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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Purex No Sort for Colors Laundry Detergent

When you’re facing a mountain of laundry, any product that can help you save time is appreciated.  That’s why I’m happy to introduce you to the new laundry detergent from Purex: No Sort for Colors!

 Purex No Sort detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology which traps loose dyes in the wash, and prevents them from settling onto other fabrics—leaving your clothes bright and clean without color bleeding accidents.

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We wear a lot of red in our house, so it’s natural that we have pink socks and undershirts as a result of getting mixed in with our colored loads. I’m glad we don’t have to worry about that with Purex No Sort.

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The detergent itself is a vibrant blue color, viscous and not thin at all. It has a fresh scent that’s not too strong.

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The maximum amount for a large load is about half a cupful, and this coated the bottom of my machine well enough.

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As you can tell, my average load of laundry is made up of many colors: red, beige, black, white, and more.  I’m happy to report that by using this new No Sort detergent, none of my colors bled onto each other!

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Purex No Sort for Colors is definitely a time saver in the utility room, and gets all your clothes the kind of clean you need them to be!

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WIN a Moms’ Night Out from Purex!

Being a mom is the hardest job of all, but sometimes moms need a break too! That’s why Purex is celebrating Mother’s Day and the release of Sony’s new motion picture, Moms’ Night Out, by giving away a night out for you and up to five friends.

So get your BFFs together for a night out on the town, courtesy of the laundry BFFs from Purex, and enter for your chance to win today!

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  • $100 bucks for movie snacks

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  • 4 free movie tickets/passes

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All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours… what could go wrong? This film is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.
Starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Trace Adkins, and more!

 

What would you do on a Moms’ Night Out?

I would be hitting the spa, for sure.  Then dinner at a NICE place that doesn’t have toys or crayons, along with one or two cocktails!

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BOOK TOUR GUEST POST: Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

Summer on the Short Bus

by Bethany Crandell

YA Contemporary

Book Description

Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance—and losing her sanity.

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MELVIN: THE MUSE BENEATH MY FRO
By Bethany Crandell
A muse, as defined by dictionary.com, is a goddess that inspires a creative artist. I’m not sure that I’d consider myself an “artist”, at least not in the traditional sense of the word, and I’m positive I wouldn’t consider my muse a “goddess”, in any sense of the word, but together my muse and I have concocted some pretty ridiculous awesome stories over the years, and it didn’t seem fair to celebrate the launch of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS without giving some public recognition to the fuzzy little guy who inspires all the magic.
So, without further adieu, I’d like to introduce you to Melvin,
the
hamster who lives inside my brain.  
(Yes, there is a brain under all that
hair!)
Most of Melvin’s time is spent in a steady state of this: sloppy, hung
over,
and totally content to strive for uselessness.  
(The weapon is for
the protection of intellectual property, obviously). 
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But once I get him under the white noise of my beloved Revlon Ionic Pro hairdryer *pauses to receive product endorsement check* like I do every morning, well…that’s when the near-comatose behavior goes out the window and Melvin
actually proves himself as a hamster of worth.
His steps are slow and steady at first–it takes a minute to work the kinks out–but soon he’s at a full sprint and that’s when the magic happens, people.  
(Melvin was a stunt hamster in a former life. His sudden ejection from the wheel has nothing to do with the pints of Guinness he threw back at a St. Patty’s Day party the night before this video was taken)
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New characters take shape while old ones are revived with exciting new story lines.
Plot holes are miraculously filled and dead ends are rerouted into territory I never knew existed. It’s like he’s morphed from standard issue hamster into a rodent Jedi or something. The force is always with Melvin….
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 (I have no idea who Phil Steak is, but I thank him for this image)
Anyway, there’s so much activity going on in those ten minutes I spend under the dryer each morning, it’s no wonder Melvin has to gorge himself when he’s done.
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I could say that he’s awesome, talented, ambitious, inspiring, loyal…

but there really aren’t enough adjectives to accurately convey my love for this little guy.
Instead I’ll leave it with this:
MELVIN IS THE BEST MUSE
A WRITER COULD ASK FOR!
Quick side note: *whispers so Melvin can’t hear her*
 Hamsters only cost like $5, so coming up with replacement parts,
*coughs* three year life span *coughs*, should you need them,
won’t be a burden on your wallet.
About the Author

I wish I had some mysterious secret to reveal about myself in hopes that you’d find me interesting…but I don’t.  When it comes to me, what you see is what you get. And what you get is an irreverent, sarcastic and emotional girl who writes stories about characters with these same traits.

I live in San Diego with my husband, two kiddos, and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. I’m slightly obsessed with John Hughes and the wonderful collection of films he left behind, and I’m confident that Jake Ryan will be showing up on my doorstep any day now…

I firmly believe that prayer solves problems, and that laughter is the best medicine. Along with avocados. Avocados make the world a better place.

I’m represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Agency.

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BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: The Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls

Book #1

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late

Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Publication Date: March 25, 2014 

Publisher: Scholastic Inc. 

Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late

 

Summary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!
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Book #2

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Publication Date: March 25, 2014 

Publisher: Scholastic Inc. 

Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

Summary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!
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About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Joan Holub

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children’s books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com;

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Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com;

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Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

 

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BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Before They Find Us by Michelle Hansen

Before They Find Us

by Michelle A. Hansen

YA Thriller

Book Description

I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend’s locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she’s neck-deep in it with him, whatever “it” is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.

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An IHOP, really? She thought after five years behind bars he’d want a steak, not soggy pancakes and sickly-sweet syrup. But, IHOP was where he wanted to meet.
The old Dodge pickup with a Wyoming plate, lift kit and over-sized tires shouldn’t have surprised her. Of course he’d drive. He wouldn’t want to deal with airport security or get some dorky little rent-a-car. Still, that bucking bronco license plate made her pause as she crossed the parking lot. The truck could have driven right out of her best and worst memories. She wondered if it smelled like chewing tobacco and pine tree air freshener the way Kyle’s used to.
He didn’t tell her what he’d be wearing. There might be another six-foot-tall blond guy at IHOP today. She could just see herself walking up to the wrong guy and asking, “Are you Wade?” only to have him shake his head like she was an idiot.
A bell jingled as she pulled the door open. The moment she saw the guy in the foyer, she knew he was Wade. No one else would have been wearing faded Levis, cowboy boots and a black Jack Daniels T-shirt in ninety-degree heat.
“Mary,” he said when he saw her. She nodded, and he held out his arms.
Never seen the guy before, and she walked right into his arms.
He hugged her tight—a real bear hug—like he’d missed her his whole life. They followed the hostess to a window booth. Wade watched her expression as he slid into the seat opposite her.
She tried not to stare. He could have been any average-looking Wyoming cowboy if it wasn’t for that amazing hair hanging almost to his shoulders, Midas touched, partially covering his left eye. She wanted to push her hands through it and watch the golden strands swirl around her fingers.
“My mom hates it,” Wade said. “She keeps trying to cut it.”
Mary dropped her eyes, embarrassed. “That would be tragic.”
He folded his hands on the table, and she admired his long fingers. Little white scars marked some of his knuckles, but those fingers wrote letters in handwriting so clear and pretty, it was hard to believe they were penned by a guy.
“You do not look sixteen.” He reached over the menus and coffee cups and pulled the oversized sunglasses from her hair.
She tugged on the ruffled collar of her sleeveless shirt. “I’m not. Not really.” She didn’t have to explain why. Not to him. He knew she’d had to grow up fast when her brother went away. There was no child left in her by the time Kyle died in prison. She turned a cup over and slid it to the end of the table so the waitress would fill it. “Why’d you come?”
“I promised Kyle I’d make sure you were taken care of.” He tilted his head toward the BMW she parked next to his pickup. “Looks like you’re doing fine.”
“The car’s not mine. Belongs to my adoptive parents.” She wasn’t supposed to drive it. She didn’t even have a license. They wanted her to prove she was responsible before they cut her loose with a car. Then they took off to Palm Springs for weeks at a time and left her with the housekeeper. “Bleeding-heart, liberal phonies. They’re a means to an end.”
“What kind of end?” Wade considered the car then turned his eyes back to her. “College?”
The air conditioning blew cold on her bare shoulders. She reached for the steaming coffee and brought it to her lips. The bitterness didn’t bother her. She wasn’t brought up for sweet. “The only end I’ll ever want—revenge.”

About the Author

Michelle A. Hansen was raised in southeastern Washington. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in English teaching from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and taught high school English for six years.

Michelle loves Pepsi and Doritos more than chocolate. She loves summertime and hates to be cold. She has had three near-death experiences. She’s addicted to office supplies and has an irrationally large stash of pens and notebooks.

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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Line by JD Horn

The Line

by JD Horn

Paranormal Mystery/Southern Fiction

Book Description

Savannah is considered a Southern treasure, a city of beauty with a rich, colorful past. Some might even call it magical . . .To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart . . . and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations. In The Line, the first book of the Witching Savannah series, J.D. Horn weaves magic, romance, and betrayal into a captivating Southern Gothic fantasy with a contemporary flare.

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MY THOUGHTS: 5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

The Line by J.D. Horn

I have to say, this is the first book I’ve read in quite a while that has left me completely satisfied. I liked the main character, Mercy, right from the beginning, and that is always a great sign. The first chapter pulled me in, but as the novel revealed more about the people in Mercy’s life, I absolutely couldn’t put it down.

Mercy is about to be 21, and a member of Savannah’s well known witch family. But, much to her family’s chagrin, Mercy was somehow born without any of the powers that everyone else possesses. To make things worse, her twin sister Maisie is the most powerful witch the Taylor family has seen in ages. And it’s a good thing too–because the head of the Taylor family has just been found murdered.

As if this weren’t enough, Mercy finds herself caught in a love web of sorts: she is dating Peter but in love with her sister’s boyfriend, who seems to have feelings for her as well. This whole amalgamation gets to be too much for Mercy to handle, so she foolishly goes to a false witch who has been her family’s enemy for generations to try to get some help. Soon all the lies that have devised Mercy’s life thus far start tumbling down.

In the beginning chapters, things took off quickly and spiraled from there. I usually don’t like a main character that is helpless, but in this instance, Mercy has an excuse. Literally everyone she knows can use magic against her, while she has none to defend herself with. Still, she handles things as best she can, even though she makes some bad decisions.

Not only was this a murder mystery, but it was a superb paranormal story as well. The reader gets to know several members of the Taylor family and their powers very well. Each one has some personal demons, and each one has lied to Mercy, though they say it’s for her own good. Though the pages mentions such creatures as golems, elementals, and hoodoo witches, I was never confused or had trouble understanding what was going on.

I wish I could say more about why I loved this book, but I would be giving away some big twists–and believe me, there are many! More than once my jaw dropped at the secrets that had been revealed. Even as I was making notes in my head about negative things I would point out in my review, they all eventually came to be explained away through the plot, and I was left very happy with the way things ended.

The author does a marvelous job putting you right in the midst of the city of Savannah. As a matter of fact, the entire environment that he creates is mystical and rich. I have never been to the city, but now I want to go!

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a new twist on witch novels, or just paranormal in general. I am not sure why the author would want to make this a series, as I felt it ended well, but if so I’ll be right there to read the next book!

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About the Author

J. D. Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. When not writing he is likely running, and he has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. He and his spouse, Rich, and their three pets split their time between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Elixir by Anna Abner

Elixir

by Anna Abner

The Red Plague Trilogy, Part One

Book Description

The red plague has devastated the human race, turning billions of people into zombies with red eyes and an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The virus sweeps through the population so quickly a possible cure is left to rot. Seventeen-year-old Maya Solomon may be the only survivor who knows where it is. But to reach the lab in Raleigh, North Carolina she will have to outrun the infected boy tracking her every step and cross into a city swarming with monsters.

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MY THOUGHTS: 3.5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Elixir by Anna Abner

This is quite a short book (more like a novella, actually), so there’s not too much I can say without giving much of the plot away.

To me, this was kind of just a so-so entry to the world of zombie fiction. Let’s do a pros and cons list.

Things I liked:
–the characters actually use the word “zombie”, not “walker” or “chewer” or anything else trying hard to be clever
–the main character, Maya, has been on her own since everything began, and she really, really likes it that way. She’s not sappy or looking for attention, she just sets out to do what she needs to do.
–the book starts before the onset of the virus, and even explains why it is happening.
–the potential male main character isn’t all macho and able to flawlessly kill everything in his path. In fact, he rather sucks at shooting zombies.

Things I didn’t like so much:
–there is a weird, kind of off chemistry between Maya and the guy she meets, Pollard. Kind of a one-way insta-love thing going on. They seem to bond very quickly, in less than a day in fact. This bonding happens between all of the characters though. Maybe it’s an apocalypse thing?
–the timeline inexplicably changes sometimes. At one point, it says it’s been two weeks since the virus took over, but at another it says it’s been six weeks. Both two and six weeks are stated more than once in the book, and I couldn’t find out which one was true.
–there are ideas just kind of thrown out there and not discussed or even a bit fleshed out. I can’t say what I’m talking about without giving a spoiler, but I’ll just say Pollard randomly throws an idea out during a conversation, and it really should have been explored more.

The author does a good job of building intrigue–I’m very, very interested in knowing Ben’s background and just why he is different. I’m rooting for the characters to find a cure, but because the book is so short and moves so quickly, I didn’t truly get a chance to develop feelings for any of them. I’ll have to continue the series to see if things get better from here.

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About the Author

One of my first memories is dangling over the arm of our living room sofa telling myself a post-apocalyptic survival tale in which my mother and I were the last two people on earth. It was so fun, I never stopped telling stories. In high school, I faked being ill so I could stay home to work on a novel about a nanny who falls in love with her boss’ bad boy nephew.
As an adult I earned a college degree, got married, and had a child, but I never stopped writing. It only got more fun. I wrote through my lunch breaks at work. I wrote on the treadmill at the gym. Eventually, I had dozens of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels piling up on thumb drives and in plastic tubs.
Now, I’m ready to share my stories with you, starting with The Dark Caster Series and the Red Plague Trilogy. I hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them!
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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Solving for Ex by LeighAnn Kopans

Solving for Ex

by LeighAnn Kopans

YA Contemporary/Retelling

Book Description

1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess
SIMPLIFY.
Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.
But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley’s place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.
Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There’s no real reason Ashley shouldn’t like Vincent, but with the battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.
She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
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MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

I just kind of skimmed the synopsis of this book, so I didn’t exactly catch that it was supposed to be somewhat of a retelling of a Jane Austen novel. To be honest, it wouldn’t have mattered. I’ve never read Mansfield Park. The “Mean Girls meets Clueless” part was what got me interested. Unfortunately I didn’t see much of either movie in this book.

The main character, Ashley, was just OK to me. She seemed very very meek at times, then at others she had this fierceness that kind of came out of nowhere. Problem is, by the time she decides to do something about an issue and stand up for herself, the stuff has already hit the fan.

Ashley is in love with her best friend/neighbor Brendan. They are both super smart and hope to bring the school’s Mathletes team to the state championship. Problem is, Brendan seems to be totally oblivious to Ashley’s feelings for him. The relationship between the two started out in a very promising way. There is obviously a chemistry between them, and the fact that they are already friends is very helpful. But both of them make some very bad decisions that cause unnecessary complications.

Although I read this book quickly, I was disappointed by several things. Ashley had to leave her family and previous school because of bullying that got way out of hand. She was being bullied because of a rumor someone started that she slept with a guy, which she did not. Really? Things got this bad over a rumor? And just Ashley was the one being bullied, not the guy? I’m not saying things like this don’t happen in real life, but this scenario really burned me up. Ashley barely has any contact with her parents and siblings after she leaves. I can’t believe her mom would just let her go like that.

There were a few funny and cute parts, though. At the end of every chapter, a little math equation was shown that ended up making me smile.

I am still not sure if I approve of the way this book ended. Without spoiling too much, I feel like the characters jumped into things way too fast. But, like a lot of things about the book, I predicted it.

Overall, I can’t say that I do or don’t recommend this book. Maybe I’m the wrong audience for it because I didn’t know or care that it was a retelling. Fans of Jane Austen may like Solving for Ex more than I did.

About the Author

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Solving for Ex was born of her love for Jane Austen’s classics, and how they taught her that love stories could be funny and wickedly smart.
Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)
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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Undying by Valerie Grosjean

Undying

by Valerie Grosjean

New Adult Zombie/Romance

Book Description

This is a story of love . . . and zombies.

When eighteen-year-old college freshman Christian discovers his dormitory is crawling with the living dead, he knows he has a problem. But once he learns the whole country is overrun by the flesh-eating horde, he must race to protect what matters to him most.

Sixteen-year-old Iris, the girl he loves, is stranded eighty miles away, alone and completely unaware of the gruesome threat surrounding her.

Christian’s plan is to evade the zombies, drive the distance to rescue Iris, and get them both to his family farm—where there are guns, fuel, and everything else they’ll need to survive. His mission seems simple: Get the girl, get to the farm, and stay alive.

Things get complicated when Christian is forced to make an unthinkable choice between Iris and his family. Someone he loves must die, and he must decide.

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MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Undying by Valerie Grosjean

I love zombie books..I mean, I REALLY love them. A good romance can sometimes draw me in as well, so the prospect of both in one book definitely had me excited to read Undying. While the novel awesomely delivered on the zombie front, the romance was severely lacking.

Christian Winter is a college freshman who is in thus far unrequited love with a high school junior. First off, I have to say this age difference bothered me a good deal. I know it seems like 2 years is not a big deal, but there’s such a maturity gap between a high schooler and someone in college that it’s not even funny. This is why so many relationships fail when one party goes to college.

Anyway, Christian has it bad for Iris. He is an English major and even writes poems about her. As I said, I love a GOOD romance. But this one was so very sappy. Christian fawns over this girl in a very girly manner. Some lines he has, I had to roll my eyes at. What makes things even worse is that Iris doesn’t even seem to really like him even though he feels so strongly for her. She’s actually kinda mean.

Christian is getting ready to go home one December weekend when all zombie hell breaks loose on his campus. After checking his voicemail and discovering that Iris is alive but stranded, he decides to go save her. This off the bat did not make sense. Do you think she was gonna survive for over an hour at a gas station in the middle of the zombie apocalypse?

I know it seems like at this point my rating shouldn’t even be three stars. But let me tell you, when it comes to zombie violence, this book was awesome. And I don’t mean that Christian is going around killing them either–as a matter of fact, he’s kind of a puss and doesn’t even THINK about securing a weapon until about 75% into the story. But the author paints a vivid picture of a town overrun with zombies, and leaves nothing to the imagination when describing how the zombies attack and the carnage they leave behind. It’s disgustingly amazing.

All in all, I am glad I read this book if only for the zombie part of it. To me, Christian is a wimp and kind of needs a punch in the head. I don’t actually like him and Iris together, and that’s not good when you don’t want a main character to get together with his love interest. I also lost any respect I had for him when he decided to have a moment of weakness and put Iris above his family.

I will definitely consider reading the next book in this series, and I truly hope the zombies don’t stop coming.

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About the Author

Valerie Grosjean is the author of the young adult novel UNDYING. She grew up on a Nebraska farm. After college, she married and moved to Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two young children. Her obsession with zombie movies inspired UNDYING, her first novel and the beginning of the Undying series.
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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: OMG…Am I a Witch?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

OMG…Am I a Witch?!

by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

Elementary/Middle Grade Fiction

Book Description

April Appleton is so annoyed at her older brother that she searches the Internet for a spell to turn him into a dog. When the spell works, April realizes she has more powers than she ever dreamed of! Now she has to figure out how to turn him back to normal before her parents find out. She has little time, but with help from her friends Grace and Eve she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work, and will April’s newfound magic save the day?

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MY THOUGHTS 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

OMG… Am I A Witch?! by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Super cute, quick chapter book about a young girl who suddenly learns she has witchy powers–because she accidentally turned her brother into a dog!

April Appleton and her friends Grace and Eve must do everything they can to try to turn her brother back into a human before her parents find out what’s really going on.

I think elementary and lower middle grade readers will adore this book. It’s only 150 pages long, and consists of short, non-intimidating chapters. Each chapter ends in a sort of suspenseful way, and I know that will keep pages turning quickly.

As an adult, I read this in one sitting and found it very sweet. There were only a couple of things I wished the book would have included: April’s age, and how she came to get her witch powers. Maybe there will be more April Appleton books to explain this?

There were several funny moments that I know will have younger readers cracking up, such as April trying to keep her doggy brother from peeing in her backpack, and the yucky potion she has to drink! All in all I thought this was a nice middle grade endeavor, and I would definitely read more from this author.

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Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She, her husband and daughter live on a river in Connecticut with their daughter Isabella.

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