First Lines Fridays

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Hello my wonderful and amazing bookish friends!!! I hope you’re all doing just fine and having a really fantastic day! So insanely happy it’s Friday and the weekend again aren’t you?!?

Mannn, it has been such A LONG TIME since I’ve done a First Lines Fridays post. Life has been ridiculously busy for me and I feel like I’m always trying to catch up… I’ve been really tired lately too that I just let my One Year Blog Anniversary (May 26) pass by. It’s not that I’m not motivated to keep blogging, but I literally have no time and would rather relax and read. Also, my long blog post to do list is quite intimidating and I don’t even know where to start anymore… For right now, it seems like the only thing I have time for is premade book promotions, reading and reviewing. That being said and while it may be LATE, I am still planning on doing a giveaway for my One Year Blog Anniversary. Maybe not next week or even this month, but definitely really soon. I have some fun ARCs, books and swag, so it should be really amazing!

Anyway, that went on longer than I had in mind so thanks for reading my little life update…now let’s get to my First Lines Friday pick for today!

FIRST LINES FRIDAYS IS A WEEKLY FEATURE FOR BOOK LOVERS HOSTED BY WANDERING WORDS. WHAT IF INSTEAD OF JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER, ITS AUTHOR OR ITS PRESTIGE, WE JUDGED IT BY ITS OPENING LINES?
  • PICK A BOOK OFF YOUR SHELF (IT COULD BE YOUR CURRENT READ OR ON YOUR TBR) AND OPEN TO THE FIRST PAGE
  • COPY THE FIRST FEW LINES, BUT DON’T GIVE ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE BOOK AWAY JUST YET – YOU NEED TO HOOK THE READER FIRST
  • FINALLY… REVEAL THE BOOK!
COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT AND BANNER (OR MAKE YOUR OWN!) ABOVE FOR YOUR OWN FIRST LINES FRIDAYS POSTS. MAKE SURE TO COMMENT YOUR FIRST LINES BELOW SO THAT OTHER PEOPLE CAN CHECK THEM OUT!

I sleep with all my bedroom windows open as habit, so I’m roused from my sleep by the repetitive shrieking of a great blue heron that must be nesting near the man-made lake in the center of the apartment complex. Where are my soft-spoken finches and friendly bluebirds? I wonder with a dreamy smile. Not in Tallahasee apparently.

The heron is loud and insistent, refusing to be ignored. I need to get out of bed, anyway, — a long, busy day awaits. I picture Jake’s face — that bemused close-lipped smile, those gently blue eyes — and memories of last summer flood my mind and my heart. I throw back my covers in a burts of anticipation. A long, busy, fabolous day awaits.

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PUBLISHED BY SWOON READS MAY 16, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
HARDCOVER, 320 PAGES
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Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real

Karole Cozzo is such a sweetheart for sending me a paperback copy. She had messaged me on twitter and told me she was a huge Disney fan too and thought that I would enjoy this book. Well, I think she’s absolutely right! The premise sounds really fun and adorable and totally perfect for Disney lovers! Cannot wait to get into this!!!

Oh and I took it with me on a recent Disneyland Trip

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 Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.followtheauthor2Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


Have you read this book yet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Have a fun-filled weekend everyone!!!

sincerelykarenjoendsign

Disney Meet and Greets Part 1

Hello lovelies! Hope you’re all doing just great. As for me, well… let’s just say that it could be worse. Work hasn’t been that great lately, so I’m actually struggling to keep that at bay and not let it seep into my personal life. It’s very difficult not to think about and I’ve tried to distract myself by reading, but it’s just not working. I also have several blog posts that I’ve been trying finish up, but my mind is not into it at the moment.

So, instead of working on my reviews and other posts, I’m going to share with you something that makes me feel happy.

I LOVE everything Disney and one of the things I enjoy doing, even if I feel so awkward and shy about it, is meeting Disney characters. Actually, one of the things on my bucket list is to take pictures with all the Disney characters. I’m seriously the biggest kid at heart and whenever I’m at Disneyland, I feel like nothing in the world can go wrong. I know that sounds incredibly cheesy, but being there always puts a smile on my face and just makes my worries disappear — even if it’s just for a little while.

Let’s take a look at some of the characters I’ve met…

Pinocchio

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I’ve seen Pinocchio a few times at Disneyland usually roaming around. However, this is the only time I was able to get a picture. He usually stops and entertains kids, so it was a good thing my friend’s daughter was with us.

Mr. Incredible

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Met Mr. Incredible twice, but haven’t seen him since then. I guess I keep missing his appearances.

Stitch

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Stitch is one of the rare characters. I’ve only seen and met Stitch once and it seems like he doesn’t make anymore appearances in both parks. I believe you can only meet him at the Plaza Inn restaurant during breakfast and another restaurant in one of the hotels.

Vidia

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Tinker Bell

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You can meet Tinkerbell and the other fairies at Pixie Hollow. I’ve seen Tinkerbell plenty of times and the other fairies too. However, years ago, they would have 2-3 characters there with Tinkerbell being the main star. Recently, it’s only been 1, so I tend to skip going there since you’re waiting under the sun for about 30-45 mins.

Minnie Mouse

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Minnie and I are pretty much besties by now. I always try to see Minnie and get a picture whenever I’m there, so I have a bunch with her. She’s definitely one of my favorites to see.

Pluto

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I love seeing Pluto too! He’s so playful all the time.

Duffy the Bear

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I believe you can no longer meet Duffy the Bear. Not sure when they stopped his meet and greets at Disneyland California Adventure Park, but I’m glad the boyfriend and I decided to take a picture with him. There was really no one in line and my boyfriend was telling he doesn’t know who the character was, but I insisted and pouted until he gave in. Haha!

Queen of Hearts 

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I’ve seen her a few times and gotten pictures with her twice now. Such a sassy character to meet. She didn’t like that I was wearing Minnie ears, so she made me take it off and wanted to stomp on it.

Donald Duck

 

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I love Donald! He’s the best and I love seeing him every time I go.

Chip and Dale

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These two are just so adorable. Most of the time, they’re by themselves and you’d have to line up for both. I enjoy seeing them separately, but I absolutely love it when they’re together. They’re so fun and cute and my boyfriend’s faves.

Princess Ariel 

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My boyfriend is not mad… he’s just really bored and annoyed and a bit embarrassed I made him take a picture with me. I’m super awkward here too because the princesses really interact with you and stay in character. I just get so shy I never know what to say haha.

Mickey Mouse

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I have lots and lots of pictures with Mickey! Definitely try to see him every time I go, but sometimes his line can go over an hour and seeing him depends on my boyfriend’s mood. I also love seeing him in different outfits.

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And last one with Minnie Mouse