Thursday, August 17

BOOKS TO GO PLEASE TAKE THEM!

I still have a lot of books left.  All money donated will go to the tour site. I’m hoping to get it up and running again.. No offer is too low. I just need all these books gone asap!!!  


Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett HC
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase PB
Crazy House by James Patterson ARC
Riders by Veronica Roth HC
Bet For It by Megan Hart PB
Stepbrother Mine by Opal Carew
Letters of the Lost by Bridget Kemmer ARC
Deadly Heat by Richard Castle HC
Driving Heat by Richard Castle HC
Raging Heat by Richard Castle HC
 Frozen Heat by Richard Castle HC
Heat Rises by Richard Castle HC
Naked Heat by Richard Castle HC
Heat Wave by Richard Castle HC
Long way Home by Katie McGarry HC
Queen OF Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks HC
Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks HC
Winners Kiss by Rutoski HC
Winter 
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Take me ON by Katie McGarry
Dare You Too by Katie McGarry
Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Breaking The Rules Katie McGarry PB

Tuesday, July 25

Lucky In Love by Kasie West

Lucky In Love by Kasie West
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Point   
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352


Summary: In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.


Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --


She wins!


In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.


Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.


My Thoughts:  Kasie West is one of my all time favorite authors so when I was given the chance to read this I jumped on it! It was one of my most wanted books of the year of course!


We are introduced to Maddie who has always put her best effort forward. She goes after what she wants even though she’s a bit shy. She is motivated yet she isn’t very social. Well, except for her small group of friends.  She also loves working around animals and works at a zoo.  She loves her job and it doesn't hurt there's a cute boy who also works there.


Things go crazy when Maddie’s birthday doesn’t go as planned. She treats herself to a little gift and she ends up with a huge surprise!!!!


I really enjoyed the concept of this one.  If you were put in the situation you wouldn’t really know how you’d act.  I always think I’d spoil my family, give back to the ones not so fortunate and live life more fully and open.


I also loved the romance in this one! So sweet!! I think I loved most how she worked at a zoo and a lot of the small conversations with a certain boy took place there.  


Overall:  I enjoyed this one! I don’t think it was my favorite West book but it still fits into one of my favorite all time books. It was a cute story with a bit deeper lesson. Add some romance, friends, family and you have a great combination.


Cover: Love it!!! I’d definitely pick this up if I saw it in a bookstore! Super cute!


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Tuesday, July 18

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Release Date: July 18, 2017  
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Summary:  Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

My Thoughts: When I saw the summary of this one, I figured it was right up my alley! Sounded interested and a fun light read.

We are introduced to Quinn who is working a medieval themed restaurant and it’s a real riot. It's a job and she needs money right now. It isn’t perfect but it's okay for her. She goes to work, does her job, and goes home and copes with the rest of her life. She is dealing with her grandmother not remembering her and being put in a nursing home. She has a tough life.

It gets even more tough when a new hire comes along. His name is Wesley and Quinn has quite the past with him. She basically hates his guts and doesn’t want anything to do with him because of their past.

I really liked seeing these two quarrel.  I really wanted to support Quinn and hate him from the get go, but I just couldn’t. All I could see was this sweet boy who was trying.  

I liked the way things went along and I liked seeing their interactions. I really did like the characters for the most part but I did just have a hard time really connecting with them for some reason.

I’m glad I read this one even though I did have some issues with following along with the story! However, I did like the different pranks going on!

Overall: I liked this one but maybe a little less than I thought I would. It was still a fast light read and I did like certain parts more than others. I’d still recommend it, it probably just isn’t my top read of the year! But you also have to remember, contemps are my cup of tea!! So I read a lot of them!

Cover:  Love it! Love how fun and cute it looks.

What I’d Give It:

Tuesday, April 11

Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 4, 2017  
Publisher: BloomsburyUSA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400

Summary:  Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:  This one will probably have to be a shorter review from me. I may cry the whole time writing it. I basically cried most of the time reading it.  

We are introduced to Juliet who lost her mother. She visits the cemetery and leaves her mom a note. Because she always wrote her mom notes. She’s dealing with her death the best way she knows possible.  But when someone responds to the note, it's a whirlwind of emotions for Juliet. That was a private note, why would anyone even write back?

We also meet a boy named Declan who is a loner. He’s a good guy, but doesn’t have the best past. People are afraid of him.  I fell for him from the start. He was such a good character and I just knew he had a big heart.

They start to communicate back and forth. They have both been through so much.

This story is so raw and beautiful. But if you’ve lost a parent I do believe it makes it just so much more emotional. I’ve lost both parents now. And its rough. I could feel everything Juliet was feeling. I could see the pain. I could feel the pain.

Overall: If you like contemps, this one should be on your read list this year. It was addicting and beautiful, yet it made me cry. It made me happy seeing how much they start to care for each-other, but it’s also heartbreaking to see Juliet go through everything she has.  Add this to your TBR now!!!! I’d definitely give this one 5 cupcakes!

Cover:  Honestly, I probably would pick this one up once I read the back. I just don’t think the cover gives it justice!!!!

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Friday, April 7

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: April 4, 2017  
Publisher: Simon Pulse  
Age Group:  Young Adult
Pages: 400   


Summary:   In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.


Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.


Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.


And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


My Thoughts: Oh my gosh, when I saw this summary I knew I had to read it as soon as I could get my hands on it! And I wasn’t disappointed. It was such a fun and cute one!


We are introduced to Bailey who has been living with her mom but when things start to get awkward she decides to go and spend the summer with her dad whom she hasn’t seen in awhile. It's a little inconvenient for her social life but it’s also a chance to find the boy she’s been crushing on through the internet. She’s been chatting with a boy across the country for quite a while and she does kind of want to hunt him down!


She moves and gets a job at a museum! This was really fun! I liked experiencing it with her! It was so intriguing and a lot of work!  She also meets a boy there and she despises him at first but once she gets to know him, things go a different way. I loved getting to know Porter and all that there was to him!! But this definitely puts a halt in her finding her dream mystery boy!


I just loved Bailey! I loved her personality. She was shy and not always sure of herself but another part that was determined and very loyal.


Overall: This one brought a lot of smiles and laughs to me. I enjoyed seeing what was going to happen next and read it in a day. One of those that you sit down and can’t stop! I really really enjoyed this one, and that ending, whoa! And the dinner scene, yep I laughed! I really enjoyed!!! I think this is a 4.5 cupcake rating for me.


Cover:  Love it! Even though it kind of makes it feel like a book that takes place at a beach, and I guess it does in a way. It’s a very cute cover!


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