Monday, December 23, 2013

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

Today we are featuring a book with the cutest title ever, Must Love Otters, by Eliza Gordon.
Eliza Gordon is a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes romantic comedies and silly stories for hearts that haven't given up on the possibility of a Happily Ever After. That's me, so here we go.

Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Laughing at Studio C

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I have the opportunity to review something a little different today: Studio C, Seasons 1 & 2.

I wasn't really sure if I would like it or not because I had watched some YouTube clips before and not been that impressed. Like, a mildly humored, "Meh." But I guess it's like with books (see, I can tie this in to books), where you like so-so sequels just because you love the characters. But maybe I just saw the wrong clips, because after I put the disc in and sat down to watch it, I laughed and laughed and laughed. I watched it with my 9 year old, and felt mostly comfortable with that. Mainly, she just didn't get the jokes. Which was fine. It's not intended for 9 year olds. Anyway, loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves clean comedy. I wish it wasn't called Studio C, though. Lame. And for a while I totally thought it was the same thing as Studio 5 (also lame).
Studio C DVD
Studio C Seasons 1 and 2 of the hilarious BYUtv sketch comedy series, Studio C, featuring Whitney, Mallory, Jason, Matt, and the rest of the cast pulling out all the stops with two full seasons of enough rip-roaring hilarity to make you spit milk out of your nose. Travel back to the moment it all began and watch some of the very first Studio C sketches, plus two never-before-seen features! Includes popular episodes featuring
  • Presidential Shoulder Angel
  • Facebook Friends Song
  • Flirting Academy
  • Captain Literally
  • The Center for People That YouTube Made Infamous
  • Candy Land Character Conference
  • Bollyside
  • Dana’s Dead
  • And many more!
Special Features
  • Exclusive Feature: “Just Jeremy Date”
  • Exclusive Sketch: “Substitute Miss Frizzle”
  • Season 2 Outtakes
Studio C is a hit sketch comedy series that the whole family can enjoy. Like the popular TV show Saturday Night Live, the cast performs original sketches that parody American culture and the hilariously awkward moments of everyday life; but with a refreshingly wholesome yet hilarious spin. With their huge fan-base and increasing popularity, Studio C aims to produce clean, family-oriented comedy for a national audience.  
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Over It by Sarah Billington

Teen Youtube song writing sensation Poppy Douglas’s lead singer boyfriend Ty’s been criss-crossing the country and living it up on tour for months while Poppy has been stuck in the boring suburbs, finishing out the school year.
But it’s Summer now, and the best thing just happened: Poppy’s royalties for writing the hit song The Kiss Off just came in. She’s minted, and she knows just what she’s going to blow it on.
Ty’s band Academy of Lies are headlining a summer music festival, and Poppy is taking her girlfriends along for the best weekend of their lives. It’s all organized: the weekend is going to be full of camping under the stars, backstage passes, VIP rooms and partying like rock stars, not to mention some long awaited one-on-one time with America’s favorite front man.
Except, when someone drops out of the trip and Poppy takes the opportunity to mend a broken friendship, it doesn’t quite go according to plan. And when she meets her boyfriend’s BFF from another band, the paparazzi form their own totally wrong conclusions. There’s also the matter of Ty’s ‘super fan’ stalker, but the less said about her the better.
The biggest test of all comes in the form of an opportunity too good to pass up. But will insecurities and jealousy stand in Poppy’s way? Can Poppy and Ty’s relationship even survive it?
Life is about to get much more complicated for Poppy Douglas, but what can you expect when your boyfriend is a rock star?
Misty's Review:

The sequel to The Kiss Off, Over It continues the story of Poppy, a teenaged YouTube songwriting sensation. This is a hilarious story full of teenaged angst and awkwardness. I read both books in preparation for this review and just laughed my head off for the whole first half of The Kiss Off. I was curious to see if Billington could outdo herself with the second book, and while the writing in the second book did seem to be tighter, I think it lost a bit of the sheer hilarity of the first.

Also, Over It didn't really have a romance, so right there you know I'm not going to like it as well. And not to be a spoiler, but Poppy and Ty are kind of breaking up--but it's totally right because they can't stay together. They don't spend hardly any of the book together (bummer) and Ty's character is never really developed (also a bummer). I just kept seeing so many different directions the story could go, but it kept barreling down this path of destruction with Poppy making all these terrible choices that result in terrible outcomes. It's totally sad because I feel like she wasn't learning along the way, but just has this one epiphany at the end that is kind of out of nowhere. Still, both books were funny, interesting, and left me with something to think about.

Content: References to sex and a few swears.