Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Awaken" (A Lexi Review)

Hey, loves!!!

Okay, so have you ever been somewhere where everything is tech? Are you addicted to the phone, tv, Bluerays, and ebooks all at once, swiping a basic card to take care of everything you need? Tech is all around us, all the time, and it's difficult to escape it, or escape the need for it. For today's blog, I'm doing Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky.




This is a book where tech has replaced the need for bus passes, school, meeting people, etc. in this dystopian novel. What happens when a the teen daughter of the man who made this so meets a guy that denies tech? One that knows how to do things old style? One that actually wants to meet face-to-face, not via avatars?

The characters and story are well-written. The world creation is very far developed, and it's extremely realistic. I love the imagination that it took to come up with not only this story, but the entire background behind it that comes in increments throughout the novel.

That's all I'm giving you. It's an awesome book that makes you look at technology differently, and I say to read it. :)

Rating: 


5/5 computer screens

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Strangely Normal" by Tess Oliver Cover Reveal!!!!! (Peek-a-Boo Post by Lexi)

OOOOOH, Readers, guess what!!!



We were invited to do the cover reveal for a brand-spankin' new novel by the wonderful Tess Oliver!!! So, since Ashley has Mondays, this is Alexis just dropping by with this great news!!! We have a book description, info on the author, and even a teaser as well!!!

If you have never read anything else by Tess Oliver, please go do so! You'll be doing a favor for yourself. She is a great writer, and her novels are fun to read, and very enjoyable! Her novellas are fun as well, and I know that a few more of her books are coming up in my "books to read" pile that I have going, and now I'm going to be adding this one!!!

The cover is gorgeous, and the novel seems like it's going to be awwwwwwesome!!! Cannot wait to share more about it, y'all!!!!!



Title: Strangely Normal
Author: Tess Oliver

Book Description:
A unique summer job lands eighteen-year-old Eden Saxon into a lifestyle completely different than her own. She becomes a companion for nineteen-year-old Finley King, the daughter of a rock legend. Finley suffers from severe anxiety, and her father fears her being alone. Eden leaves her loving, but wildly dysfunctional, parents and dreary apartment and enters a world where no luxury is overlooked. She instantly adores Finley and her charming, quirky personality. The whole situation has only one flaw– Finley’s older brother, Jude. Jude King is cocky, arrogant and irritating. Unfortunately, he’s also completely irresistible. 


Eden realizes she’s underestimated the depth of Finley’s problems, and suddenly her dream job turns out to be a lot more than she’d expected. Eden soon finds herself in over her head . . . and her heart.




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LOOK HOW PRETTY THIS IS!!!

Book Teaser:


He placed down his pencil and walked across the floor toward me. The crackling energy I’d felt between us the night before when he’d stood over my bed returned now and grew with hot intensity as the space between us disappeared. I was not the only one noticing the sudden charge in the atmosphere between us. He stopped directly in front of me, and even with loud music bouncing off the walls, I could hear the unnaturally fast rhythm of his breathing.

He hesitated a moment and then his hand came up slowly and brushed the hair off my face. His fingertips had only grazed my cheek, but I felt the sensation of his touch through my entire body. He looked back at me as if he’d smoothed his hands over every inch of my skin. The air between us heated and what had started out as a casual session between an artist and his subject had somehow erupted into something completely different.





About the Author:


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Tess Oliver is a teacher and writer who lives in California with her husband, kids, a small pack of pampered dogs, and the recent addition of three ridiculously cute pygmy goats. She loves horses, chocolate and Jane Austen books. She has a BS of Nutrition Science, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She is also an author published by Barron's Educational Publisher.

Website: http://www.tessoliver.com/
Blog: http://tessoliverauthor.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tessoliverauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4178161.Tess_Oliver
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Tess_Oliver




Till tomorrow, loves,

Alexis

Saturday, April 27, 2013

"Cinderella: Ninja Warrior" (An "I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR!" Lexi Review!)

My dearest readers,


I apologize for no post on Thursday. I was ill, and couldn't focus. Thankfully, today I can. Especially after an amazing day bargain book shopping today with Ashley!!! We had a blast buying five books each for around $2. Three of mine were even hardback

Also, in response to Ash's post yesterday: for the record, I never made up a boyfriend... He's an imaginary friend. There's a BIG difference. We just dated for a little while... lmao

Okay, back to reviewing a novel...

Today's choice issssss... Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales #1) by Maureen McGowan!!!




Goodreads Summary: "In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!"


Okay, so I don't know if any of you have seen this novel, as well as the next in the series (Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Hunter), but it's a fairy tale, "Choose Your Own Adventure" kind of book. It's actually very entertaining with all the twists and turns. I love that you can choose all different paths for this story to follow. It lets you read and reread every possibility without getting bored with the story. It makes you wonder if Cinderella ever needed to be saved, especially in this take on things.

Now, getting in to the technicalities. Well, this novel does have fun characters, though not fully developed. There were questions I had with multiple of them, and they truly didn't have too much depth. It ended too abruptly. Also, there were questions left unanswered by the author as well in regards to the plot and action.

I do like a strong female character, and I think that younger readers may enjoy this as well, as it truly isn't inappropriate.


Conclusion: So, while it's fun to read, and the new take was seriously a great one, this book is a very light read. It is more of a beach read, or something to keep you busy for a cruddy day. I do recommend this though, because you'll love how the author mixes in the warrior aspect to make a chick that can save herself, thank you very much.

You could even use this as a bedtime book for a kiddo (yours, ones you babysit/nanny, etc.) to show that girls who are strong and determined can make magic all by themselves, no prince needed to coddle them.

Overall though, this is a good read for when you can't focus for too long and want to read something interesting.

Rating:


3 out of 5 glass slippers...


Until next time, y'all!


Love, your girl,

Lexi

Friday, April 26, 2013

"The Fake Boyfriend Experiment" (An Amused Ashley Review)

Hello Readers!!!!!

   With all the craziness that is going on in the United States lately I decided that we could all use a little laughter with a book. "The Fake Boyfriend Experiment" is so freaking hilarious in parts that I literally was crying. Come On ladies, don't lie...we have all made up fake boyfriends at some point lol, I know I have. This book was such a relief to read and I am happy to say I was not in the least disappointed.


Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....
   "Rafe Turner has a tattoo running from his wrist to his shoulder. His hair is a little too long. He doesn't need to rebel, because owning his life is already in his blood. He's way out of her league, for sure, but when Lily Gardner accidentally face plants through the window of his band's practice room, a connection is formed between Rafe and Lily that can't be shaken. When Rafe invites her to jam with his band, Lily knows the mega-talented drummer is exactly what she needs to fix her life. The fact that Rafe already has a girlfriend? No problem. It'll be enough if people simply think she's dating him…won't it? Lily is about to discover that finding her passion is a whole lot more complicated than a fake boyfriend…or two."

When Lily stumbles into the band practice, she is immediately drawn the rugged and sexy Rafe. When the keyboard player leaves the band, they ask Lily to join them. Although, she knows her parents or friends wouldn't approve of the rock band, she says yes anyways, because she finds that playing with the band brings her enjoyment. She must bounce back and fourth between her classical piano and the band without anyone knowing what she is doing. When she gets caught by her friends talking to Rafe, she tells them that he is her boyfriend and as you can imagine things escalate from there. She is finding reasons why they can't meet him, why he can't go out with them, and she even tells Rafe that a different guy is her boyfriend. Lily digs herself into a deep hole that might just come to back to bite her in the butt. Can she keep up the lies without hurting anyone or will the truth reveal its self and she loses everything? Read this book to find out and the ending won't disappoint or leave you on a cliff hanger.

Till next time peeps!!!!!

          Ashley

Rating: 5/5 sexy Andrew Lee Potts, because he would so be my fake boyfriend

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Smokless Fire" (An Ashley Review)

Hey Everyone!!!!

   Has you can tell I am still alive, Lexi hasn't killed me for reading 50 Shades of Grey yet lol, which I hate to say is actually pretty funny in some parts. I am going to be reviewing an awesome book today...."Smokeless Fire" is an awesome fantasy novel. It's about genies, magic, and forbidden love. This book not only drew me in with the cover, but the entire story line grips you and pulls you into this amazing plot. Unlike other books, the one's that follow this book are even more adventurous  and are even better than the one before it. Plus this cover is absolutely breath-taking.....




 
Here is a summary of this amazing book taken from Goodreads.....
    "When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements."

Ari believes that she is a normal teenage girl, until she is attacked and saved by this mysterious, good-looking guy. She learns that she is a Jinn and he is here to protect her from any harm that may come to her. But it's bad when the one guy that she feels a huge attraction to, doesn't feel the same for her, but his actions speak differently. Then to top it all off, we have her best friend, Charlie, who after screwing up their friendship, finally figures out that he is in love with Ari, and now he wants to get her back. Ari is thrown through a whirl wind of emotions and near death experiences. Will she be able to come into her powers or will she be destined to be sought out forever?

This book draws you in so much that I found myself staying up late into the night to finish it and couldn't wait for the next book to come out. If your like me and want to read a refreshing supernatural book, that doesn't include werewolves or vampires, than you need to give this book series a chance. I guarantee you will not be disappointed, because with this book you can't figure out what is going to happen next and when you think you know, Samantha Young throws you through another loop that you won't see coming. I fell in love with this series and can't wait to see how it ends.

Enjoy!!!!!

   Ashley 

Rating: I give this book 5/5 Barbra Eden as Jennie, because she was the best....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"The Help" (A Lexi Review, Confession, and Giggles)

Hello, y'all!


First off, everybody go read Ashley's post from yesterday because she rocks. Leave constructive criticism or just cheers. She may have the next best seller in her hands, and she's brave enough to put her works out there, which is big (at least to me). I wanna tell you guys that she's so brave with everything, and she deserves so much good in her life. She deserves everybody knowing the courage that she has in her is so great that you can't help but feel brave and powerful, too.

Second, I dunno if y'all know, but I'm a writer, too. But know that I may never put anything on here, because I'm a big scaredy-cat. Instead, I'm going to announce today that I'm a Whovian. I am. Today was a big day for us "Doctor Who" fans. We put tally marks on us to mark the first episode involving The Silence. Don't ask. Just go watch some episodes with David Tennant, and then you'll get it.

Now, know that I am going to kill her over reading 50 Shades of Grey. Lol jk.

Okay, also, I'm watching the movie "The Help," a tale of other brave women. The movie doesn't compare to the book, but they do both make me cry. Watching the movie after reading the book made me become brave enough to defy and have a blog about being sexually assaulted. I did for a little while. I may be starting again. 

But until then, let's focus on reviewing The Help by Kathryn Stockett.




Just in case you've been ignoring media and totally haven't caught either the movie or the novel, here's a brief summary from Ms. Stockett's website:

"Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed."


This novel is one of my most favorite novels in the entire world. It brought to life what it was like for "the help" and society as a whole during the Civil Rights Movement. I love the idea of somebody revealing it back in that time. There truly is no technical issues or issues with plot, point-of-view, or anything else in this novel. It shows what happens when one person stands up for what's right. It takes one person to go against something that big, in a town so racist, in the South, to show what truly happens.

Think about it like this: What if you were seen as simply a piece of property that was never given respect? What if you were treated like trash as well? Beaten? What if you got an extremely risky chance to tell what is was like? Would you be that brave?

The women in this story were.

In Conclusion: Read it, you guys. Honestly, just read it. It's hilarious, touching, and purely stupendous.


Rating:

5/5 birds like on the cover...


And Now You:
Is there something you want to stand up against? Something you see and want to fix? to stop? Have you already stood up for something in your life? Tell us about it in the comments! We want to hear your story (stories)! Talk to us about the book, too, if you've read it!

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Little Crazy From Ashley

Hey out there in blogger world!!!!

   So most of you probably don't know that this blonde is working on writing a book..ya, it's going very slowly. Anyways I really didn't know what book to review because right now I am reading one, don't kill me Lexi, but it's 50 Shades of Grey and I will definitely be doing a blog about it when I am done. So today I thought I would do something I have never done before.......I am going to post a little of the beginning of my book just to test the audience out and I would love feedback. It is going to be copyrighted and if anyone takes my idea I might hunt you down and hurt you lol. Anyways enough with the threats, because I love yall here is a little preview...I hope yall enjoy my re-telling of Achilles and Briseis.......



The Goddess Aphrodite watched as Achilles helped Briseis up off the green Trojan grass, after having saved her from two of Agamemnon’s guards. The young lovers kissed oblivious to the great city going up in flames around them. Aphrodite turned after seeing a movement out of the corner of her eye. She spied Prince Paris with his bow raised poised to shoot Achilles, but he seemed to be hesitating as he watched his cousin in a passionate embrace with the killer of his brother. Just as he started to lower his mighty wooden bow the God Apollo showed up to his right side and started to whisper in his ear. Her fear was confirmed when she saw Paris raise is bow and re aim it at Achilles.

      Her eyes followed to where Paris had the bow aimed and noticed that it was aimed at  Achille’s heel. She wanted to do something to warn the young lovers, but knew that her father, Zeus, would punish her for revealing herself to mortals. All she could do is watch as Paris let his arrow fly with the perfect ‘whoosh’ sound. Briseis seemed to notice Paris and tried to scream for him to stop, but it was to late. The arrow hit its mark perfectly and went straight through the heel. Achilles fell forward into Briseis’ arms, as she cried and lowed him to the ground, cradling his head in her lap and begging him not to go. As Paris ran towards his cousin to get her to safety, Aphrodite heard Achilles tell Briseis that he would always love her and that they would be together again in the afterlife. Briseis leaned down and gave him the softest kiss on his lips and told him that she loved him too and that he would always be in her heart. Achilles closed his eyes one final time and died with a smile on his face.

      As Paris lead his cousin to safety, Aphrodite turned on Apollo, who was smiling down on the still form of Achilles’ body.

I hope yall enjoyed it.....

Love Yall!!!!!

Ashley

Saturday, April 20, 2013

"The Season" (A Lexi Review)

Aloha Hoalohas, ("Hello, my friend," in Hawaiian, cuz "Lilo and Stitch" is on!!!)


So what are y'all up to on this gorgeous day? Obviously looking at this book review, eh?

Okay, today's novel is The Season by Sarah MacLean.




The title and cover were enough to draw me in, but then you read this summary:

"Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued — in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!" (Goody goody Goodreads!)

This novel was so much fun! Not only are these girls strong, they're also hilarious. They have attitudes when it's not acceptable, don't try hard during the season, and prefer adventure and near-death instead of waltzing around the room with potential suitors.

The fun and adventure in this novel is almost ever-present. I love that they act like Ash and I would in the same situation. The characters were very well-rounded, and every word and detail was needed and used properly. I love that you just get so sucked into the novel. I also love that I literally laughed out loud at parts, which I never do with a book. I felt a connection to this book, and I just love it.

For anybody who ever wanted to know what being a deb must have been like, go read this novel!

Rating:


5/5 London women during the London Season


Love,

Lexi

Friday, April 19, 2013

"The Fairest Beauty" (A Swooning Review by Ashley)

Hello happy peppy people!!!

  Yes, I have an obsession with I love Lucy...lol. "The Fairest Beauty" by Melanie Dickerson, has become one of my favourites for a re-telling of Snow White. We have had "Snow White and the Huntsman", one where Snow White kind of saves herself, but this one will make you fall in love with a Duke. Although, it kind of follows the Snow White we know, this one has a twist and is a little more on the religious side, but not too much.

 
 
Here is the summary for this heart pounding book......
  "A daring rescue. A difficult choice.Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what.
When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts."
 
Sophie doesn't really recall her child hood and believes herself to be an orphan. The duchess is so jealous of Sophie's beauty that she treats her as a maid and punishes her for the smallest things. When Gabe comes along and tells Sophie is actually the daughter of a Duke and is engaged to one, she doesn't believe him. When they learn the truth they try to figure out a way to escape with their lives. Gabe has to save Sophie from the huntsman that tries to kill her and they manage to run away. Along the road they stay with seven little men and find themselves falling for each other. They both try to fight it because they both belong to someone else but can't seem to. Will Sophie find her happiness with Gabe or will she be forced into the arms of her betrothed?  There are so many exciting twists and turns that you won't be able to put this book down. It is a must read for anyone who loves a good re-telling of fairy tales.
This is an awesome book and shouldn't be ignored, it is so worth the money. Until next time my loves......
Happy Reading!!!
   
Ashley
Rating: 5/5 sexy Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, because who wouldn't want a sexy, axe wielding, man saving their lives.....

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Boston and Dallas, We're Sending Our Love. (Lexi)

Hey,


This is Lexi. Obviously Ash put it into the best words, and I want y'all to read her post. I just want to say that our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to everybody who has been affected by the bombs in Boston, and the explosion in West, Texas. I have no words. I just cannot believe that these things are happening, and that it seems to be around this time each year that some big, horrible things go on.

I want everybody to take a moment today to love on your families. Think about how amazing it is that you've not been hurt by these events (and if you have, love on your families all the same). I know I'm very thankful that this hasn't hit our families, but so sad for those it has hurt. Just give thanks that you're alive. There's a reason for it, y'all. You've been spared. Be sad, be angry, but be grateful and not hateful all the same.

My heart and love are out to every person out there, including you.


Love to all,

Lexi

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Words about the Boston Tragedy by Ashley

Hey guys,

   I know that normally I would post a review about a book I read, but my heart is telling me that I should address this tragedy that occurred in Boston. It is truly heart breaking that innocent children and people should have to pay for the idiotic, stupid-ness of evil people. On Monday the nation was shocked as the news reported two bombs went off at the finish line in Boston during an annual marathon. All of Boston was shut down as they looked for possible bombs, and come to find out they found more along the run route that didn't go off.  There were many innocent people who lost their lives including two young boys and a young woman. You hear about these types of things happening in other countries, where our soldiers are fighting to keep us safe, but you would never expect something this huge to happen in your home town.

There have been so many senseless  tragedies that should have never happened to innocent people. Young children should never be considered to be a target of school shootings, movie shootings, or even bombings. They did nothing wrong and all they want to do is grow up and live full lives. We all know they are psychotic people out there, I mean come on....serial killers have been around forever, but it seems to me that we can't go a week with out some senseless tragedy or what not. Excuse my French, but fucking seriously...what the hell is wrong with people. It seems like we should have been protected from this bombing since, the government said they took a lot more precaution after 9/11, but to me it seems like they can't focus on our country, where all the most senseless shit is happening.

Plus, the media is blowing a lot of this shit up, so much that I believe that a lot of people are doing this for the media's attention. I know a lot of it has to do with psychological reason's, but what about the people who can gladly take innocent life and they don't show or test of having something wrong with them? The government wants to blame guns or mental disorders on everything that happends, but news flash a lot of people have mental disorders and you don't see them going on a calling spree for twenty minutes of fame. It's heart breaking that more and more people are killed with no motive whatsoever and there seems has the government isn't doing anything to protect people.

I could continue to write but it is breaking my heart and I am trying not to cry. All I ask is that you keep those innocent people in Boston and their families in your prayers. No matter what anyone says these people didn't do anything to deserve this and I hope that they find the fuckers who did this. Let's have a moment to say a prayer, because no matter what anyone says God didn't leave us, He is always here watching us. It isn't the Lord's fault that people are going crazy and taking everything into their own hands.

I leave you with this.....No matter if you go to church or not every Sunday, no matter your religion, please don't give up on God or the rest of humankind. Not everyone is out to kill other people and we shouldn't be grouping everyone into the same group. If you know someone who has talked about killing people, even in joke, please do the right thing and call the cops. Who knows you might have just saved innocent people's lives.

With prayers sending to Boston,

       Ashley

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Louder Than Words" review + My Poor Nook (by Lexi)

Hello, lovely loves!

This is Lexi again! (Or Alexis. Whichever.) Today, we have gathered for two reasons: 1) I read another great book, and 2) my Nook deserves some sympathy.

I've had my Nook Color for about two years. And I have tired out one cover, and now this next one. I've also cracked the bottom which, according to the Nook people in Ash and I's B&N, "I've never seen it broken like that before" (followed with "How did you do that?" and me shaking my head). Of course, I've also broken six laptops or so (with no way to fix it or figure out what the heck happened) and dropped my iPod directly into a glass of water on accident in the middle of the night before. I'm not good with my precious electronics, I guess. But I have been careful with my Nook. I really have been. But it's all sad-looking and is taking forever to do anything. And freezes a lot. However, my b-day is in 12 days, at which I will get the Nook HD plus a memory card. And a new laptop, because this poor thing is about done as well. (I honestly don't know how I do what I do.)

Let's have a moment of silence for the wonderful Nook Color...
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Now, on to the review of Louder Than Words by Laurie Plissner.




Summary: "Since the snowy night when her family's car slammed into a tree, killing her parents and little sister, Sasha has been unable to speak except through a computer with a robotic voice. Nothing is wrong with her body; that's healed. But, after four years, Sasha's memory, and her spirit, are still broken. Then one day, she's silently cussing out the heavy book she dropped at the library when a gorgeous, dark-haired boy, the kind of boy who considers Sasha a freak or at least invisible, "answers" Sasha's hidden thoughts -- out loud. Yes, Ben can read minds; it's no big deal. He's part of a family with a host of unusual, almost-but-not-quite-supernatural talents. Through Ben's love, Sasha makes greater progress than she has with a host of therapists and a prominent psychiatrist. With him to defend her, bullies keep the world from ever understanding Sasha, he pulls away. Determined to win him and prove her courage by facing her past, Sasha confronts her past -- only to learn that her family's death was no accident and that a similar fate may wait for her, in the unlikeliest of disguises." (Thank you again, Goodreads!)


You will, at various times, think you know the answer to the questions presented; however, you won't.

The characters are fun to read about. You get so caught up in them, that you may wonder if this has ever happened; it feels so natural. "Sure," you'll say to yourself, "a guy can read minds. Duh. Happens all the time." lol... The characters are well-rounded and the story is easily followed. You'll be able to relate to Sasha through her thoughts, sassy quips, and dry sense of humor. You'll understand how she truly loves her aunt and uncle, and you'll appreciate them and their position on raising her. This is all not even touching how great the plot is.

The plot is fully formed, and doesn't leave you asking questions at the end, which, for this story, is great. There are the major plot lines and the minor plot lines, but all are wonderful, and they are interwoven beautifully throughout the book. The author truly "shows" instead of tells the details you'd want her to show, so you feel like you're there with the Sasha. Plus, you'll feel sympathy, empathy, graciousness, happiness, and love while reading this novel.

Conclusion and Suggestion: Read this when you aren't in the mood for any book at all. That's what I did. It's worth the money, and you may want to read through it over again just because.

Rating:


5/5 luscious lips!


Well, my mom bribed me today with five books from Half Price Books today, so I'll let my Nook relax for a little bit. Get ready for some fun books coming up!


Your chica,

Lexi

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Dracula, My Love" (An Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader land!!!!

   Today I bring you a riveting review of Syrie James's "Dracula, My Love". In this book you learn about Dracula from Mina Harker's point of view. All the movies portray Dracula as this evil, blood sucking vampire, who has no feelings what so ever, but when you read Mina's journals, you see a side of him you have never seen before. Plus, this cover is absolutely beautiful.


The summary pulled from the back cover goes something like this.....
   " Who is this magnetic, fascination man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell? Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman. Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be evil after all. Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this...Dracula!"


This re creation of the Dracula story we all have come to know is so well written, it will have you falling for Dracula as well. Mina has everything a girl should want to have and she has Jonathan, who will let her work with him and help him when he needs to type something, which is really rare for this time era. When Mina is pulled into the world of Dracula she finds herself being drawn to this creature that she is supposed to hate. She starts wishing that nothing will happen to him and even starts letting him sneak into her bedroom window and taking a bite out of her. She finds this passion that she can't seem to get from Jonathan and all of a sudden she feels like this void as been filled within her. Will she stay with the husband that she loves or will she give it all up to live forever with this man that makes her feel alive?

Give this book a try and you won't be disappointed.

Until next time!!!!!!
 
      Ashley

Rating: 5/5 different Dracula's, because he is a master of disguise....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Unusual Words! Insult using Shakespeare! Also, Yesterday and Today! (by Lexi)

Hola, mi amigos!

I truly had nothing to say yesterday. By the time I did, I was half asleep, so I do apologize for the lack of posts yesterday. I'm going to do a fun post for y'all today to make up for it!

Okay, so I'm going to list words you should know. We need to go ahead and use these on a regular basis! Start a movement with me (and sound intelligent while you do)!

Words to Bring Back

petrichor
The pleasant spell that accompanies rain after a drought.
(This is my favorite one, because the scent is perfection!)

harbinger
It used to just mean in archaic times "a person who you send ahead to provide lodgings"; now, it means "one that pioneers in or initiates a major change." Also, "one that presages or foreshadows what is to comeone that pioneers in or initiates a major change like a precursor."
(I love the part in Syfy's "Alice" where the knight calls Hatter a harbinger, so I had to add this awesome word!)

wampum
beads of polished shells strung in strands, belts, or sashes and used by North American Indians as money, ceremonial pledges, and ornaments
(Kinda like the clothes you give to Plato's closet so you can buy more there, or doing the same with books at Half Price Books, like I do! :D)

ephemeral
lasting for a very short time; an ephemeral plant

jollop
a strong liquor or medicine; it's a variation of julep and jalap.
(Southerners, think mint julep.)

airy-fairy
light, delicate, fragile; or fanciful, impractical, unrealistic.

highfalutin
pompous; bombastic

dragoman
an interpreter chiefly of Arabic, Turkish, or Persian that is employed especially in the Near East

corrigible
capable of being corrected, rectified, or reformed
(Thus, "incorrigible" means that it's not capable of the above.)

dirigible
a type of aerostat or lighter-than-air aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers or other thrust mechanisms
(Not to be confused with aerodynamic things. Think Zepplin balloon.)

apodyopsis
part of your body that lets you know when you are hungry or full

jobbernowl
a fool or silly person

garrote
a method of execution by strangulation; the apparatus used; an implement (like a wire with a handle at each end) for strangulation; to strangle with or as if with a garrote
(I am not condoning strangulation, y'all.)

furuncle
a boil
(Sounds prettier.)

sycophant
a servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people
(We all know at least one.)

indecorous
not decorous; not in keeping with good taste and propriety; improper
(Like belching while at tea with The Queen. She'd describe you as "indecorous," then behead you! loljk)


Shakespearean Insults

They insult so well, yet sound so lyrical.

Hope you had fun!


Love,

Alexis, smiling

Friday, April 12, 2013

"The Paradise Guest House" (An Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader land!!!!

  This book touched my heart and even brought me to tears in parts. "The Paradise Guest House" by Ellen Sussman, is a tale of lost love and finding yourself. It brings you to tears, makes you laugh, and teaches you a lesson all in one. This book is so worth the money that you won't be disappointed in it.


Here is the Summary taken from the back cover of this heart warming book.....
  "It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an American adventure guide, imagines spending the weeks exploring the island's lush jungles and pristine white sand beaches. Yet three days after her arrival, she is caught in Bali's infamous nightclub bombings, which irreparably change her life and leaves her with many unanswered questions. One year later, haunted by the memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who saved her from the attacks. She hasn't been able to forget his kindness-or the spark between them as he helped her heal. Checking into a cozy guest house for her stay, Jamie meets the gracious owner, who is coping with a painful past of his own, and a young boy who improbably becomes crucial to her search. Jamie has never shied away from a challenge, but a second chance with Gabe presents her with the biggest dilemma of all: whether she's ready to open her heart."

The story starts out with a year going by and Jamie is going back to Bali. What I love about this book is you learn about the bombing and everything as the characters remember it. There is even a part where Gabe tells his side of the bombing. This is a story about a woman who has come back for the man she couldn't forget about. Along the way she has to face everything that happened with the bombing and you get to see how she works through all of those emotions that come with it. This is one of the best heart warming, strong willed heroine, finding love, books that I have read in a long time. "The Paradise Guest House" is going to be a book that you won't forget about and that if you love it, like I do, will want to share it with your book loving friends, like I am. I hope you give this book a chance and read it with an open mind. This is guaranteed to move you to tears and have you cheering for Jamie and Gabe.

Love Yall!!!!!!!
 
     Ashley

Rating: 5/5 beautiful Hawaii sunsets, because that would be my paradise

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"The Friday Society" (A "HIIIIYA!" Review by Lexi)

Hey!

I know that one should never judge a book by its cover, but I have to admit that the cover is what drew me to this book in the first place. Three girls that look like they're ready to kill you, with a steampunk look, and awesome outfits. I had to read it! "It" being The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress.



"An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all 

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.
Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures." (Again, credit goes to Goodreads)

So three girls who meet in an unfortunate way team up to kick butt. On accident, these three young women meet. Then they each have their own reason to be up in arms, and they all feel responsible to help find the guy who committed the crimes.

I do want to say that this novel is very action-packed and quick-paced, which is perfect for this novel and this story. The characters all were developed very nicely, and the story was interesting. It just yanks you in from the first lines, and keeps you in its grasp for the rest of the book. The twists and turns that happen are well-thought out, and so is the plot.

I just love these three girls' strength, and their determination. They seem like the kind of people that Ash and I would hang out with. On top of this, you can relate to one of these girls, if not all three in some way or another.

If you've ever wondered what it'd be like to act as a real-life superhero, you'll love this novel. Read it!


Rating:



5/5 katanas

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

" Prom and Prejudice" (A Blonde's Review)

Dear Fellow Readers,

   "Prom and Prejudice" by Elizabeth Eulberg, is a laugh out loud re-make of  Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". This is another very cute and good re-make, that fellow Austen lovers, will love and want to read over and over again. This book has the same characters, but these twists are a little similar and a little different at the same time. I loved this re-telling which is saying something coming from me. It had me laughing and saying " OMG...I could so see that happening" and I believe that if she were alive today, Jane Austen, would laugh at her characters too. Plus the cover is awesome and just drew me into the book from the get go.

 


The summary of this laugh out loud, lovable book, is as follows......
   " It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date. After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane might be- especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London. Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk- so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?"

Lizzie Bennet thinks the females at Longbourn Academy are psychotic, because of how obsessed they are about prom. The funny thing is some of the guys, like Darcy, find those girls are crazy with how hard they try to get dates. Lizzie will do anything to make Jane happy, so if that means going to a party with people who hate her, than she will do it. Lizzie is just as strong as a character as Elizabeth was. Darcy is still the same pompous ass that he always was, but like the original Darcy, this Darcy does start seeing the error of his ways, and finds himself drawn to the strong, willed, Lizzie Bennet. Can these two strong willed people push their differences aside or will the circumstances they have to face tear them apart forever?


Till next time!!!!

     Ashley

Rating: 5/5 dancing Belle and her Prince, because who would make a better prom couple!!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"The Hallowed Ones" (A Lexi Review from Under the Covers, lol)

Hello, all!

Okay, so today's blog was going to be about The Sugar Queen, but I decided to postpone my view on it and go for The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. The cover alone is creepy all by itself, and you know there's something eerie about to go down...




Now, if you're anything like me, and are interested in the Amish world (but not ever wanting to be Amish, lol), this book shows many different aspects of the culture. Of course, this is while you're being terrified out of your wits with the gore and creatures.

Book Summary: "Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning." (Huzzah for Goodreads!)

Katie is a character who, like Belle, wants "much more than this provincial life" that she's leading/stuck in. Amish are quite strict with the way their people live their lives, in every respect there is. For example, one's hat brim being a millimeter bigger than your neighbor's means that you are proud (a bad quality to them). Now, know that there are communities that are more lax, but Katie doesn't live in a community like that; her life is very determinedly chosen for her.

When this terrifying and new disease goes around, there are vampires/zombies that are more than happy to attack others and murder them. However, they stay out of her community. So bringing in a foreigner? Heck no! Not allowed! Verboten! But Katie saves a man from the other side of the fence.

While the world collapses around them, it makes you wonder if one is supposed to feel an obligation to one's neighbor in this sort of time, or is it truly every man for himself, even in an Amish community?

The characters are great, and the plot is addictive-ly scary. The development of the plot is perfectly paced, making you practically become a zombie-like creature as you try to read "just one more chapter" with the words getting fuzzy at night. It's unpredictable and fun to read. If you like strong characters that you can relate to, or feel like you "know" them, these characters won't let you down.

Summary of Review: Read this fun book! The potential nightmares are quite worth it!




Five monsters out of five! lol


Until next time!



Love,

Lexi

Monday, April 8, 2013

"Red Handed" (An Ashley Review)

Hello my loves,

    "Red Handed" by Gena Showalter is an interesting, new take on I guess you could call them aliens, that walk among humans. Alexis told me about this book and I was sceptical at first, but once I got to reading it I loved it. Plus the cover kind of draws you into the mystery of the book.


 

The Summary of this interesting book is as follows....
   "Phoenix Germaine had been trying to earn back her mother's trust after going into rehab and kicking Onadyn-the drug choice for New Chicago teens. But when a party in the woods turns into an all-out battle with the most ferocious aliens Phoenix has never seen, she's brought home in what appears to be an Onadyn-induced state. Hello, reform school. Except, what her mother doesn't know is that Phoenix has just been recruited to join the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency, where she'll learn to fight dirty, track hard, and destroy the enemy. Her professional training will be rigorous and dangerous, and the fact that one of her instructors is Ryan Stone- the drop-dead gorgeous, nineteen-year-old agent she met in the woods that night- doesn't make things any easier. Especially when dating him is totally against the rules...."

All Phoenix wants to do is prove to her mother that she is over the drug and will never touch it again. She tries to save her friend, who is high on the drug, but gets caught in the middle of an alien battle. Her mom doesn't believe her and Phoenix finds out the hard way that the agency that wants to trade her thinks she is going to relapse again. Not only does she have to train and prove she isn't addicted or will relapse, she also has to deal with fighting her attraction to Ryan Stone. With all the odds stacked against her will she rise from the ashes like the bird she was named after or will she succumb to the pressure and prove her mother right?

This is a very interesting and thrilling book. You get thrown curve after curve and you find yourself rooting for Phoenix to prove to everyone they are wrong about her. With a kick-ass heroin and a sexy boy off limits, you can't go wrong with this book. While reading this book you have to keep an open mind and believe in the impossible, if you can't do this than don't read this book, because you won't enjoy it.

Happy Reading!!!!!!

     Ashley

Rating: 4/5 Cute Stiches, because there isn't a cuter alien out there.....

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Today's Holidays!!! Yes, An Odd Holiday Every Day!!! by Alexis

Hello, mi amigos!

Since Ash and I are odd, I decided to go with her random theme today, and looked up today's holidays... Did you know that every single day is a holiday? 'Tis true!!! Every single day, month, week, are all used to celebrate something or other. There's even a "Talk Like A Pirate" Day (September 19th), and my fave, "Mad Hatter" Day (October 16th).

So what shall you celebrate or honor today? It's all up to you! Here are the official holidays for today, April 7th, and tomorrow, April 8th (just in case it's too late for you to take the time today)...


April 7th:
  • ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day
  • International Beaver Day
  • National Day of Hope
  • International Pillow Fight Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
  • World Health Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • International Beaver Day
  • International Snailpapers Day
  • Metric System Day
  • Teapot Dome Scandal Begins
  • National Beer Day
  • National Coffee Cake Day
  • Public Television Day
  • Matches First for Sale, 1827
  • No Housework Day
  • HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
  • It's the end of the following weeks:
    • International Pooper-Scooper Week: 1-7
    • Laugh at Work Week: 1-7
    • Golden Rule Week: 1-7
    • Medication Safety Week: 1-7
    • Testicular Cancer Awareness Week: 1-7 (a.k.a. Get A Grip Day! lol)
    • Publicity Stunt Week: 1-7
So, for today, don't clean your house, but drink some beer, eat some junk food, be healthy, go to another country and smack people upside their heads with pillows, and, while you're there, buy a beaver. All while on camera.

April 8th:
  • 20 Days Till My Birthday (Yeah, not a holiday, but I'm going to include it here, lol)
  • Buddha Day
  • Zoo Lover's Day
  • Draw A Picture of a Bird Day
  • Trading Cards for Grown-Ups Day
  • National Empenada Day
  • All Ours Day
Claim everything is yours (scream "MINE!" like a toddler while yanking things away from people). Then draw a picture of a bird at the zoo on an index card and trade it with another adult for their bird drawing, but be very Zen about it all whilst eating an empenada.

Both are included in:
  •    Hate Week: 4-10
  •    National Blue Ribbon Week: 4-10
  •    National Public Health Week: 4-10
  •    National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week: 4-10
  •    National Week of the Ocean: 4-10
  •    Holy Week: 5-11
  •    National Women's Nutrition Week: 5-11
  •    Explore Your Career Options: 5-10
  •    National Networking Week: 5-11
  •    National Read a Road Map Week: 5-11



Plus, the 2nd week of April (this week) is Garden Week, so get out there and garden!



All of April is...


  • Southern Belles Month (awww, God just knew I'd end up in TX, huh? lol)
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • National Soyfoods Month
  • Amateur Radio Month
  • Car Care Month
  • Couple Appreciation Month
  • Fresh Florida Tomatoes Month
  • Holy Humor Month
  • International Twit Award Month
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome Month
  • National Kite Month
  • Straw Hat Month
  • National Fresh Celery Month
  • National Humor Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Lawn and Garden Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Welding Month
  • Records and Information Management Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Woodworking Month
  • Straw Hat Month
  • Tackle Your Clutter Month
  • World Habitat Awareness Month
  • National Financial Literacy Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Humor Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • Women's Eye Health
  • Safety Month
  • Daisy Flower Month
  • American Cancer Society Month
  • National Garden Month 
  • National Welding Month
  • Zam! Zoo and Aquarium Month
  • Math Education Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • National Anxiety Month
  • Occupational Therapy Month
  • Pets are Wonderful Month
  • Community Service Month
  • Thai Heritage Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Cancer Control Month
  • Month of the Young Child
  • National STDs Education and Awareness Month
  • International Guitar Mont
  • National Frog Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Youth Sports Safety Month
  • Sports Eye Safety Month
  • National Recycling Month
  • National Smile Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • Holocaust Remembrance Month



Well, there you go. Go celebrate all of that for the rest of April, because jobs and other responsibilities are just not as important. loljk

Have fun, y'all!

Love,
Lexi