So. Cal Blogger Meet Up

Posted July 17, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 12 Comments

For awhile now, ever since Nath, Cindy, Kristie(j) and Ames met up in Canada, Rosie has been talking about doing a blogger meet up here in Southern Cali. Rosie has already met Wendy (aka Super Librarian) and the two of them have been putting their heads together.

I’d like to invite anyone else who lives in Southern Cali to join us. We’re tentatively planning a meet for this Saturday. We haven’t set a time or place yet, but we’re working on it.

We realize this is short notice, so we’re also planning something for later this fall. Again, no times, places or dates have been set yet, but anyone who’s interested, either comment here or shoot me an email at cranberrytarts at gmail dot com (no spaces) to get in on the works.

I have to say, for myself, that I was amazed when I realized how many wonderful women there are in the world who blog. I’ve made some wonderful friends and I would love to meet you in person.

If you’re interested, shoot me that email. 😉

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It’s All Rowena’s Fault

Posted July 17, 2007 by Holly in Discussions, Reviews | 13 Comments


As Casee pointed out this morning, we haven’t updated here in awhile. I’d just like to take a moment to say…This is all Rowena’s fault.

You see, the truth is, Isabel and I are rather lazy bloggers. I haven’t even updated my personal blog in..well, too long. And I hardly ever post here. Ok, not hardly ever, but you get what I’m saying, right? The truth of the matter is, Rowena pretty much carries our blog. She’s the one who posts every day and makes sure new reviews go up. She’s the one who yells at Izzy and I when we haven’t done anything in awhile. She’s the one who is constantly updating our sidebar and coming up with new topics for us to talk about.

So what happened? Well….

Rowena got a life.

Sad, isn’t it? Which means she’s been kind of busy and hasn’t been harping on me and Izzy to do stuff around here. And she hasn’t been updating herself. Rowena gets a life = no BB updates.

I know, I know..I find it rather depressing myself. I mean, she got a life. Who does that?

*sigh*

Anyway…I promise to be more diligent in the future about updating here. The truth is, I have something like 20 drafts saved. Various non-review posts I want to put up and quite a few books to review, too. I just…well, I need some motivation.

I’m working on it, I swear!

I promise to post at least one post a day for the next week. Maybe by then Rowena will have realized real life isn’t near as fun as blogger life and get back to doing what she does best…motivating me.

Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

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Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.

Posted July 15, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Teen Idol by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 26th 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 293
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four-stars

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos.

FINALLY!

I haven’t been able to sit through an entire book to read and enjoy a book the way that I zipped right through this book this weekend. My weekends have seriously slowed down for the next little while with family reunions and social obligations out of the way, so I was able to enjoy the heck out of this book. I’m just not in the mood to read, gasp and fear for characters lives in romantic suspense as I thought I was so I picked this book up which is a book that me, Daphne and Holly picked up the last time we all went book shopping together a few weeks ago.

It was perfect!

Jenny Greenley is a junior at Clayton High School in Clayton, Indiana. Everyone loves Jen, she’s everyone’s best friend and she’s the “mayonaise” ….without her, everything falls apart. When we first meet Jen it’s really hard to not like her, I mean, just like everyone in her town and school, you can’t help but love her and befriend her. She’s one of those do gooder types and it’s just cute. She’s the girl next door that all of the parents love and want to babysit their kids. She’s the perfect person to keep your secrets and help console you when the other kids are being big time dookie sticks to you.

She’s an undercover columnist for the school’s newspaper. She writes the Ask Annie column and it’s the most secret job in all the school because she’s annonymous. Nobody can know who she is because they won’t think she’s nuetral so keeping secrets is like second nature to Jenny. So, the higher ups at her school didn’t think it was too big a job to entrust Jenny with the one secret that seriously needs to be kept.

The secret being the identity of the biggest heart throb in Hollywood according to Seventeen and Teen Vogue magazines.

Luke frickin’ Striker.

Luke will be “transferring” to Clayton High to research a new role he’s taken on as a high school student from the mid west. Having grown up in Southern California with a Starbucks on every corner and the Beverly Center just up the road, Luke knows next to nothing about living in a small town, so he heads to Indiana to find out how to act like a normal teenage kid, since normal for him was tutors on set of the tv series that started his career off on the path it is now.

So Jenny is entrusted with Luke’s secret…she must be his student guide at his new school and show him the ropes, all the while maintaining his “Lucas Smith” (I think that was his alias, I forget and my book is at home) persona. It was really hard considering everyone was falling in love with “Lucas”, everyone including her best friend. Jenny’s best friend, Trina is like Beyonce’ says in her song, Crazy in Love with him. Him, meaning Luke Striker. She knows everything about him, she knows all about his love affair with Angelique Tremaine and how she dumped him for some older than her director and left him alone and heartbroken.

And now it seems that she’s falling head over heels with Lucas Smith much to Jenny’s chagrin. The whole book centers around Jenny and everything that she does for everyone and everything everyone does for her which is a big fat NOTHING! You see the transformation from everyone’s best friend to changer of all bad things at the high school.

It was so cute to see Jenny go from being taken for granted to teen saver from the bullies of the school. And as much as I loved me some Luke Striker, for me, like Jen, it was ALL ABOUT SCOTT!

I loved how smart Scott was and how he was the only person who really knew Jen. He knew what she liked, what she didn’t like and he was just great to her, even though he was with Geri Lynn. It was cute to see how these two connected, I loved the whole car wash scene when Luke’s identity came to the front and I loved seeing Scott and Geri break up because of Scott’s little water fight with Jenny….ooh so cute!

I just love little teeny bopper books that have me reminiscing back to when I was in high school and having water fights with cute boys. Oh those were the days.

This book was really good, I totally recommend it to those of you who enjoy a good Young Adult book every now and again. This book made me laugh a lot and it was just great fun to read. I’m so glad that we picked this book and it has made me want to devour ALL OF MEG CABOTS BOOKS!

I need to go to the bookstore and stock up on the rest of the MC books, they’re just great and I promise that you won’t regret picking this one up, you can even read it with your daughters and nieces, it’s a great family friendly book to read…get it shorty!

four-stars

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Stupid Jane!

Posted July 12, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 10 Comments

The lovely Jane is at RWA in Dallas right now, along with Sybil, Wendy and Kristie(j).

When I first heard they were all going, I experienced a twinge of jealousy, but mostly I was just excited for them.

Yesterday Jane started blogging about what’s going on down there. She’s literally been putting up to the minute updates. It’s fab.

But then, she posted this.

I don’t like her very much anymore. Stupid Jane.

Anyway, go visit here to see what’s happening in Dallas.

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Review: Tempting by Susan Mallery

Posted July 10, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 8 Comments

Review: Tempting by Susan MalleryReviewer: Holly
Tempting by Susan Mallery
Series: Buchanans #4
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: June 15th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 384
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four-stars

After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost "love child," Dani could seriously derail the election—something his handsome campaign manager Alex Canfield isn't going to let happen.

Dani isn't about to let Alex run her life, no matter how tempting she finds him—and Alex isn't going to allow Dani to melt his cynicism, no matter how close he has to get. The last thing either of them wants is love, especially with scandals brewing and family trouble on the way. But Dani and Alex are forced to trust each other, and when trust turns to passion, the potential for disaster is only a tabloid scandal away.

This is the fourth book in the Buchanan Series and Dani Buchanan’s much awaited story. For a recap of Dani’s previous escapades and the rest of the Buchanan clan, go check out Mollie’s review at Biblioharlot’s Bookshelf.

Dani is the youngest of the Buchanan siblings and the only girl. She’s had a pretty bad run of luck throughout the series, but the most devastating blow -even worse than her husband divorcing her after she nursed him back to health, or her first lover after the divorce turning out to be married – was the fact that she wasn’t truly a Buchanan. Her spiteful grandmother informed her that Dani’s mother had had an affair and Dani was the result.

Dani learns her biological father is a State Senator, Mark Canfield, who’s thinking of running for president. To get to him she must go through his eldest adopted son, Alex. If finding her real father isn’t bad enough, dealing with an attraction to Alex is just the icing on the cake.

Alex is skeptical of Dani’s claim that she’s Mark’s daughter and takes it upon himself to watch her like a hawk. He has her investigated and insists on a DNA test, even though Mark is convinced Dani is his daughter.

I really liked this book. Dani was a good heroine, even if she did start to annoy me toward the end of the book with her obsession to commit the “ultimate sacrifice” for the “greater good”.

You see, The Senator and his wife, Katherine, have adopted 8 special needs children over the years. Alex is the oldest and a beautiful little girl with HIV is the youngest at 5. As Dani gets to know Katherine and her children, she falls completely in love with them. She adores Bailey, the 15-yr-old with Down Syndrome and finds herself falling in a different kind of love with Alex. But more than anyone else, she wants the approval of Katherine. Having lost her mother at a very young age, she sees Katherine as a sort of surrogate mother. Naturally Katherine is upset by Dani’s appearance, because it makes her question her husbands feelings for her and it reminds her of her own inability to conceive children. She doesn’t put any of the blame on Dani, and she’s always gracious, but Dani realizes she’s struggling and wants to do the right thing.

In this case, according to Dani, the right thing is walking away from all of them. The Buchanans and the Canfields. I seriously hate the “ultimate sacrifice” storyline. These characters are all adults (for the most part) and are more than able to make their own decisions. For one person to decide she knows what’s best for EVERY DAMN BODY pisses me off. She almost, almost, crossed the line into Too Stupid To Live-ville. Luckily she stopped running and realized what a stupid ass she was being -with the help of her brothers and her father’s family – so she was partially redeemed. Still, that kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

I also had a slight issue with her grandmother’s transformation. I didn’t read the first two books in this series, but from what I understand Gloria was a complete and total waste of a human being. We saw her transformation in Sizzling -Reid’s book- with the help of Lori, Gloria’s nurse. But from some of the things Gloria said and did to Dani, I was surprised at how easily Dani let her back into her life. I’m on the fence with that whole element.

Overall the story was good, though. Despite the issues I had, I was drawn to the characters and really enjoyed the storyline.

I’m going to give this one a 4 out of 5.

The series:

Delicious (February 2006) – Cal’s book
Irresistible (July 2006) – Walker’s book
Sizzling (January 2007) – Reid’s book
Tempting (July 2007) – Dani’s book

PS. I’m being a rebel. I wrote most of this review about 5 days ago and haven’t re-read it since. Forgive any grammatical errors, please. And if the review doesn’t make sense, well…

four-stars

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