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Monday, December 15, 2014

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Noel (My True Love Gave To Me: Anthology)



A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed My True Love Gave To Me, an anthology that was gifted to me by friend Zara, thebook-addict. 

I generally loved it. Especially the first story,  Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell. I thought that story was so cute and very Rainbow in general. 

I especially liked Noel from that story. I think that I just have a thing for sweet, adorkable guys in general, especially of the fictional variety. 

Reasons why You should fall for Noel:


1. He was created by Rainbow Rowell. 

2. He has very good taste, i.e.,  "He was wearing a Pok√©mon T-Shirt"
3. What Doesn't Kill Makes You Stronger. A lot (it seems like he's allergic to everything) could kill him, but he still manages to survive while being adorkably cute. 
4. He's a really great friend. "Obviously, you're coming with us...Amy knows we're a packaged deal"
5. He's someone you just want around you. "He stuck by Mag's side, like he was glued there."

6. He says the sweetest things. (I'll let you figure that part out on your own)...

In fact...
I'll let you find out for yourself by giving away a copy of My True Love Gave to Me

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Love and Other Theories (Review)


Love and Other Theories
By: Alexis Bass


If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless (Review)

Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
By: Liz Czukas

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000 

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My True Love Gave To Me: Anthology (Review)


My True Love Gave To Me
Edited By: Stephanie Perkins


If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.







Monday, November 24, 2014

No Place to Fall (Review)


No Place to Fall
By: Jaye Robin Brown

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

“They'll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”


I was luckily enough to be invited to a screening for Mockingjay. I was so excited. Beyond excited. I saw the trailers and I was so curious. I wanted to see this latest interpretation but mostly I was mostly curious about the cutoff point. I wanted to know what would be included in the first part of Mockingly and what they would save for the second part. I was also curious about the music because Lorde was doing the score and I absolutely love her music. 

If I'm being perfectly honest, I'm not the hugest fan of the books. For many reasons. I really enjoyed the first novel, but Mockingly was my least favorite of the three books in the series. I especially didn't think that the last book needed to be split into two movies. The books weren't that long (I understood why they did it for the Harry Potter and Twilight movies, but Mockingly was considerably shorter). 

However, I love the movie so freaking much. Beyond love it. I love it much more than I did the book. There's just something about seeing it on screen that makes it more real. And after seeing it, I totally agree that it had to be split in to. 

Mockingjay pays so much attention to the details. It's all the small things that I love, the things that people who read the book can surely pick up on. 

I think one my favorite part about Mockingly was the tone and mood. It was dark. Like the books, but at the same time, there's some humor in it. It was surprisingly funny too. It brought some levity to all the darkness, and it balanced out the movie. 

However, my absolute favorite part is when Jennifer Lawrence sung. That's one of the very best parts of the movie, if not the best part. 

I can't wait until part 2, because even though this installment had some darkness, I know it won't compare. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

No Longer Missing

If you've been wondering where I've been, I'm here to tell you that not only am I alive and well, but I'm also back. Back? If you've noticed my absence, there were two major things happening in my personal life. 




In mid-September I got a full time job. Which was amazing. I mean it took up a lot of my free time, time that I used to spend lazing around, and it drained me (which is a good thing, really, because I really really needed this job and it's a good job). So I've been trying for awhile to adjust to it. But that's not one of the major things that's happened to me. 

The first thing is that I was seriously contemplating about quitting blogging. I thought and thought and I thought that I had finally made up my mind. Unofficially the end was near. I was unmotivated and honestly I didn't want to do it anymore. I wanted to go back to being a mood reader and I didn't want to have to analyze book. I just wanted to decide if I liked a book or not then move on. And I was in a major slump (and I'm still not completely over it yet). 

I talked to a few people and I honestly thought I was done. 



Then about the same time, my macbook broke. Which sucked because my Apple Care Warranty had just expired and I was super broke because I just started a knew job. 

But even if I had wanted to blog, and I totally didn't, I couldn't have. Looking back, I think it was a blessing in disguise because it forced me to step away. I read what I wanted when I wanted and started to fall in love with this reading thing again. 

So where does that leave me? Short answer, I don't know. But I do feel like there are going to be major changes ahead. What's the time line? I don't know. (Are you sensing a theme here?) I just want to do what makes me happy. So I'm slowly trying to get back into things. I can't tell you the last time I wrote a review or visited blogs, but I know it's over due. 

I'm just trying to figure it all out. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Summer After You + Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Cover Reveal on My Heart Hearts Books
Hey Guys!!!
So I was so lucky enough to be a part of this cover reveal. I loved Jennifer Salvato Doktorski's other book, How My Summer Went Up in Flames. So I was totally in, when Jennifer asked me. Then I saw the cover. I love it. I love the cover and I love the font and I love the fact the cover is pretty but also tells a story. 

Then I read the summary. Swoon. I know what I'm going to be reading in Spring 2015. It's still too early to pre-order this baby, so we can just gather around and swoon at this cover.
The Summer After You and Me
By: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

Meet the Author
In addition to writing for teens, Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is a freelance writer who has written articles and essays for national publications including, Cosmopolitan. She's also worked as a speech writer, bank teller, ghostwriter, bookkeeper in a lampshade factory, pet shop clerk, and music zine editor.
Her debut young adult novel, HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES, will be published by Simon Pulse in May 2013. Her second YA novel, FAMOUS LAST WORDS, about a teen obit writer will be published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in July 2013.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Foreign Exchange (Review)


Foreign Exchange
By: Denise Jaden


Jamie Monroe has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend’s hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer. Sawyer and Tristan have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets. 

As she sinks deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one person she was starting to trust—Sawyer. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Kiss of Deception (Review)

The Kiss of Deception
By: Mary E. Pearson


A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


 

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