ARC REVIEW: Marry Me, Charlotte B! by Carla De Guzman

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Marry Me, Charlotte B!
Carla de Guzman
Published April 30th 2015 by Midnight Books
A > Contemporary | Romance
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3 ★★★
 
 
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You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year!
Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when she’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.
Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of Nellie’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyone’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first.
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the Marry Me, Charlotte B! tour. This book is so refreshing! It really surprised me. I’m here to convince you guys to give this book a go. I hope my review can achieve that. Happy reading!!

 

REVIEW:

 

 

“Have you ever been single around aunts? It’s a nightmare! If you come to them without a boyfriend they’re like ‘Oh dear, it’s never too late!’ ‘You know I know the perfect single guy for you’ or ‘I’m sure God has other plans for you.’”


Nothing truer has been said in the history of truths.

Marry Me, Charlotte B! is such a unique and refreshing story to read. I don’t know Ms. Carla personally, but I just wanna pat her in the back and cry a little because I’m so proud. This novella needs to be read more. Really, the writing was great, the characters are awesomely written and the plot… the plot is terrific! I mean, who doesn’t want to read a story about weddings?

This is the first time I read a book written like this. And by this I mean, written by episode. You see, this is a reality show! There’s vtrs, hidden cameras, hidden interviews, and of course… drama. The story is centered around Nellie, who is the assistant to the Charlotte Betram. Charlotte just given the biggest wedding of the year in Nellie’s shoulders. Why did she do that? Well, that’s for Nellie to find out.

Nellie’s character growth is one of the reasons why I loved this. I’m such a sucker for shy heroines finding out how wonderful and amazing they are. And that’s exactly what happened to Nellie. The road to that realization was not easy though. Nellie was one tough MC to crack, not in a very annoying way but still tough. So when it finally happened, the results was tremendous. And I was happy.

And another thing was the romance. It was surprising. I love romance that surprises me!!!! The love interest was really sweet and swoony. Honestly, Nellie was one lucky girl.

So, overall, I truly enjoyed Marry Me, Charlotte B! Maybe not a 5 star for me, but this is a 2015 favorite. My only complain is that I wish it was longer but other than that, I have nothing but love for this book. It was quick, it was fun and it was definitely swoon worthy.

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Carla de Guzman (ck.deguzman@gmail.com) had horrible handwriting as a kid. That didn’t stop her from writing, though. Riddled with too much energy and a vivid imagination, she started writing every midnight. She grew up with her toes in the sand and her bags packed and ready to go on adventures. These books are chronicles of her journeys, with a silly love story mixed in.

When she’s not sitting in a plane or working, Carla writes for her blog, Some Midnights (www.somemidnight.wordpress.com), Modern Filipina and for When in Manila.

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Bone Deep by Kim O Brien

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Bone Deep
Kim O’Brien
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
Paperback, 242 pages (paperback)
YA > Contemporary

 

 

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Spending the summer on an archeological dig sounds like fun, and it would be, if Paige Patterson didn t have to work for her dad–the man who walked out on their family. Luckily, her best friend Emily Linton is also interning for her dad. The summer takes on a romantic possibility when she meets Jalen Yazzi–the super attractive son of her father s project manager. But then Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth. What was Emily doing alone in the ruins the night she disappeared? Did she see something she shouldn t have? The search for Emily brings Paige and Jalen closer together, but it also unlocks long hidden crimes and dangerous mysteries. As Paige digs deeper into Emily s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything–even her life.

 


Hey readers, let’s welcome Kim O Brien today! She answered some interesting questions about her novel, Bone Deep. Don’t forget to say Hi on the comments section and enter the giveaway.

 

THE INTERVIEW:

 

Hi Kim!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

 

Hi Paula, thanks for having me! I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was absolutely crazy about horses. My mom and I worked at the stable to pay for my lessons. A former Olympic rider took an interest in me and gave me his ex-Event horse, a Thoroughbred named Pops. We competed in many horse shows, including the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. After college I took a job with IBM, and while working full time, went back to school for my MFA in writing. I began writing fiction in my spare time and it quickly became a passion. I’m married, have two beautiful daughters and a four-legged friend named Daisy.

 

Bone Deep seems so different from your previous books. How did this idea came to you?

 

While on vacation in Arizona, I visited Montezuma’s Castle, which is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. I became fascinated by the story of the Sinagua Indians who lived there, spent years learning how to farm the desert, and then mysteriously vanished. When I looked up at the ruins and saw the empty windows staring back at me, I got goosebumps. There was something so ancient and scared about the place. At the same time, it was a place that would not give up its secrets easily.

 

Describe your main character, in 5-7 words for us.

 

Loyal, creative, brave, private, stubborn, curious, intelligent.

Your book cover is really creepy and it seems fitting, how did you decide the cover?

 

 My wonderful editor, Vikki Ciaffone and I brainstormed some ideas – she wanted to highlight the archeological aspects of the story, and I really wanted graphics (not people) to convey the dark tone. Christa Holland (Paper & Sage Design) did an awesome job of coming up with the design. As soon as I saw it, I loved it. Thank you Christa!!!

Who is your favorite character to write? and the not-so-favorite one? Can you share us why?

Paige’s mother was difficult to write. She loves Paige but she’s inherently selfish. She wants her daughter to be happy and successful but doesn’t trust that Paige can make the right decisions for herself. She’s more of a materialistic person and not as accepting as she should be. I loved writing Paige’s story – she had much to say and so many feelings to resolve. Emily’s voice came more easily however. She is one of those unfiltered people who are unafraid to say anything, do anything. At the same time, Emily has her secrets

Is there something weird, funny or even a scary thing that happened while writing Bone Deep?

Well, I looked at a lot of X-rays of my spine, so bones were definitely on my mind while writing this. I needed surgery to fuse my back and knew I’d be laid up for a while, so it was a race to get this book finished before that happened.  

 What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

Hopefully the readers will fall in love, just like Paige does. They’ll also be a few surprises along the way.    

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

The next novel is tentatively titled “The Darkest Place” and is about a seventeen-year-old aspiring dancer who fears she’s fallen for the wrong guy when she becomes the target of a stalker and discovers the link between herself and the deaths of three other girls.

 

 

 

 

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Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).

 

 

 

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GUEST POST: A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1) by Kathleen Baldwin, Meet Georgiana Fitzwilliam

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A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1)
Kathleen Baldwin
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Tor Teen
YA > Historical Romance | Fantasy
 
 
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It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the A School for Unusual Girls tour! Today, we will meet the lovely main character of Kathleen Baldwin’s latest novel. Find out her fears, her flaws and her deepest wish!! Yep, its all in here. Don’t forget to tell me what you think and to enter the epic giveaway below!

 

 

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Meet Georgiana Fitzwilliam:

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Georgie is an outspoken scientist, and has no interest in marriage despite her mother’s attempt to force her into the marriage mart. She doesn’t fit her family’s ideals or societal norms. She is exceptional in a culture that values being unexceptional.
When she accidentally burns down her father’s stables while secretly performing a science experiment her parents cart her off to Stranje House, a school to reform her manners. Or so her parents think.
All of the girls at Stranje House are outcasts because of their peculiar talents. And the headmistress, Miss Stranje is the original unusual girl. She has a plan for these young ladies and it doesn’t include turning them into meek marriageable misses.

Flaws:

Because Georgie is so intuitive she often leaps to conclusions, and sometimes she’s wrong. She’s excessively curious, which tends to get her into trouble. Georgie debates too often, offers logical arguments but fails to convince because she bullies with her intelligence. Forthright, spunky and brave, but it’s her persistence that repeatedly lands her in the proverbial soup.

Fears:

Georgiana is afraid she will never be valued. In vain, she hopes to prove her worth with inventions.

Deepest wish:

To be listened to, and respected, even though she is not like everyone else.

 

 

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“I love adventure in books and in real life. I’ve roamed the Rocky Mountains, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, finally met and married my very own hero, and together we’ve raised four free-spirited children.”
Award-winning author – Kensington published four of Kathleen’s Regency romantic comedies, including MISTAKEN KISS, a Holt Medallion finalist. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, was a Golden Quill finalist. Her upcoming Historical YA series with TorTeen, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and won a Marlene.
News and more at: www.Kathleenbaldwin.com

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Neverland by Shari Arnold

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Neverland
Shari Arnold
Published April 7th 2015 by CreateSpace
YA > Contemporary | Retellings
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4 ★★★★
 
 
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It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.
But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound.
Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?
In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?
 
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 Welcome to my stop for the NEVERLAND tour! This book you guys!!! THIS BOOK. It oozes with FEELS. I hope my review is enough to convince you guys to read it. I mean, who can resist a Peter pan Retelling!?

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Paula


“There are subtle truths buried in every make-believe…. You never know where you might find one.”

Oh WOW. This book broke me into pieces, honestly. But thank the book gods that it repaired me when the end came. This book is magical! It surprised me so much. Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride. What happens in a roller coaster ride? You get scared, some might cry in the middle, some gets frustrated they just want it to end but most importantly, when the ride ends, you’re left with that adrenaline and that huge grin on your face. (Some puke I know, but don’t worry it won’t happen here) I finished NEVERLAND with happy tears in my eyes and then I re-read it all over again.

The story started a bit slow and usually, I tend to complain because I’m not a fan of slow paced plotlines. But in here, I feel like it was really necessary. We got to know more Livy. Her life, her parents, her grief. The way Shari Arnold described Livy’s emotions, of her grief, was incredible. It feels like I’m the one who lost a sister and I’m the one grieving. It made me sad SO MUCH that I wanted nothing but to get away Livy in that situation. It was heartbreaking. And her parents was just the same. You really are not the same person when you lost someone you love. Livy was a main character to root for. It was so easy to understand and sympathize with her. She was authentic. Shari Arnold wrote fantastic characters. They are all not the same from the first time you read them because all of them underwent a tremendous growth.

Now MEYER, our Peter Pan in this tale was.. its really hard to describe my feelings towards him. He’s so sexy but oh so frustrating too! I’m not his number one fan, but I’m not a hater either. I really didn’t like his disappearing acts at the first part in the story. But then again, he is Peter Pan. He has secrets. And he’s always ready for an adventure!

 

“It’s time for an adventure,” is all he says. He’s sitting next to me, our legs brushing against each other each time the bus turns a corner. “Are you up for a little adventure, Livy?”

The word building was really believable. Something that will convince you that what you’re reading can be real. The explanations of Neverland.. Meyer.. the flying.. the magic, it was solid. I believe Shari Arnold’s terrific writing helped too. I fell hard! Not too purple prose, but not super simple either. It’s perfect. It fits the story, the magical atmosphere was there and it transports you. I have nothing but praise.

So. It is obvious that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this retelling. Whether you’re a PeterPan fan or not. Shari Arnold weaved a magical retelling that J.M. Barrie will approve of. Be charmed by Meyer and join Livy’s adventure towards acceptance, moving on and into love!

AUTHOR:

 

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Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: City Love by Susane Colasanti + Giveaway!!

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City Love
Susane Colasanti
Published April 21st 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
336 pages (Kindle Edition)
YA > Contemporary | Romance
 
 
 
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Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.
Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?
Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?
Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn’t resist, she may find herself in city love.
Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.
 
 
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 AUTHOR:

 

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Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It Happens, Take Me There, Waiting for You,Something Like Fate, So Much Closer, Keep Holding On, All I Need, and Now and Forever. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.

 

The first book of Susane’s City Love trilogy will be released on April 21, 2015.

 

 

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