REVIEW: My Summer Roommate by Bridie Hall a.k.a boy + girl as roommates = ?

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TITLE: My Summer Roommate
AUTHOR: Bridie Hall
PUBLICATION: Published September 19th 2014 by Evernight Teen
GENRE: YA > Romance | Contemporary
PAGES: 136pages (kindle edition)
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RATING:

 

3 ★★★

 

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Chloe needs a place to crash for the summer before college. When Chris offers, she moves in with him. It’s just for two months, no biggie. But soon she realizes she may have made a mistake. He is too perfect; a former snowboarder, laid-back and kind to boot, and he’s smitten with her. But she’s got trust issues and a relationship feels daunting. When he keeps trying to win her over, the temptation becomes overwhelming.

Just as she gives in and decides it’s not worth fighting their feelings anymore, Chris reveals he’s made a stupid mistake which might ruin Chloe’s trust in him and tear them apart.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Oh man this is just so sweet. Like awwwwwwww kind of sweet.

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Chloe and her mother are selling their house. Bur she’s moving for college so she needs a place where she can temporarily stay. Enters Chris. A long time friend (more like acquaintance) that volunteered his place because he doesn’t have a roommate anyway.

Am I the only one who thinks that this kind of situation will surely end up into a complication? I don’t know.. I mean a girl and a guy JUST living in the SAME ROOF without turning into.. something? Hmm.

Anyway, what I really loved about this book is that it’s short compared to my usual read BUT it doesn’t feel like it was rushed. It made me swoon, made me laugh, made me angry even (yes, I’m looking at you Chris) and it was written decently. Bridie Hall just captured that light and sweet read that we’re all craving for once in awhile.

Chris and Chloe are totally paired correctly, like, you would look (in this case, read) at them and say ‘why yes, these two is perfect for each other’ The romance is absolutely authentic. You’ll really feel what the characters are going through and it’s easy to get lost into the story. 

This book is perfect for readers who are looking for a break from their heavy reads and wants to switch to a light and ‘it-makes-me-happy’ kind of book!

Paula

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Horror Business by Ryan Craig Bradford

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Horror Business
Ryan Craig Bradford
Published February 2015 by Month9Books
YA > Horror
215pages (paperback)
 
 
 
 
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Armed with a passion for classic B-grade horror movies, a script co-written by his twin brother, and a wicked crush on his death-obsessed neighbor; hardcore horror fan Jason Nightshade must finish his student film.
But his plans are derailed when the children of suburban Silver Creek start disappearing – his twin brother among them. Battling a possessed video camera, a crazy zombie dog, a monstrous bully, and a frighteningly broken down family life, Jason embarks on a mission to find his lost brother so the two can write an ending for his story.
As an any horror fan knows, saving the day won’t be easy, as Jason finds himself forced to face the real world where death isn’t just a splash of fake blood on a camera lens.
 
 
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Ryan grew up in Park City, Utah. His fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Paper Darts, Vice, Monkeybicycle and [PANK]. He currently lives in San Diego where he acts as Creative Director for the nonprofit literary arts organization So Say We All. He’s the co-editor of the anthology Last Night on Earth and founder of the literary horror journal, Black Candies.

 

 

 

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Bookish Thoughts #004: Instalove And Why I Hate It More Than Economics

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Welcome to Book-ish thoughts! A weekly post here on Her Book Thoughts where we ask for a little of your time to share a thought about useless and nonsense things. YAY! Don’t worry, it will ALWAYS have something to do with a book or anything bookish!

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I hate Economics. I might go around convincing others (and occasionally, myself) that Economics is something that I like and that I can deal with it in sporadic doses.

Warning: Don’t believe me when I say anything like that! It is bullshit in its highest form.

I DO NOT LIKE ECONOMICS and I do not know when in my life I will ever use the Marginal Propensity to Consume!

And it’s the very same with instalove. I DO NOT LIKE IT and I do not know why I see so much of it in books when it does not happen in real life!

Now, I understand the appeal. Really, I do. Can you just imagine how amazing it would be for this hot guy/girl to just look at you and in that one glance you know. You just know that this is the person you’re going to be with for the rest of your life. There’d be no angst or broken hearts or tears.

AND I WOULDN’T EVER TOUCH A BOOK FROM THE ROMANCE GENRE EVER AGAIN.

I think what bothers me most about instalove is the fact that there seems to be not one book, NOT EVEN ONE, that has gotten it right. And do you need examples?

Stepbrother Dearest. Anna and the French Kiss. Taint. Beautiful Oblivion.

I don’t even get me started on the monstrous disaster that was ROMEO AND JULIET.

And instalove in YA novels is a disease. So many readers encourage authors to look beyond the whole love-at-first-sight thing and yet, instalove is what seems to keep these YA novels selling. And why? Is it because people are tired of reading the slow burn that comes with a romance novel? Are we so impatient that we don’t want to wait for the protagonists to actually get to know each other before they nookie?

And dear Lord, do we even realize what we’re doing to young girls who read this crap? Here’s what: We’re telling them that it’s okay for them to “fall in instantaneous love” with the first hot guy they meet in high school. We’re saying it’s okay for them to be a part of these shallow, superficial relationships. We’re telling them to be clingy and commitment-phobic and keep unrealistic expectations for their “happily-ever-after.”

Am I the only one bothered by this? What do you think about instalove and its implications and effects?

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Langston’s Daughters (The Lockwood Legacy #1) by Juliette Harper

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TITLE: Langston’s Daughters
AUTHOR: Juliette Harper
PUBLICATION: Published December 3rd 2014 by Skye House Publishing
GENRE: A > Romance | Mystery
PAGES: 156pages (paperback)
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RATING: 
 
 

3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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Kate, Jenny, and Mandy. Langston Lockwood’s daughters. His tyranny drove them away. His suicide draws them home. They inherit his land, his millions, and his mysteries. Meet the women of the Rocking L and the men who come into their lives. Together, they begin the journey to discover the truth about The Lockwood Legacy. From the pain of the past they find the strength to build a dynasty.
 
 
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REVIEW:

 


“Someone murdered Langston Lockwood, and regardless of how he had treated them all, she owed it to her father to find out who did it.”

I like being invested to the story of these three sisters. The book is told on three different POV’s and I thought it was going to confuse me, but it actually worked for me instead. I became more into the story because of it and I understand the characters even better.

People said Langston Lockwood killed himself. But her three daughters have a different theory. Its up to them to bring justice to their fathers death and found out who the culprit is.

Its great that the mystery doesn’t end even though we found out what truly happened. Through out the book, you’ll really find yourself wondering and asking about what really went down when Langston Lockwood put a bullet on his head. See, Langston isn’t the most polite person in their town. He pissed off a lot of people when he was still alive that’s why anyone could have done it.

I really did not guessed the conclusion so that’s why I liked the mystery in this book. Don’t you just love books that keeps you guessing? What I didn’t like though was how it was revealed. It was a bit flat ad it was too early to reveal it that’s why the thrill was snatched away from me. But its great that, like I said above, the mystery doesn’t end even though we found out what truly happened. Turns out, something big is happening behind them and I can’t wait to find out what it is on the following books.

The best part here are sisters. I adore every characters in here. Even the guys! I love how different sisters are but how wonderful they are together. The romance was not that highlighted but its there and it was simple and sweet.

Overall, Langstons Daughters is a great series starter. The characters are good and it has a bit of everything. Perfect for your bookclub!

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.

“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”

“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”

 

 

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GUEST POST: Soul Crossed (Of Angels and Demons #1) by Lisa Gail Green

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TITLESoul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels, #1) 
AUTHOR: Lisa Gail Green
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: February 25th 2015 by Full Fathom Five Digital
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 252pages (kindle edition)

 

 

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“A wickedly romantic story that will have you cheering for Lisa Gail Green’s addictive storytelling. SOUL CROSSED is devilishly delicious!” — Martina Boone, author of COMPULSION and the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy
“Soul Crossed blurs the lines between good and evil with addictive characters and plot that will have you eagerly turning the pages.” ~Kelly Hashway, author of the Touch of Death series.
One Demon.
One Angel.
One Soul.
Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.
Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.
It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.
And only one can claim Cam’s soul.
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Q: What was your inspiration behind writing this book?

A: I wanted to do a book about forbidden love, and what could be more innately forbidden than a demon and an angel? The idea grew from there. I wanted to show that Grace and Josh complete each other and that there are too many shades of grey in this world to make almost anything an absolute. I knew it was going to be tricky, despite avoiding religion as much as possible, but I wanted to make sure in my world it was about perception, belief, and choices and there was no simple answer to the ultimate questions. Frankly as soon as I started writing Josh and Grace took over and did what they wanted, which I know is hard to understand if you aren’t a writer! But hopefully that translates to them feeling just as real to you as they do to me.

Q: Do you think Josh and Grace belong together?

A: Every relationship goes through ups and downs, but I wouldn’t be a good writer if I didn’t do my best to put them through the worst. If they can stay in love after all I throw at them then YES! They deserve eternal love. 

Q: Did you have an “aha” moment when you came up with this story?

A: My biggest “aha” moment when writing Soul Crossed was during a very important scene in Josh’s apartment when Grace is ready to be with him. I had the book planned fairly well in my head but realized as I typed that the book was going to wrap up far too soon. I didn’t know what to do, so I thought, just keep going and you can revise later. Writers always revise so it wasn’t so crazy a thought. But what happened was Josh surprised me! He reacted in the opposite way I expected him to and it was perfect. Subconscious at work? Maybe. All I know is I love it when my characters surprise me because hopefully they do the same for you! Did I revise? Heck yeah. But that important moment stayed and still fit perfectly. Can you guess what it was?

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she’s represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren’t allergic. Lisa loves YA. She believes with all her heart that teen readers are ready and willing to experience things that some adults have closed their minds to, that books are the safest way to explore, learn, and escape, and that imagination is the key to just about everything.

 

 

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