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June 9, 2017

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin + Giveaway

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin
One S’more Summer
Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series, #1)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.
For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.
Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.
When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

June 5, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman was amazing!!!! I was hoping to find a good heroine but wow! DC finally made a great movie, and with the best character.

I didn't know much about Wonder Woman's history. I remember her suit and her invisible plane. But in this movie they let you know everything since the start. The Amazons are women warriors, the bests, and Diana is their princess.

I loved the fight scenes. Diana is super strong and the best warrior. Nobody can win her. Forget Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman is the best! She was very decisive and didn't let anyone change her objetives, even when she had Steve Trevor at her sight giving her the looks. But I could relate to her when she just couldn't ignore the people suffering for a war they didn't want.

Overall, I just loved Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was a great choice to play this amazing character and I want more! Finally they made a movie about a heroine, and it ended being my favorite!

May 30, 2017

TV Series Review: GIRLS

TV Series Review: GIRLS

GIRLS is a series about 4 women in their 20's and living in New York. They are trying to figure out what to do with their lives and how to do it.

Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna have very different personalities, but they manage to be friends. I don't think I have a favorite, sometimes I liked one of them and sometimes I hated them for being so dramatic or self destructive. There are lots of sex scene, some drugs, but mostly women being very immature and doing crazy things. I'm not sure if New York is so crazy in real as every series I've seen, but wow.

I'm sure there are lots of women in their 20's trying to figure out their lives, and they can relate to at least one of the characters. But for me it was difficult to connect sometimes. Maybe it's the age, or maybe it's that I couldn't connect because my life was totally different, and some of their problems seemed so simple for me. I read this article a few days ago at The Huffington Post that says "...the criticism that the show Girls makes about middle class New Yorkers is that they take their privilege for granted, are entitled, narrow minded, unaware and have pretensions of being special, talented and liberal..."; and I agree. Is not easy to watch sometimes but that's the idea.

But I'm glad there was space for a series like this in TV. Lena Dunham wrote about realistic women, experimenting and doing things their own way, and it's not something you see every day on television.

Also, I began reading Lena Dunham's book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned", but I didn't finish it. I didn't connect at all with her voice or her experiences.

May 25, 2017

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan + Giveaway

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan

Aiding the Dragon by Jessie Donovan
Aiding the Dragon
Jessie Donovan
(Stonefire Dragons #9)
Publication date: May 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Teagan O’Shea is a rare female dragon-shifter leader. While her Irish clan has a tradition of female leaders, they have always had to hide behind a male face publicly to prevent the other clans from viewing them as weaker and then attacking. When the truth leaks, Teagan is faced with a choice—hand over the leadership to a male or invite the challengers to a leadership trial and earn her place. Out to prove having a penis isn’t required to be a leader, she picks the latter.
Aaron Caruso is sent to Ireland under the guise of repairing relations between two clans on the isle of Ireland. However, upon arrival he learns the truth. Determined to secure Teagan’s place so he can escape her alluring eyes and addicting personality, he busies himself with helping her any way he can. A female used him once and he’s not about to go through that again, no matter how much the Irish female tempts him.
As the pair work together on preparations for the leadership trial, both Aaron and Teagan start to see each other in a new light. Both have their own self-imposed loneliness and yearn for something they can’t have. Can Aaron and Teagan not only change tradition but also open their hearts? Or will they each be doomed to live alone to fight their inner battles?