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Review: We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted February 17, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

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Rowena’s review of We Can Work it Out (Lonely Hearts Club #1) by Elizabeth Eulberg.

When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn’t need to define themselves by how guys look at them, and didn’t have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she’d be an outcast for life…but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.

But what happens when the girl who never thought she’d date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn’t need a boyfriend… but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.

Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.

Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it — and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants. In We Can Work It Out, Elizabeth Eulberg returns to the world of her first novel, The Lonely Hearts Club, and gets to the heart of how hard relationships can be… and why they are sometimes worth all the drama and comedy they create.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I found out that it was coming out. I enjoyed Penny and Ryan from The Lonely Hearts Club and while I did enjoy parts of this book, most of it drove me up the wall.

So this book takes place not too long after the end of The Lonely Hearts Club. Penny has founded the girls club The Lonely Hearts Club and all girls who have had their hearts broken are welcome to join. They have fun together, they are there for each other and while that’s all fine and dandy, I found their whole club thing tiresome. They were much too busy and they had too many damn rules. It was all sisters before misters, all of the time that I felt like they turned themselves into little heart breakers themselves.

Penny stretches herself too thin in this book and instead of me feeling bad for her, I stayed pissed off at her. This book is about Penny finding balance between the club, her school work and dating Ryan. It was like she felt because she started the club, they should always come first and everything else in her life took a back seat. I thought Ryan took a back seat to the club for far too long that by about the middle of the book, I thought Ryan should dump Penny for good because he deserved someone that would put him first some of the time. I mean, on top of always coming in second to the club, he had to deal with her not wanting to act like a couple while they were in public because someone from the club might see.

It was all so stupid that it made me see why some adults don’t like to read YA books.

Ryan was too perfect. He settled for a lot in this book and I wasn’t a fan of that because he was one of the good guys. Yeah, Penny does eventually get her head out of her butt but I spent too long wanting to strangle her for the way that she acted throughout the book. From the way she treated Ryan to the way she judged Missy after getting to know her. She didn’t even try to understand where Missy was coming from and that wasn’t cool. She’s supposed to be this leader and one thing doesn’t go her way so she immediately stands judge and jury over others? Ugh.

I will say that though there were things that bugged me about this book. There were things that I did like. I liked meeting Bruce. I liked Tracy and Diane. I liked Tracy’s reasons for not wanting to get in a relationship. I liked that Tracy called Penny on her crap because we all need a friend like that in our lives and I enjoyed Penny’s family…though the whole Beatles thing with her parents was a bit overwhelming.

All in all, this book didn’t live up to the hype I was building up about it in my head but I think that fans of Eulberg will enjoy it. Younger fans definitely.

Grade: 2.5 out of 5

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This book is available from Point. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted February 28, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Rowena’s review of Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg.

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

Macallan and Levi have been friends since Levi transferred to Macallan’s school and Macallan felt bad because he looked so desperate for friends.  So she became his friend.  And it’s a friendship that was put through the wringer.  From cheating other best friends to jealous boyfriends and girlfriends to a declaration of love and a trip to Ireland.  So much is packed into this book and I ate every word up.

I was kind of skeptical going into this book because with a title like this one, I thought things wouldn’t turn out the way that I wanted them to but after reading this, there really was only one way that this book could have ended and I thought Eulberg did a fabulous job with the set up, the build up and the ending.  This book was filled with a whole lot of things that I loved.  I loved the dynamic between Macallan and Levi.  I loved the way that they were with each other, the way that they understood each other (even when they were behaving like complete idiots) and I really liked the way that their story is told throughout the entire book.

The story is told through alternating POV’s (and the way that they marked who’s chapter you were getting was beyond cute, which is something I didn’t notice until Nath brought it up) and then each chapter ends with commentary from both Levi and Macallan.  The cuteness in this story knows no bounds.  It was so sweet, the way that these two bickered with each other.

This was a good book.  It was cute and funny and the characters became close to my heart.  Both Macallan and Levi were outstanding protagonists and their journey was a fabulous read.  Eulberg did a great job with this one and I’m super stoked that I got to read this one.  It was perfect for the mood I was in when I started it.  I’m SO looking forward to more books from Elizabeth Eulberg.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Point.  You can purchase it here or here in e-format.  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg.

Posted March 20, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom. Don’t mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it.

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I did a buddy review of this book with my bestest book buddy Ames over at her team buddy review blog, Breezing Through.  Check it out here (click on picture):


Ames and I have a bunch of fun reviewing books together so this buddy review thing will be a monthly thing.  I’ll let you guys know when our monthly reviews go up.

I hope to see you guys over there!

…and that’s your scoop!

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Book Watch: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted January 4, 2013 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments


My first book watch of the year goes to…Elizabeth Eulberg!  I’m always looking forward to books by this author because she’s just that good.  I’m so grateful to my buddy Ames for introducing this fabulous author to me and her new book sounds like all kinds of awesome so of course, I’m all kinds of excited!

A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.

Don’t mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it.

Yeah, I’m all about reading this one. I can just imagine the kind of shenanigans Lexi gets into in her quest to win the beauty game! On Goodreads, this book is marked for release on March 1, 2013 so mark your calendars lovely readers…good times are sure to come! =)

…and that’s your scoop!


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Guest Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted August 16, 2012 by Ames in Reviews | 6 Comments

Ames’ review of Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg.
Main Character: Emme, Ethan, Sophie, Carter
Love Interest: n/a
Series: None
Author: Twitter|Goodreads

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it’s been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn’t sure how to admit that he’d rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.

Elizabeth Eulberg swept me off my readerly feet with her debut novel The Lonely Hearts Club. Her second novel, Prom & Prejudice, was also enjoyable. And I’m pleased to admit she hit another one out of the park with Take a Bow.

Told from four different points of view, Take a Bow is a quick and enjoyable read detailing the senior year of Emme, Sophie, Ethan and Carter. Emme is a songwriter who everyone tells to break out of her shell and sing too. She doesn’t quite have the self-confidence, she’s definitely more interested in writing the songs than singing them. Her best friend is Sophie. Sophie sings Emme’s songs. She’s also quite full of herself. And even though her time at their arts school didn’t go quite as planned, she’s counting on Emme’s song to give her one last shot at impressing everyone. Carter is Sophie’s boyfriend. He’s already a television star but he wants to step back from the limelight and focus on his interests, he feels like his mom has been pushing to keep him acting. And then there’s Ethan. He’s Emme’s friend, they’re in a band together. He has some substance abuse and womanizing problems (yes, even in high school, their band is popular). He’s also secretly in love with Emma. And hates how Sophie uses her.

Oohwheee did I enjoy this one! Everything just worked beautifully. The different points of view, I really enjoyed that. I liked that although they were technically in high school, it was about the arts so these were definitely some creative types and it was a different dynamic compared to a regular high school. And I like how each of the 4 friends were going through a change of some sorts.

For Emme is learning to believe in herself and to see how she’d always let her ‘friend’ keep her in the background while she jealously stole the spotlight. This coincides with Carter’s awakening to his potential away from acting. It made him see Sophie in a different light as well. I enjoyed the friendship that develops between Emme and Carter.

Sophie – as much as I disliked her character, her pov was interesting.

And Ethan. I liked him. I don’t want to give it all away but he encounters a few setbacks. But luckily he has friends who try to set him straight and make him take his head out of his ass. LOL

Overall, Take a Bow has a sweet uplifting message to believe in yourself. And wrapped around that message were some great characters and engaging writing. I know Wena already reviewed this book (here) so if you haven’t read it based on her review, what the heck are you waiting for! Go read it!

B+

…and that’s your scoop!

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