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Tiana Smith

Some of my many talents include making a mean box of Mac & Cheese, drawing stick figures, designing cute blog templates, and finding Waldo. I read and write MG and YA & I have a soft spot for love stories.

Edit your Theme With HTML on BookLikes - Love this Idea! Will be Doing it Soon!

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Make your BookLikes webpage look as you wish. If you feel comfy with HTML coding, you can create custom look of your blog and other sub-sites of your website right away. Now you can edit your design theme with HTML.


For the time being we present you three main default BookLikes themes, they do vary in respect to design and layout but they use number of common elements of same sub-sites of: blog, shelf, timeline, followers and following.



How to edit your webpage in HTML on BookLikes?

Follow these steps:


1. Go to Settings/Blog and click “Customize”. Then choose design which you would like to edit, click green tick and then “Edit HTML” button.


2. Choose sub-site of your BookLikes webpage you’d like to edit: blog, shelf, timeline, followers, following. You can edit one page at a time. You can apply changes to one site or all of them.


3. Insert your custom HTML code. You can include, exclude, change as many elements as you want. You can also add any style to any HTML element by using ‘style’ tag and CSS.


4. Click Preview to make your modification visible. If you’re happy with the outcome, click Save. If you would like to change something more, do so and then Save. If you don’t like the outcome and would like to come back to default design, click Reset template.



For example, if you would like to change background of your blog for some image and  make post title bigger and underlined, this part of your custom code would look like that: 



You can apply changes to only one sub-site or to all of them - it depends on your, your invention and HTML knowledge. Take a look at BookLikes documentation - it may come in handy while editing your blog theme: http://booklikes.com/template/docs (see Templates in footnote).


Please remember:


Changes affect only your personal webpage in public view (yourusername.booklike.com) and your sub-sites (if you applied changes to them). Your modification won’t be visible on Dashboard.


You need to feel comfy with HTML and Twig to make custom blog theme. Be very careful while editing. Avoid typos and syntax mistakes, language and punctuation errors, inaccurate or incomplete HTML as this all will affect your custom design. To go back to default design, please click Reset template - your custom HTML will be removed from the code. 

If you don’t feel comfy with HTML coding
, just wait a moment and soon we’ll give you handy and easy customization tools where you’ll be able to edit your webpage look without touching HTML code.



We're also planning to introduce new design themes for your BookLikes webpages. If you would like to contribute, create completely new themes, show off your design work and make it available for BookLikes Community, please let us know at contact@booklikes.com.

Little Boy Lost

Little Boy Lost - Eric Hobbs For some reason, I just couldn't get into this book. There wasn't anything particularly bad about it, it just didn't capture my interest. It took me forever to finish because I kept picking up other books and finishing those ones first. That's when I know the book isn't working for me - when I have to look elsewhere for entertainment. All in all, it was written well, so maybe it was just timing and I was craving a different genre or something. I'll have to try book two later when I've given the series some distance.

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

A Weekend with Mr. Darcy - Victoria Connelly Firstly, this felt like two books rather than one, since it follows two love stories. They were interrelated, in that the characters knew each other and it took place at the same location, but it really almost felt like two books, since one story line didn't ever truly effect the other.The ending was meh. It wasn't that satisfactory for me, but it could also be because I felt like this book was too long. By the time I got over half way I started skimming the descriptions of a lot of the Austen stuff (like when they visit her house or her grave, etc.) to get to the parts where the characters are interacting again. I kind of feel like the girl characters were stupid. They overreacted to things, they didn't think things through and they just did whatever basically because the author needed to add some tension. Content advisory: There is sex in this book, but it's all the "fade-to-black" type of scenes, where nothing is really described but you know they did it.

Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night - After reading the first book, I had certain expectations for this book. I've gotta say, I was disappointed, mainly because I felt like there were plot devices ALL OVER the place.For example, it seems like every author who writes a series somehow has to find a way to pull their two lovers apart in the second book. In the first book, everything is thrown at them, and yet, when they fall in love, they know without a doubt that everything is as it should be. Then in the second book, the smallest insecurity happens and all of the sudden the characters are all like, "Wait, is our love real?" Of course, they'll come together in the end (like they must, since you know, we're talking about plot devices here), but there's a lot more angst than there needs to be. That's not the only thing that bugged me. I just felt like the characters weren't acting in ways that made sense. Out of the blue, they'd be doing or saying things that were out of character for them. Again, simply because the author needed them to act that way.I dunno, I still like the way Rossi writes. I still like the pacing, how everything propels you to read more. I just felt like she was controlling the story with an iron hand, rather than letting her characters control it.

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) - Veronica Rossi An interesting read, but definitely not for younger readers (there is sex). I felt like parts of it were contrived because the author needed things to happen that way. That said, I connected to the characters and cared about what happened to them. the suspense kept me turning the page, even though, looking back now, the stakes never felt all that real to me. The writing style was seamless, and carried a good pace to keep you invested in the story.

The Rock Star's Daughter (Treadwell Academy, #1)

The Rock Star's Daughter (Treadwell Academy, #1) - Caitlyn Duffy I wasn't going to write a review ... After all, I try to be positive whenever possible since I know how much work goes into writing a novel.However. I just ... I just ... Ugh. Let me try to organize my thoughts.1. There wasn't much of a plot. There wasn't really an arc to follow, or developments to keep readers interested. Was the novel supposed to be about Taylor getting over the death of her mother? Not really, since she seems to mostly do that by week one. Was it about Taylor learning to get along with her father? Not really, since their relationship at the ending of the book is pretty much just as bad as the beginning. Was it about Taylor's relationship with Jake? No, since he's not even introduced until a good way through, and then, things with them just kind of go bad. So, I'm still not really sure what this book was about.2. All the drinking. Taylor is 15. Fifteen folks. And yet, she's able to get drunk and drink alcohol on several different occasions - *all* of them in public. So, she's at a bar, and no one thinks to ask for an ID? Only after 5 rounds of drinks, when the girls are getting super drunk does the waitress ask. Or the bartender at the hotel, does he even question? Nope. She's even with a 14 year old girl (who could not possibly look old enough to be 21) and the bartenders/waitresses/adults in the area don't do anything about it? Wouldn't the bartender's worry about losing their jobs? Wouldn't the guys hitting on them worry about going to jail? It's obvious they're too young (and most guys in their twenties really aren't interested in 15 year old girls, even if they are related to a rock star. It's just ... icky.) If the author had chosen to make her 18, then maybe this would have been more believable, but then of course, why would Taylor have had to go into her dad's custody? So, no, the author makes her 15 and then gives her the voice/attitude/actions of an 18 year old. I'm not buying it.3. The parents. Ugggggggh. Don't even get me started on the parents. So her mom (who dies at the beginning) is painted as kind of a floozy. She's constantly partying, doesn't pay much attention to Taylor and lets her do whatever she wants while she's off drinking with her buddies. She's always in a bathrobe, uses Taylor's college money to pay for her habits, and doesn't have a real job. So, not exactly a stellar role model, right? But then later, Taylor comes to the conclusion (this is supposed to be the epiphany and crux of the book) that her mother was really the strong one comparatively to her step mom, because her mother had the guts to go off on her own and raise a baby by herself, rather than get married to her dad. Taylor believes her mom was doing what was best for her by raising her that way. Taylor's dad even says something along the lines of "well, Taylor's mom must have been doing something right because Taylor turned out great." Ummmmmmm ... no, no, no, no, no. I know someone who was physically abused by their mother - they're an awesome person. That doesn't mean that their mother did the right thing. I know several people who turned out awesome, *despite* the fact that their parents weren't. In this novel, the mom was a flake, the dad had huge issues with alcoholism/fame/sleeping around, the step mom was controlling (but she was still the best of the bunch), and the book kind of painted this as a normal thing that Taylor just has to accept. No, Taylor, run as far away as you can. Go see a counselor. Get your own life and try not to learn any "lessons" from your family. 4. The sexual attitude of this book. So, Taylor is 15 (fifteen!) and the adults around her don't give her some kind of lecture when Taylor tells them about wanting to lose her virginity to a guy who she A. Has only talked to a couple of times, B. Doesn't even know his last name (until the very last day she sees him), or C. Isn't even interested enough to contact her via phone or email? Taylor goes to an all-girl boarding school, but claims that she's way less experienced around guys than all of her classmates. She says this while talking about sex, which gives off the general impression that most of her classmates have done it - even though she goes to an all-girl boarding school, so that isn't likely. Which, the author points out later, most of the girls there have not in fact, done it, so why should Taylor feel left out of anything? This whole book Taylor seems so ready to lose her virginity, even with a guy who doesn't make her feel loved, who she only just kissed for the first time (oh, and that was her first real kiss, so, I'd think she wouldn't be ready to jump into bed with him that night, but um, I guess she's ready to just go all the way at once), who doesn't even know *her* last name and just knows she's the rock star's daughter. I'd think she'd be smarter than that. Especially cuz, have I mentioned that Taylor is 15? Yes, I know, many teenagers are having sex by that age, but, if Taylor has only just had her first kiss, she's been sheltered at an all-girl's college and she doesn't know anything about this boy, I'd just think she'd be a little more hesitant. With all that said - I kept reading. I'm not really sure why. I think I was waiting for the book to be *about* something. I usually like to give books a chance until I get a feel for what they're about before I put them back on the shelf. This book just kind of meandered, then it ended. But, the writing was good enough that I was interested in seeing what was going to happen (even though nothing ever really did). I just had big issues with the morality of this book. Maybe if the girl was older, maybe if the parents acted more like parents (or at least adults), then maybe I would have been able to curb my ranting. As it was though ... I just ... Ugh.

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls)

Out of Sight, Out of Time - Ally Carter This series. I just heart it so much. I practically inhaled this book, so I'm sure I missed some details, but I'm totally okay with reading it again. It seemed shorter to me, but then again, it could have just been all the anticipation that distorted my expectations. This book is also a different flavor than the others in that it seems a little ... sadder. It's not as "fun" but it's still enjoyable to read because the writing just pulls you into the characters. I can't wait for the final book!

A Frightful Recipe: (The Chatswood Spooks)

A Frightful Recipe: (The Chatswood Spooks) - Notti Thistledore For some reason, I was expecting this to be a middle grade novel ... But, once I realized that it was a story (think, bedtime story length), I could recognize that it was cute for its genre. One thing that annoyed me was that on my Kindle, the font was huge. Even when I adjusted it to the smallest size, it was still crazy big. The drawings were fun though!

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle Series #1)

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle Series #1) - This book was quite enjoyable. I'd even have given it five stars, except that it got rather confusing at parts and I felt like the love relationship between the main characters was just kind of tacked on at the end. I had heard some other reviews say the cast of characters got confusing, so while I was reading it, I tried to pay special attention to each of the names, but even then, I still got a little turned around. I'm guessing that middle grade readers would too. As for the love story, I know this is middle grade reading level, which means that love stories aren't often developed fully, but even so, I didn't really see much of the attraction between Sophie and Howl and yet somehow they're betrothed in the end. The magic and whimsy of the world was very original. The whole book was very fun and humorous. I think this book would be even better the second time around (since you'd know everything that was going on and could easily make sense of it all).


Everneath - I'm beginning to think that paranormal romance just isn't my thing. It always seems so ... emo to me. The characters are moody and their world always seems so dark, except for the love interest, which is always the bright spot of their entire existence. Don't get me wrong, as far as paranormal romance goes, this one is actually pretty good. The character development is done well, there's no instant-love or instant-forgiveness, which makes their interactions very real and raw. I've even met the author at a writer's meet up a while ago, and she's a very sweet gal. I just am tired of reading books that make everything seem so bleak. Granted, this one's about the underworld, so it has more cause to be bleak than many other paranormal romances out there. I can see this book appealing to a lot of people. If you like paranormal stories, then this one does the genre a great service and stands out from a lot of the cookie cutter plot lines. I might just need a break from the genre, though I probably will pick up the others in the series to see how everything is all wrapped up. I'll just give it some time.

Perfect Cover (The Squad Series)

Perfect Cover (The Squad Series) - I was surprised by how hilarious I thought this book was. Very witty and sarcastic, but usually not overtly so. I'm not sure how that will translate into the second book (if I'll get tired of the voice), but it worked well here. There were some parts that I felt were rushed or not explained too well, but I was willing to go along with the ride. Toby's attitude and voice literally made me laugh out loud more than once. It's not as "young" as some other spy novels like the Gallagher Girls series (more references to bullet-proof bras, butt photocopying, some swearing, etc.) so I probably won't be giving it to my niece for a few years yet, but it's pretty tame in most respects, at least compared to a lot of the YA books on the market.There are some loose ends that are obviously meant to pick up in book two. From what I could gather, there's only two books in the series, but the second one leaves off rather abruptly too (as if the author wanted to write a third but the publisher didn't end up picking it up), so I'll probably give it a shot to at least see if it's as funny as the first.

New Moon (Twilight Saga, Book 2)

New Moon - Stephenie Meyer Not quite sure how to rate this one. It's probably my 2nd least favorite of the series (the final book made me want to throw the book across the room). Bella is a weak character in this novel, but there's not really much new there. Despite that, I still found myself turning the pages. There's just something about this series that is addictive.

And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 18 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft and the Industry

And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry - Mike Sacks Couldn't really get into this one. I think I was expecting it to be a humorous read, but the interview style sort of prevented that and had me flipping pages to try and find something more interesting.

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine This has always been one of my favorites. I love the slow build up of their love, their character growth and the obstacles in Ella's way that she must overcome.


Fablehaven - Brandon Mull I liked this one all right - enough to continue with the series. In my opinion, they get much better as they go along. So if you were kind of intrigued by this one, give the others a shot.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society Series #1)

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Mysterious Benedict Society Series #1) - There were some parts I really liked and others that I thought were merely okay. I really liked the beginning - seeing the test and how the different children completed the various parts. Other portions of the book seemed to drag and I was wanting there to be more of a pull. For being a middle grade book, this was a little long for me and I felt like there were parts that could have been cut. But the wit, and my curiousness to see how everything ended up, was enough to keep me reading.