Friday, April 18, 2014

In The Land of Men {Giveaway}

The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson
Published
: April 1, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
This is the fourth book in a row I've read that deal with failing relationships. Whether its due to infidelity, abuse, neglect, or just the fact that couple isn't right for each other, all of four books had this major theme in common. I don't necessarily mind reading books that don't have a picture perfect, happy, romantic ending, but unfortunately for The Idea of Him, I think for now, I'm a bit over it.

In this book, Allie's husband is portrayed as the bad guy. He may be having an affair or he may be involved in a financial scheme, but I think we're definitely supposed to be feeling bad for Allie. Except she isn't the perfect model wife either. She's still obsessing over her failed high school relationship, and she's considering having an affair herself. You can't necessarily blame her considering the current state of her marriage, but still, it's hard to root for her.

The story also has a lot going on, to the point where it was hard to keep everything straight. In some ways I think that's the point because there is a bit of a mystery throughout, except when it finally wraps up in the final chapters, I still felt like I was missing a critical part.

I do think this book is a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don't necessarily think it's a bad book, just not necessarily what I wanted to be reading at the time. I have to say I'm now craving a sweet and sugary romance, and hopefully am able to find that perfect book soon!

3.5/5

To learn more about this book check out the following!
The Idea of Him on Amazon
Holly Peterson's website
Holly Peterson's Facebook page
Holly Peterson on Twitter


I'm excited to share that I have a copy of this book available to one lucky reader! Hopefully you're in a better mood than I while reading it, and to help you get there, you'll also win this candle from Andrea Schroder. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vive La France {Giveaway}

Over the past year I've had the pleasure of hosting a few book reviews for France Book Tours. If you're curious, those books are...
Paris was the Place by Susan Conley
The Consoltations of the Forest by Syvain Tesson
Marie Antoinette's Head by Will Bashor
These have been books I likely wouldn't have discovered otherwise, and ones I've been pleasantly surprised by. I've definitely enjoyed my time with France Book Tours which is why I'm so excited to be sharing a giveaway with you all in honor of its first anniversary!

France Book Tours Banner 1st anniversary

France Book Tours is celebrating
its first anniversary
on April 18!

 
France Book Tours has been thrilled to present amazing books related to France for a year.

To thank the authors who submitted their books and the bloggers who read and reviewed them, France Book Tours organizes a mega giveaway from April 18-25!

Depending on the number of entries in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this page, they may give away up to 10 books, so spread the word!
The winners will be chosen on April 26.

Here are all the books available to win! Click on each cover to know more about it.

Please note what format the book is available in.
Note also that some books are only available for US/Canada residents.
If nothing is specified, it means you can receive the ebook or the print copy where ever you live.

Historical fiction

Spirit of Lost Angels Wolfsangel_CoverFinal Becoming Josephine

Spirit of Angels = print + ecopy
Wolfsangel = print + ecopy
Becoming Josephine = print for US/Canada only

Unravelled Ambitious Madame Bonap

Unravelled = print
The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte = print for US/Canada only


Mystery

The Paris Lawyer The Mona Lisa Speaks

The Paris Lawyer = print for US/Canada only + ecopy
The Mona Lisa Speaks = print for US/Canada only + ecopy


Fiction

I see London cover Paris Rue des Martyrs - cover final

I See London I See France = print for US/Canada only
Paris, Rue Des Martyrs = ecopy


Romance

The Paris Game Moonlight & LoveSongs City of Jasmine

The Paris Game = ebook
Moonlight & Love Songs = ebook
City of Jasmine = signed print copy for US/Canada only

Promise of Provence

The Promise of Provence = ecopy


Nonfiction - memoir

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl - cover

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl = ecopy


AND THERE WILL BE 4 EXTRA BOOKS OFFERED
DURING OUR TWITTER PARTY!

April 23 at 5pm Central Time
#franceBT

Spread the word!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From GA to SC

The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Published
: April 1, 2014 by William Morrow & Company
First Published: June 11, 2013
After 30 years of marriage Leslie Carter is considering leaving her husband. Out of their group of friends, all of Leslie friends are gone, due to death or divorce, and she isn't a fan of the new 20-something girls her husband's friends are dating. Considering I am a 20-something myself you wouldn't have expected I would have identify or enjoyed Leslie's perspective, but I didn't find that to be the case at all.

The story starts at therapy seasons of both Leslie and her husband Wesley. The next third of the book paves the road to how they got to the point where therapy was necessary. The final third is their joint therapy session and the aftermath of it all. I definitely thought it was an interesting way to tell the story, starting in the middle, but one I really liked.

I also loved the characters in the book, especially Leslie's brother Harlan. I'm not quite she how to describe him but maybe as Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City meets Lisa Vanderpump on RHOBH.

If I have any complaint about this book, it's that the cover doesn't quite fit the story. Yes, it's pretty light and airy which you do get from the cover, but I wouldn't classify it as at all beach-y. Not really a huge deal, but something I think is important, especially if you go into this looking for a good beach read.

I definitely did enjoy my time with Leslie and her friend, and can't wait to find time to read more from this author.

4.5/5

Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Movie Review

Draft Day
I would say in general I'm a pretty big fan of sports movies (with the top of my list being A League of Their Own and Miracle), so I definitely wanted to see this. But I will say that this is different from any sports movie I've ever seen, since there really isn't any actual action that takes place on an actual field.

About a quarter of the way into the movie, I wasn't quite sure how they were going to be able to keep going. It seemed like everything was close to wrapped up, but of course that wasn't quite the case. I was definitely surprised at just how they were able to keep the movie going to whole time.

I do think if you're a fan of sports movie in general, you'll probably want to see this. Not because it's absolutely amazing, but more because you haven't seen a movie like it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday (72)

It's another awesome week of books! It's definitely the week of big name author too! Once again I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday to share the awesome finds I've recently added to my bookshelf.
Mailbox Monday
From Goodreads
The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts
This is a dark YA book, that I believe takes places sometime in the future. I haven't heard anything about it, although not too surprising considering it doesn't come out till September. Definitely looks intriguing though, and I'm sure as it gets closer to the release date you'll be hearing more from it.

From Paperback Swap
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
I used to buy every Sophie Kinsella book the week they came out. But as I've gotten more and more into book blogging, and can no longer keep up with the books I receive, I've stopped doing so. But even so, I still have a soft spot of Sophie Kinsella and I've been looking forward to this one for a while now.

For Review from TLC Book Tours
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
I've never read a single book by Sara Shepard, nor even watched an episode of the tv shows based on her books. But she's clearly an author many people love, and hopefully I'll be joining that group too!

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Another author I've never read, but I do at least own the first book in her Maisie Dobbs series. This is a historical fiction from WWI, a period I've been loving lately, which makes me even more excited for it.

For Review from Historical Fiction Book Tours
The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose
Another one I've heard great things about! I know Lisa enjoyed it, and knowing we tend to have very similar tastes in book, makes me think it's one I'll enjoy too.

What did you find in your mailbox this week? And have you read any of these authors

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

You Got Me Grazin

I'm sure buy now you've seen all the subscription boxes that seem to be huge in the blogging community. I've been wanting to try one myself, but I'm not that into beauty supplies or clothes, nor do I have a kid who wants to do fun craft projects. Which is why I was so happy to hear about Graze, a subscription box that sends you snacks, much more my style. Lucky for me, I even found a coupon for my first box. I figured I could try it out and cancel if I hated it. But to keep you out of suspense, I'm definitely keeping my subscription!
My 1st Graze Box
Graze has all of their snacks listed so soon as you join you can rate them all. If there's something you don't want to try, for me that was anything ranch flavored, you can trash it and they won't send it you. You also have the option of rating things Like, Love, or leaving it as Try, and they'll base your boxes on your selection. For me, one of the items I rated as Love was their Toffee Apple which made it into my first box.
Toffee Apple
Graze describes this as sticky toffee sauce with granny smith apple slices, which is most definitely was. There may not have been anything particularly special about the apples themselves, but with the toffee sauce it was pretty magical. For me it was a pretty perfect dessert, especially knowing it's only 70 calories.
Toffee Apple
Actually everything in my box was under 150 calories, but if you want even more detailed nutrictional info on my box you can check it out here.
Raspberry Coconut Muffin
The other dessert-like box I received was raspberry and coconut muffin which included amaretti drops, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slices, and coconut flakes.
Raspberry and Coconut Muffin
Each piece was delicious on its own, although my favorite were the amaretti drops, and I will say eaten together it did taste like a raspberry and coconut muffin.
Morning Energizer
Changing gears from dessert to breakfast was my morning energizer box with cherries, pear, and walnuts. Although it actually could have worked as dessert, but given the name I had to have it for breakfast.
Morning Energizer
This was actually my least favorite box, not because I didn't like it but because there was nothing special about it. It really just was dried pears, dried cherries, and walnuts. Although to put it into perspective, I still rated it Like and all the others as Love.
El Picante
Last but not least was El Picante with jumbo salted corn, hot chili peanuts, and mini paprika breadsticks. If I had an entire bag of this to snack on it likely wouldn't have been enough for me!
El Picante
Lucky for you, if you been wanting to try Graze that I'm about to make you dreams come true. And honestly, I'm getting hungry writing this post, so I imagine you must be getting hungry reading it. I have referral codes that will get you your first and fifth box free, and may also get me $1 off my box, so I'd love it if you decide to try too! My referral code is SHOSHA3MP. Of course you can cancel at any time, but at $6 a box, or $1.50 a snack I don't see why you would!

Do you currently subscribe to any subscription boxes? And are you planning on trying out Graze?

This post is NOT sponsored by Graze. I did find a free coupon code, and do have a referral code above, but all delicious thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Greece Lightning

When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon
Considering that Greece is probably top of my list of countries I'm dying to visit, it's surprising that I so few books set there. I'm sure I've read books there that take place in ancient times, and the in the traveling pants books Greece did make a cameo. But this is the first book I can remember reading in modern day where Greece is where all the action takes, and with that, it's an amazing way to start.

In some ways I want to say that this book transported me to Greece, but that wasn't quite the case. Instead each time I'd read about the beaches or the cypress trees or quaint little villages and sigh because I wasn't quite there. It did bring Greece alive so close that I could taste it, but for me it wasn't quite enough. If only because I actually can't wait to be there myself.

Speaking of taste, the food is also an aspect that had my drooling page after page. As a girl whose favorite snack is slices of feta reading a passage of baked feta that "had been generously drizzled with olive oil and smoky paprika, then topped with just a few slivers of fresh peppers," is practically heaven to me. And that's just at one meal! I was definitely in awe at all the various times food was described throughout and even now am still craving a good Greek meal.

The book did wind up a little predictable, but not in a way I would have expected before reading it. Daphne is a 30-something single mother visiting Greece and her grandmother for this the first time since her childhood. She's still trying to figure out a way to blend her past and her future, something I can definitely identify with. But while I may predicted the big events, I was still surprised that the ending wasn't a perfect happily ever after.

I think you can probably tell, this book had me dying to visit Greece. Hopefully I'm able to get there sooner rather than later, but if I ever need to feel at least somewhat transported there, I'll be picking this one up again.

4.5/5

Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.