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Monday, July 11, 2011

Book Reviews - "Crush Control" by Jennifer Jabaley and "Stay" by Allie Larkin - Summer Reading Challenge

I missed featuring the Summer Reading Challenge book last week, so this week, you get two great books for one! :)

The first book, is "Crush Control" by Jennifer Jabaley.

About The Book:

Willow has spent most of her life as her mother's sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she's in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind - and more importantly, the heart - is something you can really control.

This is one of the cutest young-adult books that I've had the pleasure of reading. Jennifer Jabaley does a wonderful job of pulling her readers into the heart of the story of young love and young heartache. Sassy, fun, and heartwarming, "Crush Control" is a great summer read for great fiction fans of any age.

About The Author:

Born in New York and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, Jennifer Jabaley is a graduate of James Madison University and Southern College of Optometry. She began writing in 2006 and tries to manage optometry, writing and motherhood. She lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia with her husband and two children.

Check out Jennifer's website at http://www.jenniferjabaley.com/ for more info on her books and upcoming projects!


Next up is a fun book from a fun author - "Stay" by Allie Larkin!  I'm including my full review of this charming book for you here - Hope you enjoy!

In my opinion, a good book can be defined as one that holds the reader’s attention, is entertaining, and when reaching the end of the last page, the reader can walk away with a smile.

By this definition, debut author Allie Larkin’s book, “Stay,” is a good book! It is entertaining, has humorous bits and sad, but in the end, left me with a big smile on my face.

“Stay” is the story of Savannah “Van” Leone. To say Van was having a bad few days would be stretching it.
After watching her best friend Janie marry the man who had been Van’s former college boyfriend, a man Van herself thought would be her future husband, Van finds herself a little depressed.  After drowning her sorrows in a few rounds of Grape Kool-Aid and vodka, (never a good idea!) and watching a “Rin Tin Tin” marathon, Van decides that she needs someone in her life that she can totally depend on for absolute love and companionship. So she buys a dog, a German Shepherd puppy.  On the Internet. From Slovakia. Sight unseen.  Did I mention that Grape Kool-Aid and vodka is not a good idea?

When she arrives at the airport to pick up her new pooch, Van is shocked to see her “puppy” is a nearly full-grown, long-haired, fine-looking black German Shepherd who only responds to commands in Slovok. But it was love at first sight, and Van and the dog she names Joe proceed to begin their life together as Master and hound.

Life seems good. Joe is loveable and cute, but the first time that he goes on a wild running spree through her condo, an alarmed Van hauls him to the nearest vet to find out if her canine is normal. Kind and good-looking Veterinarian Alex Brandt comes to her rescue, assuring her all is well, and the sparks start flying between Alex and Van. But soon bits and pieces of Van’s past begin to threaten the fledgling relationship, and Van finds herself not only making adjustments in her life with her new pet, she does some house-cleaning with her past in order to try and hang on to Alex, the best thing that has come along for Van in a long time.

Allie Larkin has created a charming, light-hearted tale of how a funny pooch named Joe could bring true love into his owner’s life. In this well-crafted story, the reader will find moments of giggling competing with moments of emotional tears as Larkin tells the story of Van Leone’s disarrayed but funny life. Dog lovers and lovers of good books will find “Stay” to absolutely be one of those books you put in your keeper pile to revisit again and again. It’s just a dog-gone good book!

About The Author:

Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat. She is the cofounder of TheGreenists.com, a site dedicated to helping readers take simple steps toward going green. Stay is her first novel.

Check out her website at http://www.allielarkinwrites.com/ for more information on her book and upcoming projects.


The 2011 Summer Reading Challenge is on!

The gals at BookSparks PR, Little Bird Publicity and Get Red PR, have partnered to bring readers the 15 hottest books of the summer.

Each week, I will highlight a new book that is being featured on the Reading Challenge. Each week there will be great opportunities to win fabulous prizes, connect with your favorite authors and meet other book lovers. For more information, visit the Summer Reading Challenge page and register.

Thanks to BookSparks PR and the pubishers for the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Beth Hoffman said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed "Stay" by Allie Larkin. I thought it was an adorable story!

Happy summer, Sharon!

Anti-Drug Reads said...

I've only heard good things about these. I need to get my hands on them! Great reviews :D

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Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

BookJunkie said...

Both of these books are on my to-be-read list! I'm glad you enjoyed them so much, now I'm even more excited about reading them!