Mar 31, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List


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 added quite a bit to my list recently, so I just clicked it by date and pulled off the first 10! I am sure we all have this problem!!


Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List


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1. Hidden Heart by Amy Patrick


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2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


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3. Pippa of Lauramore by Shari L. Tapscott


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4. Untangle by Calia Read


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5. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno


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6. Beast Charming by Jennifer Wardell


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7. Galgorithm by Aaron Karo


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9. The Next Together by Lauren James


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10. Velvet by Temple West

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

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Mar 30, 2015

Miscellaneous Monday #4 -- Baby Chicks!


Miscellaneous Monday is a new weekly Meme started by my bestie, Kristalyn, over at The Sarcastic Palmtree. Miscellaneous Monday is where you can talk about literally anything you would like for anyone to know or see! This will be a blog hop, so go ahead and grab the sticker above and make your own post for all of us to see! You don't have to have a blog, you are welcome to leave comments about anything as well!

For this Miscellaneous Monday, I have decided to talk about:

Baby Chicks

My uncle is the store manager for a hardware store. Every year they do something called "Chick Day" They order in lots of baby chicks. If you buy a bag of chick feed, you get the chicks for free. I have wanted them for a while but just never lived anywhere that we were able to have them. We finally can get some, so guess what, WE DID!
I am now the proud momma to 5 beautiful little girls! They are Rhode Island Reds and are so dang cute! They will end up really dark red and give us up to 300 eggs a year per each chicken. They are one of the sweetest breeds you can get and I already see it. They curl up in my hands and crawl all over me.
I have them all named and I love them so much already. Their are named Duck, Darla, Piper, Hoot, and Pidgey! I can't wait to be able to watch them grow up.
Right now I have to keep them heated up with a heating pad. We have them in our down stairs bathroom. We change their water all the time! They have a habit of kicking their food into the water which makes them not want to drink it anymore. I pull them out every few hours to get them used to me. They don't like the tile floor, I think it is too cold for them, so I put down a towel over me and let them walk all over me.
We are going to be building them their own chicken coop for when they get big enough to go outside. We are going to make it to where we can move it all over the yard so they get plenty of grass time!
Has anyone else out there raised chickens? Would you love to get some if you could??
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Mar 28, 2015

Sarcastic Song Shuffle -- March 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!!


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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. I Could Not Ask For More -- Sara Evans
2. Billionaire -- Travie McCoy
3. Fantasy -- Mariah Carey
4. No Rain -- Blind Melon
5. Look At Me Now -- Chris Brown
6. Ovulating Ostrich -- Muck Sticky
7. Strong -- One Direction
8. Never Let You Go -- Third Eye Blind
9. Kiss You -- One Direction
10. Easy -- Sheryl Crow

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

See you again for April's Shuffle!!

Mar 27, 2015

Blog Tour -- Hidden Deep


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Hidden Deep (The Hidden Trilogy #1)
Author: Amy Patrick
Release Date: March 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Oxford South Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 319
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
Tour Host: Ya Bound Book Tours

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Synopsis:

Give in to the Glamour…

Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she'd be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She's a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he's not supposed to exist.

After her father's affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn't mind a first date that didn't suck, but she's determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann's recently moved back to her childhood home in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.

She's still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He's still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she's with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann's strict policy-- never want someone more than he wants you.

Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don't get careless and Don't get caught. It's allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore…

Lad's never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He's not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.

And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening, and mysterious celebrity fan pods are becoming more and more widespread and influential. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully unaware and safe.

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My Review:
This was the first review book that I signed up for in the year of 2015. When I saw that it seemed to be Fae related, I had to jump on it. I knew I couldn't pass up anything to do with Fae in any way. This was a wonderful book that sucked me in right away and had me sneaking off to read more.

Ryann is a wonderful girl that seems to have a good head on her shoulders. She really tries to do what it right for others even when it might hurt herself in the process. She wasn't pushy or annoying to me in any way that most female characters seemed to be. The anger she felt was justified, the few times she was angry that is. She followed her heart as well as her gut. The good thing about this character was both of them were on a good path, not one that made you want to rip your hair out.

Lad was amazing. He was such a sweetheart. He had to try to decide if he was loyal to his family or if he wanted to expose himself to Ryann. He battles with it so hard. When he is thrust into a situation that gives him no choice, he rises to the occasion heroically and without any regret. His morals and heart were in the right place even if he didn't understand it at the time. I do know that I definitely seem to have a thing for Fae boys, no matter what kind.

Nox was a character that I didn't know what to do about. He came off as one way, but tried to tell Ryann he was different. I still felt like he had some secret that he was trying very hard to hide. I started to get clues and figured it all out way before Ryann was able to. It definitely made more sense when I tried to look back at him. Especially at the end. I was cheering for him a little bit just because I felt bad the way Ryann was treating him. I definitely went team Lad though.

The book is set mainly in the woods by Ryann's house. Though you do get glimpses of her house as well as a restaurant in town called The Skillet. This book talks about the south a lot. I happen to be a southern bell myself so I see pretty much everything that goes on in this book on a daily basis. If you didn't happen to be southern, I think it would be very easy to understand just the same. Everyone knows we love our sweet tea and we add ingredients to our butter when we eat.

There was a great deal of this book that was predictable, but it wasn't in a way that would annoy you. It captivates you and gives you a good feeling that you are able to figure things out. Even with being able to figure things out, you still get surprised about the way things turn out. Throughout the book you get tiny little clues that don't allow you anything else but knowing small tidbits until it all comes out towards the end of the book. I liked that there was still surprises for me to experiences as I read along.

This was a wonderful story that kept me sucked in to the very end. I even just spent the last 20 minutes before writing this trying to get a date on the next book, but sadly I came up empty. The ending comes in a way that gives you a cliffhanger, but not in a way that makes you want to throw the book. I had the ending come to me with a smile on my face letting me know I don't need to be upset about the way the love story is going. I can definitely see the bumpy ride ahead, but I know I will be putting on my seat belt and holding on throughout the rest of the trilogy.




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About the Author

Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014). She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She's been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.

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Mar 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- Backlash


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: Sarah Darer Littman
Release Date: April 28th, 2015

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He says: You're an awful person.
He says: What makes you think I would ever ask you out?
He says: The world would be a better place without you in it.

Lara just got told off on Facebook.

She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. They've been talking online for weeks, so what's with the sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse - are they true?

It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed, this ugly. She's worked really hard to become pretty and happy - and make new friends after what happened in middle school.

Bree used to be best friends with overweight, depressed Lara, but constantly listening to Lara's issues got to be too much. Secretly, Bree's glad Christian called Lara out. Lara's not nearly as amazing as people think. But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree.

As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control, and not just for Lara. Because when the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

Mar 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit


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!


Since I was a 2 year old teacher, I was able to revisit most of the books I read when I was a little girl. It was rather nice to read them to my kiddos and see them love the stories just as much as I did. There are a few books though that I haven't gotten around to re-reading that I read when I was a little older.


Top 10 4 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit


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1. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting


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2. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


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3. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney


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4. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White



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Mar 23, 2015

Miscellaneous Monday #3 -- Magic!


Miscellaneous Monday is a new weekly Meme started by my bestie, Kristalyn, over at The Sarcastic Palmtree. Miscellaneous Monday is where you can talk about literally anything you would like for anyone to know or see! This will be a blog hop, so go ahead and grab the sticker above and make your own post for all of us to see! You don't have to have a blog, you are welcome to leave comments about anything as well!

For this Miscellaneous Monday, I have decided to talk about:

Magic!


I came across this band a few months ago. I heard their main song, Rude, all over the radio. I liked the sound of it though I heard it a lot. I thought he had a really nice voice. I went ahead to check them out and found out they have a pretty smooth reggae sound. I fell in love with them right there.

There is a specific song by them though that I could listen to on repeat for weeks and I don't think I could still get tired of it!

The song is called How Do You Want To Be Remembered?



I think it has such a wonderful meaning behind it and the music to accompany it is just wonderful to me! I love the band. It isn't a bad thing that the main singer, Nasri is pretty cute, too! I LOVE his hair!!!

Have you guys heard this band before? Do you like them as much as I do?
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Would you like to join us for Miscellaneous Monday? We would love to see what you come up with to perk us up on a Monday so grab the sticker at the top of this post and join in the blog hop!Miscellaneous Monday can be about literally anything....books, movies, music, tv, interviews, sports, apps, you name it, we want to see it! Anyone is welcome to join even if you don't have a blog leave us a comment and tell us what you are enjoying this fine Monday!

Mar 20, 2015

Review -- Of Triton


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Author: Anna Banks
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Square Fish
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback, Won


Synopsis:

Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm. Syrena law states all Half-Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance in the Syrena world turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?

Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen’s points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.


My Review:
This book starts off with finding out that her mother isn't who she thought she was. This sends her for a loop and there is quite a bit of drama that goes on with that. This is a book that is full of suspenseful moments. Just when one ends, you get another set sent to you. It makes it pretty much impossible to put down.

The first book is more of a beginning course into the world and this one plunges you straight in. You get to see the Syrena world completely, including all the good and bad. I was hoping the whole time that things with Galen and Emma would work out. I didn't know how the law was going to affect them, but I was satisfied with the ending.

The last few chapters have so much happen that the author left it open for a very promising ending. I already have book 3 sitting in front of me as I type this. I have a feeling tonight might be a long night since I am going to want to devour this before I go to bed.

The characters get even more depth in this book. You get deeper into their personalities and who they truly are. They stay the same mainly, but you feel more close to them. This is a book that I love the secondary characters just as much as the main two characters. I could read a series based on the other characters like Toraf, Rayna, Grom, and even Rachel. I would love to see into her life before she met Galen.

I don't want to say much more due to spoilers,but I hope you all know how great this trilogy is so far. There is definite talent by the author that I don't get to read often. She weaves fantasy into real life in a way that makes you not be able to doubt it could be real.

Mar 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday -- A Royal's Love


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A Royal's Love
By: Mary Smith
Release Date: March 20th, 2015

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Hidden behind the walls of Unit, Vermont is what many believe to be a religious cult. However, inside these walls lie the secrets to why Unit may be one of the most beautiful towns around. Residing inside the gates are the descendants of Mother Nature, who help keep the balance of Earth.

Among these descendants, Xaviera Anderson reigns as the Princess to Unit. Her life was much the same, until today, her eighteenth birthday. Today is different because she's to be Matched with one of the Unit males who her parents have chosen for her. Once Matched, Xaviera has to go through a decision period. She must decide if she wants this life or leave Unit powerless to be a normal human.

It is not until she's tested by the ones she trusts that Xaviera questions her faith in people and that of Mother Nature.

***This is for an audience over the age of 18 due to its sexual nature***

Mar 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List


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 WAYYYYY too many books on my Spring TBR, but I am going to put the ones I really want to get to hopefully before summer!! Some are re-reads and some are ones I've never read before! I wanted to mix it up a little!!


Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List


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1. Last Bite by Nancy Verde Barr

After ending a bad relationship, Casey Costello, an executive chef at a morning television show, swears off men. Who has the time anyway? She's busy overseeing a rambunctious food-prep crew in a kitchen the size of a closet; trying to please high-maintenance celebrity guest chefs; and dealing with her large extended Italian American family, who believe that the solutions to life's problems involve food. And in the midst of her high-energy, stress-inducing career—punctuated by a steady stream of parties and restaurant openings that must not be missed—she's trying to uncover why Sally Woods, a grand old dame of the culinary world and regular on the television show, is suddenly ready to jump ship and find a new station and a new exectuvie chef.

When Danny O'Shea, a handsome chef from one of New York's hottest new restaurants, makes a guest appearance on the show, Casey smells trouble. But feelings ignite faster than a flambé dessert, especially when Danny whips up a few surprises during a television shoot in Italy.

Narrated in Casey's smart and refreshingly disarming voice, Last Bite is an irresistible culinary caper, with characters whose appetites are as big as their personalities.

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2. Paper Towns by John Green

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

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3. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven't forgiven?

It's not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

In a voice that's as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl's journey through life's challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.

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4. Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

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5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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6. The Icing on the Cake by Alison Kent

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match . . . dot com! An online dating service is not Michelle Snow's idea of how to find love, but when the Big 3-0 hits, Michelle decides she has nothing to lose since she hasn't brought a date home in ten years, she's professionally burned out, and her climb up the corporate ladder has come at the expense of abandoning her sweet dream: to own a boutique cupcakery.

Todd Bracken, early thirties and a successful technology consultant, isn't exactly a player after being off the market for ten years, and pours himself into his dual passions of martial arts and home-sweet-home renovations. Only there's no one to come home to so he decides to give Match.com a try. Todd isn't so sure the Internet dating scene is his thing until a message pops up in the wee hours on a weekend night: 'I like your smile.' Todd likes a lot the whole package that glides into a French bistro in Washington, D.C. It's serious mojo-at-first-sight but there's a glitch: Todd and Michelle live in different cities. Will love find its way in the digital age with a 'You've Got Mail' courtship when video cam kisses just aren't enough? And when Todd challenges Michelle to not only go for her dream but let him share it, will they be able to make it happen together despite obstacles more plentiful than a shower of rainbow sprinkles?

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7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

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8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

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9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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10. When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison

As far as Gemma is concerned, her days of dating are over. In fact, it’s her job to cater other peoples’ dates, and that’s just fine by her. At thirty-seven, she has her own business, working as a private chef, and her life feels full and secure. She’s got six steady clients that keep her hands full.

There’s Lex, the fussy but fabulous department store owner who loves Oysters Rockefeller and 1950s comfort food; Willa, who needs to lose weight under doctor’s orders but still believes butter makes everything better; a colorful family who may or may not be part of the Russian mob; an überwealthy Georgetown family; the picture-perfect Van Houghtens, whose matriarch is “allergic to everything”; and finally, a man she calls “Mr. Tuesday,” whom she has never met but who she is strangely drawn to.

For Gemma, cooking is predictable. Recipes are certain. Use good ingredients, follow the directions, and you are assured success. Life, on the other hand, is full of variables. So when Gemma’s takes an unexpected turn on a road she always thought was straight and narrow, she must face her past and move on in ways she never would have imagined. Because sometimes in life, all you need is a little hope, a lot of courage, and---oh yes---butter.



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

Leave me your links below!