Friday, April 24, 2015

Adult Review: Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Marlow doesn't allow herself think about those memories - if you can even call them memories. She doesn't remember anything about her life before Satin. After Satin, she learned quickly how to become a distract, how to steal, and how to make a living on the streets. You do what you must in order to survive.

Just as Marlow's about to do her job, she's taken by two men. One of the men had already spoken to her that day, claiming she's the daughter of highborn parents and he was hired by her parents to track her down.

Then he leaves her with his brother - who isn't quite sure what to do with her. Dane isn't amused at being left in charge of a street urchin with no manners. Marlow isn't amused at being kept against her will, even if the food is amazing. Their strong personalities push and pull against each other until it's clear something has to change.
My Thoughts: I love this start to a new series and I can't wait to read more from it. 

Lots of banter between Dane and Marlow - clever, funny, annoying. They made me giggle and smile with happiness at the end. 

The moments between Marlow and the Dowenger Countess made me laugh - a lot. Perfect scenes.

The moments between Marlow and Susanna were both funny and sweet. I like how they made each other grow.

The horrors of life for those less fortunate pulled at my heartstrings. I liked how Marlow kept telling Dane about the realities of living on the streets and how it wasn't the life most people would chose.  I like how he finally started listening to her after witnessing it first hand. 

The horrors Marlow had to face during her time in gang made her tough, strong, and able to handle almost anything - but it's still sad she had to go through it.

Final Thoughts: Fantastic book filled with humor, friendship, and love. If you read historical romance, don't miss this book. And if you don't read historical romance, try it starting with this one. You can't go wrong.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spine Poetry

For National Poetry Month, I thought I'd try my hand at a few spine poems out of the books sitting on my bookshelf. Hope you Like them.

Poem 1


POem 2

Poem 3

Poem 4

Poem 5

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Books I'm Dying to Read: June Edition



June Books I can't wait to get my hands on:

Ana of CaliforniaBetween Us and the Moon
Ana of California: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables!
Between Us and the Moon: A summer romance for a girl coming into her own

A Batter of Life and Death: A Bakeshop MysteryTruffled to Death
Batter of Life and Death: Book 2 in this cozy series about a struggling bakery
Truffled to Death: Book 2 in this cozy mystery series about friends selling chocolates and books

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1)Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3)
Second Chance Summer: The start of a new Jill Shalvis series
Wicked Charms: More Lizzie and Diesel 

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane AddamsThe Night We Said Yes
House that Jane Built: Story of Jane Addams
Night We Said Yes: Can re-creating a night of the past change the future?

Emmy & OliverThe Revenge Playbook
Emmy and Oliver: What happens when your BFF returns after a kidnapping 10 years ago?
Revenge Playbook: Sounds like John Tucker Must Die crossed with Shut Out

After HoursHello, I Love You
After Hours: One summer game - of dares - who will win?
Hello, I Love You: One girls flees her world only to be sucked back in by a potential romance.

Those GirlsEven When You Lie to Me
Those Girls: Junior year could be a time to remember or the time that split them apart
Even When You Lie to Me: Student -teacher crush

The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1)Last Year's Mistake
Stars Never Rise: Secrets - demons - and sisters = trouble
Last Year's Mistake: After a second chance at happiness, her past could come back to haunt her.

I Am the Traitor (The Unknown Assassin, #3)The Devil You Know
I am the Traitor: I can't wait to see what happens next and how this trilogy ends
Devil You Know: A new road trip book - that could have terrible consequences 

Finding Audrey
Finding Audrey: Super excited about Sophie Kinsella's YA debut!

Proof of ForeverThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Proof of Forever: Camp friendships lost until magic happens
Summer of Chasing Mermaids: Inspired by the Little Mermaid!!!

The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #9)Bodice of Evidence
Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss: Book 9 in this cozy mystery series - this time featuring an chocolate anniversary 
Bodice of Evidence: Book 2 in the cozy series about perfect proposals

Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel
Royal Wedding: No explanation needed!!!!!!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors

This week's topic is going to kill me - Favorite authors of all time. I could go on forever and ever with this list - but I'll try hard not to.

So I ended up with the first authors I could think of that I've enjoyed every book I've read from them.

 Just note there are many authors that I'm leaving off my list - I love too many to count!

YA:
Meg Cabot
JK Rowling
Sarah J Maas
Ally Carter
Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Adult: 
Jane Austen
George R. R. Martin
Maria V Snyder
 Debbie Macomber
Susan Mallery

Who are some of your favorites?

Tween Tuesday Review: My Secret Guide to Paris

Nora and her grandmother plan to travel to Paris together. Nora longs to see all the places her grandmother loves in Paris. She can't wait to see the city. Before they leave, Nora's grandmother dies, leaving a huge hole in Nora's heart.

When Nora helps her mother clean out her grandmother's apartment, she finds plane tickets to Paris for herself, her mother, and her grandmother.  lately her mother and her grandmother haven't been speaking.

Nora convinces her mother to take the trip to Paris, right before Nora's birthday. Her grandmother planned a surprise scavenger hunt across the city. Nora can't wait to start on it, but when she finally gets time to unravel the clues, she learns that her mother must be with her. How can Nora convince her mother to go on the hunt?

My Thoughts: I really loved this tween novel that made me want to hop on a plane and go to Paris. I loved learning more about the city, especially the amazing food and shops.

My heart broke for Nora when she lost her grandmother. It's never easy losing someone super close to you. I loved how they had their monthly get togethers. 

I really loved the scavenger hunt and how both Nora and her mother had to be together for it to work out properly. I Loved the ending of this book - so perfect. 

Final Thoughts: This book made me both long for Paris and it made me miss my Grandmother something fierce! A sweet story about grief, loss, and family relationships. Put this one on your list!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Favorite Gilbert Moments

Gilbert was perfect - smart, clever, and funny. He was my first book/TV boyfriend and will always have a special place in my heart. I used to watch this movie every year and this week I think I need to pull them out again. Until then, here are a few favorite moments (from my pinterest board)


Love this scene, he’s so proud of Anne! The cuteness is killing me.

"Carrots!"

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel/Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Green Gables.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mysterious Saturday Review; Dark Chocolate Demise



Mel and Angie are participating in the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk - in full costume. The day is going well, until disaster strikes. At first, Mel thinks Angie's playing a trick on her. Soon she realizes that the body in their coffin display isn't fooling around.

A sigh of relief goes around the bakery crew, when they realize Angie isn't dead. But someone who looks similar and dressed in the same costume is dead.

Now Joe and Angie's brothers have created around the clock surveillance on the bakery. The death could have been a mob hit and it could be in relation to the case Joe is currently working on. Could Mel and Angie be in danger or was this murder unrelated?
My Thoughts: I love this series - for the friendship, for the romance, for the quirky secondary characters, and for the cupcakes. Seriously my mouth waters every time I read one of these books and I always crave cupcakes.

I love the moments between Mel and Tate and Mel and Angie. They've funny, sweet, and supportive. Mel tries to calm Angie after the murder, even putting herself in danger to get answers.

I liked the return of Roach and his need for closure with Angie. His moments with Tate were priceless. The moments between Joe and Mel were both sweet and frustrating - I can't wait to see what happens next.

I really loved getting to know more of Angie's brothers. They added comic relief to the tension of the book. I hope to see more of them.

As usual, that ending makes me need the next book immediately. 

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: My Library

Final Thoughts: Cupcakes, friendships, romance, and murder - how can you go wrong with this series? It's perfect. Pick up the first book and start reading.