Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys & Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn


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Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
 

Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should... 
Or not.
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
 

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...




*I received and eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 

I enjoyed that! 

Julia Quinn's The Duke And I was my foray into historical romance and I loved being back in this world. I laughed (a lot), I worried, I laughed some more, and of course, I swooned. 

It did take me a little while to figure out the family tree dynamics, before remembering Billie is the Bridgertons' aunt. (This is a prequel, if you will, of the Bridgerton Series.) The Rokesbys are every bit as rambunctious as the Bridgertons; it's easy to see why they behave like one big family. George and Billie's romance is tempestuous and hilarious--a total opposites attract kind of thing. I look forward to more books in this series and I really, really hope Andrew gets his own story. 

"The man's teeth were so straight they might have been laid into place with a yardstick. Really, who had teeth like that? It was unnatural."

Friday, March 25, 2016

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Just One Of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Author: Kristan Higgins
Narrator: Xe Sands
Publication: November 17, 2015
By: Recorded Books 
Amazon | Goodreads
 
Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be...

So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1—she's five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2—she's cursed with four alpha male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there's only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she's never quite gotten over—although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.

Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can't seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys....



 Thank you to Recorded Books for providing a copy for review. 


Audio: The narrator for this one did an okay job with Chastity, but all of the men sounded like they belonged on a beach in California ready to catch some waves, dude.  

Story: Kristan Higgins is my go-to author when I want an adult romance with a dose of humor, a side of feels, and a HEA. I read this a few years ago, remembered enjoying it, and was excited to "reread" it on audio. I still like Chastity and Trevor together, but apparently, "how" they get to that point had completely slipped my mind. Cheating doesn't start with a kiss or a one night stand. If your every waking thought is consumed by someone other than the person you are in a committed relationship with, you are cheating.  

As with her other books, Just One of the Guys has all of the elements I enjoy in a KH book: witty banter, great story telling, and an entertaining supporting cast, but for me, the romance was lacking. 


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

BLOG TOUR: How To Capture An Invisible Cat Q&A with Paul Tobin


Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes, 
this is my stop on the How To Capture An Invisible Cat blog tour!



Author: Paul Tobin 
Illustrator: Thierry Lafontaine 
Publication: March 1, 2016 
By: Bloomsbury USA Children's 
Genre: Middle Grade

Every Friday the 13th, 6th grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. This time, he taught a caterpillar math, mailed a love letter, and super-sized his cat Proton before turning him invisible.

As Nate and his new (well, only) friend Delphine race to stop Proton from crushing everyone and everything in town, they come face-to-face with Sir Jakob Maculte (the twenty-seventh lord of Mayberry Castle and leader of the nefarious Red Death Tea Society). Known for its criminal activity, killer tactics, and impressive tea brewing skills, the Red Death Tea Society will do anything to get in their way. 

Nate and Delphine must pull out every mind-blowing gadget, half-perfected invention, and unproven but theoretically sound strategy they've got up their sleeves in order to survive to see Saturday the 14th!

Eisner winner Paul Tobin's extraordinarily madcap middle grade debut features black and white illustrations from film talent Thierry Lafontaine and is the first of five novels in the series.





 ~ Advanced Praise ~

“Tobin uses humor and great imagination to offer younger middle grade readers a delightful romp that will appeal to fans of madcap adventure.” —School Library Journal

“Aimed equally at boys and girls… This winning, consistently funny, smartly silly adventure could be one of Nate's kooky gadgets, a middle-grade reading attractor.” —Kirkus Reviews 


“How to Capture an Invisible Cat is pure, kid-friendly fun.” —Jen Robinson, Jen Robinson’s Book Page


~ Author Q&A ~
 
Do you have a cat?

PAUL TOBIN: I don’t! I wish I did. There’s something very soothing about cats. The last cat I had was way back when I lived in Iowa, a farm cat. We always had lots of cats when I was growing up, but my favorite was named Twinkle. She had extra toes. LOTS of extra toes. 42 toes in all!
 

Do you have any Friday the 13th rituals?

PT: Not particularly. I’m just a wee bit superstitious, so I find myself being a bit wary, but at the same time it seems like a lot of GOOD things have happened to me on Friday the 13th, so everything seems okay. I should probably treat myself to some cake or something on every Friday the 13th.  Or, maybe just every Friday.
 

If you had to eat the same thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
 
PT: This question is HARD. I guess… maybe pasta? I’m tempted to say cookies or cake or pie or something like that, but sweets should be treats, and if all I ate was treats I’d probably get sick of them. Pizza might be a good choice, too.
 

What was your favorite book growing up?
 
PT: I’d say my favorite books were the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. I loved the characters, and the sense of adventure and mystery. They’ve continued to be a big influence on my own writing, especially the Nancy Drew novels, which were a direct inspiration on my series of Bandette graphic novels, the adventures of a teen thief.
 

Do you have any writing advice for kids who like to write and might want to be an author one day?  
 

PT: I think the main thing is to read. Read what you love. Reading is actually practice for writing, in my mind. And of course keep writing, and don’t get too caught up in trying to be “perfect.” Just write a story and move on. It takes a long time to really learn any craft, so just accept that your next story is going to be better written, more interesting, etc. If you get caught up in the “perfect” idea, it can stop your momentum. And (to harp on the point) don’t worry about perfection on a first draft… just keep going. It took me about three months to write the first draft of How to Capture an Invisible Cat, and then more than a year of revisions. You can’t revise, though, until you have your whole story!


Thanks Paul!






 
~ About the Author ~
 

Paul Tobin is the Eisner-award winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Bandette, Colder, and many other comic books and graphic series. His original graphic novel I Was the Cat was nominated for an Eisner in 2015. 
 
Website | Email | Twitter | Goodreads









Tour Schedule 

Monday, March 21Daddy Mojo (US)
Tuesday, March 22Nerdy Book Club (US)
Wednesday, March 23Jenuine Cupcakes (US)
Thursday, March 24This Kid Reviews Books (US)
Friday, March 25Fiction Fascination (UK)
Monday, March 28Gobblefunked (ANZ)
Tuesday, March 29MumtoFive.com (ANZ)
Wednesday, March 30Playing by the Book (UK)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Walk The Edge by Katie McGarry


Walk The Edge (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry 
Publication: March 29, 2016
Harlequin TEEN
 

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life. 

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules. 

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.







~ About Katie McGarry ~

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.








~ Author Q&A ~

Who was the hardest character to write? Why?

Honestly, Razor and Breanna of Walk the Edge were a breeze to write and that is something I don’t say very often. Most times, I have a character in a novel who dig their feet in and refuse to talk to me for a while and I find that incredibly frustrating, but Razor and Breanna were open, willing and fantastic.

I think it’s because these two characters were destined to be together and, from the start, they both knew it. From the moment Razor fixes Breanna’s phone then hands it to her, it’s a done deal. They weren’t fully conscious of it in that moment, but he had fallen for her and she had fallen for him.

Don’t get me wrong, Razor and Breanna are far from insta-love. What I love about them, is that they become friends first. Solid friends. Best friends. And the love that flows from that friendship is strong and pure. 

You're a big music fan. What song do you have on repeat at the moment? 

Renegades by X Ambassadors. Not only do I just love this song, but this song also completely describes the entire Thunder Road series. 

In the Thunder Road series, Oz, Razor, Chevy and Violet are all dealing in their own way of being raised in a motorcycle club. While they are completely accepted by the club, they are considered outcasts by the rest of society. They live completely different lives from most people and for that, they are my renegades. 

What 2016 release are you most excited to read?

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Metaltown by Kristen Simmons and The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Ice cream, cookies, or cupcakes? 

Ice Cream—but it has to have hot fudge.



Tour Schedule: 
Week 1:
3/21: Stuck In Books - Review
3/22: Jenuine Cupcakes - Q&A
3/23: Fiery Reads - Review
3/24: Resch Reads & Reviews - Playlist
3/25: Krista's Dust Jacket - Review
Week 2:
3/28: Adventures of a Book Junkie - Q&A
3/29: Alexa Loves Books - Review
3/30: YA Bibliophile - Guest Post
3/31: What Sarah Read - Review
4/1: Step Into Fiction - Top 10







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Saturday, March 12, 2016

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan

Author: Sophie Jordan
Narrator(s): Phoebe Strole, James Fouhey
Publication: February 9, 2016
By: Harper Audio 
Amazon | Goodreads

Destiny and darkness collide in this romantic, sweeping new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan.

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn't stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.


*Audiobook provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* 


Audio: Phoebe Strole and James Fouhey both do a really good job of bringing Luna and Fowler to life. The narration slowed in parts, but over all, it was an enjoyable listen.

Story: Fast paced, action packed and original, with a swoon-worthy romance, creepy characters and a heart-stopping ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this! And I'm going to need Book 2 like RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OMG WHAT DID YOU JUST DO TO ME, SOPHIE JORDAN?! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Big Nate Blasts off by Lincoln Pierce

Big Nate Blasts Off
Author: Lincoln Pierce 
Publication: February 16, 2016
By: Balzer + Bray
Amazon | Goodreads
  
For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, here comes the eighth novel in the New York Times bestselling series Big Nate.

BIG NATE IS BLASTING OFF!

Nate has a crush on Ruby. But after his scrap with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the Weekly Bugle, he's got a problem WAY worse than detention! Can Nate bounce back? And will the annual Mud Bowl be a blast . . . or a bust?

Meet BIG NATE, P.S. 38's coolest doodler and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.


 
*I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

*Guest review provided by the 11 year old*

Audio: This was my first Big Nate audiobook. I liked the narrator, he did a really good job.

Story: I've enjoyed all of the other books in the series. In this one, Nate and Randy both like Ruby and they get in trouble for fighting over her. They have to go to peer counseling and get stuck being partners for different activities. In the end, they aren't really friends, but they do figure out how to get along with each other.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

I'm so glad you stopped by today! I'm super excited to be able to share the cover of Jennifer Mathieu's upcoming YA, AFTERWARD with you.


But first...




~ About the Book ~

A tragic kidnapping leads to an unlikely friendship in this novel about finding light in the midst of darkness from the author of The Truth About Alice.

When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they each need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.


AFTERWARD is out September 20, 2016 from Roaring Brook Press


~ Advanced Praise for AFTERWARD ~

Afterward is a brave story about the transcendent power of friendship, told with remarkable grace. I became utterly engrossed in the beautifully drawn lives and minds of Ethan and Caroline, and the sensitive, truthful depiction of the bond that begins to heal them both. - Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead

"Heartbreaking and heart mending, Afterward is a beautifully crafted novel that shows the power of hope and the resilience of one incredible boy and the people who care about him. Jennifer Mathieu has again demonstrated the complexity and strength of survivors in an authentic and compassionate way." - Christa Desir, author of Bleed Like Me and Fault Line

"Afterward is a perceptive depiction of recovery from a trauma most of us have only read about in the news. Fans of Jennifer Mathieu's earlier books should be ecstatic: this is her best one yet.  - Cammie McGovern, author of Say What You Will and A Step Toward Falling





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So what do you think?

I love it. 

I can't wait to read it!







~ About the Author ~


Jennifer Mathieu is an English teacher, writer, wife, and mom who writes books for and about young adults. My debut novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE, was published by Roaring Brook Press on June 3, and my second book, DEVOTED, came out in June of 2015.

My third novel, AFTERWARD, about two small town Texas teenagers whose lives are linked by a terrifying crime, will be out in September 2016.

My favorite things include chocolate, pepperoni pizza, and this super hilarious 1980s sitcom about four retired women called The Golden Girls. I can basically quote every episode.

I live with my husband, son, one rescue dog, and one old kitty cat.

When it comes to what I read, I love realistic young adult fiction (duh), creative nonfiction, super scandalous tell-all memoirs and unauthorized biographies, and basically anything that hooks me on the first page.








Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Hamilton Book Tag

A few weeks ago, Sarah from What Sarah Read, tagged me to do the Hamilton Book Tag, originally created by Maureen, with some extras from  Angie and Meg,.

This was a no-brainer for me.


Like most of the population who has not been living under a rock, I fell down the Hamilton rabbit hole last November. I've been listening to and singing along with the hip-hop soundtrack, much to my family's annoyance, ever since. And I've read just about anything and everything I can find on the Ten Dollar Founding Father Without A Father.   

Last week I got to see the show live. It tried to kill me with my own emotions. It would have been totally worth it! You can read about my Hamilton Experience (meeting the cast, touring the Grange, and seeing the show itself) HERE.


Okay, on to the books.


 

The Room Where it Happens 

"I've got to be in the room where it happens."

(Book World You Would Put Yourself In)  



I don't read a lot of Historical Fiction, but AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER is engrossing, emotional, and kept me turning the page well into the night. I wanted to walk the streets of Paris, dine with America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman, Lafayette, and savor every chocolate drop the way Patsy Jefferson did. Oh, and this also answers the question...







The Schuyler Sisters  
 
"You want a revolution, I want a revelation."


Angelica, Eliza, and...Jen. Yes, I am a dork.

 (Underrated Female Character


Kestrel's strength lies in her ability to be strategic, to see situations (and people) from all angles, not only the one that benefits her, and to act accordingly. She shows that intelligence is just as desirable, sexy, and no less important than beauty or physical strength. She loves fiercely and fights hard for what's most important to her. And she does it while wearing a pretty dress.  





 My Shot 

 "Hey, yo, I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy, and hungry and I'm not throwing away my shot!" 

 (A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them) 


If you have not read the book that inspired the musical, you should. Not only will you appreciate the show more, you'll understand the man better. Alexander Hamilton really did write like he was running out of time, and brilliantly.






Burn 

"You and your words flooded my senses, your sentences left me defenseless,
you built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals
."

(The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read)



I hate the direction this series went. It's ruined the entire series for me and made me distrustful of SJM as an author. That doesn't happen very often. I'm borrowing what Jessica, (Loving Los Libros) said, "It wasn't even that big of a deal, Celaena. Get over your stupid self." 
 




The Reynolds Pamphlet

"Have you read this...?"

(A book with a twist you didn't see coming)  


I could not put this book down, I read it in one sitting. And the twist...all the swearing. ALL. OF. IT.







You'll Be Back

"You'll be back, soon you'll see, you'll remember you belong to me..."
 
(Sassiest Villain



Leah is not a villain, but Grayson starts off as one, and they match each other sass for sass. Their arguments are almost as hot a their make-ups. Almost.






Non-Stop

"How to account for his rise to the top? Man, the man is non-stop!"

(A series you marathoned)   


This is my favorite Historical Romance family. The Duke And I was the very first HR book I ever read (a couple years ago) and I was hooked.







Satisfied

"He was right, you will never be satisfied..."

(Favorite book with multiple POVs)
 



I love this series and these characters SO MUCH. Excellent on audio too!







Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

"But when you're gone, who remembers your name, who keeps your flame?"

(A book/series you feel will be remembered throughout history)
 


I haven't read them but my boys have, and they love them.







Helpless

"Look into your eyes and the sky's the limit, I'm helpless."

(A relationship you were pulling for from the very start)
 



 Gavin and Dixie Forever. The end.







 Ten Duel Commandments

"Time to get some pistols and the doctor on site."

(Favorite fight scene)
 



Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were America's first Frenemies. It was fascinating to see how the lives of these two men were so intertwined. I don't even LIKE non-fiction! Usually. I blame Lin-Manuel Miranda. 







Say No To This

"Lord, show me how to say no to this, I don't know how to say no to this..."

(Guilty Pleasure Read)
 



Did I REALLY need to spend $15 on a magazine that costs more than the average YA book? No, I did not. But you know what?






  



What Comes Next

"You're on your own, awesome! Wow! Do you have a clue what happens now?"

(A series you wish had more books)
 



I love the Blue Heron series and I wish the Holland family would adopt me.









Right Hand Man

"Here comes the General and his right hand man..."

(Favorite BROTP)
 



Carson, Silas, and Torres. Seriously. I want to be part of their BRAHSQUAD.





 


What'd I Miss

"I've been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies. I guess I basically missed the late eighties."

(A book or series you were late to reading) 


I listened the audiobooks which were awesome! I enjoyed the character growth and the slow-burn romance.








Wait For It

"I'm not falling behind or running late. I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait."

(A book that was worth waiting for)


NOT ENOUGH STARS IN THE UNIVERSE! LOVELOVELOVELOVE! This was beyond anything I could have imagined or asked for, for this book and these characters. Seriously. It was perfection. PERFECTION. Read the Thank You note I wrote Marie Rutkoski HERE.




I'm not going to tag anyone, and you don't have to be obsessed with Hamilton to participate, you just have to love books. 

If you haven't climbed aboard the Hamiltrain yet, do it. 

"Do not throw away your shot."