Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Love & Gelato and Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch


First of all, I’m so glad to be back reviewing books on the blog. I’m going to try to be more vigilant about doing this more often.

I read Love & Luck first because I’d just ordered it from Barnes & Noble and it takes place in Ireland! Not that I don’t LOVE Florence, but I was really feeling an Irish road trip. That being said, it helps a little to have read Love & Gelato before reading this one just to know the characters a little, but, honestly, I didn’t miss much from reading them out of order. Both of these books are cute, fluffy romances with issues that a lot of teens seem to be facing more and more, but with the twist of being in another country for the first time against their will. I really enjoyed the addition of the mom’s journal in Love & Gelato, and the guidebook in Love & Luck; it added that little extra something that just made me devour these books. I think I like Love & Gelato better, but ask me tomorrow and I may have a different answer. Overall, they were enjoyable, quick reads that will definitely satisfy your wanderlust this summer!
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SPOILERS!

So the reason I didn’t totally fall in love with either of these books fully is because LaG ended a little too perfectly with them saying they were in love with each other in less than a week, and LaL ended without the MC even getting to kiss her love interest! If the author had found a balance between those for both books but in slightly different ways, I would absolutely adore these. But each book takes place in a favorite spot of mine, and so I really couldn’t help but love it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I'm Back! Sort of...

Hi lovely followers. If you've been here for a while, you'll notice that I've tweaked the look the of the blog (I know, surprise, surprise). If you're just visiting from my bookstagram account, welcome! It's a little messy around here right now, but I don't really plan on cleaning it up. I really wanted to give my blog a face lift so that I can refer back to it a lot more, write little reviews for books, etc.

Book blogging used to take up a lot of my life. Now it's more like Netflix, work, writing, reading when I can, married life, hanging with friends who also have a life, and so many other things. I feel bad for slacking on my blog, but the truth is that I have much higher priorities now! That being said, I want to be able to write reviews and some puff pieces, and use my bookstagram as an outlet for those. So stay tuned for possible read-a-longs, more event recaps, and of course book reviews!

Love,
Nicole

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ontario Teen Book Fest: Spotlight on Josephine Angelini


And I'm back! My second author for the Ontario Teen Book Festival is Josephine Angelini, author of the Starcrossed trilogy and the Worldwalker trilogy.

But first! Here's a little about the event once again:
  • When: Saturday March 3rd , 9am to 5pm
  • Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
  • The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/
  • THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! There is also a FREE lunch provided by Panera Bread!
  • If you want to post about it on social media, use the hashtag #ontariotbf!
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. You can find out more about them on their website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ontario Teen Book Fest: Spotlight on Jessica Cluess


I'm so excited to be able to be a part of the blog tour for this amazing festival once again this year! And I was actually luck enough to get 2 amazing authors to feature. My first is Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning.

But first! Here's a little about the event:
  • When: Saturday March 3rd , 9am to 5pm
  • Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
  • The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/
  • THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! There is also a FREE lunch provided by Panera Bread!
  • If you want to post about it on social media, use the hashtag #ontariotbf!
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. You can find out more about them on their website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ontario Teen Book Festival Author Spotlight: Interview with Jessica Brody

Even though this is a day late, I'm still very excited to be a part of this blog tour, where I'm featuring a long-time friend Jessica Brody! But first, a little bit about the Festival itself:

When: Saturday March 25th , 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761 
The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website 
THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT!
Use the hashtag #ontariotbf!

The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. Here's their website.

So, if you're in the area, please consider stopping by; it's one of the best festivals in SoCal!

And now, meet Jessica Brody!

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.
You can learn more about her books at her website HERE.
Her most recent YA novel is called A Week of Mondays:

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