Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Author Signing - Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan

Had an awesome time at the Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan signing on Friday. I actually didn’t find out about the signing until Tuesday so I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and the companion novel Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story over the course of three days. This was definitely one of those times when I was sorry I hadn’t read the books sooner (they are hilarious and heartfelt at the same time.) Plus I bought myself the special edition of Fangirl (which is awesome looking) to go with the other books I got signed.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Read - From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

I love Cabot’s writing style and have read so many of her series so I can’t wait to read this one and see the connections to The Princess Diaries series.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review - The Big Fix

The Big Fix by Linda Grimes

* Received a copy from the publisher for review.

5 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

I adore this series, it’s always so fun and weird (in a good way.) It’s one of those books where you just have to smile while reading it. I went back and forth between 4 and a half and 5 gnomes but the ending really sold it for me.

I figured out a pretty important twist but some others threw me for a loop. The whole murder mystery was surprising and I liked getting to see more of the ranch and especially Eeyore.  

The twist that I did figure out though let’s just say wow that was a real punch to the face and if you’re like me you’ll be thinking something along the lines of oh foccacia...

These characters really shine because you never know what’s going to happen next with all this adaptor craziness. It’s great seeing the plethora of personas that they all go in and out of.

All Ciel’s brothers and the entire family are always there for each other and you get to meet even more people from Billy’s family. Speaking of family, I almost fell out of my chair laughing while reading a supremely awkward yet hilarious scene that Ciel walked in on.

The whole ending scene was pretty darn perfect because I thought I saw a twist coming but it went the other way. If you like your book to be full of surprises and characters you’ll really care about, be sure to check out this series.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sentence Sneak Peek - The Big Fix

The Big Fix by Linda Grimes

The first sentence from each chapter of The Big Fix, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

*Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
* Received a copy from the publisher for review.

“It’s not that I’m averse to holding on to something long and cylindrical, even if it does wiggle a bit.”

“Tell me again, cuz … how is this my fault?”

“I still don’t think we need to fly.”

“Billy was waiting at the barn.”

“Jackson Gunn’s face was all over the TV in the corner of the fitting room.”

“I took that as my cue to leave and surreptitiously texted an SOS to Billy.”

“I woke to the sound of pans clanging in the kitchen.”

Dave was sprawled on the cowhide sofa in the lounge, belly down and quietly moaning, bag of ice melting on his butt.”

“Finding myself on a plane for the fourth (or was it the fifth?”

“Nigel Overholt was even more impressive in person than he was on TV.”

“Are Sinead and Siobhan mad at me?”

“It had to be the longest week of my life.”


“If I hadn’t already figured out it was Billy at the wedding, I would have known it for sure when I saw the Chevy in the parking lot of The Barns.”

“I excused myself to go to the bathroom, and then, needing more time to sort out my feelings, decided to put on my robe and go downstairs.”

Billy was gone from the guest bed when I woke up, giving me a moment of panic until I heard him in the kitchen.”

The Golden Acres Funeral Home was a fair distance from Tinsel Town, but that didn’t stop the masses from showing up to gawk.”

“Billy and I picked up food at the In-N-Out drive-thru and checked into a hotel, where we proceeded to stuff our faces with their legendary Animal Style burgers (the grilled onions were fabulous) and Animal Style fries (topped with cheese, secret sauce, and more grilled onions) from the not-so-secret menu as we discussed our findings.”

“Back in Vegas, several three-ounce bottles of James’s magic potion (disguised as mouthwash) secreted in our carry-ons, Billy and I rented the biggest available car with tinted rear windows.”

“Billy took off to work some of his finessing magic with his Hollywood contacts while I went to fill in the blanks for Nigel and Lily-Ann.”

“Billy stayed in L.A.”

“Holy crap!”

“I raced to the soundstage as fast as my economy rental car and traffic would allow.”

“Jackson Gunn pulled his white Jag XJ convertible into the parking lot outside the warehouse.”

“What do we do with him now?”

“There was another woman in the holding cell when I was returned to it.”

“Nigel was waiting for me in his study, with the curtains drawn.”

Well, I can cross seeing Billionaires’ Beach off my bucket list,  I thought.”

“Within an hour, the video was mysteriously leaked to the press.”

“A few weeks later I lay on the couch in my condo, one of Auntie Mo’s lovingly made, but hideous, afghans tucked around me.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

P.R.R.(Pre Review Ravings) - The Big Fix

These are my P.R.R.(Pre Review Ravings) aka what I think before I write my review.

* Received a copy from the publisher for review.

The Big Fix by Linda Grimes

* This series is awesome and always makes me smile.

* Never know what’s going to happen next with all this adaptor craziness.

* Billy is pretty dang swoon-worthy and then there’s Mark

* All Ciel’s brothers are great.

* Almost fell out of my chair laughing while reading a certain Buffy scene Ciel walked in on.

* Saw the identity twist and wow was that a punch to the face, if you’re like me you’ll be thinking oh *!*&%*%.

* That ending was great

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mini Review - Everybody Knows Your Name

Everybody Knows Your Name by Andrea Seigel and Brent Bradshaw

This is a fun quick read. Magnolia and Ford are a very interesting pair. Ford is from a family that’s always in trouble and Magnolia has a stage mom who wants to be famous at any cost. The dual point of view is great and gets you into the story. The story adds a reality show into the mix and makes things really intriguing. If you like all those singing shows out there than this book is for you because it show you what the behind the scenes of this kind of show could look like.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review - Seriously Wicked

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

* Read via NetGalley and copy provide by publisher for review.

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

My dreams are crushed I tell you because if spells were anything like Algebra then I definitely could never have been a witch. In this world spells are like math and you have to figure how to work them out, what to leave in and what not to use.

It took me awhile to get into this book even though it is a really short book. The tone of it is a bit weird, it kind of wavers between feeling like a Middle Grade book and a YA book. (I think the story might have benefitted more from going more Middle Grade.)

Camellia aka Cam lives with a wicked witch and has to contend with going to school, finding random spell ingredients, and being punished in some very weird ways. Things go very wrong one day and a guy she just met becomes involved in her life in a rather unfortunate way.

She has to choose whether to help or hinder these supernatural forces and hopefully save the soul of the boyband-boy she might just really like.

The whole mystery around what Cam and can’t do it pretty intriguing and there are a couple of good red herrings thrown in the mix. I for one didn’t figure out where the object they were looking for the whole book was hidden.

I liked her friend Jenah and wanted to know more about her. Also wanted to see more of Moonfire.

Overall a good read but I think I would have loved it more if there was a lot more fun had with the whole witch concept.

Random Thoughts:

I would never trust someone that wants to be called Sparkle, (unless they’re cosplaying as a My Little Pony or something.)

Love that pentagram idea oh and Moonfire is awesome.

The end will for sure make you say "Awwww."

Let’s just say she must have had quite an imagination to make and believe something so big at the age of 5...