Friday, July 1, 2011

Between the Lines Review

Between The Lines
Tammara Webber

Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date:
April 29, 2011
YA, Romance
Kindle ebook
5/5 (Avg 4/5)
When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.

Between The Lines is what I would consider a pretty perfect Contemporary read for me. There's drama and there's romance with a slight love triangle, but it lacks the insta-love - which means Webber got it right for me.

Emma is everything I wanted in a female lead. She's strong and can take up for herself, yet still has some of those typical teenage weaknesses and flaws that makes you relate to her completely as the story goes. Even if her decisions were a little different from what I think my own would be if I was put in her spot, I understood the decisions she made because they fit who she was and how she thinks. Reid definitely played his part well, and Graham and Brooke both surprised me with how much I enjoyed their characters in the story. I thought Brooke would have been the one girl in the story I wanted to strangle -- but it turned out to be someone completely different and unexpected, which would be Emma's stepmother. Wow, what a character she turned out to be!

This story is one that is completely relatable in today's world. There are a lot of teen stars and this story takes on a realistic portrayal of what that world may be like. Over everything, I think the part about the story that I enjoyed most was that everything wasn't just a bed of roses. There was conflict and there were unexpected moments that I didn't see coming. I also enjoyed the fact that the story's ending didn't take the stereotypical route.. but that's about all I can say without messing up the ending. Everything tied up nicely and nothing was left completely unanswered. I think my only problem now is that I know that a second book will be coming out soon and I cannot wait!

For the squeamish, note that there are some sexual situations along with scenes of teen drinking and some language. This would be a great read for the more mature YA audience.

"You live with your parents?"

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Becoming Edward Review

Becoming Edward
Faye Meredith

Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date:
June 6, 2011
YA, Romance
Kindle ebook
4/5 (Avg 4/5)
Rachel's hooked on Twilight and is in love with Edward Cullen. Clive is obsessed with Rachel but he's no Edward. Lewis is in love with himself until he meets Rachel.

Both boys fail to win her until one of them has the bright idea of becoming Edward.

Becoming Edward is a light-hearted teen fiction novel for young adults who love paranormal romance, especially Twilight and Breaking Dawn. There are no vampires in it, but there is a boy who thinks he's Edward Cullen.

The author is a huge Twilight fan and explores what it's like to be a Twi-hard while other people just 'don't get it'.

This was one of those random Kindle purchases that I make every once in a while when I come upon an ebook that simply intrigues me. I mean, come on, a book about a guy that decides to become Edward Cullen to win the girl? For the female Twilight fans, that is a MUST read if for no other reason than to find out how it goes! Plus, at a price like $2.99, it's simply too hard to resist.

I adore this book. Not only was the premise amusing and just too cute for words, but the characters were seemingly realistic and relatable. Rachel is most definitely one of those girls that is so addicted to Twilight and Edward Cullen, simply no boy will ever compare to the fictional heartthrob. She was also relatively sane for a die-hard Twilight fan, which is one stereotype that I was glad was not personified in the book. As a fan of Twilight, I fancy myself rather sane and definitely still connected to this thing we like to call reality.

I think the only thing that I wasn't so happy with was how far Lewis went with the whole 'becoming Edward Cullen' concept. Maybe I didn't use my imagination enough when I was reading the synopsis, but I was thinking he would fully turn on the Edward gentlemanly charm and maybe do the signature bouffant hairdo. But, no. It goes much deeper than that... almost to the point of sheer chaos. While it was cute, it was definitely straddling the line and teetering on outright creepy.

Becoming Edward was a fun, light-hearted read that can pretty much be read in one sitting. It's an endearing story about how far one guy will change to get the girl with many laugh-out-loud moments that will surely make the people around you think you're as crazy as those silly Twilight fans. ;)

Cindy had the book in her mouth.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

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