The Secret Life of Prince Charming Monday, Jul 20 2009 

the-secret-of-prince-charming1Book Title: The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Author: Deb Caletti
Number of Pages: 322
Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 7, 2009)

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist — after all, she’s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn’t help that she’s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He’s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy…but he’s her dad, and Quinn’s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he’s treated the many women in his life, how he’s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she’s never met and the little sister she’ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father’s wrongs…and in doing so, begin to uncover what they’re really looking for: the truth.

Bad relationship stories is all Quinn hears from the women she calls her family. Her family of only women warn her greatly of the bad points in men and love. But Quinn refuses to think that all men are plain bad, after all her father shows back in her life after no contact for years. She thinks that’s quite enough to think otherwise about guys. When her so-called-perfect boyfriend dumps her, she spins into reality. She also discovers a secret about her father may possibly be more than his charming self around the ladies. Could he really possibly a cruel womanizer? She’s joined by her half-sister, Frankie and her younger sister to find out the truth and make her father’s wrongdoings right. When opportunity comes along, they jump at the chance and go on a road trip. Also taking a musician with them since he needs the ride to one of their stops.

TSLOPF shares a bigger message than what you would think along with the hearts that broke. The first third of the book went by really slow. And I got confused between the little stories from some women in Quinn’s father’s past in between the story, and then you going back into the story. Yeah, it’s just confused me for awhile… The tagalong musician seemed a little too good to be true and becoming Quinn’s new romance interest. The writing quickly changes speed when the road trip begins bringing along action, fun, && overall more adventure.


Record Spinnin’: The Letdown by The White Tie Affair
Thinkin’: i’ve lost my spunk for writing..

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The Debutante Sunday, Jul 19 2009 

the debutante - CopyBook Title: The Debutante
Author: Kathryn Williams
Number of Pages: 248
Publisher: Hyperion (May 20, 2008)

Annie MacRae’s senior year just went south. Specifically, to Beaufort . . . Alabama. Mere weeks before the start of what’s supposed to be the best year of her high school career, Annie’s parents inform her they are moving to the land of deep fryers,“debs,” and worst of all, her grandmother.

But before she can say “No way, y’all,” Annie finds herself living among the “others” and biding her time till she can head to college and get back on the right side of the Mason-Dixon. The only problem? To get that ticket to college, Annie will have to trade in her jeans for a white debutante dress and learn the true meaning of being a lady.

Annie MacRea is far from happy when her parents tell her that she’s moving from her home Connecticut to down south in Alabama. Her boyfriend dumps her, and later she finds out that her best friend is hooking up with him makes matters worse. To top all that off with her rich grandmother whose paying for Annie’s college, Annie’s bribed into debuting. And she has a feeling that she’s gonna hate it since she’s not what you would call a girly girl. Will she ever be able to call Beaufort–her home sweet home?

The Debutante had a cliche story line with it’s “parents move their child during senior year to a whole different atmosphere.” Annie complaints throughout the book were understandable. The emotions she went through were realistic. Mrs. Williams hasn’t just wrote a book about romance, but it’s involves friends and family problems too.


Record Spinnin’: Thunder (Acoustic) by Boys Like Girls
Thinkin’: needs to put her blog as a top priority.

SORRY! Saturday, Jul 11 2009 

Hey there,

I am very sorry that I haven’t been posting up more reviews and etc. Summer’s been very eventful for me this year, and it’s been hard to stay devoted to this blog. But I will be more devoted to it from now on, or so I hope anyways. Thanks for viewing my blog even if there was nothing new on here. I apperciate it greatly!


Listening To: Therapy by All Time Low
Thinkin’: i really need to get my assets straight.

P.S. – I have found a site that sure does have some writers with raw talent in writing at quizilla.com, so go check it out if you want.

Take Me There Wednesday, Jul 1 2009 

take me there - CopyBook Title: Take Me There
Author: Susane Colasanti
Number of Pages: 290
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (May 14, 2009)

The ups and downs of love and friendship

Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and desperately wants him back. But love comes easy for Nicole. Her ex is still in the picture, pining for her, but she can’t help having a new crush. And then there’s James, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Rhiannon, who is too blind to see that their friendship can be so much more. Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, the school’s resident mean girl decides she is intent on ruining everyone’s life. James, Nicole, and Rhiannon are not going to let this slide, but will their desire to take the mean girl bring these three friends exactly what they want?

In the big NYC, there’s three friends with problems of their own. Rhiannon has a dilemma with getting over her ex. Her boyfriend didn’t give her much of a reason for breaking up with her to dwell on either, so the yearning to know grows. Nicole just dumped Danny for a reason bestowed into her past, and she’s not willing to tell anyone. And James had a hot girlfriend who dumped him cause she was jealous of how close James and Rhiannon are. James finally realizes who he truly loves from an elderly neighbor; he never took her seriously, but now James thinks she may be right on his true love. They must overcome their struggles, and the people around them who just want to bring them down with help from Danny, Nicole’s ex and James’s best friend.

I really got confused on the three narrations on the same events, but they were all like fifty pages apart To me that seemed like a waste of time to read the same things repeated with a little of the whoever’s voice thrown in too. I kinda just wanted to read James’s narration because personally I thought his voice was the best and interesting. Rhiannon’s voice was the one I least liked because it was just a repeat of a normal-type breakup with nothing unique about it that would want you to read her story. Really who wants to go through another breakup? I don’t since I really am horrid at handling all the emotional baggage. Nicole’s was an intriguing voice, but I think there was just way too much going on in the book that didn’t fully develop, so I would have liked her better if their was a book with just Nicole and Danny? Well maybe, it depends on the writing too. However, you did get a scoop into some really realistic aspects of how some teens think through these character’s voice. Colasanti’s a good writer and being able to string together the lives of her characters , but this string of stories didn’t work for me, so try her first novel, When It Happens, that’s my favorite novel of hers’.


Listening To: Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) by All Time Low
Thinkin’: hmm… stomach hurts..

two-way street Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

two-way street - CopyBook Title: Two-way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 26, 2007)

there are two sides to every breakup.
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for a girl he met on the Internet.

It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la–this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Jordan recently breaks up with Courtney for some girl he met on Myspace that’s the reason he gives to Courtney. Courtney tries to figure who it is, but Jordan deletes her as a friend and then blocks her from his myspace page. So she just calls the chick, Carmen. A trip they both planned together to go to their college orientation together puts their situation in an even more worse place then before. And the worst part is Courtney’s parents say it’s too late to cancel, so she’s forced onto a trip with her ex. She’s been completely broken up on the inside since the uncalled-for breakup, but she isn’t planning on moping around acting like it on the trip. Nope, she’s gonna act like she doesn’t give a damn about it.

Two-Way Street was a much better novel with more in store for the reader rather than the simple romance story I thought it was. It’s told from alternating stories between Courtney and Jordan. Mrs. Barnholdt pulled off both of the characters exceptionally well with keeping them pretty realistic throughout the novel. You discover insight towards both sides of the relationship and what happens during the 3 day drive. Okay, so one very annoying thing I found in the book was the the major issue with cussing. I mean yes, teens do cuss, but not that often. And I thought the twist would be bigger, or maybe have another twist on Courtney’s part too? But overall, a cute, romantic read with a predictable ending, but it’ll keep you reading for the satisfaction of knowing what happens between the two.


Listening To: Constant Static by New Found Glory
Thinkin’: needs to keep my blog updated.

Contest Alerts! Monday, Jun 29 2009 

Head over to Harmony’s Book Reviews to win a chance at Suite Scarlett! I have been noticing tons of contests featuring this book! So go over and enter to try your luck at five copies of this book! [ends July 15]

Over at Bookluver-Carol’s blog, she’s giving away “Nikki’s Purse” filled with goodies and a copy of Dork Diaries. [ends July 1]

Lauren Barnholdt is giving away a signed ARC of Catching Fire and an audio sampler also!


Listening To: Stay Young by We The Kings
Thinkin’: hmm, well I am wondering if I should transfer my blog to blogger for all those nifty looking widgets, but I tried something and it didn’t work. So is that a sign that I shouldn’t?

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