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Maya Davis' life is full of titles: Christian, Barista, Coffee-aholic, Maid of Honor (new), Girlfriend (possible), Aunt (newest).
When Maya Davis’ ex-boyfriend proposes to her roommate, Jen, their apartment becomes Wedding Central. As if that weren’t awful enough, Jen’s obnoxious mom moves in to help with the planning!
Maya's relationships really start to get crazy when her genius brother and sister-in-law announce their pregnancy, and then to top it off there’s Jack—could it be love? Who wouldn’t need a coffee break!
This fun, lighthearted fiction novel for teens uses strong characters, humor, and quiet faith to promote trust in God.
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Whether your 16 or 36
The fun thing about a book like this is — even though it’s predictable it’s so much fun to read you can’t help but giggle and enjoy it! It reminds me a bit of her other series Laura Holbrook; but that’s okay! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Whether your 16 or 36 you will find this book a fun read!
9/29/2010 8:42:49 PM
Great read for teen girls
Maya Davis is a twenty-something, single Christian who enjoys life. However, life is changing, and Maya is not so good at dealing with change. There is the relationship with her friend and fellow barista Jack, her roommate Jen’s engagement (to Maya’s ex-boyfriend), and her brother and sister-in-law’s pregnancy announcement. Maya’s world is beginning to feel a little upside down. When Jack takes a new job and she is no longer with him every day at Cool Beans, her true feelings for him slowly begin to unfold. Then, when Jen’s hateful, mean-spirited mom moves in to help “plan the wedding”, Maya wonders just how much worse things can get. Although Latte Daze is targeted to a young adult audience, I still enjoyed this book. There are no deep plots and very little in the way of surprise, yet I found it interesting enough that I picked it up every chance I got. The writer incorporates plenty of scripture to back up the Christian principles she is conveying through Maya’s character. I highly recommend Latte Daze for anyone looking for inspiring, clean fiction for their teenage daughter. Maya Davis is a wonderful role model for young ladies. Plenty of reference to current pop culture will help girls relate to Maya on a personal level.
This is part of a series, which begins with Cool Beans. I did not read Cool Beans, but had no trouble following Latte Daze. However, I would recommend that girls begin with the first book just because Latte Daze was such a fun read. A third book in the series, Double Shot, will be available in October.
9/21/2010 9:50:53 AM
Great read for teen girls
Maya Davis is a twenty-something, single Christian who enjoys life. However, life is changing, and Maya is not so good at dealing with change. There is the relationship with her friend and fellow barista Jack, her roommate Jen’s engagement (to Maya’s ex-boyfriend), and her brother and sister-in-law’s pregnancy announcement. Maya’s world is beginning to feel a little upside down. When Jack takes a new job and she is no longer with him every day at Cool Beans, her true feelings for him slowly begin to unfold. Then, when Jen’s hateful, mean-spirited mom moves in to help “plan the wedding”, Maya wonders just how much worse things can get.
9/21/2010 9:49:47 AM
Fun Read for All Ages
My Take: I really liked this book. The above description says that is written for teens but I think women of all ages would like it (after all I am almost 50). I really found myself liking the main characters Maya and Jen. I thought that they showed that there are legimate ways to handle life that doesn't involve what the secular world would do. They also prove that you can have fun and still be a Christian!
The Humar throughout the enitre book was uplifting and kept the book light and enjoyable.
If you are in the mood for a light fun read I would recommend this book (no matter what your age!).
thsi book is part of a series and although at times I foudn myself wishing I would have read the first book you don't need to read the first one in order to enjoy this one. You will probably want to read the first one though just to be able to read more about Maya and her friends.
I received this from Navpress for review purposes. I was not required to write a postive review.
9/1/2010 7:32:42 AM
On a Latte High
Maya Davis' life is complicated. Her ex-boyfriend is engaged to her roommate and best friend, she is barista at Cool Beans, and her brother and sister-in-law have just announced they are pregnant. Then there is Jack, her co-worker and friend who might be falling in love with her. Does she love him? After all they have been friends since second grade. When she thinks her life could not get more complicated, her roommate's totally obnoxious mom moves into the apartment to help plan the wedding--or does she have a more sinister agenda?
Told with humor and fun, this story will keep you wondering what will happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to read more by this author. erynn's light-hearted, down to earth style will leave you wanting more. Her brand of humor is like caffeine--addictive and at the same time satisfying. You will come away from this book with a fresh and rejuvenated look at life, love, and friendships.
I will recommend this writer's works to family and friends.
This book was given to me by NavPress in exchange for an honest review.
8/26/2010 2:39:56 PM
A fun read with great spiritual truth
First off, I should say that I am a mom in her early 30s, and this book is mainly geared to the teen/early 20s age group. That being said, I really enjoyed reading Latte Daze. It was a fun, fast read, and reminded me of the days when I was a new college graduate trying to figure out where God was leading me in my relationships and in my career choices. The characters in this book are well-written, particularly the main character of Maya. I liked how the author doesn't just present Maya as a person who has everything under control, but shows her struggles and challenges as well. I have to admit, my favorite character in this book was the pregnant sister-in-law, and I laughed out loud at her food cravings and aversions. And being from Seattle and being a huge coffee lover, I liked the coffeehouse setting in the book and the coffee drinks that were always being discussed. Made me want to keep dashing out to get more coffee to drink while reading!
Woven into the storyline of this novel is a lot of spiritual truth. Maya is facing lots of decisions and changes, and I like how she turned to God and the Bible for help in these situations. A good reminder to me! I also really liked the way that Maya interacted with the non-believers in her life and her quiet, non-pushy, form of witness. She really reflected I Peter 3:15 ("Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect") and was a great witness to others.
If you or the young person in your life is looking for a fun Christian book to read, I recommend Latte Daze. As for me, I'm going to have to go track down Double Shot to see what happens next to Maya and her friends and family!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
8/18/2010 2:13:51 PM
Cool Beans! Cool Story!
First off, let me say I'm not a fan of chick lit and I'm past the age of girlfriends getting married and the whole dating nightmare. With that said I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed this story. You get a little bit of everything with this story. You have the insecure Maya, you have the "perfect" (but sweet) girl living the almost perfect life, with Jen, you have the wicked mother with Ms. Mitchell and then the guys. Travis, Maya's ex who's dating Jen, Ethan the computer geek, co-worker and then there's Jack, Maya's longtime friend. I could write pages about Jack. I enjoyed not only the characters but the story, they come across as real people with real issues. I love how we see Maya search for God's help in her daily life. I loved the sticky notes.
This book had a lot of great reminders for me. First it reminded me how grateful I am that my parents were supportive of my marriage and who I was marrying. It reminded me that God wants a daily relationship with His children. Maya demonstrates the struggles that we all face and how we can look to God's Word for our guidance.
If you want something that is an easy read with fun characters that will make you laugh and cry that offers some good biblical principles about life then pick up this book.
If you don't like books that are overtly Christian then you will want to take a pass.
If you want to learn more about the author check out her website: www.erynnmangum.com
Thank You to NavPress for the opportunity to review this book.
8/17/2010 8:56:37 PM
Latte Daze, by Erin Mangum is the follow up to Cool Beans, in her Maya Davis novels. I'd have to say I'm a big fan of Erin's writing style and am hooked. Love is in the air in this book as both Maya and her roommate Jen are in committed relationships with their boyfriends and both taking big steps forward in each respective relationship as the book progresses. You hope that it all works out for both of them but there is a slight air of uncertainity that lingers. There are a few bumps in the road and many changes swirling around for Maya, someone who does not like change. I liked how Erin is able to interject applicable scripture versus throughout whether it was through Maya's devotions, church or Bible study. I've not read another Christian fiction writer who has built so much of the story around multiple scripture before and found this very refreshing. It's a great light, enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this series. I'm maybe even more so curious about a few of the secondary characters of this book, like Jen's Mom and how Maya's relationship and witness to them might change them in upcoming books.
I received a free copy of this book from Navpress's book review program. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.
8/13/2010 12:31:02 PM
“Latte Daze" is a fun-filled, lighthearted fiction novel for young adults, with a mix of strong characters, humor, and a quiet-like faith to promote love and trust in God.”
You know how the saying goes, “you can’t read a book by it’s cover”, and that is certainly true here with this book, “Latte Daze”. I was very pleasantly surprised with this story and how it all played out. I loved how keeping morals here, were held highly, and that it was okay and acceptable to be a Christian. I applaud the author for doing this for our teen readers! Teens need to read more about the acceptance of Christianity and having morals in today’s society is more of the norm, than not. Teen girls especially, need to have the confidence, faith, and love from their family and friends. “Latte Daze” is a wonderful example of just that, and I recommend it as a wonderful read for them! I was tuly delighted with “Latte Daze”, and look forward to reading the next book in the series! Even though this was the second book in the series, I was able to delve right into this one and really enjoy it thoroughly! I may just have to back track and read the first book now though, while I await the third book’s release!
As per FTC guidelines, I must state that I was given a complimentary copy of “Latte Daze” from Nav Press Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinions are expressly my own, and are never influenced in any way, due to receiving this copy of the book from the publisher.
8/4/2010 6:00:38 PM
A Great Clean Read
Latte Daze is a perfect light, summer read.
The characters were so real and sweet. I couldn’t help but think of the movie Bride Wars while reading this book and pictured Anne Hathaway as Maya. (Although, Maya and Jen were in no way fighting in this story). Maya and Jen have such a great friendship. They just seem so adorable. I completely fell in love with Maya’s dog, Calvin. The way her parents dote on him reminds me of my dog!
Most of my Christian reading seems to be historical books, but it’s so refreshing to read Christian chick lit. There’s great messages throughout the book, too, so it’s not just thoughtless reading! I loved how Maya stands up for her beliefs without being pushy. I think there’s great lessons on how to deal with those who don’t share Christian beliefs. I feel she was respectful of the other person, and gained respect in the process. And she kept a Christian attitude about Jen’s mother throughout the story.
The description says the book is for teens, but the characters are in their 20s, so I think that adults would enjoy this book, too.
I haven’t read the first book in this series, Cool Beans, but I do plan on reading it now. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any part of the story. I was filled in with important information from the first one as far as I could tell. I can’t wait to see what else happens with Maya and Jack, and Jen and Travis in Double Shot, which comes out in October.
*I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
8/2/2010 12:09:38 AM
I finally got my hands on one of Erynn Mangum's books. I've been wanting to read her Lauren Holbrook series for several years now but haven't been able to find it anywhere. When Navpress offered this one for review purposes I jumped on it, and let's just say that Latte Daze is everything that this girl hopes for in a chick lit, young adult kind of book. Even though I didn't read the first book in the Maya Davis series (Cool beans) I was able to jump right in without missing a thing (though I'll probably go back and read it at some point because I enjoyed this authors voice so much!)
Maya is a fun heroine who happens to work as a barista at a hip coffee shop with her boyfriend, until he jets a job at the local zoo. She has a great roommate who gets engaged (to someone Maya used to date) and who has an overbearing mother who shows up for an extended stay.
I loved LOVED *LOVED* this book and can't wait to read more of Maya's adventures (and Erynn's other books too!)
Well written and full of tender and funny moments, this is one that you should check out!
Thanks, Erynn, for the CLEAN READ.
7/26/2010 11:00:16 AM
Latte Daze - Fun, Fun, Fun !!!
Fun, Fun, Fun! This is the second book in the Maya Davis series. I didn’t read the first book and it didn’t matter. Maya’s adventure starts when her roommate Jen announces that she is marrying Travis, (Maya’s ex-boyfriend ). The date is set and the planning begins. Jen’s mother moves into the apartment to make sure everything is set for the big day. Maya deals with the wedding, her best friend wedding, Jen’s mother moving in with them and then Jack, Maya’s boyfriend has received a new job offer at a zoo. Maya deals with the changes in a humorous way making you laugh out loud. I would recommend this book for anyone that wants to just have a fun read.
7/25/2010 5:47:04 PM
A light hearted read
Maya Davis is back and this time her life is even more complicated! In Latte Daze (the follow up title to Cool Beans), Maya’s best friend and roommate Jen, is dating Maya’s ex-boyfriend, Travis.
Just when Maya thinks she has adjusted to the awkward situation, they become engaged and Maya’s world is turned upside down again! Almost twenty-five years old and working as a barista at the Cool Beans coffee shop, Maya begins to feel unsettled, restless and a little depressed about her life that never seems to go anywhere. Maya feels like everywhere she turns, life seems to be going perfect for everyone but her. Her successful brother and his wife are having their first baby, her best friend is planning a wedding and Maya comes home from the same job, to the same apartment and the same dog, every single night.
The turbulent waters of Maya’s life are muddied further when she tries to factor in Jack, her former co-worker turned boyfriend who is funny, lovable and sweet - and perplexes Maya’s emotions even more.
I am normally not a huge “chick-lit” fan but I was interested in this book because like the author, I am a devoted coffee admirer and loved the idea of the whole coffee shop / barista setting. This is a perfect book to curl up with when you want a light hearted, enjoyable read.
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7/14/2010 10:39:10 AM
Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum
Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum starts out fast and goes full throttle to the last page.
Maya Davis is a creature of habit and she definitely hates change.She is an underemployed English major working as a barista at Cool Beans with her boyfriend Jack. She shares an apartment with her to cute beagle Calvin and her best friend Jen who by the way is dating and becoming very serious with Maya's old boyfriend Travis. She goes to church regularly and also attends a 20 something bible study group, and she spends Sunday afternoons at her parents home along with her brother and sister-in-law. Just when she thinks life is going along great it starts getting complicated.
Jack takes a different job and Maya won't get to spend nearly as much time with him. Her ex-boyfriend Travis proposes to Jen. Then her brother and sister-in law announce they are expecting. Maya starts to feel as if everyone and everything around her is changing.
This is a great young adult book that isn't afraid to mention the characters relationships with God. They often talk about church and the author even lets us know that they read their bibles. Readers will take away several positive messages from this book such as abstinence the importance of faith and trust in God and the great thing is that its done in such a smooth manner that you just get it without feeling preached to or overwhelmed by it.
This is the second book in the Maya Davis series but it an easily be read as a stand alone story. I didn't read the first book but had no problem jumping into this book.
Even though this book is geared toward young adults I found it a very enjoyable read and look forward to reading more from Erynn Mangum.
7/9/2010 9:14:34 PM