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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Being Sloane Jacobs

Being Sloane Jacobs Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I really enjoyed this cute and fluffy romance read.

Sloane Devon and Sloane Emily are two skaters.

Sloane Emily was a figure skater. She worked really hard to get where she was. Her dad was a politition, so she was always in the spotlight. When her parents sent her to figure skating camp, she just got mad.

Sloane Devon was a hockey player. She was very tough and had a reputation of having a short temper. When she beats up a player on the ice at her last game of the season, she was sent to hockey camp by her coach.

Summary from Goodreads:
When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

I started this book because it looked adorable. I think it was recommended to me on goodreads. I love a good switch story, no matter how unrealistic. This story was no exception. It was basically "The Parent Trap" with teen characters instead of kids, ice stating, and a little more violence/romance. It was a great contemporary with little substance.

This book was VERY, and I mean very unrealistic. How likely is it that both camps were in the same city, at the same time. The girls were basically the same size, despite their obvious body type differences. They stayed in the same hotel at the same night, and just happened to have the same name. If you thought too much about the probability of this happening, this book will be on good. You have to take this book for what it is, a cute and sweet story.

There was good romance in this book. It made the story a lot sweeter.

I really liked seeing the two Sloane's make progress. It was fun to read about, and showed that anything is possible.

Overall, this is a good book.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend was a mediocre book.

Summary from goodreads:
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

I really didn't care for this book. I thought that the first one in the series had a lot of drama, but this one was worse. I am pretty sure that I will never read the final book in the series.

There was a lot of drama and love trouble in this book. I really didn't like that, and it annoyed me to read it.

Rose's character was the most redeeming quality of this book. She was portrayed as a true teenage. She went through tough times, and could be a drama queen. Rose was a very rounded character, and the best part of the book.

Jamie was also a drama queen, but not so much in a good way. I am usually not one for the "bad boys" in books, but he seemed different somehow. I thought he was very sweet.

I liked to see how Rose had family trouble. Her mother refused to acknowledge that her dad had died, and her brother was getting high with a girl. Seeing this made me relate more to Rose, because she was just a teenager.

Overall, this book had a okay plot but a great narrator.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Blitz: The Secrets of Eden

Review: No Love Allowed

No Love Allowed

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


No Love Allowed was a great romance book.

Caleb is a rich guy who just graduated from high school. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, his father forces him to go to his business events over the summer. He wants a girlfriend for that, so he hired Didi, a poor girl, to play his girlfriend for the summer. But will they really fall in love?

I went into this book with average expectations. I wanted to read it when it came out, so when I had an opportunity to read and review it, I eagerly took it. It totally surpassed my expectations. This book was awesome, and kept me reading.

Dido and Caleb were such rich characters. Didi was a bipolar girl who's family was struggling to make ends meet. She was artsy and very cool. Caleb was a rich boy, but not stuck up. He was sweet, but didn't know how to show it.

The story was kind of a Cinderella story. The rich "prince" falls for the poor girl, and they fall in love. The love story was captured with rich vibrant wording and kept me imagining. It was sweet to read. This book was ordinary, but not ordinary at the same time.

One problem I had with this book was the way they portrayed bipolar disorder. Didi practically seemed fine. I would have loved to see how the disorder affected her more.

Overall, this was a pretty good summer romance.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: When It Happens

When It Happens When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti is an ordinary and somewhat cheesy book.

Summary from Goodreads:
At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

This review will be short and sweet. I was expecting this amazing novel about first love, and hoped Susane Colasanti lived up to her hype. What I ended up with was a sappy and ordinary story of the generic bad boy and goody-goody girl falling in love. There was some drama between them, but it all worked out. There were some redeeming things about this book, I just didn't really like it.

Overall, this book really surprised me, and not in a good way. The writing was blah and the plot was generic.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Confessions of an Angry Girl Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett was a good book, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Rose Zarilli was a freak. People though that she was a bad girl, because she was still grieving her dad's death. But when she meets Jamie Forta, an older boy, things get bad. Jamie's might be girlfriend now hates Rose, and is out to get her.

I thought this book was okay, but full of typical teen drama. It had a very promising synopsis, but the real book didn't quite live up to it. However, it still kept me reading, and I just finished the second book. I guess right after I read it I didn't dislike it quite this much.

I thought Rose was an annoying character, but I think she was meant to be that way. She irritated me, yet made me feel sympathy for her. I guess she felt read and had real emotions to me. In other ways, she wasn't that annoying and just sounded young, like a fourteen year old usually does sound. I admire the way the author made her sound.

There were some very redeeming qualities of this book. FIrst of all, it was very realistic. It dealt with teen drama. I thought it was interesting how Rose's best friend wanted to have sex with her boyfriend, but how Rose stood up to her and said she shouldn't. It made me admire Rose, and see her as what she was portrayed.

The romance of this book was complicated and a little annoying, but it was realistic.

Overall, this was a good book that had many redeeming qualities.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Going Vintage

Going Vintage Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt was a unique contemporary book.

Summary from Goodreads:
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

This book was a very interesting book that kept me reading. It was about a girl named Mallory. She was a teenager, who decided to try to not use the internet. It was an interesting experiment, but it didn't go too well.

I really liked Mallory's character. She was sweet, cool, and didn't always follow the trend. I thought that it was nice that she was trying to be different, but it was strange. I mean, who would go without internet just to get revenge on a boyfriend? If that wasn't bad enough, she also had to decide to dress vintage as well.

The plot of this book was pretty generic. It was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

I liked the romance, but I definitely didn't like Jeremy. He was a player and a cheater. I did like the online aspect in the romance, because it made it more interesting.

Overall, this is a decent book.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: The Siren

The Siren The Siren by Kiera Cass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Siren by Kiera Cass was a really good book that had an interesting concept.

My Summary:
Kahlen is a Siren. Basically that means that she is a servant to the Ocean. The Ocean saved her when the rest of her boat drowned, and now she has to seduce people to fall into the ocean during boat sinkings. Kahlen works with her few "sisters" to feed the ocean. They have to work for a hundred years, in which they don't age. When she frees them, the start aging and living a normal life.

I have always loved Kiera Cass's books, and this one was no different. I was kind of hesitant to read it, but it didn't let me down.

I loved the concept of this book. It was so unique and interesting. I had never read anything like it before. The Siren kept me reading nd loving this book. However, it kind of did start off slow.

Kahlen was a great character. She was smart and unique. I liked how she loved the Ocean, yet rebelled against her at the same time. It made her seem like a real 3D creation. Character building is one of the things that I think Kiera Cass does best.
All of the other characters were awesome as well, and had distinct personalities.

I liked the relationship. Akinli was such a sweet boy, and the romance was sweet.

The drama really kept me reading, as did the twists later on in the book.

Overall, this was a great book. I give it a 4.5 stars.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Blitz: Third Chronicles of Illumination

Third Chronicles of Illumination by C.A. Pack Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy Release date: February 7th 2017 Artiqua Press  Summary from Goodreads:  Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun. 

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After dinner, Jackson asked Johanna to take a walk around the block so he could “work off” his steak. The sun slipped below the tree line and the streetlights came on as they walked. He took Johanna’s hand and gently rubbed his thumb over her knuckle. “I think we need a plan.” 
“There’s really not that much we can do,” she answered, “until the Terrorians strike.” 
“I’m not talking about the Terrorians. I mean we need a plan.” 
She pulled her hand from his. “This is not a good time to be thinking about your raging hormones. We may be fighting a war soon, and I think that takes precedence.” 
He let out an audible breath. “It has nothing to do with raging hormones. You talked about taking college courses. I want to take some, too. I’d like to look at a class schedule and decide what courses I want to take, but we need to make sure the library is covered. We need to coordinate when our classes will be so everything runs smoothly.” 
“Where’s the real Jackson Roth? And who are you?” 
“You’re thinking so pragmatically; you sound like me.” 
“Well, I was going to ask you if I could stay on living at the library after my family goes back home, but when you started in on my ‘raging hormones,’ I decided to switch gears.” 
“I knew it. But you’re right.” 
He twirled her around. “I can move in permanently?” 
“I meant about the class schedule. We really should decide on that now. Most students have already registered for the fall semester.” 
Jackson’s shoulders slumped. “Oh.” 
“Let’s just take a wait-and-see approach about your other ‘plan.’” 
He raised his eyebrows. “You mean you’ll actually consider it?” 
She smiled at how quickly he perked up. “It’s a possibility. You turn eighteen in October, and considering you’ll be old enough to get drafted or vote, I think you’ll have the maturity to know you’ll be living here as a curator and that we’re not playing house.” 
“Not playing house. Right. But I could still do this sometimes, couldn’t I?” He slid his arms around her and pulled her in for a kiss. She wrapped her arms around his waist, and they melted into one another in the twilight. The horn of a passing car broke through their sudden show of passion. “Get a room,” someone shouted out the window.  
They could hear laughing as the car drove away. Jackson shook his head. “Jokers.” 
“Do you hear that?” 
A soft mewling sound came from nearby shrubbery. 
“Yeah.” Jackson walked over and bent down, pushing the branches away. A tiny white kitten with bloody fur huddled against the stem. “It’s a kitten. It looks like it’s injured.” He reached for it. The kitten battled him with her claw, drawing blood. “And now I’m injured, too,” Jackson said, pulling his hand away. 
“Move over.” Johanna crouched down next to him and chanted a few words from one of Myrddin’s calming spells. She reached for the kitten and removed it from under the bush without a problem. “She’s hurt. Let’s take her back to the library, clean her up, and see what we can do for her.” 
“Shouldn’t we take her straight to the vet?” 
“Now that I have a few of Myrddin’s tricks up my sleeve, I’d like to try them out.” 
Jackson spoke sweetly to the injured animal. “You used to be a kitten, but now you’re a guinea pig.” 
“Don’t listen to him,” she said softly to the little ball of fluff. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you.” 

About the Author 
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).  Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.  Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.  She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.  The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York. 

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