Book to Movie Review ~ Mockingjay Part 1

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My 4.5 Star Review

Let me start by saying that this is my review of how well the movie was in comparison to the book. If you haven’t read the books or watched the movies, then I must warn you that this review will be full of spoilers!

As you can see from my 4.5 stars, I was pretty pleased with the movie. One of my favorite things about this movie was Katniss and the emotion that she displayed throughout the entire movie. You could see her love for her sister and mother so clearly. You could see the pain she felt in visiting the devastation of District 12. You could feel the wretchedness she felt watching the hospital being bombed and then her anger that followed. Best of all for me, though, was the emotion she showed concerning Peeta. I actually teared up with her the first time she saw Peeta on the TV screen and realized he was alive. The emotions were powerful! I loved visibly seeing her love for him! Then with the rescue scene (the movie extended this scene, but it worked well), when Katniss was petrified of losing both Peeta and Gale at the same time – so good!

I didn’t enjoy not seeing much of Peeta, but you could visibly see the deterioration in him as he was being poisoned. He did such a good job in his last interview with Caesar Flickerman when he warned them about the capitol coming for them. You could see the raw emotions and the struggle he was going through. Then the scene where Katniss first comes into the room with him was so realistic. It was painful to watch but a great portrayal.

I was really curious about where they would end the movie. It ends shortly after Peeta’s attack on Katniss with their reuniting. I really had hoped it would go a little further giving you hope about his overcoming the damage done to him, but that will be saved for part 2. I can’t believe I have to wait another year for it. I’m not at all disappointed, however, that they turned this book into two movies. I think too many good details would have been left out.

If you’re wondering about whether it’s appropriate for your children, my personal opinion would be that it’s fine if you thought the first two movies were okay.

So, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book/movie!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Happenstance 2 by Jamie McGuire

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Release Date: September 9,2014

Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead.

In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town.

Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that gives her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.

My ****4 Star**** Review

This story picks up right where the first book left off. You can check out my short and sweet review of book 1 HERE.
There were times in this story that Erin really had me pulling for her! I love that she’s a smart girl and doesn’t display the typical ditziness you usually see in books when it comes to high school girls. In this book I especially enjoyed seeing the support from her parents.I love Sam, and was awed by the talk he had with Weston concerning Erin. It’s nice that this book wasn’t just about Erin and Weston, but about Erin and her new-found parents as well.
This is a novella as well as the first. I look forward to reading the 3rd final novella in the series set to come out in 2015.

Warnings: language

About the Author ~ Jamie McGuire

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Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4464118.Jamie_McGuire
Website: http://www.jamiemcguire.com/
Twitter: @JamieMcGuire

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kindle Freebies ~ 11/13/14

Here’s today’s new freebies I picked up ~



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Always check prices as they are subject to change!!! Remember I will update throughout the day!

Before you leave make sure to enter Claudia Burgoa’s giveaway ~ HERE (will open in another window for your convenience)~ 4 winners!!!

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Below you will find a list of titles with covers that may not be appropriate for children:

The Darkest Night: An Erotic BBW New Gotham Fairy Tale
Mounted By The Pack
Rock the Heart (Black Falcon Book 1)
As Sweet: A Den of Sin Vignette
SEAL’s Honor (Take No Prisoners Series): A Military Romance

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Don’t Even Think About It

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Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have).

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

My ****4 Star**** Review

This wasn’t a book I was sucked into right at the start, but at about 20% in it started getting really interesting. It’s a very unique story. A whole group of teens can all of a sudden read thoughts. Imagine that! They know all about each other, all about their teachers, all about their parents. Can you just ponder that a minute???
Hilariousness ensues! There are lots of funny moments. And it’s unique hearing the collective voice. Plus, there were some hard issues that teens have to deal with, however it doesn’t get too deep. It’s not something emotional that you’ll find yourself pondering down the road. It’s lighter, quirky, and fun!

warnings: language, sexual content (all talk, no sex scenes)
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Random House Children’s Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Sarah Mlynowski

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Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

Sarah’s five novels for adults, MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS and ME VS. ME, were published by Red Dress Ink. She also co-wrote a guide to writing chick lit (SEE JANE WRITE), co-edited two bestselling charity collections (GIRLS’ NIGHT IN and GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT), and contributed to various anthologies (AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, SIXTEEN: STORIES ABOUT THAT SWEET AND BITTER BIRTHDAY, 21 PROMS, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), FIREWORKS and VACATIONS FROM HELL).

Sarah’s books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in New York City.

Goodreads * Website

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kindle Freebies ~ 11/12/14

Here’s today’s new freebies I picked up ~



Click on the title under the picture to open the link in a new window.



Always check prices as they are subject to change!!! Remember I will update throughout the day!

Before you leave make sure to enter Claudia Burgoa’s giveaway ~ HERE (will open in another window for your convenience)~ 4 winners!!!

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Below you will find a list of titles with covers that may not be appropriate for children:

Falling For Him 1 (Falling For Him Series)

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

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Title: Torn Away

Author: Jennifer Brown

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with relatives she hardly knows-family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

In this powerful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown delivers a story of love, loss, hope, and survival.

My ****4 Star**** Review

Torn Away was fast paced and intriguing from the start. I’ve been a little obsessed with tornadoes since childhood as a result of one coming right by our house. We had damage, but nothing that amounted to any real loss. That same tornado ripped a baby out of my mom’s friends arms. That baby was found 3 days later under a stack of three mobile homes…UNHARMED. It was a miracle of God! Truly amazing! Well, that’s not the kind of book this is. This book gives you the truly ugly side of what a natural disaster can bring. It is heartwrenchingly sad!
While this is a book about the after-effect of a tornado, it’s a book about good and evil, too. There are some well-depicted villains that the heroine has to contend with. She is so very strong, though, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to have a pity party! Jersey will show you how to suck it up!
You’ll find this to be a very emotional read. The real life trauma that can take place behind the scenes of a tragedy are WELL portrayed. If you’re looking for an intense read, look no further!
Warnings:language

*I received a copy via NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Jennifer Brown

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Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer’s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer’s debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association’s Taysha’s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association’s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Jennifer’s second novel, BITTER END, (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha’s high school reading list pick as well.

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/432859.Jennifer_Brown
Twitter: @JenniferBrownYA
Website: http://www.jenniferbrownya.com/

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kindle Freebies ~ 11/11/14

Here’s today’s new freebies I picked up ~



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Always check prices as they are subject to change!!! Remember I will update throughout the day!

Before you leave make sure to enter Claudia Burgoa’s giveaway ~ HERE (will open in another window for your convenience)~ 4 winners!!!

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Below you will find a list of titles with covers that may not be appropriate for minors:

Never to Keep
High Stakes Seduction – Book 1
Master
Six Hot Alphas, One Bad Girl
The Boss (The Boss Romance Series – Book #1)
Going Down (Wish Upon A Stud – Book 1)
Backstage Pass (Let’s Make This Thing Happen Book 1)
Empty Nest
Saving Private Blue (A Soldier To Love Series Book 1)
Belleza: (Belleza book1)
A Little Faith (Ocean Beach Book 1)
Heart Of A Player (Volume 2)
Saved by a Wolf (Paranormal Erotica Book 1)
Taming The Alpha (BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance) (Wild Obsession Book 1)
Shara Zhad’s Erotic Tales: Book One
Chains: An MMA Romantic Suspense Novel

Happy Reading,

Alison

Standing By ~ Review, Giveaway – 4 winners & Interview w/ Claudia

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Mitch Knight

1. Loves a good challenge
2. Never turns his back on a dare
3. Loves to create nicknames
4. Nobody cooks better than him
5. Doesn’t believe in love

When Parker Welsh sells Mitch Knight his organic restaurant, Willows, he not only gives Mitch ownership; but everything entangled with it. Including the annoying pastry chef who supplies the muffins and cupcakes.

Hayley Roth-Welsh

1. Loves To-Do Lists and Five-Year Plans
2. Has her dream job of baking sweets
3. Always tries to make others happy
4. Never seems to succeed with her family
5. Is still a virgin, waiting for love

Hayley played by her mother’s rules for the first eighteen years of her life, instead of heading to college as her family expected, she rebelled and opened a bakery, Pieces of Heaven. Her family expects her to fail and head back to school and their wish may come true once Parker sells his restaurant to the handsome, arrogant Mitchel Knight. It’s either join forces with him or lose her dream.

Release Date ~ September 23, 2014

Interview with Claudia Burgoa

1. After reading your bio, my first question is whether or not you sleep?!? How do you fit it all in???

Yes, I sleep about five hours a night… I’ll cash in those three missing hours someday. And I guess that’s how I fit everything, with those hours I skip of sleep ☺

2. Do you ever see writing becoming a full-time job? I’m still not believing you have a day job and 3 kids!

I hope I do… but time will say. Those three kids like to keep me on my toes must of the time. ☺

3. How did you get started writing?

I always enjoyed making up stories, but I took it seriously seven years ago. My son has autism, and it was between therapies and waiting rooms that I began to doodle with words and created my first stories.

4. Where do you normally come up with the ideas for your stories?

The news, or whatever my oldest daughter tells me about her friends… he, he.

5. What authors/books have you enjoyed or been influenced by?

Meg Cabot, Nora Roberts, Paulo Coelho, Sophie Kinsella, Maryann Keyes… I enjoy reading a lot more, but they also influence my style.

6. If someone wants to give one of your books a try for the first time, which book would you recommend they start with?

I’ll say Standing By, it’s the fun, light hearted one.

7. Do you have any quirky writing habits?

Always have my hair away from my face, water and music.

8. Is there anything you never get asked about, but wished you did?

Not really…

9. Do you have any advice for new writers?

Always write and read; never give up.

10. What can your readers expect next?

My next book is a standalone novel: Unlike Any Other. It is about a daughter and a famous father trying to find themselves and fix their family. It’s told from two different perspectives and two different time lines [Present and 1980s]
Also I’m working on the third book of the Knight’s Tale… Liam and Kendall story. Yes, that Kendall from Standing By ☺

My ****4.5 Star**** Review

Standing By is the second book in A Knight’s Tale series, however, it will work fine as a stand-alone. You can read my review of the first book in the series, Getting By, HERE.
I think Claudia took a step up with this second book! I didn’t see any of the problems I saw present in the first book. It was a fast-paced read, and I couldn’t put it down! I felt a full array of emotions while reading, too. There was angst, excitement, sadness, romance, and plenty of comedy, too.
I love how Mitch’s story felt so completely different from his brother’s as it should have. I also enjoyed seeing the growth that took place with the characters. Hayley herself struggled with overcoming her circumstances and while she’s striving in some areas, she’s very much floundering in others. I really enjoyed seeing her overcome.
And what can I say about Mitch? He is absolutely amazing with Hayley! I loved that their relationship was built on so much more than lust as many romances are today. Don’t get me wrong, though, there’s still plenty of chemistry with this couple! But Mitch knew how to drive Hayley crazy, especially with his various nicknames all revolving around her baking business. But, he’s so completely supportive of her business and he’s willing to do what it takes to help her succeed when her family doesn’t.
While there are some completely predictable moments in the story, it was still so much fun. Mitch and Hayley are absolutely comical together. Plus, there’s just the right amount of drama from outside the two of them to really make things interesting.
I highly recommend this to all romance fans! If you haven’t picked up a Claudia Burgoa book yet, then start with this one! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Warnings: You can expect some strong language and sex scenes.

Giveaway Time!!!

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Grand Prize

A signed copy of book one and two and a pendant

First Prize

A signed copy of book two and a pendant

Second & Third Prizes

(2)A kindle copies of both books

Click HERE to Enter!

About the Author ~ Claudia Burgoa

Claudia Burgoa

Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.

She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

Website * Amazon * Facebook * Twitter * Google+ * Pinterest * Bloglovin * Goodreads

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kindle Freebies ~ 11/07/14

Here’s today’s new freebies I picked up ~



Click on the title under the picture to open the link in a new window.



Always check prices as they are subject to change!!! Remember I will update throughout the day!

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Below you will find a list of titles with covers that may not be appropriate for minors:

Slow Burn (Contemporary) (The Fitzgerald Family Book 1)
The Killing Moon (Cole and Dana Book 1)

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ VIP by M. Robinson

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32 year old Sebastian Vanwell, was a very successful yacht broker, who always loved the design and architecture of a luxurious boat. His only addiction was being on the water. He loved it, he thrived on it, and he needed it in his life. After a very stable, loving childhood with only a few bumps, Sebastian married the love of his life. The one person that he knew would always be there. Julia was his rock, and he loved her more than life itself. Sebastian kept his addiction to the water under control, wanting to keep his time with his wife and son his number one obsession, that was until he saw her. This new addiction haunted him, the one compulsion that he couldn’t control no matter how hard he tried.

Ysabelle Telle hit him hard, knocking the wind from his lungs. Coming from worlds apart, beautiful, dark complexion Ysabelle Telle didn’t have the rich, protected background that Sebastian Vanwell had. Ysabelle lived a life of hell, in poverty, growing up with a drug addict mother that never cared, and horrific living conditions. Ysabelle lived for one person and one person only; herself. She was pure perfection, her beauty along with a flawless body had men lined up, driveling over her ensuring her success as a VIP.

There are too many words that describe the effects when two diverse worlds like theirs collide. They both have too much to lose to get caught in the forceful pull, which could destroy them both.

Warning sex/drugs/language/rape. Mature readers only.

My ****4 Star**** Review

I’m going to say up front that I didn’t care for this story, but it was a matter of personal preference. It was a definite page turner and it wasn’t until the latter part of the book that I started to get upset at the turn the book took. I’ll tell you why, but if you don’t want to read why to stay away from any spoilers, then jump to the next paragraph. It glorified adultery in a sense. I won’t go into too many details on my opinion on this, but if you’re interested in more details to decide if you’d be interested in the book yourself, then just shoot me an email.

This book starts out with some rather dark scenes, but they were gripping. The biggest positive I saw throughout the whole first half of the book is that the author kept dropping hints that bad things were going to happen. So, you’re kept guessing. I don’t know how many times I guessed wrong, too. It wasn’t predictable in the least.

You’re given both Sebastian and Ysabelle’s point of view throughout the book, and for a long time you’re left questioning if the two stories are ever going to come together. They really seem like two totally separate stories, and I was impressed by that. The author could easily have turned the first half of this book into two novels, and they would have came out as two completely different stories.

I fell for Sebastian in the first half of the book, but about 48% in I started dreading what was to come. It wasn’t long after that I started losing respect for him, and then the story took a nose dive for me.

So, as far as the technical stuff goes, I’d definitely give the author 4 stars. As far as my personal preferences go for heroes, it was seriously lacking for me. You can make the decision on whether this book is right for you. If the content doesn’t bother you, then it’s definitely worth the read!

About the Author ~ M. Robinson

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M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.

She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left.

She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorMRobinson
Email: m.robinson.author@gmail.com

Happy Reading,

Alison