2017 Book Challenge: A book you Learned about because of this Challenge

*Note: I meant to publish this book review last month, so we’re a bit off schedule with our book challenge. In any case, enjoy our reviews and join us for our next book challenge on August 31.

 

Scrappy Little Nobody 

by Anna Kendrick

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Many may criticize the films in the Twilight franchise, but you won’t hear anything negative from Anna Kendrick as she describes how being in those movies kept her lights on at home, and allowed her to do the projects that mattered most to her. She remains relatable, even while describing the different stages of her acting career. Scrappy Little Nobody is funny and I was entertained by her anecdotes about growing up a theater kid, moving to LA, her relationships, and adjusting to her success.

I came across this book while searching the library’s e-book catalog when I was looking for one of the other challenges. I’ve seen 15 of the movies she’s been in (thank you imdb.com) and can say with confidence that I like her. I’ve also listened to podcasts she was on and I genuinely found her sense of humor amusing. Like, I’m pretty she, Jennifer Lawrence, and I could be BFFs. If you like her in what you’ve seen (Twilight does not count) and also enjoy memoirs by well-known people, then get on your library’s waiting list (because they probably don’t have a lot of copies).

 

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones Series book 1)

by Katie MacAlister

Girl's Guide ot Vampires

Joy Randall is just having fun and supporting her crazy friend Roxie by participating in a “goddess invoking ceremony.” When the fortune teller reveals to Joy that her true love will put her immortal soul in danger, Joy just writes it off as too much alcohol. But as she follows her friend Roxie on a European vacation inspired by their favorite vampire series, Joy is challenged to either loose her sanity or admit there are some things that are unexplainable.

I actually picked this book up because I needed a back-up book for the lion, witch, or wardrobe challenge. There was/is such a long wait time for the Chronicles of Narnia series that I doubted I’d get to read it before the challenge. I also read this book because Katie MacAlister is a pretty popular author and the Dark Ones series is one of her well-known ones. That being said, I’ve tried to read MacAlister’s books before and they all fell flat for me. I managed to finish this one because of the challenge, and there were some funny bits in it, but the pacing of her books is terrible. The books are too long for the storylines, the characters are almost cartoon-like in their simplicity, and I can’t say all that many things about the romantic connection between the hero and heroine. I hate to be a critic, but I can’t say stumbling across this book and this author helped me to find a new series to love.

Our next book challenge is a book with a blue cover. Join us on August 31 to see what we picked and what we thought.

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The Singer and the Charlatan

The Wicked Instruments Series by D.C. Fergerson

Fantasy

 

The Singer and the Charlatan (book 1)

Singer and the Charlatan

Overall Rating: 3.5

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Leanne Moonbeam doesn’t know much, but what she does know is that she is determined to be a famous singer, the most famous singer known in Newland. When she gets entangled with a rag tag group on a flawed quest, hilarity ensues.

This is a light-hearted, funny quest. The primary conflict of the novel is finished in book one, but there is a larger story arch that isn’t revolving around Leanne’s identity prompting me to search out and read book two. Since book one delivered in sketching out interesting secondary characters and a possible love-interest, I’m looking forward it.

Leanne is talented, neurotic, and easy-going. The secondary characters are alternately bloodthirsty, naive, insane, and ridiculous. All of the characters together form an odd rendition of Dorothy and gang in the Wizard of Oz. I’m not terribly clear if there is a deeper meaning to this book or series, but regardless, I think it’s great to take the book as it is. An entertaining book well outside of what I normally read. It’s a blessing, but above all, it is (really, really) funny.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle FREE)

Yes, right now the book is free. I’m not clear on whether this price is temporary or not, but it’s worth getting at that low, low price.

Something else you might enjoy:

I don’t know. Do you have any suggestions?

Food Fight Blitz

Title: Food Fight

Series: Strip Mall Duology #1

Authors: T. Torrid & Heather Ohhh

Genre: Eroticomedy (Erotica/Romantic Comedy)

Release Date: August 10, 2017

Blurb

 

FOOD FIGHT is the first book in a new eroticomedy duology.

Each book in the Strip Mall series contains two separate stories from the same

universe. No cliffhangers… just a lot of laughs and some really hot sex!

BANANAS AND DONUTS: It’s a food fight of epic proportions when this

not-so-sweet baker gets her hands on a gorgeous grocer’s goods.

BAGELS AND BRATS: A buff butcher bites off more than he can chew when he

“meats” the vegan vixen next door.

*Intended for immature audiences 18+

Purchase Links

99c for a limited time

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited

T. Torrid

 

T. Torrid is a pop-culture junkie, a movie aficionado, and a

lover of all things 80s.

A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently lives there with her husband and two

sons.

She also writes romance under the name T. Torrest!

Heather Ohhh

Heather Ohhh is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion

for romance. Residing with her husband and five sons, she is quite fluent in

sarcasm. One spoiled little princess finishes off this brood adding a little

drama and sparkle to the mix. Life is chaotic, but she wouldn’t have it any

other way.

 

She also writes romance under the name Heather M. Orgeron.