Review: Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisibleby Suzanne Kamata + Giveaway

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Welcome to my review of Gadget Girl! You can follow the tour HERE.
Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible by Suzanne Kamata
Publication: May 17th 2013 
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 5.0/50

Tour Hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours

 

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

GadgetGirlBook Description:

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS meets STONER AND SPAZ.
Aiko Cassidy is fourteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small Midwestern town. For most of her young life Aiko, who has cerebral palsy, has been her mother’s muse. But now, she no longer wants to pose for the sculptures that have made her mother famous and have put food on the table. Aiko works hard on her own dream of becoming a great manga artist with a secret identity. When Aiko’s mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko at first resists. She’d much rather go to Japan, Manga Capital of the World, where she might be able to finally meet her father, the indigo farmer.
When she gets to France, however, a hot waiter with a passion for manga and an interest in Aiko makes her wonder if being invisible is such a great thing after all. And a side trip to Lourdes, ridiculous as it seems to her, might just change her life. Gadget Girl began as a novella published in Cicada. The story won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction and was included in an anthology of the best stories published in Cicada over the past ten years.
My Review:

I can honestly say that I loved this book and that I would read it again. I signed up for the tour a while ago and since then have read many books, so when I opened this one up I had forgotten what is was about. (Love reading books like this!) Judging by the cover, I thought it would be an action/adventure kind of book.

Nope! Not to say that there is no adventure to this book, but that wasn’t the focus. Aiko has cerebral palsy but loves to draw and write her own comic books. I’m not really a manga fan, so this part kinda flew over my head, but I got the idea! Gadget Girl, the heroine of her comic books, is basically everything Aiko isn’t. She has super-human strength and extreme precision, and is perfect in every way.

 I loved how Aiko was cheerful all through the book, she didn’t mope around all the time. True enough, she had her moments, but it wasn’t a total mope-fest.

Oh and she doesn’t know who her father is, because her mother HELD BACK THE TRUTH. C’mon, Mums, don’t do that. Doesn’t protect your child in anyway. All that she knew was that her Father was from Japan and that her parents met in France.

Aiko’s mother was a little overbearing at times, (this was intentional) and it was like, she doesn’t want her baby to grow up, but overall her mother was really nice and the relationship they had was loving, despite the part where her mother didn’t tell her about her father.

Seeing as this book is kinda short (250) pages, it’s a really sweet read that will leave you wanting to read it again! Plus, why wouldn’t you want to read this book? It’s got manga, it’s got romance, it’s got French guys, it’s got art and self discovery.

Giveaway:

5 paperback copies of Gadget Girl (open internationally)

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About Author:

Suzanne Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee Suzanne Kamata is the author of the novels Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible (GemmaMedia, 2013) and Losing Kei (Leapfrog Press, 2008), and editor of three anthologies – The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan, Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, and Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, 2009). Her short fiction and essays have appeared widely. She is the Fiction Co-editor of literarymama.com

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Giveaway + Excerpt: Rocked by Gina Marie Long

RockedTourBannerWelcome to my stop on the Rocked tour! You can find an excerpt of this book below! Click HERE to see what other bloggers thought of Rocked!

Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, 1 by Gina Marie Long 
Publication: February 16th 2013 
Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller/Urban Fantasy

Hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Smashwords

Female warrior with a swordBook Description:

The Apocalypse is coming…in one week. Chelsie Valdar and her brother are modern-day Viking warrior teenagers. They must find a mystical sword belonging to their ancient ancestor and flee to safety at a secret shelter, if they hope to survive.

As the clock ticks, several Bigfoot and an outcast werecat become invaluable friends helping with the search for the sword and offering supernatural protection. Misfortune haunts their every move. Conflicts delay their progress. Especially when a devious and deranged enemy is infatuated with Chelsie and hungers for the sword, desperate to escape to the shelter with Chelsie by his side.

Time is running out.

Giveaway:

This giveaway is for one (1) ebook copy of Rocked. Open internationally.

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Excerpt from

Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, 1

By Gina Marie Long

 

Jessie puts a finger to her lips, indicating ‘quiet’. Three seconds pass.

She says, “Alex was right outside your window. He’s across the street now. I’m sorry I didn’t notice before. We were deep in research and my mind focused on learning things. Talking about the sword made my senses intensify. That’s when I knew he was here.”

I think I could officially call Alex a stalker. I bet when he left earlier, he parked a street over and walked back. With his telepathy and heightened hearing, he most likely heard everything or read our minds about all the secret, important information discussed tonight. Bad, bad, bad.

I open the old, wooden trunk sitting at the foot of my bed and reach for my favorite dagger. I’d like to take my personal sword, the one I use in practice with Bo, but I worry someone outside will see me with it. I can conceal the dagger against my arm. Jessie’s jaw drops open and she shakes her head.

I walk through the house, alert Dad and Ash to Alex’s presence, and stroll out the front door. Jessie sneaks off behind a bush, which concerns me, and Dad and Ash follow quickly with their own choice of weapon and stand by my side. Although it’s dark and difficult to see clearly, we prefer not to cause a scene and have neighbors witness or hear anything unusual.

I see Alex across the street on the sidewalk, leaning against a tree. I speak in a normal tone, knowing his super hearing will catch my words. “Go home, Alex. No one knows anything yet. We are trying to take care of ourselves. You need to make your own plans.”

Just barely loud enough to hear, he replies, “Oh, sweet Chelsie, I am making my own plans.”

Alex makes no effort to move. I expose the concealed dagger to Alex, trying to convince him I’m serious. In his human form, he is more susceptible to injury. My dagger should pierce his skin. But it will bounce off him if he shifts into a Bigfoot.

Before the standoff goes any further, a cougar sprints across the street, heading precisely at Alex. It’s Jessie, of course. Her cougar can easily kill him as a human and if he shifts to a Bigfoot, her werecat teeth can rip him to shreds. A werecat is capable of killing a Bigfoot with her bite.

The look on Alex’s face is priceless. He assumed Jessie would never transform into a cougar, since she revealed a housecat is her preferred choice. He runs through a yard at breakneck speed to escape. Jessie skids to a stop and doesn’t pursue him. She stares in the direction he ran for another few seconds then turns to face us as a cougar.

I look for any approaching vehicles or any nosy neighbors. Nothing. I call to her, “Jessie, please come here as you are. Hurry.”

She gallops towards us. Fear is the first emotion. A large wildcat is charging at me. I remind myself this is Jessie and relax, touched by her beauty and power. She sits on her haunches and swishes her tail. I reach to scratch behind her ears and immediately Dad and Ash do the same. Her loud purring is almost comical. We have little time to play and gawk at her cougar shape, though. We’re on the front lawn and anyone could see us. She pads off behind the bushes to shift and dress.

She pops out and proudly says, “How was I? Did you like that?”

Dad warns, “A cougar running through the neighborhood might draw attention. Under the circumstances, I’ll let it slide. Well done.” He’s impressed and nods his approval.

We return to the house. I call Bo and tell him about my evening, starting with Alex. He’s edgy and fuming over Alex’s behavior, commenting how he wished he could’ve been at my house to help. I fill him in on other things, trying to summarize the best I can, when he gets another call. It’s his girlfriend, Mira, and he says he needs to take the call, and we’ll talk again in the morning.

Well, isn’t that nice.

~~~

About Author:

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Gina Marie Long is an author of paranormal thrillers, urban fantasy, and young adult novels. She has written the Unknown Touch-Werewolf Series and Rocked – A Chelsie Valdar Saga.
Gina’s fiction stories are inspired from her interest in the supernatural, science fiction and fantasy world. She enjoys reading, watching evening TV shows, movies and listening to music. Writing indulges her passion for the entertainment arts, giving her active mind a playground of possibilities to explore. She stays active on social media sites and blogging, making connections with others who share the same interests.

She writes about werewolves, vampires, witches, werecats, Bigfoot, an occasional demon, psychics, Vikings, and riveting human characters. But not ALL in the same book! In addition, a light romance is included to spice things up (come on-every book, movie and TV show has some sort of a love story in it). The books do not fall under the romance category…just enough in the storyline to satisfy the girls. And the boys can breathe easy with the knowledge that they’re not reading a romance novel but a paranormal thriller, instead. Depending on which series, the ages of the main characters are 16 through 30. Most are on the younger side.

“It’s exciting to create strong characters that the readers fall in love with…or want to strangle! Writing books about other beings, such as werewolves and vampires, allows rules to be broken concerning life and the world as we know it. The idea to have these supernatural species living and breathing among us is so wickedly intriguing. Having close contact with them, developing relationships, and dealing with the good vs. the evil – it sweeps you away into another reality – an escape from real life. You wonder and worry about what the characters will stumble upon next. Or, what horrific tragedy knocks them flat on their faces.”~~Gina
She lives in Highland, Illinois, with her husband and Jessie Cat.

Review: Runes by Ednah Walters + Giveaway [Book Tour]

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This is my review for Runes! Below my review is the giveaway! Click HERE for the tour schedule and to see other reviews of this title!

Runes by Ednah Walters 
Publication date:  May 20th 2013 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Hosted By: Xpresso Book Tours

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle (US) | Kindle (UK) | Kindle (CA) | B&N | Smashwords

Book Description:

RunesSeventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

My Review:

Rating: 3.5/5.0

I can’t decide whether to give this a three or a four star…it’ll have to be a 3.5 star. (I hate doing halves, but there we go!)

Runes reminded me so much of Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout it was unbelievable. Raine, a nice normal girl lives with her Mum, a boy moves in next door called Torrin. They annoy each other for a bit and go their separate ways. During the book they found out more about each other and Raine notices that there’s something off about him. Like…he isn’t human.

There were also parts that reminded me of Twilight, but there aren’t really worth speaking about. Besides, doesn’t every super-natural novel remind someone of something about Twilight?

Raine was an easy to like character, she wasn’t stupid and didn’t cry all the time, but saying that…she wasn’t much different from most other female character’s that I read about. There wasn’t anything that really set her apart from the other girls.

Torrin. Hmmm, well. What can I say about this guy? He annoyed me. Yes, for once I’m not swooning over the bad boy in a novel. He wouldn’t tell Raine anything about what he was, or what he was doing. He was under an oath, but it was still annoying! And there was his general arrogance that kept creeping up.

I’ve just read too many books with alpha-males. (TOO MANY IS NEVER ENOUGH!!!)

The last quarter of this book is where secrets are revealed. Raine finds out who Torrin is, and things really start to come together. But it took more than half of the book to get there, and so for me, it dragged a little.

In Twilight, Bella found that Edward was a vampire quite early on in the book, so we could explore the strange new world with her, instead of the book just ending a few chapters later.

(I’m using Twilight as a comparison because it is also a paranormal novel.)

Overall, if you like paranormal novels, then pick Runes up because I really did enjoy it, despite the points that I mentioned!

Giveaway:

1st prize: A choice of signed copy or e-book of Runes and $25 gift card from Amazon
2 prize: A choice of signed copy or e-book of Runes and $10  gift card from Amazon.

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About Author:

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EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She’s presently working on book six. You can visit her online at www.ednahwalters.com or www.ebwalters.com.

Review + Giveaway: The Color Keepers by Catriona Crehan + Author Interview

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The Color Keepers by Catriona Crehan

Publish Date: May 1st 2013

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Book Description:

Hoping to have a good change and good ending to go with it, Emily, a 16- year-old girl from Ohio, has moved to sunny California.

Moving to a new town can be scary, especially a new school. So when Sam, the most popular kid there, looks her way, she can’t believe this is happening to her.

Everything seems to be working out fine. That is, until her mother buys an enchanted mirror by mistake.

Suddenly, Emily finds herself in a whole new world, full of talking animals, magic and more change than she was hoping for.

With the help of her new crush, Sam, and her annoyingly goofy 12-year-old brother James, Emily sets out to save their world and ours.

My Review:

First off I just want to say that I hate really dislike books when the main character introduces themselves. “Hello, I’m Charlie. I’m sixteen. I live in England.” It’s more like a Twitter bio, NOT how you would introduce yourself in real life. It’s a whole info-dump of stuff that we, the reader, don’t really want to know about in the first paragraph of the book.

It’s a personal thing. Moving on.

The Color Keepers is a very original book, full of fantasy elements with wicked queens, along with some romance. Emily is just a normal girl, leading a normal life, going to a normal school, when her Mother brings home a mirror for Emily’s room. On the first night that the mirror is in Emily’s room, she gets sucked into a world inside the mirror…

Some parts of this book where choppy and I had to re-read several passages to keep up.

During the book, I felt sorry for Emily’s little brother Jamie. I have a brother his age and I know how annoying they can get, but Emily was quite mean to him at times and constantly belittles him.

Let’s get Romantic…

There was a slight romance in The Color Keepers. Emily moved to a new school and met one of the popular kids called Sam. [This part annoyed me.] As soon as Emily laid her eyes on Sam, she went all gooey and wasn’t really sure why he was talking to her. It wasn’t even lunch and already Emily thinks she’s [quote] “falling in love.” Get a grip!

Overall, thought it was a very original novel with a proper “quest” included! Emily let the story down a little by being a little moody at times. (Teenagers!haha!lol!)

[Did anyone else get the Sam and Emily part? From Twilight? Dear Catriona, was this intentional? Are you a secret Twi-hard? Well, obviously I must be if I noticed that!]

Giveaway:

The author is giving away 5 ebook copies of this book! Just enter at the link below!

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My interview with Catriona!

1.What inspired The Color Keepers?

Actually, the inspiration stemmed from a dream I had back when I was only fifteen years old.

I had woken up after what I classified then, as a nightmare, but after I thought about it more, it made a REALLY cool story. So I thought if I started to write my dreams down it might form one big book. I took bits and pieces from a lot of my dreams, but the overall story was from that specific one 🙂

 2.How often do you write?

I write almost every day. I’m married and on top of my other job, I don’t really have a lot of time to write as much as I would like.

 3.Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I was a songwriter before I started writing stories. I had been a singer/songwriter and was going to sign with “Interscope Records”. I ended up not going through with that process due to conflicting beliefs between myself and my managers. It must run in my family as my grandfather is the grammy award winning Latin recording artist, Alberto Vazquez. My mother is also book cover artist Phatpuppy Art 🙂 You can still hear my music and writing over at http://www.catiesings.com

4.Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?

I listen to it occasionally. I use it to help me write emotional scenes or maybe battle sequences. However, I can’t listen to it too much, because the words get distracting and I lose my train of thought 🙂

 5.How long did it take to write The Color Keepers?

It was a very long process. I wrote the first draft in all of 3 months, but the rewrites as I matured became much more intricate. It ended up being something that took me 4 years to finish completely.

6. What kind of books do you like to read? Has this effected the type of books you like to write?

I love reading pretty much anything. The only things I can’t get into are any psychological thrillers. Reading different books definitely doesn’t effect my writing style though. I love reading a variety of different things… from “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Lord of the Rings” so it doesn’t really apply.

7. If The Color Keepers was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

I love this question, I would definitely go with:

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) for the main character of Emily.

Her crush, one of our fighting heroes “Sam” would be played by Josh Hutcherson ( The Hunger Games).

Her goofy little brother, Asa Butterfield (Hugo).

Last but not least, the amazing Crow Queen, played by Liv Tyler!

8.Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something! It’s all up to you! Write your heart out!

9. Would you like to say anything to your readers?

I really hope that you enjoy “The Color Keepers” and I hope to see you back again for any possible sequels and other endeavours 🙂

 10.And lastly, do you have any other exciting projects coming up?

I do! I am currently writing the sequel to “The Color Keepers” and am also working on something quite amazing ( don’t want to spoil it). It’s TOTALLY out of my comfort zone, so it could be a while before you see it! 🙂

 

About Author:

catriona

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A review copy of this book was given to me as part of the tour hosted by Girls *Heart* Books Tours.

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Bout of Book Final Update!

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I participated in the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon! My goal was to read 10 books from May 13th to May 19th. I only made 6 books, but I’m still happy! You can see my SIGN-UP Post HERE 🙂

Here’s the list!

 

Finished: (13/05/13)

 

Rating: 2.0/5.0

 

 

Finished: (15/05/13)

 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

 

 

Finished: 15/05/13)

 

Rating: 3.0/5.0

 

 

Finished: 16/05/13

 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

 

 

Finished: 17/05/13

 

Rating: 2.0/5.0

 

 

Finished: 18/05/13

 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

 

Of these 6 books, I’ll be reviewing three of them. 5 of these books where ebooks! That means I only have two more ebooks to go and then I’ve completed my eBook challenge! I guess I’ll have to bump it up a bit, hmm?

Hope all of you readers hit your goals, and read what you wanted to! See you next time!

Charlie xx

 

Stacking the Shelves [15] and The Sunday Post [13]

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The Sunday Post in hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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Welcome to Sunday! Blah! Did anyone watch last nights episode of Doctor Who? What a shocker! My body is not READY!!! Anyway, I only got two books this week, and decided to combine my StS and Sunday Post 🙂

 

For Review:

freshman 40When eighteen-year-old Laurel Harris discovers she’s pregnant four weeks into the start of her freshman year at prestigious Colman College, she has all intentions of telling her father. But being away at school makes it too easy to hide. And while she can’t explain to her friends, or to herself even, the reasons why she doesn’t want the baby’s father to find out about the pregnancy, the rest of her world begins to unravel.

Freshman year is hard enough. Most girls get through by forming close friendships, finding new boys and a phone call from mom or dad on Sunday. Laurel has to navigate all of it while hiding an unplanned pregnancy from a summer fling…

An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and haunted by the memory of her deceased mother and grandparents, readers are sure to identify with Laurel as she navigates teen pregnancy, in secret, in a remote college setting. Goodreads

From Library:

opalNo one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it. Goodreads

( Ihaven’t even read Onyx yet! Trying to avoid ALL SPOILER and REVIEWS!)

 

Books Read:

Rocked by Gina Marie Long

Tamed By A Laird by Amanda Scott

Across Eternity by Aris Whittier

The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson

 

Book Of The Week:

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Loved! Will be reviewing soon!

Books Reviewed:

TURF by John Lucas – 4.0/5.0

Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard – 3.0/5.0

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez – 5.0/5.0

Unsticky by Sarra Manning – 4.0/5.0

Shift by Em Bailey – 5.0/5.0

Other Posts:

Cover Reveal: Barbie World by Heidi Acosta

Giveaway: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

Upcoming on the Blog:

Across Eternity Review

Runes Review

Rocked Promo

Gadget Girl Review

The Key of Kilenya Review (maybe???)

 

 

Review: Unsticky by Sarra Manning

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Unsticky by Sarra Manning

Publish Date: August 2nd 2012

Publisher: Corgi

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Source: Bought it!

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Book Description:

STATE OF GRACE
Money makes the world go round – that’s what twenty-something Grace Reeves is learning. Stuck in a grind where everyone’s ahead apart from her, she’s partied out, disillusioned, and massively in debt. If she’s dumped by another rock-band wannabe, squashed by anyone else at her cut-throat fashion job, or chased by any more bailiffs, Grace suspects she’ll fall apart…

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
So when older, sexy and above all, wealthy art-dealer Vaughn appears, she’s intrigued against her will. Could she handle being a sugar daddy’s arm-candy?

SAVING GRACE
Soon Grace is thrown into a world of money and privilege, at Vaughn’s beck and call in return for thousands of pounds in luxurious gifts, priceless clothes – and cash. She’s out of her depth. Where’s the line between acting the trophy girlfriend, and selling yourself for money? And, more importantly, whatever happened to love?

My Review:

(This review was written at 11pm. Don’t blame me for the brain mush that’s going to scroll past your eyes.)

I love Sarah Manning! I read Adorkable sometime last year and thought it was AMAZING! In my review I mentioned that I’d read the Fashionista books when I was a tween (meaning = I read the kissing bits over and over again and blushed at words like breast and sex.) Oh how I have changed! Looking right at you Mr Grey.)

Anyway, I saw this book and seeing as I LOVE Pretty Woman, this book just sounded perfect for me!

I flew through Unsticky! It’s quite a chunky book (you know I like ‘em chunky.) but I finished it within 24 hours!

Grace works at a fashion magazine, so there was some talk of fashion during Unsticky. Now, I despise clothes shopping and only do it to keep my Mother happy (and too not look like a total chav) and usually I hate any kind of fashion talk in books but it didn’t bother me whilst reading this book.

(Except for the part when Grace was moaning about living off 14K a year. I never have any dresses, she said as she walked into Channel and buys a 5 thousand pound belt.  (Not as extreme as that, but you get the meaning.) Stop buying clothes! How hard is that? It didn’t have the comic of the Shopaholic series and was a little frustrating when Grace was very stupid with her bills and hid her phone so that she wouldn’t have to talk to the debt collector. This vexed me. As you can probably tell.)

Vaughn is in art. He’s an art…person. Like, he collects it. (Why do I keep italicising words?)

So they meet, and Vaughn asks Grace to be his mistress to which she promptly says NO. But then she thinks about it and realises that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

So they come to an arrangement and Vaughn pays her to host parties and some bits on the side. Ahem.

Vaughn could be quite mean and horrible at times. And he admitted that, so it was purposeful, but woah…I wouldn’t have lived with him.

Overall, I will be keeping the book because I need some more romances on my shelves. Grace was naive about the real world, but hey! the girl knits! Vaughn could do with smiling more. And I also liked that it wasn’t just about them. There were other story-lines too, like with Graces best friend and Graces Mum.

About Author:

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Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years working on the now sadly defunct J17, first as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl, which she later went on to edit and has consulted on a wide range of youth titles including Bliss, The Face and More.

Sarra is now editor of What To Wear magazine. She’s also been a regular contributor to ELLE, The Guardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the Shop Bitch column for Time Out. Pretty Things is her fifth title for Hodder’s Bite list and she’s currently working on her next book, Lost, for publication in 2006. Sarra lives in North London with her white Scottie dog, Frank Sinatra.