Thursday, April 24, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: RUBY RED (Edelstein Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier




Title: Ruby Red
Series: Edelstein Trilogy, #1
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Ellen’s rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.




REVIEW

Comfortably paced with prose that flows naturally, I certainly did not want this book to end. When Gwyneth turns out to be the one carrying the time-travel gene, her aunt Glenda and cousin Charlotte is jealous, her mother is worried, and several other people are quite pleased. Apart from being able to see ghosts, Gwyneth's life had been perfectly normal. This is about to change drastically, but fortunately, she has her friend, Lesley, who believes her and fully supports her.

As time travel is one of my very favorite topics for a book, I couldn't put Ruby Red down. The brilliantly realistic characters immediately captivated me. Despite her weird family and the fact that her cousin, Charlotte, is believed to have inherited the time-travel gene, Gwyneth is just a normal school girl. Imagine her astonishment when she unexpectedly plunges from her time to another time with vintage cars and people who are rude when she asks them what year it is. Totally unprepared for all this, she only has the snooty, rather hostile Gideon to assist her through the first few jumps back in time.

Gwyneth is rather stoic about all these new developments but when she has to kill somebody in the eighteenth century, she freaks out. I really didn't like Gideon at first but he redeems himself a bit during the course of the book. At the end of the book I still have no idea who of the guardians to trust; Falk De Villiers with his strange eyes, or the unfriendly doctor White. There is also no clear line between good guys or bad in this story thus keeping the reader guessing and making sure that we'll move onto the next book in the series to find out.

The author splendidly keeps all the characters realistic in their own period. I laughed out loud when Gwyneth wondered whether the eighteenth century character, Rakoczy from Transylvania, could perhaps be Dracula.

Full of excitement, intrigue, a couple of hilarious scenes and even a touch of romance, Ruby Red is a thrilling read that I gladly recommend to readers of all ages.




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOOKS ON MY WISHLIST FOR 2014!




Title: Talon
Series: Talon, #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

SUMMARY

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.








Title: The Vault of Dreamers
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Expected Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

SUMMARY

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.








Title: Shadowboxer
Author: Tricia Sullivan
Expected Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Ravenstone

SUMMARY

Thai martial arts, international crime, celebrity and mythical creatures combine in this masterful new tale of two kids facing incredible dangers, from multiple award-winning author Tricia Sullivan. 

Nothing she's faced in the cage will prepare her... 

Jade is a young mixed martial arts fighter. When she's in the cage she dominates her opponents--but in real life she's out of control. 
After she has a confrontation with a Hollywood martial arts star that threatens her gym's reputation, Jade's coach sends her to a training camp in Thailand for an attitude adjustment. Hoping to discover herself, she instead uncovers a shocking conspiracy. In a world just beyond our own, a man is stealing the souls of children to try and live forever.








Title: The Cure for Dreaming
Author: Cat Winters
Expected Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books

SUMMARY

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.






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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

REVIEW: LIFE IN MOTION: AN UNLIKELY BALLERINA by Misty Copeland




Title: Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
Author: Misty Copeland
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

In this deeply felt and beautifully written memoir, Misty Copeland reveals her inspiring and at times heartbreaking journey to become the third African-American soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre.

When Misty Copeland first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old in baggy gym shorts to become one of America’s greatest classical ballerinas. But she did just that. In Life in Motion, Misty describes how she overcame incredible adversity to make history and achieve her dreams of becoming a leading ballerina in the world-class American Ballet Theatre.

From her childhood spent moving around to escape her mother’s string of boyfriends and husbands to pressures to mold her body to a dancer’s ideal, every challenge Misty faced was met with the same perseverance, passion, and drive that brought her dreams to life. A true prodigy, Misty was dancing en pointe within two months and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. Recognizing her talents, Misty’s white ballet teachers soon took her in so she could continue training at a high level. Caught between the calm, control, and comfort she found in the world of elite ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, Misty became involved in a highly publicized custody battle instigated by her mother to bring her home—a struggle which Misty talks about in detail for the first time. She also reveals how it felt to be the only black woman in the American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet as she spanned the globe in world-renowned performances.

As unique as Misty herself, Life in Motion transcends the bounds of the traditional ballet biography to tell a uniquely American story of perseverance and achievement in the face of extreme challenges. This is a beautiful memoir of identity, of passion, and of grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.




REVIEW

Before reading this memoir, I had no idea who Misty Copeland is. Now I do. In fact, not having ever had the desire to take ballet lessons or become a ballerina, I had no idea that the world of ballet favors white ballerinas. Now I do.

Not knowing who Misty Copeland is, I was attracted to this book by its synopsis. It is about an African American ballerina struggling against adversity. That was enough to get me interested in reading it. Moreover, she comes from an impoverished background which made me want to read it so much more, because I’m a sucker for true-life stories where people overcome the odds to make something of themselves. Yes, folks, I love happy endings.



Misty’s story captivated me from the start, and touched me deeply. Growing up in a family where you have to battle to be heard and noticed, especially a family that doesn’t settle down in one place for too long, is no easy feat. But Misty gained a lot of supporters on her way to becoming the American Ballet Theatre’s third black soloist in thirty years. From the start she draws you into her life story and makes you feel part of her journey in making her dream become a reality. Not once does she hold back on the details that paint her mother in a less favorable light, but instead she opens up her heart to the reader and begs you to understand that her struggles, though less, have not yet ended. Endurance and the loving support of her family and friends are what helped her to achieve her goals and realize her dreams, and she makes the reader privy to the innermost details of her life every step of the way.

At the end of Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina I felt I knew and understood Misty Copeland, and I admire her for her perseverance. I now also understand a little bit more of the world of ballet and the unforgiving competitiveness amongst ballerinas. What I take away from this memoir is that being a ballerina takes an enormous amount of hard work and dedication. All in all this was a really great read that kept me up way past my bedtime.  




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Sunday, April 20, 2014

REVIEW: TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE by Solomon Northup & Dolen Perkins-Valdez




Title: Twelve Years a Slave
Authors: Solomon Northup & Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 4, 2013
Genres: Non-fiction, Biography, History
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
Source: Purchased
My rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

First published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup’s experience as a free man sold into slavery. Northup’s memoir reveals unimaginable details about the slave markets, the horrors of life on a plantation, and the dreadful day-to-day treatment of the slaves from the perspective of a man who lived more than thirty years as a free man before being forcibly enslaved.





REVIEW

I purchased this book on a whim, following the Oscars, without knowing anything about the book or the movie except that the movie version was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Because I am fascinated by the history of slavery, and because it was made into a much talked about movie in which one of my favorite actors, Brad Pitt, has a role, I took a chance on Twelve Years a Slave, and have not regretted it once. In many ways it’s not an easy book to read and took me several weeks to finish, but once I got used to the narrative, it was nearly impossible to put down.

What would become of me? Who would befriend me? Wither should I fly? Oh, God! Thou who gavest me life, and implanted in my bosom the love of life who filled it with emotions such as other men, thy creatures, have, do not forsake me. Have pity on the poor slave­ - let me not perish. If thou cost not protect me, I am lost - lost! Such supplications, silently and unuttered, ascended from my inmost heart to Heaven.

As you can tell from the quoted text, Twelve Years a Slave isn’t a book you read in a rush. This type of narrative is the exact reason why I don’t read works by Shakespeare and other such classics of this kind. English is my second language, and this type of narrative is foreign to me and tends to deter me from reading such books. Yet, this novel, once I got used to the narrative, appealed to my humanity and I felt the suffering of Northup and others of his kind as clearly as though it was being done to me personally. 




The second thing that made this book really hard for me to read was the injustices done to the slaves. The mere fact that they were treated and considered not as human beings, but as lowly, yet slightly more intelligent than wild animals, made me cry buckets of tears. I was appalled and alarmed at the horrific treatment, and the unjust and severe punishments bestowed upon these people. They were ridiculed, beaten to an inch of their lives, mistreated, underfed, tortured, oppressed, and weren’t even granted the most basic of possessions such as eating utensils. The last book I read about slavery in the American south was Sue Monk Kidd’s, The Invention of Wings, and as horrified as I was by her in-depth portrayal of slavery, the characters of that novel lived a fairly easy life compared to the one described by Solomon Northup.

To compound my feelings of horror at the inhumane treatment endured by slaves at the hands of their malicious owners, was the realization that all of what Northup was describing really happened. To him, and thousands of others, this was real life. It made it so much worse. They lived a life I can’t imagine, but Northup, with understanding, gentle honestly, and fairness towards his enslavers, takes the reader into a world which, luckily for the reader, can be escaped by closing the book when the harsh reality of it all becomes too much, whilst, for the unfortunate slaves, there was no escaping their merciless and painful journey through life.




As a final thought, Twelve Years a Slave made me appreciate the freedom I have. Many times I’ve considered the fact that we are all slaves in one form or another. We aren’t one-hundred-percent free to do exactly as we please. We all have to conform to rules, regulations, or laws of some sort. Yet nothing, in my opinion, takes away our freedom of choice in the manner slavery did. Northup’s story touched me deeply, and my heart ached for every slave in this novel, and every slave that had to endure brutality in any form. This novel contains many scenes of heartbreaking cruelty, but it also makes it clear that not all slave owners were malicious and unjust, and that there were thousands of slaves who lived a good life with generous and kind owners. Still, this is not a book I’ll recommend to just anyone, but it’s definitely worth the time for those brave, compassionate, and open-minded enough to bear witness to the plight of the ill-treated masses on whose blood and sorrows the foundation of a prospering country was built.







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DOLEN PERKINS-VALDEZ, PhD, is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Wench. In 2011, she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Dr. Perkins-Valdez teaches in the Stonecoast (Maine) MFA program and lives in Washington, DC, with her family.





SOLOMON NORTHUP (1808c. 1864-75) was a free-born African American from New York State who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841. After his escape, he became an abolitionist and published his memoir, Twelve Years a Slave, (1853). He spoke on behalf of the abolitionist movement and helped fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad.





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Saturday, April 19, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff




Title: Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Genres: YA, Mystery, Fantasy, Romance
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Ellen’s rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.




REVIEW

Paper Valentine is a lovely clean, yet refreshing, relaxing and thrilling read. Hanna, the main character, still stuck in the sadness and horror of Lillian's self-destructive illness and death, is trying to enjoy a normal summer with her and Lillian's old group of friends. While Hanna still has Lillian's ghost with her, this isn't working out very well and the friendship is kind of forced and artificial. Lillian, however, is determined to help Hanna solve the string of murders committed in their town.

At the beginning of the book I thought Hanna didn't have the strength of character I like to see in a young adult female lead. This changes as Hanna is forced into dangerous situations and has to make difficult choices.

Lillian, with her fascination for the horrific and the macabre, helps Hanna to remain focused on the murders. Her judgment is, unfortunately, not always as sound when it comes to judging the characters of some of the boys in Hanna's life.

Although comfortably paced, the story moves along in such a way that it became difficult to put the book down. If there are any lengthy, dull moments in the earlier part of Paper Valentine, the extremely suspenseful, action packed end certainly makes up for that. For those who are afraid of ghosts and hauntings, this book will hold an extra thrill.

If I had teenage children, Paper Valentine is the kind of book I would gladly advise them to read. Not only is this captivating paranormal murder mystery a suspenseful and thrilling read, it is also about growing up, personal growth and moving on.

The gentle, heartwarming romance in this book just makes the story that much richer. I happily recommend Paper Valentine as a tale filled with excellent prose, lots of excitement, and a healthy dose of depth and wisdom.




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Brenna Yovanoff is one third of the Merry Sisters of Fate along with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton, whose flash fiction can be found here. She lives in Denver, Colorado. THE REPLACEMENT is her first novel.


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BOOK BLITZ & $50 GIVEAWAY: SHADOW FIRE by Kimber Leigh Wheaton


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Shadow Fire

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal
As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a stand-alone story.




Praise for Shadow Fire

"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer

"Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer

"I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

"Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer


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Excerpt

When we reach the deck, everyone stops to stare at me. Trying to ignore the blatant curiosity, I follow Hanna down the aft stairs to the brig. Zane and Taranis occupy cells across from each other. They're both sitting on the floor glaring daggers at each other. Hanna hands the key to me and slips away. Inching closer, I'm careful to remain out of reach of the two prisoners. As soon as they see me, both men jump up and start talking over each other.

"Ashlyn! How are you feeling, Love?" Zane asks.

"Ashlyn, my fiery angel, you are a ray of sunshine in this dank prison!" Taranis says.

"I'm gonna let you both out, if, and only if, you promise to behave," I threaten. Both men nod their agreement. "That means no fighting. It also means we never, and I mean never, speak of what happened last night." When I get no argument, I free Zane first and then Taranis.

"Do you even know what happened last night?" Zane asks, taking me into his arms. I stand rigid in his embrace, not sure if I'm ready to forgive him quite yet.

"Only what Hanna told me," I snap at him.

"I saved your virtue from this raving lunatic," Taranis says, pointing at Zane.

"Then you decided to take it for yourself!" Zane yells back at him.

"Did you not hear me?" I shout. Pulling myself from Zane's embrace, I back up and glare at both men. "No speaking of last night. Period. End of discussion."

"Yes, Love," Zane replies.

"Yes, virtuous virgin," Taranis replies.

"Taranis!" I release a menacing growl, and wince when my right eye starts to tic. "Yes?" he asks, eyes full of mock innocence.

"Run," Zane says.

Taranis listens to Zane's advice and takes off up the stairs to the deck with me hot on his heels.


KimberAuthor Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a stand-alone sequel, coming soon.




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Friday, April 18, 2014

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: THE ACCIDENTAL SOCIALITE by Stephanie Wahlstrom




Title: The Accidental Socialite
Author: Stephanie Wahlstrom
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
Source: From publisher for review
My rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks. 

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer. 

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all. 

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.




REVIEW

Oh my goodness! I’m guessing the one scene that will stick with me forever when thinking about this book will be the scene almost at the beginning with the transvestite and the vodka bottle. Oh. My. Word. But then again, the encounter with Prince William in a posh nightclub had me in hysterics, so that might actually be the most memorable part of this story. Or no, wait, the advanced pilates class scenario was what really cracked me up! Whichever way, The Accidental Socialite ended up being a laugh a minute.

Paige Crawford, the British tabloids’ new darling, is literally a walking disaster. However sorry I felt for her on all her catastrophic romantic and non-romantic outings, I just...I couldn’t stop laughing! I don’t think that much bad luck can befall a person in real life, which just made it even more entertaining. At the same time my heart also went out to her, because she didn’t bring any of it on herself and she just wants to have fun. OK, maybe some of it is her own fault but geez, give a girl a break!

Oh heavens no, now that stupid Cindy Lauper song is on repeat in my head.

*sigh*

The plot and pacing reminded me a lot of Sophie Kinsella’s writing. It was, in one word: excellent! The only difference is that Paige isn’t as much of a ditzy airheaded protagonist as those Kinsella has in her books. Also Carlos, the gay friend, isn’t the stereotypical gay friend you find in most YA and women’s literature. I felt his character was toned down a lot, but even so he was just adorable. Definitely a memorable character. I also liked Lucinda, the bff Paige made the minute she got to London. I think I liked her mainly because she’s South African and reference was made to “biltong”. I’m a South African, so of course that just tickled me pink.

Paige has four flatmates, and although they’re secondary characters, they all play a small, but significant, role in Paige’s first year in London, with their magnificently varied and peculiar personalities. She lists them as follows (this is her third revised edition):

1. Sleeps with nut jobs on wet crack house mattresses, Gemma
2. Takes suitcases shopping, Philip
3. I’m not gay but I get BJs from dudes, Guillermo
4. Learns English via Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers), Natalie

One of the big plusses for me in this book was that I got to travel to London, Paris, Rome, and Verona, and even spend a weekend at the Oktoberfest in Munich. This book is all about sisters doing it for themselves as Paige experience the high life of a social butterfly while trying her best to get away from the paparazzi. She goes to great parties and events, makes drunken decisions, and meets every Mr Wrong imaginable. The ending was a pleasant surprise, and I applaud Wahlstrom for concluding the story with a positive message to young women about relationships. Remember what I said about sisters doing it for themselves?

Who would enjoy this? Fans of books by Sophie Kinsella, and anyone who loved the book or movie version of The Devil Wears Prada and/or Bridget Jones’s Diary.  This is chick lit at its best! It contains a little profanity and a few hilarious over-eighteen descriptions, but overall The Accidental Socialite is a fun, funny, and one hundred percent unforgettable read!




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Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. She moved to New York on a whim after University and has written a variety of TV shows including an environmentally friendly lifestyle series and a tween magazine style show about celebrities. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, shoes, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also works in Children’s Television.


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