You're Invited (MMGM)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hi, everyone and welcome to MMGM! For some reason, my fingers keep messing up MMGM so it ends up as MMMGM or MGMMM or something like that. Just a heads up on my weird typing predicament. Anyway, this week I'm reviewing You're Invited by Jen Malone and Gail Nall. (I interviewed Gall during my review of Breaking the Ice! If you missed it, click HERE to read it. It was one of my earlier reviews, so please excuse the reasoning, haha) Back to my review. Look at the pretty cover! 







  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: RSVP (Book 1) 
  • Page Count: 307
  • Publisher: Aladdin (May 19, 2015)
Source and Format: Hardcover, from my lovely local library 


"Four best friends start a party-planning business in this fresh, funny tween novel from the authors of At Your Service and Breaking the Ice.



Twelve-year-old Sadie loves helping her mom with her wedding planning business, and with Sadie’s mad organizational skills, she’s a natural! That’s why it’s so devastating when her mother “fires” her after a Little Mermaid–themed wedding goes awry.



Enter Sadie’s best friends: sporty Vi, ace student Lauren, and boy-crazy Becca. The girls decide that in order to get Sadie’s mom to reconsider, they have to make her see how amazing Sadie is at party planning. Except no one’s gonna hire a twelve-year-old to plan a wedding. A birthday party, though? Definite possibility.


Before long, RSVP—your one-stop shop for the most creative parties in town—is born. Of course, Sadie can’t wait to prove herself to her mom, but the other girls also have their reasons for enlisting: Vi has her eye on the perfect gift for her hardworking dad, and Becca’s all aflush at the thought of connecting with Ryan, the new Irish cutie in town. And though Lauren thinks she’s too busy with summer studies to “officially” join, she’s willing to help out in any way she can.

But in this particular party-planning business, nothing goes according to plan! Sadie’s mom is a perpetual no-show, Vi’s archrival is dead set on ruining her summer, Becca can’t seem to get Ryan to glance in her direction, and Lauren keeps choosing studying over her friends. Is the girls’ friendship strong enough to survive a business? Or does RSVP spell the end of these BFFs?" 


Whew, that is a long summary! But I'll break it down for you. You're Invited is focused on the friendship of four girls, Sadie, Lauren, (Reb)Becca, and Vi(olet) and their party planning business, RSVP. Sadie originally worked for her mom (who is a wedding planner) but then she gets fired--seriously, her mom fires her--after an on the sea wedding goes wrong. Sadie goes on a mission to prove to her mom that she (her mom) needs her (Sadie). So with the help of her friends, RSVP turns from being just an idea to an actual business. 

There are SO many good characters in this book and they all have their own personalities and strengths. They're all meant for a specific job in the party planning business, which is what makes them compatible. You know, teamwork and all that. 

The main message of this book is that as long as you know what you're doing, how you want to do it, and a group people to help you with it, YOU CAN DO IT. I love the idea of a party planning business run by kids my age (I definitely would've never pulled THAT off...) because that shows that age is just a number. (Even adults were hiring them!) 

One of my favorite things about this book are the 4 points of view. I love multiple points of view (when they're not confusing, of course) because you get to see different sides to a story. In this book, not only do you get to see the different sides, but you also get to learn more about each girl: their lives, their interests, and things like that. You can tell that the authors put a lot of thought into that because it's not easy imagining several points of views for completely different girls. The story shows their struggles and the challenges they face, which makes it more realistic.


I really liked this one and am looking forward to the second book.




I give You're Invited...



4 STARS!!! 


(Technically speaking, it's supposed to be AuthorS)

Jen Malone writes sweet and funny books about tweens and teens for readers of all ages. Her middle grade titles include At Your Service, the You're Invited series (co-written with Gail Nall), and the upcoming The Sleepover, all with Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Her Young Adult titles (with HarperCollins/HarperTeen) include Map to the Stars and the forthcoming Wanderlost. Jen's a former Hollywood movie executive who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about her and her titles at www.jenmalonewrites.com.

Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novel, BREAKING THE ICE (Aladdin/S&S, 2015) and the co-author of YOU'RE INVITED (Aladdin/S&S, 2015). She is also the author of the young adult novel, EXIT STAGE LEFT (Epic Reads Impulse/HarperCollins, 2015). You can find her online at gailnall.com and on Twitter as @gailecn.

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Thank you guys so much for joining me got MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! :-)

<3,








Links:

To learn more about Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and You're Invited, click HERE and HERE.

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Emma. G. Loves Boyz (MMGM)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Hi, everyone! Welcome to MMGM! This this week, I'm reviewing Emma G. Loves Boyz, by Taro Meyer. It's a really cute love story with awesome characters. I think the cover depicts the book perfectly. Take a look! 




Age Recommended: 10+ 
Author: Taro Meyer 
Page Count: 164
Publisher: Red Sky Presents (October 26, 2015)
Source and Format: Paperback, received in exchange for review :-p

(I honestly don't think the Amazon summary does this book justice. So I made my own summary.)

Emma is obsessed with Boyz3000, especially their lead singer, Aaron. So when her friend offers her the chance to go to their concert and meet them in person, she can't say no. And besides, the concert is in the Bahamas! That means meeting new people, eating foreign foods...

Everything is all set for her trip, except for one minor detail. She has to pay for the airplane ticket. Will Emma be able to make enough money to buy a ticket or will all the stress get to her head and prevent her from meeting the 'band of her dreams'? 

And that's not the only problem she's facing. Eight grader hater Renee is causing trouble for Emma. (Argh, mean girls...) 

Seriously, how much can Emma handle?

(I tried!) 



I enjoyed Emma G. Loves Boyz very much! It was a little shaky in the beginning, but I loved the plot, nevertheless. Emma is a really funny and enthusiastic character and makes the story really entertaining to read. She's also really dramatic and had me laughing out loud throughout the book. 

The thing I liked about this book that made it different from the others is the way it was written. It was very teenager-y. (Um...) There are a few emojis/pictures :-) and CAPITALIZATION and punctuation (!!!, ???) that made the book seem like you were actually reading a teenager's journal. There are also headlines (Is that what you call them?) that state the date (Monday, Tuesday, etc) that make it even more like a diary-ish journal thing. 

Another thing I liked about this book was its view on love (or 'like'...). Emma's not your typical totally boy-crazy girl and her story is appropriate for middle grade readers! I think a lot of girls (and boys) can relate to Emma, as she's going through a whole lot of stuff just to meet Boyz3000! 

Another plus to this book is how lovable the characters are. Emma has an unbreakable bond with her siblings and her friends are awesome and always have her back. The only complaint I have about the characters is that I really wanted to know what happened Emma's best friend and her best guy friend who don't go on the trip. I really wish the story expanded more on them because they play an important role in the book. 

I'm a bit torn between saying that the cliffhanger ending was a good thing or bad thing, but I'm leaning toward good because NOW I'M SUPER IMPATIENT FOR BOOK 2! (It seems like all authors are intent on leaving us with cliffhangers *cough* Shannon *cough* but it's not always a bad thing!) 

Super excited for the next book!




And now...For the rating...Drum roll please...*trumpets* 






4.5 STARS! 

It was a really funny and memorable book and I can't see myself giving Emma a low rating! 




Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series, the All American Girl Series, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One, Here’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.  She lives in New York City and Malibu California.

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Thank you all so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

<3, 







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PS. What did you think of the banners? (I made them myself on Canva!) I'm not sure if I like them or not (I'm indecisive like that, haha), so they may or may not me in my future reviews. Let me know what you think! Thanks! :-) 

Keeper of the Lost Cities (MMGM)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Squeee!!! (Caution: major rant ahead. Brace yourself...) I know you're just as excited as I am to read--er write--my review of Keeper. Of course I've read it already (like, multiple times) (don't you start doubting me), but I realized that I've never posted a review, so I thought well might as well do one since I'm in the process of re-reading all of the books in the series.  (**ALSO*** If you haven't read this book yet, do yourself a favor and GO READ IT. Please. I'm begging you. For those of you who have read it, make sure to look for the question of the day somewhere in this post! Don't worry I'll highlight it in pink or something...) Review time! 

Cover: 


Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities (Book 1)
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)

"In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world—before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they’re buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death—and time is running out."

My thoughts: 

Words cannot describe how much I love this book. And the series. It's so creative and the storyline is unlike any other book you've read. The plot is very well written and no scene or chapter is there just for the purpose of making the book longer. There's always a reason for something being in the book. 

The length of the book is perfect, not too long, not too short, it's just enough to get the point across and tell Sophie's story, along with some awesomely descriptive details. I love how thought out the elvin world is, Shannnon even added some traditions and elvin-y inventions! (Heck, she even added some elvin government into it too! If that doesn't say something...) 

The creativity in the book is infectious and I can guarantee that you won't be able to put this book down once you've started reading it. Especially the beginning. You're hooked in by the first line of the preface and whoops, you don't even know how much time has passed until you look at the clock and realize that its a school night and you haven't started on your homework yet. This book is quite the thing to keep you busy (This book would be great for long car rides or for reading on an airplane.) 

Don't even get me started on how much I love the characters! The names (I mean come on! Ex: Fitz, Keefe, Bronte, Dex, Alden...), the unique personalities, the friendship! Not to mention, there's a ton of character development that gets you excited for book 2! And book 3! And book 4! And book 5! (Squee! I was super duper excited when I found out book 5 was going to happen! And, I still haven't read book 4 yet. But I promise that a review of it will be up soon!) (UPDATE: I read book 4! A review of it will be up soon!) 

My Rating...





It would be absurd to give this book anything less than 5 stars!


At the beginning of this post, I promised a question of the day. Here it is! 

If you could have a special ability (like one in the elvin world), what would it be and why? 


This question is definitely a tough one to answer BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ABILITIES TO CHOOSE FROM! I can't decide on one, so I'll give you guys two of my absolute favorites. I'd like to be a Telepath, cuz yanno, reading minds is AWESOME and a Phaser. Come on, walking through walls is pretty cool...

Feel free to answer the question of the day in the comment section below and...

Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

♥,









(PS. Sorry if there are any grammatical errors!) 

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