that doesn't seem that late, but seeing as I had to get up at 6am for work, it did cause a bit of a dilemma.  But that's how much I loved it!! I was super tired the next day, but it was totally worth it! I loved everything about this book, but I think one of my favorite parts is the relationship between Helen and Lucas! It's so well done!! Just the right amount of cuteness and tension!! But like I said, everything was fantastic! Josephine Angelini also does an amazing job of weaving in the Greek myths while still keeping a completely fresh story. And if you've read the Percy Jackson series (LOVE!), I'd say it's very different from those, yet just as great!! Definitely give this a read if you can!!

Overall rating:

This is book one of the trilogy (I'm (re)reading the second one, Dreamless, right now!!) so there are more where these came from! And fortunately, they'll all out, which means -- no waiting!! Yay!! :) Not to sound bossy, but check these books out!!!

Erin @ The Romance Bookie :)