Jan 30, 2015

Review -- The Scorch Trials

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Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 12th, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 361
Format: Paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.


My Review:
I was a little afraid of this book. I have heard from a couple people that they thought this book was really slow and drawn out. I felt that way slightly already in the first book, so I really didn't want to have that feeling again for the rest of the series.

I am happy because that was not the case for me. I liked this book a lot better than the first one. I already really enjoyed the first book, but this one blew it out of the water in my mind. There was so much more depth to it all. I felt like the author got more into the story and where he wanted it to go and let it pour out of his mind. It flowed so well and made it a quick easy read.

I devoured this book in a couple days, even with New Years going on, I had to finish it. I definitely can't wait to get to the 3rd and final book of the trilogy. I know there is a little prequel but I don't plan to read it. I am sticking with the original trilogy.

I felt like Thomas really came out in the book. He grew up so much just from being in the maze and he grew up even more in this book. He had even more stuff thrown at him and he still managed to try to do things to help others not just himself.

Teresa has lost some of my trust. I was fully on her team, but after everything, I really don't know what to think. I am hoping for it to all be cleared up more in the 3rd book so I can really finalize my opinion. You don't see her much in this book, it was pretty much all about Thomas in this book. You still do have her in little bits though and she throws you off completely.

Dashner does a wonderful job with the personalities of this book as well. No matter who was thrown into the pages, he managed to give you a good description that made them seem human, not just someone that was made up. He definitely has a talent for character development.

There was quite a bit more darkness in this book as well. The first book had things happen with the grievers, but this one had stuff going all over the place. Death is very prevalent and it can make you feel sad since they are all children.

I am happy the trilogy keeps getting better and I have high hopes for the next one!

Jan 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- Promposal


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


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Promposal
By: Rhonda Helms
Release Date: February 10th, 2015

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promposal (n.)--an often public proposal, in which one person asks another to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification.

Camilla can't help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. However, when she's asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance--wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew--she's forced to say yes. Yet all hope's not lost. A timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. But is she reading into something that isn't there?

Joshua, Camilla's bestie, has been secretly in love with his gay best friend, Ethan, since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he'll go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal--for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart...unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time.

The road to the perfect promposal isn't easy to navigate. But one thing's certain--prom season is going to be memorable.

Jan 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Ten Books I'd Love to Read If I Had A Book Club


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 have looked around for a book club but have yet to come across one that has books that I wouldn't mind reading. I liked this week because I really got to think of some of the books I would love to finally get around to and be able to talk about them to others. I also decided to pick only 5 books. They are all essentially indie authors even if some have a small little company helping them out. I figured the deserved some recognition!! 


Ten Five Books I'd Love to Read If I Had A Book Club


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1. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.


But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

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2. Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young

Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. All she wants is to escape life's realities for the summer and hang out with her best friend Aaron. But her grandmother has other plans: Sadie will get a job. Sadie will do volunteer work. Sadie will make new friends - friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything...friends that aren’t Aaron.

While Sadie struggles to survive her anxiety with all these new changes, she finds an escape when she dreams herself into the beautiful world of Isola Fiona. It’s a place that cures memory loss and anxiety. It’s a place where she and Aaron can fall in love.


But after dragging Aaron along with her to her dream world, things take a turn. Every time they return home, Sadie’s anxiety is a little better but Aaron’s memory is still gone. And Isola Fiona may not be much of a dream after all. As Sadie realizes that Isola Fiona is as real as her anxiety, she rushes to change the course of fate and make things right, but she may be too late...

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3. Trouble by Non Pratt

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

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4. One by Leigh Ann Kopans

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

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5. Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

Falling hard never felt so good.

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?


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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

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Teaser Tuesday -- Of Triton


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:

"    'So that's it?' Mom throws her hands in the air. 'What about me? I've been living on land for the last seventy years! I've broken the law, too, remember? I broke it before I ever left.'   "

On page 60 of Of Triton by Anna Banks

Jan 26, 2015

Review -- The Maze Runner

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Author: James Dashner
Release Date: October 6th, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback, bought

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Synopsis:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.


My Review:
I tend to have a fear of dystopians, I don't understand why exactly because I tend to really enjoy them once I finally get around to them, but I still take a while to pick one up. I have had this box set on my shelf for about 2 years now and finally got around to it. I devoured it and found the book to be rather captivating.

This book did start off a little slow for me. I almost put it down for a little while but decided against it since I really wanted to watch the movie. It just took a little while to get into the head of Thomas and wrap your brain around everything else at the same time. You got the confuse at full impact just like Thomas did. I think this was a smart move and showed how it started off slow for Thomas as well but then everything picked up pretty quick for him and had him scrambling to try to figure everything out before it was too late.

I liked Thomas. His temper got to me some times. I guess temper is the wrong word, stubborn confusion seems a bit more like I wanted to say. When he was confused he would start yelling out or say something super sarcastic to who ever he was plaguing answers from. He did have a good head on his shoulder and was able to help a great deal.

My favorite character though happens to be Newt. He just seemed wonderful from the start. He is definitely the guy you want on your side if you were gonna be stuck in the maze as well. He seemed to have a talent to calm down everyone when things were getting too out of hand.

The Characters were wonderful. He was able to tell you so much about each character even with less than a chapter dealing with each one. Some you only get a sentence or two about them but yet you can still see them clearly. They all had a different personality and brought the story to life. You got each of their emotions. It was refreshing to say the least.

I liked the amount of detail that Dashner was able to put into the story. Even though it was under 400 pages, he was able to pump it so full before 100 pages was even up. I was able to fully picture everything in the story including the vivid detail he gives you about the grievers. I am sure I could sit down and draw one out and have him say it looks just like what he feels they look like. This takes a great deal of talent to be able to pull off. He not only made it detailed, but he didn't make it seem like a text book or a lecture.

This is another one of those books that I wish I didn't wait so long to read. I need to get over my fear of dystopians and just finally accept that I love them and start reading more of them!

Maze Runner was a great book that I know I will be definitely be re-reading again in the future!

Jan 24, 2015

Review -- The Boy in her Dreams

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Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Release Date: October 31st, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 316
Format: Ebook, Received from author in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis:

When Roman wakes from a six month coma, the first thing he sees is the girl of his dreams. Except Bryn isn’t confined to the dream-state anymore and neither is he. He’s awake and alive and as the memories of how he and Bryn fell in love come rushing back, so do the memories of why he’s lying in that hospital bed in the first place.

Plagued by guilt, Roman makes a decision that alters both their fates and as Bryn fights for her life in a German hospital, Roman must fight for her forgiveness before it’s too late. Because Roman and Bryn weren’t the only things to wake out of Bryn’s dreams. The shadows seem to be hunting them both and a strange side effect of Roman’s miraculous recovery may be the only means of stopping them. That is, if he can reach Bryn before she slips too deeply into the very dreams that seem to be imposing more and more on their waking lives every day.


My Review:
After the first book ended, I had to read the second one. I contacted the author to let her know I would love to review that one as well. I was lucky because she agreed to let me review it and sent me over a copy. I got sucked down in blog tours, but I knew I wanted to still get to this book. I finally got to it, obviously, since I am writing this review.

Bryn is still such a wonderful character. She does so much for everyone else that I wish sometimes she would do a little for herself. She follows her heart in everything and I love that about her. Even having a very over protective mother, she still finds ways to do what she knows she needs to do.

Roman makes mistakes this book around, but his reasons do have logic behind them. He feels the things he does are right even when sometimes they weren't. I still loved him as a character and knew he did everything that he thought was best for Bryn.

This book was a little slower than the first time around. I did find me having times where I was wishing it would hurry up. You followed Roman some and followed Bryn some, but not much was happening at first. It definitely picks up in Germany though. So much starts to happen that you are sucked in.

There is so much you learn about the shadow world, but also you get stuff thrown at you that just makes you even more confused. It was one of those take a couple steps forward, but then take one step back. Most times this would make a book annoying, but the author made it work. It made you keep wanting to know more and more that you couldn't stop reading.

The point of views switch between Bryn and Roman again in this book. I still love it because you get to see both sides of a story would be pretty difficult if you had to follow only one of them.

The ending is what made me knock down a star. It was all kind of thrown at you at the end and you don't really get any closure when you finish the last sentence. I am pretty sure there is more to come, but I wish it would have be ended in a way that at least made some type of sense. I kind of had a "what the heck" moment when it ended. I didn't know what to think of it, and as I type this now, I still don't. I do know she succeeded it making me even more anxious to get the next book so I can at least wrap my brain around it some more.

Even with the ending, the book was fantastic. I was biting my nails, not literally, but the figure of speech. I couldn't stop reading because I just had to figure out how much things changed even more. So many things happen within the last 15% of the book that you are in shock at the end trying to comprehend it all. It was wonderful how well she was able to switch it all around with the detail she pumped into the book.


Jan 22, 2015

Blog Tour -- Only a Kiss

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Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Release Date: November 29th, 2014
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 106
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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Synopsis:

When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted. Besides, it didn't really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all. But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down. Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.

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My Review:
I wasn't going to sign up for any more reviews, but then I saw this one and had to read it. I knew it was a little over 100 pages so I knew it wouldn't kill me to read through it really quick. I am glad I signed up for it!

This book made me think of my own boyfriend. We were best friends, always playing with each other, but never went more than that. neither wanted to mess up the friendship, but after a while we knew the friendship was ruined no matter what when feelings got involved. We have been together for 3 years now and are still going strong!!

Katie was pretty funny to follow, she wasn't funny herself, but the things she thought up and the way she acted with things was kind of funny to me. I know it wasn't meant to be, but I took it that way. I did find her to be a brat, but the author itself was trying to make her that way, so I am not complaining. She was one that was actually bearable. You could feel her emotions throughout the book. Her as a 9 year old what was really made her funny. I could have definitely followed her when she was younger a little longer.

Chris was a sweetheart. When he was 9 he was so sweet and even when he was older too. He had some girl trouble for a little bit and it made him what he became after a while. No matter what though, he was his sweet self to Katie. When the shizz hits the fan as they say, you can't help but have your heart break along side him. I was so proud of him at the end.

This book was so sweet. I knew it was hard on both of them, but they made it through all it no matter how it ended, they would always be best friends. The author does a wonderful job of getting so much detail into the book in such a short amount of time. When it was over I was satisfied and didn't feel robbed of anything. You got to cover so much ground in the little bit of pages you get. I felt like I read a full sized novel at the end. I don't know how she pulled off this feeling, but it was nice to have it.

This is such a cute little read that is good for adults as well as teens. There is no sexual content in here that could be too much for a young teen, so it is enjoyable for all. It gives you the warm fuzzies when you put it down!!




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Excerpt

Running into the waves, Katie shrieked as the cold water hit her skin. “Maybe thiswas a bad idea!” She was about to head back to the sand when Andrew startedsplashing her with water. “Hey, cut it out!” She splashed him back, laughing. Shefelt like they were in a romantic comedy, all she needed was a killer soundtrackand they were all set. When Andrew held his hands up and called for a truce,Katie swam up next to him, thinking she was most possibly living the best night ofher life—with or without the alcohol dizzying up her brain.

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About the Author

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Reading and writing are close to Ines Bautista Yao's heart ever since she was a child. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in AB Communication Arts. She has been a teacher at the Assumption College San Lorenzo and the Ateneo de Manila University's English department.

Her debut novel One Crazy Summer was first penned in 2007 when she was pregnant with her first daughter Addie. Being a mother has taken much of Ines' time so she was only able to write 13 pages of her novel. She completed her story in April 2011, while three-year-old Addie was sleeping and inspiration struck her again. Two months later her story was complete. After eight months, her dream of publishing her own book came true. The book was only launched last January 26, 2012, but Ines is already writing her second novel.

Most readers can remember Ines as the former editor-in-chief of K-Zone Magazine and Candy Magazine . At present, Ines is working as an editor of Summit Books. She is also married to photographer Marc Yao, whom she says she consults whenever she's stuck in the middle of a story she's writing.



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Jan 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- Paper or Plastic


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


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Paper or Plastic
By: Vivi Barnes
Release Date: February 3rd, 2015

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Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage...

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only things stranger than the staff are the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and adorably geeky—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her pitching position on the softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst job in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jan 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Character Names


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 spent a while trying to come up with something for this freebie week! I didn't know what to do, but then I remembered that I made this list of names I was going to do for a discussion post one day. I figured I could just do it here ;)


Top Ten Character Names


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1. Wren (Female)
(The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine)

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2. Hermione (Female)
(Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

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3. Rosalie (Female)
(Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)

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4. Tamani (Male)
(Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike)

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5. Dimitri (Male)
(Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead)

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6. Kaye (Female)
(Modern Fae Trilogy by Holly Black)

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7. Rowan (Male)
(Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr)

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8. Charlie (Female)
(On the Fence by Kasie West)

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9. Peeta (Male)
(The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

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10. Akinli (Male)
(The Siren by Kiera Cass)

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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- Breaking Saint Jude


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:

"    'It's okay. Tuck's totally cool with you,, and Terry is all about giving too much info. He'll tell you all the things I can't find words to say,' he says, like it'll change my mind.  "

On 54% of Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin

Jan 19, 2015

Review -- Click Date Repeat

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Author: K.J. Farnham
Release Date: August 21st, 2014
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 296
Format: Ebook, Received from author in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis:

These days, finding love online is as commonplace as ordering that coveted sweater. But back in 2003, the whole concept of internet dating was still quite new, with a stigma attached to it that meant those who were willing to test the waters faced a fair amount of skepticism from friends and family. Such is the case for Chloe Thompson, a restless 20-something tired of the typical dating scene and curious about what she might find inside her parents' computer. With two serious but failed relationships behind her, Chloe isn't even entirely sure what she's looking for. She just knows that whatever it is, she wants to find it. Based loosely on author K. J. Farnham's real-life online dating experiences, Chloe's foray into online dating involves a head-first dive into a world of matches, ice breakers and the occasional offer of dick pics, all while Chloe strives to shake herself of the ex who just refuses to disappear. Will she simultaneously find herself and "the one" online, or will the ever-growing pile of humorous and downright disastrous dates only prove her friends and family right? There's only one way to find out... Click. Date. Repeat.


My Review:
This book sounded pretty cute and different. I know it could be a popular concept, but this was the first online dating book I have read. I really enjoyed reading through the story and finding out what happens next.

There are so many guys that Chloe ends up going out on dates with, even when she isn't sure she wants to. Some of them are completely awful and other ones seem really sweet. I don't always agree with the way Chloe acts but I can't change that. Some of the times I wanted to tell her to stop being an idiot, she threw away such a great guy, or at least I thought so due to insecurities. I know it is easier for me to say that then to do what she did, but I still didn't agree with it. I felt her to come across as very self-centered most of the time. I still did like her as a person and her being a teacher made me happy since I am a teacher as well. She balances a social life and work a whole lot better than I ever could.

Her friends are also pretty cool. I liked Jess even if she messed up a lot herself. I did always get a weird vibe from Shelly, but I still didn't mind her so much either. I was happy that she had good friends in her life to keep her going. I sadly only have one really good friend and she lives in a few states away. I wish I had someone like them that I could connect with.

I did wish it was funnier than it was. I was expecting me to be laughing the while time, I felt from the synopsis I would be, but I honestly didn't laugh once. That doesn't mean the story was bad, and hey, it might just be my humor. Who knows?

The story was still really nice to follow and makes you have to keep following it to see what happens next. There is just bad story after another that you start to think it can't get any worse. I also know the book is based off the author itself and her dating life so I also felt sorry for Chloe because I am pretty sure it actually happened to her.

The book was well detailed and easy to picture. There was some sexual scenes, but they weren't anything ridiculously detailed by any means. You get little tidbits and then it is over. It was easy to be able to follow all of it but not be upset by the sexual content. I find that to be the best way to put it in a book, you know it happened but there isn't a porno going off inside your head either.

The book is set all over Milwaukee. You see her a lot at some bars as well as the restaurants her dates go to. She also spends a great deal at her work, mom's house, as well as her own apartment. I don't know that area very well, but he author does a great job of telling you the names of their areas in the city, but she also explains the time of the drive between the dates and herself. It makes it easier to be able to follow it around.

This was a fun little read for me and gave me a smile when it ended. I wish I would have learned more at the end with the final date, but I am sure it is part of her personal life and didn't want to put out the way it ended, since we all can kind of figure it out. I would have loved to be able to follow them through the dates a little though to get more of that true love feeling when we had to follow so many horrible dates.

Anyone out there looking for a goofy book with a romantic twist should pick this up. It was a great book for me to curl up with a candle burning, a hot cup of apple cider, my blanket, and my kindle.


Jan 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- Playlist for the Dead


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


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Playlist for the Dead
By: Michelle Falkoff
Release Date: January 27th, 2015

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A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend's suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.

Here's what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it's about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

Book Blitz -- Breaking Saint Jude

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Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: January 14th, 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Tour Host: Oops! I Read A Book Again Tours

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Synopsis:

When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.

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About the Author


Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her life goal is to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan. Her favorite pro surfers are Jeremy Flores, Gabriel Medina, and John John Florence.

Find Her Here: Twitter | Website | Facebook | Goodreads


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Jan 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To


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!


This is definitely a hard one for me because I had more than 10 books that I meant to read in 2014 when they were released but just never was able to get around to it. maybe this year I can catch back up a little!!


Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To


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1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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2. I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

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3. Alienated by Melissa Landers

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4. Understudy by Cheyanne Young

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5. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

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6. Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

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7. You Before Me by Lindsay Paige

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8. Upside Down by Lia Riley

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9. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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10. The Write Stuff by Tiffany King

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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

Leave me your links below!