Posted in Blog tour, Book Blast, romance, Young Adult on March 3, 2013

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Synopsis:

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.

Review:

Lately I have really gotten into YA books.  I’m not sure if it is because it makes me think I am younger than I am or something else.  The title of this book  is what piqued my curiosity…after all, who wouldn’t want to see what the Ugly Stepsister’s point of view.  I LOVED the story.  Mattie isn’t really the Ugly Stepsister she thinks that she is and Ella isn’t Cinderella…well maybe a little bit, but she has a big heart.  Mattie reminded me of my high school days (which I am find not reliving thank you very much) and the cliques and how some people can be petty and downright mean.  Dad doesn’t seem to be tuned in much to his kids, at least not at first but he eventually comes around with the help of his new love interest which can only be good for Mattie and Ella….nothing worse than an absentee father.

Over all I give this book 5 paws and highly recommend it.  Pick it up next time you are out at a book store, shopping on Amazon or at the library.

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About the Author

Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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Tour Giveaway:

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Posted in contest, Giveaway, Winners on March 2, 2013

I haven’t posted winners in awhile (but trust me they have been winning!) but here are some latest winners:

  • Hailey from CT that follows me on Facebook won a copy of The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Shelley from PA that follows me on Facebook and via email won the first two books in the Rule of Ten series
  • Debbie from Irving won an eBook copy of Song for Julia
  • Isabel who follows me on Goodreads won an eBook of Caramel & Magnolias

I have more books to giveaway coming up…so stay tuned!

 

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Posted in e-books, fiction, Review, romance on March 1, 2013

Pearl is the first novel for author Malory Thomas.  Malory contacted me about reading and reviewing her book and I love to read first books for new authors.  Sometimes they are good and sometimes not.  I’m happy to say that Pearl fit into the good category (but more on that shortly)!  I also did a short interview with Maloryher, I always like finding out more about new authors and what makes them tick (well to a degree!)

What inspired you to write Pearl?

I took a creative writing class in graduate school for fun and I wrote the first few chapters of Pearl in that class. At the time, Pearl was meant to be strictly a short story, but I became fond of her, and wanted to explore her life further by putting her beliefs to test through her relationship with Austin.

In terms of the setting, I actually briefly worked in a convenience story in Vermont while I was in college.

Are any of the characters based on people that you know?

Bits and pieces of the characters remind me of someone I know. Pearl reminds me of a relative; Vern reminds me of a former boss, and Austin was inspired by a younger co-worker that I had an an and off quasi-romantic relationship with.

Is this your first published book?

I have actually published a dozen science library books under another name. Pearl is my first novel.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Wow, where do I start? My list is huge, but recently I found a few authors that I have fallen in love with: Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook), Liz Moore (Heft), and Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell the Wolves I’m Home)

What books are on your nightstand (or what are you reading right now)?

Right now I’m reading Book of Illusions by Paul Auster and This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz is up next on my nightstand. On my e-reader,the two up next are Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard) and Waking Up Married (Mira Lyn Kelly). I love the depth of literary fiction, but I also like the dialogue and quick-pacing of genre fiction, particularly romance.

Pearl

 

Synopsis:

Pearl, a married 30-year-old convenience store worker, longs for change and excitement. Believing she can find it in the purchase of a Mustang, she soon learns that her co-worker, Austin, a recent college graduate, offers the thrill she’s missed out on.

When circumstances force the two apart, Pearl faces the difficult decision of repairing her marriage, thereby staying true to her religious beliefs, or disrupting her entire life to explore something life-changing.

Review:

At first I thought this book would all be told from Pearl’s point of view, but there are also sections where Austin and Vern tell their story.  I think this helped round out the story, because as the saying goes, there are always 2 sides to every story (or 3 in this case).  Pearl married young to leave a not so good situation, but she didn’t realize that marrying Vern may not be the best option.  When she ventures out and gets a job and starts working with Austin, she realizes that perhaps there is more to life out there than keeping the house clean and making a meal for someone that doesn’t appear to appreciate the effort.  I like that Pearl learns to stand up for herself (of course that also gets her into a little bit of trouble initially) and to seek out a better life than what she has had until that point.  Vern also manages to grow in the novel.  It is always nice to see people learn from their mistakes.

Overall I give it 4 paws and suggest checking it out if you have an eReader (or get the Kindle app for your PC).

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