Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review- Catch a Falling Star

Last night I finished Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson.

From Goodreads:

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

Okay.  So I'll admit it.  I'm one of those girls that loves Hollywood.  I've always been into acting and came thisclose to moving to L.A.  So I was excited about reading this book.

And yes, it's mostly fluff (although there is slight discussion of gambling addiction).  But it was right what I needed.

Most of the characters were enjoyable.  Carter was a great small-town girl who never wanted to leave.  I do wish we knew more about the dancing thing, but that's okay.  Chloe was a great sidekick.  Funny and true.  And Adam.  There was more to him than just movie star-ness.  But Alien Drake bugged me.  I mean, I guess I kind of get it, but he didn't seem like the nicest guy.

As for Carter and Adam's relationship--I think Carter was good for Adam.  Brought him back down to Earth.  That being said, I didn't really see the chemistry between them.  I thought they came off more as friends.  But no matter.  I still really enjoyed this one!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review.

Monday, September 15, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 15, 2014

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

Sublime- Christina Lauren--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Death Date- Victoria Laurie--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

This Shattered World (Starbound #2)- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Messenger of Fear- Michael Grant--from publisher for review

The Swap- Megan Shull--from publisher for review

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Sunday Salon- September 14, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I had another busy week.  I had softball, a Fit2Run Fun Run, a happy hour for charity, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Hit and Run 5k, Gator game, and working at Disney!  And with the exception of one more day, I have something every day in September!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:

Atlantia by Ally Condie

I am currently reading Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson and up next is Death Date by Victoria Laurie.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review- Atlantia

I finished Atlantia by Ally Condie last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Can you hear Atlantia breathing? 

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

I thought the idea of an underwater city was so neat.  But I would have liked more details about what it was like.  I could never really picture it in my head.  It was mostly just like a tunnel with silver leaves.  I would have loved to have been able to envision it more fully.

The idea of the siren and how they came about was also interesting.  But I never really grew attached to the characters.  Rio was nice and all, as were Bay and True (what's up with the names???), but I just didn't seem to connect with them for some reason.  There needed to be more emotions and feelings behind everything that I didn't get.

But because I liked the premise of the story, I enjoyed it, although not as much as the Matched trilogy.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

Atlantia will be released on October 28, 2014.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Monday, September 8, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 8, 2014

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

Atlantia- Ally Condie--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Not in the Script (If Only #3)- Amy Finnegan--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Blind Spot for Boys- Justina Chen--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Sunday Salon- September 7, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I celebrated my 34th birthday on Monday with a great day with my hubby!  We saw a movie, ate great food, and saw the Frozen fireworks at Hollywood Studios!  I only got a little bit of reading done this week.  I need to get with it!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

I am currently reading Atlantia by Ally Condie and up next is Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Review- After I Do

Yesterday, I finished After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid for a BookSparks Summer Reading Blog Tour.

About the book:

 When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

 Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

 This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

Wow.  Right from the beginning I completely felt for Lauren.  The backflashes of their relationship when they were still in love and the scenes in current day where you could feel how they'd grown apart.  And I got it.  It hit home in some ways.  I  miss the days where you get butterflies hearing you significant other's voice.  The days where he/she tried to impress you and make you happy.  The days where you'd primp for him/her instead of wearing pajamas for most of the days on weekends.  Luckily, we've never had the "I can't stand each other feelings" and I can't imagine being as okay as Lauren was when they split.  I know marriage takes a lot of work and I hope ours never reaches that point.

I liked that Lauren grew so much during their one year apart.  There are some things that happen during the separation that I think would bug me if it were happening to me and I'm not sure I'd ever get over it.  You'll have to find out for yourself if Ryan and Lauren do.  I'd definitely recommend this book.  I think everyone can relate in some way.

I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge Book Tour.

Praise for the book:

 “Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it.” – Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March

Buy the book
~Amazon Paperback
~Amazon Kindle

About the author:

 Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. Her forthcoming novel, After I Do , will be published July 1, 2014.

Connect with the author:

~ Goodreads

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 1, 2014

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

Between the Lines- Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer--received from PaperbackSwap

The Sunday Salon- August 31, 2014

The Sunday Salon

This is a busy weekend!  Yesterday I took my dog Bella to a special event at the Magic Kingdom!  Yay!  Then the Gator game got rained out.  Boo!  Today I'm going out with some girlfriends to dinner and then to Jellyroll's to kick off my birthday (which is tomorrow!)

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
The Young Elites by Marie Lu 

Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw 

I am currently reading After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid and up next is Atlantia by Ally Conde.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review- Oh Yeah, Audrey!

I just finished reading Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

It’s 5:00 a.m. on Fifth Avenue, and 16-year-old Gemma Beasley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her coffee in hand—just like Holly Golightly. As the cofounder of a successful Tumblr blog—Oh Yeah Audrey!—devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has traveled to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans are derailed when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the New York experience she’s always dreamed of. Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, no matter where you go, you just end up finding yourself.Filled with hip and sparkling prose, Oh Yeah, Audrey! is as much a story of friendship as it is a love letter to New York, Audrey Hepburn, and the character she made famous: Holly Golightly.

This book was super fast read.  I finished it in an hour and a half.  Which was both good and bad.  Good, meaning I enjoyed it, but bad because it meant that it was really light.  

The book was set over a course of 24 hours.  Which is a neat concept and all.  Except that we don't completely get to know Gemma. (I mean, I am usually really involved with seeing characters and scenes in my head, but she was always just a complete blank). And I think so much more could have been done to show us more of her.  Her mom recently died, which is heavy, but that subject was just so lightly touched on that it never really got deep.

Gemma's main group of friends were fun, but Dusty was just a plain old jerk.  If the book was going to be so short, I wish that it had been more of a one-night-in-New-York-love-story kind of thing.

That being said, I love Audrey Hepburn and New York City, so I enjoyed it.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

Oh Yeah, Audrey! will be released on October 14, 2014.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.