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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I know I'm a little late on the band wagon that is The Fault in Our stars, but better late then never, right? 

For the past I don't know how many months, I've been seeing a lot of posts from my friends about this amazing and very sad book and I was determined to read it. So while I was staying with my brother, I asked my sister in-law to take me to B&N so I could get it and started reading it on my plane ride home.

I'd like to say that this book captured my attention right away and that I fell in love with it from the first words, but then I would be lying. Not that I didn't like it, but it's one of those books where I had to force myself to read on, though really all I wanted to do was put it down and pick up a book I knew I loved, like Vampire Academy. I didn't though, most of the time. I pushed onward and was well rewarded.

The story centers around Hazel Grace Lancaster, who currently has cancer and because of it, she has sucky lungs and has to wheel her oxygen around with her all day. Within the first few pages she meets Augustus Waters, a sexy cancer survivor that I grew to love very quickly. There's just something that I really love about Gus and I rather think that he's the reason that I wanted to keep reading. 

Funny, depressing, a little crazy and sad are words I would use to describe this book. It's about cancer, so you expect it to be a couple of those things, but funny? Well, let's just say that for me, it's Augustus that adds that much needed humor to the story. There's nothing wrong with Hazel Graces' humor, but I don't think she'd be half so funny without her partner in crime. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the story, even the parts at the end, where I cried like a baby. There was just something about this story that really grew on me and made me glad that I worked my way to the end and can say proudly that I finished this much loved book. Now I want to pick up my copy of Looking For Alaska that I picked up at the same time.

But, as there is always one of those, I found this story a little hard to read. The style in which John Green writes isn't one that I would say I enjoy and sometimes I had a hard time following along with the story line. Here and there I found it very difficult to read on and there were some aspects of the overall story that I think he could have done without.

In the end, I give it 3.5 stars and recommend that you pick up a copy, as well as a box of tissues, and enjoy.

Happy Reading!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Yours, for Now by Siren Allen!

Hello and welcome back to all of you darling readers out there! Are you getting bored? I mean, I don't post very often, do I? I'm terribly sorry about that! However, there appears to be a lovely new cover reveal that I've got for you all! 

I'm sure you'd be delighted to hear that Siren Allen's book "Yours, for Now" is going to be put up on the blog! 

Check out the information below and see if you'd be totally interested in this new book (*cough* like I just so happen to be *cough*)

The question: "Would you like to try BDSM with me?"
Elizabeth Kemp never thought she'd ask friend and colleague, Preston Lancaster to be her submissive. Even more surprising, he agrees – on one condition: she has to return the favor. Her two weeks as his Domme end with a dramatic climax she wasn't prepared for – she's hopelessly in love and terrified he'll break her heart.
Dr. Preston Lancaster has been in love with Elizabeth since the day they met. His two weeks with her are more than he ever imagined, but when the tables are turned, she refuses to make good on her promise to reciprocate. Preston isn't giving up without a fight, but he's not fighting for two weeks of dominance anymore. He's fighting for forever.
Can Preston convince Elizabeth that her heart is safe with him – or will two weeks be all he has?
Are you interested yet? You can add "Yours, for Now" to your "to-read" list on Goodreads! C'mon, you know you want to:
Ah, right! I should probably introduce the author, so let's just ask this question for the sake of asking it:
Who is Siren Allen? Well, here's the answer:
Hi, my name is Siren Allen. I'm a writer and lover of all things erotic and romantic. I reside in southern Mississipi where I write steamy romances that are guaranteed to make you blush. When I'm not listening to the characters in my head and jotting down their adventures, I am busy working as a Clinical Laboratory Technicien. I love to travel, preferably with my husband, so he can do all of the driving. I enjoy time with my family, who are just as silly as I am. I have no children...yet, wish me luck! My hobbies are reading, writing and shopping, though I hate trying on clothing. If I wasn't a writer or a Laboratory Professional, I would probably be a Secret Agent. But that's the beauty of being a writer; you can create your own world and be whoever you want to be. In my imaginary world, I am Queen and my siblings are my minions.
Alright, so I've pretty much told you all there is to know about the book and Siren Allen, right? I guess that's it... right? Oh! I almost forgot (seriously) that this post was all for that cover reveal! Haha.
Well, shall we have a drumroll please?

Without further ado, take a look at Siren Allen's "Yours, for Now" cover REVEALED!

I think this cover deserves a round of applause with its enticing image. I mean, really! That man is just too hot to be on a cover. He should probably be lounging in my living room, instead. *cough* Hold on, don't listen to me. I'm supposed to be keeping this about PG-13, but actually... when you think about it, it's kind of impossible to promote an erotica without going above and beyond PG-13, so let's just keep what I was saying and I'll try not to add to it.

Anyway, that's all we've got for you today! Come back and maybe we'll have more news from or about Siren Allen and her novels! (Personally, this one is interesting me greatly).

Write on.