Monday, September 29, 2014

"Zoe North" (An Excited Ashley Review)

Good Afternoon Readers,

  I know that I have not been blogging like I used to, but I have been so busy with work and am about to take a lot more responsibility at my job. I have come back today with a most wonderful book, that I believe any unmarried, single woman needs to read. My friend, the amazing Joanne Rawson, has done it again with her new story "Zoe North", which I of course feel in love with the minute, I started to read it. It is witty and has another of Joanne's signature, head strong, powerful, and independent female character.


Here is the synopsis of this amazing one of a kind story.......

  "Zoe North walked down the aisle, aware that all eyes were on her. She knew she should be savouring this moment, yet all she could focus on was the man at the altar the man that, in a few minutes from now, would be promising to spend the rest of his life with her.

As the vicar starts the wedding ceremony, Zoe recalls her turbulent, two-year relationship with Dale Kennedy, literally, falling head over heels but not in love, when they first meet.

A night dancing at a salsa, club leads to more than she bargained for. An ultimatum that could change Zoe’s life forever and a honeymoon she will never forget.

A witty, spicy, story of love, friendship and never expecting the inevitable."

Zoe is your typical single, girl who is very clumsy, which who isn't? She meets Dale, who at first seems like a gigantic asshole, but they get to know each other and fall in love. Zoe has a best friend, who tries to tell her it is too soon, but she doesn't listen. When something happens and it seems like her best friend was right,all you can think of while reading this amazing story is will Zoe get the man of her dreams or end up single forever?

What I loved most about this amazing story, I was able to relate to Zoe and it makes you think, just like all of Joanne's wonderful stories do. Joanne has a way of writing her characters as strong, independent woman that a normal woman can relate to. You don't get that in just any book, which makes all of Joanne's a diamond in the rough, to read over and over again. This book will have you laughing and rooting for Zoe hoping she gets her happily ever after.

Enjoy,

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 wedding bouquets.....

You can find more about Joanne at the following website:

http://authorjoannerawson.blogspot.in
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Geek GIFs -- the arty and the funny!!!!! (a randomness post by Lexi)

To the awesome readers, new & old,

Regulars: So I know it's not Sunday, but I thought I'd do a fun mini-post just for these!!! (The first one was my inspiration!!!)


Newbies: If you're new to this blog, please venture out to our other Sunday posts for fun, random things, and to our book reviews for your next book with some humor and Disney and just our general flair added with it!


Everybody: By the way, I've been reading a lot. and I'm now building up my awesome laptop again (had to start from scratch), so just wait and you'll be getting reviews for books like Jackaby, Illusions of Fate, and more!!!!!




ONTO THE GIFs...



(also known as our bedrooms... and any room we go into, lol)
Just beautiful, honestly. Whoever made this, thank you!!!


... which is how she achieved both in her mind.


("The Craft")


Twirl for books!


So cool...


I like big books and I can't deny...


stacks and stacks and stacks...


So neat!


so cool


Loverly


ka-boom!


When the book just kills you and nobody understands it like you...


Cliffhanger


Yes.


WAIT. WHAT???


or maybe five...


DON'T TOUCH MY BABY!


Best dog...


Made me dream of a sliding ladder...


Inhale deeply, my friend, and sigh with love...


Hope y'all loved these!!! Leave us some links or such with your favorite gifs!!!


Till next time!!!


XOXO,

Lexi

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Girl Talk" (a gut-busting Lexi review)

Our Awesome Readers,

Hello again! I have a little access to my laptop, so I decided to go ahead and blog! Today's novel is freaking awesome and hilarious! It's Girl Talk by Christie Young.


Summary: "Breaking from the tradition of buttoned-up guides for girls, Girl Talk is an illustrated collection of hysterically funny and necessary reflections on life, love, and making it in the modern world.
Combining etiquette tips with true stories from her own not always quite together life, Christie Young proves herself to be adept around managing life’s vicissitudes. Whether you seek advice on handling running out of booze during the holidays or running into your ex on the subway, Girl Talk offers the keys to coping in a world bereft of rhyme or reason.

Let’s talk about:
   • Realizing you look exactly like your boyfriend’s sister
   • Overthinking text messages and analyzing emoticons
   • Looking calm in a bar alone (without the help an iPhone)
   • Accidentally stealing something from the farmer’s market
   • Choosing between getting to work on time or showering
   • Responding to a sexy text your uncle meant to send to his girlfriend
   • Organizing your wardrobe, from crop tops to bolo ties
   • Handling a roommate who rents out your living room to strangers
   • Kicking your Netflix sci-fi marathon habit
And much, much more." (Thank you, Barnes & Noble!!!)

So this novel is an unconventional advice book that actually is helpful, but will have you giggling on page one! You'll learn how to deal with being out on your own, where to find your own life, friends, and best spots for music and life in general. You'll learn how to throw a great party as well. It teaches while you're laughing! This is awesome because I've read TONS of books with advice for young women, from things like this to those with manners, but NEVER have I ever read something this hilarious and with actually things I wanted to know. So I'll take this book's advice, smiling through life.

Rating:
6+/5 smiles


Till next time!!!

XOXO,
Lexi

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hackers Are Not Fun -- Tips (a post by Lexi)

Dearest Readers,

We are working on this issue as much as possible. (Well, actually, my dad's friend is, as he was the one who got hacked and then it spread from him to my house and his job and such.) Anywho, it should be cleared up in the next few days, and hopefully our network will never be hacked again.

Just a few tips if you get deeply hacked:

  • Cover your camera on your computer when it's on. Even if the light isn't blinking or lit up, they can still see you.
  • Don't say anything around your computer when it's on. The stereo may not look like it's on but they can still hear you.
  • Go into recovery mode and back everything up onto an external hard drive. In fact, do this weekly so if you do get hacked or anything happens to your computer, you can just wipe it and start again. I recommend one that has large storage capabilities. Mine's 3 TB, which means I'll probably never fill it, but hey, better safe than sorry.
  • Don't solve the problem yourself. Go to a professional or an awesome computer/IT person, especially one that you know and trust.
  • Be careful with the info you save in documents on your computer. It's safer to have them on paper hidden in your house than to save every password or a credit card number or anything on your computer.
  • And, last, but not least, don't download anything that you don't know is completely safe, or this can happen to you.
That's all. Don't want to make you paranoid, just want to ensure y'all are safe from this. This has been a deep hack (from laptops to iPads to even our phones!!!), and it's been frustrating and terrifying. So be safe out there, you guys!!!

We'll be posting soon!!!


XOXO,

Lexi



Saturday, September 13, 2014

We got Hacked by Ashley

Good Morning Readers,

  We just wanted to let you know that we were victims of the multiple people using Gmail who got hacked. If you try to send us an email and we don't responded, please don't think we are ignoring you, because we are not. Please be patient with us as we figure out what we need to do to secure the email better.

Once there is a solution, example if we have to change the email address, we will let yall know so that yall can get in contact with us. Also, please feel free to post on our Facebook page. We love to hear from our readers and love to hear what yall are reading.

I know I have been absent from the blog for a while and for that I am truly sorry, I have just been really busy at work and  haven't had the time. But, I have been reading some amazing books that I want to share with yall and I will try to get back into the habit, so I can start blogging again, because I really do miss it.

Alexis has been keeping this blog alive, which I am grateful to have such an amazing, strong woman as my friend and family.

We love our readers and I promise we will bring you the best books or the worst books we read and we are doing what we love!!!!

Please keep following us and being patient because in the end it will pay off!!!!




Best Wishes!!!!!

Ashley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"The Secret of Isobel Key" (a Scottish Lexi review)

Our Awesome Readers,

Hello again!

Ever had one of those novels that takes you into them, those ones that you absorb yourself into? This was one of them for me. It was the perfect combination of the past, the present, and some spooky coincidences. It's The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel.


Summary: "Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Fresh out of college, she’s unemployed and unsure of herself. But when she gets the chance to escape to Scotland with her best friend, it could be the answer to her quest for self-discovery. The trip is not at all what she expected, especially when her tour guide turns out to be the dreamy historian Brian, and together they embark on a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

They set out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but Lou isn’t prepared for the knowledge that awaits her. She must face her own demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.
Flashing between seventeenth century Scotland and a contemporary romance, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY is a mystery that will please readers of all ages." (All thanks to Goodreads for this summary!)

So Lou was easy to relate to. See, she was in a quarter-life crisis after graduating college, which is a big, normal phenomenon these days. When you're confused on what to do next in your life, when you know you have a purpose and that something big is about to happen, but you just don't know what either is. This is what Lou experiences when she quits what was supposed to be a temporary job that turned into a full-time one (we've all been there, huh, twenty-somethings?). Then she's surprised with a trip to Scotland, which she tries to embrace fully. While being immersed into the mysteries and past injustices of Scotland, it doesn't hurt that there's a hott Scottish guy that walks into the picture.

I was hooked immediately. This novel was soooooo good, and made me want to travel to Scotland myself, ASAP. (Okay, some actors I love are Scottish, so this book just amped up my need. I love those accents!) Anyways, this novel seriously had me reading it as much as I could, which hadn't happened in this manner in a long time! It's such a marvelous book!

In Conclusion: READ THIS NOVEL. This is especially if you're in your teens, twenties, or even early thirties!

Suggestions: If you have some wanderlust, but are not sure how to get to it, or just questioning yourself, go for this book. If you want to learn something, read this novel. If you want an AMAZING and developed story with characters who are more than worth it, read this novel. In other words, read this whenever you want, wherever you can. Stormy days are always great though!

Rating:
5/5 Scottish Pounds

Till next time!


XOXO,
Lexi

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Perfected" (a dolly review by Lexi)

Dearest Readers,

Hi! Thanks for joining us today! I promise you won't regret it!

Today's novel makes a person think about no only the future, but the present. It's Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch.



Summary: "Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.
But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death." (Yay, Goodreads!!!)

This novel seriously had me contemplating whether this will ever happen or not. Will we see/breed humans as pets one day? Will it have the same effect as it does in this novel? It was seriously a great thing to consider the meaning of it all.

The characters were good. I liked Ella, the main character, and how I got to experience everything new all over again. She could be tedious at times, but maybe that was just the book itself. Some of it I felt was unnecessary. Anywho, Penn was adorable, as was Ruby, his little sister. I think that we can relate to Ella, as a female, and in some of the things that she's feeling and going through. I think that makes the novel an easy read.

In Conclusion & Suggestions: Read it on your own time, and stick with it because the ending is actually pretty good.

Rating:

3/5 gowns


Till next time!

XOXO,
Lexi

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Comic Strips... (Reason and Fun Sunday post by Lexi)

Hello, Readers,

Since the very first comic strip was printed in an American newspaper on September 11th, 1875, I'm going to be putting some on here today...







Till next time!!!!!

XOXO,
Lexi

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Faces of the Dead" (a ghastly Lexi review)

Dear Readers,

I was worried I wouldn't really get into today's book because it's a historical fiction novel, but I was wrong! It's Faces of the Dead by Suzanne Weyn. (She's seriously an awesome author...)


Summary: "When Marie-Therese, daughter of Marie Antoinette, slips into the streets of Paris at the height of the French Revolution, she finds a world much darker than what she's ever known.

When Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France learns of the powerful rebellion sweeping her country, the sheltered princess is determined to see the revolution for herself. Switching places with a chambermaid, the princess sneaks out of the safety of the royal palace and into the heart of a city in strife.
Soon the princess is brushing shoulders with revolutionaries and activists. One boy in particular, Henri, befriends her and has her questioning the only life she's known. When the princess returns to the palace one night to find an angry mob storming its walls, she's forced into hiding in Paris. Henri brings her to the workshop of one Mademoiselle Grosholtz, whose wax figures seem to bring the famous back from the dead, and who looks at Marie-Thérèse as if she can see all of her secrets. There, the princess quickly discovers there's much more to the outside world - and to the mysterious woman's wax figures - than meets the eye." (Thank you, Goodreads!)

Okay, so the book was a bit slow in a couple of places (at least to me, but I know others may argue with me about this). This novel taught me a lot about Marie Antoinette and the rest of her family, and the revolution/uprising. I also loved the spooky parts, and think that the beginnings of some of the most well-known people in history that were suggested in here were just great! The characters were well-developed and fun. The main character was daring for a princess, and was strong, so I truly respected her. Her story was just fun and intriguing, and I loved it. Her love interest was a great one, and working with who would eventually be Madame Tussaud was fun! I hope y'all like it as much as I did!

In Conclusion and Suggestions: Read this novel. It's a great one, so stick with it. Read it when you want something a bit spooky, but also sweet and daring.


Rating:
4/5 wax figures (hard to rate)


Till next time!


XOXO,
Lexi

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Before I Die" (a long-term review by Lexi)

Dear Loverly Readers,

(If you got the "loverly" reference, awesome! lol)

I'm currently watching "Torchwood" for the first/second time, and am loving it. This has nothing at all to do with this novel I'm about to review, but it's an awesome show, so go watch it on BBC America.

Anywho, today's novel scared me at first. I knew what it was about before I read it, and I was terrified that it would put me into a depression, or make me cry. It was a difficult read because I was waiting for the show to drop and for me to bawl for a few days, but thankfully, it didn't! It's Before I Die by Jenny Downham.


Summary: "Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of normal life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out." (A huge thank you to Goodreads!!!)

This novel is very inspiring. As a girl with not much more time to live, Tessa experiences very realistic emotions, wanting to live as much as she can before she withers away. She's a hero in a novel full of hardships, and she's so inspirational. This novel shows that we should live out our dreams and wants with no one stopping us while we still can! The story is sweet and great and full of emotion, and I loved it a lot. I don't want to give anything away, so I'm going to stop here and let you guys read this and figure it out. (By the way, it is so great, and you won't go into a depression because of it; I promise.)

In Conclusion & Suggestions: This novel is a great one, so go for it! It'll inspire you! I say read it whenever you want; there's no bad time to read it.

Rating:

5/5 syringes


Till next time!

XOXO,
Lexi