Waiting on Wednesday: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever Lara JeanTitle: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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Teaser Tuesdays: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Under Rose Tainted SkiesTitle: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: January 3, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

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Book Review: Sun-Kissed Christmas

Book Review: Sun-Kissed ChristmasTitle: Sun-Kissed Christmas
Author: Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: October 5, 2010 (originally published November 8, 1996)

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

All she wants for Christmas…

Summer is headed to the Keys for winter break, but what should be a fun-in-the-sun holiday is becoming unbearable. Summer hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her ex-boyfriend, Austin, since their summer romance fizzled, and she can’t stand seeing him at the beach with his new girlfriend….

Now Austin is everywhere she goes. She’s reminded of how much fun they had, how gorgeous he is, and what she really wants is what she can’t have. Will it take a Christmas miracle for Summer to survive this holiday season? Or will the mistletoe work its magic?

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Book Review: Sun-Kissed Christmas

Sun-Kissed Christmas by Katherine Applegate may seem short, but the multiple storylines make it very complex. The book takes place in Florida, where I would definitely like to be right now, and the main character is selfless and determined. This book goes by quickly and is perfect for the holidays. Continue reading

Review: Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne

Review: Love on the Lifts by Rachel HawthorneTitle: Love on the Lifts
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 13, 2005

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:

8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!)

2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops)

1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)

4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)

Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy.

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Review: Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne

Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne is the perfect book for the winter. It is filled with drama and humour. Also, the setting is dreamlike and the hot chocolate/book store is something that I would love to visit in real life. I found the main character to be pretty clueless, but it wasn’t so bad that I had to put the book down. Continue reading

Book Review: Make in a Day Pompom Crafts

Book Review: Make in a Day Pompom CraftsTitle: Make in a Day Pompom Crafts
Author: Victoria Hudgins
Publisher: Dover Crafts
Publication Date: October 19, 2016

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Add a bit of pizzazz to clothing and accessories with pompom crafts you can make in a day. These handcrafted yarn ornaments are simple to make — no knitting or crochet skills are involved and no prior crafting experience is necessary. Quick and easy projects include a headband and other wearables, baskets, and crafty items for home decor.
Each book from Dover's "Make in a Day" series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. Easily completed within only one day, the beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something special but uncomplicated that offers a personal touch and a dash of handmade charm. Supplies are easy to obtain and readily available at major craft stores.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Book Review: Make in a Day Pompom crafts

Make in a Day Pompom Crafts is a  book that has some simple and unique ideas that involve all sorts of pompoms. There are detailed and easy to follow instructions with many gorgeous photos to compliment each project. There are ideas ranging from simple bookmarks to cake decorations and if you are planning a party, this craft book does contain quite a few inexpensive and interesting party decorating ideas. Continue reading