Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

Save the Date by Jenny B Jones

Lucy’s non-profit organization is going down to the dumps unless she comes up with enough money to pay the bill.

Alex Sinclair, heir to Sinclair Enterprises, needs more votes to win his bid for Congress.

What’s the plan? Lucy poses as Alex’s fiancée and she gets the money she needs. Despite their reciprocating dislike of each other, they must work together to keep the press happy. But when Lucy discovers a side of Alex that the camera never sees, can she save herself from falling in love?

This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. And that’s saying something. It’s filled to the brim with witty comments and Sci-Fi references. And I’m talking the good stuff. Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings . . . even a couple mentions of Doctor Who! I was in heaven throughout the whole entire story. Plus the comedy and romance. Save the Date is hilarious and it’s got a Godly message. I did a triple book review for a trilogy Jenny B. Jones wrote called A Charmed Life, which I absolutely loved. This book has several twists to it that keep you on your toes! A definite five stars from me.

Five Stars


Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles book 3)


While Scarlet and Wolf are getting better acquainted with Cinder and Thorne, Cress is a Lunar shell stuck in a satellite orbiting earth. After a rescue attempt goes totally wrong, the whole group is split up with no idea where the others are. Cress and Thorne, stranded in a desert, Cinder, with a Lunar soldier and an unconscious Wolf, and no sign of Scarlet. What’s Wolf going to think when he wakes up? Searching for Dr. Erland, Cinder needs to learn more about her lineage and what she needs to do to claim it. But with the date of Lunar Queen Levana’s marriage to Emperor Kai racing toward them, will they find a way to stop the wedding in time?

Isn’t that a nice cover? I was so excited when she released the cover art for this book.

I read this book in like two days so, if you didn’t gather, I really enjoyed this book. And that’s not just because I waited a whole year for it to come out. 1) It’s nice and long (not that it did me much good). 2) The ending is FANTASTIC (but also a horrible cliff-hanger)! When I met Marissa last year, she said that Cress would have more of Kai in it, and she did not disappoint! The only thing I don’t like about it is that I have to wait an entire year for the next book. Of course, I can wait (it’s not like I really have a choice, anyway); it’ll teach me patience. Maybe I’ll write a bit of fanfic over the summer or something. Or I’ll reread Cress over and over again every few months. Whatever works.

I totally give this book FIVE STARS! Y’all should read it.

Five Stars

Cress Launch Party

I absolutely love having a friend that’s related to my favorite author. And I love my friend, too. 🙂 Last year at Costco, my friends and I met the wonderful Marissa Meyer. She signed our books and we talked to her for over an hour! Story here.

Cress, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series, just came out Tuesday and we all got to celebrate at the launch party!! The first part was live streamed for all those fans that couldn’t be there in person. Marissa told the original Grimm Rapunzel fairy tale (because Cress is based on Rapunzel), and a couple of her good friends performed a few songs with their acoustic guitars. [I’d like to add that we were sitting in the front row and she gave us two thumbs up when she came out on the stage. 🙂 ]

They had a costume contest, which I wasn’t going to participate in because I didn’t wear a costume. Things turned out a little differently than I thought they would. Here’s my mom’s interpretation of it. She may have thought I was silly for going out on the stage without a costume, but I had my reasons! Don’t we always? Here’s what happened: There were a couple people handing out agreement contracts for parents of minors entering in the contest. Since it was live streamed, parents had to know that their kids were going to be on the Web. I told them that I wasn’t going to do it, but my mom filled one out before she told me. J had made the three of us red capes to wear and my mom thought I’d go as Scarlet, but previously, my friends had already claimed Scarlet and Cress (and dressed for the parts), so I couldn’t go as Little Red. My mom had written “Scarlet” on the top of the page where everyone wrote which character they’d be going as. I crossed that out and wrote “All 3 main characters.” Don’t ask me why–I was kind of a mix, I guess. Then, I thought better of it and crossed that out, too. With my limited amount of writing space, I wrote “Cinder.” My friends and I were laughing that I couldn’t make up my mind, so then I wrote “Having an identity crisis. :p ” on the side.  I hope Marissa appreciated it. 😉 See, Mom! I had a reason!

Anyway, I didn’t win–surprise! One man dressed up as the 12th Doctor though, and that was really funny. He said we could get a picture with him later, but we didn’t get a chance. Poor him.

At the after party, Marissa was signing books. When we came up to her table, she said that she loved seeing us in the front row. Totally made my day! And, of course, we took another picture with her for the sake of it. We also grabbed a new pin each. I got a pin that says “Kai is my Prince Charming” and J got one that says “Thorne is my captain,” which was so cute!! Plus, I received a couple participation pins from the contest, so I have three new pins to add to my collection! I still don’t have a place for them. They’re sitting on my bookshelf.

Since the Lunar Chronicles is mostly set in New Beijing, they had Asian food to eat there. Laid out on a table, there were veggie potstickers, shrimp dumplings, which were surprisingly really good for someone who doesn’t like shrimp, and BBQ pork. I liked the potstickers and dumplings, but I’m not a huge pork fan.

I had a great time with my friends Tuesday!!! I haven’t finished Cress yet, (I know, shocker!) but I’m well on my way! I plowed through my homeschool today so I could spend the rest of the day reading. I haven’t even finished Cress and I can’t wait to read Winter, which should be coming out in about a year. Ugh. Good news, though! Cinder is on it’s way to the big screen! Sort of. . . . The script is finished at least.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to reading. I can’t write a review until I’ve finished it. 🙂 So far it’s absolutely fantastic!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles series) Sequel to Cinder

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet Benoit’s grandmother has been missing for weeks and the police are giving up looking. Frustrated, Scarlet enlists the help of a strange street-fighter named Wolf, who may or may not know something about why her grandmother disappeared. Together, they uncover the mystery of her grandmother’s secret life, while trying to find and rescue her. Scarlet’s life is about to drastically change.

Meanwhile, Cinder is in New Beijing awaiting her execution by Queen Levana. With the help of witty “Captain” Carswell Thorne, can she escape and remain undetected by the Commonwealth and the Lunar Queen?

I would’ve written a review for this book like a year ago, but there are so many subplots in this story that I had a hard time writing a review that was short and sweet while not giving anything away. Personally, I can’t really decide if I like this one or Cinder better. They’re both so good! Thorne is hilarious with Cinder, there are so many questions about her lineage answered, plus more details to wonder about for the next book. Thorne reminds me of Flynn Rider from Tangled (and a little bit of Han Solo). And we all know he’s really funny. 🙂 Scarlet is a feisty red-head (I bet you know which fairytale character she is), who knows how to get what she wants. And Wolf, well he’s a shy street-fighter with bright, capturing green eyes. The reason I’m writing this review now is because the next book (Cress) is coming out TOMORROW!!! I’m SO excited!

I realize that this is the first book review I’ve done in a long while, but with my super busy schedule, I haven’t found much time for reading. But last weekend I hunkered down and just read all day both Saturday and Sunday. And I got three books in. I think that’s pretty good, don’t you? So I’ll be writing reviews for the other two books soon. And DEFINITELY a review for Cress when it comes out.

Five Stars

Swing Dance and Social

My co-op hosted a swing dance and social for the high schoolers a little while back. And boy, did I have a GREAT time!! I’d never learned how to swing, so they had instructors teaching us for the first half hour. We all were in a big circle with the teachers in the middle. Swing dancing is a lot of stepping, and it takes a few tries to get the rhythm at first, but once I got it, I was on a roll!! Then, of course, they add the twirling and it gets a whole lot more complicated. But I pulled through. And had a great time.

I danced with several guys while we were learning because every few minutes, we’d switch partners and learn a new dance move. It was a bit awkward dancing with a guy that’s two heads taller than I am. But it was okay because I knew him. After we all had the hang of the steps and twirls, they let us free swing. I was . . . very flattered when people asked me to dance. At least it’s not like waltzing when you’re really close. It’s just swing, where we’re at friend distance. Still, my dad wasn’t particularly pleased that I was dancing with boys, but come on. You have to expect it when your daughter goes to a dance. Though, I didn’t dance with any guys at my 8th grade dance. But then again, I knew absolutely NO ONE there. I knew many more people at this swing dance.

After we finished dancing, we played “minute to win it” games. We didn’t actually “win” anything, but I was the only person in my team of ten to win an event! After that, they turned the lights out and gave us glow bracelets. Then we did the Macarena and Electric Slide until it was time to go. I was pumped with adrenaline when I left! I probably burned a few hundred calories. My dad was laughing at me because I was so hyper on the way home.

But really, I had a FANTASTIC time at the swing-social. I had lots of friends there, I got some exercise, and I learned how to swing! Don’t really know when I’ll use that skill, but I’m sure a time will come when I’ll have to swing for my life and I’ll live because I knew how!

Also a note for those girls out there who want to swing: DON’T where flats when swing dancing. I did and I tripped over my shoes a couple times when my feet slipped out.