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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulus

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulus is a dystopian novel set in a world where fashion and careers in the creative sector are the most important to society. Employees for those jobs are tapped at the age of twelve to begin their careers. Marla was tapped to the world of fashion and at the age of seventeen sits in one of the highest positions of her designer's headquarters. It is her job to determine if an item can become a trend or if it is no good. But, what happens when she is no longer considered to be on target with her decisions? 

Material Girls takes a hard look at the roles fashion and celebrity play in culture. The mix of dystopian ideas with Gossip Girl was a unique approach. I really enjoyed this book and felt like it was a fun read. I would definitely recommend it to readers age twelve and up. This book is from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group so I imagine it is geared toward young teens. I am not a young teen and really found it interesting and insightful. 

Themes in the book include: fashion, fame, wealth, recycling and appropriate conditions for workers. 

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really did enjoy this book.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Min Pin Monday - 3.30.15

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope that your day was great. As I am not writing this until the evening I can check on you. How are you holding up? Are you going to make it through this week?

At least Monday is over :)

I probably wouldn't be posting except this: 



Somebody's posing! I hope that you have a great week! Check back tomorrow for a book review. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Min Pin Monday - 3.23.15

Sorry I have missed a few (more) weeks of Min Pin Mondays, but I am back with a new edition. 

I have always had trouble getting good pictures of both of the pups together (see Exhibits A & B and Exception C), but I have snapped a few lately. 



Aren't they so cute! I should explain that Will has plopped himself down by Mary, not the other way around. She does, at least, let him snuggle up with her.

See you guys soon!





Monday, March 16, 2015

At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

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You may recognize the name Sara Gruen from any of her other books, most notably Water for Elephants. I have not read any of her other works, but they will be going on or moving up my "To Read" list. 

At The Water's Edge is the story of Maddie Hyde who finds herself hunting the Loch Ness monster in Scotland during World War II. Her husband, who has dragged her along, has a score to settle and a fortune to restore. The journey leads Maddie into a realm of discovery about herself, her husband, her family and her closest friends. She must learn to adjust to new surroundings and possibly even a new life. 

This was a fantastic book! I cannot recommend it enough. Beware of some language (the f-word is used a few times) and some sexual content. Both are small parts of the plot and important to the story. Also there was some violence. (I like to let you know potential triggers.)

This book definitely made me want to sail to Scotland in search of Nessie myself. I found myself yearning for a chance to spend some time in another culture and delving into another life, at least for a little while. This book definitely has some magical elements both as parts of the story and the way that the plot evolves. I definitely think you should read it.

This book will be released March 31, though you can preorder it now.

An advanced copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book - all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Min Pin Monday - 3.2.15

I know, I know! Its been a long time since we've had a Min Pin Monday up in here.

I haven't stopped taking photos so here is one each of the pups.

Mary doing her thing, hogging all my blankets. Every. Single. One, Mama.


Will doing his thing getting ready to follow me wherever I go. 

I hope you enjoy these! 




Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Catching Kind by Catie Quinn

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The Catching Kind by Catie Quinn was so good. The story is about Hailey Tate, a successful YA author, who's agent uses her as a bet in a poker match and loses. The outcome is that she is paired with America's Sexiest Athlete, Conner Ryan to help him create a better public image. Hailey and Conner both have to get over their initial opinions of each other in order to make this strange relationship work.

This book was super cute and I did not want to put it down. Hailey was a great narrator. She was very down to earth and real about her situation and her story. Conner was believable and very charming. The supporting characters were also believable inside the story and really helped to bring everything together. 

This is book three in the Brew Ha Ha series by Quinn. I downloaded Books .5, 1, 1.5 and 2 right after finishing this one. While I loved the story of The Catching Kind, I kept noticing small grammatical issues. There would be a word missing so that a sentence didn't make complete sense. I figured this was because I was reading an advance copy of the book. When I started The Last Single Girl (Book 1) I noticed it in there as well. Just a note for you grammarians out there. It might drive you crazy.

I think you should check out The Catching Kind and the whole Brew Ha Ha series by Catie Quinn. It is a fun and entertaining read. 

I received a copy of The Catching Kind by Catie Quinn from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

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Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne was an interesting read. The story focuses on Edie Fraser, a teenage girl who has been on the run with her mom. They find themselves in a new country but facing the same fears. Edie tries her best to adjust to another new school and a new culture. She works to develop some new friendships and deals with the school bully on several occasions. 

The story was interesting and fast paced. The book really focuses on the main plot and left a lot of holes concerning the relationship with Edie and the school bully, Precious. It was predictable in developing the obvious love story, which thankfully was not a triangle. Some of the events were random and did not necessarily help the story along. It felt a little bit underdeveloped. Overall, the story was interesting and was not a waste of time. 

I would recommend this for a younger reader or someone who isn't a voracious reader. There was little about the book that was too racy for the average teenager. (If it is a sheltered kid, then it is probably too racy.) If you are a big reader, you probably won't enjoy this book, except as a guilty YA pleasure.

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne releases later this year.

I received a free copy of the book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.