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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London Review


Aimee and the Heartthrob
By Ophelia London
Entangled: Crush, 223 pages
14th April, 2015


He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak...


- goodreads.com description



Aimee and the Heartthrob got me hooked from the beginning. I read the whole book in one sitting. 

I love the sneaky rendezvous Aimee and Miles had. Sneaking in private bus tours, into kitchens and running down hotel corridors. And how comfortable they are when bantering with each other. And their way-back-then history with each other. However, what I don't like is the many times they kept going down memory lane. Once, or twice was enough. But after that just feels repetitive and slightly annoying. But that didn't happen throughout the whole book so no worries.

I love how the author kept switching from Miles then to Aimee's POV back and forth. But I wished she had put more scenes with the side characters in it. I didn't feel any connection there with the side characters like with Aimee's brother, Nick. The brotherly touch was nice but I just wished he was more there in the picture.

This was such an adorable and lighthearted read. A classic cute contemporary that will put a permanent smile on your face by the end of this book. Also, perfect for readers to take a break from heavy books or heavy real-life problems ;)

Also, sign me up in Miles High Fanclub! The boy is so swwooooonnwwooorrrttthhhyyyy!!


USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes.

Ophelia is the author of DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD and CROSSING ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; and the upcoming AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB for Entangled’s Teen Crush. Visit her at www.ophelialondon.com, but don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.
Twitter: @ophelia_london : Facebook : Website : Pinterest : Goodreads

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Audiobook Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

By Jessica Park
22nd May, 2014
CreateSpace, 336 pages
Source: Received an audiobook version of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.


For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.


-goodreads.com description


This would be one of my fav contemporaries of all time. It has everything a contemporary book should have. And it is AMAZING!

This book is so funny and cute and adorable and emotional and thrilling and swoon-worthy. There are just so many scenes that I love so much. I just love every aspect from this book. 

Both of the author & audiobook narrator captured Celeste's voice perfectly. She was very sheltered in the beginning of the book and I love the way she tried to break out of her shell little by little until she became a full-fledged duckling(is this even the right metaphor?). There are definitely character growth for all of the characters in this book. And all of the characters were so lovely and there is not one thing I hate about the characters. 

In all of the funny, cute, emotional scenes, ect. There's a message that Jessica Park is trying to deliver. This book is about acceptance towards yourself. Accept who you are, love who you are, be yourself, don't change yourself for society and I think she nailed that.

A must-read to every contemporary lovers. And just everyone, literally. Like, really. Read it. I guarantee you, there'll be no regrets involved by the end of this book.



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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Books, Blogs & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom Review

By Ryan Ringbloom
24th October 2014
220 pages


Life can suck…


When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.



Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors. 



Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t. 



Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.



Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?


- goodreads.com description



There was 4 POVs in this book. I usually don't like books with many POVs because I get really confused and it gets hard to keep up with all the POVs. For this book, it was kinda hard in the beginning but once I get their stories, it was enjoyable.



I love how realistic this book is. There were some times and some scenes that turn me off though. Because I just couldn't get some of the characters expectations about guys but then I get that's the point of the book. You get engrossed in the fictional world and some people can't divide fiction with reality. And personally, I love Lizzie's story out of all four. 



When I read it, I didn't realize it was kiiiinnndda rated. Well... not that there was any explicit scenes or anything. Just lots of dirty talks. LOOOTTSSS of 'em. So, if you're underage, just know that.


I love how at the end there is a lesson learnt from every character. Makes it clear that the message the author trying to deliver is delivered. A book I'd recommend to any book reader. Because we all can relate to the situation that happens in this book.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Blitz: For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati

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Title: For The Love of Ash Author: Taylor Lavati Release Date: March 9 Book Blitz: April 6-8 Hosted by: SBB Promotions
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Maggie Larken is a reformed party girl. After her parent’s death, she’s left to raise Asher, her nine-year-old brother.
Luke Wilson has done everything his parents have ever asked of him. A new teacher, Luke constantly questions where his life is headed. When Luke and Maggie meet, neither is in the market for a relationship. But sometimes life has other plans. Both navigate new waters as they try to decide where their priorities should lie, while also seizing what they want. In this heartbreakingly real tale of love, Maggie and Luke discover what being a family truly means.
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Want to Want Me—Jason Derulo Stolen Dance—Milky Chance Jealous—Nick Jonas Me and My Broken Heart—Rixon Skinny Love—Birdy Take Me Home Tonight—Jamestown Story Save Tonight—Eagle-Eye Cherry Human—Christina Perri Lovesick Fool—The Cab Stay—Florida Georgia Line I’m Not Okay—My Chemical Romance Change—Taylor Swift All That Matters—Justin Beiber Make You Feel My Love—Adele
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Taylor Lavati is a twenty three year old student residing in a small town in Connecticut with her husband and flat-coated retriever. She enjoys writing books that are unique with dynamic characters. She writes both Young Adult and New Adult with ranging genres from fantasy to dark romance. When she's not writing, she's reading. When she's not reading, she's gaming.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blog tour + Giveaway: Love, Lucy by April Lindner


Love, Lucy
By April Lindner
27th January 2015
Poppy, 304 pages


While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too. 


In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

-goodreads.com description

I've always loved road trip and travel books. This book is one of them.


Reading Love, Lucy feels like I'm roaming the streets of Italy myself. The way April Lindner describes the people, the environment. There's beauty in not making plans and purposely losing your way in the beautiful streets of a foreign country with nothing but time to spare. Italy holds a dear place in my heart since I lived there as a child for two years. While I love the description she has on Italy, I wish there was more to the language.



I was sincerely afraid this book will be kind of similar to Just One Day because both of the main characters in this two books went to college with a course they both don't enjoy. But no worries people! Both books are complete contrast with each other. 



I love how realistic the love story feels like. The past or the present? To hold on or to let go? Being hopeful and holding on. To forget but always remember. Like, you can understand the dilemma she's going through. 



I love how this book isn't focused only on the love story, but how Lucy is trying to find herself. And I feel like I am Lucy because I'm going through the same things she's going through in the book. Being completely clueless about college on to follow self and do what she likes or to follow her dad's dreams? How to deal with disapproving parents and to satisfy ones needs and your folks simultaneously. 



A book I'll suggest to any travel books lover(& really confused pre-college students). But beware wanderlust people, Love, Lucy will make you want to travel to Italy so badly.


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April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, due out in January, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed Review

By Diane J. Reed
Brandits Ranch Books, LLC
1st October 2012, 300 pages

“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” 
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…

Wealthy high school student Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth:
They’re broke.
Her stepmom has skipped the country.
And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad's hospital room to collect on the millions he's racked up in debt.

Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.

Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy…

- goodreads.com description

I love love LOVE this book! I was honestly surprised. This book was sent to my by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Firstly, I am so in love with the writing style. It felt very teenager-y and very Robin-like. By the introduction, I thought she's going to be snobbish but she's not at all. She has that rich people vibe on and her love for money and luxury is undeniable but she isn't afraid to get down and dirty to save her dad's life and hers.

I am seriously in love with this book. I love the southern elements and all of the characters. The description of the trailer park is just beautiful and enchanting! The characters are all fun. I wish there were more of the twins though. I would LOVE to read more of their mischievousness.

There was a little unrealistic elements to the book though. Like, the robbing part. Because of this, I felt like there's a hole in the plot but I'm not really sure what. It just felt like something is missing. And my other complaint would be Creek's attitude in the beginning. It didn't feel right. Like, the bad boy image fit Creek awkwardly but after a while it was toned down and Creek felt like Creek. 

A book I enjoyed immensely. Fans of Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig or Heist Society by Ally Carter will definitely enjoy this book.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

One Last Song by S.K Falls ARC Review

By S.K Falls
Forever Yours, 336 pages
13th January, 2015 
Received from: NetGalley 


I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.

For me, that someone was Drew. 


-goodreads.com description


When I started the first 10% of this book, I thought "This is the worst mistake of my life", but I stayed strong and continued on with the gross scenes and MY RESOLUTION WAS PAID. This was the BEST DECISION EVER! Because this, this masterpiece, need to be read by everyone. 

I was so fascinated with the characters. Especially Saylor. It felt weird being in her head. Because for someone who would give anything not to feel pain, this girl I'm reading right now, would give anything to feel sick and pain. I wrapped my head around her logic. It was just so fascinating seeing her compare her pain with others. Like, her character is so messed-up and fucked-up but I COULD understand her.

All of the characters felt so original. And the way the plot progresses... like, I couldn't predict what happens next. Which is kind of rare for a contemporary book. I don't know where will Saylor take me next. This book was about cancer but it wasn't sad. In fact, the book is so bright you forgot that you're actually reading a book about cancer. The characters weren't cynical about their disease. They didn't embrace their disease either but they didn't let their disease weigh them down.

I swear, if it wasn't for the writing style, I wouldn't have continued on with this story. The writing itself is beautiful. I felt the pain and all of the emotions she felt.

By the end of the book, I was left with a whirlwind of emotions. Like, this book left me so emotional and the whole book was so freaking good.


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