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





Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review: Paper Towns by John Green


Paper Towns

Author: John Green
Two-time Printz Medalist John Green’s New York Times bestseller, now in paperback!

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
This book was bought by myself with my own money.

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When I found out that Paper Towns by John Green would be hitting the theaters soon, I just new I had to pick it up and read it. I mean, after LOVING The Fault in Our Stars and falling in love with his writing, I couldn't pass it up. I went into reading Paper Towns just knowing that I would enjoy the story, especially with the intriguing premise. I mean, who doesn't love a story about a guy falling head over heals for the mysterious, adventurous girl-next-door and then being thrown for a loop?

We meet Quentin Jacobson who is the perfect student and seemingly perfect child. He never does anything wrong, always does his schoolwork and has never missed a day in his life. He grew up being close friends with the crazy mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman, but as they grew older, they grew apart. She was the popular girl in school that everyone loved and wanted to be like, and he was one of the outsiders. When Margo shows up at his window one night, close to graduation, asking for a ride around town for an adventure filled with revenge on some of the people who had bullied him, he was in. He had high hopes that he could make her fall for him and that this night would be the chance of a lifetime. But there was a huge twist. When he got to school the next day, expecting to see her, she was gone. She had ran away again and no one knew where she was. Q leaves it up to himself to follow her clues and find the girl of his dreams before it's too late.

Paper Towns, for me, was one of those stories that had me feeling like I was on a roller coaster. Not as in the emotional ups and downs, but in the speed of the story. In some instances, it was fast-paced and my heart was racing and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. In others, I was thinking, "Is this ever going to end? This is getting so boring". There was a lot of times where Q was just going over the clues Margo left behind, over and over and over again. Never really finding anything new and it was as if I was reading over every second of every day of his life, even the boring stuff that I cared absolutely nothing about. I thought that I was going to be taken on an adventure all over the country and SPOILER ALERT!! I wasn't. I was really bummed about that. I had also thought at one point that I was going to end up in tears over her suicide because for the longest time John Green made it seem as though she would be dead when Q found Margo. Thankfully that wasn't the case. I was very happy about that. END SPOILER!! The end sped up for me again once things really started heating up and Q realized a bunch of different things at once and they all raced to the place they thought she was going to be.

I do really love John Green's righting style. I've heard that it's rather pretentious but I love that about it. In a way, Q was as I imagined John Green himself being. If that makes sense? As far as Margo goes, I'm going to leave a quote straight from her own mouth and this is exactly as I perceived her to be from the beginning: "I was the flimsy-foldable person, not everyone else. And here's the thing about it. People love the idea of a paper girl. They always have. And the worst thing is that I loved it, too. I cultivated it, you know? Because it's kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea of myself, not all the way." Everyone loved the idea of her, but they never really loved her. She seemed like this wild, crazy, adventurous, gorgeous, perfectly created, God's-gift-to-man, but she isn't. She's just a normal person like everyone else and she needed to show them all that.

Paper Towns was a wonderful story, but the pacing seemed so slow at times and I couldn't give it a 5-star review. I will of course continue to read John Green's books because he's a pretty awesome guy and he writes pretty awesome books.

I rate this book:

Author

John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children's Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, "Brotherhood 2.0," where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called "The Vlog Brothers," which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.
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Favorite Quotes

Please be aware of spoilers!!

"Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one."

"If I am ever told that I have one day to live, I will head straight for the hallowed halls of Winter Park High School, where a day has been known to last a thousand years."

"Yeah. I'm a big believer in random capitalization. The rules of capitalization are so unfair to words in the middle."

"Let's just please not get in trouble," I said. "I mean, I want to have fun and everything, but not at the expense of, like, my future."

"That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste."

"My heart is really pounding," I said.
"That's how you know you're having fun," Margo said. But it didn't feel like fun; it felt like a heart attack.

"I, however, did not like to run. Or, for that matter, engage in any kind of physical exertion."

"This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead."

"I mean, at some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you'll look back down and see that you floated away, too."

"The longer I do my job," he said, "the more I realize that humans lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel."

"But isn't it also that on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings the same way that we are? We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals."

"Margo was not a miracle. She was not an adventure. She was not a find and precious thing. She was a girl."

"I liked standing just outside the couches and watching them--it was kind of sad I didn't mind, and so I just listened, letting all the happiness and the sadness of this ending swirl around in me, each sharpening the other. For the longest time, it felt kind of like my chest was cracking open, but not precisely in an unpleasant way."

"It is so hard to leave--until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world."

"I hope I get pulled over," he says. "I'd like to see how the cop responds to a black man wearing a Confederate T-shirt over a black dress."

"What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person."

"Forever is composed of nows."

"I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is."