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Friday, April 4, 2014

A Book Review of Michelle Madow's The Secret Diamond Sisters By, Amy Halbern


A Book Review of 
Michelle Madow's
The Secret Diamond Sisters
By, Amy Halbern
April 4, 2014



The Secret Diamond Sisters was such a great read!! I am sad when it came to an end. I wish November was here so I can read "Diamonds in the Rough" This story is like an Onion it was so many layers to it, along with such different characters. I usually don't give a spill on my feelings with each character however with this story I will. I will start with the Diamond Sisters. First There is Peyton who reminds me of Peyton of of "One Tree Hill" She has so much anger inside along with a deep rooted protection of her sisters. She feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere and who also wants to be happy. Peyton has not had good luck with guys since 9th grade which is too bad and with that she doesn't trust anyone except her sisters. I hope that there will be an amazing guy for her while she is in Las Vegas and that she finds happiness. Next is Courtney who wants to be loved and accepted by all especially her dad Adrian. She reminds me of Haley off of "One Tree Hill" She is smart and beautiful and wants to also find where she belongs. I love how she cares about her sisters and wants them to be happy. I am shipping she and Brett and hope that things will work out for them because she truly deserves happiness. I loved how she said that she finally feels happy and she doesn't have to worry about taking care of the bills and her mom. I feel that while living in Las Vegas she will unravel so many different mysteries especially the mystery of her baby book and why she was kidnapped. Then there is Savannah who reminds me of Brooke off of "One Tree Hill" sweet innocent Savannah who needs to take her own advice and not listen to Evie because she is not one to shovel out advice. Nick seems like a way good guy but he is for sure hiding something. I don't know how I feel for her feelings for Damien. I hope that she gets her love of singing off the ground and gets discovered while in Las Vegas. Finally there is Madison wow she is quite the piece of work. I don't like her she seems like she is out to destroy everyone's happiness. I feel she and Oliver deserve each other. She is insecure and needs to kind to people sounds like she needs a slice of humble pie. Madison is going to get what is coming to her.. Onto the Guys of the story. I am going to start with Adrian, wow talk about layers. I am not sure how I feel about him. I feel like he cares about his daughters but I am not sure how deep that affection goes. He is definitely hiding a lot of things. Next is Brett. Brett is my favorite he is genuine and kind and cares a lot about Courtney. I feel like he is not a fake and is true to his character. I hope that he and Courtney can be together. Next is Oliver. Wow what a D-bag, Jerk, scum of the earth uses people to his liking and is a miserable guy who is so insecure he doesn't know whether he should be a good guy and be himself. Next is Damian who I also feel is a d-bag and Jerk and is also insecure I feel like he has a lot of growing up to do and decide who the heck he wants because sorry Damian you can do so much better than Madison she is not interested in you. Next is Nick. I think he like Brett is genuine and kind. I feel his feelings for Savannah are true and he doesn't BS about things. I feel he wants to get over Madison and be happy as well. Geez that girl sure knows how to string them along. I do think besides his good qualities he is hiding something. Finally there is Jackson poor Guy I know he likes Peyton but I am glad that he keeps her in check and is honest with her from the get go but who knows.
    I really enjoyed this book. I felt I was there with Savannah, Peyton and Courtney living it up in Las Vegas. I loved reading about the parties, the shopping and my favorites of course were Courtney and Brett's Adventures. I also loved how Michelle explored the world of the growing pains of teenagers. I know I can relate to the variety of emotions that these characters go through. I think that Courtney is my Favorite out of the Diamond Sisters. I can't wait to read more when Diamonds in the Rough comes out in November. I highly recommend this book!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

As You Are Book Review

"Use Grammarly's plagiarism checker because... Those who plagiarize papers are clearly out of great ideas....  

As You Are 
By, 
Sarah M. Eden 
Book Review
February 25, 2014

 

Like all other Sarah M. Eden books I loved this one as well. This story is amazing, heart-wrenching, silly, and romantic. Corbin is not like his other brothers at all. He is more reserve, shy, and not very confident. As the story rolls on he decides after advice from his brothers and Crispin that he needs to be himself. Besides Philip he is my favorite out of the Jonquil brothers. Clara is a true heroine of the story the trials that she endured from her past are absolutely horrific, along with what her nephew Edmund and daughter Alice had to endure. I loved how the Jonquil family, Crispin and yes even the Duke of Kielder ha ha! came to her rescue and showed that there are people who love and care about her and not want to hurt her. Corbin and Clara's relationship is quite comical its the typical assuming what the other might be thinking and whether if the other cares for the other person. I really loved how Sarah shed light on how it was for woman who didn't necessarily have a "knight in shining armor" come and rescue them. It also showed how powerless women were when it came to abusive situations and how it was all the woman's fault. I absolutely adored Edmund and Alice especially little Alice and how she calls Corbin Mister. It was also neat to see more of Mater's character and how she loves each of her sons and even cares a great deal for Clara and her children. I thought it was very sweet how she told Alice and Edmund to call her Grandma ma. I think some of my favorite parts were of Layton's daughter Caroline and Edmund. Caroline is quite the spit fire in this story. I loved the ending! It was great end to a fantastic story! I hope we get more of the Jonquil family stories. I highly recommend this book.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Interview with Author Michelle Madow

Interview with Author Michelle Madow
February 8, 2014

           Michelle Madow e-mailed her awesome Street Team Members and asked who wanted to interview her with our awesome questions we were all dying to know about her new book that is coming out.. "The Secret Diamond Sisters" I jumped at this opportunity to do this so here is the interview... However before we get started here is some info on Michelle, the cover of "The Secret Diamond Sisters" and the synopsis of the book. 



Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. She loves connecting with readers online,
 So be sure to follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).



Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 


The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.


Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17160608-the-secret-diamond-sisters


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373211090/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0373211090&link_code=as3&tag=yabore0f-20


Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-diamond-sisters-michelle-madow/1116411550?ean=9780373211098&itm=1&usri=9780373211098


Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Secret-Diamond-Sisters-Be-Announced/9780373211098


iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-secret-diamond-sisters
/id771362355?mt=11

& Finally the Interview 
 

1) How did you come up with the idea to write The Secret Diamond Sisters?

I visit Las Vegas every year because of a family event, and I was walking through my favorite hotel — The Wynn — when I thought, “What would it be like to live here?” From there, the idea for The Secret Diamond Sisters formed!

2) Out of Courtney, Peyton and Savannah who you identify most with? 

I’m by far the most like Courtney! (The most down to Earth and goal-driven sister.) Although I also have aspects of the other girls in me, like Savannah’s optimism, Peyton’s dislike of following arbitrary rules, and Madison’s confidence. 

3) Las Vegas is a pretty glamorous city but why Las Vegas?
 

I love how the city bursts with magic and excitement. Vegas does everything as big as possible, so being there is like entering a fantasyland. I haven’t read any YA books that take place in present day Vegas, and I thought it would be fun bringing it to life on paper (which is definitely was!)

 Thanks Again Michelle for this awesome Interview!! 



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Dancing Master Book Review January 22, 2014

 The Dancing Master 
Book Review
January 22, 2014

" To be fond of dancing 
was a certain step towards falling in love..."
~Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice

Julie Klassan has become one of my favorite authors!!! I loved this story!! I loved how it was so unpredictable. I had no clue how it would all come together in the end... When I thought I had it figured out she would through more into the story. I loved how the characters especially Julie Midwinter and Alec Valcourt were so complex with so many layers. There wasn't a character who I really didn't like. I also enjoyed how the story was about acceptance, forgiveness, love, kindness, respect and over coming challenges. I absolutely loved the end!! I laughed, cried a little of course smiled at the sweet moments between Julia and Alec and some of the other favorite characters such as the Allen Family with all their enjoyable moments. I highly recommend this book!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Secret Diamond Sisters Book Cover Reveal By, Michelle Madow


The Secret Diamond Sisters Book Cover Reveal
 By, Michelle Madow

"A Book is a book. Sometimes you learn from it 
And sometimes you don't."
~MPP; 2006 
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.






Monday, June 10, 2013

The 59th Anniversary of The Tragedy at Oradour Sur Glane June 10, 1944



 The 59th Anniversary of 
The Tragedy at Oradour -Sur- Glane 
June 10, 1944
Oradour, France 

"Souviens -Toi"


Sad but something to always remember. On June 10, 1944, 4 days after the Germans were defeated at Normandy. Out of Pure Rage Hitler and his Nazi's marched to Oradour -Sur- Glane, a small town in France and Killed 642 Men, Women and Children,while blowing up the town. 

   I had the opportunity to visit there in 02' and while there we talked with a woman who was there the day it happened. She and her brother were hiding in the bushes and saw their parents killed. I seriously felt like some had dumped a ice cold bucket of water over me head. A moment I will always remember. As I was leaving I saw a photo of a little girl and boy and underneath it it said: "SOUVIENS-TOI" Always remember


Friday, April 5, 2013

Clockwork Princess Book Revew

Clockwork Princess Book Review
April 5, 2013 

Tess, Tess, Tessa.

Was there ever a more beautiful sound than your name? To speak it aloud makes my heart ring like a bell. Strange to imagine that, isn’t it – a heart ringing – but when you touch me that is what it is like: as if my heart is ringing in my chest and the sound shivers down my veins and splinters my bones with joy.

Why have I written these words in this book? Because of you. You taught me to love this book where I had scorned it. When I read it for the second time, with an open mind and heart, I felt the most complete despair and envy of Sydney Carton. Yes, Sydney, for even if he had no hope that the woman he loved would love him, at least he could tell her of his love. At least he could do something to prove his passion, even if that thing was to die.

I would have chosen death for a chance to tell you the truth, Tessa, if I could have been assured that death would be my own. And that is why I envied Sydney, for he was free.

And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart.

You are not the last dream of my soul.

You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth.

With hope at least,
Will Herondale
” 

~ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Now for my Book Review.... 
What a great end to an amazing Series!!! From the very beginning I fell in love with these amazing characters. Cassandra Clare has created such an unforgettable world and unforgettable characters. I honestly didn't know how it was going to end. From the beginning I was Team Will, and even to the last page I was Team Will then I became Team Jem as well. I am so glad that Tessa was able to have the best of both Worlds in the past and present and even in the future. I love how all the questions that we as fans of the Infernal Devices wanted to know are answered. I love how in some of the conversations between the characters reflects back to the beginning of the series. Moments such as those brought a smile to my face. There were so many awe so sweet moments and so many what is happening here and what just happened moments!! It made me happy that Will and Cecily who is also one of my favorite characters were able to mend ties with their parents!! I also really enjoyed the heart felt conversations between Tessa and Jem and Will and Tessa, and of course the last heart felt conversation between Will and Jem!! In this book we really get to know Magnus Bane and see not only his funny witty side but his sincere side as well!! There also was so much growth with most every character throughout this series as well. I laughed and I cried and there were even moments where I wanted to throw the book across the room!! In the end I was very happy with the way it ended. I am so glad that Cassandra Clare included the family tree for the Herondales, Carstairs and Lightwoods, with the book. It was way neat to see who was related to who all the way up to the present. I couldn't ask for a better ending!!! I am sad to say good bye to these characters for I felt that I was on a crazy and wonderful adventure right along with the characters till the very end. I highly recommend this book!!!!