One Week by Nikki Van De Car

“Reluctant celebutante Bee had everything that second tier fame could offer—and hated every bit of it. In search of an identity of her own, not some media creation, she takes off from LA with nothing. Bee discovers that one week can change everything. She may even have a chance at love. But is it real or just another illusion?” -Goodreads

The first reason I picked up One Week was because the concept sounded interesting. Leaving home with nothing but what you have on your back and through a week changing.

While some things I didn’t care for over all really liked it. One Week had an overall feel like in  Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. Both of the main characters have something happen in their life and end up going on a cross-country trip with each other. And might fall in love. I liked how Bee was clueless on somethings but it wasn’t in the crazy annoying type of clueless. More of the type you could see why she is like she is because she was raised.

The main problem I had with it was that at times felt way to rushed and that if it was a bit longer it would have been better (and if this one certain part wasn’t in it I would have liked it a lot more)

4 stars

Read on April 18, 2013

April Update.

For April I read a total of 37 (!!!) books, and might be finishing another one before bed.

This month really did go by crazy fast, along with work and weekend plans I was able to go to TLA this past weekend and got to meet many of my favorite authors, talked to different librarian school programs, and got a few books (but restrained myself for the most part 😉 ). But of course I forgot to bring my camera the first day so missed out on taking photos with some of the authors due to crappy camera phone…

And then that Saturday morning by chance I got to meet Neil Gaiman(and it really was by chance because only 100 of us got to meet him and I had to leave right when it ended)! I was so excited I actually froze up when I got to meet him. Which actually the amount I froze up was more than I have with any other author I have ever meet. I even forgot to ask him to sign the t-shirt I’m doing for charity 😛

And then after all that I got to go to the Spring into the Future book tour where I got to meet even more authors.

So the past few days have been quite the blur.

That is all the book related things that happened this month, well what I can think of at the top of my head.

Now onto May (which means I’m now 1/3 done with the challenge!)

Happy Reading!



(Not the best picture but me meeting Neil Gaiman… Even saying that still doesn’t feel real)


{Nerd Blast} Have No Shame by Melissa Foster + Giveaway!

Book Synopsis:


The racially charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.




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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” Hagerstown Magazine

“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” Midwest Book Review

“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop


“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list.” Readers’ Favorite

“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” Author Rachelle Ayala

“…a stunningly impactful read.” Rabid Reader Reviews

“A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality.” Cindy Smith, avid reader

“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.”  Roderick Craig Low, Author of ‘Promises of Love and Good Behaviour’

“This book is not just a story; it’s an experience.” Author G.E. Johnson

Maid for Love by Marie Force

“Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.” – Goodreads


If it wasn’t for the fact that the whole book took place in basically one week I probably would have really liked Maid for Love. The fact with how the book ended there was just way to much instalove in it and to rushed. Considering how guarded she was through the whole book it didn’t feel believable to me. I actually thought more time had passed in the book until Maddie made a comment how she only didn’t go to church the week before because she was injured. Now there was a bit more time after the “big” thing happened towards the and but still they made all of those plans before it happened.. Ugh..


2.5 stars

Read on April 17, 2013