Replica by: Lauren Oliver

Replica

I debated back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to read this book.  It really isn’t something I normally gravitate towards.  I found it as an audiobook on Overdrive and now am OBSESSED!  What a cool story and a great way to tell it.  I loved the dual perspectives.  I know there are a few different ways of reading this book but the version of audio that I had only allowed me to listen to it straight through and not by alternating chapters.

This was such an original story with romance and mystery and adventure.  It was so well done and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Ellie, Engineer by: Jackson Pearce NERD BLAST & GIVEAWAY

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Ellie, Engineer
Synopsis 
 

The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

 

Praise for ELLIE, ENGINEER

“A charming book featuring an engineer who makes mistakes when navigating the roads of friendship. In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal. VERDICT A solid addition to chapter book collections.” ―School Library Journal

“Charming. . . . In addition to spotlighting engineering, the narrative contains strong themes of friendship and working together toward a common goal.” ―School Library Journal

“Pearce emphasizes Ellie’s persistence and individuality. . . . Mourning’s notebook-style images help give a sense of how Ellie’s brain works.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Explicitly rejects the idea that activities and objects are gendered (e.g., boys and girls can both like engineering and tea parties). The twist ending is not what most readers

 will expect. A spirited, duplicable depiction of STEM fun.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After attending Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, Jackson attended Georgia College & State University and later transferred to the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy.

Jackson was an avid reader as a child—she loved the Boxcar Children and Indian in the Cupboard series, but really, she read anything she could get her hands on. This proved problematic when she got her hands on her mother’s paperback romance books from time to time.

It was her love of reading that spurred her to start writing—when Jackson was in her tweens, she was looking for a book that involved a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. When such a book couldn’t be found, Jackson vowed to write it herself. She gave the story up after about ten pages, but the love of writing didn’t die as easily as the story. In her late teens, Jackson began writing for publication. Her first book, AS YOU WISH, sold to Harper Collins when she was twenty-two years old. There are currently four books in her series of retold fairytales—SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS, and COLD SPELL. She has also written a contemporary novel called PURITY, a historical fantasy under the pen name J. Nelle Patrick (TSARINA), and has two middle grade series forthcoming—THE DOUBLECROSS (AND OTHER SKILLS I LEARNED AS A SUPERSPY), coming July 2015, and PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater, coming May 2015

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– 10 Winners will receive a Copy of ELLIE, ENGINEER by Jackson Pearce.
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Unconditionally by: Erin Lyon Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

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Unconditionally

Synopsis 
 

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

In this hilarious conclusion to Erin Lyon’s I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, Kate has accepted a job practicing signing law, the one type of law she swore she’d never do – especially since what she thought was her very own happily ever after turned into just another expired contract. But between Kate’s embarrassing penchant for running into exes in court, clients determined to use her as their very own therapist, and a couple having a knock-down, drag-out over the custody of the family guinea pig, at least the job’s never boring.

But while Kate finally has a handle on her career, her love life is still, well, complicated. The former love of her life, Jonathan, wants her back. Her current main squeeze, Dave, wants to take things to the next level, but she still can’t shake her wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing vibe about him. And then there’s Adam, her mad crush who really wants to be her friend. So, to sum up, one questionable ex, one player with a capital “P,” and one guy who’s kind of stolen her heart even though she’s in the friend zone. This should be a piece of cake.

Unconditionally is both a sweet and sexy romantic comedy and a hilariously relate-able look at finding happiness where you least expect it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Erin Lyon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and then worked in broadcast television at the Sacramento ABC affiliate for 10 years before going to law school. She is now a practicing civil attorney and blames all of the people in her life for not trying to talk her out of the whole “becoming a lawyer” thing. After finishing law school, she completed her first novel and began working on the sequels. Erin lives in Northern California with her husband of nearly 20 years (the Saint), her two daughters (the Girls), her three rescue dogs (the Boys), and three cats, who, let’s be real, belong only to themselves. The Contract Killers is her debut novel.

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My Review:

This is the second book in the Contract Killers series.  I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first one when it was published and I am excited to be a part of this blog tour for its sequel.

The premise of these books is an interesting one.  Instead of marriage, couple sign 7 year contracts with the option to renew.  If a couple can not make it through the 7 years together, they have to go through a lawyer and possibly a court case for breach of contract.

Kate never thought she would go into signing law but here she is and she is doing well in the field.  Her own love life is a mess but that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to trying her cases.

This is a fun, fast, sexy read.  I really enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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– 2 Winners will receive a Set Copy of the Contract Killers Series (2 Books in Total) I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS and UNCONDITIONALLY by Erin Lyon.

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Long Black Veil by: Jennifer Finney Boylan

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The Very Picture of You by: Isabel Wolff

The Very Picture of You

It has been many, many years since I have read and loved Isabel’s book A Vintage Affair. I purchased this book years ago hoping to love it just as much. Unfortunately, I was bored. I didn’t really get into the book until the last 100 pages. Some of the first 1/3 of the story was decent but otherwise, I kept wanting to put it down.

This is a story about a portrait painter and the stories that her sitters tell. Maybe the subject matter wasn’t for me. I wonder if I go back and reread A Vintage Affair, if I would still like it as much as I did back then.

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Betrayed by: Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed

This is the second book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series.  I haven’t read the first one but I wasn’t lost.  I do want to go back and read it though.

Judy is an attorney and she needs to make a name for herself within the firm.  However, she gets sidetracked by a sick aunt and a dead woman who happens to be her aunt’s best friend.  Iris is found dead in her car the evening after Judy meets her for the first time and her aunt finds it very suspicious.  Judy promises to look into what is going on and finds herself in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

There is a lot more to this story then a surface mystery.  The relationships alone are worth the read.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Book 3 for my 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge!

Driving with the Top Down by: Beth Harbison

Driving with the Top Down

I listened to this book on audio and thoroughly enjoyed it.  This is a story about three women, two near 40 and one 16 year old that have found themselves to be on a road trip together.  What each one doesn’t know is how much they need each other in their lives at this very moment.

I loved each of the characters and their unique personalities.  Tamara is a rebellious teenager who is just looking for guidance.  Bitty is a women who has been hurt in such an emotional way, that she is looking to take the easy way out.  Colleen is a mother and small business owner who has regrets about her life and struggles with getting over it.

This was entertaining to listen to although there were a few explicit parts that made me blush and lower the volume in my car in case other cars that were next to me could hear it.  Sometimes, I make myself laugh.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Book #2 for the 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge.

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