Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (8)

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly Meme Hosted By The Unread Reader.
Where us readers and bloggers pick a character from a book and make him our boyfriend and tell you why.

This Weeks Book Boyfriend is Adam Wilde from If I Stay ...

Why Adam Wilde? Well Because ...
  • He Is In a Band Called The Shooting Stars
  • He Plays Guitar
  • He Listens and Respects Your Interests
  • He Loves Grand Gestures of Affections
  • Quirky in His Own Way

What I Picture Adam As...

Actor Milo Ventimiglia
Quotes That Make Me <3 Adam More...

"Stay." With that one word, Adam's voice catches, but he swallows the emotion and pushes forward. "There's no word for what happened to you. There's no good side of it. But there is something to live for. And I'm not talking about me.
If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it'd be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay." 

 "Please Mia," he implores. "Don't make me write a song."

"This is the you I like. You definitely dressed sexier and are, you know, blond, and that's different. But the you who are tonight is the same you I was in love with yesterday, the same you I'll be in love with tomorrow. I love that you're fragile and tough, quiet and kick-ass. "

"Then I smell the sweat on him, a clean musky scent that I'd bottle and wear as perfume if I could. " 

Want Want Want Wednesday (14)

Want Want Want Wednesday is A Weekly Meme I do, where I talk about whatever book I would like to read or own or whatever! No Restrictions!

The Flirt By Kathleen Tessaro

"Tantalizing words written on an ivory card. It is the first clue that will lead an intrigued and intriguing London lady on an odyssey of sensual experience designed to awaken her romantic nature.
Out-of-work actor Hughie Venables-Smythe has found a profitable new outlet for his talents. He is hired, often by distraught husbands, to flirt with wives who are feeling neglected in their relationships. His current seductive campaign is focused on Olivia, the spouse of a narcissistic billionaire, and the lady is responding quite nicely to the cream-colored missives he secretly leaves for her. So nicely, in fact, that Hughie decides to employ a similar technique—and shockingly similar messages—in his pursuit of his own heart’s desire: the aloof and charming lingerie designer, Leticia. But the canny, professional flirt’s brazen anonymous intrusions into the lives of two women are about to set in motion a series of remarkable events that no one could have anticipated—setting the stage for shocking revelations about love, friendship, and domestic bliss."

 Someday My Prince Will Come By Jerramy Fine

I fell in love with this book and immediately wish listed it, after reading this review from Jessica Lawlor.

"Many little girls dream of becoming a princess and finding their Prince Charming. Fine was no different and, at the age of six, traced the Windsor family tree to Peter Phillips, an English royal of her same age, and announced she would marry him. Unlike other girls, however, this dream did not fade away with adolescence. With a story line akin to a chick lit novel, her memoir follows her single-minded path to become suitable wife material for a prince, to move to England and to be swept away in a royal romance. Born to hippie parents in rural Colorado, Fine comes of age feeling out of place and escapes to the East Coast for college and then to graduate school in London. There she ingratiates herself into English social circles, eventually rubbing shoulders with Princess Anne, the Duchess of York and others. Amid her lessons in British society and the universal woes of dating, she also gains the important knowledge that the strength of one's conviction can be the strongest predictor of one's fate. Provided the reader doesn't grimace to see her determination, intelligence and grace used to pursue a man she's never met, Fine's is a charming and humorous story" - Publisher's Weekly on
 Princess of the Midnight Ball By Jessica Day George
"The Brothers Grimm tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses is vibrantly retold and set in a fictionalized nineteenth-century Europe. Galen, a soldier (and knitter) returning home from war, encounters an old woman who gives him an invisibility cloak and yarn possessing magical powers. While working as a gardener at the palace, he encounters the princess, Rose, and her 11 younger sisters. Because of a secret bargain their mother made with the evil King Under Stone, the princesses are cursed to dance each night till their shoes are worn ragged. Aided by the good magic held in his yarn, Galen solves the puzzle that has stumped many a prince and earns Rose’s love and hand in marriage. Though cursed and in need of rescue, the sisters are feisty and cunning—not passive victims of their fate. Galen’s magical knitting patterns will appeal to teens fond of this trendy hobby. This is a well-realized and fast-paced fantasy-romance that will find favor among fans of fairy tales, feisty heroines, and dashing young men with strength, cunning, and sensitivity." - Booklist by

Sunday, June 26, 2011

If I Stay

A few side notes before I actually review this book. 
1. I do not understand why the main review printed on the cover is "Will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyere's TWILIGHT"  Not that it won't (cause I am a fan and it appealed to me) BUT this book isn't about vampires or anything remotely close to Twilight. Therefore, this shouldn't have been the cover quote. 
2.  When Buffalo News was quoted by saying it was "reminiscent of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones." I was skeptical, I loved The Lovely Bones and feel this is quite a bold statement. They also, (they being whoever picks what quotes from reviews to print on the books) included a review quote from San Jose Mercury News (aka my hometown newspaper) making this book already CRAZY awesome. 
3. This book is heavily musically influenced, SO much that the author contains a couple pages explaining the songs she choose for the book and even more so that as I write this review , I am listening to the songs on YouTube.

If I Stay is a book about a girl named Mia who is involved in a car accident with her family and during the 24 hours she is in a coma from all her injuries, her spirit is still alive... Able to see what is going on around her. While watching this happen she is reminiscing on all the memories she has had with her Dad, Mom, younger brother Teddy, Her boyfriend Adam, Her best friend Kim, and her Grandparents.. As well as other parts in life; such as being an extremely talented Cellist. As she is looking back on these memories and watching her life as it is now in the Hospital, she is stuck with the choice should she stay or should she go?

When I picked this book, I had sneaky suspicion it would be an awesome book, but little did I know I would REALLY love it. The drama starts in fairly quick and the author Gayle Forman does an amazing job, at making you fall in love with all these characters and feeling their pain. You CANNOT read this book without crying and what is even better is how real and quirky all the characters are from her Parents, and Kim and even Adam. The innocence and depth of that love, her and Adam shared it SO amazing. It isn't the lustful, fluffy romance we see in books and movie, that was all wish we had. It is an honest portrayal. Although, not attainable by most people; it is still out there.

My other favorite thing about the book, is how at the end Forman explains to us how she got the idea for the book, as well as why she choose the songs she did and again, I think it made the story that more real. The music is such a big deal in the book, it is the glue.

All in all, it is a pretty quick read and a great read at that. Please Please Please read it, please be moved by it. Please.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Romeo's Ex : Rosalines's Story

I fell upon this book while perusing the other YA books at the library, I decided to check it out, because it seemed interesting enough. I mean we don't know much about Rosaline and it is always fun to see an authors interpretation on it.

For those who don't know Rosaline is the girl in (I believe) the beginning of the story who Romeo is sulking over, for she has denied him. The story begins with her pursuing her dream of being a healer, when a man comes in wounded. Through this she meets Romeo and he falls in love with her. (Until he meets Juliet the next day). Romeo tries to court (poorly) Rosaline (who is a Capulet, by the way) but as it is stated beforehand; he is denied. Then during a fight between the Montague's and Capulet's, Rosaline falls for Mercutio and later shows interest in Benvolio. So, basically there were more the 2 star crossed lovers.

To summarize the book as a whole is a very quick and easy read. However, it is not greatly written. The author had a hard time with seamlessly mingling Shakespearean  with modern day language. She also took some artistic liberties; most warranted since as stated before not much is known about Rosaline... BUT she does change the infamous ending! Either way, the book isn't amazing, but it will make you smile.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Debutante

"Cate Albion is a gifted artist who is hiding from her past in her elderly aunt’s London antique shop. When her aunt sends her to Devon to catalog the contents of an old Georgian house, Cate finds more than just antiques, she finds a mystery. The home belonged to Irene Blythe, a wealthy, elderly woman who was once a beautiful socialite between the wars. Cate finds an abandoned nursery, locked for years, and a shoebox full of mysterious articles hidden behind a stack of books. Cate realizes the box belongs not to Irene but to her sister, Baby Blythe, the dazzling, dangerous, over-the-top debutante who mysteriously disappeared without a trace more than 60 years ago. Unable to resist, Cate unpacks the box and follows the clues to Baby Blythe’s dark, secretive past––one that parallels Cate’s own dark life all too well. Tessaro’s fourth novel is a smart book with an interesting historical vein that will charm and engage the reader. --Hilary Hatton" -Amazon

DO NOT let the pink cover full you, this is not a cute, girly, summer read... as it led me to think it was. It is definitely a more serious adult toned book. Altogether, you follow loosely a few people's life stories. Katie/Cate's relationship back in New York, her childhood and then he current budding relationship with Jack. Then you focus on Jack's past life with his wife, friends and again, his relationship with Cate.  Interwining into this is Rachel and Anne's past and present relationships and then of course, The Blythe Sisters Relationship which is shown through letters Diane writes. So many things to follow, although not that hard.

The story in general has a pretty dark tone and begins quite slowly. For the most part the story is alright, my only problems were that there were repeats of names, which confused me and the letters that Diana Blythe wrote, which took me awhile to distinguish who she was writing to at what time. And although, I was fond with the ending, and it is someone predictable. It didn't end with defininent closure; meaning you see how it ends, but nothing is really confirmed in the story line. Which somewhat annoyed me, but I understood why the author did it like that. It just didn't personally sit well with me. I also, would have avoided the relationship between Cate and Jack, since I find the age difference creepy... though pretty tastefully done. I just would have preferred a friendship between them. I did enjoy the mystery aspect to the story and I liked how there were all these clues that didn't add up, but gave you a tid bit of the era.

If you are into more adult themed books, that are slower paced, and a little mystery and little romance then you will enjoy this book. If you aren't then you aren't missing out on too much, by not reading this book. If I would rate this book I would give it 3 stars. I did enjoy it, but I wasn't impressed by it, though I am still interested in reading Tessaro's  other books "The Flirt" , "Elegance" and "Innocence".

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (7)

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by the AWESOME Missie from The Unread Reader , Where we can swoon and brag about the fictional men who make us drool.

This Weeks Book BF is.... Benvolio from Romeo's Ex

Reasons I Love Benvolio...
  • His Name means peacemaker, which explains why he tries to make peace in the feud
  • Italian
  • A Montague
  • Talented enough with a  Sword
  • Always there to rescue a damsel in distress
  • Soft Brown Hair
  • Likes Soft, Sweet Kisses That Linger
  • Misses His Mother
  • Takes care of those less fortunate then himself
  • Talks like a cad in front of friends, but is really a romantic
Who I See As Benvolio...

Actor George Stults

Want Want Want Wednesday (13)

Want Want Want Wednesday is A  weekly meme where I showcase any books that I really want to own/read. Anyone is welcome to do it = )

The Paris Wife By Paula McLain

"Most of us know or think we know who Ernest Hemingway was -- a brilliant writer full of macho swagger, driven to take on huge feats of bravery and a pitcher or two of martinis -- before lunch. But beneath this man or myth, or some combination of the two, is another Hemingway, one we’ve never seen before. Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife, is the perfect person to reveal him to us -- and also to immerse us in the incredibly exciting and volatile world of Jazz-age Paris. The idea to write in Hadley’s voice came to me as I was reading Hemingway’s memoir, A Moveable Feast, about his early years in Paris. In the final pages, he writes of Hadley, “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” That line, and his portrayal of their marriage -- so tender and poignant and steeped in regret -- inspired me to search out biographies of Hadley, and then to research their brief and intense courtship and letters -- they wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of delicious pages to another!
I couldn’t help but fall in love with Hadley, and through her eyes, with the young Ernest Hemingway. He was just twenty when they met, handsome and magnetic, passionate and sensitive and full of dreams. I was surprised at how much I liked and admired him -- and before I knew it, I was entirely swept away by their gripping love story.
I hope you will be as captivated by this remarkable couple as I am -- and by the fascinating world of Paris in the 20’s, the fast-living, ardent and tremendously driven Lost Generation." - Paula Mclain's note on Amazon
 A Scattered Life By Karen McQuestion

"Free-spirit Skyla Plinka has found the love and stability she always wanted in her reliable husband Thomas. Settling into her new family and roles as wife and mother, life in rural Wisconsin is satisfying, but can’t seem to quell Skyla’s growing sense of restlessness. Her only reprieve is her growing friendship with neighbor Roxanne, who has five kids (and counting) and a life in constant disarray – but also a life filled with laughter and love.

Much to the dismay of her intrusive mother-in-law, Audrey, Skyla takes a part-time job at the local bookstore and slowly begins to rediscover her voice, independence and confidence. Throughout one pivotal year in the life of Skyla, Audrey and Roxanne, all three very different women will learn what it means to love unconditionally." -Amazon

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) By Sarah Mlynowski

"2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them." -Amazon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Why We Love To Blog

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

1.  It makes me more driven to read books.

2. I like the idea of someone out there reading my reviews and maybe.. liking them?

3. It has exposed me to a new world.

4. It has shown people who I know, about in interest I don't think many knew I feel had or loved.

5. Through this I have learned about many new books, that I may not have discovered otherwise.

I only have 5 for this week = /

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

I have been a loyal follower of Chelsea Handler's hilarious series of books... my favorite being Are You There Vodka? Its Me, Chelsea. So when I heard that the next book, would turn the tables on Chelsea and give her victims a chance to expose Chelsea for who she really is, I was instantly sold. It was genius, pure hilarity, it has to be right?!  Yet, I find myself between a rock and a hard place here. The loyal fan inside of me wants to love this book, but the practical me just wasn't sold...

Loyal Fan Version :
Chelsea Handler is nuts, yet a pure genius! The stories you here about her as SO ridiculous you really can't help but think she was a made up character in a Judd Apatow movie. You get to hear stories from different people in her life, siblings, co-workers, her dog, and friends. All basically saying the same thing, Chelsea Handler is a love-able liar.

Practical Me Version :
The more I learn about Chelsea Handler, the less I like her and the less funny she gets, honestly she really comes off as a ego-maniacal rude bitch. Yes, some of her antics are funny, but 90% of the time she takes it too far. Maybe it is just me but I couldn't handle constantly being harassed, fucked me, and possibly peed on. On top of that I  am not a giant fan of her constant drug use, but it is her life and not mine. Anyways, I find her highly hypocritical too, she makes fun of all these dumb ass people on her show, yet she is just as big of a hot-mess as they are!

Now getting off my high horse. In general, the book was amusing and a quick read. I just felt that the some stories had been told already in past books and other stories we just repetitive of the other chapters. I would have liked a few more outrageous stories, that bring the tears, as most of her previous books have. Although, I did like the clear distinct voices each writer had, while still maintaining the tone of Chelsea's books. I could of also done without the chapter done by Chelsea's dog. I get where she was trying to go with it, but it felt to forced. It is like when animated cartoons try to do outtakes. Semi-funny, but you know it is fake. I couldn't even finish reading through it. Now. If you are someone who hasn't read all or any of Chelsea Handler's books, then you will find this book extremely funny and if you are a loyal fan, you will appreciate the effort.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (12)

Want Want Want Wednesday is my own weekly meme that features ANY books you want, but don't already have.

A Hopeless Romantic By Harriet Evans

Made In The U.S.A By Billie Letts

So Shelly By Ty Roth

Sorry for the lazy version of this meme this week.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Awww Moments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

1. The Twilight Saga - I know, I know it is lame but honestly the whole series gives me AWW moments, I mean like going to bed wishing Edward and Jacob both existed! Here is just ONE of MANY quotes that makes me heart stop. 
"Do you really have any idea how important you are to me? Any concept at all of how much I love you?" -Edward

2. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy - How could I not love Katrik and Gemma? Everytime Gemma would long for him and he would show up, I would start to blush.
" could have whatever you wished."
"Exactly," he says, nuzzling my neck.
"But," I say, "you could turn stones to rubies or ride in a fine gentleman's carriage."
Kartik puts his hands on either side of my face. "To each his own magic," he says and kisses me again." 
3. Archer and Sophie in Demon Glass  - Yes, there have been some great Archer/Sophie moments and I am still not sure about him, but the moment he admitted that He wanted to kiss her and that he did like her, made me definitely go AWWW
"This thing with us is the only real thing I've had in a long time. You're the only real thing." He raised our hands and kissed my knuckles. "And I'm done pretending I don't want you." -Archer

4. Clea and Sage in Elixir - Although, to be honest I like her and Ben more.. the whole eternal soulmates, cant stay away from you, reincarnated through the centuries love thing kinda gets me all mushy inside

5. Daisy and Gatsby from The Great Gatsby - You really root for them, I go aw at just the thought of how they are across the river from each other, how he looks out at night at her home and thinks of Daisy. 
"Ah," she cried, "you look so cool."
Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.
You always look so cool," she repeated.
She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw.
6. Diana and Henry in The Luxe - You know when he leans in and kisses her in the parlor? How he just grazes her lips and although originally being playful, he realizes he wants more? The moment he falls in love with Diana. I nearly gasped. Especially, since he was engaged to Diana's sister. 
"Its the craziest thing, but i cant stop thinking about you." - Henry

7. Hale and Kat In Heist Society - The Chemistry is there! There is some sexual tension and I want more! I love how Hale wants to protect Kat, although us ladies want independence and to take care of ourselves, we still want a man that gets a little jealous (key word being LITTLE) and who wants to protect us.
"Dancing. Come on. You can do it. It's a lot like navigating through a laser grid. It requires rhythm.' He moved her hips to the beat of the distant music. 'And patience.' He spun her around slowly and back toward him. 'And it's only fun if you trust your partner.' The dip was so slow, so smooth that Kat didn't know it was happening until the world was already turned upside down and Hale's face was inches from her own.
Count me in, Kat.' He squeezed her tighter. 'You should always count me in."
- Hale

8. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy - Is there not a love more classic then this? (oh MAYBE Romeo and Juliet) but still, almost every woman has fallen in love with Mr. Darcy Have they not?
"You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.” 
– Mr. Darcy

9. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - This isn't a love AWWW moment but a complete AWW just when everything is right in the world and that would be the ending of The HP series, when they are all grown up. I was crying like a baby. Seriously. It Wasn't Pretty.

10. Kate and Taylor from My Sister's Keeper - The Innoncence and heartbreak of their love, althought short lived. How can you not, be happy for Kate? Especially, when she gets to go to Prom with him!
"true love is felonious… You take someone’s breath away… You rob them of the ability to utter a single word… You steal a heart."

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Really Used Books Giveaway

You Know What They Say, Another Mans Junk is Another Mans Treasure...  Well, Hopefully in this case that is true... These are books I have bought and feel I have no use for anymore,mainly because they were books that I personally have not fell in love with, so I feel they would benefit from someone who really appreciates and loves them.

Celebutantes - In Good Condition
Death of a Salesman - 1962 version so old and used but still in good condition
Something Borrowed and Something Blue - So I bought these for a giveaway and wasn't happy with the condition I received them in and now, I have no use for them...
Reservation Road - In Good but used condition

Rules / How To Enter
13 Years and Older
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Leave a Comment and What Books You Would Like To Win
Extra Entry if You Tweet - Check Out The Really Used Book Giveaway from @TheLBReports
Giveaway Ends July 16th

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren

The Gluten Solution By Shari Lieberman

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me By Chelsea's Friends, Family and Other Victims

The Debutante By Kathleen Tessaro
Romeo's Ex : Rosaline's Story By Lisa Fiedler
Jinx By Meg Cabot
The Carrie Diaries By Candace Bushnell
If I Stay By Gayle Forman

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (6)

My Book Boyfriend is a weekly meme hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader
Where we show off our swoon - worthy literary heart throbs.

This week My Book Boyfriend is Archer Cross from the Hex Hall Series....

The Deets on Archer Cross...
  • Dark Brown Hair and Brown Eyes
  • Talented at Defense
  • Witty
  • Has a Bad Boy Persona
  • Is he really good or is he really bad?
  • Warlock
  • Works for The L'Occhio di Dio
  • Overall Heart Throb 

 Choosing someone to be Archer was hard for me cause I picture him in two ways.. 1st I picture him as my fiance, they share some similar traits but then I also kept getting the actor who play Axel on The Middle stuck in my head... obviously imagining being less toolish then he is in the show and with brown eyes, minus the blue..
My Fiance Brandon


Actor Charlie McDermott

Want Want Want Wednesday (11)

Want Want Want Wednesday OR W to the 4th power as I like to say.. is my own personal weekly meme I do which is basically a no restrictions version of TBR, Books To Pine For, Waiting on Wednesday, Etc.. I guess the only restriction would be that I do it on Wednesday hence the name. Anyways, If you want to get it in on the action.. Feel Free  = ) It is also Not limited to three books, that is just how many I do, cause I think 2 is too little and more then 3 is too much work.. haha.

The Angel's Game By Carlos Ruiz Zafron

With a description like this, enough is already said to intrigue me..

 "In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.
Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed--a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home."

I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell By Tucker Max

This has been a book, that I have been told by several friends; that I should read and to be honest.. although they title makes me laugh.. there was something about it that repulsed me and to be even more honest even as I write this I am still a little repulsed and I am not sure why.. Then everytime I walked into a bookstore I would see it there on the best sellers shelf. So, I eventually gave in and put it on my wish list and now I am intrigued to see how this book will leave me feeling when I actually get to read it.

The Summer We Read Gatsby By Danielle Ganek

It's something about the title of the book and its cover, that makes me want to fall into this book. It just feels so romanticized. It makes me think of summers, lakes, the 20's and love. Although, this book is modern day and from what I can tell just has to do with two sisters in the hamptoms, who are looking for love and read The Great Gatsby. Either way, I already love it. Lets hope that statement remains true when I read it.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday : Settings

Top 10 Tuesday is a Weekly Meme Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

I am SO SO SO Excited this is my 1st time doing a Top 10 Tuesday, after many times saying I will do one and then not. So as you can see I FINALLY did it. I wish I put better thought into these.. but I love them anyways.

1. Hogwarts from The Harry Potter Series - I Feel this is a given and that every book fanatic will have this on the list... but let's be serious.. we all waited,wished and hoped we would get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. I was instantly transported to Hogwarts the second I opened the book. 

2. Italy, Indonesia and India in Eat,Pray, Love - I wanted to instantly jet set over to all three locations and I felt as if I was living in this easy going bohemian life style that Liz had created for herself. I want that SO SO bad.

3. Paris in Heist Society - It is very brief but when Carter describes Kat walking the streets of Paris in the early morning, I can picture it so precisely and imagine myself doing the same.

4. 1400's England in Mary Bloody,Mary - Just think about living in a castle back then! pretty awesome.

5. 19th Century England  from The Gemma Doyle Trilogy - I should also add the secret world they visit to this. Again I love the classic - ness and structure of society which I find so beautiful

6. 19th Century New York From The Luxe Series - Basically for the same reason above. I find it all so glamorous.. although I am sure it wasn't.

7. Here from There's No Place Like Here - An organized society where everything goes when it is lost of forgotten about. Heartbreaking yet fascinating.

8. Forks, WA from The Twilight Saga - There is something about dark, rainy and wooded areas that puts me in a certain mood that I can't quite explain.. its the similar mood i get when I watch the first 3 seasons of Grey's Anatomy

9. Gatsby's Home and Daisy's Home in The Great Gatsby - Gatsby for the party and mystical allure that anything can happen and Daisy's for having this nice summer 20's era draw to it.

10. The School Auditorium in Mick Harte Was Here - The most pivotal heart wrenching moment in the book, and  I will never forget about it.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Book #2 in The Luxe Series, Rumors definitely brings it's A- Game. It took me forever to get my hands on the second book in the series, but once I did I couldn't stop reading and ended up finishing it in one day. Let's just say the first few pages the book begins with are more then enough to get you hooked!

Rumors picks up a few months after the death of the most beloved heiress in New York,  Elizabeth Holland's funeral. Diana (Elizabeth's sister) is now waiting for her true love Henry to sweep her off her feet once his mourning period is over. Problem is Penelope (Elizabeth's BFF) has her sights set on Henry too and Penelope is relentless when she attempts in getting what she wants. While this love tryst is going on in full swing. We also she the rise of Elizabeth's old maid Lina Broud who now goes by Carolina is trying to pull herself off as a western heiress. All the while the Hollands fortune is dwindling and Mrs. Holland's health is deteriorating.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and am more then excited to read Book #3 (Envy). I feel the series can only keep getting better.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Kiss In Time

A Kiss In Time was surprisingly a really really enjoyable book! A Kiss In Time is by Beastly author Alex Flinn and is a slightly modern take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty. After reading Beastly there was a preview of the 1st chapter of A Kiss In Time, I found it intriguing enough to check out the book at the library, but didn't expect much more then a light read...
Talia is the Princess in the book and the story goes she pricks her finger on a spindle and falls in to a deep sleep, until she is awaken by a kiss. Three hundred years later an American tourist name Jack falls upon her sleeping kingdom and kisses the Princess. This is where the story really begins, as Talia is introduced to the modern world. 

The book is a light heart romantic comedy. I would seriously LOVE to see this turned into a TV movie, i can definitely see it being turned into one for ABC Family. The story goes back and forth between Talia's point of view and Jack's and it is really enticing to her a male and female perspective on each other and how they really feel. I was really impressed with Flinn's ability to pay homage the the original tale while making it her own. Although, she did this in Beastly... I feel it was better executed in this book. My favorite part is towards the end when Malvolia (the evil witch) tests Jack's love of Talia through different game like scenarios. Granted yes, the ending was a little cheesy, the book overall was refreshing. Anyone who enjoys fairy tales, smiles, and a nice laugh. Should read A Kiss In Time. It is definitely a perfect summer read.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Want Want Want Wednesday (10)

The Girl in The Steel Corset By Kady Cross

I will admit I had some interest in this book when I first saw it making the YA blogger rounds, and yes.. I probably would of eventually picked the book out and read it.. mainly due to the cool name and beautiful cover... I feel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo/Rumors/A Great and Terrible Beauty vibe just from the cover and title. However it was until I read this review on The Brazen Bookworm . That I was sold on the book and its whole plot!  Seriously, go take a looksy at that review and say you are not interested in reading this book!

 A Reliable Wife By Robert Goolrick

I have wanted to read A Reliable Wife since I saw the woman next to me at the nail salon reading the book and raving about it! and with a summary like this one I am not surprised.. Sounds right up my ally. 
"Set in 1907 Wisconsin, Goolrick's fiction debut (after a memoir, The End of the World as We Know It) gets off to a slow, stylized start, but eventually generates some real suspense. When Catherine Land, who's survived a traumatic early life by using her wits and sexuality as weapons, happens on a newspaper ad from a well-to-do businessman in need of a "reliable wife," she invents a plan to benefit from his riches and his need. Her new husband, Ralph Truitt, discovers she's deceived him the moment she arrives in his remote hometown. Driven by a complex mix of emotions and simple animal attraction, he marries her anyway. After the wedding, Catherine helps Ralph search for his estranged son and, despite growing misgivings, begins to poison him with small doses of arsenic. Ralph sickens but doesn't die, and their story unfolds in ways neither they nor the reader expect. This darkly nuanced psychological tale builds to a strong and satisfying close."
The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives By Sarah Strohmeyer

I think of this book as Desperate Housewives Meet Stepford Wives with a slightly darker twist. I feel it would most definitely be a fun read and maybe even great for a female friendly book club. Overall I feel this book has a waspy taste to it and I think I will like it!

My Book Boyfriend (5)

My Book Boyfriend is a Weekly Meme Hosted By The Unread Reader , where we share what book character we would like to be our boyfriend and why.

My Book Boyfriend for this Week is ... Cal from DemonGlass

What Makes Him Swoon Worthy..

  • Blond Hair, Hazel Eyes and Tanned Skin
  • He is a White Warlock
  • Can Heal People
  • Loves To Garden
  • Is 19 yrs Old
  • Quiet, Brooding, Respectful Type
Who I Imagine as Cal...

Actor Kellan Lutz