Format: Hardcover

When It’s Real [Review]

Posted June 8, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

When It’s Real [Review]When It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?

My Thoughts

I loved this book. As much as I loved their previous series, The Royals (see Paper Princess review and Broken Prince review), WHEN IT’S REAL solidified the bestselling duo as autobuy for me! That’s how much I loved this book! And it was exactly what I needed! We all know that I’ve been on a real struggle bus with reading and blogging ever since I found out I was pregnant last summer. Well, I’m happy to report that this is the book that helped me get out of that struggling rut I was in.

I really loved Vaughn and Oakley. Vaughn is this kickass, snarky, smart seventeen year old girl who had been dealt some pretty shitty cards. And Oakley is this sexy, smartass, guitar playing, twenty year old popstar turned rockstar. And the two of them together is just pure amazingness. I loved them as a couple both when it was a fake relationship and then even more when they finally admitted it to each other that it was for real.

I loved the complexity each of the characters had. Vaughn and her family (older sister and younger twin brothers) and Oakley with his estranged parents, both had stories to tell and I really loved reading them and feeling what they were feeling.

By the end of this book, even though it ends with no cliffhanger, I was left wanting more! I’d love to see more between Vaughn and Oakley. I loved their relationship and I’d love to see them conquer more of the world and I’d love to see more swoonworthy moments!


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Blog Tour: Dragons Love Tacos 2 [Review & Taco Salad Recipe]

Posted April 21, 2017 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Recipe, Review / 5 Comments

Blog Tour: Dragons Love Tacos 2 [Review & Taco Salad Recipe]

Blog Tour: Dragons Love Tacos 2 [Review & Taco Salad Recipe]Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri
Published by Dial Books on June 14th 2012
Genres: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.
The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

My Thoughts

This book was so adorable! And it’s perfect for children! I absolutely loved this story and its illustrations! I love tacos and I love dragons and I’m sure most kids love those 2 as well! I cannot wait to read this to my little one!

Taco Salad Recipe

My family and I make tacos at least 3 times a month. And every time we do, I make mine into a taco salad!

What you need:
  • Tupperware Container
  • Taco Meat
  • Tomatoes
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese (I use a taco or mexican blend)
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • Catalina Dressing
  • Anything else you like to put on your tacos!
  1. Crunch up the Doritos and put them in your container
  2. On top of the crushed chips, put in your taco meat
  3. Then sprinkle on your cheese
  4. Add in your lettuce, tomatoes, and other taco toppings
  5. Drizzle on the Catalina Dressing (however much you like)
  6. Put the cover on the container and shake it all up!

And voila, there is your taco salad! Instead of using the dressing, I have used sour cream, but I personally prefer the tangy taste that Catalina provides the tacos 🙂

About the Author

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks.
Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene…), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Tour Schedule

Week One:
April 3 – Pirates n’ Pixie Dust – Taco Scavenger Hunt
April 4 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review + Recipe
April 5 – A Story a Day – Review + Taco Craft
April 6 – The Book Shire – Review
April 7 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Recipe + Taco Craft
Week Two:
April 10 – Ali’s Book Nook – Review + Recipe
April 11 – Mundie Kids – Review + Taco Party Checklist
April 12 – The Children’s Book Review – When You Invite a Dragon to Dinner…
April 13 – Reading is Better with Cupcakes – A World Without Tacos?!
April 14 – My Bookbloom – Review + Taco Activity
Week Three:
April 17 – As They Grow Up – Review
April 18 – The Book Nut – Taco Soup Recipe
April 19YA Book Nerd – Missing Taco Hunt
April 20Inspiration Laboratories – Dragons Love Tacos Birthday Party
April 21In Wonderland – Review + Taco Salad Recipe
Week Four:
April 24A Homeschool Mom – Review + Chili Pepper Experiment
April 25The Plot Bunny – Review + Recipe
April 26No BS Book Reviews – Taco Craft
April 27My Little Poppies – Review
April 28Happily Ever Elephants – Review

How to make tacos that Dragons will love

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