Friday, August 30, 2013

Meg-A Readers Recap #8/9



So I'm back!!
So sorry everyone!!

This past week has been NUTS!! I started school on Monday.  I have to be there only two days a week, but it's a commute, plus when I get back I have to work until the evening, plus on the days I don't have school I also worked, so yeah...crazy!! And barely any time for reading!! ;(

Diana is being so patient with me, so THANK YOU for that Diana!! You rule!!

Anyway so this week I have unfortunately nothing to contribute review wise...and unfortunately I'm not sure if I'll have time to read very much in the coming weeks, but I do have something extremely exciting to share with you all that is Meg Cabot related...

Look what I got in the mail last week from the amazing Harper Collins....





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I got an ARC of The Bride Wore Size 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  OMG I am so freaking excited!! If I wasn't behind on my reading the books I promised others I would be devouring this one right now and totally ignoring the outside world!!!!

It even came with this super cute little black bag of Jordan Almonds, in honor of Heather's wedding of course :).  I'm just so looking forward to reading it!!


Okay, so now to the recap...

Karen over at Lady Jessop had an absolute hilarious post about that Meg Caboty feeling we all love as Meg Cabot fans.

And then we will had an awesome post from Sara over at Whimsy Reviews, who talks about Fangirling over Meg, which let's be honest here, if you're a Meg Cabot fan, like us, than you know we've all been here! :)

So those are the posts!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Labor Day Weekend! I know I will! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Books to Movie Giveaway Hop!!

Hey Everyone!!



s So I'm participating in the Books to Movie Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader and Book Hounds!

For my part in the Giveaway Hop I am giving away a Hardcover of Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy.  This was my favorite book in the series, and so I'm very much looking forward to the movie coming out in November!! :)

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It's coming up, the release date, so winning this book will give you plenty of time to either read it for the first time or reread it before the release to refresh your memory! :)

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All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter widget below, if you are in US!  I want to apologize to the international readers, unfortunately shipping is just too much internationally.

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Thanks everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Review

***WARNING!!! May Contain Spoilers!!!!***

Hey Everyone!!

So after what feels like years and years of waiting (in reality it was 2 years) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie FINALLY came out Wednesday! And I saw it right away Wednesday evening!!!!!!!

From IMDb



So let's see where to begin...overall, when not comparing it to the book I liked it.  I am a bit different to most people on the opinion of book to movie adaptations, in that I'm very open to their interpretations.

Overall, what brought my heart to ease was knowing how much say Cassandra Clare had in the making of this movie, so for the most part I'm sure that the changes that were made, Cassie was okay with.

So let's see changes I noticed...and this is going to be a bit difficult, because it has been over two years since I read City of Bones...

I noticed that they added a few things into the first movie, that didn't actually happen until the second book.

They changed Hodge's character's outcome.  In the book Hodge disappoints everyone, and in this one he does but decides to change back sides.

Magnus had a much bigger role in the book.  Also, while his costume was funny at his party, it wasn't "Crazy" enough in my opinion.

THEY TOTALLY SKIPPED the part where Simon gets turned into a rat by the vampires at Magnus's party!!  SKIPPED IT!!

They didn't even introduce Isabel and Alec's parents and brother.

They didn't bring in the Clave, only mentioned them a couple of times.

The ending, was pretty much just totally different from the book.  Someone online said that they put like half of the second book into the movie, which makes me worry a little...what's going to happen with the second movie??  It's already in pre-production, so it's looking like they will be making one, even though the movie didn't do as great as they hoped on opening day (only $3 million).

Overall... when not comparing it to the book there were a lot of great elements.  I LOVED the effects!! Like the dog demon at the beginning of the movie, after Clary's mom was kidnapped! LOVED that one!! It looked so awesome!

Oh the first kiss scene...I actually laughed, that's how cheesy it was.  I never do it!  I like cheesy, but with Demi Lovato's song (which, don't get me wrong, I love her music, but it just did not fit into the movie!!  It belonged in the credits in my opinion)

I actually really liked Lily Collins as Clary.  I will admit however, I am not a huge fan of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace.  Acting wise he did good!  However, appearance wise...I'm going to be totally brutally honest here, and say he looks like a drug addict.  Jace is described as sort of built in the books, I mean he fights demons and gets a serious work out daily!  But Bower looks almost scrawny in the movie, his face is extremely sucked in.  I still think Alex Pettyfer would have made the perfect Jace!

So now to the overall rating...



I'm still honestly hoping they will make the second one. I, along with the hundreds of thousands of Mortal Instruments, am pretty disappointed about what they made out of it.  Just totally bummed.  I saw Percy Jackson: Sea of Monster that same morning, and I liked it more than City of Bones...and I have been looking forward to COB since I read the book TWO YEARS AGO!!!!

So anyway, that's it from me today.  I'll be writing a review of Percy Jackson very soon too! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Keeping Her by Cora Carmack (Losing It #1.5) Novella Review (ARC)

Hey everyone!

So I finished Cora Carmack's new novella!! Love her Losing It series!

From Goodreads:


Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

My Thoughts:

With only about a 100 pages this is such a cute continuation of Garrick and Bliss's story from Losing It.  I truly enjoyed it!  These two make such a cute couple that have the reader hoping more than anything that they will make it.

Overall rating:

Super cute! Only complaint I have is that I wish we could have gotten more of a conclusion to Garrick and his father's relationship, just because nothing ever got solved...but honestly I have a feeling, who knows, maybe we'll be hearing more from their story??!! :)

Definitely check it out! You can download your copy either at Amazon or Barnes and Noble for only 99 cents!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

IMM #23/Stacking the Shelves #4


Hey Everyone!!

Another IMM and Stacking the Shelves coming your way! :)

I got some great books this month! Thanks to some fabulous publishers and one even from a friend! :)  It's actually been a few months since I bought a book! Shocker right?!  Especially given that I have about $50 worth of Barnes and Noble Giftcards waiting to be spent! :)

Anyway, here's what I got this month in books:

From Publishers:



A HUGE THANK YOU to Atria and Gallery Books for these fabulous works!! :)

Won:


Borrowed from Friend:


Now to my recap in reviews (let's just say I sucked this month!)


The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Solstice High by Ardash Vartparonian (Info)

Hey Everyone!

So I feel horrible, I've been so irresponsible lately when it comes to The Romance Bookie, but I will soon be writing a post to explain what the near future of TRB will hold (Don't worry!! Nothing bad!).

So anyway, I'm a little late on this post (SO SORRY!!!) but here is some information on an awesome new book that was recently released!!

Solstice High by Ardash Vartparonian!


Matt, Rochelle, Daphne and Jonas are four students starting their senior year of high school, but suffer a freak-accident the very first day and start to realize that they are developing superhuman abilities. They quickly realize that the school principal, Mr. Devlin, has in fact more than just education on his agenda, and is using the school for his own purposes.
Not only must the four friends try to figure out what Devlin’s plans are, but when he will strike, and seeing as how they cannot turn to grown-ups for help without exposing themselves, must themselves grow-up in order to stop him. As well as learning to cope with these developing powers, the four teenagers must deal with the day-to-day muddles of being a teenager, such as volatile emotions, infatuations and family issues.
Praise for Solstice High:
“This novel is a mix of teenage drama and fantasy. I was surprised that Mr. Vartparonian combined them so seamlessly. Each chapter changes between the four main character’s perspectives. It is fairly easy to tell who’s eyes you are viewing the world of Solstice High through once you get to know the characters. I loved this aspect of Solstice High because I didn’t have to ponder what each character was feeling. I was never bored because all four characters have such different and interesting personalities. The character development is fabulous! 
The author really pulls the reader into Matt’s mind. I traveled with Matt up and down his emotional rollercoaster. Out of all the characters, I sympathized the most with Matt because he has the most volatile power.  
There is TONS of humour in this book along with the more serious feelings of depression, anger, vengeance, and grief.  Solstice High is an amazing novel where I groaned about homework (which I already do), battled evil principals, and squealed in delight about being a “superhero” with the characters. It’s so easy to live through each character in this novel.  
All together, Solstice High is a very good book. What made me love this book is the character development. Each character’s personality is so unique and complex. As a teenager, I especially enjoyed it because I could relate to the trials and tribulations of being a high schooler. Even if you’re not a teenager, I think that you will enjoy this novel because you will time travel back to when you were a teenager! And maybe you adults will sympathize with us teenagers more when we complain about our lives.”Dani, A Walk On Words
“I suppose what I enjoyed most about this book was that it reminded me of what being in school was like. It’s clearly tongue-in-cheek humour completely self-aware of its own narrative, but that just gives the novel a refreshing attitude since it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I liked the fact that every chapter was narrated by one of the four main characters; it showed you how unreliable narrators can be, since mostly you have to judge them by what they do instead of what they say.  All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a casual yet highly entertaining read.”-Adrienne, Amazon.com Reviewer
“An imaginative and captivating first novel by talented young writer, Ardash Vartparonian. Very hard (if not impossible!) to put down and I look forward with great anticipation to reading his future works.”H. Sarian, Amazon.com Reviewer
“It is extremely catchy, can’t put it down!!  I love how it is written, it has multiple narrators and that makes it interesting. Great narrative, you never know what is going to happen next.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking to read something entertaining. If you are not much of a reader, I can assure you this book is definitely going to grab your attention.”-Maria, Amazon.com Reviewer
About Ardash Vartparonian:
Ardash Vartparonian
Ardash Vartparonian was born in London but raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 18 he began his debut novel, Solstice High, and continued writing throughout his last year of school and first year of university, where he moved back to the UK to study English Literature at Edinburgh University. Now a fourth year student, Ardash enjoys going out with his friends, watching horror movies and reading fantasy book while trying to keep up with his university work. Find out more at http://sbpra.com/ardashvartparonian/
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Thanks Everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Meg-A Readers Recap #7 (Review of "How to Be Popular"!)



Hey Everyone!

Week 7 has come and gone for Meg-A Readers and now it's time for that recap!! :)

But first it's time for my weekly Meg Cabot themed tidbit! :)

This week I've got a review of Meg's How to Be Popular, which I started during the Meg-A Readers Read-A-Thon, but unfortunately was unable to finish in time, just because this summer has been CRAZY!!

Anyway...

From Goodreads:


Do you want to be popular?

Everyone wants to be popular or at least, Stephanie Landry does. Steph's been the least popular girl in her class since a certain cherry Super Big Gulp catastrophe five years earlier.

Does being popular matter?

It matters very much to Steph. That's why this year, she has a plan to get in with the It Crowd in no time flat. She's got a secret weapon: an old book called what else? "How to Be Popular."

What does it take to be popular?

All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book, and soon she'll be partying with the It Crowd (including school quarterback Mark Finley) instead of sitting on The Hill Saturday nights, stargazing with her nerdy best pal Becca, and even nerdier Jason (now kind of hot, but still), whose passion for astronomy Steph once shared.

Who needs red dwarves when you're invited to the hottest parties in town?

But don't forget the most important thing about popularity

It's easy to become popular. What isn't so easy? Staying that way.

My Thoughts:

So I read this one back in 2009 during my senior year of high school, and while I still 100% enjoyed it, I will admit I changed my rating a little bit.  I've grown from those four years ago when I graduated and started my first year of college, and find some subjects to be a little too young for me...the subject of popularity being one of them.

Meg's humor is definitely present in this one, just like all her others.  We've got some great characters, however there were times where I wanted to shake Steph and be like, "WHY DOES IT MATTER???"

My high school was the cliche of cliques!  We had the "popular" people, which consisted of jocks, cheerleaders, and close friends to those.  We had the stoners, the music department crowd (which is the group I hung around with, I was in choir, however, I didn't consider myself a part of them...let's just the American Pie reference, "One time at Band camp..." isn't too far off), the nerdier group (techies).  We also had racial segregation, which always bummed me out.

To make a long story short, my social experiences at my high school SUCKED! I hated it!  I was miserable! And like I've mentioned many times here, the only thing that saved me from going insane was the quiet zone of the library and the many books featured around it!

Anyway...Steph, in How to Be Popular, has her mind set on making herself popular, and get herself away from the image the mean girl, Lauren, put her into when Steph accidentally spilled a giant slushie on her D&G skirt FIVE YEARS ago, and forever made it be known as "Don't pull a Steph" or "Way to pull a Steph Landry"!

What helped me with this book, was how Steph FINALLY realized who her true friends were, and made herself question why was trying to be someone she wasn't! Especially for people who had been bullying her for the past five years!

Overall rating:



I originally, the first time I read it in 2009, gave it a five star rating on Goodreads, but after this second time I feel a more appropriate rating would be 4.  It was a cute read, a bit young for me.  I would recommend it for girls (or boys if it tickles your fancy) between the ages of 12 and 16.  It has a couple of older pop culture references that some teens may not get, but it was released in 2006.  Plus they aren't really a part of the story, just a couple of funny one liners.

I'd definitely recommend it to Meg Cabot fans though!  It's got Meg's signature characteristics to her stories! :)

SO NOW to the RECAP!!

We had a fabulously hilarious post from Karen over at The Lady Jessop!  She wrote on how you could be more "Meg Caboty"!   So definitely check it out, because I definitely learned a few things! :)

Also don't forget to enter the giveaways!!

You could win a SIGNED copy of "The Boy Next Door"!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sylvia Day's "Afterburn" Release from Cosmo Red Hot Reads Series!

Hey Everyone!! :)

So I've got some exciting news!!
Sylvia Day's new book "Aftershock" is out today!! It's part of Harlequin's new Cosmo Red Hot Reads series!



Thanks to the people at Harlequin, I was lucky enough to get to read the first two chapters of this sure-to-be-exciting release, and let me just say: I'm SOOOO excited to get my hands on this one!!!

If you're a fan of Sylvia's Crossfire series, which I am! then you are sure to enjoy this new mini series too!! :)

Here's the description Harlequin sent me:

Never mix business with pleasure.
Never bring politics into the bedroom.
In a way I did both when
I took Jackson Rutledge s a lover.
I can't say I wasn't warned.

Two years later, he was back.  Walking into a deal I'd worked hard to close.  Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away.  I wasn't the girl he once knew, but he hadn't changed. Unlike the last time we'd drifted into each other's lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with...and how addictive his touch could be.

The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax's playground -- but this time, I knew the rules of the game.  In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer...

Dang! Sounds hot, right?!

I'm sure looking forward to this one!  You can get your copy either at Amazon or Barnes and Noble! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Meg-A Readers Recap Week 6-The Read-a-Thon and review! (GIVEAWAY!!)



Hey Everyone!!

Week 6 of Meg-A Readers is over, and I'm here to share with you all the awesomeness of this week! :)

We've got some awesome questions already to ask Meg for the Meg-A Readers last recap interview!  Keep asking those questions!!

And then we also had the Meg Cabot Read-a-Thon to mark off the halfway point of Meg-A Readers!!  Only 6 more weeks and Meg-A Readers is already over! ;(

So anyway, here's what I accomplished in this week's Read-a-Thon:

I read:



So for this week's Meg-A Readers post, I'll be doing a review on those short stories! :)

The first one:

Reunion, which is written in the same format as Meg's Boy Series, aka emails, is super cute! It's about Mary and Jo getting emails from their former Senior Class President, letting them know about the ten year high school reunion that is happening.  Jo and Mary go back and forth about how they don't want to go, but in the end, after a series of events, may have a change of heart...

Super cute, and made me miss that Boy Series! May need to read those again one of these days! ;)

Second story:

Back to School, is the story of about a girl getting ready for her first day of her last year of high school.  She thinks everything is going to be different, that this year it is her turn to be Miss Popular, with all the right clothes, makeup, and hairstyles.  But unfortunately, reality sinks in when she gets to school and finds everything is exactly the same...until her first day of college, when she has had a change of heart and finds other things are more important.  She may have discovered some important things about herself.

Third story:

You Rock, Jen Greenley is the story Meg based her novel Teen Idol on. This one dealt with bullying, and standing up for what you think is important.  Great message! :)

Fourth story:

Girls Guide to New York Through the Movies...so this one brought some great memories from Meg's Princess Diaries series, because it was written in the same list form that Mia uses throughout her diaries.  Mia even had a few lists depicting movies!  This was great, because it showed what movies' interpretations of New York is, versus the reality Meg found when she moved there in 1989.  Loved it!


Overall rating:

It's Meg Cabot!  39 pages of cuteness! Definitely recommend it! And what can go wrong...it's FREE!!

So now to the recap of this week! :)

We did have two posts scheduled, but unfortunately one of our participants was having some technical difficulties, which of course happens.  She let me know, and we're hoping she will be able to post at a later date.  We're definitely looking forward to her post :).

This week we did have one fabulous post by Bekah, over at Wimsy Reviews!  She wrote about how Meg helped her introduce her to other favorites, and her journey of finding Meg's other works.  :)

Thank you Bekah!! Truly enjoyed reading that one! :)

So that's it for this weeks recap!

However, before I go...it's time for a new GIVEAWAY!!! :)

This week for Meg-A Readers I'm giving away a SIGNED Meg Cabot paperback copy of The Boy Next Door!!! :) This is the first book in the boy series! :)



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The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Tale of Two Centuries (#2 in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century) by Rachel Harris (ARC)

Yay Happy Release Day for Rachel Harris's A Tale of Two Centuries!!! :)

This is the second book in the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Series, I read the first book My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century back October of last year, so I definitely was looking forward to its successor! :)

And I'm so excited to say I finished it just in time! :)

From Goodreads:


Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

My Thoughts:

A super cute edition to the My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Series!  A Tale of Two Centuries, is the story of Cat's (the main character from MSSSC) cousin, Alessandra, who is now also 16 (time goes by faster in the past), and wanting an adventure of her own.

When she travels to the future to see her cousin Cat, and finds there is more to life than doing the expected; Alessandra's world is put upside down.

Austin, Alessandra's "infuriatingly handsome" partner for a class assignment turns out to be more than just the bad boy that he tries to portray for everyone around him, but possibly the boy of her dreams.

Will things work out for Alessandra? Will she solve the quest that Reyna (her sort of fairy-God-Mother, who made her time traveling wishes come true) gave her?  And will she be able to find a way to make herself and the people around her happy?

Overall rating:


I enjoyed this one!  I thought it was cute easy read, and a great continuation to the series.  I'm curious to see what Harris does for the third book in the series, My Not So Super Sweet Life, which does not have an official release date yet.  I think people who like a bit of renaissance history, with modern elements will truly enjoy this series.  The characters are extremely love able, and will have you routing for them from beginning until the end!  Plus they always learn a life lesson by the end of the books, which is always a great edition to any story! :)

You can get your own copy of Rachel's Harris's first book in the series, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century through Amazon or Barnes and Noble and if you want both right away or have already read the first book in the series, A Tale of Two Centuries is officially available and you can get your copy also through Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Well, I'm off to get a late start on the Meg-A Readers Read-a-Thon!! :)  It's the half way point already for the event! :)

Talk to you all later! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Meg-A Readers Week 5 Recap (ASK MEG A QUESTION!!!)



Hey Everyone!! :)

Diana and I are so excited for this week's recap!!

So Diana and I found out something super exciting last week!!  Meg will be doing another interview for Meg-A Readers this year!!! How awesome is Meg??!! Like seriously??!!!

So since Diana and I both asked the questions to Meg last year to end Meg-A Readers, this year we want to ask YOU to ask the questions!!

So here's what we want you all to do!

In the comments of either my recap here, or Diana's over at Little Miss Drama Queen, we want you to ask any question you have for Meg, involving your favorite Meg Cabot book, a recent release, upcoming releases, any new news to share?, whatever!  We want your questions, and Diana and I are going to pick our favorites and reveal Meg's answers in the last recap of Meg-A Readers on Saturday September 28th!! :)

Yes we are at the half way point of Meg-A Readers!  So next week we are also doing the Read-a-Thon of Meg-A Readers!!  We want everyone to read as many Meg Cabot books as possible and let us know how many and which ones you were able to read!!! :)

It should be a ton of fun!! :)

So now to the recap:

Ashna over at Journal of a Bookworm shared with us what Meg's characters have taught her!! :) So check it out! :)

Also don't forget to enter our many giveaways!!

First off, Diana is giving away a SIGNED copy containing the first two Mediators: Shadowland and Ninth Key, enter Here! :)

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