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No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1) – Meg Cabot

No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1) – Meg CabotTitle: No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1) by Meg Cabot
Publishing Info: September 24, 2019 by HarperCollins
Source: Received from the publisher for review purposes
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Date Completed: September 17, 2019
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Related Posts: Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4), The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5), The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida—and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…

When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She’s already escaped one storm—her emotionally abusive ex—so a hurricane seems like it will be a piece of cake.

But animal-loving Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their beloved pets. Now it’s up to her to save as many of Little Bridge’s cats and dogs as she can . . . but to do so, she’s going to need help—help she has no choice but to accept from her boss’s sexy nephew, Drew Hartwell, the Mermaid Café’s most notorious heartbreaker.

But when Bree starts falling for Drew, just as Little Bridge’s power is restored and her penitent ex shows up, she has to ask herself if her island fling was only a result of the stormy weather, or if it could last during clear skies too.

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Meg Cabot was one of the authors that got me back into reading all those years ago and so her books always hold a special place in my heart! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a new one and I was so excited to read NO JUDGMENTS!

It was so much fun to be back in the world of Meg Cabot’s writing again! She always has such a fun feel with the perfect mix of sass and goofy and NO JUDGMENTS was no exception! It was such an easy read with some great things to ground it as well and I especially enjoyed the setting of the little island in the Florida Keys too. I haven’t been to the Keys but I could just so clearly picture it and I loved the little island feel, including all of its residents!

I did enjoy the romance aspect of it and I thought Sabrina and Drew had some great chemistry! I think there could have been a little bit more somewhere because while I fully enjoyed it, I didn’t quite love it. I think Bree was just a little too stubborn at times, which can bother me, and there were moments where I felt the hate-to-love was a little too drawn out and I was ready to get to the romance part.

I have to admit, I was expecting just a bit more from this book. Maybe I built it up too much in my head because I love Meg Cabot so much and her contemporary novels always sit well with me but I felt like it took a long time to get to a few different plot points. I think it was about halfway through when we finally go to why it’s called “NO JUDGMENTS” and I wished it had been introduced sooner. Ultimately what didn’t do it for me were the characters. I kind of felt like the island had more personality than the characters did and I wanted so much more backstory from them. They had good histories and I would have loved to see more of that in their every day encounters. Drew did have some good family moments but those were kind of more about than family than they were about him and I found some of the island residents more interesting than our main characters at times.

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Kept Me Hooked On: A nostalgic author for me. I love being able to keep reading an author who got me back into reading, and that will always be special for me!
Left Me Wanting More: Character development. I just needed more from the main characters. They were just a little flat and having some more well-rounded characters could have made the book that much better for me

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Try it

Even though it wasn’t my favorite book of Meg Cabot’s, I still found to it to be a fun, easy romantic read. If you like her adult contemporary books, I’d still recommend it and say it’s worth the read!

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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) – Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) – Meg CabotTitle: The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) by Meg Cabot
Publishing Info: September 19, 2000 by HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 1, 2014
Related Posts: Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4), The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5)

    She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...
    News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)
    Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
    Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.
    Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
    Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty--no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

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I finally read Meg Cabot YA! YAYYYY! I actually fell in love with Meg when I started borrowing the Heather Wells series from my sister and gobbled up all of her adult books — this was before I had even given YA a second glance — so it took me a while to finally get around to it. Of course I really enjoyed The Princess Diaries movie, but I knew I had to read the books and wow. I knew that the movie and the book were different, but they are VERY different indeed! That was a nice thing for me because sometimes it’s hard to read a book if I know the plot too well from the movie/TV show (like when I read Darkly Dreaming Dexter and was bored because the show was so much more captivating) so it was really nice to have a really different story line than the movie!

For those of you who haven’t read the books and have only seen the movie, here are some of the BIG differences really quickly:

  • Mia’s dad is a BIG part of the books as opposed to the movie where they’ve — erm — killed him off
  • Her grandmother is not NEARLY as nice and as lovely as Julie Andrews. She’s a tough old broad but she’s also not created to be a monster either, which is nice.
  • The book is in NEW YORK CITY, not San Francisco. Big difference there!
  • Michael Moscovitz is more of a nerdy type but described as physically hunky (or at least moreso than the actor who portrayed him. Sorry, Robert Schwartzman) and Mia and Michael have a way more laid-back relationship and more personal already than they do in the movie.
  • Cultural Diversity Dance vs beach parties
  • No new cars, no foot pop, no fear of public speaking, no big ball at the end (I’m guessing that may be later books?), Mia is a vegetarian
  • Lily’s show, Mia’s mom dating a teacher, and the super sweet loft all still exist

Okay, that wasn’t really quick at all, but you can see how different the book is already from the movie! I adored the movie adaptation, but it’s clear that I really need to read this series seeing as how the movie is not an accurate portrayal of the books (not like that’s the main reason but you know what I mean).

So how about I actually talk about the book? Well, I really enjoyed Mia’s character. I like that the book starts off with her as a freshman in high school because it gives the series so much room to grow, however, sometimes her voice felt a bit young. I wonder if that’s because I’m used to Meg’s adult books which incorporate the same kind of humor but obviously this is in a more adolescent way so it wasn’t quite as appealing to me. She was just a riot, though, and I was probably a lot like her as a teenager, personality-wise.

I really enjoyed Mia’s reactions to everything. It all felt very real and she handled it like the average teenager would, I think! She can’t handle the details of her parents romantic lives (who can, really) and she doesn’t even want to think about dealing with princess-type things because she’s already unpopular and doesn’t want to become a social outcast. Meanwhile, she still has to worry about grades and her current crush.

The book was a lot of fun, but I didn’t quite fall in love with it. I’m not sure if that was because I had expectations — whether from the movie or my experience with Meg’s adult books — but it was adorable and I definitely want to read the rest of the series! I look forward to watching Mia’s character grow and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for her!

AUDIOBOOK IMPRESSIONS

I listened to the audio for this and it was narrated by Anne Hathaway, so that was a cool movie connection! I actually don’t know if the audio was recorded first or the movie was produced first, but either way, so much fun to have the same voice for Mia! Anne does a great job with the character too. She’s a great voice performer as well as actor so her tone, inflection, pauses… everything was spot on as I would have pictured Mia saying them!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Mia // Character Obsessions: Vegetarianism, avoiding princess lessons, her friends, Josh.
Book Mia is actually pretty different than Movie Mia and it’s hard to say which I liked more! I feel like Mia in the books is a lot more opinionated and she’s not portrayed to be as… well… what’s the best way to put this? Loserish. Movie Mia is a lot more “invisible”, actively picked on, and physically awkward. Sure, she still has a lot of those same qualities in the book, but it’s not as played out and I think she has a better time fitting in even though she has no desire to (and the popular kids don’t really have a desire to include her but she doesn’t seem as awkward).
Michael // Character Obsessions: Math, school, computers, music.
I know how much my good friend Tee from YA Crush loves Michael Moscovitz from the books so I was so excited to really get to know him better! He’s definitely different from Movie Michael too. Much more school-oriented, helps Mia with her Algebra (which, I forgot to mention, she is failing miserably), and is a lot more… personable. I definitely started to crush on him and helloooo, it’s like the whole good-friend-turned-boyfriend thing. You KNOW I’m a sucker for that.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Meg Cabot. It was SO good to finally get into her YA books. I sort of did this backwards, reading her adult books when I was younger and YA when I was older, but hey. It’s never too late!
Left Me Wanting More: Maturity. I know Mia’s only fourteen in this book and maybe it’s just that I AM already familiar with Meg’s adult books, but I think I wanted a bit more of a mature voice. Not a lot. Just a bit.

Addiction Rating
Read it!

It was so much fun to actually read THE PRINCESS DIARIES for the first time! Definitely continuing on with the series and the audio was a lot of fun with Anne Hathaway narrating too!

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The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) – Meg Cabot

The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) – Meg CabotTitle: The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot
Publishing Info: September 24, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 21, 2013
Related Posts: Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4), The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

    With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.
    Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

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I’ve been a fan of Meg Cabot for YEARS now and entirely because of the Heather Wells series. This was one of the series that got me back into reading when I was in my reading slump so I owe my sister a big thanks for letting me borrow these books way back in the day! I actually don’t read a lot of adult fiction anymore since I’m busy reading ALL THE YA BOOKS so it was really nice to fall back into some chick lit and a touch of mystery with the latest Heather Wells book.

While I haven’t actually started my wedding planning yet, I felt like I could relate to Heather a little bit with her crazy wedding plans! (This may also be the point I realized that I might actually start to enjoy adult lit more than I used to because I’ve actually been through some LIFE THINGS now haha!) Heather always has a lot on her plate, but I love how much she really cares about the kids in her dorm. When everything else is going wrong, she’s always got their best interests at heart, sometimes even over her own personal issues.

One thing I’ve always loved about Meg Cabot is the amount of humor in her books. Each chapter starts with a funny little collection of song lyrics, written by Heather, and in this book, they’re all about her crazy wedding plans. I think it helps the reader not take the book too seriously because there are darker subjects because hi, it’s a murder mystery — Except you almost don’t feel like classifying it as that because the tone IS so light. I definitely had another good group of laugh out loud moments at both characters and funny situations!

Then of course, there’s Cooper. I am SO HAPPY for Heather Wells! I’ve been reading this series for YEARS so I’m so happy that she gets her dream guy (and he’s dreamy too)! I’ve always loved their romance and their relationship is just so natural. Somehow I forgot how funny Cooper is too! I always felt like he was more serious… Which I guess he is, but he and Heather have some seriously hilarious conversations.

It’s actually kind of hard to review this book because overall, it was just a nice, quick, and easy read. Sure, the plot was exciting and interesting but the Heather Wells series has just become a “fun” read for me and as much as Heather’s personal life changes, it’s the standard go-to mystery. It’s definitely for a light reading kind of mood and if you’re a fan of the series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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Heather Wells // Character Obsessions: Wedding planning, taking care of her students, Cooper, music.
I feel like I see Heather mature more and more in each book! It was definitely fun to see her planning her wedding to her dream guy and really, Heather and Cooper are so perfect. I’ve always loved their relationship so I’m just rooting for them all the way! It was great to see how she handles her family as well. She’s never had the best relationship with any of them and she comes to some serious realizations about her own life and how her family fits in it.
Cooper Cartwright // Character Obsessions: Sleuthing (okay, it’s just his job but I like saying “sleuthing”), Heather, being protective, finger sandwiches (HAHA). 
Okay, read the book if you want to know about the finger sandwiches. Honestly the funniest scene I’ve read in a while!! But anyway… I actually wish we could have seen juuuuust a bit more of Cooper. He was MIA for a while except for on the phone, but he was taking care of business himself which all comes full circle.
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Kept Me Hooked On: Adult books! Let’s be honest… I’ve been so deep into YA that I haven’t read a lot of adult books (read: none) in a very long time. Not even all of the mysteries I have sitting on my shelf. I had to go in a totally different direction after finishing CRESS because I was totally having a book hangover so the lightness of Heather Wells was perfect and it was great to slip into a totally different reading mindset again!
Left Me Wanting More: …Something. I’m actually not quite sure what it was missing, but I was just hoping for a liiiittle bit more. I loved the character development and the mystery was good too. Maybe a little more swoony times? It was still so enjoyable but there was JUST a little bit missing that I wanted more of. Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on it since it’s a serious that I love and have been reading for such a long time!

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Buy It!

If you’re a fan of Heather Wells, you should definitely continue the series! The books are just plain fun and from my experience, they’re excellent pallet cleansers after those big book hangovers!

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The Deja Vu Review [22]: A Favorite Cover

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The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic: One of your favorite covers

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1)Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: Wow, so I had a really hard time picking a favorite cover because you know what? I didn’t really start reading YA so much until I started blogging, so finding a favorite cover from before I started my blog? Tough stuff. I guess out of all the early stuff, I’m settling with Queen of Babble – I just think this cover is cute and relates to the title and story very well. It’s bubbly and whimsical and just by the cover, this would be something I’d want to pick up. Sometimes I really hate cut off faces, but I like the way this one works for the cover.

Wow, when I chose this topic, I had no idea how hard it would be to find a pre-blog favorite cover! I almost chose Walk Two Moons, but I did JUST feature that one last week (although I do love it…)

Which books did you choose this week? Link up below! 



The Deja Vu Review [21]: Favorite Female Protagonist

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The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic: Favorite Female Protagonist

Walk Two MoonsWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: Salamanca Tree Hiddle immediately made Walk Two Moons one of my favorite books of my childhood when I first read it. I loved her and I loved her story. I’m really not sure at exactly what age I read it but to this day it’s stuck with me and I just remember even as a kid wanting to be friends with Sal! If you’re looking for a good MG read, this is it!

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Comments: Okay. You guys already know my love for the Heather Wells series, but how can I not include her on my list of favorite heroines? She’s spunky, she’s tough, and she’s one of my all-time favorites! In fact, I had borrowed the first few books from my sister and the fourth book was the only one I owned since I bought it when it just came out over the summer. Now the tables are turned and she borrowed the fourth book from me and I bought the first three from the used book store!



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The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s TopicA book with a one-word title

Insatiable (Insatiable, #1)Insatiable by Meg Cabot
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: Really a very disappointing book from one of my favorite authors. I loved every other one of Cabot’s books, but this one was over the top, unbelievable (even for a vampire story) and had a ridiculous climactic action scene. Sadly, I was terribly disappointed and most certainly will not be continuing with the series. I finished for the sake of completing the book but I can’t believe how disappointed I was with this novel. I hope if Meg puts out more books, they are far better than this one. I hate to rip on it, but that’s how amateur I felt it was.
Comments: Yep, I still feel pretty let down by this one! I thought the story was pretty cheesy and I wasn’t really a fan. I didn’t even pick up the second book.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review: An interesting ending to the series, but I have to say, I was a little disappointed. There was a giant build up to the end of the entire novel and it seemed to all end too quickly and I was confused as to what was going on at first. The end caught me by surprise because I didn’t know it was happening. All-in-all, it was still a good read, enjoyable, and a must to finish the series.
Comments:  I reread The Hunger Games before the movie came out and I think I’d really like to reread Catching Fire and Mockingjay when I get the chance. I know I was initially disappointed in it, but I’d love to see if anything changes if I read it a second time. I barely remember what happens now too!

What books did you choose this week? Please link up with us below! 🙂



The Deja Vu Review [8]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s Topic: A book from your favorite author

The Boy Next Door (Boy, #1)The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: I’ve always loved Meg! As you may know, I’m a HUGE fan of her adult works (Insatiable aside – That’s a story for a different day), the Heather Wells series especially a favorite of mine. The Boy Next Door was an interesting read for me because it’s written as a series of emails, notices, and letters without any actual narration. I thought it was a neat concept and although it’s not one of my top favorites of Meg’s, I still highly enjoyed it and was intrigued by the different style.

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Original GR Review (12/3/11): I thought I was going to enjoy this book, but I was surprised at how much! I’m fascinated by any books that are based on a utopian/dystopian society, so I was drawn to it right off the bat, but it’s got everything I love in books. Mystery, love, intrigue, suspense, action… Once I got into the meat of the plot, I couldn’t put it down. Pretty awesome. Really can’t wait to read the next book!
Comments: I’m definitely still in love with the Delirium trilogy! I absolutely love Lauren Oliver’s writing in these books. It’s romantic, somewhat poetic without getting to cheesy or overdone, and I loved the story that it told. I’d love to reread this one if I ever have the time! Someday… This is one of those books that’s staying on my shelf forever!

What were your choices for this week? Who are some of your favorite authors? Link up and let us know!!



Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4) – Meg Cabot

Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4) – Meg CabotTitle: Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4) by Meg Cabot
Publishing Info: July 10, 2012 by HarperCollins
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: July 30, 2012
Related Posts: The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5), The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

    Summer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!
   Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.
Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancé. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.

Breaking It Down Further: After the last incident in the “death dorm” (oops, not supposed to use that name) resident director Heather Wells is keeping an eye on a few students spending the summer break at New York College as well. Things start to get dangerous again when her ex-boyfriend Jordan’s new and pregnant wife is shaken up after a random shooting that hits her bodyguard. Heather and new (but secret) fiancé Cooper are on the case, suspecting this was no random shooting, but an attempt on the Tania’s life. When Tania no longer feels safe holding her Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp at a resort in the Catskills, the events move over to the conveniently empty Fisher hall. Now Heather has to catch the crazed fan before he gets Tania or one of her many teen fans!

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Oh, Meg. How I’ve missed you! That stint with INSATIABLE was just so sub-par after my love for Heather Wells, and I’m so thankful you brought her back! Anyone who’s been reading this blog the past few months knows my love for the Heather Wells series and I’m SO GLAD I was not disappointed with the newest addition!

Right off the bat, we get into the playful banter back and forth between Heather and Cooper, which is one of the things I loved to much about the series to start with. Sarcasm, silly jokes, teasing – It sounds silly, but those are my favorite parts of a relationship sometimes! Gotta have some playfulness. Heather and Cooper just make such a great couple and I love that they’re getting married now! And thank goodness we don’t have any cold feet in this book because frankly, I’m a little annoyed with the cold feet storyline! Please don’t take it there in the next one!

I felt like this one wasn’t so much of a mystery as the other books were. We weren’t really taken deep into an investigations until closer to the end of the book, but we did get little secret reveals along the way. I really liked that we got to know more about Tania and Jordan, specifically Tania’s background since this book primarily focuses on her (well, after Heather & Cooper, of course). It was nice to get to know her more as a person instead of the girl with whom Jordan cheated and ended up marrying.

I just really enjoyed it all around. I always enjoy a good Heather Wells book and I’m so glad this one kept it going for me. No complaints here!

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 5/5 stars
Aw hell, it deserves 5 stars. It’s just so dang enjoyable!

QUOTES

  • p 7: “‘It’s Pabst Blue Ribbon,’ Gavin says, looking confused. ‘I thought cool girl singer-songwriters were supposed to love the PBR.'”
  • p 271: “I’ve come to the conclusion that aside from the Nazis, the Taliban, and possibly the honey badger, there’s no one on the planet more merciless than a teenage girl once she’s decided she dislikes you.”
  • p 320: “‘He’s a grown man, Heather,’ Cooper says. ‘Even if he doesn’t look like one in that bathrobe.’    ‘It’s a genuine samurai warrior –‘ Jordan begins to explain…”

Think Meg watches New Girl?? 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – July 31, 2012: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

Oooh okay. This reminds me a bit of my good old Freaky Friday posts (for those of you who were lucky enough to catch them or unfortunate enough to be put through that, depending on how you want to look at it) before I realized it was a really hard weekly feature and promptly took it down after a few weeks…. Whoops. This will be more fun! A quick post and people I actually want to switch places with. Hmm, okay. Here goes!

1. My good old stand-in, Stephanie Plum (a creation of Janet Evanovich). First off, I think I’d fit well in her life (Italian family, pretty accident-prone, etc) so I think I could take it on! Not sure how I’d handle tackling bounty hunters… Maybe that would be Stephanie’s day off! But I sure as hell wouldn’t mind getting mixed up between Joe Morelli and Ranger! Plus I think it’d be a hoot to hang out with all of Steph’s kooky friends like Lula, Connie, Sally Sweet, and her crazy Grandma. I’m in!

2. Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Two words: Kaidan Rowe. I just finished this book (review scheduled) and this is just a preview of my fan girling over this book. Granted there are many temptations that Anna faces and evils she has to deal with, but 24 hours with Kaidan Rowe would be worth it! Plus I’d get to use all her super awesome Nephilim powers and that would be pretty awesome. Let’s hope I catch her on a good day!

3. Izzy Spellman from The Spellman series (by Lisa Lutz). Coming from a hilarious family of private investigators (okay, maybe not as hilarious to her since none of her life is private), I think if it was only 24 hours, it’d be hilarious to hang out with this family that gives each other code names and does not at normal whatsoever! It’s a riot a minute in these books and her sister Rae also seems like someone I’d totally get along with. I’d just love to see where I fit in somewhere in that wacky family.

4. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling). Smart. Classy. A witch. And totally badass. Not to mention once that whole Voldemort mess is over, she’s on to bigger and better things, together with Ron, and has an awesome friend like Harry. And magic? Hell yeah, let me in that club! Pottermore just isn’t enough. I want to really experience Hogwarts! I’m sure it was just Errol who lost my Hogwarts letter… Right?

5. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Once Katsa finally breaks free of her uncle’s reign, she’s onto awesome missions to help people in need, has amazing fighting skills (and then some), and starts a romance with Po. Katsa’s world just seems like a place I would love to experience! I’d love to see how the Graces worked and try out her abilities.

6. Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series (Richelle Mead). Wait a minute… Am I choosing all of these people based on the romance that’s involved in the book? Okay well… kind of guilty there. But I really do love the vampire world that Richelle Mead creates! It’s interesting, it’s refreshing, and Rose is another awesome fighter (sheesh, for not fighting at all in my own life, apparently these are the people I want to switch places with). She’s got a great friend in Lissa and helloooooo Dimitri! Swoon.

7. Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Princess, but used to be a commoner. Tough but a total romantic. And then there’s Westley. I love this love story! And I love the sass and wit that not only is the movie (which I saw first), but I learned that ALL of it came directly from the book. I’d also love to hang out with Inigo and Fezzik, you know, just riding around on white horses after totally humiliating Prince Humperdink. I’ll just stay away from the R.O.U.S.s – So is it a deal? Can we make that happen? Just say it – “As you wish.”

8. Lena Haloway from Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So maybe it wouldn’t be such a great time in Delirium, but I love the love story of falling in love. I totally fell in love with that book and really liked following Lena’s story – I’d definitely like to switch right where Pandemonium left us at the end. Lena’s got some awesome stuff to deal with and some crazy revelations (none of which I will reveal since they are huge spoilers!) but she’s morphed into such a stronger person than she ever though she could be and it seems like that’s the turning point in her life! It would be a great place to jump in and totally take charge.

9. Heather Wells from (created by Meg Cabot). I just started reading the 4th book in the Heather Wells series, Size 12 and Ready to Rock, and I’m really enjoying it so far! Even after all these years, I’m still in love with her relationship with Cooper and she just seems like so much fun! In so many ways, I really relate and she kind of handles situations how I (think) I would handle them.

10. Ismae from Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This is another one that I just read recently and usually I wouldn’t pick such a historical setting – I’ve never been one for the middle ages, but with Ismae, it just totally works. She makes the middle ages tough and desirable. She’s got awesome powers (albeit dark ones used for killing) and she’s in total control of her life. I’d love to switch places with her with all her confidence too. And of course, I’ll mention the love interest of Duval. How could I not?

So upon completing this list, apparently I picked a lot of these girls because they were A) strong and fighting heroines or B) have swoony relationships. I’m not quite sure what that says about me… But I’m interested to see what everyone else picks! Link me up with your choices! I’d love to see them!!!

Top Ten Tuesday – June 19, 2012: Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list.

Let me tell you, my TBR list is HUGE. But since we’re all pretty much obsessed with books here as bloggers, I’m sure the same goes for almost everyone! I’m really excited about this list though because I get to narrow it down and almost kind of make a goal list for myself. I’m sticking to ONLY books that I have in my possession right now. If I made up a list of books I want to read but don’t have yet, it would literally be hundreds of books! So here we go:

1. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth: I guess this one is cheating since I’m already two thirds done, but to be fair, it was already summer when I started it so I’m still counting it! She was one of the ladies I was fortunate enough to meet on the Fierce Reads tour and it made me all the more excited to read her book. Always extremely interested to hear what the author has to say about the book as well as the creative process behind the writing!

2. Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5) by JD Robb: The “In Death” series quickly became one of my favorites. This is an “in between the books” short story, but I’m determined to read them all in order! Should be a very quick read since it’s not a full novel, but I bet it’ll still be jam packed full of action.

3. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne: Emmy was another one of the awesome ladies on the Fierce Reads tour and she was so much fun to hear from! I had seen some reviews around before I actually picked up her book and when I read about the Fierce Reads tour and I had an opportunity to meet her, I couldn’t pass it up! Very excited to read it.

4. Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner: When I read the Maze Trials last year (last year? I think… Regardless…) I wasn’t too sure about it when I started. Then there came a certain point where I was racing through to see how this book ended! Somehow I got hooked. I’ve been anticipating picking up the sequel to continue on in this story, but so far haven’t actually made it along to starting it, so hoping to do that this summer!

5. Shades of Grey (Shades of Grey #1) by Jasper Fforde: NO, this is not Fifty Shades of Grey (I refuse to read it). This Shades of Grey is a fantasy/dystopia/post-apocalyptic novel where the ability to see different spectrums of color determines your social standing. I came across this in my suggestions from GoodReads and thought it sounded really interesting! I just got the book from Book Mooch the other day and I’m pretty excited about reading it.

6. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews: First off, summer is the in the title. So it only makes sense. It’s about three best friends who all went to Catholic grade school together and now find themselves at a crossroads in their 30s. Since I happen to have spent 10 years in Catholic grade school and I happen to have two best friends who I still talk to from that school, this book seemed like it was screaming at me to read it!

7. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu:  I have also seen reviews for this one around the blogisphere and when I saw I could request a copy for review on NetGalley, I was excited that they approved my request! Hoping to read this one within the next month or two, depending on how my book schedule goes.

8. Beauty to Die For by Kim Alexis: Another request from NetGalley – Should be a cute little cozy mystery written by former Supermodel Kim Alexis, and it looks like she uses a lot of her knowledge of the modeling world to create her characters. I always get nervous when celebrities write books, but so far so good. I just started a couple pages and haven’t had time to get much further yet.

9. Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot: This is coming out in July!!! This is book #4 in the Heather Wells series which has always been one of my favorite, so this is probably one of the rare times I’ll actually buy the book brand new.

10. A Killing in Antiques by Mary Moody: Another nice little cozy mystery that I think I’ll pick up soon. I got a whole bunch of cozies at the same time and I’m selecting this one as the next one to read.