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

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles book 3)

Cress

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

The Charmed Life series by Jenny B. Jones

The Charmed Life series by Jenny B. Jones

Book 1 picture from Amazon

Book 1 picture from Amazon

So Not Happening (book 1)

Bella Kirkwood has just moved from being a rich pop in Manhattan to an average highschooler in Truman, Oklahoma. Leaving her boyfriend Hunter behind, she is miserable. She immediately notices something suspicious with her new stepdad and does everything she can to uncover his secrets. Meanwhile, at the high school, Bella is assigned to journalism with the school newspaper. The editor-in-chief, Luke Sullivan, is the most annoying guy she’s met and makes her do the grossest things for a story. While in one of those nasty places, she overhears some football players talking suspiciously. With the help of Luke, she uncovers more of this football mystery. But when she gets caught at gunpoint will Luke save her in time?

Book 2 picture from Amazon

Book 2 picture from Amazon

I’m So Sure (book 2)

Getting used to her new life in Oklahoma, Bella finds herself in a sorta-friend/sorta-more-than-friend relationship with Luke Sullivan, the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Bella’s wrestling stepdad has signed the family up for a reality TV wrestling competition. She just can’t shake those meddling cameramen. Prom at the high school is coming up and all of the prom queen candidates have been attacked in some way. Who’s the culprit? It’s up to Bella and Luke to find out, but will they ever sort out their feelings for each other?

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The carnival has come to town! And Bella and Luke are the reporters on the job. Problem is . . . so is Luke’s ex-girlfriend Ashley, who is trying to take Luke back, much to Bella’s severe annoyance. When Bella finds a dead woman in her trailer, the fight is on to find the murderer before he or she hurts anyone else. But is the killer really the one everyone thinks it is? Back in Manhattan, Bella’s dad is about to marry a woman that Bella has reason to believe very suspicious. But her father is so head over heels for her that he doesn’t listen to Bella’s judgment. Can she stop the wedding on time and escape the claws of the true murderer? Will Luke come to her rescue?

Okay, what can I say about this series. IT TOTALLY ROCKS!! I love these books. They’re Christian and mysteries, which was a pleasant surprise. My mom read these first and didn’t tell me anything about them. I have to say it, they also have some romance, which I find cute and funny. Most books these days have very stubborn characters. Readers want their favorite characters to have a back bone, I get it. But I just can’t stand when a girl repeatedly rejects the guy she wants to be with because of pride. My, word! But, because these books are just so good, I have to overlook it. They’re really funny, too. I laughed a lot, my friend laughed a lot, and my mom laughed a lot. I think that’s enough proof.

I give this series 5 stars. Actually, I give it 15 stars because it has three books and 5 stars just doesn’t seem like enough. I think I like the first one best because I like that mystery. But it’s a hard call.                                                                          Five StarsFive StarsFive Stars

The Age of Technology by K. B. Glenn

The Age of Technology by K. B. Glenn

The Age of Technology by K. B. Glenn

The Age of Technology by K. B. Glenn photo from Amazon (you have to go to the website to “look inside”)

Big news! One of my best friends self published a book! She wrote this for National Novel Writing Month in November 2012. Using the Young Writer’s Program, she received five free paperback copies of her book from Amazon. It’s also available for anyone to purchase on Amazon.

In the journal of Joseph Burke, he wrote the story of how he tried to make a difference in people’s lives and how he met his wife. Joe was a bus driver in Seattle. He had absolutely no technology in his house. He typed with a typewriter and read the newspaper instead of watching the news on TV. When his boss notifies him that the buses will be equipped with security cameras and navigation systems, Joe thinks them to be unnecessary and plans to do something about it. When he meets Ashlynn, a journalist for the local newspaper, he finds that she believes the same things he does. Soon, technology is taking over and the newspaper is transferring online, firing several people. What will Joe and Ashlynn do to fix this techno-mania?

I don’t usually read this kind of genre, but I found this book very inspirational and touching, especially because it’s more of a Christian book. I started getting teary-eyed at the end. Honestly, I didn’t know K could put this much meaning into a book! I was pleasantly surprised. 🙂 This book does a have few funny parts. K is a VERY funny person! I really love this book! And guess what . . . I got it signed!! 🙂 I have FIVE signed books now!! Lovin’ it!

Her author name is K. B. Glenn because she believes a lot of AMAZING authors use that form. J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. M. Barrie, etc. All great authors!

We’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. It’s like the regular NaNoWriMo (Man, I don’t like typing that out) but in July! My goal is 45,000 words, but I may bump it up to 50,000. Wish me luck!

Veronica Roth Book Signing

Back in March, Veronica Roth (author of Divergent trilogy) had a book discussion and signing close to me. My mom was the hero of the day because she drove me and my friend almost four hours round-trip to get there. There was a panel of six authors there, all of them friends. My friends and I think it would be SO cool to do a group book discussion and signing together when we get published.

We got there early and were in a pretty good spot in line. When it was finally time, we all went into a room where the six authors were sitting in front. They introduced themselves and their books and took questions. We learned a lot about the publication process and querying agents. I couldn’t really get a good shot of Veronica 😦 but my mom got a picture. Or maybe it was K? SOMEONE got a pic for me.VR 2Unfortunately, the authors weren’t allowing personal pictures with the fans. There were just WAY too many people. Most were in line for VR, but a couple of the authors’ debut books haven’t come out yet.

This is the same book signing that I said Marissa Meyer had been to. That was a surprise when I found out she had gone too. I was just reading Cinder for the first time during this signing, so that would have been AMAZING to see her. I don’t know if I would’ve recognized her, though. I guess the timing just wasn’t right. At least I got to meet her anyway.

I was shaking so hard after I left the library. It was my very first book signing ever and it was one of my favorite authors! SO COOL! K and I were SUPER giddy afterwards. The discussion really lifted our inspiration for writing. K and I came up with some great ideas for the novels we’re writing. And . . . I absolutely CANNOT wait for Allegiant!!

The authors that were there: (I haven’t read any of the other authors’ books. Only Divergent and Insurgent.)

Veronica Roth: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant (October 2013)

Necklace from Phoebe North

Necklace from Phoebe North

Kristen Halbrook: Nobody But Us

Kirsten Hubbard: Wanderlove, Like Mandarin

Phoebe North: Starglass (July 2013) She gave us each a necklace. So nice of her.

Kody Keplinger: A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Shut Out, The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)