Friday, November 29, 2013

"The MacKinnon's Bride" (A Thankful Ashley Review)

Hey Guys,

I hope everyone had a great and safe Thanksgiving yesterday. I am thankful for a lot this year and was glad I got to spend it with my family. Today I will be reviewing another Highland Romance, but it is such a good read I had to review it. "The Mackinnon's Bride" by Tanya Anne Crosby, is not your average romance novel. It has romance, revenge, fighting, lies, and even truth revealing. I know sounds like a lot of words to describe one book, but this book has it all.




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

   "The Warrior's Vengeance

Fiercely loyal to clan alone, Iain MacKinnon will never be a slave to King or conqueror—even when his son, Malcom, is taken hostage by a lackey of the English-loving sovereign. Answering treachery in kind, the proud Scottish chieftain kidnaps the beautiful wild daughter of young Malcom's captor—unaware that his prisoner's father is well pleased to be rid of the troublesome wench!

The MacKinnon's Bride

He is the enemy—yet the fire that burns in Iain MacKinnon's golden eyes kindles a passion in Page FitzSimon that she has never permitted herself to feel. But the bewitching hellion is determined to resist the MacKinnon, even as her body awakens—not knowing she has enchanted the true and guarded heart of a champion who now must protect and cherish her always."


I can't add anymore to the summary without giving the secrets away. It is one heck of a story that will have you crying in some parts and rooting in the others. This is one romance that is worth the time it takes to read it and will have you coming back for more.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Fairy tale wedding dresses......

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"A Midsummer Bride" (A Romantic Ashley Review)

Hello my loves,

  Today I wanted to review a really good romance book that's also filled with Mystery and has a not ordinary heroine in it. "A Midsummer Bride" by Amanda Forester, is not your average historical romance. It has a hot Scottish hero, a smart heroine, and has a mystery to boot.




The summary taken from Goodreads is as follows.....

  "Love is one experiment this scientist hasn't tested...

Miss Harriet Burton, a horrendously rich American heiress, laughs too loud, states her opinion directly, and even conducts science experiments. Her uncle is desperate to get her off his hands and is offering a king's ransom to anyone able to arrange a suitable marriage that comes with a title.

To avoid marriage, Harriet swears off all men, until she meets Duncan Maclachlan, Earl of Thornton. But when Thornton is falsely accused of being a traitor, Harriet must use her knowledge of chemistry to find the real culprit and spark true romance."


Harriet Burton, is a head strong woman, who wants to spend all of her time with science experiments. Duncan Maclachlan, is an Highlander Earl, just trying to get himself out of debt. These two collide in life and have to fight the growing attraction they have to each other. They must work together to discover who is setting them up and clear their names.

This is one thrilling ride you won't want to get out of and will have you guessing how it will turn out till the end. If your in the mood for mystery and romance all rolled into one, than this is the book for you. It is one story you don't want to pass up.

Until Next Time,

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 sexy highlanders on the back of a book....

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Scarlet In The Snow" (A Diffrent Fairytale Ashley Review)

Good Afternoon Peeps!!!!!

  In going with the cold weather we are having here in Texas, I thought it would be good to review a new take on "Beauty and the Beast". "Scarlet in the Snow" by Sophie Masson, is a different take on a very classic tale. This was such a good read that I read it in one day, because I didn't want to put it down. Yes, it does follow the classic tale, but has twists and turns thrown in that will have you guessing until the end.






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

    "A deserted mansion. Empty picture frames. A perfect red rose in a snowy garden. There is rich and powerful magic here, and a mystery to unravel...

When Natasha is forced to take shelter from a sudden, terrible blizzard, she is lucky to see a mansion looming out of the snow. Inside it's beautiful: the fire lit, the table set. But there is no one there. And on the walls, instead of paintings, are empty frames. In the garden, she finds one perfect red rose about to bloom, a vivid splash of scarlet against the snow. Dreamily she reaches out a hand... Only to have the master of the house appear - a terrifying, gigantic creature who looks like a cross between a bear and a man - and demand vengeance on her for taking his rose.

So begins an extraordinary adventure that will see Natasha plunged deep into the heart of a mystery. She begins to realise she has stumbled onto a great tragedy - a spell of revenge laid on the young man the Beast once was, devised by a powerful sorcerer. But even if she can break the spell, the Beast she has now come to love will be snatched from her. Natasha will have a long journey, and many ordeals, ahead of her before there can be a happy ending.

Inspired by two beautiful Russian fairytales - The Scarlet Flower (the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast) and Fenist the Falcon, Scarlet in the Snow is a beguiling mix of magic, romance, adventure and mystery."


This is such an amazing read that you will want to read it again and again. The way the author takes two different Russian fairy tales and mixes them together will have you wanting to read the original ones. This is one not to be missed and goes great with this cold weather we are having.

Enjoy!!!!!

 Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Steam punk Belles.........

Friday, November 22, 2013

"Prince Of Cats" (An Egyptian Obsessed Ashley Review)

Hey Guys,


   I hope everyone had a good week and has a good weekend. "Prince of Cats" by Susan Bliler, is an amazing book with Egyptian history and alpha males, who can turn into cats. I read this book after having read some of Susan's other books and I have to say that this book didn't disappoint me. I loved her previous books and loved this one even better.




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

   "Having finally escaped her duty as the slave for a prominent family, Neomee’s joy is short lived. Much to her horror, she has been reassigned to the Temple, better known among her people as the House of Cats.

Growing up she’d heard stories of the Guardian Cats and their ability to shift. Now she’ll have the opportunity to witness these so-called Cats up close. Intrigued by the notion, Neomee is also simultaneously petrified. She learns quickly that her previous antics won’t be tolerated in the House of Cats and what’s worse; her once untouchable status has been removed. Apparently, Guardian Cats are not only permitted to use the slave women as their “play” things, but it’s actually encouraged! Neomee struggles to keep her head down and her mouth shut while plotting her escape from her life as a slave.

Bray’s existence in the temple has been a dull and meaningless one. Even designated as the revered Prince of Cats, he still couldn’t bring himself to overcome the loss of his mate. That was until a young slave unintentionally pulls him from what he believed was an unending self-loathing.

With his full attention now captured Bray notices the young slave, Neomee, isn’t like the others. At closer inspection, he discovers she hides a willful spirit and wild beauty under the fa├žade of slave-like obedience.

Unfortunately for Neomee, she does the one thing you should never do where a Cat is concerned, she runs. Unable to control his instincts, Bray gives chase and once he has captured his prey he’s unwilling to relinquish her."


Since the review gives you a pretty good idea what the book is about I am not going to say anymore about the plot. I will let you know that there is an attempt of rape and there is some abuse scenes, but please don't let those ruin the book for you. This book is so much more than the bad scenes and it is worth the bad to read this story. I just want you to go into it with an open mind and not be surprised by some of the scenes that sneak up on you.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 funny Disney quote with the Prince, just because we need a little happy.......

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wanna Laugh??? Me, Too!!! (Lexi's Day of Memes!!!)

Well, readers,

I just got home from work, am stressed with life stuff, and need things to make me smile. So you guys are going to see whatever makes me giggle today!

Marathon time!
My kind of marathon right here!


Thor vs Loki. Too funny!!!
Tom/Loki, I'm gonna need to marry you.

lol
Go Tim!!!

Bahahaha!!!
Is this sausage to you?

Doctor who
LMAO!!!

Harrison Ford's reunion with Chewbacca during an interview. Literal lol here!!!
This. Just this. It's amazing.

Literally lol-ed
BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Understood.
I'd reply the same way. Mechanicals are the best! That jerk!

TRUTH
We all know this feeling.

lol
This gets me still!

LOLOL. One of my favorite movie quotes ever.
^^Gotta love Wednesday!!!

Lmao!
Damn you, Mario, and your pole dancing!!!

So true!!!
It's true. So very true.

Brilliant
So true.


AND WHAT MADE ME LITERALLY LOL...

Its sad how much I laughed at this

HOPE YOU ENJOYED!!!

XOXO,
Lexi

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"The Billionaire Wins The Game" (A Romantic Ashley Review)

Hello Peeps!!!

   Today I am going to be reviewing a romantic comedy kind of book. "The Billionaire Wins The Game" by Melody Anne, has everything a girl could want in it. It has romance, comedy, tear jerker, wanting to slap the main guy, and of course sexy billionaires, with all that how could a girl go wrong.






The summary to this amazing book was taken from Goodreads.....

    "Joseph Anderson has decided it is time his three successful sons find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his huge mansion, and he wants them immediately.

His eldest son Lucas is successful in all areas of his life except love. He has no desire to have any woman enter that life, causing chaos, or using his family's name.

Amy Harper was raised in tragic circumstances and does not like pampered, rich men who have been handed everything with a silver spoon. She spent years finishing her education and was blessed to get a job with the famous Andersons Corporation.

Amy and Lucas will fight their attraction to each other, but find that they cannot resist the sparks that fly. They take a journey together learning to challenge, trust and ultimately….. Love."



Joseph Anderson and his wife want grandchildren before its too late. Joseph knows that his oldest son won't settle down, so he decides to play matchmaker. Enter Amy Harper, who works for the Anderson family and is loved by Joseph and his wife as a daughter. Amy is a fireball, who doesn't want anything to do with rich guys who have had everything handed to them. Lucas Anderson, has no idea that his father is playing matchmaker, but finds himself drawn to Amy, the girl who has his whole family wrapped around her finger. The attraction between these two is there, but they don't want to admit that they feel anything for each other. Can these two put aside their differences and give into love or will it keep them apart forever?


Read this amazing story to find out!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 beautiful mansions that I wish I could live in....

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Goodbye, Rebel Blue" Celebration (a #1 FAVORITE Lexi review)

Hello, our readers,

Ash just texted me yesterday morning that we're over 7,000 views!!! Thanks and hugs to all of you!!! We're definitely your fans as well!!!

In celebration, today's review is for my new #1 book for 2013! It's called Goodbye, Rebel Blue, and it's written by Shelley Coriell!!! Ready to love a new book? Be glad you came here then, because this book is just chock full of AMAZING.


Summary: "Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she falls for Nate, the golden boy do-gooder who never looks out for himself. Perfect for fans of Jay Asher’s blockbuster hit Thirteen Reasons Why, Coriell’s second novel features her sharp, engaging voice along with realistic drama and unforgettable characters." (My love to you, Goodreads.)

This book was phenomenal, from both a reader and a technical standpoint. The idea/plot itself is so fun! You'll laugh at things and also feel for Rebel along the journey she takes in her life. The novel is deep enough to relate to her and feel what she does, and funny and weird enough that it gets you wanting to do the same! I have nothing but fantastical things to say about this novel, and it's now my favorite of 2013! I can't say enough, so just believe me when I say...

In Conclusion: READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating:

8/5 items on a Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list? What's your number one thing you want to do? Comment below!!!

XOXO!

Till next time,
Lexi (Alexis)

Monday, November 18, 2013

"The Iron Butterfly" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Good Afternoon My Fellow Bookworms!!!

  Today I will be reviewing a new kind of book for yall. "The Iron Butterfly" is the first in a three book series by Chanda Hahn. It brings you into a fantasy world where you get to see the good and the bad. It is not like any other book that I have read which makes it that much better.

 

 
 
Here is the summary of this amazing beginning to the book series.....
 
   "Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive."
 
I don't want to tell you more about the book because I don't want to give anything away. I will say that there are some descriptive torture scenes and memory flashbacks, so if you have a weak stomach this is not the book for you. The author does give you strong characters, that all come with their own emotional baggage, but that's what makes them real. I love reading books that are so different from everything and have characters that you could picture as real people, with real problems. I have read the second book "The Steele Wolf" and can't wait for the finale one to come out to see how this all ends. There will be a love triangle and it will be interesting to see which one she ends up with. One minute your rooting for one guy the next your rooting for the other, and that's what I love about this book.
 
This is one not to be missed and I hope yall fall in love with the suspense and intrigue of this book as I did.
 
Till Next Time!!!!
 Ashley
 
 
Rating: 5/5 Iron Butterflies...... 
 
 
 


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Don't You Forget About Me (a creative Lexi post)

Well, Readers,

As you know, I have a little brother who isn't very little (he towers over me!). His heart is big, and he's extremely intelligent. And one day, I guess he was thinking about what happens when he loses me in the future. So he has a notebook full of notes from my Philosophy in Literature class, Spanish class, etc. that he found and decided to keep. Why would he do so?

He wanted to remember my handwriting.

Yep. Simple, but so moving. I'm the same way when it comes to cards and such. I love my grandparents' handwriting; it's gorgeous! So I do understand. However, that notebook of mine talks a lot about depression and such as we focused on "tragedy" the entire effing semester, and I don't want him reading that to remember me. I mean, one philosopher came to the conclusion that I want to leave behind something better.

So I did what I'm a huge fan of; I'm writing him a quote book. It's already full of funny, inspiring, wise, stupid, etc. quotes, and I'm only about a third of the way through. My mom (the only other person who knows besides Ash, and now y'all) suggested to give him it for Christmas, but I believe that it needs to be for no reason at all. I think that when I'm finished with it, I'll wrap it and leave it for him with a note on how I want him to remember me, and how I'm going to forever see and remember him. (I've also been working on another for my future child for a year now, and have made two or three for myself before.)

Heavenly looking, huh? (Not my pic. Just perfect for this post.)

This is a good gift for anybody. I recommend that not only you leave precious memories, photos, stories, and letters behind for your siblings, but also to leave something that's tailored for them, something that takes time. Even just filling on lined page in a journal full of quotes or a letter or whatever and then letting them fill in the rest, it'll stay special for them. This is just as important as being an example they should look up to, as well as their best friend and protector.

Remember that your siblings are the only link you will have to your parents and childhood in the future. They will be the ones who understand and love you forever.

If your sibling is horrible to you or chose to no longer be part of your family, or you're an only child, please remember that your best friends can be your siblings. Even pets can be. Love is what unites a family, not blood. Ashley is my sister: my soul mate (I believe that BFFs are your true soul mates), soul sister, and best friend who will also be my link to my past. (My dogs will always spark memories as well, even if not verbally.)

Ask your favorite authority figures/adults to write you letters for a gift, while including a copy of their favorite book (new or used), plus a note inside on why it's their favorite, and they'll be the most meaningful gifts ever.

Christmas is coming up, so think about that as gifts for family and friends, as well.

Just remember that every choice you make leaves a legacy behind you as you go about in life. Leave the world with a life fully lived, love bursting through your heart, and a great legacy left behind you. You're important to others, whether you believe it or not. So be the person you'd wish you had, learn from others' mistakes, and just try to leave behind a legacy that you are proud of.

And remember, it's as simple as writing "I love you" on a napkin.

Be your beautiful selves, you guys!!!

As you know, Ash and I love you all!!!


XOXO,
Lexi


Think about it: What legacy do you want to leave behind? How do you want to be remembered? Write your thoughts below!

Friday, November 15, 2013

"Divergent" (A Dauntless Ashley Review)

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!

   I got a new job today so yay, but I know that is not why you come to this blog so I will give yall what yall want. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth, is one of the best new age, sci-fi, what if books I have read. They turned this into a movie which comes out March of 2014 and from the previews it looks just as good as the book. This is the first of a three book series, which I haven't read the other books yet, but will eventually.





Here is the review of this wild adventure ride taken from Goodreads....

  "In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her."


Veronica Roth has created a world, kind of like "Hunger Games", but way more complicated with a feel of it could really happen. Beatrice and her family belong to the Abnegation, although she doesn't feel like she belongs with that group. When she is put through a test to determine what faction she belongs to, she discovers something that could very well be the death of her. Will she stay with her family or will her sense of not belonging lead her down another path?

I am not going to tell you what faction she chooses, because that will give the whole thing away. I will tell you that there is a hot boy in her future and you will fall for him just as I did. This is a page turner and you won't want to put it down until the last page. This is such a wonderfully written book and the way Veronica describes things in such detail makes you want to visit the place she invents. This is definitely worth the time it takes to read and is a must read that shouldn't be missed.

Happy Reading

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 perfect couple of Tris and Four........

Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Perfect Ruin" (a floating review by Lexi)

Our lovely readers,

Let's all mentally send love and wonderful Disney wishes to Ashley, okay? (If you haven't been updated, read yesterday's post with all the awesome Disney pictures.) I know I am. She's such an amazing friend. I love her to death and back!

Anywho, today's review is for Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, who also wrote The Chemical Garden Trilogy, another amazing set of dystopian novels (expect a review in the future). I love that she did the trilogy, then moved on with a different future world with different issues and people and solutions. Many authors are so repetitive in each novel , so I truly appreciate this talented author.



Summary: "On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream. Unless you approach the edge.

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city in the clouds where she lives, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. If she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, he is the boy being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find – or whom she will lose." (Shout out to Goodreads!)

This book is so interesting and cool. The idea of a floating piece of land that is so because of unclear reasons is so cool. Then there's the characters, who are all so unique and whole in their own ways. You'll be surprised and taken aback by the wonderful way this novel is written, and you'll also be thinking over our governmental rules and regulations, as well as the thoughts and facts you take for granted. The storyline is brilliant, by the way. The whole society seems so real and practical, as do the characters. I just have had no issues with this book. It unexpectedly sucked me in right away, and I was hooked. I also got tons of quotes -- serious and funny -- from here to put in my quote book!

In Conclusion: Read it! It's original, and it makes you truly think. So go for it!

Rating:

5/5 clouds


XOXO,
Lexi

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Crappy Kind of Day And Disney By Ashley

Hey Guys

  So, today I found out that the place I have worked for over three years has closed, which means that this blonde is out of a job. I have been looking for a job and will continue to hit it with the never give up attitude that I try to live by. I kinda am not in the mood to review a book, but I didn't want to skip a day, so I came up with something. Anytime I am down in the dumps or anything, I turn to the wonderfulness that is Disney. I wanted to do some funny Disney and other cartoon pictures. But, I promise yall that a new book review will be coming on Friday and hopefully it will be a good one.











Hope yall enjoyed!!!!

  Ashley

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"The Sky So Heavy" (a breakout Lexi review)

Readers,

While I'm watching "Misery" (it's a GREAT movie, so go see it!!!), I'm somewhat staring at my Nook after a few days of trying to stick with this book I'm reading. I love my job, but I would love one day of pure reading. I'm totally not complaining though. Life is pretty awesome, if you look hard enough at the great little things.

Anywho, on to the book! The book of the day is The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn...



Summary: "For Fin, it's just like any other day - racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class, and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe, Lucy. Only it's not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated. 

From an exciting new voice in Australian YA literature, Claire Zorn, comes a haunting novel, The Sky So Heavy - a mesmerising story inspired by the continued debate over Australia's treatment of asylum-seekers and how a line through a map can determine your fate." (Thank you guys at Goodreads!!!)

The pace of novel was a drag. I hate saying this because I was all hyped about this novel. Eventually, after over one hundred pages, I gave up trying. No joke. I love the idea of it, just not the execution. Nothing had me reeled in with this one. So I'm going to say...

In Conclusion: If I couldn't stay interested, that's a problem. I'd skip this and read another book in the genre.

Rating:

1/5 teens

XOXO,
Lexi

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Never Kiss a Stranger" (A wanting to travel Ashley review)

Good Afternoon out there in blogger land!!!


  "Never Kiss a Stranger" by Heather Grothaus, is a romantic, funny, adventures, thrill ride. It has all that a wonderful book should have, history mixed with very different characters, that all blend very well together.




Here is the summary of this amazing adventure taken straight from Goodreads....

   "Nowhere in medieval England are three women so powerful—or adored—as the heiresses of Fallstowe Castle: Sybilla, the ruthless beauty, Cecily, the pure-hearted innocent...and Alys, the youngest sister, whose wild spirit has yet to be matched.

Lady Alys thinks everyone knows the legend: If a man and a woman meet at midnight within the ancient Foxe Ring ruins, they are as good as married. But when she finds a captivating stranger lurking there in the middle of the night, she discovers the one man who is unaware.

It's a deadly pursuit that brings Piers Mallory to the Fallstowe lands. But now that fate has attached the alluring, and curiously insistent, Alys to his side, it may work to his advantage to play by her rules, at least for a time. Yet the danger Piers courts is no game—and the passion he and Alys share is all too real."


Alys, is a spirited young woman, who just wants to see places and not have to worry about what is required of a lady. When her sharp wit gets her into trouble, she is forced into a situation, by Sybilla, which she wants no part of. She believes in the legend that brought her parents together, would get her out of her sticky situation, although she couldn't predict what would be her solution to her problem. Piers just wants to get to London, although I am not going to tell you why, when he stumbles across a beautiful woman sleeping on a rock. When he wakes her up, he finds himself in a situation that he never could have imagined. The wild adventure begins after the ring, and takes these two strangers on a crazy adventure.

This is a very good book and after reading it, it made me want to travel and see if these places that the author described really exist. This is one not to miss!!!

Happy Reading

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 small beautiful castles......

Sunday, November 10, 2013