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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kissing Ted Callahan (And other guys) By Amy Spalding

Title:Kissing Ted Callahan    ( And other guys)

Author:Amy Spalding


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Synopsis:
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist meets Easy A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band.

After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.

While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over someone's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, who she's been obsessed with forever-His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! With their love lives going from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for


Review:
  • I love this book! It was a quick read for me but it was a fun one. Like all high school kids I wrote in a note book and passed it back and forth between my friends as we went from one class to the next so this book was one I could easily relate to,even as an adult.
  • Part of why I liked this book so much was the innocence in the book, even when they did the big IT, it stayed true to the characters personality and there was no details just that kinda awkward declaration that you are no longer a virgin.
  • I liked the music aspect as well, it fit right in with the story.
  • It was cute watching them struggle and discover the tricky world that is dating, especially in high school. I even rooted for the good guy and was glad that things went smoothly for him in the end. Normally I am all for the trick ending, woe is me, or the bad guys wins since those endings are never given but in this book the characters are so easy to relate to, it made me think they were real life friends and I wanted the best for them.
  • This is definitely the book I will recommend to my younger siblings who are still in high school.

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Title: One of the Guys
Author: Lisa Aldin
Pages: 320
Publication Date: February 10th 2015 by Spencer Hills Press
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Synopsis:
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love


Review:
 
  • I actually thought that this book was really cute and sadly on spot on. The author was able to capture what it is like to be a tom boy n be caught in the middle of finally growing up and what happens when those best friends you have as guys start to realize that your parts really are different from theirs.  I should know all about it since that was my life in a nut shell. This book brought back a lot of my fond memories of my tomboy antics and how hard it was to deal with the changing relationships that occurred as we grew and matured.

  • I like the way the author capture the awkwardness that comes with being a girl and not knowing where you fit when it comes to your skin, not knowing how to be girly when all you have known is the boyish ways you grew secure in.

  • It was fun to watch the love interests grow and bloom in this book, although the end was fairly predictable but that is normally the case when it comes to the romantic points.

  • This book also touched on the sensitive subject of loosing a parent and having to deal with the replacement of them. How the pain never leaves and how hard it can be to accept and bond with the new step parent. It will make you want to step back and re-asses the situations.


Rating:4 out of 5 Stars!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole **CONTAINS SPOILERS**

Title & Series: DEAD OF WINTER (The Arcana Chronicles #3)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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Synopsis:Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first?

 
Review:
This book was on the top of my birthday/Christmas list, this entire series has actually made it into my top favorite must have sections and I find that I will always recommend it when someone asks me for something new to read.

Not only did I order the print copy of this book but I found that I could not wait for it to arrive in my mail box and went ahead and ordered the e-book just so I could go ahead and sink my claws into the next part of Evie's story.

In Endless night we learned quite a bit about our mysterious would be villain who is not so bad as he seems. And lets face it, after learning the truth about Death and the trials he has face when it came to life and the fact that no matter what she did, or who he was  he always fell for The Emperess, I found myself firmly on team Death's side. This book only strengthened my resolve. Seriously I wanted to shake some sense into Evie as she struggle with her choice of men.

Don't get me wrong I love the cajun but my love for Death is much more. The fact that he comes for Evie, lowers his walls and takes up arms with a man he despises all for her makes me want to just throw myself at him.

More arcana reveal themselves in this book, some of them fall, some of them disappear, and of course our heroes are forced with obstacles and choices that you cannot even begin to imagine. Kresley Cole takes you on a roller coaster ride that leaves you breathless and has your stomach churning after wards.

Evie is also recovering more of her memories of her past life and the atrocities she committed as she comes face to face with the Lovers and learns more truths then one could possibly bare.

I was dying to see how they rescued Jack and even Selena in this book. Kresley Cole provides enough love and action that I read through this book in five hours. You get just about everything you could ever want in this book and then some, from gore to love, horror's to inspiration. I was riveted and as I found myself coming to the end I wanted to scream.



I literally posted over social media my annoyance that I had to wait for another book because if you thought Endless Knight left off on a cliff hanger, honey you haven't seen anything yet to this whopper of an ending.

This was money well spent and all I can say is "PLEASE RELEASE #4 NOW!"


Rating
5 out of 5 Stars ( I wish I could rate it higher)

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