Friday, December 9, 2016

Adult Review: My Fair Princess

 * Book 1 in a new series *
Gillian, the daughter of an illegitimate prince, spent her youth in Italy. But after an incident, she's spent back to England to find herself a suitable husband. Due to the details of her birth, she's been kept out of polite society and allowed to grow up wild. Now she has to reign in her wildness and conform to society.

Her cousin, the straight laced Duke of Leverton, agreed to teach her the ways of society. But after a few blunders, the ton is talking. Instead, the family whisks away from London to the country where a few more lessons are in order.

The more time Gillian spends with the Duke, the more she wishes her life could be different. She loves making him laugh. She loves making him forget about all those rules. Could there be something between them?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this romance. I loved Gillian and her wild ways. I adored her scandalous behavior. I loved the banter between Charles and Gillian. The moments in London were highly entertaining. I felt bad for Gillian and her family life. I enjoyed Grace's half-borther, it seems as though he has a previous book of his own. I liked how Gillian wasn't afraid to take matters into her own hand. I like how she has the skill set and the intelligence to do waht needs to be done, even if the aaction is risky. I really liked the young boy who wasn't afraid to help her out. An enjoyable read with a My Fair Lady plotline. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: Gifted to me by Secret Sister
Library Recommendation: Recommended for public library

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Book Review: Trouble with Mistletoe


* Heartbreak Bay Book 2 * 
One morning before Christmas, a man knocks on Willa's shop. He needs a cat sitter ASAP. Willa can't believe her eyes - it's the boy who stood her up in high school and broke her heart. He doesn't even remember her. But she can't say no to an animal in need, so she lets him in.

The more time she spends with him (and his cat), the more she wants to open her heart up to him. But is it worth risking her heart a second time?

Keane doesn't put down roots. He has changed since high school. Is he finally ready for an adult relationship complete with commitment?
My Thoughts: I adored this book (just like all her other books). I love that Willa works with pets, that she has such a Big Heart, and that she helps other girls who didn't have the best home life. I love how she gives these girls hope for their future and concrete things for their present needs. I loved the animals in the story, they added humor to the book. I loved the Christmas decor and how Willa went all out for Christmas.

I love how even though Keane broke her heart, she's willing to give him another chance. I love their banter together. I liked Keane's explanation of his high school days and why he was such an idiot. I love Willa's friends and how protective they are of her - they're a fun bunch and I can't wait to read more about them.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Jill Shalvis books should be in every romance section in public libraries. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Books to Gift: 2016 Edition


If you have readers in your life, here's a few suggestions of awesome books,  I read (mostly this year, but I did throw in a few favorites) that they might like. Please take a close look at the books as the ages go for all ages. I've read and enjoyed all of these books! Check out the 2011 year's edition and the 2012 edition and the 2013 edition and the 2014 edition and the 2015 edition for six times the amount of books!


For the Political Fan:
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchioWhen Penny Met POTUS by Rachel RuizThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Long Game by Jennifer Lynn BarnesDefending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

For the Picture Book Fan:
10 Little Ninjas by Miranda  PaulPirasaurs! by Josh FunkNinja Bunny by Jennifer Gray OlsonMaple by Lori NicholsDear Dragon by Josh Funk
A Child of Books by Oliver JeffersAda Twist, Scientist by Andrea BeatyEveryone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchioLittle Elliot, Big Fun by Mike CuratoThe Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty
Mission by Susan HoodGrandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott MenchinBears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen OliverField Guide to the Grumpasaurus by Edward HemingwayThe Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo
The Monstore by Tara LazarBilly and Goat at the State Fair by Dan YaccarinoHow to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne GodinMiss Moon by Janet HillRosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise ParsleySurf's Up by Kwame AlexanderMary Had a Little Glam by Tammi SauerMira Forecasts the Future by Kell AndrewsMadeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

For Nonfiction for Younger Readers Fan:
Dorothea's Eyes by Barb RosenstockKnights & Castles by Scholastic Inc.Best in Snow by April Pulley SayreBlackbeard by Tim CookeWho Was Milton Bradley? by Kirsten Anderson
Whoosh! by Chris  BartonThe Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat MillerThe Fantastic Ferris Wheel by Betsy Harvey KraftAmelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan

For the Animal Lover:
Penguin Problems by Jory JohnGo, Cub! by Susan B. NeumanBaby Polar Bears at the Zoo by Cecelia BrannonSnow Leopards by Jill EsbaumEmerson Barks by Liza Woodruff
Puppy Pool Party! by Seth CasteelLittle Kids First Big Book of Animals by Catherine D. HughesFace to Face with Penguins by Yva MomatiukThe Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy     RoseBathtime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shyba


For the Easy Chapter Book Fan:
The Big Move by Lindsey LeavittFancy Nancy by Jane O'ConnorThe Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon HaleDigby O'Day in the Fast Lane by Shirley HughesThe Secret Recipe by Jacqueline Jules

For the Children's Book Fan:
Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHaleThe Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society by Janet Sumner JohnsonSticks & Stones by Sarah MlynowskiThe Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan StratfordThe Candymakers by Wendy Mass

For the Fairy Tale Fan:
Charmed by Jen CalonitaGenie in a Bottle by Sarah MlynowskiCinderella's Stepsister and the Big Bad Wolf by Lorraine  CareyFairy Tales for Mr. Barker by Jessica AhlbergEden's Wish by M. Tara Crowl
The Girl in the Tower by Lisa SchroederLittle Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

For the Sports Fan:
Booked by Kwame AlexanderLast Man Out by Mike LupicaLong Shot by Chris PaulCandace Parker by Mary R DunnMiss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow MillerThe Kid from Diamond Street by Audrey VernickNadia by Karlin Gray

For the Superhero Fan:
DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1 by Shea FontanaIron Man by Eoin ColferShe-Hulk, Volume 1 by Charles SouleBedtime for Batman by Michael DahlSuperhero Dad by Timothy Knapman
Relentless by Tera Lynn ChildsWonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa YeeStudy Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs

For the Graphic Novels Fan:
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1 by Amy ReederS.H.I.E.L.D., Volume 1 by Mark WaidOrange by Ichigo TakanoBabymouse #20 by Jennifer L. HolmLumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
Gotham Academy, Vol. 1 by Becky CloonanPrinceless #1 by Jeremy WhitleyAwkward by Svetlana ChmakovaCleopatra in Space, Book One by Mike MaihackRoller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

For the New Adult Fan:
The Season by Jonah Lisa DyerTrying Texas by Tera Lynn ChildsFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For the MG Fantasy Fan:
Lodestar by Shannon MessengerSea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly

For the YA Fantasy Fan:
Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer EstepThe Glittering Court by Richelle MeadEmpire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

For the Adult Fantasy Fan:
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth DurstNight Study by Maria V. SnyderA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

For the Cozy Fan Starting a new series:
Éclair and Present Danger by Laura BradfordDeath Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

For the Cozy Series Fan:
Grace Sees Red by Julie HyzyCrowned and Dangerous by Rhys BowenA Premonition of Murder by Mary KennedyNewlywed Dead by Nancy J. ParraThe Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis
Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinlayKiller Takeout by Lucy BurdetteCopy Cap Murder by Jenn McKinlayFogged Inn by Barbara  RossForeign Éclairs by Julie Hyzy

For Middle Grade Thrillers:
Pilfer Academy by Lauren MagazinerEnds of the Earth by Bruce HaleTo Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson

For YA Thrillers:
Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn BarnesCrossing the Line by Meghan RogersZero Day by Jan GangseiSee How They Run by Ally Carter

For Adult Thrillers:
High Heat by Richard CastleThe Pursuit by Janet EvanovichAll Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark

For the Paranormal Fan:
Remembrance by Meg Cabot

For the Royal Fan:
Look and Find by Editors of Publications Int...The Crown by Kiera CassThe Heir and the Spare by Emily AlbrightRoyal Wedding Disaster by Meg Cabot

For the Middle Grade Contemporary Fan:
The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer WeinerTruth or Dare by Barbara DeeThe Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth EulbergThe Sleepover by Jen MaloneKitchen Chaos by Deborah A. Levine
Where You'll Find Me by Natasha FriendLost in Rome by Cindy CallaghanMr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris GrabensteinSealed with a Secret by Lisa SchroederYou're Invited Too by Jen Malone

For the YA Contemporary Fan:
When We Collided by Emery Lord

For the YA Contemporary Romance Fan:
My Unscripted Life by Lauren MorrillGoing Geek by Charlotte HuangInterference by Kay HoneymanThe Flip Side by Shawn JohnsonSome Boys by Patty Blount
Wanderlost by Jen MaloneEleven Things I Promised by Catherine ClarkTwo Summers by Aimee FriedmanA Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

For Adult Contemporary Romance Fan
The Boy Is Back by Meg CabotHome on Apple Blossom Road by Sheila RobertsSweet Little Lies by Jill ShalvisRiverbend Road by RaeAnne Thayne
Discovering You by Brenda NovakSleepless in Manhattan by Sarah MorganNobody But You by Jill ShalvisBest of My Love by Susan MallerySome Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan
A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie MacomberSea Glass Sunrise by Donna KauffmanA Town Called Valentine by Emma Cane

For the YA Historical Fan:
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

For Adult Historical Romance Fan
My American Duchess by Eloisa JamesA Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLeanLady Bridget's Diary by Maya RodaleI Loved a Rogue by Katharine AsheMarrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

For the Christmas Picture Book Fan:
Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes by Jennifer L. HolmPrissy & Pop Deck the Halls by Melissa NicholsonMaple & Willow's Christmas Tree by Lori NicholsIf Snowflakes Tasted Like Fruitcake by Stacey Previn

For the Christmas Book Fan
Deck the Hallways by Kate CarlisleThe Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill ShalvisTwelve Days of Christmas by Debbie MacomberChristmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke