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Book Review: Encore

When I started reading Encore I had the feeling that I had already read it.  It turns out this is a second book in a a series and I had previously read Amplified as part of the Good Groupie’s rock reading novel club. The beginning of the book is a bit of a recap with what is going on in Jasmine’s life – she bluffed her way into a band after being kicked out by her father.  Now her father is coming to visit – and well, she may have bluffed to him about the genders of the band members she is living with…

This story revolves around the band on tour, mostly on the west coast and dealing with traveling in the van, figuring out when to shower and dealing with crazed fans.  In addition to the story there is also snippets from the bands social media, a blog they are keeping while on tour as well as some of the nice and not so nice comments from “fans”.  There is one crazy fan in particular, Jeremy, who takes a liking to Jasmine and offers to show her around when they are in his home town.  Except he takes things a little too far and ends up showing up everywhere – both online and off.  But that is just one of the conflicts that the band has to contend with on twitter.  The lead singer seems to have a breakdown on stage, resulting in them being kicked out of the venue. Another band member gets beat up while they are on an off day for what he is wearing.  There is of course the will they / won’t they conflict of Jasmine and Sean… and of course Jasmine’s Dad giving her an ultimatum and her running off to join the band is still looming over her as well.

I thought this book was a fun and quick read, it seemed somewhat realistic to the tour life (not that I’ve ever been in a band on tour but it seemed to match what I think it would be like.)  There are characters to love and hate and some in between as well.  I am looking forward to more stories from Tara Kelly.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

I lied my way into a band, humiliated them on stage, and got my heart broken by the bassist. Now…we’re on tour together.

Of course my dad, who I haven’t seen since he kicked me out, makes a surprise visit the day before we leave. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t go well. I have to quit the band and go to college or he’s cutting me out of his life for good.

This tour is the best opportunity we may ever have – and it’s already a disaster. We’re broke. We can’t stop fighting. And being in such close quarters to Sean isn’t exactly helping me get over him. Even though we’re just friends now, every time our fingers brush or our eyes catch, my heart betrays me. He’s the kind of distraction I can’t afford to have right now…no matter how much I wish things were different.

This is one road trip that will be hard to forget…

Virtual Race: Mad Eye Moody 5k

Race Title: Mad Eye Moody Constant Vigilance 5k
Distance:  5k
Company:  Hogwarts Running Club
Charity:   Limbs for Life

Andy Grammer at Mohegan Sun Arena

I saw on Mohegan Sun’s website that they were doing hotel packages for an Andy Grammer show, but didn’t know he was coming.  It turns out it was one of their invitation only concerts and luckily I was invited!  Seats are assigned to sections and are general admission within them and when we picked our tickets up we were up in section 116. Quite a difference from the 2nd row seat I had last time I saw him!

He started off his set with two of his older singles – Keep Your Head Up and Fine By Me. He threw in several covers throughout he set and even did a brand new song that should be on his next album called “The Good Parts” and finished his set with Good to Be Alive.

The show was a lot of fun and Andy puts on a great show – playing piano, guitar and trumpet – using 2 mics at once to distort his sound and even throwing in a little dancing as well!  It sounded like he hasn’t played a show in a while and he kept saying how happy he was to be there and how being on stage was “his favorite”!

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Dalton Rapattoni The Acoustic Attempt Tour

At the end of March Dalton Rapattoni came back to Connecticut this time with his “Acoustic Attempt Tour” which was just him and his guitar – and that was it. No opener, nothing.  The show had doors at 5pm, Dalton was on stage by 5:30 and a little after 6 he was told he only had 10 minutes left! He did a decently sized set considering the time constraints – some of the songs performed being contenders for his upcoming album.  He chitchatted a bit throughout the set and mentioned how he does that to distract us from the fact that he is tuning his guitar!  After the show I had a M&G and told him I enjoyed this set better than his last and he teased that he was going to let the band know! I explained that the band was awesome last time and I loved them, but there is just something more intimate when it is just him and his guitar.  I was one of the last ones for the M&G and was in my car by 7pm.  I kind of love shows that end that early – I’m getting too old for all the late nights 😉

Dalton Rapattoni Setlist The Acoustic, Bridgeport, CT, USA 2017

Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Part 3

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Book Review: Gone

Gone is the second book in a series. I had not read the first, but it didn’t seem to make a difference.  From what I can tell, each book in the series seems to focus on a different set of characters that are all somewhat connected.

In this book, we meet Alec and Raegan at the hospital.  A girl has just been found in a park and they think that it may be their daughter, Emma, who was abducted three years earlier.  The couple split after the abduction but decide to work together to try and figure out who took Emma, if she is still alive and if other kids being abducted are related.  They have found patterns between the other abductions, but Emma doesn’t fit it.  Is her abduction related or is Alec right and his biological father is to blame?

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and I couldn’t put it down once things really started taking off!  Definitely a great read if you’re into mystery and thrill!

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.

Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. Alec and Raegan are heartbroken to discover she’s not their daughter but are newly motivated to find closure…and each secretly feels desperate to be in the other’s presence again.

Alec suspects his vengeful biological father is behind Emma’s disappearance. But as Raegan investigates other abductions in the area, she sees a pattern—and begins to wonder if Emma’s kidnapping is actually linked to something more sinister.

As Alec and Raegan race to uncover the truth, a long-burning spark rekindles into smoldering passion, and they realize they need each other now more than ever.​

Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 7/21/09

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Honor Society, Jordin Sparks, Wonder Girls
Venue: Nassau Coliseum
Cost: $50



Book Review: Red-Blooded American Male

Red-Blooded American Male is a book of photographs taken by Robert Trachtenberg.  The opening of the book notes that “American” may be a bit misleading and that it actually means all of North America (since it includes some Canadians) but also some Brits are included as well.  As the majority of this book are photos, I’m not sure really how to review it, but the beginning of the book has an interview with Robert and some of the photos have captions which explain how and why the photos and their poses came to be.  A very large (and heavy!) coffee table book filled with great photos.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging For Books in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A collection of 100 inspired and surprising portraits of celebrities and everymen alike from the award-winning photographer Robert Trachtenberg.

Paul Rudd checking out the merchandise; Jimmy Kimmel playing dress up; Jack Black getting a one-of-a-kind pedicure; Elon Musk unveiling his newest Tesla; Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David taking a coffee break.

From leading men to comedians, ballet dancers to quarterbacks, war veterans to Broadway veterans,Red-Blooded American Male features more than 100 imaginative, striking, and sexy portraits from award-winning photographer Robert Trachtenberg. Pithy captions about each shoot accompany the photographs, giving readers a peek behind the curtain of a famed portrait photographer’s creative process and his world-renowned photographs.

Uncovering a unique (and often self-deprecating) side to such talents as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum, Waris Ahluwalia, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Hart, this collection goes beyond mere portraiture to challenge conventional notions of masculinity and traditional male imagery.​

Virtual Race: Amsterdam

Race Title: Amsterdam
Distance:   15.40mi
Company:  Yes.Fit
Charity:    NA

Music Monday: The Search For Everything Wave Two


Still Feel Like Your Man
Emoji of a Wave
Roll it on Home

February 24th John Mayer released the second wave of The Search For Everything – another 4 tracks. (The 3rd wave will be the full album drop in April)  Like the first wave, there is something familiar about these songs – yet new and different all at the same time.  I am absolutely obsessed with the track “Helpless” and I think left to my own devices I can listen to it on repeat all day long.  I am just thinking about how amazingly awesome it will be live and hoping he will play it next month when I go see him!!  In “Still Feel like Your Man” there was a sample that I had recognized “Ever since the day we met…” from a 1996/1997 Primitive Radio Gods song – but then realized that the PRG clip was a sample as well – from BB King – which makes a lot more sense that that would be what John was sampling.  It’s kind of crazy how many random 1996/1997 songs I have embedded in my brain from too much MTV as a kid.

I think that I love Wave 2 more than Wave 1 and if this trend continues then I guess that means that the rest of the album is going to be even better… Looking forward to it!! So excited that John is back.