Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot


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Summary from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
  

My Review:

Ever since I heard about a new book in the Princess Diaries Series I wanted it so badly! I've read the series since I was in 4th/5th grade and Mia is one of my favorite characters (and I enjoyed the two films as well because of Anne Hathaway).

It was such a fun book because I was sucked back into Mia's world right away, Cabot did a great job picking right back up.

The twists and the live choices that happened in the book were amazing, and I really want another one!

I recommend reading the first ten books in the series before picking this one up, it helps with a lot of the characters and jokes.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday # 64



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.



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Summary from Goodreads:

Gumshoe wizard Harry Dresden has had one quiet -- make that dull -- year. For 12 whole months, nobody has tried to kill him. Just as he's settling into these doldrums, Mab, the monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, calls him in for a small favor. (Favors, it seems, are the main currency of Dresden's universe.) What begins as a tip of the hat quickly escalates into deadly matters that pit Harry against two deadly foes. Supernatural crime noir.

My Notes:

I'm about 200 pages into this and need to finally finish it! I binged read the first nine of the series last year and was a little burned out. My new goal for the last half of this year is to finish all the books in this series, I think I have 5 left.

Waiting on Wednesday # 64



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.



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Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.



Release Date: September 22nd

My Notes:

I've never heard of the author but just the plot makes me want to grab this book when it comes out.

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds # 65

 
 
1. Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. He is one my favorite characters (and I just watched season four of the show), and he is the best read and smartest one on the show.
2.  Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series
3. Klaus from The Series of Unfortunate Events Series.
4. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
5. Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
6. Matilda from Matilda
7. Vin from the Mistborn Series. She learns to read in the first novel, and spends a lot of time reading to try and save the kingdom, so it counts, lol.
8. Tuesday Next from the Eyre Affair
9. Joe from Little Women
10. Rory Gilmore! from Gilmore Girls. I'm rewatching the series from the boxset, on season five, loving it. :)
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Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #64


This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


Books I Read This Week:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (4 Stars)
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams (3 Stars)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 (3 Stars)
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (3 Stars)
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Number of Pages: 1,043

What I Am Currently Reading:

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams


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Summary from Goodreads:

Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America's finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame.

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering--fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance.


My Review:

I grabbed this back in February at my school sale for $1, and it was an okay read. I've seen this book around and I've wanted to read it for a while, so I was excited.

The plot was pretty original with the cooking reality show (which I love to watch), and the recipes were an awesome touch. I might have to try a few of them, I love when books include recipes (like Joanne Fluke).

The main character Sophie was very likeable, and it was horrible some of the things the TV show did to her and others, and I wish they would have gone more in-depth with that at the end of the novel (or at least punished them).

I recommend this as a quick interesting read.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 23

Games:

Life is Strange Episode 4: Dark Room.

My Notes:

The new episode in this amazing game was supposed to come out last week but at least it is finally coming out on the 28th. I cannot wait to play it!

Books:

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Summary from Goodreads:

What do you do with your last day on earth?

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn't leave, the world will end. But Emerson's world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city's quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people's wishes -- and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day -- maybe even their own.
  

My Notes:

The plot sounds pretty interesting, I'll have to grab this at my library.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge

I doubt that I will finish all of these but it helps me with my goal of reading my TBR shelf this year.


1. A book with more than 500 pages:   The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson - Finished 1/24

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2. A classic romance: Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

3. A book that became a movie: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. 4/10
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4. A book published this year: Vendetta (#1) by Catherine Doyle. 4/08
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5. A book with a number in the title:  Sixteen: Stories about That Sweet and Bitter Birthday by Megan McCafferty

6. A book written by someone under 30: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch. 4/20
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7. A book with nonhuman characters: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. 3/26
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8. A funny book: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan - Finished 3/22
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9. A book by a female author: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand - 4/25
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10.  A mystery or thriller: Burying Water by K.A Tucker - 4/16
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11. A book with a one word title: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf - 4/24
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12. A book with short stories:

The Classic Fairy Tales Edited by Maria Tatar. 07/07

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13. A book set in a different country:  Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty - 4/26
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14. A non-fiction book: Yes Please by Amy Poehler - 2/6
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15. A popular author's first book:
Soulless by Gail Carriger - 4/18
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16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - 5/06
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17. A book a friend recommended:
 Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca. 5/17
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18. A Pulitzer Prize winning/Runner Up novel:

19. A book based on a true story:
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. 5/17
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20. A book at the bottom of your TBR list:
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. 5/22
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21. A book your mom/grandma loves:
Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke. 6/22
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22. A book that scares you: Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1) by Rosemary Clement-Moore - Finished 3/24
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23. A book more than a 100 years old:

The Sonnets by Shakespeare - Finished 2/25
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24. A book based entirely on its cover: Some Boys by Patty Blount - Finished 1/3
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25. A book you were supposed to read in school and didn't:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson - 4/19
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26. A memoir: 

27. A book with antonyms in the title:

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - 05/28

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28. A book you can finish in a day: Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge - 5/01
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29.  A book set somewhere you've always wanted to go:  Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts - 1/09
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30. A book published the year you were born:  

31. A book with bad reviews: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas - 1/11
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32. A Trilogy:

The Mistborn Trilogy.

33. A book from your childhood: 

34. A book with a love triangle:
Charlie Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel. 6/23
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35. A book set in the future:

36. A book set in high school:

P.S I Love You by Jenny Han 7/01
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37. A book with a color in the title:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 05/13

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38. A book that made you cry: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga - 5/13
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39. A book with magic:

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder 7/02
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40. A graphic novel:
Harley Quinn: Power Outage Vol. 2 - 5/27
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41. A book by an author you've never read before:
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb - 6/05
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42.  A book you own but never read:

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams 7/23

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43. A book that takes place in your hometown: 

44. A book that was originally written in another language: As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka - 1/11
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45. A book set during Christmas:  My True Love Gave To Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins 4/26
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46. A book by an author who had your same initials:  

47. A play: 

48.  A banned book: 

49. A book based on or turned into a tv show:
Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

 50.  A book you started but never finished: