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Friday, June 24, 2016

One Novel for All Hopeless Romantics: One Size Fits All (Review + Giveaway)

One Size Fits All
Stephanie Haefner
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romance
In this saucy, sexy romp—third in the Classy 'n' Sassy series—a lingerie shop marketing director is ready to get back in the dating game after divorcing her cheating ex-husband. Will she finally find her one and only this time around?

Penny used to love working at Classy 'n' Sassy Lingerie shop as the marketing director for her best friends Bryn and Mia, but lately, hearing stories of love and passion from customers is grating on her nerves since she’s been unlucky in the love department and is still recovering from her messy divorce. Determined to get back out there and have a little fun, Penny wants to start looking for the man who will truly be the love of her life, but the hunky bouncer at her favorite bar keeps catching her eye...

As a football coach and bouncer at the local watering hole, Thor’s always had pretty good luck with women. But he’s tired of that life, and wants to find that “something” that's been missing in all of his past relationships. And there’s no way a bar is the place to meet that special someone, right? Although lately, when Bryn and Mia and their newly-single, hot-as-sin, classy, and sassy friend Penny stop by for drinks, he’s been thinking maybe the bar is exactly the right place to be…

Written with Stephanie Haefner’s signature sexy wit, One Size Fits All is a perfect laugh-out-loud love story.

One Size Fits All is the novel romance readers cannot miss. The third in Stephanie Haefner’s Classy ’n’ Sassy series is the perfect cheesy romance to melt over this summer. Fans of Stephanie Haefner will rejoice at having more sass, while newbies will be happy to effortlessly join in the fun!

Penny is a newly divorced marketing guru struggling to find independence after the end of her 5-year marriage and lavish lifestyle. All she has is her best friends, and bosses at the Classy ’n’ Sassy lingerie store, and her feisty dog, Scarlett. Suddenly, her insecurities and fears catch up with her and wreak havoc on her journey to a happy life. She strives to balance work, friendship, and a spicy new romance with bouncer and gym teacher, Thor.

Being new to Stephanie Haefner’s writing and this series, I have to mention that I didn’t feel lost reading this story even knowing that it was the third installment. It’s effortless to jump in and immediately connect to Penny. Among her financial and marital troubles she tries really hard to keep looking forward and when the worst happens she steps up to the plate. Haefner has crafted a very real character with real drama that doesn’t only happen in the pages of our favorite stories. I have to give props for the romance too. It manages to come across as fun, cheesy, spicy, adorable, and emotional while not being over the top or flimsy. It’s like a pick me up novel that takes your own emotions left and right before making you feel more optimistic about love and friendship.

It’s the perfect quick story to kick off this summer and one not to be overlooked! Take One Size Fits All for a spin and find that it fits perfectly among your favorite romance reads.

*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Gertie's Leap to Greatness

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

Lovey Dovey Books caters to all ages. Although, I don't review middle grade books very much every once in a while one comes along to catch my eye. According to Entertainment Weekly, to read this novel is to "meet the new Ramona Quimby" and I loved that series growing up! Without further ado...

Here's this week's pick:

For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.

Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley releases October 4, 2016 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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I feel the cuteness overload already! What are you waiting on this week?

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Monday, June 20, 2016

White Sand, The Brilliant First Volume in Brandon Sanderson's Never Before Published New Series (Review)

White Sand
Brandon Sanderson (Author)
Rik Hoskin (Adapter)
Julius Gopez/Ross Cambell (Illustrations)
Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
A brand new saga of magic and adventure by #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.

On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss -- a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.

White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson’s sprawling Cosmere universe. The story has been adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.

White Sand is the brilliant first volume in Brandon Sanderson’s new graphic novel series. Page after page is filled with a colorful adventure just waiting to grab you by the hand and pull you in further. This is definitely the way to get familiarized with Sanderson.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this story, but I must say that having no expectations made discovering this world like taking in a breath of fresh air. The story begins with Daysider Kenton, a sand acolent striving to prove that, though little of power he may be, he can still take hold of the high rank Mastrell. Though Kenton starts on a path he believes will gain his father’s respect, the path twists when the Diem is attacked and he assumes the most powerful rank in his profession.

How such a complex world has been exquisitely depicted in this format is beyond me, but I’m no less happy for it. The universe is diverse, grand, and most of all unique. The characters are witty and real and introduced in a way that doesn’t feel like a bombardment. The building of Kenton’s world unfurls at an easy pace. Every scene emphasizes the connections throughout the plot and how the lines are being drawn between one side and another. The execution of this tale is well done and precisely what a true fan of fantasy and adventure would be looking for. There's just enough intrigue to draw readers in, determined to get to the bottom of whatever plot is afoot.

White Sand sets the stage for the rest of the series, but by the end you’ll be eagerly anticipating the next volume. This high impact beginning will dazzle and impress you while making a home in your memory. No, White Sand will not quickly be forgotten!

*eARC received in exchange for honest review*

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Love, Volume 3 is the Circle of Life in Color (Review)

Love: The Lion
Frederic Brremaud (Author)
Federico Bertolucci (Illustrator)
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Magnetic Press
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel
The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting -- and dying -- for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. 

A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Edge of Everything

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

I'm looking way ahead this week. All the way to 2017! I'm really excited about this novel and the new year is going to be much more exciting, thanks to this January release. This novel has intrigue written all over it!
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

11 Books to Read This Summer!

Ready to spend your days soaking up the sun and fresh air, but don't know what to read this summer? Check out my 2016 Summer TBR list for inspiration. With summer literally looming over us [it's right around the corner!], I thought it appropriate to share what I'll be spending the summer reading. Then I thought, since I'm constantly adding books to my 'to be read' list, I should just pick the ones I'm more than excited to read.

If you're anything like I am, you're probably always looking for something new, exciting, or just plain different to read. I'll be tackling books that I never had the chance to read, finishing series, continuing series, picking up current releases, and rereading old favorites. And yes, between work and life, I plan on sitting in the sun and reading my books...alone! ;-)

Jacob's Descent, Liv Bergen Series #6 by Sandra Brannan: I love mystery and this is by far my favorite mystery series. Liv Bergen is a firecracker and her life makes for an interesting read.
(See my review of Liv Bergen #3, Widow's Might! )

Ironskin Series by Tina Connolly: I read and reviewed Ironskin back in 2012, but I never got the chance to read the following books in the series. I’m sure I missed out, so it’s time to remedy that.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke: I read an excerpt of this book a little after it was released. That was enough to get me hooked, I have to read this one soon!

All Fixed Up, Ciel Halligan Series #4 by Linda Grimes: Love, love, love this series. Urban fantasy and science fiction are more of my favorite genres, and the Ciel Halligan series is perfect.

An Ember in the Ashes #1 by Sabaa Tahir: I have a love, hate relationship with dsytopian novels, but I’m thinking that this one might fall on the love side. This is a series from which I really don’t know what to expect but it’s been calling to me!

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike Johnson: I’ve got this comic book to read for review. So excited because I'm waiting, not so patiently, for Star Trek: Beyond to hit theaters in July. I’m also watching Star Trek: Next Generation on Netflix this summer.

Dust Lands Series by Moira Young: This is one of my favorite series of all time; I get the feels every time I think about it. Moira Young is one of my top 10 authors to read and its all because of Blood Red Road. That book is LIFE! I have yet to read the third book, but just the other day I was feeling the desire to fall back into Saba’s world. (Read my review of Blood Red Road!)

Well, that's it for me. I'm sure the list will continue growing and growing, but for now I'll be enjoying these sweet reads. What are you planning to read this summer? Let me know below!

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