Friday, January 30, 2015

Today's Reading: Blurred Lines

I am down with a stomach bug. Boo hiss. But the silver lining is I declared it a reading day! Here's what's on tap: 

Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tonight's Reading Material: Snow Day = All Night Readathon

Snow Day tomorrow! Whoooo hoooo!!! Breaking out in my party dance. So since sleep is optional when books are available, I have picked three to plow through. Here's my late night reading material: just a little light reading.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

4.5 stars for #Nerd by Cambria Hebert


#Nerd (Hashtag,#1)
By: Cambria Hebert

Published: November 1, 2014
Genre: NA, College, Sports, Contemporary Romance, Grief

Rating: 4.5 stars 

OVERVIEW:
Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…
In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.
But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. 
An initiation.
A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

REVIEW:
#CanIHaveAMoment #ExperiencingGirlCrush
#ThisBookWasFreakingFabulous

This was great, unique spin on a contemporary sports romance. The use of hashtags and the BuzzFeed really added colorful flavor and set the stage for each chapter. 

I was laughing and crying and wanting to bash certain characters over the head. That's a great thing. You want that connection and pull. Hebert did a wonderful job getting into the minds of her characters. 

Another thing I really enjoyed was how she took a genre that is very saturated and carved a unique storyline that was compelling. 

I did notice a few football terminology errors (because I do like football and my husband is obsessed... I MEAN, OBSESSED with football) so I knew some terms were incorrect, and there were a couple grammatical errors I spotted. But those were minor and the flow and pitch were purring along as smooth as Romeo's Mustang.

There was great emotion and character development. I really didn't like Romeo at first, but he changed and grew on me. Rimmel was fantastic. ***Having a girl crush at the moment.*** What a tough cookie. I enjoyed getting into her head, and Hebert did a fantastic job pacing that unveiling. She didn't lay the characters bare, but slowly showcased new aspects.

Great job.

Monday, January 19, 2015

5 stars: Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol


This is a snack size review. I'll post a meatier revision later. I just wanted to scream the delicious yumminess of this book to you. Fan-flipping-tastic! Can you see me waving Trey's #1 fan foam finger wildly? Who is this Trey you ask? Oh my friends... He is my new book boyfriend. Get this book and fall in love with this amazing story and cast of characters.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

2.7 stars to The Conspiracy of Us


The Conspiracy of Us (Untitled, #1)
By: Maggie Hall
Published: January 13, 2015

I'm sorry to say that this book did not live up to my expectations. I'm torn between giving it 2.5 to 3 stars. The idea of the book reminded me of the National Treasure movie, so it didn't seem very original to me. I felt that the characters were flat and weren't well defined. There wasn't any real character development. The story seemed rushed and disjointed. However, the author was adapt descriptive wise and provided a somewhat emotional pull. I think a good, hard visit with the editor and another draft round or two and this would be stellar. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Review Snack Size: 5 stars for Never Never


Never Never (Never Never #1)
By: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Published: January 7, 2015
5 stars

I will be publishing a full length review, but as I literally just finished the book my thoughts screamed to be announced. My brain is fried. I feel like I just stepped off the tilt-a-whirl after 10 consecutive rides. That was fan-flipping-tastic! Wow, I feel like I stuck my finger in an electrical outlet. Holy crap on a cracker.