Tag «10 book series»

Find books based on the # of books in the series:
Standalone | 2 books | 3 books | 4 books | 5 books | 6 books | 9 books | 10 books | 14 books

Fresh Fridays: A Stardance Summer (Eternity Springs #13) by Emily March

Fresh Fridays: On Friday, I usually review a brand new series (ie. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. But this week I’m talking about a new book in an already published series.Here is this week’s offering:

Eternity Springs Series

Other books in the series:
book3

booksynopsis

Synopsis for A Stardance Summer (from Goodreads):

Lili Howe took a leap of faith when she decided to join the Tornado Alleycats, her elderly landlady’s all-female glamour-camping club. Lili’s always given everything to her career, putting herself on track to become her CPA firm’s youngest partner. But now that Lili’s carefully planned future is shattered, she’s willing to let summer work its magic on her―at all costs.

There’s never a dull moment at Stardance Ranch, the Colorado resort Brick Callahan built from the ground up. Still, a late night skinny-dipping session involving a bunch of “glamping” grannies. . .with his best friend’s kid sister Lili among them? He couldn’t have made up such story if he tried. The undeniable mutual attraction between Brick and gorgeous, spirited Lili is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when Brick’s ex-girlfriend suddenly shows up, he’s faced with a desperate choice: Do right by a woman he once loved or take a chance on Lili. . .and do everything he can to win her heart?

breakdown

Series: Eternity Springs

This is a spin-off of the Callahan Brothers Series.

Author: Emily March (aka Geralyn Dawson)
# of Books: 13 ( Full Reading List Here )
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: No
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating
Publication Date: February 2011 – ongoing
Source & Format: Netgalley–eARC  |  Thank you St Martin’s Press!

thoughts

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I’m not one to dive into a series that is 13 books long by reading the most recent release but I was drawn to A Stardance Summer when I read the synopsis. I’m a sucker for the heroine who is in love with her older brother’s BFF and second chance romances are always sweet. I’ve also been looking for a new small town romance series since I finished the Cottonbloom Trilogy last summer and one that is 13 books strong like this series, AMAZING! Plus, the whole premise of Lili joining a senior camping group sounded like a lot of fun.

What I Liked:

–The Setting–

First off, the RV camping crew did not disappoint! I loved Patsy in particular. I want to be her when I grow up, seizing life at every opportunity!

I also loved the town! It’s a very close knit community and I think if I was more familiar with the previous novels I would have soaked up all the little mini cameos former book leads make.

–The Character Development–

Lili is in such a tough place in her life that it was nice to see her grow from that. She takes her time to find out who she is on her own and isn’t heavily influenced by others. I loved seeing her develop from start to finish.

–Sweet Romance–

While I don’t mind some sexy times in my novels, it’s nice to read a romance that didn’t focus on the physical chemistry between the leads on every other page.

What I Didn’t Like:

–Almost Too Slow of a Burn–

While I love slow burn romances, this one seemed a little off to me. I felt like it took too long to get the passion started. It seemed like the relationship took too much of a backseat to Lili’s character development. The sexual tension is there, but I wanted to see this relationship grow a little bit more than the implied past connection.

Will I Pick Up Other Books in the Series?:

Yes! I got a taste of some of the past stories and they sound super intriguing! Eternity Springs has such a fun cast that I’m looking forward to learning more about them all.

My Rating: 3.5/5

overall

This is the perfect read for fans of character-focused romances who like their romances to be sweet and not spicy. A fabulous small town series with an eclectic cast of characters you can’t help but love.

Read if You Like: sweet romances, small towns, character driven stories
Avoid if You: want spicy romance
similarreads

connect Twitter GoodReads Riffle Bloglovin' Google Plus Amazon.ca Reviews Amazon.com Reviews RSS Email

catchphrase

Series Review: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #15
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Author: Louise Rennison
# of Books: 10 (Find the complete list here)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Teen, British, Humour, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the movie here!

Thoughts:

I’m not sure what possessed me to pick up Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (ATFFS)–ok, that’s a lie. It’s hard to read a title like that and NOT be curious!

I remember cracking open ATFFS and thinking, WTF?! It was a little weird to say the least. Georgia was a little off her rocker and I couldn’t believe that someone would actually think that way. But as I read more of the book, I discovered that this is part of her charm and what makes these books awesome. I was probably halfway through when I realize I was addicted and I couldn’t wait for more of her adventure. I also remember being extremely upset at not having the sequel on hand as I was away on vacation.

I could go through each of the books individually, but we would be here all day 😛 So in a nut shell, here are my thoughts on why I love this series:

  1. They are hilarious! Even the titles alone get me when I read them (you can’t imagine the number of times I chuckled as I was adding the covers to this post). Now, there are two important things to note about the humour:
    1. The humour isn’t for everyone. Particularly if you don’t enjoy British humour or that of adolescent girls. Most of the time you are just laughing at the ridiculousness of Georgia and her comments about her daily life so if you don’t enjoy odd-ball characters, AVOID!
    2. If you are reading this book in public, no one will understand why you are reading a book titled “Away Laughing on a Fast Camel” or “Startled by His Furry Shorts”. I remember reading one of these books at work and a co-worker asked me what I was reading and I embarrassingly told her. She laughed because luckily she was familiar with the series, but it could have been extremely awkward if she hadn’t been. Also, you can expect to laugh out loud at parts, so be warned if you plan on reading this on the bus.
  2. The characters are a lot of fun. The things they do and how they act is not only hilarious but it is often over the top. You pick out your favourites of course, but I enjoyed all the characters throughout the series.
  3. It’s British. I think I wish I could be British at times, I have a slight obsession with tea, British music artists and I love anything BBC produces (who doesn’t really?). So I think it was fun learning the British slang that Georgia uses–though I think some of it is best classified as “Georgia Slang” as I am sure a majority of British citizens do not use the word “nuddy-pants” on a regular basis.
  4. We all secretly wish our lives were this awesome in high school. I wish I could do half the things Georgia does in her adventures so I liked living vicariously through her.

Conclusion:

This series is one of the funniest I have ever read. There was a never a dull moment in any of these books and I remember reading the last one and thinking, “I don’t want this to be over!” While not everyone’s cup of tea (no British pun intended!), if you want to try a fun series that will make you laugh out loud at the antics of one girl and her group of pals, this is a series you won’t want to miss!

Rating: 5/5

See my thoughts on the movie here!

Similar Reads: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones, #1) and Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski (Magic in Manhattan, #1)

Synopsis for Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (from Goodreads):
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

Series Review: Neighbors from Hell by R.L. Mathewson

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

book4

Series: A Neighbor from Hell Series
Author: R.L. Mathewson
# of Books: 10 (Full Reading Order Here)
Complete?: No, Book 9, will be published in 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humour
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: April 2011 – ongoing
Source & Format: Own–eBook

thoughts

PLEASE NOTE: Please note the following review only includes the first three novels in the series. 

This series was a lot of fun to read. Sometimes you just need a light romance read that doesn’t focus on tragedy or soap-opera like drama and that is what you get here. While I didn’t find it as funny as some people rave, I did laugh at various points in these novels.

Playing for Keeps was really enjoyable. I liked Haley as a character because she was realistic and a down-to-earth girl. Jason was really funny with his eating habits and the like. I enjoyed the banter between the two of them throughout the book (that goes for all the leads in the other two books as well). It’s a super quick read that entertained me for an afternoon.

Perfection was actually my favourite of the three. I liked the opposites attract story between Zoe and Trevor. I liked that they weren’t each other’s ideal date initially and that they were able to find love in the characteristics of each other. I think sometimes we have the ideal person we want to be with in our heads and then we only focus on that ideal and not on the real world. It was refreshing to see that sometimes love isn’t what or where we thought it was. I also liked the continuing Bradford charm in this one.

I read Checkmate a little while after the first two. It didn’t really connect as the first two did to the Bradford Family as the leads are not directly from the family, but I liked it all the same. I enjoy enemies to lovers stories so I thought this book was really cute. The pranks that Connor and Rory pull on each other throughout the years are funny and entertaining so it was nice to see how their story progresses. I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I started reading it.

I actually didn’t know that there was a 4th book in this series until I wrote this review so I’m interested in what it coming next though I probably won’t get around to them for some time given my ever-growing to-read list.

I don’t have the rest of this series on my immediate TBR but if the need arises for a light-hearted romance, I’ll probably grab one. I just lose interest in series that are loosely connected and go over 5 books…

Series Rating: 4/5

overall

They are not writing masterpieces by any means, but they a light romantic reads with a dash of humour that is refreshing in the contemporary genre where most stories feature darker elements and jaded leads (*cough cough* Fifty Shades…).

similarreads

booksynopsis

Synopsis for Playing for Keeps (from Goodreads):
Done with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

Connect: Twitter GoodReads Riffle Bloglovin' Google Plus Amazon.ca Reviews RSS Email

catchphrase