Book Review || Faking Perfect

Faking Perfect

Book Information:

Title: Faking Perfect

Author: Rebecca Phillips

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Release Date: June 30th 2015

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult


Synopsis (Goodreads)

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?


My thoughts

– This book teaches the reader a valuable lesson.

– Lexi spends hours putting on the perfect face before she leaves for school every day. In everyone’s eyes, she is perfect and flawless. Little do they know that she is faking perfect.

– Lexi starts a secret hooking up relationship with the school’s resident drug dealer, Tyler. He must follow her three rules: avoid her at school, keep his mouth shut, and don’t talk about her crush on Ben. 

– When Ben finally asks Lexi out, everything starts crashing down. Lexi’s perfect image becomes cracked and flawed. 

– This book is a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover. Nothing is what it seems.

– Even though Rebecca, wrote Tyler as the school bad boy, he was my favorite character. From page one, I fell in love with him. I was rooting for him to get his happy ending.

– This is a great and quick read, everyone should read it.

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Book Review || Any Way You Slice it

Book Information:

Title: Any Way You Slice It

Author: Kristine Carlson Asselin

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Sports


Synopsis

A lucky shot on the ice, the hot hockey player who melts it, and her dad’s ban on all things rink related could mean the chance of a lifetime for Penelope…or land her in the penalty box.

Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away. . .

Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.
The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey . . . and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.

She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?

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My thoughts

 – There is just so much to love about this book. A female trying to make it in a man’s sport always excites me. She goes after what she loves., even if her parents don’t agree.

– Penelope wants to play hockey instead of following in her father’s footsteps. of slinging pizzas but her parents have a different idea.  Her father forces her into the reality life with their pizza shop. She is living a double life. One playing hockey and the other to please her family. When the two worlds are ready to collide, she must decide. If her unique band of characters, she ultimately gets to make the right choice. 

– This book has all the elements of a great book. A good plot line, great characters, A strong female lead and a romantic arc!

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Book Tour || Moses: Son Of Maimon

Moses Son of Maimon: The Life of Maimonides 1135 to 1204 A.D.

Born into a distinguished family in medieval Cordoba, Spain, the young Moses Maimonides was quickly recognized by his teachers for his outstanding intellectual abilities and extraordinary versatility. At the age of twelve, when his peaceful world was shattered by war and persecution and his family was forced into exile, his religious and secular studies continued. Despite the years of wandering and the harsh conditions, he also developed into a writer and wrote extensively until the end of his life.

After years of wandering and relatively short stays in Morocco and Israel, Maimonides and his family settled in Egypt. The Jewish community quickly recognized his genius, and after completing his important book, the Mishneh Torah, he was recognized internationally as the chief religious and legal authority of the entire Jewish world. He produced many books on diverse subjects such as philosophy, law, religion, and medicine that are considered extremely important to this day by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Despite experiencing loss and controversies, Maimonides rose to eminence as both the official head of the Jewish community in Cairo and the private physician to the sultan and his court.

His world was full of contradictions. A man who abhorred excess of any kind, Maimonides nevertheless lived as a member of a glittering society. Cairo of that time was full of art, music, literature, elegant fashions, priceless jewelry, and sophisticated food. He moved among the sultan’s wealthy advisors and the elegant ladies of the royal harem during the day, and among the Jewish scholars in the evening. He was accused of supporting corporal punishment for wives, and at the same time, people gasped at his revolutionary defense of women’s rights.

His fame brought controversy that is still raging—eight hundred years after his death. At certain times his books were banned and even burned at the stake. But no one could ever deny that his work was that of a brilliant innovator and scholar who could reconcile religious traditions with science and philosophy like no one else.

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My thoughts:

– Normally, I tend not to read historical type of books but there was something about Moses that grabbed my attention. He is know for his intelligence and thoughts that are etched in history. 

– Considering that my husband is Jewish, I really connected with this book. There were many times that I would catch myself reading passages to my husband. I got a better understanding about Judaism and he was able to connect with his religion. 

– I highly recommend this book for anyone that loves historical reads. I will definitely adventure into this genre more often now. 

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Author Bio:

Ilil Arbel is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books, including biographies,

memoirs, novels, and mythology/folklore. She has also written articles, short stories, and

Judaic myths. 

Arbel has a Ph.D. in the field of mythology and folklore but has also devoted much study

to her special interest in Jewish history, biography, legends, and myths. She is

currently engaged in writing the biography of Hillel the Elder, the first century B.C. leader

and religious scholar. 

Dr. Arbel was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has lived and studied in Tel Aviv, Paris, and New

York and currently resides in Manhattan.

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Book Information:

Title: Moses: Son of Maimon

Author: Ilil Arbel

Book Genre: Historical Biography

Publisher: 21st Publishing

Release Date: Feb 12, 2015

Tour hosted by: Virtual Book Tour


 

 

Book Review || Addy and the Smart Guy

Addy And The Smart Guy (Big Girl Panties #3)

Book Information:

Title: Addy and the smart guy (Big Girl Panties #3)

Author: Carter Ashby

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Release Date: March 10th 2015

Genre: Fiction, Romance


Synopsis

If it weren’t for her best friends, Zoey and Maya, Addy Hart would be a prudish, uptight Barbie doll. Thankfully, through love and persistence, they’ve helped introduce her to her wild side. Unfortunately, even her wild side doesn’t have the courage to go after the one thing she wants more than life itself.

Dr. Greyson McDaniel has resisted his lovely teaching assistant for three years, now. He has no intentions of endangering his job or her reputation. But as spring break approaches, he’s seized with a wicked impulse. He invites her to his mountain retreat for a week. Just one week of intense escape.

What they both discover after their affair is that a week isn’t nearly enough. But as much as they long to be together, there are obstacles in their way, and the ethics of student-teacher relationships are the least of their problems. When she realizes how deeply rooted Grey’s commitment issues are, Addy begins to despair of ever having a happy ending with him. But Addy’s love might be just what’s needed to free him of his past.

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My review:

– This book was amazing. I was rooting for Addy and Greyson from the very beginning. I wanted them to get their happy ending from page one. 

– Even through ethically, a professor shouldn’t do anything with his student, it is still a great love story. It’s got forbidden love that turns into something more. 

– The road to their love didn’t come without drama. There was just the right amount of drama to make everything flow together. 

– Even though this book is a part of the series, it worked well as a standalone. 

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Book Review & Interview || Down The Aisle With Bridezilla

See below for an interview with the author!

Down The Aisle With Bridezilla

Book Information:

Title: Down the Aisle with Bridezilla

Author: Carli Palmer

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Pages: 288 Pages

Release Date: October 20th 2014

Genre: Fiction, Romance


Book Synopsis

In the golden land of Malibu the sun is hot, the ocean breeze is crisp, and the brides are deranged! Dealing with four demanding clients, Megan Waters thought her job as a wedding planner would involve romance and eternal bliss. Instead her profession has been causing drama, outrageousness, and has made Megan reach for the aspirin bottle in her top drawer more than once. Along with her business partner Sasha, Megan runs Happily Ever After – a company that helps brides create the most amazing weddings that their gold card toting selves could dream up and pay for. With a small but devoted staff Megan runs into contact with everything from poison ivy covered bridesmaids to exploding wedding cakes. At this rate Megan is going to need a tranquilizer shot…

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Interview with Author 

* How do you name your characters? As you are writing, before, or after you are done?

Always before! I believe a character’s name defines their personality. Like “plain Jane”, “dependable Amy”, or “exotic Adela”. Sometimes a name says it all.

* What advice would you give to future writers?

Even if your thoughts are a jumbled ball of confusion just get it down on paper or on your computer. That was the best advice I ever got. It doesn’t matter if the grammar is off or the words are misspelled, just get the imagination out. You can edit and extenuate the details later.

* What do you wish you would have known before writing your book? 

How long the final process took for self-publishing. The part that no one tells you about is how long formatting your manuscript takes. It took me a while to figure out how to turn my 8×11 inch manuscript into a bound book.

* Best/Favorite Place to write? IE outside, at Starbucks

Usually on my bed or in the library.

* What is your writing environment like?​ ie No music, Loud

I usually write while a DVD is playing on my portable DVD player. It’s anything that I’ve watched a million times but just need it for background noise.

* Where did you come up with the idea for the book?

A television show called Bridezillas. On the show not too many of them had a wedding planner and I could only imagine if there was one, what she would be going through with all the craziness of the demanding brides.

* Is there a message that you want readers to grasp?

There’s no serious message with this book. Just a funny story to enjoy and realize that everyone has stress in their lives, even well paid wedding planners.

* Who inspired you to write?

All the authors I ever read throughout my life.

* Do you do any research for your book?

Yes! I love research! I may not get every fact right but I try to add a little bit of reality to all my creativity.

* Hardest part of writing?

Getting over writer’s block and having all the details for a scene planned out in your head but can’t word it the right way on paper.

* Favorite character to write?

In this book it’s Megan. She was the one I spent the most time on.

* Do you get to come up with the cover art?

Partially. With this book I had a pre-conceived notion in my head and hired an illustrator to make it come alive. He listened to what I wanted and turned it into a cute cover. I knew that no matter what I wanted an angry bride on the cover.

* If your book was made into a movie, who is your dream cast?

I would love for the main character, Megan Waters, to be a no-name actress who was just starting out. For the four brides, I can see Cameron Diaz or Charlize Theron as the demanding Ashley, Jennifer Lawrence as the worrisome Jennifer, Meryl Streep as the older and wiser Rose, and Jojo Levesque as the quirky Olivia.

* If you were ship-wrecked on a desert island, what three books would you want with you?

A Body to Die For by Kate White

If Looks Could Kill by Kate White

Death in a Beach Chair by Valerie Wolzien

* Dream Author to work with?

Kate White. She writes a mystery series based on a character name Bailey Weggins and they are amazing!


My thoughts:

-This book was hilarious. The four brides that Megan has to deal with are the perfect examples of what different type of brides are out there. 

-It follows Megan, who is a wedding planner for the rich in California. It shows her dealing with four very different brats, I mean brides. It shows the stresses of dealing with a bridezilla while trying to find her true love.

– Carli Palmer shined in her debut novel. I really hopes she continues on with Megan and her cast of characters.

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Book Review || Me Tarzan — You Jane

Me Tarzan -- You Jane

Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart

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My thoughts:

Jane is a widowed makeup artist who wants to become a writer. Lucas is the typical playboy model. The kind that every girl loves in love with instantly. When they first met at a writer’s conference, there attraction is anything but love. Jane devises everything about Lucas including his loud parties next door to her hotel room. Flash forward to a few weeks later and they are forced together in Paris by a mutual friend. They both finally let their guards down. Jane learns that second chances can exist. Lucas realizes he needs Jane and Ella in his life. Once they arrive back to the States, a scandal causes Jane to question everything about Lucas. Are they able to with stand anything?

This book was quite interesting. It took a little bit of time for me to get into it. But once I did, it was enjoyable. Throughout the entire book I was cheering for that happy ever after. The characters of Jane and Lucas were rather intriguing. Lucas is your typical male model, who thinks everyone must love him. When he finally encounters someone that doesn’t, he is thrown off guard. Jane, on the other hand, isn’t your typical female character. She is a widow who believes that people can only love one person for their whole lives. She’s comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive then finding someone else to love. She is the complete opposite of Lucas. However, when Lucas goes through a death, she is exactly what he needed.

The main reason this book isn’t rated higher is the transition throughout the book. One minute they are talking about travelling back to Paris and the next page, it’s already happen. There were a few questions that were left unanswered about current plot points that would have made sense with something else added. Overall, this was an enjoyable book.

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Book Information:
Title: Me Tarzan — You Jane
Author: Camelia Miron Skiba
Format: ebook from Book Tours & Blasts (in exchange for an honest review)
Pages: 270 Pages
Release Date: December 6th 2014
Genre: Fiction, Romanic

 

 

Book Review || Island Escape

Island Escape (The Island #0.5)

 Adam

 Luxury yacht, tropical seas, babes in bikinis…dream job, right? Wrong. The passengers are rich jerks who treat the crew like garbage, when they aren’t pretending we’re their whores. The best day was when that cokehead heiress Kalina tried to fire me just for doing my job. I swore I’d never go back home to my parents and their crazy fundamentalist ranch in the desert, but nothing could be worse than this.

And then the pirates attack.

Kalina

 Luxury yacht, tropical seas, billionaire boyfriend…dream trip, right? Wrong. After catching my man getting “extra services” from the maid, I know I’m the laughing stock of passengers and crew. Every time I lay eyes on that quiet, handsome deckhand Adam, I can feel him judging me. I want to die, and when the pirates show up, I think I’m going to.

But Adam… he saves me. Now we’re alone together on a lifeboat in the open ocean. Adam thinks we don’t have a chance, but thanks to him, we’ve made it this far.

And then, in the distance, I spot an island…

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My thoughts:

This book was very interesting. It a great start to the series. One minute you are on a yacht, living the dream and then the next you are find yourself on an deserted island. The evolution of the character was my favorite part of the book. When I first met Kalina, I wanted to knock some sense into her. She was such a spoiled princess. It made me almost not want to read the book. I was so angry with her. As the story progressed my hatred for her started to die down. She actually became a very pleasant person. She learned that there is more to life then money, s*x, drugs, and alcohol. She learned to care for someone else besides herself. Adam, on the other hand, was my favorite character from the beginning. He wasn’t going to take bull from anyone. If it wasn’t for him, they would have never survived the first night.

Overall, this book was great. I couldn’t put it down that I read it all in about two days. The writing is great. I loved every moment of the book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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Book Information:
Title: Island Escape
Author: Viv Daniels
Format: ebook (in exchange for an honest review from Mark My Words)
Pages: 172 Pages
Release Date: January 16th 2015
Genre: Fiction, Romance

Book Review || The Pact

The Pact

For eighteen years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty– they’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends, so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soul mates since they were born.

So when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at seventeen from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet– a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described.

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My Thoughts:

One of the many reasons that I tend to gravitate towards Jodi Picoult is her style of writing. Most of her books are written with multiple narrators in either the past or the present. This book is no different. We hear how the two families meet 18 years in one chapter and the next how everyone is dealing with Emily’s death. Unlike, some authors Picoult really paints the picture of the character. About how much they care and love for each other. How interchangeable they can be. To me, what really made this story were the characters and how they reacted to Emily’s death.

This book taught me that there is more than one side to every story. In the case of this book, Picoult shows that there are three different sides; the Hartes idea of the truth, the Golds idea of the truth, and the actual truth. This book kept me guessing until the very last page which truth was correct.

Overall, this book made me ugly cry and feel so many different emotions. I needed to finish it or I was going to be a mess until I didn’t. Picoult nailed it again with her take on some hard topics.

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Book Information:
Title: The Pact: A Love Story
Author: Jodi Picoult
Format: ebook
Pages: 512 Pages
Release Date: August 29th 2006
Genre: Fiction, Romanic

Book Review || Paper Covers Rocks

Paper Covers Rock

At the beginning of his junior year at a boys’ boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick. Caught in the web with Alex and Glenn is their English teacher, Miss Dovecott, fresh out of Princeton, who suspects there’s more to what happened at the river when she perceives guilt in Alex’s writing for class. She also sees poetic talent in Alex, which she encourages. As Alex responds to her attention, he discovers his true voice, one that goes against the boarding school bravado that Glenn embraces. When Glenn becomes convinced that Miss Dovecott is out to get them, Alex must choose between them.

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My thoughts:

The style of writing was about the only thing I enjoyed about this book. It was written as through we were reading Alex’s journal. I have a soft spot for books that are written through someone’s personal possession. The book is about a boy. Alex has to deal with the aftermath of his friend’s death. The setting of the story takes place during the 1980s at an all-boys boarding school in North Carolina. Throughout the book, you can see Alex maturing and dealing with Thomas’ death. Glenn really annoyed me. He was the stereotypical golden boy athlete. Overall, the book wasn’t for me. It’s getting three stars for the style of writing.

3stars


Title: Paper Covers Rock
Author: Jenny Hubbard
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
Release Date: June 14th 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic

Book Review || The In-Between

Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.

Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.

But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.

They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?

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My thoughts:

This book was so rough to get through. The summary made the story sound so promising but I was rather disappointed. We knew going in that Justin was going to die but I had no idea when. It made it harder to focus on the beginning chapters of the book because I was just waiting for him to die. And once he did, I was over the book. I toughed my way through the book. However, I did like the characters of Tara and Justin. They were teenagers and talked like teenagers. Most of the time, teenagers in stories talk like they are in their 30s. I felt for Tara and losing her love. Sometimes it’s hard to be the person left behind.

This was my first adventure in paranormal romance type of books. Maybe if I try some more books out of this genre, I’ll give this one another go.

3stars


 

Title: The In-Between
Author: Olivia Pierce
Format: Ebook (Free copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley)
Pages: NA
Release Date: November 26th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance