COVER REVEAL: Touch of Fondness, by Joy Penny (Stay In Touch #1)

Good afternoon! Welcome to the cover reveal for Touch of Fondness, first book in the Stay in Touch series by Joy Penny! In this post, you’ll find overall info about the book and the author, my cover analysis and the link for my review of A Love for the Pages, also by Joy Penny!

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Mailbox news #6: the place for all bookish news of the week directly from my inbox!

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(Edition from Dec. 29th to Jan. 04th)

Greetings from this panda on our first edition of the Mailbox News of 2017! Yaaaay! ❤

As you may already be aware, this is the place where I share all bookish news for the week that popped out on my e-mail box =D I’m a crazy newsletter subscriber (I actually get depressed if I don’t receive any e-mails during the whole day #thispandaneedstherapy), and 99% of my subscriptions are – SURPRISE, SURPRISE – book related, haha! Authors’ news are related bellow in alphabetical order of the author’s first name =)

In this issue, you’ll find news about: A. E. Wasp, A. L. Knorr, Amber Kell, Amy McNulty, Casey Cameron, Demelza Carlton, Diana Morland, Joy Penny, Kristi Rose, Liv Rider, Michelle Madow, Riley Knight, Stefan M. Nardi.

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A Love for the Mistletoe, from Joy Penny (A Love for the Pages #0.5)

Hi, there! Welcome to my late review for A Love for the Mistletoe, a short story by Joy Penny that is a prequel to A Love for the Pages ❤ I’ve read this one as soon as I wrote my review for A Love for the Pages, but life has been so weird and rushed here that I couldn’t sit down to write it until today – just as it happens with my poor manga reviews… But enough chit chat and let’s go!

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the story

Two years ago, in a time when there were no internships at the most generous Rockfords’ library, no immediate family pressure for a secure future and no most generous Rockford at all, there was a young couple that sort of started going out in high school.

This is the story of June Eyermann and Sinjin.

And also of the Mistletoe that started the confusion.

You can read it for free on Wattpad 🙂

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I was in love with A Love for the Pages [haha], so of course I ran as fast as I could to read A Love for the Mistletoe. It was lovely and sweet, but I don’t like to think about June and Sinjin. This, along the fact that it was a very short story, made it a proud four stars book for me 🙂

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The narrative follows the pattern that we see in A Love for the Pages: first person from June’s point of view. As I loved her, it was nice to be inside her head again ❤ I continue to love Penny’s writing to the core!

The plot was cute and well executed, even with the story being so short. It was cute to see how a lot of things that would unfold later to start. Can we have a short story on the most generous Rockford now? Hahaha!

I don’t even need to say how much I loved revisiting June and her friends again, right? Because I did, haha! Again, just missing the most generous Rockford, but oh well.

If you’re not sure if you’d like A Love for the Pages you’d be insane to be doubting, it is very good or if you want a quick and smart short story with romantic vibes, you totally should head to Wattpad and read A Love for the Mistletoe!

Sorry for the short review, but it is a short story, haha! I can’t say anything without major spoilers, oops!

4star

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That’s it, thanks for reading my mini review ❤ Do you like prom YA books?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Heroine

Hi, there! Good morning ❤ I hope you’re hanging there on this beginning of week 🙂 It’s Tuesday, so it’s Top 10 Tuesday day! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my theme today is Favorite Heroines!

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I won’t deny, that one was hard. I hardly like female main characters enough for that, haha! But I could gather 10 from my last five year reads, so let’s go!

In no particular order:

  1. Integrity Taylor Aidar, from Gifted Thief and Honour Bound

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My favorite ❤

  1. June, from A Love for the Pages

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  1. Cath, from Fangirl

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Obviously.

  1. Kate, from Cemetery Tours, Between Worlds and After Death

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  1. Jane, from Austenland

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  1. Isabel, from Goddess of Legend

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  1. America Singer, from The Selection

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  1. Suzannah, from The Mediator series

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  1. Jocelyn, from The Vanishing Game

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  1. Violet, from All Men of Genius

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Well, those are my latest favorite heroines, haha! What are yours? 😀

Thanks for reading!

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A Love for the Pages, from Joy Penny

Hi, there! Welcome to my first of many reviews for the day! ❤ It’s a pleasure to say that all my book reviews today were very pleasant reads that warmed my heart ❤

Our first star is a book I received from the author herself in exchange for an honest review: A Love for the Pages, from adorable Joy Penny! Thanks so much for trusting me with your work, darling! I loved your book so much ❤

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from my Instagram

The Story

June Eyermann is back to her small town life after her fist year at college and she couldn’t be more disappointed. Her best friend, Deana, doesn’t speak with her for months, her classes and subjects suck hard, she had to deal with the fact that her ex-sort-of-boyfriend is her younger brother best friend. Oh, and on top of all that? June better get a job real soon or she’ll be stuck with her stepdad in his company all summer as an internee.

But June is okay with all that because there is one place where no crap can reach her: the romantic classic world. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are her favorite books ever and always manage to make her feel better about anything.

That is, until she meets Everett Rockford, the oh-so-rich and desirable heir of the Rockford family, that runs everything in June’s small town. The guys seems like a walking Darcy Rochester Heathcliff version of her favorite novels… For good and bad: All the good looks, all the bad traits. Too prideful, too blunt, too full of himself. The perfect jerk.

Only that June refuses to really fall for a guy like that. It’s one thing to read about it; it’s another entirely different to live it and feel his detachment on her own skin.

June just wants to walk away from this dream-turned-nightmare. She would hate to find out if the guy also keeps a wife locked up on his attic.

The problem is Rockford is not going anywhere but after her.

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I knew it would be a blast since Joy’s first e-mailed me, but it was way better than I anticipated! I’m not a great fan of first person narrated books or contemporary romances, but this book touched me. It was too close to home, in a good way. I’ve never lived any kind of romance, but I could relate and understand June. Also, I liked her and the rest is history lol If I met a guy like Everett, I’d run like crazy too. And that’s the catch of this book: is mister perfect really perfect? I had such deep reflections upon this story that I often stopped reading and stared to my bedroom’s wall in pure epiphany, haha! I couldn’t give it any less than 5 stars

The whole story is told by June’s perspective and this surprisingly worked very well for A Love for the Pages. As Rockford is supposed to be a walking mystery (and he is), the fact that the reader is kept in the dark along June makes us want to devour the book and understand what the hell is Rockford’s deal. Once again, I have to take my hat off for this narrative style, haha!

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me for Joy, haha!

The plot was simple, but full of little mysteries. Small town girl meets very rich boy, doesn’t really like him, spends time with him, starts to like him without realizing and they fall in love. No biggie, nothing complex, but oh-so delightful! I was in a small reading slump before grabbing A Love for the Pages. Now I need more! Lucky me I just found out that Joy wrote a prequel for this book on Wattpad, called A Love for the Mistletoe ❤ Reading this tonight for sure, haha!

Anyway, I lost my track of thought. Point is, anything that Joy writes from now on, I’ll be certain to read. To the characters!

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I loved every single character on this book – especially June and Rockford. June is a cute enough girl that seems younger than she really is, with a practical side fighting her romantic dreams. I related so hard to her that it hurt, haha! She was also small, just like me, oops! She loved the classics and was so clever, but so dutiful. And completely clueless on the right things. I think I’m too besotted with her as a protagonist and my newest bookish bff to judge her, haha!

The same can be said of Rockford. He was perfect on his flaws and he had to back down on the classic heroes catch to have June.

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Also, there were just so many funny quotes involving him. June really will be a wonderful professional on her career, haha! Instead of going on and on about how good the most-generous-Rockford is, I’ll allow June the honors:

“It’s you, isn’t it?” he [Rockford] asks, like I could possibly not be me and confirm my non-existence.

~*~

I haven’t seen a Rockford at the library so far as I know since I nearly killed one.

~*~

Maybe at least his dog will be happy to see me.

~*~

Oh, maybe I should clarify that Rockford wasn’t being sexist or anything. Just anti-human.

~*~

Making sure Rockford has moved out of the way so I don’t have to add “manslaughter of most generous Rockfrod” to my CV, I put the car in reverse.

~*~

He [Rockford] slides his phone into his pocket. “This is a coincidence.” I was thinking more like a cosmic joke, but okay.

~*~

Countless hours spent reading and watching my favorite romance stories, and I just can’t deal with it in real life.

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And now, the mercy punch:

Rockford raises his eyebrows and rolls over, picking up his tablet. “Note to self,” he says, typing something on the screen. “Buy June more books.” I slap the book hard on the ground and tackle him, pinning him beneath me.

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and this is how you get the girl!

Needless to say that Rockford made it to My Bookish Boyfriend list, right?

What I liked about Penny’s characters is that they were all so real. Not even the most generous Rockford was forced. They were natural, funny, boring… Always exactly what they were supposed to be. I just wish I had spent more time with Blake. What a man…

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I think another book deserves to have him as a star. #sutilwish #please

Oh, I admit that there are some loose ends on this book, but nothing that bothered me. And you know what this means.

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I really fell hard for this one.

Anyway, if you are a Jane Austen or Brontë fan, you just need to read this book. YOU HAVE TO.

5star

That’s it! Thanks so much for reading and, once again, thanks so much to Joy, for warming my heart with a lovely and perfect book ❤

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March TBR!

Hi, there! I finally have my TBR list for March up and running! I failed my February one a little, but this time I will get it right! (More about my failure on tomorrow’s post, haha!)

Here are my March babies!

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physical copies involved from my Instagram 😀

 

I know, so many books. But I’m feeling positive, haha! Cheer for me 😀

Have you decided on your TBR for March??

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