Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Song ofthe Moment [6/27]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I have three songs today. Though it might turn into four if I let myself fall down the nostalgia rabbit hole.

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far

It's that time of year again, when I announce that I've yet to be wowed by a book. Then usually a week or so later I find that one book.
That probably won't be happing this time around, mainly because I'm in a bit of a slump and haven't cared to read much
Three weeks into my own reading challenge and I'm already wondering how long 'til I back down from it- I'm trying really hard not to let challenges stop me mainly in life but what am I if I let a little ten book summer challenge bring me down?

It's also a bit of a lie when I say I've yet to be wowed this year, I totally was, back in January and February. So it's been a while.
But it has happened. And fingers crossed that I make it through this current slump and it happens again.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Time For a Movie Night

aka In Defense of My Movie Night Picks. 

It is a dream of mine to find someone to have weekly movie nights with. And I mean a go all out kind of night, if I can do a theme or even a simple tradition I will. (I've dressed up for both the Grease Sing-along and Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl; I'm an all out kind of girl.) As of now it's really just me and it's not so much of a 'movie night' but more like a "Hey a movie I like is going to be on" or a "My mood needs this right now" night. Or evening. Or day, if I'm lucky.

When I find that someone (or someones) there will probably be a lot of compromise because my go to movies are, well, musicals. Of the classic variety.

Even if it's not a musical, it will still probably be an old movie.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2) by Kiersten White - Book Review

22817331Now I Rise by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 27th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga #1) by Kiersten White - Book Review

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)And I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram Blast + Giveaway

The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him? From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels. The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives. Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend. With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram. This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

I have had a long time rule now that I wouldn't start any new series until I finished the ones I was in the middle of. That's for series with all the books already out.
Of course I suck at sticking to that rule and have started (and finished) a lot of series without even thinking about the one I started years ago.
I really do want to finish them, if I didn't I wouldn't give them a second thought.

Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I'm having trouble remembering if summer is a usual reading slump for me. A part of me feels like it might be.
Then another part thinks it's mainly my own fault because I've been starting more books than I've finished. I've also been in a bit of a state of "let's just sit here and do nothing."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Bloggiesta

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This is turning into a pattern for me this year (although no doubt it can be found in past years also) I just haven't wanted to. Sit down and write, that is. Thankfully I haven't fallen behind on anything, but I haven't been pretty present either. Not since April when I decided this would be my last year blogging. I decided then that I was going to give everything I had left but here we are.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Songs of the Moment [6/13]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

This week's songs are totally random. I was watching My Fair Lady last night, so naturally while watching I thought I should share some of it's songs. And I also remembered sharing at least one back in 2014. But for some reason while going to sleep songs from a different musical started playing in my head, and I'm pretty sure I've never shared those so...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review

23288927Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published July 7th 2015 by Hyperion                          

From the bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End comes a new novel that explores the battle between good and evil, in the city that never sleeps...VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN: The New Blue Bloods Coven

You'll devour Melissa de la Cruz's hot new adult novel, in which her Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle.

It is ten years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball-and all Blue Blood society will be there.

And then, all hell breaks loose....

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Release Day Blitz: SIGHT UNSEEN

SIGHT UNSEEN is available today! You do not want to miss this anthology of five intriguing, sexy, and surprising stories from five incredible authors - but you won't know yet who wrote which story. Find out more about SIGHT UNSEEN below and grab your copy today!


Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?

For the third (and technically last since I won't be blogging this time next year) year I'm doing the Summer Reading Challenge, (feel free to join me) which officially started Saturday. Unfortunately I still have, like, three books that I need to finish before I get started on my stack for the challenge.
Two days in I'm already behind. Off to a great start.

Anyway if you're interested you can check out the books I hope to be reading this summer at the link above. For now books I'm reading: