Category: Contemporary


#Reviews & Update: Are You Going To Kiss Me Now? by Sloane Tanen & If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Posted 22 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Mature, Reviews, Romance, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Just a quick update first:  I’m going to be away for 3weeks so may not be able to post anything during that time.

Also, as in true pre-trip fashion, I’ve lost something. My new glasses. Good thing I still wear my old ones now and then, other wise I’d be stuck. I mean, my new ones were lowered in prescription, and they’re better for me, but the lens never cleaned properly. So…anyway.

On to the reviews, yes?

 


Being marooned on an island somewhere off the coast of Madagascar with five celebrities sounds romantic and glamorous, right?
Wrong.

You couldn’t find people with fewer survival skills if you tried. Seriously. Cisco may have centerfold abs, but he can’t even spell SOS. At least super-sexy Jonah seems to have a clue (too bad about the purity ring). If I’m stuck here much longer, these self-involved head cases might drive me crazy-assuming they don’t insult each other to death first. It’s like a group therapy edition of Survivor.
At this point, I’m pretty convinced that all celebrities should be caged in Hollywood and confined to the pages of US magazine. And, btw, if you’re there, God, it’s me, Francesca, and I really want to go home.

Review:

So, I was looking for some funky contemps that weren’t too expencive, and lo-and-behold I found this for under £2 on Amazon! Bargain if I do say so myself.

The story starts off fair cute, Francesca’s humour is just so…fresh. Though she does act older in some aspects than 16. At first I thought she was 18 or so. But, no. She’s very into celebrities, she reads gossip mags like they’re literally growing on trees, and constantly worries about what others think of her. She has a good relationship with her dad who lives with a new girl (younger than her mum) and everything’s great, until he announces he’s having another child. Well, Fran is angry, and in a rush, enters a competition from a Seventeen magazine where she’s to write a non fiction story about loss. Except she doesn’t, she says her dad is dead. Which…isn’t true.

So she wins the competition and is jetted off to a secluded island off the coast of Madagascar. Except… the pilot is hollywood legend Joe (surname has been forgotten, but it’s made up so no worries) and he’s not exactly famous for flying, if you catch my drift. They crash somewhere NOT where they’re supposed to be, and it reminded me of Lost but without all the supernatural stuff and a lot more complaining.

I can’t say I disliked this book, but I did find it wasn’t as funny after a while and it just got a bit irritating. There seemed to be a lot of oneupmanship with each of the characters, but given that there were like…6 celebrities (more like B list celebs) and one normal and one Perez Hilton like guy, that was to be expected. The amount of swearing, however, was a little unneeded. I don’t mind it but when it’s just thrown out there for no reason other than, clearly, to shock, it’s just a bit weird.

This was a quick read and I didn’t struggle to get in to it, which was a relief. If you like the sound of it, I’d definitely recommend a read.

I rate this 3 and a half stars.


‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.’ I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

 

Review:

I saw the movie of If I Stay first. I’ll admit that, and so we can get that out of the way. *sighs*

I loved the film and cried, and just…it was so beautiful. So when I came across the book in the library, I had to read it. Granted, I was months/years overdue, but who cares?

And basically, I fell for this book just as I did for the movie, and then some. Because obviously there were bits that weren’t put in the film, but were just as lovely to read.

Mia is a strong willed character who is then thrown in the deep end with a challenge that I don’t think I could complete. A car crash is one thing, but then to lose everyone in your family? That is just crippling. So I didn’t blame her if she didn’t want to wake up from her coma. As I’d seen the movie first ,I knew what the characters were like and I knew roughly what to expect, but the words on page still struck me hard. I need to read the sequel.

I thought the romance was sweet and gentle, but still held meaning, and Adam was everything you’d want in a guy.

I’m a little stuck for words, to be honest. I loved the book so much, I don’t know how to do it justice. So I’ll leave you with my rating, which should explain everything.

5 stars!

 

-Kat

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#Review: 5 stars to Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella #Contemporary #YA

Posted 5 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, YA / 1 Comment

*Received a copy in exchange for a review via Netgalley,Thank you Doubleday Childrens. :)*

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Review:

Oh how I’ve missed Sophie’s words. I haven’t read her work for years, and those were the Shopaholic series when I was MUCH younger. Probably the years when I should have been reading YA, I was reading Adult Contemporary. So…yes.

Finding Audrey was one I’d been looking forward to for a while. I hadn’t always been into contemporary. After my adult contemp streak, I read ONLY YA for decades. Now I’m all for everything.

I can’t say I related much to the characters or the story in itself, but I guess there was a part of me that did? I don’t know. Maybe to Audrey in the sense that I have anxiety in certain areas of my life, but definitely not to the extreme that Audrey does. I genuinely felt so sad for her, but also proud that she was strong enough and determined enough to pull through. I don’t think I’d ever had the courage. I can already tell that I’m becoming more insular and while, a few years ago, I’d love shopping, I can’t stand it now. I don’t like going in busy shops because it all gets too much. I prefer a quiet book shop over anything. I’m definitely not trying to compare my life to Audrey’s, but in retrospect, I can see a similarity in her.

I was surprised at first that she was only 14. I guess because most of the YA I read is based around 16/17 year olds. It was nice to have a different age’s opinion on life, though.

Linus…oh…Linus. For ages I was saying his name in my head like Lyn-us. Haha. No. Line-us. I guess. I don’t know how old he was? 16? I think same age as Frank. But oh how I loved how carefree he was and so fun. He didn’t try too hard with Audrey, though he pushed her to the limits she could no doubt manage.

I really liked her family, though her mum got on my nerves a bit. Then again, I’m sure she irritated her family, too. Ha ha. Some times in books I don’t feel much attachment to any of the family, but I appreciated every member this time around. Even Felix. That adorable boy. My favourite was Frank, though. No matter what he did, his mum was never happy with him, and in a way that made me laugh. Chris, Audrey’s dad, was always so oblivious to what was going on, and that was so adorable because that’s what most dad’s are like. Let the mother deal with trouble.

One thing that did bother me though was that we never really found out what had happened to Audrey, to make her the way she was. I mean, sure, we know it was bad, but it would have been nice to know what. Though it didn’t take away the message in the story.

I hope Sophie Kinsella writes more YA books because she’s so good. Write more of any kind of book, actually. I’d read her shopping list.

-Kat

 

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#BlogTour & #Giveaway: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman @entangledteen

Posted 24 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Fun, Giveaways, Mature, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

the truth about jackThe Truth About Jack

by Jody Gehrman

Release Date: 04/14/15

Entangled Crush

Summary from Goodreads:

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.

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Dear Alejandro,
You have no idea how happy your letter made me. I got it at a time when all the magic in the universe seemed to have drained away, leaving only darkness in its wake. For starters, it’s just the most dazzling coincidence, you being from Barcelona! I’m obsessed with that city! I swear I have an image file on my laptop with like four million

Barcelona photos in it! Not to sound all Northern Californian or anything, but seriously, what a twist of fate! I’m using too many exclamation points. Sorry about that.

I’m embarrassed to admit I had to look up more than one of the words on your list. Sprezzatura for one. Thanks for teaching me such a great new concept. Leave it to the Italians to come up with a word for “making difficult things look easy.” Its closest match in English is probably “insouciance,” which would be on my top seven list for sure.

Speaking of sprezzatura, I’m impressed with how fluent you are in English! Not just your overall ease with the language, but your apparently effortless comfort with American pop culture. Debby Boone and Justin Bieber? Not bad. Did you grow up in Spain, or have you been here a long time? You said you’re traveling. I’m thinking of traveling myself, so I’d love to know more details about your trip. What are your impressions of this country? Where have you been, and where are you going?

A little about me: I live in a place called Luna Cove. It’s an artist colony. My dad’s a musician. We also have a writer named Fran who lives in a tree house, a Japanese guy named Tomo who’s a tattoo artist, and a couple named Neville and Jane who are potters. Neville and Jane have a bunch of kids who are just…kids. We all live in our own little spaces. I live in a yurt, which is a round house created by Mongolians and revised by white people who like camping. If a circus tent and a Native American round house had a fling, the yurt would be their love child. Here, it’s probably easier to draw a picture.

Anyway, I think I’m starting to ramble, so I guess I’ll sign off. Please write me back! Tell me the three things you love best about Barcelona, what sort of weather you’d like to be if you could be any weather, and the most memorable thing that’s happened to you on this trip.

Oh! And I almost forgot to answer your question. If I could be anything in nature for ten minutes I’d want to try life as a passionflower. They’re so whimsical and outlandish, I just know they have a lot going on inside.

Also, here’s my email in case you ever need to tell me something in a hurry. I don’t know if you have internet access, but I figured I’d include it just in case. Please don’t stop writing letters, though. Who even does this anymore? It’s a lost art, so retro, like wearing pillbox hats or winding a Victrola.

Yours, Dakota

I hold the letter closer to my face to study the adorable picture of what must be a yurt. It’s no bigger than a postage stamp, but impossibly detailed. There’s a tiny skylight at the center of the sloping roof. She’s right; it does look a little like a circus tent.
“Well?” Attila’s impatient voice startles me.
“Well, what?” I can’t hide my smile.
“What does she say?”
I fold the letter carefully and put it back into the envelope. “Oh, you know, this and that.” He is so not going to read my precious letter! I hope he knows that.

“‘This and that’?” His face twists into a look of such scorn I can’t help but laugh. My chuckle cuts off abruptly when I hear a chair scrape against the floor in the next room.

“Jack?” Mom calls.

Attila silently rushes to the stereo. Showing an agility I never knew he possessed, he stops the recording and cues me all at the same time, then he conceals himself behind the sofa with lightning speed. I manage to continue “Nocturne in D Flat Major” seamlessly. When Mom opens the conservatory door, nothing is amiss.

I glance over my shoulder at her, still playing. “What is it, Mom?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. It sounded like there was someone in here with you.”

“Nope. Just me.” I dive into the second strophe, furrowing my brow with concentration.

“My mistake,” she murmurs before closing the door.

After a moment, Attila pops up from behind the couch and scurries over to the table. He finds a notepad and scribbles something in big, sloppy letters, then holds it up to me. I have to suppress another laugh when I see what he’s written.

SEBASTOPOL. TOMORROW.

 

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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.

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Mini Reviews: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson // The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead #contemporary #romance #supernatural #YA

Posted 20 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

5 stars!

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d tried reading it last year, but something about my mood wasn’t letting me like it. I know. Weird, right? In any case, I finally decided to get this from the library instead, y’know, just in case it didn’t work out. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve read books involving road trips before, and have always liked them, but that doesn’t always mean I like everything about them. But this…Amy’s journey, mentally (and physically) is both heartwarming and fascinating. Maybe a part of me could relate in terms of what she’s had to go through (though I didn’t have to move across the country because of it), in that she lost her father. Something about it stuck with me, about how you need to move on, etc etc. I liked that this wasn’t instant love at first sight, and it built over time, which I prefer. Always. Roger was sweet, and completely hooked on her ex-girlfriend and he only has one goal, initially, and that’s to find her and figure out why she dumped him.

What he doesn’t plan on is how the road trip (that was meant to be simple, a to b, instead turned out to be a wild discovery of awesomeness) would cause him to realise that plans change. Him and Amy’s situation, going from barely knowing each other, to a full out…well, love story, is so utterly romantic I wanna cry. And boy, do I want to go on a road trip now. SO BADLY. Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this! I wish I’d bought the book now. I might do that, so I can reread it. Also, the doodles and pictures in this were adorable, and it actually informed me on stuff I hadn’t a clue about. Okay, enough rambles. A solid 5 stars from me!

 

4 stars!

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

It took me quite some times to really get into this, I think because the pacing felt a bit off. There were slow moments, and then BAM things were off like a race. It definitely took longer to read compared to Silver Shadows; that kept me on my toes and I wanted to know what happened next. Where as with this…I still enjoyed it, but I kept on putting the book down. And I don’t do that with books I love.

There were real moments of potential, where it could have been…tighter, I guess. I liked the magical aspect, as usual, and also how they were trying to find out where Jill was* but a lot of the clues were pretty basic. They could have been so much better, more complicated maybe. There’s not much else I can say without spoiling too much. But I did like Ruby Circle, I just wish I could say I loved it. Maybe 4 stars is high, but I can’t rate it lower, given that this is one of my favourite series. ♥

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#CoverReveal: The Best Kept Secret by Wendi Nunnery #YA

Posted 5 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, YA / 1 Comment

 

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In high school, everyone has secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.

Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and suddenly Emma finds herself feeling like the people she knows best have become total strangers. And total strangers are becoming friends.

When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to bask in this newfound glory, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that true friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.

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Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Simply Beloved, a lifestyle website for women of faith. She is a proud alumna of Georgia Southern University and, at any given time, you can find her with a cup of coffee and a book. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Kept Secret is her first novel.

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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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#BookTour: How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown @LBrownRoberts @entangledteen @nereydag1003

Posted 5 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

How (Not) HOWNOTTOFALL_1600pxTo Fall In Love

by Lisa Brown Roberts 

Release Date: 02/03/15

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Finding true love on the other side of the tracks was never so much fun in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary novel.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?

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An Interview with Darcy Covington from HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE

Thanks for stopping by, Darcy. Let’s start with an easy question. Hobbies?

I like to make jewelry, but I don’t have much time for that. Things are sort of…chaotic right now.

You’re talking about your dad, right? What’s it like having him missing? All the rumors online about him? How do you feel about it?

How do you think I feel? It’s awful. I’m sick of reporters making stuff up and spreading lies about my dad. Everyone thinks he totally abandoned his company, and his family. Those stupid internet trolls are accusing him of embezzling a ton of money and fleeing the country. But he didn’t. I know he didn’t…

Where is he, Darcy? Have you talked to him?

(Long silence)

Darcy? A lot of people are looking for your dad. If you know where he is—

I don’t know where he is! But I know what kind of person he is. He’d never steal. And he wouldn’t just abandon my mom and me without a good reason. He’s coming back. I know he is.

David Letterman doesn’t think so. Did you see his Top 10 list of reasons why your dad bailed?

Lucas was right. I never should’ve come here. You’re just going to spread lies about my dad like all the other reporters. (Stands up to leave)

Darcy, wait, don’t storm off. Who’s Lucas?

He’s a friend. One of my only friends right now.

So he’s the protective type? Your knight in shining armor?

He’s not…we’re not…(takes a deep breath). We’re not, um, a couple.

You sure about that?

HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE by Lisa Brown Roberts

A girl who’s lost everything meets a guy who can fix anything. Just one problem: Falling in love isn’t an option.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.

Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.

But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself…if she has the courage to follow it.


lisa brown robertsAbout the Author
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life’s painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.


Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, several four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter. 

 

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#Review: 4.5 stars to All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter #YA

Posted 4 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Fun, Funny, Mystery, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Also…I explain at the end about what happened. 😛 Also, there may be the odd spoiler. It’s hard to tell what’s classed as a spoiler or not. Sorry in advance. If anyone spots one in time, tell me and I’ll cut it. Also, sorry it’s long. I may have gone over board on the padding thing. >_<

Forgive me, it’s been a while since I’ve written a review, so I may be a bit rusty with words. All Fall Down has been the first book I’ve managed to finish in 2015, and that’s both great and sad, because I’ve been reading about 5 books… I wish I was one of those monsters that has lots of eyes. Maybe an octopus? Yeah. Then I could hold lots of books as well. *sigh*

Without sounding too basic: I really liked this book.

Now, I guess I need to…what is it you people say? ‘pad it out’? Well, alrighty then.

I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter since I first picked up I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. Which, now that I think about it, was maybe about 5 years ago? Wow, how time flies. I fell in love with the Gallagher Girls series and its characters and the basis that a girl can be a terrific spy without a dudes help!

I then followed Ally with The Heist Society, and there’s just 3 books, but I don’t care. ( I’m really hoping there’ll be more!) Because we all know Ally has something else up her sleeve. 

Yeah, like Embassy Row. Jeez, it feels like forever ago since she was talking about writing it, and now it’s HERE, and I’ve READ IT, and it’s EVERY BIT AS AMAZING AND COOL AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE!

*breathes* How’s THAT for padding out? Oh, you want more?

Grace is the main character in this fabulous tale of politics, mystery, murders and teenage rebellion. Oh and spying. There has to be spying and espionage. (Wait, isn’t that the same thing?) 

There’s even a line in the book that made me squeal, where Grace thinks “If only I knew a spy.” I just instantly thought “CAMMIE!” but that’s me going off on a tangent. ha.

The secondary characters are just as awesome. You’re first introduced to the ever elusive Alexei Volkov (I instantly thought of the evil guy from Chuck, but again…tangent) and he’s Russian (duh!) and he’s cute. I think. I can’t always trust my imagination. He’s also sworn to keep Grace out of trouble because he’s her brother, Jamie,  best friend. Confused yet? No? Good.

Then you have Noah, who runs into Grace’s (and our) life like a gust of wind, and he never fails to keep us on our toes. He’s been assigned as Grace’s best friend by Ms Chancellor (who we’ll get to in a bit.) and he’s every bit the friend. He’s trusting, caring, eager to lead Grace into trouble (or is that the other way around?). I wasn’t sure about him at first, to be honest. I much preferred to see more of Alexei. Noah seemed too..one sided. Not much to him besides acting like puppy. I don’t know.

There’s Megan and Rosie, who are pretty cool, though we don’t know much about them besides they are good at stalking and hacking into things (computers, mostly). 

Now, where was I? Grace witnessed her mothers death when she was 13, and since then she’s been haunted by  the image of what she saw there, a man with a scar on his face. She’s accused of making it up, and everyone says it was “an accident” but Grace doesn’t believe that, so when she has to move back with her Grandfather on Embassy Row, she sees the scarred man and plots to take him down, so to speak. Little does she know…literally. There’s so much plot twisting in this it almost gave me whiplash. The hidden tunnel system under the ground was genius, I must say, and made me want to know more. 

Grace and Friends go on a quest to find out what the Scarred Man is up to, after hearing some things, and finds herself caught in a web of lies and…maybe a bit of brainwashing. I’m still trying to figure it out. 

I didn’t think much to her grandfather, and I had liked Ms Chancellor up until the point where I didn’t…and then I did…see what I mean by the ‘whiplash’? It’s like “woah there slow down!” lol But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed getting jolted here there and everywhere. I heard there was a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, I’ve read much worse. It was an ending that certainly makes you want to know what the hell is happening! But it’s not one that’s left me screaming off the rooftops. If that makes sense?

I take half a star off because, mostly, I had started reading this off an ARC I recieved off Netgalley, and if you know me, it takes a long time to read ebooks, until I got the paperback and read it much swifter. There were the odd moment where the pacing could have been better, but 98% of the time, I had no trouble. 🙂 

Can’t wait for book 2. I hear it’s set in the Med? Oooh…sweet. Anyway, that’s it from me. Go add this to your goodreads, if you haven’t already.

😀

-Kat

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#BlogTour: Paper Or Plastic by Viv Barnes @nereydag1003 @vivibarnes @entangledteen

Posted 3 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

PAPER-OR-PLASTIC-500x750Paper or Plastic

by Vivi Barnes 

Release Date: 2015

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only thing stranger than the staff is the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and completely below her social sphere—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her starting spot on the school softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst store in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

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Your first job—do you remember it? I worked in a drycleaners (manning the front), which was kind of fun, actually, because my best friend worked there as well. Shenanigans ensue when you work with your friend—as Lex quickly finds out during her summer at SmartMart.

I backed up, hefted the can in my hand and rolled it toward the boxes. Jake and I both laughed as boxes flew everywhere.

“Your turn to set up,” he said.

I couldn’t help myself. I crouched down to pick up the boxes and built a macaroni box pyramid—proud that I made four tiers instead of Jake’s three.

“Okay, your turn,” I said, turning to face Jake, but Noah was standing in his place, frowning, his arms crossed. Jake was nowhere to be seen—probably ran as soon as he caught sight of the manager.

“What are you doing?” Noah asked.

“Oh, um, I was just—“

“You can’t stack boxes of food like that. What are you thinking?”

Crap. “I’m sorry. I’ll pick it up.” My face burning, I turned back to the pyramid of boxes. It sucked being called out by Noah like that. I’d have hoped he’d have a better sense of humor. Or at least not make me feel like such a slacker.

A can rolled past me, knocking into the pyramid and scattering boxes everywhere.

I whipped around to see him smirking. “Told you,” he said. “You didn’t build it with enough support at the bottom. Way too easy.”

I picked up the can of green beans and hefted it in my hand, walking toward him slowly. His eyes widened as if he thought I was going to throw it at him, though the shit-eating grin still lingered on his face. “Your turn to set it up,” I said when I reached him. “Let’s see if an architect can build a better a pyramid.”

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Vivi Barnes is the author of Olivia Twisted and the upcoming release, Paper or Plastic. She was raised on a farm in East Texas where her theater-loving mom and cowboy dad gave her a unique perspective on life. Now living in the magic and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, she divides her time writing, working, goofing off with her husband and three kids, and avoiding dirty dishes. www.vivibarnes.com

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The ‘Avril (freaking!) Lavigne’ #BOOKTAG! #YA

Posted 1 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Everybody in the blogosphere seems to be doing the Taylor Swift book tag. Now, I LOVE TayTay. But I think if I were to do that, I’d be jumping on THAT particular band wagon. Time for a mix up, eh? So this time, I’m going to bring out the old school music and go for…

Avril (FREAKING!!!) Lavigne!

Granted, her older stuff is way better than the new, but who cares? Here goes my list!

(P.S. Sorry about the set up. I’ve tried it fix it like…10 times, but the alignments just won’t do what I want.)

Anything But Ordinary

 

This book. Oh this book. I got it a few months after it came out. I heard all the hype. I tried it, didn’t like it, couldn’t get into it, dropped it. Months later, tried again. Same result. A year later…I read it, and BOOM. Something in my brain clicked, and then I couldn’t get enough! This is definitely anything but ordinary!

 

 

My Happy Ending

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’d LOVED the first two, Divergent and Insurgent. I’d had hopes for Allegiant, but since so many complained about it before I’d managed to get a copy, I found myself losing faith…Why couldn’t we have worked it out?!

What The Hell?!

So this could be both ‘what hell were you thinking?” or ‘what the hell, I’m gonna like this even if you don’t!” And with that, I declare:

The Fallen series is my biggest ‘WHAT THE HELL?!” series ever. I loved it (granted, the last book was let down a bit, but the rest…great.) Now. I’m sure you’re wondering why I haven’t put Twilight under this tag. I would. But so many others have also done this, it now seems redundant.

 

Push

“Maybe you should just shut up
Even when it gets tough
Baby ‘cause this is love.
And you know when push comes to shove
It’s gonna take the both of us
Baby, this is love
Baby, this is love”

 

NEED I (or Avril?) SAY MORE? All the hearts.

Goodbye

“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye my love
I can’t hide, can’t hide, can’t hide what has come

I have to go
I have to go
I have to go
And leave you alone
But always know
Always know
Always know that I love you so
I love you so
I love you so, oh”

 

Here’s To Never Growing Up

 

Pretty sure this title has to go to Harry Potter. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the books and though I know it’s read by many adults, it’s still the first fantasy book I ever picked up (at 14? I think.). I’ll never forget it. ♥

I’d put in pictures, but there are too many. haha.

 

Not Enough

The House Of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast.

Sorry, but I’d loved these books…and then by book 9 they just started to get ridiculous. I can’t believe they’re still going, or have just finished –  I lost track. It saddens me when this happens.

“I’m sorry if this hurts you
But I tried to keep what we had once I was wrong
It wasn’t keeping me awake

You didn’t listen, you didn’t hear me
When I said I want more, I got no more
You weren’t stealing me away

It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To give me what it is I want
It’s not enough, it’s not enough
To get me everything I need
And I, I wish it was
I think it’s time to give this up”

4 Real

“‘Cause I’m 4 real, are you 4 real?
I can’t help myself, it’s the way I feel
When you look me in the eyes, like you did last night
I can’t stand to hear you say goodbye

Well, it feels so right ’cause it feels so right
Just to have you standing by my side
So don’t let me go ’cause you have my soul
And I just wanted you to know

I don’t wanna look back ’cause I know that we have
Something the past could never change
And now I’m stuck in the moment and my heart is open
Tell me that you feel the same.”

The award goes to:

Silver Shadows Collage

I can’t believe this series is coming to an end, with Ruby Circle being the last book. *hear my cries!* I’m going to miss Adrian. SYDRIAN FEELS EVERYWHERE! And just…the whole world that Richelle Mead has created. I look forward to what she does next, but I don’t know…will it…CAN it…top this?

The Best Damn Thing

It’s a toss up between:

       AND          

I recently discovered the Geek Girl series and I am in love, but then Silver Shadows was the best thing ever and….*sigh*

 

When You’re Gone

“When you’re gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you’re gone
The face I came to know is missing too

When you’re gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through
The day and make it ok
I miss you”

Yeah, I really miss this. I reread all the time, but it’s not really the same, is it?

Innocence

“It’s the state of bliss you think you’re dreaming
It’s the happiness inside that you’re feeling
It’s so beautiful, it makes you wanna cry.”

This book was one raved about book and I am so glad it came into my world. I loved it. The world, the people, the story itself…

All the hearts!

 Wish You Were Here

This goes for several series that have ended, but the biggest one (and yes, I know she hasn’t ended the world of Shadowhunters, she has finished this series!) has to be:

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

I actually wanted to put Twilight, lol. I really want to. Can I have two? I think…okay. So this song goes to both Twilight and TMI AND TID and well okay SO many. But yeah…you get the picture. *sniffles*

Last but not least!

Smile

“Yo-u said “Hey,
What’s your name?”
It took one look
And now we’re not the same
Yeah you said “Hey.”
And since that day
You stole my heart
And you’re the one to blame”

‘Nuff said. 😀

Lyrics from MetroLyrics and pictures from goodreads and google.

I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

Dude, that was hard to do! lol

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