Oct 31, 2013

Review: Spirit Bound

6479259Spirit Bound
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: May 18th, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 489
Format: Hardcover, bought

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Synopsis:

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever.



My Review:
Due to life being in the way a little, I had to slow down the reading on this book. I have however had it with me at all times and pulled it out to read it here or there. I finally got to get it finished on my lunch break at work because I just wasn't able to stop reading it.

This book is not my favorite out of the series, and that doesn't mean it was bad. I really enjoyed it. I just felt it was a little long and drawn out, though I am sure it will all be for the last book.

I felt horrible for Rose. Her poor heart, I don't know how she handles all that is going on in her life. I wanted to cry with her at times because I know she has been through a lot, and there is no chance of that stopping any time soon.

You cling to the book wanting to curl behind a blanket and hide as you read because there is so much suspense in this book. Richelle being the author she is was taking the stress off some situations for you and explaining them, but soon after she would leave you with another cliff hanger throughout the book. That is exactly how she ended it too. So much at the end happens and I know it will be most of the next book before it all starts coming together.

This is one of the first times you get to follow all the characters outside of the academy. They spend most of the time at the Royal Court. This is something you have to get used to. Because they still have rules there just as much as they did at the Academy though they might be different rules for different places. I was hoping they would get to be more of adults but they haven't been given that opportunity yet.

With the few problems of this book being a little slower and poor Rose and all the emotions you get from following her, I loved this book. I can't wait to get to the next one and devour it and finally get closure on the story.

Couldn't Put it Down!!




Oct 30, 2013

400 Subscribers Giveaway!! (INT)

I'm sure a lot of you already know I was getting close to 400 subscribers. I started my blog back in April and never expected me to get to 400 already. So I am ecstatic!!

In celebration of 400 subscribers, I want to say thank you to all of you here :) Thank you for all of you who have supported me along the way, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you guys!!

For your thank you, I am doing a giveaway!


The prize is one of my all time favorite books and I hope you all love it as much as I did when I read it. It is American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin. I was one of the lucky ones that got to read this for a blog tour and I bought a copy for one of you lucky winners. It is a paperback copy, but there is more....I am also giving away with the book 2 signed bookmarks by Nikki herself and a magnet that also goes with the book. I know a lot of you haven't heard of her since she is an Indie author, but I am telling you, you won't be disappointed!

The giveaway will run from today, till November 15th!

I am willing to ship to International addresses, but keep in mind I will be shipping it the cheapest way possible to you so it might take a little while to get to you, but hey, I am still willing to ship it to you :)

I hope all of you get your entries in and good luck to all of you!


Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!



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All that Glows
By: Ryan Graudin
Release Date: February 11th, 2014

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Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.

When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

 



Oct 28, 2013

Teaser Tuesday--Last Sacrifice



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

"Lissa heard the door open and a muffled conversation. A few moments later, Adrian returned with a young Moroi guy that Lissa didn't recognize."

Page 124 of  Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

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Oct 26, 2013

Discussion: Series Intimidations


As I started as a blogger back in 2008 when I first started up. I saw a lot of books out there that so many people loved. Some of which sounded really good, some of which sounded horrible. None the less, they still loved them. Everyone has their books that they are scared to read because of the hype they get.

I ended up buying a few of them but they have sat on my shelves for years. I had to give up blogging for a few years, so I didn't feel the drive to read any of the books everyone loved. The poor books just sat there, some I even gave away to charity (I'm not happy about that anymore).

Now, years later I'm back blogging again and loving it. I am still seeing the same books around that everyone raved about even years ago. I have taken that as a sign. Even though I have a lot of books that I need to read, I keep trying to balance new series with old ones.

Since I've waited so long to read a lot of the books, I am lucky and can just buy the rest of the series and fly through them. Others I have decided I will do the wait with everyone else and picked up recent series as well that everyone loves.

I want to make a list of a few of the series I have been scared to read or just didn't want to read them like everyone else wanted to.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
2. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
3. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
4. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
5. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

I decided to list 5 for you though I am sure I can keep going. I know all of these series has a lot of attention from a lot of bloggers. Some I have read, some I am reading now, and some I have yet to read.

I have read The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments. Both I thought sounded horrible. But I gave into the Hunger Games a couple years ago and I recently read The Mortal Instruments due to the movie. I will admit if the movie didn't come out I don't know if I would have read that. With that said though, I LOVED both of them. They each had their issues, sure, but I loved them. That got me thinking, if I was scared of these which other series am I am not giving a chance that I should.

Then there is Vampire Academy. If there was ever a series I didn't want to read, it was this one. I would see it around I was like why do people read this, it sounds stupid. Plus I heard it was close to Twilight, and me being a Twilight fan, I couldn't bring myself to even give it a look. I then was in my local bookstore and saw I could get the ENTIRE 6 books in the series for 20 dollars. I just couldn't pass that up. 2 of them are even hardcover books, definitely couldn't pass that up. I got the whole series for what would have cost me to just buy 1 normal price. My boyfriend being so sweet bought me the series for my birthday present. We don't have a ton of money, so I can't throw out a lot on presents and neither can he, so I was happy with the 6 book set he got me. Then, like most series, it sat on my shelf for a while. The thing that got me to pick it up was he bought them for me. The poor guy saved money to take me to dinner and buy me a couple books and then I was just letting them sit there on my shelves, so while I was looking for books for my October TBR list I decided to throw them on there. I started the first book and it took me a couple weeks to get halfway through the first book. It was slow and I just wasn't into it. Then one day it finally got good. Now I am hooked and on the 5th book of the series. If it wasn't for him getting them for me I would never given them a shot.

There is also Divergent and Percy Jackson on my list. Those two I have yet to read. I have had the first 2 in the Divergent series for a few months now as the same as all 5 of the Percy Jackson series. I am scared of Percy Jackson because I heard it is kind of like Harry Potter. Obviously different worlds, but similar. I didn't want to cheat on Harry, so I haven't touched them. But my friend Amanda at I Solemnly Swear loves Harry Potter just as much as I do and she still loves Percy Jackson. So I am going to give him a shot. Divergent I haven't read mainly because I was waiting for the last book so I could read them all at once. I now own them all so I will make time in November to read them.

I know its hard to read all the books out there, but I have decided with all the series I was scared of and not read because of it, that I need to stop being a coward. So I have now been buying here or there when I have the money to buy some more series to try to read sometime soon. Some of the series I have recently bought is the Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. Hopefully between those and the ones on my shelves I have plenty of series to keep me busy the next few months.

Is there any series that intimidate you? Have you decided to read or have read any of the ones that have intimidated you?

Stacking the Shelves

 
I didn't get much this week, but it is a book I am sure a lot of you got this week too :)
 

17736795Allegiant
By: Veronica Roth

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One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

 


 
That's all I got this week!
What all did you guys get??
 

Oct 24, 2013

Review: Blood Promise

5996153Blood Promise
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 25th, 2009
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 503
Format: Hardback, Bought

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Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?



My Review:

These reviews are starting to get really difficult. I have no idea what to really say during them anymore. The synopsis already gives away a lot of things that happen in this book and I don't want to give even more than that out.

I ended up only reading a few pages last night before I fell asleep, so really I woke up starting the book from the beginning. I did a few things on the computer and didn't even start reading until this afternoon. So with that said, I surprised even myself. I read the ENTIRE 500 pages in one day, I have never read that many in one day before. I didn't even though I could. Granted it took me quite a few hours, I still did it and had time to come right this review for you guys.

Words can not explain what this book did to me. I heard from many people how emotional it would be, but I didn't expect it to be this bad. There has only been one other book that has made me cry the way this book did, and that is The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I cried like a baby in that book, but I also cried like a baby in this one. Especially in the first half of the book.

As I kept reading I was having a hard time trying to figure the book out, not in a bad way. It is just one of those stories where you can't quite try to figure out the story on your own, I pretty much just had to keep reading in order to find out what happened because my brain definitely couldn't come up with anything.

At the end of the book I closed it and just stared off at the wall for a while just trying to get my thoughts together. First thing I did was hop up and grab the next book, but I knew there was no way I could read it without writing this review, so now I am here typing this for you all :) I could very possibly be pulling an all nighter in order to read as much of the next book as I can, or I might be good and go to bed so I can spend the day tomorrow reading the next book and maybe if I am lucky finishing that one as well.

Richelle is amazing at being able to keep you on your toes throughout the whole book. I thought her first book was half boring, but now that she has what she wants to happen, it is just flowing out onto the pages in beautiful awesomeness. I am so glad I don't have to wait for all the books to come out one by one, because I don't think I could handle the endings she gives at the end of each book. Last book she gave one big reveal that made you need the next one, this one, she gave 3 different ones. That has me more intrigued and sucked into the story more than ever!

Couldn't Put it Down!!




Oct 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!


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Heartbeat
By: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: January 28th, 2014

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Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

 



Oct 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Character Names I Love


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!

I LOVE the idea for this week! I have even been deciding to cut back on some of the memes on my blog, but I HAD to do this one!! I'm not sure all of mine are the best names picked, but I do know in my own opinion, I love them!!

Top Ten Character Names I Love

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1. Tamani
Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike


2. Katniss
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins


3. Cricket
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


4. Kaye
Modern Faery's Tales by Holly Black


5. Abby
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire


6. Peeta
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins


7. Hermione
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


8. Rosalie
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer


9. Luna
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


10. Olive
Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg

 
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Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy!
Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- Blood Promise



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

"Apparently not. I forced the rest of the cup down out of respect to Dimitri, even though I had a feeling that if he were here, he'd be shaking his head at me. "

Page 139 of Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

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Oct 21, 2013

Review: Shadow Kiss

2802316Shadow Kiss
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 13th, 2008
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 443
Format: Paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

 


My Review:

As I stated in my last review, I will not go into detail of this book because it will ruin anything for you. I will start of saying though that this book had me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop reading. I even ignored customers and read this book while my boss was also working not caring because I had to keep reading to know what happened.

There was action and conflict throughout the whole book. Right as something was getting answered and explained, something new would happen.

And I want to say to the author "WHY!" when it comes to how she ended it. Not in a bad way, but there is NNNOOOOOOO way you can finish up this book and have to run to get the next one. I am lucky and bought the whole series so I have the next one lined up ready to go. So now I am typing this for you all so I can run and read some more. It is already 11 pm my time and I have been up since 4 am because of work and I don't even feel tired because I have to keep reading.

There is so much that happens in this book. Not just with the plot itself, but also the characters. The characters change in this book. All of them do. I can't think of a single main character in this book that hasn't changed. Mia, Eddie, Christian, Rose, Dimitri, Rose's Mom, Adrian, Lissa...the list can keep going. I love that about it. It isn't the same boring repetitiveness that some books can have when having such a long series.

This book will suck you in. I now understand why so many on Twitter were telling me it was their favorite and that I will become addicted. My boyfriend has even been getting ignored today, I know I'm horrible, but I had to know what happened next.

I know this isn't the best review, but honestly I don't know what to really say about the book that won't ruin it for you. If I really say what I want to scream out to you all, it will spoil the whole book and I just can't do that to all of you.

Please though, do trust me when I say, if you haven't read this series, go buy it NOW! I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this series, and I know I will be devouring the rest of this series but the end of the week!!


Update: I just woke up the next morning after finishing this book and writing the review. I dreamt about it all night, even woke up a couple times not able to fall back asleep because I couldn't stop thinking about the next book and hoping that what happened at the end isn't really true or some how it will all be fixed. I have NEVER had a book make me from not being able to sleep once I was asleep, so this book was definitely AMAZING!


Couldn't Put it Down!!!!


Oct 20, 2013

NEW JOB!

Sooo.... I went to college for a degree in Early Childhood Education. I graduated with that degree in 2009. I then moved from Florida to New Mexico. I ended up getting a job there at the daycare on the Air Force Base. The sad thing is though, I got paid more than anyone there, so they were all mad at me and treated me horribly. I ended up quitting and was scared to ever go back to work in a daycare thinking the same thing would keep happening to me.

I finally came back home to Florida after two horribly long years. All the daycares here in my area paid minimum wage even with my degree. So I ended up getting a job then at a local tackle shop teaching tourists how to fish. I got paid almost 3 dollars more doing that, then doing something with my degree.

I also went back to college at this time just going for an Associate's of Arts. So with my scholarships they paid me to go to school pretty much, so I was able to take the part time hours over the winter season. Now that I have graduated in May, I no longer get that school money. I had no choice but to start looking for a new job.

I wrote the first resume I have ever written in my life and started handing them out to all the daycares that were small and private I could find. I decided I could take a small pay cut in order to a full time position in the degree I got in the first place. I love little kids and I have let small things scare me from working with them as a full time teacher. My boyfriend convinced me to stop making excuses and to go do what I was born to do.

I waited a few weeks and didn't hear anything from any of those, and getting desperate since my hours are almost done at the store, I didn't know what else to do. So I started applying to more of the chain daycares around my area. I ended up applying to some of them online since that is the only way they accepted applications. I applied to them on a Friday afternoon. Monday afternoon, while working on my blog posts none the less, I got a phone call from one.

I applied to so many different ones that I felt kind of bad that I had to go search the phone numbers location before I called them back so I at least knew who called me. I found out the daycare that called me is a 5 minute drive from my house. My tackle store job takes me 30 minutes one way to drive to. So this excited me. I was still a little nervous since it was a chain daycare though. But, after I called her back, I had a good feeling about the place. The woman sounded so sweet and caring I was excited for the interview. They asked me to come in on Wednesday since I was off that day to come in and speak to them about the position. I was so happy though to see it was off the main road and pretty much a little hole in the wall place. It was small and had a good vibe coming from it.

As I got there early because I wanted to make sure I could find it, I sat in my car reading, trying to calm my nerves down. I was ready to throw up in their parking lot. I know, I'm a wimp. I walked inside and got to finally talk to them. They told me everything they were looking for. So I'm gonna write my list of what I wanted, and I will write their list of what they wanted.

My List: Friendly work environment, lead teacher position in a 3 year old classroom, full time, benefits, pay as good as I was making at the tackle store. steady hours, year round position, work uniforms (I like work t-shirts at daycares so I don't get my own personal clothes dirty).

Their List: Someone friendly, wanting a lead teacher position in a 3 year old classroom, full time, offer them benefits, willing to offer decent pay, sick days, paid vacation, paid sick days, year round position, and willing to wear their daycare work shirts.


If you guys haven't been able to notice, the lists are pretty much the same. I am getting offered the same amount of pay that I was already getting paid at the tackle store, which is amazing, I have never been offered that much pay from a daycare in Florida. I get my own classroom, get to set it up just how I want, get to work the same hours every day, and I get holidays off finally to be with my family. I also had a crazy work schedule at the tackle store, so every week I always had a different schedule and a different amount of hours. Here I get the weekends off and never have to wonder what I am working that week.

I am so excited. It is like a dream come true. Everyone I have talked to so far in the center I will be working at is sooooo nice and sweet. My boss even calls me honey and treats me like a normal person instead of an employee.

I had to get my fingerprints scanned on Thursday so they take a few days to finally go through saying I'm cleared. So the second they call them to say the prints are done, I get to start, which is most likely going to be Tuesday. I am so very excited to move up in the world with a good job and something that I love to do. I will finally have more money to do the things I want and buy things I want to buy.

My boyfriend and I have had money issues recently so I have had paychecks that I wasn't even able to buy groceries with, which really sucks to think you might go hungry if my boyfriend didn't use all his money to buy food on those weeks. So now I won't have to worry about that.

I have had a huge smile on my face. It will also make it so much easier to schedule my posts here for you guys. I used to have them all over them place because of my crazy hours, but now I know I can work on them on the weekends some and post them throughout the week, on the days that I have had trouble even getting to my computer, I can now still make posts those days because I will be off work by 4 everyday.

I know this is super long, but I had to share it with you guys!! Thanks for sticking with me through it!!



Oct 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (Huge Haul)

 
I finally had a little extra money this paycheck, so I of course used it on some books! I raided Amazon's prices and got as many as I could for the amount I could afford!
 
 
 
Bought

13037617Shiver Trilogy Box Set
By: Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads | Amazon

The amazing, haunting Shiver trilogy is complete!

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Sam's not just a normal boy - he has a secret. During the summer he walks and talks as a human, but when the cold comes, he runs with his pack as a wolf. Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house - but never dreamed that she would fall in love with one of them. Now that they've found each other, the clock ticks down on what could be Grace and Sam's only summer together.

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Can Grace and Sam last? Each will have to fight to stay together - whether it means a reckoning with his werewolf past for Sam, or for Grace, facing a future that is less and less certain. Enter Cole, a new wolf who is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human. For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is harrowing and euphoric, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But can it be enough?
 


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The Maze Runner Trilogy Box Set
By: James Dashner

Goodreads | Amazon

The Maze Runner trilogy boxed set contains the paperback editions of James Dashner's New York Times bestselling series. The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure are action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, dystopian adventures for readers young and old. And now they are available together as the perfect gift.
 


15761655Across the Universe
By: Beth Revis

Goodreads | Amazon

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder....

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


13586791A Million Suns
By: Beth Revis

Goodreads | Amazon

GODSPEED WAS FUELED BY LIES. NOW IT IS RULED BY CHAOS.

It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision--no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder learns shocking news, he and Amy must race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed, all the while dealing with the love that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: THEY HAVE TO GET OFF THIS SHIP.

 


10345937Shades of Earth
By: Beth Revis

Goodreads | Amazon

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.


17622850Mutilate my Heart
By: Emily Godwin

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Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.

 


17798679American Girl on Saturn
By: Nikki Godwin

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The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys...in their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.

 





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18216396Damselfly
By: Jennie Bates Bozic

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In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.

 





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10838787Pawn
By: Aimee Carter

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YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.


17258743Heartbeat
By: Elizabeth Scott

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Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

 
 
 
17233800Crash Into You
By: Katie McGarry

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The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

 
 
 
That's all I got this week!
What all did you guys get??
 

Oct 18, 2013

Join Me at the Pumpkin Patch!


Every year my boyfriend and I have started to go to a local church's pumpkin patch. We spend some time going through all the pumpkins to find the perfect ones.
 



Us just arriving to get our pumpkin on. Say Hi Teejay!!
 



The church also during the weekends has bunnies out for kids to pet and a hayride around the near by neighborhood. I love how they have activities for the little ones to be able to come and enjoy the patch too! Sadly I went during the week though so I have no pictures of that for you :(
 

 
I always get so excited when I see the pallets being put up because I know the pumpkins will be there soon!
 
 
 
It was such a gorgeous day. It had a nice temperature outside, beautiful sunlight, and of course, the view of all the wonderful pumpkins!
 
 

 
We spend a while going through all of them to find the perfect one for us to be able to carve. This year, Teejay decided he wants to carve the Cheshire Cat, so we searched around for the right pumpkin for his face!
 

 
They are getting more sometime this week, so I might go back and see what other big ones they get and maybe I will get one for me to carve myself!
 
 
 

Baby Punkins!!!! I love them so much!!

 


I LOVE LOVE LOVE baby pumpkins, lol! This is my face with my arms full not able to carry any more! My boyfriend asked if I wanted to walk them back to the car and then look for the big one, but I told him no, they needed to be nurtured!!
 


The final amount of all my baby punkins!!
 
 
 

This girl is now pooped!

 
 Thanks for joining me on my Pumpkin Adventure!! Do any of you have your own pumpkin patches that you visit every year?