Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Dating the It Guy blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! So sorry this is late! If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I have had some technical difficulties ever since I was forced to change my domain name. Apparently, scheduling blog posts falls under the technical difficulties category as well. And I’ve been away from home for the weekend working my butt off, so I haven’t had a chance to fix it. Finally, here I am. So check out my review! And we all love giveaways, right? 🙂

Title: Dating the It Guy

Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager

Published: March 21st, 2017

Length: 243 pages (eBook)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: YA Bound Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.


I’ve been wanting to join a blog tour since I came back to the blogging world, and when I saw this cover, I just knew I had to read this book. I absolutely love it. It’s gorgeous and instantly drew me in. And of course, I was curious about the plot of the book as well. Dating the IT guy? Intriguing.


Emme. I LOVE this girl. She is completely relatable. I found myself marking pages and making notes with just a simple “Yes!” because I just knew exactly how she felt or could relate to her thoughts or her little quirks. A lot of the time, the female main character just annoys me throughout the book, but Emme didn’t. She stayed realistic, and I genuinely cared about her and wanted to see what happened to this new friend of mine 🙂

It was funny! Omg. I was laughing so hard. Some parts just had me dying. And the best part was that it was done so seamlessly. It wasn’t like the author was trying too hard to be humorous and it was super obvious. It just came naturally. Krysten Lindsay Hager, I love your sense of humor!


Margaux. Okay, I tried to give this girl a chance. I really did. She’s one of Emme’s friends, so I wanted to like her. BUT she irritated me SO MUCH. She just seemed super selfish and self-absorbed and couldn’t be positive or happy for her friends. And maybe this is realistic because we all know people like this, but I just couldn’t stand her, and I was practically yelling at Emme to not take this crazy girl’s advice on boys.

The second half of the book. “Didn’t like” is too strong for this part. I guess I’ll say that I wasn’t as impressed with the last half of the book as I was with the first half. I was really into the first half. I read it super fast, and I couldn’t put it down. Then I reached a point where it kind of seemed to drag on a bit, and it lost its humor a little, and it kind of became just another book for me.


If I was judging just the first half of the book, I would’ve given it 4 hearts, but the last half affected my opinion of the book unfortunately. However, I did like it, and I will definitely check out the author’s other books. Ultimately, if an author can make me care about a character and also have me laughing hysterically at the same time, then I’m a fan!

3 out of 5 Hearts!


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Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.







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Review: Falling for Her Fiancé by Cindi Madsen

Title: Falling for Her Fiancé

Author: Cindi Madsen

Published: January 14th, 2013

Length: 179 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Free Nook book via Barnes and Noble

My Rating: ❤❤

(from Goodreads)

Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?


So, I saw that this book was free on my Nook, so I downloaded it probably over a year ago. Then, I was trying to complete the Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge for January, so as I was looking through all my eBooks that I haven’t read, I noticed this one had one of January’s keywords in the title. And I’m a sucker for the whole friends-turn-into-more-than-friends thing. So I was excited to read this one.


Relatable characters. There were many times throughout the book that I felt like I completely understood what Dani was going through and thinking. I don’t want to give anything away, but her thoughts on relationships and moving on were spot on. I really liked that.

The relationship. I liked the little things about Dani and Wes’ relationship. For example, they bet $5.00 on just about everything. They’re always like, “Five bucks  I can do this” or “Five bucks I’ll win.” I thought that was super cute.


The lack of buildup. We know Dani and Wes are best friends, but I wanted their feelings for each other to gradually grow. They already wanted each other within the first 20 pages. What?! That kind of killed it for me. I wanted to see them as friends first. I wanted to see their relationship without the desire for each other. The instant-attraction thing needs to be saved for relationships where people first meet, not best friends who have known each other forever.

The POV. I have mixed feelings when books are written in the third person omniscient POV. If it is done right, it’s fine, but usually, I get frustrated. We are in Dani’s brain in one paragraph and then in Wes’ brain literally in the next paragraph. I don’t like that! Can we just stick to one person per section or chapter please?? I guess it’s just a personal preference. It gets confusing though!

Lack of connection. I just didn’t feel it. They’re best friends, they fake an engagement, they start to fall for each other…but I didn’t feel a connection. I was just like “okay, whatever, I don’t really care.” I have to care about these characters, and I didn’t. I will probably forget everything about this book within a couple months.


I really wanted to like this one, but it was just okay for me. Nothing special. Forgettable, unfortunately. Ultimately, I just didn’t care enough about the characters. Therefore, I just couldn’t give it more than 2 hearts.

2 out of 5 Hearts!

(I could totally relate to this one, so I had to share it.)

“…as someone who was dumped by the guy I thought was the one, I do understand, you know. You hate the person and still want to get back together somehow, even though it makes no logical sense. It sucks and it hurts and you want to return the hurt right back.”

(from Goodreads)

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

If you’re interested in ARCs, interviews, and/or blog tour information please contact the publicity department at






Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Bookish Bingo

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge

Story Sprites



Book Vs. Movie #2: Me Before You

This is a new feature I started here on I Heart Fictional People. I always compare the book to the movie adaptation, so now that I have a blog, why not share my thoughts with my fellow bookworms? I will have 3 or more rounds, comparing different aspects of the book/movie, and then I will declare a winner. I doubt that the movie will ever be better than the book, but you never know! Hey, the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were awesome! Plus, it’ll be fun to look at the similarities and differences.

This time, we are doing Me Before You. I finished the book a couple nights ago (you can read my review here), so I immediately went to Redbox yesterday and rented the movie. I watched it last night and loved it! Let’s see how the two compare 🙂

READER BEWARE: If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you may not want to read this. I won’t include major spoilers unless noted first. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!


Round 1: Louisa Clark

I really liked Louisa in the book. She seemed so eccentric yet relaxed and calm. She just enjoyed her not-so-active life, which I respected. Then I watched the movie, and the girl I came to like so much came to life, and I LOVED HER. The first thing I noticed in the movie was her wardrobe. Omg. Everything she wore was fabulous. I couldn’t accurately picture her clothing while reading the book. I knew  she had a quirky, unique, and creative sense of style, but seeing her come to life with all of her lovely clothes was awesome! And she was so upbeat and lively and happy. I got a taste of that in the book, but nothing like how the movie made me feel.

Verdict: The movie! I gotta say, I really liked the book version of Lou, but the movie version of Lou was just a little better. I absolutely loved her. I loved everything about her. Great casting decision!

Round 2: Plot


There weren’t that many changes in the plot. The main difference I noticed was that Will didn’t have a sister in the movie, which, in my opinion, was fine. She didn’t serve much of a purpose in the book. The other difference I noticed was that Will’s dad either wasn’t having an affair, or they just didn’t show it. I didn’t think this was a big deal. It didn’t change anything really. You could still see marital issues between his parents, but they weren’t fully explained, which was fine. Also, Lou didn’t move in with Patrick in the movie, which was fine as well because she ends up moving out anyway. So, all in all, I was completely satisfied with the plot in the movie.

Verdict: It’s a tie here! Joao Moyes wrote the screenplay, so I’m not surprised how well done it was. She knew exactly what to take out and what to leave in to make the movie complement the book perfectly. Kudos to her! I wish authors always wrote the screenplays! The movies would be so much better!

Round 3: The Ending


Okay, I have to be honest here. Things just seemed a bit rushed. It was like all of a sudden, we were in Switzerland, and Will was about to die. I liked that the book took some time and let us regroup after finding out that Will had not changed his mind and he was really going to end his life. It still hit me emotionally the same, but I kind of felt like, “Wait a minute. I need more time. It’s already this part?!”

Verdict: Book. The book wins this round, but that’s not a surprise. Movies don’t have the luxury of taking the appropriate time needed like books do.




I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it is an absolute tie. I can honestly say that I loved the movie just as much as I loved the book. And I think it has a lot to do with the author writing the screenplay. That really made a difference.

What did you guys think of the movie? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Published: December 31st, 2012

Length: 369 pages (paperback)

Genre: Romance

Source: Purchased at Barnes and Noble

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

(from Goodreads)

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


Obviously, this is a pretty popular book. I have wanted to read it for awhile now. Then the movie came out, and I wanted to read it even more. Then, I fell in love with the song “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors and their music video that included movie scenes. So, I was forced to buy the book, which I did months ago. And it has been sitting on my bookshelf, staring at me. So, I finally picked it up.

I’ll be honest. When I first read about this book, I thought to myself, “This guy dies! Why would I want to read a book where the guy clearly dies. I’m just gonna be sad!” That may have been the reason I waited so long to read it. But all the hype and constantly hearing about it just made me HAVE to read it. And I’m so glad I did 🙂


Gave me all the feels. I always said to myself, if a book can make me cry, it’s a good book. And boy did I cry. I was crying like a baby last night. You can try to prepare yourself all you want for this book, like I thought I did, but the end will still hit you like a ton of bricks and make you feel things you didn’t think you would feel. It was heartbreaking. But I love that it affected me so much. That just means it is brilliantly written.

Lou and Will. I loved these two characters as individuals. I loved their relationship. They met under unconventional, extraordinary circumstances, and they probably never would have met otherwise. They are so different. Will is so adventurous, and Lou likes to just sit back and read a book, which is why Will gets frustrated; he can’t do the things he used to love to do, and Lou can but she won’t. I think they both end up teaching each other another way to live. And I absolutely love that.

The pace. It started out a little slow, but I ended up liking that. I liked how it took awhile for Lou and Will to actually like each other. They got so irritated with  one another at first, and then they grew on each other. I liked the buildup. I like how it just instantly hit me three-quarters of the way in. I was getting to know the characters, and then I realized how much I adored them.

The issues. Assisted suicide has definitely been debated. Personally, I don’t get why there is a debate. If people are suffering, and they are choosing to end their lives, who are we to judge? Can you say you wouldn’t think about doing the same thing if you were in their shoes? Hopefully, you’ll never have to make that decision. Anyway, I really liked how Moyes addressed it. I like how it was the center of the story in a way. There were different viewpoints presented by each character, but I really like no matter what side of the debate you are on, you, as a reader, really understand why Will is making the decision he feels he needs to make.


The supporting characters bugged me a little at times, but that didn’t take anything away from the book. We are not meant to like every character from every book we read. That would be weird. So, overall, there really wasn’t anything I didn’t like. It was amazing.


I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I don’t even know how to move on from this book. I cried and cried and cried, until I fell asleep. Then, I woke up sad. So, how am I supposed to just start reading another book? Oh the struggle…Thank you, Jojo Moyes for writing such an incredible book.

5 out of 5 Hearts!

(from Goodreads)

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.





Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Bookish Bingo

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

That’s What HE Said Thursday #8 – Me Before You

Hosted by: Chapter Break

That’s What HE Said Thursday is about posting a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is NOT a physical description of a male protag or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies (whom we so wish we were!!!!!!)

I haven’t done one of these posts in forever! Then again, I haven’t READ in forever! So glad to be back to reading and my blog 🙂

This week’s quote comes from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Yes, I’m FINALLY reading this book. I bought it awhile back, and I figured this would be the perfect book to start off the new year.

“‘Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”

– Will to Lou

I’m still reading this book, so I don’t know what is going to happen, but I read this part last night, and it just got to me. It is kind of the first time he expresses any type of feelings toward her. I loved it. I literally put the book down for a second and then read it a few more times. I have a feeling I am going to cry my eyes out soon…

Have you guys read this yet? Did this quote affect you as much as it affected me?

Musing Mondays #9

Musing Mondays is NOW hosted by The Purple Booker! Go check it out this awesome blog 🙂

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How do you make time for reading when you are very busy? Or how do you find a better balance between wanting to spend time reading and other commitments?

I blogged about ____ this past week… After 10 months away, I’m finally back. So, this past week, I did a little update post on my very long hiatus. You can read all about my drama-filled life here:

Why I’ve Been MIA

I also blogged about my reading challenges. I’m starting fresh this year, in life and in my blog. I have missed reading and blogging SO MUCH, so I’m excited to get back to everything, including reading challenges, which I LOVE. So, here are the challenges I will be participating in:

2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

My answer to this week’s random question: How do I make time for reading when I’m very busy? I am probably the wrong person to ask this question to since I literally just took a 10-month break, BUT I have learned something in the process.

A LOT was going on in my personal life. A lot is STILL going on. I haven’t read a book since last March. And I felt depressed for the longest time. Then I realized that reading has always comforted me and was my escape from a sometimes drama-filled life. I need it. I HAVE to make time for it. So, with everything going on (my marriage ending, suddenly being a single mom, working three part-time jobs, applying for teaching jobs, and trying to get a place for me and my daughter), I make sure to set aside time every day to read. When my crazy day is over and my daughter is sleeping, I curl up on my couch or my bed under a warm blanket…and just read. And it is such a nice, relaxing, peaceful way to end my day.

No matter what, I make it a priority to end my day with a book. It keeps me sane. Everyone has their ways of coping and dealing with the stress of life. Mine is reading. It took me awhile to realize this, but I’m glad I finally did. No more breaks from books 🙂

How do you make time to read in your busy life?

2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups


I know I’ve been MIA for the better part of a year (check out why here), but I really just want to get back to some normalcy, and that includes reading and reading challenges! Oh how I have missed my reading challenges. They made reading even more fun than it already was. I completely failed last year, but it’s a new year! I’m going to attempt some of the same ones as last year but actually accomplish them this time. So, here are the challenges I will be doing, and I will keep track of them on my Reading Challenges page:

(Click on the host’s name for more details about the challenge)


Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! I’m doing this one again! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.


bookish bingo

Hosted by: Pretty Deadly Reviews

Bingo! My favorite type of challenge! Here we go! This one is for the months of December, January, and February.


Hosted by: Chapter Break

Another bingo! I just have to! And this is a monthly one, so I get 11 more this year. I’m stupid excited! Let’s start with January!


Hosted by Andi’s ABCs

I am tackling this challenge again since it is my favorite genre. I haven’t read in nine months, but so what? I’m going to read over 20 books for this challenge! I’m determined!


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

I’m shooting for Grand Slam: 21+ books!

Reading Challenge Graphic 2017

Hosted by Book Date

I’m doing this one again too! I’m determined to fill out the whole thing. This one really motivates me because I just HAVE to get each one.

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Hosted by My Soul Called Life

I loved this one last year! I’m going to finish it this year! The task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.



Hosted by Great Imaginations

Combining my two favorite things: books and boardgames! I absolutely loved this challenge last year, so of course, I’m going to do it again this year…and actually accomplish something this time.

This board lasts until April 1st.

Why I’ve Been MIA…


I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since last March. That’s insane. Well, here I am. I didn’t die…but it sure felt like I did emotionally. I won’t go into a super long, detailed explanation of the drama that is my life. But here is the in-a-nutshell version. Last March, my husband cheated AGAIN and left me and our daughter AGAIN. I guess it’s my fault for thinking this time would be different, but I had to try for my daughter. At least I will be able to tell her that I did everything I could to keep our family together.

So, I went through a really bad depression. And then I met a guy, who really did help me get over my husband, but he also isn’t the greatest guy. Really bad temper, drinking problem, and emotionally abusive. I really know how to pick ’em, huh? Anyway, I really just lost focus in everything. I was so focused on these two assholes that I forgot that the most important thing, the only thing, I need is my daughter. It took nine months of pure insanity, but I’m so much better now. I’m still substitute teaching and tutoring, and I got my teaching credential and just started applying for teaching jobs. I never thought I would be doing this on my own, but I’m okay now. I have realized that my daughter and I are better off without her dad. He really isn’t in the picture anymore. I’m a single mom, raising my daughter by myself. But we’re okay. We’re good. We’re happy. I love that little girl more than life itself.

Unfortunately, everything that happened affected my love for reading as well. I haven’t read a book since last March! Crazy, right?! I missed it so much. And I missed this blog so much. Apparently, through all the drama, I forgot to renew my domain. I went and checked on it, and now belongs to some Canadian jacket company. How my domain name fits that makes no sense, but whatever floats their boat lol. So, I had to change mine to And I have spent the last few days going through EVERYTHING and changing all my .com links to .net and making sure everything looks okay after the changes. I hope I got it all.

I’m hoping to just get right back into the swing of things. I hope I still have some followers out there 🙂

Book Titles According to a 3-Year-Old #1

books according to 3 year old

So, my daughter, who is in the picture I made above, has inspired me to create this new feature called Book Titles According to a 3-Year-Old. (She is turning 4 next week, so the title will be changing then.) So, she started picking up books from my bookshelves and telling me what she thinks the titles are based on the covers, or just based on whatever comes to her mind. And I was just cracking up. So, I immediately wrote them all down and thought of this feature because I had to share these amazing titles with you guys. I’ll try to have about five in each post. I’ll need to hurry before she starts reading 🙂

Here are the covers of the books she randomly picked, and the titles she came up with are below those covers.



I have no idea where she got that title. LOL. She doesn’t know anyone named Nancy. I’ve never heard her say that name. And I don’t see any reason to think of footballs here, so this one was VERY random. HAHA!



This one was straightforward. It looks like fire. But I like how she added the ‘d’ at the end, like someone got fired from a job.



This one makes sense. Maybe she’s going out somewhere. Or maybe she’s just out on the cover. Or maybe she’s coming out of the closet. Who knows? 😉



So maybe it looks like she’s about to answer a question with “yes” or “no”. She does look like she’s going to say something.



The eating cherries, I get. No idea what RSP means or where she got that idea. Those letters aren’t even on the cover. But, hey. It came to her. Lol.

So, I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did last night when she just started randomly doing this. I hope she continues and gives me a lot more to share 🙂

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #12 – My Heart is Yours


Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.


This week’s quote comes from My Heart is Yours by Amanda Leigh (click on the title for my review). In this book, we follow the life of Sam and her relationship with Jason in the span of six years.

In this quote, Sam has a little get-together with her girlfriends. And here is some of the food they eat:

My Hungry Hearts Quote

“Sam was very open about food. The other girls weren’t. So the menu was mostly ‘normal stuff’, but there was a little something ‘different’ there for Sam. The spread included deviled eggs, mini spinach and feta quiche, spinach and artichoke dip, mini cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, and for Sam, Asian garlic and soy flavored chicken wings with scallion soy dipping sauce.”

I LOVE deviled eggs, and I LOVE spinach and artichoke dip, so this sounds delicious! And I definitely wouldn’t mind trying the rest. Now I’m hungry…