Teaser Tuesday (tRB)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences (or more).

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Reluctant Bachelor by Syndi Powell

Since when has reality TV been about real life? You need to give the audience a reason to care.

Dating is tough enough without having an audience.

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Teaser Tuesday (TwV)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences (or more).

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

The Trouble with Valentines by Kelly Hunter

Good things happened on Valentine’s day. Unexpected things, like, for instance, a sudden rush of customers.

Good things happen on Valentine’s day. Unexpected things. Hopefully it wasn’t a bomb.

Book Review: Her Ladyship’s Guide to the Art of Conversation by Caroline Taggart

Art of Conversation by Caroline Taggart Synopsis: Just as the title indicates, this work of nonfiction guides the reader through the art of making conversation. The main focus is on how to exchange pleasantries (small talk) with new acquaintances in various work or social situations without fear. The book gives advice on preparation, reading body language, introductions, acceptable conversational topics and phrasing, how to escape boring people politely, and more.

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Holiday Hiatus

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I am sorry to say I simply must take some time off from my blog. My life has altered so much from the time I started this when I was in college! Living in the United Kingdom is a dream come true and there is so much to see. Between playing tourist, working a full time job, taking dance classes, and wanting to write a book… Well, I simply do not have a spare moment to keep up with my reviews right now.

If there is any inconvenience, I do apologize. I love reading… It is just that I simply must enjoy life as I’m living it, rather than experiencing everything through a book. I’ve been writing this blog for around four years now, so why not go back and read any posts you’ve missed?

Have no fear, though, as I will be back! It just might not be until I’ve moved back to Canada…

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson almost didn’t get read, but I decided that if you read one you must read them all… and I am glad I did, as this became my favourite of all the books (thus far). It’s about a chance meeting between two teenage boys who have the exact same name and how that meeting leaves an impact on each other’s lives.

I admit that I didn’t always love the characters; in fact I’m not sure I truly liked a single one of them in this book or any of the other novels, yet that is so true to life. You don’t always like everything about everyone, even if they are your best friends. Instead it is more like you grow used to their flaws and accept them, love the person despite their flaws. In the end I realize that I don’t have to like the characters in order to like the book itself.

Levithan’s portion of the book was written in lower-case, something I didn’t like at first but eventually got used to. I like the idea behind the chosen writing style to depict that Will’s perspective, though it didn’t make it any less annoying while reading it. The reason why I preferred Green’s writing (besides the proper use of grammar and punctuation) is that his characters, by comparison, had far more depth and layers… though perhaps I’ve confused who wrote what!

The funny thing is though that neither of the Will Graysons is truly the main character of the book, even though the story is told of the perspectives of these two boys. Instead it is Tiny Cooper: the biggest, gayest, most loveable character in the whole book. He feels the most developed, most three-dimensional being out of everyone, and even when he drives you crazy you kind of wish he was real and you could go see his musical. I don’t understand it, but there is something about flamboyantly gay males that is irresistible to women.

Cover Reveal: After the Storm by Marie Landry

I’m happy to announce that my good friend and indie author Marie Landry has just revealed the cover of her new book!

You may recall that I’ve worked on most of Marie’s other novels such as Blue Sky DaysThe Game Changer, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. This is the much anticipated  companion novel to Waiting for the Storm!

I am one of the lucky few who will be getting an advance copy, and I can hardly wait to read it!

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For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn’t want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…