Books by e. lockhart

real live boyfriendsHave you read any of e. lockhart’s novels about Ruby Oliver, the angst-ridden teenager with boy troubles? If not, you should. And you should read them in order since you’ll only get the full impact if you do so.

I recently finished the last installment in the Ruby Oliver saga, and it was awesome. I had to keep myself from underlining parts since this is a library book and librarians frown on that sort of thing. But the book is filled with quotes that made me want to jot them down for future reference.

Unfortunately, I didn’t jot down the quotes, which means I’ll have to read the book again in order to make note of them. Not that it’ll be a hardship. I enjoyed the book that much. And it’s a fast read.

Seriously, if you’ve never read any of e. lockhart’s books, you should pick one up TODAY! They’re witty, and funny, and well-written. The characters are relateable, Ruby Oliver, especially, is so flawed, she’s perfect.

I really enjoyed Dramarama, Fly on the Wall, and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I think I’ve read all her books, and I’m anxiously awaiting any new material. So please, e., if you happen to read my blog, please write more wonderful books for me to read.

Go to your local bookstore or library now!

Have you read any of of e. lockhart’s books? Which ones did you read and what did you think?

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Book Review – The Opposite of Maybe by Maggie Dawson

oppositeAuthor: Maggie Dawson

Pages: 400

Publisher: Broadway Books

Summary:  Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other’s sentences—so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised.

But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie’s very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble.

It’s a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers.
It’s not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother’s tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live.

My Review: I requested this book thinking it was YA fiction (ok, so I skimmed the description) and was a little disappointed when I realized it wasn’t. I began the book reluctantly, but was quickly absorbed by the story.

A long-term relationship changes with a spontaneous marriage proposal and new business venture which leaves the main character, Rosie questioning her life. Added to the turmoil is the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy at age 44 (which she claims is too old to be having a baby.) Instead of marrying and moving across the country, Rosie moves in with her elderly grandmother and her handsome caregiver.

What begins as reluctant cohabitation soon turns into an enduring friendship. Along the way, we have some funny and poignant moments.

The characters were real, and the story is presented in the present tense unlike many novels which use past tense. That took a little getting used to, but I hardly noticed the difference.

I particularly enjoyed Tony’s character, as he was the most genuine and guileless. I hope I meet someone like that one day.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

 

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{Nerd Blast} Vortex by S.J. Kincaid

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The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

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About S.J. Kincaid
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S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014.

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Free Books

A few days ago, I received an IM from my niece asking me where she could find free ebooks. She knows my love of reading, and I’ve posted freebies on Facebook before, so she knew she was asking the right person. I’ve posted a list of resources before, but since SYNC’s Summer Reading is back, giving away two free audio books a week, I figured I should do another post.

You’ve heard about SYNC before, right?

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SYNC offers 2 FREE audiobooks (one modern YA novel and one classic) each week May 15 – Aug 20, 2014. You can sign up for email or text alerts that invite you to download the new titles as they become available. You need to have Overdrive Media installed in your computer, phone, or tablet, but you get to keep the books you download.

This week’s picks are Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and Oedipus the King by Sophocles.

 

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For a complete list of the books offered this summer, visit SYNC. For a list of resources for free books, go here. Personally, I prefer reading a hardbound book, but I always enjoy audio books when I’m on a road trip, so even if I don’t listen to these right away, I’ll have them for when I need them.

Now, go! Get your free books!

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Book Tour – Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum Tour

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Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum

March 19th: Such A Novel Idea REVIEW
March 20th: Lost In Ever After 10 RANDOM THINGS
March 21st: Spiced Latte Reads SPOTLIGHT
March 22nd: Sleepless Reviews  SPOTLIGHT/EXCERPT 
March 23rd: TTC Books and More REVIEW
March 24th: A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
March 25th: The Library of Sheen  AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 26th: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW
March 27th: Kat’s Book Buzz REVIEW
March 28th: Mom With A Kindle THIS OR THAT

 

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Big Fat Disaster
By Beth Fehlbaum

Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

“Colby’s life … is difficult enough, but it gets worse very quickly once she discovers a photo of her politician father kissing another woman. The fast pace, lively … dialogue, and timely topic make it a quick and enjoyable read.” – Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

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About The Author

In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds out The Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!

Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.

Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.

Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
You can find Beth online at http:www.bethfehlbaumbooks.comon Facebook, and on https://twitter.com/bethfehlbaum.

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Double Cover Reveal – How to Seduce A Band Geek & How To Hook A Book Worm

How to Seduce a Band
Release Date: 05/06/14
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
Sierra Livingston’s got it bad for her sister’s best friend, Levi Mason—the boy who carries his drumsticks in his pocket, marches with the school’s band, and taps his feet to whatever beat runs through his head. Sierra racks her brain for ways to impress the sexy drummer, but the short skirts and bursting cleavage don’t seem to cut it.
 
When Sierra gets paired with Levi’s sister, Brea, for a mentorship program, they strike a deal. In exchange for Sierra keeping her mouth shut about Brea ditching the program, Brea lets Sierra dig for more info on Levi to help get the guy of her dreams.
  
But when Sierra discovers Levi no longer plays the drums, his family has moved into a trailer, and he’s traded in his Range Rover for a baby blue moped, Sierra’s not sure if she can go through with violating his privacy. She’ll have to find the courage to ask him straight out—if he’s willing to let her in—and explore other ways to seduce the school’s band geek.

How to Hook a Bookworm (How To #3)
Release Date: TBD
Swoon Romance
 
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s Brea Mason’s sixteenth birthday, and she has three wishes. 1. Be magically eighteen like the rest of her friends. 2. Grow a money tree for her family whose financial problems are well known about town.  3. Overcome her test anxiety before she flunks out of every class.
 
But one day later, she’s still sixteen, her family’s money worries abound, and she’s no closer to passing than she was the day before!
Then a very sexy transfer student—with gobs of cash—shows up. Brea figures she has a better chance of burping up glitter than attracting the new guy, but he seems extremely interested in her.
 
Just when Brea thinks things are looking up, her report card arrives marked with four giant F’s. Enter resident bookworm and Brea’s loyal friend, Adam Silver. If he can’t help Brea pass, no one can.
 
Even with Adam’s help, Brea can’t handle the mounting pressure, and finds an escape with the new student who knows little about her problems. 
But spending oodles of time with her boyfriend strains the friendship with Adam she relies so heavily on. Faced with losing the only real comfort and support she has ever had, Brea starts to wonder if she can hook a bookworm before it’s too late. 

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About the Author
Amazon multi-category and international bestselling author of HOW TO DATE A NERD, HOW TO SEDUCE
A BAND GEEK and HOW TO HOOK A BOOKWORM
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
Cassie Mae is an Amazon.com bestselling author of the teen contemporary romance novel REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, which she self-published. In addition to publishing with Swoon Romance, she is published by Random House Flirt.
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