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review 2017-12-10 16:56
good book and characters
The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed) (... The Sweetheart Sham (Southern Charmed) (Volume 1) - Danielle Ellison

Georgie was the only person who knew Will was gay. Will was Georgie’s best friend. Georgie had been telling Will to come out of the closet  for months but Will was the Golden Boy of the town and didn’t want a lot of drama about his sexuality. Will and Georgie had known each other since before birth. Will was a Montgomery whose ancestors were the founding family of Cullar. In Cullar everyone knows everything about everybody just the way it was in the small town. Everyone in town had been betting on  Georgie and Will eventually getting married. Georgie;s mom is the only party planner in Culler. She was now busy working on Drew Montgomery's wedding. Chloe had become her mother’s assistant. Then Georgie thought about how it used to always be the three of them. Georgie, Will, and Beau. Beau had been Georgie;s first kiss and kind of first boyfriend but then he broke Georgie’s heart. Beau was suppose to take Georgie to the Sweetheart’s dance and they would make it known they were a couple but he never showed up . Beau and his mom Kerri Ann left town and Beau didn’t even say goodbye to Georgie. Beau had called and tried to talk to Georgie after to explain to her  but all she said was you broke my heart Beau stopped trying after that. Beau was also the only secret Georgie had ever  kept from Will. The Night of The End Of the Year party Will said he had met someone but the other boy also hadn’t come out of the closet either. The young men both wanted to see each other again but they had to figure out how, Beau thought he would never be in Culler again but he would be for the whole summer as he was going to be a groomsman in his cousin Drew’s wedding. Georgie had always been Drew’s fantasy girl and he had screwed that up. Georgie was a tornado as far as Beau is concerned: unpredictable, fierce, and mesmerizing. Or she had been two years ago when Beau had last seen her. Will’s, Georgie;s and Beau’s mom Kerri Ann had been the Trio  they had been best friends forever, sorority sisters, neighbors, and partners in crime until Kerri Ann had left with Beau after Beau’s father had lied and cheated on Kerri Ann and then they had divorced. Georgie wants the best for Will and then Will comes up with Georgie being his pretend girlfriend so he could get away without being questioned to meet up with the guy he liked. Beau believes Georgie is seeing Will now. Also his relationship is strained with his father as he hadn’t forgave his father for what he had done that had forced his and his mom to leave. But Beau really wants Georgie to forgive him.

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the author displayed Will’s torn feelings about being gay and letting everyone know. I loved how loyal Georgie was to Will. This did drag at little for me at times but not enough to not finish the book. I felt there was a lot of realism in this book. I liked that we got to see both Georgie’s and Beau’s POV s. I also liked how it showed growth in Beau as the book went on. I loved Beau’s determination to make things right with Georgie. I really enjoyed the small town atmosphere of this book. I really enjoyed all the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it

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review 2015-06-04 18:07
Review: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison
Days Like This (A Landslide Novel) - Danielle Ellison

When I read the synopsis, I was very excited to dive into the story. A bipolar mom, a boy next door fiance' and a girl running from her problems, all sounded like a great story line. Unfortunately this book fell flat for me in a lot of ways. Let me explain.

 

Cassie and Graham never developed as characters for me. If I'm being totally honest, they annoyed me for most of the book. Aside from superficial top layer emotions we never really got to know them as individuals or as a couple. The author tried to create the tension of a second chance love, but never explained their connection beside the artificial "love the way he looks at me" or "I just can't resist her" which to me seems like a naive view of love (more like lust).

 

I did enjoy the way that the treatment of Cassie's mom's disorder was addressed in the book. Mental illness tends to get glossed over in a lot of stories but Ellison did a great job incorporating the trauma it caused, and the healing process between Cassie and her mom. Therapy, medication and support are so important to treatment and it was refreshing to have a story that actually addressed these very real issues.

 

This was not a lighthearted, happy romance book so if you're looking for a light read, I would not recommend this. There is a lot of angst and regret between Graham and Cassie and it lasts all the way up to the end. If you enjoy delving into some more serious topics in your romance, I would recommend this.

 

 *I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion*

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review 2014-10-25 09:40
Follow me through Darkness - review.
Follow Me Through Darkness - Danielle Ellison

Publication Date: Available now from Spencer Hill Press.

 

Source: Netgalley

 

The truth won't always set you free.
Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.
Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.
Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.
 

 

One of my favourite things to do is start a new YA series -  and "Follow me through Darkness" by Danielle Ellison turned out to be one of the best for me of the last year, extremely readable, very well constructed and some great characters to follow along with.

 

When we first meet Neely she is on a journey through a dark underground tunnel and the story immediately draws you in, making you eager to find out what she is doing there and why. Using present time and flashback to various times in her life a picture slowly starts to build of life in a compound, protected from the outside ravaged world, yet hinting that the greatest danger may well lie within...

 

There are various levels to the tale, it is definitely an adventure, kind of a YA Road movie in novel form, as we follow Neely on her travels - there is also romance and intrigue and some particularly excellent world building that will keep you turning the pages, indeed I read the first half of this in one sitting.

 

The tension slowly building, as the clock counts down (you'll have to read to find out why), it flows along at a pitch perfect pace giving you hints of what is to come - and the ending will leave you wanting more immediately.

 

One thing I did REALLY like about this one was the romance angle, which can be fairly generic in tales of this kind. In this case however, whilst Danielle Ellison has given us the YA "love triangle" in one sense, she has put a little twist on it that gave it a definite edge for me and made it much more engaging and fascinating overall.

 

Well written and addictive, I would definitely highly recommend this for fans of the YA Dystopia genre.

 

Happy Reading Folks!

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text 2014-08-31 00:52
Feeling a little Unzipped
Doctor Who The Encyclopedia - Gary Russell
The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox
My Zombie Valentine - Katie MacAlister,Angie Fox,Lisa Cach,Mari Mancusi
Immortally Yours - Angie Fox
Slimy Underbelly - Kevin J. Anderson
Salt - Danielle Ellison
The Immortal Circus: Act One - A.R. Kahler
The Immortal Circus: Act Two - A.R. Kahler
The Immortal Circus: Final Act - A.R. Kahler
Follow Me Through Darkness - Danielle Ellison

 

I've been working extremely hard to get so many things done. With my birthday coming up next week I have planned my own birthday party and have a theme Superheroes and Villains since everyone has had a tough year and have conquered so much....including me. This is my first year that with my Multiple Sclerosis that I have not gone to the hospital, I'm not celebrating my birthday in the hospital in several years (last year I went shortly after my birthday, so I still consider that birthday hospital stay), and I'm working the hardest on my health to stay out of the hospital for the rest of the year even going through the withdrawal of not having a necessary medicine due to Staywell insurance complications. 

 

 

I've been so wound up in working on my party where by the way is at the Alehouse, a restaurant with a bar I used to visit quite often and plan parties for the teachers of the district I worked in. Those parties were called, to stay out of trouble from the head cheese, TIPS meetings (Teacher Insanity Prevention Services)...LOL. Well this birthday party I'm planning is a costume party to boot and I have some games planned and some former students from quite a few moons ago are coming, one that is a return guest (came the year previous) with their child and soon to be husband. I'm quite touched that many of my students have worked hard to stay in touch with me and often are concerned about my health and well being. 

 

 

So in doing all of this, I realized it was Saturday, talked about making my #Caturday posts, watched my Saturday cartoons....BUT MISSED DOCTOR WHO. How could I miss the second episode of my favorite show? And with the Doctor still going through the transformation of becoming the new Doctor, changing persona and gaining access to all of his intelligence, like talking to Dinosaurs. How can I call myself a Whovian? I have disappointed the entire TARDIS ethereal spirits that flitter about me. But thankfully while working on this post I'm able to catch up on #DoctorWho repeat , it was listed wrong on my cable guide and thankfully I have the chance to watch my favorite show and maintain my self proclaimed top status as a #Whovian. 

 

To brag I can at least say that I have accomplished several missions today from the party planning to finishing up another reviewer book and organizing some other ARC books. I did find though that some things did not get posted to Facebook and the application has been finicky not only for me but others are missing posts as well too. I had received this wonderful gift package from @AngieFox one of the authors that I fell in love with after reading several of their ARC books from Netgalley. I hope she has a chance to read this and tomorrow I'm hoping this storm won't knock out the internet again so that I can reposts my thanks to her filled with the pictures of the items that I received. 

 

 

 

By the way, if there are any other authors, bloggers, publishers, or those reading this that would like to send me a birthday present of book(s), I will not refuse. IF there just happens to be a signature in there it would be even more exciting. Real books I keep to the side because it is difficult for me to hold the book, turn the page, and when my vision goes I have the Kindle read to me. So if you would like to send me something, please make it in a digital form, mobi or Amazon (azw) if possible. I do read books, don't get me wrong, but it is more difficult for me to do and takes more energy, almost taking some of the enjoyment out of the journey. 

 

 

#Caturday so to get a little more of my desperation for The Walking Dead to start again I am reading an apacolyptic book Foamers by Justin Kassab, and the zombie P.I. series of Dan Shamble (Chambeaux) by Kevin J. Anderson, Slimy Underbelly. 

 

Then I must get to work as one of the Street Team Shadow Guards for Danielle Ellison known for Salt (I really hope to get this book for my birthday so I can read the sequel when it comes out)  and Alex Kahler known for Immortal Circus (a Kindle series that came in three separate books Acts 1-3)). Their new books are launching soon and so they have decided to team up on their launches in spreading the good name for reading sakes. Danielle's new book is titled Follow me Through Darkness and Alex's book is called Martyr. We were given a list of tasks to accomplish, with the winner gaining a big prize at the end. Those of you that know me know that I'm big on competing and I work hard to win. So wish me luck that I win......because I'm working hard to do it. Here are the covers of the books so you can start envisioning what you shall pick up soon. I can't wait to start reading it myself.....once I get this zombie kick out of my system of course. LOL. Stay tuned for more on these authors and their books, their bios, their journeys, and me winning......ahem....I mean and their work. LOL.

 

 

#ARKahler

 

#DanielleEllison

 

 

 

  

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review 2014-02-06 00:00
Salt (Salt, #1)
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