Sunday, February 5, 2017

Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl Re-released With New Covers!

As a fan of Meredith Schorr's Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl, I am thrilled to share that both books (as well as her other novels) are being re-released with new covers!  Normally I don't like when books get new covers, but I am in love with these!  I want to get them all in paperback because they'll look lovely on my bookshelves.  Not only are the covers gorgeous, but the books are fantastic, as well, so I would highly recommend that you check them out.  😊  Both are being released on February 14th, so it would be a perfect Valentine's Day treat for yourself. ;)

And I completely forgot to mention that they're being released by her new publisher, with bonus scenes!  


What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.
A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones's Diary, Kim, with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that "chick lit is dead" once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim's day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that's turning heads--and pages--across the land. It's also popped into Kim's inbox--for review.
With their ten-year reunion drawing near, Kim's coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah's book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a "blogger girl" makes the grade in her offline life.



Feisty New Yorker Kimberly Long runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. At first glance, her life is worthy of five pink champagne flutes. But is there more to the story than meets the eye? After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read The Devil Wears Prada, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.”
As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.
This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will her story have a happily ever after or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?


Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Read:  November 9th - 10th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

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Where to find this book: Goodreads | Amazon

From Goodreads:  When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. 


Julian, a friendless Freshman, who is abused at home and has no self-confidence at all, is befriended by Adam, a gregarious and friendly Senior.  What follows is a heartbreaking, yet ultimately heartwarming, story that I think everyone should read.

To be honest, I hadn't heard of this book before I received an email from NetGalley saying I had been pre-approved to read it.  I read the blurb and it sounded intriguing enough that I sent it to my Kindle immediately.  I still wasn't sure when I would read it (I have a lot of books on my TBR list), but at least it would be there when I was ready.  The very next day, I couldn't decide what to read, so I decided to browse the titles on my Kindle until something jumped out at me (surely I'm not the only one who does this?).  A List of Cages caught my eye, and I started reading it to see if it was any good.  I am so glad I did.

It's been a while since I've read such a heart-wrenching story.  I read it in just a couple of sittings, because I just couldn't put it down, which also hasn't happened in a while.  I just had to know how things would work out.  I felt like I knew the characters, and wanted only the best for Adam and, especially, Julian.

A List of Cages is such a well-crafted book.  It's dramatic, emotional, and, unfortunately, realistic.  The story was intriguing from the start, and was written so beautifully.  The main characters are well-developed and endearing.

My heart broke for Julian, and it is still breaking knowing there are actually children in the world who endure the same abuse.  It's not just a story, it's an eye-opening commentary on child abuse, and how it can be hidden.  It's not just about the physical effects, but the mental effects, as well.

I couldn't stop thinking about Adam and Julian after I finished the book (still can't, actually, and it's been a couple of months), and I find myself randomly wondering how they're doing, until I realize they're just characters in a book.  But that just shows how much the story stuck with me.

Another thing I loved about this book is that it focuses on the platonic love of two boys, and not on a romance.  There is a romantic relationship in the story, but it's realistic, and never overshadows the main story.  It was refreshing to read a YA book without insta-love or a love-octagon.

I would highly recommend A List of Cages.  It made my Top 10 list for 2016, and it was definitely one of my favorite books last year.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #51


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

Click the covers to be carried to the Goodreads page for each book!  😊


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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

I always struggle with coming up with my favorite anything.  If someone asks me what my favorite book (or movie, or TV show, or song) is, I always think, "Oh, you mean my favorite fifty books (or movies, or TV shows, or songs)?"  Because it is very, very hard for me to narrow it down to just one, or even ten.  But for the sake of this list, I'm going to do my best to narrow down my favorite books from 2016 to just ten.  These weren't necessarily published during 2016, but I read them this year.  I'm also not including books I've read before, because Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings would top the list every year.  Also, these are in no particular order.

(You can click the covers to be taken to the Goodreads page for each book!)











I also feel I would be remiss as a Harry Potter fan if I didn't mark these two as honorary favorites:




The most surprising book I read this year would definitely be Lonesome Dove.  Lonesome Dove has always been in my life, as my dad watched the miniseries a thousand times when I was little, but I was never interested in reading it before this year.  I'm not sure why, out of the blue, I decided it was time, but sometimes books come to you when you most need them.  I'm sure it surprised my dad when I asked to borrow it.  :)  When I started it, I was actually concerned that I wouldn't finish it, not because it's so long, but because I was afraid I'd be bored.  Westerns aren't usually my cup of tea, but I needn't have worried.  Going in, I figured it might get three stars from me, maybe four if I was feeling generous when I finished it.  But I never dreamed it would be a five-star book.  It was so good, and it definitely earned the title of "most surprising book of the year" for me.  I think I even saw a tear in my dad's eye when I told him I gave it five stars.


To see every book I read this year, click here (for Goodreads) or here (for text list on this blog).

Stacking the Shelves #50


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Purchased (Kindle):














December's Kindle First Book from Amazon:




For Review (From NetGalley):

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #49


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!



Purchased (Hardcover):




Purchased (Kindle):