Monday, February 26, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's been so long since I last did this I couldn't remember how.
My reason for not doing a It's Monday post, since sometime in December is because, I had the Winter Respite Readathon in January to post updates with and February my go-to excuse I've been lazy. Well that and I feel like I haven't had too much to update on.

But I do now. Of course.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Best of: Into the Shadows by Karly Kirpatrick - Respost


Into the Shadows by Karly Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paivi Anderson has it all - friends, a spot on the varsity basketball team, wonderful parents, and quite possibly, her first boyfriend. It was everything a freshman in high school could ask for. 

Her perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers her name on a list distributed by a power-hungry presidential candidate. How could anyone think of Paivi as an Enemy of the State? Could it be because of her special powers? No one was supposed to know about them, but the mysterious messages in her tater tots say otherwise.

In INTO THE SHADOWS, Paivi quickly learns who her friends are and is forced into a reality she didn't see coming.This is the first book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Best of: Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal - Repost

Originally Posted: October 26, 2012

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published December 1st 2011 by Robot Playground Inc

Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the décor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.

Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.

Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song You Want To Play At Your Wedding

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 8 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).



Song 8: Song You Want to Play At Your Wedding

There might be a playlist filled with songs with this particular theme, and as I wrote that I had to stop and think if there really was.
There is.

It's probably why picking was a little bit harder.
But I went with a current favorite.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Song(s) of the Moment [2/20]

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, February 19, 2018

Best of: Me and The Princess Diaries - Repost

Originally Posted: August 3, 2016


It's the 15th anniversary of The Princess Diaries movie! Since I consider this movie to be the "first domino" of who I am I just have to re-share my story of when I went to see it (15 years ago!) and the lasting results it left.

Like most readers I discovered Meg Cabot thanks to a certain Disney movie based on her book
The Princess Diaries.


Random story: my mom was brushing a little girl's hair and when the brush flew out of her hand I asked if she broke it, she responded by saying "Oh what like Princess Mia?"
She does pay attention!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Best of: The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One by Jess Lourey - Book Review Repost

Originally Posted January 20, 2013


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published July 17th 2012 by Toadhouse Books

Aine (pronounced "Aw-nee") believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.

As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds... if she can stay alive.

Friday, February 16, 2018

At the Brink by Anna del Mar - Book Review

At the Brink (At the Brink #1)At the Brink by Anna del Mar
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Published May 2nd 2016 by Carina Press
A Story of Sexual Obsession

Lily:
I should never have agreed to it.

A woman will do a lot to keep her husband happy. But when my husband sells me to the highest bidder—billionaire, former navy SEAL, pride of Boston's business scene—I agree, not to keep him happy, but because it gives me the chance to finally escape. Escape my marriage, escape my debts, escape my life…

Josh Lane demands a steep price: my pride and my morals. But the truth is, I've never felt anything like what I feel for him. He brings color into my gray world. And his insistence that I submit to his commands—his depraved, filthy, amazing commands—only feeds my craving to be taken by him. Again. And again.

I should never have agreed to it, but I'm so glad I did.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song You Listen to When Sad

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 9 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).



Song 9: Song You Listen To When Sad


Which happens often.
Or maybe I'm just thinking about last year.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Best of: I'm Single and Guess What? I Like It! - Repost

Originally Posted: March 16, 2015


I might get that title printed on a shirt. People don't seem to want to accept it.
And I'm getting to a point where I feel I need to be blunt about it.

I recently had a situation where I said something couldn't be done. I didn't say I couldn't do it, I wasn't asking for help, and even when I got the unwanted help it still wasn't possible.

Then, of course, frustrated with the uselessness of that help I went back and of course was able to figure it out myself.


This is basically me and relationships. It's not that I can't find anyone, I'm just not trying very hard. I'm not asking for help. I don't appreciate being asked if I have a preference in nationalities. I don't want to hear that I'm being picky when I say I have no interest in the younger guy they're telling me about, I don't want to meet random guys that just broke up with their girlfriends and I don't want to hear how my life is going to change with the guy someone picked out for me. (Someone once said that about a vegetarian changing my eating habits. No.)

Monday, February 12, 2018

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston - Excerpt + Review



We are so excited to be sharing the release of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Natasha Preston's YOU WILL BE MINE. Young Adult and thriller fans won't want to miss this one--be sure to grab your copy today!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Best of: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: March 23, 2013


Going VintageGoing Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: March 26th 2013 by Bloomsbury

When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars).

The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Best of: The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Welles #5) by Meg Cabot - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: September 23, 2013

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: September 24th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song You Listen to When Happy

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 10 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

10! That's like two 5s!
I'm surprisingly accepting of this.


Song 10: Song You Listen To When Happy

This one was a hard pick. Or maybe it wasn't when I decided which songs I'd be sharing but I'm just second (we're mostly on the fourth time around to be honest) guessing myself on it now.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Best of: My First Meg Experience - Repost

Originally Posted May 15, 2012 as part of the First Meg-a-Readers blog hop, original intro for that has been removed.
2018 Note: I don't think the video is working anymore, didn't check.


I, myself will be hitting a milestone during this event, I realized while posting my review for Underworld that it was my 49th Meg Cabot book so by July I'll have made it past 50.
Well not that far past since I only have two at the moment. But we'll get there when we get there; for today let's take a look back at the one that started it all.

Like most readers I discovered Meg Cabot thanks to a certain Disney movie based on her book The Princess Diaries.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Songs of the Moment [2/6]

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.

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

There was once a time when I would worry about not having a new book to read once I had finished the one I was currently reading. And then I took up blogging. And discovered a lot of places I can find used or cheap books.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Best of: The Meg Effect - Repost

Originally Posted: June 27, 2012


The Meg Effect, you know that after feeling a book will leave you when you finish it. Call it what you want, but in 9th grade I referred to it as the Meg Effect. Well the Meg Cabot Effect to be exact, mainly because it only ever occurred when I read her books.

Although looking back at that year everything I read was by her, except maybe 4. One was before I started reading outside of The Princess Diaries, and another was a Meg Cabot Recommendation.

But because of her books I have multiple, or at least plenty, journal entries going on and on about how her books are so great and how I couldn't stop thinking about them, and that I'll never ever find any other book to top it... until the next in the series is published that it.

Don't believe me?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Best of: Little Bird by Liza Gaines - Book Review Repost*

Originally Posted: October 18, 2013


Little Bird by Liza Gaines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published August 16th 2013 by Musa Publishing

In his bonds, she learns to soar.

Lee Jackson is bad news for a girl like Savannah Alderton. At least, that’s what everyone keeps telling her when her boss tasks her with assisting Lee in the search for his missing ex-wife. But despite all the warnings and Lee’s overbearing attitude, she’s attracted to him from the start. Wanting more than the casual sex he readily offers, Savannah fears she is bound to get hurt. Can she take that risk?

After a dysfunctional marriage and demoralizing divorce, Lee doesn’t do relationships. Casual sex with women who don’t expect more is enough to meet his needs; especially if those women share his appetite for handcuffs and crops. Which means Savannah is all wrong for him. She isn’t his type, she’s naïve and inexperienced, and worst of all, she’s exactly the kind of woman who will want more than a rough tumble between his sheets. Still, Lee can’t seem to stay away and he can’t help but wonder if maybe he’s underestimated her.

As the situation with his ex-wife becomes more desperate, Lee and Savannah struggle to overcome their fears and begin to imagine a life together. Will they live long enough to see those dreams become reality?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Banished (The Storymakers #3) by Betsy Schow - Book Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
February 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story—and to remember how to get home.

Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated.
Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song You Listen To When Angry

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 11 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song 11: Song You Listen To When Angry

I once said this song is a great way for me to tell if I'm still mad at a person. If I think of them while listening to it, I am.
And there have been more than a few people.