Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Inherit Midnight (a daring review by Lexi)

Hey, our rockstar readers!

Happy April Fool's! But don't think we'll be pulling any jokes on you today in this post!

Long time, no write! Started a new job where I'm on the computer all day, so guess where I'm not when I get home, lol. And life? Omg. It's gotten in the way of everything. However, I'm making this blog a great big priority again, since I truly miss this, and you guys, who are wonderful and continue to support us!!! Hopefully, I'll have enough time to get back to my four days a week schedule. If not, I'll tell y'all the newest schedule soon!

So today's book was one where I knew would either be a hit or miss with me just based on how far the author could go with it. It's Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers!

Summary: "The Competition: Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe.

There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:

Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself.

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?" (Thank you, Goodreads!)

(Now, let's see if I can do this review without revealing anything at all, because I think you should truly walk as blind as possible into this book like I did...)

This book was a whirlwind of adventure! When I said I wanted this novel to be taken to the extreme and needed the author to go far with it, I was serious, and I was certainly not let down in the least! This novel was soooo much fun, and Avery traveled to places that I wanted to go, as well as places I hadn't dreamed of! The competition was amazing, and I was so dazzled with it all!

As for the other base story, which was Avery and her relationships with others, I was also very impressed. I half-expected this to be super sappy, and thank God it wasn't. The relationships and any changes made in them were valid and realistic in nature. And Avery's love interest? He was hott, and the way things played out in the book were just exactly what was needed.

The ending was a big surprise, and I'm so happy that I read this book. It's certainly one I'll be reading over and over again!

In Conclusion: This book is incredible, and I really hope you guys read it.

Recommendations: Read this when overcome with some wanderlust and want for some serious adventure!


7/7 continents

Till next time!!!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Love, Lucy" (an EXCITING review by Lexi)

Our dear readers,

Hello today! So we're going to be talking about the book Love, Lucy by April Lindner today! I wrote a celebration post, and April herself created a playlist and wrote about it in our last post, so check those both out before you read this! Otherwise, keep reading...

I'm in love with this cover!
Summary: "While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too." (Thanks, Goodreads!)

Review: This book is amazing. I didn't expect any less from this author though, as her other two books are great as well! (Check out Jane and Catherine by April Lindner, too!) I have to say that this book is up for book of the year already for me. Lucy did exactly what I aspire to do -- travel to a foreign country across the pond. Her personality and actions are all realistic, and she'll have you grimacing with embarrassment and frustration, loving along with her, and aspiring to live out your dreams. Jesse is a guy who we all hope to run into and fall for in our lives, too. His character is surprising at points, but also sweet, and he leaves us hopeful. All I can say (without giving anything away) is that this book will have you on the edge of your seat, wanting the novel to at least tie up every loose end, which, of course, it does.

Recommendation: You may want to read this one in one sitting once you start, but make sure you read this on a weekend where you have enough time to do this. Eat some candy (sour gummy worms are best), sit in the sunshine (or at least sunshine spot on a chair inside), and read away! It's too good to read any other way!

Rating: 5/5 Italian flags

Till next time!



Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Love, Lucy Playlist by April Lindner (an awesome guest post!!!)

Hello, readers,

Today is going to be dedicated to Love, Lucy playlist, and read what the creator, author April Lindner, has to say about it!

The following is written by April Lindner (YAY!!!):

When I graduated from college, my parents gave me the gift of a lifetime: two months backpacking solo through Europe.  I climbed an Alp in Switzerland, took the Sound of Music Tour in Austria, rode a Bateau Mouche in Paris, and ate fish and chips in the general vicinity of John Cleese in London—but nothing thrilled me as much as my time in Italy.  Maybe my abiding love of all things Italian can be explained by the fact that I’m half Italian.  Maybe it’s because I studied the language in college and can bluff my way through conversations with cabdrivers and waiters.  Or maybe it’s the art, the architecture, the amazing food, the warmhearted Italians, or the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Whatever the reason, I go back to Italy whenever I can (not often enough!) and, the rest of the time, I rely on music to transport me back to the land of my dreams. I can shut my eyes and listen, and suddenly I’m riding an overnight train into Florence, wandering through a sun-drenched piazza, hearing a street musician’s guitar, and falling in love all over again.

In putting together a playlist for my new novel, Love, Lucy, I chose songs with the power to jolt me back into Lucy’s world.  Here’s what you need to know about the plot of Love, Lucy: the summer before Lucy Sommersworth goes off to college, her parents send her on her very own backpacking trip of a lifetime to Europe, but there’s one little catch—she has to give up her dreams of an acting career and enroll as a business major at Forsythe University, her father’s alma mater.  In Florence, Lucy finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food—and with Jesse Palladino, a footloose street musician.  Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.”  But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over—or does it?

For Lucy’s playlist, I’ve chosen a mix of American rock and European pop. Here are some highlights:

  • The first song, Check In by Fiamma Fumana perfectly captures the buzz of an airport’s busy international terminal, the sheer excitement of being about to hop on a plane to Europe for the very first time.
  •  Lucy and her friend Charlene land in Paris, then backpack on to Salzberg, Vienna, and Munich, so I have tossed in some of Lucy’s favorite songs in German and French: Ne Me Quitte Pas by Regina Spektor; Elle Me Dit by Mika (a British pop star I first discovered in a cafĂ© in Rome); and Madchen Mit Plan by 2raumwohnung.
  • Italy is meant to be the trip’s grand finale for Lucy, and it’s the place where she meets and falls for Jesse. Songs like Cosa Hai Messo Nel Caffe by Malika Ayane, Come un Pittore by Moda, and Fammi Dormire by Matteo Beccuci capture the tenderness and excitement of a summer love in romantic Florence, Italy.
  • Finally, I’ve tossed in some songs in English for good measure—We are Golden by Mika, Every Single Body Else, by Butch Walker, Whole World With You by Willie Nile—songs that capture the excitement of an American in Europe for the very first time—making new friends, walking through thrilling new landscapes, and saying yes to adventure.

Thank you to April Lindner for an awesome blog post today!!! We appreciate it!!!

Till next time, readers!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Love, Lucy" Release!!! (an EXCITING Lexi celebration)

Hello, all!!!

I have been reading nonstop for awhile, and am ready to post about lots of books for you guys!!! My favorite one so far has been Love, Lucy by April Lindner!!! I read it a month or so ago, but couldn't post about it because it was an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy). So I've been waiting and waiting and trying to distract myself till I could post about it; that's how much I love it!!! It just came out yesterday, so let's get on with the celebration!!! (Expect a formal review plus lots of fun content tomorrow!!!)

Here's the GORGEOUS cover:

I officially announce it as my favorite book thus far. I LOVE April Lindner's other novels, but this one just resonated with the wanderlust in me.

John Green described it best: "I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met."

This novel is just amazing, you guys. I know you all will love it!

This book also gave me hope as a girl who is going through a quarterlife crisis. I'll explain more tomorrow, but if you're a traveler (truly or at heart), want to follow your dreams, terrified of the future, or just want to escape into and/or just read an amazing novel, celebrate this book release with me!!!

Look forward to tomorrow for lots of fun things having to do with the book!!!

Till next time!!!