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Book review: February or Forever by Juliet Madison + INT Giveaway

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Being a HUGE fan of Juliet and having read and enjoyed all of her previous works, I was really excited about reading this book. It’s the second installment in the Tarrin’s Bay series and one of the 2014 books I was most excited about.

I was soooo happy to be back to Tarrin’s bay, that beautiful, magical place also known as The Town of New Beginnings. Though I enjoyed the first part, ‘January Wish’, I must admit I enjoyed this part so much more. It’s not only beautifully written, I also got to connect with the MC more.

Chrissie Burns is going through a rough period, she’s recently divorced, taking care of her little son and just moved to Tarrin’s Bay. She works as a yoga instructor in a fab and luxurious health retreat, and really loves her job. She’s beyond excited (and oh so nervous) when she finds us she’s given a special, VIP client to work with, gorgeous Drew Williams. Drew is not only a multiple Grammy award-winning artist, he’s also drop dead gorgeous. Yet, despite being so famous, he’s such a down-to-earth person everyone can talk to. Drew is living in LA but is back to his Tarrin’s Bay, where he was born and raised, for a one month visit. Now, both Chrissie and Drew haven’t been much lucky when it comes to love and relationship..but this February, anything could be possible.

I totally loved this book! I’ll admit, it took off to a slow start but once the story got deeper and more complex, I found myself flipping through the pages craving for more. The romance part is gradually built and wonderfully written, and Drew and Chrrisie are such lovable characters. Honestly, I’m not the one to drool over fictional heroes, but man..Drew really won my heart. He’s gorgeous, successful, yet such a friendly, kind, family guy. It was really nice to read about a normal celebrity for a change. Usually, authors portray them as hard to get and arrogant (well, maybe because most of the celebrities in real life are like that), but still…I really enjoyed that, the fact Drew is not full of rage, or arrogance, but is instead so respectful to everyone. Now all of THIS makes him a true romance hero for me!

Chrissie is equally lovable, she’s such a mature character (despite having some issues). She’s a great mom and really really tries hard in raising her son. So, this is not just another romance story (though, there’s a strong romance element in it), it’s actually deeper than that. It’s about love, family, fighting your fears, and believing in yourself and others.

As much as I expected an enjoyable read, I must add Juliet surprised me with this story. It exceeded all my expectations and left me craving for me. It’s a wonderful story that will leave a huge smile on your face. I definitely can’t wait to read more in this series.

My rating: 4/5

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GIVEAWAY:

Thanks to lovely Juliet, we have an e-copy of ‘February or Forever’ to give away to one lucky blog-reader. The giveaway is open internationally and closes on March 25th. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. This giveaway is sponsored by Juliet Madison. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!

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Book review: The January Wish by Juliet Madison

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I’ve always been the one to say a 3* rating is not the end of the world and yet, here I am sad and almost brokenhearted for giving this book such a rating (It’s actually 3.5/5 to be more precise). I am a HUGE fan of Juliet Madison and have read all her works (except for the second one in this series ‘February or Forever’ which I will be reading soon) and I did have high expectations, naturally. Recently I read Fast Forward and undoubtedly that’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, after finishing it, I was dying to read the novels from the Tarrin’s Bay series. Now I know shouldn’t be comparing ‘Fast Forward’ with ‘The January Wish’ because while ‘Fast Forward’ is the typical chick lit with time travel elements, ‘The January Wish’ falls into the contemporary romance category with more drama elements. The topic is more serious and it’s deeper and more emotional book, and yet somehow I had the feeling I’m missing that WOW factor that I saw in ‘Fast Forward’.

Let me just go briefly over the plot. The story is quite an emotional one and deals with life and serious issues. Sylvia Greene, the MC in this book is a very down to earth person. But her normal and controlled life is about to change when she meets Grace, the daughter she had when she was only 16. Now as I said, this is a rather emotional book and there were parts where I seriously had to control myself not to burst in tears. Sylvia had to give up her baby because she was so young (only 16) and everyone was telling her a baby would only ruin her life. 18 years later she might be a successful doctor yet she realizes how much she misses that part of her she had to give away.

This was indeed a touchy story, yet I had some issues with it, the biggest being the MC. Sylvia is 34 years old and so am I, so it was really kind of awesome to read a book about someone who’s not in their 20’s. She has a career, so do I..and I really thought I would connect to her more. I know I’ve never been in her situation (thank god) but it was really hard to make a connection with her. It felt like she lacks some depth as a character.

The writing is good, it’s a fast read and a short one too. I also loved Tarrin’s Bay and think Juliet did an excellent job with the descriptions.

I’ll be reading the second one ‘February or Forever’ soon and already looking forward to March.

My rating: 3.5/5

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Book review: Fast Forward by Juliet Madison

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Kelli is about to celebrate her 25-th birthday. Seems a briliant modeling career is ahead of her, and her boyfriend Grant is going to propose. Everything appears to be perfect for her. Until one day she wakes up and comes to realization she is 25 years older and even has wrinkles! Not only her appearance is changed and she seems to aged over night, but now she’s married to William and has two kids. Oh, nd she’s soon becoming a grandmother too.  What a nightmare!

What a hilarious read! I laughed so much I have the feeling my face still hurts. Finding herself in the future, Kelli has to learn to live with modern technology, like e-pad and Foogle. She can’t even shower in the modern bathroom, too many buttons. She doesn’t know what happened during the last twenty five years, and has no idea how she aged over night.

The story reminded me of that movie “Thirteen to Thirty” and I loved that movie.

Kelli is a girl who appreciates only beauty, and suddenly has to live without it. Ironically, she needs to carry on living without the things she appreciates the most in life, beauty and youth. It’s pretty challenging and not very easy for her, but that’s what made this book so funny. I not only laughed but enjoyed seeing her grow and realizing there are more important things in life. Throughout series of situations and many LOL moments, Kelli is soon to discover who really loves her for who she really is.  Can Kelli go back in time and change certain events or she is stuck in the future that is now her present? Life gives her a lesson, but will she learn from it? Is she ever going to be able to love and accept herself for who she really is?

If you knew the future, would you change the present? Would you make things different?

In a humorous way, Juliet Madison gives us a lesson about important things in life, apreciating the things we have and the people we care about. The story kept me awake late at night, it was that hard to put it down. I absolutely recommend this fabulous, funny and entertaining story to all chick lit and rom-com fans.

My rating: 5/5

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Book review: Starstruck in Seattle by Juliet Madison

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This is not the first novella by Juliet Madison that I have read. Few weeks ago I read and reviewed ‘I Dream of Johnny‘ (Read my review here) and as you can see I really really enjoyed it. Naturally, I was thrilled to get an arc of ‘Starstruck in Seattle’ from NetGalley and I won’t lie – I had high expectations.

I’m not the biggest fan of novellas, because either
1. I strongly dislike it cause I feel the author didn’t have enough space/time to express him/herself in so little pages, or
2. I do like it so much and wish there were more pages to it, but since it’s a short read I end up frustrated saying good bye to the characters.

But Juliet Madison is a great author, and she sure CAN write interesting short reads. Even in this one, there was a lot of meat to the story (despite being really short). Don’t get me wrong, I did like it (hence the 3.5* rating), however I didn’t love it as much as I loved ‘I dream of Johnny’

The plot is centered around Anna Hilford, an aspiring actress who’s waiting for her big break on the TV screens. She’s talented and good at her job, but there’s always something lacking, right? Well, she’s had enough of being single, so she seeks the help of Lulu, a Love Guru who’s supposed to tell her who her soul mate is and when she will meet him.

About Anna..hmmmm…
Let’s get something straight, Anna is a loveable character however she’s not that memorable. As much as I love Juliet Madison’s writing style, I think she definitely could have created a stronger or more memorable leading character.

However, the romance part was great and I love how things turned up in the end. Speaking about the ending, I swear to God I had no idea things will go that way. (Sorry, not gonna spoil it for you, you’ll have to read for yourself to find out). But I’m just gonna say, if you love HEAs I think you will definitely be pleased and I’m 100% sure you will enjoy it.

Sometimes you wish for that other half so much, and yet it seems like you will never find it. And sometimes life has unexpected turn of events and a different plan for you. But magic happens only to those who believe, so tell me now…Do you believe in Magic?

This sure is a sweet and enjoyable read, and a short one too. So I really don’t see a reason for not checking it out. Especially if you’re a fan of romance and HEAs.

My rating: 3.5/5

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Book review: I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison

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Be careful what you wish for…
… and be extra careful when you type

The first time I heard of Juliet Madison was when she published her novel, Fast Forward in February this year. Every now and then a comment from some of my Goodreads friends would pop up in my feed saying how much he/she enjoyed it. Naturally, I was over the moon when I got approved by NetGalley, because I was so eager to see why all of my friends LOVE Ms. Madison’s writing.
And yeeeessssss, now I understand why they love her. Ms Madison is a brilliant author and I can seriously see her rocking the chick lit charts.

What I loved the most about I dream of Johnny was the original and well-crafted story. Mandy receives a high-tech magic lamp one day…and puffff, her life is changed forever. She’s given the choice to make three wishes, so naturally she wishes for the things any girl would love to have –
a house which never needs to be cleaned,
unlimited funds on her account
and A GREEK GOD!

You go girl, I would make exactly the same wishes! But, you see, she makes a tiny mistake leaving “R” from the word ‘Greek’ and Voilà, she’s given A GEEK GOD. LOL
Of course she wants to cancel that wish, but until that happens she’s stuck with the geek god that literally adores her.

This is really a short read but had me laughing so hard on few occasions. I absolutely LOVED Mandy and the way she’s handling the new situation. She’s nice, friendly, and cares for other people’s feelings. I loved how things turned out for her, and the ending sure took me by surprise.

To sum it up, this really is a cute story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it’s about time I read Fast Forward, now I’m pretty sure I will like it.

My rating: 4/5

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