Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mini Reviews: Emma & the Tooth Fairy and Monster Security Service by Devri Walls and Jenn Callis

  • Publisher: Walcal Publishing
  • Publish Date: June 12th, 2013
  • Source: eBook provided by Devri Walls for review
Purchase: Amazon

Emma wanted more than anything to figure out what the tooth fairy did with all the teeth! In this delightful story, Emma finally gets her answer!

My Thoughts

Having a young daughter, I am always looking for great books to read with her. This one was cute and fun. She doesn't really know about the Tooth Fairy yet, but she thought the story was really great. As I was reading it, she wanted to know what the Tooth Fairy did with the teeth too, and when we got to the end of the book she had a big smile on her face and wanted to read it again.

I think this is a great book for kids who are between 4 and probably 6 or 7. It's a fun story about Emma's curiosity about where the teeth really go, and why the fairies would need them. I found it to be charming and cute, and a book that I will enjoy reading again and again to my daughter. I would highly recommend it to day cares as well.



  • Publisher: Walcal Publishing
  • Publish Date: June 12th, 2013
  • Source: eBook provided by Devri Walls for review
Purchase: Amazon

Who do you call when there are monsters under your bed? Monster Security Services, of course! They will keep all monsters away for a small, negotiable fee. But--if your mom asks where all the socks have gone, don't mention who you have been feeding them to. She won't believe you anyway.

My Thoughts

This book was very entertaining. How many kids think they have monsters under their beds or in their closets? Well, this book goes about it in a super fun way. To keep the monsters away, there is the Monster Security Service, which is actually run by a monster. No need to worry though. He's quiet and friendly, but he just needs payment of certain items to keep up his duties. Socks, shirts, spoons, those types of things.

This was super cute with the boy trying to sneak around and get the items he needs to pay his security monster. He is happy to do it though since he gets a good night sleep. And he also thinks it's funny when his non monster believing mom starts saying that there must be a sock monster. This book is sure to be a hit for kids. I know that it is one I have now read a few times!!




* These books were provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation. 

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (61)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello everyone!! So I went from having the best week ever last week, (meeting RDJ) to having a not great week this week. My dog is old and she had started limping so we brought her to the vet and it turns out she has bone cancer and there's nothing they can do except medicate her. The thing is, the meds are only working a little, and she's in pain still. We don't want her to suffer, so we only have about a week left with her. I will probably not be commenting much over the next week since I want to spend it trying to give Fluffy the happiest week I can. Sorry to have started this post so sad, but it's been a really tough few days, and it's really all I can think about. Of course you are all here for the books, not to hear about depressing stuff, so I will get on with it.



Book Mentioned

Review

Thank you to Cindi, J.L. Bryan, Simon Audio, Macmillan, Random House, Little Brown, Abrams, and Netgalley.

Weekly Recap

Search Terms
  • kasie west distance between us review - I reviewed this a few weeks ago. It was great!
  • aaron patterson uriel - I haven't read it, but I liked the first book in the series.
  • aiden st delphi wiki - Not sure why it led here, but I have lots of posts that mention Aiden.
  • alienated stacking the shelves - I got this a few weeks ago! So excited to read it.
  • audiobook review xpresso books - Yes, Giselle does audiobook reviews. Not sure how you ended up here since her blog is Xpresso Reads.
  • book i'm glad i finally read - I don't know if I've done a specific post on this, but I know I have mentioned it in a few reviews for books I waited a while to read.
  • books about good boyfriends - Well, there are tons of books with boyfriends. My opinion on a good boyfriend might differ from yours.
  • claudia mills zero tolerance cover - I reviewed this a few weeks ago. I like the cover. The book was great too.


That was my week. Not nearly as awesome as last week, but I don't think anything could be that awesome!! I would love to see what you got, so leave me your link and I will stop by your post.Oh, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' if you love me!! Since google reader will be gone tomorrow, we don't know the fate of GFC. Or maybe you do, I didn't think that was disappearing right away, but I could wake up tomorrow with it gone. Lol! My bloglovin' button is in my sidebar. :)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - Favorite Reading Spots


Hello my awesome lovelies!! This weeks topic on Book Girls was favorite reading spots and snacks which was suggested by Siiri of Little Pieces of Imagination. She totally rocks so you should check out her blog. So I will show you some of my favorite reading spots, and things that I like to have while reading. 

Other BGDC Posts This Week


My most typical reading spot is my couch. I like my pillows and blankets. And it's a really comfortable couch. 


Generally this is what the back of the couch looks like. A pile of books, snacks, ipod for audiobooks, and my kindle. (And the TV remote. Stupid TV distracting me.)


In the warm weather, I love lounging outside to read. This chair is awesome!!


See, working on my tan while I get some reading done!!


Can't forget snacks while reading!! Nice healthy grapes for outside reading.


Then in the evening I like a beer once in a while with a bowl of guacamole chips!


 And most days, I like tea or coffee in my favorite mug. I have it in green too.


 And I like to have reading buddies once in a while. The zombies came with the coffee mugs!


 My reading devices!! My nook is ancient, my kindle is pretty new.


This has also become one of my favorite reading spots. Yes, that is Robert Downey Jr.'s autograph. I can't stop looking at it!!


Usually I like coffee or tea while reading, but some nights, I just want a nice glass of wine.

I always have to have snacks and a drink while reading. Most of the time it's tea and pop corn. I also love gummy bears and eat way too many of them. When it's nice out I love to read in the back yard, but my couch is definitely my favorite spot. It's so comfy and I love it. I sit at my computer and read a lot too since I don't have a laptop. I like to be able to tweet and check my email without killing my phone battery. I meant to take more pics, but I was just taking a lot of pics of food, so I decided this was good. I love to snack, but I didn't think you needed to see all of it. What are your favorite reading spots?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: Face of Death (Touch of Death #3) by Kelly Hashway

Yes, another cover reveal! I do still love doing them, I just try to not do so many. This week there were a few that I really wanted to take part in. I will say that the synopsis might contain spoilers for the series, especially the first book, if you haven't read it yet. I actually read the synopsis and think I might have spoiled something from the second book for myself.
 
FACE OF DEATH
The third and final book in the TOUCH OF DEATH series.
By Kelly Hashway
 
Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi's enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her--the punishment doled out by the very people she'd sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.
 
Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.
 
Jodi's one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa's blood.
 
But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she's faced yet.
 

Title: Face of Death (Touch of Death #3)
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN: 978-1-937053-92-5
Release Date: 1/7/2014
Formats: Paper, e-book
 
 *There is currently no Goodreads link for it. 

All posting information was provided by Spencer Hill Press.

Cover Reveal: I Breathe You by Lori L. Clark

Hello fabulous readers!! Today I have a cover reveal for you! I Breathe You by Lori Clark. The cover was designed by the author herself.

Synopsis
 
When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans -- lead vocalist for the rock band Fate's Crazy -- permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn't driving the car.

Enter Ian Callahan. He's the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian's troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn't in their cards.

Because Fate's Crazy that way...

I Breathe You by Lori L. Clark
Publication date:  July 2013
Genre: NA contemporary romance
 
 

 
 
 
About the author
 
I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun. Ten things about me:

1. I'm an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I'm a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I've written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.
7. I don't look or act my age!
8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.
9. I love 80's hair band music.
10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine's "Top 100 places in America to work."

Author links
 
 
 
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Abandon (Possession #3) by Elana Johnson

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

seduced by power,
broken by control,
and consumed by love...

Vi has made her choice between Jag and Zenn, and the Resistance may have suffered for it. But with the Thinkers as strong as ever, the rebels still have a job to do. Vi knows better than anyone that there's more at stake than a few broken hearts.

But there is a traitor among them...and the choices he makes could lead to the total destruction of everything Vi has fought for.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn must set their problems aside for the Resistance to have any hope of ending the Thinkers' reign. Their success means everything...and their failure means death.

My Thoughts

I have really enjoyed this series and was so excited to read this one. And I'm sorry, but I just have to say it, look at that cover!! This book was one wild ride. There are a lot of secrets and lies and you don't know who to trust or who is going to win this battle in the end! It was not only full of action, but it was emotionally intense. I have grown to care for these characters throughout the books and I genuinely cared what happened to them, whether it's a character I loved, or just one of their friends or allies. My only problem with this book was that I had read the previous one so long before, that it took me a little bit to get back into things and remember what happened at the end of Surrender.

This is told in alternating POV's from Jag and Zenn and I loved that!! Both of these boys are amazing, and they are both great for Vi in their own ways. They hold a special place in my heart. Not only will they both do anything to ensure Vi's safety, and the safety of those they care about, but they do have a long history. It goes deeper than I could have imagined and it made it really hard to read when they are not getting along or at each other constantly. I loved getting to hear the story from both of their POV's because there is so much going on, and often they are both off doing different things so we get a bigger picture of what is really going on. The one thing that they both have in common is their love for Vi, which can bring them together as easily as it pushes them apart.

I can't go into the story without giving anything away, so I will just say that this was great!! It wasn't non stop action, but when you have the lulls between, there is a tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat! I loved the suspense of needing to know what was going to happen. The pounding in my heart in the heat of the action. The tightness in my chest while the emotions in me swirled. This book was able to bring all of that. Dystopian's have been very hit or miss with me recently, but this one definitely delivered. If you are looking for an awesome dystopian series to read with both an engaging plot and fabulous characters, this it one you should pick up! This series may be over, but I will be looking forward to Elana Johnson's future books!!



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Audiobook Review: A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

  • Publisher: Harper Audio (HarperCollins)
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Walter Gray
  • Length: 4 hours and 5 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he’s a mess.

Then there’s a voice in his head. A friend, who’s trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.

Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

My Thoughts

This is a hard book to review. It's not that I didn't like it because it was good, but I think I just feel indifferent. This is one of those books that I just don't think translates well into an audio. It felt like someone was reading a screenplay to me and it just seemed odd. On paper I don't think it would have seemed weird, and I think I would have gotten used to it, but as an audio the way it's written didn't work well for me. So that being said, it was an interesting book, and it was about much more than a boys struggle with an eating disorder. It's told from the voice in his head, or the eating disorder we come to realize pretty quickly. I liked that. This was very complex, but came across as simple due to they style of writing. It never had the emotional impact I think it was supposed to, but it was hard for me to connect to Mr. Eating Disorder who is the one telling the story.

So although we are in Mike's head, it's not in his POV. We go through this with the illness in his head talking to us and telling us what he sees and hears. He is insistent and persuasive. Of course, it's not really the illness, it's Mike, but this is obviously how he feels, and he lets this inner voice control what he does. His family is falling apart, the girl he likes is afraid of him, and he is jealous and resentful of his best friend. He really hits a low point, and the voice in his head gives him the strength and power he craves. It tells him he's fat so he needs to exercise, he's pathetic and his friend is way hotter than him and that's why the girl doesn't want him. He needs Amber, who has an eating disorder herself. She helps him to know how to go about it without alerting people what he's doing. This "voice" has total control over him. The sad thing is, his family is too busy falling apart to notice what is happening to Mike until it's gone too far.

I myself was close to having an eating disorder when I was younger, so this book really spoke to me, even if I didn't quite connect. I think it's an important topic, and more than that, the MC is male which you don't see often in books that tackle issues like this. I did competitive gymnastics, so I know how it feels to want to be a few pounds lighter, look a little slimmer in the form fitting leotards, be able to jump or flip higher. I would look in the mirror and see someone who I wasn't. This book really helps to understand how the illness affects the mind.

Overall I did like it. I think it is an important issue that more people should be aware of. Especially that it's not just a female illness. I know that people do know that, but it's always more pushed as something that females deal with and not addressed that males do too. Everyone has body issues at some point or another whether it's logical or not. This really goes into the mind of the illness and how someone might think if they were going through this. Beyond that, it's about family issues too. These characters really need their parents, and it seems like they just brush them aside and don't pay attention. It was a quick read that I think would benefit people who are dealing with similar issues, or just want to know more about it without seeming so clinical. I would recommend the regular book rather than the audio though, only because I don't think this writing style works well in audio format.



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Source: eARC provided for review from the publisher via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Thoughts

I loved The Immortal Rules and couldn't wait to read this book. With the way the first book left us I needed to know where things were going and what would happen. I was already starting to be invested in the characters. So, I have had trouble trying to get my thoughts together to write a review for this. I really shouldn't have waited so long. It's one of those times where you love a book, and just don't really know what to say. It was intense, emotional, and creepy! Just what I wanted out of it and more.

Allie is still a super tough chick. In fact I think she is tougher in this one, but her emotions still tend to get the best of her. I love that she still clings to her humanity though. She is a good person (well, vampire) inside and I don't think she will lose that part of her. She is on a mission to save her creator and comes across Jakal on her journey. She is very smart when it comes to him for the most part. She knows that she can't trust anyone, and she keeps her guard up. Though she knows that she can use his help, she is still cautious of him. When she goes back to her home where they are keeping Kanin things get really crazy. Talk about a rollercoaster of events. Allie was so amazing through it all. She keeps that sense of what is right and wrong. She was still a very strong character for me.

Allie misses Zeke and knows that he's better off without her, but she can't help thinking about him and how he made her feel. This is where her weakness comes in. Unfortunately, a vampire with their humanity still in tact can be a bad thing as well as a good thing. Her emotional mind sometimes gets in the way of what should be done in order to keep herself and others safe. On the other hand, that's also an advantage in some ways against the enemy who have no more feelings or remorse. Love may very well be the thing that saves her, but in the end could put her in the most danger.

I don't really know what I can say without ruining anything from the first one. This was so awesome and I was always back and forth on whether I could trust certain characters or not. My stomach was in knots for most of it. The action, the intensity of the situations, and the gory awesomeness was all amazing. Then, there was the emotion. I won't lie, this made me sob!! I literally could feel my heart breaking and crumbling to pieces. And the ending... let's just say that it's cruel and perfect at the same time!! I need book 3 immediately. Julie Kagawa sure knows how to leave her fans dying of anticipation!



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Hello everyone! Today I have a fantastic cover reveal for you!! Nomad
by J.L. Bryan, author of Jenny Pox (The Paranormals) series & The Songs of Magic series!

NOMAD by JL Bryan
Expected publication: July 26th 2013


They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.

*Cover by PhatPuppy Art

  
Author Bio:
 
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, dogs Violet and Tiger Lily, and cats Shadow and Sue.

Author Links


I think this cover is awesome and I can't wait to read it!!  

Audiobook Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Atria Books)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hours and 10 Minutes 
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster | The Book Depository

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

My Thoughts

This book was every bit as amazing and emotional as I thought it would be. It took my heart into it's hands, and squeezed it tight. It did get off to a slow start, but the writing was beautiful and the characters were amazing. I was very invested in their story, and I felt what they felt. I would find myself thinking about the characters while not reading. I wanted to get back to it because I had to know where their story would go. I wanted to personally jump inside the book and help heal all the hurt that both Nastya and Josh were feeling. This book made me feel everything!!

Nastya was very complex. She has layer after layer of herself hidden away. She is very broken and has no desire to be fixed. She has built up her walls, and will hide behind them and be someone totally different so she doesn't have to be the girl who died. Everything about her was intriguing. She wanted to take herself down bit by bit. It was heartbreaking how she though of herself and how she wanted others to see her. I loved that she was able to be more of herself around Josh, but I hated that she still felt the need to punish herself for things that were out of her control. Through the book I really liked the changes that she went through. She did grow a massive amount, but in the end, she's not great and life isn't perfect. It's real.

Josh is a character that I loved almost immediately. This boy has been through so much, but he still seems so put together on the outside. Inside he is very emotionally broken, and it broke me to pieces at times when it was his POV. Hearing his story, and the things he felt and thought about completely ripped my heart out. The thing I loved the most about him was that he really tried to be strong. He was willing to try to let someone in no matter how wrong he thought it was. He's not perfect. He's got a lot of his own issues, but he was amazing. I adored him and loved being able to get his POV too.

This is about two very different people, who are broken in very different ways. They are able to find something in each other that they don't have with anyone else. Unfortunately, it seems easier to still push the other away and ignore what is between them. This romance was very real to me. It was both beautiful and totally heart breaking. It was also one that you aren't sure if it will ever really work no matter how much you think it should and want it to. They both have so much they need to heal in themselves, that it's hard to fully give themselves to one another.

The audio of this was beyond amazing! At first I thought that the male POV for Josh was a bit monotone and just seemed like someone reading from the pages, but as it got more into the story, and specifically when things get emotionally charged, the narrator was fantastic. He made me feel every emotion to my core. What would have made me sob softly while reading on my own, made me bawl my eyes out listening. I felt like I was part of the book. Not listening to it, but actually experiencing it. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

This book is full of emotion, and it's so beautiful. I do think it was a bit on the long side and some of it could have been skimmed off, but it was amazing. I loved listening to it and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of emotional contemporary books. This was a great story with great characters. This is an author who I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of!! 



* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (60) Where I Spazz More Than Last Week!! For Good Reason!

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I know that usually today I post Book Girls, but I couldn't concentrate enough to make a post. Fair warning, this post is going to be a bit spazzy!! Okay, a lot spazzy!! Remember last week when I was freaking out about seeing Robert Downey Jr. while filming? Well, this week he filmed in town for a few days and I got to meet him!! I admit I walked up to the set way too many times, stood around for hours, and even at home was pacing around and looking out my window when I couldn't be up there. It was all totally worth it though. Not only did I get to see him (he's totally gorgeous guys!!) I got his autograph and shook his hand!! And then since we had been up there a few times, on the last day, he actually recognized my daughter. (And other people who had been up there a few times. That shows he pays attention too!)

So anyways, my life is totally made that I got to meet my number one celebrity crush!! He looks just as amazing in real life as he does on film!! (Though, he's shorter than I thought he would be.) And he is seriously so nice. He made sure to come out and sign autographs every time he was filming and made sure to get the kids first. He's a guy who really cares about his fans!! Okay, so onto the books. I am not doing my weekly posts or search terms because honestly, I'm still spazzing and distracted. There will be pics at the end of my post from my exciting week!!


Books Mentioned

Review
(Books not mentioned in vlog that came after I filmed, but before this post went up.)

Thank you so much to Macmillan, Entangled, Penguin, and Spencer Hill Press!!!

Now onto the pics I know you are all dying to see!!


On Tuesday when he was headed over to sign autographs before going to get ready to film!!


Signing autographs! 


Yup!! That is Robert Downey Jr's autograph!! (I also got my cellphone case and inside of my purse signed!!)


This was after he filmed for a while on Tuesday. He came out in the pouring rain to greet his fans!


See how he's looking down? He is looking at my daughter about to come over and ask her what her name is!!! I look a little crazy! Haha!! Thinking of crazy, someone got a funny pic with me in the back (looking a bit creepy) and posted it on twitter.


He's actually asking my daughter her name right here!! Look at that smile!! *swoons*
He signed inside my purse and shook my hand after this too and I thought I would die!! 


 This was when he arrived on set on Thursday! In his own car even. That's how you know if he's on set. His car will be there!! (It's a sexy car!) I was going to post a pic of it, but I was too lazy to photoshop out his license plate number so I could.


This last one was on Thursday too after filming for a bit. His last day in town filming. Yes, I was right next to him when I took that!!

I actually almost missed him. My daughter was thirsty, so I had her stay with my next door neighbor while I ran home quick to grab her a drink and as I was headed back out the door he came out and my neighbor texted me! (I totally thought she was messing with me!!) So yeah, this week has been the most epically awesome week ever!! He is the one celebrity who I would have wanted to meet more than anyone else so this has been so amazing!! I actually went back up after I did this post and stayed until they were done and started taking down the sets. (at like midnight on Thursday night) It feels like something is missing now. I have been so excited taking walks to go see Robert Downey Jr. and now it seems so quiet and sad without all the filming. I swear I have a RDJ hangover. Lol!! It seems so surreal that if his autograph was not in a frame right in front of me, I would wonder if this all really happened or if I was hallucinating! It was still the best week in my life!!

I would love to know what awesome books you got this week so leave me a link. I know I was a sucky blog commenter this week, but I think you can understand why!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen - Review and Tour Giveaway


I loved the first book in this series, Falling for Her Fiance, so I was super excited to take part in the tour for the second installment. Along with my review, there is also a tour wide giveaway!


  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Series: Entangled Bliss 
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
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All’s fair in acting and amore…

 Brynn McAdams isn’t the awkward drama geek she was in high school—she’s grown up and confident, or at least she likes to think so. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be someone other than the girl he doesn’t even recognize. Good thing she’s an excellent actress.

After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the glamorous and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she’s off-limits. There’s just something about the woman that feels…familiar. Like home.

As Brynn’s lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?

My Thoughts

I love the Bliss imprint because the books are so fun and sweet. I also really loved the first book in this series, Falling For Her Fiance, so I was super excited to read this one! Unlike that one where the couple are best friends and end up falling in love, in this one Brynn had had a crush on Sawyer in high school, but he didn't know she even existed. She has a lot of pent up hate for him for unintentionally breaking her heart back then. In fact, he doesn't even know that it's her in this book for most of it.

Brynn I had a hard time liking. I get that she had been hurt and that she is really insecure, but I couldn't get past all the lying and how she gets so mad at simple things that he says even though it's not like he's trying to say things to hurt her feelings. She never even tries to consider the fact that maybe he's changed from how she thought he was or maybe he really wasn't a bad guy like she thought. I felt like she was so caught up in herself that she didn't even want to know anything different from what she had set in her mind. I thought that as things progressed she would finally open up, but she just keeps lying and it really irritated me. Yes, in the end she finally wants to come clean, but to me it took way too long and I lost a lot of respect for.

Sawyer was very normal for a book guy. He wasn't the bad boy, he wasn't the super broken and needing to be fixed guy. He was just a guy with normal issues that make it hard for him to want to let anyone in and commit to a relationship. He's had his share of heartbreak and humiliation too, and yes, he let's it rule his life to an extent, but not as bad as Brynn. Also, he never lies to her about anything. He may not tell her everything, but those are his personal things that have nothing to do with her. He is still himself and never tries to be someone he's not. I really liked Sawyer because he was so real. He was just overall a great guy who is trying to overcome his past and move on.

This romance kind of drove me nuts. It's so back and forth and Brynn really made me want to scream. I could totally understand Sawyer's frustration and confusion over things. It was obvious that they cared for each other, but it was hard for me to want it to work when from Brynn's side it was all based on lies. She should have realized early on if she had just come clean about the lie, Sawyer would have understood. Yes, they were sweet together, but I couldn't fully invest myself into them. I honestly thought that Sawyer deserved better than someone who could keep lying to him, even if I understood why she thought she had to. Once they started to get close that should have been the time to tell the truth.

I did really enjoy the story in general. Despite the few irritations with Brynn, I thought this was a sweet romance. I also really enjoyed getting to see some of the characters from the previous book, especially Wes and Dani! Though there were things that I didn't like about this book, it really was a great read. I will definitely continue to read anything that Cindi Madsen writes and can't wait for more from this great author!





About the author

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, shed be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if theyre sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novelsAll the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, bestselling short romance Falling for Her Fiancé and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.


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