Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told by Deirdre Riordan Hall
Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told
by Deirdre Riordan Hall
January 17, 2017
364 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Let go from her job and feeling lost, Navy Carrington takes a position as coffee-girl at a publicity firm. Their newest client is Carrick Kennely, the former love of her life and her fiercest adversary. She thought she'd let go of the past by playing it safe with book boyfriends—and avoiding frustratingly sexy guys like Carrick.

When Navy's roommate finds the Boyfriend Book, a silly relic leftover from Navy's teens, it prompts a dare; Navy is to go on five dates and pick one to be her Valentine. Despite her reservations, she can't say no, especially if it means proving to herself and Carrick that she can move on.

Navy chronicles her brief romantic entanglements with the Hottie in 7G, the Man-Bun-Barista, the Gym Stud, and the Book Boyfriend who turns out to be a toad—not the kind that when kissed turns into a prince—, on The Boyfriend Book Blog. She doesn't want to let her readers or herself down, but as Valentine's Day nears, none of the guys comes close to being her one true love.

Except Carrick. He’s infuriating, attractive, confusing, catnip…and it turns out he has a secret.

With a love letter and a plane ticket in hand, Navy leaves her baggage behind and must decide between love, hate, and the lies she told to protect her fragile heart.

Told with humor and heart, Love, Hate, and Other Lies We Told may appeal to readers who enjoy Alice Clayton, Sally Thorne, and Emily Giffin's work.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon - Mini-challenge #8: On the Road (Trip)!

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Pick 3-4 bookish people you'd take on a road trip- describe the trip and your destination!
This is such a fun idea! I am going to pick all book characters for this one because it's not everyday (more like never) that I'd get to see my favourite fictional characters let alone go on a trip with them so I'm going to dream a little ;)
Lila from V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series was the first person to come to my mind when I saw road trip. She'd be such fun company. I have a feeling I'll probably be nonstop laughing at her snark. We will be joined by Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices! Another character that will bring lots of sarcasm and laughs to our group. Ismae from Robin LaFevers's His Fair Assassin series will be the level-headed person in the car. She's resourceful and calm and will get us out of any unfavourable situation that we just might find ourselves in (Lila and Will are bound to do something silly and get us in trouble right?). Last person in the car will be Cath from Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. She's a girl after my own heart so we'll be shyly fangirl-ing and gawking at the other characters. We made an amusing bunch haha...
A Gathering of Shadows  Clockwork Angel  Grave Mercy  Fangirl
And our destination is: Universal Studios Orlando! More specifically we'd be going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Before we left, we'd all have gotten sorted into our Houses so once we've arrived, we'd all change into our House robes. Then we'd wander around the theme park drinking frozen butterbeer and eating chocolate frogs~ I imagine Cath would be longing for Simon and Baz but that's okay because I'd pull her back in and we'd have an amazing time seeing the looks on Lila, Will and Ismae's faces~ The magic of Harry Potter for all! *wink* :D
Also, I'd never want this trip to end lol...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon - Mini-challenge #3: Book Spine Poetry

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Use book spines to make poetry!

I love making book spine poetry~ I hope you guys enjoy this one :)

My book spine poetry :)

2017 Love-a-Thon - Mini-challenge #2: Mix + Match

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For the Mix and Match Challenge, we're suppose to mash-up a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent/fandom with our bookish life.
This isn't exactly a hobby but I enjoy taking pictures of my cats with my books. Bonus that they sometimes have just the perfect facial expressions! ;) These are a few I shared on my Instagram!
Pickles with Nevernight.
*stab stab stab*
Ripple with The Secret Ingredient of Wishes.
*pie face*
Pickles and To Catch a Killer.
It's Sherlock time!
In all honesty, I am really just a crazy cat lady... XD But I hope these photos make you laugh <3

2017 Love-a-Thon - Mini-challenge #1: Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

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An original Mad Lib story created by the Love-a-thon ladies!

Big thanks to the Love-a-thon ladies for coming up with this wonderful story! I tried to be quirky coming up with the words and here's the turnout ;)
Once upon a time, in a far away London Institute, there lived a smart thief. She lived alone in a grocery store, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful fingers, and was known for her shiny red stamp, the only thing she had left of her parents. 
Alas, the Knight of the country became jealous and wanted to own this stamp. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After kissing around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a/an cave. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold. She looked at her with frustration and said: "I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my triangle back. Here is a magical calamari, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have five days to return before the stalk withers."
She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge bungalow. She walked to the door and knocked. A shrill voice said: 'Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?" She was not afraid and said: "My name is Jamie and I've come to collect an item."  
The door made a whining sound when it opened and revealed a large kitchen filled with golden scissors. She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness. 
"Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face." The beast growled angry. "Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone." Still, she moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore a pressed shirt and stained jeans
"What happened to you?" She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. "Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left hopping so I can break the spell, but I'm not brave enough."
"If you give me the triangle, I will help you." 
In keeping her promise, the beast and she worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. "I can't wait to return to my job as police officer in the normal world. Can I come with you?" Together they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep. 
"My husband, you have returned!" They hugged and looked at her. 
"We have to tell you something," the old lady said. "You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!" From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

I had fun reading the final product so I hope you all had fun reading it too :)
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