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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.


Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop. But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more. Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever. As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves. (From Goodreads.com)

Bubby: Remember A Year of Weddings series that we recently reviewed? Well, A March Bride is also by Rachel Hauck. The characters in the two stories do overlap slightly, but either book can stand alone nicely.

Sissy: Princess Ever After actually comes out before A March Bride. It’s scheduled for publication on February 4th, 2014. I thought it was a delightful story and I enjoyed it a bit more than A March Bride. It is a little fluffy but in a good way and there are all sorts of little hidden secrets and treasures to be found in the plot line. I love things like that.

Bubby: Definitely a fun twist on the “Princess Diaries” type of plot. I fell completely in love with the dashing romantic character of Tanner. Totally worth moving to another country for!

Sissy: Which is why Bubby has a man in every port (in her dreams)! The story goes back and forth between past and present, the past being the story of Reggie’s great-grandma Alice as told in her journal. So you just get little bits of tantalizing information about Alice at any one time. Definitely worth a read. Go reserve it on Amazon right now.

Click HERE to buy Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck at Amazon.com

© Bubble Bath Books 2014

We received a copy of Princess Ever After from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.

 


New York socialite Goldie Fischer seems to have it all: wealth, beauty, and a fiancé to die for. Until she’s murdered on her wedding night by a jealous witch and instantaneously loses everything. Angry and seeking revenge, Goldie becomes a dybbuk. Her soul possesses the body of Southern football hero Clay Harper and she refuses to join the light until the wrongs are rectified.

Only Clay has issues of his own and doesn’t take kindly to a petulant New Yorker in his head, interfering in his already messed up life. When Goldie promises to leave if Clay helps her break up the wedding between her fiancé and the witch who killed her, Clay reluctantly agrees. Only neither of them is prepared for the chain of events that follow.

Through the journey of two disparate people on a quest to make things right, Touchdown is a funny yet heartbreaking look about what it takes to truly know another soul and what it means to love.

Bubby: Sissy, what would you call a romance about a high-society New York Jewish bride whose soul gets stuck in the body of a college football player from Alabama?

Sissy: Well Bubby, that’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever heard. It’s just the kind of weirdness that usually attracts you. I am definitely intrigued. Tell me more!

Bubby: That’s the plot of the new book from one of our favorite authors, Yael Levy. It’s a light and fluffy paranormal romance with lots of fun characters who end up learning what love and life and true happiness are really all about.

Sissy: Yes it’s just the kind of read one needs for a quick getaway during this busy time of year. Do yourself a favor. Do not go to the mall, instead order online and spend the afternoon on the couch reading. Or in the bathroom hiding from your kids and reading. Not that I ever do that.

 

Click HERE to buy Touchdown by Yael Levy at Amazon.com

We received a copy of Touchdown from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.

© Bubble Bath Books 2013