Book Review: Practice Cake by Dalya Moon

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Title: Practice Cake
Author: Dalya Moon/Mimi Strong
Published: October 20, 2011
Publisher: Dalya Moon/Mimi Strong
ASIN: B005Y1APLY
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Life in Saltwater City #1
Acquisition: Free Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

There’s one thing Maddie finds more tempting than red velvet cake: her coworker, Drew. All it takes is one of his sly winks or a playful hip-check by the cooler, and she’s incinerating the cookies. Her boyfriend would not approve.
When a reality TV crew descends upon the bakery, her simple summer job gets even more complicated. Maddie could become the Bakery Network’s next breakout star, if she can handle the heat of being cast as a show villain. Drew has an alternate idea: run away from everything, with him and his sexy tousled hair. She decides to take the leap, but when she finds out Drew’s been hiding a shocking secret, Maddie looks down at her packed suitcase and takes a moment to think. Should she fly off to Australia with a guy she hardly knows, or should she pick up her suitcase and hit him with it?
Chock full of imperfect people behaving badly, Practice Cake is for readers who enjoy a good laugh.

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Book Review: Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

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Title: Gingerbread
Author: Rachel Cohn
Published: May 25, 2004
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN13: 9780689871139
Format: Paperback
Series: Cyd Charisse #1
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

“I will be as wild as I wanna be.”
After getting tossed from her posh boarding school, wild, willful, and coffee addicted Cyd Charisse returns to San Francisco to live with her parents. But there’s no way Cyd can survive in her parents’ pristine house. Lucky for Cyd she’s got Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante, and her new surfer boyfriend.
When Cyd’s rebelliousness gets out of hand, her parents ship her off to New York City to spend the summer with “Frank real-dad,” her biological father. Trading in her parents for New York City grunge and getting to know her bio-dad and step-sibs is what Cyd has been waiting for her whole life. But summer in the city is not what Cyd expects — and she’s far from the daughter or sister that anyone could have imagined.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
Published: 1865
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN13: 9780553213454
Format: Paperback
Series: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books–with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up–or down, or all turned round–as seen through the expert eyes of a child.

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Weekly Wrap-up: July 22-28

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So I hit a reading slump this week. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get into anything I was reading. Either they’re not that good or I’m really just not feeling it. I feel like I’m getting tired of contemporary romance. Might be PMS. I wasn’t feeling so well either. But I was able to write 3 reviews from books I read the previous week, and I was able to read 6 books and review 2 (see links):
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Book Review: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls

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recommendedTitle: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Published: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Te Da Media
ASIN: B009CG1QYW
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?
That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced YA romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.
This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”

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Wanting & Waiting: Two Roads

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Wanting & Waiting: for all the upcoming releases I just need to have!

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I LOVE L.M. Augustine. He’s funny, dorky, and awesome so I’m very much excited that he will release another book! Click to Subscribe was a really fun read. I love how this new book will show two people who love poetry. I wouldn’t call myself a poetry expert, but I learn to appreciate them. I used to do a lot of poetry recitations before. And I love the background on the cover~ So there, I’m very much excited! The only problem with Indie authors is that it’s hard to get physical book copies, but oh well~ It’s the content that matters.

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Title: Two Roads
Author: L.M. Augustine
Expected publication: August 26, 2013
Publisher: L.M. Augustine
Series: N/A

The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.
Ever since Cali’s parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better–and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn’t hurt that he’s part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.
But when Cali’s parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.
And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren’t that obnoxious after all… 
Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content.

P.S. The guy reminds me of Michael Cera. He looks dorky. Haha! I hope he’s lovably dorky. XD

ARC Review: Pirouette by Robyn Bavati

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Title: Pirouette
Authors: Robyn Bavati
Publication Date: November 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux
Format: eARC

Acquisition: Netgalley

Purchase at: Amazon ll The Book Depository

Adopted as babies by two different families, Simone and Hannah have never known they are identical twins. Simone has been raised as a dancer, but she hates performing. Hannah loves nothing more than dance, but her parents see it as just a hobby. When the two girls meet for the first time at the age of fifteen, they decide to swap places to change the role dance plays in their lives. Yet fooling their friends and family is more challenging than either girl expected, and they’re both burdened by the weight of their lies.
How long can Hannah and Simone keep pretending? What will happen when the truth is revealed?

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