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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Made the Grade: Change of Heart by Shari Maurer

Format: Paperback | Pages: 286 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: WestSide Books

"Change of Heart" by Shari Maurer (Read this as a part of 1 ARC Tours)

My Book Summary : At sixteen Emmi has her life all mapped out. She plans on staying the star athlete on her high school varsity soccer team, play college soccer, and then help kids in other countries. She has had these plans for so long she doesn't think anything can get in her way to stop her from reaching her dreams, until she gets a cold during her team's tournament game she passes out on the field. When she gets back home, her parents take her to a doctor and he says it's just a cold and she should be getting better soon. But when she doesn't get better her parents have her get a second opinion and find out that she has 'viral myocarditis' and is going to need a new heart.

Thankfully her friends are there for her, keeping her in the loop with what was going on at school, and just being there for her. Also, it doesn't hurt that the guy, Sam, who she had just been starting to talk to right before all this started hasn't turned tail away from her, and is sticking around to see where their relationship could end up.

But as the months pass, waiting around for someone to die so she can live, she's starting to feel like she needs to claw up the walls from the boredom. To top that off she has already had to go in to the hospital thinking they have a heart for her, to find it wasn't a good match and to be sent back home to wait some more. The only thing that is helping her move forward is her dream/goals/plans of playing soccer again and everything she planned to do once high school was over .... and no one is going to take those dreams away.

While waiting and going to the hospital she meets Abe, a guy her age who has gotten a new heart two years ago and is now just making sure everything stays A-OK for him. He helps her know what to expect and is a great source to vent to. Even though she has a boyfriend and friends to vent to also, she likes having someone whom she can relate to what she's talking about.

Will she get a new heart before her time runs out? Will Emmi decide to stay with her boyfriend or will she turn to Abe instead? And if she gets a heart .... what happens if her body decides to reject it?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. The book began with a slow start and at first I didn't know if I could get into it, but about a third of the way into it the book started to get better. As a main character Emmi was okay, even though she had all right to be she was a bit over-dramatic about the situation. In truth until Abe came into the story line I really didn't like the book, and it turned out that he was my favorite character. I will say this book stuck to the truth about how a situation like this would effect a teenager, with the emotions that run along with it for the main character and those closest around her. Also ... if you read it and happen to make it to the end ... grab some tissues because it has a good but very sad ending.

Book Teaser(s) :
"I didn't sleep much the past two nights," he confessed.
"Yeah, me either."
"I was such an idiot. I'm sorry." He lowered his voice to a whisper. "The sex shouldn't matter to me, but it did. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I like you, and how the things I like about you are way more than the physical stuff---not that I'm not attracted to you because I am---you're beautiful. You've got a great body, and a fabulous smile." He traced my dimple with his finger. "And I love your hair."
"Now I know your lying," I said, touching my baseball cap. ~ within Chapter 27

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Shari, then please check out her website.



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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Made the Grade: A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Format: Paperback | Pages: 278 | Release Date: February 2010 | Publisher: Razorbill

"A Match Made in High School" by Kristin Walker

My Book Summary : In a everyday high school things for Fiona just went from thinking she was going to have a great first day of her senior year to the worst day she could ever have expected .... and all before first period. You see her high school just implemented a new course graduation requirement called "Trying the Knot", meaning all of the senior class is going to be randomly paired up with each other ... and now they have to manage a monthly budget, go to counseling, and more ... if not they won't graduate! For one brief second Fiona thought this would be wonderful ... she could be paired up with long-time crush! But that thought was quickly put out when she found she was "getting married" to Todd, who just happens to be a popular jock and is dating her biggest enemy!

But along with dealing with this "marriage", she manages to pull a couple of hilarious pranks, finds out that her best friend is keeping things from her, finds that their might be more to the people she's spent years thinking badly of, and maybe she'll find out that someone really does care about her too ....

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, only because I mean I liked the book and the ending, but I really was hoping for something like that "She's All That" movie. *shrug* But for what it's worth this book was based more towards what would really have happened (possibly) in a high school situation. I really liked the characters! Fiona was a strong character, and throughout the book she stay true to herself, which I really respected. Todd had more of a personality then I expected, and I enjoyed the back-and-forth between Fiona and him. All in all I would recommend it to those who like practical teen romance stories. =0)

Book Teaser(s) :
"Why should I?" I asked, totally milking my pouty state.
"Because, Princess," he said. "Because I'm asking you to."
And that was it. Here was Senor Shitslacks, the No-necked Neanderthal, standing in front of me asking me for a favor on no greater basis than the fact that we were united in a fake marriage.
And here I was saying yes. ~ within Chapter 16

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristin, then please check out her website.



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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Idolizing In: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Format: Paperback | Pages: 372 | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

"Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas

My Book Summary : Ella has worked hard for what she has, which is a good life with her boyfriend Dane in Austin, Texas, a career that she is very happy with, and good friends. But after avoiding talking to her mother and sister for nearly two years, she takes a call from her mother asking her to come to Houston immediately since Ella's younger sister (Tara) has just left her son at Ella's mother's place and she can't keep him. Now Ella has to find out where her sister is, take care of a baby (even though she has never done so before), and take control of the situation and try to fix it.

Once she gets there, she finds that her sister left a birth certificate with the baby. Now she knows that the baby's name is Luke, he's only a week old, and there is no father's name listed on the birth certificate. After making a few calls to her cousin, whom Tara has been living with, Ella has her write up a list as to whom Tara has been with within the past year -- since she wants the father of this baby to take responsibility even if Tara doesn't want him too. The first name on that list is billionaire playboy, Jack Travis.

Jack is a ladies’ man, with no plans in settling down soon, but as soon as he meets Ella & Luke in his office's lobby he realizes how cute she is and he's determined to help her out by putting her up in a hotel until she finds another place to stay, and even agreeing to a paternity test (even though he swears to have been on one date with Tara but never sleeping with her). Now even though the truth comes out that Jack is telling the truth, he keeps helping Ella out through this trial time of raising a baby and straightening out her sister's mess, especially since she doesn't seem to be getting any support from her boyfriend or her mother.

However, Ella has had a hard time growing up and makes a point of not getting close to anyone but Luke seems to sweep under her defenses, with Jack not far behind. Will Ella be able to put everything to rights again? Will she realize what she has before it's too late? Or will she run back to her old life and boyfriend the first chance she gets ....

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This story of Ella & Jack I just LOVED!! The way he just swooped in and took care of her, even when she didn't want it, was wonderful and soo sweet to read! I will say that when she's doing the hunt on who's Luke's father and she's confronting a man who is described to be blond ... I knew exactly who Luke's father was before the 5 or more chapters later confirmed it. Basically for my first time reading something/anything by Lisa Kleypas I got to say I was impressed! I'll definitely have to check out more of her books.

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Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser Tuseday for this book...
"Where's he going to stay?"
"With me, of course."
Jack was quiet for a long moment. It might have been my imagination, but I thought his breathing had acquired a rough edge. "I can get him a hotel room," he finally said. "I'll pay for it."
"Why would you ... what? ..."
"I don't want him staying overnight with you."
"But he's my---" I stopped and stared at him in disbelief. "What is this? Jack, I live with him." ~ within Chapter 14

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Lisa, then please check out her website.



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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: Smooth Talking Stranger

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas



    My Teaser:
    I gave him an outraged glance, incredulous that he would have propositioned me within earshot of his sister. "If you think I'm going to sleep with you just so I can see Gottler---"
    "I said embedded, Ella. Not 'in bed.'" ~ within Chapter 12







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    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Feasted On: Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 241 | Release Date: December 2004 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Victoria and the Rogue" by Meg Cabot

    My Book Summary : Victoria has grown up with her three bachelor uncles in India ever since her parents died when she was very little. But now since she is sixteen they have shipped her off to live with her other aunt & uncle in England, and to find herself a husband. And even though her uncles made a wager as to how long it would take her to get a man to propose to her, she proves them all wrong by accepting a proposal while on the ship taking her to England!

    Hugo is handsome and says the sweetest things to her ... and it doesn't hurt that he is a work-in-progress and needs her helping hand (and money) every once in a while (or more). But as she soon realizes that all might now be as it seems when it comes to her husband-to-be or his family. Especially since for a family who is on the decline (money wise), they surely do spend enough of it. Plus, it doesn't help that Captain Jacob Carstairs keeps telling her that Hugo is a rogue!!! Which just can't be! The Captain doesn't help any by always seeming to be around the corner or annoying Victoria by doing all sorts of things (especially when he calls her Miss Bee -- for being such a busy body). *sigh* What is a girl to do?

    And then ..... maybe is this one situation where Victoria has it all wrong?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! CUTE & FUNNY to the extreme! Victoria and the Captain are so cute with their arguments. And I love how this is written like a first person passage but it goes into details that make it feel like the childhood stories I grew up with (but it's definitely a young adult book).

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Avalon High | Ready or Not

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Becky cast her cousin a disparaging look over one slim shoulder. She had been, ever since learning of her mother's acceptance of Captain Carstair's invitation to dine, coolly indifferent about the situation. But that, Victoria was quite certain, was all an act.
    Or so Victoria had thought, until her cousin's next words hit her like a slap in the face.
    "If you ask me, Vicky," Rebecca said in a very sour voice, "you're the one who seems to have a problem dining at Captain Carstairs's table this evening. For I certainly don't care. My affections belong entirely to another now." ~ within Chapter 8

    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Meg, then please check out her website.



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    Sunday, July 25, 2010

    Made the Grade: Just Imagine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 372 | Release Date: September 2001 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Just Imagine" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : This is a historic romance book that was set in a time period right after the American Civil War (also known as the War Between the States) happened. A time where the south was still smarting at being told what they could do with their property/possessions. Also, it was time where women had no rights unless they were single/spinsters.

    For Kit (Katharine Louise) she was an eighteen-year-old girl from South Carolina, who has lost all of her family and just found out that a Mr. Baron Cain just got ownership of her family's plantation (Risen Glory). She is more tomboy then debutante. Also, she plans on killing Mr. Cain if it the last thing she does. So, she takes a train to New York City, finds Cain's residence, and plans on tracking his moves to find the best opportunity. However, she doesn't expect to get caught on her first night of hiding on his property by Cain himself! She decides to say she was looking for a job, and with her appearance -- looking like a fourteen-year-old boy, she gets hired as Cain's new stable boy.

    Kit only has a week before she needs to leave so she tries to do what she told (for the most part), even if her mouth (with all the cussing, etc) gets away from her. But soon both of them are in for a shock -- Cain finds out that he's the owner of Risen Glory, that his stable boy is actually an eighteen-year-old girl with plans to murder him, but they both find that along with the plantation he has become the guardian of Kit until she turns 23 years old and can gain her inheritance or she marries (which she has no intention in ever doing).

    So now instead of killing him, since Kit decides she just can't do that, she plans to do everything within her power to get her beloved home back from this handsome and dangerous man. What links will both of them go to keep their pride at all costs? Read to find out ...

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! I don't read many historical romances (or if I do most are set in England, not America), but for the setting I feel this book was very cute and true to that time period ... while sticking to how this author writes her stories best! I was kind of disappointed with how the characters played out the situations ... and the ending felt a little too rushed. But all in all since from what I've read this was the authors first books, I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of hers like I am! =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Nobody's Baby But Mine | Honey Moon | Dream a Little Dream | Lady Be Good

    Book Teaser(s) :
    He told himself this was for her own good. She was willful and stubborn, a danger to herself. Whether he liked it or not, he was her guardian, which meant he had a responsibility to guide her.
    But he didn't feel like a guardian. He felt like a man who was losing a struggle with himself.
    "Go away!"
    He twisted the knob and let himself in.
    She stood by the window, the last of the sunlight casting her exquisite face into shadow. She was a wild, beautiful creature, and she tempted him beyond bearing. ~ within Chapter 11

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.



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    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    What was I thinking?: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 389 | Release Date: October 2003 | Publisher: Berkley

    "Sunshine" by Robin McKinley

    What was I thinking? : That I liked the review I read on the The Compulsive Reader about this book, and I hoped I would like it too.

    My Book Summary : This book is a futuristic fantasy where money is now called "blinks", sorcerers/were-"Animals"/Vampires and more are real, and the government has a society called the Special Others Force (SOF) who keep everyone with a special ability or those who are partbloods (part demon, part human, part sorcerer, etc) registered and controlled --- while on the path to kill every known vampire they come across. But life is not as good as it all seems .... which is what Sunshine (aka Rae) is starting to figure out. She has grown up being "her mother's daughter" which means being as normal as she can be ... she was an average teenager growing up and now she works at the family restaurant as the head pastry chef, known best for her cinnamon buns -- which are supposedly bigger then the size of your head.

    One night after work and instead of attending her family's Monday movie night (as celebration of surviving another week), she drives up to her family's old lake house to get away for a bit and enjoy the piece and quiet. What she didn't expect was to be ambushed by a gang of vampires, dragged to a mansion on the other side of the lake, and chained to the wall of the ballroom waiting for her death to come. However, she realizes shortly after that she isn't alone, Constantine (aka Con), a vampire too, is a prisoner as well and she is there so tempt him into killing her. As her luck would have it Con doesn't want to "let his enemy win" by killing her, so she makes it through the night, but when morning comes it is her who has to help him make it through the day....

    My Book Review : 1.5 out of 5 stars. Okay ... I LOVED the plot, the main characters, and the world that the author created!! All very good and just for that I would recommend it for all to read too! However, the reason I have given this book such a low score was because the narrator (Sunshine) rambled like there was no tomorrow! I could have screamed sometimes with how it went from the present situation she would be in, then the next minute she would be talking about things that really had nothing to do with what was going on at the time, and some didn't even make since with the plot. In truth I'm surprised I even finished the book, especially since I liked the book (for the most part) when I was reading it, but as soon as I put it down I had to convince myself to pick it back up again .... since I did want to find out how the book would turn out and end. Also, even though I liked the ending, there was too many loose strings so it felt a little incomplete. *shrug* But that may be just me.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I have learned what will work, if anything will."
    "And what if it doesn't work?"
    "Then both of us end our existence tonight," he said in that impassive we're-chained-to-the-wall-and-the-bad-guys-are-coming voice I remembered to well.
    Oh gee. Don't pull your punches like that. I can take the truth, really I can. I said something like, "Unnngh."
    "I believe it will work."
    "I'm delighted to hear it." ~ within Part Two

    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Robin, then please check out her website.



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    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Made the Grade: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 292 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: MTV Books

    "Forget You" by Jennifer Echols

    My Book Summary : Zoey's life is coming apart at the seams, and for a girl who tries to always portray herself as having it all together, that can change a person.

    Basically her a couple of months ago her father informed her mother and her that his new girlfriend was going to have a baby. Then her mother fell into a depression and committed suicide, leaving Zoey to be the find her mother and make sure she got help. After dealing with that, her father threatening her not to tell anyone about what happened to her mother -- so no rumors would be spread, she goes to a party and hooks up with one of her guy friends (called Brandon). Even though she knows he usually is a player, she feels like their friendship before hooking up will make their relationship even better. A week goes by and her world is holding together for the most part. However, on Friday she decides to go to the Football game to support Brandon and her world takes another unexpected turn ....

    While at the game she talks to her friends about an after party that Brandon said was just for the Football team, but they convince her that the Swim team should crash it. Then the next thing she knows is she is getting into a argument with Doug. Who just happens to be the bad boy at school, they haven't like each other for a while now but he also just happens to be the only person who knows what happened to her mom and she hopes he'll keep it to himself. During that night however the argument is the last thing she remembers, as she finds out later that she happened to be in a car wreck loosing her memory.

    Now while trying to piece her night back together, and trying to keep her secrets from everyone still, what she assumed she would have done seems to not have happened. Also, Brandon is no where to be seen but Doug just happens to be every where she is. Will she ever find out the truth and make sure no one finds out her biggest secret of all?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!! A cute novel. Highly recommended. I wish I had a Doug of my own!! Zoey and Doug's relationship is so sweet especially since she knows there is an attraction but still is never sure exactly why.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "What are you driving after that?"
    I explained the conundrum of having a loaded father who bought expensive cars for himself and his mistress but not his daughter and disallowed his daughter from buying a cheap car either.
    "He's as crazy as my dad," Doug marveled. "If he's so concerned about your safety, why won't he just buy you a car?"
    "He says he doesn't want me to be a spoiled brat."
    A few seconds passed, cars whispering beside us in the other lane of the main beach road, before I realized what I'd given away. ~ within Chapter 8

    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.



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    Monday, July 19, 2010

    Made the Grade: Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 465 | Release Date: February 1999 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Lady Be Good" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : Kenny is going through some bad luck recently ... first his manager gets caught using his money in illegal drug dealings, because of what his manager did the PGA commissioner (Dallie Beaudine - who's also a friend) tells him that he will be suspended from the golf tour (including the Masters) for two weeks (hoping he'll straighten out his life), then he gets into a fist fight with a news anchor -- and even though the news anchor threw the first punch -- Kenny takes the blame, and now for the next two weeks during his suspension Kenny needs to cater to Lady Emma Wells-Finch (a friend of Dallie's wife Francesca from England) while she's visiting Texas. What could go wrong??

    Well, just about anything and everything for Kenny ... especially when Emma tells him that during her time in Texas she needs (and wants) to do her best in ruining her reputation, just when he's trying his best to clean his own reputation up. Will Kenny be able to control this new little (wannabe) hell raiser before he loses everything?? Or will he be a victim of her charm and get more than he bargained for?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! I loved "Fancy Pants" -- I was so excited to read this story ("Lady Be Good") since it takes the main characters from "Fancy Pants" and made them secondary characters in this one ..... and when it's done right just makes it all the better! Lady Emma and Kenny have a good relationship and I love reading the chemistry between them. However, I think the end was a little rushed for me. But I did like how their final argument played out!! If you are a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books (and have read "Fancy Pants") then I highly recommend reading this one! Especially with "Call Me Irresistible" coming out in early 2011, which is about Ted's love life (who's the child from the main characters of "Fancy Pants" and play a secondary role in this book too).

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Nobody's Baby But Mine | Honey Moon | Dream a Little Dream

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Don't you ever do anything like that again!"
    She had to launch a counterattack, but she was too depleted to muster the right words. He pushed her inside the car and was still steaming as he got in himself.
    "We almost did it! Right there in the middle of the busiest street in Wynette, Texas!" The Caddy shot out of its parking space. "Another few seconds, your skirt would have been up around waist and my pants would have been unzipped, and don't you try to deny it. Damn it Emma! I told you yesterday that I wasn't going to let anything keep me from getting back on the tour, but apparently you weren't listening. Or maybe you forgot that this happens to be the commissioner's hometown and everybody knows him." ~ within Chapter 11

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.



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