June 30, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #7


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

I'm back! Sorry about being away so much time, between work and well, life, I didn't have much energy to blog. I'm also reading less, which isn't making me happy, but I'm starting to read again. Tomorrow I'll go to the beach and I my plan is to read :)

Anyway, I got some books these weeks. All of them are spanish editions:


Fate (Hado) by Amanda Hocking

Marcelo in the Real World (Marcelo en el mundo real) by Francisco X. Stork (I love this cover!)

War Horse (Caballo de Guerra) by Michael Morpurgo

I almost forgot, I just got free for Kindle:


Cherry On Top by Kathleen Long

What did you get this week? Have you read any of these books?

June 20, 2012

Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon: Goals & Updates

Hosted by Rebecca @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions

The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is starting! I'm excited, it has been a while since I participate on a read-a-thon and I really need to organize more time for reading! Lately I've been only working and working, which is nice sometimes, but my books miss me hehe.

My goal: to read at least these three books...

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
- Un Amor Secreto (spanish edition of A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens)
Intangible by J. Meyers


I'll to participate in as many challenges as possible, but probably I'll have more time this weekend.  Good luck everyone!

Future updates will be posted in this post. Also at twitter and goodreads.

6-23: I'm just doing my first update! I thought I'd have more time to read these past days, but anyway, today I read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. I loved the movie and the book is very cute :) I'm going to start my second book tonight, maybe I can finish it before the read-a-thon ends...I have all night!

6-24: I read 206 pages of Un Amor Secreto (spanish edition of A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens).

So that was it! I didn't read all I wanted but I managed to read more than I thought, so it was good :)

June 13, 2012

Book Review: Secrets of Midnight by Miriam Minger

Author: Miriam Minger
Release Date: November 6th 2010
Publisher: Walker Publishing
Age: Adult
If Lord Donovan Trent had his way, he would spend his days carelessly wooing the women of London society. Instead, he found himself banished to the English countryside of Cornwall, forced by the decrees of his father’s will to run his family’s tin mines and find a country bride. The last thing the handsome lord needed was a local lass sticking her nose into his affairs, but that seemed to be exactly what Corisande Easton had in mind.
Corie had spent her whole life struggling to help those less fortunate than herself. When she heard that Lord Donovan had arrived in Cornwall, she seized the opportunity to confront him about his family’s mistreatment of the overworked tinners. Donovan and Corie soon found their tempers flaring while fighting to deny their fiery passions—until a secret business arrangement forced them into each other’s arms.
When I Secrets of Midnight free from amazon, I couldn't let the opportunity pass. I like historical romances, and I enjoyed this book.

Lord Donovan Trent is being forced to marry a country bride by his father's will, and he just need a bride who doesn't mind to be temporary.

Corie can be his bride. She takes this opportunity to protect the local overworked man by agreeing to be his wife for a few weeks, but none of them expected to fall in love.

I liked Donovan and Corie as a couple. They were both fierce and their characters were very strong, but they managed to get along because of their passion and their tender heart. The story was enjoyable, although sometimes there were too many things happening, but in the end I liked it and had a good time reading it.

If you like historical romance with fierce and passionate couples, Secrets of Midnight is for you.


More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

June 5, 2012

Book Review and Q & A with Gwendolyn Heasley, author of A Long Way from You

Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Release Date: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age: Young Adult
For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne's family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.

Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers—namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin—Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a lot more than figure drawing.
It has been a while since I read contemporary young adult novel, but I really enjoyed A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley.

Kitsy Kidd is a Texan girl who lives with her mother and her little brother Kiki. She's captain of the cheerleaders and has been dating the quarterback since sixth grade. She's very sweet, mature and likes art, so when she has the opportunity to spend one month in New York city and attend summer classes at Parsons, she can't miss it.

Kitsy was a great character, very realistic. She is experiencing a whole new world and meets a lot of new people, totally different from her. She wants to enjoy her trip, but her journey ended up being more a revelation to herself than she thought. She is a really nice girl and obviously New York tried to eat her, but she was stronger that anyone and managed to be true to herself after all.

I think I liked her more because she kind of reminded me at that age. Sometimes you don't know what to do when you face the world, but in the end if you follow your heart you will succeed. I devoured her story, it was easy to read and even when sometimes I wanted her to choose different, in the end it left me with a good feeling.

I definitely recommend A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley, specially for contemporary young adult readers, you will enjoy Kitsy's story and it's refreshing to find a young adult novel that concentrates on the character more than the romance. Obviously, if you already read about Kitsy's best friend Corrinne from the book Where I Belong, you can miss this one.


Questions and Answer with author Gwendolyn Heasley

Describe you book in 5 words: Country girl explores the city

What or who inspired you to write this book?

I also moved from a small city (Columbia, Missouri) to Manhattan, so I empathize with Kitsy’s experience. But Kitsy inspired her own story. After writing WHERE I BELONG, I didn’t feel “done” with Kitsy, who was a minor character in that book. I wanted her to have a chance to tell her own story, so that’s the true inspiration behind A LONG WAY FROM YOU.

Who is your favorite character from this book?

There’s a new character Annika Fox, who is from Minnesota, which is where I grew up. I loved writing about Minnesota through her but my real favorite character (other than Kitsy) is Tad. Tad is the older, mysterious musician. I liked seeing and writing him through Kitsy’s eyes, but I also liked that I knew who he was outside of Kitsy. That’s the most fun part of being an author: knowing more than you write and choosing what does and doesn’t go into the book.

What did you enjoy the most while writing this book?

Finishing it! That is my favorite part because after it’s finished, I finally get to share it. I love getting reader feedback, both the good and the bad. It helps me understand my strengths and weakness as a writer, plus I just love the fact that the book is out there for people to read.

Give us a recommendation! What should we read next?

I’m currently in love with Sara Pennypacker’s Summer of the Gypsy Moths. It takes place in Cape Cod and tastes of summer…And it’s got a great friendship story in it.

June 3, 2012

Reading Romances June Challenge!

I failed miserable at my last month challenge....I think it's two failed months now. But not because I don't want to read the books but because I don't have enough time! Anyway, I'll really make an effort to read this month book:
Read a book that has Wedding, Marriage, Proposal, Bride, Groom or Engagement in the title or has a Wedding theme cover.

They say you can't have your cake and eat it too. But who would want a cake they couldn't eat?

Just ask Emma Rae Travis about that. She's a baker of confections who is diabetic and can't enjoy them. When Emma meets Jackson Drake, the escapee from Corporate America who is starting a wedding destination hotel to fulfill a dream that belonged to someone else, this twosome and their crazy family ties bring new meaning to the term "family circus." The Atlanta social scene will never be the same!

Random Reads # 6 - Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Random Reads is a meme by I'm Loving Books. It's about choosing a book by random once a month and reading it! It's perfect for people like me, who has tons of books to read and it's kind of lost. So... Want to join in on Random Reads?
  • If you’re on Goodreads enable sorting to your to-read shelf (you should see numbers next to each book now).
  • Go to Random.org and type in the Min as 1 and the Max as how many ever books are on your to-read shelf.
  • Scroll down to the book matching the number Random.org picks.
  • Link up to your Random Reads post.
  • Read and be merry.
My Random Read last month was The Rent-A-Groom by Jennifer Blake, here is my review!

This month random.org picked number #83: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White!
Some Pig

These are the words in Charlotte's web, high in the barn. Her spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, as well as the feelings of a little girl named Fern ... who loves Wilbur, too.

June 2, 2012

Stacking the Shelves # 6

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

I've been so busy these past few weeks. Mostly working....I haven't read as much as I wanted :( I think next week I'll be busy too, but who knows? I hope I'll have more time to read.

Anyway, this week I reviewed The Rent-A-Groom, a short and sweet story written by Jennifer Blake, and The Last Boyfriend, another contemporary romance by Nora Roberts. Also, I discovered for my WoW post Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, sounds awesome!

Freebies:



For Review:



Won:

Thanks Nyra!

Candles, bookmarks and a Kitty pen.

What did you get this week?

June 1, 2012

Book Review: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

Series: Inn BoonsBoro #2
Author: Nora Roberts
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Berkeley
Age: Adult
Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist—and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish...

Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation—and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent. As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected—and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last…
I loved the first book of the series, The Next Always, so I was waiting impatiently for The Last Boyfriend.

Owen is a cute guy. He's relaxed, fun, and likes Avery. They have been friends since forever, so it's logic that they take it to the next level. But both of them are very busy and organized, and when they seem to be letting they guard down and finally deciding to be together, Avery receives the surprise of her life.

I liked their story, it was very sweet and cozy. But I didn't loved it, probably because I wanted Avery and Owen to be more decided, not so scared about their relationship. I felt like every aspect was planned, and although I like plans, I think love most of the times comes unplanned...like a nice surprise.

But still, I like the Inn BoonsBoro series and it was great to read again about the family. Owen and Avery were a cute couple, and I liked that they were friends before falling in love. I definitely recommend The Last Boyfriend if you are looking for a sweet and heart warming romance.


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