Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: Overexposed

Overexposed by Noelle Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this romance novel. A bit on the steamy side of romance but I was in the mood for a book like that today. As far as the story itself went, I was able to figure out the true guilty party pretty easy early on. It was not a plot twist or surprise in the least to me. I did like their connection as a couple and found it believable and very romantic. The flipping back and forth between the past and present was occasionally confusing as they seemed to be repeating history so to speak. Not confusing enough though to affect my fondness for the book.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Kat McGee Saves America

This is a great book for kids. And a wonderful way for them to learn some history without being bored. I really cannot wait for my daughter to try one of these books out for herself.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Kiss by the Book by Christy Hayes

I have been given another book to review - and I am so happy to do it. 

Book Description:
College senior Zach Chamberlain’s charmed life has always gone according to script:
Date the prettiest girl in high school, check.
Football scholarship to a division-one school, check.
Heisman contender, check.
Buy engagement ring, check.
On track to graduate with honors, check.
There’s just one glitch. His girlfriend is in love with his younger brother and breaks up with him in the middle of his senior season. Shocked, betrayed, and embarrassed, Zach turns to the only woman he can trust: his nerdy tutor.
Tutoring college athletes at Southeastern State University is more than a job for Jenna Peterson; it’s a way for her to pay it forward after long-ago tragedy struck too close to home. SE State’s golden boy, Zach Chamberlain, isn’t the first jock Jenna’s tutored with cover-boy good looks, and he won’t be the last. When he asks for her help with statistics, Jenna assumes he’s as egocentric as the other athletes on her roster. A wildly inappropriate and lackluster kiss at the worst possible time doesn’t do much to disprove her theory.
Zach will do anything to save face in front of his family, and he uses Jenna’s bleeding heart and unfortunate circumstances to enlist her help over the holidays. Jenna begins to realize Zach is more than a pretty face as his storybook life begins to unravel. When a sprig of mistletoe provides the perfect opportunity for Zach to affirm his skill, the searing kiss pits the playmaker against the rule maker in a kiss to the end. When secrets are revealed and the game’s on the line, will they follow the script, improvise, or throw the book out the window?

My review:  I have to say, this was a slow moving book.  It took me quite a bit to get into this story.  I started and stopped a few times.  But once it picked up, I was so happy I did not give up on it.  The relationship between Jenna and Zach changed and matured throughout the story.  I liked the many facets to their personalities and how they kept a lot hidden from each other as well as the world.  Very realistic!  I also liked all the secondary characters that were introduced - none seemed trivial or unnecessary.  The love story was enjoyable and believable.  I also liked that as a romance novel it didn't cross the line into an erotic style book.  Too many books are doing that and I believe we need to label books as they are.  In this case, it is definitely a New Adult Romance.  And a good one at that.
I gave this book a 4 star review.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: Call Me Saffron

Call Me Saffron
Call Me Saffron by Talia Quinn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did like this book, but was not totally enthralled with it. I sometimes have a hard time with the blurred lines of romance smuttiness. I felt this one kind of tilted the scales a bit more than I liked. That being said, I enjoyed the story in itself. I enjoyed the character development and their growth. I really have to admit that I do not enjoy reading all the nitty gritty details of romantic encounters - a little left to the imagination is better (in my opinion). Overall though a 3 star book - well written and again, liked the characters.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Yep, I gave in to the hype and media frenzy and read a book soon to be released into a movie.  I am sorry to say, I will not be watching said movie after reading this book.  Ugh, don't you hate it when that happens?

Labor Day
Book Description: With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.
But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others—especially those we love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.
In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy—and the man he later becomes—looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single long, hot, life-altering weekend.

  My ReviewPoorly written - I did not like no quotation marks - felt it was very queerly designed on the page. Very predictable. Quite unbelievable to me. I truly did not enjoy it - glad I didn't try to see the movie.
 (An addendum - apparently I wrote this one out very quickly.  I truly did not believe any of this.  I rarely find a book with no redeeming qualities, but this is one of those rarities.  I did not enjoy the characters at all.  I thought she was odd at best.  Nothing about this story made me sigh with the evidence of love, nor did it make me feel anything but sadness for the boy.  Very disappointing)

I only gave it one star on Goodreads - sorry if I offend anyone.  But this book offered nothing to me at all.  

Well off to read in the sunshine at the park.  Hopefully the next one will be a good one. 

Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks

I found another book that I liked.  Surprised, right?  But seriously, I like these books.  Not head over in heels love them, but like them.  And yes, read the next one and you will see I am not always so nice to books.  Anywho, this one caused me to stay awake a bit past my bedtime because it twisted and well, read on. 

 ***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Book Description:   One guy, one girl. One in the spotlight. One in the shadows.

Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.

My ReviewWell, I started this and thought it was ok.  I reminded myself that I made a commitment that in order to receive these books, I needed to finish them and review them.  So I kept going.  Then there was a twist in Noah and Chloe's story.  And so I sent the kiddos to bed and kept reading.  And reading.  And reading.  I was about to give it up and go to bed myself when a big old twister happened and I just couldn't stop.  I was so frustrated with Noah at times - he is ultimately a good guy and has lots of love in his heart but seriously I wanted to slap him a couple times.  Chloe had me from the get-go - not really sure why but she did.  Now an aspect of the book that could have gotten confusing was the point of view.  This one switches back and forth from Noah and Chloe's.  It could have led to confusion, but it wasn't at all.  Overall, I would rate this 4 stars on Goodreads.  As I really did like it.

I am hoping people keep seeing my blog and start to follow it as I would really like to help out more authors along this journey.  Enjoy your long weekend reading!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Contact by Laurisa White Reyes

Hello, It is Wacky Momma again!

Yep, when my honey is away, I tend to hurry through my daily household things to read and knit a bit but mainly read.  I love it!  So I was again graciously given a book to review.  Love this process.  I just hope somehow, I am helping people out!

Book Description:
It takes only half a second…
…Like those commercials where a crash test dummy rockets forward at high speed and slams into a wall.
…In that instant, every thought in Emma Lynn Walsh’s head collides with mine—every thought, memory, hope, disappointment and dream.
…I open my eyes to see Dr. Walsh peering at me, a puzzled expression on her face.
“Let—go—of—me,” I order though clenched teeth.
Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already, and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira, it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated in the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of a miracle drug. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth…but proving it just might get her killed!

My Review: I really liked this book.  It gripped me from the very beginning and kept me in its grasp til the very end.  There were many twists and turns that made me not want to put down the story.  I was on edge most of the second half of the story.  The characters are well described and are very impressionable.  I particularly was intrigued by her father and Jordan.  I would high recommend people recommend people read this book.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi

I received this copy with the intention that I would review it honestly for them.  (Woot woot - first one done!)

Book's DescriptionEnjoy this new tween-friendly time travel fantasy, perfect for readers ages 10 and up. All fourteen-year-old gamer girl Sophie Sawyer wants to do is defeat Morgan Le Fay in her favorite Arthurian videogame. She has no idea the secret code sent via text message is actually a magical spell that will send her back in time to meet up with a real life King Arthur instead.

Of course Arthur's not king yet--he hasn't pulled the sword from the stone--and he has no idea of his illustrious destiny. And when a twist of fate sends him forward in time--to modern day high school--history is suddenly in jeopardy. Even more so when Arthur Googles himself and realizes what lies in store for him if he returns to his own time--and decides he'd rather try out for the football team instead.

Now Sophie and her best friend Stuart find themselves in a race against time--forced to use their 21st century wits to keep history on track, battle a real-life version of their favorite video game villain, and get the once and future king back where he belongs. Or the world, as they know it, may no longer exist.

My ReviewI was never a huge fan of Camelot and the names associated with it.  Then my oldest became obsessed with the Magic Treehouse series.  So I got a little into it.  Then I really started reading anything I could get my hands on.  And my love of the world of magic took off.  I really liked how the world of today joined that of Arthur and Guinevere.  I loved the reality of the history with the what ifs related to time travel.  I have always been intrigued by how time travel could alter lives on an ongoing basis.  I really cannot wait until my kids are a bit older and can read this book.  I am sure they will enjoy it every bit as much as I did.

So, another review done.  I am on a roll.  Soon another one I am sure.

Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

Girls Love Travis Walker

A friend of mine has a book blog as well.  She had a giveaway on there for some of the books she had read recently and I won.  (So excited because I rarely win anything except a cold - yep I am always the one that wins in that race!)  So I was sent the book above and decided to read it quickly.  I was in between books so it worked out well.  Also, I mean who doesn't like to get mail that isn't a bill, right?  So I was excited.

The Book DescriptionTo nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes--each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he'll always be a loser like his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows the truth about him.

My Review:  I gave this one, a 4 star review on Goodreads when I read it.   I truly liked this story.  I adore books lately written in a male POV.  And this one did not disappoint.  I was impressed by what he would do for his family above all and lengths he would go to to help out.  Ok, and I am a total sucker for a story with a firefighter aspect.  And I truly liked how the love story evolved.  It was realistic and not totally unthinkable.  I admit that I did tear up a bit in the last bit of the book - I am telling you it is that good.  So if you come across this book, I would definitely pick it up and share it!

So thank you my friend for sending this book into my hands.  I truly enjoyed it!

New Blood (Bloody Little Secrets #2) by Karly Kirkpatrick

 New Blood (Bloody Little Secrets, #2)

So I like to support the area writers I know.  So when I was "introduced" to this author's writing, I became very impressed.  I started reading all she had written.  Ok, if you want to call it a bit obsessed you can, but I dive in fully when I like someone's writing.  So I, along with countless others I am sure, awaited with baited breath for her latest in this particular series. 

Book DescriptionThere is a killer in Bartlett, Illinois and it isn't Vicky Hernandez. New vampire Vicky and her friends are determined to figure out who is filling their senior year with dead bodies. Vicky suspects the killer is from close to home, but her discovery ends up sending them far from Bartlett.

My review:  Another awesome book by Karly Kirkpatrick. I have to admit, I have wanted this second book since finishing the first one a while ago. I enjoyed Vicky Hernandez and her vampire life from the start. I felt she grew as her life became complicated and not in an unbelievable way as in so many stories nowadays. I really enjoyed this story and how the story unfolds and travels. I also really liked the way the love story is portrayed - not crazy and all consuming making the characters seem unrealistic. This love story is not far fetched and unlike other stories in this genre, Vicky still has time for her friends and you get to enjoy those relationships. I applaud the author for not rushing to get this out to the readers (as many authors seem to be doing) and thus she has given us true treasure to continue the story.

So I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads as I really enjoyed it.  Check it out - Enjoy your reading!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The One

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

I truly loved this book. There were twists that I didn't see coming - a couple at all. But overall I really liked the idea of their love story. It made me truly happy - frustrated at times, but happy.

Hidden by Megg Jensen - Worth the purchase!

So, I somehow became connected with an awesome writer via a friend of my husband.  I admittedly have only read a couple of her books although I have bought many of them.  Don't worry friends - I will be rectifying that very shortly.  So when she announced this new book involving Dragons, I knew I could not stop myself from reading it.  I received her book and I promised to review it.  And I did in my normal spots of course.  So I figured it would appropriate to use it as my first blog entry for reviews.  So here goes nothing!

The Book's Description:  "The mystery enshrouding Hutton’s Bridge is as impenetrable as the fog that descended at its borders eighty years ago. Each year, three villagers enter the mist searching for answers. No one ever returns.Then a dragon falls from the sky to the town square, dead—the first glimpse of an outside world that has become nothing more than a fairy tale to Hutton’s Bridge. Except to Tressa.
Tressa grew up with Granna’s stories of the days before the fog fell. When Granna dies, leaving Tressa without any family, Tressa ventures into the fog herself, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive. What she discovers beyond the fog endangers the lives of everyone she loves.

My review:  (Probably of note: I refuse to give a synopsis of the book.  I feel many times I am just re-iterating that which they put on the book's description.  Therefore, my review is my opinions on the books.  That is all, plain and simple.) 

I have to say I am not normally one for a dragon story. I was constantly surprised and thrilled while reading this story. Just when I thought I had things figured out, a different twist would occur. And not a twist that had me cursing the story - one that had me excited to see what else could happen. I have to say I was disappointed in my need to stop reading just to be able to attend a meeting. I really enjoy Tressa's character and that of Bastian. I look forward to the next one to see where the story unfolds to.

So there you go.  Review one done and in the books.  Yeah.  Many more will be coming as I will catch up on my 50 books thus far this year.  Woot woot!

Restart Fun for Blogging about Reading

Yes it is I  - the Wacky Mama of 5. I am starting another blog as a means to help my sanity?

 That's what I keep telling myself but we shall see.

I love to read. Let me reiterate that I love to read! And I read a lot you can ask my kids. We read together. I make them read by themselves. I read on my e-reader. I read paperback. I read hardbound. It doesn't matter what form a book is in, I just love to read.

So when I was approached to review books, it was a no brainer in my mind. But until recently, I kept it simple and to the point. Goodreads was my format. It was easy and I could keep count of what I read. I would venture into a review on Barnes and Noble or Amazon if so asked but that seemed daunting a lot.

But I decided to start looking for blogs to follow to see what I could be reading. But honestly, my list is quite financially overwhelming at this point. And like most, I tend to buy what I really want and look for ways around buying it. And no I am not talking about illegal ways around. But utilizing our libraries and reading those offered free. Especially those that are part of a series. I love me a freebie first one that hooks me in good, and makes me wishing that the next one is there for the buying right then.

Well, and this is how we shall start it off. Reviews to come - I have read a lot lately and really haven't truly reviewed them yet.  Hope you will read and comment to!