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Breathing On Her Own Blog Tour

Thanks to Electively Paige for letting me be on the tour for Breathing on Her Own by Rebecca Waters! You can follow the tour along on Twitter (#BreathingonHerOwnTour) to hear more thoughts about the book. 

Breathing on Her Own

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Molly Tipton and her husband are looking forward to retirement, but Molly s life suddenly spirals out of control when her oldest daughter is involved in a terrible accident. An icy road and a sharp turn leave one woman dead, another clinging to life.

While two families grieve, details emerge that reveal Molly s daughter was driving under the influence. As she prepares her daughter for the prospect of a vehicular homicide lawsuit, Molly discovers her oldest child is not the only one injured and forced to deal with past mistakes.

If it s true that time heals all wounds, what are we to do with our scars? Continue reading “Breathing On Her Own Blog Tour”

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Camp Surrender; A Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop for Carol Grace Stratton’s novel Lake Surrender! Each day of the tour, be sure to follow #LakeSurrenderTour to see the new stops. I finished the book today, because I’m unorganised, and here’s what I thought…

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Quicker than you can say “downsized, unemployed, and divorced,” Ally Cervantes finds herself with the Pacific Ocean in her rearview mirror as she and her two children head to Lake Surrender in rural Northern Michigan to live with her aunt. The dry hills of California are a metaphor for her empty soul, but she can’t afford to wallow in self-pity with an autistic son who can’t make eye contact and a precocious twelve-year-old daughter counting on her to get it together.

With no other available jobs, Ally steps through the only open door for employment, working as head cook at a dilapidated Christian camp. Problem is, she doesn’t cook and doesn’t like religious fanatics.

But despite everything, she finds herself strangely hopeful as she learns her journey ends where the lake begins.

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My (Honest) Thoughts On The Book

I really enjoyed this book, despite it being a bit predictable. When Ally meets a man in a religious camp, I feel like you can see where it’s going. It’s a love story we’ve read a hundred times. But the camp setting, the divorce, and her son with autism all made this story unique.  Continue reading “Camp Surrender; A Blog Tour”

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My Harry Potter Journey (Potterhead July)

Harry Potter is my childhood. As cliche as it sounds, it really has shaped me as a person. So of course I was eager to sign up for a spot in Potterhead July! Every time I re-read the books (which I’ve done a thousand times) I get transported back to a particular time and place, or remember a wonderful experience, and I thought I should share those stories with you. Potterhead July Continue reading “My Harry Potter Journey (Potterhead July)”

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All the Feels; Sunday Street Team

Synopsis (GR):

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

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A Review: 

If you loved Fangirl, you should pretty much love this. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no way it even compares to the gloriousness that is Rainbow Rowell. It’s pretty fantastic, though.  Continue reading “All the Feels; Sunday Street Team”

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Where You’ll Find Me (tour)

Thanks so much to Nori @ ReadWriteLove and Natasha Friend for letting me a part of this tour! I got this book for free in exchange for being part of this book tour.

Synopsis (GR)

The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself… DUMPED by her best friend Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.” DESERTED by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. TRAPPED in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride. STUCK at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with. But what if all isn’t lost?

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My Thoughts…

Don’t ever say you’re too old to read middle grade books – this was adorable, and great no matter what age you are when you’re reading it.

Anna was so relatable, even though she was going things that I’ve never experienced. Her mum has tried to kill herself, so she’s stuck with her dad and step mum. As you’d expect, she hates it. Oh, and on top of that, her best friend has ditched her to become one of the ‘cool kids’. Haven’t we all been through that? Maybe not those exact circumstances, but everyone has fallen out with their friend over something, and been stuck with no one, or at least one person less. We got inside Anna’s head, and it broke my heart. This girl had nothing going for her, and she was really struggling trying to cope with it all. The book was told with that honesty only a middle grade girl can have, and it had me nearly in tears countless times. She didn’t dodge around subjects, discussing everything that needed to be discussed. It was sad, like I said, but it needed to be. Popularity
The one flaw was that it was a bit predictable. She thought the people she was forced to hang out with were losers, and hated her family. Hmm, I wonder where that’s going? I’ve read a hundred books like that, where we get taken through the journey of someone trying to accept and love themselves, and other people. But I guess it’s popular for a reason. It does work! Especially with the book being from Anna’s point of view, we got to learn to love the other characters at the same time as her. I did hate Dani while Anna was still trying to cling to their friendship, but how can you not? By writing it like this, it made the supporting cast really lovable. They were all screwed up, but that’s what made them close. It was so good for Anna to have people to turn to when she so needed to.

Despite the main point of this book being that Anna’s mother has tried to kill herself, it

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didn’t focus on that as much as I expected it to. Instead, it was more about Anna. As terrible as it sounds, I think it was really good for her to get away from her mum. Her mum was always a little crazy, and Anna being away from that crazy made her more normal. With being normal, she got to be happy as well, which she so deserved. I just wanted to give her a huge hug at the beginning of the book, because her circumstances were so sad.

There’s not too much more I can say on this book without spoiling it for you. But go and read it! Yes, it’s predictable, but sometimes we all need that in our lives, right?

Four Stars

About the Author

Natasha Friend–wearer of silly hats, lover of press-on mustaches, admirer of Gloria Steinem, devotee of well-named nail polish shades–is also an author. When she is not writing books, you will find her playing Wiffle ball, turning cartwheels, making chocolate-chip pancakes, singing, dancing, and wishing she was in a talent show. Natasha lives in Connecticut with her husband, three kids, and dog. Where You’ll Find Me is her sixth novel.

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Vampire Witch (Blog Tour)

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Vampire Witch by Eileen Sheehan:

For an up and coming witch, Casey Merker, escaping from her wicked mutant-vampire mother and even more wicked newly wedded vampire prince could never have been accomplished without the aid of two centuries old vampire brothers, Geo and Luthias. Amid the running, fighting and avoiding of the dangers and drama that arose during her escape, the brothers each declared his love for Casey. Now Casey must choose.   The problem is…. she loves them both!

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About Eileen:

Curl up with your e-reader or paperback and lose yourself in Eileen Sheehan’s exciting paranormal/fantasy world of magic, time travel, vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, and more! You’ll grab the edge of your seat, befriend -and maybe fall in love with- her heros and heroines and have a laugh or two as you enjoy her fast paced novels for readers of most ages.

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My Review:

I hate hate hate writing bad reviews for books I was lucky enough to get for free (in this case as part of a tour), but I just wasn’t a big fan of this book. No matter how much I read, I just couldn’t stay hooked. The writing and characters weren’t done as well as I wanted them to be. Saying that, I would still love for you guys to get the book! As a relatively small author, I think it’s so important for Sheehan to get proper feedback on where she’s going wrong. This is not a hate review, this is a constructive criticism review, and I think it would be great for her to get more of those.

The characters were weak, particularly our protagonist, Casey. Direct quote:

“I didn’t know what to do, so I returned to crying”.

She never, ever stood up for herself, instead relying on Geo and Luthius to leap in and Weaksave her. She did want to become a witch, would give her magic to save herself, and I admired that. But everything else? God, she was just asking for a punch in the face. There was also the problem of sex, particularly with her. She’s grown up in a tiny town, kept basically locked up in her house with her grandparents. At one point, she mentions that Geo is one of the first guys she’s ever had a conversation with. So what does she do? Has sex with him, of course! Out in the middle of nowhere, without protection, or even thinking. Then, she has the gall to blame him for not making her first time romantic. He had no idea it was her first time, by the way, not until it was too late. Casey becomes obsessed with sex from this point on – she never talks about Geo or Luthius without mentioning all the unmentionable things she wants to do to them. And yes, there are a lot more of those ‘arguments’. As in, Casey getting ridiculously mad at things the boys have done, not explaining what they did, and most of the time it being her fault. Did I mention I wanted to punch her?

The whole love triangle was unnecessary I thought. She said she loves both of them, which is one of my pet peeves. Casey, you don’t love them! You’re physically attracted to them, and want to sleep with them. That’s not at all the same thing. Then, she goes around hurting them because she keeps changing her mind about who she loves more. Personally, I don’t think she should have got together with either of them. If you can’t decide, don’t! Sometimes you have to sacrifice your own happiness for the sake of the happiness of the people you love. Not that Casey would ever realise that… Love Triangle of Doom

I could go on and on about the terrible characters, but its something I can look past if the writing is done well. Oh, how I wish the writing was done well… It wasn’t terrible, not at all. The descriptions were brilliant, and I could picture exactly what was happening. If you dropped me into that world, I could talk to all of the characters, and work my way around some of the settings. It was just the plot development that wasn’t done well. It felt rushed, or like she hadn’t edited it properly. This included little typos, and conversations where she got completely lost:
“I didn’t meant to do that,” she apologised.
“Is this Charles’ baby?” I practically screeched.
“No! You said he wore protection!”
“I have it on good authority that he did,” she said quietly.
This was a conversation between two characters – Casey, who thought she was pregnant, and a witch, Gwendoline. Is anyone else as confused as I am by that conversation? There were also things that were explained too many times. Someone would explain it to Casey, who would then explain it to Geo, and Geo and Luthius would discuss it. Like I said, the descriptions were done well. I just didn’t need them done three of four times to understand the world… It’s not a huge deal, and it’s not at all saying that Sheehan can’t write. I think she just needs a good editor to help her out with the basic things of writing, like those little things you might not notice yourself.

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with this book. I do plan on reading her other book, The Vampire, the Handler, and Me, I just don’t think I’ll enjoy it very much

Two Stars

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For the Record – Sunday Street Team

Sunday Street Team

I’d like to give a huge thanks to Nori from the Sunday Street Team for letting me be a part of this tour!

Blurb from Goodreads:

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like… until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule… Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

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