52 Reasons to Hate My Father

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Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

I’m admittedly very late to reviewing this. I’ve been wanting to read it forever, after seeing the wonderful book trailer (All of Jessica Brody’s trailers are great)! It looked like such a fun book, and I was totally right!

It’s been a long time since I read a book that was so cute, funny, and entertaining, all while being very clean! YA tends to be a sketchy genre, especially in the contemporary sector, but Ms. Brody really pulled it off! I was very impressed. There was fabulous character development, and story lines, all the while being all around funny! I very much enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Maddie

The Geography of You and Me

imageLucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

It’s exceptionally rare to find a YA romance novel as cute, and well written as this, yet totally family friendly. Like, I’d be comfortable letting my 10 year old sister read this book. But at this same time, it was amazing. It was AMAZING. The actual plot was a cool idea, and the writing style just made it even better. Plus, now I want to go send people postcards. Yo, it’s just good. Go read it.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Maddie

Second Star

imageA twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete’s nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up–and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

I think I’ve mentioned before, I love Peter Pan. I embrace EVERY adaptation of the novel… Except Second Star.

I was very excited to hear about a YA adaptation of my favorite book. But this book fell very short for me. To be honest, it was just kind of ridiculous. The characters didn’t use the most common, of common sense. And the plot just didn’t make sense, half the time. In the last few chapters, the author had an opportunity to fix the plot, with a bit of a plot twist. It was a wide open, super easy plot twist, that would have SAVED THE WHOLE BOOK. but, no, of course not. Lets make Second Star as ridiculously dramatic and cheesy as possible. *sigh*

That said, there were a few perks through out the novel. But the issues definitely out weighed them.

1.5 out of 5 stars.

Maddie

Dorothy Must Die

imageI didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

This was an exceptionally different, and enjoyable interpretation! Although it started out, and continued to be a bit… Dark for me, I enjoyed it overall. I will never be able to watch The Wizard of Oz again. Or read the book. Or anything of the likes. The book. This book got to me. It painted these beloved characters in such a different light, but it was so well done! A lot of other books I’ve read, trying to do the same thing, just came off as cheesy or rip offs. But Dorothy Must Die did I great job!

4 out of 5 stars!

Maddie

MY BIRTHDAY

Happy birthday to ME! I am celebrating with this adorable picture of kawaii flan. Aka – the best dessert ever. I’m having a pretty great day, and I hope you all are too! 🙂

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What’s the best birthday celebration you’ve ever had? Let me know in the comments below!

New Shop: DETAILS

Hello!

So, in the post below you can see information about my new etsy shop! I’m super excited about it, and it’s been pretty successful so far. Though – it may keep me from blogging as much…

Anyways, I would love to hear suggestions from you guys. Let me know ANY book/movie/tv character you would like a bow inspired by, and I’ll do my best to design one!

As always, thanks for reading!
Maddie

New Etsy Shop

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As some of my long time readers probably remember, I opened an etsy shop several years ago. Recently, I was inspired to restart it! So, please go check it out, and *coughcough* buy some stuff! All the funds help me keep this blog going, so you won’t regret your purchase! Link HERE.

Right now, I have some bows inspired by story book, and fairy tale characters. I’m kind of in love with them!

Strange and Ever After

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In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

Firstly, I think we all know, Susan Dennard is one of my most favorite people on this planet. She’s so amazingly kind, and perfect, and just all around awesome. And I totally fell in love with her writing, and her in a totally not creepy way (and maybe a certain character *coughDanielcough*, but we won’t go down that path right now). It’s so bitter sweet to see this phenomenal series end. And despite the fact Strange and Ever After made me ugly cry, I loved it. It was beautiful. It genuinely was. This trilogy needed an honorable end, and it got one. Susan so perfectly captured the essence of the Spirit Hunters. The character development, was so genuine. As cheesy as it sounds, these books leave you changed. I swear, there were scenes where the magic practically dripped off the pages. Just. Go buy it. It’s amazing. And I’m in no way biased.

Never forget; Aim for the Knees.

Maddie

A Rant About Giveaways

So, to start out, I’d like to say, this post doesn’t apply to very many of my readers. But it does apply to several, so I hope this is a lesson they can take to heart.

Anyways, my first few giveaways I had a few people enter false entries. But, it was only two or three people, so I just deleted their entries and moved on. The last giveaway I hosted, more than half the entries were false, and yes, I checked EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

So, I just ask, please enter giveaways truthfully. I, and the authors, put a lot of work into these posts, and giveaways. It’s rather hurtful when you lie to us, just to get free book swag.

Thanks,
Maddie

Anna Banks Interview and Giveaway

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I recently did an interview with the LOVELY Anna Banks, author of the YA novel, Of Poseidon, and several other books. My review for that can be found HERE.

Her is what she had to say!

1) Was there a particular book/series/author that inspired you to start writing?

Yes, and it makes me sound like a jerk. After I read the Twilight series, I thought to myself “If this chick can get published then I can get published.” What I didn’t realize is that Stephenie Meyer just made writing look easy, because it in fact, is NOT easy. I’ve since learned that easy reading is hard writing!

2) Do you draw inspiration from pop culture (TV Shows, Video Games, Movies, etc), and if so, which ones?

When I wrote my new adult romance Degrees of Wrong, I took a lot of the underwater ship’s details from SeaQuest DSV–a TV show I watched as a teen. I also got the inspiration for the Syrena Legacy series from watching ocean documentaries. And whenever I want to get in a certain mood for a certain writing scene, I play music that fits the scene. Works like a charm.

3) If you could live anywhere (any time era, and place), where would it be?

I would live in the 1700s in England. They adored plump pale chicks back then, so I could have totally married into royalty. Mr. Darcy here I come! 🙂

4) If you had 24hrs to do ANYTHING you wanted,what would you do?

This is a great question, so I’m trying to think of something that doesn’t expose me as the lame person I am. Right now I’m desperately wanting to visit the Smithsonian Museum, so I would have to say that I would spend my 24 hours wandering around there, and hopefully getting inspiration for my next book!

5) You’re trapped on an island, but were allowed to bring one person, one food, and one object. Which would you choose?

I would bring Galen, beef jerky, and toilet paper. Toilet paper’s important.

Thank you Ms.Banks for taking the time to answer my questions!

And lastly, a GIVEAWAY! I have some pretty awesome swag to giveaway! Enter on the rafflecopter below. USA only, sorry international readers!

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