Grey E L James

Now I said I was not going to read it, but I fell victim to curiosity and having read the other three, I decided to give this one a go and was pleasantly surprised

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See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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So I was really wary of this book, I didn’t think that it was going to be any good. I was worried that E L was just trying to capitalize off of her success and was vehemently against letting that happen. Not that I didn’t like her Fifty series, but just because most books that are rewritten from a different point of view, tend to be tedious and just nonsensical in my mind. But as I mentioned before, curiosity got the better of me and I picked this up off my best friend’s shelf during a lull in our pool time over the summer. As I curled up next to the pool, to get my yearly sunburn, I began to discover I was pleasantly surprised.

I really wanted to tear this book apart, I wanted to talk about how after writing a few books E L still managed to have a fan fiction feel with Grey but she didn’t. I wanted to say there was so much of the first Fifty Shades in this book that it wasn’t worth picking it up but it wasn’t. This book really is like reading a whole new book. There had been so many questions if you read the series, based around just exactly who Christian was and what really happened in his past. The book not only documents what happens between him and Ana but also delves into his past and what made him who he was when we come to meet him. It discusses why exactly he was so preoccupied with dominant behavior and why he was so intensely preoccupied with Ana.

It was honestly quite interesting to see E L’s growth as an author. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself feeling for Christian as a person and as a character. I empathized with his past and wanted him to achieve some sort of self-evolution. I wanted to see him succeed, not in capturing Ana but in getting past his own demons. As for Ana, she was still Ana. I never had any sympathies for that character and seeing it from his point of view, though he is terribly in love with her, it makes her seem like a less sympathetic character.

With all of that in mind, I have to give the book 4 tasty treats, if you have the chance read it, let me know what you think.

Chick

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Guess who’s back???!!!!!

That’s right!!!!! We’re BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!! Surprise!!!!!

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Miss us? We missed you!!! So very very VERY much!!! We have been back and forth on just HOW much we missed you! We missed you so much, that we are actually putting together a contest to show you how much we missed you! It is going to take a bit to nail down the details but it will be coming to you really soon. What have you been up to? Have you read anything fun and exciting recently? Have you found a new author that you worship? Have you met your favorite author? Favorite book character? Have you listened to a new book?

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Things over here at CCBB headquarters have been CRAZY busy!!! We have been reading and writing and doing everything we can to get back in tip top shape. We have been going through all of our swag from the past, our signed books, and our author lists to make sure that we can bring you the best on all fronts. We have reviews, news, and fun stuff all in store. We can’t wait to hear what YOU want us to do to help YOU get better-acquainted with the book world.

All our squiffy love,

Chick and Doll

xoxo

 

Cassidy James by Ashley Wilcox

Cassidy James is HERE!!!!! That’s right folks! After taking 2 years off the brilliant Ashley Wilcox is back with a super sweet YA for your reading pleasure.

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Cassidy James was your average seventeen-year-old girl, and senior in high school. She came from a traditional family with conventional morals and values. She was a friend to everyone, and an enemy to no one.

To me…

Cassidy James was so much more. Her hair flowed down her back like an angel’s would. Her eyes were so beautiful that they matched the color of the sea. Cassidy simply was the epitome of perfection. The only problem was when it came to Cassidy James…

We were just friends.

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Ashley Wilcox is a mother to three, a soccer mom to two of the three, and a wife to one. She likes to spend her free time getting lost in love stories, creating her own, and searching for hours on Pinterest for the latest DIYs and recipes.

To find out more about Ashley and to see what she’s been up to, follow her on:

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Other Books
by Ashley Wilcox

The Forever Series
(All but Promising Forever can be read as stand alones)
Planning on Forever
Waiting on Forever
Promising Forever
Giving You Forever
Running From Forever

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I, Chick, am OFFICIALLY a Published Author!!!

So as most of you know I have been writing for a while and I have hit stumbling blocks. But I have written and submitted several pieces to different well-known blogs…and Dun dun DDDDUUUUUUNNNNN…One of them decided they wanted to work with me to publish one of my pieces.

Today Elephant Journal published a piece that I wrote straight from te heart. It is about a stigma that is surrounding our culture today. A stigma that I don’t want my kids to fall victim to it, even though it swallows me whole and has for a very long time.

This piece is called Skin Envy and it would mean the world to me if you read it. I would love for you to share it, reblog it, tweet it, read it to your dog, cat or the homeless guy that lives under the bench down the street. I cried when it was published. It is so near and dear to my heart.

Squiffy love and glitter thoughts

Chick Aka Shaye

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John Green and Me

Hey ya’ll,

So let’s talk about John Green shall we? Now he is the name on everyone’s mind, especially since this year his book Paper Towns has been adapted into a movie. This would be the second movie based on his novels and the first one I want to see more than just to prove myself not a monster. And this is why….

WARNING: I am not about to sugarcoat this in the least….So you TFIOS fans, I apologize ahead of time.

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Fault in Our Stars is a book that I wanted to love. WANTED being my main concern. The fact of the matter is I felt like a monster after I read it. Let me back track a little….So I had heard about this book way way before that movie was even known about. It was on my TBR list for a long time, so when they announced they were making the movie I moved it up to like the top 50. The movie came out, and I still hadn’t read the book, I was batting 1000 at this point. I watched the trailers and after a period of contemplation I decided to take an afternoon and pull up TFIOS on my kindle and give it a shot.

Wow, just wow. So I get that the book was based around a true(ish) story or at least around a real person. And I get what the point of the book was, that it was YA (which I love) and that is came from the heart (or at least I think it does). So of course, when I dove into it, I had high expectations and I was looking forward to seeing the movie afterwards. Needless to say my expectations were not met and though it’s on HBO I still have not seen the movie.

My biggest problem…I didn’t cry. I cloased the book, took a deep breath and realized I wasn’t sad. I even thought back on what happened and I just couldn’t cry. Trust me, I wanted to. I felt like a MONSTER for not crying. I asked peoples opinions, and everyone else except like 5 people cried. So what was wrong with me? I just wasn’t sad, I didn’t get the impact of the words. I understood what was going on but I had not even the vaguest hint of emotion for either of the characters. So i promised myself I would see the movie and then maybe I would cry (or get stoned for being a monster). Since I was so worried about that second bit, I never saw the movie.

I don’t know if it was John’s writing style, or just the flow of the characters but TFIOS did not move me as it was supposed to. Sure it was a great plot and the characters were likeable but they just didn’t touch my soul. And the movie really did cast two young ators who I was not seeing as those characters.

So there you go, that is how I kicked off my jaunt with John Green. It has been a little over a year, and my mother wanted to get me a present for taking that long walk across a stage (I graduated college, yay team me). I had recently seen a preview for a movie called Paper Towns who low and behold was written by the one and only John Green.

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew.

It took me approximately 3 hours to read this book. I initially had began to skim through it, until I read “Maybe all the strings inside him broke” . It was that line that intrigued me, that line that made me want to read more. So for the next 3 hours (give or take a few Mommy duties) I entered the world of Paper Towns. Of Q and Margo, with Ben’s terrible jokes and Radars unquivocal awesomeness. I found myself enjoying this story far more than the TFIOS, maybe it was the dynamic between the characters or maybe it was because they reminded me of my friends. But I actually enjoyed reading this one, I actually could not put it down.

I still have an issue with John’s writing style, and the way he leves things unfinished. I still do not care for the similarites in books and in the wording. However, I am actually quite excited to see this movie (which comes out right before my birthday!). Full of no name actors and if the script holds to the book it could be something quite exquisite.

So there you have it. John Green and I have a very rollercoaster of a love hate relationship. And I don’t think I am a monster anymore. I think the whole point of John Green’s books (or at least the two I read) is HOPE. And that is something I can stand behind.

So there you have it, John Green and me. Take it or leave it. Let me know how you feel about his books/movies.

So much squiffy love,

Chick

xoxo

Strip Teaser by Ava Manello

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So, I picked up this book after speaking with an author friend who was signing in York (In England) last month. She told me who would be there. I started browsing and after finding I knew hardly ANY of these authors, I felt ashamed and got one click happy! I now own one by almost every author who was there.

Anyway, so I started with Strip Teaser by Ava Manello. I chose it because, well…strippers!

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The book jumps right in with our main girl, Sally. Sally is an investigative journalist who is trying to build herself a serious career as a reporter. Her boss, on the other hand, is all about marketing, sales and getting people to buy the damn paper. So when the chance comes up to get paid for advertising a group of strippers, he sets Sally the task of writing a series piece about them!

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She’s less than impressed! But, it’s that or the paper goes under and she loses her job. So reluctantly, she agrees.

Meet the guys! Alex, Tiny, Guido, Jackal, Rick, Jonny and Eric, their manager and ex-stripper himself.

It’s a little Magic Mike meets How To Loose A Guy In Ten Days?

The love story element is very much the sexual tension between Alex and Sally. Not something she anticipated and something she soon grows to hate after the guys inform her that he’s gay. Bummer.

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There’s also a twist in the story that involves Sally having to sign up to a dating site to write an expose on married guys cheating via the internet. But what she doesn’t expect is to find her bestie’s husband there claiming to be single and childless!

It’s all very disturbing and when his marriage ends, he becomes totally unhinged and makes dangerous threats to Sally’s safety.

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Naturally, the boys are having none of it as they now view her as part of the family!

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Not least of all…Alex. Alex who’s struggling with his feelings and urges toward her after he promised Eric that he and the guys would stay away. Besides, she’s probably not interested and he’s totally been friend zoned…right?

This book has a lot going for it. I liked the music that the author used to tell the story and set the scene and the way it wasn’t insta-love. I did find it hard to visualize some of the routines described but that could just be me because I was totally going back to Magic Mike again!

I also liked the way Sally was independent. However, I’m not sure the use of the word feminist was quite accurate here.

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It’s not about not wanting someone to carry your bags or holding doors open for you. It’s about having the right to do it yourself and the choice to. But that’s just something minor. It in no way takes away from the story as a whole.

Overall, I can’t say it was one of my favourite reads, but it was still pretty sweet. I enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it if you’re looking for a light, sweet and steamy read without all the heavy erotica.

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Doll xoxo

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Magnolia Blossoms by Rhonda Dennis

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This book was a refreshing little afternoon read. I sat down with this novel, not really knowing what to expect. I’ll admit, I wasn’t immediately drawn in, which, considering the excellent depth and description given by the author, is surprising. But by around page 30…I was in. This novel centers around Maggie or Magnolia. An ugly duckling trying to find her way to being more than just a blip on the radar, she embarks on a mission to get herself noticed. It doesn’t go so well. Oh, she gets noticed, but for all the wrong reasons. It’s difficult to review this book without giving too much away. But, Maggie’s adventure soon takes her out of her comfort zone and thrown into the world of prostitution, crooked cops and a drop dead gorgeous paramedic called Jase. Rhonda Dennis writes a hilarious series of unfortunate events while also maintaining a sweet and wonderful story with a valuable lesson. Love the skin you’re in and someone else will love you too. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was heartfelt, warm, funny and comfort food for the avid reader!

Doll xx

Rhonda Dennis

Rhonda. R. Dennis

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Also, check out other novels by Rhonda R. Dennis. Including The Green Bayou Series

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