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Sunday Post #22

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!

This week I am covering the awesome books I bought when I attended the Minnesota stop of the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast YA Tour!

Book Haul + Swag

Book Haul July 2014

The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr Swag Haul July 2014

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Swag!!! ^.^

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Last Week on the Blog

Sunday – Secrets of the Eternal Rose Trilogy Review

Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I Own the Most Books From

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Pieces by Michael Crane

Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday: The Wicked Lovers by Kelly Apple

Saturday – Book of the Week: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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This week was a return to blogging in full force, both here and on my other two blogs that I’m working on. The best part was that it was simply for the love of doing it, and that made it incredibly fun and fulfilling. Being a content creator, even when it is just reviewing other people’s content, has to be a labor of love for me to do it, so times like this are awesome.

I read quite a bit this week too! I finished the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, read The Murder Complex, breezed through a few novellas that were sitting on my Kindle app, and finished it off with The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr! Having a great bookish week always makes everything better, and this was no exception.

I don’t know what I’ll be posting this coming week, but if the mood continues I’ll likely have at least a fair few for you all. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a great bookish week as well, and thanks for reading. Enjoy your Sunday!


Waiting on Wednesday #25

Waiting On Wednesday hosted by Breaking The Spine

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Set For Release On: March 24th, 2015

Summary From GoodreadsLiars

It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

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It’s been a Paula Stokes kind of time here on the blog the last week or so, and I figured why not keep the trend going with Liars, Inc.?! Paula told me about this one when I went to the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast YA Tour and said I’d likely enjoy it even more than Lainey, so I’m sold!

Liars, Inc. is a long way off, not coming out until late March of next year, but it’ll definitely be a pre-order of mine. Had you heard of this one before, and if you hadn’t does the summary intrigue you? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! ^.^


Secrets of the Eternal Rose Trilogy by Fiona Paul: Frodo’s Review

Secrets of the Eternal Rose Trilogy

SotER Trilogy

The Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy is an incredible action-packed adventure as well as a beautiful drama and love story. One of my favorite aspects of the books is the setting of Italy, specifically Venice and Florence, some of the most scenic areas in all of Europe in my opinion. I’ve wanted to take a trip to Italy, one of my ideal countries for a vacation, but Fiona Paul (aka Paula Stokes) made it feel so vivid and alive that it seems as if I’ve already been.

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The main character, Cassandra, or Cass as she prefers, is a rule breaker, a bit of a wild child, but incredibly naive at the beginning of her journey. She wears her emotions on her sleeve, is far too trusting, and also can be quite rude and careless with what she says to those she cares about, especially servants. However, there is something that drew me to her, some quality that even after reading the entire trilogy I can’t quite place, but she made me root for her.

I will warn you, in case you haven’t read this series, that there is a love triangle. I know some people can’t stand them, usually myself included, but this is one of the rare cases where it works really well.

Love-Triangle

Luca is the model of a good man, there for Cass when she needs him, a sweetheart and a provider, and someone that’s inherently likable. He is her betrothed, something Cass takes some getting used to, but he doesn’t try to force anything on her unless she wants it. He wants her to just be herself because he loves her as she is.

Falco is the opposite. He’s a firecracker, someone who flits in and out of Cassandra’s life as he pleases, and is incredibly opinionated, often to a fault. He wants Cass to be more than just someone’s wife, but he pushes too hard sometimes, even though it is usually because he wants what he feels is best for her, and because of how much he loves her. Falco is lust, infatuation, and carnal desire to the extreme. He’s also a romantic, and though he’s often secretive, quite trustworthy.

lust

I can’t go into too much detail regarding the plot because just about anything I could say about books two and/or three would spoil the ones before it. What I will say is that it involves battles, daring rescues, fires, plenty of exploration, the magical, and the scientific. These stories will dazzle you and thrill you, and they are incredibly addicting. What’s incredibly impressive is that each book manages to be an improvement from the last, and considering Venom was a 4-star book for me that is saying something.

I definitely recommend the series to anyone, from love story fans to fantasy, from science aficionados to thriller junkies, anyone can enjoy it. The world is depicted in vivid detail and heartstrings will be pulled again and again. If you haven’t read it already try out Venom and see what you think, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks as always for reading.

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The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes: Frodo’s Review

The Art of Lainey

Summary From GoodreadsLainey

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

The Art of Lainey is a book that I’ve been very excited to read simply because of how amazing the author is. Luckily for me, not only did I finally get my hands on a copy of the book, but I got to hear the author’s thoughts on it at the first stop of the MMBB YA Tour (for more info on that click here). Paula Stokes gave her reasoning for why she went with this kind of character, one more preppy and a bit shallow, instead of the standard quiet bookish type. She said she wanted to prove that even the popular girls aren’t all that different from the rest, and in that she succeeded.

Lainey is a tad shallow, pushy, and is certifiably boy-crazy, or at least Jason-crazy. However, I will say that much of how I discovered what she was like was not from how she acted during the story, but from her friends telling her how she used to act, or her comparisons to another diva-type. When you come down to it, Lainey just seemed a bit lost, not as self-centered as I was led to believe, so her “transformation” wasn’t quite as effective as it could have been.

Easy A

As for the plot, well it felt very much like a lighter version of Easy A. For those who don’t know that movie (you should watch it) it’s about a girl who gets paid (in a variety of ways) to fake dates and sexual encounters with guys from her school. Eventually she wants a real relationship but her persona gets in the way until the end when she winds up with the good guy. The Art of Lainey doesn’t get as sexual, but the fake dates are here too, and the strategizing is similar too. With that movie in mind the arc was pretty obvious from the get go, she’d fall for the bad boy who turns out to not be so bad after all (Micah in this case), and well…you can guess the rest.

Despite a few cliches, The Art of Lainey is a well written, light-hearted, and plain fun book to read. Whether you know the outcome or not, it doesn’t make the journey any less fun to take part in. There are some hilarious scenes on some of the dates and they are worth the read by themselves. If you want a nice fluffy contemporary this is a solid option for you. You might even enjoy it more than I did since I had some preconceived notions going into it from the bookish event. Thanks as always for reading. ^.^

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