Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Release of Embrace by Ashley

Hey Guys!!!!


 Today I am going to be promoting the book release "Embrace" by S.E. Hall. This is the second book in her series. Here is a picture and a summary of this book....



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

"Evan Allen is a handsome, athletic, southern gentleman who now attends Georgia Southern University for no good reason.

After what he expected to be the romantic gesture of the century, Evan is looking at no friends, a year of ineligibility on the football team, and no girl.

He's starting over alone and doesn't know quite how to proceed. Certain members of The Crew refuse to let him face things by himself, taking him under their wing, and it doesn't take the ladies long to notice him, either.

Sometimes life doesn't go as you had planned. Sometimes it goes better.

Embrace it.

Embrace, the second book in the Evolve Series by S.E. Hall, follows the characters from her debut New Adult romance, Emerge."

The author has told me the following about her book:

  "It is a love triangle, one couple gets a HEA and Embrace is the not picked boy's story and his HEA. But it's more about growing up, going to college, making friends, being a good person and friendship, loyalty, character.I have NO CHEATING"

The first book is called "Emerge" and the summary is as follows:

   "
Laney Walker is a quick witted, athletic, southern tomboy who lets few get too close, using her sarcastic zingers to deflect. She also has no idea how others view her since Evan, her best friend, has coveted her since they were children. But college puts a gap between Laney and Evan that neither of them were prepared for- old relationships are tested, new ones are formed and nothing will ever be the same.

Especially when in walks one Dane Kendrick, not at all the familiar, southern charmer of home, but an animal all his own.

A story of growing up, friendship, loyalty, first love, primal love...and life.

N/A Coming of Age- MATURE audiences."

Give these books a chance and maybe yall will like them. I haven't read them myself yet, but they sound interesting that I will probably give them a try.

Till Next Time

  Ashley

Sunday, September 29, 2013

13 Weirdo Facts (a Sunday Lexi post)

Dear Readers,

Here are some weird facts for this awesome Sunday!


1.) If you eat a polar bear liver, you will die. Humans can’t handle that much vitamin A.

2.) Michael Jackson cast Crips and Bloods gang members in the music video to "Beat It" to foster peace between them.

3.) The Caesar Salad was not invented by the Italians, but by a restaurant owner in Tijuana, Mexico.

4.) 80% of the brain is water.

5.) The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie.

6.) A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

7.) Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

8.) A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

9.) The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

10.)  A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

11.) There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

12.) David Bowie's first television appearance was in 1964, at the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.

13.) One species of jellyfish, Turritopsis nutricula, are immortal.


Hope these were weird enough for you! Have a splendid day!


XOXO,
Lexi

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Through Her Eyes" (a creepster Lexi review)

Hi, Readers,


Oh my goodness, today is a very rainy, odd day. Today's awesome, haunted novel is Through Her Eyes by 

Every ghost has a story to tell.

The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it's the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar—a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal—that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever.


Friday, September 27, 2013

"Wuthering Heights" ( A Classic Ashley Review)

Hello fellow readers!!!!

  I am completing my week of classic's with what I believe is a good end to the classic week. "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, is a heart warming story of true love that never can be. Like her sister Charlotte, Emily takes strong characters and gives their love story a little spin. Although, the two character's don't stay together in the end their love is so strong that they are reunited in death.




Here is the summary of this fated romance taken from Goodreads......

   "Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine's father. After Mr Earnshaw's death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine's brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature."

I don't want to give anymore of this book away, like I kinda gave away the ending. The summary tells it all, except the twists and turns the lovers take to get where they are in the end. Catherine doesn't wait for Heathcliff to return, because she doesn't believe that he loves her and winds up marrying a man she knows she can never love. It is such a sad and amazing story to read, because these two characters are meant to be together, but because of certain circumstances they can't.

Emily, just as her sister did, takes the reader on a whirl wind romance between two people that will make you want to believe in true love and soul mates. This story will have you on an emotional roller coaster, that will leave you happy or sad in the end. The movie poster that I am going to show is an old one, but to me it is the best movie that brings this amazing work of art to life and gives the reader the message that I believe Emily wanted to reader to see.

Till Next Time,

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Wuthering Heights movie posters, hope you give the movie and book a chance.....

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Severed" (a headless Lexi review)

Hello, Internets People,

This is Alexis, bringing you another great novel to read! Again, because my mind is focused on costumes at the moment, we'll go to this novel: Severed (A Tale of Sleepy Hollow) by Dax Varley!


Summary: "Katrina’s still haunted by her encounter with the Headless Horseman - the night he beckoned to her. Now he has risen again, slashing heads and terrorizing the quiet countryside. 

Her only joy during this dismal darkness comes when Ichabod Crane, a gorgeous young man from Connecticut, moves to Sleepy Hollow and their attraction turns to romance. 

When the Horseman marks Ichabod as his next victim, Katrina, despite dangerous efforts to save him, sees no other choice than for them to flee. 
But the Horseman awaits. Now it’s up to her to sever the horror and alter the Legend of Sleepy Hollow." (Thank you, Goodreads!)

This novel had me hooked. I'm neutral on the usual Sleepy Hollow story, but this one had me absorbing each page as fast as possible. The love story wrapping into the legend (that is much, much creepier in this novel) is wonderful!

I honestly believe that everybody should read this version! The characters and storyline is actually believable, and the mysteries that you try to solve along the way are deeper than you could ever imagine.

In Conclusion: This novel is GREAT!!! READ IT!!!


Rating:

5/5 heads

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"Jane Eyre" (A Excited Ashley Review)

Hello happy peppy people,

   My classic week continues, with the ever exciting read of "Jane Eyre" by the amazing Charlotte Bronte. This is a tide bit of a dark book, but it still deals with the best romance one could ever read. This book has a brooding male lead character and a powerful female heroine.




The summary of this amazing read taken from Goodreads is as follows...

   "Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers."


Jane Eyre is orphaned at a young age and is sent to live with her Aunt Reed. While there, she is mistreated and also treated as a servant instead of a family member. When her Aunt decides she can't handle her, she sends her away to a school of young girls and tells her she doesn't want her to come back. Jane finishes growing up in the school and is sent to Thornfield to become a nanny and teacher to Mr. Rochester's daughter. While there she finds herself falling in love with Rochester, although it is against her better judgment. There is a woman, who is brought to Thornfield with her family, that is rumoured to be soon engaged to Rochester. The events that happen through out  this book, will have you rooting for Jane and Rochester, while in some parts you will want to curse the ever brooding Rochester.

Charlotte shows the reader that no matter what a woman can still be herself on her own terms and still love a brooding man. This is a book that will stick with the reader for years to come and may have you comparing every man to Mr. Rochester, like I did and still kind of do. This is one literary man that I wished was a true man...le sigh.

Happy Reading!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Jane Eyre movie posters, which I highly recommend watching this movie if you want to see an accurate portrayal of this book....

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Jade Green" (a haunted Lexi review)

Readers,

We're getting closer to October, which means Halloween is coming up! So, in honor of that awesome holiday, this week will consist of freaky books. Today's is Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.



Summary: "
Orphaned fifteen-year-old Judith Sparrow brings two secrets to her uncle's house in South Carolina: one, that her grief-stricken mother died in a madhouse, the other that she has disobeyed the only condition to living in her uncle's home -- nothing green is allowed in the house. 
Judith can't bear to part with the photograph of her mother in its lovely green silk frame. Surely this one small defiance will not jeopardize the happiness she finds in South Carolina -- with a family at last, and new friends, especially Zeke Carey, the miller's son. But Uncle Geoffrey's house holds a secret of its own. And Judith's small picture frame, hidden away at the bottom of her trunk, unleashes a powerful force that seems determined to bring that secret into the open. Or is Judith simply following her mother down the path toward madness?" (Gracias, Goodreads!)

So how would you feel if this disembodied hand started to haunt you? I'm thinking as freaked out as Judith was, but probably even more so. I know I wouldn't be as brave as she is throughout this whole book!

This novel is a nice glimpse into the past, and the creepy parts truly will have you looking over your shoulder!

In Conclusion: It's a good, quick read, so go for it!

Rating:

3.5/5 hands

Monday, September 23, 2013

"Pride and Prejudice" (A Ashley Review)

Hey Guys,

  So, this week I have decided to do reviews on a three of my favourite classic books. The first one I am going to do today is Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". This is by far my favourite Jane Austen book and I find myself reading it over and over again. Jane Austen brings the reader into the world she grew up in and has a strong headed heroine, that loves to read and doesn't need a man to be happy.





Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....

   "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."


The quote that starts off the book is one of the most quoted book quotes. Elizabeth Bennet is a simple woman, who isn't seen in anyway rich. Her family is invited to a ball, where she meets the ever brooding Mr. Darcy. When she over hears a conversation with Darcy and his friend where Darcy calls her plain and starts talking about her family, she writes him off as basically a goody too shoes. Throughout the novel you become more familiar with what was expected of a woman back then and what she had to do to keep her family feed. Jane Austen was such a good writer that it is a shame none of her books were published with her name on them until after her death. Woman were supposed to find a husband and take care of the house, not write novels. It is also a shame that Jane didn't get to see the popularity of her works and how they are still talked about and read to this day.

Some people say that she put her own personal experiences into her writing since all the characters in her stories find love and then lose it just to find it again. Although, Jane never married she was rumoured to fall in love with a man who married someone else. After her sister lost her fiancĂ© and Jane got her heart broke, they made a vow to never get married, which they stuck to and lived out the remainder of their lives together. 

Enjoy!!!!

   Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Pride and Prejudice movie posters, which this movie actually gives a great visual to Jane Austen's work.....

Friday, September 20, 2013

"Dragonwyck" (A Very Sad Ashley Review)

Hello Fellow Readers!!!!

  Today I am going to *le sigh*, review a book I was excited to read and then utterly disappointed. This is one of the books that I picked up on Alexis and I's adventure. I was drawn to it, because it said it was like the classic Jane Eyre. "Dragonwyck" by Anya Seton, does have a little feel of Jane Eyre, but OMG Charlotte Bronte is sighing in her grave. I will admit that it had some good parts, but the bad outweighed the good.




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

  "First published in 1944, Dragonwyck was a national bestseller that was made into a major motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in 1946. A classic gothic romance, the story features an 18-year-old Miranda Wells who falls under the spell of a mysterious old mansion and its equally fascinating master. Tired of churning butter, weeding the garden patch, and receiving the dull young farmers who seek her hand in marriage, Miranda is excited by an invitation from the upstate New York estate of her distant relative, the intriguing Nicholas Van Ryn. Her passion is kindled by the icy fire of Nicholas, the last of the Van Ryns, and the luxury of Dragonwyck, and a way of life of which she has only dreamed. Dressed in satin and lace, she becomes part of Dragonwyck, with its Gothic towers, flowering gardens, acres of tenant farms, and dark, terrible secrets. This compelling novel paints a marvelous portrait of a country torn between freedom and feudal traditions; a country divided between the very wealthy and the very poor. Poor tenant farmers at Dragonwyck, the European royalty who visit, and American icons such as Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and the Astors are vividly brought to life. This is a heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her breathtaking passions, and the mystery and terror that await her in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck."

I honestly don't want to give anything away about this book just in case you want to give it a try, but the things I could say about this book....grrr. First, if you are in to incest, snobby main characters, abusive husbands, a little hint of rape, and wanting to slap the damn main female for being so stupid, then by all means this is the book for you. I honestly didn't know what I was getting from this book and I started skimming just to see if this book would get better. Like I said it does have some good parts and the ending could have made up for the book, if it wasn't for the female lead. I can see that the author wanted to show the growing struggles of a young woman, in that time period, but there is so freaking much that went wrong. Miranda should not be anywhere compared to Jane. Yes, Jane did fall for a brooding male, but come on she stayed strong and independent and even left his ass when she found out he was married, sorry if I just gave any part of Jane Eyre away if you haven't read it, but ugh lord this book just made me mad.

Till Next Time

Ashley

Rating: 2/5 Dragonwyck movie posters, which just because who I am, I might have to watch the movie, just to see if it might help me like it better.......

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Must Read Classics By Ashley

Hey guys!!!!

  On Monday, Alexis and I went to "Recycled Bookstore", in Denton and I found an old copy of "Pride and Prejudice". I instantly fell in love with the old book and of course bought it, I couldn't refuse, that book gave me the idea to come up with a list of books that in my opinion, and some others, that are must reads. These are just my thoughts, but if you haven't read some of them, I suggest you do because you might fall in love with a couple of them just as I did.


  1. Pride and Prejudice
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. Wuthering Heights
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird
  5. The Diary of A Young Girl By Anne Frank
  6. Animal Farm
  7. The Great Gatsby
  8. The Giving Tree
  9. Where The Sidewalk Ends
  10. Charlotte's Web
  11. Alice In Wonderland
  12. The Giver
  13. Little Women
  14. Gone With The Wind
  15. Romeo And Juliet
  16. The Secret Garden
  17. The Colour Purple
  18. A Christmas Carole
  19. There Eyes Were Watching God
  20. Number The Stars
  21. Frankenstein
  22. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  23. Great Expectations
  24. Dracula
  25. The Notebook

This is just a list of some of the amazing books out there. The majority of this list can be found on Goodreads, but you can also Google classic books worth reading. If you haven't read any of these books, you should challenge yourself to read something the majority of people have read. You might like them and you might not, but any book is going to be taken different by different readers.

Enjoy!!!!!


 Ashley


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Anthem for Jackson Dawes" (a heartfelt Lexi review)

Our dear Readers,

Yesterday, Ash and I went to two bookstores, one being three stories!!! Ash found tons, including a leather-bound, illustrated Pride & Prejudice and a beautifully illustrated Beauty & the Beast!!! I found a first edition of the book Eloise, from 1955, and in great condition!!! Oh, it was an absolute dream. We had sister time, and read, and got Italian food. Now, honestly, how can you top that? You can't. lol

Okay, onto my awesome book review of (drum-roll, please!)... Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce.


Summary: "Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson's extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson's future." (Gratzi, Goodreads!!!)

Before anything else, this is a British literature book, so expect that when it comes to language (like Brit slang).

This novel was very touching, and very sweet. It's also funny, and relatable. You feel as if you'd be the same as Megan if in that particular situation. This novel truly was just a great book. I hope you guys choose to read it. It's short enough to keep up with, and long enough to have a good conclusion that is satisfying.

In Conclusion: Read away, and be sure to bring out the Kleenexes!!!

Rating:
'
5/5 hearts

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Blood Warrior" ( A Happy Ashley Review)

Hello Happy Peppy People!!!

  "Blood Warrior" is the first in the amazing series by H.D. Gordon. It has vampires, battle, forbidden love, and a female lead that was born to fight. H.D Gordon creates this amazing world, that any reader will be instantly sucked into. This isn't your average vampire or mystical world and it's nothing like Twilight. It is such a good book that you won't want to put it down and it will keep you guessing until the last page.




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

  "When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself."


This is such an amazing book that I recommend this series to anyone who loves adventure and fighting scenes. You won't be disappointed in this series and you will want to read one book after the other. They are all released, I believe, so at least you won't have to wait for the next book to come out, like I did.


I hope yall give this book a chance and like it as much as I did. 



Happy Reading!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Hua Mulan's, because who is a better female fighter than her.....

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Challenge: A Secret Book, Tragedy, and Leaving a Legacy (a Sunday post by Lexi)

Dear Readers,

Today, I'm writing in a secret book.

See, my little brother is 17, and he has such a sweet heart (but still acts a 17-year-old guy, of course, lol). We're extremely close; I was his "other parent" in a way. I still try to teach him by my walk in life, and he still comes in my room sometimes and watches TV at night with me. Or he'll not want to go to a place if I'm not. I do the same things, and even interpret for he and our mother when they are in a place in an argument where they're not getting eachother. (He speaks "Lexi," lol.)

One day a few months ago, my mom came to my room with this notebook that I had written in for my semester's classes, and she asked if I needed it. It was just a small turquoise notebook that held notes for my last semester in college, including Spanish IV and Philosophy of Literature. I glanced through it, and said no, I didn't, and asked why. My little brother wanted to keep it, she told me, so that when I'm gone, he can remember what my writing looked like. This was completely out of the blue, you guys. He does this. It seems that he'll be quiet and not say things unless he's thought them through. I don't know why he's already thinking about when I'm gone, but I knew in my heart that this was very important to him. So I told her that he can definitely keep it.

Then, I remembered: the focus of the philosophy course was "tragedy." Yeah, as a chica with depression and anxiety, I was not enthused when the professor told us that we were going to be studying it. What sucked worse is when I realized he meant the entire damn semester. I didn't want my little brother reading notes I had to take on lectures that included one philosopher's view that nobody is worth a thing and that the best thing we can do is to kill ourselves. That's not something I needed him to ever even glance at. I don't want him to know about these things, or think that any of the arguments for giving up on life were real.

In the end, I let him keep it. However, I began (yet another) quote book. I love writing these, and have been working on one for my future kids for a few years. (It's a big, huge book. Not my best idea, lol.) My mom found a notebook with a cover that says "Do small things with great love," and it's this perfectly sized, lined notebook. I'm going to fill the entire thing up with inspiring, funny, insightful, etc. quotes.

This is how I want him to remember me. I want him to see funny things, and wonder why I picked certain ones especially for him. Was it a joke? a silly thing? something that does or eventually will be applied in his life? I want him to remember me through these things. In the end, I'll write a letter in it for him, one that tells him the truths that I can never seem to verbalize, like: he's the reason I'm still alive; I love him as if he were my kid, and I'm scared I won't love my children as much as I love him; and that he is an astounding person, and I'll never turn my back on him, no matter what.

I want him to know these things before I'm gone. I want him to know that he's always been the most important person in my life, even before he was born. He is brilliant, and his own person, and ready to debate everybody on everything, etc. But he should know these things before I'm gone from this earth. And it's making me wonder what else I haven't said to people, things that they should know -- how much I love them, how much I care, how strong they are, how beautiful, etc. All those things we think but never say.

So here's the challenge...

Tell at least one person the truths that they should know, the things you think but never express in the correct way or context. Try your best. Do it through words, actions, letters, etc. Let the people who changed your life know that they did, and how they did it.

Try it out, and let us know how it goes in the comments or through our contact page.


Love,

Alexis

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"Fangirl" (a huge fanatic Lexi review)

You Awesome Readers,

OMG. I stayed up past 4 a.m. (with work the next morning) reading this entire book because I literally couldn't put it down and just stop. For some reason, it's 300-whatever pages turned to 600+ on my Nook, but it was just too good to stop once I began. What would this novel be? Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.


Summary: "Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?" (Gracias, Goodreads!)

I have been jitter-ly waiting to write this review, and I can't give this book enough justice to how great it is. But I'm going to try.

So this girl writes. Fanfics. Fiction. And she's introverted a bit, with a twin that's outgoing. So how's she going to survive her Freshman year without her sister by her side??? This can help those who are in the same boat (alone Freshman year, bookworm, fanfiction fan/writer, writer, etc.) It shows that you can make friends in college and do fine if you open yourself up just a tad bit for that possibility. I know I had issues my first year in college. I was scared as hell. I also wrote fanfiction, and was a tiny bit introverted in certain cases, but still would talk to anybody (thank God for my gift of gab). But it was difficult to establish myself when I was so new to this experience, and I chose to be homeschooled for high school, you know? Plus, who was I in this new place, and who did I want to be?

On top of this, I could "see"/imagine the college and town they lived in. The characters were fun and complete. The best part was the way this novel was written. It reads in a very comfortable way, and the book had me laughing out loud all night long, and thinking about what kind of special hell it would have been for our parents if me and Ash were to have been twins... lol. (Lots of Emergency Dance Parties. Lots of noise. Lots of plotting and sarcasm. That's why we're best friends now, lol. We were supposed to be twins, but God decided to just release one of us at a time to different people, until we met in our teens, lol.)

This is such an amazing book overall. I can't tell you guys how great it is with words or fangirl squees or even sorority snaps. I just can't. I have so much energy and excitement as I write all this, just thinking about this book. You should have seen me reading it!

In Conclusion: EVERYBODY, READ THIS BOOK!


Rating:
6/5 laptops

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Runaway Heart" ( A Historical Ashley Review)

Hey Guys!!!!

  Today I am going to be reviewing a very wonderful Historical Romance. "Runaway Heart" by Claudy Conn is a funny and interesting look into young women coming into society. With a head strong female lead and a hot male lead, with history thrown in, where can this book go wrong. It will have you rooting for the good guys and cheering for the young lady, who won't let anyone tell her what to do.




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

   "Spirited Chelsea decided she’d sooner run away to London than return to her vain and selfish guardian, Aunt Augusta.
But in her wildest dreams, she never imagined her dear godmother would arrange a Season—or convince the ton’s most eligible bachelor to take her under his wing.

Lord Wainwright was a handsome rogue who was not interested in coy games and missish airs. He expected a country mouse with no polish, but instead he found a thoroughly engaging minx, and was oddly irritated by all the male attention she received.

Chelsea with her unspoiled eye saw beyond Wainwright’s pursuit of hedonism to the intriguing man underneath. But to her shock, it appeared his heart belonged to her horrid Aunt Augusta!"


Chelsea wants her freedom and doesn't want to return to her horrible Aunt. When she encounters a Godmother, that she really never knew she had and learns that the most eligible bachelor is going to introduce her to society, she doesn't know what to think. She also doesn't expect the handsome Lord Wainwright, to be attracted or attached to her Aunt!!!! When she finds herself falling for him, Chelsea tries to distract herself with another guy and finds her attention turning back to the man, who seems to like her as well. Can she have a happily ever after with the sexy Lord or will her Aunt finally succeed in ruining her life?

Happy Reading!!!!

 Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Running Cartoon Hearts.....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"8 Songs That Should Become Books" (a lyrical Lexi post)

Lovely, Forgiving Readers,

It's super late, and I'm sorry, y'all. Fell asleep after work, and then thought it was Wednesday. How I do that, I have no clue whatsoever. lol.

Okay, so I'm going to do tonight's post on something different since it's like 9:03 here, and I don't want to just do a normal book review, especially for those who are up reading this. So, let's do songs that I wish would become books. Yes, random. But oh-so fun.

I'm a lyric girl all the way, while my little brother is one who loves the beat. But we both would choose this first one...

1.) "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons

If you listen to the lyrics, it's seriously a book in song form. (That's how I describe it anyways.) The lyrics have you playing this little movie in your head, and then you have to ask why everybody is red ("We're painted red/to fit right in"). Is it a chemical bomb side effect? Is it blood? Why was he in prison? etc.


2.) "There's Us" by Alexz Johnson

Yes, this is from the show "Instant Star," but I didn't like the story that led to this song. It didn't feel like it warranted these lyrics or anything. So let's strip the song down to its lyrics and let me show you the first lines with no background piano or anything: "There's me, looking down at my shoes. The one smiling like the sun, that's you. What were you thinking? What was the song inside your head?" Then it just gets better from there.


3.) "Heartache Every Moment" by HIM

Oh, I love this band's old songs; they're so raw and the lyrics actually mean something. Yeah, I know, so do many artist's, but Ville Valo painted these canvases with beautiful words, and they called it a song. It is so difficult to choose which song to choose, but this one wins with the lyrics "Cuz there's no smile of an angel/without the wrath of God."


4.) "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

Y'all had to know this was going to be on here; it's a classic! It has a story in it, but you just want to know the characters, their lives, their worlds, why exactly they'd want to stop believin', and how they keep going on.


5.) "Red Light" by Jonny Lang

This song is so deep and true. One moment could change everything in your life, even caused by a red traffic light. Imagine this as a book where each chapter is a different character at a red light. Screw that. Don't imagine it. I'll be the one to write that book.


6.) "To Be With You" by Mr. Big

Okay, so I love this song. It's so sweet. Why can't we all just agree that this song is amazing? It is. Again, go to the lyrics. Think of it in all the different points of view this could be taken into. It would be wonderful!


7.) "Chaos" by Mute Math

A complicated life, and who's he looking to? Okay, I know it's supposed to be him looking to God in this song, but think of the possibilities! Every time his world is in chaos, he goes to the same person over and over. "I know you stay true when my world is false/ Everything around's breaking down to chaos./ I always see you when my sight is lost./ Everything around's breaking down to chaos." And that's only the chorus. I have a friend who does this, and I do, too. It's like a drug. You have to keep going back to this person cuz at least they'll tell you the truth to your face, and vice versa. Maybe I need to write this one as well, lol.


8.) "Satellite" by Jorge Moreno & Carlos Santana

The lyrics, again, are telling this awesome story. You can take them as you want, but this is just such a great song. If you haven't heard it, go listen to it. You'll come out inspired by the end, and wanting this man as your own.


And that's the list! Let me know what you think in the comments! Any songs you'd want turned into a book???


Hugs,
Lexi

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Movies Based On Books by Ashley Clayton

Hey guys!!!!

  So, I was looking on the internet one day and came across all these books that were becoming or in works, of turning into movies. Some of these books I have read, some of these books we have reviewed, and some I have never heard of. Some of these movies I am excited to see, because I loved the books and hope the movie doesn't ruin them. Recently, Alexis and I went to see "Mortal Instruments" and I loved it...yes it left out some of the parts from the book, but it was still very good. Here is a list that I came up with and just in case you want to read the book before the movie I also have the author beside them.

  1. "Divergent" by Veronica Ruth
  2. "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
  3. "Maximum Ride" by James Patterson
  4. "The Stupidest Angel" by Christopher Moore
  5. "Vampire Academy" by Richelle Mead
  6. "Matched" by Ally Condie
  7. "13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
  8. "Austenland" by Shannon Hale
  9. "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner
  10. "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver
  11. "Daughter Of Smoke And Bone" by Laini Taylor
  12. "Paranormalcy" by Kiersten White
  13. "Darkfever" by Karen Marie Moning
  14. "Tiger's Curse" by Colleen Houck
  15. "Heist Society" by Ally Carter
  16. "Wicked Lovely" by Melissa Marr
  17. "Looking Glass Wars" by Frank Beddor
  18. "Significance" by Shelly Crane
  19. "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
  20. "Fallen" by Lauren Kate
  21. "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern
  22. "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire
  23. "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs
  24. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
  25. "A Discovery Of Witches" by Deborah Harkness


These are just some of the movies coming out and of course the one's that are already coming out or have come out in theatres.

Happy Reading!!!!!!

  Ashley

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Syria and You (a Lexi post)

My lovely Readers,

President Obama just delivered his speech on the conflict and use of chemical weapons. I hope that you guys listened, as it's always important to listen to the news and know what's going on in the world. I don't care what side you're on -- if you're on any side -- nor what political affiliation you have -- again, if you have any. One should always know what's about to happen. Feel free to read Obama's speech, for that's the real way to find out what he said, instead of reading the news. (I know that I have a BA in journalism, and truly, that's why I'm saying this.)

Okay, so here's the transcript of his speech. Go read it.

http://wapo.st/18O0UlD


Love,
Lexi

Monday, September 9, 2013

"The Goblin King" (An Obsessed Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader world!!!!!

  "The Goblin King" by Shona Husk, has easily become one of my new obsessions. From page one, the author pulls you into the intriguing world of the Goblin King and won't let you go until the very last page. It has mystery, intrigue, romance, and darkness all rolled into one happy ball. This is one story about the Goblin King that you won't want to miss. Plus, the guy on the cover is so hot......lol




Here is the amazing summary of this thrilling book taken from Goodreads....

  "Once upon a time...
A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with a cold lump of gold. In legends he became known as The Goblin King.

For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled: A Willing Queen.

But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also destroy him forever."

I don't want to say anymore for fear of giving something away. This is one thrilling, rollercoaster ride, that you don't want to miss. It will make you want the Goblin King, while wanting to slap him and the main woman, upside the head for being idiots. It will have you laughing at parts and heartbroken at others. This is such an amazing story and a new take on the tale of the Goblin King.




Enjoy!!!!



  Ashley

Rating:5/5 Goblin King's from the Labyrinth.....

Sunday, September 8, 2013

"A Really Awesome Mess" (a therapeutic Lexi review)

Oh, readers,

I found a book that I'm absolutely in love with. Yes, this book is so wonderful in the true sense of the word. It's called A Really Awesome Mess, and it's written by both fabulous authors Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin.


Summary: "A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog-- and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.
Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends." (Gracias, Goodreads!)

This book had me involved in the feelings of the characters, and yet distanced enough to appreciate the storyline of each character in there. I wanted to join the characters on their journeys in getting better. I wanted to go hang out with them. You can't just read this book and feel nothing. This novel was hilarious, touching, and reminiscent of the movie "The Breakfast Club" with their fun, completely different characters. I think that this novel truly is "The Breakfast Club" of our generation(s). Everybody should read this, because both guys and chicas will appreciate the messages, and the writing of these two great authors.

In Conclusion: Choose this novel and indulge yourself in it, because it is a GREAT read!!!!!

Rating:
5/5 therapy couches!



Friday, September 6, 2013

Interview With Amber Jaeger by Ashley

Hey guys!!!

 So, today I am really excited to be able to interview the amazing Amber Jaeger. She is the author of "The Cold King" and "The Fire King". She has become one of my favourite authors and I am really glad that she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions. I hope yall enjoy and if you haven't already, you need to read her amazing stories. Here is the interview:


How did you come up with the idea of "The Cold King" and "The Fire King"?

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale. I’ve read so many versions over the years and loved them all but wished they were a bit different. So when I began working on the story, I wrote what I had always wanted to read. The novel was supposed to be a stand-alone but readers began asking for more on Calia and Valanka and for more fairy tales and suddenly I couldn’t stop thinking about Snow White and Katiyana and Lian. I wanted to create another story where the princess wasn’t a simpering idiot, the prince wasn’t a bland, boring ‘good’ dolt and darkness didn’t just come from the ‘bad guys’. Once my readers got the gears turning, the idea took on a life of its own. It is definitely thanks to my fans that this book exists at all.
 

When did you know that you wanted to become an author and was it easy or hard to get your stories published?

I have always loved writing but felt I should pick a more ‘stable’ career and so became a nurse. I continued to write off and on but never submitted anything to a publishing company. In 2010, I began researching self-publishing to help my mom, who had written a book on grief and addiction. I found news articles about Amanda Hocking and from there, I found Joe Konrath’s blog. Once I realized I could put my stories right into the hands of readers, I decided to indie publish. I have really great fans and it wasn’t long before my first novel was ranking on Amazon Best Seller lists. I am amazed and humbled every day that people really like my stories. I put a lot of hard work into writing and editing and all the other little things that go into indie publishing but once I finally had a finished novel, it was pretty easy to get it out to readers.

 

 What fairytale remake would you like to do next?

Cinderella! As I wrote The Fire King, I realized how much I really love retelling fairy tales and introduced characters I could expand on later. So far, people have recognized Cinderella the most and I think that’s great because I have some pretty crazy plans for her…

 
 What was your favorite fairytale story as a child and if you haven't already done a retelling of it, would you like to?

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite. I loved writing The Cold King and it will always be my favorite written work. I doubt I would write another version of it but the themes of love, redemption and wearing masks to hide pain are pretty prevalent in everything I write. I also tend to root for the ‘bad guy’, not to be confused with ‘bad boy’. Although, I like them too.

 

 Do you know how many books you would like to do in this series or hope to do?

Honestly, I don’t know. But there are three characters in The Fire King that I have a small mountain of notes on. Two would be retellings of classic fairy tales, the third would be a ‘new’ fairy tale. From there, who knows?

 
I see that you have written other books, could you tell us a little about them?

The first two books I wrote were Falling and Winters Dream of The Hemlock Bay series. They are paranormal young adult novels that follow 16 year old Bixby Grey. She has lost mother to cancer, her father to his own grief and is slowly losing her grandmother to Alzheimer’s. She hides away behind her responsibilities during the day and when she sleeps, she escapes into the strange town she dreams of every night. But then she loses her brother—her best and only friend—and dreams and reality begin to converge when a dark stranger offers her a way to get her brother back. Jordan isn’t a vampire, angel or werewolf. He is something else entirely and his motives can’t be trusted. But Bixby is willing to do anything to get her brother back and consents to an agreement that pulls her into a world she never could have imagined existed. I am working on the third book in the series right now and am excited to share it with readers this fall.


Do you think that you will continue with your future books, bringing back the characters from "The Cold King" and "The Fire King?

Yes! One of the things I liked best about writing The Fire King was getting to write about Valanka and Calia again and sharing what happened with them after their story ended. I love when writers create a space where all their characters exist and can expand up or reference them. My favorite author is Steven King for that exact reason. He is much more subtle than I am but it really excites me and sucks me in when a character I read about knows about another character I read about.

 

 What do you hope to accomplish in the future with your writing?

Everything! I have so many things I want to write. I want to finish The Hemlock Bay series and write another fairy tale. I also have been daydreaming about a novel set in the same world as Hemlock Bay. I love writing the stories I always wanted to read and am so blessed other people want to read them as well. I would also like to write full time. I love nursing but writing pays better, lets me stay home with my kids and frankly, is a whole lot more fun.

 
I hope yall have enjoyed this interview as much as I have and I hope to work with Amber in the future. Just from her answers you can tell she is an easy going, down to earth woman, who loves writing, which you can tell while reading her books. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and I hope everyone of yall read her books.



Till Next Time!!!!

    Ashley


Thursday, September 5, 2013

"The Island" (a starry Lexi review)

Readers,

Well, this novel took me by surprise! I thought it would be just another dystopian novel, but it was surprising and kinda funny when you think about it. It's The Island by Jen Minkman.


Summary: "‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers. 

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.

I have never seen one.’

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?"

The novella is basic, but stupid. It's interesting though. That's all I really have to say about this one...

Conclusion: Go for it, but only if you can get it for free.

Rating:

2/5 islands

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"The Fire King" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Hey guys!!!!

  Today I am going to review a very wonderful book called "The Fire King" by Amber Jaeger. This is a retelling of Snow White, which had me falling in love with this retelling. I have reviewed "The Fire King" comes after "The Cold King" and I can't wait to see what Amber has up her sleeves next. I would recommend reading "The Cold King" first, if you already haven't, because the characters we all loved in "The Cold King" make an appearance in "The Fire King".


 
 
 
Here is the summary to this amazing book.....
 
   "Revenge can be its own poison…
 
 Katiyana Nix was a princess but only wanted what every other little girl hada mother to love and teach her and a father to care for her. Instead, she grew up lonely in the shadow of her mother’s death while her father was absent in his grief.
When she finally thought she’d found hope for herself and her father, it was in the form of her beautiful new stepmother. But Sula committed the most evil of betrayals, leaving Katiyana more lost than she had ever been. Alone and scared, she fled to the forest to live amongst the trees with other lost souls searching for their own safety.
When she crosses paths with the fiery King Lian, a man whose thirst for revenge against the evil queen has no end, her time of quiet peace is ended. His anger untamed, he aims to use the lost princess as a weapon to achieve his dark goals.
Katiyana must battle her own demons, as well as his, while she tries to save him from himself and her kingdom from the clutches of her stepmother.
Can she succeed in ridding the world of the evil queen or will Lian’s temper cause them all to burn?"



All Katiyana wants is a mother and a father. She lost her mother when she was very young and she has to suffer her father's absence, because the lose of her mother was too much for him to bare. She is excited for her father to remarry, so that she can finally have someone to teach her how to be a Princess and to love her. Little does she know the woman that marries her father is an evil woman, who is power hungry. Circumstances force Katiyana to flee the forest and be taken in by people who teach her to survive. But, can she use her survival skills to win the battle against Lian, The Fire King or will this be one battle she will lose?

Amber gives a fresh and different telling of Snow White. It is such a good book that you should read it. Snow White isn't just the stuck up girl Disney made her be, but this Snow can kick butt and take names. You see a strong female heroine who doesn't need a man to rescue her, because she is strong enough to rescue herself.

Also, on Friday I will post an interview with the amazing author of this series, Amber Jaeger, so come read how she came up with these amazing stories and just maybe she will tell us what she is working on next.

Enjoy!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Snow White and her Prince......