Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Guardian I am Groot

Unless you have been living under a rock you have seen the promo’s for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showing off the cute new Baby Groot.  And just in case you did not already think Baby Groot would make the movie People.com has given us 5 reasons why.

I was apprehensive going into this movie.  Unlike the Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 where the playlist was some great music that I loved at some point, I really did not know the music that was released to go with Volume 2.  Part of me was afraid that I was not going to like the movie without the awesome songs that I loved previously.  But I did end up falling in love with the music as watching the movie.

The introduction of Kurt Russell as Peter Quill’s father was great.  I had never read the comics (and I wanted to have a shock factor so I never looked up what his father was after seeing the first movie).  So I did not know what to expect with this character.  I thought it was greatly done.  He had a great story line for the movie.

Overall this is a great movie about family and discovering what matters.  If you have not seen it I highly recommend going to see it if you like Superhero movies.  If you don’t like Superhero movies it may not be for you but if you just want to see Baby Groot this movie really is for you.

Question

What is your favorite movie based on a comic and have you read the comic?

My favorite is the first Guardians of the Galaxy and no I have not read any of the comics.  One of these days one will make it to my TBR pile (just not today).

To end this review on a good cute note, here is another Baby Groot.Guardian Baby Groot

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

I read Cinder & Ella back during summer (before the republish with the new cover) before I went back to school.  Let me start by admitting I just cried.  This was not just your average tears, no this was ugly crying.

MY REVIEW

Cinder & Ella is a Cinderella retelling on a very basic level.  There is a lot of parallels but there are also just as many differences.

Ellamara “Ella” is a book blogger, who lives with her mother.  When a car accident kills her mom and leaves her with major burns on her body, she is forced to go and live with her estranged father.  Brian Oliver “Cinder” is Hollywood’s latest teen heartthrob since landing the only role he really cares about.  Now he is also Hollywood’s bad-boy.  The management team wants to clean up his reputation with a fake engagement.  Can an email from an old friend change everything?

I love this book, so much so that I have read it a second time after finding out there was a sequel that just just came out.  I read this knowing that I was going to be red-eyed from crying non-stop.  There is something about Ella’s story that is sad and addicting.  I really hate reading these sad books normally because of the tear factor.  But this book I could not put down.  I have told many people about this book and gotten a few to read it (including mom and sister).

I love Ella in this book, she is a survivor, but even the strongest has a breaking point.  Ella goes through a lot of change after the accident.  Not just the physical.  There is an emotional battle.  On top of all of that, everything around her seems to be against her.  Even when she wants to give up you still love Ella.

About the Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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Question for Readers

What is your favorite cry your eyes out book?

Cinder & Ella Book Cover Cinder & Ella
Cinder & Ella
Kelly Oram
Young Adult, Romance
Bluefields
August 15, 2014
e-book
254
Own - Kindle

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

April 2017 – 24 Hour Readathon

So I got a little bit of late start here today.  I overslept and I will admit it felt nice, but here we are and welcome to the April 24 Hour Readathon.  If you do not know what the readathon is, follow this link to find out more about the readathon.

Hours 1-3

Yep, I slept in this morning not waking up until about half way through Hour 3.  Do I fell bad about missing the start of the Readathon, No.  I needed the sleep and now that I am up I am ready to get started on the reading at the top of hour 4.

Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  From Houston, Texas.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  13 Reasons Why.  I have been wanting to watch the netflix series and am waiting to read the book to watch the series.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  I mostly have yogurts to eat.  I am trying to eat healthy so we will see.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  My work schedule used to not allow me to participate in this readathon.  It always used to fall on my weekend to work, now that my work schedule allows it I am getting started.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I have never been able to fully participate so this is my first year to do that and I am really looking forward to that this year (even though I slept through the start).

 Hour 4

This hour I started reading Wrong About the Guy by Clair LaZebnik.  I borrowed this book from the library.

Completed:  15% of Wrong About the Guy

Hour 5

This hour I made a short pause to place an order for a new Keurig for a housewarming gift for my cousin.  Then I stopped and fixed myself something to eat (Lean Pockets for lunch).

Completed: 12% of Wrong About the Guy  bringing myself to 27% completed.

Hour 6

Not much in the way of reading this hour.  Instead someone from work shared this with me and it kept me from reading so that I could watch it and leading me to watch more of the videos in the series.

Hour 7

Having completed another hour in this #Readathon I would like to admit, my attention kind of reminds me of the dog from UP!  Yep, everytime something dings, or makes some sort of noise I have to go and check it out.  I think I have looked out sided 10 times in the last hour because I can hear the wind outside.

Completed:  13% more was completed of Wrong About the Guy.  Hopefully I will finish this book before we reach hour 12 which is now my goal.

Hour 8

Well, the reading may have been slow the last hour, but I have finally made it to the half way mark of my first book.  I think this calls for a celebration.

Completed: Made it to the 50% mark in my first book.  Really can not wait to finish this one.   I have the first volume of Ouran High School Host Club  to read next and I really and looking forward to reading it…yes it comes with pictures.

Hour 9

I ended up not reading much.  Had to make sure some bills were paid (my last weekend of the month alarm went off to remind me to pay my bills).  And then I found this and was hoping to find the ingredients for this project….No luck.  Who is now looking forward to remembering in October some of the things you have seen in this #readathon.

Hours 10-14

OK, so these were some busy hours.  First of all at some point during these hours I finished reading the first book in my #readathon TBR pile.  Also, I stopped and ate some dinner, but before I could eat had to make the dinner itself.  So a very busy few hours.  I tried to listen to an audio book while cooking and doing dishes but I kept getting distracted from what was being said so no audio minutes completed during this time.

#rea
Tonights Dinner

Completed: 100% of Wrong About the Guy

Hours 15-24

I am sorry to say that I ended up having to go to bed and work.  I was fixing to get started on reading the next book in my TBR pile when my phone started ringing.  I am happy with my completion level through out the event and I a did pretty well, I even read 1 book completely all the way through.

Closing Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  The hour in which my manager called and they needed me to come into work the next morning and I had to make the executive decision to go to sleep at that point.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?  Not right now off the top of my head.  I am going to keep a list of books that interest me that others have reviews for October.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?  Nope, but I can not wait to get it started.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  The twitter really helped, for some unknown reason the website stopped showing the correct hour on the front page of the blog.
5. How many books did you read?  I read one full book and started a second but only got 10 pages in.
6. What were the names of the books you read?  I finished Wrong about the Guy by Claire LaZebnik.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?  I was really getting into Ouran High School Host Club before I had to go to sleep.
8. Which did you enjoy least?  I mean I only got to those two books so does it fall to default to Wrong about the Guy Which is just mean because I really was enjoying the book.  I would have quit it earlier if I was not enjoying it.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I am making my list of supplies I need to for it now.  Those marshmallow flowers are high on my list of things to make next year.

The Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma Holly

I Sometimes wonder what brings me to books like The Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma Holly.  I may not know the full reason for my interest.  Maybe it is just something that my conservative heart could never do, but to each their own.  Yes, this book is a Menage.  This was not my first Menage book, but for some reason it is one of my most memorable ones I have read.

MY REVIEW

When as teenagers, next door neighbors Trey and Zane realize they have more in common than they originally thought, they help each other out.  Now working together, they own a business that is growing larger and more popular.  Then there is Rebecca, who gave up everything in order to raise her younger twin brothers.  She worked hard as a teen to not let anyone take the two boys away and split up their family.  While doing this she found and developed a skill and love for cooking.

Though a short meeting between the three has some effect on them it is not until years later that anything happens.  With her applying to be the chef at their newest business venture and her brothers making the “Men of Harvard” edition of their magazine, every aspect of her life seems to have The Bad Boys Club in it.

Character development is good.  You don’t just have this struggling cook with the billionaires.  You get a few glimpses of what led them down their life path.  My favorite character in this book will have to be Rebecca, as the oldest sibling I get the need to take care of the younger siblings.  I am just glad I was never put in this position.  I also like the struggle on Zanes part to be more accepting of what he feels.  It is probably the most important part of this book, though I do read it for the love story.

I was really satisfied with  The Billionaire Bad Boys Club.   It was a good read with a decent plot line and good characters.

QUESTION FOR THE READERS

Have you ever read a Menage book?  Was it on accident and what was your thought the first time you ever opened one up?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Holly is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty romantic books, featuring billionaires, shifters, faeries and just plain extraordinary folks. She loves the hot stuff, both to read and to write!

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The Billionaire Bad Boys Club Book Cover The Billionaire Bad Boys Club
Emma Holly
Fiction
Emma Holly
October 24, 2012
e-book
242
Own - Nook

Self-made billionaires Zane and Trey have been a club of two since they were eighteen. They’ve done everything together: play football, fall in love, even get smacked around by their dads. The only thing they haven’t tried is seducing the same woman. When they set their sights on sexy chef Rebecca, these bad boys just might have met their match!

Blog Tour: Wooing the Wedding Planner

When I signed up to do the blog tour for Wooing the Wedding Planner by Amber Leigh Williams, there was no plans for the flu, Jury Duty and any other life disturbances but I got them all.  I did find time to read this book during the jury selection process.

I will admit, Wooing the Wedding Planner was a little slow to start.  It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but once I did it was a really good read.

MY REVIEW

When a lack of communication has Roxie agreeing to rent the house that Byron plans to purchase, they are sent on another plan of living together for a year since Bryon already lives in the garage loft.  Putting two people who already are attracted to each other in close proximity will lead to nothing but romance.

Overall I like the characterization of Roxie, she is a girl who has been to the low point in her life.  She may still struggle with the need to be accepted for who she is with the people in her life, but she knows what is really important.  With her romance with Byron she even discovers what she deserves.

The overall plot line is more believable than other romances out there.  Two people who live in the same town, know each other in passing and even find the other attractive being thrown together.  This is a very believable romance (more so than the billionaire stories I love to read).  Yes like all romances it also has a very predictable ending.  Something I have to thank Amber Leigh Williams for, my new dream wedding.

Question for the Readers

What is your favorite Harlequin Serial Read type?  Do you like the Super Romance like Wooing the Wedding Planner? Do you like another type?  My favorite is the Desire Reads, I like that Quick Romance getting swept off your feet.  Or do you not like to read Harlequin at all?  Let me know in the comments down below.

About the Author

Amber Leigh Williams is a Harlequin romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books, and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.

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Wooing the Wedding Planner Book Cover Wooing the Wedding Planner
Amber Leigh Williams
Romance, Super Romance
Harlequin
January 1, 2017
e-book
384

No more wedding marches for her! Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused. Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak.

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