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Sunday Salon – July 7th

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Happy Sunday Everyone! And welcome to the Sunday Salon —

This week I thought I would discuss my current reading habits – well they have been terrible, no other way to say it. I just got a new job at work, which of course means more of the work to do so I can “pull my weight” — so I’ve left myself with very little time to read/review/etc.. I have been “trying” to keep up with posting and letting you guys know what I’m up to and reading – but I have NEVER taken so long to read a book. I think I’m going on 2 weeks with my current book and not done still!! The sad thing is I really, really love the book and the writer – it’s just – i can’t find the time to finish it..

Yesterday, in lieu of all of this – I took some time yesterday to prioritize my TBR list and make some  new goals for the blog and try and get caught up on reviews. I made some awesome headway and really feel like I’m over my hump and can get back to what I love most – reading! I also got 2 reviews done –wow! So now i’m pumped up and excited to get this going again —

Share– have any of you gone through a “slump” with reading and blogging? Had trouble making the time to actually do the reading between work, the reviews, and keeping up the blog itself? Happy to take any advice on how to manage everything – I think I got into blogging before I fully understood the time requirements, and while I don’t regret it for one second, I just need to find a way to better balance. The one thing I have discovered is the publish later feature on WordPress -so when I have time, like yesterday, I can write a few things and set them up to post, I don’t even have to remember to go back and post them – how awesome is that?? If I can do this each weekend, then through the week is enjoy other people’s blogs, comment, read, and post my stuff to Twitter and Facebook and other MiMi sites – haven’t found a way to “pre post” that stuff yet..

Anyway, I had a great and productive weekend and just wanted to gush a little bit over the “little” learning I had this weekend from WordPress and the cool new things I could do, plus my “epiphany” of how to manage things, at least for right now..

Hope you guys had a great Sunday and will have an Awesome Monday!

Kelley

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“The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West ARC Review – My First Great Summer Read!

The Distance Between Us

Title and Author: “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: 7/2/2013

How I Got The Book: I got this as part of the book tour from Around The World ARC Blog

Link to Purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Distance-Between-Us-ebook/dp/B00B0VZRWO/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372554433&sr=1-2&keywords=the+distance+between+us

General Summary Via GoodReads:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about…

My First Thoughts:

I haven’t read anything yet written by Kasie West, so I wasn’t sure what to think. I have to admit though, the cover really lured me in. For me, some covers are just so-so, bu tthen some come along and forwhatever reason appeal to me and make me want to check the book out – and this is one of those books. Then I started reading and from the first page Caymen had me laughing. I really loved her dry sense of humor. Then there was Skye – who I also enjoyed. Of course, it does go without saying that Xander was hot from the first minute –and sweet, and dreamy! So, my first thought of this book is that it was a typical YA love story, good characters, some humor, and would be a great summer read! I also thought from chapter one, well more so knew I would end up enjoying the story. I liked West’s writing and I really enjoyed the character POV changes, even slight, to see somethings from other perspectives. It certainly had me hooked, I think I read the whole book in 3 days – with my work load lately – that is fast!

The Characters:

We can start with Caymen. As I said before, I loved her dry sense of humor.  It made some more…slow parts of the book humorous, and you never really knew what she would say or what she was thinking – so that made her interesting. I also enjoyed that she was a strong character, a do-er.. She saw a problem, like with her Mom, and started thinking of how to help, she wasn’t helpless and didn’t whine like a normal teenager – which made her a great character and a strong female character. I enjoyed her relationship with her Mom and with Skye. She may have not had a ton of friends, but you could tell she was loyal to those she loved. I have seen some other reviews that posed the question why Mason was even brought into the story, but I think he served a vital role.. it was to allow Caymen to have a choice – to choose to go for her Prince Charming or to choose someone “safe” that she did like and she saw on her own level.  I think it was she that told Xander that every now and then you have to take a chance and be willing to fail, and this was her chance, stepping out of her comfort zone. When you think of her character – you understand why this would be her challenge. Then enter Zander – the boy with the perfect life (per se), dreamy looks, and sweet heart. I really wanted her to give him a chance from the first minute.  I was frustrated when she wouldn’t open up to him and just give him a chance.. But he saw that and didn’t run away – he wanted to know her so much he took the baby steps and waited it out while they got to know each other. One of my favorite scenes is the scene where they dig the grave.. This is totally weird scenerio – I know – but Xander jumped right in and dug into it, even getting blisters and not complaining trying to show her he was different, he wasn’t a pretty boy without a back bone. I just really enjoyed the way they were when they were together.  It’s like they fit and completed each other. Toward the end, you see new characters enter into Caymen’s life and it does stir things up, but it brings good change..you’ll see. I don’t want to add any spoilers about the new characters, but I will say I really enjoyed the ending this book and I really loved the characters, they were full and believeable. I am kind of hoping Kasie West will add another addition into this series, i would love to see Sky’e story and of course see more of Xander and Caymen!

Overall Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. This is my first “official” summer read and this is a perfect summer read. If you’re headed to the beach, or just by the pool — or even looking for a great read – check it out! It’s the kind of book that can follow something really serious or something very deep. This book has enough meat to make it interesting, enough steam to make you swoony, and enough humor to make you laugh – it’s the perfect combination for a summer read! I highly reccommend it! So I give the book 4/5 Sunshines!

This book is a great, fun read for your summer “to-read” list – so check it out today. It comes out on July 2nd via Amazon.  I’ll post the link to purchase it above next to the book cover. I really like to always include a quote (I’m a quote girl!) so check that out below! I coudln’t find a great quote that doesn’t give anything away, so i decided to give a tid-bit. Hope you enjoy! Love to hear your thoughts if  you’ve read it or if you want to – just post in the comment section below!

Tid Bit From The Story:

he stops suddenly, becoming very still.  I’m confused.  I was sure he was coming to some sort of powerful conclusion that I really want him to make.  Something that’ll make me say, “It’s okay. Love conquers all.” But instead he offers me his lower-lip biting smile and I almost rush into his arms.  For the first time since I walked away from him the other night my heart feels whole.

There are some amazing quotes in the book and I deliberated over them, but I don’t want to spoil the great story for anyone! I don’t want to spoil the sweetness, and innocense as Caymen and Xander form their story.  This quote I think shows the story is real.. In real life, people (for the most part – there may still be those prince charming’s out there) don’t make large grandiose speeches that change lives, or change feelings.. In real life, we just forgive each other, when you love someone, you just can’t stay angry.. and being with them is more important than anything else!

SO – check it out – “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West is a great story, fun and romantic, humorous and real. It’s a great summer read, or anytime read.. Get it and check it out – that’s what I reccommend! You won’t regret it!

Kell

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Finds for June 28th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

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Hey Guys! First – Happy Friday!! TGIF!! I am sooo ready to be done with this week – well that is an understatement, I am wayyy ready to be done with this week! It has been one heck of a week —

However, I did find some new finds this week – but not as many as the last few weeks I have to admit, I think I have 4 good ones for this week – see below! I also l inked to Amazon b/c one of the books is FREE right now and one of the others is $1.99 so perfect time to check them out!

White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1)Finding Colin FirthCutters vs. JocksRule (Marked Men, #1)

 

So my choices for this week are:

1. “White Trash Beautiful” by Teresa Mummert

2. “Finding Colin Firth” by Mia Marce

3. “Cutters vs Jocks” by Elizabeth Marx

4. “Rule” by Jay Crowner

Now – a few notes on these — #3 is FREE on Amazon right now, so check it out! and #4 is only $1.99 on Amazon right now. I’ve heard awesome things about both and looking forward to reading them soon. I’ve linked to the two books described below – the free book and the one for $1.99 so get it now, before you forget or it’s not that great price anymore, I know personally unless I do it now, it may not get done (seriously!).

Free Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cutters-Prequel-Novella-Arbitration-ebook/dp/B0064PJUWY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372421640&sr=1-1&keywords=cutters+vs+jocks

“Rule” on Amazon for $1.99 — http://www.amazon.com/Rule-Marked-Men-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CGZXRQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372421674&sr=1-1&keywords=rule+jay+crownover+book

I also thought that I should include a random cool quote since I love quotes so much. I get a list everyday- and I really liked this one, so here you go:

Learn  from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to  stop questioning. by Albert Einstein

Happy Friday Everyone! What did you find this week? Share your link or just what you found in the comment section below — I will also be posting 2 reviews this weekend, so be on the look out!

 

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McGarry’s “Dare You To” Amazes Me! The Full Review!

Product Detailsby Katie McGarry

Published: June 1, 2013

Published by: Harlequin Teen

Category: Teen Romance / Social Situations

Summary From GoodReads:

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

What I thought:

After reading “Pushing The Limits” I had high hopes and high standards to be honest, but McGarry did not let me down at all! This story was brilliant! The romance just hot enough, but not too mushy or unbelieveable. At first I was hesitant because to be honest I didn’t care for Beth’s character in PTL, but i quickly saw her as someone different in this story. Ryan, now Ryan I loved from the first minute – his character was alive off of the page almost instantly for me. Their love story was so sweet and..innocent for their age. I loved Ryan’s manners and respect for women, something Beth needed dearly. Their passion for each other was…astounding! The story had a tough backline with the situation with Beth’s Mom and you get to see how wonderful a person Beth is by watching her deal with this and by learning how she got to this point. I share a similar story in my past, so I really related to her character in more ways than one – and her strength amazed me. For most of the book, I wasn’t sure how this would end, just like Ryan’s story – and I don’t want to spoil it but no one who reads this will be dissappointed. It is not just another gooey romance story, it has heart and soul and meat! It’s a story that is real, that talks about real life love which is messy and complicated, but if right will lead you to the end of the earth to find and keep it.

The Characters:

Beth and Ryan are the main two characters here of course. Beth is strong on the outside, tough as nails.. or so she wants you to think. On the inside she feels abandoned and lonely and untrusting. She hasn’t had an yone to depend on in so long it makes me sad. The picture painted of her as a little girl with blonde hair full of ribbons and then an older girl with black hair and piercings and tough look – tells how much she has changed. How much she had to change to survive. Then she meets Ryan and everything changes. Ryan is athletic but I woudln’t call him a jock because he is smart and not snobby. I love that their click which includes Lacy, Chris, and Logan are just people too – they aren’t the “perfect” high school kids, they are themselves, and I love they don’t feel like they have to conform. Beth and Ryan learn from each other in this story. Beth learns how to trust and let go and let herself have a life there and trust that Ryan will be right to her. Ryan on the other hand, learns to ask for what he wants and not back down to his parents and their dreams and in the end both of their lives are better for this. One of my favorite moments in the book is the rain drop moment – again I won’t spoil it, but girls.. be ready to swoon. I fell in love with Ryan myself that very moment.

On other characters – you see Lacy, Chris, and Landon some – but I do wish  we could see more of them. They are a great support for both Ryan and Beth, and I know the focus was on them, but I still would have liked to see mroe of them. As far as the characters from the other story, Isiah was a tough character here because Beth had to finally admit she didn’t love him the way he loved her – I think her telling him he would be happy one day when she realized that the love they could have was not what they did and they shouldn’t settle was a great moment. And as for Noah and Echo, of course I could have seen more of them. I personally connected more in the end with Ryan and Beth – but I still love that couple and their sweetness. I’m super excited to see Isiah getting his own story next and I hope he can find some type of happiness and peace. All 3 characters from the first story – Noah, Isiah, and Beth deserve it, they all have more than a hard life.

So the characters in this story were amazing, I could relate and they  felt real to me, like someone I might know or could call and chat with on the phone. I like the way McGarry writes her characters like that – they remind me of being young but still not too young and immature. The story was written really well all around!

Overall Rating and Reccommends:

The story gets a 5/5 Sunshines!

Overall I was happy with the story, and really enjoyed the plot and the characters. I would reccommend it to anyone who enjoys true romance, true love. I really love that this book felt like the type of love you find in Romeo and Juliet without the one person dying part – which makes it awesome. I rooted for both Ryan and Lacy and the last scene in the book on the football field, the final dare left me smiling and wanting more. This is 100% a book you buy and keep for a re-read. I can see this being a great vacation beach re-read when you just need to zone out and enjoy a great story! I’m already looking forward to hearing more about these characters in Part 3 of the storyline.

Great job Katie McGarry! The book was amazing!

Quotes that MADE the story:

Number 1 –

“You’re a lot like that bird in the barn.  You’re so scared that you’re going to be caged in forever you can’t see the way out.  You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again.  The door is open, Beth.  Stop running in circles and walk out.”

Number 2-

That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn’t care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.”

Number 3-

“How many more of us are faking the facade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we’re not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?”

Number 4-

“This overwhelming, encompassing feeling is love. It’s not perfect and it’s messy as hell. And it’s exactly what I need.”

Hope everyone enjoyed the review – tell me what you think! Did you love it? Will you read it now? Love to hear back any comments!

Happy reading!

Kelley

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Musing Mondays – June 3rd

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Happy Monday Everyone! I love musing on Mondays because it gives me a time to rant, or squeel over new books, or just talk about what I’m reading or reviewing… So here it goes for this week:

1. What books did I buy for myself this week? I kind of had a “small” binge on book buying this week.. with GOOD reason though, I promise! I got an ARC for “Complete Me” by J Kenner and then “This Girl” by Colleen Hoover – which leads to my purchase.. I got the 3rd book in the Colleen Hoover series, so I HAD to have the other 2 right, you can’t stop or start at the last one, so maybe I treated myself to them. And besides, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Hoover – so I’m excited to check out this series and reading 3 in a row without a wait is a dream for me, i’m so impatient but at least I can admit it.. haha

This Girl (Slammed, #3)Slammed (Slammed, #1)Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)

I also bought “Forever You” By Sandi Lynn. I loved the first book and the second came out, and it was $3.99 – so how could I NOT get it, in fact it’s my next TBR book..

Forever You (Forever Trilogy, #2)

I got “Torn” and “Twisted” via Netgallery and then from my Pixel of Ink emails this week, i scooped up 2 books for .99 each (who could pass that bargain up?) – so I got “Ever Enough” by Stacey Borel and “Click to Subscribe” by L.M. Augustine. One thing I like to do is check this daily list from Kindle for free/sale books and if I see something I like for one dollar or less, check it out – it’s gotten me some great reads, from authors I might never have read.. so worth the look I think.

Click to SubscribeEver Enough

Now – last – what I’m reading right now, well just NOW I finished “Complete Me” by J. Kenner. The book doesn’t publish until July, so my review will have to wait (and this might kill me!), but I can tell you that I’m as in love with the series now as I was after the first book.. The third book was amazing and I am hoping we will get to see more of these characters in a fourth story too. However, since I can’t gush too much right now or even do my review, I thought I’d share a quote with you that I loved from this story and that shall be it for me tonight

Then check back tomorrow to see my Top Ten Tuesday (exciting topic this week) and for my reviews for this week. “Lola and the Boy Next Door” will be reviewed as well as one of my reread books (vintage book before I blogged) and I plan on doing one of these each week to better “round” my content, without spazzing my brian too much – great idea huh? Anyway, enough of me – check the quote below and get excited for this book coming out in July – “Complete Me” by J. Kenner – if you liked Bared to You and 50 Shades, then this is FOR YOU! So get it today!!

Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3)Hitting stores July 18th! Awesome end to the series, check back for my review in July!

And here’s my quote for today – from “Lola and the boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)I thought sharing a quote from here is fitting since i’m reviewing it here this week – and I loved it! So here you go….

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

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“So do you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.
“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.
“If the person is… Lola?”
This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”

 

Ok Everyone – that’s all for tonight! Happy Monday and if you want to chime in – tell me what you are reading, a rant you have, or anything else – you can be part of Monday Musings too! Night!

 

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Happy Thursday!

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Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I am not going to do a long post today, but I wanted to do a post because “tah dah” I changed the look of my blog – I spent..probably way too long today changing things up and freshening it up a bit.. Still trying to figure my way around here, but hey.. i’m getting there – so check it out! Let me know what you think!

I started The Summer I Became a Nerd Yesterday, and I’m loving the humor in it..

What does everyone have planned for the weekend? This week has been long and pretty much torture — see the image over there – that is what I’m sure I look like after this week – I need some TLC for myself and some reading and reviewing! I’m planning on getting some reviews done! I’m so behind writing this stuff up – and reading! Working on the blog is taking away from my time to read books — kind of ironic – haha. But I have to say I have made some great new blog buddies this week – so thanks to everyone who follows me and who has commented on my posts – it’s the best thing about doing this, besides the books of course – to get to know all the cool people out there who love books as much as I do.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday and look for more to come this weekend! I’ll try to do a Friday wind up tomorrow – hmm.. what shall I leave you with.. I think a quote since I’m so fond of them – here is a random quote from The Summer I became A Nerd –

“I can’t swallow another drop of soda by this point because the carbonation is burning my throat.
“Oh really? Well…” I trail off as I feel bubbling at the base of my throat. This is not good.
Before I can stop myself, I let out the biggest burp I’ve ever, ever, ever had. I slap a hand over my mouth and stare at Logan whose eyebrows have reached astronomical heights.
“Dude! So not smooth, man! Girls cannot stand rudeness,” Dan yells from the back room.” 
―    Leah Rae Miller,    The Summer I Became a Nerd

Ok – I know that is random for a quote – but I think it’s a great display of the humor, I laughed myself silly when I read this.. If you’re looking for something light – especially after a pretty deep book I just finished – check it out!

Keep Reading!

Kell

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Friday Finds Sponsered by Should Be Reading @ Wordpress.com (May 10)

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Hello Readers! And Happy Friday! Today is my first time parcitipating in my Friday finds and I did have a few good ones this week.  I’ll list them below – but i’m excited to hear what did you find too?

For this week my finds were The Blackstone Affair, Ten Tiny Breaths (have to read before the sequel comes out soon!), The Summer I Became A Nerd, Our Song, and The Distance Between Us, and OCD Love Story. I felt like there were so many more this week – but these are the top of my “new read material” list for right now. So let’s check them out!

Naked (The Blackstone Affair, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)The Summer I Became a NerdOur SongThe Distance Between UsOCD Love Story

This is just a small sampling of the new books added to my list this week. If i don’t stop fast – my list will be longer than… well let’s just say way too long!

I thought I would pull one quote randomly from one book just as as teaser and of course as I read/review – be sure to check that out!

So here’s the quote — ta da! From Ten Tiny Breaths –

“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”
—                  K.A. Tucker                  (Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1))

“I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.”
—                  K.A. Tucker                  (Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1))

Just from those quotes, I know I want to read that book and it has just escalated itself from my list on my Kindle/etc. I am in the middle of two books with two in the wings, well 3, but now this one takes the cake – it may even be next. So thanks to http://shaninsanfran.wordpress.com/ for reccommending this – can’t wait to discuss with you – she is one of my newest friends in Blogland and if nothing else this week – I have found that great begining of a friendship!

Happy Friday Everyone – read on and let me know what you’re reading too!

K

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