Book Review: True Divide by Liora Blake

True Divide
True #3
Author: Liora Blake
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: October 19 2015
Review Source: Pocket Star

Spitfire Lacey Mosely feels stuck in a life she didn’t necessarily want. But will she find a happy ending with the man who broke her heart? Liora Blake concludes her witty and poignant True series with this spirited romance.

What do you do when the one boy you were never quite able to forget lands on your doorstep?

Lacey Mosely feels stuck: in her rural town of Crowell, Montana, at her job as manager of The Beauty Barn, and in her lackluster love life. Enter Jake Holt, one-time misfit and Lacey’s secret high school love. Ten years later, Jake is a private pilot whose travels take him all over the world, and once he shows up in Lacey’s life again—at the most unexpected time—he can’t seem to stay away. Now it’s up to Lacey to decide if she’s ready to let go of the past…and take a leap of faith for love.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Lacey has been in Crowell her whole life. She's lived, loved, lost and rebuilt her life there. With hopes of leaving she realized early in her life that she might never leave. But when Jake comes back into her life she realizes that he can't stay in one spot for very long, especially if that spot is Crowell. A lost love rekindled Lacey is afraid of truly committing because he has left her once before without even a goodbye. Will it happen again? Will she ever leave Crowell?

This was a cute book. I honestly loved seeing where Kate and Trevor were with their relationship. They're one of my favorite book couples and so seeing them still going strong was nice. And then in comes Jake who is all around beautiful. Lacey and Jake have the kind of relationship that most people dream about. It seems to perfect to be real - and in some cases that's because they don't talk with each other about their plans for the future. But other than that they're perfect...maybe....

This was a quick read for me, I picked it up and a day later was finished. It's easy when you love the characters and are excited to see where the story is going to take place. And for me that's what this book was. I was excited, I saw more of Kate and Trevor than I expected - which I LOVED. Lacey had so much going for her, and I felt like she and I were basically the same person. We have a lot of characteristics that are the same at least. And Jake is the beautiful man that every girl wants with an adventurous heart!

If you want a quick and adorable read I would say to pick this one up!

It's A Muggle Monday Recommendation!

We are not wizards or witches, but muggles. We don't live in a magical world... Hogwarts is not home. But don't let this put you down. We don't need magic to transform our world. We have thousands lives to explore and dystopian worlds to travels. From the words of JK Rowling, "The stories we love the best live in us forever".

It's a Muggle Monday Recommendation is a new weekly meme hosted by Once Upon a Twilight in hope that this story will cast a spell over you and live with you forever.

This week is dedicated to one of my all time favorite authors ever. I was introduced to her writing through Beautiful Creatures, and ever since reading that I will read any of her work.

If you enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures series then do yourself a favor and pick up Icons!

Book Review: Wild Cat by Christine Feehan

Undaunted (Knights in Black Leather, #1)Wild Cat
Leopard People #8
Author: Christine Feehan
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: November 24th 2015
Review Source: Jove

In the new Leopard novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cat’s Lair and Leopard’s Prey, passions explode like wildfire when a young woman’s feral instincts are ignited by a man who’s too dangerous not to desire…

A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.

Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.

My name is Izzie (my Dapper Animals pseudonym) and I run Dapper Animals, a site dedicated to living the cute life and reading awesome books.

I had the pleasure of meeting Leydy (Once Upon a Twilight) at a South Florida Bloggers event at Books & Books. It was book love at first site :) We were discussing one of our favorite genres, Young Adult Fiction, and I mentioned that one of my issues with this genre was the lack of sex. Lo and behold, Leydy whips out a blue paperback book out of her tote bag and gives it to me. The book was an ARC of Wild Cat by Christine Feehan. She said if I wanted to, I could guest post a review about Wild Cat on Once Upon a Twilight. I was honored and excited to read this new ARC. Specially since it seemed to be a shifter book and I love me some shifter romance action.

After a couple of pages into Wild Cat the saying, "Be careful what you wish for", quickly came to mind.

The book started off with a BANG! As in banging. The main characters were already getting it on in the first 20 pages. I happened to start reading this book during my lunch break and trust me, I did not want to go back to work. I just wanted to keep on reading! The storyline started strong and reeled me in.

Leopard shifter, Siena, does not know she is a shifter or part of a leopard crime boss family. Siene is used, unbeknownst to her, as a decoy to kill the family's enemies. Her latest target is Elijah, who happens to be her childhood crush. She has also been promised to her grandfather's sadistic second in command.

These premises could have made for a great book. Unfortunately, the book sizzled out after the main character's got together which is pretty much at the beginning of the book. There's no tension or chemistry between the characters. The characters are flat and one dimensional making them boring and not likable. Also, the heroine has no backbone and lets herself be bossed around all the time by her alpha mate.

Believe it or not, I also had an issue with the sex scenes. I know, I know! I'm of the camp that believes the more sexy time there is in a book, the better. This book went way overboard with the sex scenes. I think they were trying to hide the fact that the book has no good storyline/plot. It got to a point that I was bored with the sex scenes, mainly because I didn't care about the characters and was not emotionally invested. Also, there was A LOT of oral action going on. A LOT.

If you're looking for an erotica book where the main female character is submissive in every way and not just in bed, then this might be the book for you. If you are looking for a good shifter romance novel, then I would not recommend you pick this book. Specially if it's your first time reading this genre. I would recommend Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series for a strong and kick ass heroine and Nalini Singh's Psy-changeling series for loads of steamy sex scenes.

Thank you Leydy for letting me guest post and for giving me this ARC! I really wanted to like this book and get hooked on another shifter romance series. This wasn't the book for me, but if you're still interested in reading Wild Cat it is available!

An Interview with Jeremy Strong from "The Big Short"

Last week I got the amazing opportunity to meet one of the many talented actors from the movie "The Big Short", out in theaters December 23rd, 2015. The movie, which explains the whole financial crisis that happened in the mid-2000s in a very funny and easy to understand way, stars Jeremy Strong as Steve Carell's (Mark Baum) right hand guy. The actor talked to us about prepping for this role, about (possibly) being star struck, his love for theater, and about meeting Vinny Daniel (whom he portrays in the movie).

It was my very first time getting to interview an actor and it was a great experience actually! Jeremy made it so easy and comfortable that all my nerves flew out the window the moment he sat down to talk to me.

Without further ado, here's my interview with Jeremy Strong:

Before landing the role in this movie, how much did you know about what brought upon the financial crisis?

Actually, we were on the same boat as you, which is that none of us in the movie knew the first thing about this. So, we had to learn about it. But also, [Director Adam] McKay wanted to make a movie fun and entertaining, but that kind of broke all these concepts down into really simple, understandable terms. Going into the movie, I read the book and I read a whole other books to understand. But, Michael Lewis (author who's book the movie is based on) wrote a very compelling book that is easy to understand and it reads like a thriller. It is really fun to read. Which is really surprising because you wouldn't think that a movie about the subprime mortgage crisis would be this much fun.

Did Michael Lewis have any involvement in the movie?

No, he wasn't around at all. I mean, he's seen so many of his books get turned into movies, he is over it. But I did meet him on Thursday, the night of the premier of the movie, and we all wanted to live up to his book and Adam McKay wanted to do right by it. I think this is one of those cases where the movie almost surpasses the book because it's just bigger than the book, because it's not just about the financial crisis, but about the way we live and our country.

So, how did you get involved in this project?

I had worked on "The Producers" from Plan B (production company owned by Brad Pitt), and so I got to know them doing that and then I was told this book was being turned into a movie, and so I read it and felt very passionately about it. I am very lucky that I got to work on a lot of films that are socially minded films, that are about, for example, moments of history. And for this film I actually auditioned for like four different parts of the movie because from the moment I knew about it, I knew I had to be a part of it.

The socially conscious movies you have been involved with have been very serious, but this one is very different because it juggles almost low ground humor with some very sobering drama. How was it on the set? Was Adam always saying "it's too funny" or "reign it in"?

Book Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: November 3rd 2015
Review Source: HMH Books for Young Readers


"No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better."

Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

I need this!

I want that!

Human emotions are tricky. The urge of need and want is often confused, just like in Need. People would do anything and everything for something they “need” when in reality it is what they want. This book, Need, holds a nice premise, however the execution was a bit off.

First of all, it is hard to keep up with two or three POVs, let alone ton of POVs. One, like myself, cannot keep up with the characters. I think if the author would’ve stick with two or three characters, this would’ve played out very well. However, I do understand why she decided to give us the many POVs. (Not really, but okay). We get to see what many would do for something. We read how social media can be use as bully-tool, just to accomplish or get something they really do not need.

Don’t get me wrong, some of these POVs were shocking, some very disturbing and others well, a bit off… You just need to slap your face and shake it off. These teenagers need help! Someone please call 9-1-1!

Nonetheless, it’s a clever book that will make you think.

The crazy things the human race is capable of doing. How vulnerable one can be and how the “dark side” can take over. The greed, the envy…

Overall, Need was an okay read. This is not a book one should be in a rush to get to. Keep it on your TBR if you want to read it, just don’t put other books down for it.

Thanks for the copy, ReadingTeen

#MockingjayPart2 is the #1 Movie in the WORLD & We Have 2 Prize Pack!

After being symbolized as the "Mockingjay", Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Director: Francis Lawrence
Based on: THE HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins
Writers: Peter Craig (screenplay), Danny Strong (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (adaptation), Suzanne Collins (novel)
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

Thanks to all the fans, Mockingjay Part 2 is #1 movie in the world. 

And in the season of giving, Lionsgate has giving us two prize packs. Meaning, TWO lucky fans will be receiving:

Mockingjay T-shirts 

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