Viral Video Monday

So, I’m going to start a new thing called Viral Video Monday. I’m a huge fan of viral (or just plain funny) videos and I love sharing them with people. I understand that this is a book blog – it will remain so – but, I like switching it up every once in a while.

Plus, Mondays are dreadful. I don’t know if you need a pick-me-up on the first day of every week, but I sure do.

Today’s video is just so darn adorable. This girl has so much passion for conducting. Someone needs to get this chica a job!

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Review: What It Takes by Kathryn Ascher

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After graduating college, Kelsey Morgan left her small-town Virginia roots to make it in L.A. After years slogging in commercials and music videos, her movie career is finally taking off. But she’s still miles behind her current costar, and Hollywood playboy, Patrick Lyons. Kelsey does everything she can to avoid Patrick off-set, hoping to not become fodder for the supermarket tabloids that scour the streets for Patrick, trying to get an exclusive look at him and his alleged woman of the week. Kelsy has successfully kept Patrick at a distance, and her reputation intact, until her drunkard brother-in-law Richard threatens to ruin everything by selling her darkest secret to the highest bidder. Now the victim of blackmail, Kelsey has nowhere else to turn but to Patrick’s arms. But, can he be trusted? Or will the past destroy them all before she can find out if he’s the hero she needs?

WILL BE AVAILABLE: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books

Pages: 314

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

Hmmm, this review is tough for me. I don’t read that many new adult novels (quite often because they tend to turn raunchy). This was, as the cover indicates, a new adult romance and I thought I knew what I was getting into when I requested it from the publishers. I’d say that it turned out to be better than I expected, but it still tended Continue reading

Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

cover36034-mediumWHEN HARRY MET SALLY . . . for teens, from romantic comedy star Elizabeth Eulberg.

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

PUBLISHER: Scholastic

PAGES: 288

(blurb and picture from NetGalley)

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

I’ve read one of Eulberg’s other books (Prom and Prejudice) and I remember absolutely loving it. This novel was a bit hard for me to get into at first, but I really liked it by the end!

I feel like the best romantic relationships are the ones that begin with friendship. Macallan and Levi meet each other in middle school and they’re immediate friends. Bonded by a comedic TV show, they develop a strong relationship that is tested over the Continue reading

Review: Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

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A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

WILL BE AVAILABLE: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 304

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

When I first noticed this book, it beckoned to me. Literally. I felt a calling to read this book. First of all, the cover is cute. It was a strong childhood desire of mine to live in a bedroom that had a window that led onto the roof. True story! Second of all, this book’s blurb buys into the Continue reading

Book to Screen: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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I’ve never read If I Stay by Gayle Forman (mostly because I’ve heard that it’ll make me cry). I know I shouldn’t rely on the trailer, but it looks like a good one! I’m definitely jumping onto this bandwagon late, though…

Have any of you read it? Would you recommend it? Did you approve of this trailer?

I’d love to hear your opinions!

Review: We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

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Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

WILL BE AVAILABLE: May 27, 2014

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

This novel was surprising for me and I did not expect liking it as much as I did! We Are the GoldensĀ is a funny, heartwarming story of two very similar sisters, Nell and Layla. Nell looks up to her older sister, but Layla is harboring a Continue reading

Opinion: I love the internet and I’m proud of it.

I suppose it started when I was younger. My family has always been an active bunch – more likely to go out hiking than stay inside playing computer games or watching TV. I grew up with a love of reading. I grew up with a love of creativity. Sure, I could go outside. But, I could also stay inside and make my own magazine or craft a collage or finish a extremely exciting Boxcar Children novel. In 8th grade, I got my first cell phone. In 10th grade, I got my first smart phone. I didn’t get my laptop until I was a freshman in college.

I’ve always been interested in social media, HTML, and website-building. I don’t hide it from people; I don’t see anything wrong with it. I’m passionate about social media and HTML codes and building websites. My brother used to tell me to get off the computer. He said that I would regret all the time I spent on the computer later. It’s only been five or six years, but I have not regretted a single second. All the time he saw as a waste of time, I viewed as a learning experience. I viewed – and continue to view – the internet as an extension of my creative self.

See, we live in such a media-centered society. We’re surrounded by social media. We’re driven to share Continue reading