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Smile, Chewie (Furever Home Friends #2) by Savy Leiser

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First off the story of Smile, Chewie was absolutely adorable. But, it was also full of lessons for children and, in my opinion, for all of us. I loved the forward at the beginning mentioning what a forever home is and how unfortunately many dogs struggle to find their forever home. Then at the end of the story she wrote some really great discussion questions for parents, kids and dogs! The questions range from thoughts about shelter dogs to thoughts about feeling self conscious, being confident. How to help the homeless (whether people or dogs, depending on how you want to discuss it), and how to help shelter dogs. Wonderful questions to help your child to think about and open up and say what they feel. Just brilliant!!

I also have to give enormous credit to Christy Schneyman for the wonderful illustrations, they are so well done and perfect for catching a child’s eye!!

I am so impressed with this book, and think that Savy Leiser did such an amazing job putting it together!! I highly recommend it! I will be purchasing a copy for my cousin’s little girl, I know she will just love it!!

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*I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, which I’m giving my honest review on*

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Princess Allee (A Furever Home Friends Story) by Savy Leiser

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Princess Allee starts out in the Forward saying, “A forever home is exactly what it sounds like: a home you can live in forever, with a family that will always love you unconditionally. Unfortunately, many dogs struggle to find their forever homes…As these dogs roam from place to place, they all have one wish: to find a family that will love them forever.”

What a wonderful beginning to this story. It starts out where Allee is dreaming of finding her forever home. She’s convinced that she is a princess and her forever home will be castle and she will have a crown and thrown. It’s such a cute story, and the illustrations make it that much more charming.

At the end of the story there are the questions for discussion with Parents, kids, dogs, etc. I love this aspect of these Furever Home Friends books. I think the question are well written and the story written well, so that parent and child could have a really open and heartfelt discussion. This book asked questions like, do you remember a time when things didn’t meet your expectations? How did you make the best of the situation? What are some difficulties siblings can face when trying to get along? How can they resolve them? And more! Just brilliant questions for discussions with your children. They will love talking about Allee so much, it will open them right up!!

Savy Leiser is quite exceptional at putting these books together, and I think that they are fabulously done!!! I would highly recommend the Forever Home Friends Stories. I have a few children in mind that I’m planning on buying them for.

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Posted in Book Review, College, Contemporary, Friends-To-Lovers, My favorites, New Adult, Romance

Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis

IMG_0662This is such a beautiful romance. Yes there is drama and there is angst, but in my opinion that just made the romance that much more romantic. And lordy, can Siobhan Davis write some beautiful romance!! She also wrote some great hot and heavy scenes too!

Kalvin and Lana are soulmates.

Definition of Soulmate in the Urban Dictionary:
A person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet — a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved anyone prior. Your soulmate understands and connects with you in every way and on every level, which brings a sense of peace, calmness and happiness when you are around them. And when you are not around them, you are all that much more aware of the harshness of life, and how bonding with another person in this way is the most significant and satisfying thing you will experience in your lifetime. You are also all that much aware of the beauty in life, because you have been given a great gift and will always be thankful.

IMG_2039Throughout reading the Kennedy Boys series we see this is what Kalvin and Lana have had since they were children and it grew stronger as they got older, until Kalvin’s mother put a stop to them seeing each other. But that connection was still there, even when they tried to fight it. They hurt each other many times. It was just about killing them. Now in Loving Kalvin they are in college. Lana went to University of Florida. Kalvin went there, thinking that’s where she went, and he wanted to find her and win back her love. He knew they belonged together and was willing to try whatever it took to get her back. it was beautiful and he was so incredibly romantic.

IMG_2043Lana feels she’s undeserving of Kalvin’s love. She’s made some pretty horrible mistakes and hurt Kalvin very badly. Even though he says he forgives her, she just cannot forgive herself. It doesn’t help that she still isn’t being totally honest with him and is holding back something very important from him. The guilt is eating her up and making her feel unworthy of his love.

The whole story is so heartwarming and the lesson of forgiveness is a big one. I loved this book so much! Every single page!! We even got some glimpses of my favorite Kennedy, Kyler, and Faye, and the family! Yay!! I totally recommend this book, in fact I recommend that you NOT MISS IT!!! But make sure you have a box of tissues on hand, because you will feel ALL the feels!!!

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*I got a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it*

 

 

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Easy by Tammara Webber

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When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

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“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”

THIS BOOK!!! Oh. Em. Gee.  My friend Literary Dust recommended it to me and I’m sooo glad she did!!

I will warn you of a rape trigger. I don’t want anyone set off by reading this book. There is an attempted rape scene. It isn’t real graphic, it’s just very scary and intense. The message no means no, is an important one.  I was very pleased with the way Tammara Webber handled it.

But this book is so much more than that!! The characters were beautifully written. Jacqueline is the main character and she really grows in this book. She has so much love in her heart, but she has never truly been loved, or treated decently, in her life. Even her parents have a tendency to just take her for granted.  She deserves so much more! She finds that in a boy who is fighting his own demons. She longs to be there for him, but she needs to tread lightly.

Lucas is such a complicated character. He’s very troubled. He sits in the back of class sketching Jacqueline, watching her with his transparent grey eyes. Learning about Lucas was one of the best parts of the book to me. I really enjoyed his character and the mystery of wondering about certain things as layers of his life are peeled back.

“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision, Jacqueline,” he breathed, pulling back one final time to stare into my eyes. “It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”

Another character I’d like to mention is Erin, Jacqueline’s roommate and friend. Erin proves to be a very loyal and true friend to Jacqueline, plus she is hysterically funny at times, and very overconfident!

“How did you know???
I’m Erin. I know all. ;)”

So, as you can tell, I totally LOVED  this book!!! I highly recommend it!!! And I plan on moving on to book 2, which is in Lucas’ perspective!!😊

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Fallen Crest High by Tijan


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Title: Fallen Crest High
Author: Tijan
Series: Fallen Crest Series #1
Rating: 5 Stars
Genres:Contemporary Romance/Mature Young Adult
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Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend Samantha’s school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now she has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

*This book contains adult/mature young adult situations.

NOW HERE’S MY THOUGHTS:

Screwed up teens, screwed up parents…lots of angst and drama…I LOVED IT!!! I know…it’s crazy, but it’s like you’re hooked from pretty much page one, at least I was! Sam (Samantha), the mc, was a pretty strong girl. I guess she learned to be, with a mother like she had. Same with Logan and Mason. These kids are all pretty screwed up from their nut job parents. There were a few jaw dropping moments and a few moments where I wanted to scream at characters. You definitely got very wrapped up in the whole thing. But, you never truly get to understand Logan and Mason. I’m sure that’s what we will learn as we read the rest of the series. Plus I noticed there’s a prequel before this one called “Mason” that probably fills things in a little. Plus further down in the series I noticed Logan gets his own book. So we will be getting to know these yummy boys much more as we continue reading the series, which I definitely plan to do! I’m so pumped to have this delicious new series to read!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

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Book Blitz & Review for Sketches of My Soul by TC Booth

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Sketches of My Soul by TC Booth. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 3 till 9 July. See the tour schedule here.

Sketches of My SoulSketches of My Soul (Sketches #1)
By TC Booth
Genre: Contemporary
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: June 20, 2017

Blurb:
In the game of life, I was used to being on the losing team. The odds were stacked against me. Tegan’s Team—a mom who tried to control me, a dad who would rather drink then spend time being a father, a lying ex-boyfriend, and fake friends. Like any team however, you have that one shining star that stood out above the rest. For me that star was Emily, my best friend.

I guess life had pity on me the day it gave me a friend that always had my back. Life must have felt extra giving the day it gave me a cheer leader—Mrs. White, my next-door neighbor. She’d been more of a parent to me growing up then my own parents.

And then there was Andrew. He was my shooting star. One that I never saw coming. One that I hoped became mine over the summer of my senior year.

A glimpse into a crystal ball couldn’t have prepared me for that summer, though. The summer where a letter from my mom rocked me to the core. I felt the world shake with every word I read in that letter. By the time I reached the end, my world split wide open swallowing me whole.

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If you sign-up for the author’s newsletter you can get a free copy of Sketches, the prequel novella to Sketches of My Soul.

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I really enjoyed this book. The characters really drew me and I became very invested in their lives. Tegan struggled a lot in her life and felt alone. She would get her feelings out by taking her sketchbook and sketching what she felt, whether good or bad. She had one sketchbook where she kept her private feelings, much like a diary, but sketches. These were the sketches of her soul, you could say. (I just love that title!) She got lost in her sketching, becoming oblivious to the things around her. Much like a musician that gets lost in his music, which is where Andrew comes in. Andrew and Tegan were friends when they were younger. Tegan lives next door to Andrew’s grandmother, who she loves as if she was her own, and Andrew would come with his mother to visit his grandmother and play with Tegan while he was there. They became very close friends. But then one day Andrew stopped coming. No explanations, no goodbyes, he just disappeared. Leaving Tegan alone.

Tegan’s family relationships weren’t good. Her mother tried to control her, and was never happy with her. She always made Tegan feel like she wasn’t good enough. Her father was an alcoholic and, as Tegan felt, he’d rather spend time being drunk than be a good father. She had a lying ex-boyfriend and fake friends. Realizing all of this has caused Tegan to pull away from everyone and everything and choose to isolate herself more and more, even though her best friend Emily begs her not to, saying that by doing so she is only letting them win. But it’s Andrew who really draws Tegan out. He gets her like no one else, and she gets him. They understand each other in ways no one else can and so are able to help each other heal.

I loved the title of this book, it is what initially attracted me to the book. There are a few typos and grammatical errors, not enough that it caused me not to enjoy the book though. But, I do really recommend the book. The errors did not ruin the story for me and, unless you can’t handle any errors, I think you would enjoy this little gem of a book! It really is great!!

(This song and dancing in the rain, both have to do with the story.)

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About the Author:
TC Booth was born and raised in a small Ohio town where she currently lives with her husband, children, and fur covered baby Sammy.

She is an award winning author who loves to read and write young adult fiction. Besides her book addiction, TC enjoys music, attending Cavs games, going to the beach, eating chocolate and spending time with her family.

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Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling

Making Bad ChoicesMaking Bad Choices
by Rita Stradling
Genre: Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 10 January, 2017

Blurb:
[Recommended 16 + this is a mature YA or New Adult book]

Culter Fuller came back into my life on the day my mother died, as if losing my mother wasn’t bad enough.

We hated each other since childhood. Well, I hated him. He had a very different story.

When I moved to my dad’s house to finish my last semester of high school, we went from bitter enemies to. . . something else. He was suddenly everywhere, occupying my space, determined to pull me into his life, filling me with thoughts I knew were wrong.

I knew that soon we would cross a line that should never be crossed.

I knew crossing that line could have very serious consequences; because Culter Fuller wasn’t just any irresistible boy, Culter Fuller was my stepbrother.

But, I was always very bad at making the right choices.

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Wow! I found a new author that I love! I’ve already got two more of her books to read! I loved this! Of course, I really love angst. I knew the whole falling for your stepbrother thing would bring lots of angst. But this book was so much more than that.

Cassie lived alone with her mom and took care of her while her mom fought cancer since Cassie was 11 years old, she lost that fight on Cassie’s 18th birthday.  Now Cassie had to pick up and move from L.A. where she grew up, to some place called Bulvin (which is more of a small town and snowy). She doesn’t have a real close relationship with her father and his wife, in fact she says she thinks of them more like her aunt and uncle. But when Cassie’s mom dies they are helpful, and they take care of all the arrangements. Once the funeral is over they send her on with Culter (I love that name!) to drive to Bulvin with him in his truck and said they’ll wrap things up there for the next week, so she won’t have to worry about it. Well, now that’s where things really start to get interesting. You have to read it to see how…

This is a great read! I’m giving it 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️and I wish it didn’t have to end! But I guess that’s how we feel about the really great ones!!!

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This is the playlist Culter makes for Cassie. ❤️

The Playlist for Making Bad Choices
This is the playlist for Making Bad Choices:
1) The Temptations – My Girl
2) The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
3) Bright Eyes – The First Day of My life
4) Modern English – I Melt with You
5) Elton John – Your Song
6) The Lumineers – Ho Hey
7) Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins
8) Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n’ Roses
9) Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
10) Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
11) BØRNS – Electric Love
12) Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
13) Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
14) Joshua Radin – I’d Rather Be with You
15) Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed

You can listen to the playlist on YouTube

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Rita StradlingAbout the Author:
Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

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IMG_252This book was such a wonderful surprise! It went straight into my favorites folder when I was done. I was in a reading slump and had this cued up in my currently reading list for a while, just waiting for me to get myself back to reading. One day I said, that’s it I’m just going to open the book and give it a try. Well, it was a good move!!! This book was AMAZING!!!!! I’m officially out of my slump!

Candace Robinson has a very imaginative and creative mind!! It’s astonishing to think that this is her debut book! I’m eager to see what she will come up with next! This was very unique! It is a bit creepy, dark fantasy, suspenseful, adventurous and there’s a tad bit of romance in there. There are portals in this story, but not time travel. They are stuck in Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, which is a Glass museum of fairytales. Not your average fairytales, but twisted fairytales. Anyway, they become stuck in the displays and these portals suck them from one display to the next.

The characters are very well written and you really grow to care about them. As they travel through the museum, from one display to the next (Sleepy Hollow, Jack the Ripper, etc), they hope the next portal will lead them home. Each display is well written and easy to picture and you can imagine you are there, which makes it all very intense and exciting!!

I highly…..and I mean HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who enjoys the genres above.
I am SO looking forward to the second/final book “The Bride of Glass” coming in October 2017.

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