Saturday, September 28, 2013

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

As many of you already know, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is one of my all time favorite books. It wasn't until just a moment ago that I realized I never posted my review.... so here it is!

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

beautiful disaster review
Summary- Abby Abernathy arrives at Eastern University and gets settled into her new dorm with her best friend just as classes are about to begin. Running from a terrifying past, Abby is relieved to know that she can finally put it behind her and start a new chapter in her life. Being the good girl she is, Abby offers to be the designated driver and see everyone home from the first party of the year. Never did she imagine the horrifying predicament she would find herself in when walking to the parking lot alone.
Travis Maddox, on the other hand, is nothing like good girl Abby. Travis is a college bad boy covered in tattoos, in hangs with a rough crowd and is the campus charmer that has all the girls swooning over him. The two finally meet when they realize that Abby's best friend and roommate, is dating Travis's best friend and roommate. While Abby does not care for his lifestyle or bad boy charm, Travis is turned on by her resistance.

Hoping to finally get the point across that she is not interested, Abby agrees to a simple bet brought on by Travis. If Travis wins, Abby must live with him, in his apartment for a full month. If Abby wins, he must refrain from sexual contact with other girls for a month. Either way, one of them is going to be in for the longest month of their life. Travis has unknowingly me someone he can't beat, and someone who won't stand down in fear of his bad boy ways, and someone he can't intimidate.

My Review of Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster is one of my favorite romance books. The story was well-written and the characters were amazing. One thing I really enjoyed about the book was the realistic characters. Travis and Abby were very life like, making it easier to 'put yourself in their shoes'. When you can relate to the characters in a 'real world' scenario, it makes the book much easier to relate to and enjoy. 

I love how Abby had the innocent 'good girl' lifestyle, but yet she wasn't whiny. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but some of the best books can be ruined by a whiny character. While she was simple and innocent, she had a way about her that made her strong and witty. Travis, no doubt, was my favorite character. Aside from his hot, bad boy charm, he was very sweet and nothing more than a big teddy bear at heart. That is, when he wasn't in the underground fighting ring. I loved how Travis called Abby 'Pigeon'. When he finally says why he calls her Pigeon, it will melt your heart. 

When I read the excerpt from the first two pages on Amazon I was kind of turned off by it. It sounded like a book with one of those dark, dreary plots that teeter on the edge of being a horror flick. Well, when I first began to read the book I was a little discouraged to find that was how the book started. I nearly put it down but continued on a few more chapters. I am so glad I did. Once I realized what was going on, it was not what I thought. It was a major part of the story that made great sense a few paragraphs down. My reason for telling you all of this? Because some of the sites offering the excerpt did a bad job of choosing a good for the book that portrays the true story of the book. It makes the book seem more like a horror flick with the darkness, screaming, chanting and everything else that would make you think you were reading about a mosh pit filled with an angry beast. 

Over all, I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Beautiful Disaster and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good romance novels with a great plot, a little drama, and lots of suspense!

Walking Disaster - Book #2

Walking Disaster is the second book in the Beautiful Series by Jamie McGuire. It picks up where Beautiful Disaster left off and tells the story in Travis' point of view. I personally, love the cover of this book and find it much more appealing than the cover of Beautiful Disaster, which- I almost didn't read because the cover made me think it was some fantasy, sci-fi, YA type of book that I wouldn't care for. I am so glad that I read the blurb and didn't judge the book by it's cover!


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Duck Dynasty Books: Books by the Duck Commanders

Duck Dynasty Books
Hey Jack! You will be Happy-Happy-Happy to know that your favorite Duck Dynasty books are finally here! These hilarious Duck Dynasty books are becoming increasing popular as many of the Duck Dynasty family members are releasing a variety of Duck Commander books. Some of these books include the Duck Commander Phil Robertson book, Miss Kay's Cookbook and Uncle Si's book, Si-Cology. So far, each one of them are rated a full 5 stars on many websites including book sites and online retailers with thousands of ratings for each book.

These books include biographies, hilarious events in the history of Duck Commander, recipes, funny quotes and much more. There's even a Duck Commander Devotional book which will be released in October of 2013!

If you enjoy watching the Duck Dynasty TV Series you will love these Duck Dynasty Books by the Duck Commanders!

Happy, Happy, Happy: 

My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander 

Phil Robertson Book
Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander is the Phil Robertson biography book! For anyone who loves Duck Dynasty TV Series or the Duck Commander line, then this book is a must. This book goes through the life of Phil Robertson from a child to current times. It tells the story of how he grew up in 'his day' along with how he became the Duck Commander Legend.

From everyday life to trials and triumphs, this Phil Robertson book lays it all out the table. Whether it's founding Duck Commander, his Christian lifestyle, raising kids or falling in love with Miss Kay, he tells it all!

Phil Roberts book Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander is available in hardback and ebook at:

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The Duck Commander Family: 

How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty

The Duck Dynasty Family
The Duck Commander Family Bio- Written by Willie & Korie Robertson, The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty gives an up-close and personal look at the Robertson family from the bayous of Louisiana.

In The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty Willie tells the story of how the Robertson family turned Phil Robertson's invention of the duck calls into a mega-million empire. Willie tells the story of growing up in the Robertson house hold and shares his favorite family recipes from Phil & Miss Kay. Korie tells of the joys and not-so-joyous tasks that come along with managing the business, raising the family and keeping up with the Robertson boys, all while maintaining her own sanity and staying beautiful. Find out more Duck Dynasty behind-the-scenes secrets of your favorite Duck Commander family including Willie, Jase, Jep, Alan, Uncle Si, Phil & Miss Kay.

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Si-Cology 1: 

Tales & Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

Uncle Si's Book
Duck Dynasty's  Si Robertson, finally wrote the 'Uncle Si tells all book' in his Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle. This book is incredibly funny and keeps with Uncle Si's story telling and written in Si-vocabulary so there's plenty of Hey's and Jack's scattered throughout the book and it's written as if her was sitting there telling you the story in person.

One of the best things about Si Robertson's book is that like all his stories - according to Si himself - are 95% true! He credits the 5% of untrue stories to a cloudy mind accompanied by old age. In Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle, Si tells some of his best stories relating to memories from his childhood, Vietnam and family events. If you or someone you know is an Uncle Si fan then you have to read Si-Cology 1!


Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: 

Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table

Duck Commander Cookbook, Duck Dynasty Cookbook
The Official Duck Commander Cookbook- For all you Duck Dynasty fans comes the Duck Commander Cookbook, Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table. Miss Kay, along with Chrys Howard, Korie's mother, has written the first Duck Dynasty Duck Commander Cookbook.

Whether you are looking for delicious Duck Dynasty recipes, wanting to know how to cook frog legs, or just looking for Miss Kay's biscuit recipe, you are sure to find it in this great Duck Commander cookbook written by Miss Kay herself. Each section is divided into categories such as meals, drinks and desserts and are organized around different Robertson family members.

In addition to over 100 great Duck Commander recipes, Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen cookbook also includes a variety of images, family stories, cooking tips and much more. This cookbook is a must-have for any Duck Dynasty fan, country-cooking kitchen or any southern food lover! It will be released on November 5th, 2013. You can pre-order now for less than the original release price. Plus, if for any reason the price drops between now and release date, you get to keep the lower price- one of the best reasons for pre-ordering any book, including Miss Kay's cookbook.

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Have you read any of the Duck Commander Books?

If so, I would love to hear your reviews! Share your thoughts and suggestions for the best Duck Dynasty books, and of course anything else you want to share related to the TV Series! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What Do You Think Makes for a Great Giveaway?

As I stated in my previous post, I took a mini vacation from the book blogging world. I needed time to get adjusted to my new job, focus on my faith and family, and well just have a time to make it through a busy summer. Now that all of that is behind me, i am back and ready to go full-throttle!

With that said, I am excited that to say that I will be posting a bunch of reviews, giveaways, guest posts and more over the next few weeks as I get my blog back in tip-top shape! And catching up on my favorite authors, books and series as I patiently wait for Heart Strings, the third book in the Sweetwater Canyon Series.

In addition, I'm thinking about hosting another giveaway for my blog! As a book reader, book reviewer, and book blogger, what do you think would be a good giveaway prize? $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble Gift Card or 3 $10 gift card card or prizes to more chances at win? How about some of the books that I previously reviewed? A few of the great upcoming titles? I would love to hear your ideas as a reader on what makes for a fun giveaway!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Did Sylvia Day Ruin Her Fan Base for the Crossfire Series?

Entwined with You
So, after going on a reading vacation for six months, I am back on track to start posting my reviews and catching up on my favorite books and find out the latest gossip in the book blogging world. In doing so, I finally get the chance to read Entwined with You, by Sylvia Day! Needless to say, I am super excited! Well, I was... the excitement has dwindled slightly since noticing the sudden decline in Sylvia Day's ratings based on her newest Crossfire Series release.

Unlike the first two books, rated between 4-5 stars depending on which site you look at, Entwined with You has plummeted to 3.5 stars. Not a good thing considering the previous two were on the bestsellers list and she the news of more to come in the Crossfire Series.

When you look at the book on you can see that after thousands of reviews and comments it appears as if the book was poorly written. However, if you scroll down a little bit, you will see that out of all the comments listed on the front page it shows nothing but 1 & 2 star ratings- all of which, are from some very upset readers.

Why are the Crossfire fans upset with Sylvia Day? 

Turns out the Crossfire Trilogy isn't a trilogy. After fans lined up to get their copy of the Entwined with You  so that they could finally put a happy-ever-after ending to the mega-billionaire hunk, Gideon Cross, fans found it obvious that there would be a 4th book, and now there's talk of even a 5th book.

Fans don't seem to be too happy with the long drawn out series when what they are truly searching for is a final closing to complete that small space in their heart that fell in love with Gideon Cross. After millions of women faced Christian Grey withdraws, they are now left with the back and forth, never ending emotions tied to Gideon Cross. Well, it is pretty hard to move on to the next big series when you can't finish the one you are currently reading... cause the author won't stop adding to it! I can somewhat see the frustration but hey, then again, it means more Gideon Cross!!! :)

The majority of the comments and reviews left in the ratings all speculate that Sylvia Day was 'money hungry' and was trying to 'rake in the dough'. Many stated that while the book was great, they would not continue reading the series due to the author dragging the series out for monetary reasons.

What did you think of Entwined with You and the way it ended?

Well, summing it all up, it sounds like Sylvia Day has ticked of the masses in her fan base. Many of them are not happy and are voicing their concerns on the author's attempt to drag out the series for financial gain.

Since I haven't read the final latest book I'm kinda anxious to get started, but a little concerned about being 'left hanging' as many of the reviews stated.

Have you read Entwined with You? What did you think about it? Was the ending that bad? What are your thoughts on Sylvia Day's decision to expand the trilogy? I would love to hear your thoughts on this apparently, very touchy subject!

***This is not an official news report of any kind, nor have I seen any such news like it. It is pure, personal speculation that I, myself, concluded after reading the reviews. Please do not copy and republish this information. If you would like to link to it then by all means please feel free to do so but do not repost it as it Copyright Stephanie's Bookshelf.