Feb 1, 2016

Jan 11, 2016

Review: A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

Series: Wallflowers #5
Release Date: October 14, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Library
The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.
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WORDS WORDS WORDS WRODS 




Jan 8, 2016

Review: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

           Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #4
Release Date: January 1, 2006
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Library 
After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone... anyone... other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm... or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered... one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.
Oh Daisy, what do I do with you?! Even though Lillian and I are far more similar, I loved Daisy as well. She's just as fun and carrying as all the other Wallflowers but for her, it's hard to find her footing  with an older sister as vocal as Lillian. And unlike the three women before her, Daisy has yet to find a man among the English elite so her father gives her an ultimatum: if she can't find a husband, her father will find one for her. And he choose Matthew Swift, his protégé and the last man Daisy would EVER think to marry.

Y'all, I LOVE hate-to-love stories and they're even better when the two love interests have a history. PLUS it's even better when the history isn't all sunshine and daisies (see what I did there?). So basically, I like banter and sexual tension and in a time where arranged marriages often occur, it's even better. After watching Annabelle, Lillian and Evie fall in love, Daisy wants the same thing. Daisy is pretty and sweet and lovable so why can't a man fall in love with her too? Sure she likes to read books and daydreams more than she should but that shouldn't mean she can't fall in love. Matthew Swift is NOT the man for her. He's so much like her father for him to be someone capable of truly loving someone.

But low and behold, Matthew Swift is kind and funny and cares for Daisy. He's not cold or unfeeling and Daisy isn't sure how to handle this new man. Something about him draws Daisy in. I was so ready for Daisy and Matthew to become friends and fall in love but something even better happens: even though their hate does durn into love, we find out that Matthew has been in love with Daisy for a long time. The feelings he's harbored for her leads him to want the best for Daisy which doesn't include him (he's not good enough for her) and I loved every single bit of this book. I LOVED that the focus on this book is about Matthew and Daisy, their friendship and their growing love for each other and less about the drama.

Overall, I loved this book so much. There were so many aspects of this book I loved and it makes me want to have a hate-to-love relationship with someone I have a history with. Daisy's such a sweet character that when Matthew ruffles her feathers and gets her riled up, she's such a spunky character. It's definitely a great story for the last Wallflower and one worth reading.


LYLAS 
I love this book like it was family. I know, in case of a fire, I'd save this book. It’s amazing, stunning, and mind blowing. I would re-read this book lots and lots of times. It might even be a favorite. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE, EVER.

I'll be re-reading this one for sure. I love Daisy so much and I can see so much of myself in her. PLUS, PLUS, PLUS it's a hate-to-love relationship where the two people have lots of history.

Y'all this cover is BEAUTIFUL. I'm so in love with the covers for this series. Even though they're very much like other adult romance covers, there's something so beautiful about these covers. And that dress is gorgeous as hell. 

Jan 6, 2016

Review: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

           Devil in Winterby Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #3
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Library
A Devil's Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts--which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions...or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
So when I found out that Evie and Sebastian were going to be the main focus of the 3rd book in the Wallflowers, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. Of the four women, Evie was the hardest one to get to know. Her shy nature made it hard to truly understand who she was as a character but I was still excited to see her story. And St. Vincent, y'all, was not a good guy in the last book so why Lisa Kleypas made him the love interest in this one blows my mind. However, there was nothing for me to fear because I loved Devil in Winter just as much as I loved the other books in the series thus far.

Evangeline, or Evie, became one of my favorites by the end of the first few pages. Even though I thought she was so shy--too shy to really do much--the moment she took her life into her own hands blew my mind. Y'all, Evie going to Sebastian and giving him a marriage proposition was one of my favorite schemes of this series. I loved how Evie wanted to change the course of her life and seeing her open up to Sebastian was so much fun. It's also obvious that the other Wallflowers have had a great--positive--impact on Evie. It goes to show just how much having friends around us to support us is so important.

Okay, Sebastian is not my favorite love interest in this series but I did enjoy reading more about him. There's so much to our hero in this book than he's ever willing to show. Even though he was a grade A ass in the last book, Sebastian didn't have any true interest in hurting anyone. The way Evie didn't care about his advances and how the sexual tension between the two came to a head was way too much fun. As shy as Evie is, Sebastian is just as bold and the mix of their personalities made for one hell of a romance book.

Overall, Devil in Winter wasn't my favorite of the Wallflowers but I still enjoyed it just the same. This series is becoming one of my all time favorites and I think I'll be coming back for more. The way Evie and Sebastian begin to shed their guard around each other allowed for lots of sexual tension and their chemistry was evident.

BFF 
This book is pretty great but it’s missing something that would make it extremely special. I might re-read this book, possibly more than once. I would recommend this book to lots of my friends. 

Y'all if you haven't started this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Y'ALL THE BLUE. THE BLUE. THE BLUE. 


Jan 4, 2016

Review: Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

           Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Release Date: November 17, 2015 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary  
Source: Beta Reader for Author/ARC
Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.
Y'all, when I was given the chance to Beta read this novel for Dahlia, I was so excited. Not only did it sound fabulous but it had an Indian love interest (YASSSS--also how I got to Beta; I'm all about accurate representation). Just Visiting was my first  book by Dahia Adler and it won't be the last. Probably one of the best YA bridge books I've read in a long time--the bridge between high school and college--Just Visiting is all about that time in our lives where we have to make life altering decisions.

So college isn't for everyone. That's kind of a given fact but how do you know it's not for you? Do you have some sort of epiphany or does someone make the decision for you? That's one of the biggest things Just Visiting tackles: when we've only been given one option our entire lives, how do we decide if we can change that? For Victoria and Reagan, their lives are calling for two different things: Reagan's fit in too well and she wants out and Victoria hasn't fit in at all. To be honest, this book spoke to me on so many levels. First, I've wanted to be a lawyer since I was 4. Hell, I thought being a lawyer was all about arguing. But it wasn't until I was in college that I realized that even though college was the right decision for me, maybe the timing was off. Maybe I should have taken time off to figure out my life. That's why I loved how much Reagan and Victoria grew throughout this novel. Both girls found that even though they didn't love their small hometown, it held the key to who they were.

 Victoria and Reagan reminded me of a relationship that is very important to me: the relationship between my best friend and me. She stayed in the town we went to high school but I left my parents home. She's at a community college and I'm at a 4 year university. It's such a different time in our lives even though we're best friends. Like Reagan and Victoria, its been tough to get over the distance and allow the distance to get between our friendship. Over the past three years we've grown up and apart but gotten closer too. It was a rude awakening for the two of us to realize that we'd be just as close as we were in high school but like the two girls in this book, we realized that it wasn't a bad thing. I appreciated that Reagan and Victoria didn't always get along. They said things they shouldn't have and did things the other didn't approve of. And that's okay. It's okay, Reagan and Victoria learned to not always get along and to do things the other didn't approve of. It was their way of finding their feet, finding themselves and what they want for their live and it was wonderful to see. Female friendships are important to depict accurately but this doesn't meant that friends don't get into arguments or say things they don't mean. As much as people like to depict female friendships as perfect relationships, they're not and I liked that the imprecations could be shown without the girl on girl hate.

Of course, I want to talk about the cultural representation of this book as well since it's so close to my heart. Something Victoria and I have in common is that we're both legal immigrants to this country. For Victoria, who's Hispanic, people in this southern town often call her family illegals and the backlash is harsh. Like Victoria, I understand wanting to leave a town where we didn't belong to go somewhere new, somewhere more accepting. Reagan, coming from a poor family in the south also faced some of her own hardships and I liked the representation of a socioeconomic background that wasn't rich or even middle class. Reagan's struggle is one that is so like the struggle of children all of this country that we never talk about and I liked that Adler was able to go there. ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO Indian boy as a love interest and I LOVED HIM. He was adorable and fabulous and nerdy and UGH PERFECTION. I can't say more because spoilers but I totally fell in love.

Overall, I loved Just Visiting. The right amount of heart, friendship, romance, new beginnings, and just a great story made Just Visiting the perfect story. Reagan and Victoria change and grow throughout this novel and I can't really say how or why their chance is so important but it is. I'm not the biggest fan of New Adult but I am more than willing to read more books like Just Visiting that bridge the gap between YA and NA.

I love this book like it was family. I know, in case of a fire, I'd save this book. It’s amazing, stunning, and mind blowing. I would re-read this book lots and lots of times. It might even be a favorite. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE, EVER.

I can't even to tell y'all how much I love this book! I think everyone, and I mean everyone, should read this one!   
I'm in love with this cover. It's so simple and beautiful. I also appreciate how Victoria and Reagan are wearing the same type of clothes with their own flair.

Jan 3, 2016

In January I Resolve To...

I thought long and hard about making a resolutions list this year and I decided that this year, I wouldn't create one. But I love lists and making goals so I'm going to create a goals post for every month. This isn't like a TBR though! It won't be specific books I want to read or anything. I'm too much of a mood reader for that. Instead, it's going to be a small list of goals I want in each of the categories below that I want to accomplish in that month. I'll be updating this post at the end of the month with everything that has been done!  

1) Read 10 books! 
2) I've started and fallen in love with the Others series by Anne Bishop so I want to read the first 3 this month!
3) I want to get my hands on Truthwitch and Passenger so hopefully the library has them! 

1) Introduce my new feature on movies! 
2) Review at least 7 books 
3) Write up some discussions posts for this month! I want to publish at least three! 

1) Back to school crazy! I'm really excited about going back after almost a month of staying at home.  
2) Morning classes. I have 9:30am classes Monday through Thursday and I am not ready for this. 
3) Planning a gala for early February for one of the organizations I'm a part of. 
4) A new way of thinking: a post later this month is going to tell y'all more about how I'm going to try to have the best year possible! 

1) New podcasts! I've wanted to get into them for a while now and I think starting a habit in January would be the best thing to do! 
2) Hamilton soundtrack. I think it's about damn time I listen to this musical in full! 

 
1) Civic duty! Since it's election year and it's the first time I'll be able to vote, I'm going to keep up with what's happening in America. 

1) Finish my re-watch of Arrow, season 3 so I can start season 4
2) Watch Legends of Tomorrow 
3) THE 100 IS BACK THIS MONTH OH MY GOSH SO I WILL OBVIOUSLY WATCH IT
4) Because of Twitter I've started Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and I'm very much in love. 

And that's about it for this month! I want to have reachable goals for each month and hopefully I can cross off every one of these this long my list! What about you all? Do you have anything you want to specifically get done this month?


Jan 1, 2016

A Thank You and A Welcome to 2016

Hello, all!

It's been a while since I've been on this blog. I wandered if I was truly on this blog because I loved blogging or I loved the idea of blogging. Turns out, I really love blogging. But I don't want Life According to a Bibliohphile to be just about books anymore and that's been the biggest revelation of this past year: as much as I love books, it's not the only thing I want to talk about anymore.

So 2016 is going to be a turning point for me and for this blog. While I'll still be talking about books and related topics to books, I'm going to add in more personal and lifestyle posts. Some posts will be showing you more about me and who I am (because you're interested in that) and others will be more about lifestyle things! 

And I also want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone in the blogosphere, new and old. It's been a rocky 2015 in terms of my mental illness and understadning how to cope with myself and the habits that have negative impacts on my life. On a very dark day in December (2015) I turned to Twitter and the love and support I got from people really helped me understand that I wasn't alone. 

So here's to 2016! 

Oct 13, 2015

Seasons Readings: Springing into Books

Summer shines, Spring blossoms, Winter glistens and Autumn crunches. Seasons affect our lives constantly. As part of Nori’s Book Blogger Creativity Project #BBCreativityProject, the Hot Pink Team are celebrating and honouring the seasons with some special book posts over the next month.

Before I start my post I’d like to introduce you to the Hot Pink Team: Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide, Debbie from Silk Serif, Erica from Escape Under the Cover, Kj from Birds that Love Words, Let from Other Side of Ordinary, Maggie from The Novel Orange, Nori from Read Write Love, Orchid from The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, and Veronica from Grounded Wanderlust.

We have all worked really hard and hope you enjoy what we have created.
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Spring is hands down one of my two favorite seasons (the other being fall!) so when the Hot Pink team decided to do seasons, I was super happy with the choice! When I was thinking about what I wanted to do, I was talking to a friend about flowers and what they meant! So, I thought I could take flowers and their meanings and give some book recommendations for them!

When I was coming up with books to recommend, I came up with two different topics I seem to look for the most in books: friendship and romance/love. So for now, those are the two I'm going to give recommendations for!

FRIENDSHIP 
Friendship is incredibly important to me and I LOVE reading about friends or people becoming friends. I've spent so many years of my life looking for those friends that I would have for the rest of my life and it's a bigger struggler than I ever anticipated. 

Alstroemeria                          Yellow Rose                

MIDDLE GRADE

Breadcrumbs was one of the first books that came to mind when I thought about this topic! A girl who travels to the ends of the world for her best friend? Heck yes! 
Liesl & Po was an excellent story and I loved the uniqueness of it! 
Where the Red Fern Grows going a little old school for the next few but I LOVED and hated this story when I was younger. I sobbed like it was no ones business. 
Shiloh Ah, obviously. 
Because of Winn Dixie  wasn't this the epitome of a friendship between a child and her or her best friend, even if its a dog? 

YOUNG ADULT

Just Visiting is one of the most recnt read for me but I really connected to it! 
Open Road Summer is basically about two girls and their friendship and how their future will change. 
 Welcome Caller this is Chloe is an older read and one I wish more people read! I loved seeing the different people Chloe became friends with! 
Emmy & Oliver really showed how a connection between two people can't be broke by time or place.  
Code Name Verity is all about strong female friendships and one of my all time favorite books. PLEASE read it! 
 Harry Potter Series do I need to explain? 
Vampire Academy Series  the connect that Rose and Lissa have is unexplainable but they're always there for each other no matter what! 



LOVE/ROMANCE
I am all about the romance/love stories guys. The die-hard romantic in me loves reading romances and books that have swoony relationships in them. There is something so wonderful to me about seeing two people fall for each other. The more tension in the beginning the better! 

Red Rose


YOUNG ADULT 

 The Crimson Crown has one of the best romances that develops throughout the series without making the books all about the romance. Plus, it's a fabulous fantasy series!
Audrey, Wait! was so cute! I remember reading this book and having the goofiest smile on my face.
The Truth About Forever WES WES WES WES
Just Listen OWEN OWEN OWEN OWEN
Jessica Darling Series MARCUS MARCUS MARCUS MARCUS
The Year of Secret Assignments SEB CHARLIE MATTHEW
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour ROGER ROGER ROGER ROGER
Jellicoe Road  JONAH JONAH JONAH JONAH

NEW ADULT

 The Re-Arranged Life has a interracial relationship between a white guy and an Indian American girl who is basically me! I don't remember the last time I've connected with a character!
Boomerang was so much fun! I loved seeing Mia and Ethan put their differences aside and fall for each other.

ADULT 

Again the Magic has some of my favorite topes when it comes to romance books! 
Secrets of a Summer Night Annabelle and Simon are two of my favorites in this series and I love how Simon has been in love with Annabelle for years! 
It Happened One Autumn Lillian and Marcus falling in love is basically how I want to fall in love: I want to have chemistry and lots of banter and fun with the man I love. 
Romancing the Duke is such a cute story! For me, I love that Izzy and Ransom have to get past their flaws to really be in love. 
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And that's it for my post! I hope you all found new books to read that have friendships and romance in them!

The Language of Flowers and Flower Meanings  were used for the meanings!