Sunday, June 30, 2013

"Darklandia" (A Different Lexi Review)

Readers,

Here's another review to make up for the lack of my abilities to click buttons on here recently! :P

Darklandia by T.S. Welti



Summary: "Manhattan, 2147

Seventeen-year-old Sera Fisk gleefully celebrates the death of her 114-year-old great-grandmother, the last Atraxian alive who still remembers what New York was like before Felicity.

There is only one principle of Felicity: Suffering is optional. Those who disagree or forget this principle, as Sera's father did, are detained and “purified”. Through the use of the Darklandia virtual reality and mandatory water rations, the Department of Felicity has transformed metropolises all over the country into happy, obedient communities.
Inspired by her great-grandmother's last words, Sera stops drinking the water rations and is soon recruited by Nyx into a rebel organization in the midst of planning a full-scale attack on Darklandia. When Nyx attempts to override the Darklandia system, he stumbles upon shocking information about Sera and her family. After years of living in a haze of virtual reality and drugs, Sera finds herself running from a powerful surge of raw emotions and a government agency intent on keeping reality a secret."


Another cute guy. They're always in these novels, aren't they?

I needed a dystopian novel for today. It was too perfect. See, today, my dad sanded the floors in our house, and there was dust all over everything. (For some reason, tarps and blankets don't exist in our house, loljk. He didn't think to use them.) Walking out to it, I felt like I was in this novel. Then nobody in the living room or game room? I thought there was a bomb that went off or something, omg. Yes, I know; let's get back to that novel I'm talking about, shall we?

This is a novel that makes you think, makes you nervous. You'll be on the edge of your seat all over again with this one, and again, till the very end. Jennifer Rush shows in her story instead of constantly being told what the past was. It shows what the future could be in such a freaky way. You'll be amazed and questioning everything by the end of the novel! (Unneeded bonus points for the cover coming from an artist on deviantart!)

Becoming "purified," and hearing anybody even just mutter the words "sweet felicity" (or just "sweet" or "felicity" in any way) will make you cringe. This novel is amazing, and I love the characters being so realistic, as well as the lives they live, as well as where they live. The whole novel will keep your attention after the first few pages. Keep with it at all points. Just trust me on this one.

In Conclusion: Read it. Relish in the great storytelling. If you're like me, you'll love a novel like this. And if you're here reading this, you're like me.


Rating:

5/5 water splashes


Doing early posts on Monday for Tuesday and this week, hoping to be back and much better the week after. Just a head's up!


Love,

Lexi

"Altered" (A Smexy Review by Lexi)

Readers,

I'm becoming a reading fiend. It's gotten bad. Two novels, two days. Just wait; I've read waaaaay more than that before. But still; a fiend I am becoming again. TV does nada for me. Perfect for the days of rest I have coming up!!! And perfect since yesterday, I went to a waterpark for seven hours with a friend, and then came home and literally crawled into pajamas and then bed. The rest of my family went to a movie, but I was out by the time they were leaving... at about seven p.m. lol! I have this awesome tan though!

Anywho, even though I didn't get to post yesterday because of my impromptu sleep session that lasted till 11 a.m. today, I've been reading and thinking about the blog like one who's obsessed. So let's hit my first review, which is a book I'm now in love with: Altered by Jennifer Rush.




Summary (Goodreads, thank you): "When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. 

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.
Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away."

Ooooh, the four guys in that lab? Sexy as hell. No matter what type of guy you like, you'll get him right here in this book. (Sam is mine, but that's for a later discussion, lol.)

This novel will have you on the edge of your seat till the very, very end. Why are these guys in the lab in the first place? What exactly is going on with them? And, if you were in Anna's position, would you do the same things she does in the novel? Do you have enough stamina and guts to know what you'd do? You just have no blue until you're reading this novel, and see how strong Anna is, which is another reason I love this novel. Not only are there hott guys, there's a girl who is just like us, who would rather be reading, and yet is ready to face the new life that she's pushed into. She's actually strong, and chooses -- time and again -- not to back down. This is the female we've needed in teen lit, and lit all the same.

In Conclusion: An action-packed novel with hott guys and a female we can be proud of, all of which keeps you incessantly reading? Yes, please! NOW!!!


Rating:


5 bajillion/5 birch trees


Another review after this!



Love,

Lexi

Friday, June 28, 2013

"Lucky Charm" (A Laughing Ashley Review)

Hello Readers!!!!

   So......I decided to review another funny book today, because I think everyone is in need of a good laugh and a good romance. "Lucky Charm" by Marie Astor is a laugh out loud, OMG, I could see myself doing that, and a that is so my friend, all rolled up into one story.


Here is the awesome summary to this book taken from Goodreads....

   "Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.A few weeks later, during her trip to Paris, Annabel meets a handsome Parisian, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love."

Annabel is a woman who believes she has it all, she has a job and is about to marry the love of her life. Than she sees her fiancĂ© kissing his book agent and she sees red. She waits for him to come home and than gives him a piece of her mind and ends the engagement. She doesn't want anyone to know that she isn't getting married after all and decides to ignore everyone she knows. When the truth comes out her best friend decides to take her to Paris with her, so that Annabel can heal and move on with her life. While in Paris, she meets a handsome man, that we discover has been hurt by a loved one as well. Can these two people overcome their sadness and be together or are they doomed from the beginning, while letting their ex's win?

Till Next Time!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 4/5 Lucky Charm Bracelets...... 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Territory" (An Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!

  Today I am going to be reviewing an amazing book for you guys it's called "Territory" by Susan Bliler. This is a book about shape shifters who turn into wolves and I ain't going to lie, it does have some descriptive parts of abuse in it but this book is so worth it. Plus the cover immediately pulled me in with its simplicity...



Here is the summary of "Territory"...
 
  "Kya Hubbard never pictured herself caught up in a world of shape-shifters and enemy packs. After all, she was just a small town girl trying to work her way through college. However, when she's attacked walking home after a long night working at the diner, the assault leaves her transformed and an unwilling member to a pack of voracious shape-shifters. Kya bides her time and after years of torture and abuse, she finally escapes her pack and runs as fast and as hard as she can to find solace with her only friend in Montana's breathtaking Glacier National Park.Once in Montana, Kya's hopes of a peaceful existence are dashed when her so-called friend turns her over to the Alpha of the great North West Territory pack. To make matters worse the Alpha's larger and more ominous brother, Briggs, is reduced to a heap of gorgeous writhing agony upon locking eyes with Kya. Delighted by Briggs' physical inhibition that is triggered by proximity to Kya, the Alpha informs the pack that Kya is Briggs' mate.But before Kya and Briggs can fight free of the mating bonds threatening to join them indefinitely and against their wishes, Kya's insatiable pack tracks her down determined to drag her kicking and screaming back to their Colorado den.As Briggs struggles to fight the wolf within that demands he bind Kya to him, Briggs cannot fight his instincts to protect what is his. With the help of his pack, Briggs prepares to defend his unwanted mate while discovering that while Kya is not what he wants, she is what he needs."

Kya doesn't know who to trust after being treated horribly by her old pack and it makes her not want to be in a pack ever again. When circumstances don't work out the way she wants them, she finds herself within another pack, and confused by the Beta, Briggs. When the Alpha tells her she and Briggs are mates, she doesn't believe it and when Briggs says he doesn't want a mate, it confuses her as to why rejection feels like a knife to her heart. She finds that not all packs are like that of her old packs, and finds herself relaxing around the wolves, but when her old pack finds her the happiness she is feeling is threatened. Will Kya and Briggs be able to learn to get over themselves and become mates or is she doomed to be tortured forever by her old pack?

Happy Reading!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 wild, cuddly wolves..... 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"You Might Be A Zombie (and Other Bad News)" (Arrgalrghrrrrh by Lexi)

Oh, my my my.

Readers,

I am sick. I never wanted to write about it on here, because who wants to read drivel like this, right? Psh. But due to being in so much pain that I was nauseous made me miss reviewing on here, which sucked, by the way. And soon, I'm having 2 surgeries, but I'll have treats for y'all while I'm gone. :D Don't think I'm leaving y'all though, cuz that'll not ever happen. This blog is way too much fun!!!

Anywho, I'm going to go ahead and do a review of an fabulously fabulous book to make up for that. Ready? Let's get with it, then, shall we?


You Might Be A Zombie (and Other Bad News) from the editors of Cracked.com...





If you know cracked.com, that's what this novel is. It's things you may have never known, or learned in school that either will impress you or make you sick to your stomach, lol. Hypochondriacs, please don't read this. Or ever go on the Cracked site. Don't download their app or anything. Oh, just skip this post altogether!

Goodreads summary: "You're going to wish you never picked up this book. 

Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in:

* A zombie apocalypse? It could happen. 50% of humans are infected with a parasite that can take over your brain.
* The FDA wouldn't let you eat bugs, right? Actually, you might want to put down those jelly beans. And that apple. And that strawberry yogurt.
* Think dolphins are our friends? Then these sex-crazed thrill killers of the sea have you right where they want you.
* The most important discovery in the history of genetics? Francis Crick came up with it while on LSD.
* Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.
If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal or Frak.com and hate being wrong about stuff, you’ll love what you find in YOU MIGHT BE A ZOMBIE from the twisted minds at Cracked."

And they are quite twisted, y'all. But super fun if you're an info junkie like me. Wanna know the "true story" that's supposed to be behind the movie you love? or maybe scary foods from around the world? Maybe some bullshit statistics that everybody quotes?

That's all in this hilariously-commentated novel full of crazy things and awesome stuff that'll blow your head up. Yep. Right off your shoulders. Just one big kablam! loljkjkjk. That won't happen. You'll just be cooler than everybody else around you; that's all.


In Conclusion: Read a list out of here, and you'll be hooked. So go for it, my bug-eating friends!!!


Rating:

5/5 Presidents, laughing at how we amount to nothing compared to their kickassery. (Kickassery is now a word. Just accept it.)




Till next time,

Lexi

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Academy 7" (An Ashley Review)

Hey guys,

  Sorry I didn't blog on Friday, just have a lot going on. Today I am reviewing an amazing book called "Academy 7" by the great Anne Osterlund. This book was so amazing I had to recommend it to our readers. It has a different kind of twist to it that I found refreshing and thrilling all at the same time. Plus the cover is amazing!!!



Here is the summary of this amazing book....
  "With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin, son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance, consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship--and romance--begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbour dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . ."

Aerin can't believe her luck when she is accepted into one of the most exclusive schools. With her horrible past effecting her, she is bound and determined to show that she belongs there and to not draw any attention to herself. When Dane pulls a stupid stunt, Aerin is brought down with him, and what worries her is that her past will come to haunt her. When they are scheduled to their punishment side by side, she is bound and determined to ignore him and come off as a cold ice queen. But, like all lies the truth will always be revealed. With a friendship budding into a romance can she keep her past a secret or will the past come out making her lose everything she has gained.

This is such an amazing book that you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to read it or other books by Anne Osterlund.

Enjoy!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 couples holding hands....

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Dream Girl" (a mystical review by Lexi)

Hello, Readers!

Anybody love cameos like I do? They go perfectly with my other love: pearls!!! Now, don't get me wrong here, I dress in jeans and tanks, but pearls? Psh, to me, they go with everything!!! Well, if you are into cameos, or into Agatha Christie, or a mystery, or, you know, YA books, you'll like this one: Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling!!!



I'm sorry to say that I hate the cover, and I think they should have chosen somebody who actually looks like the main character, and not have let a six-year-old loose on Photoshop (I'm pretty sure that's what happened). However, the novel? It's awesome.

Goodreads Summary: "CLAIRE VOYANTE HAS been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French, and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead. Whenever Claire follows her hunches, she comes up empty—or ends up in pretty awkward situations.
But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother, Kiki—former socialite, fashion icon, and permanent fixture at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel—gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous."

So a magical/enchanted/whatever cameo??? Bring it!!!

This novel was another one-night read, but it was because I needed to know how it was going to end, or else there would have been no sleep whatsoever.

Claire Voyante (get it? hehehe) is this lovable character who is fluent in sarcasm. She's not a Mary Sue, but instead this girl who wants to do right not only to herself and her new friend, but also to her grandmother and the legacy of her family. She seems like a fifteen-year-old who is worldly, but still seeing some things in a naive way. So, in other words, like a fifteen-year-old. However, the ages in this novel truly don't matter, so don't discriminate by the age of the main character.

The New York life that Claire lives sounds normal enough, and it makes me want to go live there right now, and find a guy to raise some kids with, cuz my kids would be awesome like Claire and her little brother, Henry. lol... Seriously though, it does want me to seek out the nice kind of life that Claire's family lives (especially her grandmother's, but at The Plaza Hotel in NYC, of course).

The whole story unravels at the perfect speed, and you have the chance to be able to connect certain things together when the mystery presents itself. You;ll love getting to know all of the characters, and following along in this cool girl's life in New York.

In Conclusion: The book reads and unrolls in this unique way, and it's definitely worth the read!

Rating: 


4.8/5 magic crystal balls due to the cover. I'm sorry, but it's seriously just that bad.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In Loving Memory (A sad Ashley)

Hey guys

  So yesterday my mom and I had to make the sad decision to put down our dog. Rhett Butler was a sweet boy and this all came on very quickly. I took him to get a sonogram on his heart and they found a heart based tumour that was already pumping blood into his heart and couldn't be operated on. Than I had to break the news to my mom, which I hope never to have to do again, and we made the decision to put him down so that he wouldn't go in pain. It isn't easy ever losing an animal, who was a part of the family, but I know that he is in a better place with the other animals that we have lost.

So, with my sadness I am sorry that I couldn't review a book today. I am just missing him so much that it's all I can do not to cry. My family and I would appreciate prayers in this time of need.





RIP buddy...till we meet again I love you and miss you dearly.

Ashley

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Magic Under Glass" (A Fairy-filled Review by Lexi)

Readers,

For some reason, I'm feeling quite sickly today, so this is going to be a quick-y review.

Today's book is Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore! I got it at Half Price Books, and must write thank you to my mom for not only letting me go in, but paying for my four new books! It was a sweet blessing and gesture, and I truly appreciate it.

Now on to the review!




Summary (from Goodreads): "Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril."

This novel was sooooooo good! It kept me on my toes, and then developed like a child's fairy tale (but a bit creepier). All the mysteries, magic, and beauty just were phenomenal. I loved how it seemed so very realistic of a story! The characters, mannerisms, speech, and world all seemed completely possible, and you get yanked into the world that Namira is in. Then, you just don't want to leave it.

In the technicalities, like world building and character development and such, everything was spot on. The only thing is that you shouldn't attempt to read this novel in one night. You should let yourself absorb, enjoy, and ponder over all of the details and happenings, letting the story go into your brain and soul. It just has too many fun and interesting details and happenings for one to just gloss over the story without letting it into your heart and head. It is never ever boring though, and is very fast-paced with a great cast of characters, without provoking confusion. Perfection, in my opinion.

In Conclusion: If you loved fairy tale movies growing up (especially Disney), and you also have respect for the classics (whether you've read them or not), you will love this novel. Be sure to let yourself truly just experience the story, and you will love it!!!


Rating:

5/5 piano keys



Love,

Lexi

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Once Upon A Tower" (An Ashley Review)

Hello blog readers!!!

   I am back today with a kind of fairy tale retelling, but not. I know complete confusion and probably thinking I lost my mind, but although the title and description you would think it is. This book is more of a historical romance, with a fairy tale thrown in towards the end of the book. "Once upon a tower" by Eloisa James, is a mesmerizing, whirl wind romance, oh no he didn't, kind of time.  Lol yes I did just say oh no he didn't, but once you read this book you will be right there with me. Plus, the cover is absolutely beautiful.




Here is the summary of this emotional book.....
  "Once upon a time…

A duke fell in love
Gowan Stoughton of Craigievar, Duke of Kinross, values order and self-control above all else. So when he meets a lady as serene as she is beautiful, he promptly asks for her hand in marriage.

With a lady

Edie—whose passionate temperament is the opposite of serene—had such a high fever at her own debut ball that she didn’t notice anyone, not even the notoriously elusive Duke of Kinross. When her father accepts his offer… she panics.

And when their marriage night isn’t all it could be, she pretends.

In a tower.

But Edie’s inability to hide her feelings makes pretending impossible, and when their marriage implodes, she retreats to a tower—locking Gowan out.

Now Gowan faces his greatest challenge. Neither commands nor reason work with his spirited young bride. How can he convince her to give him the keys to the tower…

When she already has the keys to his heart?"

This is such an emotional read that my emotions were all over the place. I went from laughing, to pissed, to sad, to wanting to slap the characters all in one seating. But, this book is so worth the crazy emotions to read this book and finish it. I would explain more but I would give so many twists and turns away that I am afraid I would ruin this well written book. Needless to say I will be reading some more of her books, because this book got me hooked, plus she did a book about my weakness, "Beauty and the Beast". I really hope yall give this book a chance, because it is so worth the time and money, and you won't be disappointed!!!

Happy Reading!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Momiji's and Kusanage's from "Blue Seed"....random I know....

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Post #102: Celebration!!!

Our beloved readers,


Well, today I was going to do both a review for yesterday, and then a fun post. Then I thought I'd talk about a book about an awesome dad. But then, noticing the number of posts, I decided celebrating the blog was perfect for today!!!

Okay, so this post is #102!!! We past the hundred mark, we did!!! And we would have given up long ago if it weren't for y'all reading about our passionate love of books. So let me say this to all of you:


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
WE ADORE YOU!!!

So what shall we do for you? How about we let one of you blog for us for a day? If anybody's interested, contact me through the "Contact" tab. Send us a message, readers and authors, and we'll totally let you post one in July or August. :)


Love to all!

Lexi

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ashley's emotional time

Hey guys!!!

   So yet again my job has interfered with my finishing a book I am currently reading. So, today I wanted to do something for you all to see how great of friends Alexis and I are. We became friends while both working at the Disney Store, go figure, and have been best friends/sisters ever since. Alexis has always been there for me in my time of need and vice versa. Even if we don't see each other every day or every week, we talk to each other every day. We have gone on crazy adventures together rather it be on a Disney Cruise or driving around town, getting lost or finding books. I hope yall all have a best friend that never judges you, never turns your back on you, is always there, and does a lot of crazy, stupid stuff right with you lol. Here are some pictures of Alexis and I being our crazy selfs. And I promise I will be done with my book by my next post on Monday!!!









Have a wonderful day everyone and make sure you let your best friend know you love them and are so happy to have them in your life!!!

Ashley

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"AngelMonster" (A Historic Review by Lexi)

Hello, friends,

So I read this book last night. I mean it took a few hours, and did it all last night. That's how good it is; it kept my attention like good books tend to do, enchanting me into their worlds.

Okay, the title is AngelMonster, and it's by Veronica Bennett.

Angelmonster

Looks interesting, huh? Well, the novel doesn't disappoint!

Goodreads Summary: "In the spring of 1814, poet Percy Shelley enters the life of young Mary Godwin like an angel of deliverance. Seduced by his radical and romantic 
ideas, she flees with him and her stepsister to Europe, where they forge a hardscrabble life while mingling with other free-spirited artists and poets. Frowned on by family and society, persecuted by gossip, and plagued by jealousy, Mary becomes haunted by freakish imaginings and hideous visions. As tragedy strikes, not once but time and again, Mary begins to realize that her dreams have become nightmares, and her angel . . . a monster. Now the time has finally come for the young woman who would become Mary Shelley to set her monster free."

Mary Shelley, of course, is the author of Frankenstein, which, it doesn't mention in the novel, was a contest between she and her husband: which one could crank a book out faster and get fame. (Go, Mary! right?)

This novel does otherwise try to ensure the facts are straight, as detailed in the author's note at the end of her novel.

The world building was amazing, and I could picture each location spoken of. The characters? So multi-faceted that you have true feelings for all of the characters, loving them, then hating them, and overall sympathizing with Mary's amazing life.

This reads very easily, and doesn't feel like a biography, but more like a fiction novel for teens and adults! It's quickly-paced, easy to keep up with, and interesting enough to pull you in on Mary's journey/life. I learned a lot though, and it makes me appreciate Mary Shelley, and her novel Frankenstein, even more than I already had.


In Conclusion: The author certainly knows how to enchant with words! This novel is truly impressive, and I recommend this wholeheartedly!


Rating:



5/5 lightning strikes

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"No Strings Attached" (Ashley's happy review)

Hello my fellow readers!!!

  We were approached by an author named Joanne Rawson and I am glad we were because I would have never known about this wonderful Novella. Although, "No Strings Attached" is a very short story, Joanne's talent for writing shines through with every turn of the page. This story is so laugh out loud funny that I couldn't stop laughing at some parts and I could see myself saying some of those things.


Here is the summary to this laugh out loud, fabulous book....

 "Wedding invitations are supposed to bring a smile to your face, with thoughts of a happy occasion that two people would be joining in Holy matrimony, publicly declaring their love for each other. However, for Laura Lee, it was just confirmation that at thirty-three, she had spent all her time and efforts on her career and is still single.After finding out that her ex will be attending the same wedding, Laura Lee has three days to find herself a date. In desperation, she calls on the help of her best friend Lisa, the who’s who of Nottingham’s eligible bachelors.Discovering that Nottingham’s most rich and handsome men find her icy, Laura has to take her only option, the man she most despises, her work colleague, Adam Ford."

Laura is a no non sense, career oriented, strong willed woman, who doesn't take crap off of nobody. When she gets an invitation to her cousin's wedding, she dreads going by herself knowing that her ex will be there. She could care less if her ex is there or not, she just doesn't want to go by herself and seem like she is still pining away for him. When her best friend can't find anyone to be her date, she gets an unexpected offer, that she finds herself desperate not to pass up. Adam Ford, is a quiet, slacker, who has a major ego complex, or so Laura thinks. But, an unexpected surprise awaits for her at the wedding.

This book is a hilarious, wild ride, that you can't stop reading until the end. I loved this book so much that I could see myself reading it over and over again, while recommending it to anyone I met. Joanne Rawson has such talent that in this short novella, you can tell she knows how she wants a story to go and has a true passion for writing. I can't wait to read more of her books and am looking forward to reading the next adventure. This is a novella that should not be missed and I guarantee you will love this authors writing as much as I did.

Enjoy!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: I give this 5/5 swirling, red hearts....

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Temping Fate" (a magical Lexi review)

Hey, y'all!

I went to A-Kon (Anime Convention), and met the author of this novel, who has written many other YA books, including the Nobody's Princess series, the Sphinx Queen series, etc. It was last minute, right before we left, and I bought the novel, and got to spoke to Esther Friesner herself which, of course, for me, is a huge celebrity! It was an honor. She was so nice and sweet!

Anyways, let's get on to Temping Fate by Esther Friesner!



Goodreads Summary: "Until she stumbled upon the Divine relief temp Agency, Ilana Newhouse was having a hard time finding a summer job. Apparently, a t-shirt that reads "ORC: the other green Meat" isn't appropriate for an interview. but when she reports for her first day as a temp, Ilana discovers why Divine relief isn't shy about hiring someone a little left of ordinary. Ilana is temping for the extraordinary greek mythological goddesses, the Fates. the three Fates are responsible for spinning, measuring, and cutting all the life-threads on the planet. Ilana will be working—literally—with life and death. Now her summer is going to be less about surviving a stuffy office and more about avoiding a catastrophe!"

So, lemme say first that, in the end, you'll completely understand the awesome book cover.

This novel had me falling asleep at night with it in my hands, still sitting up, lol. I laughed a lot, and in the end, was thinking of all of this just completely normal. Temping for the Fates? Can you even imagine? Well, no worries either way because Friesner already has!

The characters are realistic, the plot is amazing, and the ending was superb. I honestly have no issues with this novel. If you need a laugh, or want to read something truly unique and imaginative, go for this novel! It's really a great book!


Rating:
5/5 Coffee Mugs!



Monday, June 10, 2013

"Beckoned" (Ashley's new obsession review)


Hello peppy readers!!!!!

  "Beckoned" by Amanda K Dudley-Penn has became one of my new obsessions. This book has werewolves, love, mystery, and revenge. I loved this book so much that I have re-read my favourite parts and the book several times. Amanda is a very talented writer and I honestly can't wait for the second book of this series to come out. Plus, the cover may be simple, but it is beautiful.




Here is the review taken straight from Goodreads...
   "When eighteen year old, Aurora Anderson is nearly attacked by wolves while sleepwalking, she doesn't realize how many secrets surround her....but when her mother brings her back to her birth town of Timbly Mountain, Colorado they begin to unravel...Now, Aurora is faced with an arranged marriage to Andre Brazil...A man who hates her at first sight but is supposed to save her from a father who she had thought dead and the wolves who seem to follow her wherever she goes."

Aurora isn't your average teenager, although she believes she is just a normal human. Her mom hasn't told her the family secret and she never knew her father. When her father gets closer to them, her mom up and moves them to Colorado. The first day she is there she learns that she is engaged to her mother's best friend's son, Andre. At first Andre is pissed at Aurora and she doesn't know why, than on the eve of their engagement party, she becomes more confused when Andre starts being nice to her. Not only does she have to deal with a soon to be husband, but she also has to deal with her father's choice of husband coming around and trying to kidnap her, on top of a crazy ex of Andres. Can these two jump over the hurdles that are thrown in their way and learn to love each other or are they doomed before they can really ever begin?

Read to find out!!!!

    Ashley

Rating: 5/5 sexy shirtless Jacobs, because he is one sexy werewolf....

Friday, June 7, 2013

"Epic Escape" (Ashley's Excited Review)

Hello my fellow book readers!!!!

  I am bringing to you a laugh out loud, oh no he didn't, awesome, thrilling, book today!!!! It is "Epic Escape" by the very talented Emily Evans. She also has another wonderful book called "The accidental movie star", which I loved as well. With "Epic Escape", she makes the characters travel to different time zones, with different situations in each one.


Here is the review to this amazing read....

 "Are you wearing something your mom picked out?Do you need a way better date than the one seated beside you?Yep, you need an Epic Escape…Megan and Veronica watch the latest slasher flick while seated one row away from the two hottest guys in school. That’s when magic hits them, sucking the four seniors right into the film. Trapped, they race through genres fighting slashers, vampires, superbugs and hoop skirts. If they ever want to see home again, and maybe get a date out of this, it’s time for an Epic Escape"

Megan and her best friend, Veronica, go to the movies to watch the latest craze. Megan starts getting nervous when she winds up almost sitting next to her crush. Little do they know that once they put on the 3D glasses, instead of watching the movie they will be in it. They have to go through a different themed movie every time they leave one movie. They are doing things that they never thought they would do in order to beat each movie and go back home. Lots of secrets come out along the way and of course romance blooms between our characters. Will they be able to beat all the levels and make it back home or will they be stuck in the movie world forever, without seeing their families again?

This book is so worth the time it takes to read and to witness how our characters get out of all the situations they are put in is even funnier.

Happy Reading!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 4/5 time traveling warps....

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lexi's Favorite Artist...

Our beloved readers,

Hello! It's Lexi. Sick Lexi, actually, so I wanted to update to let y'all know I'm not going to be posting on some days if I feel way too sucky to write. So yeah.

Today though, I really wanted to focus on this awesome artist I love to death! I've been a fan of hers for years, and she's well-known among those who hit up deviantart.com. Her name is Brianna Garcia, and she used to be known under bri-chan on the site. She posts more on tumblr now, but her deviant site is briannacherrygarcia.deviantart.com. She now works in the Disney animation studios, as I've been told by another fan at ComicCon here in Dallas. (Tellin' ya, her fans are everywhere!) You can buy her work and such on her site at Society6 and other sites (all on her deviant homepage). She also helped animate a love story about a grown-up Alice and the Hatter... Just trust me, y'all, it's awesome.

The thing I like about her art is that it's original, amazing, imaginative, and beautiful. I love the details in each piece. The sass is awesome, and makes me smile and laugh. Then there are the lines. The lines in the art are just so... perfect, I guess. I can't describe how gorgeous they are. I recommend looking at her sketches where the lines aren't cleaned up. It's just gorgeous. I think that what gets me the most is the passion that you can see in her years of work.

So, without further ado, I wanna show you some pieces of hers... I'm limiting myself to five from the deviant site, lol...








She even has done shoes!!!



Okay, so go check her gallery out! She even has books with her art (so that's gonna be my excuse for writing about her on here... lol).


Sincerely,

Lexi

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Beneath A Blood Red Moon" (An Ashley Review)

Hey guys.

  Today I bring you "Beneath A Blood Red Moon" by Shannon Drake, which is a free book I obtained from Comic Con. Here is the cover and a summary of this novel....




"A tale that sweeps the reader from the antebellum South to contemporary New Orleans, the dark, sensuous world of love and immortality of the beauty and the beast whom some call vampire...
Maggie Montgomery, the owner of Magdalena's an elegant New Orleans boutique, gasped when she learned about the mysterious beheading of a local street person, and the trail of blood that led from the corpse to her building. Her shock turned to turmoil when she met Sean Canady, the police officer who arrived to question her...and inspired a dangerous desire.Something powerful--and beyond reason--had brought Maggie and Sean together. Something that spoke of an interwoven past, and a passionate torment that began generations before under a blood red moon. For on that night of erotic seduction, Magdalena Montgomery became a vampire, and began a century-long quest to find the one man whose love was pure enough, strong enough to save her from the darkness within..."


So this book sounded so good to me and I thought I would give it a try, because it was free. Needless to say I was sucked into this book from the beginning, but than the bottom fell out. This book got so confusing I didn't know what was going on. The author tries to take you between different people and different time eras. I was so disappointed in this book that it honestly made me sad. I don't like being confused when reading so when I became confused I literally had to skip to the end to figure out where the author was going with this story. All the characters are very developed and she goes into a lot of descriptive words, but sometimes it feels like she is suffocating you with all the details. Needless to say I would normally write more about this book, but I honestly can't which is sad.

Until next time,
    Ashley

Rating: 2/5 Blood red moons.....le sigh


Monday, June 3, 2013

A little bit of fun from Ashley

Hey guys!!!

  So I am in the process of finishing a book to review and since I have been working like crazy with a lot of stress attached. I decided to put some pictures that I find funny up that I have collected over the years. I hope yall enjoy and they make you laugh a little.














Till next time!!!!

Ashley