Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire (ARC Review) (Blog Tour)

***WARNING!!! THIS BOOK MAY CONTAIN SUBJECT MATTERS NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 17!!!!***

Today I'm so excited to be a part of the Beautiful Oblivion Blog Tour for Jamie McGuire's latest release...which gives us more insight on those sexy Maddox brothers!! ;)


Description of Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire, the first book in the Maddox Brothers Series:

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over.  She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college.  Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn't have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school.  His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills.  Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she'll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic.  But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever - even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.


My Thoughts:

Let me start by saying I first fell for these Maddox boys back in 2011 when Beautiful Disaster was still an independently published novel!! I devoured that book in a few short hours, and just wanted it to go on and on!  Since, then I've read the rest of the first series, Walking Disaster and Beautiful Wedding, and just absorbed those as well!

These are books that are so extremely hard to put down, especially if you love New Adult romance novels like I do!

Beautiful Oblivion (the first book in the Maddox Brothers Series) is the perfect book to continue us fan's obsession of these incredibly sexy brothers!!

The story was so cute! Just like in Beautiful Disaster, I loved the evolution of the relationship between the main characters, in this case, Cami and Trent's.  I also loved getting to know another Maddox brother!!

When Jamie made the announcement a few months ago, that we would be hearing more from the brother's, I was one of those fans who had a freak out moment!  I love it when authors bring back fan's favorite characters!!!

This book does contain a HUGE twist at the end, which to be honest sort of confused me.  It was a rather sudden ending, which I'm guessing will be continued in the following books, which left me with quite a few unanswered questions!

And then one other small thing, that I'm not sure if it bothered me because I found it annoying, or because it reminded me of a character flaw in myself...but Cami in one sense likes to act like a strong chick, yet in another, she sometimes caves way too easily when people tell her to do things.

Now like I said, I think maybe why this bothered me, was because it kind of hit home for me.  I tend to allow people sometimes to push me over.  And it's difficult!  Cami, like me, with somethings did hold her ground which was good! :)

Overall rating:

It was good! I'd definitely 100% recommend to my fellow Maddox brothers' fans!  This is a must read for you all!!

It is available on July 1st, one day before my 23rd birthday!!!!!! Wooo-hooo!!!

Preorder your copy through AmazonBarnes and Noble, or your choice book retailer! :)

You can also get in touch with Jamie through:

Website: www.jamiemcguire.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Jamie.McGuire.Author
Twitter: @JamieMcGuire
Instagram: @JamieMcGuire


Thanks everyone!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Meg-A Readers 2014 Announcement!!!!!!!!

Hey Everyone!!

Diana and I are back for Meg-A Readers 2014!!!!! And we are so excited!!!!



As you can tell from the banner, Meg-A Readers will held from Monday July 28th to Sunday August 3rd this year!  Why only a week? some of you may be asking? Well, Diana and I have decided that because Meg hasn't or won't be releasing anything new in 2014, that we will be taking somewhat of a small break in order to get ready for next years HUGE Meg-A Readers event!!!  So instead of dedicating two entire months to Meg Cabot this year, like we've been doing the previous two years, we will only do one entire week dedicated to everything Meg!  Every day a different post, Meg Cabot related!! :)

If you would like to join in on the action, let us know!! You can reach me by email: romancebookie@yahoo.com to send me your links!

So for you who don't know what Meg-A Readers is, let me give you a little bit of background information...

Meg-A Readers was founded back in the Spring of 2012, when Diana and I got together due to our love of Meg Cabot books, and came up with the idea to dedicate a set period of time during the summer to everything Meg Cabot!  In both the summers of 2012 and 2013, Meg Cabot released two books each year, so Diana and I, along with some very strong supporters were able to celebrate the releases of these books (Underworld and Size 12 and Ready to Rock in Summer 2012 & Awaken and The Bride Wore Size 12 in Summer 2013)!

For the first and second annual Meg-A Readers we had sign-ups where other bloggers from around the world could sign up for a date, where they would write ANYTHING they wanted, as long as it was related to Meg Cabot!  We had reviews, interviews, character analysis, and so many other posts, all dedicated to things like their favorite Meg Cabot book, an interview with their favorite characters, or even just a story on how they were first introduced to Meg Cabot!

It was so much fun for Diana and I, that we just couldn't skip this year, (2014), especially since Meg made the BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT of the YEAR a couple of months ago!!!!!

If you haven't heard here it is the link for Meg's announcement:  http://www.megcabot.com/2014/05/new-2015-meg-cabot/

However, let me also tell you because you have no idea how happy I was when I heard the news...

THERE IS GOING TO BE A NEW PRINCESS DIARIES BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND not just ONE BUT TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND that's not all!!!! WAIT FOR IT...

THERE IS ALSO GOING TO BE A NEW MEDIATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Holy-guacamole-Meg Cabot you ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is right guys!! Meg Cabot has made the announcement that we (okay, maybe not all of you, but definitely ME) have been waiting for since early 2009!!! Mia and Michael are getting MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And not only are Mia and Michael getting married, but Mia gets a rather special surprise when she finds out that she has a half-sister!!!!!!

And because of that half-sister, we get a whole new Princess Diaries series!! This time diaries set in the Point-of-View of Mia's half-sister!!!!!!!!!

THREE NEW BOOKS in 2015 from Meg!!!! THREE!!!! Do you know what means?!!!

MEG MIGHT BE COMING BACK TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ON TOUR!!! At least she better be!!!!! Because guess who'll be there??!!!

ME OF COURSE!!!!


Okay...now that I have somewhat calmed down, let me continue...

As you can tell THREE books for 2015 is HUGE!  And it's going to be such an amazing year!!!

So Diana and I are extremely happy to announce the THIRD ANNUAL MEG-A-READERS to start in exactly one month from today!! Monday July 28th through Sunday August 3rd!! Hope you will be around as we celebrate all things Meg!!

The Romance Bookie :)




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Hey Everyone!!

From Goodreads:



The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Erin's Thoughts:

So I've been meaning to read Shadow and Bone for quite a while now! Actually, I read it a few years back, but I realized that I barely remembered anything about it and so a re-read was necessary and...OH MY!! This BOOK IS SO AMAZING!!! I love everything about it!!! The writing is absolutely fantastic and it's so rich and detailed without having the story be a drag!! I loved Alina, Mal, and The Darkling as characters! And while Alina starts off the book as physically weak character, her personality and humor are just right on! I can't say enough good things about this book! I also need to add that these are the most beautiful pages I have ever seen in a book!! The chapter covers and the page number designs are SO PRETTY!!!! I'm sorry I am being so scattered in this review, but just know that this is a book you will not regret reading!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! Such beautiful writing in every aspect, not to mention the story is amazing!! So obviously...

Rating:

There's nothing that was missing from this book that I wanted.  I recommend it to EVERYONE!!! It's such a great book and I cannot even believe that I ever forgot it (in my defense, it has been years!).  Luckily, I have the sequels Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising! (which I started on right away after I finished Shadow and Bone).  And the best part?? The last book of this series, Ruin and Rising, just came out!!! Which means no waiting!!! AND Leigh Bardugo, not too long ago, announced her new series called The Dregs, also set in the Grisha World, which I will definitely be reading as soon as it comes out (Fall 2015, I think!)!

And another bonus? I got to see Leigh Bardugo at the LA Book Fest this past April and she is so funny!! Hilarious! It just makes me appreciate and respect her even more as a person and author!! If you ever get the chance, definitely go to one of her events!!

Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang

Hey Everyone!!

From Goodreads:


I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Erin's Thoughts:

What's Left of Me is a book about a world in which two souls are born into one body; eventually one soul becomes dominant, leaving the recessive soul to fade away.  The idea behind this story totally drew me in, not to mention the cover looks pretty good, too! But yay!! This was a totally awesome read!! I had so much fun -- it was interesting and tension-building but without sacrificing character or story! It's such a unique and interesting idea to have these two souls within one body, otherwise known as a hybrid.  The world she's built is so real and much like ours, that it isn't hard at all to imagine.  It's also amazing how well she's brought up different issues when you have to share one body and the feelings that Eva feels while she's trapped inside this body.  The relationship between her and her sister soul, Addie, was also very real and well done.  Another thing that I have to say that was one of my favorite parts of this book was the subtleties in different characters and being able to distinguish one person from another even when they're wearing the same body.  I guess, in a way, it's a bit reminiscent of The Host (by Stephenie Meyer) when you hear about it, but it's COMPLETELY different (in a good way! Loved The Host too, by the way!).  The writing was amazing and there was no point in the story where I didn't want to continue reading.  In fact, about forty pages, I knew I was done for.  There was no way I would be able to stop reading at that point!! Which was actually kind of a problem, since I did have chores and homework to do...I can't wait to learn more about the hybrid revolution in the next book, Once We Were.  Okay and one more thing: Kat Zhang was nineteen when she published this!! Isn't that amazing??!!!

Overall rating:


Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles #1.5) by Marissa Meyer (Novella Review)

Good Day Everyone!

The other day I finished my book at work, and because I didn't have my other book on me, that I already was reading, I decided to pick up the short but sweet The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer, which is #1.5 in the Lunar Chronicles Series! I've had this one sitting on my Kindle for quite some time, so this was the perfect excuse to finally read it! (Not that I need an excuse to read, it's just finding the time to read all these awesome books!)

Anyway...

From Goodreads:


It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen's army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.


My Thoughts:

Like I said above, this one was short and sweet!  Z was a great character! You saw his vulnerability when he was taken from his family and being trained.  Readers and fans of the Lunar Chronicles will see that not all Lunars are completely accepting of what is going on with the Queen and her building an army.

Definitely one to check out!  I'm not sure if it is still available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble, but you should be able to find it online! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

From Goodreads:


Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.
 Erin's Thoughts:

I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I LOVE KATIE MCGARRY! When I first began reading Pushing the Limits I wasn't really expecting to like it.  In fact, I assumed it would just another YA contemporary romance with al the same old, same old angsty stuff going on! But fortunately for me, I ended up totally LOVING this book!! So of course, I immediately went out and got the sequels (Dare You To and Crash Into Me) and loved those too!! I am so happy to have found Katie McGarry!! I think I've said this before, but this one totally surpassed all my expectations!! Take Me On came out May 27th, so I went and picked up a copy immediately! I think I read in a day and just like all of the previous books, I LOVED IT!!

Technically, I guess you could read any of these books as a stand alone, but seeing as many of the same characters appear and are interconnected, it makes a lot more sense to read them all and in order! This time, Take Me On features Rachel's brother West and a new character named Haley!  You meet West in Crash Into Me, but this book is his time to shine!  They were both great characters and so much fun to read! I didn't get annoyed with any of the characters, which happens a lot sometimes (and it usually ends up with me with tired eyes from all the eye-rolling), so I'm always glad to find characters I genuinely like.  The thing I love about Katie McGarry's books are that they have just the right amount of angst! The characters face a lot of emotional problems without obscene amount of drama, which is perfect! And the romance!!!! Always so good - super sweet and cute!!!  I recommend this to EVERYONE and I hope everyone does get a chance to read Katie McGarry because she is just SO AWESOME! (Sorry for all the loud all-caps shouting - I'm just so excited!!! :))

Rating:

By the way, the next in the series, Breaking the Rules, which features Echo and Noah again (main characters from Pushing the Limit), is coming out in December and I'm already excited to read that one!! CAN'T WAIT!! :D

Erin @The Romance Bookie

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

So yesterday, I once again went into the world of John Green, but this time through a different perspective...through the big screen.

I saw The Fault in Our Stars featuring Shailene Woodley (as Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (as Augustus).

I know, I know, pretty much everyone has already seen it!  But due to a very busy fun weekend last week (I celebrated my first anniversary with my boyfriend), I was unable to see it.  In one way I'm very glad that I didn't have to deal with crowds, because I heard theaters were PACKED!!

Anyway...to the REVIEW!

From IMDb:


Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.


My Thoughts:

Wow!  Let's just say I went through another box of tissues as I watched this movie.  That's TWO boxes involving both the book and the movie!!

I read The Fault in Our Stars back in 2012, a few months after it was first released, and fell absolutely and 100% in love with the story.  It was probably one of the most saddest and depressing stories I've ever read, but at the same time one of the most beautiful!  

Hazel and Gus are the real deal.  The perfect match!  

And this movie made that come alive!

I went with my mom, who hasn't read the book, but walked in my room as I was finishing the last couple of chapters of the book, bawling my eyes out!  I don't know if I've ever cried as hard reading a book, as I have this one!  

Overall rating of the movie adaptation:



I would HIGHLY recommend reading and then seeing this one!  

It's been quite a while since I've read it, but I can tell you I do remember quite a few word-for-word quotes from the book being used in the movie!

I loved how they did the chalk-like thought bubbles when Hazel was reading or sending texts to Gus!  Shailene and Ansel did an amazing acting job!  Both roles are extremely difficult to fill, and I must say they both did a very convincing job of fulfilling them!

Definitely check it out if you haven't already!

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Emily Giffin signing in Los Angeles (Thursday June 5th, 2014)

I did something really exciting on Thursday! I got to meet Emily Giffin at the Grove in Los Angeles! :)

2014 has been an amazing year so far with me going to signings! I've had the opportunity to meet so many amazing authors!  I definitely give all the credit to me having my driver's license, but also just to the fact that 2014 seems to have had some amazing author coming within two hours of where I live! :)  There might another one I'm going in late July if all things work out! :)

Anyway to the EMILY GIFFIN signing!!!

To this signing I went with my amazing mom!  I drag her along with me sometimes :).

We got there right on time, got my wristband after I bought my copy of Emily's latest release, The One and Only, which hit shelves on May 20th!  We had excellent seats!

That's me and my mom behind that empty seat in the front row!
The picture above is also the one Emily Giffin took herself, for her tour pics :).

View of the stage before...


Here's Emily when she first got on the stage...




Anyway, the signing was really fun! There was even a super special surprise guest (which I'll be honest, I had a crazy suspicion he'd be there :))...



Collin Egglefield!! He played Dex in movie version of Something Borrowed!!! Isn't he super handsome??!!







And then one of "Dex" by himself...



I was able to record Emily's discussion, which was awesome!!



During the discussion I was able to ask a question, which was, "How far along is the script writing for the movie version of Something Blue?", which you can hear answered in the video above.  But anyway, the screenwriters for both Something Borrowed and Love the One You're With were both in the audience! In fact she ended up calling the screenwriter for Love the One You're With up on stage!

Emily and the screenwriter for Love the One You're With


After the discussion, it was time for the signing! :)

Unfortunately, Emily was only able to sign copies of The One & Only, and one other title from hers.  I of course, had all of my Emily Giffin books with me :), but I decided on having Something Blue signed!

Emily signing my copy of "The One & Only"

Me talking to Emily

Emily and I

The Final picture of Emily and Me


After getting my books signed by Emily, I went to my mom, who was standing in line for me to meet Collin Egglefield!

Collin hanging out during the discussion!

Collin signing my copy of "Something Borrowed"

Collin greeting fans
And finally...

Collin Egglefield and me

Overall, a very good signing! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

***WARNING!!!! THIS BOOK CONTAINS SUBJECT MATTERS THAT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!***

So I did quite a bit of reading over the weekend, two reviews (including this one) that have been posted, and one that will be coming up in the coming months :).

But for now, here's my review for Sylvia Day's recent release of Afterburn and Aftershock!

From Goodreads:



Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as 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...

My Thoughts:

Sooo...overall I'll be honest and say that I was a bit disappointed with this one.  Honestly, I am getting a bit tired of the whole rich-guy-gets-poor-innocent hard-working-girl-in-the-big-city-and-makes-a-real-woman-out-of-her, books.  It's getting old!  All of these "erotica" books are exactly the same!  I've only read about one, maybe two (I can honestly only think of one right now!) that wasn't like that! Sure it had the wealthy man, getting the innocent working girl thing going on, but it also had a lot of other things, such as mystery, thrills, a great back story!

Other than that ONE book I can think of, all of these books are pretty much exactly the same!!!!!  They are all deal with main male character, who are wealthy, but have a sad family back story involving some sort of tragedy.  A girl who has recently graduated from college, and landed her dream job.  Friends and family that try to get between them.  The same old sex over and over again (no matter how erotic it was the first time I read it, it still gets old).

I'm sorry, but really?!

This book in particular kind of pissed me off, because the main character, Gia, is pretty dumb.  First, she moves in with the guy she was together with for six "incredible" weeks TWO YEARS AGO, and then second she goes to a REPORTER for a PRIVATE investigation on her boyfriend's life??  REALLY?!! You didn't see that one coming?!!

The one thing I liked about this book was the strong family relationship between Gia and her brothers and parents.  I loved that!  They always have each other's backs, they take care of another, and they'll set you straight when you need it.  I loved that!

But overall, I'm sorry to say, this book didn't really do it for me.  It's so unbelievably similar to all the others, especially since Sylvia Day already has The Gideon Cross series, which just makes all the more worse, that she didn't write something more different!

Overall rating:


All in all, pretty disappointed.  I don't know why, but I just keep hoping to find another thriller mystery/story with steamy sex scenes like I found in Lisa Renee Jones's "If I Were You" series!  This one is like all the others.  The same story over and over again is getting old for me.  

Sorry guys!

The Romance Bookie :)



Monday, June 2, 2014

Guest Review from Erin: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike


Here's another great review from Erin!! :)

From Goodreads:


Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. 

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Erin's Thoughts:

So I read this book because I am a huge fan of Aprilynne Pike and her Wings series!! But this book is a big departure from Wings.  Although it's about a ghost, the rest of the story is very much a contemporary setting (high school), which is similar to Wings, but it had a lot less of the magical elements.  I think the main thing that threw me off in this book was that it's just so different from Wings!! It is written in first person and told in the point of view of a boy -- Jeff Clayton, and I would say that it's slightly more serious in matter --there's more swearing, drinking, parties, drugs, and that sort of thing.  But by no means was this a super dark, angsty book, it was just slightly more than Wings.

I guess the thing about this book is that I don't really LOVE any of the characters.  I don't hate them either.  They were just characters to me --I didn't feel especially attached to any of them.  And the story itself was fine, but it didn't completely consume me; I think it's safe to say that I could have put the book down at any time and been fine with that :) So...


Three and a half, actually! I enjoyed reading it, but I don't know if I'd ever read it again.  I still love Aprilynne Pike and will continue to read her books, but this one wasn't my favorite.  It's fun and lighthearted, so I'd recommend it for a relaxing day, say...at the beach!!

Erin @ The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman (Novella Review)

Happy Sunday Everyone!

So very recently, in fact I believe earlier this week, I came across a post from Gayle Forman, one of my favorite authors, where I shared a link to her new novella, Just One Night, which happened to be the continuation of Willem and Allyson's journey from her two previous books, Just One Day and Just One Year!

I, of course, had to get it immediately, because the ending for Just One Year, has always left so many unanswered questions!

From Goodreads:


After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

My Thoughts:

This novella actually came out this week on May 29th!  So it's still very new! In fact, so new, I had no idea Gayle Forman had been planning on writing a continuation!! 

I will be honest and say that at first when I heard about this, I thought it was a cop-out for all the fans complaining about the ending to Just One Year, because I thought she could have just added this all along to the end of Just One Year!  

But in the end I realized something...Just One Night needed to be it's own story.  Separated from its previous companions!

I loved both Just One Day and Just One Year! I loved the journey throughout Europe, India, and Mexico throughout both.  I loved the adventures of both travelings and living the unknown!  The journey both characters took both metaphorically and physically were two of my absolute favorite things about these books! There was just so much to love!

Overall rating:

 
Just One Night was beautiful!  Just the ending I needed for Just One Year!  I did feel, all in all, it was a little short, and a little rushed, that's why it got four instead of five bookie rating, but it gave us the readers the ending we ultimately wanted for both Willem and Allyson!  Plus there is always still the possibility for more, without giving us that cliffhanger ending.  

The novella is only about 40 pages, at least according to Goodreads, but it's a quick little romantic read!  It's only 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! :)

Fans of the Just One Day series, and fans of Gayle Forman, should definitely check it out!

The Romance Bookie :)