Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"The Whispering" ( A Happy/Sad Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!

  So today I will be reviewing the end to a very awesome trilogy. I was honoured by the author, L. Filloon, to read an advanced copy of "The Whispering". As a reader who has read the series from the very first book, "The Binding", I feel like the way she wrote the last book, wrapped up everything every nicely. All the questions we had were answered and all the mysteries were solved. Why did I out the sad part in there you wonder? Well, this book played with your emotions and it drew you into feeling what the characters felt. You were cheering for your favourites and at times even wanted to slap them, lol. I am sad to see the series end, but loved this book so much that I feel that it was a well planned out ending to this amazing trilogy.




Here is the summary for the ending of this amazing trilogy....

    "Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit. Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.

Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies. To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.

Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together. It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.

Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding...or two, but then again, it is Velesi, so...maybe not."


Lily and Tharin are back and finding time running out. Things keep happening that seem to make a wall come between them and they don't know how to overcome them. They have battles they have to fight, while trying to get back to Velesi, so they can save people. There are new characters introduced and some characters true intentions revealed that throw all Lily and Tharin know into turmoil. Can they overcome their obstacles and save Velesi or will everything they worked for go down the drain?

I highly recommend you read this trilogy if you already haven't. You won't be disappointed and you will fall in love with the characters as I did.

Enjoy!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Tharin's and Lily's.......

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"Devil's Kiss" (a sinister Lexi review)

Dear Lovely Readers,

This book today was one I bought because it contained the Knights Templar. A girl joining the Knights Templar!!! Now, if you've never heard of that, look it up. There are so many legends and such connected to them, and it's all just really awesome.

So back to the book. It's Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda.




Summary (<3 b="" goodreads="">):
"As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined."

This novel is very girl power. This chica has been trained by the best in order to fight against the worst, most evil of entities. So even though she is a girl, trying to live her teen life, she has given up a lot for this lifestyle she has. And so when a guy turns up who's cute and interested, she can't just turn him away.

I had super high expectations for a novel about the Knights Templar, and I wasn't a fan of the ending, honestly. However, the sequel is out, and it sounds awesome, so I'm sure what went down was important. Plus, the novel was still pretty awesome.


In Conclusion: Go for it! It's interesting and fun!


Rating: 

3.5/5 kisses

Monday, July 29, 2013

"His Grace Regrets" (A Swooning Ashley Review)

Good Day to everyone reading this!!!!!

  I am going in the direction of a historical romance today. "His Grace Regrets" by Kate Harper, takes you back into a world were marriages were arranged and men didn't want to lose their Bachelors life. This book draws the reader into the historical aspects and also makes you want to  slap some sense into the characters.



The summary is as follows....

   "When the Duke of Rothington abandoned Cressida Grenville on their wedding day she was completely brokenhearted. How could a love - and a man - she had believed in so completely have been a lie? Morgan disappeared without a word, leaving her to pick up the pieces.

Three years later, Cressida is ready to put the past behind her once and for all. She is about to embark on a new life when she marries Lord Robert Fairlie.

But then Rothington returns and the placid tenor of her life is turned upside down for the sight of him stirs up unwelcome memories. Of love, how it could be. Of passion barely restrained. But more than that, it makes her look for answers to the question that has plagued her for years. Why did he leave her? And why oh why has he come back..."


Cressida can't believe when her father delivers the news that her betrothed hasn't shown up on their wedding day, but instead sends a note saying he got sick. When she tries to go see him, she discovers that he isn't there and out of the country. Three years pass and she finds herself preparing for a wedding, when low and behold, the Duke she was supposed to marry reappears in society. She is so nervous about running in to him that she decides to get the meeting out of the way and goes to his house. When she sees him she discovers that she isn't as fully over him as she believes she is and that he seems to still harbour feelings for her. Can they overcome the past and follow their hearts or will the past get in the way and they are parted forever?

This is a very interesting and entertaining read, that any lover of history will not be disappointed by this book.

Till Next Time,

    Ashley

Rating: 5/5 The Bachelor movie posters.....

Sunday, July 28, 2013

R.I.P. Kidd Kraddick

Readers,

Ash and I got the news today that Kidd Kraddick (a radio personality/DJ) has passed away, and at age 53.

Since we were younger, we've listened to his show with Kelly and Big Al. I remember moving here and listening to them every morning on the way to school. This continued from 7th grade till last year. Ash was even listening to him on Friday. It just upsets us and hurts our hearts, so we can't even imagine how much his family and friends are missing him.

He was a good man, and helped a lot of people, including sick kiddos every year. It's insane that he's gone, but we do hope that he is in peace now.

His family and friends are in our hearts, minds, and prayers.

R.I.P. Kidd. You taught us a lot, made us laugh, and reminded us all to be good to others, and to keep your head up. Thanks.


Love,

Lexi and Ash

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"Brooklyn Girls" (an urban review by Lexi)

Readers,

Any of you in your 20s? Confused on what path to take, or wondering if life is ever going to go right? How about a job? Does it suck, or do you feel like you'll never find one? Well, this book is for us Quarter Life Crisis chicas!

It's Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess!


Summary (thanks, Goodreads!): "Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable, Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess is the first novel in her brand new series about five twenty-something friends—Pia, Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine—sharing a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and discovering the ups and downs and ins and outs of  their “semi-adult” lives. The first story belongs to sophisticated, spoiled, and stylish Pia, who finds herself completely unemployed, unemployable, and broke. So what is a recent grad with an art history degree and an unfortunate history of Facebook topless photos to do? Start a food truck business of course! Pia takes on the surprisingly cutthroat Brooklyn world of hybrid lettuce growers, artisanal yogurt makers and homemade butter producers to start SkinnyWheels—all while dealing with hipster bees, one-night-stands, heartbreak, parental fury, wild parties, revenge, jail, loan sharks, playboys, karaoke, true love, and one adorable pink food truck. And that's without counting her roommates' problems, too. Gemma Burgess has captured the confusion, hilarity and excitement of the post-graduate years against a backdrop of the pressures and chaos of New York City life, with heartfelt empathy, fast humor and sharp honesty.

A charming debut series about five twenty-something girls and the humor, heartbreak, and drama that bring them together."

This book makes you feel like everything you're feeling and doing in your 20s is okay and normal, no matter where you are in life at this point. If you're feeling lost, have a bad relationship with your parents, can't find a job, looking for a place to call "home," or feel like you suck or are failing at life? Well, this novel is just perfect for all of us chicas.

Not only are the characters well-formed, as is each of their lives and stories, but the plot is relatable and feels true. This whole story resonated with me, and I'm so glad I went with it! It made me feel like I'm not the only one having troubles in my 20s, nor am the only grad trying to find my true calling and path. This book was like free therapy. I loooooove it!

In Conclusion: I believe every 20-something year old.


Rating:

a definite 5/5 food trucks

Friday, July 26, 2013

"Beast" (A One And Only Ashley Review)

Hello fellow readers
 
  Today I am going to review another book that has a different take on the retelling of "Beauty and the Beast". "Beast" by Maya Chantelle, takes the story we know as "Beauty and the Beast" and throws a very interesting twist in it. Yes, it is kind of a short book, but it was actually a pretty good read, plus the cover is so simple that it tugs at your curiosity.
 
 



Here is the summary compliments of Goodreads...

  "Cristobelle loved the Beast and was the beauty that broke his curse with true love’s first kiss. Once back to his human form, he remains a beast on the inside as he dallies with the women of the kingdom and ignores his new bride. She seeks out the help of a local witch to return Eric to the Beast, but the spell goes horribly awry. Her only hope of a happily ever after lies with finding a true love of her own who will truly love her."

When Cristobelle fell in love with the Beast and broke the spell, she thought she would get her happily ever after. But, what she comes to find out is he was just as ugly on the inside as he was on the outside. When she goes in search of the witch who put the spell on him in the first place, her solution gets turned on her and she now finds herself cursed with the beastly appearance. Can she find her one true love in her Prince or Will she be doomed to the fate she saved him from?

Like I said this is a short book, but it is also a quick interesting read. It kind of makes you think, do the fairy tale couples we come to love actually live happily ever after or do their stories continue like a normal relationship would? What I also like about this book is it showed that no matter what you think any situation could change without a seconds notice. It was truly a good short book to read and I am glad I found it.

Enjoy

  Ashley

Rating: 4/5 Beauty and the Beasts.....

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"Eyre House" (a creepy Lexi review)

Readers,

This is a warning that the following review is for a book that contains sex scenes. So, if not of appropriate age, don't read. Easy-peasy.

The book is Eyre House by Caitlyn Greer.



Summary (Yay, Goodreads!): "When eighteen-year-old orphan Evan Richardson signed up to work at Eyre House, on the sleepy tourist getaway of Edisto Island, SC, he never expected to find himself dodging ghosts. But Eyre House seems to have more than its fair share of things that go bump in the night, and most of them seem to surround his employer’s daughter.

Back from her freshman year of college, Ginny Eyre is dangerous from word one. She’s a bad girl with ghosts of her own, and trouble seems to follow her everywhere she goes. But living or dead, trouble isn’t just stalking Ginny. When her ex-boyfriend is found murdered in the pool, Evan knows he’s got two choices – figure out what’s going on, or become the next ghost to haunt Ginny Eyre."

I got into this because it was a retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, but in a whole new way. For awhile, I thought it was going to be bad, but it wasn't at all. The sex scenes took me by surprise though, since it was under "YA/NA" and not under "Romance," lol. But the novel needed some steamy scenes. The author caught every feeling that one would in every situation there was. I am a big fan of this novel. If you want a twist or few, you've got it made with this novel. It'll keep you guessing throughout the novel!


In Conclusion: Read it! The author did a superb job in retelling this classic!


Rating:



5/5 motorcycles

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Books That Were Made Into Movies by Ashley

Hello my dears,

  So today I am going to make a list of books that turned into good movies/okay movies and books that should have stayed books/disappointing. Feel free to comment on here if you either agree or disagree or have a book that made a movie that I may not have named.


Books that made good/okay movies:

  • "Pride and Prejudice"- 2005
  • "Wuthering Heights"- 1939
  • "Jane Eyre"- 2011
  • "The Host"- 2013
  • "To Kill A Mocking Bird"- 1962
  • "The Help"- 2011
  • "Gone With The Wind"- 1939
  • "Alice In Wonderland"- Disney 1951
  • "Atonement"- 2007
  • "The Lovely Bones"- 2009
  • "Blood And Chocolate"- 2007
  • "Becoming Jane"- 2007
  • "Red Riding Hood"- 2011
  • "Snow White And The Huntsman"- 2012
  • "The Hunger Games"- 2013



Books That Should Have Stayed Books:

  • All the "Twilight" movies (Sorry books were better)
  • "Where The Wild Things Are"
  • "Fahrenheit 451"
  • "I, Robot"
  • "Coraline"
  • "Contact"
  • "Bicentennial Man"
  • "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"
  • "The Scarlet Letter"
  • "Stardust"
  • "Stuart Little"
  • "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy"


Hope yall enjoyed my list and if you haven't seen some of the good movies, but read the books I suggest you try watching the movies to see if you agree or disagree, with me. It is also a neat way to find some good movies that actually follow the book or do it justice.

Enjoy!!!!

    Ashley

Monday, July 22, 2013

"On One Condition" (A lovely Ashley review)

Hey guys

  So, today I am going to review a very beautiful, very emotional book. "On One Condition" by Diane Alberts, is such an amazing, good read. The reader can see the emotions of these well written characters and can feel what they are feeling. You feel their happiness, sadness, anger, and sometimes you even want to slap them for the stupid things they do.




The summary of this amazing book is as follows.....
  
 "Kindergarten teacher Johanna hates Valentine’s Day. She hates romance, hates commercialism, and definitely hates her school’s annual charity date auction. She never expects her pre-auction night of drinking to land a sexy Brit in her bed. Or for that Brit to show up at the auction, bid thousands just to talk to her again, and get down on one knee in front of everyone and ask her to marry him.

Viscount Damon Haymes has never met anyone like Johanna. She’s neurotic, fascinating, and fun. She also doesn’t care about his title and doesn’t want his money, which makes Johanna perfect to fulfill a surprise clause in his father’s will: marry within three months and remain married for a year, or lose his fortune. A relationship is out of the question, but when passions ignite and the two fall in love, their marriage of convenience becomes anything but."


The combative personalities of Johanna and Damon collide in this amazing book. You have to admit with this summary you are a little curious as to how this will all work out, I know I was. Johanna is a strong, independent woman, who is doing this for the good of the children she teaches at her school. Damon is a hard headed, viscount, who is doing this because he won't get to keep his money or title unless he gets married. When these two collide they really collide and the reader can feel their strength coming off the pages. This is a very good, quick read, and you will hopefully, love this book as much as I did.

Happy Reading,

   Ashley

Rating: I give this book 5/5 wedding rings....

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Those Who Give & Those Who Take (a Lexi talk)

I honestly don't know what I'm about to write, but I promise it'll be worth reading.

I just got done watching "Get Him to the Greek," and I have always felt that all that Aldous Snow did was try to give and give and give to others, which is why he was so happy in the end, when he was getting back from the audience. I think there are a lot of people like that in the world, and they're what make the world go 'round.

Take Ashley, for example. She gives and gives and gives all the time. After a grueling day at work, she still reads and writes on this blog with me. She also went to the mall and got me a Vinylmation and a stuffed Stitch from the Disney Store, then came over and watched "Cadet Kelly" with me as I recovered in bed. It was so sweet. She always makes time in her schedule for her sister (me), and it doesn't matter how exhausted she is. She's a definite giver.

So's my mom. She gives to every person who meets her, whether it be time, talking, making dinners for others, money, etc. She just gives and gives and gives all of her, and she expects nothing back. They never do. She took care of me during recovery, and then still is there while I'm looking for a job. She told me that home will always be  here for me, no matter where I end up in life. That's huge. I mean, how many people get a mother like this? (Don't get me wrong; we weren't always close, and I thought we'd never be.)

I aspire to be like these two, and I found that giving is much more fun and it brings so much wonderful happiness in life. I hope that I can be as amazing as these two, with the perfect balance of give and receive. I hope that I can give to others while understanding that I can say "no" to some things. I dunno. I just want there to be people who see what I see in others, and that don't take all the time.

I know people who constantly take, and they are so miserable in their lives. It's sad to see (they're what others call "family"), but also makes me understand how to spot people like that and that there's a line that can't be crossed. Takers are very recognizable. Think about somebody who sucks the energy and life from you, and never pumps you up, never making you feel loved or appreciated. That's a Taker. They just don't care about you, but you love them so much, you just keep giving. I never want to be like that.

Just something to ponder in your life. Who are the Takers and Givers in your life? How do you manage your relationships with them? How do you stop a Taker from sucking the life out of you? Can you do it without cutting them out of your life? And how do you build others up? Please comment and discuss!


Hugs,

Lexi

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sweet Tea & Music (A Southern Girl Post by Lexi)

Readers,

As you can probably guess, I have been drinking sweet tea today, which I usually skip. It's sinfully good, and healthier than my love of Diet Coke because it's flavored sugar water... right? lol.

Anywho, I had to do a "test" for D Magazine, as I have sent in a resume to be a blogger for them. It was long and tedious, and I am literally all written out. I was given 48 hours to do it, and it was sent to me at 4 p.m. yesterday. So, me being me, I rushed myself and did over half the work yesterday, then the rest today (after making a playlist to listen to as I did the work). This is never a good decision, cuz I'm all stressed out, but thankfully I have this blog to write about it and just say that I am feeling much better. lol. I just over-analyzed a question or so to death, which is always my little downfall. Otherwise, I'm good, and happy, and no longer stressed out.

Whew!

But I am all written out for today. Expect a better post tomorrow, lol.


Hugs,

Lexi

Friday, July 19, 2013

"Half-Blood" (A Vampire Ashley Review)

Hello peeps!!!!

  Today I have the start of another series for yall that I hope yall enjoy as much as I did. "Half-Blood" is the first in this amazing, turn of events series, by author Jennifer L. Armentrout. Why do I say turn of events, because there are a lot more twist and turns and characters you thought you knew but than you realize you never saw it coming.




Here is the summary of the first book in this series.....

     "The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck."

The summary just about gives you a good idea of what this book is about. I am afraid that if I give anymore information I will give something away. All I can say is this book is a thrilling adventure, that will have you rooting for the strong female character, Alex, and hoping she survives the events thrown her way. You won't be disappointed....

Till next time

  Ashley

Rating: 4/5 what a reader feels Aiden would look like.....  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"I Now Pronounce You Someone Else" (A Loving Lexi Review)

Readers,

Please note that I am not a wedding-planning girl. I've always focused on what marriage I've wanted, never any details about a future wedding. I also know that 85% of marriages under the age of 25 will be divorced. 56% is the overall divorce rate. So, even though these are all facts, I have to say that I rooted for the couple in the book... mainly because the guy seems so perfect. What book? I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan.




Summary (thanks, Goodreads): "Here Comes the Bride — If She Can Pass Chemistry.
Eighteen-year-old Bronwen Oliver has a secret: She's really Phoebe, the lost daughter of the loving Lilywhite family. That's the only way to explain her image-obsessed mother; a kind but distant stepfather; and a brother with a small personality complex. Bronwen knows she must have been switched at birth, and she can't wait to get away from her "family" for good.
Then she meets Jared Sondervan. He's sweet, funny, everything she wants — and he has the family Bronwen has always wanted too. She falls head over heels in love, and when he proposes marriage, she joyfully accepts. But is Jared truly what she needs? And if he's not, she has to ask: What would Phoebe Lilywhite do?"

Bronwen's enthusiasm and background make you just love her, and you want to fight for and with her in this novel. You do with every single character in the novel. Every feels familiar, but they also have depths and secrets, so character development (and world development, for that matter) is just great. The lessons you learn about love and marriage are even more so.

In Conclusion: Teens should read this, for sure. Every chica should, really.


Rating:



4/5 wedding cakes because sometimes the novel dragged

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"The Goddess Test" (An Enchanted Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader land!!!

  Today I am going to be reviewing "The Goddess Test" by Aimee Carter. This is the first book in the series and all I have to say is what a way to start this amazing series. I started reading this book, because I have a love of Greek mythology. Plus, the cover and description really caught my inner Greek Goddess....


 
 
 
Here is the summary thanks to Goodreads.....
      "Every girl who had taken the test has died.Now it's Kate's turn. It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.
If she fails..."

All Kate Winters wants to do is spend the days with her mom and pray she can overcome her illness. When her mom's last wish is to move back to her childhood home, Kate leaves everything she knows behind to make her mom happy. When she goes to her new school she meets Henry, who eventually claims he is the God Hades and he makes her a deal. He will save her mother's life, if Kate comes down to live with him. When she winds up in Henry's world, she discovers secrets that were kept from her and threaten to throw her normal world into turmoil. Will she overcome the secrets and love Henry to save her mom or will the truth be too much and Kate loses everything she loves forever?


If you are a lover of Greek mythology, than this series will not disappoint you. You get to meet a wide range of characters and Gods, but I won't give anything away, because this book has a lot of twists and turns that you don't see coming. This is a book with love and adventure that will not disappoint a reader's love for Greek mythology.

Enjoy!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 4/5 drawings of Kate and Henry......

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"Chasing the Skip" (A Criminal Lexi Review)

Hey, readers,

It's a bit late thanks to an impromptu girls' night, lol. But I need to post this, so here we go!




Summary (Thank you, Goodreads!): "Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.

            Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules."

So the mood for this novel is very good. From the beginning, we know that Ricki isn't impartial, so she is unexpected. I love this small novel where she has a father who cares (but is a little to late) even though her mother is neglectful.

The characters are whole and understandable, as well as relatable. The events are quite believable, and you're on a wild ride with this novel!

In Conclusion: Read it! It's a good little novel for a light reading, rainy day.


Rating:



5/5 handcuffs

Monday, July 15, 2013

"The Host" (An Ashley Production Review)

Hey Guys!!!

  So I read "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer awhile back after I of course read the twilight series. Which I have to say, the Edward in the book was so so so much hotter than the Edward in the movie. The reason I decided to review "The Host" is because the movie just came out on DVD and I watched it for the first time on Thursday. I must say that when it first came out in theatre I was very sceptical and thought it was gonna be another Twilight disaster, but to my surprise, it actually followed the book, although it left out some important parts. But it is still a good movie and an even better book.

 
 
 
The summary of this amazing, non twilight book, is as follows.....

  "Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human."


So yes, basically this book is about alien souls, who can invade a person's body and take over their life. It starts off with the human population just about gone, except for the lucky souls who have remained hidden from the seekers. Wanderer was given Melanie's body, and discovers that Melanie is still in there and showing her memories of people she loves. Wanderer isn't supposed to feel human feelings, but she can and they open up a whole new side of thinking. When they stumble upon the humans Melanie knows, all hell breaks loose and everyone has to start rethinking everything about these alien souls. I loved this book and can't talk anymore about it because I don't want to give it away. I will say the movie didn't disappoint me like the twilight one's did and this follows more closly to the flow of the book. Most people didn't like the movie, but if you asked anyone who read the book first, I would say that you would get a more positive reaction. If you love the theory of Aliens and the taking over of bodies, along with adventure you shouldn't pass up this book, which is so much better than twilight.

Enjoy

   Ashley

Rating: 4/5 The Host Movie Posters....

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Books to Read on Rainy Days (a happy post by Lexi)

Favorite books.

Everybody has them. You protect them like your children, and we all know they look worn out only because they're so very loved. The corners may be folded down, the pages may be yellowing around the edges, and they may be somewhat ripped, chewed on (by our canine loves), and/or just completely falling apart.

Here are eight books that are wearing down, even on my tablet, lol.



The China Garden by Liz Berry
So very worn out. And it's my third one.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
To be fair, I read it first cuz it was my James Dean phase and it was his favorite book. And mine luckily had a letter and a photo inside from the 1980s.

Flawless Ruins by Kieryn Nicolas
A teen actually wrote this, and she is amazing. This was my first favorite dystopian novel as a teen. The story is rich, and it's just brilliant.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
I've had it since childhood, and parts have fallen out, lol. But reading it as an adult is so enlightening. His words and wisdom are worth rereading this.

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
I've reviewed this already, but I have to say that it's just still so close to my heart. I love it.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Such a new look at my childhood favorite. It just is amazing. No words.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
In a younger age, this novel shocked me to the core, but I loved it. It felt so true and real. Now, years later, I still am in love with this book, and with L.H. Anderson to share this story and rock the YA world.

Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess by Susan Jane Gilman
This novel made me laugh and finally feel good to be myself and a woman all at once. Each chapter is a new lesson for you in adulthood, and in teenage-dom, growing into your own person.



Now back to this rainy day, and my reading!

Look for future reviews I do on the books on this list that I haven't reviewed yet!



Love,

Lexi

Saturday, July 13, 2013

"Girl Parts" (An Innocent Review by Lexi, lol)

Hey, Readers!!!

I was going to post earlier, but I had an impromptu girls' night when my friend needed to get out of her house, lol. So I've been a bit busy talking and such, and eating donut holes, you know, like all girls do! lol

Okay, so tonight's review is of Girl Parts by John M. Cusick.




Summary: "David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world."


I read this awhile ago, and it's stuck with me because it truly is a very unique story. Rose is a very interesting character, where she realizes how much she does or doesn't know about being real. I felt bad for her, being meant to feel love towards one person, but not know why. I could just envision both guys and their so different lives. I didn't enjoy the amount of sex, and how meaningless it could be. However, it's still a unique book.


In Conclusion: Read it, but keep in mind that it's a light read, so do it fast if you do. Then go read my 5 star books.



Rating:

3.5 or 4/5 

Friday, July 12, 2013

"Macrieve" (A Amazed Ashley Review)

Hey guys and gals,

  Today I will be reviewing a book that just came out called "Macrieve" by the very imaginative, Kresley Cole. This is actually the 13th book in the series, but you don't have to read the others to understand what is going on. Although, after you read this one you will want to track down the other ones and read them. Plus, you will drool over the guy on the cover...




Here is the summary of this thrilling book taken from Goodreads...
   "A Beast In Torment
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heart-breaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?"

I honestly can't say anymore about this amazing book without giving something important away. This is a tale of mystery, love, healing, and crazy beings that will bring a new world to your eyes. This is such a good book that you won't want to miss out on it if you love reading about: Sexy Lykens and adventures. This is one thrill ride after the next and you won't know what this amazing author is going to throw at you next.

Till Next Time,

    Ashley

Rating: 5/5 sexy guys who play a werewolf of True Blood...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"The Registry" (An As-Is Review by Lexi)

Readers,

This novel truly had me thinking of how close we could be to this dystopian world becoming reality. Sure, I doubt it will happen, but still creepy to think about... This novel is The Registry by Shannon Stoker.


Summary: (Thank you, Amazon) "Welcome to a safe and secure new world, where beauty is bought and sold, and freedom is the ultimate crime
The Registry saved the country from collapse, but stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained to fight and never question orders.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous questions. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back."

In today's world, we value looks, and teens are more than willing to wear makeup and seem sexy at young ages. We all watch "Toddlers & Tiaras" where little girls are made up, barely clothed, and dancing in inappropriate clothing. We're taught that intelligence is important, but if you want a man, put on that LBD, heels, and makeup. So how far are we from being put up as a figure for auction? This novel's society feels too close for comfort.

This novel is really fun, and you're wanting to scream and help the characters out, lol. The story is compelling, realistic, and shows what true bravery, friendship, and sacrifice are.

The characters are properly whole, including backgrounds and pasts. They all are realistic, and you can see them in the world today, honestly. The whole world-building was superb and complete. This whole story is just realistic, and the fact that the author shows so much as well as describes, it's not hard to picture this novel as a movie in your head.

The only issue I had was that some true imagination had to be used for Mia's maturity and transformation, and her indifference and apathy when it came to others' feelings or emotions made her seem more sociopathic than a normal and sheltered girl that she was supposed to be. It could get really annoying, and kinda seemed like some of the scenes weren't truly developed as they should have been, and neither was Mia. Maybe the author was in a rush?

In Conclusion: You can read it, but it may frustrate you at some technicalities that I just mentioned above. If you want a better, new dystopian novel, check out previous posts by me, including Stung and Crewel.


Rating:



3/5 auction gavels

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"A Discovery of Witches" (A bewitched Ashley Review)

Hocus Pocus Readers!!!

  Yes, that might be a little corny, but I thought since the book is titled "A Discovery of Witches" I would be a little witchy, the good kind not the bad. I found this book on the shelves of Target and decided to give it a try. Deborah Harkness, the author, definitely takes you to another world of magic and mystical characters  that you never knew existed.




Here is the Goodreads summary of this bewitching book....

   "A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism."


Diana Bishop, is a witch who doesn't like to use her powers. She has worked for everything that she has ever gotten in her life. While trying to work on research, she unwittingly uses magic and catches the eye of a sexy vampire. Matthew Clairmont has an agenda all on his own, that I won't give away. Can these two get past there differences and work together to find the manuscript or will their differences get in the way and they let the manuscript fall into the wrong hands?

I have to admit this book is a good little read and it has a lot of twists that you never see coming. Nothing can compare to this book and it is nothing like Twilight at all, these vampires don't sparkle and are a lot more bad-ass than Edward, could ever hope to be.

Happy Reading

  Ashley

Rating: 4/5 Sabrina the Teenage Witches.....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Stupid Perfect World" (A Stupidly Perfect Lexi Review)

My Darling Readers,

Oh my goodness, I hate this whole recovery thing! I can barely even pick up my Yorkie cuz he's seven pounds. How stupid is that!?! But no second surgery, so all the prayers and good wishes and thoughts worked, so thank you to all! I can truthfully say that I missed blogging, and keep looking forward and reading, so y'all helped a lot.

Okay, so today's review is over a novella, and it's actually really good, so I had to share. It's called Stupid Perfect World, and the author is Scott Westerfield (yeah, the Uglies guy). It is only 39 pages long (50 after a preview of his new book), and that's why I usually don't review novellas, but it's worth reviewing.



Summary: The only summaries I can find are as long as the novella itself, lol. So I'm going to write this one.

Kieran Black and Maria Borsotti both live in a "perfect" world where there's no hunger, no wars, no diseases, and sleep isn't needed. They take classes in all different parts of the world, getting to each place within seconds.

In their class called "Scarcity," they learn all about the sad way people used to live, and have a project where they take on a "disease" or way of life. Keiran chooses sleep; Maria chooses for her hormones to no longer be controlled. They question their perfect world, and wonder if the bad old days were really that bad.


This was an interesting take on dystopian stories. See, instead of just leaving their world behind on this daring adventure where it's life or death, they are doing a class assignment.  Their world is stupid perfect, and if I lived in that way, I'd feel lazier than I do now, lol. Everything is just so easy, and I like that they are taught to explore the yesteryear.

In Conclusion: Read it. It's a light novella that you can read on the beach. Just relax and get taken in to this new world Westerfield has created.


Rating: 

4.5/5 moons, because it does lag in some areas.

Monday, July 8, 2013

"Blood and Chocolate" ( A surprised Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!

   So, I have watched the movie "Blood and Chocolate", which is a very good, dark movie if you haven't seen it. Well, I was in Half Price Books and saw the book on the shelf so I thought I would give it a try. It is definitely different than the movie, but it is just as good. "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause, is a dark and emotional look into a growing of age, werewolf and trying to figure out where she belongs. Plus, the cover is so beautiful.


Here is the summary of this surprisingly good book...
  "Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.

Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?"


Vivian is a young girl, trying to figure out where she belongs in life and how to avoid the young ones that chase her. When she meets Aiden she believes that she has found happiness in living and loving a human. When events lead Vivian to confusion can she turn towards the human she has come to love or will her beast scare off the one man she finds happiness with?

This is such an amazing read that it made me want to watch the movie again. Although, the movie and book are two different situations, this is one that you can actually enjoy both. They have the same message and direction to them, just the times are a little off. Both are great and go well together, so I highly recommend reading the book and than watching the movie to see what I am talking about.

Until Next Time,

   Ashley

Rating: I give this book 4/5 DVD covers, because this picture says it all.... 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

An Upbeat Sunday Afternoon Requiem (Chanted by Lexi)

So, readers,

Thanks for the prayers and cares, cuz I may have only needed this one surgery, and not one in a few days! YAY!

To celebrate, I decided that you guys need some humor, also known as skits from Catherine Tate's comedy skit show...

The Offensive Translator



Lauren Cooper and the Periodic Table




Lauren Cooper's Wedding



Hugs to all!!!!!



XOXO,

Lexi

Friday, July 5, 2013

My Interview with Joanne Rawson and a review of another short story By Ashley

Hey guys!!!!

  I am pleased to share with yall my interview with the wonderful author and a new friend, Joanne Rawson. The name should sound familiar, because I did a review of her short story "No Strings Attached", which if you haven't read it yet, yall are missing out on an amazing story, that will have you laughing your butt off. I am also going to review another one of her short stories, which is in a book called " Trials and Tribulations of a blind date", Joanne's is entitled "Unexpected Blind Date". "Unexpected Blind Date" is another laugh out loud comedy.

Here is a small description of Joanne's Story....
  " If any of Grace Worthing’s friends dared to suggest she should go on a blind date, her answer would have been, “Blind dates are so tacky; they are definitely for the desperate.” She was so over men! After her fifth Sex on the Beach cocktail she told friends she would never have sex again, let alone have sex on a beach. Then, somewhere between her second and third tequila slammer, Grace found herself, agreeing to meet Adrian. Little did she know how interesting and unexpected her blind date would be."
 
That right there should tell you a little about this laugh out loud story and I have to admit, I could totally relate to Grace's experience with this blind date. I have had some crazy horror stories of dates and one was even so bad I had to text Alexis to call me with an emergency. Which I don't know how I kept a straight face, because she was laughing in my ear the entire time. So, this book definitely connected with me and I must say there is a twist that you never see coming, but are glad when it happens. You need to read this story, because it will put you in a good mood and is a quick, well-worth it read. You don't want to miss this amazing story.
 
Now on to the interview, which I was honoured that Joanne took the time out of her busy schedule to do for our blog. Here is a pic of Joanne, so yall can see who this amazing author is and it will be followed by the interview....
 
 


1.      What made you decide to choose the subjects like "No Strings Attached" and "Trials and Tribulations of a Blind Date"?

Trials and Tribulations of a Blind Date, was a title my publisher thought of for the anthology.  The subject a blind date was already there, it was just a matter of thinking of a story.  I eventually came up with the idea of how unusual it would be, while waiting to meet her date, if she actually started talking to another man and found how so much in common they both had.  When her real date arrives, she wishes the man she had just met by chance, had been her date. While writing Unexpected Blind Date, I had the inspiration for No Strings Attached. A single woman finds herself dateless for a wedding.  After telling her family she has a boyfriend, she only has a few days to find a date.  Not able to find a suitable partner, an offer from a most unexpected and inappropriate source seems to be her only option.

2.      What was your inspiration for your characters of Laura and Adam in "No Strings Attached"?

Do you know, like all of my other characters I have no idea where my inspiration comes from.  I have a weird technique that involves  playing scrabble while listening to music  and drinking wine with my hubbie, I hear a song and something in my head sparks a character,  a book title, or a plot for a story, so I grab my notebook and jot down my ideas.  It’s surprising what you can achieve after a few glasses of Blossom Hill. (Should have had a few glasses before I did this interview!)
 
3.      How did you know that you wanted to become an author and how long did it take you to achieve your goal?

When I was about seven or eight, most girls wanted to be Farrah Fawcett, or marry Donny Osmond.  I on the other hand wanted to be Enid Blyton.  I always had my nose stuck in a book, and dreamed of one day when I was older I would be an author.  However at that age it was just a dream, I had more important things going on in my life.  Studying, dreaming of the boy in the sixth form who drove a motorbike, college, marathon dating.  Work, dating a string of no hopeful men, work, falling in love, work, marriage and work.  By now I was thirty-nine, my husband and I shocked our family and friends by taking early retirement.  I just knew this was the right time to put my dream into a reality.  It took me eighteen months to write and get my first book published.  Now I have an American publisher and  four published stories, I wouldn’t say I have achieved my goal just yet, there still is a lot of work ahead.

4.You told me that you were working on a new book, can you tell me a little about what it is about and how it came into creation?

I wanted to do something a little different, other than boy meets girl.  Always Mr Wrong is a lovely funny short story.
 Clare Darby had been feeling restless, she couldn’t quite put her finger on why, she had a good job, as a midwife.  Her finances were in order; and had a wonderful home, a perfect daughter, and a caring family, so what in the world was wrong with her?
     As her seven-year-old daughter pondered over her Christmas letter to Santa, she asked Clare, what she really wanted for Christmas.  Could Clare tell her daughter that all she wanted was to get laid?
        It seemed all her adult life she had fallen for Mr Wrong by dating a string of no hopeful boyfriends.  Divorced from Phil, a philandering police officer, who had trouble keeping his truncheon in his trousers. Would Clare ever find her Mr Right?  That was until, she met Dr Guy Foreman, a devilishly handsome orthodontic surgeon at a party.  The only problem was, he had once been her dentist, twenty years ago, at the age of sixteen she’d had an awful crush on him.  Will Guy turn out to be her Mr Right? Read it and find out.
 
5.      Have you experienced any of these events that you write about in your books?

Now that would be telling!  Having worked in education, social services and the hospitality trade, let’s just say there was never a dull moment when it came to other people’s relationships and love.  It was like Grey’s Anatomy  if you didn’t keep up you didn’t know who was dating whom.  Having said that, I am naughty, I am a people watcher, and I get a lot of ideas for characters purely by looking and listening.

     6. Can we possibly expect a little follow up to see how our two favourite characters from "No Strings Attached" are getting along with each other?

 As much as I love Laura and Adam, at the moment I can’t see a follow on, but never say never.

I want to say a HUGE thank you again to the wonderfully, awesome, Joanne Rawson for taking the time out of her busy schedule to do this interview.

Hope you enjoy reading her stories as much as me!!!

   Ashley