(Review) The Locket

Author:Jay, Stacey
Publication Date:February 2011

Source: I received this book from Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tour.

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him with their mutual best friend Mitch, he no less dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie’s chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything and everyone she loves?

Quite a few years ago I read alot of time travel romance books but within time I got tired of them and stopped reading them. When I heard about this one I really wanted to read it and I have to say I really enjoyed it and read it fairly quickly. There were slight things about the book that bothered me such as when she went back the changes that had happened didn’t really make sense because she didn’t go back that far in time it was only two weeks. For me that didn’t make sense because she went back to change the situation she was in.

I am sure we can all honestly agree that we wish we had this locket at least once in our lives so that we could do a do over right? Would you do it or leave as is? I know I so wish I would have had this locket quite a few times in my life so that I could do a do over, but as I was reading this book I have to say I changed my mind about it and realize that things happen for a reason. Sure I wish there were things I didn’t do (and embarrass myself and listen to a friend instead of my heart) but looking back had I not done it would I still have the friendship I now have today?

Katie has made what she thinks is the biggest mistake of her life, cheating on her boyfriend of three years, Isaac. He is her only boyfriend and that he is the one and only. They have even spoken about getting married when they are older. Things changed one night when Katie feels disappointed and hurt because Isaac has blown her off. Mitch, their mutual best friend is there for Katie in more ways then one.

Isaac finds out that Katie has cheated on him and wants nothing more to do with her. Katie is upset and wishes for nothing more but to correct that time in her life and is given that chance from a magical locket that she thinks belongs to her grandmother. Going back in time (two weeks) as altered the world. Things aren’t exactly as they were in the future such as her friends are a little different and the coffee shop logo has changed. She doesn’t let these things bother her but gradually they are starting to freak her out and she gets scared. What has she done?

Will going back in time actually make Katie the better girlfriend to Isaac or will it open her eyes to the fact that what was basically right under her nose, Mitch was the better choice? Will she realize this before its too late for her and everyone?

I really enjoyed this book and I have to say I am looking forward to reading future books by Stacey and her previous books as well:

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(Review) Suck On This Year

TITLE: Suck On This Year: LYFAO @ 140 Characters or less
AUTHOR: Denis Leary
PUB DATE: December 2010
PUBLISHER: Viking (Penguin)

SOURCE: I won this from Donna at Books Bound

Taken from the inside book flaps
Yeah. You read it right.


It’s hip and cool.

Don’t know what it means?

Well, don’t worry. Neither did Denis. Until it was explained to him by his teenage kids and nieces and nephews. And some of the people at his production company. And most of his fellow cast members on FX’s hit show Rescue Me.

And then all of us here at the publishing company.

LAUGH YOUR FRIGGING (or Fat or that Other F Word) ASS OFF.

“Why is it abbreviated?” Denis asked.

So you can only imagine how hard it was to explain to him the idea of 140 characters or less – the basic Twitter communication formula. It turns out that Denis is not very nimble when it comes to math (he failed it twice in high school and had to blackmail a nun in order to graduate).

But one thing he can do is funny, so once we got past the fact that he can’t multiply or subtract or even basically navigate his way around the internet – he started coming up with stuff like this:


So we showed him how to post these comic tweets and just recently we asked him to pick some of the best from the last twelve months to place into the book you currently hold in your hands. Just remember, if you get the opportunity to have him sign it – make sure he spells your name right. And don’t ask him to do any long division.

I was really excited when I found out from Donna at Books Bound that I won her contest. I love Denis Leary.

Funny enough the blurb about the book is actually longer then the book itself. This took me not even 10 minutes to read. The book is filled with photos and tweets written by Denis himself.

I don’t think I laughed this hard in a long time. Denis leaves no one untouched and pokes fun at politicians, lady Gaga, Lindsey, Paris, and many more. He tells it like it is.

One of the things I love about Denis is that a portion of the profits from the sale of this book is being donated to the Leary firefighter Foundation. When I read this I went out and bought a copy of this book to support Denis’s foundation.

If you are on twitter you can follow Denis at www.twitter.com/denisleary and you can also check out Denis on his website.

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(Review)The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball

TITLE: The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball
AUTHOR: Risa Green
PUB DATE: August 2010
PAGES: 315
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

SOURCE: I received this from the publisher.

Description (from publishers site)

In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn’t hurt…right?

When Erin Channing’s favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived “outside the box.” But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future—or at least the key to getting dates…

Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .

Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.
There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.

This is Risa Green’s debut YA novel. She has also written two adult novels called: Tales from the Crib and Notes from the Underbelly. This is my first time reading Risa Green. Although I have had Notes from the Underbelly on my wishlist for awhile now I have never picked it up but that might be changing now since reading The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball.

The Secret of the Pink Crystal Ball has been on my radar since BEA. I have to thank my amazing contact for sending me this to read. This was one of the first books I read over the Christmas holiday and I enjoyed it.

I am thinking from the ending that there could possible be another book to go with this but I can’t find anything online. Does anyone know if there will be a book two?

I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this and I had to finish it in one sitting because I was curious what would happen next. I even had some moments in the book where I was laughing out loud and almost cringing because you and I both know things happen for a reason and that honestly I think things are all planned out for us and messing with the universe is not good.

Erin is your typical teenager in high school living a normal life although to her its boring and does nothing exciting. She has two best friends, Lindsay and Samantha.

When Erin finds out her estranged aunt Kiki dies (strike by lightening) she is upset because for the past year she hasn’t heard from her. Her dad thinks she is crazy. Which she probably would be to some people but I didn’t think she was and perhaps that is because I had an aunt like here.

When they attend the memorial service, one of Kiki’s friends gives Erin a box. The catch is Erin must open it when she is alone. Hmm what could it be?

Several days later Erin remembers the box so when she is alone she opens it to discover inside the box is a pink crystal ball with a enveloped taped to the bottom with a rolled up scroll. Inside the scroll is a bunch of names and Kiki’s name. Next
she opens the envelope thinking its a letter explaining what has happened this past year but its not its only this:

*Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let your planets be the guide to the number.
*There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see.
*The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed.
*One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.

When Erin puts the pieces of the puzzle together she realizes that the Pink Crystal Ball can actually make her wishes come true. In order to that Erin realizes that she must think logically to solve the clues. When Samantha asks for help Erin realizes afterwards that for her friends things end badly.

I had fun trying to figure out the clues and I think that’s what made the book so enjoyable and it was nice when I realized I didn’t know the answers that Erin figured it out and I would say “Oh yea, that makes sense now.”

This was a super fun read and I am sure alot of teenage girls would enjoy this.

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(Review) Arranged

TITLE: Arranged
AUTHOR: Catherine Mckenzie
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Canada
PUB DATE: January 8th, 2011
PAGES: 304

This is the cover of the finished book.

SOURCE: Received this from the publisher

Synopsis: (From publishers website)
Anne Blythe is lucky. She’s got a brand new book contract, a great newspaper job and a steadfast best friend, and she can land just about any man she sets her sights on — and the ones that appeal are typically tall, dark and handsome.

Problem is, the men she chooses never last. Shortly after yet another relationship goes down in flames, Anne comes across a card for what she believes is a dating service, and pockets it just in case. If she’s so unlucky in love, maybe she could use a little assistance. Then her best friend announces she’s engaged, and envy gets the better of Anne. Now’s the time, she decides, to give the service a try — and she is shocked to discover that what the company specializes in are exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriages. After learning of the company’s success rate, however, she overcomes her reluctance and signs on. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, and she’s not done so well selecting a mate on her own. So why not use a professional service that claims it can produce the perfect match?

Some time later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack, the man they have chosen for her. And against all odds, it seems to be working out, until Anne learns that Jack and the company who arranged their marriage are not what they seem at all.

I have to say that I actually love the cover of the finished book much more then the ARC cover and that is only because I think the finished copy represents what the book is about.
(This is the cover of the ARC I received.)

I have to say that I loved ARRANGED much more then I did Spin. I had a hard time putting the book down and when I did it was for the shortest time.

This is the exact opposite of Spin where the main character was a train wreck waiting to happen. This time Catherine made her main character realistic and one that I am sure many single 30 year old could relate to. Honestly I actually had some of the same feeling as the main character did about worrying about getting married when it seemed like all my friends were getting married and being alone for the rest of my life.

The book is divided into three sections. Each section covers the journey that the main character is taking in her life.

I loved the main character. Her name is Anne Shirley Blythe. Does that sound familiar to you? Well if you happen to be a fan of Anne of Green Gables you will recognize that name. As soon as I read her name was when I think I feel in love with the book. I am a huge Anne of Green Gables fan. (Just like the author is)

The book opens up with Anne questioning her boyfriend, Stuart about his cheating. Stuart being the complete idiot doesn’t really deny it because Anne has all the prove she needs (emails) and walks of their apartment heart broken and upset. You could see that Stuart doesn’t’ really care about Anne because he doesn’t even stop her.

In her new apartment Anne decides to go and have drinks with her best friend, Sarah. Its on the way to the bar that she spots a business card just lying on the street. She picks it up to read and gets a little excited seeing the name Blythe & Company. What are the odds of that happening? She holds onto the card.

It takes running into her exs (all of them married) and Sarah getting married that makes her decide to finally call Blythe & Company. Thinking that they are a dating service, she figures she has nothing to loose but quickly realizes that its not a dating service but a service that arranges marriages. She figures its worth a shot but has second thoughts because it cost $10,000. She decides to give it a try what does she have to loose but $500 for the testing they need to do.

A week later she gets a calling saying that she is okay and is approved for the next round and wants to know if she will proceed with the process. She does and quickly figures out how she will get the next installment of money (thankfully her book that she has been working on sells so she has nothing to worry about) and as part of the arrangement she begins therapy. That will a part of her until she gets married.

In part two of the book Anne founds out that they found a perfect match for her. She is on her way to Mexico to meet her future husband, Jack. She has no idea what he looks like but knows that they are compatible. Proving that its whats inside that counts and not what the person looks like. I think Anne is surprised at first when she meets him because he isn’t someone Anne would go for, he is the exact opposite. They spend most of the week getting to know each other, along with the mandatory couple’s therapy. Will reality finally hit Anne and make her change her mind about getting married?

Its in the third part that I was blown away. I couldn’t believe what Jack had did to Anne and Anne probably wouldn’t have found out had she not sat on his journal. Will Anne be able to forgive him or is what they had a lie? What will she do when she realizes that Blythe & Company isn’t who they really are? Will she expose them for what they really are?

Hmm doesn’t this sound good?

Check back tomorrow when I have an interview with Catherine.

If you want a sneak peak at the book here is your chance:

You can also check out The Savvy Reader’s blog where Harper Collins Canada has a ton of great info about books, authors and so much more.


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(Review) Prom & Prejudice

*This book is being released today*

TITLE: Prom & Prejudice
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Eulberg
PUB DATE: January 1, 2011
PAGES: 288

SOURCE: I received this book from Holly as part of her ARC Tours that she is hosting on her blog.

Synopsis (from Scholastic): It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single guy in his spring semester at Pemberly Academy must be in want of a prom date.

After winter break, the girls at very prestigious, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberly school. Lizzie Bennett, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn’t exactly interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be – especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance, but less than impressed by Will Darcy, Charles’s friend, who’s as snobby and pretentious as his friend is nice. He doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. It doesn’t help that Charles doesn’t seem to be asking Jane to be his prom date, or that Lizzie meets George Wickham, who tells her that Will Darcy sabotaged his scholarship at Pemberly. Clearly Will Darcy is a pompous jerk who looks down on the middle class – so imagine Lizzie’s surprise when he asks her to the prom!

Will Lizzie’s prejudice and Will’s pride keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making? From Elizabeth Eulberg comes a very funny, completely stylish prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions.

I have yet to read Elizabeth’s debut novel THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB which came out December 2009. I actually have it sitting in my TBR pile and plan on getting to it very soon. I just found out that the paperback version is going to be released today, January 1st, 2011 along with this her second book.

When I picked up the book from Tina because she was the person passing the book on to me in the tour she said I would love it and I have to say that Tina knows me very well. I did love the book and managed to devour it within a few hours (I would have finished it sooner had I not been interrupted several times). I was drawn in right away and had to continue to read to find out what would happen. Would there be a happy ending?

This is the retelling of Pride & Prejudice. I have to admit that I have never read Pride & Prejudice before and admit its something I always said I wanted to read but just never got around to do so. One day! In saying that I have to say that this is a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth made this her own version.

You don’t have to read Pride and Prejudice to enjoy this story but perhaps it will make you want to read it. That is the way I am feeling right now.

You can’t help but love Lizzie Bennet because she is just your typical teenager trying to fit into an environment that clearly doesn’t want her kind there. Are you wondering what I am talking about? Well Lizzie is attending a very elite private school called Longbourn Academy on a music scholarship. Longbourn girls don’t take very well to outsiders and make it a point to make their lives a living hell. Thankfully her roommate Jane isn’t like them and takes Lizzie under her wing. In the whole school she has another friend Charlotte who is also another scholarship girl.

Lizzie finds peace and acceptance in her music and her teacher. Its that that brings her joy and the real reason she is attending Longbourn. She knows this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is determined not to let others spoil this chance for her.

Pemberley Academy is the boys school that is associated with the book and we realize through the story that the boys aren’t like the girls and some find it hard to believe the treatment scholarship kids get there.

When Jane introduces Lizzie to her boyfriends best friend, Will Darcy, we can see that Lizzie doesn’t really like him. I have to say that I didn’t really like him. I found him to be arrogant and snobbish. Thinking he was better then everyone else at times. But throughout the course of the book you slowly see Will breaking down the walls and proving to Lizzie he isn’t like the rest of the guys.

Will Lizzie change her mind about Will and realize that he might not be such a bad guy after all? Will she be like the other Longbourn girls and get excited about going to prom?

Other books by Elizabeth Eulberg:
-The Lonely Hearts Club

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(Review) Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

TITLE: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball
AUTHOR: Donita K. Paul
PUB DATE: October 2010
PUBLISHER: Water Brook Multnomah
PAGES: 226

SOURCE: Received from publisher

About This Book (from publisher’s site)
Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

When I got asked to review this book I have to say I jumped at it. I loved the premise of the story and of course really anything involving a bookstore/books you can almost count me in.

I found this to be a quick, fun and interesting read. I thought this was the perfect book to read over the holiday season. The holiday season is a magical time and it makes you believe that anything is possible and this book is exactly like that. I love fairy tales and this reminded me that this book is just like a fairy tale.

I should let you know that this is Christian fiction with a little bit of fantasy thrown in. But honestly it didn’t really feel as though I was reading a Christian fiction book.

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball is about a hard working young lady named Cora Crowder. Cora likes to spend the holidays alone (thats her tradition) but always plans ahead and makes sure she has all her holiday shopping done and shipped to her estranged family. For Cora its not about the frenzy of the holiday but what christmas is really about.

Cora is searching for a present for her uncle and she knows she will look for a book that has knights, castles, sword fighting etc. She happened to find this bookstore online and was her to go and check it out. It seemed as thougth this book was calling out to her online because Warner, Werner and Wizbotterdad’s would always be there in her search.

As she is in the bookstore her boss Simon walks in looking for a book as well. When they both leave for some reason they seem off key. Something has happened and they aren’t sure what.

I thought Simon’s character was fantastic. He appears to be shy and a very private person but really doesn’t appear to be friendly. He is the kind of man I think you hope to meet one day and perhaps he might be the knight in shining armour a girl is looking for. We realize that he is the man and stepping up to take care of his family (mother and sister, Sandy who has down syndrome). He works hard to take care of his family and he does want a family of his own but it just never seems to work for him. This was another thing I loved about Simon, he wasn’t embarassed by his sister.

I loved how both Simon and Cora got tickets to this magical ball that no one really knows about. When they both talk about it Simon would love to take his sister because he things she would love it and Cora has no plans on going and is willing to give her ticket to Simon. Of course circumstances bring these two together. Will the both realize it?

I loved this quote:

Be brave and try new things.

This is something that I try to do and I noticed that as I am getting older I feel as though I am constantly thinking that. I think we all need to be brave and try new things. Stepping outside our comfort zones.

Donita K. Paul is the author of several books and I have to say that this is my first time hearing of this author but after reading this one I plan on checking out some of her other books.

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(Review) The Snow Globe

TITLE: The Snow Globe
AUTHOR: Sheila Roberts
PUB DATE: October 2010
PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Press
PAGES: 176

SOURCE: Received from publisher

Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts’ heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home…
On a blustery afternoon, Kylie Gray wanders into an antique shop and buys an enchanting snow globe. “There’s a story behind that snow globe,” the antique dealer tells her. The original owner, he explains, was a German toymaker who lost his wife and son right before Christmas. When the grieving widower received the handcrafted snow globe as a Christmas gift, he saw the image of a beautiful woman beneath the glass—a woman who would come into his life, mend his broken heart and bring him back to the world of the living. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kylie shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends—two women with problems of their own—they don’t believe it. But they’re about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

This is the first time I have read Sheila Roberts and I have to say that after reading this book I am planning on checking out her other books. She is the author of five other books.

When I first was contacted to review The Snow Globe I had to accept it. The description of the book sounded really good and it would be a perfect Christmas read.

This was a quick read. Managed to read it within two hours.

The book opens up with three best friends (Kiley, Suzanne and Allison)on a weekend getaway in Fawn Island in the Pacific Northwest. Kiley is getting over her recent job lose and losing her boyfriend to her younger sister. She wonders into an Antique store and is looking around when a snow globe catches her eye. The shops owner procedes to tell her the history of the snow globe. She knows she really shouldn’t buy this snow globe but she does. Hoping that it will bring some kind of miracle her way.

Kiley is going to have to spend thanksgiving with her family and that means her sister and her ex. Which she isn’t looking forward too. I mean could you possibly enjoy thanksgiving dinner sitting across from your very own sister and your ex? I know I couldn’t and I applaud Kiley for going and doing that.

When she shakes the globe again she sees a different image inside. Curious she decides to go to the internet to find it and thankfully she finds it and its a real toy shop. Convincing her friend Allison to go with her in search of this toy shop. Its there that she meets Craig. They go for coffee and so begins a new romance for Kiley.

Kiley decides to bestow the snow globe onto her friend Suzanne who lives the perfect life. She is married with a daughter, Bryn and doing all that she can to live the life she always wanted and will stop and nothing to make sure it happens even if it means working long hours. Suzanne is a neat freak and when her husband suggests they get a dog for Bryn she freaks out and says there will be no dog coming into the house.

Suzanne sees the snow globe as a snow globe and nothing else even though her daughter has shaken it and sees her dog. Suzanne thinks its all in her imaganation and puts the snow globe on the mantel out of the way. But curious about it Bryn climbs on a chair to get to the globe. Suzanne coming into the room sees her daughter reaching for it calls out to her and startles her so she practically jumps across the room to save her daughter, breaking her ankle in the process. Will Suzanne ever believe in the magic of the snow globe?

Suanne passes the globe on to Allison. Allison live isn’t as messy as the others but she knows Allison could use the globe. Allison is going to be spending Christmas with her dysfunctional family (when I say dysfunctional family I mean it) Allison misses her grandmother and how important she was during the Christmas season. Allison shakes the snow globe (like her friends before her did) and the image that comes in the globe is her grandmother of who she thinks is her grandmother. She continues to shake the globe hoping for some kind of message but it never comes and it stays the same.

Thinking that the snow globe’s magic is done the three friends decide to search for the lady who gave the snow globe up in the first place. Its when they go and meet the lady that Allison realizes that the lady in the snow globe is really this lady.

Realizing the snow globe needs to be passed on to another person who is in need of a miracle they decide to leave it on the ferry with a note.

This is a great story to read just before Christmas making you believe miracles really do happen.

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