Review: Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. BennettTitle: Rapunzel Untangled
Series:
Author: Cindy C. Bennett
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 9781462111565
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fairy Tales
Source: Netgalley
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Rapunzel is not your average teenager.

For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

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Review: Breathe by Abbi Glines

Breathe by Abbi GlinesTitle: Breathe
Series: Sea Breeze, #1
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
ISBN: 9781936222858
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Bought
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship’s never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to breathe again?

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Blog Tour: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson Review & Giveaway

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Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by at my stop of The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back Blog Tour!

The Book


The Ugly Stepsister Strikes BackTitle
: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back
Series: –
Author: Sariah Wilson
Publisher: Fire & Ice Books
ASIN:B008YIE740
Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: A copy was made available by the author in exchange for an honest review
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.

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Review

This was a very nice and light book that I enjoyed reading. It’s not the usual story where a female protagonist is so shy that she’s only able to glance at her crush from afar, on the contrary! Mattie has no problem to say exactly what she thinks of Jack. Even though she as a hard time breathing and can’t stop staring when he is near, even when he uses his most radiant smile, if she doesn’t want to, or thins he’s doing something he shouldn’t, she says so. And that’s something Jack never has encountered before ^^ And something I really liked a lot ^^

This book also features one of the nicest sisters ever. What Ella isn’t willing to do for Mattie! That’s why I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the beginning when Mattie gives her list of Grievances. The things she said… One good conversation with Ella and most of her Grievances would probably have been solved. On the other hand, I have a great sis myself, so I also understood a bit how she felt ;). Still, talking and explaining how you feel is essential in any relationship. Therefore I was glad to read that Mattie finally realizes this too. Ella is a very sweet and über nice gal and that’s just the way she is. It’s not something she’s doing deliberately, it’s in her blood. She’s born with it. And that should not make you keep her at a distance. So I was glad to see that the two sister grew closer and closer ^^

Mattie, too is a great character to read about. She’s got lots and lots of great remarks and one liners. And made me giggle quite a lot throughout the book. Her mind is a great place to be ^^ I also admired her for going against Jake instead of just giving in. And she really persevered! There was only one small relapse when she believed the evil words of a jealous viper, which disappointed me a bit. You know that she is a viper and you still believe her? After all this don’t you know better? But oh well, everyone has lessons to learn. And the ending made more than up to it. It was soooooo cute. It made me fall in love with Jake too and wish someone did something like that for me too. *deep sigh*

Conclusion

3 HEARTS. It was a real entertaining book to read. It was awesome to be in Mattie’s mind with her quote’s and observations. This book made me giggle a lot. I’m also glad that this wasn’t a standard story, where the hero finally notices the heroin and everything goes great from there.  Nope, this time the hero has some work to do before he’s allowed to get to the heroin. And I loved it ^^ It also has great bonding between two sisters, which I totally understand, I have a sister like that too. All in all a good and enjoyable read!

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Praise

“My top pick of 2012 YA… This book is just. plain. fun.”

~Jordan McCollum, author of Saints & Spies and I, Spy

“Sariah Wilson’s new book, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, is hilarious…What follows is a story of fun and romance with some good non-preachy life lessons thrown in.  The voice in the main character, Mattie, makes the whole thing.  I thought it was definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone with teenagers or who just want to read a good teen romance.”

~Julie Coulter Bellon, author of All Fall Down and All’s Fair

“Sariah [Wilson] has written one of the funniest stories I’ve read in such a long, long time. I literally couldn’t put it down. Yes, my poor Kindle’s battery died and I was attached to a short power cord, contorted in a very uncomfortable position while I read to the end…. Sariah Wilson captured the back-biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you’d think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story.”

~Debra Erfert of Windows into Writing

“Sariah Wilson writes like the best of/most popular YA teen fiction/teen romance authors – Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols, Susanne Collins, Cassandra Clare.  She sucks you in and never lets you go.  I finished the ~194 novel in one night because I just couldn’t go to sleep without knowing the ending!  I hope that Sariah comes out with more novels, I know I’ll be re-reading this one all the time!  She’s extremely talented and needs to be talked about.  I highly recommend The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back! to anyone (over the age of 12) who wants a YA novel that’s a real modern-day fairy tale.”

~Hilary at Novel d’Tales

“This was such an entertaining story! I shouldn’t have started reading it so late in the evening, because I didn’t want to put it down to go to sleep…This is a book I can see myself reading several times. It’s a fast, clean read with great characters, and I highly recommend it.”

~Andrea of Literary Time Out

The book is wonderful.  It’s quirky and fun.  The story makes you laugh and you fall in love with the characters right from the beginning…This is a well-written book.  It is one that will make you smile and sigh as you remember your first love.  And it has a moral…be yourself, believe in yourself and maybe, just maybe, your fairytale will come true.  Pick up this book.”

~Ana of The Book Hookup

The Author

Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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The Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 3/11/13

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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Review: No Stone Unturned by India Lee

No Stone Unturned by India LeeTitle: No Stone Unturned
Series: Hidden Gem, #3
Author: India Lee
Publisher: Self Published
ASIN: B006RGPZQA
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Booklending.com
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

After a reckless year of partying as her pop star alter ego, Queen Bee, Gemma Hunter is looking to make a triumphant return to the music world, starting with a move to a brand new home in Los Angeles. However, since announcing her official relationship with teen heartthrob Tyler Chase, a mysterious photo of a disguise-less Queen Bee has been leaked to the public and Gemma fears for her safety now that she may be identified.

And as it turns out – she’s right to. Someone is following Queen Bee. Not only that, someone is impersonating her, causing mayhem and distrust among Queen Bee’s social circle. Thankfully, Gemma has Tyler to protect her from danger. But as more details of her true identity leak to the public, Gemma realizes that suspicion needs to start with her closest friends.

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Review: Diamond in the Rough by India Lee

Diamond in the Rough by India LeeTitle: Diamond in the Rough
Series: Hidden Gem, #2
Author: India Lee
Publisher: Self Published
ASIN: B005WZAAS0
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Booklending.com
Hearts: ♥ ♥

Summer maybe here, but sixteen-year-old Gemma Hunter won’t have much time to relax. The world is hungry for more Queen Bee, her pop star alter ego who has recently become music’s newest sensation.

Despite an official relationship at home with longtime crush, Lucas, Gemma can’t resist exploring her life as a celebrity it girl. However, it isn’t long before she finds herself becoming too friendly with the front pages of tabloids. And despite the media’s love for spinning Queen Bee’s social life into scandal, Gemma can’t stop wreaking havoc with intoxicating TV star Zoe Mercury and indulging in a less than appropriate relationship with international superstar, Tyler Chase.

It was easy keeping things clean with two very separate lives, but now that the line between them is blurring, staying good isn’t going to be easy.

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Review: Reflection by Jessica Roberts

Reflection by Jessica RobertsTitle: Reflection
SeriesReflection, #1
Author: Jessica Roberts
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN: 9780615601175
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: I received a copy as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?

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Review: Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

Between the Lines by Tammara WebberTitle: Between the Lines
Series: Between the Lines, #1
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN: 9780983593119
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Hearts: ♥ ♥

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always: film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels opposite the very hot Reid Alexander isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance

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