I'm a college student still trying to get a handle of the adult world. When I need to get away from it I lose myself in books, my own writing, and in spending time with my amazing boyfriend which he supports me to no end.
Finding my passion in books has led me to finding a passion in writing my own fictional stories back in 2009, I have turned this into a dream career and going one step further I would love to open up my own book store.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Hill
- Barbie Girl
on Feb. 23, 2013
Getting pulled in by the cover, and how couldn’t you with those brightly stand out colors, so I click on the post for the info of the blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Read a bit of the first chapter, which hooked me with its sense of humor and drooling teenage boys over hot girl’s haha. Then after the little bit I read, I said “Okay, I’m sold now let’s see what it’s really all about…” (honestly, that’s like a rough version as I don’t really remember what I said haha).
Anyways, as I read the summary the first thing that popped into my mind was the movie, Can’t Buy Me Love and I absolutely love that movie! :D Seriously, if it’s on then no doubt I’ll be watching it. That’s when I raced to go sign up for this lovely lady.
Now, with that movie in mind, I was overly excited to get my hands on this story and to read it. However, the buildup for their crushes on each other came awfully quick. After they made their little deal- just like in the movie- a week goes by and then all of a sudden we see them eyeing each other. I want to know what, in the week we missed, made them to start having a crush on each other. I wanted that development and sadly the author skipped right over it. One minute they are hating each other, a week goes by unnoticed, and then the next chapter they have little flutters in their stomachs for each other.
But nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not much bugged me (yes, there were edit issues but as the author as many times updated the book over time, you'll just have to get the newest to get a better edited version) as I read for entertainment; just a few things came up fast in this book instead of later as I would have thought. Other than that, it was a great read and one where I was surprised to see that this is part of a series, which makes me very excited and I can’t wait to read the sequel! :D
Barbie was a character I haven’t read much of before. She’s pretty much trailer white trash with rumors of being a total slut but only in the eyes of her school mates. In real life she is stuck with handy downs from her mom or her mom’s friends (and sadly they are strippers), her mother is a drunk so she’s taking care of her nonstop, along with this her mom is dating a creep that likes to hit on her with her mom in the room. He seriously gave me the creeps too *shudders*. Then she also has a 7 or 8 year old brother that’s autistic and he isn’t a big fan of talking, so she has soul and a life that calls for sympathy sadly.
But no one sees this, cause she doesn’t want them to, not even Dylan who wants to be in her life. Instead she’d rather have everyone see her as a slut and giving hand jobs to the nearest guy to her only cause that’s what they expect of her, in her mind that’s all she can own up to as she sees nothing much for her future than maybe ending up like her mother and that is one thing she doesn’t want to happen. So in the end you just hope she has a happy ending.
Over all I enjoyed this one and the two different points of views the author gave to us. It was great to see behind Dylan’s eyes too and he does have an interesting story but the one that made this book stand out most, was Barbie. Dylan is more learning to stand out, be confident in one self, and not caring what anyone thinks of him. In the end they are both right for each other as they can learn and challenge each other and those are the best relationships out there.
- Root Bound
on Feb. 23, 2013
When it comes to paranormal, otherworldly, supernatural, or just some kind a fantasy then I am in. And you all know I adore these genres the most, so of course after reading the summary for this book I was intrigued. Jumping the gun, I signed up and was excited to getting started! ^_^
I loved that this was about Brownies, basement Brownies, so I thought this would be fun and it was. In young adult we don’t usually get these kinds of creatures, it’s more known for children. Which is fine, I can read kid’s books if I want a little bit of their magic in my life and this book I believe is also great for all ages, but sometimes I forgot that this was a child as a main character. I forget that sometimes kids have to take care of themselves and their parents. I also forgot how mean kids can be, no matter what age they are. So sometimes I had to remind myself that she was a child and once I went, “Wow, you’re brave to be walking to school, alone, through an unknown town you just moved to.” Because, me, I don’t think that’s the best for kids. But that’s just my opinion.
But shoving that to the side of my brain, I let the magic and storytelling of Miss Gough take over me. From the beginning we got to see subtle hints of magic and it helped sucked me in. The house was alive, a witch looking person lived down the hall and she’s someone that wouldn’t leave Emma alone, the way the house sneezes, and the mystical light from that witches room are all signs that this is no usual place to live in and one place where Emma will get quite a surprise.
"She sneezed. She sneezed again. Then the house sneezed. She froze, another monstrous sneeze trapped in her nose. Everything around her seemed to freeze, too. Finally, she couldn’t hold it any longer, and she let out the most enormous sneeze she had ever sneezed, and at that same exact moment, the house sneezed too. And before she was able to even wonder what was happening, she heard a sudden clatter, like a bag of marbles rolling down the vent shaft."
When the brownies came into the picture I couldn’t help but become giddy with excitement. I felt like a little kid and I loved it! :D These four characters sure knew how to make me laugh. Honestly, I can’t pick which brownie I liked more. You have little Mat that thinks he knows all including all about humans though he has never met one, Truss whom is very motherly to Emma and the one that keeps the group under control, Pier who acts like a teenage boy whom can’t get over the fact that he missed breakfast cause Under zapped him up into Over to help Emma, and then Master Tect whom is constantly sleeping and in places that don’t always seem so comfortable to me, haha.
Now even though I did enjoy this there was something that started to bug me. This thing that bugged me formed slowly and in the end it’s one of the reasons why rated this book a four. Once again we have another book plot surrounded around Greek mythology. Now, don’t get me wrong I freaking adore Greek Mythology but it isn’t the only mythology that is out there, so can we please freshen up the mythology in our books. How about some Egyptian?
Overall, this was a great story especially for kids (so, it’s a great bedtime story for my readers whom are parents) and a good starter to a series. One that I can’t wait to continue!