I Believe In A Thing Called Love Review

I love Korean Dramas. I binge watch them obsessively.

Today’s book incorporates that love into a wonderful fun story you just can’t put down. This had to be one of my favorite books this year.


¬†¬†Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But‚ÄĒshe‚Äôs never had a boyfriend. In fact, she‚Äôs a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she‚Äôs applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years‚ÄĒwhere the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her ‚ÄúK Drama Rules for True Love,‚ÄĚ Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos‚ÄĒand boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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Tawney’s Review:¬†This book came at the best possible time. With the world in turmoil I Believe In A Thing Called Love¬†brought¬†great humor and wonderful characters that immersed¬†me in a world full of Korean Dramas. It was just the lighthearted thing I need right now. It just made me feel so damn good!

Desi Lee is fantastic at everything except boys. She can’t flirt. In fact she has epic disasters. So one with a plan Desi¬†uses her Father’s K-Dramas for guidance. Let the over the top drama ensue!

And after a binge marathon of K dramas Desi created a list called¬†“K Drama True Steps to True Love.” I love step ¬†#1: “You are the living embodiment of all that is pure and good.” Which if you ever watched a K Drama most of the heroines in the story are pure, sweet and oh so innocent. See¬†K Drama¬†The Moon Embraces the Sun. I also love #4: “Let the guy get to you with annoyance or obsession. It does seem that all the K Drama heroines have this issue. See Boys Over Flowers. And the best one #20: “You are not allowed to be happy until the very last possible minute.” See Rooftop Prince.¬†All K Dramas seem to have this issue and it can be quite annoying but you watch anyway. You need to see the couple win!

The book is humorous, just like K Dramas, and Desi is such a strong heroine with complex feelings and you just root for her to get the guy. And like any K Drama she gets hurt, tries her best but it just ends in disaster, hurts others, and it’s¬†so frustrating that you can’t understand why she does some of the things she does…cue K Drama characteristics!

Oh the glorious torture of waiting for the couple to get together. Definitely K Drama step #20. K Dramas always have this torture that makes a binge worthy weekend. The ending to the book was perfect. It brought a smile to my face. Desi and Luca are the embodiment of a K Drama couple. Every mistake and misstep Desi makes was hilarious and it enhanced the story. As watching a K Drama you groan, you smile, you balk and then you laugh. So many emotions flowed while reading this.

Should you read it? Yes even if you have never watched a Korean Drama you will easily fall in love with the story and characters. I Believe In A Thing Called Love is one of my favorite books of 2017! I highly recommend it and you may just also fall in love with K Dramas too.

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About the Author:

Maurene Goo¬†grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of¬†Since You Asked‚Ķ¬†and I Believe in a Thing Called Love¬†and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats‚Äďone weird, one even more weird.

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Wildman Review

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (June 6, 2017)
  • Language: English

“How can a total stranger understand you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”

When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.

But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before-like himself.

This debut novel by a remarkable new talent explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.

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Tawney’s Review: A unique coming of age story¬†with some mystery and romance.

Lance was suppose to be with his girlfriend at a graduation party but instead he’s in a town with strangers doing things he never thought he would do. His old car broke down and it was a gift from an absent father so he won’t leave it. This is how Lance comes to hang¬†with locals such as the eccentric Dakota and only answers to Wildman. The story feels real with Lance’s conflicts among¬†himself and others. The teen angst could be a little annoying at times but teens have drama.

Gieger does a wonderful job at the struggles the characters go through and peeling back their flaws, especially Lance’s, to¬†finding out who they¬†really are. There is the right amount of humor and twists that keep the pages¬†turning.

Should you read it? A wonderful read with such a bittersweet ending!

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Edgeland Review

  • Age Range: 10 – 12 years
  • Grade Levl: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 9, 2017
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Thousands of miles south of the island of Bliss, day and night last for 72 hours. Here is one of the natural wonders of this world: a whirlpool thirty miles wide and a hundred miles around. This is the Drain. Anything sucked into its frothing, turbulent waters is never seen again.

Wren has spent most of her life on Edgeland, a nearby island where people bring their dead to be blessed and prepared for the afterlife. There the dead are loaded into boats with treasure and sent over the cliff, and into the Drain. Orphaned and alone, Wren dreams of escaping Edgeland, and her chance finally comes when furriers from the Polar north arrive with their dead, and treasure for their dead.

With the help of her friend Alec, Wren plans to loot one of the boats before it enters the Drain. But the boat–with Alec and Wren onboard–is sucked into the whirlpool. What they discover beyond the abyss is beyond what anyone could have imagined.


 

Review: A great thriller for middler graders that delves into mortality.

Edgeland is a standalone sequel to Nightfall.¬†If you haven’t read Nightfall don’t worry. You don’t have to in order to understand this book. I would highly recommend reading Nightfall though. Both books are creepy so if your kids don’t like such things it might not be for them.

A refreshing read with two great characters. Wren and Alec are perfect companions on this harrowing journey through the Drain. The authors do a wonderful job at describing this world immersing the reader into every path Wren and Alec take in order to attempt to escape. This world is dangerous with paranormal elements but the characters rely on each other which makes their friendship bloom.

Should you read it? Yes! This is a creeptastic book but may not be suitable for all middle graders.

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Nemesis (Project Nemesis) by Brendan Reichs Review

You had me at Orphan Black.

   

Today’s book was a mind bending trippy adventure that I couldn’t put down. Let’s take a look at Nemesis by Brendan Reichs!


Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. 

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and¬†murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown‚ÄĒalone, unhurt, and with all¬†evidence¬†of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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¬†Review: ¬†This book was like a wild ride that never stopped. I couldn’t put Nemesis down until I figured out what happened…which I never did.

An astroid is about to hit Earth. Everyone is panicking except Min. She has her own problems, like the guy in the black suite who keeps killing her every 2 years on her birthday.

Of course the questions start rising. Why does he kill her? What’s going on? And what’s worst is no one seems to believe her that this is happening. When she’s thrust into something bigger than the impending astroid the wild ride begins. Brendan does a wonderful job at keeping the pace fast and the mystery intriguing. Not only is Min a great heroine but the supporting character like Tack add depth to the story.

As the story unfolds you want Min to succeed. The world Brendan creates of impending doom is realistic and the ending leaves you breathless.

Should you read it? Yes! A great thriller with a mind bending mystery that leaves the readers wanting more.

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About the Author:

After three long years working as a litigation attorney, I abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series (Virals, Seizure, Code, Exposure, Terminal, and Trace Evidence). We’ve completed the fifth and final book in the Virals series, Terminal. I really hope you like it. A Virals short story collection, Trace Evidence, released on February 2, 2016, with a brand new story, SPIKE, set after the events of Terminal. Answers await!

I’m also on the Executive Board of both the YALLFEST and YALLWEST young adult literary festivals. These are a good time. Please join us in either sunny Charleston in November or even sunnier Santa Monica in April.

I plan to keep on writing novels until they drag me kicking and screaming from my desk.

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The Princess and the Page

Welcome to a world where magic spills from the tip of a pen.¬†THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE¬†is Christina Farley’s first middle grade, releasing from Scholastic Press and we are excited to be part of the blog tour!

Make sure you enter the $25 gift card giveaway at the end of this post!


ABOUT THE BOOK:

  • Grade Level:¬†3 – 7
  • Hardcover:¬†240 pages
  • Publisher:¬†Scholastic Press (March 28, 2017)

A mystical adventure about a pulls-no-punches princess and the power of her magical pen.

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers, who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That’s why Keira is forbidden to write. When Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen, and writes a story for the¬†Girls’ World¬†fairy-tale contest, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after. Inspired by the life and times of Gabrielle d’Estr√©es, a real French princess who lived during the 1500s,¬†The Princess and the Page¬†follows the mystical journey of a modern-day “royal” who goes from aving a pen in her hand to wishing for the world at her fingertips .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHRISTINA FARLEY¬†is the author of the bestselling Gilded series. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel. You can visit her online at ChristinaFarley.com.

 

 


 

MY REVIEW: This book was enjoyable and perfect for middler graders!

This story is about word weavers,¬†those who can bring words to life and they can even enter that world. But there’s one catch and that is the¬†character can hurt the word weavers.

There were many fun characters and magical creatures in Christina’s book. I think middle graders will enjoy it. Kiera was a great heroine to follow on her adventure because¬†every girl can connect to her. Kiera wants to write but there are no pens and paper allowed in the¬†house.

Kiera does find a magical pen that brings things to life thus begins a great adventure with mystery and magical elements. Christina does a wonderful job and bring the reader into Kiera’s adventure and the magical world

Should you read it! Yes! Perfect for any middle graders or adults that wants to be taken away on and adventure with humor and mystery.


 

CONTINUE THE BOOK TOUR

Mar. 23th –¬†Ana Loves Books

Mar. 24th¬†–¬†YA Book Madness

March 25th¬†–¬†Literary Rambles

March 27th¬†–¬†Twinning for Books

March 28th¬†–¬†Mundie Kids

Mar. 29th¬†–¬†All Things Christine

Mar. 30th¬†–¬†YA Book Divas

Mar. 31st–¬†Miranda’s Book Reviews

Mar. 31st¬†–¬†Word Spelunking

Apr. 3rd–¬†Mine of Books

Apr. 4th¬†‚ÄstThe AP Book Club

Apr. 5th¬†‚ÄstMiddle Grade Ninja

 

 

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A Good Idea Review

 

  • Hardcover:¬†368 pages
  • Publisher:¬†Viking Books for Young Readers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language:¬†English
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Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Finley and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her lo
ved ones‚ÄĒand herself‚ÄĒat risk.

But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty‚Äôs disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined‚ÄĒand infinitely more devastating?


 

Tawney’s Review:¬†It’s been a while since I’ve done a review!

I love thrillers so I was very excited to receive this book to review. A huge thank you to Penguin Teen! This was a dark tale of a girl trying to solve her best friend’s murder or what truly happened to her because they never found her body.¬†The cover was so creepy I thought it might be a horror story¬†but it was a thriller set¬†with a good mystery.

Fin with the help of others sets off to solve the mystery. Throughout the book we have flashbacks that can be a little bit confusing. I also found myself liking Betty the most of all the characters. I was rather surprised with the language, sex and drugs.

But overall the description of the setting was vivid and real. I felt like I was in Maine with Fin. It was well written and had thrills. The ending was great because you didn’t¬†know who did it until the¬†end.

Would you recommend it? Yes but this book is dark and may not be easy to read for some.


About the Author:

Photo credit: Craig LaCourtCristina Moracho is a native New Yorker who received her M.F.A in fiction from Brooklyn College, where the first chapter of¬†Althea & Oliver was awarded the Carole and Irwin Lainoff Award by acclaimed author Jim Shepard. She’s been a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, where she did not hear the Taos Hum but did attend a party at a solar-powered radio station. She writes about bad decisions and does all her own research.

She lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, is teaching herself to play the guitar and writing her next novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cherielecrivain

Denton Little’s Still Not Dead Blog Tour Review

Today I’m excited to be part of Denton Little’s Still Not Dead blog tour! This was a hilarious sequel to Denton Little’s Deathdate.

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Denton Little lives in a wdentonorld exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. The good news: Denton has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die anytime. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought. . . .

Lance Rubin’s debut novel, Denton Little’s Deathdate, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. Now in this sequel, he takes on the big questions about life. How do we cope, knowing we could die at any time? Would you save someone from dying even if they were a horrible person? Is it wrong to kiss the girl your best friend is crushing on if she’s really into you instead? What if she’s wearing bacon lip gloss?


Tawney’s Review:¬† This book was over the top funny which¬†made me laugh and read until I finished the last page. All the¬†characters are back from the¬†first book especially¬†Dento and Paolo! Their bromance and antics together just makes sense and add realism to this humorous book.

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Denton had grown from the¬†first book…he isn’t¬†dead either! In the first book¬†everyone knows when they are going to die. So Denton knew¬†that he was going to die. We were left at a cliffhanger in the¬†first book and the second book picks everything back up. Denton learning about death date, trying to save his friends and so on.

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The topics are somewhat heavy dealing with death but with the¬†humor this book handles it¬†well. It’s a great Sci-Fi series that really isn’t Sci-Fi if that makes sense? This book is action packed with humor and wacky plot lines. The book ends wonderfully that left me satisfied.

Should you read it? Yes! With entertaining characters and humor¬†you won’t want to put this down until you finish it.

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