Monday, March 31, 2014

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Hey Everyone!!

So before now, I have never read a book by Colleen Hoover...I know, I know, some of you must be asking yourself, "What?!! WHY?!!"  And trust me when I say, I started asking myself that exact same question about half way through Maybe Someday, Colleen's latest release.

Thanks to Atria, I received a review copy of Maybe Someday, a few weeks ago, and finally got around to reading it the last couple of weeks (yes, couple of WEEKS, sorry guys, I've been busy unfortunately!)

Anyway here's my review! :)

From Goodreads:


At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…



From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

My Thoughts:

Colleen Hoover has written an absolutely stunning novel!  With the twist and turns of love, finding a new love, confusion, getting heart broken, and the realistic feelings of love I found myself reading and reading and not wanting to put the book down; especially during those crucial moments!

Sydney is such a simple character in some ways, but her emotions are so realistic!  While at times, I will admit I wanted to slap her for putting herself through that torture of falling in love with someone who was in love with someone else already, especially after she just had her heart broken by her boyfriend and best friend; I would soon realize that I couldn't even be mad at her!  Most of us have been through something very similar.  Falling for someone, who was had someone else.  While, most of the time, it turns out they don't have the same feelings for us, there are still those moments where you realize love works in mysterious ways.

Ridge...oh Ridge, what have you done to us readers?!  When I found out his situation a few chapters into the book, all I could think was "Awesome!" Not because it's awesome with what was wrong, but because I have honestly never read a book before that dealt with a main character struggling with that problem! Sorry for being so cryptic, but I just can't give it away guys! It's just too darn good!

Anyway, the feelings Colleen describes for when he is with both Sydney and Maggie are amazing.  While I was frustrated at times, because I wanted him to make up his mind, I also knew it just isn't that simple.  The heart can tell you to love multiple people for different reasons.

I just loved everything about this book! The characters, the flaws, the story line...EVERYTHING!

My rating:


Hands down, one of the best books I've read this year!  I am 100% looking forward to reading more by Colleen.  I've got a couple sitting on my shelf, thanks to Atria, and in my Kindle, waiting to be read, so in the near future that will definitely be happening :).

Definitely check it out if you get a chance!  It's a New Adult book, which means most likely not for audiences under the age of 17, so keep that in mind.  :)

You can get your copy either at Barnes and Noble or Amazon, or where ever books are sold! :)

Have a great week everyone!!

Coming very soon, is an audiobook review of Twilight, which I finally finished listening to last week! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Random Post #9: Rating Restrictions for Under 18 Year Olds

What's Up everyone?

Anything new and exciting happening??!! :)

Once again I've got a topic that I think is worth discussing...

Ratings on books!

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post that got a LOT of traffic and comments, both negative and positive, involving a certain famous blockbuster dystopian series.  (You can find that post HERE).

Anyway I wanted to take that post and sort of expand the topic a bit.

To be honest when it comes to Ratings in books, the book industry doesn't do a good enough job in protecting our children.

I don't know about where you live, but where I live we do not get carded if we buy an "Adult" book.  And while I will admit when I was a teenager (which wasn't that long ago) I sometimes found myself wanting to read some of those promiscuous reads; I am 22 now, and while I'm not ready to have children of my own, I do work with children, elementary school kids to be exact.  I see how innocent some of these kids are, and then I see some of the kids heading towards some tough times.  It worries me!

Now another thing...I know there aren't a lot of kids out there who LOVE to read, so getting them to read at all is a miracle!  However, do we really want our kids reading books that contain sex, teens acting WAY MORE like adults then they are?

I personally don't!

I believe, books need to have clear ratings on the back, just like movie ratings!  Let there be a "G", "PG", "PG-13", and "R" on all books!  And if a book is for 18 and over year olds, then ID them, if they don't look old enough!

I'm sorry to be the responsible one here, but I personally am getting tired of these over sexed teenagers walking around my town!  The other day I saw a girl walking around, with two people who looked like her grandparents maybe, and she was wearing these shorts...and can I just say, I use that term lightly, because these shorts might as well have been a pair of boyshort briefs!  Her butt was hanging out of these shorts! No joke!  And she honestly could not have been more than 15!  15!!!  What the hell is wrong with parents buying their kids these clothes???!!!

While that is besides the point, and while ratings on books may not change much, it will still be one thing that can give to the children when they are actually old enough to have it!  Adults don't seem to have much control now-a-days anymore, everything's run by children!  I notice this more and more at the job I work at.  It's at an elementary school, where the fifth and sixth graders walk all over us adults!

I find it despicable!  I wasn't a teenager that long ago, and I learned to have respect for my elders, and that is something, that in my opinion, is seriously lacking now-a-days.

Now if I were a parent, I would personally check the books my child was reading. I would want to know if they were reading something that might not be appropriate for them!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter! :)

Comment below, or email me at: romancebookie@yahoo.com! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2) by Cassandra Clare (Co-Authored by Maureen Johnson)

Hey Everyone!

Just another Manic Monday has begun, right?

Well, anyway, I finished the second novella in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen by Cassandra Clare, and co-authored by Maureen Johnson.

I am a huge Cassandra Clare fan, and have enjoyed a couple of Maureen Johnson's books, but I was excited when I learned they co-authored a novella for this series, and had to of course get it for my Kindle right away.

From Goodreads:



Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare.

My Thoughts:

I read the first in this novella series about a month ago (you can find my review HERE!) and thought, "This is pretty cool! A little inbetween series to get us die-hard fans a little something to do while we wait agonizingly for the last book in The Mortal Instrument Series.

Magnus Bane is such an interesting character.  I've never really read about anyone anywhere near similar to him.  He is so unique, not just appearance wise, but also characteristic wise.  Which is great of course!

I liked how Cassie and Maureen tied-in history into this novel.  Marie Antoinette makes an appearance, which was neat, because most of us have heard about her in our history classes; but to see her get tied-in with warlocks and vampires? Awesome!

I will say, content wise, this was on the brink of being a teen novel.  Magnus, while I truly enjoy his character, sometimes has a rather dirty mind.  Also some people may not like that he likes men, so if you have something against that, be warned.  Also Cassie and Maureen insinuate sexual things that would make this novella more appropriate for teens 16 and up, I feel.


My rating:

These are short and sweet, and perfect for fans of both Cassandra's Mortal Instrument and the Infernal Devices Series.  These books do mention bisexuality, because Magnus likes both men and women, so be warned of that.  And there are a few mature mentions that I would be aware of when giving to anyone under the age of 16.  I think possibly 14 and up can handle it, it just really depends on the child and parent.

So anyway, hope everyone has a great week! And I'll be back soon! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

Have any of you ever read a book where you found yourself wanting to do something afterwards, because it inspired you?  Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is one of those books.  I found myself wanting to run to my parents and giving both of them a big fat hug and telling them I love them.


From Goodreads:



From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak. 

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.



My Thoughts:

I read Morgan Matson's first debut novel Amy and Roger's Epic Detour back in 2012 and absolutely raved about it for months!  Morgan has this way of writing one of my favorite types of novels...summer novels.  I love summer reads!  Morgan, along with Sarah Dessen, Susane Colasanti, and Deb Caletti write some of the best summer novels!

Anyway, after two years, I finally got around to reading her 2012 release, Second Chance Summer, which I found at the library a couple of weeks ago.  And let me just start by saying straight off the bat...it was amazing!

What a beautiful, touching, sad, happy novel this is! The characters were great! The story was realistic and incredible! It is just one of those books where you find yourself grabbing the tissues and crying throughout the last few chapters, but in the end loving it so much.

While there was one thing I would have done differently, it is something so minute that it doesn't even matter because this book is just perfect in the exact way it was written!  The one thing I would have possibly made different would have been that Taylor and Henry "dated" when at fourteen, instead of twelve, and then possibly made Taylor a year older (so 18, instead of 17), but like I said it is such insignificant change after you read the book, that it honestly doesn't even matter!  At first, while I was reading it, I was just cringing at the fact that these two kids were 12 when I started "going out", and that freaked me out because my little brother is 12, and I'm so NOT ready for that!

I must say, my absolute favorite part from this book was Taylor and her father's relationship.  Which made it all the more difficult when the end came...because guys, I will warn you straight off, the ending is devastating, while you'll be hoping for the inevitable not to happen...it will.  I'm sorry to spoil it for you, but honestly, you'll see that there are so many other aspects of this story that you'll find make the story even stronger!


Overall rating...

Of course!

How could I not, after raving about it above?  I HIGHLY recommend this one!  I love these stand alone summer novels, because you get the entire story in one book!  I love that it took place in summer, that the not just the main character, but also the surrounding characters, evolved so much through the story.  It was just beautiful!

You can get your copy either at the library (hopefully!), or buy it through Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I'll be back soon! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Interview with Colleen Hoover (Maybe Someday) and American Idol Musician Griffin Peterson

Hey Everyone!
So I'm kind of excited today because I get share with you an amazing interview opportunity I got asked to do a few weeks ago!

While I haven't had the pleasure of reading any by this awesome author yet, I've heard some amazing things about her books, and actually have a couple sitting on my shelf waiting to be read!  Colleen Hoover is the author of the best selling novels Slammed, Point of Retreat, and Hopeless and has answered some of questions that I came up with in honor of her newest release Maybe Someday!

And along with Colleen, I've also been given an opportunity to interview Griffin Peterson, an American Idol finalist!, who has come up with an entire soundtrack inspired by Maybe Someday!

So here goes:

Colleen's Interview:

The Romance Bookie: Your books have become very well known around the book world, how has that journey been?

Colleen: It's been incredible, overwhelming, and surreal.  I never expected anything like this to happen, and it continues to blow my mind on a daily basis.

TRB: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Colleen: Life.  Not my life, just life in general.  I'm somewhat of an introvert, and I love to observe the actions and behaviors of other people.  That's what really inspires me.

TRB: How is it going on tour with other authors?

Colleen: It's so much fun! Going to book signings is always a great time because I love meeting readers, but getting to it with friends takes it to a whole new level of awesome.

Interview with Griffin Peterson:

TRB: What was the process like for recording music for a novel?

Griffin:  The actual process of recording wasn't really any different from recording my other songs. I'd work on the songs on my end and send them to Colleen when they were completed.  It was a lot of fun, though, especially working with Colleen because she's a great person to work with.

TRB: Did you have to read the book in order to get the emotions across in the songs?

Griffin: Yes, Colleen would send me scenes from the book and I would either already have a song that I thought fit really well with it, I'd write something new, or I'd change up some of my existing lyrics to fit the story better.  Colleen also wrote of the lyrics to the song "Maybe Someday". Working on that song with her was so much fun.

TRB: Will there be more from Griffin Peterson in the upcoming future?

Griffin: Definitely! Music is my passion, so I won't be giving that up any time soon.


So that's it! I want to give a HUGE thank you to Colleen Hoover, Griffin Peterson, and Atria book for giving me this opportunity!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Jay Asher and Lauren Oliver Signing March 9th, 2014

Hey Everyone!!!

So I got to do something super awesome yesterday...meet Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us) and Lauren Oliver (Delirium Trilogy, Before I Fall, and Panic)!!!

I took pictures and recorded the entire Conversation Jay had with Lauren and the Q & A afterwards!  First here are the recordings of the conversations!  Both were so great! Really nice and funny!  My favorite type of authors!!


The Conversation between Jay and Lauren:




The Q & A after the conversation!  I asked a question too...mine is the one near the end for Lauren where I ask her how she came up with the concept behind the Deliria disease for the Delirium Trilogy!





Now to the pictures! So many great ones!!

The table before the signing began


This is a post card Lauren was giving out to promote her newest novel coming out this September! It's her first novel for adults!


Funny story on this subscription from Lauren,  because  I made both her and Jay laugh when I slickly handed The Romance Bookie's business card to the Barnes and Noble Rep. It reads "For Panic-Mandy-The smartest card carrier there is! I hope you love Panic."

This inscription reads: "For Mandy-Thanks so much for coming today and for being a fan!"

Jay's inscription reads: "To Mandy, Everything affects everything."



From Left to Right: Jay Asher, Me, and Lauren Oliver




My overall haul for the day! I ended up buying "Delirium", "Pandemonium", and "Panic" because I hadn't owned them before the signing
                    
All the lovelies that the Barnes and Noble rep at The Grove hauled out before the signing began

Me playing Paparazzi before the event when I spotted Jay behind one of the shelves 



Lauren Pulled an Ellen at the Oscars, and took a Selfie featuring the entire audience! That's me directly behind them, in the center of the front row!


So that's it folks! Hope you all have a fabulous week!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Real (Real #1) by Katy Evans

***WARNING!!! This is an ADULT book containing sexual scenes!!!***

***ALSO this review may contain some spoilers, so read with caution!***

Hey Everyone!

I cannot even tell you how hard it is to have to write this review!  But unfortunately, I have promised to be honest when reviewing the books I read...so here goes.


I finished Real by Katy Evans today.  It was sent to me by the publisher, and I had heard, before reading it, that it has gotten rave reviews! In fact I've read quite a few of those reviews now, because I just can't believe how so many people liked this book...Okay, I am 100% not bashing anyone who enjoyed it, I've mentioned before that when people respect what I like and they don't like it, that I'll respect their opinions.

So anyway, instead I'll give you my opinion on this book!

But first here's a description from Goodreads:



Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.

Hired to keep his perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more.

But their white-hot lust has a dark side and when Remy's deepest secret comes to light and Brooke's familial duties demand action, will the pair be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real suddenly fade away like an illusion?
My Thoughts:

So let's see where to begin.  How about that out of the 300 pages in this book I found myself cringing with disgust so often that I lost count.  The author used words such as "impaling" to describe sex, and the word "sheath" (SHEATH!!) as a term for the lady part!  Seriously?! SHEATH?!

Then she reworded slightly a sentence from one of the most famous books of all time, "I've fallen head over heels, irrevocably in love with him." REALLY?? Does "I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him" ring a bell?! Stephenie Meyer took the privilege of using "Irrevocably" and "Love" in the same sentence with that iconic line!

Now to the characters...Is it just me or is the main character of this book, Remington Tate, an asshole version of Travis Maddox from Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster?  They both have a problem with authority, are controlling, are man-sluts before they meet their "true loves", and both of their favorite sport is fighting.  
Also Remy was a total dick!  The way he spoke to Brooke, I found to be completely disrespectful.  Demanding her to do things.  No politeness whatsoever. Then his "secret illness"...okay, maybe some medication would have sufficed...but no he didn't "want to take" any.  Seriously!?  But it was okay for him to get out of control and tranquilized??????

The main female character Brooke Dumas, had the worst dialogue of them all.  The whole book is in her point of view, and the entire time she's talking about her lady parts, how it's "clenching" "wet", and while in the first half of the book she calls it her "V", the second part she switches to the kitty term that rhymes with "Wussy".  The author repeats herself CONSTANTLY!  Within the same paragraph she would say the same thing TWICE!  

Everything about this book was just way too much!  The descriptions, some were about the most useless things where I found myself asking myself "And I care why?".  The metaphors...OH MY GOD, the metaphors!  There is only so many ways you can describe a hot muscular guy with blue eyes and dark hair, without sounding repetitive and desperate!  

Overall rating:

This entire book was just way over the top for me.  I felt quite a few things were taken from other books.  The repetitiveness bothered me so much. I rolled my eyes so often as I was reading this, it's not even funny!  

I will say there was ONE thing I liked about this entire book.  I liked that Remy and Brooke played songs to each other through their iPods to show each other how they felt about one another.  That was cute.  But everything else, was honestly just not my cup of tea.

Alright everyone, until next time! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Random Post #8: My Thoughts on the Dystopian Genre

Hey Everyone!!

So this is one of those random posts I was talking about, where it may not be a book review, but just a discussion on something book related!

So while back in 2008-2010 the vampire craze was all the rage, in the last couple of years the Dystopian genre has taken over!

While I'll be honest, I don't necessarily get into all the crazes, I like a book not because of how popular it is, but because I truly enjoyed reading it.  It was like that with Twilight. I didn't like all vampire books because I liked Twilight!  In fact, I could name at least one vampire book that I read that I could not stand one bit (*cough* The Vampire Diaries *cough*).

Anyway, the Dystopian genre...it's huge right now!  We've got big blockbusters being made like The Hunger Games and the upcoming much anticipated by many Divergent.

Now what do I think of the genre?

Well, personally I will admit it isn't my favorite.

I have probably mentioned this quite a few times on The Romance Bookie, but I'm going to say it again...

I read to escape reality!

I read to go into my happy place.
I read to be happy.

And to be honest, Dystopians don't make me happy.  In fact, they sort of depress me!

Now that being said, that doesn't mean I haven't read any Dystopians that I DID enjoy.  In fact, while I've read quite a few, (Delirium Series, Uglies Series, Hunger Games Series, Matched just to name a few) there have been some I enjoyed.  For instance, the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver!

Lauren Oliver created a world where LOVE was a disease!  I found that to be such a creative idea, and so awesome! I truly enjoyed reading those, and finding out just what could happen in a world that didn't have LOVE anymore!

Then Matched by Ally Condie!  While I've yet to read the remaining two or three books in the series (I believe it was a trilogy?), I remember really finding this one unique!  Ally created a world where every decision was made for each and every person, including what they did when they grew up, who they married, and even when they died!  It was such an interesting concept, I remember devouring that book!

And then of course there is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!  While I will admit I wasn't a huge fan of the last book in the trilogy, what I find awesome about this series, is how strong Katniss is!  Goodness, that girl can kick some serious butt!

That being said, that is something that dystopian young adult seem to have in common, at least a lot of the recent bestsellers...the strong main female characters! We've got Katniss (The Hunger Games), Lena (Delirium), Cassia (Matched), Beatrice (Divergent, which I still plan on reading before I see the movie!), Tally (Uglies)! Those are just the ones I know of, so I imagine there are many more!

It's awesome that young women are kicking some serious butt, even if it's only the YA world! :)

Yet, at the same time I must say I still wouldn't call any Dystopian my favorite book.  I find it sad to think about our world, as we know it anyway, coming to an end!  I don't even want to think about it!

So anyway, there's my spiel on why I'm not a huge fan of the Dystopian genre.

However, please don't anyone think I don't respect their opinions on the Dystopian genre! If you love it, good for you!  I'm sure I love series that you don't like!  That's just life.  This is strictly my own personal opinion, and I 100% love hearing about your love for certain books, so if one happens to be a dystopian don't hesitate to comment and tell me all about it! :)

The Romance Bookie :)  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Music Tuesday #75

Hey Everyone! While I know Winter is pretty much over, I have to share this song, because it's just so darn good!  I loved this movie so much! In fact I saw it twice in theaters over the holidays! Love the music, and it was great seeing another childhood classic come to life on the big screen!


If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for, honestly?? For a snow castle to appear??!! GO SEE IT!!

NOW!

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Romance Authors Book Signing (3/1/14) featuring Sylvia Day, Alice Clayton, Christina Lauren, and many others

Hey Everyone!
So I got to do something awesome today!

I drove two hours to Huntington Beach (California) and went to The Romance Authors Signing at Barnes and Noble, where Sylvia Day (Gideon Cross Series), Alice Clayton (Wallbanger and Redhead Series), Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard Series), Katy Evans (Real Series), Fanny Merkin (Fifty Shames of Earl Grey), Monica Murphy (Torn), Kristin Proby (Loving Cara), Tiffany Reisz (The Siren), Robin York (Deeper), Ruthie Knox (About Last Night), and Cara McKenna (Willing Victim) were all present! Tara Sue Me (The Submissive) was supposed to be present but couldn't make it unfortunately.

So I got extremely lucky guys!  Why? Well, because I got to go in before everyone else (as they were waiting in line) and interview some of the authors!

You can listen to that interview here below! It's seriously hilarious! It involved Penises (or "Peni") and Robert Pattinson!!







So now to the pictures of all the goodies of the day!


My Bag filled with the all the books I wanted signed the morning of

Christina and Lauren

Alice Clayton

Sylvia Day signing my books

A side shot of the table with the crowds

My signed books and swag from Christina and Lauren






Sweet Filthy Boy Pin from Christina and Lauren




This is cover for Christina and Lauren's upcoming YA novel, "Sublime"!

Fanny Merkin aka Andrew Shaffer signed tea bags in honor of his book "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey"
















Kristin Proby was giving out cute little chap sticks with her book's cover on it!

Katy Evans was giving away cute little boxing gloves for "Real"


My Overhaul for the day! 

So that's it from me today!! Next weekend, it looks I'll be going to another signing!! This one will be a YA one, featuring Lauren Oliver and Jay Asher! :)

The Romance Bookie :)