From that time on, the world was hers for the reading....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Alison Pace: Pug Hill

In May, I read A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace and adored it. Recently, I was given the opportunity to see where the story all began when I received a copy of Pug Hill (now available in paperback) for review.

With a relationship that makes her unhappy and a crush on an unavailable co-worker that makes her feel silly, Hope McNeill doesn't have the best luck in the romance department. Her apartment is too small to get the dog she wants. And though she works the coolest job -- she restores paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- she rarely sees the sunlight during working hours.

But she has Pug Hill, a spot in Central Park where she can watch pugs prance and frolic, which gives her a sense of peace and comfort. When she can't escape to the park, she has her favorite Zoloft commercial saved on her DVR.

After her parents ask her to give a speech at their anniversary party, Hope begins to panic and obsess. About a lot of things, like how she needs to stop sitting around and waiting for her life to begin. But first, she must learn to face her fears.

When she signs up for a public-speaking class at the New School, she meets an eccentric group of people, including a gay poet, a hot, well-dressed man who says "dude" a lot, and an angry novelist. Through the weekly class assignments and getting to know her classmates, Hope discovers things about herself (bad habits, poor choices), gains self-confidence, and learns to love and forgive not only herself for past mistakes, but the people around her.

Pug Hill is a charming book filled with whimsical characters, adorable pugs, and a realistic, likeable heroine.

I really enjoyed reading the beginning of Hope's story and related to her frustrations and fears. Even better, I cheered her on and delighted in her journey and growth.

If you like dogs, read this book. If you're single and overwhelmed by social expectations, read this book. If you enjoy fun, sweet stories, read this book.

I highly recommend it.

For more information on Alison Pace, visit:

Monday, September 26, 2011

On Hiatus

I've been updating this blog for over two years, and it's been a fantastic experience. I've read great books, connected with cool authors, and met amazingly kind people.

But, lately, I haven't had content (zero access to new releases, thanks to a small library with an even smaller budget and my personal non-existent bank account) to update daily, and it's causing more stress than joy.

With that, it's time for a hiatus. If I come across any really incredible books, I'll be right here raving about them.

Until then, enjoy a beautiful, blessed fall season.

Photo courtesy of Carpe Cupcakes!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Castle Premiere Tonight!

Don't forget to tune in to the season premiere of "Castle" on ABC tonight @ 10/9c.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Vampire Diaries & The Secret Circle

Don't miss the season premiere of "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW tonight @ 8/7c.


The series premiere of "The Secret Circle" on the CW tonight @ 9/8c.

Thoughtful Thursday

"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart."

~ Anne Frank

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Elizabeth Scott: The Unwritten Rule

I've recently become a fan of Elizabeth Scott's writing, so I'm reading as many of her books as I can. I just finished The Unwritten Rule.

Sarah and Brianna are best friends. They've known each other forever.

Brianna is dating Ryan. Sarah has had a crush on him forever.

But Sarah knows the unwritten rule. Every girl does: "You don't like your best friend's boyfriend."

So Sarah keeps her feelings to herself until something unexpected happens with Ryan. Now she's riddled with guilt. She doesn't want to betray her best friend. She doesn't want to break up Brianna and Ryan. But she doesn't want to miss her chance at love.

Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of stories like this, but Elizabeth Scott created a genuine, likeable character. Sarah's inner dialogue of longing mixed with guilt and loyalty to her friend was authentic.

But this isn't just a story fraught with high school boy-girl drama. There's also an exploration of Brianna's home life, which is mentally abusive and spills into her friendship with Sarah. Despite a close friendship and fun times, it's often hurtful and manipulative.

More than anything, the story is about a girl discovering her independence and deciding to take her own path and find her way.

For more information on Elizabeth Scott, visit:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sneak Peek: Crossed

Crossed by Ally Condie will not be available until November 1, but you can check out the first two chapters at Entertainment Weekly's website!

For more information on Ally Condie, visit:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Must Read: Virals

Kathy Reichs is giving YA Fiction a try with Virals. As a fan of her Bones series, I'm definitely adding this new series to my "must read" list.

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot-if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent. Fortunately, they are now more than friends: They are a pack. They are Virals. 

For more information, visit:
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...