(Review & Tour) Losing Clementine

Today I am honored to be a part of the blog tour for Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream. Thanks to William Morrow for contacting me and allowing me to be a part of the tour.

Title: Losing Clementine
Author: Ashley Ream
Pub Date: March 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 320

Source: I received a finish copy of the book for my participation in the book tour. This is an honest and sincere review.

About The Book:
In thirty days Clementine Pritchard will be finished with her last painting and her life.

World-renowned artist and sharp-tongued wit Clementine Pritchard has decided that she’s done. After flushing away a medicine cabinet full of prescriptions, she gives herself thirty days to tie up loose ends—finish one last painting, make nice with her ex-husband, and find a home for her cat. Clementine plans to spend the month she has left in a swirl of art-world parties, manic work sessions, and outrageous acts—but what she doesn’t expect is to uncover secrets surrounding the tragedy that befell her mother and sister. In an ending no one sees coming, will we lose Clementine or will we find her?

A bold debut from an exciting new voice, Losing Clementine is a wonderfully entertaining and poignant novel about unanticipated self-discovery that features one of the most irresistible, if deeply flawed, characters to grace contemporary fiction in years.


This is Ashley Ream’s debut novel and wow I really enjoyed it. It was actually nice to step away from young adult books for this one. When I got contacted about the book I knew I wanted to read it because it sounded so good.

Clementine Pritchard, is an artist who is extremely depressed and has decided that she is fed up with living her life always on all kinds of medications and has decided that in 30 days she will kill  herself. She starts by dumping all her medications down the toilet, firing her assistant (who is basically there to babysit her) and slowly getting rid of her worthily possessions.

Clementine has no idea how she is going to do it yet but has given herself 30 days to figure this out. Although one thing is clear in her mind she is going to do it in a nice clean easy way unlike that of her mother and sister.

The book is told in a day to day format. You can see in each day that she is trying to tie up any loose ends because she wants it to be her way and not have anyone worry about arranging it all. She knows what she is doing each and every step from buying a plot, to the casket, making sure her beloved cat Chuckles is cared for in a loving home to even tracking down her long lost father who abandoned the family when she was a young girl.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was reading the book but I have to say I was surprised. I would laugh, cry and feel for Clementine. I am sure its a day to day struggle with depression and any mental illness and I am sure there is a point when you feel enough is enough and this is exactly how Clementine felt so you couldn’t help but feel for here.

As you read the book you are constantly wondering if she will do it or will something or someone stop her?

I was really impressed with the book and I am looking forward to other books by Ashley.

Thanks William Morrow for the book and allowing me to be on the tour.

Ashley Ream got her first job at a newspaper when she was 16. After working in newsrooms across Missouri, Florida and Texas, she gave up the deadlines to pursue fiction. She lives in Los Angeles where she works at a nonprofit and is finishing her next novel.

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(Review) Shatter Me

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 338
Pub Date: November 2011

Source: I received a finished copy from the publisher for my honest review.

About the book:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
-from Goodreads

Shatter Me was one of the most anticipated books on 2011 and it actually peaked my interest so much so that I was anxiously waiting for it to come out. So I was pretty excited when it showed up for review but yet a little apprehensive because so much hype was on this book. What would I think of this book?

I believe Shatter Me is going to be part of a trilogy.

I have to say that I don’t read alot of dystopian books and that is my choice. The book has to be something that interests me and this one did. This wasn’t a fast read for me.

I know so many people dislike the cover because they feel as though it doesn’t go with the book and yes that is true but I have to admit that I really love the cover.

As for the book itself I have read both negative reviews and positive reviews so I was excited to read the book to find out what I would think of it. I am usually one of those who reads a book and feel as though I am a fish swimming up river wondering why they loved it and when I didn’t or why didn’t they love it when I did. As for me I am on the fence with this I didn’t love it or hate it.

I enjoyed that the book wasn’t just a romance book or just an action packed book and that it actually left me wanting to find out what would happen next. I didn’t find it to be predictable at all and it played out very good. I enjoyed the writing and the only thing I had to get use to was when the author would write and scratch things through and then say it again but once I understood the purpose it all made sense.

Juliette is a young girl who was taken away because of something that happened that freaked people out and she is basically locked up in a cell for 264 without seeing a single person. She hasn’t seen or touched anyone. Not much is revealed in the first part of the book that would indicate why she was taken away without a fight and locked up. You actually think that she might be crazy because to make it through her time being locked up she counts things. Its only about half way through when you get to see the reasons why and can’t help but feel sorry for Juliette.

As for Adam, I was a little unsure of him at first but grew to love him because no matter what Juliette was or had done he was making it a mission to protect her no matter what. That is one of my all time favorite qualities in a guy one who can love a person for who they are and not what they are or did.

Would I read the next book? Of course I would because I am curious to see where this could go.

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Life After Yes Review

TITLE: Life After Yes
AUTHOR: Aidan Donnelley Rowley
PUB DATE: June 2010
PUBLISHER: Avon imprint of Harper Collins
PAGES: 340
SOURCE: I am part of the TLC Book Tour.

This is the story of Quinn—born Prudence Quinn O’Malley—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss. Her idealistic beau desperately wants a wedding, and whisks her away to Paris just to propose. But then Quinn has a dream featuring judges and handcuffs and Nietzsche and Britney . . . and far too many grooms. Suddenly, her future isn’t so clear. Quinn’s world has become a minefield of men—some living, some gone, and traversing it safely is going to take a lot more than numerous glasses of pinot grigio.

Life After Yes is a blisteringly honest, thoroughly modern tale of life and love in chaos, marking the arrival of a truly exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the tour for this book.

I absolutely love the cover of Life After Yes. The white dress with the red ribbon is really pretty.

Anyways. I was super excited to read this book because it takes place in NYC and what better book to read on the way to NYC last week. The only thing that I was unsure of was the 9/11. I am an emotional person and that whole day still is heart breaking to me. I still get very emotional when I hear stories or see video of that very day. I personally wasn’t effected by it but it was the day that changed the world and the way we see it. I have to say that Aiden incorporated it into the story very well. It was there but not in your face there. Quinn the main character was the one who always had it in the back of her mind because she lost her father that day. This one day affects how she reacts and interacts with people.

Life After Yes is the story of Quinn. She is a young attorney and lives in NYC. Quinn’s life is a perfect dream (to us) because she is dating Sage, who is like a Prince Charming. Who wouldn’t love to be whisked away to Paris on a unplanned trip? In Paris he proposes and Quinn accepts. Back in NYC Quinn begins to question her feelings for Sage and wonders if marrying him is the right thing to do.

This is Aiden’s debut novel and I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading her future books.

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The Cougar Club Review and TLC Tour

TITLE: The Cougar Club
AUTHOR: Susan McBride
PUB DATE: January 26, 2010
PAGES: 320 Pages

Meet three women who aren’t about to run and hide just because the world says they should be on the shelf and out of circulation.

Her life seems perfect until she loses her high-powered advertising job and catches her live-in lover in a compromising position……with his computer!

This sexy TV news anchor is in danger of being replaced by a twenty-something blond bimbo. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was the up-and-coming star?

A married dermatologist, Elise thinks her plastic surgeon husband is playing doctor with someone else.

Kat firmly believes that aging gracefully isn’t about giving up; it’s about living life with your engine on overdrive. So this unofficial “Cougar Club” quickly learns three things about survival of the fittest in today’s youth-obsessed society: True friendship never dies, the only way to live is real, and you’re never too old to follow your heart.


My first introduction to Susan McBride was through her YA books The Debs and The Debs: Love, Lies and Texas Dip. Which I have to say that I really enjoyed reading. Book three, The Debs: Gloves Off is set to be released in March 2010. Which I am really excited about and I am dying to read this book.

I have to admit that I haven’t read any of her other books but I will definetly be looking for them now as I really enjoyed reading The Cougar Club.

Its nice to read a book that is within your age group as this will be the year I turn 40. Kat, Elise and Carla are all believable characters and ones that I could relate too.

The book opens up with Kat losing her job in advertising which she has devoted her life too and then she comes home to discover her younger boyfriend has been cheating on her with internet porn. Kat is devasted with the fact of loosing her job and boyfriend that she flees New York City without even really thinking about it and heads home to her parents place in St. Louis.

While in St. Louis Kat reconnects with her two best friends from school, Elise and Carla. Carla is the hottest news anchor lady in St Louis and dating a younger guy, Randy who is the sportscaster. Carla knows she is the IT lady for the station but soon realizes that a younger replacement might be stepping in in the form of her ex husbands new girlfriend. Elise is the town’s dermatogolist, married to a plastic surgeon, has a son in college. Since her son has been in college she has become a workaholic and has no idea what is about it hit her.

This is a great book about friendship and you realize who your true friends really are and that no matter if its been years since you were in contact true frienship never dies and that it will always be there. Love will always be there for you no matter your age. You will find it and perhaps in unexpected ways and places.


Susan McBride is the author of The Cougar Club (January 2010, from HarperCollins/Avon) about three 45-year-old friends who happen to date younger men. She has also written three books in The Debs young adult series (Random House/Delacorte) set in Houston, including The Debs; Love, Lies, and Texas Dips; and the forthcoming Gloves Off. In addition, she’s penned five Debutante Dropout Mysteries (HarperCollins/Avon) set in Dallas: Blue Blood, The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die (HarperCollins/Avon).

Once called “The Lou’s Whodunit Queen” by Sauce magazine in St. Louis, Susan was named one of the city’s “top singles” in 2005 by St. Louis Magazine, but is single no more. She tied the knot in February of 2008. Susan was the cover girl for the February 2009 issue of St. Louis Woman magazine, where she was featured in the article “Paperback Princess.”

Susan has won a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, a Romantic Times magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth Mystery, and was twice nominated for Anthony Awards for Best Paperback Original, and was one of three finalists for the William Rockhill Nelson Award for Literary Excellence (for Kansas and Missouri Authors). She lives in Brentwood, Missouri, with her husband.


This ARC was provided for review by Avon books a division of Harper Collins USA and was part of the TLC Tours.

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I am Neurotic (and so are you) Review

TITLE: I am Neurotic (and so are you)
AUTHOR: Lianna Kong
PUB DATE: May 2009

Based on the popular, hilarious website of the same name, I am Neurotic is a smorgasbord of anonymous confessions and wacky photographs that reveal people’s deepest neuroses. Author Lianna Kong has collected the best neuroses from the blog, as well as previously unreleased submissions, demonstrating how neurotic behavior is highly amusing, shocking at times, and ultimately a great human equalizer.

Did you wash your hands?
Set the alarm clock?
Lock the front door?

Better yet: Do you like even numbers? Do you fold all of your trash neatly into squares? Do you count steps? Do you carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times? Everyone has his or her own neuroses. On a routine trip to the office bathroom, Lianna Kong discovered one of hers: “How could I possibly pee with my coworker sitting right next to me doing her business?” And, in that quiet moment of panic, iamneurotic.com was born.

i am neurotic (and so are you) is a smorgasbord of anonymous confessions that reveal people’s deepest, strangest, and funniest compulsions—quirks that are triggered in the boardroom, the bedroom, and everywhere in between.


I had to laugh when I received this book as it came with a travel sized bottle of Purell. Which I have to admit has come in handy recently with H1N1 and flu season upon us.

I have to say I loved this book. Its filled with annonymous confessions of real life people. There is photos to accompany each confession and that was done by Matthew Stacey.

Admit it we all have some strange and funny and perhaps weird quirks we do in our daily lives? I know I do and you might be surprised to know some of mine. As I was going through this very quick read/book I realized that others do share them with me or at least one other person in this world.

Here are some of my quirks, what are yours? Do you share the same ones?

-I have a think about numbers that has to end in zero. Mainly when I am pumping gas. If it stops at $38.45 I continue to pump until its at $40.00

-I wait until right before i got out the door before putting on my pants and then as soon as I get home I take them off because I can’t get comfortable lounging with them. Needless to say I wear pj bottoms all the time.

-Everytime I go into the bathroom and the shower curtain is closed I have to punch it to make sure no one is behind it.

-I can’t fall asleep if my closet door is open even if its a little bit. I feel as though I am being watched.

-When I mail letters in the mailbox I have to check it at least 3-4 times before walking away from it.

-If I eat smarties or M&Ms I always have to check the color before I eat it and no I don’t eat the red ones last.

Those are just a few of mine that are similiar to the book.

The book is divided into ten sections. All the annonymous confessions are grouped according the the title. Some of the section titles are: can’t touch this, wiped, law and order, jedi mind tricks and it’s not you, it’s me.

If you are neurotic or know someone who is this would make a great book to give them. It was funny and entertaining to read them.

You can also check out the website at www.iamneurotic.com

To see the photographers site you can see it at www.matthewstacey.com

This book was provided for review by Harper Studio (Harper Collins). Thank you for sending me this great book to read and review. I really enjoyed it.

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**No More Us For You Review

PUB DATE: January 27th 2009

This is David’s second novel. He is the author of Suckerpunch.

Isabel is seventeen years old. She still is dealing with her boyfriend’s tragic accident that claimed his life a year ago.

Carlos is also seventeen. He has an obsession with red licorice. Hence the cover of the book. He works at an art museum as a security guard to make some money.

The chapters are told by alternating points of view of Carlos and Isabel. I was a little confused by this at first because the two have no connection to each other until they both meet Vanessa. She is a transfer student who works at the same museum as Carlos.

Isabel and Carlos meet at school when Carlos friend Snake accidently bumps into Vanessa. They agree to go to the school dance that night. While Carlos and Snake wait outside the school for the girls to come. They begin to drink. Snake is starting to get a little drunk by the time they show up. Vanessa and Snake hit it off and they ask to be alone. Carlos and Isabel go into the dance to wait for them. When they realize that they haven’t shown up yet they go outside to look for them. They realize that Snake and Vanessa left. What happens? Where did they go?

I enjoyed the book and I thank HarperCollins teen for sending me this ARC to read. The book is about love, friendship and teens dealing with tough things that life throws at you. I could relate to Isabel because when I was in junior high I had a friend (crush) who was killed by a drunk driver. Even though this happened over 20 years ago you still remember the person.

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