Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review: Novelista Girl

I received a copy of this book in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.  

NOVELISTA GIRL is the follow up to Meredith Schorr's BLOGGER GIRL, which I reviewed here in 2013.  NOVELISTA GIRL picks up where the last book left off with our favorite main character, Kimmie Long.  Since we last heard from her, Kimmie has fallen in love with Nicholas, the steamy attorney and has written her first manuscript, following her life long dream of becoming a published author.

The problem is that agents keep rejecting her manuscript, which obviously makes her doubt her dream.  And Nicholas has turned into a complete workaholic, leaving them no time together.  Oh, and Kimmie's favorite frienemy, Hannah Marshak has shown up to offer her "assistance"...But can she be trusted?



Meredith Schorr once again knocked it out of the park.  I love how much I can relate to being a book loving blogger like Kimmie.  I could actually learn a thing or two from Kimmie's book review procedures and schedule.  And I would definitely read Kimmie's blog in my spare time.

Kimmie is just as hilarious and fun as she was in BLOGGER GIRL.  I think my cheeks were as red as Kimmie's when there was an embarrassing incident involving The Beatles and magazine cut outs.  I probably laughed a little more than she did, though.

I was glad to see all of my favorite characters back for the sequel, even if that did have to include Daneen, the attorney we love to hate.  (And seriously, if you haven't already read BLOGGER GIRL to get the dirt on Daneen, you should.  It's seriously juicy.)

My only disappointment was in myself- I wish I'd re-read my review of BLOGGER GIRL before picking up NOVELISTA GIRL so I could remember that Meredith's inspiration for Kimmie's character was Isla Fischer.  I would've loved to picture Kimmie as Isla again, but that totally did not take away from the story at all.

In true Kimmie Long style, I'll give this book 5 Pink Champagne Flutes!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An Update...

Hi friends!

I know, I know.  Who's this girl writing on BUB's blog?  It's me, I promise.  I know I went MIA last year but I'm slowly staging a comeback in the Book Review portion of my blog.  I may occasionally post updates about the familia, but Book Reviews on the regular will be back starting tomorrow (EEK!).

In the meantime, here's what's up:


  • First things first, the family is good!  I am not pregnant (that seems to be the most common reason bloggers disappear.  Not me.).  Mr. BUB is still really tall and Skeeter is still insanely adorable and a sassy pants.  Duke and Hank are doing well and we added a kitty named JJ.  You're surprised by the name, I know.
  • I didn't win the PowerBall.  That would've been a completely legitimate reason for me to fall off the blogosphere, but I didn't.  My private island will have to wait.
  • Truth is, last year just kind of kicked my butt.  But I'm committed to making sure 2016 is better and I spend more time with my nose in a book, because that's one thing that makes me really happy.
In case you couldn't already tell, Book Club Friday is kaput as far as a linkup goes.  However, I am going to bring back book reviews.  I will absolutely accept author book review requests and I will review books I just plain liked.  But I am not committing to reviewing a book every Friday.  Those may pop up any day of the week, just depending on the author's needs, my schedule, and the direction the wind blows.

If you're reviewing a book on your blog, absolutely comment with the link!  Just because I'm removing the linky portion doesn't mean you can't share.  #BookNerdsUnite 

That's all for now- check back tomorrow for a review of an awesome book from a stellar author!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Club: In the Unlikely Event


Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm reviewing...


Here's the synopsis:

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.
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Here are my thoughts:

My review is actually on Houston Moms Blog today.  Make the jump to see it!

What are you currently reading?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Club: The Consequence of Revenge


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This week I'm reviewing...



Here's the synopsis:

After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no.

Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling?
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Here are my thoughts:

Disclaimer:  I'm a dummy.  No seriously.  I picked up this book because I've freaking loved Rachel Van Dyken's other books and this one had great reviews.  Then I read the whole book and kept feeling like I was missing some of the jokes.  After I finished I noticed that it's the second book in a series.  So, that's totally on me.

That said, just like every other RVD book, this is comical and quick paced.  I am definitely going to take the time to read book #1, then re-read this book.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Club: Sincerely, Carter


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This week I'm reviewing...



Here's the synopsis:

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend... 


Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve ...

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

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Here are my thoughts:

I really liked the concept of this book.  Best friends try their hardest to only be best friends, but then they fall in love.  And there were a lot of hilarious parts of this book.  But...

The romance part of the story seemed a little forced at times.  Overall, it was a nice summer read, but it won't make my top reads of 2015.

What are you currently reading?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Club: The Law of Moses


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This week I'm reviewing...



Here's the synopsis:

f I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I added this book to my "want to read" shelf ages ago and just now got around to it.  And I wish I'd done it sooner!

I went into this book thinking I knew what to expect, because the synopsis is so descriptive.  I was totally wrong!  It went in a completely different direction than I expected.  It is one of the few paranormal books that I really enjoyed.

I can't wait to read more from Amy Harmon in the future.

What are you currently reading??

Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Club: When I'm Gone


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This week I'm reviewing...



Here's the synopsis:

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?
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Here are my thoughts:
This is book #11 in the Rosemary Beach series.  While each book reads well on it's own, I highly recommend starting the series from the start.

This is the longest series I've stuck with since Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.  I totally enjoy it and all of the books are fun, light reads.

That said, they're all starting to take the same tone.  Girl with a problem, privileged guy comes to save the day.  I still give it four stars, but I would like something a little different with the next books in the series.

What are you currently reading??

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