July 21, 2017

Review: Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Leila Howland
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: July 11th 2017
Format: ARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.

Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she's running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.

Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.

Hello, Sunshine is a cute, light and fun contemporary young adult novel.

Becca, an 18-year-old girl recently graduated from high school, whom after receiving her rejection letters from all the universities that she applied, decides to go to Los Angeles to try her luck and see if she can become an actress. Her mother gives her a year to follow her dream, but after that lapse she must try to apply to some other university.

Becca has a plan, living with her cousin while she finds her way at LA and getting an agent as soon as possible, but from the moment she arrives to California nothing comes out as she expected and soon realizes that achieving her dream will not be as easy as she hoped, since it isn´t so easy to get an appointment with a good agent and the money she had is is running out faster than she thought so she´s resorting to her credit card and her debts increase, so her dream is further every day, but she does not lose hope of reaching it.

Overall, Hello, Sunshine is an ideal novel for the summer, a light read without much heavy drama, where we see a bit of the life of a young aspiring actress.

July 17, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland (3.5/5 stars)
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones (4.25/5 stars)

Currently reading

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

What are you reading today?
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July 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (61): April - June

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail. 

These are the books I got in the months of April, May and June.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
I See You by Clare Mackintosh

 This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

Thanks to the publisher for the eARCs.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver
What You Always Wanted (If Only . . . #8) by Kristin Rae

Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White
The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Send by Patty Blount
And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga #1) by Kiersten White

The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lethal by Sandra Brown
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Anansi Boys (American Gods #2) by Neil Gaiman
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Warrior Witch (The Malediction Trilogy #3) by Danielle L. Jensen

The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) by Daniel O'Malley
Stiletto (The Checquy Files #2) by Daniel O'Malley

Friction by Sandra Brown
The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

What books did you get?
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July 13, 2017

Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: June 27th 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4.5/5

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An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

This book is really really good! I didn't expect to like it that much despite having seen good reviews of it. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a historical fiction book that takes place in the 18th century and which features a bisexual young man.

Monty is described as a handsome young man who knows that is handsome, he´s immature, charming and accustomed to using his charms to get what he wants, be they beautiful maidens or handsome gentlemen, but he´s in love with his best friend Percy.

Lord Henry Montague, Viscount of Disley or Monty as the people close to him call him, is heir to the title of viscount in his family and therefore he´s expected to take over the family estate under the guidance of his father with whom he doesn´t have a good relationship because he was expelled from Eton. So his father sends him on his Grand Tour through Europe for a year, but on his return he´s expected to not cause any more problems or else. So Monty travels with his best friend Percy for which he has romantic feelings and his younger sister Felicity whom they have to take to finishing school along the way, but plans change when in France, Monty as prank or sort of revenge takes an object that puts them in serious problems, since from that moment onwards there will be people chasing them in order to recover the object.

Due that there are a group of highwaymen following them, Monty, Percy and Felicity will have to leave their itinerary and flee through Europe, where they will have adventures that will include pirates and other dangers.

Overall, I loved this book, it was a lot of fun and I really care for Monty, he´s lovable and I liked him, because more than once he's the young gentleman in distress that needs to be rescued or helped by his younger sister or Percy. I really enjoyed the romance, the historical elements as well as mythical (or magical) elements. It has a good ending and I just found out that it will have a companion novel where the main character will be Felicity, so I cannot wait to read it.

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July 10, 2017

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Date.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (4.5/5 stars)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (4.5/5 stars)
The Summer I Became a Nerd (Nerd #1) by Leah Rae Miller (3.5 or 4/5 stars)

Currently reading
Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

What are you reading today?
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July 4, 2017

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR
(in no particular order)
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) by Ilona Andrews

What books are on your summer TBR?
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