Once Upon A Second Chance: Book Tour, Review

Once Upon A Second Chance: Book Tour, Review

                                    

Author: MarianVere
Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was. 

As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as straight forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.

Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.


REVIEW:

You say Chick Lit, I say YES! I love this genre. It’s cute, sweet and makes me smile.

Women are taught to believe they have to look for and find ‘the one,’ while men are taught to believe there will always be another princess.” 

This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s, Persuasion. I haven’t read Persuasion and I am hoping rectify that mistake soon. I love the concept. Who doesn’t like second chances?
Being the hopeless romantic that I am there was no way that I wasn’t going to like this book. And it didn’t disappoint. So the synopsis pretty much tells the entire story but the question is whether the second chance given to Julia leads to a happy ending or not. I had absolutely no idea what would happen next and I couldn’t put the book down until I read the very last page. I finished the book in one sitting. 
Julia was confusing. I never really hated her but she was too whiny for my liking. She broke up with Nick, right? She has no right to play the victim. She is just a mute spectator for about half the novel and does absolutely nothing. If there was a guy that I thought was my soul mate I would have fought for him. I just couldn’t connect with Julia and understand her decisions.
But toward the end she did get more sensible and decided to become her own fairy Godmother. I like the idea. We all have the power to make or break our lives. We need to make our own choices and stop blaming others. And when Julia finally realized that and strapped on the wings and decided to DO something. I was relieved and the story got so much better towards the end.
Nick is totally swoon worthy. I do have certain issues with how easily he could forgive Jules but I guess he is just too sweet. And I can’t complain about that, it won’t be fair. I loved the moments between Julia and Nick. They are adorable together. 
I LOVED the ending!! *sigh* 
I smiled a lot reading the book and I adore the cover. Read this if you like the genre and are looking for a light, fluffy read. 

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Review: Dante’s Girl

Review: Dante’s Girl

AuthorCourtney Cole


I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. 
Until this year. 
And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:

1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes. 
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. 
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.

Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference? 
But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl. 
My heart just might be crazy.


Review:
Warning: Terribly Cute! Proceed with caution or you won’t be able to wipe the smile from your face.


I really really liked this book. It’s totally adorable. If you are looking for a fluffy, sweet, romantic novel. This is it! 

The MC Reece is the cutest ever. I just loved her. She is a Kansas chick with a smart mouth and great sense of humor. She is so real and silly and awesome. She said things that I could never dare to and her conversations with herself are hilarious.

“Dante shakes his blond bangs out of his eyes and the sun catches every glint of gold in his hair. His legs are long,lean, tanned and muscled and HolyCowThereIsAGod. If I were a man, I wouldtotally be wolf-whistling right now. But then again, if I were a man, I guess I wouldn’t be wolf-whistling at Dante. I’m such a weirdo.” 

“I’ve missed him more than a PMS’ing woman misses M&M’s.” 


The plot is a little fantastical but I am not complaining. It’s any teen girl’s dream. 
OK, so Reece is going to London to spend summer with her dad and she meets Dante Giliberti on the airport. And, when due to a volcanic eruption she is stranded away from home. Dante takes her to Caberra, a beautiful, exotic and fictional city. (Isn’t that always the case?)
Dante is the son of Prime Minister of Caberra and his life is pretty complicated and that results into some miscommunication and drama. The story also has a little mystery, which I loved.

The author, on her website wrote that Dante looks like Alex Pettyfer, who is so gorgeous. I mean look at him….. *sighs*

 

“Before I can help it, I scan the rest of him. Sweet Mary. This guy had lucked out in the gene department. Tall, slender, beautiful. Honey colored hair that had natural highlights that could even catch the crappy airport light, broad shoulders, slim hips, long legs. He is tan and golden with a bright, white smile. I am surely staring at Apollo, the god of the sun.” 


I have a thing for guys with sexy accents (who doesn’t?) and whenever Dante walked into a scene I couldn’t control my smile or my heart. Corny, much? I think Reece is rubbing off on me. 
And it’s not hard to fall in love with him. He is sweet, humble and totally swoon-worthy. These kind of characters are going to make me stay single forever. How will I find a humble billionaire who is also a thorough gentleman, in my college? All the guys here are jerks or just plain dumb. 😐


So the story tells us that Love is all that matters. It’s all we need.  and no matter how different two people are they can still be perfect for each other. 

This is my first book by the author and she reminded me of Meg Cabot in some ways. I am really excited about the next book in the series. 


Special Thanks to Lakehouse Press and NetGalley for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

ARC Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you 
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enragedand out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?) Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.

Review:

I really love the cover. Blue and white look awesome together!
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Have you ever been so angry that nothing else matters. That all you wanted was to throw something or punch someone? 

Rose Zarelli, is angry. Angry because her father died, angry that her brother would rather spend thanksgiving with his girlfriend than her, angry that her mother is acting more like a therapist than a mom, angry that her best friend Tracy wants to have sex with a guy who is a complete jerk, angry that the guy she likes has a girlfriend who is mean and wants to destroy her life.  

Before starting the book I was a little skeptical. I mean, the MC is 14 years old. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to connect with her but I loved the book. It’s one of the most realistic novel that I have read in a long time. 

I liked Rose. I could understand her anger and pain. Losing someone is hard. Moving on with life is not easy especially for a 14 year old girl who just enters the big bad world i.e. High School. Rose has flaws, she takes some bad decisions. All these things made her real and relate-able. I liked Jamie. He is kinda cute with his mysterious ways and I can see that he cares for Rose. It’s sweet. Though I would have liked him better if he would have let Rose punch Regina. I really hate Regina. How can anyone be so mean? *hmph* Tracy, um…I didn’t like her. She was not a good friend. She was just too selfish and weak. But towards the end, she does realize her mistake and I hope she will be more like-able in the next book. 

The writing is really good. I could feel the emotions that Rose was going through. I even shed a few tears with her whenever she talked about her Dad. The author did a great job in getting into the head of a 14 year old.  I wish this book came out when I was 14. 

Rose grows so much through the book. I hope she made that website for her father. I really liked the idea. I didn’t know that this book was a part of the series. The ending left me wanting more. I need the next book.

 This was provided by HarlequinTeen as an ARC from NetGalley.
Book Review: Being Jamie Baker

Book Review: Being Jamie Baker

Author: Kelly Oram 
An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him


Review:
I love Ryan. He is the best thing about this book.
He is a great character. I wasn’t swooning over him but there is a definite spark. He makes me smile. 

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Jamie isn’t bad either. I kind of understand why, she has to be icy and cold and why she hates her power. But, having super speed and Super hearing is kind of cool. She is just too whiny! 

Though, Ryan makes it all okay. He’s just so positive and amazing. Yes, he is a little full of himself but that just makes him realistic. But, he does pout a lot…I guess on him it works.

Jamie and Ryan are adorable together. I love their conversations. And, the twist in the end, well… that was surprising. 

The book needs editing. Jamie took a lot of time to say yes to Ryan and the book got a little repetitive in the process.  Also, the whole thing about how Jamie got her superpowers was kind of silly.  The book doesn’t have a great story but it is fun and entertaining. 


The official trailer of the book:
The trailer is adorable! ❤
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