Monthly Archives: February 2016

Musing Mondays #8

Musing Mondays has a new home! NOW hosted by Books and a Beat! Go check out the new site 🙂

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: What was the last book you didn’t finish? Why?


I bought the following book(s) in the past week…Well, I didn’t actually buy it. I won it in a giveaway from Book Crushin. Thankfully, I got my first choice, which I was BEYOND excited about. And here it is:

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(Sorry about the poor picture quality!)

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker! This book sounds amazing. And I can’t wait to read it.


My answer to this week’s random question: The last book I didn’t finish was The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.

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Technically, I’m still reading it because I have a rule not to give up on books, but honestly, I haven’t picked it up in months. It is just really slow, and I am not all that interested in it. I’ll finish it one day though…

Review: How To Love by Katie Cotugno

17332564Title: How To Love

Author: Katie Cotugno

Published: October 1st, 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Length: 389 pages (hardcover)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source: Giveaway Win from Books of Love

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Before: 
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: 
Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.


my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

As soon as I won the Clean My Shelves giveaway at Books of Love, I knew I had to get this book. It was my first pick. And it’s a hardcover! I was beyond ecstatic. But life got in the way, and the book was just sitting, patiently waiting for me to read it. Six months later, I was browsing my new bookcase, noticed this beautiful cover, and read the back of the book. Ahh! Why didn’t I read this sooner?! It sounded like an amazingly romantic and heartbreaking book. So I jumped in…

WHAT I LIKED

The format. Initially, I had mixed feelings about the story going back and forth between the before (when Reena was a young teenager hopelessly in love with Sawyer) and the after (when Sawyer comes back after being away for a couple years, and Reena is raising their child). BUT, after just the first few chapters, I absolutely loved the way it was written. This could’ve been done a couple different ways, such as flashbacks or being written as a two-parter, first part in the before and second part a couple years later. And I think this was definitely the right way to go. The story unfolds in such a unique way. Yes, you know Reena gets pregnant and Sawyer leaves, but what happens before that? Why did he leave? How did they get to that point? Reading the before chapters will gradually make you understand their story while reading what is happening now. It was brilliantly written.

The very real characters. I can definitely understand why some people had an issue with Reena or Sawyer or both, but I really liked them. They were clearly flawed and often made stupid mistakes or just behaved in a way that made you want to scream at them, but that makes them all the more real. Was Reena weak and foolish when it came to Sawyer and his charming self? Was Sawyer an insensitive ass at times? Sure. But they’re also human. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a hopeless romantic when I was a teenager and have made plenty of mistakes when it comes to guys. And my husband will be the first to admit that he has had his asshole moments. But who hasn’t? We’re human! We’re not perfect. And neither are these characters. That’s why I loved them. They were relatable.

The romance. Don’t expect some fairy tale romance here. It’s complicated. People get hurt. Lives are changed forever. But it’s real. Why do we always have to read these romances that are so sweet and involve perfect men? Of course, I love those too, but that’s not always how it works! These two people fall in love, but there are issues that kind of tear them apart. It’s sad. But they have an undeniable connection, and I enjoyed seeing their story unfold.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Not addressing some things the way I would have liked. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are some issues that I would have liked to see addressed and discussed way more in depth. For example, Sawyer missed out on the first 14 months of his daughter’s life. And then he’s back and just kind of jumps into her life. I guess I wanted to see him more emotional about the whole thing. There is also a drug issue that just kind of exists. I wanted to see that dealt with more. And there are other issues too. I don’t know. This book could’ve been so much more if it addressed these problems on a deeper level. So, I was a little disappointed about that.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were completely relatable, even when they were irritating. The plot was written uniquely, and it worked so well. I was so invested in the story. I just had to know how it all ended. The ending was perfect by the way. Such a great conclusion to an already great book. I just wish it was more in-depth. Very enjoyable though. And this was the author’s debut novel! So, I’m very excited to read more from her.

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


 

(I HAD to share this one! It’s so damn cute. And hilarious.)

“I like your wrists,” he commented suddenly, glancing over at where my hands were resting in my lap. He traced the underside of my forearm with the tip of his finger.

I looked at him skeptically. “My wrists?”

“Yeah,” he said, half smiling as he switched lanes. “Relax. I don’t have, like, a weird wrist thing. I just like yours. They’re small. Like bird bones.”

“Bird bones,” I repeated.

“Yeah.” He paused. “See? Now you ruined the moment.”

“You were making a moment?”

“I was trying!”

I laughed. “Sorry. Do it again.”

“No!” he said. “The moment is over.” But he was laughing, too.


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about the author

(from her website)

Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world.

Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Nerve.com. Her novels HOW TO LOVE and 99 DAYS are available now from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins.

The great loves of Katie’s life include child’s pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston with her husband, Tom.

author links

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Twitter

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Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Around the World

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge

Shelf Love Challenge

Review: Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

27983018Title: Falling for Prince Charles

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Published: February 9th, 2016 by Diversion Books

Length: 303 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: Publisher via Tasty Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious Falling for Prince Charles. It’s all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can’t resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the Royal Family doesn’t realize that Daisy’s Jewish or that she’s spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water. By the time they do, Daisy is in love with Charles, Charles is in love with Daisy, and the Queen’s white gloves are off. FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES is an offbeat alternate-universe romantic comedy showing the heir to the British throne in a light quite unlike any he’s been seen in before.

“Daisy’s madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to reads looking for lots of giggles.” -“Publishers Weekly”


my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I loved the cover right when I saw it. It looks like a cute chick lit book. And the synopsis sounded like the perfect romantic comedy. Plus, the fact that it was about falling for the real Prince Charles was definitely unique, and I was curious as to how it was done. So, I was really excited about this book. I couldn’t wait to read it.

WHAT I LIKED

The premise. I loved the idea of a woman who cleans toilets for a living winning the lottery, going to London, and falling in love with a prince. That sounds awesome! And it sounds like it could be this romantic story with the perfect amount of humor. Unfortunately, the IDEA of the story is pretty much all I liked…

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The writing. I can’t quite put my finger on it. The writing wasn’t bad. The author clearly knows how to write. Maybe the writing style just wasn’t for me. It felt all over the place. There was way too much description. It seemed like she tried to make very complex, adjective-filled, uniquely-structured sentences when it could’ve been more simple and easier to understand. Throughout the majority of the book, I kept asking myself, “What just happened? What is going on in the story? What am I reading?” I was just completely lost. I had such a hard time staying focused.

Way too many POVs. OMG. I can handle two points of view, maybe three. But there were points of view from almost every single character, even Bill Clinton, who was in the book for like two seconds. It just made the story very disjointed and confusing. It did not work for me. I would’ve liked to just stay in Daisy’s brain. Also, I felt a little uncomfortable being in the minds of real people. More than half of these characters are real people. It just made it weird for me. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really wanted to like this book. I truly did. I’ve heard good things about this author, so I was really surprised that I didn’t enjoy it. I just felt like the story tried too hard to be funny and romantic when it was neither. It was very hard for me to finish it. I kept reading because I kept hoping it would get better or maybe it was just me and my warped brain not being able to pay attention, but unfortunately, I still ended up disappointed.

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2 out of 5 Hearts!


buy links

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo


about the author

Lauren Baratz Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens (including The Twin’s Daughter and Little Women and Me), and children (The Sisters 8, a nine-book series she created with her husband and daughter). Before becoming an author, Lauren was an independent bookseller, freelance editor, Publishers Weekly reviewer, sort-of librarian and window washer. She lives with her family in Danbury, CT. Visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her @LaurenBaratzL on Twitter.

author links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads


Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Around the World

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

Title Fight Reading Challenge

Musing Mondays #7

Hosted by A Daily Rhythm

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 choose which books you read?


I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…So when we moved awhile back, my bookcase completely broke, which was pretty devastating for me. Then, I never got around to buying a new one. My books have just been sitting in boxes. BUT, my husband surprised me a few days ago and bought me two new bookcases!!! I immediately got all of my books and arranged them on my shelves in alphabetical order, which took FOREVER, especially since my 3-year-old insisted on taking all of the blue books off the shelves lol. But I am so happy! I have missed seeing all of them! It’s the first thing I see when I wake up 🙂

My answer to this week’s random question: I guess that depends. If I have blog tours coming up, I try to read those first because there is a deadline. And I try to read books I have been given to review because I feel bad making the authors wait. BUT, I’ve noticed that I haven’t read books that I really want to read, so that has changed. I’m trying to focus more on what I actually want to read and what has been on my TBR list forever.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #11 – The Cupcake Witch

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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.


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This week’s quote comes from The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless (click on the title for my review). As the title suggests, this is about a woman who loves to bake, and she may or may not be a witch. She is just discovering her abilities, in both magic and baking.

This is the opening paragraph of the book, and it definitely set the mood.


My Hungry Hearts Quote

“Holding the whisk tightly, I swirled the pale-yellow batter around the bowl, the sweet scents of vanilla, brown sugar, and bitter dark chocolate perfuming the air. Even though it was a cool autumn morning, the heat from the oven made the kitchen feel toasty warm. I’d been baking all morning: expresso mini cupcakes with cappuccino flavored frosting, matcha green tea macaroons, and strawberry rhubarb coffee cake. The kitchen smelled divine. Now, with a pot of coffee brewing and a batch of chocolate chip walnut cookies just about ready to go into the oven, I could almost relax.


I am not a fan of coffee or green tea, but this quote definitely made me want to try these. And I just had to share it with my coffee-loving readers 😉

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway – Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s A Sudden Crush blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by Tasty Book Tours!

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Title: Falling for Prince Charles

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Published: February 9th, 2016 by Diversion Books

Length: 303 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: Publisher via Tasty Book Tours (for honest review)

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious Falling for Prince Charles. It’s all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can’t resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the Royal Family doesn’t realize that Daisy’s Jewish or that she’s spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water. By the time they do, Daisy is in love with Charles, Charles is in love with Daisy, and the Queen’s white gloves are off. FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES is an offbeat alternate-universe romantic comedy showing the heir to the British throne in a light quite unlike any he’s been seen in before.

“Daisy’s madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to reads looking for lots of giggles.” -“Publishers Weekly”

excerpt

As Daisy Silverman squatted in front of the toilet bowl, first depressing the flush lever and then watching as the milky outgoing spiral removed the mildew and replaced it with fresh water, the thought occurred to her for at least the thousandth time that if the fickle hand of fate hadn’t cast her as a cleaning lady, working in wealthy households and offices in Westport, Connecticut, she would most certainly have made a perfectly lovely Princess of Wales.

This was a fantasy that Daisy had entertained off and on since 1981, the same year that the late Princess Diana had first become Princess Diana. And to this day, eighteen years later, whenever she thought about it, Daisy still thought that she could have done the job better.

Oh, sure, Daisy had loved the late Princess, would have said that she loved her more than anybody. Well, actually even Daisy was aware enough not to say that; she did know that Diana’s family and friends had surely loved her more. But Daisy could legitimately claim to love her easily as much as anybody who had never met her, and that was plenty. So, if Daisy felt a little competitive with a dead Princess that she had loved beyond reason, what matter that? After all, there were some compelling reasons for making a comparison between the two women.

Just like the woman who had possessed the most photographed profile in the world, Daisy had a genius for making the kind of seemingly interested, throwaway comment that left others feeling a little cheerier about their own lot in life. Although even Daisy had felt that the Princess had been pushing things a bit, several years back, when she had blithely informed a widow on the dole with a flat full of small children: “Oh, yes, I just love those microwave pizzas too. Whenever the Heir and the Spare start to look a little peaked, I just nuke a couple of them in the Palace micro, and we’re all set to go skiing in Klosters or windsurfing on Necker.” Or, if those hadn’t been her exact words, it had been something equally inappropriate…


buy links

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo


about the author

Lauren Baratz Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens (including The Twin’s Daughter and Little Women and Me), and children (The Sisters 8, a nine-book series she created with her husband and daughter). Before becoming an author, Lauren was an independent bookseller, freelance editor, Publishers Weekly reviewer, sort-of librarian and window washer. She lives with her family in Danbury, CT. Visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her @LaurenBaratzL on Twitter.

author links

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads


giveaway

Tour-Wide Giveaway: FIVE (5) Print Copies of FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES

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Blog Tour: Review – A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s A Sudden Crush blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by I ♥ All the Books Tours!

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Title: A Sudden Crush

Author: Camilla Isley

Published: February 4th, 2016 by Pink Bloom Press

Length: 256 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: Publisher via I ♥ All the Books Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.

Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I am absolutely in love with this cover! I saw it, and I instantly knew I had to read it. I really didn’t care what it was about. But then I read the synopsis, and OMG. Two complete strangers who don’t even like each other are stuck on a deserted island together and begin feeling a connection even though one of them is married?! Yes, please! Plus, I AM IN LOVE with chick lit, and I haven’t read one in awhile, so I was SO EXCITED about this one.

WHAT I LIKED

The plot. I loved everything about the plot. It was exciting, it kept me on the edge of my seat, and it had me laughing out loud. It reminded me of that Harrison Ford movie, Six Days Seven Nights, which I loved by the way. You have these two people who don’t exactly get along, and they are stuck on an island together for months. As a reader, you are constantly wondering about what happened to Joanna’s husband and when she and Connor will be rescued. And when they are rescued, things begin to unfold, and Joanna has to go back to living her life. I just loved everything about it. It was pure entertainment.

Joanna and Connor’s relationship. Ahh! I loved it! They pretty much despise each other from the get-go. And they have this playful, witty, hilarious banter between them that was just awesome. When they realize there is this connection, it’s complicated because she’s a newlywed, and she has no idea what happened to her husband. Then things change and escalate later in the book. And I loved every single minute of it. I almost wish there was a sequel so I can read more about them. They were just so damn sweet together with the perfect amount of humor. Loved it.

The writing. Camilla Isley can write! She is amazing. She reminded me of why I love chick lit so much. This book was heartwarming yet hilarious, and not a lot of authors can pull that off. I want more of her. Camilla Isley, please write hundreds of more books because I am a fan, and I am dead set on owning all of your books. I will settle for two…for now. Which reminds me: I need to go get my hands on I Wish For You.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Would’ve liked more of the island. From the description of the book, we know they get rescued eventually. I just didn’t think it would happen as fast as it did. I wanted the majority of the book to take place on the island, but it was pretty even: half on the island, half at home. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed how it was written. I guess I just wanted more time on the island and more one-on-one interaction between Joanna and Connor.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

How have I not read chick lit in 7 months?! What is wrong with me?! Thank you, Camilla Isley for making me remember my love for this genre. I enjoyed this book so much. It had everything I need in a book: cute romance, entertaining characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and a creative plot. And I can’t even describe in words how much I love this cover. I need to go buy the paperback so I can just display its beauty in my house.

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


buy links

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble


about the author

Hi! I’m a writer of romantic comedy, cat’s lover, coffee addict, and shoes hoarder.
Besides writing, I love reading (surprise, surprise), cooking—and eating—especially pasta, going to the movies and obviously ordering a gigantic bowl of popcorn, and watching too much bad TV.
I understand that mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem as a part of other animals’ diet, and I don’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but I could really live without them.

author links

Website

Goodreads

Twitter

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Reading Challenges Met:

Around the World

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless

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Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s The Cupcake Witch blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!

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Title: The Cupcake Witch (The Chancellor Fairy Tales #2)

Author: Poppy Lawless

Published: November 24th, 2015 by Love Potion Books

Length: 98 pages (eBook)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Source: Publisher via YA Bound Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

They say the course of true love never runs smooth.
That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

Julie

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn’t until my mother’s death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams.

Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins—literally.

Too bad the son of that powerful family is just the kind of guy I’ve been looking for.

Horatio
I suppose being heir to the Hunter family’s Blushing Grape Winery should make me happy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my mother gone, my father has taken me under his wing, and I despise everything about the way he does business. Sour grapes, indeed. Instead of raising money for charitable causes, my true passion, I’m chasing my father’s manifest destiny.

Too bad his dream includes paving paradise.

Too bad the property owner is the sweetest woman I’ve ever met.

The Cupcake Witch is a stand-alone sweet romance and book 2 of The Chancellor Fairy Tales series.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I absolutely loved the title and the cover. It sounded and looked like a cute fantasy that I just had to read. And of course, reading the blurb and seeing that a guy was involved made me want to read it even more.

WHAT I LIKED

The message. Both Julie and Horatio have never really followed their own dreams because of their parents. Their parents wanted different things for them, so they have always chosen to please them instead of themselves. Finally, they realize that they need to follow their own dreams, no matter what their parents or anyone else thinks. And I think that is a great message. We all have dreams. And we all have to deal with people and their opinions about those dreams. But no matter what, we should go after our dreams and do what we are passionate about. Sorry to go all after-school special on you, but it’s true! And I like that this book addresses that.

The characters. I loved every single one of them, even Horatio’s hard-headed father. Julie is driven and not afraid to go after what she wants. Horatio is ambitious but also very sweet and caring. And I loved the other characters too, especially Tootie, Violet, and Betty. Those ladies reminded me of the aunts in Practical Magic. LOVE THEM.

The plot. Girl, who may or may not be a witch, wants to be a baker and inherits very cute building. Boy needs building to tear it down and make it into a parking lot for his father’s new restaurant. Boy meets girl. Things change. Love the idea of this. Cute and intriguing all at the same time.

The writing. I had never read anything by Poppy Lawless before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I just have to say that she is amazing. I love the writing style! I want more!

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The pace. Okay, there were a few issues I had, like the lack of background info about the characters or not enough witch stuff, but it all comes down to the pace. It was way too quick for me. There wasn’t enough time for all that stuff. I know it’s a novella, but it all just happened way too fast for me to care about the characters or get really invested in the book. This really would have been the PERFECT book if it was a full-length novel.

Horatio’s name. I’m sorry, but I just don’t like it. I did, however, love the fact that Julie agreed with me: “Who in the world names their kid Horatio these days?” Lol.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really, really liked this book, and I would have given it five very well-deserving hearts if it was longer. It had everything! Unforgettable characters, perfect plot, some awesome magic, a cute romance. But, it just felt rushed. That being said, I would definitely recommend reading this. I’m starting to think that I’m just not a novella-type reader. All in all, this book is really good, and I look forward to reading more by this amazing author.

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


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Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?

Poppy Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

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Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Musing Mondays #6

Hosted by A Daily Rhythm

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: What would you say is the best children’s book you’ve ever read?


I can’t wait to get a copy of…So I was in Barnes and Noble browsing through books while my husband and daughter were playing in the kids section. I saw the movie trailer for The 5th Wave, and it looks awesome, but I haven’t looked too much into the book. So I finally picked it up. It sounds amazing! I. MUST. HAVE. IT.

My answer to this week’s random question: I would have to say the Harry Potter books. Those were brilliantly written. BUT, if you ask me what my favorite books were when I was a kid, I would have to say The Baby-Sitters Club books.

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I was obsessed with those! I saw the new graphic novels based on the books, and I was reminded of my love for that series. I LOVED Mary Anne. I always related to her. I might have to go digging in boxes at my mom’s house to find all those books again.

What’s your favorite children’s book?

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo: January 2016

Hosted by: Chapter Break

“The monthly winner will be the person with the most marked squares. None of that across, diagonal, up and down, corners stuff. Just the number of squares. Be sure to include the books you’ve read for each of the squares. Only books read during the current month count. You may use the same book to fill multiple squares. We’ll announce the winner the following month to allow everyone time to link up their posts.

And to encourage more people than Julie and I to participate, we are going to have a quarterly raffle!”


Here is my January Bingo Card:

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Vampire: 

Dead Body: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus [Review]

Set on a school campus: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Hunter (Demon/Vampire):

Non-Fiction:

Werewolf:

Car chase: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Set in a city: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus [Review]

Artist/Poet/Writer: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Cook Book:

Fae/Fairy:

Plane Ride: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Jock: Like Candy by Debra Doxer [Review]

Historical:

Angel:

Aliens:

Set on a ranch: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Cowboy: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Cop/Fireman: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Demon: Ascenders by C.L. Gamer [Review]

Friends to Lovers: Ascenders by C.L. Gamer [Review]

Popular Tourist Location: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus [Review]

Playboy: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Fairy Tale Retelling:


Including the free space, I got 15 squares! Not bad, I must say. I thought I would do worse. This was so much fun! I can’t wait for the next one!