Monthly Archives: August 2013
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All novels from top 100 New Adult Amazon authors, this collection includes USA Today Bestseller Julia Kent, Top 100 Amazon Bestseller Emme Rollins, top 10 UK Amazon bestseller Helena Newbury, and more…
Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins — She’s obsessed with a rock star. He’s crazy enough to want to be one. Sometimes the best things in life are crazy. Amazon Top 100 Bestseller.
Random Acts of Crazy by Julia Kent — Darla isn’t the type to pick up hitchhikers — especially naked ones. But when she makes an exception for handsome Trevor, she finds herself caught between two delicious men in this fun-filled, steamy USA Today bestseller.
Mad for You by Anna Antonia – Loving Gabriel Gordon was like trying to love the sun…Emma Adams was destined to burn. Given their tumultuous natures and personal demons, there was only one way a relationship between them could survive: in madness.
Me, Cinderella? by Aubrey Rose — One kind deed can change your life forever…. Brynn Tomlin could never afford to follow her heart, but when she buys a cup of coffee for a stranger sitting in the cold, she sets into motion a course of events that can only lead to one kind of fairy-tale ending.
Dance For Me by Helena Newbury — When troubled ballet student Natasha agrees to be the muse of millionaire designer Darrell Carner, she doesn’t expect to fall for him…or to discover that his past is just as dark as hers. Can two broken souls heal each other…or will their secrets tear them apart?
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Promise You Won’t Tell? by John Locke is FREE.
“I think something might have happened to me Saturday night. Something bad.”
Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s client list is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, but she diligently solves one crazy case after another, waiting for a game-changer.
Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honour student.
Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened…
…Until Monday, at school, when a classmate called her Strawberry.
Coincidence or crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins.
At the School of Ballet New York, the most prestigious ballet school in the country, aspiring ballerina Anna becomes friends with her talented roommate, Hilary, a French exchange student, Marie, a down-to-earth mid-westerner, Jen, and one of the cutest guys in school, Tyler. The competition is intense and Anna works hard to understand her famous teachers and navigate her ups and downs with her friends.
Some of the dancers struggle with eating disorders, injuries, and depression. Everyone’s goal is a contract with a professional ballet company, and as graduation nears, the pressure intensifies. Although Anna goes to all the ballet companies’ annual auditions, she receives not a single offer.
Falling for Tyler complicates things, but with the lead in the annual workshop performance, Anna gets one last chance to make her dreams come true.
There’re three books in this collection, but I’ve decided to review them individually. The first is written by former ballet dancer Miriam Wenger-Landis.
When I started reading, I realised I’d read the Kindle sample for this book before, but never got around to reading any more of it. It is definitely one for people who have ballet experience – it’s not just about a character who does ballet, but rather completely immerses you in the ballet world.
Though the names of schools and companies have been changed, this is a book about a student making it into the George Balanchine-style School of American Ballet and then learning it might not be what you expected after all.
A few years ago I worked on The Australian Ballet’s season of Balanchine ballets. Unlike in the United States, Balanchine isn’t considered some ballet god here, and we spent a lot of time backstage ridiculing the bizarre, angular choreography.
Balanchine has changed stereotypical American ballet into something I can barely recognise, coming from a European ballet background. Everything from the obsession with being tall (everywhere else, being tall is considered a BAD thing for ballet – what happens when these tall girls stand en pointe?!), to the idea you have to quit ballet if you don’t get a job immediately (it can take a year or more to find professional work in Europe), to the fact there’s no training on Saturdays…
While at first the protagonist’s obsession with an impossible dream of getting work in this one company (and endless talks about being too short, which was insane) annoyed me, I liked how she slowly woke up to the fact there’s a lot more in the world than one dream, one company. Anyway, who wants to go through an entire ballet career without a chance at performing the great classical ballets?! That’s the best part of ballet!
Told in a typical Young Adult tone and tense, the story is perhaps a little spare with the emotion, but for anyone with a ballet background it makes for an entertaining read. No doubt now I have to pick up the sequel, because there’re a lot of open-ended themes for which I now need closure!
Not a bad read.
Review copy from NetGalley.
Cody has made it. He’s finally in the sixth grade and king of the world. Or, at least, king of his school. Cody has a lot going for him but has only one thing on his mind – winning the heart of the new girl in school, Sarah Davis.
But who knew that the sixth grade could be so much work? Almost immediately, Cody defends Sarah’s honour, plays his archrival, Eric Mullen, in the championship football game and still manages to somehow find time to be the lead in the school play.
And as he navigates through the treacherous waters of his final year at Wenchester Elementary – as he experiences his first love, his first kiss, a painful loss, and more fun and laughs and tears than he ever bargained for – Cody Greer will discover the true meaning of friendship and learn that life has a funny way of throwing you a few curveballs. Luckily, Cody Greer knows just how to keep his eye on the ball.
A labyrinth of books? Yes please.
“In a statement accompanying “aMAZEme,” Brazilian artist and installation co-creator Marcos Saboya describes the exhibit as a “labyrinth of fake entrances, exits that exit, straight curves, straight lines, overturned abysses, brittle sand stones, blunt edges, filled holes, evident secret pathways, compressed stars, wide valleys, unbridgeable straits, blinding thick rain, longitudinal sea currents, invisible avalanches, still winds, inaudible requests, mislaid sentences, in a dark pyramid, as tall as a chasm, as deep as the sky, without echoes, smooth at touch, worn out by weary fingers, which point to the nothing, which is near, and has always been.””
sigh – dreamy.
See more of the 2012 exhibit here.
I went through my Disney phase BEFORE the pinkification of Aurora. Seeing her all lolly pink rather than lovely blue still makes me cringe. But if you’re into Disney, The2SistersShoppe makes some great Kindle cases!
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