Sunday, June 28, 2015

Feasted On: The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 452; Kindle Edition - File Size: 535 KB | Expected Release Date: June 10, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Ugly Stepsister" by Aya Ling

Author's Book Description : To-do list:
*Persuade the prince to give the ball
*Learn how to act like a noble lady
*Find fairy godmother
*Prevent other stepsister from sinking her claws into Prince Charming
*Find out why Cinderella has a mother and two brothers in the poorhouse

When Kat accidentally rips apart an old picture book, she's magically transported into the world of Cinderella--as Katriona, one of the ugly stepsisters! Life turns upside down now that she’s a highborn lady and must learn how to survive the social season, including how to get through the door in a huge metal hoop skirt. To get back, she'll have to complete the story, right to the end of happily ever after. But the odds are huge: the other stepsister is drop-dead gorgeous, the fairy godmother is nowhere to be found, and the prince, despite being insanely hot, openly dislikes balls. Can she ever return to the modern world?

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Typical shy seventeen-year-old Kat (Katherine/Katriona) transforms into a confident young lady after being sent into the Cinderella story-world because she fell and accidentally "broke" the Goblin kings book. Her only way home or back to her family and her "reality" is by insuring the Prince's (Edward) happily-ever-after. But with her being thrown into the "ugly stepsister" role, finding that her "sister" is model-worthy gorgeous, and that she suspects her maid (Elle) is really Cinderella yet she's without proof, Kat isn't sure how she'll accomplish her goal of getting home. Nevertheless, she's determined no matter what obstacles or lovelorn hearts get in the way...

I LOVED this novel!!! I just wish that the scenes after the happily-ever-after happen could have been a bit more magical, I suppose, as if those scenes were more magical than I'd definitely have given it the full 5 stars. However, I was enchanted with how Kat puts up with and tries to change the storybook world for the better. It was endearing, entertaining, heartwarming, and delightful!!! I was so wrapped up in every scene (I laughed, got teary-eyed, etc.) that I wish it didn't have to end.

As a huge fan of fairytales, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the new twists this Cinderella plot had and how you could see both Edward and Kat falling for one another even though she fights it to the very end. They were a very forward-thinking fairytale couple that charmed me. I couldn't get enough of their relationship.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for an intriguing YA fantasy fairytale romance!

Purchase This Book Here : Kobo (e-Book) : The Ugly Stepsister

Author's Novel Extras : The Ugly Stepsister - Overview & Excerpts | First Draft of Ugly Stepsister Done! | Sequel simmering | Endless Editing | Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella | Endless Editing | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (I) | Endless Editing | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (I) | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (part 2 & 3) | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (part 4) | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (part 5) | Excerpt from Ugly Stepsister (part 6) | Excerpt from Ugly Stepsister (part 7) | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (part 8) | Excerpt from The Ugly Stepsister (part 9)

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"Doesn't the prince have a say in his own future bride?"
Bianca smirks, but Claire actually looks thoughtful. "His character, from what I have heard, does lean heavier toward making his own decisions, but since he hasn't shown a strong attachment for any woman, he might not care if his parents choose a bride for him."
Dang. Please don't let it turn out he's gay. How am I to marry Elle to the prince if he swings in the other direction? She is most definitely not a man in drag. ~ within Chapter 5
In the courtyard I look for my carriage. But after a frantic search, all I find is the pumpkin, shrunk back to its normal size. The coachmen and horses have transformed as well; in fact, the cat is chasing after the mice under the carriages.
No. Freaking. Way. ~ within Chapter 41
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Aya, then please check out her website.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: Perfect Summer

SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want

MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Perfect Summer" [The Lone Stars Series, Book 1] by Katie Graykowski

With a can of Diet Coke in each hand, she jumped into the cab of her grandfather's 1959 Chevy Apache pickup and stowed the drinks in the two plastic cups holders she'd super-glued to the dashboard.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kick-Start Your Summer With These 10 FREE Must-Reads… | Spreading the Word & Blog Tour


Kick-Start Your Summer With These 10 FREE Must-Read Contemporary Novels From Some Amazing Authors!

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"First Taste"
[The Lust List: Devon Stone Series, Book 1] by Mira Bailee

Author's Book Description :
    Olivia Margot didn’t struggle through college just to serve Hollywood’s elite. But student loans won’t pay themselves, and a gorgeous Stone brother just insisted she cater an event at his family’s mansion.

    Devon Stone—sexy, black sheep of Stone Record Label fame—has always been a mischievous tabloid favorite. Now that he’s on The Lust List, it’s that much harder to keep out of trouble. And that’s exactly what he is: Trouble.

    Olivia’s always been a good girl. And this bad boy is more risk than she can handle.

    The responsible Olivia would keep her head down and do her job. But there’s something about Devon—and the intensifying electricity between them—that makes Olivia completely forget who she is.

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"The Trouble With Goodbye"
[Fairhope Series, Book 1] by Sarra Cannon

Author's Book Description :
    One night can change everything…

    Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

    Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

    With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

    That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

    Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.

    "The Trouble With Goodbye" is my first New Adult Contemporary Romance, and is a story extremely close to my heart. As a victim of sexual assault, this novel was both difficult to write and very freeing. It’s an emotional journey, and I hope Leigh Anne’s story speaks to you the way it did to me.

    **Due to heavy subject matter and sexual content, this book is appropriate for readers ages 17+**

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[Going to the Dogs Series, Book 1] by Zoe Dawson

Author's Book Description :
    Jack has some ‘splainin’ to do!

    That’s right! Callie Lassiter’s normally well-behaved Great Dane Jack has run off and done the wild thing with the neighbor’s dog. It must be puppy love! It’s doubly embarrassing since she’s a professional dog trainer. Of course, the neighbor would have to be hot, hot nightclub owner bad boy Owen McKay, just the kind of man Callie is determined to avoid.

    Owen’s comfortable with his playboy status and the hype in the media. But the ground moves beneath his feet when he gets an eyeful of the girl next door. The Dog Whisperer never looked this good! How can he convince this wholesome honey that his player days are behind him? Maybe Jill, his Great Dane can help him with this dilemma now that she’s pregnant and Callie’s dog is to blame.

    Is this bad boy a bad bet?

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book) | Smashwords (e-Book)

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"Opposing Sides"
[The University Park Series, Book 1] by C. M. Doporto

Author's Book Description :
    College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin. Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancĂ©e that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection?

    Recommended Age: 18+ for language and sexual situations

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"Belong To Me"
[Moore Crossing Series, Book 1] by Laura Howard

Author's Book Description :
    Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbled out from beneath them.

    After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate's twin and Noah's best friend, throws them back together. As they try to heal from the horrific loss, will they be able to overcome old wounds or are they destined to live separately forever?

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book) | Smashwords (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **

My Previous Mention(s) of Ms. Howard's Books/Characters : Blog Tour - The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard | Spreading the Word & Giveaway

[Clayton Falls Series, Book 1] by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Author's Book Description :
    When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.

    Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

    Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book) | Smashwords (e-Book)

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"Make It Last"
[Friends & Lovers Series, Book 1] by Bethany Lopez

Author's Book Description :
    In a small town, it's hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That's just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she's on the right path, he comes back to town.

    Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he's forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn't take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book) | Smashwords (e-Book)

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My Previous Review(s) for Ms. Lopez : Indelible

My Previous Mention(s) of Ms. Lopez's Books/Characters : The Books I'm Thankful For (so far) in 2013 | Welcome to Small Business Saturday/Week | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2014

"Break You"
[Coldcreek Series, Book 1] by Jennifer Snyder

Author's Book Description :
    Blaire Hayes enjoys a quiet life, spending her days as a CNA at the local nursing home and nights studying for exams. She prefers things to be as uncomplicated as possible — but when her friends drag her to a party and she bumps into her high school crush, the path of Blaire’s life veers in an entirely different direction than what she had planned for herself.

    Jason Bryant created a nice life away from his hometown, putting distance between himself and the suffocating sadness of his father’s death. But when he finds out his grandfather’s health is deteriorating, he decides he must return home. Partying was not on his agenda while in town, but it’s how he bumps into Blaire Hayes—the girl he’d always thought of in high school as an unobtainable pass.

    Together the two learn there are moments in life that hold within them all the power to break you…

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book) | Smashwords (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **

My Previous Mention(s) of Ms. Snyder's Books/Characters : Author Meet & Greet @ Clark Public Library

"Summer Sky"
[Blue Phoenix Series, Book 1] by Lisa Swallow

Author's Book Description :
    Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again – even if he is a six foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.

    Sky Davis is fed up of boyfriend Grant taking her for granted and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.

    Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving chaos and speculation behind.

    Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach their cars and worlds collide.

    Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover they’ve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason – to escape from reality back to a place with happy childhood memories.

    Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a summer romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.

    Fantasies can’t last forever and when reality crashes the party, Sky isn’t sure she wants to be more than his ‘summer Sky’ but Dylan doesn’t want to let her go.

    Returning to the real world and public scrutiny isn’t their only problem. Blue Phoenix bass player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylan’s life, and is determined to come between them. Some things won’t stay hidden, even when they’re paid to ‘go away’.

    Summer Sky is a contemporary romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. This is the first in the new ‘Blue Phoenix’ series of rock star romances.

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **

"My Paper Heart"
[Paper Heart Series, Book 1] by Magan Vernon

Author's Book Description :
    Getting into my top choice sorority? Done.

    Dating one of the hottest guys in the biggest fraternity? Done.

    Failing out of College? Oops...

    When Libby Gentry's parents receive the letter that she's failed out of school, Libby is forced to pack her Prada bag and head to work for her great aunt in rural Louisiana.

    Nothing about tiny Elsbury, Louisiana entices her until she locks eyes with the southern charmer, Blaine Crabtree.

    Libby is used to getting what she wants and Blaine is no exception, but as the two grow closer, bigger problems arise.

    Libby doesn't know how much more pain her already paper-thin heart can take and when new opportunities in Chicago pop up she is presented with a difficult situation: wait for her redneck Romeo, or move on.

This book is available to order on : (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book) | Smashwords (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **

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