Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: We are the Goldens

We are the Goldens
by Dana Reinhardt
Series NA
Published By Wendy Lamb Books
Publish Date May 27, 2014
Pages 210
Format ebook
Genre Young Adult
Source via Netgalley for an honest review
Rating 3 stars

Blub from Goodreads:

Nell worships her older sister, Layla. They're one unit, intertwined: Nellayla. As Nell and her best friend, Felix, start their freshman year in high school, on Layla's turf, there's so much Nell looks forward to: Joining Layla on the varsity soccer team. Parties. Boys. Adventures.
   But the year takes a very different turn.
   Layla is changing, withdrawing. She's hiding something, and when Nell discovers what it is, and the consequences it might have, she struggles. She wants to support Layla, to be her confidante, to be the good sister she's always been. But with so much at stake, what secrets should she keep? What lies should she tell?
   Award-winning young adult author Dana Reinhardt explores questions of loyalty, love, and betrayal in this provocative and intimate novel.

My Thoughts:
I liked this book for the story line, however the way it was written was not to my liking. The way it went from journal like writing to conversational writing just wasn't me and the way I like to read. As I said the story line was great. I loved how you got to see the struggles all the characters were going through. Would I recommend this book to others. I would even to younger readers then myself because there isn't anything in this book that would be considered to mature for older teens.

About the Author:
Dana ReinhardtWhy don't you have a bio section?

Because I hate writing about myself.

But wouldn't that be easier than answering a whole bunch of FAQs?

Maybe. Probably. Go on... 

So where are you from?

I'm from Los Angeles, but now I live in San Francisco. Except for the summers where I go back to Los Angeles in search of the sun. 

What are you doing when you aren't writing?

Laundry, usually. Sometimes dishes. And I really like to walk near the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Why don't you run instead of walk?

Running is hard. And I'm sort of lazy. 

Have you ever had a real job?

Yes. Of course I have. I've waited tables, worked with adolescents in foster care, read the slush pile at a publishing house, and fact checked for a movie magazine. I also worked for FRONTLINE on PBS and Peter Jennings at ABC. I went to law school, which I know doesn't count as a job, but hey, that was a lot of work. 

What's your writing day like? Do you stick to a routine?

I like to write in the mornings. Sometimes that means I have to get up really early. I try to write 700 words a day -- about three pages. I know there are lots of writers out there who can write way more than that. I know this because writers like to tell you about how many words they've written on FACEBOOK. So I try not to look at FACEBOOK when I'm writing. And anyway, I've learned that 700 words are about all I'm good for on any given day, and if I write more than that I usually end up getting rid of most of it later. 

What, are you lazy or something?

I already told you I'm lazy. But seriously, 700 words are a lot of words. 700 of them, to be precise. 

Where do you get your ideas?

From someplace inside my head. 

That's not really an answer.

Yes, it is. And it's as honest an answer as I can give. 

Are your books autobiographical?

Not really. I'm not adopted, I've never told a lie that sent someone to jail, I've never built a house or had a brother go to war. But there are always things in my books that come from my life or from the lives of the people around me. It would be impossible to make up everything. 

Why do you write young adult fiction?

Because I was a young adult when I fell in love with reading and I can remember how books made me feel back then. How they provided both comfort and escape. That might make me sound like a shut-in, but I wasn't. I was just open to the experience books offered, probably more open than I am now as an adult. And I like writing for that sort of audience. 

What exactly is young adult fiction?

Lots of people have thought long and hard about this question and have had many intelligent things to say about voice and how YA books can't spend too much time on adult characters, etc. I don't have anything to add to the debate except to say that YA should be a place to go in the bookstore or library if you are looking for a coming of age story, no matter how old you are. 

Do you have a favorite book?


Don't be coy, what is it?

To Kill a Mockingbird. 

How come there aren't any vampires or wizards in your books?

Hmmmm... good question. Maybe I should write about vampires and wizards. 

No, you shouldn't. You wouldn't be very good at that.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. 

Did you wear a Soupy Sales sweatshirt when you were seven?

Does anybody even know who Soupy Sales is? 

That's what the Internet is for. Don't avoid the question.

I'm sorry, is this really a Frequently Asked Question? 

No. But, c'mon, tell us anyway.

Yes, I did. But I'm trying to portray myself as someone who wasn't a total loser. So maybe you shouldn't bring that up. And it also makes me sound ancient, which I'm not. Yet I had a Soupy Sales sweatshirt. And I loved it. It was yellow. And really soft. 

You're right. It does make you sound like a loser.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review: Scoundrel Ever After

Scoundrel Ever After 
Darcy Burke

Series Secrets & Scandals #6
Published By Intrepid Reads
Publish Date February 8, 2014
Pages 286
Format ebook
Genre historical romance
Source via netgalley for an honest review
Rating 4 stars
Buy At Amazon B&N
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Blurb from Goodreads:
Once upon a time there was a very bad boy…

Ethan Jagger will do anything to leave his criminal past behind and take his place as a gentleman in Polite Society. Success is within his grasp until his boss discovers his double cross and frames him for murder. As if running from the law and the outlaws weren't bad enough, he must protect an innocent young lady from the very criminals who want him dead. Worst of all, though, is the dangerous attraction that sparks between them. If he can escape the hangman’s noose and start anew, will she consent to love a scoundrel ever after?

Who met a very nice girl…

London only thinks of Audrey Cheswick as a wallflower—if they even think of her at all. She’s tried to find satisfaction—if not happiness—as a spinster-in-waiting, though her intrepid spirit yearns for a grand adventure. But when she runs away with England’s most wanted criminal, she learns adventure comes with a price—not just her reputation or her virtue, but her heart.

My Thoughts:

let me start off by saying that I haven't read any other books in this series. Ethan is a bad boy in every sense of the word, but then he was brought up in the streets of St. Giles.he was turned away by his half-brother when his mother died. He has had to steal and kill his way to the top of the food chain so to speak. He wants out though he's tired of the things he has to do to stay where he is.

His brother finally recognizes him as his brother and makes amends for turning him away all those years ago.

Ethan meet Audrey by climbing in her window one night to get away from the Bow Street runners and sends them she has taught him to dance like a gentleman so he can interact with the time and not look like an idiot. Audrey on the other hand wants adventure and has taken to dressing like a young man in order to do so. She has even been to a vice party given by Ethan's half-brother.

Ethan and Audrey start their great adventure by running away from Gin Jimmy and the Bow Street runners, everything is not perfect they fight and argue the whole time. They end up at an orphanage run by Fox and Miranda, they both can see themselves living there that is until the Bow Street runners finally catch up with them. Audrey is kidnapped by Gin Jimmy in order to bring Ethan into the fold. Ethan sacrifices himself to get her back but his brother and friends have other ideas. At the end of the book there is a happy ending.

After reading this book I am going to see if I can get the first books in the series.

About the Author:

Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

Review: Counting to D

Counting to D by Kate Scott

Series Stand Alone
Published By Elliott Books
Publish Date February 11, 2014
Pages 227 pages
Format ebook
Genre YA
Source Edelwiess for an honest review
Rating 4 stars
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Blurb from Goodreads:
The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way, she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to read.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. In this book you can relate to the characters, Sam goes through a lot of the same everyday issues that face new students everywhere. She tries to create a new her. She doesn't tell anybody about her disability and lets them all think that she is normal. Eventually all of her friends find out about her learning disability.

Towards the end of the book Sam has everything she wants the grades, the boy and friends that treat her no different then any of their other friends. She stays friends with her two best friends in San Diego. She also meets her dad for the first time in years.

About the Author:

Kate   ScottKate Scott lives in the suburbs outside Portland, Oregon with her husband Warren. Kate was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child but somehow managed to fall in love with stories anyway. COUNTING TO D is her first novel. When Kate isn't writing, she enjoys listening to audiobooks, camping, and spending time with her friends and family. Kate also spends a lot of time doing math and sciency things and is a licensed professional engineer.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday {2}

This is a weekly meme for me hosted by Pen to Paper
Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

To Seduce a Sinner (Legend of the Four Soldiers, #2)

Published On November 1, 2008

Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, has a problem: he needs to marry and produce an heir to the title. All Jasper wants is to find a lady who will put up with him long enough to wed so he can retreat to his life of debauchery—a life that keeps the haunting memories of his past at bay. Knowing that Jasper is under pressure to marry, Melisande Fleming grasps her fate with both hands and volunteers to wed him. Although Jasper is initially only interested in producing an heir, he soon becomes entranced by his wife—prim and proper by day, wanton by night—and vows to learn her secrets.

Melisande, however, is determined to keep her husband at a distance. She has loved, and lost, before, and will do anything to keep him from learning her terrible weakness: she's secretly been in love with him for years. But to her chagrin, her husband pursues her, wooing her as if she were a paramour, not his lady wife. As Melisande and Jasper embark on a passionate game of cat and mouse, secrets from the past begin to resurface...threatening to tear them asunder.

This is the only book of this 4 book series that I don't own. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday {1}

This is a new weekly meme for me. It is hosted by Pen to Paper. It looks like a fun one.
Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)Published on July 6, 2010

Six years ago, eighteen-year-old Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized all of London by eloping the night of her come-out ball with the notorious rake, Lord Mac Mackenzie. After three turbulent years of marriage, she scandalized London once again—this time by leaving him.

Now Mac has resurfaced, every bit as charismatic, and with one goal: to seduce Isabella back into his life and his bed even if it means acting like a real gentleman. But when Isabella rises to the challenge of posing nude for Mac's erotic paintings, her pent-up hunger for the decadent rake is exposed as well, and she finds herself unable to resist the smooth strokes of an artist at work.

But someone's been watching them—dangerously close. This ingenious forger with designs on Mac's paintings also sets his sights on Isabella herself. Deciding to become Isabella's protector, Mac vows to never leave her side, whether his independent and proud lady likes it or not.

I have the first book of this series. I'm one of those people who like to own the whole series. There are 10 books in this series and another two scheduled to be released.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Daring Miss Danvers

Daring Miss Danvers by Vivienne Lorret
Series Wallflower Wedding #1
Published By Avon Impule
Publish Date May 6, 2014
Pages 288
Format ebook
Genre Historical Romance
Source via edelweiss
Rating 4 stars
Buy At Amazon B&N

Blurb from Goodreads
It's all fun and games . . . until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he's properly wed, Rathburn's slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend's wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem . . . He can't help falling in love with her.

Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn's scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she'd imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.

For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game . . . But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.

My Thoughts

I really liked this book. The battle of wills between Oliver and Emma is great. 

Oliver convinced Emma, his best friends sister, to ply his betrothed for two months so he can receive his inheritance from his grandfather's estate. The reason he chooses Emma is because she is the only one that his grandmother seems to like. 
Emma prides herself on being perfect like her mentor Oliver's grandmother. She battles with keeping a secret from the ton. She doesn't want to be like her parents who are free thinking and artists but she is like them as she likes to paint but doesn't show anyone her work until she finally shows Oliver.

I hope that Merribeth and Delaney both find men who complament them like Oliver does Emma.

About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and The Rakes of Fallow Hall series. For more on her upcoming novels, visit her at

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Stacking the Shelves {17}

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews, it's all about sharing the books you have either gotten from the library, bought, picked up for free or have received for review. Here is my haul. What did you get? This is my haul for the last couple of weeks.

For Free:


Library Book:

For Review:

I Won: