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Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'm Back!!



Hello Everyone!! I know it's been AGES since I've posted anything. I haven't really had a computer to post on so anything I have posted within the last several months to a year has been on my phone. Let me tell ya, that is NOT easy. I now have a computer to work with so hopefully I'll be able to post more and get back to my reviews! I've decided to change things up a bit though. I'm completely revamping everything. I'm hoping it will turn out nice! I'm definitely going to be incorporating my beautibusiness into the blog. I'm loving our products and the way they make my skin feel and I'm dying to share them and help other people and I think this would be a great way to reach people outside of my region. I HAVE still been reading, just not as much as before where I would read two to three books a week, it's now more like one book a month. I want to keep this blog going though so I definitely think adding something new in could help!

What do you think? I am open to any and all suggests from you all as well! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review Tour: Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond



Part-time Princess 
by Pamela DuMond 
(Ladies in Waiting #1) 
Publication date: Spring 2014
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!
Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:Sexual innuendo.Hot Guys.Hot Guys who are Princes.Flirting.Romance.The occasional naughty word.The occasional naughty royal fantasy.The occasional naughty deed.Romance.Castles.Ladies-in-Waiting.Parties!Cocktails.A puppy.Gowns.Intrigue.Chocolate.Champagne.A Royal Wedding!Comedy.Sexiness.More Romance.And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.
Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.
The goal?To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.Prince Cristoph proposes marriage.
What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?A modern day sexy fairy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.


Review:
Part-time Princess is about a girl struggling to make ends meet, loses her current job and comes across an ad on Daveslist (the equivalent of Craigslist) for a very mysterious, yet intriguing part-time  job that pays really well. Lucy decides to send in her resume and is excited when she gets a response. Little does she know, the part-time job is to pretend to be Lady Elizabeth Theresa Billingsley for a few weeks.

I found Part-time Princess to be a super cute story. Lucy is a feisty one, and tends to be a bit on the sarcastic side. She's the perfect candidate to take this kind of job. She gives everything her all and when something isn't working out, she doesn't stick around to see if it will. She's a go-and-get-it kind of gal and I really liked that about her. She doesn't put up with peoples BS. And under normal circumstances, she blunt and will tell it like it is. You know, unless the truth violates her contract.

I did however dislike the fact that everything seemed to fall into place for her so easily. I won't elaborate on this because it will give far too much of the story away, but it seemed like she never truly struggled with much except for her finances. And her tendency to be a bit awkward, but even the awkwardness people seemed to love about her. People would notice how different she was from before she had left for the States, but they all played it off as her having spent so much time there and didn't think anything of it. It was hard to believe at times. Even her relationships with the people in Elizabeth's life was hard to believe at times. 

With that being said, Pamela DuMond created a very amusing, light-hearted and fun story that's a quick easy read. I am curious though if the story will continue with Lucy's point-of-view or if we will switch to one of the ladies in waiting?? 

I rate this book: 3 stars




AUTHOR BIO
Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan


An Endless Summer

Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer, #2
After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment:

Boarding School.

Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.

How had her dad let it come to this?

With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.

I am just flying through this series!!! I LOVE the Onslow Boys and I LOVE the Summer feel! And the romance doesn't hurt either ;-)

After an unfortunate accident that nearly got her killed, Amy Henderson is sent away to live in the city and attend an all-girls boarding school far away from her home town of Onslow and her best friend Tammy. Three years later, she returns to find her old home worse for the wear and determines to make a few, or should I say A LOT, of changes to make sure the Onslow Hotel stays up and running. But the odds seem to be against her. 

Amy is a bit of a firecracker. She's hot-headed and stubborn. She tends not to think before she acts, or speaks. She just DOES. And deals with the consequences later. When I first began An Endless Summer, I wasn't sure how I felt about being inside of Amy's head. She seemed a bit immature at first, and throughout a lot of the book actually. Even though she was working hard to save the Onslow, she just seemed to have this childish, spoiled attitude to her which probably came from growing up with a materialistic mother and a father who fueled the fire. Even with her confident air, Amy always felt like a shadow, as though she was always out of place or in the way. She's determined not to be little Amy, the publican's daughter anymore and she has a point to prove. 

I was thrilled to see all of my favorite characters back in An Endless Summer, with a few new characters. By the end of the book, I had grown to like Amy a lot more than I had in the beginning. Her relationship with Sean probably helped with that a lot. I'm officially a HUGE Sean fan now ;-) 

After now reading three of the books in this series, I think I can now say that this has becoming one of my favorite book series and I'll probably reread it every summer! And even though I've already read That One Summer, I'm definitely going to reread it again now before continuing on!

I rate this book:

The Summer Series


Novella



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan


The Boys of Summer

Author: C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer, #1
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.

Being that it's Summer-time, I figured I should catch up on my Summer reading. As in, reading books about summer. The Summer series by C.J. Duggan focuses on that feeling you get as a teenager when the summer just begins and you've got this insane excitement coursing through your body and you're thinking of all the ways to make THIS SUMMER the most perfect summer EVER. And most of the time it doesn't turn out just the way you planned, but then you realize that's okay.

I started off the Summer series earlier in the year with That One Summer, the story of Tammy and Chris. I fell in love with the feeling that C.J. Duggan's story left me with, as well as the Onslow Boys and of course Chris. Seeing as this series is one of those that you can read out of order, I decided to pick up the first of the series. The story of Tess and Toby. They were side characters in That One Summer, but in The Boys of Summer they are the main focus. And I absolutely LOVED it. It had its ups and downs, and a few events that left you with your mouth hanging open. It's the perfect tale of a shy, introverted girl who takes a Summer job that's a bit out of her comfort zone to appease her two best friends and ends up gaining all the confidence she had been lacking, as well as falling in love with the boy of her dreams. And it's just the story you need for summer time. One that brings you back to the days of your youth and first loves, new feelings and new adventures.

I'm definitely going to be finishing this entire series this summer. And probably revisiting That One Summer along with it. And rereading it every summer just because I can. ;)

I rate this book:

The Summer Series


Novella



Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa


The Forever Song

Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Vengeance will be hers.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

Monster.

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

THE FINAL HUNT IS ON.

Julie Kagawa has always been one of my favorite authors ever since I read The Iron King. Her story-telling is enticing, drawing you in with each word. Like most of her books, The Forever Song centers around a journey. Allie, Jackal and Kanin are on a mission to stop the horrible, sadistic vampire Sarren from destroying the whole world. With as many twists and turns as possible of course. One of which I never saw coming, but was secretly thrilled about. Okay, maybe it wasn't exactly a secret. ;)

The Blood of Eden series has been on my list of favorites since I read the first in the series. Following Allie on her journey of becoming the kind of vampire she wants to be has been a great adventure. Her short-comings made her all the more real as she tried and failed at times to contain the monster inside of her. Sometimes not even wanting to and succumbing to the numbness and anger.

When I first began the story, I was sure there was going to be a love-triangle between Allie, Kanin and Zeke. I am absolutely thrilled to say that wasn't at all the case. Julie could have definitely taken it there if she had chosen to, but she didn't and I'm rather glad for that. In a world of love-triangles at every turn in the YA world, it was so nice to see that Kanin and Allie never reached the point of romantic feelings. He was after all her sire, a.k.a. blood-father. They were family. It would have definitely been a little weird for her to fall for him.

One thing I definitely want to point out that I thought of this morning after a particularly disturbing dream that reminded me of not only the rabids in the Blood of Eden series, but also the virus-stricken people in I Am Legend, is that some elements of this series remind me of I Am Legend. Such as the rabids. And a certain other thing that I won't mention because of spoilers. And then I realized that I would LOVE to see the Blood of Eden series become a movie!! I mean, it would be rather gory, but you know how the movie industry is. They can definitely tone it down to fit the younger audience as we've seen in several book-to-movie adaptations these days. Example, The Hunger Games.

If you're looking for a vampire book to keep you guessing and bring on the drama, suspense, and heart-racing moments then this is the series for you.

I rate this book:

The Blood of Eden Series