Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Post #114

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page.

~PURCHASED~
Boys South of the Mason Dixon #1 by Abbi Glines
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon ($.99 deal)

~FOR REVIEW~
Cinderella.com by River Laurent
Buy Link: Amazon

Keeping Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #3) by Siobhan Davis
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

THURSDAY:

We finally made it to summer! Well, nearly....as in two days of exams left for my kiddos. And then I have 4 days left with the little boy I've kept for nearly 5 years. That chapter is closing as he will start Kindergarten in the fall. Not sure what the next chapter will be but I look forward to it.

And just like that I have a 10th grader and an 8th grader! Time really does go by so fast, so my philosophy has always been to enjoy the age they were at, to enjoy every moment so that I wouldn't look back and regret. As they are now both teenagers that means being at every volleyball game, every basketball game, every football game to watch my son march in the drumline, every band competition and chorus performances. I'm just soaking up every opportunity I have to watch them both do what they love and be their biggest fans along the way!  

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

*ARC* When It's Real - Review

When It's Real

By: Erin Watt

Published: May 30, 2017

416 pages

Source: ebook, Netgalley ARC from publisher 

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt  
Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 
There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary
Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 
Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…
MY REVIEW:
After loving their debut series The Royals, I knew I had to be on any other ARC lists that came out by them. I was stoked to be approved to receive an ARC and it did not disappoint! Fun, charming, sexy and not overkill in the graphic scene department.

What you need to know....this is a story of a 19 year old pop star whose image is trashed due to partying too much, too many women and not producing any new music in two years. Oakley Ford. His publicist and manager cook up this idea to clean up his image by hiring a "normal" girl to pretend to be in a relationship with him for a year. $20,000 a month for 12 months.Vaughn Bennett is that girl. After her parents died two years ago, she and her older sister have been working to support themselves and their 12 year old twin brothers. Vaughn has put off college for a year so she can work full time to help pay bills. She's not following her dreams or her passions....if she even knew what those were. She's barely getting by. Her one anchor is her boyfriend who stood by her and helped her grieve the loss of her parents. So when her sister, who works for the agency that Ford is signed to, tells her they saw a picture of her and want to meet her and everything this "job" entails, she agrees to go. She wants more for her brothers than they can currently give them. This world of his though, is made up of money, too many people, no privacy, and lots of media publisicing every single detail of what he does and who he does it with. What Vaughn didn't expect along the way is that maybe the image Oakley shows everyone else really isn't who he is at all. One can be rich and famous but also be completely loney and gaurded. Getting past his arrogant and conceited exterior proves to be a challenge.


It was a fast enjoyable story! My only complaint, if you want to call it that, is that it seemed to end too soon. I would've enjoyed more for the ending. But then again, maybe it's just that 416 pages flew by.

Favorite Quotes:
"You'd be good doing anything." As he ambles down the hall, he says over his shoulder, "But you should do something you love."

Every day I'm with you is brighter and more exciting than the last.

"And no matter how broken your heart is, you got something valuable out of it." ... "You got to see what it looks like when someone's pursuing something they love."

But isn't anything worth having worth an effort? Oakley is worth the effort. He's worth everything and he doesn't always know it.

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Post #113

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page.

~FOR REVIEW~
The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

This week was mostly the same as with our normal routines and such. My husband and I had planned a date night for Friday night. He has been pretty sick but we went anyway. We went to eat and to see King Arthur, and of all things to Home Depot. UGH! Home Depot wasn't for fun home projects but just for items needed for maintenance. I told my husband that we are gonna have to come up with things to do that are more exciting. So tell me. If you are married with kids and have those oh, so rare date nights, what do you do?

Saturday I took my Mom and Dad out for a late lunch at a Japanese Steakhouse and for dessert afterwards. We had a great time! For all you Mom's out there, Happy Mother's Day!! 

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Post #112

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page.

~FOR REVIEW~
Dividing Eden #1 by Joelle Charbonneau
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
No Posts

This past week was good. We are in the home stretch for my kids school year. 13 school days left. I've gotten out of my reading slump, though I'm not blasting through books either. In other news, my husband and I have been consistently working out for 38 days now. That may not seem like much to some, but for those who battle being consistent with exercise will understand my excitement over this. Oh and lastly I finally started listening to the Podcast Up and Vanished (after a cousin continually posted on social media that it was as good or better than Serial). Friday and Saturday I pretty much binge listened to it. If you like true crime and unsolved crimes then yes, yes, yes!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge: April Wrap Up

Time for our fourth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the March Wrap Up, Holly hasn't finished any series enders. Sandy finished one: All In (Full Tilt, # 2) by Emma Scott.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the April giveaway runs from April 25th - May 25th. On May 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Post #111

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page.

~NO NEW BOOKS~

RECAP OF WEEK:
THURSDAY:

I've been MIA from Sunday Post for over a month. March 12th was my last post. Mostly my absence has been due to the fact that I was in a severe reading slump, plugging away at the book mentioned in my recap above, and not doing any other blogging or receiving any new books. So it seemed pretty pointless to recap nothing every week. We have been fairly busy with end of the school year activities and we are now officially in countdown mode. My kids have 22 school days left and then I will be the mom of 10th and 8th graders!! YIKES! Time slows down for no one. While I was MIA my oldest turned 15!!! Thankfully he said he wanted to wait till summer to study for his driver's permit test so we haven't started teaching him to drive yet. But the time is coming more quickly than I think I'm ready for. Both of my kids have various extracurricular tryouts before the end of school. Two sports for my daughter and jazz chorus and drumline for my son. Spring chorus and band concerts, end of year band banquet and then finally semester exams. Here's the hoping over the summer that I'll zoom through some great books! My list of those books waiting on me to read is a mile long!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

*ARC* Troll Cries - Review

Troll Cries

By: Ashley C. Harris

Published: January 31, 2017

Source: ebook, Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Abby and Wilhelm's adventure continues in a game of deadly secrets and magical warfare. Who will remain human and who will escape alive becomes anybody's guess when trolls and knights are involved.


TROLL CRIES, the sequel to Ashley C. Harris's international bestselling novel TROLL, will leave her readers gasping for more.
 
MY REVIEW:
It's not you....it's me? I'm not completely sure, but whatever the reason/s, it took me entirely too long to finish this book. From March 2nd to April 13th to be exact. Blame it on my kids busy schedule...blame it on my attention being elsewhere, blame it on the book not keeping me fully invested. There was a lot of reasons really why I just didn't feel like picking this one back up but I didn't really want to DNF it either. So I pushed on....and on....and on. For 42 stinkin days! I thought the story would wrap up and I would be happy I stuck with it. But no, that wasn't the case and it ended in a cliffhanger.

Unfortunately this is one of those stories that I just don't have much to say about. It was okay. I enjoyed parts of it. Mostly from the prequel what I enjoyed most was the interaction between Wilhelm and Abby. Sadly, that's missng for the majority of this book. That left me feeling meh overall.

Basically in this part of the book human kids are turning into trolls and Abby is trying to stop their transformation, all while also battling evil knights (who hunt and kill trolls) who want her dead too, and trying to figure out her own destiny in all of this new crazy world.

The biggest accomplishment I can say is that I finished it. If you want to know more about the series check out my review for the prequel, which should be read first, called Troll.

Language Rating: 1 (light)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3 stars

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