Friday, August 30, 2013

"Assassin's Heart" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Hello Peeps,

  I read this book and instantly fell in love with it. The characters are wonderfully written and I love how the author tells the story of a husband and wife in ancient Greece, while still maintaining the present story. "Assassin's Heart" by Monica Burn's is such an amazing story of reincarnation and love lost, but found again. Plus, the cover is so nice to look at.....




The summary of this amazing book was taken straight from Goodreads.....

   "The truth of the soul.

Lysander Condellaire never understood why he had telepathic and telekinetic powers until the night his Praetorian father tortured him and left him for dead. Now, the half-angelic, half-demonic face he sees in the mirror is a reminder of the monster he must keep hidden or face expulsion from the order of assassins know as the Sicari. But his dreams of Ancient Rome hint at a destiny he finds hard to accept, especially when it involves the woman he loves, but can never have.

The consequences of desire.

A gifted healer in the Order, Phaedra DeLuca witnessed her mother’s murder when she was just a little girl. The haunting memory makes her loathe everything Praetorian. When she travels to Rome in search of an ancient artifact, she must work alongside a man who once cruelly rejected her love and healing touch. But her dreams of Ancient Rome tell of an irreversible and possibly dangerous future. For the distant past and present are about to collide–with the one man she is destined to love."


If you are a lover of reincarnation and ancient history, then this book is for you. Monica Burns, draws you into her characters feelings and dreams. She has an art for mixing the present and past, into this amazing story, without giving too much away and without confusing the present with the past. There are some very descriptive sexual encounters, so be warned. But those encounters aren't in every page and it adds to the story in a way that is both sexy and tasteful. I highly recommend this book and hope that you will want to read it again and again, just like me.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 paintings of ancient Greece....... 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

"Purity" (A Lexi Review)

Readers,

Sometimes we need to go off and experience life. I don't think I've fully lived mine, especially without restraint, and this novel had me thinking about it all. That's one of the reasons that I've enjoyed reading it so very much!

This novel is Purity by Jackson Pearce.




Summary: "A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order.
Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity." (Yay for Goodreads!)

This novel has a main character that truly remembers to live without restraint (okay, so it's a rule, which could be considered a restraint, but let's not be so philosophical about this). If you were to promise to live your life without restraint, would you be able to? Do you already?

The characters all are relatable, whole, and have histories of their own. This is such a great novel. If you're religious, don't be afraid of this novel, okay? I know that this is probably a banned book by now, but it's so very good. I would have every girl read this, establish it in high schools, and show how realistic living without restraints can be.

In Conclusion: Read this, then go reevaluate your life.


Rating:
5/5 crowns

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Speak Easy" (A Disappointed Ashley Review)

Hey Guys,

  Today I am going to be reviewing a book that I was excited to read, but then was very disappointed with it. "Speak Easy" by Melanie Harlow, is about a young woman in the 1920's that wants to live her own life but can't do to family responsibility. The cover is beautiful and the summary drew me in at first, but when I got to reading it I wanted to slap the main character for being so stupid and manipulative.



The summary for this book is as follows....

    "**Warning** This is not your grandmother’s historical romance. If you’re looking for blushing maidens or proper gentlemen who ask permission to kiss the girl, this is not the book for you.

But if you like strong female heroines who take what they want and sexy dangerous men who can’t be trusted, look no further. If sizzling sexual tension and fast-paced action against a backdrop of Prohibition-era ambience sounds like your kind of cocktail—enter here. But beware…

Temptation is everywhere. And anything goes.

By day twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara works for her father’s smalltime bootlegging operation, but by night she craves the roll-your-stockings-down lifestyle of a flapper—until her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, and it’s Tiny who has to come up with the ten-thousand-dollar ransom…in one week.

Suddenly she’s thrust into an intoxicating underworld of greed, lust, lies, and betrayal.

Enzo DiFiore is the son of the mobster holding her father hostage, but his screen idol looks and dangerous charm leave her breathless. When the forbidden spark between them refuses to burn out, she tries to use their powerful chemistry to buy more time. And irritatingly handsome childhood pal Joey Lupo has the street smarts Tiny needs to make a quick ten grand, but he’s got his own agenda where gang rivalries are concerned.

Deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it."


Tiny is your main character, which the author gives you conflicting feelings about. At first you think she is a independent woman, who wants to take care of her family, then when she meets a guy, Enzo, she turns into a sappy puppy. Even when she finds out something about him, she is still willing to be his secret, although there is another guy in the mix that would be better for her. I was so turned off by a character that would allow herself to be manipulated by a man, although the author keeps wanting you to believe that she was a strong and independent woman. This entire book was so confusing and frustrating. I thought it would be good and interesting, by reading the summary, but was sadly disappointed and I won't be reading the rest of the books coming out in this series.


Till next time,

  Ashley

Rating: 3/5 Great Gatsby Girls.....

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Pulse" & Bad Miley Cyrus! (a review and counseling for your inner child by Lexi)

Our awesome readers,

You know, Miley's foam finger at the VMA's kinda left my inner child traumatized, so I'm currently watching "Casper" to sooth her, lol. I've missed this movie.

Anywho, there's this novel that I read that you guys will like! It's called Pulse, and it's by Patrick Carman!




Summary: "From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.
Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love." (Thanks, Goodreads!)

This novel was really cool. This idea that there is a second pulse is cool. If you do have it, it means that you are advanced in telekinetics. This idea that it will eventually happen seems surprising, but fun to think about. (As for the "second pulse," do heart murmurs count? lol) Faith has a lot to learn in this novel, including a bit about her own family.

When you find out the secrets that are held in this novel, you won't be able to stop reading, just like I couldn't. This novel couldn't have been written any better than it has been. The plot itself was a lot of fun, and the characters are relatable.

In Conclusion: *chanting* Read it! Read it! Read it!


Rating:


5/5 Caspers!!! (You know I had to do it.)

Monday, August 26, 2013

"Reluctantly Lycan" ( A Lover Of Werewolves Review)

Hey guys!!!!!

   "Reluctantly Lycan" by Jez Strider, is a very amazing werewolf book. This isn't like the Twilight wolves, but real down to earth lycans. It also brings the lycan's into living a everyday person's life, which a lot of werewolf books don't have. Plus, the cover is so amazing that it fits right with this exciting story.



Here is the summary of this amazing, trilling story....

   "The Dakota pack has lived secretly in a town in the Great Smoky Mountains for years. Marala Dakota ran away from the safety of this world as a heartbroken, pregnant teenager. She's made a life for herself and her son without having anything to do with the wolves.

Seventeen years have passed since that fateful decision. She's struggling with two jobs and trying to keep the wolf within her at bay as its longing for escape intensifies.

A handsome man named Taylor comes into her life at exactly the wrong time.

Then, her son's father and leader of the Dakota pack, Kaden, shows up unexpectedly. Old wounds are torn open anew and events are set in motion that will change all of their lives forever."


Jez Strider pulls you into a completely different world of lycans than you have read. This is a story about a woman who doesn't want to be what she is and runs away before she can tell her boyfriend that she is pregnant. We get to see her struggle to take care of herself and her son and you get to see the problems she encounters. I loved that aspect of the story, because I felt like the author really drew you into what a single mom has to go through to take care of her son on her own. This is a very amazing book that you will want to read again and again.

Happy Reading!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 creepy wolf eyes..........

Friday, August 23, 2013

"The Scarletti Curse" (A OMG Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader land!!!!

  Today I am reviewing a very intriguing book called "The Scarletti Curse" by Christine Feehan. This is a little like "Beauty and the Beast", but not. There are ghosts, magic, twists and turns, adventures, and of course love. This is such a good book that I had a hard time putting it down.




Here is the summary taken from Goodreads.....

  "The Beast
Strange, twisted carvings and hideous gargoyles adorned the palazzo of the great Scarletti family. But a still more fearful secret lurked within its storm-tossed turrets. For every bride who entered its forbidding walls was doomed to leave in a casket.

The Bride
Mystical and unfettered, Nicoletta had no terror of ancient curses and no fear of marriage...until she looked into the dark, mesmerizing eyes of Don Scarletti. She had sworn no man would command her, had thought her gift of healing set her apart, but his was the right to choose a bride from among his people. And he had chosen her.

The Bargain
Compelled by duty, drawn by desire, she gave her body into his keeping, and prayed the powerful, tormented don would be her heart's destiny, and not her soul's demise."


All Nicoletta wants to be is free to be who she was born to be without being accused of being a witch. She is a strong willed character and you, as a reader, will want to be more like her and I wished I could do the things she did. I don't want to add anymore to the summary, because if you don't think it seems interesting from the summary as I did, then you probably aren't going to read it and you will be missing out. The story is set in Italy and the author even throws in some Italian words, which I found very cool and it made me want to learn a new language.

The twists and turns will have you guessing until the last chapter and it is a ending that you never saw coming. There is no hint of how this amazing story is going to end and that is what made me love this book even more. I hope yall give it a chance, because you won't be disappointed.

Till next time,

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 beautiful Italian sea sides.....

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lexi's Interview with the Wonderful April Lindner (Part 2)!!!!!

Readers,

Here's part 2 of the interview!!!



April Lindner Interview (Part 2)


What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Sitcoms.  I watched a lot of them when I was little, and I still find them comforting.  I just blitzed through the first seven seasons of How I Met Your Mother and I’m a little homesick for that world and those characters.  I also have a weird and abiding love for Italian pop music.  I started listening it to practice the language, and now I love it for its own sake.


What do you like to do when not writing?
I love live music.  I go to way too many concerts.  I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen over fifty times, but there are a lot of other acts I follow.  Also I love to travel and am obsessed with learning to speak Italian; I listen to Italian radio stations, read Italian magazines, and dream of living there someday and learning to speak like a native.


Which book boyfriend would you choose?
Though I have a longstanding crush on Mr. Rochester, he would be a difficult and demanding boyfriend.  So I’ll say Henry Tilney of Northhanger Abbey.  He’s charming, witty, and deeply kind.  And he can dance!


What were you like as a teen? And in college?
In high school I was very shy.  I had a handful of very good friends and basically never spoke to anybody else.  We all hung out in the band room; Mr. Dugal the music teacher rigged it so we could all skip study hall and homeroom and just be ourselves in his orange-carpeted sanctuary.  My best friend and I hung out together and went to a lot of rock concerts, but other than that my social life was pretty quiet; I spent a lot of time in my room, writing, drawing, dreaming,and playing guitar.
When I went off to college at the University of New Hampshire, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  I moved into a special interest dorm for the creative arts—a bigger and even better version of Mr. Dugal’s band room--and was surrounded by painters, musicians, writers and actors.  I took a lot of creative writing class and felt generally thrilled to be in a bubble of young people who got to spend our days thinking about literature, writing, film, art, and music history. Also I met the guy I would go on to marry and people who to this day are among my closest friends.


What would you tell to today’s teens?
I don’t feel qualified to pass on advice to all teens, but to the ones who were shy and nerdy like me, I would borrow the words of that wise campaign aimed at gay teens who are bullied and discriminated against: it gets better.  In middle school I was bullied pretty relentlessly; in high school the popular kids were actually kind and polite, but I suffered from a kind of post traumatic stress disorder from all that earlier bullying. I still felt as though I had to hide my inner quirkiness just to pass unharmed through the world.  But once I got past high school I saw there were places in the world for someone like me; I just had to get out there, let my freak flag fly, and find my soulmates. 


What do you want your fans to know about you?
I guess that the books I choose to retell are all books that have, in one way or another, changed my life.  If they like my books, I hope they’ll go back and read (or reread) the originals. 


What do you want to tell them?
I’d like them to know that their enthusiasm for books makes my life as a writer worthwhile.  YA readers are the best readers!

Oh, and also, I’ve been blogging lately.  I’d love for them to visit my blog: www.aprillindnerwrites.blogspot.com.


Any parting words or anything you want to talk about or discuss? Feel free to write anything here.

I just want to say thank you for all the great questions!  




YAY!!! How much do you adore her? I know me and Ash love her, and CANNOT wait till the next book comes out!!!


Love,

Lexi

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Trials And Tribulations Of A Blind Date" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Hey guys,

    This is a book by two different authors, Joanne Rawson and Molly Whalen. These two amazing writers styles go together so well to make up  different blind date stories. They will both have you laughing and wanting to kill the main character for being so stupid at times. All of the male leads are to die for and they are  from different professions, but these  stories go so well together, that you will love them all. Plus, from the cover you are drawn in to the funny world before reading one word.



Here is the summary for both of these amazing authors stories.....

  "The Art of Embellishing Molly Whalen

Shay Mohan always thought honesty was the best policy and you treat people the way you want to be treated. And yet every relationship she had left her feeling burned until Zoe, her friend, took matters into her own hands and signed her up on an online dating site. Things begin to heat up when the 'White Knight' appears but is he really who he says he is or just blowing smoke?



Unexpected Blind Date by Joanne Rawson

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.


How A Night Unfolds by Molly Whalen

Quinn Hancock had it all, a life that everyone dreams of, but few are able to attain. She was what you called a "triple threat," brains, beauty, and financially successful, but none of those things kept her warm at night. She thought a change of scenery to the windy city may be just the thing to breathe life back into her love life. When her friend tries to fix her up on a blind date with a business associate, Quinn quickly figures out the difference between a blind date and being blindsided."

What I really loved about these stories, is any girl out there could relate to the main female character. We have all been on dates with losers and maybe had one blind date too many. I can relate because I have been on dates that were just as horrible as these stories, but the only difference is I haven't met the right one yet. These two authors can make you feel like you are in the story with the characters. This is one amazing book that you won't want to put down and will want to read again and again.

Enjoy!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Evan Bourne's because he is one guy I wouldn't mind going on a date with....

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lexi's April Lindner Interview (Part 1)

Readers,

Here's what y'all have been looking forward to! So let's dive right in!


Interview with April Lindner


As a teen and in college, what did you like to read?
My taste in books hasn’t changed much over the years.  I’ve always loved really thick novels that I can get lost in.  Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights were my favorites then and still are now.   But I’ve always  loved contemporary novels too, and poetry.  In high school and college I was obsessed with Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, poets who turned their personal lives into art.


What books are you into now?
Novels are my favorite reading material, and I tend to read a mix of YA and adult.   Right now the stack beside my bed includes Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars, and Lisa Klein’s Ophelia, both YA literary retellings.  It also includes poetry—the Collected Poems of James Merrill, and Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda.  And there’s a memoir in there, Amy Smith’s All Roads Lead to Austen, about reading Jane Austen’s novel with book groups in Latin American destination. I also just finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s wonderful memoir Wild, about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail while mourning the death of her mother and the breakup of her marriage.  For the first few chapters I kept shaking my head and wondering why anyone would want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with its bears and rattlesnakes and scary weather, and by the end I was making plans to hike the Appalachian Trail myself…or maybe just a tiny little portion of it.


How did you decide to update the classics?
I have a passion for retellings of classic literature; I can’t seem to get enough.  It was only natural that I would want to write one of my own, and Jane Eyre seemed ripe for an update.  Writing Jane was so satisfying that I wanted to keep going, so I dug into Wuthering Heights and wrote Catherine next.


What and/or who has influenced your writing?
This is a tough question because I’ve had so many influences.  I’ve taken a lot of creative writing workshops with amazing teachers, many of them poets: Mekeel McBride, Thomas Lux, Jean Valentine, Cornelius Eady, Andrew Hudgins, Don Bogen—too many to name, really.  I’ve also studied with the fiction writers Thomas Williams and Chuck Wachtel.   And then there are the authors I’ve never met but whose books have taught me important lessons about writing: Francine Prose, Ann Patchett, and Meg Wolitzer spring to mind.  And my Mom, Grace Lindner, who helped me to fall in love with books in the first place.


We know that you’ve updated Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. What other classics are you working on or considering?
I’ve been working on a modernization of E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View, about an American backpacker in Italy whose encounter with a street musician changes her life.  I’ve just been told it will be published by Poppy in Fall or Winter 2014.


How long have you been writing?
Forever!  I’ve been writing stories and poems since I could hold a pencil.    


How long did it take to get an agent? How about to get published?
Things happened very quickly once I wrote Jane.  The first agent I queried took me on as a client, and one of the first batch of publishers she sent it to accepted it.  But that’s the tip of the iceberg.  I’d been working on my craft as a writer for decades, and have been struggling to establish myself as a poet for almost as long.  So the real answer is my whole adult life.


What would you like to tell hopeful writers?
Don’t give up.  There were many discouraging years when I was constantly sending my poems out to literary magazines and if I was very lucky I would get one acceptance a year.  But while I was sending work out I was also continuing to hone my craft.  Over time, the acceptances began coming more quickly.   No matter what, keep writing.
Also read deeply and widely.  It may seem like a paradox, but the more you read the more powerfully your own voice will emerge.  If you fall in love with one writer and read only them your voice will come out sounding like an imitation of that writer.  But if you read many writers your own voice will emerge, and it will be a blend of everyone you’ve read and your own unique sensibility.




Alright, Readers, you read it; Lucy's story is next!!! The rest of the interview is where I ask more personal questions, so stay tuned for Wednesday!

Sincerely yours,
Lexi

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Breathe" ( A Happy Ashley Review)

Hello Readers,

  Today I am going to do a different kind of story, but it is a really good one. "Breathe" by Kristen Ashley, is a wonderful, love found kind of book. Yes, I know your probably thinking..huh?, but once you read the summary you will understand why I say that.



Here is the summary taken from Goodreads.....

   "When the local police department's secrets are revealed and the wife he's forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal's hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he'll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife's murderer.

But he isn't the only one looking.

While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town's quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town's last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.

Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she's had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn't know what to do with her."


I don't want to say anymore, because I am afraid I will give away all the twists and turns. I will say that this is one book that shouldn't be missed. It has love lost, love found, murder, mystery, and true love finding it's self. This is a very good book and anyone who loves any of the above will love this book and want to read it again and again.

Happy Reading,

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Ru Paul sayings, just cause I love Ru Paul.....

Saturday, August 17, 2013

"Sorrow Woods" & A Special Announcement!!! (a happy Lexi review)

Readers,

First, let me announce the coming of a two or so part interview exclusive on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Who with? APRIL LINDNER!!!!! She is the author of Jane and Catherine, and has another coming out next year!!!!! So be here and check it out!!!

Today's book is Sorrow Woods by Beckie Stevenson. This novel is really good and surprising.



Summary: "When Kaiden stumbles across Serena Scott whilst hunting in Sorrow Woods he thinks all of his birthdays have come at once. Finally, the girl that’s haunted and intrigued him and his parents for the last fourteen years is standing in front of him.

And she’s alive.

Serena should have known that he would shatter her life into a thousand pieces. It wasn't because of the gun, or the tattoos that snaked around his arm, but because he was the first boy that she’d ever set eyes on.

He wasn’t just any boy either; he was Kaiden Matthews.
He was dark, dangerous and strangely alluring.
And he was beautiful.

Serena’s life as she knows it is destroyed after Kaiden drops his bombshell. As the consequences of his actions begin to penetrate through into her life she vows to stay away from him, and while she might have been in his past, she refuses to be his future. 
Kaiden knows that in order for either of them to salvage anything from the mess he’s made he needs to make sure the secrets of his past stay hidden, but as they start to rebuild their lives they find themselves stuck in a whirlwind of secrets and confessions that could threaten to break their already fragile relationship." (Goodreads, I yuv yoooooou.)

This book was really good. There were some things that got me confused and frustrated (namely, Kaiden's gf). Also, I can't see how the reconstructing of one's world happened as fast as it did. Otherwise, this book was really interesting. It's in both Kaiden and Serena's points of view. Imagine living in the woods for most of your life, and then finding out from a complete stranger that your entire life was a huge lie. Then what would you do? This novel explores just that, and in a technically good way. (In other words, Serena and Kaiden's lives are realistic and well described. You feel like you know them very well.) I just think it was too fast pace for some of the events in the end. I do love this novel though. It was insightful and sweet, even though you can't even imagine what it feels like to be Serena or Kaiden.

In Conclusion: If you want a quick read that's interesting and not really covered too much in YA (never in this POV or way), then read this novel! It's good!


Rating:
3.8/5 trees

Now You: If you found out that your life was a lie, what would you do? Comment away!

Friday, August 16, 2013

"Match Me" ( A Intriged Ashley Review)

Hello Fellow Readers,

  Sorry I didn't post anything on Wednesday, I just now got my internet back up. Today I am going to review a very interesting read. "Match Me" by Liz Appel, is a laugh out loud, OMG she did not just do that, wonderful read.


Here is the summary of this amazing, wonderful, book....

  "Bonnie Nichols wasn't the kind of girl to crash a wedding. Or throw things. But somehow, she ends up doing both...at her ex-boyfriend's wedding.

Bonnie has been in love with Chase Somers since elementary school and seeing him at the altar with the absolute wrong girl causes her to do the unthinkable—toss a shoe in his direction in order to try and stop it. But she doesn’t count on the shoe knocking him out. Nor does she count on the entire church knowing it was her who did the throwing. The shoe doesn’t stop the wedding, but it does make her the laughingstock of her town.

As Bonnie copes with both the embarrassment of her actions and the loss of the boy she has always loved, her best friend Jill attempts to yank her out of her despair by pushing her to use Match Me, an online dating service. Despite her skepticism, Bonnie agrees to go on a few dates, dates that end up going comically bad.

Convinced that she will be single forever, an unanticipated complication causes Bonnie to take stock of her life and the people around her. Was she really ever in love with Chase Somers? Or was loving him simply the easy thing to do?

Crashing the wedding—and throwing that shoe—just may end up being the smartest thing she's ever done."


Bonnie doesn't want to lose the love of her life to some other woman, so when she throws her shoe she never expects it to knock out the guy she loves and make her the laughing stock of the entire town. She hides in shame and tries not to let the whispers get to her. When her best friend decides to set her up with a dating service, Bonnie is very reluctant to do it. Along, the way she finds out things she never knew about herself and learns who she really is. Can she find the guy of her dreams or will the one mistake in her life cause her to lose everything she knows?

This is such a fun and exciting read that it shouldn't be missed.

Till next time,

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 My Best Friends Wedding, because I can totally find the similarities......

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"What Happened to Cass McBride?" (a review buried deep by Lexi)

Readers,

Continuing this line of creepy books, I've gone on to What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles. Okay, so this novel is really interesting and good, so even though it's from 2006, I gotta review this.



Summary: "Kyle Kirby has planned a cruel and unusual revenge on Cass McBride, the most popular girl in school, for the death of his brother David. He digs a hole. Drugs Cass. Kidnaps her. Puts her in a box-underground. He buries her alive. But Kyle makes a fatal error: Cass knows the power of words. She uses fear as her weapon to keep her nemesis talking - and to keep herself breathing during the most harrowing 48 hours of her life." (Goodreads, you're awesome, and I love you.)

Okay, so this novel is super creepy. You get what goes through the mind of Cass, Kyle, and the police. It's crazy what you learn throughout the book. I mean, what is Cass's character like that Kyle (insanely) felt he needed to hurt her like this? (In other words, why Cass?) What is going on in her mind underground? What was Kyle like before this? When came the breaking point and what was it?

You may be tempted to get directly to one or another's POV chapters, but don't. Just read as is. It's really good, and the plot's twists, turns, and details will be shocking and you'll feel in the gray when it comes to what happened that spurred this. You might even feel kinda bad about Kyle. You'll see. The revealings of characters' lives, characters, etc. are awesome, so you'll like the character-building. The world building, way of transitioning, and more are very good as well. You'll find that this book may even change your own views, appreciations, and behaviors.

In Conclusion: If you've ever wondered what goes through the mind of all these people on the news, from the victim to the detectives to the perpetrator themselves, go for it. It's interesting.

Rating:

4/5 dirt piles

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Pride, Prejudice, And Cheese Grits" (A Very Happy Ashley Review)

Hey guys!!!

  You are probably wondering what in the world is "Pride, Prejudice, and  Cheese Grits", and the answer is a laugh out loud, southern take on "Pride and Prejudice" in the south. I know that it is a far fetched title, but it is so worth it and I love this new take on "Pride and Prejudice" and you know if I love it then it must be good.



Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....

   "Shelby Roswell is a history professor on the fast track to tenure until her new book is crushed in a review by the famous historian, Ransom Fielding. She struggles to regain her momentum only to discover that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her college. The place that was once a refuge from the poverty of her past is now a battlefield of Civil War proportions.
Ransom is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and was hoping a year at Shelby’s small college would be a respite from the reminders back home. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman who would give anything to make him leave. Together Shelby and Ransom learn that home is never very far away, and when you least expect it, love arrives.
With a cast of Civil War re-enactors, an evil wedding planner, antebellum mansions, and several mysterious diaries, 'Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits' will take you on a touching and hilarious ride through a modern South you haven't seen before."

The summary says it all and if I add anymore I will give away some awesome surprises. The characters we all love from "Pride and Prejudice" are in this book, although their names are different. Any lover of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", will easily be able to pick out who is who in Mary Jane Hathaway's Characters. This is such an amazing book that you should give it a chance and you won't be disappointed. This is a one of a kind story that is not to be missed.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Elizabeth's and Dracy's.......

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Decoy Bride on a Sunday (Lexi's Sunday Post)

Our wonderful readers,

That's pretty much what's happening. I'm watching this awesome movie while relaxing with my stuffed Stitch that Ash gave me. I'm also about to write a piece that was supposed to happen yesterday.

If you haven't seen the movie, you should. Especially if you hate guys at the moment. Or even love them. It's just an awesome movie. The chick that voiced "Merida" in Disney's "Brave" is the main character, and The Tenth Doctor from "Doctor Who" (David Tennant) is on here with his fake British accent as well. (I do wish he would have kept his real Scottish one for it though.)

Anywho, here's a peek of what it's about (thanks, Wiki): "Lara Tyler is one of the most famous film stars around, but all she wants to do is marry her fiance, writer James Arber. Besieged by paparazzi, especially Marco Ballani, who is obsessed with Lara, they escape to the tiny Scottish island of Hegg to try to wed in peace. However, when the paparazzi track them down, and with the locals smelling a payday, Lara becomes upset and runs away. In desperation her management team, led by Steve Korbitz, decide to stage a fake wedding, hoping the paparazzi will fall for the scam and leave the island. Local girl Katie, who is nursing a broken heart, is recruited to pretend to be Lara. But is James really sure Lara is his true love?"

It's perfect for those who love our reviews and the books we love. Go watch this movie!


Love,

Lexi

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Beyond" (a haunted review by Lexi)

Readers,

This creepy novel is awesome. It scares you enough to keep you going on, trying to figure out what the heck is happening. It's called Beyond, and was written by Graham McNamee.


Summary: "Jane is not your typical teen. She and her best friend Lexi call themselves the Creep Sisters. Only Lexi knows why Jane is different from anyone else: Her own shadow seems to pull her into near-fatal accidents. Jane is determined to find out why these terrifying things happen, and to overcome her shadow enemy. Her sleuthing with Lexi connects her own horrors to the secret history of a serial killer." (Oh, Goodreads, what would I do without your wonderfulness?)

This novel was super interesting, and picked up fast. However, there was a drag to it in the middle, and you kinda want it to go faster, to learn more earlier.

In Conclusion: It's a quick read, so why not?

Rating:

3/5 stars

Friday, August 9, 2013

"Penmort Castle" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Good Morning!!!!

  "Penmort Castle" by Kristen Ashley, is a marvellous  read. It is full of blossoming love, mystery, and of course ghost's. This is such a trilling ride you don't want to miss, plus the cover is simple while the summery gets you intrigued by the book.



The summary of this thrilling book is as follows......

    " Cash Fraser is planning revenge and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she’s about to lose the home she loves.

Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he’s willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.

Cash realises very quickly that Abby isn’t what she seems and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash’s legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say – very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.

Abby’s found herself in the battle of her life so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbour; Jenny, her no-nonsense friend; Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them); and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort."


Cash Fraser needs a fake girlfriend, so he decides to hire one. In walks, Abigail Butler, who is posing as a paid escort, so she can take care of some bills. Cash and Abby go out in public acting like a couple and make sure they are seen every where together. Cash finds himself falling for Abby and against Abby's resolve she finds herself falling for Cash. They have a lot of road bumps that they have to learn how to get around if they want to stay together, one of the bumps in the road involves a ghost trying to kill Abby. Can these two defeat the ghost that threatens their happiness or will they lose the battle as well as each other.

This is one ghost story you don't want to miss.

Happy Reading,

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Castle's......

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Damage" (a real/imaginary review by Lexi, lol)

My favorite people (a.k.a. Our Readers),

Hello there, loves! This week has been a crazy one for me, watching a house, four dogs, and my grandparents each day. I'm definitely not complaining though; we've been having a fun time! However, I can't concentrate enough to read. Anybody else have this problem? I've been writer's blocked (only for my fiction) for so long, and now reading (for fun) is getting a bit difficult to focus on. Weirdness, right??? If you feel/have ever felt the same way, please comment. It'd be nice to know that I'm not alone on this one.

Anywho, today's book is Damage by Anya Parrish.




Summary: "There was a time when I prayed for Rachel to be real--it ended the night she tried to kill me.

When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel, her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel was a product of her own mind. Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak accident sends her a terrifying message: Rachel is back, she's real, and she'll stop at nothing to kill Dani. Complicating matters is Jesse, the school bad boy who's being stalked by his own invisible childhood monster. When Dani and Jesse join forces to learn why their tormenters are back, their investigation leads to a horrifying discovery--and the secret that binds them to each other." (Goodreads, I owe you my love. So here: <3 font="">

This is one creepy book here. No lie. I never get creeped out, really, but just imagining "Rachel" is insanely creepy. You would not want to be Dani in this book. But this book is very imaginative and it's an idea that hasn't been put out there before, so even if you're easily creeped out, read it anyways. The mystery is a fun one, and the book has perfect pace! The characters are interesting as well, and the bits of their pasts were so fun to dive into and piece together when revealed; it helped me get to know the characters better.


In Conclusion: Go for it if you like weirdness! It's imaginative and fun!


Rating:

4/5 dragons

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Revamped" (A blonde's take)

Hello fellow readers

  Today I am going to review "Revamped" by Ada Adams. This book is actually a pretty good read and kind of makes you think differently about vampires. Especially when the main character is a bad-ass and knows how to kick some serious butt.



Here is the summary taken from Goodreads.....
   "A simple mission turned deadly.

    Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

   When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same."


When Dawn is send on a mission to revamp four new vampires, she is excited because it's her first mission by herself. She meets and makes new friends and even has a possible love interest. When a kidnapping takes place, she has to lead her new group into a battle to save the girls life. Circumstances send her back to her father, along with her new group of vampire friends and a guy that she has come to have strong feelings for. Then her father drops a bomb that no one see's coming and everything Dawn knew will go up in flames. Can she overcome this new information and save the vampire race from being overtaken or will the news destroy her and her race forever.

This is a very thrilling read and you never figure out the secret that will throw you for a loop. The sequel to this book is available, although I have yet to read it. I highly recommend this book for any vampire, adventure lovers out there.

Happy Reading

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Underworld Vampires.....

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Amber House" & Busy Life (a sprawling Lexi review)

Readers,

Hey, loves! I had to be gone to take care of emergent matters. However, now everything is good, so let's make up for that sucky-ness with an awesome book review, shall we?

Okay, so this next book is Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed. (A lot of authors, ay?) Look at this absolutely gorgeous cover!!!




Summary: "'I was sixteen the first time my grandmother died . . .'

Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she's never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.
But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds--and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house's past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house's secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever."
(Thank you yet again, Goodreads!)

Maybe it's the three-author thing, or maybe it's my love of books that can take me to another time and place. Maybe it's because I'm close to my little brother and can still decode what he's saying (he speaks Lexi, lol). I dunno. But the book is amazing.

The historical parts of this novel are quite wonderful. Maybe one author created just the house itself. Maybe another took on the characters. Maybe that's why everything is so beautifully and wonderfully detailed and developed. You'll get caught up in this great story plot, the beautiful house that serves as amazing scenery, and the characters that make this tale shine. This is a fun story. It even has a ball!

This reminds me of a beautiful mansion in the South, you know? And I love the love and drama that the South always evokes. (I'm not talking about any kind of hatred towards anybody, cuz that just breaks my heart.) There's this romanticism that makes me think of a Willow tree in front of a sprawling house, tons of history, and then ghosts from the past. Might just be me, lol. But this story evokes the same kind of feeling with all of the history and everything.

Even if you're not into things like that, you should read this novel. It has so many twists and turns in it! And then you get blown away by the entire book, especially the ending!

In Conclusion: READ. THIS. BOOK.


Rating:


5/5  mazes

Monday, August 5, 2013

"Breaking the Arm, Healing the Heart" ( A Not Too Crazy Ashley Review)

Hello out their in blogger land

  Today I am going to review a book that I didn't care all that much for. "Breaking the Arm, Healing the Heart", is a really confusing read. It jumps around so much and the characters are always going back and forth that the reader gets lost in between the lines. The characters are enemies, but they magically start falling for each other. It felt like the author was trying to do a Romeo and Juliet thing, except the part where they die and their families are mortal enemies. Instead of families being enemies, the main characters friends are. Don't get me wrong it had some funny parts to it, but it feels like it leaves the reader lacking and confused.



Here is the review taken from Goodreads...

  "Sun Coast and Marina are rival schools, and the former's head cheerleader, Sicily Carmichael, just broke the arm of the latter's star player, Lucas Mercer. Now, she has to “babysit” him on a regular basis and abide his every request. Being archenemies, the task isn’t exactly a piece of cake, no matter how attracted they are to one another."

There isn't much more I can say about this book, except I was very disappointed in it and felt not only was it confusing, but it felt rushed. I didn't like this book, but to each his own I guess, and if it grabs your attention, who knows, you might like it. All I can say is it didn't do anything for me, but we all have different books we love and different books we don't like. It also kinda reminded me a little bit of High School Musical, except they didn't sing and they were on different teams.

Till next time

  Ashley

Rating: 2/5 basketball players and cheerleaders....

Friday, August 2, 2013

"Fateful" (A Wavering Ashley Review)

Hello Fellow Readers,

  I picked up "Fateful", because it was another book having to do with a love of mine "The Titanic". I am on the fence with if I liked this book or not. Don't get me wrong it is an interesting take on werewolves being on the titanic, but I just don't know.


Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....

  "A tragic tale about falling in love on the world’s most infamous ill-fated sea voyage as heroine, Tess, discovers darker secrets that lie beneath the doomed crossing… and a hidden brotherhood that threaten to tear her lover from her forever.

The RMS Titanic is the most luxurious ship ever built, but for eighteen-year-old Tess Davies it’s a prison. Travelling as a maid for the family she has served for years, Tess is trapped in their employ amid painful memories and family secrets.

When she meets Alec, a handsome upper class passenger, Tess falls helplessly in love. But Alec has secrets of his own… and soon Tess is entangled in a dangerous game. A sinister brotherhood that will do anything to induct Alec into their mystical order has followed him onboard. And Tess is now their most powerful pawn.

Tess and Alec fight the dark forces threatening to tear them apart, never realising that they will have to face an even greater peril before the journey is over…

New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray delivers adventure, dark paranormal suspense, alluring romance, and a truly surprise ending, set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first — and last — voyage."


If I say anymore than what the summary said I will give away a lot of the twists to this story, because I have already gave away the secret about this book, possibly. I loved how the author put in all the descriptions of the Titanic and the feels of the passengers on that tragic night. I feel like the story was a little rushed towards the end and that she really didn't know how to end it at first. It was an interesting story don't get me wrong, but I just feel like it was rushed and some of the characters seemed to be conflicting within themselves. That is what makes this book a little confusing, but I think people should give it a try and see if you, as a reader, have a different feeling about it.

Till next time

  Ashley

Rating: 3/5 Majestic RMS Titanic's.....