Friday Night Alibi

30 July 2013

Friday Night AlibiFriday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.

“So… You need an alibi?” Those are the first word of this book and then it goes about descripting samples of packets she offers. The girl has it covered. They’re solid alibi that will hold up against parenteral inquiry. My first thought: Damn, why didn’t I think of that! I knew then it was going to be an hilarious read.

Friday Night Alibi Felt like two different novelettes crambed together to form this novel. The first half was the hilariously funny relationship about a boy and a girl that use pranks to get to know one another. The second half is about the girl trying to fight her feels about the boy. With how comfortable she was with pranking him it was frustrating to see how she fought against her feelings.

Ir would have worked better if Chase was the one fighting his feeling, than Kellie. With everything Chase was dealing with it felt he should have been more reluctant to fall in love. Plus Kellie’s motivations felt hollow.

There are parts that are absolutely laughing out loud funny especially the spa scene. I will never look at a orange the same way again. But its missing that thing that made Reasons Why I Fell for the Fat Funny Friend special. With that said the hilarity that anchors the beginning it’s peppered through the second half, which makes it still worth reading.

I give Friday Night Alibi 3 out 5 Gs.


Hush (Lakeview 1)

19 July 2013

HushHush (Lakeview Series 1) by Stacey R. Campbell

For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princes. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t.

Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right.

Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way?

When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after.
From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada’s most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews’ hallowed grounds, Blakely’s quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?

I decided to read the book because of the name, Hush (Lakeview Series 1). I didn’t find out its subtitle until I opened the book. For me Hush is an enigma of a word. You hear some words all your life and they take meanings of their own. Your mother and grandmother could say the same word and they mean two different things. Hush is one of those words.

For me the word Hush changed watching the Season 4, Episode 10 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Entitled, Hush, it’s one of the creepiest hours of not just television but any visual medium. If you never seen it just watch. It changed the way I saw the world.

Hush (Lakeview Series 1) had me the moment I finished the second chapter. It has the hook I look for mystery, drama that seems to borders soapy. The moment the entire royal family was killed I knew it was “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!!!”

This novel was so much more than I thought it was going to be. You really can’t go wrong with this young adult novel. The romance was the right amount of swoon and two people falling in love. The supporting subplot was perfectly balanced to the main plot. The moment I reached the end I wanted more from Blakely and Max.

Stacey R Campbell created a novel that you should want to not only read but see on the silver screen. It’s like a mashup of Princess Diaries meets The Illusionist with a dash of Brick. This one of those novels that could have the tween girls flocking to the theatre to watch, especially if the find the right cast to fill the roles. For now they will have to be content with repeatedly reading this modern rag to royalty tale. The sequel Whisper comes out this fall.

I give Hush (Lakeview Series 1) 4 out 5 Gs.

The Avery Shaw Experiment

13 July 2013

Avery Shaw ExperimentThe Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

I’m really starting to like these Teen/Young Adult Contemporary Romance novels. They read more as romantic comedies more than soft core porn. They’re good palette cleanser between science fiction and fantasy reads.

The Avery Shaw Experiment is a romantic comedy surprise blockbuster, waiting to be made. It’s hilarious when it needs to be and serious where it should. I got totally lost in the book and was finished before I knew it.

This novel is perfect for lounge in the sun. Read half and flip, by the time you finish you should have the perfect tan. It’s than quick of read and you’ll never realize it. I knew the general idea of what was going to happen but it was still fun and interesting to read.

The description of the book was interesting: using the seven stages of grief to get over a brokenheart. It was an unrealized common sense moment. Breaking up is exactly like getting over the death of someone. Some people never make it through all the stages and can never be friends again. Truly getting over someone like it happens in this book is the goal.

I had this movie cast in my head. Avery Shaw was played by a dark-haired, Brit Robertson until I saw a picture of Kell Oram. Then I thought Jodelle Ferland would be better fit. I casted Grayson Kennedy with Alexander Ludwig. He had an imposing presence in The Hunger Games. The moment it read 6’4” he popped into my head. Aiden was Jean-Luc Bilodeau. Libby reminded me of a younger Sara Rue.

I give The Avery Shaw Experiment 4 out 5Gs.

Reasons Why I fell for the Funny Fat Friend

5 July 2013

Reasons I fell for the FFFReasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann

It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips. She’s the school’s ‘matchmaker’, and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk too, even about the most awkward situations. Hayley’s tips seem to be working, but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker, he starts finding reasons to spend time with her, and not the girl he thought he was in love with.

But Hayley isn’t ready to fall for anyone. Labeled the “Funny Fat Friend” within her group, herself image makes it impossible for Brody to share his feelings without Hayley shrugging it off as a joke.

Convincing her Brody can, and did, fall for the “Funny Fat Friend” turns out to be a lot harder than simply falling in love.

Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend is the romantic comedy that Hollywood should be turning into movies. You can tell from reason one why Haley and Brody are perfect for each other. I’m not saying Quynn (love the spelling) isn’t perfect for him but as a guy who has a brother, you really don’t want to follow them.

Haley and Brody’s relationship develops organically and when they finally get together you believe they’ve not only earned it but deserve it. They have those comfortable laughing out loud moments that everyone wants in a partner. Quynn is definitely that dream girl guys lusts over. Haley is the girl you want to bring home and marry.

I like the thinly (pun intended) veiled commentary on young girls and weight issues. I do think girls should read Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend because mature guys do think this way. We are a rare but out there breed.

If you liked On the Island then you will love this one. Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend is a perfect love story for the Lifetime Channel. (someone should really get on that!) If you’re looking for a light fun read this is the book for you.

I give Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend 5 out 5Gs.

Beautiful Disaster: A Novel (Beautiful 1)

16 June 2013

Beautiful DisasterBeautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

First let start by saying Beautiful Disaster is such an honest portray of a volatile relationship. My best friend had one of these relationships. It would have gone the same way if he hadn’t caught her cheating with his own eyes. This relationship is so unhealthy it makes Edward and Bella the poster child of respectable.

But that’s what I think is the appeal of Beautiful Disaster . Their passion and dysfunction is intoxicating. They’re two trains on the same track and you just can’t look away. They’re fire and gunpowder, every time they get together there is an explosion, literally.

He has mommy issues, she has daddy issues and yet the things that make them incompatible make their relationship work. Only a girl from Abby’s damaged background could see Travis’s red flags and call him on it. Abby for as much as she runs from her past she seems no more capable of running clear of it.

I read it because it kept popping up in my recommendations. I couldn’t put it down finishing it in one night. But as much as I enjoyed this novel I’m in no hurry for the next one. These two characters are exhausting and compelling. They took me through the gambit of emotions. Days later I was still laugh at passage from characters.

If you’re in the mood for a deeply realistic, emotional draining read, Beautiful Disaster is your novel. In case you finish and want more Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster from Travis’ point of view is out now.

I give Beautiful Disaster 4 out 5Gs.

Click to Subscribe

4 June 2013

Click to SubscribeClick to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine

135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them.

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I ❤ Sam Green” T-shirt Harper promised she'd have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.

Click to Subscribe is an amazingly story from the first page to the last. If you’re not hooked from the description then I don’t think you’ll like this story anyway. It’s such an easy read, that I finished in a few hours. It was over before I knew it, and it didn’t read like a dessert but a meal.
The major reason I liked this book is how well defined West and Cat are. L.M. Augustine calls the characters dorky. I call them relatable. These two characters have been friends so long, they are comfortable and at ease with each other. It doesn’t matter that they are different sexes, until it did. So it’s understandable why West would have reservation even when the reader knows the inevitable.
This is a teen romantic comedy ripe for the small or silver screen, if I’ve ever read one. It’s not overly dramatic and hits all the right comedic beats.
If you’re looking for a great summer read Click to Subscribe fits the bill. This is the author’s first novel and I’m looking for to the next one.

I give Click to Subscribe 4 out 5Gs.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

5 March 2013

breaking dawn 2Kristen Stewart  
Robert Pattison  
Taylor Lautner  
Peter Facinelli  
Elizabeth Reaser  
Ashley Greene  
Jackson Rathbone  
Kellan Lutz  
Nikki Reed  
Billy Burke  
Mackenzie Foy  
Michael Sheen  
Dakota Fanning  
Jamie Campbell Bower  
Christopher Heyerdahl  

PG13       115 min       2012

After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

This movie took several awards at the Razzies this year namely Worst Picture of the Year. The Razzies love to give Twilight hate. It’s not a masterpiece but this movie is nowhere near the worst movie of 2012. Not by a longshot for one simple redeeming fact. It’s a little twenty-six minute action sequence that nearly made the entire series worth watching.

Taking into account all the acting digs, the questionable special effect executions, you still have to admit that final battle was amazing. You had to get to know the character to appreciate that final battle. Yes, I read the books and knew what was going to happen. It was still an amazingly drama action scene.

Whether you liked it or not Breaking Dawn Part 2 put to bed a series, which changed the movie landscape. Just like the Matrix redefined movie special effects, the Twilight change skewed the movie demographic from males to females. It’s also lead to Hollywood’s new tread: finding their blockbusters in the aisles of bookstore. If you want to find what Hollywood is going to be producing next you’ll find it there.

I give The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 4 out 5 Gs.

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