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Lost in My Prom Fairytale

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I adored this cute short story for teens called Lost in My Prom Fairytale by Cathy Garcia. Gia is the type of girl that dreams about prom, and other big events in her life. As she grows older, she has this image of what her prom is going to be like-hoping it will be like the ones that she sees on TV.

She’s got her dressed picked out, she’s ready to live it up, but then things happen to make her fairytale deflate right in front of her eyes. At only 40 or so pages, this book is just the right size to help preteens, teens, and adults remember that things may not always go their way, or the way that they dreamt it would in their mind, but it doesn’t mean that it will end badly. You have to take things in stride sometimes, and this is the perfect lesson for Gia and people everywhere.

I think that the cover of this book is just so cute, it really showcases Gia’s personality, and the writing in the book is incredible. You dive into the story, though a bit predictable for us older folks, it has a good message and a lot of heart. I really enjoyed reading this, and plan to show it to my niece as soon as possible.

Thank you to the author for sending me this book, it means a lot, and for understanding that I am very behind in my TBR so it took me a while to get this review out. I appreciate the patience, and can’t wait to read more from this author! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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Less

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Moving from a three bedroom, two bathroom farm house to a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment has ignited this urge inside of me to get rid of all of our “crap”. Thought I wouldn’t consider myself a “minimalist” in any sense of the world, I do enjoy trying to figure out what I should and shouldn’t keep, and how to organize my life so I don’t spend so much time cleaning, decluttering, and swimming through all the useless junk. Thankfully, I found this incredible book called Less by Rachel Aust, which has literally the best cover, it’s so pure and perfect, just like I strive for my life to be (lol jokes on me).

One of the things that made me fall in love with this book is the simplicity. Each chapter has just the right amount of informational text and pictures to get the job done. The visual representation of having less in this book makes you feel like you are already accomplishing something. I love that I felt less anxious just looking at the gorgeous pages in this book.

Some examples of the gorgeous pages

As I cracked this book open, I realized I was getting into something I couldn’t back out of, and I was okay with that. So, I started decluttering everything I possibly could. One of the inspirations in this book is that having less stuff gives your mind space to become clearer, because you don’t have as much stuff around you taking up that mental space. This is so true. Once I cleared out all of the stuff that I didn’t use, or my family didn’t use, I felt like there was a weight lifted off my shoulders.

I went through every room of our house more than twice, getting rid of toys, books, games, clothes (so many freaking clothes omg), furniture, knick knacks, movies, bedding, toiletries, you name it I either tossed it, sold it, or donated it. By the end of this decluttering, which took about a month, I felt like my house was bare, and I liked it that way.

Now that we’ve moved, I have accumulated a couple more things, but they are things that I enjoy in my life, and with kids you’re always going to find yourself with fifty million toys and clothes that just appear out of thin air.

I really enjoyed every aspect of this book, it was fresh and light to read, and the tips in it inspired me to become a pseudo minimalist. 5 out of 5 stars. This book is available today, so go get it!

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Somebody’s Daughter

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When I read David Bell’s books in the past, I was enamored by how incredible of a writer he is. So, when I saw his new book Somebody’s Daughter up for request on Netgalley, I knew I had to snatch it up. Unfortunately, this wasn’t his best work, and I was really disappointed in this book. I know David can do better, I’ve seen it in his previous books, such as Bring Her Home.

Michael’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep one evening, claiming that her daughter has gone missing. The daughter that Michael didn’t know she had, and the daughter that Erica claims is also Michael’s. He finds this hard to fathom, since he and his current wife, Angela, are having an incredibly hard time having a child. Despite his wary feelings, he decides to go with Erica to track down the man she believes is responsible for their daughters disappearance.

While waiting for Michael to return, Angela takes it upon herself to try and crack the case, and when she gets another knock on the door, this time from someone that apparently knows Erica, she’s in for a rude awakening.

As long as Michael is with Erica, Angela fears he is not safe, and the daughter that Erica claims has disappeared may have been hurt, by Erica’s own hands. This book spans the course of one night, and even though it’s high energy, it’s very predictable and the thrills just aren’t there.

From the first chapter, I knew what was going to happen, and I hate when I can read into books right off the bat. It makes the book seem more like a chore than a time to relax and sink into someone else’s world. This book just didn’t do it for me, but I don’t plan on giving up on David Bell just yet. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars, the writing was good, but the plot was disastrous.

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Our Little Secret

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As Angela sits in the interrogation room, the minutes click by, turning into hours, and possibly even days. They just want to know the answers, what really happened to Saskia, Angela’s ex-boyfriends new wife. In Our Little Secret by Roz Nay, the story unfolds in a cold room with a cop that can’t help but want to hear what Angela has to say, even if she has to start her story many years ago when she and her ex HP were in high school.

Following Angela through her glory days is incredible, especially as you watch the officer get simultaneously more entangled in her story, and frustrated that it’s taking her so long to get to the point. When does Saskia come in, and what role does Angela have to play in her disappearance, if any at all? Listening to Angela’s story over the course of her interrogation at the police station will enthrall you as well. Watching her go from a shy and awkward teenager who has a first time boyfriend, to an adult with a slight obsession on her ex will have you wondering the same thing as the police, did Angela have anything to do with Saskia’s disappearance? It almost seems like she’s leading us right into her web…

I really enjoyed this book, I read it in like a day and a half. One thing that I loved about it, was that it really was only told over the course of a day while Angela was at the police station, but she has to explain all of the history that her and HP had, and why it is that Saskia was the one who destroyed their perfect love story. You’ll be wondering what HP and Angela’s little secret is, and could it have driven Saskia off? Or did Angela really have something to do with her disappearance?

I’m being purposefully vague in my description because I really think it’s best to go into this story not knowing, and being surprised, by the emotions of Angela and her ability to tell a damn tantalizing story. For now, though, I’ll say the ending is a shock, and the writing is superb. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars.

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When Life Gives You Lululemons

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For fans of The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada comes a third book in the world of Miranda Priestly, When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. This snarky and somewhat glamorous story follows Emily, the bitchy ex-assistant to Miranda turned celebrity image consultant, as she figures out her life, and the lives of the celebrities she’s working for, including the friend of a friend, who happened to get pulled over for drunk driving, even though she swears she didn’t drink enough to even be a little bit tipsy.

Karolina was one of the world’s most famous supermodels, then she married a senator, and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. Being in the spotlight comes easy to her, except when she gets caught doing something really bad-driving while intoxicated with her stepson and his friends in the car. Of course, Karolina claims she wasn’t drunk, but who is going to believe her? Especially when her husband does on television to claim his wife is an alcoholic and she needs to seek treatment.

Then there’s Miriam. The mutual friend that brings Karolina and Emily together. The three must figure out the strange world that is the suburbs, but also try and get Karolina her life back, and possibly ruin her shady husband’s.

This book was really fun to read. I missed the world of The Devil Wears Prada, it’s been years since I’ve read anything by Lauren, and I forgot how clever her writing is, and. how her characters are so unique, as well has having their own style and wit. I definitely felt like I was in the midst of some Real Housewives drama while reading this story, and I couldn’t get enough. I definitely recommend this to anyone that loves juicy gossip and scandal! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, a surefire way to kick off a great summer.