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Title: Stan

 

Series: Summer Series 1.5

 

Author: C.J. Duggan

 

Other Books by the Author: 

The Boys of SummerAn Endless Summer,

That One Summer

 

Release: 10/26/14

 

Genre: New Adult

 

 Source: Personal Library

 

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

 

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THE STORY

I had plans, big plans, but all that changed the night Bel Evans darkened my doorstep.

Stan Remington is the go-to man. What he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet.

And when it comes to Onslow, for Stan, being an only child means a guilt-riddled sense of duty to help out at his parents’ caravan park every summer of his life: same old town, same old story.

Until Belinda Evans.

The wild and insipid doctor’s daughter who spends summer holidays with her family at Remington’s Caravan Park, but she’s not Stan’s problem; that is, until she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but responsible for Bel as well.

Just the two of them.

Under the one roof.

For one long, long weekend.

In a world built by mundane routine and small-town boredom, this summer promises to be anything but boring.

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WHAT I THOUGHT

This advanced copy showed up in my inbox on a rainy day.  Add in that I had been so excited to return to Onslow and catch up with my boys, I mean the Onslow boys, and I was happy to spend the morning curled up on the couch with my puppies (yes, puppies plural, we have added to the brood, again!) and my cat. Anyway, on to Stan.

So, Stan has always kind of been in the background.  All the other Onslow boys have such huge personalities, can we say Sean? And are just so adorably handsome, um, my FAVORITE Onslow boy Toby? Then there is moody Chris and playboy Ringer. So, I mean Stan has just been there kind of hanging in the background.  But, see, it turns out he’s not really a background kind of guy, at least not to Belinda or Bel. When Bel and Stan end up stuck together for a weekend, things kind of spark, in a really, really good way!

I had to remind myself that Stan was near the beginning of the series.  Currently there are 3 main novels out and one in-between novel out.  Stan steps us back to right after Toby and Tess have gotten together.  But it is a nice tie into the rest of the series.  And it is a novella, it is a quick easy read.  And even though it is part of the series, it can be read as a stand alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  Why read this one book when you can park yourself in Onslow and hang out with the Onslow boys?

AUTHOR INFO

CJ

C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful New Adult Romance Series.

Author Links:

 Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads

RATING

5/5

 

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Hello!

The welcome back is for, well, me! I’ve been gone for way too long! Summer started and I had great plans to get on here, but when you are home with the kids, things just kind of snowball, and before you know it, the summer is GONE!

We had a short summer, because of all the snow, the kids got out late in June and went back early (in Virginia we can’t go back until the day after Labor Day, but this year it was the earliest it can be!)

So, what did I do this summer?

Well, at the beginning of the summer we got to super cute bunnies! Harvey and Snowflake.  Harvey is the tan one and Snowflake is the gray one (we call her a dirty flake, yes, I know she looks nothing like a snowflake, but my 6 year old insisted that was her name, and she is STUBBORN, and really, it wasn’t worth arguing over!)

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We went bowling!

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We hung out with friends!

L & W BFF Adriane Karen Danni Joy

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We went to Busch Gardens and Water Country!

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My daughters spent a lot of time at the gym!

(my youngest daughter is on the pre-team for gymnastics and my oldest daughter is on the

competitive gymnastics team and all star cheer team)

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And we went to the beach!

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girls at the beach

And I read. A lot.  I just didn’t post a lot.  

But I plan to make up for that!

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10 Books that Have Stuck with Me

 

So, I’m hoping to now flood you guys with all the goodness that I have read, because you see, the other night I had a little incident, see, I was walking down the stair… or attempting to anyway and sort of tripped.  Anyway when it was all said and done, I ended up with a broken foot and my foot in a boot for the next eight weeks. Lovely right?

So, anyway, one of my favorite teachers who taught me in 5th grade tagged me in a post on Facebook to list 10 books that have stuck with you.  I thought this would be a great get back into blogging post! So, here we go!

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It’s not about the “right book” or great books of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Doesn’t have to be in order. Then tag 10 friends and me so I can see your list.

1.  Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

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2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

my sister's keeper

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host

7. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

if i lie

8. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman

If I Stay  Where She Went

9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Couldn’t do it in just 10! 

11. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia

12. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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Isla

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After

 

Author: Stephanie Perkins

 

Other Books by the Author:

Anna and the French Kiss

Lola and the Boy Next Door

 

Release: 8/14/14

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Source: Personal Library

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

WHAT I THOUGHT

Oh I have been waiting for this book for a really really long time! I was so excited to get my hands on this book!

See, I fell in love with Anna and Étienne in Anna and the French Kiss (Book #1).  Then I fell even more in love with everything in Lola and the Boy Next Door (Book #2). So, the day that Isla (and by the way it is pronounced Eye-la) and the Happily Ever After showed up in my mailbox? I did a happy dance all the way up the driveway, tore open the box and read like a fiend.  Ehhh… who needs to clean the house when there is a new exciting book to read????

If you look at the covers of the three books, you might get that they are set in three different places, as the scenery implies. However, only parts of Isla are set in New York, large chunks are back in Paris, at SOAP (appropriately named as to the amount of drama that happens!

The characters of Isla and Josh are amazing and so realistic.  I wish I could turn the dial way back and head back to high school to join their gang because I truly think they would be a blast to hang out with.  They always seem to be having so much fun.  There is one scene where they are all hanging out in a cafe in Paris… I so wanted to be there! But I digress!

The writing and the story are so amazing. Stephanie Perkins weaves an incredible an page turning tale that draws you in and makes you cheer for the the people in her book! I didn’t want the story to end. Ahhh! I can’t wait for the next Stephanie Perkins book!

RATING

amazing





The Fault in Our Stars

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

 

Author: John Green

 

Other Books by the Author:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson,

An Abundance of Katherines 

 

Release: 1/10/12

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Source: Personal Library

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

WHAT I THOUGHT

Okay, so the was one of those LONG, LONG, LONG over due to be read.  I mean it has been on my shelf for a while, but I kept putting it off because really, I knew what it was about and I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I mean there is something about cancer and dying that just strike a cord.  But when I saw the movie was coming out, I decided to read it.

HOLY COW. This one just totally bowled me over. Have you ever seen the Friends episode where Joey puts the books in the freezer? (You can click on the clip below!) Anyway, my point is that there are points where I considered it with this one, cause oh my I just didn’t want this book to go on the way I knew that it was going to continue.

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You know when your husband asks you what is wrong and then realizes you are just reading again and shakes his head and walks away that you get way emotional over a book.

So the good stuff about this one?

Oh my the characters.

Hazel and Augustus are incredible. Their relationship and the way they interact with each other and the people around them.  How could you not fall in love with them? Hazel has fought her disease for so long that it is just a part of her. She refers to her mom as her best friend, and really her only friend until her mom makes her go to the support group and she meets Augustus.

I also loved seeing how everyones life is changed by this one relationship. The web of friendship extends beyond these two people. They spiral out and make other friends, they are able to connect with other, to help other people, to meet others and to just live the way two teenage kids really shouldn’t have the opportunity or the need to live.

The writing was beautiful. I fell in love with the story. I fell in love with the characters. I was on the journey with them the whole way and felt everything that they did.

The bad stuff?

Really nothing.  Well, except the obvious. Cancer.  And what cancer means.

The one quote that really struck me from this book?

Mom sobbed something into Dad’s chest that I wish I hadn’t heard, and that I hope she never finds out that I did hear. She said, “I won’t be a mom anymore.” It gutted me pretty badly.

This book gutted me pretty badly all the way around. I am both excited and nervous to see the movie. I have heard so many people say great things about it, but, I just don’t know if I’m willing to put myself through the wringer again. And you can’t put the movie in the freezer.

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books on my Summer to Be Read List

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

So many to choose from! Here are my summer must reads!

On The Fence

 

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Another one I have seen some reviews floating around about. Makes me excited to read it!

I’ll Give You the Sun

 

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Whooo-hooo! This one looks SOOOO good!!!!!

Salt & Storm

 

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I don’t read a lot of this genre, but this one really caught my attention…

Nantucket Red

 

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The first one was so good! So excited to follow it up!

17 First Kisses

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This one wasn’t on my TBR list, but recently I have seen a couple of amazing reviews on

this one, so I have been very excited to read this one!

 

The One & Only

 

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I love Emily Giffin and can’t wait to read her latest!

 

Like No Other

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A semi-modern West Side Story? This one sounds amazing!

 

Just Like the Movies

 

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I loved Taste Test by Kelly Fiore! I can’t wait to dive into this one!

Falling Into Place

 

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This one just sounds so great!

Isla and the Happily Ever After

 

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So been waiting on this one!!!!!

 

 

 





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Title: Meant to Be

 

Author: Lauren Morrill

 

Other Books by the Author:

Being Sloane Jacobs

 

Release: 11/13/12

 

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

Source: Personal Library

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

WHAT I THOUGHT

Don’t you love going through your books and finding books that you have missed? This is one of those books that I LOVED but really really wanted to review! So, here you go…

RATING

5/5

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh my I’ve had so many good ones on my list to choose from this year, but here is my Top 10!

What I Thought Was True

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Geography of You And Me

 

The Geography of You and Me

The Promise of Amazing

 

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Split Second

 

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Better Off Friends

 

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

 

to all the boys i've loved before

Take Me On

 

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Catch a Falling Star

 

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Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day

 

My Life With the Walter Boys

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Honorable Mentions!

These are ones that I loved and just want to throw out a mention to!
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Take Me On: Review & Top Ten Tuesday

Jun
03
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2014, new adult, review, Top Ten Tuesday

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Title: Take Me On

 

Series: Pushing the Limits #4

 

Author: Katie McGarry

 

Other Books by the Author:

Pushing the Limits,

Dare You To,

& Crash Into You

 

Release: 5/27/14

 

Genre: New Adult

 

Source: Personal Library

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

WHAT I THOUGHT

So I’ve reviewed all the books in the series (as of last night!) here are the links! Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, & Crash Into You.

I love how raw and honest these stories are.

West is so wide open and reckless and has a temper to match.  He feels responsible for the accident that put his sister in the hospital and is having trouble dealing wight the guilt of that and some other family issues. Hayley has some guilt of her own, and she has decided not to fight due to something that happened in the past.  Both of them together are perfect together, but it seems to take them a little while to figure that out.

Awww man, another winner by Katie McGarry. I just love her writing style, and I love the research and time that she puts into each of her books! The story was just so amazing and the characters so real and so fun.  During parts of the book, I fell like I could feel the emotion from the characters.

RATING

5/5

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books in my Beach Bag this Summer

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I have to admit to being super excited about going to the beach this summer! I have been thinking about what books I want to pack to take with me. Even though I’m not going until August, I mean it is almost summer!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe

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Oh my, I love, love LOVE Miranda Kenneally! I can’t wait for this one!

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What screams a great beach read like a scandal of high school proportions? Yep, this one sounds juicy and I can picture myself on the beach with a book in hand.  (Don’t spoil it with the fact that I will be chasing kids at the beach, just don’t!)

No Place to Fall

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The synopsis on this one just sounds so good! I can’t wait to figure out what is going on with this one!

Some Like It Royal

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This looks like a perfect, fun, easy beach read! Light romance for the beach! Perfect!

Side Effects May Vary

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There are so many books about cancer this year.  But this one is a little different take on the subject and has

been on my TBR list for a few months! Can’t wait to read it!

The Summer I Found You 

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Pssst… It’s about summer, see? It says so in the title! It was MEANT to be read in the summer!!!!

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Another one I’ve been putting off reading! It sounds like such a sweet coming of age story!

The Art of Lainey

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A how to get a guy back kind of book! Sounds so great!

The Chance You Won’t Return

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Boys Like You

boys like youI love books about bands, music, etc, so this book is right up my alley!





Pushing the Limits: Review

Jun
02
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2012, new adult, review

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Title: Pushing the Limits

 

Series: Pushing the Limits #1

 

Author: Katie McGarry

 

Other Books by the Author:

Dare You To #2,

Crash Into You #3,

Take Me On #4

 

Release: 7/31/12

 

Genre: New Adult

 

Source: Personal Library

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I actually read this one a while back, like January 2012 while back! But as I was going through to do my reviews, I realized that this one was missing from the series, and, honestly? Those kind of things bother me.  Plus, I loved this one so much, I wanted to add it back in! So, here you go!

The thing that I love the most about Katie McGarry is that her characters are SO FREAKING AMAZING! I can totally see these people really existing, they wander through the halls of schools, and they just jump off the pages of the books.  Noah and Echo were just amazing characters and I fell in love with them. They touched me so much and touched my emotions so much.

In retrospect, I love the road that this book started us on. I love that we got to get to know all the characters so much more that we meet in this book and following their stories.

I will admit, I am a crier, and yes, this one had me in tears a couple of times. I just love the story and the relationship that Noah and Echo develop. Ugh! This one is just crazy good!

RATING

5/5





A is for Abstinence

 

Title: A is for Abstinence

 

Series: V is for Virgin

 

Author: Kelly Oram

 

Other Books by the Author:

The Avery Shaw Experiment

& Serial Hottie

 

Release: 5/12/14

 

Genre: New Adult

 

Source: Personal Library

 

LINKS

goodreads  |  amazon  |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the only thing she asked of him—his abstinence.

Four years and a broken heart later, Kyle realizes that sex isn’t everything, and he suddenly can’t stop thinking about the girl that got away. Virgin Val Jensen got under his skin like no one else ever has. He wasn’t ready for her then, but things are different now. He’s grown up, he’s learned a few things, and he’s finally figured out exactly what he wants, or, rather, who he wants.

Kyle Hamilton wants a do-over, and this time he’s willing to do—or not do—whatever it takes.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I loved V is for Virgin (check out my review here!)

So I was super excited when I found out that there was a sequel to Virgin.  A is for Abstinence picks up four years after Virgin and with all the same characters.  And it seems that Kyle has tried to move on and forget about Virgin Val, but after a bad break up he realizes that he has never really forgotten about her, and decides what he needs to do to put his life in order to go after, and win, the girl of his dreams.

I fell in love with the characters in the first book.  The second book just made me love them even more. I reread Virgin because it had been so long and I loved to see the character growth between the two books.  Kyle had matured so much and he was just so amazing, you could see how much he had grown and see how committed that he was to making the relationship work.  You could also see how closed off and timid that Val was about the relationship.

I also loved the ending of the book.  Amazing! But I won’t spoil it for you!

The story was truly a page turner and I couldn’t put it down. I really was cheering for this couple and it was such a great happy story!

RATING

4.5/5

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

Top Ten Books about Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.  

This week was actually a freebie, so I went with last weeks theme since I didn’t get to answer that one, and since it was such a great topic! I love books about Friendship, and I mean real friendship…. Check out my top ten list below!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Oh how I loved this series. I have read these books. I have laughed. I have cried. These books are the epitome of friendship. See, I had three best friends from high school, we didn’t have magic pants, but, they are the most amazing friends in the entire world. We have been through loosing parents, having kids, boyfriends, marriage, growing apart, you name it. These books call to me so much. If you read the first part of the series and haven’t read the last one, grab a box of tissues, and read it.

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Percy Jackson Series

Percy Jackson and his friends are tasked with many quests.  They are unable to complete these tasks and quests without working together.  They don’t always get along, but they show what working together can accomplish.

Percy Jackson Books

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The Lonely Hearts Club

The Lonely Hearts Club is a girls club of girls that are tired of getting their hearts broken.  They band together against the boys.  By sticking together they find a certain girl power, and maybe begin to encourage Penny when she starts to like a boy again.

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The Book Thief

There are so many friendships that Liesel has. Such an amazing, incredible story and so full of friendship.

 

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The F-It List

Okay, here is my warning a couple of the books have the whole cancer thing going.  This is one.  One aspect of friendship is that you don’t always get along, but a true friend will be there for you no matter what.

The F It List

Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter.  Is there any book that showcases friendship better? Harry is known for being the best friend in the world and for looking out for his friends until the end. Plus, he never would have made it without his friends.

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Maybe One Day

Another story about cancer.  And this one? This one will just do you in.

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Better Off Friends

Oh, now this one, was cute, and funny, and a love story about two friends.  Did I ever tell you about how I started off as just friends with my husband (BTW we celebrate 16 in January!)

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Roomies

A great story about becoming friends before you even meet someone. This whole story takes place through letters.

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Fangirl

Anther great story about friends finding love, and throw in roommates and twin sisters for fun!

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Altered

This book goes a little beyond friendship and goes into a more brotherhood bond, but I still love it.

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Twenty Boy Summer

Keeping a secret is hard.  Keeping a secret about the boy that you are in love with from your best friend, even harder, especially when its your best friends brother, and he died. This book… WOW.

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Ringer

Title: Ringer

 

Series: Summer Series 3.5

 

Author: C.J. Duggan

 

Other Books by the Author: 

The Boys of SummerAn Endless Summer,

That One Summer

 

Release: 4/2/14

 

Genre: New Adult

 

 Source: Personal Library

 

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’

WHAT I THOUGHT

See, once upon a time there was this series about a a boy and a girl falling in love, and I fell in love with them. I mean HEAD OVER HEALS in love with them.

C.J. Duggan has another hit again! Though Ringer is classified as a novella and is meant to fit in between books 3 and 4, Ringer fits perfectly into the series.  We go in not knowing a lot about Ringer.  He was kind of the odd man out, the one who always seemed to have a girl, but never a girlfriend.

But see, that all changed the day that he volunteered to help out Max and go to Max’s parents sheep farm.  While he is there he meets Max’s sister Miranda and see, things change. Big time.

Oh, and did I mention how well CJ writes a steamy scene? Whoo! Thank goodness she finally made some of the snow from this polar vortex melt!

I am a huge fan of CJ Duggan.  I love the boys of Onslow.  I forget how much until each book comes out! Though I have found myself randomly going back and rereading the books in between because I love them that much. These boys are hotness.  They just leap off the page.  And the girls? I am quite sure that they are the girls I would have been hanging out with!

CJ makes Australia come alive for me. I just can’t wait to visit! I’m sure she won’t mind when I show up at her house… cause those Onslow boys have to be around somewhere….

RATING

5/5

 

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 waiting on wednesday

Forever Summer

title: forever summer

 

author: c.j. duggan

 

series: summer #4

 

release date: july 2014

 

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

You see there’s this boy.

He makes me smile, forces me to listen, serenades me out of tune and keeps me sane, all the while driving me insane. He’s really talented like that. But for the first time in since, well, forever, things are about to change. The question is, how much am I willing to lose in order to potentially have it all?

Enter a world of sweltering Aussie summers, fabulously addictive characters and sweet intoxicating romance in C.J Duggan’s FOREVER SUMMER!

Adam and Ellie’s Story

WHY I’M WAITING (MOST IMPATIENTLY!):

Now this one is a two fold.  See I have SO fallen in love with Onslow and the Onslow boys.  So I am inpatient to read the final chapter in Onlow Boys. I want to know Adam and Ellie’s story, and of course catch up on all my favorite boys, and see what trouble they have been getting up to!

But by the same token, I will be sad to leave Onslow for good. I mean, saying good by to this crazy group of friends that I have gotten to know over the past few years?

Thank goodness C.J. has another series in the works!

Add it your goodreads to read list

what are you waiting on?





Pivot Point: Review & Top Ten Tuesday

Mar
25
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: 2014, paranormal, YA

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Title: Pivot Point

 

Series: Pivot Point #1

 

Author: Kassie West

 

Other Books by the Author:

The Distance Between UsOn The Fence

 

Release: 2/12/13

 

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy

 

 Source: Personal Collection

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I was going to post my review of Split Second and realized that I hadn’t posted my review of Pivot Point.  PROBLEM! So, I figured I would post this one first!

I can’t imagine being able to see into the future and not being able to use it all the time. I have trouble not flipping to the end of the book to check out the ending! It has spoiled several good books for me! So when Addie is faced with the toughest choice yet, should she go with her mother or her father when they split up, she decides to do her longest search yet and look into the future.

Oh my… what Addie finds surprises even her. Her future could go either way depending on which direction she choses.

I loved this book so much. Yes, this is a topic that has been explored, but Kassie West’s exploration of it is so great. Her writing style makes this one that you keep reading because you have to know what is going to happen and which course Addie is going to take.

I love the element of supernatural. To me it is just enough and not to over the top, which in some books it feels that way. I mean they have superpowers, but you don’t feel like you are reading about Superman and Wonder-woman. I also love the elements of romance. they are there, but not so totally in your face that you can’t get to the story.

Yeah, this one just makes me happy. Great story with a good theme and good characters. I love the interaction between Addie and the other supporting characters. Everything makes the story flow.

RATING

5/5

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Top 10 Tuesday

 

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Go to a book blogging conference

 To meet up with more book bloggers. I live so much in my own world, I need more book people to hang out with.

Meet more authors

 Again with the book world. I believe that authors are my heroes.

I have learned that they are real people, but I still believe that they live on a plane above ours!

So I need to go to more book signings and other events to meet more authors!

Attend BEA

 Kind of the same as above, but I see the posts each year from the people who go, and

I REALLY want to go. It looks so cool! One day I will go!

Get in contact with authors whose books have made an impact

 I have done this some, and it is so cool to get responses back from authors! I love when they

leave messages on my site, or when I get an email from them. I need to do more personal contact with them!

Have a review posted/published by a national publication/website

 This would be so amazing! and the dream of a blogger to see a review picked

up and featured on a national or major site!

Be invited as a guest speaker for a blog/book-related conference

 How much fun would this be?

Connect with other book bloggers

 I want to make more book blogger friends!

Get serious about writing my book

 Yes I have started. And I love what I have written so far.

I just haven’t followed up and been as serious as I should have been. I want to make this a priority.

Have a book dedicated to me/ or have someone write “Thanks” to me in Acknowledgements

I read a lot of Acknowledgements, to find one that might have me mentioned? SO COOL!

To Have a Library in my House.

I remember watching Beauty and the Beast and thinking, yep, that’s it, I want

a library just like that one when I have my own house, and one day, it will happen.

Maybe when I move the children out and can take over their rooms.  (Hey, you gotta have dreams, right?)





Review: Sail Away With Me & What Are You Reading?

Mar
24
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2014, adult, romance

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Title: Sail Away With Me

 

Author: Kate Deveaux

 

Release: 12/31/12

 

Genre: Adult Romance 

 

 Source: TLC Tours

 

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Sizzling shipboard romance — Jody throws caution to the wind as she lets go of her inhibitions and indulges in one magnificent week of pleasure. Passions surge, lovers tangle and two lives will never be the same again.

Jody knew she was in trouble the minute she stepped on board the gleaming cruise ship and into the arms of the sexy celebrity guest, Taggart Keith. For just one week, Jody gives into the seductive flames of desire and succumbs to Taggart’s charms. But when she returns to land, can Jody resist the temptation of even more pleasure?

WHAT I THOUGHT

Yeah, it has been a miserable, cold, yucky winter.  So, when I got the email to review a book about going on a cruise ship, I thought, sure why not? I would LOVE to escape from this cold, snowy, did I mention yucky winter for a while.

Oh, let me tell you Sail Away with Me worked for me.  I was ready to pack up and sail anywhere that Taggart wanted to go.  SIGN ME UP!

Jody is freshly divorced and heads out on the cruise with her girlfriends.  On said cruise, she meets Taggart. I loved seeing Jody trying to find her way and figure out if Taggert can be a part of her life.  See, Jody is quite happy to be on her own, she doesn’t feel that she needs a man, and when she stumbles upon Taggert, well, sparks really start to fly!

This was a great warm up in the middle of winter kind of romance!

And I gotta tell you, Taggert is on my yummy man list.  Whoa baby! Sweet, smart, oh so sexy! Huh! Jody could sure find a worse man out there.

A great story about finding love where you least expect it.

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RATING

5/5

 

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What Are You Reading? 

It’s Monday! So, I get to talk about books I’m reading, planning on reading or just finished, and books I’m excited that are coming out this week (kind of my week in review and what’s coming up!)

What Are You Reading? is hosted by One Persons Journey through a World of Books.

Finished:

blue ridge setup

split secondroomies

Ringer

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty Boy Summer

the program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading:

don't even think about it

Next In Line:

 I know, SO many, how will I choose???

how to lovepromise of amazinghope flamesimpossible knife of memorydon't even think about it#16 things i though were truethe art of being of laineynantucket reddeeperboys like youpanicthe sound of letting go

New Releases This Week That I’m Excited About:

 Not a lot this week, but this one looks interesting!

the summer of letting go

so what are you reading? what are you looking forward to?

 

 

     





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