28.8.11

Book Review - She Went All the Way



She Went All the Way



There are a few places screenwriter Lou Calabrese would rather be than crammed into a helicopter with Jack Townsend, star of her claim to fame, Copkiller, and whose ex just ran off with Lou's ex. Talk about uncomfortable. But when, halfway out to the isolated arctic location where Copkiller IV is currently shooting, their pilot turns murderous and their helicopter crashes, Lou realizes her day has just gotten a lot worse.

Now, while family and friends back home fret over her disappearance, Lou is on the run in the arctic wilderness with America's sweetheart Jack Townsend and only the contents of her purse, his pockets, and their mutual knowledge of survival movie trivia to keep them alive. Can these two children of Hollywood put aside their differences and make it back home without killing each other? Or much, much worse, actually start to like one another?

So, after a major disappointment from the lovely Ms. Cabot, this was a bazlillion times better. The plot was a lot of action, a lot more than any of her usual books, and romance. The action was great, good ole' assassins! The romance was, predictable, but in a good way where you wanted them to end up together despite the fact they hate each other at the beginning of the book.
The characterization was some of Cabot's best. Cabot usually doesn't involve too much backstory, but knowing how Lou had just been burned by her boyfriend of ten years as he married another woman, and how Jack was a womanizer, really helped the tension between them, as Lou struggled to remind herself she'd never date another actor.
While, if you strip the book down to the basics, it is a typical romance book, the story had enough humor and action to make it truly enjoyable.

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26.8.11

5 Songs That Helped Me Through My Break-up

5 things Friday! So, you might be wondering, Laura, your break up was three months ago, why are you talking about this now? Am I right? Well, let me explain. This week was the first week back at school, and it was hard to imagine how two months ago, I left, totally crushed, heartbroken, letting my depression take advantage of what my ex did to me. And, I truly believe in the healing power of music. In those days when I didn't want to get up and go sit in a class for two and a half hours with him sitting right behind me, knowing that nothing I could do or say would change anything, the bus ride home was thirty minutes I could plug my headphones in and just forget about everything. I could hope that the summer and the fact I'd never see him again would help me, and it did. But for those three weeks of school after he dumped me, music was my savior.
 1. "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans Okay, I've talked about this song before, and the title says it all. I heard it the night I got dumped and I burst down in tears, because I wanted that. I wanted the feeling that everything was going to be okay. Sure, I was telling myself, "suck it up, Laura. It isn't the end of the world." I knew that it wasn't. But what your head tells you and how your heart feels are two totally different things. This song is about the feeling of when you've been pushed to the bottom after a break up, you can still become a little bit stronger, even on your weakest days. And how you don't need that person to live your life, because you'll be better off without them anyways.

And I'm done hoping that we could work it out 
I'm done with how it feels, spinning my wheels 
Letting you drag my heart around 
And, oh, I'm done thinking that you could ever change 
I know my heart will never be the same
 But I'm telling myself I'll be okay 
Even on my weakest days I get a little bit stronger
2."Love Done Gone" by Billy Currington The title once again explains it, how sometimes Love just runs out and there's nothing left. This song reminded me that sometimes things don't always work out, and everything will be okay. Also, this song has a really catchy tune
I don't know where the good times end 
when It ain't nothin' we ever said or ever did wrong 
It's just love done gone

3. "Every Time I Hear Your Name" by Keith Anderson
Now, I'm not a big fan of slow, sad songs. But this was the first sad song I heard after my break-up that I didn't bust into tears. It talks about how there are still things that will always remind me of my ex, and life goes on. But one little memory can take me back to a time with things were good between us. 
But when I hear your name, 
I feel rain fallin' right out of the blue sky. 
And it's the fifth of May, and I'm right there starin' in your eyes. 
And nothin's changed, and we're still same. 
And I get lost in the innocence of a first kiss, 
And I'm hangin' on to every word rollin' off of your lips: 
And that's all it takes, and I'm in that place, 
Every time I hear your name

4. "Nothin' Burns Like a Memory" by Heidi Newfield
I wish I could burn away all the pain like she does, but this song was my anger song. It still is. She talks about how she's going to burn away the memory and move on after her first relationship. The lyrics are genius, and I totally related to wanting to burn everything up.This was the song, if live were really like High School Musical, this would be the song I would have sung to his face. In a very sarcastic manner. Because that's how I roll, with sarcasm. 
it's a can or two of gasoline 
one match and a mighty big flame
 all the heartache and suffering is going to melt inside of me 
a picture book and a pile of you're clothes
 you and me going up in smoke 
a sure fire way of letting go
 yeah nothing burns like a memory

5. "Kerosene": by Miranda Lambert
Of course I'd have to feature the Queen of Done Wrong. She has a whole slew of songs that talk about being done wrong by a man, just like her new song "Baggage Claim" which has a really good line: "For every woman scorned is a man who made her that way." I think that line just speaks volumes about being dumped and all. But that's not this song. "Kerosene" was the song that established the "steryotype" of Miranda Lambert. A little hellbent, Texas girl who was a no-nonsense girl. The song talks about how she was left for another woman, and life is hard, but she isn't going to let him get her. She's just going to blow it all up in kerosene.
I gave it everything I had and everything 
But I got was bad 
Life ain't hard but it's too long livin' like some country song 
Trade the truth in for a lie, cheatin' really ain't a crime 
I'm givin' up on love 'cause love's given up on me
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20.8.11

Book Review - Overbite



Overbite

Meena Harper has a special gift, but it’s only now that anyone’s ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena’s ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has a chance against the undead. Sure, her ex-boyfriend was Lucien Anton­escu, son of Dracula, the prince of darkness. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames. Now Meena’s sworn off vampires for good . . . at least until she can prove her theory that just because they’ve lost their souls doesn’t mean demons have lost the ability to love. Meena knows convincing her co-workers—including her partner, Über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf—that vampires can be redeemed won’t be easy . . . especially when a deadly new threat seems to be endangering not just lives of the Palatine, but Meena’s friends and family as well. But Meena isn’t the Palatine’s only hope. Father Henrique—aka Padre Caliente—New York City’s youngest, most charming priest, has also been assigned to the case. So why doesn’t Meena—or Alaric—trust him? As she begins unraveling the truth, Meena finds her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare . . . and temptations she never even imagined existed impossible to resist. This time, Meena may finally have bitten off more than she can chew. show less
Let me just start off by saying, never in my life have I read a Meg Cabot book I didn't like.
Oh, good God, this book changes that.
The plot wasn't very well put together, for starters. Hell, I didn't even really know what the plot was until the villain did his typical "tell all" speech. Even then I was sitting there asking myself, "is this really happening?" I mean, sure, it's a vampire book, but I felt like all the rules Cabot established for her vampires in the first book were broken in some form or fashion. Like when Lucien wanted to turn Meena into a vampire. In the first book, you can only become a vampire by letting a vampire drink your blood three times and drinking his in return....
But now, oh, there are other ways too!
Also, this shouldn't bug me, but this book was, like, half the size of the first one, which might explain the crummy plot. It was just all over the place. There was no rhyme or rythem to it.
Like, the romance. There was none, not compared to the first book. I was waiting for Lucien and Meena to make up the whole entire book!
And, I usually don't do spoilers, so click on the little "read more link" and highlight the text if you want to see the one thing that bugged me the most.

17.8.11

Book Review - Insatiable






Being single can suck ... but not as much as being undead.
Not only has Meena Harper been cursed from birth with the "gift" of knowing how everyone she meets is going to die, no one will believe her warnings about their impending doom. Until Meena finally meets a guy who doesn't seem to have an expiration date. Have her dreams come true . . . or her worse nightmare just begun? Maybe. Because handsome, charming Lucien Antonescu isn't who he seems to be, and soon Meena has way bigger problems than that promotion she didn't get at work: A good-looking, sword-bearing vampire hunter who claims to be from a secret military unit of the Vatican is pounding on her door, trying to enlist her services . . . . . . to kill her boyfriend, who just happens to be the Prince of Darkness.
Meena Harper has quite a life, I'll say that. She's quite an interesting character, and I liked her. This book was written in third person, which is usually a total turn off for me, but we got to see what happened around Meena through other people as well.
So, to run through the plot: Meena is a dialogue writer for a soap opera, Insatiable, and the main dialogue writer wants to get vampires into the story because the show's main competitor was killing them with their vampires.
Meena doesn't believe in vampires.
Then, one night while walking her dog past the church, she runs into this man and he saves her from an invasion of bats. And the crazy thing is, she can't tell how he's going to die. (She can do that, with living people, that is.) A few days later, her neighbors hold a party for their cousin, the prince, so he can meet people in good ole New York. Particularly young women.
If you guessed that this Prince (of darkness, that is) was the same man who saved her from the bat attacks, you'd guess right. So, they hit it right off and end up spending the night together, and everyone finds out about the prince's new girlfriend and they all want to use her for bait to dethrone him.

So, all and all this book was pretty good. Cabot can write any POV well, at least in my opinion. The story flowed well, and all and all, this really was a good book, even if it had vampires, for some of you going "Pfft! Vampires!"

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16.8.11

Book Review - Breathe

Once again, this is for the blog tour! *dances*


Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to breathe again?
Breathe by Abbi Glines is exactly what it sounds like: a teenage love story. Okay, let me set the record straight. I rarely read strict romance books, I have to have some sort of mystery or someone dead or a building exploding to keep my interest. For me, romance is just the extra goodies. But this book, which had no dead bodies or exploding buildings, and I loved it. It was really sweet. Jax and Sadie have a very cute relationship. I loved Jax, he was always doing things that surprised me. As much as I loved the relationship, the biggest thing I releated to was Sadie and her family situation. She lives with her pregnant, single mom, and she feels like she pulls a lot more weight in her family than most teenagers do. I can totally relate to that, as I am the carpool mom of the teenagers. Haha!
I felt sorry for poor Marcus, he was just the friend. Up until my ex who shall not be named, I always ended up as just the friend, so I know the situation well. He handled it well, though I wouldn't have minded seeing more conflict between Jax and Marcus.
The story was really well written, and if there was only one thing I could pick at, it'd be the dialogue, it seemed too formal for the deep south.  They never used contractions! That'd be my only complaint.
The characters are really well put together, and besides the dialouge issue, which is nit picky, the characters were really well developed, and I even found myself liking Sadie's mom, who was basically a couch bum.
This book was super sweet, and a great debut. I'll certainly read Abbi's other stuff.



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12.8.11

5 Apps I'm Addicted To

Okay, maybe "Addicted" isn't the right word, but this is a new series I'll do every Friday. "5 Things...." So, today, I'm starting with iPod apps.

1. Tiny Tower - click here on the icon to view.

I found Tiny Tower a few months ago. Basically, you build your tower from the bottom up. You add floors that can be anything from apartments to a book store (Lucky Evie - she has a book store) to a pizza place. I even have a night club in mine. If you're one Apple's gamecenter, you can add friends (Lala Tennisketter - I think) and see their towers too! Here's a picture of my tower, using another app, instagram:

All my floors are some shade of purple, yes I am that obsessed.




2. Instagram - click on icon to view.

Instagram is this cool little photo editor. It comes with a bunch of filters that you can apply to a photo, like the tower above. That tower doesn't really look all that red, even though the floors are purple. Like the cupcakes?







3. Words with Friends - click on icon to view.
Everyone knows about Words with Friends. There's a reason it's so popular. I love, love, love this game. Evie J and I play constantly. (My user name is Lala Tennisketter if you wanna play with me). Of course, she always beats me. 






4. Twitter - click icon to view


I am such a Twitter nerd. I constantly update this sucker just to see what's happening in the world. Twitter is pretty crazy, but it 's so much fun to see what people are talking about. Want to follow me? @tennisketter






5. Period Tracker Deluxe- click icon to view

This app is a lifesaver! I have such an unpredictable period, so being able to track it month to month is such a lifesaver! It's nice to have a narrow window of days to start as opposed to "oh, it'll happen eventually."


Those are the five apps I am super addicted to. Have any questions about em? Go ahead and ask away, and be sure to check back next Friday when I talk about something else! 

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8.8.11

Oh, Summer, Where did You Go?

Five months ago, I had my whole summer planned. This was the summer I was gonna query and get an agent, which would lead to publishing (I hoped). This summer I was going to work at Lifetime with kids all day, come home and write at night. This summer, I was gonna have fun, enjoy life.
That is not how my summer went.
Instead, I got a boyfriend, only to be dumped three weeks before the end of school, and when you have a two and a half hour class everyday with your ex, awkward doesn't even begin to cover it. AP testing took over my life, and after that, SAT happened. My best friend took me to Santa Fe with her, and then I went camping in southeast Texas the week after.
As soon as I thought life was beginning to settle down, I went to a church conference, and then to DC for six days (including those dreaded plane rides), then back to southeast Texas to visit family.
And now, as soon as my online economics class ends, signalling the REAL summer, I'm starting an internship. There's just no time anymore is there?

Oh, and in between the time I have to do my internship, I have to annotate two books (Pride and Prejudice & 1984). And, I need to get further in The Assassin. Evie has been such a great help, she's an editing ninja! This book is really turning around and I'm so excited, I can't wait to let you guys read some of it! But not yet! I've still got a few things I gotta finish before I can let you part of it. And I have no idea how long that'll take!
On top of that, I've got another book that I've started to write, but there's only about 1,000 words in it, and it's really rough, so I've got to clean that up soon. Though, my main writing focus is The Assassin and I've been playing around on Gimp, trying to make a new cover, but it never comes out quite like I want it to. It's a lot cooler looking in my mind. *falls over*
<----See the new cover? I love the glowing text!
Oh, and to top it all off, it looks like a bomb went off in my room (more on that later), since I'm moving out next year and trying to go through things I don't need so it'll be easier later.
Needless to say, I'm wondering where on Earth summer went.
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6.8.11

Blog Tour - Marcus Interview

So, the little button managed to disappear when I got the new layout, and I never remembered to put it back up, but remember this?

Well, today, I'm interviewing Marcus from the book, Breathe. It's a really sweet book, so you guys should read it!


  1. What was it like working for Jax Stone?
Easy until Sadie showed up. I’d only worked there one other summer. Ms. Mary was my boss and other than serving a few meals to Jax, I hardly saw the guy. The parties he threw occasionally were cool. Serving celebrities drinks wasn’t a bad gig. 

2.   When you first meet Sadie, what do you think?
What in the Hell was Ms. Mary thinking? She was gorgeous, sweet, and so incredibly naive. I knew there would be trouble but I figured it’d just end with Ms. Mary letting Sadie go. 

3.   You make it no secret how you feel about Sadie. Did you ever think she'd fall for you??
I thought I had a chance before Jax made his move. Competing with a rock star isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done.


4.  You have some fun times with her (Sadie). What was your favorite?
The day I taught her to water ski. She laughed so hard each time she crashed and burned. Instead of freaking her out it only made her more determined to master it. The smile on her face when she stayed up for a whole two minutes was priceless. 

5.  Other than Sadie has there ever been another girl that you really cared for? 
Um, well kind of, I mean yes. It’s complicated and like Sadie it’ll never happen. I’ve known her a long time and there are too many reasons why it’d never work. Some things are better left alone. She’s one of them. 
6. Is any of Jax Stone's songs on your iPod? What are the top five songs on your favorite playlist right now? I rarely listened to Jax before Sadie. I tend to lean toward country music. Right now the most listened to songs on my iPod are: 

  1. Knee Deep by Zac Brown band
  2. Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean
  3. Country Must Be Country Wide by Brantley Gilbert
  4. Country Girl by Luke Bryan
  5. Give Me Everything  by Pit Bull 
Random facts
M&amp;M or Skittles? M&amp;M always chocolate. 
Coffee or tea? um... beer.
Jeans or tux? I didn’t even wear a tux to my prom. 
Blonds or brunettes? and red heads... I like ‘em all.  
Steak or burger ? Thick ribeye right of the grill.  
Cake or pie? chocolate cream pie
Peanut butter crunch or crunch berries? biscuits and gravy. I don’t do cereal.  




Contest Time!

One lucky winner in Lala Land will win an e-book of Breathe. All you have to do is leave your name and email address in the comment box and you're entered. 
Also, if you leave a comment on every post in the tour, you'll be entered to win a grand prize, like...

Come on, who doesn't want a Barnes and Noble gift card? 

Or, you could win a Breathe prize pack that includes a Breathe waterbottle, a beach towel, a cooler and a frisbee! 




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5.8.11

Did You Miss Me?

Just kidding, you probably didn't even know I was gone, right?
I went to Austin for the week, but I am back now! And, I can sum up life in one picture.
Ready for it?


Day 35 of 100+ degree heat. The other day we hit 110.
So, enjoy your weekend while I try not to melt away. 


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