Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY - CASSIE MAE (Author of THE REAL THING)



A big THANK YOU! to this site for letting me invade for THE REAL THING tour :) (squishy hugs)



Hi. I'm Cassie. And I'm a social media addict.

I've been posting to Facebook daily for about three years. Maybe longer. There was a month or two in 2012 when I did nothing but refresh my email 20 times or more a day. I call that "query pits." It was a dark time. But I emerged from it thinking I'd gotten better. But then, in early 2013, I found a new pitfall.

Goodreads.

Why, Goodreads, why? Why do you tempt me with your amazing library and fun GIFs and reader art? I have wasted many a day scrolling, scrolling, scrolling through updates and reading statuses and clicking "want to read" "must read" "give me this dang book now!"

And Facebook... don't think you get off so easy either. Every day. Every morning. I roll over and look at my phone and there you are. Many notifications.

I keep coming back to you. Why? Because you make me feel good. Important. Needed somehow. But it's making me forget the world around me. It makes time fly by and I've suddenly missed my little girl walking across the room, my son learning to pour juice into his own cup, my husband trying to hold my hand.

It's a problem. One I didn't realize was an actual, real life addiction till I was sucked into its vortex.

I crawl out from time to time. But I still struggle.

Which is why I needed to write about it. Because I know I am not the only one.

Mia Johnson in The Real Thing is also an addict. To see if she breaks the habit, the info is below! :)

Buy Me!
In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
Advance praise for The Real Thing
“Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely
“Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You
“Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures

About the Author


Cassie Mae (who dawns the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred... okay, maybe not that many... books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won't tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.
You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O'Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

REVIEW - LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - June 1st 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door had something else entirely, it had character in more ways than one. Stephanie Perkins creates an even better companion novel, with refreshing atmosphere of life and family, twisted friendships and a boy next door with tight pants and a passion for making the impossible, possible.

Lola a loud, ambitious, a unusual young lady who likes to explore her identity and life through the use of costumes creates a refreshing and joyous connection to me, the reader. Her clothes never ceases to amaze me, her imagination is like a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. Her passion, her fashion gives her life, it never tears it away from her. She should never let it control her either, especially with the likes of her dirt-bag boyfriend, Max. Oh did I hate him, I knew the moment we met him that he was going to be trouble, not because of the way he is, but they way he treated her and his tendencies to 'over-react', his intentions were far from innocent that's for sure.

Lola has a family no other I've read before, her parents, her Dad's (yes plural) are the most amazing, humorous and totally happy people you could meet. Nathan and Andy both have there own contributions to the story, one a business pie owner, uses his skills to stir up trouble in the way of young love, another has the family drama on his shoulders, his sister, Lola's biological mother becomes a burden of trouble and misguidance. Whilst I was so focused on Lola and her dad's, it didn't faze me for one second who her biological mother could be or what the history was, because as far as I was concerned, she had a close-knit family, who loved her, took care of her as there own.

When a familiar yet painful face returns to the neighbourhood after two years, Lola's life freezes and backtracks towards the past when she felt for the boy next door. Cricket and Calliope Bell, were Lola's childhood until Cal became the bell of the ball, spotlighted for her figure skating talent. Cricket, a student at Berkeley now has his own life ahead of him, finally allowed to live his own life than a shadow in his sister's, pay attention to the finer people in his life and the girl next door. Cricket, is a gentleman, with his tight quirky pants, tall hair, and his extraordinary mind of the innovation. 
"Come on. He's this sexy rock god (max), and I'm the boy next door. The stupid science geek, who's spent his life on the sidelines of figure-skating rinks. With his sister."
Cricket and Lola knew that history would repeat itself, but the fire that was there so long ago was only a flint, but that little spark has just ignited. Falling in love has never been so be delicate. The build up between the characters and a little help from Anna and St.Clair, Stephanie's previous prodigies of the previous installment, creates the most beautiful rendition of love, hope, friendship and above family. By far this one of my favourites of the series so far... I wonder what Isla and the Happily Ever After will present?!
"So you believe in second chances?" I bite my lip.
"Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right," he adds.
"If the person is...Lola?"
This time, he holds my gaze. "Only if the other person is Cricket."
Rating - 5

Friday, August 15, 2014

REVIEW - ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)
by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - January 1st 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository


Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

Can two people be more than just friends? With the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After, this was the series that I wanted to read this summer. Set in the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, Anna is shipped off to Paris to finish her study at the School of America. Alone and afraid of being in such a foreign city, Anna is faced with family challenges, rivals, complicated relationships and a boy named Etienne St. Claire.

Surrounded by her gang; Mer, Josh, Rashmi and St. Claire she finally found some hope in a place like this... starting something new can be nerve wracking as is anything in life, starting a new job, meeting new people, we've all been there. Mer is such outgoing and totally refreshing character to read about, her personality shines through the book and through Anna's friendship. I found Rashmi to be quite a timid and quiet sort of character, I hoped she would break the ice a bit during the book, only it was towards the end that we saw something about her. And Josh, hmm from their relationship between Rashmi and himself, I felt as if he was losing himself through their romance. (I can't wait for Isla.) However, I was glad that the end proved to have worked for everyone...

Finally St. Claire, or Etienne...he certainly has an air about him, his stride, his appearance, makes everyone want to just stop, pause and let your mouth drop down in admiration and pure specimen of gorgeousness. I mean, hello an English Accent from an America boy, talk about multi-talented in all aspects. And combine that with the fact that we are set in Paris, the city of romance, could this really get any better!? I think not...

Stephaine Perkins creates the perfect novel of a beautiful friendships, progressing into a slow burning romance. After reading On the Fence by Kasie West, I've been looking for something that utilises the beauty of their friendship to be something more. The character growth between all the characters is certainly something to talk about. This novel is a mix of romance, friendships, family dramas, and an English accent... I can't wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Rating - 4
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