Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Update!!! Coming Back Soon!

Ok So if you are a follower you must have noticed that we Read, Rate & Review Girls have been slightly MIA....Well that is all my fault. My laptop's hard drive died and is out being repaired right now. My only other (good) access to the internet is at work and I have been swamped lately. I promise to post some things here very soon (I hope to have a couple things ready and scheduled for you tonight actually) and we will be back in the saddle very soon!

Sorry again for going MIA without explanation! My girls know the site but don't want to post things without all of the little links and tweaks I normally do before they go live :) Hang in there! And we will be back up and running ASAP!!!

Thanks for your everlasting patience!

Always Turning The Page,

Ashley :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

What to Look for In a Good Book


We have been sharing our book reviews with you now for a couple of months, but I thought maybe it would be helpful to know how we pick and choose which books to read.  Maybe tips like these will help you to just pick up a book and know whether or not you should read it and if you’ll like it.

Tip #1: Is the book written by an author you’ve read before?  If you pick up a book by an author you’ve read before – and liked that book, chances are pretty good that you’re going to like the next book, too, and probably any book they write.  My personal love of James Patterson started years ago with the very first book he wrote about Alex Cross.  I rode my bike to the library every other day or so to get the next one in the series!  Because James Patterson is a tried and true author for me, I know that whatever he writes I’m going to love.  I love his characters, I love his short chapters, I love his detailing, and I love his suspense.

Tip #2: Is the book on a best sellers list?  For a book to make it on the best sellers list, it means numerous people have bought the book.  If that many people have bought it, it’s probably a good read.

Tip #3: Read the first three or four pages.  I can always tell after reading the first few pages of a book if I’m going to like it or not.  If I can’t get past the first few pages or if I’m not understanding what the author is saying or if I’m just not getting a good feel from the book, I know that I need to put it down and read something else.  The author should be able to reel you in with that amount of pages, if they haven’t done so, you probably aren’t going to like the rest of it.  Move on to a book you can love and enjoy.

Tip #4: Is the book in a genre that you like?  If you know that you can’t handle reading about murders and shootings and death, you should know to avoid murder/mystery books.  If you know that you want to read a love story find an author that specializes in love stories, like Nicholas Sparks.  If you want a love story mixed in with murder/mystery, you would like James Patterson and Harlan Coben.  If you like to put yourself in a whole new world when reading and really get lost in the book, try a vampire series.  I knew for 100% certain that I didn’t want to read about vampires, but a couple of my friends had read Twilight and absolutely loved it.  I love a good book and this series was/is SO popular, I thought, okay, I’ll get past the vampire aspect and give it a try.  I have since finished Twilight and also read the Broken Heart series, the Undead Series, and the Sookie Stackhouse series – all about vampires.  The suspenseful storylines, the relatable characters, and the little bit of romance make me a sucker for these books (ha!  Sucker!  Vampire!!)

Tip #5: If you don’t understand any of the previous tips, but you’re still curious about whether or not you would like a book…  You can contact Ashley, Destiny, or me with the title and author of the book you’re considering, one of us will read it for you!  We’ll just need to know the type of book you generally prefer, we’ll review it and tell you whether or not we think you would like it!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dick Hannah - Author Interview


So last week you read the review for Dick Hannah's book Toe the Line. Now get ready to meet the man behind the book!!




Author Interview!!!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a native Texan who spent four years as a sergeant in an Army Airborne Ranger unit before coming home to become a technical writer and editor. I've always wanted to be a novelist so when not writing assembly and safety manuals I was home reading and writing mystery and thriller novels. Like most writers, I grew up loving to read and write. My first story, written in first grade, read like a Rex Stout pulp thriller but with less direction and absolutely no structure.

2. When and why did you begin writing?

I spent a lot of time on a fruitless quest to get my MFA in Creative Writing. I thought that with an MFA I would have the credibility and curriculum vitae to become a serious writer. My time would have been better spent actually laying pen to paper and writing, writing, writing. I didn't get serious until I was in my thirties and I'm only just now getting to a point where I'm comfortable with allowing the public to read my writing. I wish I had written more in my twenties so that I could have been a more developed and professional writer at this point in my life.

3. What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote Toe the Line shortly after moving home from Washington. I loved the Pacific Northwest and sorely wanted to stay up there. I had raced in several triathlons, marathons and adventure races and thought that Toe the Line offered me the perfect platform to provide an outlet for understanding racing and racers and to set it in Seattle as an homage to my time there. 

4. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I've always raced in fun runs. I remember in fourth grade training for my first fun run, the Houston Zoo Run. Over the years I've raced in triathlons, marathons, fun runs, and races including the Army's Best Ranger Competition. Having run in so many different races I have a deep history and a lot I can impart to readers about the subject. Additionally, my brother is an idea generation machine. Thankfully he doesn't mind sending me many of his thoughts and plots. If I could keep up with his ideas I'd be on novel thirty of forty.

5. What do you think makes a good story?

I think what makes a good story depends on the reader and what's going on in that reader's life. My reading ranges from short, funny, light fiction like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series to thick, "committment" books like Oliver Twist or Les Miserables. Sometimes I enjoy lots of characters with deep inter-related plots and twists that converge at the end of the story, other times I like to know where the stories going and just enjoy allowing the author take me on that ride. I think in most cases though I would say that being able to surprise the reader is what makes a good story.

6. Can you tell us about any challenges in getting your first book published?

As an editor I know how poorly a writer edits his own work. Despite this understanding I struggled with polishing my work to the point needed for publication. Even now I'm not completely satisfied with Toe the Line. Thankfully the second and third novels are moving toward publication much more smoothly than Toe the Line and I hope that their subsequent releases are also less challenging. My advice both to myself and anyone else considering publishing their novels; even if you think it's edited, let an editor have yet another look at it.

7. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you enjoy Toe the Line you will love my next novel. Your patience will be rewarded. Secondly, if you like my novels be as proactive as possible in expressing that. Today's publishing world is changing constantly and quickly. New authors like me are slaves to word of mouth and reviews like those found on this site. If you like the writing, tell someone and tell another someone. That's the only way they're going to be able to keep producing those books you like.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Had you asked this question when I was a child I would have said Roald Dahl or Alfred Hitchcock short stories. As a teenager I would have said Dick Francis, Isaac Asimov or Stephen King. As a college student my favorite writers were John Grisham and Michael Crichton. Now I enjoy reading James Clavell's novels, Tom Clancy's works, George MacDonald Frasier and Ken Follett. But the books I most look forward to reading are books by Vernor Vinge. Vernor Vinge is able to create whole, believable worlds and never leaves out the twists and surprises. If you've never tried his work and you want a "commitment book", he's your man.

9. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am writing a novel that concentrates on the way that obsessions and conspiracies can undermine the lives and families of ordinary people. In this work I leverage my Army and Special Operations background and compared to my first two novels this one is far more complex and filled with intrigue.

10. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
The novel I hope to release in the next few months focuses on adventure racing in West Texas. A lot of Toe the Line focuses on imagery of water, swimming, and the rain that is persistent in the Pacific Northwest. I wanted to try the opposite approach with On the Edge and have the story focus on the West Texas desert. I think it will prove that I have developed as a writer. It has more engaging characters, more subtleties, and far more developed major and minor plot lines.
11. Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?

Although I like my novels and think they fill an empty area in the marketplace, I am seriously considering changing from a first person, thriller cum mystery format to one that is third person and more genuinely a true thriller. Unless I find a substantial audience for this adventure racing series I would like to branch out and try new styles. Many people think I should explore using more comedy in my writing, but I'm a bit worried about trying that. That's a tough style to master.

And a couple more that are a bit unconventional  :)

12. What will your first thought be when you had learnt that you won a lottery?

"Wow! And I didn't even buy a ticket!"

13. Which super power do you like to have and why?

Invisibility. I love sitting and watching folks walk by, thinking about what they might do and why. Invisibility would let me see more about folks without them doing things just because they know they're being watched.

14. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you/ Why?

Despite the fact that the actor Damien Lewis is a doppleganger for me, I would want Phillip Seymour Hoffman to play me. I doubt if he could capture me, but I think he's such a good actor that even if he didn't capture the true Dick Hannah, whatever he produced would be pretty wild and really well done.


I just want to thank Mr. Hannah for taking the time to answer our questions and for being so great to work with over the last couple of weeks! Authors like him are the reason I am enjoying this so much!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS! WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR NEXT BOOK!!!


Check out Dick Hannah's Official Site HERE

Check out last week's review of Toe the Line HERE

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all--but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him - a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

In Once Burned, you get a look inside the wonderful friend of Cat (and foe of Bones) from the always intriguing Night Huntress series. You get teasing tidbits of Vlad's background in the Huntress novels, and he definitely deserved his own spin-off series.
The powerful and absolutely chilling former prince proves how he earned his reputation... repeatedly... Although he seems to be cold hearted, at least he's honest with everyone he surrounds himself with. When he meets Leila through a psycic connection he was interested in more than just the powers that make her useful. He WANTED her. He makes it clear to her that although he wants to make her "his," he isn't capable of love. Can she handle that and agree to it? Can their new relationship withstand the centuries-old enemy trying to kidnap Leila for his own personal use?

I give this book 4 1/2 stars.
I always loved Cat and Bones and all their trials and drama, but I always looked forward to books invoving Vlad. His ego and snark were always entertaining and I knew there was more to him than that. In Once Burned you get to see it all. The reason for his fiercely protective nature; why he can seem so cold hearted; why he trusts only a select few.
A look into Vlad's past explains so much about him, and makes you love him even more. Immensely loyal, honest and ever polite, he will win your heart as he's winning Leila's.
Moving on to Leila, even with her special abilities (brought on after touching a downed power line) she is still relatable. She gets annoyed and has attitude and she doesn't put up with crap. What's not to love?! She also knows when to admit she was wrong. She carries guilt around with her constantly, thanks to that wonderful "gift" from the power line, and Vlad is determined to wipe that guilt away. Can he open her eyes to make her realize the blame doesn't rest on her? Only if she can convince him of the same thing...

Once Burned ended long before I was ready. And the epilogue threw me for a loop. I want more and I want more NOW, but I'll have to wait until Spring of 2013 when book two of the Night Prince series is released!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Help by Kathryn Stockett



Skeeter was an educated white woman.  Among her friends she was somewhat of an outsider.  She spoke to the help, she had frizzy curly hair, and she didn’t dress as nice as they did.  She wasn’t concerned with the same petty things that those girls care about. 

Skeeter wanted badly to have a job in a publishing house.  The woman there, Elaine, encourages her to gain some experience before she would hire her.  She heads to the local newspaper in town and talks the boss into giving her a job.  She makes $8 a week filling in for Miss Myrna’s advice column about cleaning.  Cleaning is something she knows absolutely nothing about, as she has grown up with a maid in the house all her life.  She asks Aibileen, who is her friend Elizabeth’s maid, if she would be able to help her with the advice column.  Aibileen agrees and they strike up a friendship.  As Skeeter worked on this column, she has an idea for writing a book about the black woman’s perspective on working for the white woman.  She asked Aibileen to help her.  Aibileen is very hesitant about telling the truth about her boss, but then decides that she’ll go ahead and help her, fully thinking that the book wouldn’t go anywhere, and really hoping the readers wouldn’t know that this was about their town in Jackson, Mississippi.

Once word spreads among the other maids that Aibileen and her friend Minny are participating in Skeeter’s book, they want to be part of it too, to tell their story.  They get the book put together and meet the deadline.  The book is printed and hits the stores.  It becomes overwhelmingly popular and everyone wants to read it! 

Many of you have probably read the book and also watched the movie.  I thought there were a lot of similarities and the movie followed along with the book very well.  The book provided more descriptive detail about each other characters and their stories, just as books always do, but it was nice to see the them brought to life and portrayed as the author intended them to be.  Overall, I thought the movie did the book justice very well!

This book receives 5 stars from me, I loved it! 























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Thursday, July 12, 2012

GUEST REVIEW! 'The Carpet People’ by Terry Pratchett


By Nick McCarthy

4 out of 5

Having long been a reader and admirer of the world that Terry Pratchett had created with the Discworld series it was with pleasant surprise that I stumbled across The Carpet People. Written back in 1971 as Pratchett’s debut novel when he was 17 and then later revised by the author again in 1992, The Carpet People shares the same flourishes of Tolkein-esque imagery and wry humour that permeates the Discworld universe.

Described as ‘The Lord of the Rings on a Rug’ by some critics, but at only 250 pages long, 199 depending on whether you buy the illustrated copy, (I suggest you stay clear of so as to allow your own imagination to picture this world), Pratchett nonetheless crafts a miniscule, magical world populated by peoples living right beneath our feet. They have their own beliefs, fears and feats of daring.

The story charts the journey of a tribe called the Munrungs, across a world known as the Carpet. Instead of trees, the landscape is a forest of hairs, and is littered with large grains of dust and vegetation. The sky is known as above and below the surface is underlay, and the Floor. Metal is mined from a drooped penny, wood is taken from a discarded matchstick and varnish, used by the mystical Wights is scraped from ‘Achairleg’! Ending in a typical sword and sandals battle between good and evil, The Carpet People is not just your ordinary fantasy novel.

A work of prose that explores the conflict between traditions and innovations, The Carpet People is written with the same interesting satire, loveable characters, parodies of everyday objects and wordplay that Pratchett is known for. This is an entire world that Pratchett has created with an established civilisation, complete with bureaucrats, taxes and warring states. We get nuggets of history, philosophy, economics even religion.

At times I must admit it did feel like I was reading an imitation Pratchett novel but I had to remind myself that this was coming from the same mind, but one that was only just beginning to hone its skills as a master story teller. The story is occasionally a bit flat, and the carpet, real world allegory is somewhat underdone but on the whole it is an enjoyable read. In short if you liked the Discworld books, you’ll find this equally as enjoyable.

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About the Reviewer

Nick McCarthy works at Kingsland Linassi, an award winning, Top 100 UK creative agency in London. When not reading books, Nick enjoys hitting up the gym, watching sci-fi and film photography. Like our Facebook page, follow our Twitter feed and circle us at Google+

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Toe The Line By Dick Hannah & News!!!!


I can not tell you how excited I am to do this review! Mr. Hannah approached me about 3 weeks ago offering up his book for a review and I was extremely worried. Things like "What if I don't like the book?" "What if he doesn't like our review?" were FLYING through my head like I was a crazy person!

On top of all of that Mr. Hannah agreed to do an AUTHOR'S INTERVIEW!!!!! The interview will be up NEXT WEEK on Wednesday, July 18, 2012! So make sure you come back and check out the awesome answers Mr. Hannah gave me to my questions!!!!

Now For The Review!!! Toe the Line


Ok I was seriously stressed about this review and I danced around opening it on my kindle still worried about how it would end up and if I would be disappointed or if I would disappoint someone that took so much time and put in so much effort. When I finally opened the book, all of my doubt about this book flew right out of my head and through the window the second I started reading this book. I can still picture sitting on my couch with my unsweetened Tea and my trusty Kindle (two things I am NEVER without) turning on my Kindle and reading these first lines:

"Go to hell, Wheeler." As last words go they were hardly what one would call poignant. Had I known that was the last time I would see Wheeler alive, I would have said something more meaningful.

Reading that grabbed me right away! I don't know if it is because I have a huge fear of saying the wrong thing to someone and it being the last thing  they ever hear from me but wow was I hooked. As I continued on with the book I started to freak out. There were so many things going on that I seriously stopped reading and checked the percentage completed thinking that I was more than half way through the book. Imagine my shock and delight when I saw that I was only 5% through the book. Now I know what you are thinking "oh no, this book is starting out fast and is going to stall quick", but I assure you that that was about as far from the truth as you can get. It seized my attention and didn't let go until I was out of breath and reading the final pages.

Now a little about the story :) (I probably could have told you this in the beginning, right?)

The main character, Wynter Johnston, *the name just sounds hot doesnt it ;)* is a triathlon participant and expert in all gear and equipment needed. He owns a specialized store and is in the process of opening two more as soon as he returns home from a last minute race. Unfortunately for Wynn getting home is going to be a lot harder than he thought. As he leaves his friend and business partner with those last words to go and get a drink, Wheeler is stabbed repeatedly right out in the open. The police waste no time making the assumption that Wynn was either the assailant or a co-conspirator and quickly give him the normal advice to "not leave town". 


In walks Harvey and Madison. When Wynn figures out that he will probably need an attorney, he calls his old friend Harvey who also just happens to be the father of his ex-fiance Madison. He and Madison's relationship ended pretty bad and the developing tension between the two just keeps you on edge until it comes to a head. 

If I tell you much more then you will have Spoiler Alerts GALORE to fight through so just take it from me and GO GET THIS BOOK NOW!!!! You will not be disappointed!!!


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano

From Amazon:
Once upon a time...

There lived a lovely young woman named Savanna who was engaged to Daniel, a handsome law student. Theirs was to be a fairy-tale wedding. But Savanna's second thoughts were too big to be ignored, so the would-be bride ran away.

As the years passed...

Daniel's heart turned to ice. It was this unfeeling man that Savanna faced upon her return. The love of her youth was now a stranger. Could Savanna ever make Daniel understand why she abandoned him? And could she convince the man of her dreams he would always be her Prince Charming?

A small town young couple, a big time "scandal."

When Savanna came back to her home town, she had every intention of apologizing (years later) for fleeing on her wedding day. Apologize to who? Her would be husband and in-laws for starters. She is in for surprise after surprise beginning her first afternoon in town, though. Many things have changed over the years, and sometimes just an apology doesn't cut it!!


My opinion: 4 stars
This was a quick read for me, and is just a straight romance. I enjoyed the main story line and all the characters involved in every aspect of the book. You really feel like you're there, surrounded by the small-town "homey" feeling... and all the rumors that go along with it! It was a bit predictable, but has a sort of classic-love-story feel to it which I enjoy after reading books with story lines all over the place.

The best part about this book?
It was free (when I got it) through Amazon (and advertised on Pixel of Ink). If you've got a Kindle, I HIGHLY recommend "liking" Pixel of Ink on Facebook and signing up for email updates so you can see lists of books daily that are free through Amazon. You can pick and choose what you want to download, and so far I haven't been let down!!

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Monday, July 9, 2012

NY Times 7-15-12 Review - Better Late than Never :)

New York Times Best Seller List for 7-15-12 here


Ok I am not even going to spend too much time on the Fifty Shades Trilogy other than WOW!!! This may be close to the record for books to hold the number 1-3 spot for the most consecutive weeks in a row. I am amazed! I bet they will be there until a year after the movie comes out (if the movie comes out)

Next up are my next two books on my list of Books To Be Read: Gone Girl & Bared to You. I had yet another friend come up to me after they read Bared to You over their vacation saying how good it was so I need to get a move on these books!

The next one I am adding to my TBR list is #9 Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury. I'm not sure if this book is going to be my cup of tea but the short blurb that is listed grabbed my attention. "The Baxters plan a lakeside reunion, but before the big day, the unthinkable happens, leading to a revelation of secrets." Hmmmm....Secrets? Family? Unthinkable? Don't mind if I do :) Sounds like something is going on and I just have to know what that something is!

#10 on the list is Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, and actually a review is coming to you very soon from my partner, Destiny. Destiny read this book and well.....I will let her tell you all about it but I have a feeling that when I get to read it I will not be disappointed.

#12 is getting an honorable mention. Janet Evanovich's Wicked Business. This is her newest Diesel book and while I LOVE almost ALL of Janet's books I never could get into the Diesel books. Diesel, if you don't know, was a character that was introduced in her "Between the Numbers" books that were shorter little stories that involved Janet's most famous character, Stephanie Plum. I definitely want to eventually read those books but they are pretty far down on my list. My mother reads them and actually loves them so I guess this is going to be a book that is just one of those books that not everyone gets into. Who knows, I may change my mind soon enough.

#14 is that Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter and I am still awaiting someone's opinion on this one. I don't know if I am going to be adding it so please someone tell me if they have read it and what they thought! Hell send me an email and do a review of it if you want.

#15 is one that I think I will really enjoy it's called The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst and I think that it will be interesting. I mean it says a millionaire needs a wife and asks a bookstore owner to enter into an agreement for a one-year marriage. I have a feeling that this will end up a favorite of mine just because anytime there is a billionaire who thinks he can buy his way into something they always learn that it's not that easy and that sometimes you have to work for it and that it's never about money when it comes to love.

So there's my weekly round-up for the NY Times Best Seller list and I hope you will give some of them a chance!!!

Here's to hoping that 50 Shades of Grey moves down the list a bit too to let some of the other books get a fair chance at the number 1 spot!


Until next week I will keep on turning the page to bring you more reviews!




Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny "The Bloggess" Lawson



Happy Fourth of July!!!!!



From Amazon -
For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris—Internetstar Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.
Jenny Lawson realized that the mostmortifying moments of our lives—the ones we’d like to pretend neverhappened—are in fact the ones that define us. In Let’s Pretend This NeverHappened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarreupbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and herrelationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. Chapters include:“Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel”; “A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to MyHusband”; “My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking”; “And Then I Snuck a DeadCuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believethese things without proof) accompany the text.


 My Thoughts

I have been a huge fan of Jenny Lawson's Blog ever since someone sent me a link to the BeyoncĂ© the metal chicken's debut blog post. From the second I read the punch line “Honestly, this whole chicken is really a lesson in picking your battles more carefully," I found myself thinking that I should just buy a metal chicken every time there was a debate in my house over a purchase big or small. (This situation is detailed much better in a later chapter of the book.)

Now onto the book.

First let me preface this (just as the author did) by saying this book is not for those that shy away from profane language. The use of the "f-word" and other words that some may find offensive are extremely prevalent but being used to such things I can honestly say that I loved this book from the moment it downloaded on my kindle. (Pre-Ordering a Kindle book is seriously like watching a pot of water wait to boil - I felt like I was waiting forever!)

From having pet raccoons in the bathtub to running into herdad’s deer carcass (something I know was my biggest fear as a child of a hunter) to the aforementioned “Big Metal Chicken” incident, I wasn’t let downin the slightest. This book was laugh-out-loud funny, and a great look into the author’s less than conventional upbringing.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who is not easily offended and had a less than normal childhood themselves. I promise you, you will thank your lucky stars for the childhood you had and at times feel like you were not alone AT ALL.

So go ahead turn that page and let me know what you think!!!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

From Amazon:
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City. Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard. Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector. Daddy thought I d be safe. He thought I d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever. Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin. Daddy was wrong. A kidnapping leaves a father fanatical about his only child's safety. A story of obsessive love and the quest for independence.
In Overprotected, you get a look into the life of a girl who lives a life of constant protection and sheltering. Ashlyn was kidnapped at a young age, and from the moment she was safely returned to her parents, everything changed. From then on, Ashlyn was constantly protected... perhaps overly so? Decide for yourself!
I give this book 3 1/2 stars.

Overall this book was great and was one I looked forward to picking back up any time I had to put it down. However, it started out extremely slow and I felt like the second half of the book was leaps and bounds better than the first. There was more excitment. More action. More feelings and depth.
The characters will hold a special place in your heart (okay, not ALL of them...), and you feel all the emotions that Ashlyn goes through. There were a few parts that were quite predictable (at least for me), and the ending left a bit to be desired. But all in all, this is a book I would recommend if you're looking for a quick love story with a bit of action thrown in.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Love, Marriage, Cancer... Babies?: CRAWL FOR CANCER GOAL NEWS!!!

Ok guys!!! Check out today's post from our very own Destiny! She and her husband have been struggling to have a baby after they were unfortunate enough to have Cancer touch their family. The good baby news isn't something that occurs often so today when they posted this great news I knew I had to share!!! Go over and take a look and follow follow follow/share, share, share!!!!!!!!!!


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Lots of News & July 1, 2012's NY Time's BestSeller List




Happy Monday Everyone! Today is an exciting day because it’s the sites first post with the new look!! Compliments of me and my very good friend Chris Everhart, the site is new and improved! It took hours and hours and after realizing it was 4:30am we finally decided to leave it as it is right now. So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Next order of business! Destiny and I made a HUGE decision at the end of last week and we couldn’t be happier about it. Ms. Jamie is going to be a full partner in Read, Rate & Review as of now! She has been such an amazing contribution to all aspects of this site and I personally cannot express my gratitude and excitement enough to you on this post! It’s just not possible so I want everyone to give her a great big welcome and show her how excited you all are! (If you don’t know yet you will soon enough! She brings a lot to the table)

Alright and for the next piece of news Read, Rate & Review was approached by not one but TWO up and coming authors to review their latest releases for our blog! I am so thrilled to have this opportunity and honestly I can’t wait to share this experience with all of you! More to come on this VERY soon!!!!

And finally, We have a couple of giveaways in the works and a couple of other contests and reader’s choice type things in the works as well! I can’t wait to share more with you as soon as things are finalized!

Ok now on to the regularly scheduled post J


Once again Fifty Shades tops the charts….the Trilogy as a whole has dropped to number 7 now but the individual books are still at the top of the list in spots 1, 2 & 3.  The greatest news I saw this week when I pulled up the list was that one of my favorite author’s new book is listed at number 4!!!! Yep that’s right Janet Evanovich’s – Wicked Business is at number 4! I honestly can’t wait to read this one! It’s definitely towards the top of my TBR (To Be Read) list. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Bared to You by Sylvia Day are also still towards the top of the list. These are way at the top! From what I hear Bared to You will actually help some of you Fifty Lovers beat the ridiculous withdrawals you all have after finishing up the series!

If you have read anything on this list do me a favor and let me know what you thought of them. I am always looking for good books to add to my list J

Until then Make sure you are always Turning the page!





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