Saturday, April 19, 2014

"See Me" (a wee little post by Lexi)

Readers,

I am getting mucho better, especially recently! One of the books I've been reading is See Me by Wendy Higgins.


Summary: "While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she was led to believe. 

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people." (Thanks, Goodreads!!!)

Now, this novel is totally nothing I'm usually reading at all. I mean, fairies? Leprechauns? What the-? I don't read that kind of stuff. But this novel seemed interesting, especially with the whole "arranged marriage" thing. I ended up truly liking this novel. It was very good, and the writing itself was great! I don't think that there was anything I would have changed. Though there's magical beings and situations involved, there were situations that were teenage and family issues as well. This entire novel was whole (no detail missing), and I truly liked it. The magic got me in the end, as did the imagery. Everything was so thoroughly done, the details fun and whole.

In Conclusion: Go for it!

Rating:

4/5 of Ash and I's favorite leprechauns... (GO NOTRE DAME!!!)



XOXO,

Lexi


Friday, April 18, 2014

"Anton Chekhov's Short Stories" (A Thoughtful Ashley Review)

Happy Friday!!!!!!

   I thought I would end the week off with an author that I fell in love with while reading one of his short stories in my college English class. "Anton Chekhov's Short Stories" by Anton Chekhov, is a collection of 34 of his best short stories.




Here is the summary and the list of stories you will find in this book taken straight from Goodreads....

   "The thirty-four stories in this volume span Chekhov's creative career. They present a wide spectrum of comic and serious themes and a variety of techniques. (His short novels, available in another Norton volume, Seven Short Novels by Chekhov, have been omitted.) Two of the stories have been translated for this edition by Professor Matlaw; the other translations, by Constance Garnett, Ivy Litvinov, and Marian Fell, have been revised in accordance with contemporary usage. Footnotes have been supplied wherever necessary to explain peculiarities of Russian life and the historical era in which Chekhov lived and wrote.

"Backgrounds" includes a rich selection of Chekhov's letters, in new translations by Professor Matlaw, and Gorky's celebrated essay on Chekhov, translated by Ivy Litvinov. The critical essays offer general views of Chekhov's art and achievement and detailed analyses of particular stories. The critics are D. S. Mirsky, A. B. Derman (whose essay has been translated from the Russian especially for this edition), Renato Poggioli, Gleb Struve, Donald Rayfield, Karl Kramer, Virginia Llewellyn Smith, and Nils Ake Nilsson.

A Selected Bibliography directs readers to resources for further study.

Chameleon (1884) --
Oysters (1884) --
A living chronology (1885) --
The huntsman (1885) --
Misery (1886) --
The requiem (1886) --
Anyuta (1886) --
Agatha (1886) --
Grisha (1886) --
A gentleman friend (1886) --
The chorus girl (1886)--
Dreams (1886) --
Vanka (1886)--
At home (1887) --
The siren's song (1887) --
Sleepy (1888) --
The grasshopper (1892) --
In exile --
Rothschild's fiddle (1894) --
The student (1894) --
The teacher of literature (1889-94) --
Whitebrow (1895) --
Anna on the neck (1895) --
The house with the mansard (1896) --
The pecheneg (1898)--
A journey by cart (1897) --
The man in a case (1898) --
Gooseberries (1898) --
About love (1898) --
A doctor's visit (1902) --
The darling (1899) --
The lady with the dog (1899) --
The bishop (1902) --
The betrothed (1903)."


The two stories I recommend are "Gooseberries" and "The Lady with the dog". I loved them both and can't wait to read some more of his short stories. Anton was a Russian writer and the imagination that he brings into his stories will transport you to another time and era. They are some of his most classic stories and I believe will have you thinking on a different level.

Until Next Time!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Photos of Anton Chekhov...... 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Autumn Rose" (A Tired Ashey Review)

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!!

  So, I have been putting some crazy hours into work and haven't gotten to blog as much as I have wanted to. I am going to try to keep up with my old schedule of blogging every week, and I am going to try to stick with it this time. Today I bring you a sequel to another book I reviewed which was "Dinner With A Vampire". The sequel is titled "Autumn Rose" by Abigail Gibbs, and it tells the story of another character that you got introduced to in "Dinner With A Vampire".





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

   "Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves. But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?

In Autumn Rose, book two of her breath taking series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines."

Autumn Rose, is just trying to save the school that she is guardian of and trying to stay under the radar as far as possible. She has to protect humans from dark forces and it is hard to do when the guardian before you got someone killed. When an unexpected visitor arrives at the school, Autumn's world is thrown into a colossal spin. But, with forces out to hurt her and the humans she is supposed to protect, will she be able to protect them or will she fail and follow into the footsteps of the guardian before her?

I know the description is not a lot to go on, but I hope it has you a little interested. I can't really say anymore about this book without giving something away. I can say that it is told in two person's points of view, just like the first book. I am kind of interested in what she is going to come out with next in this series because there are still a lot of questions un answered.

I would recommend reading the first book, if you haven't already, just so you can kind of get the backstory, because characters from the first book come into the second book as well. You don't have to because this book can stand alone on its own, it would just help you connect with the story and characters a lot more.

Enjoy!!!!

 
Ashley

Rating: 4/5 Autumn Roses...... 

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Dorothy Must Die" (A Wicked Ashley Review)

Hello out there in reader world!!!!!

  I have just finished the most amazing book and couldn't wait to review it. "Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige, is such an amazingly dark and different take on "The Wizard of Oz". I know the title kind of makes you go what in the world, but once you read the description and start reading it you will be so hooked and in love with this book.





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

  "I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!"


The Oz that you have read about as kids or watched come to live before your eyes in "The Wizard of Oz, is so much different then anything you could have imagined. The Wicked Witches are good and the Good Witches are bad, plus the Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow, that we have all come to love are a whole lot darker than they used to be. You also get to met new characters as you follow Amy as she tries to make sense of the world she was dropped into.

This is the beginning of a series and what a way to start a new series. The detail that Danielle puts into her imaginary Oz will have you feeling and seeing this new dark world come to life. This book should be read and enjoyed by everyone and anyone, who love remakes on classic stories. I won't give anything away, but there are a lot of descriptive death scenes and torture scenes, but if you can get through them, then you will not be disappointed.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 Casts of Tin Man....... 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"The Edge of Falling" & My (Temp) New Job (a falling review by Lexi)

Readers,

Why have I not written? I started a new job that it turns out I don't need, and that I'm allergic to (well, the cleaner they use). Starbucks. Yep. Yes, they started me a week early with long shifts on both Tuesday and Thursday. Thankfully I got today off, but my computer refused to work at my brother's school where I took him and waited for him. Oh, and no, I don't drink or like coffee at all, nor do I know a cappuccino v. an espresso, and I'll never get why people would want so much dang caramel in their drinks... However, the people rock, and I've already made some awesome friends. I just still suck at some drinks, but I rock the frappachinos!

Anywho, today's book was an interesting one. It's The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle.


Summary: "Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well." (Thank you, Goodreads! You are amazing!)

Caggie has many secrets. She's the everygirl that's trying to hold everything together as a teen while everything is falling apart in her world. Her thinking is reminiscent of myself, and I say this because she can't see what's going on with herself. She thinks that she's standing tall and fooling everybody, but how far can she go with that without people finding out the truth(s)?

The story is complex, and you'll want to read it all the way through to get down to the bottom of everything. This story touched my heart, and I'll never forget the way Caggie's life has been portrayed, because it feels all too real. This also shows how many people grieve, and how everybody has their own way to do so. Also, it shows how families and people can be torn to pieces because they don't get eachother's grieving, and see it as ridiculous or nonexistent. This really is a great novel that is relatable whether you've lost somebody or not. It's one of the best fiction books -- without fantasy -- that I've read. I kept wanting to get through the novel, and noticed that, at the end, I was wrong in thinking the novel was tedious/bad. Just hold on during parts that seem boring, and read the book from beginning to end. I promise you won't regret it.

In Conclusion: Please read this one!


Rating:

4/5 skyscrapers



Till next time, Lovelies!!!

XOXO,
Lexi

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Undressing Mr. Darcy" (A Disappointed Ashley Review)

Good Afternoon fellow readers,

  So, I hate to start the blog week off on a bad note, but I have to. "Undressing Mr. Darcy" by Karen Doornebos, started off good, but when I got to the kicker, I was highly disappointed. I was so excited to read this book, because I love Mr. Darcy and thought it would be a very good read. Yes it had a happy ending, but I had to skip after I found the kicker to the end just to see how it ended.





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

  "Taking it off in the name of history…
Thirty-five-year-old American social media master Vanessa Roberts lives her thoroughly modern life with aplomb. So when her elderly Jane Austen�centric aunt needs her to take on the public relations for Julian Chancellor, a very private man from England who’s written a book called My Year as Mr. Darcy, Vanessa agrees. But she’s not �excessively diverted,” as Jane Austen would say.

Hardbound books, teacups, and quill pens fly in the face of her e-reader, coffee, and smartphone…

…Until she sees Julian take his tight breeches off for his Undressing Mr. Darcy show, an educational striptease” down to his drawers to promote his book and help save his crumbling estate. The public relations expert suddenly realizes things have gotten…personal. But can this old-fashioned man claim her heart without so much as a GPS? It will take three festivals filled with Austen fans, a trip to England, an old frenemy, and a flirtatious pirate re-enactor to find out…."

This was a good likeable book and I am happy with the person Vanessa ends up with, but I can't get over the kicker and how it all went down. It was a great concept and I only liked it to a point, but I couldn't stand when the main character became so obsessed with a guy and ignoring an awesome guy right in front of her face. What I don't understand is how can an author start with a strong character and then turn that strong character into someone you just loose all respect for and want to slap.

That is all I can say about this book......and I hate saying that I really do.

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Rating: 3/5 photos of my sexy Mr. Darcy......