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Book Review: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

Published February 1, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Title- How (Not) to fall in Love

Author- Lisa Brown Roberts

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Release Date- February 3, 2015

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/Z2rVdh

Book Summery:

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?

My Thoughts:

“ Because you’re stronger than you realize and you have potential to be heroic”

How (Not) to fall in Love is a sweet heart-warming story about family, friendship and love. I did not expect this book to have the message it did in the end and I think a lot of young readers can learn from this.

Darcy’s father disappears leaves her and her mom to stand on their own two feet. The problem is Darcy’s mom can’t handle it and mentally checks out. This is when Darcy decides she needs to grow up and take care of things on her own. I love that she took charge and didn’t sit back and watch her world fall apart.

I loved the secondary characters as well!!!! Charlie was such a sweet man who wanted to be a part of his family’s lives, even if his brother didn’t want him to be. I love that he would send a salt shaker to Darcy every year and she kept each and every one of them! The salt and pepper shakers play a role throughout the whole book which I enjoyed as well. It took me a while to figure out Lucas, it always seemed like he was hiding something. I am still kind of unsure of his relationship with a girl named Heather, and what they really were to each other. I like that Lucas was always there for Darcy too, always trying to be her knight! Also, how can anyone not like his little sister Pickles?!?! She was too stinkin cute and always spoke her mind!

There were some times where I found myself skimming some parts of the book, but all in all I really enjoyed it and it did engage me from beginning to end.

Read Me Friday: Title- Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

Published January 30, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Books, Blogs, & Reality

Title- Books, Blogs, & Reality

Author– Ryan Ringbloom

Amazonhttp://goo.gl/IJdZ4M

Book Summery

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?

My Review:

“All the books sound the same lately. Sex, sex, more sex….. it’s stupid. Maybe it’s time someone should write a book about how much work it is for bloggers to read and review all the shit author are constantly spewing about perfect love and even more perfect sex.”

I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!! When I began reading it, I thought I was reading a different book for review (the covers were extremely similar) and after I started I sat there thinking about how it was so much different from what I thought it would be, but in a good way!!!

Books, Blogs, & Reality had POVs from four different people, each were book bloggers that met online. I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to connect to all four since the book was only 200 pages, boy was I wrong. I think Ryan Ringbloom was able to form that connection for the reader. I also love how there was their online conversation and book reviews added in the book. There were sometimes that I was so engrossed in the character’s story that I didn’t want to change to read the next characters story, but the missing parts were filled in by some of their online conversations. I also love that the genre each character enjoyed is the reflected how they saw their love life. Rachel was into kinky stories and mixed that into her own love life. Jessica liked bad boy novels and had one of her very own that she thought she could change. Brooke just wanted to meet someone dark and handsome and enjoyed novels where the leads fell for each other. Then Lizzie loved romance as a whole and thought she was missing it in her own life.

I think readers will be able to relate to one of these characters if not more!!! I cannot wait to read more from Ryan Ringbloom!!

Book Review: Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson

Published January 27, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Cut Me Free

Title- Cut Me Free

Author- J. R. Johansson

Publisher- Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Release- January 27, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/8Vcf0s

BOOK SUMMERY:

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn’t as lucky. Now she’s trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she’d have to experience alone. She’s hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment–without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.

MY THOUGHTS:

 

There are not many books that I need to take a couple minutes to process them after reading, but this was one of them! Cut Me Free is a dark, gripping story about human trafficking and abuse. Piper was locked in her attic with her little brother by her parents and they were physically abused by them. This concept reminded me of the story, “Flowers in the Attic”, and this could have been what happened if there were only two children and only one escaped.

After recusing a girl who was sold to an abusive man, Piper has been finding threatening boxes with a note inside each of them. Throughout most of the book Piper tries to figure out who is leaving these boxes while keeping her new friend, Cam, away from it all. I will admit the beginning of the book was a bit slow moving for me, but once Piper saved Sanda I was completely engaged and flew through this book!

I like that this book stayed true to the YA genre, there were no inappropriate scenes between Cam and Piper. Although, sometimes I got frustrated with them, but I understand that Piper came from an abusive household so it was hard for her to trust anyone. Cam’s cousin, Lily, kind of made it seem as though Cam falls for the young girls her helps often, which made me dismiss his sincerity at times. Although, the ending was perfect.

I do recommend this book to anyone who would like get chills and a thrill while reading it.

Mad Mondays: The Trouble with Bree by Kristen Strassel

Published January 19, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

The Trouble With Bree (A Spotlight Series Novella)

Title- The Trouble with Bree

Author- Kristen Strassel

Release Date- January 15th, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/OoOQAb

BOOK SUMMERY:

The trouble with Bree is…

Bree Farrell is ready to turn her life around. A twenty-one-year-old mother of two, she’s not sure where to start. She could use a little help, but her string of horrible ex-boyfriends keep setting her back. First step: she’s swearing off men forever. Or at least until she gets back on her feet.

Josh Maxwell got a second chance at life, and now he wants to help kids who are in the same situation he was in. His new job as the coordinator at a preschool for underprivileged kids is the perfect place to do that.

On paper, the policy not to get involved with the families of the students makes perfect sense. But when Bree meets the new coordinator of her son’s school, she and Josh learn that some rules are made to be broken, no matter what the consequences.

BOOK REVIEW:

I loved so many things about The Trouble with Bree, which doesn’t surprise me since I love Kristen’s writing.

This was a very sweet story about a girl who always falls in love easy and always picks the wrong guy. That is until she meets the director at her son’s new preschool. How can you not fall in love with a man that will be there for not only you, but for your children as well? I know I fell in love with Josh by reading his interactions with Bree’s children!

One thing that I did not like about this book was that it was so short!!!! I could have seen/love to see this as a full novel, but if you need a quick read, I recommend it!

Read Me Fridays: Accepted By Coleen Lahr

Published January 9, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Accepted

Title- Accepted

Author- Coleen Lahr

Publisher– Astraea Press, LLC

Amazon- http://goo.gl/d4G5up

Book Summery:

Ashley Smith spent her life being shipped from one family member to the next. When Ashley’s estranged father dies, she finally has the money to go to college and the chance to find a place where she belongs.

Within days, Ashley has found the one thing she’s always longed for – a family. She may have even found love. There’s only one problem. Ashley likes Colin…a lot, but so does Randi, and everyone likes Randi. Randi’s approval is the single easiest way to belong. Falling in love with Randi’s crush is the single easiest way to find oneself on the outside for the next three years.

When Ashley arrived at college, she never dreamed she’d find this kind of happiness. Will she allow herself to hold on to this happiness, and Colin, or will her fear of losing her friends, the only friends she’s ever known, dictate her actions?

Book Review:

Accepted was a sweet new adult romance which dealt with friendship, love and tearing down walls. I loved so many parts of this book, the characters, the plot and every compelling scene. I absolutely adored Ashley, she was such a sweet girl that desperately wanted to feel wanted and loved. The thing was she was missing out on some of that while worrying about what she would lose if she would allow Colin in. Becca and Colin were also great characters! I wish this story was longer so I could have seen more interaction between Becca and Ashley, they seemed to become great best friends and I wanted to see/feel that a little more. Colin on the other hand was a sweetheart, he was behind Ashley every step of the way and even did things that made me say “aww” after I found out.

The things that I didn’t like aren’t huge; I just wish the story was longer!!!!! I did not want to give up reading right when Ashley and Colin started their relationship! I was left wanting more, maybe a second book can be written 😉

Book Review: Written on HerHeart by Paige Ryan

Published December 23, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Written on Her Heart

Title- Written on her Heart

Author- Paige Ryan

Publisher- Createspace

Amazon- http://goo.gl/DBMv9b

BOOK SUMMERY:

Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life. Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.

An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything-her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education-to get it.

She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great-which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.

MY REVIEW:

“Your family and friends are important to you. You wear your heart on your sleeve and you emotions, as well, which is why you are to easy to read.”

I think I enjoyed reading “Written on her Heart so much because I see a lot of myself in Andi, as a character she was so relatable and down to earth. There were somethings that I did not agree with, like her cheating on her boyfriend, but I think since I didn’t feel any connection between her and her boyfriend, it didn’t bother me so much. The connection I felt was between Andi and Ford, and I just wanted her to give into it. I just wished she would have broken up with her boyfriend and not cheated!!!!

Whoa, Andi’s friends were not at all friends to her. First, they never told her about the job she would have like, instead they both went for it on their own. Second, Rachel kept trying to steal Andi’s job from her. Not only was she trying to get the job, but also Ford, even after she sensed that Andi might have feelings for him. Third, this is more about Andi’s boyfriend, but he was such a jerk about not supporting his girlfriend.

I found the fact that the story involved writers was pretty interesting, as a writer Ford intrigued me. I like how h based some stories based on his life and didn’t hide that fact. He also seem to see something in Andi as a writer, at first I kind of thought he was going to steal her story and turn it into his own book.

This was such an easy flowing read that grabbed me from the beginning and before I knew it, I was done reading!!