Friday, February 28, 2014

Movie Quotes To Make You Smile by Ashley

Happy Last Day of February!!!!

 I wanted to do something different to end this week. I found some quotes from different movies that I wanted to share with you and I hope you enjoy them!!!!
























Till Next Time!!!!

  Ashley

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Tumble & Fall" (an end-of-the-world Lexi review)

Readers, 

Oh, I'm so excited for Saturday's book review, as well as all the things we have coming up!!! Can't spoil the surprises, but stick with us, and you'll soon see what I'm talking about!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!!

*deep breath in and out*

Okay, I can now try to be calm and do this awesome book review! Today's book? Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts!


Summary: "The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. " (Thanks tons, Goodreads!!!)

The characters were fun and interesting. This novel makes you think about your actions, and wonder about what you'd do at the end of the world. Maybe you just think you know, but seriously, what would you do in the situation? Follow and empathize/sympathize with these teens as they all focus the end of their worlds.

In Conclusion: It's a good read...

Rating:

3.5/5 universes


See ya Saturday!

XOXO,
Lexi




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Bridget Jones's Diary" (A Laughing Ashley Review)

Happy Hump Day...lol

  So, I wanted to do this amazing book, which in all honesty, I didn't know it was a book I only thought it was a movie. "Bridget Jones's Diary" by Helen Fielding, is a laugh out loud, real life situation that in some way I bet any girl can relate to. I know as I was reading this masterpiece, I thought OMG I would so totally do that or I have done that.





Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....


"Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

"123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)..."

Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you'll find yourself shouting, "Bridget Jones is me!"


Bridget Jones is a 30 something year old woman who is just trying to survive her life and stay away from married couples, that keep asking her where her boyfriend is. Everything that she goes through makes her a stronger person and she is just so life like. That is what made this book so amazing to me. When you can relate to a main character and feel like they are 100% real, it makes a book so much better. This will have you laughing out loud to the point where co workers think there is a screw loose in your head, trust me I got a lot of those looks at my work when reading this, but you honestly can't help it.

Enjoy!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 posters for Bridget Jones's Diary......

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Dear Killer" (a terrifying Lexi review)

Readers,

Get excited about Saturday, because I just added a new, awesome book to my "favorites" list, and I'm revealing it all on Saturday!!!

Today's book is awesome as well! It's Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell, and will be out in April!!!!!


Summary: "Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.
But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there." (Thanks, Goodreads!)

This novel was a really interesting one. I love the novel, as it's not only full of action, crushes, friends, and the normal stuff, but also involves a psychological aspect to it. It was truly awesome and interesting trying to follow her state of mind, as well as those around her. You wonder about her mental health as well. It's very compelling all the way to the end.

In Conclusion: I truly recommend this novel!!!

Rating: 
4/5 ropes

XOXO,
Lexi

Monday, February 24, 2014

"Austenland" (A Austen Ashley Review)

Hello Peeps!!!!

  Sorry about not blogging last week. I just finished the most amazing book and had to share it with yall. "Austenland" by Shannon Hale, is a must read for any lover of Jane Austen or Mr. Darcy. This book will have you laughing and wishing Austenland was a real place, which unfortunately it isn't I looked, lol.







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

   "Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?"

Jane Hayes is obsessed with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and her obsession as ruined a lot of relationships for her. When she gets the chance to go and live out her Austen fantasy, she knows she can't pass up this opportunity, if she wants to get over her obsession. When she gets there fantasy starts messing with reality and she can't tell what is real and what is fake anymore. Can she find her Mr. Darcy or will the fantasy be too much for her? You got to read to find out.

This is such an amazing book and you will want to read it again and again. Every girl dreams of a Mr. Darcy of her own and any lover of Jane Austen will love this book. Shannon did such a wonderful job on making Austen lovers proud and I would like to think Jane Austen would have loved this book as well. Plus if you haven't seen the movie "Austenland" yet, I highly recommend it. Yes it is a little different from the book, but it is just as funny and amazing.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Austenland cast.....























Friday, February 14, 2014

"Vampire Academy" (A Biting Ashley Review)

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

  I will be spending my day at work and then having sister V-day with Alexis, like we do every year. Which just goes to show, girls you don't have to have a guy to celebrate Valentine's Day with, just grab some girls and go out and have fun. Today I am going to be reviewing the first book in the Vampire Academy series, "Vampire Academy" by the always talented Richelle Mead, which just came out in theatres a week ago today. I haven't seen it yet, but I can't wait to see how much the movie stuck to the book.





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

  "St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever."

Contrary to what "Twilight" made you believe about vampires, "Vampire Academy" is filled with full blooded vampires and Dhampir, which is half human half vampire. The vampires have didn't types of magical powers that they are learning to control and the Dhampirs, train to be their body guards, by relying on their inhuman strength.

I read the entire series and was pulled in from the first book. With the movie I can't tell how many books it goes through by the previews, but I hope some of my favourite parts are in it. I will admit the books did kind of stop dropping in the middle of the series and you kind of want to slap some of the really annoying characters. The last book is really good though, but you would have to read the entire series to understand what it actually going on. If your into teenage vampires then you will probably like this book, but there is also a good amount of fighting and adventure that is sure to keep you entertained.

Till Next Time!!!!

Ashley

Rating: 3/5 Vampire Academy movie posters.....

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Always Mr. Wrong" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Hello my luvs!!!!!

  Today I have the honor of reviewing my good friend, Joanne Rawson's newest book "Always Mr. Wrong", which was just released today!!!! I had the pleasure of reading this book before it came out and I have to say I loved every minute of it.





Here is the summary from this thrilling book....

  "Clare Darby is feeling restless, but can't quite put her finger on why. Her life is in order, so what is the problem? When her daughter asks what she really wants for Christmas how can Clare tell her all she wants is to get laid. All her life she has fallen for Mr. Wrong. Will she ever find Mr. Right?"

Clare Darby, is a single woman caring for her daughter, and all she wants is to get laid. Her husband left her for a younger woman and her friends want her to jump back into the dating scene. When she goes to a party her best friend is throwing, she goes will all hopes to get laid, but when she gets there it's all as she says "nerds". But not every one there is a nerd, when she comes face to face with an old crush, she doesn't know what to do. I won't tell you anymore, because I fear in my excitement about this book I will give something away and I don't want to.

I will give you a warning, this book does contain some really steamy and descriptive sex scenes, but don't make that stop you from reading this book. Like all of Joanne's masterpieces, this one does not disappoint, it will have you laughing and comparing it to your life, which when I did I kind of realized I needed to get out more.

"Always Mr. Wrong", will have you believing that no matter how many jerks, excuse my French, jackasses, or bad guys out there, don't ever give up on finding Mr. Right. Every princess you have ever read about had to fight for her prince and what Joanne has built in Clare will have you wanting to never give up on finding that one frog who turns out to be the prince of your dreams, and who knows he could be someone you met a long time ago, but never forgot.

If you want to read more about Joanne and other authors like her on Melange books, here are the links below:

http://authorjoannerawson.blogspot.com/

http://www.melange-books.com


Happy Reading Pigeons!!!!

Ashley

Rating: 5/5 What I believe all us girls chant at some point in our lives, I know I have more times then I can count...... 

Monday, February 10, 2014

"Unhinged" (A Dark Ashley Review)

Hello fellow readers,

  I just as of yesterday finished the second book in the "Splintered" series "Unhinged" and can I just say A. G. Howard you did it to me again. With the first book I was rooting for Morpheous, because who doesn't love a bad boy, who takes care of the girl he loves, and in the second my heart started getting torn between Jeb and Morpheous. But, I will always be a Morpheous girl, especially with the little curve ball A. G. Howard throws her readers, that I must admit had me squealing like a teenage girl at a Justin Beiber concert. Plus, the one part of it that had me going out and buying this book....wait for it...MORPHEOUS IS ON THE COVER!!!!!!!!! See below:






(Le sigh....so sexy) Here is the summary taken from Goodreads....

  "Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head."


If you read the first one and loved it, how could you not, then you will love this one even more. "Unhinged" takes you further into Alyssa's life as she struggles to come to terms with the two sides of herself and her heart. There will be secrets unleashed in this book, that I can guarantee you will have no idea they are coming until you are hit with them. Your heart will break for Alyssa and then you will be wanting to slap her for some of the things she does, or really doesn't do. But, nothing prepares you for the bomb A. G. Howard drops on you and trust me when you read it you will want it to come true so bad. The ending to this book was amazing and kinda goes back to the beginning, but I am not going to tell you how. I can't wait until next year when the final instalment comes out, I am excited to see how it all ends, but will be sad to see it ended. If you haven't read this book, you need to and you will want to read it again and again!!!!

Happy Reading!!!!

Ashley

Rating: 5/5 sexy guys who could pass for a real life Morpheous......

Thursday, February 6, 2014

"Walk of Spirits" and Hospitals (a weird Lexi review)

Hello, great Readers!

So, my Papaw is in the hospital, and I'm staying with him tonight. He's doing better, but I wanted y'all to know I'm not ignoring the blog or anything. So no post on Tuesday; I was pretty busy taking care of the house, my Mamaw, and our dogs. Prayers and good thoughts would be appreciated. :)

Okay, so today's book is Walk of Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusick.


Summary: "When Miranda Barnes first sees the sleepy town of St. Yvette, Louisiana, with its moss-draped trees, above-ground cemeteries, and her grandfather’s creepy historic home, she realizes that life as she knew it is officially over. Almost immediately, there seems to be something cloying at her. Something lonely and sad and . . . very pressing. Even at school and in the group project she’s been thrown into, she can’t escape it. Whispers when she’s alone, shadows when no one is there to make them, and a distant pleading voice that wakes her from sleep. The other members in Miranda’s group project, especially handsome Etienne, can see that Miranda is in distress. She is beginning to understand that, like her grandfather before her, she has a special gift of communicating with spirits who still walk the town of St. Yvette. And no matter where she turns, Miranda feels bound by their whispered pleas for help . . . unless she can somehow find a way to bring them peace." (Danke, Goodreads!)

This book was so good. The acceptance of Miranda from the others seemed a bit too fast, though. I did like the idea, though. However, it could be dragging at times. I did love the love story though, and the ghost hunting. Otherwise, it was "meh." Compared to other novels in this category, especially with novels like the Lily Dale series, the situations and dynamic of the characters just didn't stand out enough for me.

In Conclusion: It's interesting. Flip a coin to decide whether to read it or not.


Rating:
3/5 footprints


XOXO,
Lexi

Monday, February 3, 2014

"Still Star-Crossed" (A happy Ashley Review)

Hello my friends!!!!

  I just finished reading this amazing book and couldn't wait to share it with you. "Still Star-Crossed" by Melinda Taub, is an amazing and thrilling story. It takes place a week after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. The events that follow will leave you guessing until the end and the surprise is a doozy.






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

  "Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo's affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there's no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself."

What the author has done with this story will leave you breathless and wanting to read it again. In the story of "Romeo and Juliet" the main characters are mentioned only a little, but from this story you get to dive into their world and connect with them on a deeper level. Any lover of "Romeo and Juliet", will love this amazing and thrilling story.

I will admit when I bought this book, it stayed on my shelf for months until I decided I should read it. When I start this book, I couldn't put it down and couldn't believe I waited so long to read it. It gives you a side of Shakespeare's Verona as you have never seen it. It will show you the aftermath of the death's of Romeo and Juliet and how it affected their families. This should be on everyone's must reads and I promise you won't be disappointed.

Enjoy!!!!!

 Ashley


Rating: 5/5 photos of what I believe would be Rosaline and Benvolio.......

Saturday, February 1, 2014

"Save the Enemy" (a kidnapping Lexi review)

Readers,

Hope your weekend is well!!! Today's book is Save the Enemy by Arin Greenwood.



Summary: "Everything has been downhill since Zoey Trask’s mother was murdered in a random mugging. Her younger brother, Ben, is on the autistic spectrum and needs constant supervision. It’s senior year, and she’s the new girl at a weird private school in Old Town Alexandria, VA, full of kids who seem too nice to be true—including a very cute boy named Pete. Aside from half-forgotten martial arts and survivalist skills that her widowed father insisted on teaching her (because that is excellent for her social life), Zoey has nothing to offer Pete or anyone else.  
 
Then Dad is kidnapped. Zoey suddenly finds herself sole caretaker of a younger brother she barely understands. Worse, Ben seems to hold the key to their father’s disappearance in his Dream Diary, a bizarre journal of names and places Ben claims that their mother shares from beyond the grave. And as if Zoey doesn’t have enough on her plate, there’s Pete, who stubbornly refuses to leave her side.
Relying on the skills she never wanted to learn—Dad might have had his reasons after all—Zoey is plunged into a lethal battle to rescue her father, protect her brother, and determine the identity of her family’s true enemy." (Thank you, Goodreads!)

Um, so this was interesting, but honestly too slow to keep my attention. It took a long time for me to read this one. The mystery was interesting, but just not believable enough, and it was just weird. I had no attention for this novel.

In Conclusion: Feel free to skip this one.

Rating:

1/5 punching bag

XOXO,
Lexi