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Book Review: What Would Emma Do?

What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: December 30, 2008

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Thou Shalt Not Kiss Thy Best Friend’s Boyfriend…again…

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time…especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else…and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go.

Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.

Personal Thoughts: I loved this book! It was one of those books where a character would grab at you and not let go. My favorite would have to be Emma. The things that she goes through and the way that she handles things, especially towards the end, shows that things are not always what they are meant to be.  She knows what she wants and she knows what she needs to do in order to get it. The determination and dedication that we see from her for her love of track really reflects what kind of person she is. 

To be honest, the whole ‘drama’ thing that was going on throughout the book didn’t really do anything for me. It just felt silly and not that believable. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen in real life, but there were just too many loop holes.

Emma, Colin and Todd were characters that were truly developed throughout the book and I felt that I could relate to them. All the other characters, I felt,  were on a need to know basis and we just knew simple surface things about them. Eileen Cook did a great job with the pacing of the story and it never felt like the plot was dragging or being too slow. Right from the beginning something already happened and the our ride began.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Cover Reveal: Twisted Summer

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Twisted Summer
Lucy V. Morgan
Publication date:  March 31st 2013
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
Synopsis:

You have to understand that we never meant for it to happen. We knew it was stupid. We knew it was wrong.

Eighteen-year-old Danni Warren has big plans for her last summer before college: a cool job, a concert she wouldn’t miss for the world, and spending time with her beautiful girlfriend, Esme. But after one hell of an argument, Danni’s mother packs her off to stay with her estranged step-uncle, Gabe, in his lodge on the coast. So begins a weekend of the worst punishment imaginable: no phone signal.

With his sunkissed good looks and sarcastic manner, twenty-nine-year-old Gabe isn’t anything like Danni expected. She wants to hate him—he’s her punishment for standing up to her mother—but between surfing lessons and beach hikes, they grow close. Maybe too close.

Now Danni’s questioning everything: old family secrets, her future, her strained relationship with Esme. One sun stained afternoon, Gabe and Danni go too far. And then everything else falls apart…

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Lucy writes sharp contemporary fiction. She is a Lyrical Press author and a screenwriter. When not torturing her characters, she swims a lot and reads a lot more. She’s still trying to kick her dirty Pepsi habit. 

Lucy is working on two new novels and her paranormal television series, BLOOD FIZZ POP, has been optioned by Midsummer Films.

Initially, Lucy thought that talking about herself in the third person would seem pretentious, but finds she is DRUNK ON THE POWER. She will now be going for a lie down.
Personal Thoughts: The cover looks like it would be great for a summer read. 🙂

Cover Reveal: Surrender/ Justice

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SURRENDER (The Ferryman + The Flame #1)
Author: Rhiannon Paille
How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?
Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is– a Flame– one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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JUSTICE (The Ferryman + The Flame #2)
Author: Rhiannon Paille

How far would you go to destroy yourself?
Krishani always knew he would have to go to the Lands of Men, but he never thought it would be like this. Enemies everywhere, an ancestor he can’t respect, elders he can’t trust, a curse he can’t stop and friends he can’t help but hate. Desperate to end the pain, he sets out on a quest to find the other Flames and face the enemy that took everything from him.

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Rhi was never a normal girl. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror.  To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She studied at U of Sedona and MIMT, obtaining a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. She’s married to a chef/comic book shop owner and has a fondness for architecture. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site: www.yafantasyauthor.com
Note:  Both of these books are free on Kindle (Amazon) for 1 day on March 19, 2013.

Halfway Point…

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It’s almost the half way point for my boyfriend Thomas and myself on being vegetarians for the month. Let me start off by saying that it is not as hard as I thought it would be. Granted I don’t eat that much meat to start off so that part isn’t that hard. I think one of the hardest things is not being able to eat fish as well. I miss my shrimp and salmon dearly. Hahaha. 🙂 I’m more of a fish person than a meat person.

I’ve definitely started to eat other foods that I don’t normally eat on a daily basis so it has opened up my palate quite a bit.  One of the biggest frustrations I’ve been finding is when I go out to eat with friends and there aren’t that many options on the menu that are vegetarian. I mean the other day I went to Moxie’s with a couple of my girlfriends to meet up and catch up. Aside from having a salad there was only one  other option on the menu that was vegetarian. I’ve been to a few other restaurants and they have had some selection when it comes to choosing something. It has really opened my eyes what vegetarians go through.

Another thing that I’ve found a bit of a challenge is not always being hungry. It seems that after every meal I am fine for a few hours but then I am hungry again. I think I need to find more foods that will fill me up more and for longer periods of time. Let’s see where the end of the month takes me. I know that I will be changing my eating habits further to get healthier for sure. 🙂

For those out there that are vegetarian, any suggestions of what foods keep you fuller longer?

March.. going vegetarian for 31 days

No Meat for 31 Days

For the month of March my boyfriend Thomas and I are going vegetarian. That’s right, no meat for 31 long days.

Why you may ask? Well Thomas is probably doing it to support me and to make it easier. They do say that it is easier to do something if someone else is doing it with you, since they give you motivation and support when you need it most. I don’t really have a concrete reason for going vegetarian. Maybe it’s to challenge myself and see what vegetarians go through on a daily basis. It could also be my way of extending my palate into new territory of food. There are a lot of recipes out there that I have only started to discover and they don’t even have meat in them.

It won’t be easy since I do like to eat meat from time to time and I’ll definitely need to find new sources of protein to keep my body strong. I think doing this will not only challenge me to find alternatives, but really open my eyes to the other side and maybe I’ll start to understand why some go so far as vegan. (No meat, no dairy).

Let’s see where this goes and where we end up at the end of the month. I think what is really intriguing me is what I will do after the 31 days are up. Keep it going or go back to eating meat once in while? Hmm.

Note: Day one is going good so far 🙂

Book Review: The Almost Truth

 The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook

Published: December 4, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose…

Personal Thoughts: I loved this book. It had a lot of plot twists, turns and surprising events. The pace was good and it didn’t lag anywhere, so I kept on reading more and more to find out what was going to happen next. Sadie was a great character. She has a strong personality and doesn’t let any bumps get in the way of her dreams.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Cover Reveal: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

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Shooting Scars by Karina Halle

Publishing: May 2013

Publisher: Metal Blonde Books

Synopsis: A second chance at first love.
There are a few things worth risking everything for – even your life. For Camden McQueen, this is one of them.
Shooting Scars is the second book in The Artists Trilogy and is told from the dual POV of Camden and Ellie.

Author Info:  Karina Halle

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The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in   acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

Personal Thoughts: I love the cover! I think it looks edgy, mysterious and just plain awesome! The title type font and style really works with the image and the colors. The tattoo’s that are somewhat visible to the eye make a good contrast with the title and the white surrounding it. Great cover! 🙂