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Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics - Leah Konen
Here is a summary of what the book is about. Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents' painful separation.

Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right- but she doesn't anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love's plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael's hot- sauce- wielding  " dream girl."

The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one  girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all  her own rules- and in order to set Gael's fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

I found this book very interesting because it is not narrated by a person. The story is told by a feeling. Yes you heard me right the story is told by Love.

I absolutely loved this book. I felt a little silly because  I never knew what Rom- Com stood for until this book. Do you guy's know what it means? I will tell you Rom- Com is short for Romantic Comedy.

I would recommend this book. You guy's will fall in love with it.

Looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Happy Reading Everyone!
 

Review: Bookishly Ever After By Isabelle Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After - Isabel Bandeira
Here is a summary of what the book is about. In a perfect world, sixteen -year-old Phoebe Martins life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic  and a hot paranormal love interest.  Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn't even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. So, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books for inspiration, but  becoming as awesome as her book characters isn't as easy as it sounds. When another girl nets Dev for herself right out from under Phoebe's nose, she's crushed.

And, to up the suckage, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth grade camp and has to spend  an entire week tied to the hip with the one guy on the planet she wanted to avoid.

Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and  nature walks, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster?

Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

I felt this was a well written story. It is a page turner.

They say boys in books are just better. I have to disagree having a real relationship is always better even though they can sometimes get messy.

I absolutely loved this book. I totally could relate to Phoebe because I am also a book nerd.

I would recommend this book.

I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Happy Reading Everyone!
 

Review: Just the Two of Us by Georgie Capron

JUST THE TWO OF US - Georgie Capron

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Funny, warm, and a story of our time, Just the Two of Us will make you laugh and cry, and remind you never give up on love. Lucy is the wrong side of thirty and tormented daily by the idyllic family pictures cluttering up her Facebook newsfeed. 

 

All of her friends seem to be getting married and having babies, and yet here she is, resolutely single, and no prospect of creating the perfect family she's  always dreamt of. How she longs for it to be her turn.

 

But finding love is complicated, and as time passes she wonders if there might be another way to make her dreams come true.

 

Is she brave enough to go it alone, or is the fantasy of "baby makes three" just too precious to give up on?

 

What an incredible  story. I really enjoyed this one.

 

It's funny to see how everyday words we use are spelled differently in London.

 

There are some surprises in the storyline. I would recommend this book.

 

I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

 

Review: Completely Yours (Opposites Attract Book 1) By Erin Nicholas

Completely Yours (Opposites Attract) - Erin Nicholas

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that's just how she likes it. She's built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with with friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous Kiera finds herself  up close and  way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero.

 

Zach Ashley doesn't see himself as a hero. He's just a regular guy who gets to help people everyday as an EMT. But when he's called to a scene and has to treat his most gorgeous patient ever,he finds himself mixing  work with pleasure. He never hesitates to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart?

 

I really enjoyed the main character Kiera because she is a lot like me in the sense she is a introvert. I am the same way.

 

I felt bad for Zach and his sister Aimee because they are going through a lot.

 

I couldn't put this book down it is a real page turner. I would recommend this book. I can not wait until the second book in this series comes out.

 

I found this book to be written in a very detailed manner in the chapters. The author is a great writer. I am looking forward to reading more books by her.

 

Review: One Fateful Christmas Eve by Holly Schindler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Is the magic of Christmas Eve enough to change Mallory's mind and heart?

Mallory Stewart is an on - the - rise  young editor certain she's about to land a position at one of the "Big Five" publishing houses. All she has to do ro clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss's Christmas Eve party. But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted.

Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall's warnings. Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune. When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything- her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success.

What will Mallory choose? What will she discover- about Graham, about her own destiny, even about...a man's socks? ( Yes, socks.)

I found the story to be very interesting and cute. I love the cover of the book.

I felt the story had some funny parts  but I also felt bad for Mallory because things didn't go her way at first. I also hoped things would get better for her in the end.

What did Mallory choose? To find out the answer you need to pick up this book and read it. It is a great holiday read. I couldn't put it down.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Hello My Love ( A Modern Love Story) ( Between Two Worlds Book 1) by Evy Journey

Between Two Worlds (Book Series 3) - Evy Journey

Here is a summary of what the book is about. It is about what would happen if Jane Austen's Elisabeth Bennet were alive today? What are some of the challenges she would have to face in today's world?

It is a modern day story of a true classic of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice book. It reminds me of a TV series I saw  on DVD called Austentatious. It was about the women in the Jane Austen novels, how they lived in today's world and the consequences. For example they used the modern technology we use today and the stories are told in the language dialogue of the modern women.

All chapters in this book are labeled in Roman numerals. That is about as old fashioned as this book gets. For those that have a hard time getting through Jane Austin's classic novels this book is a great alternative. This book tells the story in modern terms and locations that are familiar to the world today. It makes the book very pleasurable to read but does not lose the classic content of the Jane Austin story.

I would highly recommend this book. The characters are interesting and come alive on each page. Bravo, well done!

Review: Lasting Marriage: Discovering God's Meaning & Purpose For Your Relationship by Dustin Heiner with Melissa Heiner

Lasting Marriage: Discovering God's Meaning and Purpose for Your Marriage - Melissa Heiner, Dustin Heiner

Here is what the book is about. Is your marriage living the true meaning and purpose of marriage? Do you want your marriage to last through all that life throws at you? Would you like to see your marriage benefit from having more love, joy, and intimacy?

 

Lasting Marriage is an encouraging and insightful book that will help your marriage grow and strengthen in love and service to each other. You will learn how your marriage can become one of those success stories you hear about.

 

You will be more in love with your spouse at your 50th wedding anniversary than on your wedding day. By knowing and applying God's meaning and purpose  of marriage into your relationship, you will have a lasting marriage.

 

Marriage is the union of two imperfect people into a lifelong relationship together. The truth is that marriage is rough. It is hard to live a long and lasting life with just one person without understanding how marriage was created to be.

 

People just do not know how to have a successful marriage anymore. The problem is that each and every one of us can be selfish, self-centered, and unloving toward our spouse. Your marriage may look loving and caring from the outside but be unhealthy and hurtful on the inside.

 

Learn time tested ways to build lasting love into your marriage for a healthy and loving relationship.

 

Lasting Marriage gives you the wisdom you need to:  Grow closer to your spouse as you grow closer to God.  3 ways to build lasting love in your marriage. Develop deeper levels of intimacy with your spouse. How to prioritize things in your life your life to best strengthen your marriage. Bless each other everyday of your lives together.

 

Follow the advice of this book and you will see your marriage become healthier, stronger, and more loving than ever before. By implementing these principles into your marriage, you will see your marriage grow by leaps and bounds.

 

What is stopping you from changing your marriage into a loving, joyful, and encouraging marriage where you and your spouse serve each other above all?

 

I found this book to be very informative. I did learn a lot from it.

 

I feel this book is geared more towards couples who are already married and who truly believe in Jesus Christ. People who are getting married should also read this book because it will prepare you for marriage if you want a Christ centered marriage.

 

A word of advice  make sure you have a bible with you because in this book there are bible verses in it. You  will want to check your bible to see if the bible verses are correct.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Your Flight to Happiness: A 7 - Step Journey to Emotional Freedom by Toni Mackenzie

Your Flight to Happiness: A 7-Step Journey to Emotional Freedom - Toni Mackenzie

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Your Flight to Happiness is a self- help book with a flying theme, taking the reader on a journey which will enable them to release negative thinking and limiting beliefs, and create emotional freedom and happiness from within.

Chapter one tells of how the author found herself at an all time low point in her life, her " plane crash". She then guides the reader through the seven steps she used to rebuild he life and lean how to fly again.

So many people believe they will be happy at some time in the future - when they get a new job, meet a new partner, go on holiday, buy a new outfit,  lose weight... The truth is, happiness does not come from outside experiences or other people, happiness ultimately is an inside job!

Throughout this colour- illustrated book she also shares some of her relevant early childhood experiences,  illustrating  how our subconscious minds become programmed during the first few years of our lives with downloaded information.

This information leads to our beliefs about ourselves, other people, and the world we live in, and we continue to act upon them, often holding ourselves back, believing that we're not good enough, feeling anxious abou the future, fearing that we'll fail...

The exercises and information within the chapters provide the reader with various tools and techniques to change the way they feel by changing the way they think, and ultimately reach their destination of happiness.

Wow this is a truly amazing book. I sure did learn a lot.

I love all of the quotes from different people. I enjoyed how the author shares her life experiences with the reader.

I would recommend this book to everyone. After reading this book you will want to go out and find your happiness.

Looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Happy Flying everyone remember to buckle up!

Review: The Crush Dilemma (Dear Aubrey Book 1) by Susan Hatler

The Crush Dilemma (Dear Aubrey Book 1) - Susan Hatler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Teen geek, Poppy Pinkleton,  is adding some spice to her junior year of high school: A year of psychological experiments that will 1) Earn her three units of college credit; 2) Give her an outlet to say what she wants, when she wants; and 3) Will NOT include her parents telling her to be the "bigger person."

 

How you ask? Poppy's gotten the green light from Ms. Peterson, the newspaper head, to write an online advice column for the school.

 

She's found the perfect name for her alter ego: Aubrey. It means someone who rules with "magical wisdom."

 

She'll be in control of her online experiment, online identity, and divvy her wisdom to the masses while tracking the results for her mini- thesis.

 

Now protected by a secret identity, she's got the popular crowd clambering to know what she thinks about fashion, homework, and eek... even sex! And the best part is, her parents and best friends don't know anything about it.

 

Finally, she can let loose a wild side and speak her mind- right or wrong, without having to meet anyone's expectations.

 

Soon however, dishing out advice leads to more than Poppy can handle on her own and she must make a choice. Hide behind her alter ego or take the chance that everyone, including the new boy at school, will like her for everything she is.

Which do you think she will choose?

 

Wow Susan Hatler did it again. I absolutely loved this book.

 

I found that the story dealt with real issues that teenagers go through in life and in school. It made me want to start my own advice column. The dilemmas that Poppy got herself into and out of and the characters who asked her for advice is what  makes this wonderful reading.

 

Happy reading everybody!

New Book Release

Perfectly Charming (A Morning Glory Novel) - Liz Talley

I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a new book out by Liz Talley

Title: Perfectly Charming (A Morning Glory book 2)

Author: Liz Talley

Release Date: September 27 th 2016

I can't wait to read this one. It looks like a good one.

Review Friendships Don't Just Happen by Shasta Nelson

Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends - Shasta Nelson
 Here is a summary of what the book is about. This essential go- to guide reveals how women can enhance their lives by creating valuable friendships in today's busy mobile world, from nationally recognized friendship expert and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com.
 
Every woman is searching for a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. Many realize the significant role that an intimate, tightly knit circle of friends plays in creating a more fulfilling life, but with hectic schedules,frequent moves, and life changes, it's more important than ever for women to establish natural, meaningful friendships that will contribute to their overall wellbeing.
 
In Friendships Don't Just Happen!, Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com,  reveals the most important proven steps, processes, and sercrets vital to establishing the five different levels of friendships, or Circles of Connectedness, that women- no matter their age or relationship status- are longing for in  today's stressful and mobile culture. This revolutionary, engaging guide will also benefit women who already feel rooted to fabulous friends, with insightful principles that will help them maintain and enhance their current friendships.
 
Full of practical how- to tips, fun activities, guiding questions,and step-by-step instructions, Friendships Don't Just Happen! highlights several areas of developing lasting friendships, teaching women how to:
 
. Evaluate their current circle of friends 
 
. Recognize what types of friends they are seeking based on career, interests, location, and relationship status
 
, Create a prioritized  friendship action plan
 
. Find extraordinary friends- where to look and how to approach them
 
. Take initiative to jumpstart friendships and face fears of rejection
 
. Establish "frientimacy," trust, and happiness through conversation and activities
 
. Maintain meaningful friendships and determine which ones are worthwhile  

I have belonged to the website www.GirlFriendCircles.com   for a long time. It is a great site.

I found this book to be very interesting. I thought it had a lot of good tips about meeting people and making friendships last. I believe every woman should read this book and join the site. I can't wait to read the next book by Shasta Nelson.                                

Review: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess - Meg Cabot

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Return to the world of Meg Cabot's bestselling and beloved Princess Diaries series in From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess-this time through the illustrated diary of a spunky new heroine: Princess Mia's long lost half- sister, Olivia!

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve- year old: average height, average weight, average  brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes.

The only things about her that aren't average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half - orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn't want to complain).

Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she's knocked down at the bus stop... Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia Grandmere and her two fabulous poodles... Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison  isn't so average after all!

I thought this book was very cute. I could see middle school kids reading this book. I thought it was written very well. I enjoyed the illustrations in the book.

I loved the fact that it was written in the diary format. I think it is good for a 12 year old girl to write her feelings down in a notebook.

The book is written from a 12 year old girls perspective and point of view. There is a sequel to this book called From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess Royal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot. Which I will  read and review at  another time.

Review: Switch -a- Wish by M.B. Earnheardt

Switch A Wish - M.B. Earnheardt

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Switch -a- Wish examines the complexity of a stressed relationship through the eyes of partners who are required to live as each other. This unique perspective allows Chris and Amanda a chance to find their way back to the feelings of the love they once shared.

I found this book to be interesting. The author did a great job with the way she wrote it.

I also found this book to be funny. I thought it was a great comparison to the movie Freaky Friday. Where in the movie Freaky Friday the mother and daughter switch lives.

I also thought this book did a great job of pointing out the responsibilities of the roles a husband and wife have in a marriage. It dealt with real life situations. We know that switching bodies can't happen in reality but I found this book to be an eye opener. I would recommend  this book. Looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Review: The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson

Five Seven Five (The Boy with Words) (Volume 1) - C.L. Wilson

Here is the summary of what the book is about.Two Books in One Volume! (Five Seven Five & Five Seven Six).

White Frost has only ever known the darkness. Everything outside of her closed society is  The Unknown - a strange and dangerous place accessible to only a chosen few.

White's only glimpse of the world beyond comes from her beloved cousin in the form of mysterious collections of words that hint at astonishing wonders. When an accident upends her simple  existence, she's given  an unlikely chance to see the truth for herself.

What she finds is greater and more terrible than she could have imagined, and before long she is forced to make the most important choice of her life: does she accept her safe, limited world that she's known or take a desperate gamble in a world not meant for her with the Boy with Words?

What can I say about this book? I found this book to be intriguing and a little bit strange. I can't imagine going through life in darkness and being lied to all my life the way White Frost did.

This book has some twists and turns and some surprises in it. I thought the author did a great job writing this book. What an imagination she has? I would recommend this book.

Review: Just a Matter of Time: A Young Adult Paranormal Short Story by Charity Tahmaseb

Just a Matter of Time: A Young Adult Paranormal Short Story - Charity Tahmaseb
Here is a summary of what the book is about. Sadie Lin: High school junior Sadie is desperate- to maintain her GPA,  to score high on the SAT's, for her dad to return from Afghanistan.

Time seems to crawl and slip through her fingers all at once. She thinks it's all in her head.

It's not.

Gordon Bakersfield: Gordon- Sadie's ninth grade epic crush- has plenty of time and knows where to get more.

He knows someone has been stealing Sadie's time. And while he's not sure how to stop it, he's hoping to try. But can Sadie trust him?

Only time will tell.

This young adult paranormal novelette is approximately 8,000 words long (-35 pages).

This is the first paranormal book I have read. I found the story to be interesting and cute. Can someone really steal time form you? To find out the answer you need to pick up this book and read it. I thought it was a real page turner I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult/paranormal short story books.
 

Reading Progress

I have read 50%  and I am on part two of the book The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson. I will be posting something real soon What will it be? Will it be a review or a reading progress update. You will just have to wait and see. Stay tuned!

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