Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 End of Year Book Survey

I haven't mentioned this all week, I'm not even sure if I've let myself think it, but these have been my final end of year posts. I'm only blogging for four more months. That means I will never have a Top Ten Books of the Year, (which might be a good thing because I would stress trying to narrow down that list), or share a yearly playlist (though technically I'll still be making the playlist) or join the End of Year Book Survey again.

That doesn't make me as emotional as I thought it might. Oh well moving on.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

#1 of 2017: Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker

Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published January 10th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

High school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the perfect, golden girl once again. A little memory loss seems like a small price to pay to get her life back . . . at least until boys start to go missing . . . boys that Cassidy NEVER wanted to think of again . . .

Thus begins Chandler Baker's second twisty-turny retelling of a familiar tale, once again set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

Friday, December 29, 2017

#2 of 2017: Links by Lisa Becker

35235649Links by Lisa Becker
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published August 1st 2017 by Desert Breeze Publishing

Charlotte Windham, a nerdy high school prodigy who tutored classmates to earn money for college, escapes her geeky past to become a celebrated novelist. During a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant 15 years after high school, she reconnects with her secret crush, Garrett Stephens, the popular star athlete and teen heart breaker. Garrett, still leaving broken hearts in his wake, is now a successful professional golfer who recently suffered a possible career-ending shoulder injury. As he and Charlotte spend time together, developing a friendship based on mutual respect and comfortable companionship, can Charlotte forgive the past and can Garrett reform his lothario ways for a chance at love?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

#3 of 2017: Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone

23341894Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published June 16th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

30 Song Challenge: Song That Describes You

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 16 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Oh gods! We're at the halfway point!

Song 16: Song That Describes You

This one was a hard one since I went through maybe 3 or 4 that I thought would work and that I really wanted to share. I did manage to find a spot for one in a later post.

For this one I decided to go obvious.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

#4 of 2017: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

#5 of 2017: Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #3) by Meg Cabot

Royal Crush by Meg Cabot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: August 1, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen. Even better, she’s finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expected to give birth to twins any day now!

It’s pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games. Between Grandmère chaperoning, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes, and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil (even though she isn’t sure that he even wants to be friends anymore!), things are quickly turning into a royal mess! 

The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.

Song of the Moment {12/26}/ Year 2017

This is a feature I've 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Monday, December 25, 2017

#6 of 2017: Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray

25985241Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

New York City.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming...

After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

#7 of 2017: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

29749085Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published August 28th 2017 by Random House Children's Books

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.


Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

#8 of 2017: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

Vampires 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....

Friday, December 22, 2017

#9 of 2017 - Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince

Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 9th 2016

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

#10 of 2017: The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 1st 2017 by Entangled Publishing LLC

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle.

When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty.
But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.

30 Song Challenge: Song that No One Would Expect You To Like

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 17 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 17: Song that No One Would Expect You To Like

I'm the bubbly country girl who loves swing, showtunes, and any string instrument.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I sometimes feel like I'm in a box and I'm waiting to find a way out. But that's what keeps me from doing certain things; like going back to normal posts and just, well, life in general sometimes.

Thankfully that feeling never really stands in my way of reading though.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Best of: Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 28, 2015

Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.
Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.

And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Best of: When by Victoria Laurie - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 16, 2015

When by Victoria Laurie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
January 13th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song from Soundtrack of Your Favorite Movie

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 18 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 18: Song from Soundtrack of Your Favorite Movie

Appropriate timing on this one because one of my favorite movies happens to be White Christmas which features the song The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [12/12]

This is a feature I've 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Best of: A Letter to My Mom by Lisa Erspamer - Book Review

Originally Posted: July 3, 2015

A Letter to My Mom by Lisa Erspamer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 7th 2015 by Crown Archetype

in the A Letter to My series (after A Letter to My Dog and A Letter to My Cat) takes on mothers, with celebrities and civilians writing letters of gratitude and admiration to the women who raised them, alongside gorgeous, intimate photos.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Best of: Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke - Book Review

Originally Posted: December 26, 2015

Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About AgingKeep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging by Dick Van Dyke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
October 13th 2015 by Weinstein Books

Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2015. He’s an established legend, having starred in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. And yet he’s still keeping himself busy, entertaining America on television, movies, the stage, and social media. Everyone wonders, “How does he do it?” For the first time, Van Dyke will share his secrets and tips on old age: Just keep moving.

In a fun and folksy way of addressing readers, Keep Moving will serve as an instruction book on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and “keep moving” every day like there’s no tomorrow.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review

33602143Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published October 17th 2017 by St. Martin's Press

Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Last Song You Heard

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 19 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song #19: Last Song You Heard

So last week's post got a bit away from me. There's a quick glimpse of the inner workings of my mind, in case you never had a run-in in the last almost seven years.

This post could have had a similar outcome because I constantly have music playing. Currently playing as I write this? Yorktown from Hamilton. Before that it was probably some Christmas song. So I've decided to make "the last song" the song that was playing before I decided to sit down and write this.
That wasn't Christmas.

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I just realized that I haven't really written any posts lately. Well it's more like I just realized that I just realized that. I mean; that had to be something I was aware of. What was the last time I sat down for an afternoon to write something other than a book review or song choice?
Which leads to my never answered question; what exactly have I been doing?!

This would probably be where I promise to change but, honestly, my current mind frame is two little voices warring with each other over just succumbing to the negative thoughts or trying to fight through them.
It's very annoying; especially since I am very aware that I'm doing it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Best of: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 4, 2016

24529123This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Best of: Three Nights With A Rockstar by Amber Lin & Shari Slade - Book Review

Originally posted: June 19, 2015

Three Nights with a Rock Star (Half-Life, #1)Three Nights with a Rock Star by Amber Lin & Shari Slade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Published June 2nd 2014

When Hailey crashes a Half-Life after party, she expects to find the bastard who knocked up her little sister. Instead she meets the sexy front-man who agrees to give her access to his crew if she gives him access to her body.

All Lock demands in return is three days of complete control over the Sunday School teacher. With a contract, because he’s been burned before. One misstep could send the band—and his tenuous sobriety—up in flames.

Hailey and Lock push each other’s limits… Against the penthouse window. Backstage. In the limo and on the elevator. But as the contract counts down, neither are ready for the party to end.