Tuesday, April 30, 2013

{Book Blast} Have No Shame by Melissa Foster + GIVEAWAY




Book Synopsis:

The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.


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Melissa Foster's Amazon Page


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


Find Melissa Foster:


:PRAISE FOR HAVE NO SHAME
“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine
“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review
“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop
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“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite
“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala
“…a stunningly impactful read.” Rabid Reader Reviews
“A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality.” Cindy Smith, avid reader
“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’
“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

GIVEAWAY INFO:

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- Signed copy of CHASING AMANDA
- Signed copy of COME BACK TO ME
- Signed Copy of MEGAN’S WAY
- 1 Pink Journal



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{ARC Review} It Takes Balls by Josh Wolf



Title: It Takes Balls 
(Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad)
Author: Josh Wolf
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, Grand Central Publishing
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Memoir
Rating: Um, yeah
Source: Publisher. Given in exchange for an honest review


I read this for two reasons. 1) It mentions single moms and I am one. 2) My IRL BFF thought it looked fun and I thought it would be fun to read together. Wolf is a stand up comedian who writes for Chelsea Lately. This book is a collection of stories about his life as a single dad to three kids. 

Things I didn't like: single moms are easy...sleep with as many as possible. Drink as much as possible and get drunk in front of your kid. Take drugs and ridicule those who don't. Want your sons to sleep with as many girls as they can but want to lock up your daughter to keep her away from boys...like yours. The language. I missed the part that said he was a sailor. Great day.

Was it funny? Yeah, in places I laughed. But mostly I rolled my eyes thinking there was no possible way that even a part of what he said could be true. As a stand up act it would be a lot funnier probably but it didn't work for me as a book.

My favorite quote from the book:

Can you image if this generation had to do something important? What if these kids were the ones who had to storm the beaches of Normandy? Are you picturing these kids out there on those boats? Flippin' their Justin Bieber bangs out their eyes, everybody named Trevor, Travis or Tyler, not knowing how to get to the beach because nobody has a beach app on their phone, and all of them probably getting shot because they posed for a picture in front of the boat to post on Facebook!

I read it in a day because it was like a train wreck...I couldn't look away. He had a few valid points but most of the time I just kept thinking about how far away I stay from men just like him. He's married now and his wife sounds like a saint. 

It was a fast, light read with a few funny parts. I would only recommend this book to someone who doesn't mind extreme and constant language though. If you don't mind that then this might make you laugh.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon

Bout of Books


From the Bout of Books team:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 

Goals:

Read 4 books from my personal shelves. That's it!

If you are participating too, leave me a link so that I can visit.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon Wrap up Post

Once again Dewey's Read-a-Thon has come and gone. It is one of my favorite bookish events!



Which hour was most daunting for you? Around midnight
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Fang Girl was really fast and funny
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None, it was excellent as always
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? everything, as usual
How many books did you read? 2 1/2, gosh I am slow!
What were the names of the books you read? Fang Girl, My Life Next Door and half of Splintered
Which book did you enjoy most? Fang Girl
Which did you enjoy least? Splintered 
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn't a cheerleader this year but I will be next time. The first year I participated, I had lots of comments through out the read-a-thon. This year there were very few comments...I'd like to leave more next year...it really helps!
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will! As both a reader and a cheerleader. I want to leave comments for others...it helps so much!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dewey's Read-a-Thon - Combined Post

My update post for the April 2013 Dewey's Read-a-Thon

Books Read:

Fang Girl by Helen Keeble (352 pages)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (394 pages)
Splintered by A.G. Howard (read to page 203 out of 371)

Hour 1 - Introduction Post

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Cloudy Florida
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Fang Girl by Helen Keeble
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Peanuts from Logan's Steakhouse
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am only able to participate this time because my boys are at their dad's this weekend.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Just want to have as much fun as possible without stressing about the challenges and cheerleading too much. Take lots of breaks and nap if I need to!


Hour 2 - Book Spine Poetry



Sever the Divergent Fang Girl

Hour 3 - Book Appetit

This challenge is to pair up a book you are either reading or have in your stack with the menu you would serve:I have Two Way Street by Larua Barnholdt in my stack to read

It's about a road trip with the girl's ex...so I'd serve up some classic road trip food and nothing says road trip food like fast food. Sliders, fries and cold Cherry Cokes!

What about you? What are you reading? What food would you eat?

And my new drink would have to be the "Get Even" ;-)


Hour 4 - Retitle Your Current Read

My Life Next Door - Cute Boy Gets Equally Cute Girl

Hour 5 Mini Challenge - Self Portrait



Hour 6 - Book Puzzle

did not participate. My puzzler is puzzled.

Hour 7 - Best and Worst Covers

Definitely like the English better. And I think that Jase is my newest book boyfriend.





HOUR 8 - Book Sentence Challenge




Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Splintered The Typewriter Girl.

HOUR 12 - Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I'm going pretty good but am getting tired and my eyes definetly are.
2) What have you finished reading? I've finished Fang Girl and My Life Next Door
3) What is your favorite read so far? Fang Girl was so cute!
4) What about your favorite snacks? Poptarts!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the read-a-thon? If so, give them some love! Sadly no, I haven't. I've been reading because my laptop is being s l o o o w.

HOUR 14 - Quote Time

The Hour 14 mini challenge is to provide a quote from the book we are currently reading or have read. I'm currently reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and am really enjoying it. It has grabbed me from the first page.."I've been collecting bugs since I was ten; it's the only way to stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick"

Oh yeah, this one is really interesting!

HOUR 16 - Mini Challenge

This hour the mini challenge is to turn to page 32 in the book we are currently reading and find the most entertaining phrase to complete this sentence..."I would rather read than ____________ any day" 

I'm reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and my answer is I would rather read than sprout up like a giant mushroom any day.

HOUR 17, almost 18

Wow, I can't believe how fast the time has gone. It is almost 1 am here and my contacts are killing me. Not sure how much longer I will last but I am enjoying Splintered. The dark and crazy theme is really working for my present, loopy condition! ;-)

HOUR 19

It's after 2 here and though I got a small second wind, my eyes are so tired. I've taken out my contacts for a few minutes to let my eyes rest. Have visited several blogs and left comments. On page 203 of Splintered. Am still enjoying it but wish I could just finish it already. 

HOUR 20

Can't believe how quickly the time has gone. We are 5 minutes short of the 20 hour mark. I've done better than I thought but the coming of a migraine and my laptop continuing to freeze is going to have my packing it in for a while. This will more than likely be my last post of the April 2013 Dewey's Read-a-Thon. For those that participated, no matter how much, I hope you had as much fun reading as I did.

Dewey's read-a-thon Introductory Post

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Slightly cloudy Florida

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?


Fang Girl by Helen Keeb so I started with it first!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


Peanuts from Logan's steakhouse. The BFF and I went for a belated birthday dinner for me there, last night.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!


The only reason I can participate this time is because my boys are at their dad's for the weekend. Otherwise it would be "Mom, can I?" "Mom, watch this!" and no reading would happen.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?


To just go with the flow. Not be afraid to take a break or a nap or to visit blogs instead of reading books. Such a fun day!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

And we're off. Today is Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  So I apologize in advance for the whole lotta posts over the next 24 hours! I've participated before and can't wait to see how I do this time. I'll be updating each hour or so with the progress I am making. If you are particpating as well, link me up to your blog in the comments so that I can cheerleader you on.

First up...Fang Girl by Helen Keeble.

Friday, April 26, 2013

RIP George Jones




I try to keep this a book only blog but I couldn't let the day pass without acknowledging the loss of one of my all time favorite singers. This is my favorite song by him. RIP.

Music and Books - a Feature and Follow fail



Feature and Follow is a fun, weekly event to find new book blogs to read. For complete details and to link up, visit either of the hosts.



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Want to keep in touch with me?


or friend me on Goodreads.  

Q:  Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?


I am always impressed when a blogger posts a playlist for a particular book because I don't have that skill. Not only do I not listen to music that often but I also don't really think of potential match ups between books and music. How about you?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

{Blog Tour} Bound Together by Chris Brauns - thoughts



Title: Bound Together
Author: Chris Brauns
Pages: 208
Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction, Personal Growth
Rating: Excellent and well written!
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Our choices, both good and bad, affect others, not just ourselves. Brauns writes a well researched and in-depth book on how our lives are woven together. The first, and worst, example of this is in the fall of Adam. The last, and best, example of this is through Christ's death which saves us all. We are bound to Adam and his sin in a negative way but bound to Christ in a positive way. He saved us.

Not to make myself appear stupid but this book was written in higher language that I am used to reading. After reading so many YA books, the technical nature of this one took some getting used to. It felt a bit like reading a really long term paper. Complete with references at the back. I was pulled into his writing and argument that we are all bound together. It did seem somewhat redundant and seemed to be written more for the theological minded over the "common man" but that might have just been me. 

It was separated into two sections. The first section explains the idea of the rope. The second section shows how we can and should apply it to our lives.

He uses numerous examples in the Bible and in history to show how a choice made affects not only the person making the choice but also those around him. 

He tells how marriage is such a powerful illustration of the rope principle and likens divorce to an amputation. Two people were made one. One cannot go back to two without tearing. Because of this, he shows the importance of understanding how our choices affect others.

It all boils down to the blessing of God's love is greater than the curse of sin.

If you are looking for a well thought out book about original sin and God's grace through Jesus to save us from it, Brauns does an excellent job of laying the background and then showing an application of those truths. Although our ties to Adam doomed us, our ties to Jesus saves us.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Does it Matter?

Although I have only been blogging here for a short time, a couple of weeks ago I hit a mental wall. I had a (virtual) stack of review books to read and write up, a stack of library books checked out and my own full shelves of books staring at me. Plus a couple of blog tours to prepare for, all while taking care of my kids, a business, Twitter, Facebook and real life friends and family. I was in overwhelm and was wondering if it was worth it. I had posts scheduled through the 15th which gave me some time to decide if I even wanted to continue.

In the meantime I signed up for more blog tours. And hit a reading slump. I had a ton of really great books to read but I just had no interest in any of them. I went back and forth and back and forth about continuing. I went a couple of days without internet access so I wasn't able to post. Not being able to post took off the pressure to post because I didn't have a choice.

So this morning when I woke up I was in one of those "get it done" moods. A tornado of productivity. A let go of the stuff that doesn't matter and focus on the best stuff kind of mood. My pastor constantly tells us that we sometimes have to let go of the good to have the great. And I had no post scheduled. But that letting go of stuff mood was there.

So what does that mean for the blog? It means that I'm writing up a Blogging Manifesto so that I can remember why I do what I do and that in the grand scheme of things, this little blog is just life filler. I outlined a bit of a schedule when I first started Little Lovely Books and I enjoy following it. For those times when I stare at a blinking cursor with no idea what to type, that schedule helps me to know in what direction to go. A Blogging Manifesto will help with the emotional side. The underwhelmed / overwhelmed side. 

I'm learning to treat myself with kindness and that includes giving myself a break and not comparing myself to someone who reads and reviews 5 books a week. That will never be me. I don't have the time or, honestly, the desire to do that. What I do want to do is keep plugging along, improving on my writing and reviewing skills, continuing to find my voice and my style, and making friendships and connections with others who love books. 

This little book blogging community we have is amazing and fun. I'm going to stop worrying about the "rules" and just do my own thing on my own schedule. I hope you'll continue to join me on the journey.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blog Tour - Bitesize Biographies JOHN NEWTON by John Crotts - thoughts


Title: John Newton (Bitesize Biographies)
Author: John Crotts
Pages: 141
Genre: biography
Rating: Quick and so interesting
Source: publisher in exchange for an honest review

I am not a big reader of biographies or auto-biographies but when this tour came up, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace. This book truly is bitesized but packs such a wealth of knowledge about this man. 

I had learned a little about him in school but there was so much I did not know. He led an amazing life. His conversion to the Christian faith was huge. He was part of an almost Hollywood like romance. But my favorite part was about the hymns. That part will touch your heart and make you want to start singing.

A hymn is more than a statement of truth. It stretches the tools of language to express the truth with appropriate passion. (page 95)
Newton's methodical study of Christian texts reminds me of Benjamin Franklin's same methodical study of his time. I enjoyed the look into his private life and how much he grew and changed. Truly inspirational.

I'd recommend this little book to anyone that is a fan of biographies or would like a wonderful introduction to the life of one of Christian faith's most underrated men. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Classics Retold - Intro Post




September will be Classics Retold month on Little Lovely Books. It should be such fun! For full details check the post on Book Addicts Guide. I'll be reading MEDUSA and then reading these retellings:

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Dread Locks by Neil Shusterman
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Medusa, A Love Story by Sasha Summers (thanks again Cerian!)

Dread Locks sounds like a great story but that cover...not so much.


Any other spin-offs, retellings, movies or such for Medusa? 



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Favorite Past Topics



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is an open week of picking a topic we missed or one we want to revisit but I couldn't decide. Instead I'm listing my ten favorite past topics.


Hilarious Book Titles - laughter is the best medicine, right?

Favorite Book Blogs - I almost did this one but I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings!
Bookish Pet Peeves - I probably have too many of these.
Covers I Wish I Could Redesign - I am a bit of a cover snob, I am afraid.
Dislikable Characters - sometimes I love to hate.
Favorite Covers - covers make or break a book for me.
Books to Read in a Day - sometimes you just gotta sit and read.
Tips for New Book Bloggers - always love tips.
OCD bookish habits - quirks
Most Vivid Worlds - take me away...

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - Thoughts


Title: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

The synopsis of a young man and young woman who meet and fall for each other, told over a 24 hour period, doesn't really sound like my kind of book. But I wanted to hug this book when I was done. I was afraid of a major case of insta-love, which I don't like, but I got a well developed  and believable process of falling for each other instead. The romance was believable and I found myself rooting for the characters.

The characters were great. The dialogue was great. The setting - an airport and then a plane - was wonderful and unique. Although there were parts that made me extremely uncomfortable because of my personal life experience, overall I loved this book.

The writing flowed so well and her turn of words was amazing. A couple of my favorite quotes:

He's like a song she can't get out of her head (page 11)
Or

"It's not supposed to," Mom said with a smile. "Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world." (page 165)
I keep saying that I'm not big on YA contemporaries but I've been enjoying all the ones that I've read.  I'd recommend this one to anyone who enjoys well thought out, likeable characters and YA with romance.

Your turn...have you heard of this one? Read it? Loved it or not? 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday - Conventions Edition


Feature and Follow is a fun, weekly event to find new book blogs to read. For complete details and to link up, visit either of the hosts.




This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Want to keep in touch with me?




or friend me on Goodreads.  

Q:  We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?


I would love to go to BEA because I'd love to visit New York too. Meeting the book bloggers that I follow would be beyond awesome. There are such great people on here. To be surrounded by books and authors and publishers and bloggers and all things bookish sounds like heaven on earth. What about you?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

{ARC Review} Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits by Joyce Meyer



Title: Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits 
Author: Joyce Meyer
Pages: 208
Genre: Self Help, Christian
Source: Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Publisher: FaithWords
Published: April 2, 2013
Rating: Good as usual!


My former mother-in-law loved Joyce Meyer so I disliked her...on principle. But once I listened to her and actually heard what she had to say, I found myself liking her too. 

This was a typical Meyer book in the sense that she repeats alot of her Joyce-isms but in a way that is comforting to me. I usually don't enjoy repetition but in this case, it feels like I'm visiting with an old friend. Meyer's books are ones that I always want to read again because I can get something new out of it.

She gives many Biblically based ways to make and break habits...from the simplest to the most serious addictions. I enjoyed her personal perspective on habits as well. She knows that she makes mistakes and she acknowledges them. This is definitely intended for a believer in God but I personally think there is alot for the non believer as well.

I wrote down quite a few quotes but some of my favorites are:

God will help us get where we are going, but He can't drive a parked car.

Or

People brag about living in the fast lane of life, but truthfully that is where all the wrecks take place.

I love the different habits she suggests we develop such as the habit of excellence, choosing the right thoughts, doing your best, being generous, not being in a hurry and more. It is not just about getting rid of bad habits but also starting good ones. Habits are developed through repetition and bad habits are made through repeatedly NOT doing something. I enjoy books that remind me of the basics of life.

Making up our minds to be happy is one of my favorite ones. She gives the statistic that kids laugh more than 150 times and adults only 4 to 8 times a day. That's staggering and laughter really is the best medicine!

I'd recommend this book to any fans of Joyce Meyer or for those who are struggling to make their lives what they want and know it can be. It's an excellent read.
 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Pre-Blogging Faves

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is the top ten favorite books we read before we started blogging and I had decided not to participate this time. Then I got to thinking about it and easily came up with a list so here I am.

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. This will be all over the place this week, no doubt!

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Technically I was blogging when I read this but it was my other blog and not a books only blog so I'm counting them.

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. One of my all time favorite books because it seemed so, so real. Need to re-read this one soon but am afraid I might not like it as much now and don't want to ruin it!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Such a great book.

Howard's End is on the Landing by Susan Hill. Love her bookish ramblings. I even have an autographed copy of this straight from the author!

Three Sister's Island trilogy by Nora Roberts. Recently re-read this and didn't love all the books as much as the first time but love these characters. 

A Time to Kill by John Grisham. Oh how I loved this book.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Sigh. Sobbed at this one and love, love, love the movie. Ryan Gosling. Enough said.

My tastes have certainly changed in the past few years! 

Your turn...have you read any of these? Love them? Hate them? Don't forget to leave me a link to your TTT!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - Thoughts



Title: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) (Goodreads)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 461
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Rating: Awesome!


I finished the first book in this series (Goodreads) on December 31st of last year. It's how I rang in the new year, pretty much. I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to read this second in the series. 

Juliette is living and training at Omega Point. Adam is learning things about himself and is adjusting to his new life. The Reestablishment isn't going anywhere but will a war really happen? Warner is still hunting Juliette and will stop at nothing to find her. And Kenji is more of a focus this time around. I adore him. He's one of the best characters in the book. Hot, funny and loyal besides being incredibly talented and smart.

First, the cover. To die for. Such a great cover and I am so glad they redesigned the first one too. I like the redesign much better!

  
                          Before                                                    After

Writing style: I love the way they are written. The cross outs and repetition shows where Juliette's mind is. She is well developed as a character and we get to know her even more in this book. I wish she would stop with all the whining and wondering if she is a "monster" though. Give it a rest already! 

I know that some readers have jumped ship from "Team Adam" to "Team Warner" and as glad as I am to see a bit into Warner's past, I am just not sold. Sorry. Adam tries so hard and he puts up with so much from Juliette that I kind of want to shake him.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian and romance. The romance was pretty heavy in this one. Well written, great characters and Kenji. Have I mentioned him?

Your turn...have you read this? What did you think?



Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Kiddie Table - The Blushful Hippopotamus by Chris Raschka



Title: The Blushful Hippopotamus
Author: Chris Raschka
Pages: 32
Genre: Children's
Source: I received this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: Loved it. Both me AND the boys

Roosevelt the hippopotamus blushes. A lot. His sister teases him for blushing. A lot. When Roosevelt starts to feel bad for blushing, his friend, Lombard, tries to make him feel better.

This book was so super cute. The little blushing hippo was adorable. The illustrations were terrific. The story was so sweet. I loved the lesson it taught.

When I read to the boys or have my 6 year old read to me, I like to enjoy the story too. This was such a cute story that I enjoyed it just as much as the boys did.

Cole, my 6 year old, said that it was funny and he liked that crazy Lombard. Ian, my 4 year old, said, "Let's read it again." That's the highest praise from that little guy.

This is a book that we need to own. So adorable!

Other books by Chris Raschka: 









Thursday, April 4, 2013

Feature and Follow Birthday Edition

Today's Feature and Follow Friday falls on my birthday. April 5th will go down as the day you found tons of awesome blogs to read and you will have me to thank! ;-) So find some great blogs out there for me! Only thing better than reading books is reading book blogs. 




This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Want to play? 

Grab the button and make a post. Let people know how you want them to follow you. 
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Q:  Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate — ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?


I used to but now I don't usually pick up a book that I think I will hate. There are too many out there that I don't want to waste my time. But having said that, there are lots of books that I think that I will "just like" that I end up loving.
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