Aug 29, 2014

Blog Tour -- Rival Love


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Rival Love
Author: Natalie Decker
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
Tour Host: Ya Bound Book Tours

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Synopsis:

Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.

At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.

At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.

My Review:
Skylar is mad. She doesn't want to move, especially to the place of her rival school. As she moves, her world falls apart. She loses her boyfriend, friends, and any sort of calm she once had. She thinks it can't get much worse, until she sees the guy who lives in the house with her. He is the star quarterback for her new school, so of course he hates that she is a bulldog. As the months go on, she gets a glimpse of the real Caleb, now what does she do that she is falling for him?

I read the synopsis for this book when I was offered to read it for the blog tour. I had to read it. It sounded so dang cute, there was no way I couldn't sign up. This book was adorable, but also had so much more going on within the pages.

You feel so bad for Skylar. You see all that is going on with her and the poor girl can't catch a break. She is very whiny through the whole book, but not in a way that I found annoying. All of it seemed justified, even when some of the outbursts didn't seem necessary. No matter how hard she tries to do the right thing, sometimes things just didn't work out for her.

Then there is Caleb. Who at first seems so cocky and you want nothing to do with him. As you start to read his side you get a glimpse into the real Caleb and start to wish him well too. Sometimes I am like get over yourself, it doesn't matter what others think, but I know when you are in high school, reputations can seem like everything. You find out early on that something bad happened in Caleb's life, but you don't get to find out until almost the very end. I liked that you found out late, because you got to learn to love him for him, not what he went through.

The book mainly goes between school and home, but there are some times where they are at her work and a small visit to her dad's house as well. The school they are at seems to be 3 stories high. Where I live, I have never seen a school so big so it was a little hard to picture them walking so far around a school for their classes. I know there are schools that big though, so I didn't dwell on it too much.

The chapters go between Skylar and Caleb. I liked that they went between the two because you got to know both characters and understand what was going on in their heads when they would have their little fights. They both seemed to have a real fear of letting the other one in. That made them act out sometimes and regret the actions later.

I loved this book up until the end. You hear so much about how she was a virgin, he definitely wasn't. You hear her talk about schools and all of her sports she plays. You watch her finally learn who she is and accept her school and that it isn't so bad. Then the book just kind of ends. I felt like we didn't get closure on really anything and that made me sad. I don't know if there is another book to follow to explain the rest or if that is just the end and it's all we get. I would have liked to know what happened to her, what happened to them. If she got into the college she wanted to go to or if she got going to the one her dad wanted her to go with. I wanted to know if she ended up getting to swim or not. I also wanted to know if Caleb got to got a good college or not as well. I know some books do small cliff hangers, but this book just kind of ended without any closure. For that, I did knock it down 1 star.

If the ending would have been better, I would have for sure given the book 5 stars. The book was still wonderful and worth the read. I am glad I got to read the book and I do have my fingers crossed that a sequel will come out so I can really find out how it all ends!!






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About the Author

Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!


Find Her Here: Twitter | Website | Facebook | Goodreads


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Aug 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



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First World Problems
By: Leigh Ann Kopans
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014

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Sofia's had a really rough year - busted for cheating at prep school, dumped - dumped! - for the first time ever, and her new non-profit working stepmother is turning out to be an uppity bitch.

She deserves to treat herself. But when she throws herself a birthday party with 20 of her closest friends in Paris and (accidentally!) maxes out her dad's credit card in the process, he’s had enough of her attitude. As punishment, he switches her planned gap year touring Europe to one doing community service work with the evil stepmother’s relief organization in Guyana.

The rural village of Dabu needs help in every area from education to getting safe drinking water. But Sofia’s more concerned about her roommate Callum, the gardening expert, who calls Sofia "Princess" and scoffs at her distaste for sweaty, muddy, iguana-eating, outhouse-using life in Guyana.

Eventually, life on the equator, her work in the village, and especially Callum - with his brooding eyes and bewitching New Zealand accent - start to grow on Sofia. Life is rough in Guyana, but it’s roughest on the girls, whose families are too poor to send only the most promising boys in school. They’re trapped in a cycle that will keep them from ever making a better life for themselves, or for the village. Worse, Callum doesn’t seem to think any of the changes Sofia envisions are actually necessary.

Determined to change the girls’ futures, she comes up with a strategy to help them and, ultimately, the village. But what starts out as a plan to convince Callum and her father that she’s fallen in love with Guyana, turns into the realization that maybe she’s falling for Callum, too. And that by changing these girls’ lives, she might also be changing her own.

Aug 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy! 

This was an easy week :) I have SOOOOO many books on my TBR list that I can't read because I don't own them yet!! I still had a great time going through my list to pick all the books out that I wanted to put on here!!

I also want to go ahead an apologize, this might be my last TTT until October. I have Swag September starting up and I don't see me having the time to be able to do the fun memes for the month. I hope to still be able to do them, but if not, I wanted you guys to know why. To check out Swag September, Click here!!

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet


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1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare




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2. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks




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3. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake




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4. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout




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5. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen




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6. Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young




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7. Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti




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8. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern




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9. Trouble by Non Pratt




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10. Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally





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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

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Teaser Tuesday -- The Siren by Kiera Cass


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" I didn't believe Her. I was sure that I would somehow always know how horrible I had been, the pain I had caused. The Ocean responded to my directionless thoughts. She reminded me She caused the pain, not me. She was trying to sooth me, but I wouldn't have it. I finally lost my temper. "

On Page 73 of The Siren by Kiera Cass 

Aug 25, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #22 -- The Siren by Kiera Cass Recap


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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The Siren
By Kiera Cass



Synopsis: 

"You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won't lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time..."

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can't bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she's been waiting for doesn't seem nearly as important as the one she's living now.

My Recap:
It has been years since I read this book as well. I was lucky enough to get asked by Kiera to review this book back when she wasn't a big selling author.

I know this has to do with Sirens, obviously. They serve a term with the Ocean to help her lure people into the water for her to devour. I remember the Ocean can't survive unless so many people die in the waters.

The Sirens use themselves to help the Ocean accomplish this. When their term is over, they go to go live their life instead of dying like I believe would have happened to them if they didn't take the term.

I remember one of them falling in love with someone on earth.

I know this isn't much but that is about all I remember, I am surprised I remembered that much to be honest. I do know that I LOVED it. I know most people don't even know she wrote this book, but I am glad to have been one of the few that got offered the chance to read it.

I can't wait to re-read it now that I have read her Selection series and to see how much her writing is the same or different :)


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We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series?

Be sure to leave your links below :)

Aug 22, 2014

Review -- Clockwork Angel

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Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 476
Format: Hardcover, bought

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Synopsis:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....


My Review:
I came into these books already understanding how Cassandra Clare writes. Her books tend to start off slow and as the series/trilogy progresses, the books get more and more intense. I can say I feel like this trilogy will be just the same.

The start of this book was super slow. There were also some terms that had to be used in the time frame that we are reading about, so I ended up having to use a dictionary to look some of them up to understand. Like the word parasol. I had no idea it was an umbrella. I thought it was a purse. I went a good chunk of the book thinking Jessamine carried a sharp purse around and that just didn't make sense to me. I finally looked it up and understood a lot better.

I didn't mind the slowness of the book though. It let you get a grasp on the characters and the situations that were arising. It had just enough going on that I had to keep reading it. Clare does a great job of giving out little hints of things that make you just HAVE to know what it all means. Some of them are cleared up in this book, and others I am sure will be cleared up in one of the other books.

Jem is a sweetheart, I like his character very much. I also feel horrible for him with what he has to go through. But with that said, I don't see him being the one that Tessa ends up with. I don't see them to be too compatible. That isn't to say there isn't attraction, I can see them possibly dating in another book, but I just don't see them being soul mates either.

Tessa is a character that I actually really like to read about. She isn't annoying like most female protagonists can be. I feel connected with her and wish her the best through the stories to come. I really want to know what she is. It isn't cleared up in this book, so I really hope it is said in the next one. I NEED TO KNOW!! This character is very strong willed. She doesn't give up and she sacrifices herself for the good of others. I love that about her. I also like that she doesn't take Will's crap.

Will. Oh gosh Will. I hear so many people say how awesome he is and as of right now I have to agree. He tries to act like nothing bothers him, he pushes those away that actually do care about him. I don't know why this is, but I hope it comes out later on. He is a difficult one. Tries to play the ladies man card, but I don't buy it so much. I think there is so much more to him that just makes me fall for this character. I am pretty sure I am on Team Will, though I will take the next book to know for sure.

I am somewhat glad that I read The Mortal Instruments first. There was more explanation in that book about the world. This one makes it seems like you should already know about it. I would be more confused if I would have waited to read this trilogy first. Bits and pieces come out throughout the book, but it follows more of the story of the characters than it does about the world.

I am sick as I am typing this, and I was sick as I was reading it. I would lay in bed and sleep and then force myself to wake up so I could read some more. Once I got down to sitting and reading, I read this book in 2 days. It is also my birthday weekend, and I have a lot going on for it, but I know I will be wishing I could just be at home reading the next book. I am so glad I finally picked up this book and know once I finally get time again I will be plowing through the next 2 books.

I enjoyed this book better than the TMI so far. I like them both, but I feel closer to the characters in this trilogy than I did the characters in TMI. So anyone that said they didn't like TMI don't give up on this trilogy, you might like this one still!!




Aug 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



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By: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 26th, 2014

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

Aug 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy! 

I don't get recommended too many books that seem like books I need to read except by Amanda at I Solemnly Swear and Kristalyn at The Sarcastic Palmtree. I will try to rack my brain to find all the books that I have been told I must read by them!!

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling Me That I MUST Read


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1. Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

This is from Amanda. She told me to read this months and months ago. I even bought the whole trilogy have put it on my TBR list quite a few times but just never was able to get around to it. I hope to get to it by the end of the year though!! I also HAD to put the old cover picture since it is so pretty, I hate the new cover they came out with!


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2. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

This is from Amanda. I have yet to really look into it, but I know if she says I will love it, I will. I just have so much going on I haven't had much time to even give it a chance!!


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3. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

This is the book that made me and Kristalyn start talking. So I owe my wonderful friendship to this series. I was posting that I got the books for my birthday and didn't know if I was going to like them. Kristalyn then chimed in to tell me how wonderful they are. She kept up with my progress and we started emailing back and forth to talk about each book. It was so much fun and now it is an everyday thing for us :)


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4. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

I read The Mortal Instruments but never got around to The Infernal Devices. Kristalyn was telling me that they were so much better than TMI so I decided to try to get ahold of the books. I ended up coming across a post of someone wanting to give away books, all we had to do was pay the shipping. I got lucky to not only see Clockwork Angel by Clockwork Prince as well. I got both books for about 5 dollars. That made me know that I HAD to read them now. I just got done with these, and I'm so glad I listened to her recommendation!!


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5. Tigers Curse Saga by Colleen Houck

This is Kristalyn's all time favorite series. She has told me to read it for so long and she just got done reading it for our Memory Lane Monday Meme that we host. I have been eyeballing it for a while before Kristalyn but wasn't sure if I would like it. Once I found out she loved it and said I should read it, I knew I had to. I hope to be getting the whole set here in the next couple months or Christmas at the latest.


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6. 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James

This one weirdly enough was recommended to me by my aunt, but also my mom. Let me say here, that I was 24 when I read these books. Let me also say in my 24 years of my life, I NEVER saw my mom read a book ever. She didn't like to read, so when she told me to read these, I was in shock. I had to read it just because these books actually got my mom to start reading. Now she is a bookworm just like me :)


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7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I have been told by pretty much about everyone that I NEED to read this book. I have also been told to read anything by Jane Austen, but this is the best place to start. I don't see me ever reading this, or at least for a long time. This book is though probably my most recommended book that I need to read.


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8. Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

My cousin came to stay the night one night with me back when she was in high school. She told me all of her friends were reading these books but her mom wouldn't let her read them. She used to have bad nightmares and her mom heard that the books had vampires in them, so she said no to her. I felt bad and called my aunt to see if she would let me buy them for her. I would in turn keep my cell phone on at all times so that if she woke up with a nightmare I would get up and talk to her instead of her going to her mom. After she read the books, she told me I must go out and get my own set of the books to read.


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9. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

This is another set of books that my cousin told me to read. I have yet to get to them even though they have been on my shelf since back in like 2009. I will get around to them eventually, I am just iffy on historical books.


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10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Amanda also recommended this one to me. I had to go through my shelves in order to remember this one. I know Cinderella isn't from Disney itself, but they took the book and turned it into a cartoon, but I still love anything that reminds me of Disney. So the idea of Cinderella as a cyborg seems really interesting to me.




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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- Rival Love


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

" My mother's face softens a little as she closes the space between us and pulls me into a hug. Without wanting to, I break down into a snotty, choked-filled cry. 'He just...admitted to cheating on me.' Normally, if this were one of my friends, I'd have added, 'all because I wouldn't sleep with him!' But they haven't answered my calls so I'm not bawling my eyes out to them right this second."

At 15% of Rival Love by Natalie Decker

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Aug 18, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #21 -- Life on the Refrigerator Door Review


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)
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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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Author: Alice Kuipers
Release Date: August 28th, 2007
Publisher: Harper
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 220
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Synopsis: 

Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don't know it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood—boys, school, friends, identity; Claire's mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change. Forced to reevaluate the delicate balance between their personal lives and their bond as mother and daughter, Claire and her mother find new love and devotion for one another deeper than anything they had ever imagined.

Heartfelt, touching, and unforgettable, Life on the Refrigerator Door is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world. Moving and rich with emotion, Life on the Refrigerator Door delivers universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant narrative.

My Review:

Read my recap for this book Here.

First thing I need to say, is I wish I waited to re-read this book. Not saying it is bad, but I just got done reading a book with a really sad ending. I cried for a couple hours over that book, then sat down and read this book in one setting. I knew this book was sad, but I wanted to go ahead and take advantage of the night and get some reading in. I should have curled up and watched a movie.

With that said, I loved the book. I loved it back in the day and I love it now. It makes me wanna drive the hour and a half away drive to see my mom. I wish I could just give her a huge hug and tell her how much I love her.

This book is notes written back and forth between a mom and a daughter on a fridge. The pages are separated by each note, so it is a very fast read. You can easily sit down in one sitting and get it read all the way through. The mom is a doctor that delivers babies. Since she is a doctor she is gone quite a bit. The daughter is 15 years old and kind of consumed in her own life. She comes around when things get hard, but sometimes you wanna tell her to stop being so selfish.

Breast Cancer is in this book, so if there is anyone that has problems reading books with cancer, definitely stay away from this one. Most of the book is mild, but the book will leave you crying. I tried to hold it back since I knew it was going to be sad, but there was no hope for me. I lost it and had my boyfriend pause what he was watching on the TV just to try and comfort me.

Even though this is a book on cancer, it is a wonderful book. It makes you stop to look at your life and how you are acting towards those who you love. Sometimes you need a book like this to really make you appreciate them, sometimes we forget to. I love the books that make your search your soul, it means you can still always make your life better in some way. It is nice to find there are some books out there that can still make you think.




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We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series?

Be sure to leave your links below :)

Aug 16, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

This week I was good, I haven't bought anything over 99 cents and even then I only bought one book that cheap, the other book I bought was technically free :) Most of my books were even given to me for review or were a gift to me for my Swag September I am doing all next month. If you don't know what Swag September is, Click Here to go see what it is all about! There will be lots of giveaways during the month!!


For Review:

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Rival Love
by: Natalie Decker

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Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.

At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.

At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.

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Perfect for You
by:  Ashelyn Drake

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Sophomore year in high school comes with its own set of problems. You're no longer a freshmen, but you're still two years away from ruling the school. So, you sit and languish in a kind of purgatory until junior year, when things start to get interesting.

That is, unless during your sophomore year, you find your boyfriend making out with another girl in front of your locker. Then, interesting takes on a whole new meaning, and that's what happened to seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan. It's no wonder her self-esteem suffered a major hit.

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two guys at school (I know, right?). They happen to both be gorgeous, and each vies for her attention in the most flattering of ways. Sounds good, right? Not if one of the guys is her boyfriend, and the other one wants to be.

Meg doesn’t want to lose Ash. They’ve been together for almost five months, and she’s falling in love with him. But Noah. Ah, Noah. He’s the irresistible guy Meg has been crushing on for two years, and she isn’t ready to send him away either. But stringing both along could have disastrous results, leaving Meg in the cold once again.

One thing's certain. Meg needs to decide between Ash and Noah soon, or she'll lose her perfect match forever.

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Louder Than Words
by: Iris St. Clair

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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad's dead, her mom is numbing the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends are slowly abandoning her. Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe, shouldn't have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt, shouldn't have sent her running to the girls' bathroom for the final moments of her Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details of her life to herself.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky teen recently transplanted from New York and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draw her in, she's not letting him get too close, not til she's sure she can trust him. By the time Rex's charming persistence wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the perma-pal shelf and shifted his romantic attentions to her arch-rival. Even worse, the teacher who tried to seduce her is still misbehaving with impunity.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about her teacher and risk retribution, to tell Rex how she feels and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside, the only safe place she knows.




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Breakaway
by: Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith

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Levi Carr is captain of the Roxboro University Lions hockey team. His rival is James Wayne University and their captain, Trevor McCarthy. After an incident in high school and his mother’s death, Levi does whatever he can to make McCarthy’s life a little harder. When leaving the rivaling campus one night, Levi meets one person who can unknowingly help him mess with McCarthy.

My one job in this is to mess with McCarthy’s head and all it has done is mess with mine.

Presley McCarthy lives in the shadow of her twin brother, Trevor. After being separated when their parents divorced, all Presley heard about was Levi Carr being a bully to Trevor. Now in college, Presley is
 trying to be her own person, but when she meets Levi Carr, it all changes. But will the changes be good or bad?

He is nothing like my brother described. Maybe I’ve been wrong all along.

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You Before Me
by: Lindsay Paige

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She’s too young for him.
He’s too good for her.
She seduces him away from the gentleman he tries to be.
He leads her to her own hopes and dreams.

Ryan Kavanaugh isn’t the kind of girl guys bring home to their moms. She’ll have sex on the first date, she’ll drop the f-bomb without a second thought, and she’ll answer the door in jeans and a bra.

Gabe O’Connor is exactly the kind of guy girls want. He’s a police officer and the classic good guy who takes his family’s opinions seriously and strives to be the best person he can be.

Two people in two different places in their lives, both being pulled in directions they don’t want to go. Ryan and Gabe both struggle with what they desire in life and in each other as well as what their families expect of them.

Sometimes, you have to think of yourself first.





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Crossing the Ice
by: Jennifer Comeaux

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Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though...

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

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Those Four Letter Words
by: Christina Channelle

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Eighteen-year-old Jade Reamer is a tough girl with a reputation to prove it. She loves three people and three people only: her brother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Everyone else is irrelevant.

That is … until Reed enters the picture again.

Suddenly things start to spiral out of control and things aren’t as they seem. Life is no longer simply black and white, love versus hate. Suddenly, it’s hard to figure out which of those four letter words is true.

Especially when she can’t look away from those devil eyes.

I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Which is it? I don’t even know anymore.

Well, let’s find out.

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