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Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible–something to truly believe in. (From Goodreads.com)

 

Sissy: The thing I liked most about The Bridge from Me To You is that it is told from the perspectives of both Lauren and Colby. They alternate chapters and a lot of Lauren’s is done in verse, which sounds like it would be annoying but surprisingly, it wasn’t. This literary technique elevated what could have been your average angsty teenage romance into something more readable and meaningful.

Bubby: I loved that these characters are so much more than they appear on the surface. They both have hopes, dreams, secrets and a depth that most of their peers can’t see from the outside. Lisa Schroeder does a great job of creating characters that I really related to.

Sissy: Well worth your time. We looked at Lisa Schroeder’s website and she has a whole stack of delicious looking YA books. Also, some fun books for middle readers. Go take a peek!

Bubby: I predict that we’ll be reviewing more from Lisa Schroeder. So many books; so many people who want me to do other things than read! (My family has no vision…)


The adventures begun in the Feyland trilogy continue, where a high-tech computer game becomes a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie. Rich-boy gamer Royal Lassiter lives on easy mode—until everything falls apart. Dark faeries are plotting to invade the mortal world, his controlling mom has turned home into enemy territory, and he can’t deny his irresistible attraction to newcomer Brea, despite the danger lurking in her mysterious eyes. Forced to undertake a perilous mission for the Dark Queen of Faerie, Brea Cairgead finds living among humans and hiding her true nature as one of the fey folk a fearsome challenge—especially when her emotions prove all too vulnerable to a certain human boy. Torn between impossible loyalties, she must serve her queen… though it may cost her heart. Can love between mortal and fey ever have a happy ending? (From Goodreads.com)

 

 

Sissy: Anthea Sharp draws us back into the magical world of Feyland with another beautiful novel of romance and adventure. I dare you to look at the cover and not be drawn into the story.

Bubby: I am always so excited when a new Feyland book comes out! This one shows us a whole new side of Roy Lassiter, the boy we hate to like. He actually has some depth. Who knew?

Sissy: Anthea Sharp just keeps getting better and better! I do not hesitate to recommend that everyone read Royal: Feyguard Book 2.

Bubby: A great novel to help you pretend that it’s still summer. Just what I needed.

Click HERE to buy Royal by Anthea Sharp at Amazon.com

We received a copy of Royal from the author in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014

 


Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny. Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday – when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel’s help. Can Reychel learn to believe in herself? (From Netgalley.com)

Bubby: Sometimes we go and look at other’s reviews on a given book just to see what other people are thinking. Sometimes when we do that, we find wildly conflicting opinions. That is the case with Anathema. It seems to us that Anathema was published previously and has been re-released after some major editing, hence the conflicting reviews. At any rate, the version of Anathema that I read was really quite a treat. Original, well-written, great characters. It is the first in a series of 6 books that are split into two trilogies (Cloud Prophet Trilogy and Swarm Trilogy) and a novella that promises to tie the two trilogies together. I have in my possession said novella and book 1 of the Swarm Trilogy. Happy reading ahead for me!

Sissy: Our main character Reychel is a slave who is given some strange preferential treatment by her owner Kandek. Her story is an exciting adventure that leads us to find out she is much more than she thinks. Twisty relationships and secrets revealed add drama and color to the whole tale. There is a touch of romance to spice things up and a whole cast of interesting characters.

Bubby: Including, as always, one you’ve just got to hate. Oh, that character is a nasty piece of work!

Sissy: But that character is dealt with deliciously in the end. All you have to do is look at the face of the cover model and her dreamy eye makeup and you know she is clever and bound to come out on top.

Bubby: Perfect book for a beach read. Now all I need is a beach! 3.5 bubbles.

Sissy: Experience with Reychel secrets that will change her life. I know you can’t wait to find out what happens! 3.5 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Anathema at Amazon.com (Currently FREE!!)

We were given a copy of this title from Netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014


To the student nurses at The Nightingale hospital, the ward sisters are heartless and frightening, with impossibly high standards. But the sisters have troubles of their own…
Violet
The new night sister is not all that she seems. Who is she and what dark secret is she hiding? As the mystery deepens, Sister Wren is determined to find out the truth.
Dora
The student nurse is struggling with her own secret, and with her heartbreak over Nick, the man who got away. A new arrival on the ward brings the chance to put a smile back on her face. But can she really get over Nick so easily?
Millie
Dora’s fellow student is also torn between the two men in her life. But then an unexpected friendship with an elderly patient makes her question where her heart – and her future – really lies.
As the nation mourns the death of King George V, it seems as if nothing is ever going to be the same again, especially for the women at the Nightingale.

Sissy:  Back at the beginning of June we reviewed the first book in this series, The Nightingale Girls.  Much to our delight, we were able to receive a copy of this book, number two in the series, so we just had to read it!  And recommend it to you!

Sissy (again):  Oh, you thought Bubby might chime in about how much she enjoyed the continuing saga of Dora, Helen, and Millie?  You thought she would natter on about the new nurse Violet, or wail about waspish sister Wren?  Well, you thought wrong.  Bubby is, at present, in Spain!  You heard right–Spain!  But I am not jealous.  Oh, no–I would never begrudge Bubby the opportunity to savor the sights of Seville and meander in Madrid.  And I certainly carry no envy concerning her plans to leap over to Lisbon, Portugal, and trot down to Tangier, Morocco.  I am perfectly happy to  stay here and write this blog by myself in the exciting and stimulating environs of small town America.  So, until further notice…

At any rate, The Nightingale Sisters is thoroughly enjoyable, and you will find yourself highly invested in the dramas, highs and lows, and everyday dealings of the nurses at the Nightingale hospital.  4 starched-white bubbles!

Also–Stay tuned for upcoming blogs from me and various guest bloggers in my sister’s absence.  It will be exciting!

Click HERE to buy The Nightingale Sisters by Donna Douglas at Amazon.com

©2014 Bubble Bath Books


Zayne and Agatha have always been a match in wits, but will unlikely circumstances convince them they could also be a match made in heaven?

Sissy: We are book snobs. When I see a book from a Christian publishing house, I will admit that I am immediately beset by a bias which tells me it will be overly cheesy.

Bubby: Possibly with a side of overly preachy.

Sissy: Yes, that too. And I am a Christian. Bubby is too, on a good day.

Bubby: And what, I’m a Druid Priestess on bad days? Sheesh! It was once that I hosted the skyclad dancing under the moonlight in the backyard. Let it go!

Sissy: If that were true, you’d be much more entertaining. Anyway, what I was trying to say was that when I read a novel from a Christian publishing house that surprises me with its literaryness, I have to eat my words and bash my bias. A Match of Wits resulted in word-eating by moi.

Bubby: It’s witty and funny and fast paced and has a spunky heroine with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Great read.

Sissy: Everything Bubby said plus a good dose of wacky tongue-in-cheek adventure and dialogue. Surprise, surprise! I recommend you read it. 3.5 bubbles

Bubby: I will definitely be on the lookout for more by Jen Turano. 3.75 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Match of Wits by Jen Turano

We received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2014


When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when they decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.

On Christmas Eve, Sheriff Spencer Arrowwood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As they attempt to do their duty, while doing the right thing for a neighbor, it begins to look like they may all spend Christmas away from home.

In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits her most loved characters who know there is more to this world than the eye can see, especially at
Christmastime.

Bubby:  Sissy, you do realize its June, right?  And Christmas is more than six months away?  And it is 85 degrees outside?

Sissy:  Christmas is in my soul year round, dearest one.  And when I saw that Sharyn McCrumb had a new Nora Bonesteel novella out, my heart sang Christmas carols of joy!!

Bubby:  Okay…so what about the fact that this title won’t be published until October?  I know it is full of McCrumb’s signature Appalachian folksy flavored warmth and magic and fabulous storytelling, but aren’t we getting ahead of ourselves?

Sissy:  First of all, sister mine, the summer will fly by as per usual, the leaves will fall and the pumpkins ripen, and people will be looking for an alternative to the standard, insipid holiday fare.  They will say “oh yes, I remember that the perfect Christmas novella by Sharyn McCrumb is out.  I must hie to Amazon and purchase it!”  Secondly, if people forget this post, when they see the novella advertised at various outlets they will say “oh yes, I remember that Bubby and Sissy highly recommended this book because it is an entertaining, heartwarming tale full of nostalgia and Christmas magic.  Or, best of all, they will go to amazon.com or somewhere else and pre-order it, and when October comes they will receive an unexpected bit of joy in the mail or on their device.

Bubby:  Alright, I see that you won’t let this one wait.  As Sissy has pointed out to all you readers, this is the perfect vehicle for a getaway on a crisp Fall afternoon.  4 bubbles

Sissy:  I love Sharyn McCrumb’s tales of Appalachia, and nothing is more wonderful than revisiting beloved character Nora Bonesteel.  4.5 bubbles from me.

Click HERE to pre-order Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past on Amazon.com

©2014 Bubble Bath Books

 


Wynne Hardy never thought she’d get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off. Now he’s asked her to marry him, much to the public’s delight and fascination. They’re all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.
But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Steve broke her heart years ago, and she’s still sorting through her feelings for him. Her heart isn’t as clear as her head that it’s past time to move on-even though she’s engaged to Andy.
At a local TV talk show appearance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show-Marathon Mom-proving herself nothing short of a superhero. As Wynne’s beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne’s secret feelings . . . and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself. Can these two reality stars get real about their feelings? Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?

Bubby: I often wonder when I see this type of  TV show, how much of the emotion is real and how much is scripted? The relationships hardly ever seem to last past the season finale. I wonder how many of the contestants are really there for love and how many are there to get their face on national TV? After reading A June Bride, I have a feeling it’s worse than I thought! Let’s just say that poor Wynne seems to be the only one in the whole place who’s actually interested in lifetime love.

Sissy: I couldn’t decide if Wynne is a hopelessly optimistic naive young thing or just an idiot. She doesn’t seem the type to accidentally find herself in the media storm of a reality TV show. Also, I was disturbed by ex-boyfriend Steve and how he had rejected her previously. I didn’t want to trust him too easily. Having said that, I actually enjoyed reading A June Bride. It was entertaining in a fluffy sort of way and got me happily through a 5 mile walk.

Bubby: Fluffy? Yes. Sweet? Absolutely. Like a large marshmallow rolled in caramel and dipped in chocolate. A perfect sweet treat for an afternoon escape. 3.5 bubbles.

Sissy: 3.25 bubbles from me.

 

Click HERE to buy A June Bride at Amazon.com

 


Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link. Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price. (From Netgalley.com)

 

Bubby: Now all you Beautiful Creatures addicts, don’t get too excited. This is NOT a new book but rather a teaser novella/short story that introduces the new book, Dangerous Creatures (coming out May 20th). All of our favorite characters are back but this time around the focus is on Ridley, that naughty lollipop wielding Caster girl.

Sissy: Yes, Ridley is naughty and if I were her mother I would lock her in her room and duct tape her to the wall! This novella made me mad because la la, yes, it gets you a glimpse into the life of Ridley and whets your appetite for the new book, but the story just leaves you hanging. This is rightfully called a teaser!

Bubby: But it was fun to read anyway! 3.5 lollipops. I mean bubbles.

Sissy: Yes. Still mad. 3 bubbles for me.

Click HERE to buy Dangerous Dream by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl at Amazon.com

©2014 Bubble Bath Books

 


#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love.
Bubby: Sometimes you just want a lovely romance novel with a guaranteed happy ending. Debbie Macomber always comes through and Blossom Street Brides is no exception.

Sissy: Bubby stole my line. I was going to say that Debbie Macomber always delivers. So yeah, what she said.

Bubby: Wow, Sissy. That was so insightful!

Sissy: Bubby says I have to say something useful now. Macomber weaves a great tale of love and relationships, obstacles that you know will eventually will be resolved, and you enjoy the journey of how that comes to pass. Blossom Street Brides played like an a-list chick flick on the screen of my mind.

Bubby: It may be a bit early for a beach read, but with Spring Break upon us, this is a perfect vacation novel. 4 bubbles from me.

Sissy: If you deserve a happy afternoon of reading (and who doesn’t?) this is the book for you. 4 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber at Amazon.com

We received this title from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review

©2014 Bubble Bath Books


Dive into the fabulous, fun lives of six Academy girls as their friendships are tested, torn and ultimately triumph. It’s obvious that Dante thinks he’s way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pressing her buttons. But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie’s quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets… Secrets Lizzie can’t seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries. The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…(From Netgalley.com)

Sissy:  There were things I liked and disliked about this book.  I liked that it was a quick, enjoyable, YA romance read.  I didn’t like it as a Pride and Prejudice retelling, because I thought the parallels were too vaguely drawn.  I liked that the main character Lizzie is a smart, hard-working student who likes a good journalistic challenge and does not back down in the face of pressure from the nasty headmistress.  I don’t like that Lizzy is negative and judgemental, and somewhat disloyal to her best friend Emily.

Bubby: Ah, but Lizzy gets over herself and fixes her relationship with Emily by the end. I agree that it was quite difficult to find traces of Pride and Prejudice in this story, so I’ve decided to ignore that bit and just review it as a regular young adult story. The best part of Fall For You is that everything works out. Cecilia Gray really wraps up the story nicely and ties it with a pretty bow. There are 4 Jane Austen Academy books currently available with 2 more forthcoming. Some of the characters might appear in more than one book but they can all definitely be read as stand-alone novels.

Sissy:  The fact that many of the characters we are introduced to will live on in their own novel is a draw for me.  I actually liked this book better than Bubby did, and despite my pride I will admit her prejudice did rub off on me. Ba dum bum!

Bubby: Nicely done there, Sissy!

Sissy:  Anywho, Fall For You has all the requisite emotions of YA high schoolishness and is well-written enough to make it a pleasant  Friday afternoon reading distraction.  I give it 3.5 bubbles.

Bubby: I agree. Perfect for curling up on the couch with a slice of pizza in hand, whether you are a teenager yourself or old enough to reminisce about high school days gone by. 3.5 bubbles.

Click HERE to buy Fall For You at Amazon.com

©  Bubble Bath Books 2014

We received a copy of Fall For You by Cecilia Gray from Netgalley in return for a fair and honest review.