Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pre-Squee: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

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The Book Swarm and Bewitched Bookworms came up with this fabulous idea –> the Pre-Squee:

“Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.”

I loved the idea (& that adorable button) and asked if I could join in. They graciously said yes so here’s my first Pre-Squee!

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The Fine Art of Pretending
by Rachel Harris

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Spencer Hill Contemporary

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Source: ARC provided by the publisher at BEA

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.


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I just adore Rachel Harris’s writing. Her YA, adult, anything she writes, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and The Fine Art of Pretending is no exception.

We have the friends to more trope and the quiet “commitment” type girl trying to get the boys to see her as a “casual” girl trope & honestly you know exactly how it’s going to turn out by the end of the first chapter but I didn’t really care because I love Harris’s characters and relationships.

It’s nice to read about normal people, making normal mistakes and both Aly and Brandon make quite a few.

Aly’s motivations for her makeover in particular are all kinds of wrong but it was nice to see her struggle into that realization and to shape it into something more healthy. The side characters are full of clich├ęd types but then Harris gives them a bit more depth so they can’t be pigeon holed.

The Fine Art of Pretending was a fun, sweet book candy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogger ponderings…

Hey there! Still on my partial blogging break (reading tons of books!) but I did sit down today to write two reviews and came across something that left me perplexed with myself. lol

I wrote a very negative review for a book because it was filled with cliches and tropes. Yet I wrote a glowing review for the other book that was - you guessed it - filled with cliches and tropes that I thought were adorable.

The first book (negative review) was New Adult (Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh) & the other was YA (The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris) but it still left me wondering how I could slam one book for cliches/tropes but completely ignore them in the other.

This happens quite frequently with me too. Does this happen to any other readers?

Have you criticized several books for the same reason (cliches, TSTL characters, love triangles etc) and then all of a sudden that doesn't matter at all in one book you read. You are able to ignore all the flaws and enjoy it anyway.

What do you think makes the difference?? The characters? The writing style?

In this particular case, I think the difference is in one taking the trope/cliche plot too seriously and the other having more humor and lightness to it. I tend to let a lot go if an author can make me laugh or smile while reading. But I'm not sure that explains everything because I've certainly liked a lot of darker more serious cliche books as well.

Just throwing it out there. Let me know if you have ever felt the same or if I'm just crazy lol

Monday, August 25, 2014

{Short & Tweet} Review: Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels # 7) by Ilona Andrews

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Inspired by Midnight Book Girl, Short & Tweet reviews are my way of taking time off from the daily blogger grind for the hellish month of August while still keeping you posted about what I’m reading.

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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

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Source: Purchased

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear.

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Everything changes with this book!

EVERYTHING. CHANGES.

Non-stop action & a must read for Kate Daniels series fans.

**IMO you need to start from the beginning & read this fabulous UF in series order.