Friday, May 31, 2013

"On Dublin Street" (An Ashley swooning Review)

Hey guys!!!!

   So the book I am reviewing today is not a YA book. It is adult fiction, but this book was so good I had to review it. "On Dublin Street" by Samantha Young, is a heart pounding, emotional, thrill ride. I fell in love with the main male character and the female character is so my hero. This book has a strong, no non sense female character that is so refreshing to read about.




Here is the review pulled straight from Goodreads.....
  "Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul."

Jocelyn Butler, doesn't like to let anyone close to her, because she believes that anyone she cares about will get hurt. She is afraid of getting into a committed relationship, because she knows she will hurt the other person by not being able to open up. Braden Carmichael, gets what he wants, he will stop at nothing to get Jocelyn to open up to him and be his. He is also very jealous prone and as Joss calls him a "caveman". These two are complete opposites on the outside, but on the inside they are similar to each other. Can Braden brake down the walls and make Joss open up and be with him or will the difficulties prove to be too much and they both get hurt in the end? Read to find out.

When your done reading this book and you liked it, than I suggest you read the newest one that came out called "Down London Road", which is another story about a character you will met in this book.

Until next time!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 hot guys, that I believe Braden looks like...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Cryer's Cross" (a spooky review by Lexi)

Readers,

I'm writing so late tonight, and I'm so sorry. See, I was planning on finishing this novel I'm reading today, but awoke terribly late in the day, and still have sixty pages to go. Since it's 10 p.m., I decided to let myself watch TV instead, including a "Powerpuff Girl" episode where the bad guy was "Professor Dick." You have no clue how bad I was laughing!

Anywho, onto the book review of the night, which is for "Cryer's Cross" by Lisa McCann.




Goodreads Summary: "Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer's Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.
Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried..."


So if you want a creepy book, here you go! How about dark historical? Yeppers, read this. Just get that this is based on what used to happen to kids, exposed in the media, which is where the author yanked this idea from. She transformed it into a very engaging novel that will leave you feeling a mix of emotions, some happy, others sad.

The characters, scenes, and overall plot are all amazing, and this novel will truly keep you within its grasp. Also, the romance story is good as well, very well thought out, and even more believable. It was a great subplot in here.

Rating:



5/5 desks



Sincerely,

Lexi

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

"Ravens Hollow" (An Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader land!!!

  Today I am reviewing a book called "Raven's Hollow" by Jenny Lee Canham. This is Jenny's first book and it was so good I can't wait to read what she writes next. I got the privilege of meeting this very talented author at the Dallas Comic Con, where she was selling copies of her book. Of course, me being addicted to reading, I was immediately drawn to this book and got to listen to her talk about the summary. You could tell that she really enjoyed writing this book, by the way she described it. What really sold me on it was her saying, "It's kind of like Twilight, but with no sparkles", which I thought was a very awesome catch line. This book has all a reader could want mystery, romance, thrills, supernatural, and some crazy turns that you never see coming.


 

Here is the wonderful summary that intrigued me to read this awesome book...
  "After a car accident takes the life of their parents, three sisters find themselves torn from city life and thrust into the backwoods of Bavia, a small town with a deadly secret. A late night bike ride into Ravens Hollow leads them to an abandoned cottage where a tale of treachery and deceit has left its stain. Reina Connolly thrives off of one thing: practicality. But her goal for a drama-free, relaxed transition is shattered when she meets a handsome stranger. His curious habits and shy nature expose Reina to a world that forces her to question her beliefs in what is truly real. Ember Connolly is struggling. Mocked at school and ignored at home, she begins to despair over life in Bavia until a mysterious diary finds its way into her room. As she works to divine the author's identity, she uncovers pieces of the town's harrowing past. And as Ravens Hollow grows darker by the day, she wonders what it will mean for her future. Jilly Connolly hears a call on the wind. Ravens Hollow wants her, she can feel it. Out of the trees, a ghostly hand beckons. Someone is trying to tell her something. Something that will change everything. Gaining an unlikely accomplice along the way, Jilly will stop at nothing to find the truth, no matter the cost. As each girl's path steers them in different directions, they may just find that the biggest threat they have to face in Ravens Hollow..."

I really wish I would add more to this summary above, but I can't because I don't want to give away important information. The sisters each tell a side of the story with there own points of view, which helps you understand each of these characters a lot better. I loved that you got a different point of view with every chapter and she doesn't do it in one persons point of view because than you would only see what one character is seeing and not what the other three see. This book is an awesome debut by this really amazing writer. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next and I really hope that yall give this author's book a chance.

If your a fan of mystery, thrills, curve balls, and hot guys that don't sparkle, than you will love this book as much as I did.

Happy Reading!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 sisters sitting on a wall

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Cathy's Book" (Lexi's interactive review)

My lubs,

So today I'm reviewing a book that is not able to be digital. Just a warning there. I've also not seen it in a regular bookstore, but found it in my Half Price Books, where I am able to get ARCs and Brit Lit and more.

This book is an interactive novel. It interacts with things like phone numbers you can call, an a whole baggie of other things that "prove" the story to be real. It's called Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 (Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1) by 
Things weren’t so peachy in Cathy’s life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she’s failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. For instance, what does the death of Victor’s co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy’s arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?

Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice-and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher-readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t how they appear. Two-color illustrations plus supplemental material."

Now, this is a really cool book. I love that you can follow up on all the evidence, even photos and stuff. I seriously think that more books should be this way. It certainly made me read the whole thing to find out where the evidence fits in in this mysterious, fantasy story.

The storyline is very interesting, and Cathy is a bit obsessive. I believe that to accept her character, you need to remember all the things that are out of control in her life, including her major losses, like her sucky grades and her father's death.

The only bad thing is that I had to force myself to get through this novel due to the main character, how confusing the story was for me at first, and how I was craving a different kind of novel. So I'm going to give this a 3/5.


I really hope y'all try it out anyways, because you may have a whole different view on this novel.



Till next time,

Lexi

Monday, May 27, 2013

"Hush" (A heartfelt Ashley Review)

Hello fellow readers!!!

  Today I have a different kind of story for yall. "Hush" by Micalea Smeltzer, is a heartfelt, emotional ride through a crazy romance. This book made me laugh, cry, mad, and shocked all while reading this amazing book. I know some might be leery of a book that puts you through a lot of emotions all at once, but this book gives you those emotions in a good way. This book is so awesome that you will want to read it again and again.



Here is the summary pulled straight from Goodreads.....
  "Siva and Sloane. Two unlikely people brought together by a tragedy.He’s moody and dark.She’s pleasant and light.But there is an undeniable attraction between the two despite the many obstacles that stand in their way. Sloane Campbell is an American, living in London as a reporter for a celebrity newspaper, with her boyfriend Devak. Sloane believes she loves Dev. But when he dies and she meets his older brother, Siva, for the first time she begins to find out what true love is. True love is the kind that scares you, hurts you, and messes with your mind. True love is when you will take a bullet to save the other person. Siva Kapur is an angry, spiteful, moody, arrogant, businessman until the day he meets Sloane. He can’t get her off his mind. He tracks her down, rescuing her from his jerk of a father who has just given her an eviction notice, and proposes that she live with him for the time being… Or until he can convince her that true love lies with him. He may even take a bullet for it"

Sloane is dealing with the death of her boyfriend and being kicked out of the only home she has ever known. She doesn't know what she is going to do until a tall, dark, sexy man, who happens to be the brother of her deceased boyfriend, knocks on her door and offers her a proposition she can't refuse. Siva doesn't believe that he is good enough or even should be making moves on his brother's girlfriend, but he can't seem to help the feelings that he feels for her. They go through so much together that I can't really go into, because it will give this amazing story away too much. All I can say is this book will throw you through a gantlet of emotions and you won't want to put it down once you start it.

Please give this book a chance and I promise you won't be disappointed at all. You may even walk away with a new sense of wanting in a relationship after reading this book. Please give it a try and if you don't find yourself drawn into it than you can stop reading it, but hey at least you didn't just turn away immediately and you tried. That is all I can ask.

Enjoy!!!
 
  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet....

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gloomy Sunday (Lexi's musings for this, a rainy Sunday)

Oh, readers,

It's all gloomy here from the storms we've been having. I love rain storms, but the gloom that hangs around is no fun. Of course, if I lived in London, I'd absolutely change my mind, lol. Could just be me.

Anywho, today, I want to share some stuff that makes me smile! I hope it brings smiles to you guys, too.

Twins talking translated... *bad language warning!!!*




Anything from http://www.youtube.com/user/PrankvsPrank. They're the most hilarious couple ever!

My favorite one is this one:




And, of course this drunk sorority chick from Oklahoma University who will sweep, and her best friend who recorded this, while trying not to laugh...





But the ultimate best one? Watch this and try not to die laughing. I love how the dad knows what's coming up at the end...



Hope you guys got some laughs!!!


Love y'all tons,

Lexi


Saturday, May 25, 2013

"The Name of a Star" (a dashing Lexi review)

To our amazing and awesome readers,

Hello, again! It's been soooo long.

Okay, so I read an awesome book and thought today (Friday) was Thursday, so now I'm postponing this until Saturday. Then, you'll have a fun bunch of randomness on Sunday!

So this novel is The Name of a Star by Maureen Johnson, and it's the first book of "The Shades of London" trilogy. The first two are out, and the third will be coming in 2014. If you can't deal with a bit of blood and such, please do not read, as this novel mentions murder and Jack the Ripper and such.

First, look at this cover!!! Actually, there have been three, so I'll let you see them all!!!

The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

All so pretty, huh? Okay, so read the summary before I decide to flip out and babble on about how flipping awesome this novel is!!!

Summary: "The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. 

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man...  And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target?" (YAY FOR GOODREADS!!! YAAAAAAY!!!!!)

So right off the bat, I love the main character. She sounds like me and my inner thought process. The author honestly portrayed the characters as they would really speak. She doesn't go for useless slang, but instead had the character just as somebody would today. I know that this novel involves murders and such, but please understand that there's plenty of humor! Humor that's done very well.

Then there are the rest of the characters, who were all well-rounded. You got a chance of experiencing and seeing each character's true colors and lives. Each character is unique and is shown (and a little told, of course) to be a very realistic person that you could meet on the street.

Every happening in the novel seem so realistic. From going away to school in London to the Ripper coming back, there was not one ounce of fake; I could picture it all. Johnson totally took my mind into the novel, the story, the settings, that I absolutely saw it all as real. The plot is wonderful, and very unique. I loved the idea of Jack the Ripper coming back, and if anybody other than Maureen Johnson wrote it, it would not have been this amazing and flawless.

Little Bit of Dialogue from the Novel:

"You told him I have period fever," I replied. "There's no such thing as period fever."
...
"No, there is really no such thing as period fever. There's a difference between being a guy and being an idiot."


In Conclusion: Unless you can't stand any amount of gore, read this. Heck, if you do, skip the gore and go for it! This is one of my favorite novels now, and I'm so glad that I chose to read this novel next! It's going to be difficult to find a read as great as this to read next.

Rating:



7/5 Heart Cutters (Get it!?! Cutters??? Like the Ripper!!! Bahaha!)



Till Tomorrow (Sunday),

Lexi, she who is braving the storm

Friday, May 24, 2013

"Towering" (An Ashley Review)

Hey my loves!!!!!

  Today I have the newest book by Alex Finn, the author of "Beastly", and the name of it is "Towering". I love her fairy tale retellings and couldn't wait to read the next one she put out and I wasn't disappointed. "Towering", as you can imagine, is a retelling of the classic Rapunzel. This was definitely one of my favourites from this amazing author. Plus the cover is so beautiful.


 
 
The summary pulled from Goodreads is as follows....
   "Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her. Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again. Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now."

Rachel doesn't know why her mother has put here in this tower for the better part of her life. She wants to leave the tower but is afraid, because she doesn't know what year it is or even what kind of people are out there. Wyatt is sent to stay with an old lady in a new town while trying to get over what happened to his best friend. He finds a diary of the missing girl of the lady he is staying with and soon gets caught up in the mystery of the disappearances. Wyatt also keeps hearing this voice that only he seems to hear, which leads him to Rachel's tower. One thing happens after another and they find themselves surrounded by danger and a huge mystery that is waiting to be unravelled. Will they figure out the mystery of the girls disappearances or will they succumb to the mystery and disappear themselves?

Read and you won't be disappointed at this mystery filled retelling of Rapunzel.

Until next time!!!

  Ashley

Rating: I give this book 4/5 Rapunzel's from Tangled, because for some reason I thought of this movie while reading this book.....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My Literary Men that I wish were real by Ashley

Hey guys!!!!

  As Alexis said in the previous post, we went to Dallas Comic Con and we had so much fun that we tired ourselves out. I highly recommending going to one because it is so awesome to see how everyone dresses up and plus you get to meet famous people. I got my pic with Jason David Frank, who played Tommy on "Mighty Morphine Power Rangers", and I also got my pic with Ernie Hudson, who was in " The Crow", "Ghostbusters", "Congo", and many more.

I decided to do something a little different today, because I am in the process of reading some really good books and since I haven't finished them yet I can't review them yet. I also have some books from Authors that we met at Comic Con and I want to read their books so I can introduce yall to there work. So, today I am going to list my favourite literary male characters that I wish were real because I love them of so much.

Here is my list of my sexy literary guys and the books they are in:

  1. Mr. Darcy- "Pride and Prejudice"
  2. Mr. Rochester- "Jane Eyre"
  3. Heathcliff- "Wuthering Heights"
  4. Morpheus- "Splintered"
  5. Travis- "Beautiful Disaster"
  6. Jace- "City of Bones"
  7. Tharin- "The Binding"
  8. Cameron MacCabe- "Down London Road"
  9. Mark- "The China Garden"
  10. Braden Carmichael- "On Dublin Street"
  11. The Phantom- "The Phantom of the Opera"
  12. Sam Roxton- "I've Got Your Number"

This is just some of my favourite literary men, because if I don't stop now it will go on forever lol. Every time I read a book, if it is good, I fall in love with that one character than I find myself rooting for them against all odds to get the girl. And yes I do know that there is a pattern of mostly bad boys or boys with attitude. But hey a girl is attracted to the bad boy and we all know it's true or authors wouldn't put them in the books lol. If you haven't read or heard of some of these guys I suggest you read the books and I bet you will fall in love with them as well.

Happy Reading!!!!!!

   Ashley

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Tiger's Curse" and Lions and Bears! Oh my! (a fun Lexi review)


Hello, you awesome (fellow) book nerds!

This is my awesome-lé-possum (stole that from my friend, Ashlynn) book review on Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck.

The first thing to know is that this book is part of a series, but you can read this as a one-shot, and you'd still be satisfied. At least I was. (Oh, and if you're not aware, please read my other post from today, which should be right under this one. Thank you!)

The gorgeous book front looks like this:



Summary (from Goodreads, of course): "Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
"

This seriously is a great book! I was hesitant at first, but once you meet the characters and read the first chapter, you get yanked into the story. The further you go, the more and more attached you get. The author, Colleen Houck, seriously just keeps a hold of your attention this entire book, and she takes you on this amazing journey across the world!

The details she includes are very descriptive. She shows a lot, not just telling. This is shown especially when they end up at a hut. The details Houck includes makes you very able to picture everything in her novel. She makes sure that you are entangled in the entire story, and grabs your imagination. The story even feels like it's completely possible, not just a novel.

I really just love this book, and the characters. The plot is great as well.

In Conclusion: If you're into books that are like mature fairytales, especially ones with awesome, well-done love stories inside, read this book. Reading it for me felt like reading one of the stories from Arabian Nights, maybe a fairytale from childhood. It just made me comfortable and completely in the story.

Rating:



5/5 beautiful, blue-eyed white tigers (my favorite!!!)



Until Thursday, your book babe,

Lexi

Blame It on Dallas ComicCon!!! (an apology from Lexi)

Oooh, Readers, I so suck!

So we (Ash, my mom, my little brother, and me) did Dallas ComicCon this past weekend. All. Three. Days.

So imagine being so exhausted that you're out at 10 p.m. after finally collapsing into bed. That was me on Saturday. That's the long day where everything was going on. So, instead of doing Saturday or Sunday's blogs, I knocked out. I know Ash was exhausted as well. She had to work on Monday, opening! My poor sis.

Today, I'm at a hospital with my Papaw, and am watching him overnight. He's doing well, but prayers are always welcome.

So I promise I will do three times better, and will not ever skip unless there's a big reason, no matter how sleepy I am. I am very dedicated to this blog. It's my Sis's and I's baby, and you guys deserve the best, all the time.

Alrighty, I'm going to go start on the awesome-le-possum (stole that from my friend Ashlynn) book review on Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck.


Sincerely, your book babe,

Alexis

Monday, May 20, 2013

"The Curse Girl" (A squealing Ashley Review)

Hello my loves!!!!

  Today I am going to be reviewing "The Curse Girl" by Kate Avery Ellison. This is a very interesting twist to a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast", yes I do a lot of fairy tale retellings, but what can I say I love reading them. This book was so awesome that I have read it several different times and I couldn't put it down when I first read it. Plus, the cover was so beautiful it instantly drew me in!!!!



Here is the summary of this amazing book straight from Goodreads....
   "When Bee is imprisoned in a magical, cursed house because of her father's selfish choices, she has just one plan... escape! But she must solve a riddle and help her fellow prisoners break the curse that binds them all before she can leave, and that is proving more difficult than she originally thought thanks to the bitter young master of the house, Will. Will wants nothing to do with Bee or her help (and he certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her), but he might have underestimated just how determined and clever--and irresistible--she can be"

Bee is thrown into a situation by her father and all she wants to do is escape this horrible fate. But, she soon learns that the house will not let her leave and that if she wants to leave she has to help the frustrating, rude, jerk, Will break the curse. While trying to search the rooms for clues on solving the riddle, she also sees things she never thought possible. She soon comes to learn that magic is real and that she is surrounded by it. Besides Will's sister, Rose, she meets a boy that is held prisoner in the house as well and befriends him. When secrets start coming out and Bee learns more about the curse she doesn't know what she will do. Will she break the curse and keep the people she has come to care for or will the truth be enough to send her packing and let them handle their fate?

Until next time!!!!

     Ashley

Rating: I give this book 5/5 handsome guys, because I could picture this being Will

Friday, May 17, 2013

"The Binding" (A Blonde's Review)

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!!!!

   So I am so excited to share this book with yall that I can't believe I haven't blogged about it already. "The Binding" By L. Filloon is a mystical ride into the land with bad ass elves. These elves live in the forest and all of them have unique and special powers, plus they are trained in the art of battle and can handle weapons with the best of them.


 
 
The summary of this spectacular book is as follows.....
   "Two nights after her eighteenth birthday, Lily is attacked while out jogging, but is saved by Tharin Lunar, a Sidhe prince. When she discovers that her attacker is her own brother, Lucas, who disappeared four years ago, Lily refuses to believe that her brother would truly hurt her and becomes determined to find Lucas and bring him home. Lily finds that Lucas’ disappearance is somehow tied to Tharin; so when he informs her that she is his betrothed and must return with him to Velesi, fulfill a treaty between their families and unite the two strongest clans through their marriage, Lily agrees. However, she’s not going to Velesi for a wedding, but to bring home her only family, Lucas.On their journey to the borders of Velesi, the realm of the Thirteen Clans, they’re pursued by a Sidhe assassin group call the Ange, meet with an ogre crime lord that ends badly, deal with a sleazy troll motel manager, and when they discover that there’s a bounty on their heads, they must keep one step ahead of every assassin, bounty hunter and low-life criminal in Velesi.Protecting Lily has become the biggest challenge of Tharin’s life. Lucky for him he has help in the form of his twin brother, Tolan, Lily’s best friend Julia and his three bodyguard cousins."
 
Lily just wants to live a normal life and find her missing brother. But, when she is saved by Tharin, she learns that she is some long lost princess and that Tharin is her betrothed. Tharin isn't happy that he was forced into a betrothal with a girl who has no idea who she is and how important she is to his family. He just wants to marry the girl he loves and forget all about the brown haired beauty that he is engaged to. Lily doesn't want to believe that her brother is really gone and that she is the lost Princess to a clan she never even knew existed. But, circumstances lead her to follow these people into unknown territory with her best friend, Julia. Against all thought she finds herself drawn to her betrothed , but has to fight it because she knows that he is in love with another. Will she be able to save her brother and be normal or will the destiny she never knew come and take her normal life away?
 
Happy Reading!!!!
  
 Ashley
Rating: 5/5 sexy Legolas, because he is one hot elf!!!



Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Shooting Stars" (a famous, glowing Lexi review)

Hello, loves!

Ever wanted to stalk a celeb? Like, you wonder how those people have the money and equipment and time to actually follow this person around? I couldn't imagine. (Well, Johnny Depp, okay, maybe...) Then there are paparazzi. Like Lady Gaga's song: "...I'm your biggest fan / I'll follow you until you love me / Papa-Paparazzi..." (Yes, I totally worked Lady Gaga into a review, lol.) Those people at least get paid for it.

Okay, anyways, this novel is about how far somebody would go to get a shot of a celeb... Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby.



Summary, thanks to the good folks at Goodreads: "Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn't know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment."

Basically, this novel is very interesting, and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. You'll be surprised how realistic the characters are, and how this story could honestly happen. It would be rather easy to set up this job, actually.

The characters were truly interesting, and this novel shows that not everybody leading a sunshine-looking life is happy or without issues. The situations and slow reveal of a bigger picture are all very well done. The scenes were very realistic, and sensory. You could just feel everything and picture every scene.

It's a great book that is a fun read, so I definitely recommend it.

Review


5/5 cameras

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Revenge" (An Ashley Review)

Hey guys!!!

  Sorry I missed Monday's review. I worked an unexpected 11 hr shift and literally came home and passed out. But I promise that I won't miss another one again!!!! Today I have an awesome book for yall to read..."Revenge" by Dana Delamar is a mob love story. But, it is so good and has all this awesome, thrilling turns that keep you guessing what's going to happen.


 
 
Here is the summary pulled from Goodreads.....
  "A woman on the run. A damaged Mafia don. A rival bent on revenge…
Kate Andretti is married to the Mob—but doesn’t know it. When her husband uproots them to Italy, Kate leaves everything she knows behind. Alone in a foreign land, she finds herself locked in a battle for her life against a husband and a family who will “silence” her if she will not do as they wish. When her husband tries to kill her, she accepts the protection offered by a wealthy businessman with Mafia ties. He’s not a mobster, he claims. Or is he? Enrico Lucchesi never wanted to be a Mafia don, and now he’s caught in the middle of a blood feud with the Andretti family. His decision to help Kate brings the feud between the families to a boil. Attacks from without and within push them both to the breaking point, and soon Enrico is forced to choose between protecting the only world he knows and saving the woman he loves."
 
Kate is married to a monster and doesn't even know it. She can't understand her husbands mood swings that change from day to day. When he hits her than leaves for work, she decides that she is going to leave him and go back to her family in America. She works in a children's home for a Mafia Don, although she doesn't know she works for a Don. When her husband comes and tries to kill her Enrico steps in and saves her life. He offers her protection and tells her that once the war is over he will get her back to her family. But, things never go according to plan and Kate soon finds herself in a crazy situation. Will Kate escape with her life once she knows the truth or will she lose the battle for her life and sanity?
 
This is a really good book, especially if you like adventure, romance, and twists and turns while you are reading a book. You get so drawn into it that you find yourself rooting for Kate and loving that this is a main character who refuses to be pushed around by a overbearing, abusive husband.
Happy Reading!!!!
Ashley
Rating: 4/5 Fat Tony's from The Simpsons, because I love him


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"The Chosen One" (A Review by Lexi)

Hello, readers!

I just got my brand new laptop! YAAAY! It's an HP Envy with a Core i5 Intel processor and 1 terabyte of memory, plus Kaspersky Security, Windows 8, Beats audio, and Microsoft Office 2013 all on it! Okay, I'll shut up now. I'm praying this will last me for forever... But more on another little guilty pleasure...

Do you ever watch "Sister Wives" on TLC? How about "19 Kids & Counting"? Maybe "The Hutterites"? Have you ever wondered what the horrors that could be hidden behind those shows? Ever wonder how a person like you would fit into one of these ways of life? Or do you just watch because it's a train wreck? Well, then you need to read The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams!


This novel took on some dark themes that are usually shown about these cults and "religions" on the news. We watch these shows on TLC, giggle that we'd never be able to stand it, and ignore the feeling that there's something wrong with these shows. We just blow off the issues, and only focus on what they show on TV -- falsely believing that they're just like us. I'm not dissing you guys, because I do the same. I also like pretending it's all like they have it on TV, and that this doesn't go on anywhere around us. It does though, and bad things can happen. Ever noticed how robotic the kids are on "19 Kids & Counting"? How they quickly avoid questions having to do with the outside world? Or how, on "Sister Wives," how the kids feel about the path their parents chose? Ever wonder what religion sect and what in the Bible Hutterites follow? (The last one: They were a sect of Amish that broke away. Mainly, the religion concentrates on keeping women lower than the men. Nothing else.)

Well, this novel shows you. Goodreads summarizes, "Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much---if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever."
This novel was very well done, and it'll make you pause and thank God that your parents never joined a cult where these things happen. Read this novel if you want to feel thankful for what you have, all the joys in your life.

Rating:

5/5  Hutterite women

Saturday, May 11, 2013

An Apology and "Eloise" (love, Lexi)

So, obviously I'm missing Thursday's review, as y'all can see. I was in a lot of pain, and when I decided to take a pain pill, I was out like a light. In other words, I suck, and I'm very sorry. Today, I'm more used to the pain meds, so I'm back in the game!

Today will be a special book near and dear to my heart: Eloise by Kay Thompson. I blame my obsession with the books on the movies, and the movies I blame on Broadway star Gavin Creel, who was the love interest in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and in "Eloise at Christmastime." The love of that came from an ex-friend. So, see, I have my reasons for reading all of the Eloise books.




Summary (done by Lexi): Eloise is a little girl (opening line: "I am Eloise. I am six.") that lives in the most wonderful place in the world, The Plaza Hotel in New York City. This version of the hotel is the original Plaza, before it was made to look as it does now. Back then, it was so very beautiful and elegant (go watch "Home Alone 2" and you'll see). Now, not so much. However, this little girl causes mischief in the hotel, and to the workers, including the head of the Plaza, Mr. Salamoney. And, of course, Nanny, who is her nanny. However, this naughty little girl who loves to have fun also has a big heart, along with a pug and a turtle. Reading her daily routine is enough of an excuse for a nap.

This is a book marketed to children, but adults and teens should read it, as it is like comfort food in the form of a book. I see the live action movies until I hit about 18, the movies at 20 or so. Now I have an Eloise zip-up hoodie, door hanger, bracelet, keychain, cap, and collection of books (minus the "bawth" one, because Kay didn't ever want that published). My mother even has called me her "little Eloise" at times.

The girl is too much to love. She has a whole back story, a complete and outrageous personality (you would, too, if you grew up with such posh living quarters and so many adults as your friends). Her mother is never shown, but she is a complete character as well, background story and everything. The books are a bit long for kids to handle unless they're older, which is another reason I think this is too perfect for teens and adults. You'll feel like her "mostly companion" once you read the first page and see the little ragamuffin for yourself. This cast of characters and locations to see are all structured and captivating. You'll lose yourself in the book, and want to move to The Plaza and play with Eloise!

Conclusion: These books are actually written much better than many adult and teen novels! The structure, world-building, etc. are all done like a pro. So, if you want to have a fun time, go read Eloise and take some notes from her! After all, a tissue box "makes a good hat."

Rating:

5/5 flags over The Plaza Hotel in NYC, NY!!!!!




Till next time, yours truly,

Lexi

Friday, May 10, 2013

" The Cold King" ( A giddy Ashley Reviw)

Hello peeps!!!!

   Everyone should probably know by now that I love all good fairy tale retellings!!!! I always take a chance with them and pray like crazy that they aren't bad or disappointing. With this book I was so happy because I wasn't disappointed and the author didn't leave you with a cliff hanger. "The Cold King" by Amber Jaeger is a retelling of my all time favourite, "Beauty and the Beast". This story has a very interesting twist to it, but it is so good that it will easily become one of your favourites, if your a crazy "Beauty and Beast" fan as I am. Plus the cover is so beautiful that it drew me in and made me curious about this book.


Here is the summary of this amazing book taken from Goodreads.....
   "… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love.Sometimes happily ever after isn’t so easy…"

Calia is your typical girl that just wants to make her mother proud and stay out of everyone's way. When the Cold King comes and makes the announcement that he needs a new servant, he leaves it in the hands of the villagers to decide which will be the girl to go. Calia finds herself offered to the King by her mother and is forced to leave the home she has always known for the unknown world of the Cold King. She learns that he is as ruthless as everyone says he is and also finds that he has a nice side to him sometimes. The Cold King finds out soon enough that this girl is not a push over and that she will tell him what she will and will not do, when it comes to certain things. Calia finds that the castle workers like her a lot more than the people in the village did and she finds that for the first time she has friends. When a terrible misunderstanding happens, Calia is forced to feel unwanted by the one person she has come to care about and seems not to be able to get over it. Can she unfreeze the Cold King's heart and break is curse or will she let the latest incident crush her making her lose herself forever?

Happy Reading!!!!!

    Ashley

Rating: I give this book 5/5 sexy Phantom's because all I could think about while reading the Cold King was the Phantom of the Opera....

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

" The Poison Study" (Ashley's Review)

Hello fellow book lovers!!!

   " The Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder, is a griping, hard to put down adventure ride. The main character in this book has suffered a lot and is trying to stay alive. It has comedy in some parts and will make you fall in love with multiple characters. You get sucked in to Yelena's world and find yourself trying to figure out her secrets and hoping she finds her true self, while overcoming her demons that all she wants to do is escape from.


Here is the summary of this heart pounding thrill ride....
  "About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear..."

When Yelena is offered either immediate death or possible death, she chooses to live with the possibility of dying. She is given clothes, a bath, and a room to sleep in, which she definitely prefers instead of the dank, stinky prison. When she is given Butterfly's Dust, she knows she can not escape unless she wants to die an excruciating death. Valek, the Commander's chief of security, tests her and teaches her how to distinguish between all the different poisons. When bad event after bad event starts happing to Yelena, she decides to take her fate in her own hands. She gets help from some unexpected people and even learns a thing or two about herself. All the wants to do is find a cure for the poison coursing through her body and make it to the south where she will be safe. Can she come to terms with who she really is and save her life or will she give up and be killed at the hands of her enemies?

Happy Reading!!!!!
 
       Ashley

Rating: I give this book 4/5 magical looking castles....

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fun Books To Have Around (Lexi Speaks)

Hey, y'all,


Here are some books that I enjoy filling out and having around for ideas and such...






































Hope y'all check these out! They're tons of fun! Of course, coloring books from a dollar store (they usually have Disney even!) plus Crayola crayons can keep you just as entertained, if not more!

Have a great night, y'all!



Sincerely, all my love,

Lexi