Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: The Headmaster's Wife, ends 3/7

The Headmaster's Wife, by Thomas Christopher Greene.

Now, standing on the same path, with the snow picking up and falling more steadily around him, he gives up trying to find this memory and instead focuses on the snow, tracing individual flakes as they come in front of his field of vision and then disappear. He is alone suddenly. There is no one walking in either direction. The park is his. He takes off his hat and places it on the ground. Then he removes his jacket. Next he undoes his tie and then his shirt and his undershirt. Soon he is naked, and he sets off again, leaving his clothes in a neat pile on the path, and he moves up and over the hilly terrain, his eyes straight ahead, oblivious to the people who gasp when they come around a corner to find him marching toward them. All that matters to him is the feel of his bare feet crunching wonderfully on the crusty snow beneath him.

To say that this novel threw me for a loop would be an understatement. At the beginning of the novel, we meet Arthur Winthrop, Headmaster of the Lancaster School, a prep school. He's married to Elizabeth, who sometimes attends school functions with him, but lately he's been enamored with Betsy Pappas, an 18-year-old transfer student. He sneaks around with Betsy until she unceremoniously dumps him, and at that point I thought something like "Good, he deserves it."

Then, a revelation in the middle of the book changes everything.

Official synopsis:
The Headmaster's Wife book reviewLike his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont's elite Lancaster School. He is married to his college sweetheart, Elizabeth, and they live on the school campus, although without their son, Ethan, who opted out of college, joined the military and went to Iraq. Lancaster is where Arthur has built his life and established his legacy, but it is also the site of his undoing. On a cold winter's morning, Arthur is arrested after being found wandering naked in New York City's Central Park. After he begins to explain what happened to the police, details of an affair with a student and the subversive world of the boarding school emerges. However, as his story unfolds, his memories seem to collide into one another. Like pieces of a puzzle, Arthur's ramblings slowly begin to form the portrait that lies beneath his bizarre behavior and lead up to a shocking twist that brings the truth into sharp focus. 

A beautifully written, profoundly emotional book, it is perfect for fans of Anita Shreve and Richard Russo, and stands as a moving elegy to the power of love as an antidote to grief.
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The author of this book is interesting in that he started his own college - the Vermont College of Fine Arts - in 2008, which is still in existence. That college was the "backdrop" of sorts for The Headmaster's Wife. I also really liked the cover of this book, because it looked almost exactly like East Quad, the dorm I lived in at the University of Michigan for two years.

Arthur turns out to be an unreliable "narrator" (even though the book is in 3rd person), as you may have guessed, which made me have to pay more attention after the twist in the middle of the book - which I won't reveal here, but it's a definite game-changer.

I was also wondering why the novel was called The Headmaster's Wife, when the first half was about Arthur and his supposed indiscretions. The second half of the novel is all about Elizabeth, though (said "wife" in the title), and how she meets Arthur in school, and we find out later that the title really does aptly describe the book.

4 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Reviews: Ten Tiny Breaths + One Tiny Lie

Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker book reviews

Some of you may not know that I'm a bit of a NetGalley hoarder enthusiast, and it was only after I was approved for One Tiny Lie and Four Seconds to Lose that I found that they were both in the Ten Tiny Breaths family, which I had been approved for about a year ago but had never read. I had heard good things about that novel, though, so I read both books ... in about three days.

Ten Tiny Breaths Official Synopsis:
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

One Tiny Lie Official Synopsis:
Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
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The first book, Ten Tiny Breaths, focuses on Kacie Cleary and her 15-year-old sister Livie (Olivia), who are dealing with the death of their family in a car accident. Their parents, Kacie's best friend, and Kacie's boyfriend all died in the accident, but she walked away. They're living with their aunt and uncle in Grand Rapids, MI; their aunt is a bible-thumper and the uncle tries to molest Livie one night, and after that the sisters pack their bags and move to Miami.

One Tiny Lie takes place three years after all of these events, when Livie is a freshman at Princeton, her father's alma mater, and one scene from that book overlaps with the ending of Ten Tiny Breaths, as well.

I'd give both books 4 out of 5 stars, but they are very different books. One Tiny Lie started out a bit "fluffy," so I mistakenly thought that it wouldn't be as dark as TTB, but I was wrong about that. The sisters have to overcome their demons in both books, but OTL has Livie helping someone through his demons as well. I loved that the TTB characters were prominently featured in OTL - even though they were still in Miami and Livie was in NJ at Princeton, they popped up now and then - and we get to learn more of the sisters' backstory as well.

I also have the next book in the series, Four Seconds to Lose, from NetGalley, which focuses on Cain, one of the characters in TTB. #4 in the series, Five Ways to Fall, focusing on Ben (also in the first book), will be out on June 24, 2014.

*Disclosure: I received e-galleys of both of these books from NetGalley to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Taking Something, ends 2/28

Taking Something book review

Taking Something, by Elizabeth Lee.

Looking in her eyes told me two things. First, she was eating up every single word I was saying like she was a fat kid in a cupcake factory. Two, she was already head over heels in love with me, even if she didn't know it.

When I signed up for this blog tour, I wasn't aware that Taking Something was the sequel to Give Me Something, which I haven't read. I was told that Taking Something could be read as a stand-alone novel, however, so I decided to partake in the tour. The comments on Give Me Something's Goodreads review page about the character that this new book focuses on were quite funny - apparently he's something of a player and a jerk in the first novel - but I thought he was an interesting character in this book, and I liked him overall.

Official synopsis:
Elizabeth Lee, author of Taking Something
Elizabeth Lee
I know what you're thinking. “You were such a jerk, Nick!” Believe me, I know I screwed up the best thing I had going in my life, but that was kind of my thing. I’d learned how to run cons before I could even form complete sentences, and I'd always been selfish. But I changed. Lila forgave me, my brother and I were getting along, and I was trying to make a name for myself in the music world.

At least that was what I was trying to do when I negotiated my way into the recording studio with pop superstar Sadie Sinclair. I thought it would be a piece of cake—charm my way into her heart and into her record label's good graces.

Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I got mixed up in a web of lies, manipulation, and deception. A web that had me questioning my motives and desires altogether.

Was the fame and fortune really worth the price?

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I'm definitely going to go back and read Give Me Something now, because I'm curious to learn more about Nick and his backstory. This novel does give a little backstory, in that we learn that Nick and his brother, Tucker, had been competing for Lila's affections in the first novel; now, Lila is pregnant and married to Tucker, and is Nick's best friend. Nick moves to LA to be the producer for Sadie Sinclair's new album, and figures that it will be easier to manipulate Sadie if they're dating.

Right off the bat that makes him sound like a jerk, but let me assure you that it turns out that she's quite a manipulator as well.

What makes things complicated is that Nick is truly falling for Gia, Sadie's best friend and assistant, but can't pursue that since Gia is also complicated and Sadie is suspicious of everything he does.

Overall I liked this novel and would like to read more of Elizabeth Lee's work, as this was the first book I've read of hers. There were a few typos throughout but I was reading an ARC (Advance Reader's Copy) so I'm sure they will be fixed before it goes to print. The characters and situations in the novel were completely believable, and Nick is a character with many layers - at first glance, he might seem like a cocky jerk, but he also is able to care deeply for those that he loves.

3.5 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I received an e-galley of this book to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quick Pick: Me Since You

    Me Since You book review, Laura Wiess
  • Almost-opening line: "She's lying, and he knows it."
  • Reason I picked up the book: The synopsis sounded intriguing.
  • And that would be? 
  • Are there any answers when someone you love makes a tragic choice? 
    Before and After. That’s how Rowan Areno sees her life now. Before: she was a normal sixteen-year-old—a little too sheltered by her police officer father and her mother. After: everything she once believed has been destroyed in the wake of a shattering tragedy, and every day is there to be survived. 
    If she had known, on that Friday in March when she cut school, that a random stranger’s shocking crime would have traumatic consequences, she never would have left campus. If the crime video never went viral, maybe she could have saved her mother, grandmother — and herself — from the endless replay of heartache and grief. 
    Finding a soul mate in Eli, a witness to the crime who is haunted by losses of his own, Rowan begins to see there is no simple, straightforward path to healing wounded hearts. Can she learn to trust, hope, and believe in happiness again?
  • Favorite paragraph: 
"Oh yeah," he murmurs, his gaze searching my face. "She is gonna beat his ass for a week once she gets a look at you." He releases my hand, fingers lingering, and ambles back a few steps. "So would you have gone? To the prom with me, I mean?"

"As a friend?" I tease, sauntering after him.

"Hell no," he says, flicking back his hair and giving me a slow, dangerous, pirate smile.


Oh God, my heart. "Well, what do you think?" It comes out husky, almost a whisper.

He studies my face a moment and his smile widens. "I think I should have asked."

The warning bell rings and the moment is over but the glow lasts all day.
  • Recommended for: fans of romances, YA (Young Adult) books, people overcoming sad situations books.
  • Something to know: You will need Kleenex for this book. I was reading it on a plane and luckily my seatmate (someone I wasn't traveling with) was asleep, because my eyes were tearing up. The plot takes an abrupt turn in the middle that changes the novel entirely.
  • What I would have changed: I would have developed Eli, the male romantic lead, a bit more. We do learn some of his history but there's a lot we don't know about him. I kept picturing him as looking like Avan Jogia (TV's Twisted), though, as Eli has a ponytail in the book.
  • Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Review: Rustico Leather, gifts for the writer in your life

Rustico review

*Disclosure: I am a participating Influencer at The Entertainment New Media Network. I have received free product for review to facilitate this post. I was not compensated for this review and all expressed opinions are strictly my own.

I recently got the chance to review some products from Rustico Leather, and I was pleased with how nice the products are.

I had my choice of the following:

Traveler Set:
• Passport cover (saddle or dark brown),
• Travelers Journal (saddle or dark brown),
• Luggage tag (saddle or dark brown-2 toned with grey wool felt)

Writer Set:
• Single track wallet (felt & leather – multiple colors)
• Wool quote book
• Wool Parley Journal with wrap tie (multiple colors)

Foodie Set:
• Wine log (in red)
• Coaster set (two-tone coloring)
• Explorer bag (rustic red or charcoal grey)

I was very tempted to opt for the Traveler set, but I already have a leather passport cover that I adore, so I opted for the Writer Set, which exceeded my expectations.

Single track wallet by Rustico, review
Single Track Wallet

I was very excited to get the Single Track Wallet ($19.00) because I thought it would be perfect for my business cards for the ENMN Conference in Anaheim (which it was!). I also used it to collect other bloggers' business cards, and it would make an excellent credit card holder too.

I can see myself tucking the Wool Quote Book ($20.25) into my purse and using it to record anything that comes to mind. I majored in Creative Writing and Literature in college, and I'd like to get back into writing fiction sometime soon; perhaps ideas will now be easier to keep track of, with this.

Rustico wool parley journal
Wool Parley Journal (flap tie)

The third item I received was a gray Wool Parley Journal - Flap Tie ($35.00). This is a bigger version of the quotes book and would also be good to throw into a purse or briefcase. The tie gives it a vintage feel and I could see myself using it for ideas or even to write short stories.

One of my conference roommates, Sondra at Happy Healthy Hip, had the Explorer Bag with her, as she had opted for the Travelers set, and I really liked that as well - it would make a great gift.

I'd recommend any of the journals as gifts for a writer, or perhaps for yourself, and the single track wallet for anyone, as it's a nice piece of leather that has many possible uses.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Quick Pick: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight book review
  • Opening line: "There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently."
  • Reason I picked up the book: I've been wanting to read this book since 2012, when it hit stores, and NetGalley emailed me the other day saying it was re-releasing it for Valentine's Day, and the first 500 readers would get it. Guess how fast I clicked that link ... 
  • Favorite paragraph: 
Across the ocean, her father is making one last toast, and the white-gloved hotel staff is polishing the silverware for tomorrow night's celebration. Behind her, the boy with a ticket for seat 18C on the next flight to London is eating a powdered doughnut, oblivious to the dusting of white on his blue shirt.
Hadley closes her eyes, just for a moment, and when she opens them again, the plane is gone.
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 
  • Recommended for: fans of romances, YA (Young Adult) books, international travel books.
  • Something to know: It seems like most of Jennifer E. Smith's books are like this - where a girl meets a boy in an unusual situation, spends a little time together, and then can't stop thinking about each other. Her newest book, The Geography of You and Me, follows this pattern as well.
  • What I would have changed: The ending was way too abrupt! I wanted to know more. I would love to read a sequel with these two characters.
  • Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review: Heartbeat

Heartbeat, by Elizabeth Scott.

"Did you two have a nice chat?" he says, bending over to kiss Mom.

I stare at him.

He must feel it because he straightens up, clearing his throat, and pats Mom's stomach. "Look how big he's getting. Lisa, he's growing so much." Mom doesn't say anything, not even to that.

She can't.

She's dead. Machines are keeping her alive. They breathe for her. They feed her. They regulate her whole body.

My mother is dead, but Dan is keeping her alive because of the baby.

Elizabeth Scott tends to write YA fiction that delves a little deeper than your typical YA, and Heartbeat is no exception. Emma wants to say goodbye to her mother, who is brain-dead - but she can't, because her stepfather is keeping her alive so that their son, still growing in her belly, can live.

Official synopsis:
Heartbeat, by Elizabeth Scott - book reviewLife. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
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I've read other books by Elizabeth Scott (and reviewed one, as well) and this is one of her best novels yet. The situation that Emma faces is unusual, yet there have been similar cases in the news lately; where a mother or woman is brain-dead, but her child is still living and growing inside her. What is there to do in that situation?

Emma's stepfather, Dan, decides to keep her mother alive, body-wise, so that her half-brother might have a chance to survive. Emma is angry at him for doing this, but later realizes it's not because she hates her unborn brother or anything like that; it's because he never consulted her before making this decision.

I liked this novel a lot. It still has a teen romance in it, like most YA books, but it's woven in amongst the angst Emma feels about having her mother in limbo - here, yet not here. I was going to give the novel 4 out of 5 stars but a few situations did seem to repeat throughout, so it does get a lesser rating from me; however, I would recommend it for fans of YA fiction and anybody who likes a good story.

3.5 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Quick Pick: Beta, by Rachel Cohn

  • Opening line: "It's me she wants to purchase."
  • Reason I picked up the book: I've read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by her and also a few of her other books, and they've all been great.
  • Reminded me of: A cross between The Handmaid's Tale and the movie Elysium (2013)
  • Recommended for: fans of dystopian books.
  • Something to know: The book is the first in a series, possibly a trilogy or longer. The second book, Emergent, will be out in October 2014.
  • Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Just One Night, ends 2/18

Just One Night, by Kyra Davis.

I notice the button at the top of his jeans. It reads Dior Homme - $600 jeans - and yet the T-shirt could have been bought at Target. Like his youthfully muscular arms and conservatively cut salt-and-pepper hair, it's his contradictions that seduce me.

"I'd like to make you a drink," he says.

It doesn't take me a moment to grasp his meaning. I know he's inviting me to his room. I glance around the bar. I've never had a one-night stand. I'm the girl everyone can count on for her rock-solid, solemn consistency. 

Except tonight. Tonight I'm the girl who is going to sleep with a stranger.

Just One Night was originally published in three different parts, as an e-book, and now it's being released as one complete novel. The New York Journal of Books was quoted as saying it "gives Fifty Shades of Grey a run for its money ... this novel gives some depth, respect and sexual tension to the genre," and I would agree with that review.

Official synopsis:
Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancĂ©e of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.

But as her thirtieth birthday looms, buried feelings begin to resurrect. Her friend takes her to Vegas for one last wild and crazy night. In a dress much shorter and sexier than anything she has ever dared to wear before, she hits the blackjack tables. And meets him. Under the tailored clothes it’s clear that this is a man who is intense, powerful, and maybe even a little dangerous. With a touch of trepidation she accepts his invitation to get a drink, and before long, she’s in his hotel room.

She never gets his full name. Perhaps his anonymity is one of the reasons she’s able to give herself over to him and to the moment so completely. Perhaps it’s why she’s just had the most exquisite and passionate sex of her life. Shaken by her own behavior, Kasie tries to chalk it up to one crazy night. But when the mysterious gentleman she’s just had a fling with shows up in her office—as the CEO of a firm her company does a billion dollars of business with a year, demanding that she handle his account, and so much more—things will never be the same again. And there’s no telling where this will go…
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This novel was interesting because it had a few twists that I didn't see coming. Kasie is a smart woman, but after she meets Robert Dade, he turns her life around, and she has to learn how to push back and also how to stand on her own two feet and be more independent.

This book was MUCH better written than Fifty Shades, and is a good read if you like "the genre" (erotica) or want an interesting story that's more R-rated. Some of the characters managed to surprise me by doing things I didn't foresee, and we see the aftermath of Kasie's one-night stand (or what was supposed to be only a one-night stand) on her boyfriend of six years, Dave. There's also a backstory with Kasie's sister, Melody, who had a history of mental illness.

3.5 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: Take Two

Take Two by Laurelin Page blog tour

Take Two, by Laurelin Page.

He'd spent the last seven years on top of his game, focused on his career. He'd been tempted into love by the hottest women, offered the best drugs and the sweetest of sins and he'd always resisted. No hesitation or doubt.

But now he faced six weeks on set with a woman who once upon a time didn't care about wnat or who he was.

Maddie Bauers just might be his undoing.

I've begun to really like the New Adult genre, so I am participating in this book tour, for Laurelin Page's Take Two. I also liked that this novel was movie-themed, as I run a film blog as well as this one, as some of you may know, and the plot sounded intriguing.

Official synopsis:
Take Two book review, Laurelin Paige
I actually don't really like this cover -
I saw it for the first time after reading
the book. Not how I pictured
the characters.
He’s ready for his close up, but she’s the one calling the shots.

On the night of her graduation from film school, straight-laced Maddie Bauers fell completely out of character for an oh-my-god make-out session with a perfect stranger. Complete with the big O.

Seven years later, that romantic interlude is still fresh in her mind. That stranger is now a rich and famous actor. And she’s one very distracted camera assistant working on his latest production. She might consider another tryst…if he even remembers her.

Micah Preston does indeed remember Maddie. Too bad he’s sworn off Hollywood relationships. He allows himself as much sex as he likes—and oh, he does like—but anything more is asking for trouble. For the woman, not for him. Yet knowing Maddie could want more than a movie-set fling doesn’t stop him from pursuing her like a moth drawn to hot stage lights.

But as the shoot nears its end, it’s decision time. Is it time to call, “Cut!” on their affair, or is there enough material for a sequel?

Warning: Contains a dreamy movie star hero, a focus-pulling heroine, off-the-charts instant chemistry, steamy sex in near-public locations, and a new use for lip gloss.
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The characters in this book were interesting, and although you can probably predict the ending, the novel takes a while to get there. Maddie meets Micah Preston, then a "regular guy," seven years ago when at a wrap party for a movie. Now he's one of the most popular movie stars in the country, and she's a behind-the-scenes camera woman; she meets him on the set of his film, although she didn't know he was starring in it until that moment.

The chemistry between the two main characters was great. The book is overall well-written and it's a fun "beach-type" read. At times I wanted to yell at the characters for taking soooooooo long to get to the book's ending (no spoilers here) but that was my only real complaint with it.

I'd recommend this novel for YA or New Adult fans, or for anyone looking for a quick and easy read.

3.5 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

GIVEAWAY: $30 Amazon gift card, ends 2/15


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