Feb 27, 2015

Sarcastic Song Shuffle -- February Edition

My bestie, Kristalyn, over at The Sarcastic Palmtree started up this meme. She does it once a month and I always look forward to seeing what they come up with! She takes the ipods of herself as well as her kids and hubby and they do what it says above, they hit shuffle. They list down the songs that come up for all of us to see. 

I know this is a book blog, but we can also have some fun here too :) I decided I wanted to be a part of it, and of course I got permission to do it along with them! To see Kristalyn's Shuffle, Click Here!!

Without further a do, TIME TO HIT SHUFFLE!!


Amber
Age -- Adult, 26 years old
Favorite Music/Artists -- Blessid Union of Souls, Hootie and the Blowfish, One Direction, Savage Garden.
I listen to a bit of everything, but I love 90s music!!

Amber's Playlist

1. Wizard Love -- Meekakitty
2. Don't Drop That Thun Thun -- Finatticz
3. Wide Awake -- Katy Perry
4. Bless The Broken Road -- Rascal Flatts
5. You Rock My World -- Michael Jackson
6. Fake ID -- Big and Rich
7. Truly Madly Deeply -- Savage Garden
8. Moments -- One Direction
9. Hook -- Blues Traveler
10. Welcome to Atlanta -- Ludacris

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There you all go!! Let me know what you have on your playlist!

See you again for March's Shuffle!!

Review -- The Duff


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Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 280
Format: Paperback, Bought


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


My Review:
The Duff is a book that really had me interested in it for the reason of self-esteem issues. I've stated before that I have battled with my own self-esteem. I felt that maybe this book would be a good pick me up for when I am struggling myself.

Bianca is a character that I liked and hated at the same time. She had so many people around her that wanted to be there for her and help her, but she just shut them out all the time. I don't see the reasoning behind it, especially when she had one friend for over 12 years. If she should have been able to talk to, it would have been her. That really annoyed me about her. I wanted to tell her to grow up and stop holding it all in. I know what holding it all in can do to yourself, it isn't healthy at all. I did like how she was strong in other aspects. She protected those she loved, even if she didn't protect herself. She had good morals and her heart was in the right place.

Wesley was sweet. He was definitely arrogant and cocky, but also had a soft side that Bianca seemed to bring out of him without her even knowing it. At the end of the book I felt so sorry for him and wanted to help him in anyway that I could. Him being in a book though, I knew all I could do was read and hoped he got all that he wanted.

This book shows that even if you have money or not, everyone has problems. It also tells you not to judge someone unless you know the facts. There is always a story that is true out there, and it is up to you to decide for yourself how you want to perceive it. Bianca spends a great deal of the story not seeing how she sees others. She wants others to see her in a good way, but doesn't care to see how she judges others just as quickly. I am proud to see she overcomes that and starts to see people differently. She spends more time trying to be there for others and it seems to help many people along the way.

I did find the book to not be too full of depth. I thought it would overpower me with hidden messages as well as good tips to remember, but there wasn't anything that really hit me hard. I enjoyed the story and would even read it again, but I didn't feel it deserved 5 stars. I felt the characters to be lacking something, though what that is, I don't know. The messages were still nice and enjoyable. I was able to smile through most of the book as well as feel my heart warm as each page is turned.

I was pretty sure I knew how the book would end in the first couple chapters. I will say that the author does a good job of giving the ending we want, but doesn't hand it on a silver platter. She spends time building it up and putting speed bumps along the way. It was an ending I was satisfied with. It wasn't rushed. I liked that it was put together in a way that left me happy and not wanting to throw the book out the window.

The romance was very sweet. It starts off in a whirlwind of escapes and excuses, but turns into something very special. I liked that it was a very believable love and very easy to follow. It wasn't anything that seemed fake or made up, even though it was a story. I could feel the passion between everyone, even if it was a passion between friends as well.

This is a book that will benefit many struggling teens to help find themselves as well as adults that just need to hear something to give them the strength to keep going.

Feb 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- Red


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


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Red
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Release Date: March 9th, 2015

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Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

Feb 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books


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!


All of these girls showed such bravery to me in all the books I read with them in it. It was hard for me to try to say stuff about each character because I felt they were all pretty similiar in what I wanted to say. So, just know that I love all these character and they impressed me with the courage that they showed to me within the pages.


Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books


1. Rose Hathaway
(Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead)

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

3. Ginny Weasley
(Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

4. Bella Swan/Cullen
(Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer)

5. Isabelle Lightwood
(The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare)

6. Katniss Everdeen
(Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

7. Tris Prior
(Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth)

8. Nora Grey
(Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick)

9. Clary Fairchild
(The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare)

10. Meghan Chase
(The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa)

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

Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- Beyond Reach


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:

"     'We're holding our own,' I say, pushing a stay strand of hair back from her face.
      'For now,' she replies ominously.    "

On 51% of City of Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis

Feb 22, 2015

Review -- Fifty Shades of Alice at the Hellfire Club

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Fifty Shades of Alice at the Hellfire Club
Author: Melinda DuChamp
Release Date: July 17th, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 124
Format: Ebook, Bought


Synopsis:

THE PULSE-POUNDING CONCLUSION TO THE BESTSELLING SERIES!

Twenty-three year-old Alice is stuck in a ho-hum marriage, bored with quickie vanilla sex. So she and her husband, Lewis, sign a contract with the notorious Hellfire Club in order to inject some spice into their love life.

But things get dicey when Alice's most decadent fantasies are brought to life, and she begins to fear that they'll never be allowed to leave.

The third short novel in the 50 Shades of Alice trilogy, this descent into naughtiness features the same colorful characters, kinky thrills, and offbeat humor as the previous bestselling titles.

This is erotica for smart people who like to laugh.


My Review:
When I was getting to this last book of the trilogy, I was pretty scared. I wasn't sure if it would be worse or better. I was surprised that I liked it a lot more than I did the other two books.

You come across a plethora of characters that are famous in one way or another. Some examples being Marc Antony, Cleopatra, Heathcliff, Jane Eyre. I liked waiting to see who would pop up next and how much they would be woven into the story or not. I also liked how there was also small puns and similes to each one as well.

This book has both Lewis and Alice into the story. Lewis was a little side note in the other two books, but this one he was a main character. You still majorly follow Alice, but Lewis is always there as you go along.

I enjoyed following the pages to see if Lewis could hold out enough. It made it more entertaining to read what was going on with Alice and trying to figure out how Lewis was doing. He fails at first, but ends up proving his worth.

The first two books were of Alice's fantasies, so I wasn't sure if this one was a fantasy as well. Since they were both in it, it made a little difficult to figure out.

The ending proved what it really was and I was still kind of confused that at one point things were good with them in the last book, then things went downhill fast, and then Lewis just seems to accept it in the end. I don't see why Alice just didn't say anything at the beginning and made all of this not happen, but I guess that isn't good when you are trying to write a book.

This one was more entertaining and captivated me more than the other two. I don't agree with the whole swinger thing going on in the pages, but it weirdly made sense for what I was reading though. This is still a book that is marked as read for me, but I don't think it will ever see it being listed as re-read.


Feb 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

I only got one book this week, but it was one that I was super excited about, so I don't care. I am also on a book buying ban so I won't be posting too many of these for the next few weeks!!

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The Ruby Circle
Richelle Mead

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble |

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
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That's all I got this week!!
What did you get??

Review -- Fifty Shades of Alice Through the Looking Glass


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Author: Melinda DuChamp
Release Date: August 17th, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 131
Format: Ebook, Bought


Synopsis:

FIFTY SHADES OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND WAS JUST THE BEGINNING...

Eighteen year old Alice recently had an unprecedneted erotic experience. But her adventures have only just begun to heat up.

NOW SHE MUST TRAVEL THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS...

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Lewis, Alice enters a strange fantasy world where every pleasure - no matter how kinky - is indulged.

INTO TOTAL ECSTASY!! WITH TWO EXCLAMATION POINTS!!

Alice is subjected to amorous escapades beyond her wildest dreams, and taken to the very limit of her sexual endurance.

During her carnal encounters with all manner of men and woman, she is teased to tears by a bondage master, thoroughly used in a three way, enlightened to the sensual joys of a female touch, taken to a sex shop to test different erotic toys, given several special piercings, and is dragged to the HDO where she must fight the frumious Jabbercocky to save all of Looking Glass Land. And you know what we mean by "fight"...

This is for those with dark desires, who wish to explore erotic excess beyond the plain vanilla of everyday life. Follow Alice through the looking glass, if you dare...


My Review:
This is the second book in the trilogy. I bought the set, so I figured as long as I could stand it, I would go ahead and try to finish off the trilogy since I paid for it.

This book deals with Alice "opening up her mind." I did like the message that was given. It is true that we all need to be open to others, no matter what they like, or who they like. I might not feel the same they do about the things they like, but I will never judge someone because of it.

The author seems to really enjoy the Mad Hatter and the Hare because they show up again in this book. It also mentions the Red Queen in this story, but she is majorly changed from the last book. She is nothing like the Red Queen you got to meet before. This was a little difficult for me to get a grasp of due to me having to forget the other one.

This book still had the usual plugs like the first one about the author saying why she wrote sometimes and had to fix it for the readers as well as the Amazon plugs. These annoyed me just as much this time as the first time. I can see that this is what they wanted to put out as humor, but it didn't even put a smirk on my face.

This book has more sexual adventures that seem to have had more thought put into them. I felt them flow more easily and made a little more sense, though some positions I still just don't see how they are possible. I did give up on this book making sense early on though, so when I couldn't get the grasp of it, I just kept reading and didn't let it bother me.

I still found myself trying to get through the pages with also wanting to know how it all ends up. I wanted to know if she got back with Lewis or not. I am definitely a hopeless romantic and I didn't mind the ending at all. It actually helped me want to continue on to the 3rd book. I am starting to think the trilogy isn't so bad after all.


Feb 20, 2015

Review -- Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland


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Author: Melinda DuChamp
Release Date: July 20th, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 115
Format: Ebook, Bought


Synopsis:

BEYOND 50 SHADES OF GREY...

Eighteen-year-old Alice is unhappy. Her boyfriend is nice and polite, but he's also quick and careless in bed, and doesn't give Alice the attention and variety she craves. But he's not entirely to blame, because Alice herself doesn't understand her own needs. She's heard about what sex is supposed to be like, but has never felt anything remotely close to what she's read about in runaway bestselling books.

BEYOND 9 1/2 WEEKS...

Then Alice follows a vibrating white rabbit down a deep, dark hole, which leads to a place beyond her wildest imagination. There are no nice boys--or girls--down here. Only those who indulge in secret, forbidden, kinky fantasies.

BEYOND PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES...

Alice is confused and frightened and... aroused. She is bound. Teased. Spanked. Toyed. Brought to the limits of sexual endurance. And during her trials, she begins to understand her body's needs for the very first time.

BEYOND THUNDERDOME...

This isn't the fairy tale you grew up reading. This isn't for children at all.

This is for those with dark desires, who wish to explore erotic excess beyond the plain vanilla of everyday life. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole, if you dare...

Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland is slightly longer than the Lewis Carroll version, roughly 32,000 words or 115 paper pages long. Melinda DuChamp is the pen name of someone you may know.


My Review:
I had high hopes for this trilogy. I came across it a while ago on Amazon. I don't really know how, but I know that is where I found it. I ended up buying it a few months ago and let it sit in my Kindle until I re-read Fifty Shades of Grey. I was thinking if I read that one first, then I could be more into this book. I was wrong. They really have nothing to do with each other.

This follows Alice through her fantasies. I must say this is much more dirty than Fifty Shades of Grey. This has all sorts of stuff in it that made me want to stop reading through most of it. I ended up reading them all just to see how it actually ends with her boyfriend, Lewis.

You come across many of the characters in the actual Alice in Wonderland book, but they are actual humans instead of creatures. The author does a great job trying to get you sucked into the world anyway. The chapters tried to stay similar to the book.

I had problems with the little plugs about why things are in the book. It is straight up telling you that they need to change how they are writing to make the book not boring to read. For me, it came across awkward to read it in that sense. There was also little plugs about Amazon itself. Would say how much something was purchases for on Amazon. It made it very superficial and again made me want to put down the book. I understand I bought the trilogy on Amazon for the Kindle, but that doesn't mean I wanted to read about it.

I was rather disappointed that I didn't laugh through this book. All the reviews I read on it said how funny it was, but I didn't laugh once. I ended up telling my boyfriend that I was just trying to get through it in hopes that something good would pop up.

It was entertaining at spots with the puns that are weaved throughout the pages when you get to certain characters. I felt like I was able to see the author typing up the story and laughing as the little pun nuggets popped into their head.

The sex was pretty graphic. They cover lots of things with the graphics as well. It isn't just plain "vanilla" sexual encounters. There is women-on-women, men-on-men, orgies, etc. I don't feel comfortable writing anymore out that happens, but I will keep with my statement that it is very graphic. If you aren't into anything out of the ordinary, I wouldn't recommend this book/trilogy.

Even though the book was disappointing in most aspects, the characters do captivate you. I felt myself trying to compare them to the original story and figuring out how they changed between the books.

I had a hard time seeing Alice the way she became. She was innocent and not wanting sexual encounters due to her boyfriends performances, then she changed into doing anything she could get ahold of. It sounds awful, but it is true.

I have read the book, but I don't think I will ever read it again. It was a nice one time read but nothing special for me. If you have more of a dirty mind and like graphic sexual books, then I am sure you could find yourself intrigued and enjoying the story.


Feb 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- The Ghost of You


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


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The Ghost of You
By: Amanda Burckhard
Release Date: February 24th, 2015

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Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

Feb 17, 2015

Movie Review -- Fifty Shades of Grey


I have been waiting for this movie for a long time. I figured when I read the trilogy that it was going to end up being a movie one day, even though it is pretty dirty. I was right.

I had planned to see this with my mom, aunt, nana(grandma), and my brother's girlfriend. We were going to make a girls days of it, but they weren't able to see it for a couple more weeks. I knew there was no way for me to wait that long, so I asked my brother's girlfriend if she wanted to watch it with me anyway.

I wasn't sure how it would be going with someone else, but it really wasn't as awkward as I thought it was going to be. It was pretty nice sitting with someone and being able to comment on the movie directly after. Especially since that person also read the book.

I really enjoyed the movie. I was pretty nervous for this one. So many movies just are horrible anymore that are based on books and I didn't have the highest hopes for this one. I wasn't sure how the characters would be in the movie. I felt Alexis Bledel would have been a great Ana and Ryan Gosling felt the most like Christian Grey to me. I was impressed with the actors though. I felt they had great chemistry.

I had a couple complaints with the actress who played Anastasia. Her hair annoyed me. I know this sounds retarded but it always looked nappy and dirty. It never laid down nicely, it was always messed up looking even when she tried to look nice. There was also one scene that you see her legs with a window behind her. You see full on leg hair on her upper thigh. I know now all women shave their upper thighs and that is fine. To see her with leg hair that was long enough to be mistaken for man hair was kind of gross. I couldn't help but comment on it right there on the spot to my friend next to me and we both laughed at it when we got out of the theater.

I feel the environment was made very nicely for the movie. Some things seemed slightly out of order but it worked out okay. The apartment was a little darker looking than I pictured it in my head, but it did have the cleanliness I pictured. I guess I can't really expect them to have the actual apartment in my head. Chances are it probably doesn't exist at all.

My biggest complaint of the whole movie would probably be Kate. I just didn't like who played her. She didn't look like Kate would at all to me and she didn't seem to play her personality well either. She was also put on the back burner a lot more than she was in the book. Due to the way I didn't like her much in the movie, it was okay by me though.

There is some scenes were breasts and butts are shown, but you don't see any actual full on genitals which was good. I think that would have made it too awkward for me. They are clearly naked in the scenes, you know where they have undies or not, but you don't get the full view to make it into porno style.

I am glad I went to see this and was highly impressed with the job that they did on it. I feel they really put the effort into it to make the scenes close to they were in the book. The settings were wonderful and the actors did a great job grabbing the personalities of Christian and Ana.

I plan to go see it again with my family when they go to see it for the first time and I can't wait for the next movie to come out!!



Top Ten Tuesday -- Ten Book Related Problems I Have


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 thought that this would be one of the hard weeks, but I was shocked that I came up with them pretty quickly. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad! Oh well....enjoy!!


Ten Book Related Problems I Have


1. Too Many to Pick From
I have sooo many books on my shelves I have yet to read. I don't even wanna think about including what I have on my Kindle. I feel like I make headway on lots of them, but then I end up buying more and get back to the problem all over again.

2. Book Buying Bans
There are times when I have to put myself on book buying bans. I don't usually want to. But I have started to feel it is necessary. I am trying to read at least 5 books on my shelf before I allow myself to buy another book. That helps save me money for sure. It also helps get my TBR shelves down a bit.

3. Endings Making me Want to Throw the Book Across the Room
I have had the problem of reading books that have horrible endings. I don't know why the authors do it. I have found it is more the big name authors doing it too. I don't know if it is a new fad or what. I just know I feel like the guy in Silver Lining Playlist. I want to take my book and throw it out the window. I walk around ticked off for a while. My poor boyfriend gets to deal with the side affects of horrible endings.

4. Books too Big to Fit in my Purse
I am reading The Mortal Instruments right now. I have a decent sized purse, enough to fit a book or two at a time. But this series has books so big and they are hardcover that they pretty much take up the whole purse. I like to carry a book with me, but this series is being difficult!!

5. Not Enough Reading Time
I would go to work, come home, cook dinner. By the time I was done with everything it was already time for me to go to bed for the next day of work. I've been trying to stay up earlier, but I just get tired so early right now. I end up not getting to read much during the week, if not at all. I spend my weekends trying to catch up on what I wanted to read during the week.

6. Blemishes on Books
I get angry if there are marks on my books or the dust jacket gets ripped. I don't let anyone borrow my books because I am afraid I will get it back it look like a dog got a hold of it. If my spines crack, I end up having to buy a new one so I don't have to look at it. I am OCD for sure about my books staying pretty.

7. Spoiler Reviews
I try not to read reviews on books anymore. Sometimes I read them anyway and I get lucky. Other times I read them and I get told everything about the book. I am like well, now there is no point to reading it. I already know all of it. If bloggers are going to write spoilers, they really need to let us know. Very few do though. It makes me sad.

8. Ugly Crying in Front of Others
I am a wimp with most books. If there is anything that might make someone cry, it definitely will get me. I think the ugliest I cried though is tied between Marley and Me and The Fault in our Stars. I looked awful. My face was sooo puffy and red. I try to read books like that at home so only my poor boyfriend has to see it, but sometimes I don't know there are scenes that are sad in it and I will end up crying in public no matter how hard I try to fight it.

9. Waiting for the Next Book in a Series
I HATE waiting for the next book in a series to come out. I am usually lucky and don't pick up a series until it is complete. I might buy them, but they stay on my shelf til I end up with all of them. That way I can just read through each one and know how it all ends instead of waiting. Sometimes I pick up a book though thinking it is a standalone and find out the hard way it isn't. I then get to play the waiting game. Sometimes the authors take so long to get the next out out I end up having to wait and re-read them all at the end again anyway. That is what I am doing with TMI right now. I am having to re-read all of them so I made sure I didn't miss too much.

10. End of Series Depressions
If I read a series, especially a long one. At the end of it, I get depressed. I don't want to read another book yet because I am still digesting what I just read in the series. My biggest one would probably have to be from the Vampire Academy series. I didn't read for like 2 weeks after that series. I couldn't let go of my Dimitri so easily!!


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

Leave me your links below!

Teaser Tuesday -- City of Heavenly Fire


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:

" Magnus held up a warning finger. 'Don't overstep yourself, biscuit,' he said, and moved past them, disappearing into the crowd around the Portal. "

On page 61 of City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Feb 16, 2015

20 Questions!!

20 Questions!!

I saw this post done over at Pinkindle and I decided even though I wasn't tagged that I wanted to do it!! I mean who doesn't want to get to know us all better!! I loved the questions and figured it would be fun to do them myself!! 

Question 1: How tall are you?
*5'8"

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
*Not that I know of. Hopefully it will come out of hiding to let me know!!

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
*People writing reviews or WoW posts and not putting the links to the books on Goodreads.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
*I HATE when people shush others or their children. I find it so rude and lazy. I want to smack anyone I hear do it. I will remember that shhhh for hours later and be angry for a while. It drives me crazy!!

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
*I love pretty much anything from the 90's but if I had to pick just one song I would say "I Wanna Be There" by Blessid Union of Souls


Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop?
*Lescatole Designs was my favorite shop. The problem is, she is no longer making the bookmarks I loved. I will continue to watch to see if she ends up making some again :)

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
*Pretty much the way most of you do. I make me a cup of either hot tea or some sweet tea, go upstairs into my bedroom, curl up under the covers with my pup, and read as long as I can depending on what time it is. Sometimes I curl up to a movie, but in bed with a drink and my pup is the best way to be :)

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?
* Oreos

Question 9: Do you have pets?
* I have a chihuahua named Moose and a brown tabby cat named Rufio.

Question 10: What are your favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
*Non-Fiction would probably be A Child Called It, I know it is really sad but I enjoyed it anyway. I also haven't read much non-fiction to have a good selection to pick from. Fiction I would have to say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It is the first book in the series and it gives so much detail though it is the smallest book in the series. You fall in love with the story right away.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?
*Eyeshadow. I love picking out all different colors and mixing them around. Though most of the time I tend to wear natural shades.

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed?
*I am embarrassed on a daily basis. I trip on pretty much anything and everything. 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
*Milk.I love milk. Plain, strawberry, or chocolate. I don't even care if it is whole milk, 2%, 1%, skim. I drink it all.

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?
*Julie and Julia. I have loved this movie since I first watched it and I tend to watch it at least once a week, sometimes more.

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep, etc?
*I was a nerdy loner. I didn't really have any friends and kept to myself but the few that would talk to me here or there were pretty nerdy. I also did have some skater friends though I didn't skate myself.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
*New Zealand. It has a little bit of everything. Pretty beaches, mountains, plains, desert. It is gorgeous over there. Honorable mention would have to be France.

Question 17: PC or Mac?
*Mac

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse?
*My boyfriend brought me home flowers on Friday. Not because of Valentine's day because we don't celebrate it, but because he was proud of me. I quit my job on the 4th of this month. I knew it needed to be done. I didn't have another job lined up, but he told me to do it anyway. I have been going out still to see my family and go to interviews. I have been offered the job at each one but turned them down due to them not being what I though they would be. It was very sweet for him to give me the flowers. It made my day!

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?
*Female: Katy Perry. Male: Jay Baruchel

Question 20: Which blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?
*I can't say secretly. I am great friends due to blogging with Kristalyn from The Sarcastic Palmtree as well as her whole family. I consider me adopted into their family and they have been in mine. I couldn't have asked to find anyone better throughout the whole blogging community.

Feb 15, 2015

Review -- Fifty Shades Freed


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Author: E.L. James
Release Date: April 17th, 2012
Publisher: Vintage Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 579
Format: Paperback, Bought


Synopsis:

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.


My Review:
I have decided that this is my favorite book of the trilogy. It took me some time and for me to re-read all of them for me to really figure it out.

Christian reveals a lot about himself in this book. He finally realizes how Ana feels and pours all of his secrets out to her. I think it is something that greatly affected their relationship and had it end the way it did. I love Christian, yes he is all sorts of messed up, but I still care about his character. He is such a broken character that comes a long way within the trilogy. He is definitely in my top 5 favorite male characters.

Ana also comes a long way in this story. She has her problems that is for sure, but she starts to realize what her actions can do at times and starts to change her ways. This I think also influences Christian to see more into himself as well. Ana is a character that is very headstrong for some things and then very easily persuaded into others. Her happiness though comes out of the pages as well as her concern that radiates from her for Christian.

The ending of this book is wonderful. I don't think she could have ended it any better in either the regular story or the Epilogue. I love both of them. They warm my heart and make me smile. I have re-read the ending about 5 times already and I am tempted to read it again one more time before letting it live on my shelves once again.

The author also does a little mini chapter at the very end of the book. It shows you the interview between Christian and Ana from his point of view instead of hers. I loved that as well because you got to be in his head and see how he felt from the beginning. You were also able to see wonder in him then and then you know how it blossoms as you go.

If the author was to write the series in Christian's point of view, I would definitely read it. I would love to know what goes on in his head the whole time.

There is still a lot that happens in this book but it is more from outside influences than internal ones. They do still have their issues but you see them both working to fix them. This book definitely had so much that happens and captivates you as you read. The author does a great job of giving you little bits of everything as you tear through the pages in your quest to find out how it all ends.

Sex or no sex in this book, it is wonderful. I know this is just my opinion, but I still feel it needs to be shared for those that don't know if they want to read it or not. There is such a good suspense throughout it all that it will keep you going as well as a wonderful love story. If you were afraid to read this trilogy, I hope you go out there and give it a chance :)


Feb 14, 2015

Review -- Fifty Shades Darker


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Author: E.L. James
Release Date: September 16th, 2011
Publisher: Vintage Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 532
Format: Paperback, Bought


Synopsis:

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


My Review:
I loved this book. I really can't decide which book from this trilogy that I like better. There is so much growth in this book that you can't help but follow through it.

The first book has so much drama that goes on in it that deals with Christian and Ana. Though there is still a lot of drama in this book, it tends to deal with other people instead of them. I loved being able to see Christian the way Ana does. I also really enjoyed being able to watch how much Christian comes from the beginning of the series. It is crazy how much he changed but to me it is believable. Sometimes you don't realize things are missing in your life until they show up. He was obviously very lost in his life but didn't know about it. He is very successful in many ways, but emotionally, he had nothing.

I am a hopeless romantic, so this book was perfect for me. I don't exactly love all the sex scenes, but since they tend to be pretty short, they are easy to go through. I love the trilogy for the romance that blossoms throughout many people in the stories. Since I know how it ends, I have been able to ignore some of the things that annoyed me a lot more the first time around. Elena is a character that I couldn't stand the first time around and I definitely don't like her this time around either. I at least know that karma works out in this book so I can be happy :)

There is so much that happens between stalkers, boss problems, working out the kinks in a relationship, as well as just the battles within themselves as well. It captivates you from the beginning of the book thanks to the cliff hanger in the last book. There is so much that goes on in this book that it is hard to believe how much it changes as you read.

I don't want to say too much else about this book since it is the second in the trilogy. I would feel terrible if I were to say too much and spoil it for anyone who hasn't been able to read it. I know I had my reservations about the books in general as well, but I think many out there that haven't picked it up wouldn't regret it if they finally did. It has a great love story that sucked me in and I know it will suck you all in too!


Feb 13, 2015

Review -- Fifty Shades of Grey


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Author: E.L. James
Release Date: June 20th, 2011
Publisher: Vintage Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 514
Format: Paperback, Bought


Synopsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


My Review:
This is my second time reading this book. I read it the first time when my mom actually read the books. This was a shock for me because I have never seen my mom read a book...ever. She hated reading. I was shocked for sure when I saw her sitting down reading it. She devoured the whole trilogy in less than a week. After that she had to go buy a kindle because she didn't want to be seen reading those kinds of books out in public. Now she reads a lot, even if they are dirty reads.

Since my mom read the books, I had to see what could possibly get my mom to read something. I found out very quickly why. The second time around, I knew most of what was going to happen, but since it has been years since I have read these, I definitely didn't remember everything. I felt almost like I was reading it for the first time.

I was worried that I wouldn't like this book the second time around. I hear a lot of bloggers saying how much they hated the trilogy or others saying they wouldn't read it no matter what. I respect both decisions, but I know I loved it the first time around. I thought maybe since I have read so many books now that I wouldn't like it so much. This did not come true. I loved it just as much if not more the second time around.

I love Christian. I know he has so much in his life that made him the way he is, and to most he would be considered an asshole. Sorry for the word, but it fits it perfectly. For some reason though, no matter all the awful things he does or how insensitive he can be, I still feel a pull of sympathy for him. I did the first time I read the book, too. I felt that there had to be more there and I am right. The little things he ends up doing throughout the story can make anyone melt.

Ana is hilarious. The things that she comes up with to say to Christian make me laugh. She is so witty and sarcastic that I instantly loved her, too. I love how innocent she starts out as and how she blossoms as a person because of Christian. It isn't just the sex in the story that makes her who she becomes. There is this side of her that was hidden and scared until she met Christian. His demands give her the confidence to come out and be her own person without worrying too much. I love this about her and I love watching her sprout into something completely beautiful.

This was the first majorly sexual novel I have read. I didn't know how I would like it, but even though there are sex scenes in the pages, I don't feel like the book is nothing but that. I love this book for the story and watching things unfold. There is a great story behind all of it and I love being able to watch as it plays out. The sex scenes are graphic but not in a way that would make your mouth fall open. It is balanced wonderfully and easy to follow.

One of my favorite things about the books are the emails. Christian and Ana email back and forth throughout the pages. Sometimes it is one here or there, or other times it is a long string of emails. I love reading them because they both tend to be more honest and open with each other as they type. You feel like you are really seeing who they are since they are not afraid to say things in the emails. They have serious times as well as goofy times. I love seeing how they seem to be falling for each other without them fully realizing it. You watch the emails progress as their own relationships in person progress also.

This trilogy definitely isn't for everyone. I can understand the reservations some have to reading it, but I know in my case, I am glad that I have read it. I am even more glad to re-read it and get back into the work of Christian Grey. I am not ashamed of what I have read and I hope if you do pick this up, you will love it like I did. There is so much more to the story and if you decide to give it a chance, I am pretty sure you will see the wonderful story that the author has created and not just the raunchiness.


Feb 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- Vanilla


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


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By: Megan Hart
Release Date: February 24th, 2015

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It's an acquired taste…he just has to acquire it

Elise knows what she wants in the bedroom, and she makes sure she gets it. Her thirst for domination has long been quenched by a stable of men only too happy to bow down before her.

But sexual satisfaction isn't the same as love, and she's been burned in the past by giving her heart too freely.

Niall is handsome, smart, successful and sweet—sweet as vanilla. When they meet, their romantic connection is electric, even though he's way on the opposite end of the kink spectrum. Despite how she fights it, Elise falls for him—but how can a relationship work when both lovers want to be on top?

Feb 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books


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 loved the idea of this one and I decided to split them up this week. I will be doing 5 things I like and 5 things I dislike. I know, pretty self-explanatory but decided to say it anyway :) 


Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books


Like

1. Happy Endings
There are so many books out there that give great happy ending that leave you feeling good and cheerful for the rest of the day. Those are the romances that I love.

2. Gradual Love
Instant love seems to be the new thing in books. They see each other and already they want to get married and be together forever. I like the books that they meet, feel a connection, and throughout the book work on a long and happy romance together.

3. Love not based on size, shape, gender, or color
I am a firm believer in loving who ever you want. Most books have characters that are attractive and skinny. I like to read books that deal with LGBT loves as well as romances that bud no matter if they are different races or that one is over weight. It shows that it really is about the personality.

4. Romances that bloom from life experiences
I love when a romance forms between two people that are going through hard times in their lives. I like seeing that they are different in way, go to each other out of support and this love blooms out of it. It tends to feel so real like you are watching a friend fall in love or you could feel yourself falling in a similar circumstance. They tend to form a bond that is unbreakable and it is wonderful and heartwarming.

5. Old Fashioned Proposals
I am a very old fashioned girl in many aspects. One of my favorite things in a book is when usually in the epilogue they either give you an ending that lets you know how they end up years down the road and you see they are still happy or when they have the male propose to the girl. I like seeing the happy ending where they finally admit they are in a relationship but I still really love relationships that you follow when they are in a relationship and how it blossoms out. Sometimes I read companion series just to read about the characters that popped up in the books before to see if I can find out if they are still together or not.


Dislike


6. Romance not working out
I have been reading books recently that I am afraid to read because they tend to end at the end of the book. I don't want to spend hours reading a book to find out the love interests within the pages split up or something happens. I wanted them together, that is why I read the book.

7. Instant Love
sigh....this annoys me. I hate books that put a romance that they when they meet they right away want to get married and start a family. Especially when those love interests are just teenagers. I understand that people have chemistry right away, but I feel it takes time to really fall in love with that person as well. I don't believe in it taking years or anything but at least a couple of weeks before marriage is brought up.

8. Boyfriend/Girlfriend Snatchers
I don't like reading books when the girl or boy is already in a relationship and is being chased or chasing someone else. I understand if they aren't really happy and they find someone by chance and it happens, but when they are going out of their way to either take the person from someone else or leading someone on while they have someone already. If you aren't happy, leave the person and then go find someone else. If that someone has someone else, be their friend, and if they end their relationship down the road then pursue it. But to go out of your way to end something is just wrong.

9. Playing Hard to Get
This kind of goes with the way I feel with #8 above. I hate books that have bitchy or jerkish characters. They feel they are too good for the other one. So they treat them like dirt yet they still go after them anyway. At the end they tend to find out it is true love, but all the pain and emotional trauma to get there is just exhausting and leaves you pissed off.

10. Porno Scenes in YA
I read a lot of YA. I hate that most books in Young Adult literature is becoming a porno. I know there is NA and actual Erotica novels and that is fine. I have read Fifty Shades of Grey and enjoyed it, but that doesn't mean it has to be in every book. I think kids are becoming so sexual anymore because they can't get away from it. Parents tend to talk about their own sex lives right in front of them, movies have it all in it, and now even books made for younger adults and teens are filled with it too. I don't mind when it hints that they have had sex, but to put full on descriptive scenes in a book made for teenagers is just ridiculous. 


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