Monday, November 25, 2013

I'm Alive!

I know what you are thinking… Where has this blogger been for a whole week?!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Independent Study

"Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming books whose releases are being eagerly awaited. Bloggers are encouraged to join in and post about the book they're looking forward to reading.

In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.
Release Date January 7th 2014!!
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Post #5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

I'm afraid last week was not particularly exciting. My hubby has been sick all week and acting like he is dying so I've been hanging with him and playing video games with him to keep him company. It seems like every time I sit down to read, I have to get right back up to make him tea or get his medicine. Seriously what would they do without us?! Big babies! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: January 2007
Pages: 340
Format: borrowed (library e-book)

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Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

All is Bright By Sarah Pekkanen

Title: All is Bright
Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Published: December 2010
Pages: 37 pages
Format: e-book novella 

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Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn't bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It’s Griffin’s mother, Janice, who invites Elise over for a neighborhood gathering of eggnog and carols. 

Walking into Janice’s house sends Elise tumbling headlong into memories of her relationship with Griffin—and with Janice, who exudes the kind of warmth Elise ached for after her own mom passed away when she was six. But Griffin has moved on, and suddenly Elise doubts her decision to give him up and lose her chance at being folded into his wonderful family. Confused and reeling, she goes in search of an answer to a universal question: How do we say good-bye to people we've loved without losing everything they've meant to us? 

Heartwarming and witty, All is Bright is a charming story about coming home for the holidays and finding gifts in unexpected places

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Christmas Note by Donna Van Liere

Title: The Christmas Note
Author: Donna VanLiere
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: October 2011
Pages: 224pgs
Format: Hardback

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Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into a condo with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. As they build a life together in their new community, they notice a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, who lives next door. She has few possessions, little personality, and keeps to herself. One day a local landlord who is looking for Melissa knocks on Gretchen’s door for assistance. Melissa’s mother has died and in the coming weeks the landlord needs Melissa to empty her mother’s apartment. Gretchen reaches out and offers to help Melissa, but the apartment is a gut-wrenching shamble of a home. There is little worth saving except for a few photos and a note that is discovered on the crate beside the bed. It is unfinished, but in the two scribbled lines, Melissa discovers secrets about her family that she never could have imagined. Can two very different women embark on a journey that explores a long-buried need for forgiveness, hope, and redemption?

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

The Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Read-a-thon is over! I'm sad because I didn't get to participate as much as I had planned to. YALL Fest took up all of my brain power last week because I was soooo excited about it! I had three books on my list to read but only ended up being about to finish one. I'm going to read the other's next month to keep the holiday spirit going and because I enjoyed reading a Christmas book a lot more than I thought I would! 
I LOVE doing the read-a-thons, hopefully I will have more free time during the next one! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Divine Beginnings by P.C.Cast

Title: DivineBeginnings (Partholon 0.5)
Author:  P.C.Cast
Published: October 1st 2009
Publisher: Luna
Pages: 65 pages
Format: ebook

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Go back in time, fifty years before the events of New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast's Partholon books...Something isn't right at Guardian Castle, and Aine can't figure out what. As Healer, she's supposed to be making things better, but there's a darkness that can't be brightened. And then Aine finds an injured Fomorian--winged, dark, blood-thirsty and inherently evil. Or is he? Because there's something about Tegan that Aine can't resist...and once they've shared blood, Aine realizes that everything she's always believed is going to be cast aside....

Monday, November 11, 2013

YALL Fest 2013 Recap

I had soo much fun at YALL Fest! This was my first ever book fest and it will NOT be my last!
It was so wonderful to be with a huge group of people of all ages and flavors (hehe) who enjoy the same type of books that you do.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ho- Ho- Ho Holiday Read-a-thon

HoHoHo Holiday Read-a-Thon

Jennifer @Bawdy Book Blog and Kimba @Caffinated Book Reviewer adore holiday themed books. Whether it’s the covers, or the tales of good tidings they put us in the holiday spirit. We wanted to share that with you. So grab your pile of holiday themed books and sign-up to join us November 7th to 11th for a holiday themed read-a-thon, filled with challenges, good cheer and maybe some Figgy pudding! The challenges will be festive and give you a chance to win some holiday cheer for yourself!  Join for one day, just the weekend or the entire event. Read as many holiday related books from your YA, NA and Adult collections as you can.  Participating in challenges, spreading the news, following hosts and reading will all earn you entries for the grand prize- a twenty dollar gift-card from B&N or Amazon to fill your stocking with!

I have never read any Christmas book before but now is a great as time as any. So here are my books and I got my cider! I am ready to get into the Christmas mood, these books are going to help me get there :) 

Waiting on Wednesday : Lost Lake

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. This is where we share what upcoming releases we are waitin' on(that's how we say it in the south!). 

Monday, November 4, 2013

YALL Fest 2013

The South's premier Young Adult book festival, YALLFest brings 50 of the country's top YA writers to Charleston for a day of interactive panels, book signings, pie eating and more, all on historic Upper King Street, Sat. Nov. 9, 2013.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review of Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 2012
Format: barrowed e-book
Page: 304pages

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Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. 
Her father was right. The monsters are real….  
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…. 
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently. 
I'd tell my sister no. 
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad. 
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words. 
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time. 
I'd tell them I love them.I wish... Yeah, I wish.

Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Can you believe it is already November?! Ho how the time is flying!!! It will be Christmas before we know it!!! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Writing We Will Go

 I am not a writer. I was a marine biology and then a psychology major in college. I hardly ever put much effort into my writings in college and any stories I have even written have only been read by one person. Also I am dyslectic and I have ADHD. I have these wonderful ideas for stories that I tell myself to get to sleep or when I am bored and day dreaming. I never write the stories down.