Sunday, May 3, 2015

Just Pru

ISBN: 1503113663
Pages: 232
Source: Author

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes to live with her upstairs neighbor, Ellen, a playwright, Pru goes for it.
Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam. 
Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

Hello everyone! Today I'm FINALLY bringing my review for Just Pru to you guys. Super sorry to the author for posting after the end of April, my life is a literal mess right now I can't even think straight. As far as excuses go, that was pretty sucky but I should have known better myself before signing up knowing that APs would have literally taken over my life. Anyway, excuses aside, it's high time we get into this review:

Pru Anderson is social introvert extraordinaire. Dealing with people is just not her thing so when her apartment burns down and she's left with nothing but her pajamas and her cat Chuck, she's in serious trouble. Luckily, neighbor Ellen breezes into Pru's life and becomes a serious source of encouragement as Pru learns to navigate her new life. Pru knows exactly who she wants to be like - Pepper Hathaway, her favorite TV shows heroine who is confident, beautiful, and everything she's not. With Ellen's help, Pru slowly comes out of her shell and learns to help direct a play, become a muse, and possibly fall in love. However, at the end of the day, she has to decide who she really is and if being Pepper is the same as being Pru.

This is book is adorable on so many levels and the characters definitely play a huge factor in that. Pru is not your typical heroine, she suffers from anxiety and depression, and has the social life of a mouse. It was so easy to love her because from the very beginning, her personality grabbed me and as I watched her grow throughout the story, I couldn't help but be so happy and proud for her. She's lived a pretty sheltered life with her parents and after branching out and living by herself in LA for three months, she feels like she's accomplished something until her apartment burns down. As depressing as that is, it turns out to be one of the best things that ever happens to her because it's through that that she meets Ellen and Adam. Adam is all sorts of neurotic but that just makes him perfect for Pru. They're both quirky and awkward in their own ways and their encounters didn't make me cringe like I expected. Instead I found myself laughing at their adorable and (to them) embarrassing encounters.

There isn't much about this book that didn't make me want to jump up and down. It just follows Pru as she grows into herself and learns to love herself for who she is with all the bad things. She learns that Pru Anderson is not Pepper Hathaway and will never be and that is okay. In the end being "just Pru" is enough and seeing her come to that realization was both heartwarming and enjoyable. The author definitely knows how to present a beautiful story about maturity and self-love with really memorable characters that make you want to smile all the time.

4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Pages: 265
Source: Ya Bound Book Tours

Seventeen-year-old Hope longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, especially when two handsome, young men move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope’s future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift may be the fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong.

Hello everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for the Healer tour. I'm actually one day late >.< and the tour ended yesterday, but I'm completely forgot and I've been boycotting the internet for the past couple of days in an attempt to study for my test. YA Bound and CJ Anaya, if you're reading this, I'm so sorry for the delay, but without further ado, let's get into my review:

Healer follows a girl named Hope who has the secret ability to heal people within 10 seconds or less. For her entire life she's hid her secret until one day two men move into her town and begin to dig around Hope. Slowly, she realizes that her gift may be part of a prophecy that went horribly astray and she has to learn how to defend herself from a demon god who is willing to stop at nothing to kill her. 

The summary provided from Goodreads mentions two handsome young men which instantly screams love triangle. I was keeping my fingers crossed that this wouldn't be the cause of ruining the book for me and luckily it wasn't! While there are two love interests, I can (and the characters agree) that one guy is suited for Hope while the other one is suited for Hope's friend Angie. Both male characters, Victor and Tie, are just really sweet individuals who both have their strengths and weaknesses making them overall really dimensional as characters and easy to love.

I mentioned a demon god before and guess what? This book involves JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY! How cool is that? When things started to be revealed, I could hardly contain my excitement because hey, Japanese mythology is not something you read about in YA paranormal books on a day to day basis which makes this book all the more unique. 

Hope is easily one of the most pure and kind characters you'll ever read about. I guess it comes with being a healer and all, but she's generally a really nice person who wants to help those around her who are sick or injured to the best of her abilities. Her best friend Angie might quite possibly be one my favorite characters, scratch that I loved all the characters in this book. She's snarky, fun, a bit temperamental, and has a devilish streak that she lives up to. She's supportive of Hope and with her best friend every step of the crazy paranormal experience. Also, how the two girls navigated and dealt with the paranormal world as just so fun to read about.

Other memorable characters are Kirby and Hope's dad. Kirby is this super mature ten-year-old who has an air of innocence and wisdom that just makes your heart constrict for him. He's adorable and such a gentle soul that you can't help but love him. Hope's dad is a tad bit overprotective but all for good reason (obviously). Some people might see that as a bit annoying, but I found it comforting because you could see the extent to which he loved his daughter and the lengths that he will go to protect her. 

The ending, dang that was crazy! It completely caught me by surprise and some unanswered questions I had found their answers and everything was just wow. This story definitely broke the trend of YA paranormal for me and I can't wait to pick up the next book!

About the Author
C. J. Anaya began writing short stories for family and friends when she was thirteen years old. This soon morphed into an extensive project every year during Christmas as a way to create a fun and inexpensive Christmas gift.

Her passion for reading and writing led her to following her own dreams of becoming a published author. She was born in Utah and raised everywhere else. She even lived a few years in Brazil, enjoying the people, the culture and learning the beautiful language of Portuguese; a language she is still fluent in to this day. As a result of her exposure to varying peoples and cultures, her interests became varied as well.

As a mother of four children she is now a singer and a songwriter, a baker and a cake decorator, a dancer and a choreographer, a girl with a degree in Criminal Justice and a first time published author of YA paranormal romance and fantasy. She is also married to the most deliciously, handsome looking Latino. As always, she has plenty to write about.

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4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

Monday, April 27, 2015

Kissing Madeline

Source; Author
Publication Day: April 26, 2015

What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too. 
 After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor.
What's the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn't make him want her any less. 
I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth.
Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst. 
Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.

Hello everyone and Happy Release Day to Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin! This is the third book in the Dearest series, the first two I have not read >.< I was sent a copy by the author and Between the Sheets for review and I promise that my review is 100% my own opinion. I also participated in a release day blitz which has an AMAZING giveaway which you can enter HERE if interested. Alright, let's get into my thoughts:

Kissing Madeline follows a fresh new reporter who has just landed a job at a local news station and comes home to find her pro-martial arts boyfriend with another woman, a cage girl to be exact. Heartbroken, she sweats off of professional athletes which may seem easy at first until she meets Daren, the new NFL super star. She loathes him from the start, but his easy going nature soon wins her over and she finds herself in a very awkward friends with benefits relationship. While the relationship starts simple, it quickly escalates as they try to figure out what they both want in the relationship and in Madeline's case, if she can trust another man to not break her heart.

As a character, Madeline is super easy to relate to, she's spunky and fun and not afraid to speak her mind. Her passion for her job is really inspiring and while she's careful with who she trusts (dating-wise), there's still this air of love and compassion that surrounds her. 
Daren is everybody's favorite athlete who has just the right amount of sweetness and gentleman qualities to make you instantly fall in love with his character. He's faithful and loyal to the end and there's quite a couple of heart-swooning moments in this book from his part.

Of course I can't forget Jax, Clementine, Sherrie, Quentin, and company. They create on the best group of friends I've ever read about. They're supportive at the rights times and aren't afraid to tell you what they think when something's going on. There's also Spencer, Maddie's creepy as hell boss who needs to stop being a creep, Roger, Maddie's nicer and supportive boss, and Nicole who I still don't like, but I don't hate her as much. Overall, Lex Martin creates these really memorable characters that will tug on your heartstrings and make you fall for them.

As far as romance goes, the relationship between Maddie and Daren is so sweet and adorable! While there were definitely times where I wanted to shake them both for being so blind to their feelings, their development from friends with benefits to a full relationship was so endearing and lovely to read. Despite everything being super cute, there are a good number of curveballs that are thrown and this is my little warning that feels are sure to come.

I don't have much to say about Lex Martin's writing other than she knows just when to insert a twist that manages to make my heart stop. I didn't anticipate some things that happened so when certain things were set into motion, I couldn't click the next page button fast enough.

Due to some graphic scenes, I'd recommend this to an older age group, but overall this book was really fun and heartwarming to read. The beginning takes a bit to pick up, but once you're hooked, you're in it for the whole thing and there's no going back. Now I need to pick up the first two books in the series, kind of contradictory, but I'm just not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet.

4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

RELEASE: Kissing Madeline

Title: Kissing Madeline (Dearest, #3)
Author: Lex Martin
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design by: Krista Ritchie

  What’s the worst thing about wanting a sexy NFL football player? Everyone else wants him, too. After catching my boyfriend getting deep-throated by a skanky cage girl, I’ve learned my lesson – never date a professional athlete. Never. Besides, I have more important things to worry about, like not blowing my shot to make it as a broadcast reporter. I won’t let anything get in my way, not even the new “it boy” of the NFL and my hot-as-hell neighbor. What's the worst thing about getting death glares from his new neighbor? It doesn't make him want her any less. I’ve worked my ass off to make it to the pros. The last thing I need is the complication of a relationship, especially since my last one was a total train wreck. But I can’t stop thinking about the feisty girl next door with the smart mouth. And I’d love nothing more than to show her what to do with that mouth. Friends with benefits might be the best idea he’s ever had. Or the worst.   Kissing Madeline is a companion novel to DEAREST CLEMENTINE and FINDING DANDELION. Each book is a stand-alone.  


  DEAREST CLEMENTINE (Dearest, #1 - Clementine & Gavin) Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback Dearest Clementine
Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn't mind being called bitchy and closed off. It's safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good. Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making the name of research, of course. As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

  FINDING DANDELION (#2 - Jax and Dani) Amazon | Nook | Kobo | Paperback Finding Dandelion Official Cover 
  When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach. But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock. Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened. Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams. Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if that means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart. Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

About the Author
Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Planning Ahead (9)

Hi everyone! Okay so I've been failing quite a bit with keeping up with everything I plan to do and I promise it's all for a good reason in the name of academics and education. So AP tests are coming up in the first two weeks of May which means studying trumps reading/blogging. This is the first year I'm taking APs so my stress levels are literally off the charts (I'm not very good at studying...). Anyway, I'm going to start planning and scheduling ahead so I can at least get one-two posts up for the next three weeks.

With that being said, this Planning Ahead post will encompass both this week and next week and the same will happen for the 10th post. (Does that make sense?) It just gives me a little more leeway with how I want to schedule things and I'll try to specify when each post will be up if it's ready. Alright, enough talking, let's get into it~

I'm still currently reading Paranormal Keepers...okay I haven't started yet...but I'm going to try this week!

So I had to go ahead and pick up another fantasy book even though I am currently reading three other books...but it's a lot of shorter and I guess I just needed a break from all the political things happening in the other books...

I started this a while ago, but put it on hold and it's time to pick it back up because I am scheduled for a review this week (April 26 - May 2). Haven't read far enough to really get a good sense of the story, but I'm hoping I like it cause it sounds adorable.

I received a copy from Entangled Teen for review. The publication date for this book is April 28 so my review will be up around that time depending on when I finish it.

I received a copy from the author for review and I'm going to be participating in a release day blitz on the 27th. Hopefully I'll be done with this book tomorrow or Monday and have a review up around that time.

I pretty much lay out what needs to be reviewed this week so I'll just have the covers and names linked without an explanation:

April 26 - May 2



May 3 - May 9
This was supposed to go up last week, but in the rush of things I'm going to bump it back a week because I don't have time this upcoming week for post it. 


Just one more quick note and that is I made a new banner for my summary title! Before each review starts, I always have the summary of the book, usually taken off of Goodreads, and for years now it's just been the typed out word "Summary" while everything else got turned into banners. I finally remembered to make a banner for it and thought I'd share it before featuring it on my next review. The image is from the lovely blog The Cutest Blog on the Block as are most of my banner images and edited with an online photo editor:

Also, I lied one more thing. Episode Three of the Little Black Bookmark Podcast is LIVE so be sure to check it out! We talked about Sacrificing Books and played a game of Would You Rather:

Foreverly Obsessed, 

Cute Brown Spinning Flower