Oct 16
Book Review: Carol Oates’ Iridescent

Book Review: Carol Oates’ Iridescent

Iridescent is the second book in the Ember series and is not a standalone book. Carol Oates touches upon history featured in Ember, and all of the characters return in Iridescent. I tried to imagine coming into Iridescent without having read Ember; and honestly, I don’t believe it can be done. You, dear reader, would be scrambling trying to make sense of the world created by Oates and everyone’s relationship; therefore, I highly suggest reading Ember first for the back story. Iridescent picks up right where Ember left off; Candra is still recovering from the death of her best friend, Ivy, while having to deal with saving the world. Late one night, she comes face to face with Lilith, a soul carrier. Lilith tricks Candra into thinking she’s Ivy, and… Read more »

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Oct 11
Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis

Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis

I should point out that I normally don’t read young adult fiction. It’s just not a genre that totally grasps my interest; however, I will admit to wanting to read Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis based on the cover alone. I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous! In the end Stockman’s writing had me riveted. It’s a fun story, and I believe in the message in the book: You aren’t limited to just being you, you can be many things, but most importantly don’t forget about YOU. Poppy Johnson is a 16-year-old who does everything that is expected of her. Along the way, she loses the most important aspect–herself. She has a plan: attend Columbia, major in finance, and then work on Wall Street. She has a blueprint (yes, Stockman… Read more »

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Oct 11
Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s Total Blueprint for World Domination

Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s Total Blueprint for World Domination

We’ve all heard of The Secret or books like it and while the synopsis of Total Blueprint points in that direction it’s not. Sure some elements of it may mimic Rhonda Byrne or Esther Hicks, but in the end Total Blueprint is just that…a blueprint on how to make your dreams come true. It’s targeted towards young adults, however; both parents and their children can sit down and map out a future of possibilities. We all have dreams we would like to see to fruition so why not create a blueprint? As Stockman states, “You’ve got one life, one shot, and all the power to make it happen. Get ready to dream big and live big. It’s all up to you. And it starts now.” Stockman’s writing is simple and… Read more »

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Oct 09
Book Review: M. Leighton’s Down To You

Book Review: M. Leighton’s Down To You

It’s difficult for any author to write a love triangle because each reader is different and we get divided up into teams. Afterwards we have our own idea regarding who the heroine should have picked (especially if she picks the wrong one). I admit I was a bit worried about how this would turn out. The reason? From the premise, Olivia Townsend, is attracted to brothers. Normally this isn’t a problem as we’ve seen it played out before because one brother turns out to be the villain and makes it easy for her to figure out which one she wants, but the problem here lies with twin brothers. Twin identical brothers: Cash & Nash Davenport. If you’re saying to yourself, “Cash & Nash?” no worries-Olivia thought the same thing. On… Read more »

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Oct 05
Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s Slammed

Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s Slammed

Instead of a traditional review, I present you with the following: my attempt at a poem. Slam poetry plays a major role in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. Everything touched upon in the poem is what I took from the novel. Please note the bold sections come directly from Lake’s poem, “Schooled,” and it’s the poem she reads Will regarding her feelings. You can read the full blurb here. I absolutely adore this book and I think you will too. “By a Book” I got schooled this year By a book A book that left me feeling Love, hope, and sadness I learned about life And about death How we wish we could plan And prevent But when he comes knocking We can’t pretend we’re not home We’d love to carve pumpkins… Read more »

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Oct 01
Book Review: Elise Marion’s The Third Son

Book Review: Elise Marion’s The Third Son

The Third Son is the first book in the King of Cardenas series. Let me start off by saying, I’m not a big fan of authors who within the opening pages outright describe the villain and his intentions. I like the intrigue and the journey of seeing him unmasked, however; Elise Marion delivers a satisfying read and kept me guessing. Prince Damien is spoiled and spends his time seducing women, but of course that’s the image he portrays as the third son of the King of Cardenas. Unlike his older brother, Lionus, he won’t be king nor will he be the head of the military like his twin brother, Serge. One night Gypsies are brought to the hall as part of Lionus’ betrothal celebrations and is immediately captivated by one… Read more »

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Sep 30
Book Review: Jerri Hines’ Ruse of Love

Book Review: Jerri Hines’ Ruse of Love

This is the second book in her Winds of Betrayal series. I have not read the first book and honestly don’t feel it is necessary to read the first book. It is very much a standalone book. Hines does reveal some information later in the book so if you don’t like spoilers then read the first book, Patriot Secrets, before this one. Hines spins an intriguing tale with the American Revolution as the backdrop. Ruse of Love follows Jonathan Corbett in the South after spending several years in the North. Hines does an excellent job contrasting the sharp differences in the climate of the North and South of the American colonies. Those of us familiar with American history will remember the conditions at Valley Forge in the winter of 1778…. Read more »

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Sep 22
Book Review: Rebecca Reid’s The Coop

Book Review: Rebecca Reid’s The Coop

The Coop is the first book in the Thickets Wood Trilogy and Rebecca Reid’s debut novel is a dazzling array of intrigue. I finished The Coop a little over a week ago and since then have reread it twice. It’s rare that I reread a book shortly after completing it, but her book captivates. Some authors gradually feed us information and we can slowly piece together the threads, but Reid’s different. This book will keep you guessing and at the end, blow your suspicions right out of the water. Nothing is as it seems or is it? There are six central characters in The Coop. We have Lilly and Howard who take us on journey through Thatchbury and in many ways provide the central storyline regarding Matthew and Jodie. It’s… Read more »

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Sep 20
Interview: Colleen Hoover

Interview: Colleen Hoover

I’m honored to welcome Colleen Hoover to the blog today! She was kind enough to agree to an interview and I hope you enjoy getting to know her better. Q. For our readers who may not have heard of you, tell us a bit about yourself. First and foremost, I am a mom to three of the sweetest and meanest boys. They are 7, 9 and 11. I’ve been married to my husband for 12 years. I just started writing last year, and what a year it’s been. Q. As a first-time author, how many projects and stories did you discard along the way to Slammed? Slammed was actually the first real attempt I ever made at writing a book. I would write silly stories and poems for friends, but… Read more »

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Sep 20
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Wildflower

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Wildflower

The first line in the synopsis is “Love can be tragic,” and Amy Maurer Jones writes a beautiful story about love and reincarnation. This is the first book in the Wildflower series. The book is set in both the past and present and is mostly told through Laney Stillwater’s perspective. Laney is your typical high school student with very few friends. She is an outcast because of her ethnic background (Native American) and most of her classmates don’t understand her family’s beliefs. I can easily relate to Laney (I’ve been in her situation many times) and no doubt several of you will too. Laney shares a connection with a previous life. In 17th century Plymouth, she’s actually Wildflower, a Native American teenager from the Wampanoag tribe (as well as in… Read more »

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Aug 25
Book Review: Alice Clayton’s The Redhead Revealed

Book Review: Alice Clayton’s The Redhead Revealed

The Redhead Revealed picks up right where we left off. Grace is now fully settled in New York and working on her off-Broadway debut while Jack of course is busy promoting his film, Time. Alice Clayton does a fantastic job with book 2. Book series are hard to write because an author must be able to get a new reader caught up and at the same time not overwhelm series readers with information they already know. Of course with every relationship comes with baggage. I honestly can’t imagine dating a celebrity. If dating someone outside that industry is difficult enough, I can’t imagine dealing with a celeb’s entourage, paparazzi, tabloids, and fans. We see Grace deal with it as best as possible especially when he’s featured on TMZ, etc. In… Read more »

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Aug 20
Book Review: Alice Clayton’s The Unidentified Redhead

Book Review: Alice Clayton’s The Unidentified Redhead

Sweet nuts! If you haven’t read The Unidentified Redhead, what are you waiting for? Stop what you are doing, go and get your hands on a copy NOW. I’ll wait…okay now that you have your copy, are ready for one of the best rides you’ve ever had? The Unidentified Redhead is a fast-paced, madcap of a book. A fun, light, and happy read. You’ll be left wanting more of Jack and Grace and crying eyes out from all the laughter. Grace Sheridan gave up her Hollywood dreams years ago and returns to Hollywood to give it another go this time older and hopefully wiser. Her best friend, Holly, is an agent and represents not only Grace, but one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming golden boys, Jack Hamilton. Alice Clayton quickly introduces us… Read more »

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