Friday, June 14, 2013

An Update and Some News...

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Hello lovely readers of The Book Scoop,

Things around here haven't been as hoppin' as it has been in the past and there are a couple of reasons for that.

Book Binge (my other book blog) is moving from Blogger to Wordpress in the next few weeks and with all of that going on, it's given me a lot of time to think about what I'm going to do with this place.

Do I want to keep maintaining two different book blogs?

The answer to that is....no.

I'm starting to get tired of maintaining both blogs so I've decided to shut The Book Scoop down.  I'll still be blogging about my thoughts on the books that I'm reading but I'm going to be doing that on Book Binge.

I started this blog to have a place to talk about the YA books that I'm reading.  Book Binge isn't a YA blog but it's still a book blog and I can talk about YA books over there.  We didn't want Book Binge to be a Young Adult book blog back when I started The Book Scoop but those feelings have gone out the window since we know what we are and what we want to accomplish there and me posting my YA reviews won't change that.

Holly and I are pretty stoked about the move to Wordpress because on top of the move, we got a new template and we're really liking the way that it's coming together.  We couldn't wait to share all of that with our readers so I'm hoping that you guys will follow me over to Book Binge and continue to read my thoughts on the books that I'll be reading.

I think I've completed reviewing obligations for books on The Book Scoop so from here on out, my reviews will be posted over at Book Binge.  You'll be able to find all of my reviews for this blog over at Book Binge as well so my reviews will still be around.

If you want to follow me over there, the link to that blog is: http://bookbinge.com.  I hope to see you all over there.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review: How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Solvato Doktorski.

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Rowena's review of How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski.

Main Character: Rosie
Love Interest: Logan (highlight to see)
Series: None
Author: Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads

First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…

I wasn't sure what kind of story I'd be getting when I first started this book but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one.  I say that because I'm not a real big fan of characters that are crazy enough to go to their ex-boyfriend's house and burn memorabilia from their relationship that ends up burning said ex-boyfriend's cars.  But I'm glad that I stuck with this one because as much as Rosie was crazy, I came to really like her in the end.

This is another road trip book that sucked me right in and I really enjoyed the ride.  I enjoyed getting to know Rosie and I enjoyed meeting Matty, Spencer and Logan.  Man, did I enjoy getting to know Logan.  He starts off as this super bossy and super cocky jackhole but man does he grow on you as the story progresses.  By the end of the book, I was near swooning with delight over every mention of Logan.  I couldn't get enough of the guy and when I couldn't figure out who the love interest was, I was firmly in Camp Logan even though I really liked the other guy, too.

This book was a fun road trip of a book with a cast of characters that were fun, quirky and too adorable for words.  In this book, nerds rule and I ate all of that up.  I heart nerds and Spencer and Matty were definitely nerds.  There were times when I thought I would strangle Rosie but in the end, I liked her.  She was just like any other teenager with real problems and she was trying to work through them the best way that she can and I really liked the friendship that blossomed between her and the girl from Texas (who's name I'm totally blanking on).  This was a great summer read for lazy days at the beach or lazy days outside in your backyard while you tan.  Either way, this was a fun read that ended in a way that had me super happy so yeah, I definitely recommend this book.

...and that's your scoop!

This book is available from Simon Pulse. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Book cover and blurb credit: http://goodreads.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Monthly Recap: April 2013.

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April was a pretty fantastic reading month for me.  I couldn't get enough of the books that I was reading and all I wanted to do was read some more.  I read a lot of YA and NA last month and a lot of it was great, great stuff.

Here's what I read in the month of April:



Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer|B
Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann|C
How Zoe Made All of Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer|B
Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas|A
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith|C
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young|A
Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare|B
Down London Road by Samantha Young|A
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson|A
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson|A
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare|B
The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson|B
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise|B
Lord of Wicked Intentions by Lorraine Heath|A
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski|C
Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young|A

My favorite read of the month goes to Down London Road by Samantha Young and The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson.  Both books were so good and so emotional that I couldn't help myself.  I fell hard for both books and the characters in both stories stayed with me for a long while after I finished both books.  I can't wait for more from both authors.

My least favorite read of the month goes to You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith.  This is the book that I read with Ames and while I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it the least of all the books that I read last month.

Total read: 16
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Genres

Romance= 8
NA= 3
YA= 5
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Contemporary Romance= 3
Contemporary YA= 4
Contemporary NA= 3
Fantasy YA= 1
Historical Romance= 4
Romantic Suspense= 1

Formats

eBook/eARCs= 15
Print/ARCs= 1

Grades

A= 7
B= 6
C= 3
D= 0
F= 0

Publishers

Traditional= 15
E-Book= 0
Self-Published/Independent= 1

Year Published

2013= 13
2012= 1
2009= 1
2006= 1

It's kind of scary to read so many books in a month because when the new month starts off,  I'm not in the mood to read and that's how it's been for me this past week or so.  I'm crossing my fingers that this slight slump goes away.

...and that's your scoop!

See you next month!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Week in Review (41)

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It's been a pretty slow reading week for me but I'm not that mad about it.  I liked the books that I did read so this week was all about quality over quantity. :)

Here's my weekly review in books:





Rush Me by Allison Parr|Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves





The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise|You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith|Headed for Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann



I received a couple of final copies of some of Molly McAdam's books but that's about it.



From Ashes by Molly McAdams|Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

So how was your week in books?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.

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Rowena's review of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.

Main Character: Audrey
Love Interest: Aidan (highlight to see)
Series: None
Author: Facebook|Twitter|Goodreads

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

This was a quick read that I thought was too cute for words.  This book follows Audrey McCarthy, a nerdy programmer who's never had a boyfriend, had a falling out with her ex-best friend-turned-tormentor-at-school and who wants to win the prize for the big mobile app contest.  The grand prize is $200,000 and when she develops The Boyfriend App, the popularity of the app drives her right up in the rankings of the contest and things are looking up...until they're not.

Audrey's father died and he plays a big part of her life because she had a really good relationship with her father and she misses him dearly.  She strives each day to live by the words of advice her father left her and she struggles with that, especially when she wants answers from people that are not giving her the answers.

There was a bunch of drama that I wasn't expecting when I started this book but overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I wasn't a fan of Blake and I wasn't a fan of Xander but I was a huge fan of Aidan.  I loved that he was a programmer just like Audrey and not the most popular boy that is the captain of the football team.  I liked that he was a normal kid with a huge crush on the main character but was too shy to approach her the way that he wanted to.  I really, really liked the romance that blossomed between Audrey and Aidan.  They were too cute.

Some things that I didn't understand was how all of those adults that worked at Public got away with threatening minors the way that they did.  The asshole-ishness of Blake's Dad and even Blake's complete turn on Audrey.  It didn't seem like there was a discussion about what Blake's Dad told Blake but I guess that's the way of teenagers.

The whole story was interesting and I really enjoyed the computer geekery from all of the trogs.  I adored Lindsay's character and her relationship with Nigit was too cute for words.  The friendships that Audrey had with Aidan, Mindy and Nigit was cute too.  Nerds rule and I wish my daughter was a nerd but I think she's a jock.  *sigh*  Either way, this was an enjoyable contemporary read that I breezed right through.  Sise did a great job of sucking me into the programming world of Audrey and her friends and I thought Audrey's voice was very easy to follow along with and her character was easy to connect to.  It's a great summer read, you guys should definitely give it a go. =)

...and that's your scoop!

This book is available from Balzar & Bray. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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