Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I wanted to do a quick post today to wish everyone who celebrates a happy thanksgiving!  I love this holiday for the time I get to spend with family that I don't always get to see much for the rest of the year.  The food is always good as well.  I get a big lunch at my mom's house, and then I get my dinner at my dad's house.  Of course, there's not much better time to add a Supernatural Gif than when you're talking about a traditional Thanksgiving dish.

 

Here is a list of all the bookish things I'm thankful for this year.
  1. I'm still extremely thankful that I'm finally in a library job and out of the classroom.
  2. I'm grateful that as a blogger I get more opportunities to read books early.
  3. I'm grateful for the new manager at the bookstore where I work part time who saved a really awesome ARC for me a month or two ago.
  4. I'm grateful for having a sister who lives in NYC so that I was able to have a free place to stay and attend BEA this past summer.
  5. I'm grateful for getting an old friendship back this year that has helped me to be very close to winning NaNoWriMo this year.
Those are the main things, but also, I'm very grateful for all of my followers, as well as all of the blogs that I follow myself where I get to talk about books with other book lovers and learn about books I might not have learned about otherwise.

Now I have to go get dressed and head to my first meal of the day.  A bit early so that I can see my sweet 2 year old niece before everyone else gets there.

I'll leave you with some stuff from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Thanksgiving episode.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting.  I loved The Selection series, and am so excited that there is going to be another book after what we thought was the last one.  So without further ado, here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.






I just cannot wait for this!!  I'm so excited.  And I love that the new cover is just as beautiful as the others.  I wish so many authors could go back and visit the children or whatever in these types of series.  Just like I'm sure a lot of us would love to visit Harry Potter's kids like at the end of the last movie.  
So, what are you eagerly awaiting this week?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books On My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.  This list will be made up of actual books I have sitting to read, as well as some e-galleys and ARCs.  No particular order, just the top 10 I thought of.

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All are new, upcoming books except for the last two, which are at the top of my physical TBR pile to get read soon!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Post #17 and Stacking the Shelves November 23rd, 2014

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.   With NaNoWriMo going on, I kind of like this so I can recap that as well as what I did on the blog during the week.

Last week on the blog:
 I was able to get my two reviews in this week.  Several promo posts also this week. For NaNoWriMo I was on track as of Wednesday.  Then Thursday I spent from 2 pm until 10 pm in the movie theater doing a Hunger Games marathon including the new Mockingjay  Part 1, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Friday night I was just exhausted.  Saturday I was helping my mom at her booth at the craft fair during the day, and then in the evening I went to see Interstellar with my dad.  This morning I had to work at my part time job, but then I went and wrote for about two hours.  I got another 2,000 words in.  I now have 7 days left for NaNoWriMo, and over 16,000 words left to write.  

This week on the blog:
  • Review:  Revival by Stephen King
  • Review:  Between the Shadow and the Soul by Susanne Winnacker
  • Top Ten Tuesday:  Top 10 books on my Winter TBR
  • Waiting on Wednesday
The Friday 56 is a possibility for the week as well, but it will depend how the whole week goes with Thanksgiving.  I'm hoping to finish Revival this week, and then start my e-galley of Now That You're Here.  But as it is the last week of NaNoWriMo, and I am determined to win it this year by finishing with 50,000 words, my reading my not get done this week.  My writing plans include Monday and Tuesday nights for 2-3 hours each night.  Then I have most of Wednesday to write, and I plan to spend a big part of the day writing with my writing buddy.  Thanksgiving will be a lunch at my mom's and a dinner at my dad's, so probably no writing on Thursday.  Friday morning I have only one possible Black Friday shopping deal to get, and then a lunch with all my family.  After that I hope to spend several hours writing.  And Sunday which is the last day of the month, so the last day to hit my 50,000, I plan to end that day writing as my as possible to get done!  As proud as I am of all the writing I've achieved this month, I'm looking to a bit of a break next month, and more time to read.  







Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  Not too many this week, well, physical books anyway.

Physical Books:
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The first one I won an autographed copy from Reader Girls Blog.  The second one I traded for from YA Book Exchange.  A trader that only lives about an hour away from me, so it actually arrived the very next day!  

Egalley from author:

I did a cover reveal for this a few weeks back and was able to then get an e-galley of this book.  I plan to read it this week.

Egalley from Netgalley:

Egalleys from Edelweiss:
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Kindle E-books purchased with gift cards that I won:
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The first three I'm really excited to read more from this United States of Asgaard that Tessa Gratton created.  I'm so excited for the next Dorothy Must Die book as well. And the last one just sounds so good!  I won a couple Amazon gift cards earlier this month, $10 from A and E Kirk in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop in October.

So those are the things I added this past week, and what I've got planned for the upcoming week.  What did you get this week? 

Promo Post: Malice by Amity Hope








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Malice by Amity Hope
*First book in a trilogy. Young Adult Romance/Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

 Samara Cavanaugh has grown up in a world filled with magic users. She’s used to bizarre and peculiar. But when a stranger checks in at The Bella Luna, the bed and breakfast her family owns, the strange occurrences in Granite Falls escalate.

Many people are leery of Levi, their new guest. He claims to be in town doing research but Samara’s friends aren’t so sure that his claim is as innocuous as it appears to be. When two of her classmates disappear, her friends seem convinced Levi had a hand in it.
Those closest to her have been keeping secrets from her. Those secrets put everyone close to her in danger.
Suddenly, her unrequited crush on her best friend, Tristan becomes the least of her troubles.


Malice is currently on 99 cents on Amazon. Pick up your copy today at the link below!

About the Author:
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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish. Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. If she’s not writing, or spending time with her boys, she’s most likely reading.    
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The Tour Schedule: November 17th
Elizabeth Delana Rosa – guest post
NaYa Books and More – promo post
YaReads – Interview
November 18th
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! – Review
A Writer’s Tales - guest post
Reader Girls - guest post
November 19th
Just One More Chapter - Review
All my Book finds - Review
Pearls Cast Before A McPig – guest post
November 20th
Friends With Characters – promo post
Suzy Turner, YA Author - guest post
November 21st
Book Talk Reviews – promo post
ReadWriteLove28 – interview
Cassandra M’s Place – Top Ten Post
November 22nd
Just One More Chapter – Interview
For the Love - promo post
Bookworm in Barrie – promo post
November 23rd
Mythical Books - guest post
Lisa Loves Literature – promo post
Book Lovers Life – promo post

Saturday, November 22, 2014

GIF Tag

I've been tagged by Random Smiles to complete the Gif Tag!  I've seen this around and have been excited to try it out.  Thanks to Ellen for tagging me so I would do it!  Now I haven't heard of most of the books she gave me, so this is fun because I get to go look them up and possibly add new books to my TBR list.  Here you go:

Steel Lily by



Normally I like dystopians, but not sure this one sparks my interest.





Not for sure, but I'm intrigued for this one as it sounds like maybe zombies?  I'll have to add it to my TBR list.





The premise sounds kind of different.  But, I prefer to read YA, not New Adult.  If I'm reading about adults I prefer to read about people my age with my same problems.  Although that would be New Adult problems kind of.




I think the one time in my life I tried to become a runner came after the movie Run, Fatboy Run.  And this book is one that I had been able to get as an e-galley, but haven't been able to read.  It also makes me think I might want to try running again some day.  However the above picture is me right now.




This is how I feel about these kinds of stories.  They all sound the same to me.  I'm not much of a fantasy reader.  Sorry.




Another one that just doesn't get me interested really.  Sorry.




Another one I'm not sure if I'll read, but I do love the cover of it!!




I've seen this one around before, but based on the warning at the bottom of the Goodreads page, I'm wondering about this.




Hmm, this is one that I've seen around a lot on a lot of different blogs I think.  But based on this description on Goodreads, this is kind of how I feel about it.  Confused at what is so popular.




The synopsis on Goodreads makes me think of Land of the Lost, but actually more the movie than the tv show.  And I couldn't find any gifs for the movie, well one, but it didn't fit.  So this is the closest I could find.




Yeah, I have no idea what this one is supposed to be about and I'm pretty sure I'm okay with that.





This one kind of sounds good, but then I don't really need to add too many more books to my TBR list.

This was kind of hard since I hadn't read any of these.  So a lot of my gifs are kinda similar.  Oh well.
Here are the list of books I've chosen for the people I'm tagging.
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • Arianna's Honor by Michelle Sodaro
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz
  • The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
  • Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
  • Transcendence by CJ Omololu
  • The Mark of the Hummingbird by Jessica Gollub
  • H2O by Virginia Bergin
  • Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
Tag you're it:
Feel free to join in even if I don't tag you.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Creed by Trish Leaver and Lindsay Currie

First, thanks to Netgalley and Flux Publishing for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title.  This was a good read.  One that kept me turning page and after page as it flowed in a manner that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat that I had to know what was going to happen.  In the end it got a lot darker than I really thought it would.  Not in a bad way, but in a pretty realistic way honestly.  I'm not really happy with how it ended.  While the main gist of how it ended does again seem realistic, it kind of felt too, I don't know.  I've thought about it for awhile, but can't think of the exact way to describe it.  Let's just say I needed more at the end.  But clear up to the end?  Well that was a wild ride!

The main character is Dee.  Dee's life has been a hard one.  She came from an abusive family.  Only in the past few years has she lived with a wonderful adoptive family, the Hoopers, and elderly husband and wife.  And she also met a boyfriend who has been exactly what she's needed to come out of her shell and feel safe again with people.  Her boyfriend is Luke.  The story is about a trip she is taking with the two boys.  A trip with a surprise concert at the end for Luke.  It is a gift from Dee, and his brother Mike is in on the secret to help her get him out and away for the weekend trip without getting in trouble with either of their families.

Along the way they run out of gas.  It's a snowy night, and where they're stuck there doesn't seem to be much traffic. So they begin walking to the nearest town.  Only when they get there, emergency sirens are going off and the town is deserted.  They try to get gas at a gas station, but the pumps are shut off and without knowing the password, they can't get them turned back on. So they find a house to spend the night in.  All the houses are empty, and there's something creepy about them.  They all seem to be almost exactly the same. In the morning they decide to start walking again and see if there are any outbuildings around the town that might have fuel they can get for the car. But along the way they are met by a boy about their age named Joseph.  Joseph  needs their help to save his younger sister from their father. The leader of this town, which sounds to be like a cult.  This will not be as easy as hoped.  Dee will have to figure out how to escape Joseph's father, Elijah, who plans to marry her.  And Mike and Luke are being held and tortured in a way to try to keep Dee complacent and doing as Elijah says.  But how far will Elijah go to force Dee's hand?  He's already cut her several times in the way that they bleed their members to let the evil spirits.  And what is in the box that he gives her when he tells her they will be getting married, well that is just a preview of the darkness that he will inflict on Dee, her friends, as well as his own son and nephews.

A great read.  Like I said, the whole story is the kind that you can't put down because you just think, okay, I'll read until they get out of this mess and have a minute to rest. But every time one thing might seem to be fixed, something else happens that is more to deal with.  And each new thing seems to be heavier than the last. 

Cover Characteristic - November 20th, 2014 - Last Book in a Series

Cover Characteristics is hosted at  Sugar and Snark.  Here are the guidelines for how it works if you want to join in:
Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).
You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!
 


Since it is Tuesday(I had planned it for Tuesday), I'm going to do a Top 10 list instead of the normal 5 covers.  I always try to pick books I've already read, but this time there were some I haven't read that I really liked.  The first five will be ones I've read, the second five will be the ones I haven't read yet.

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Now this may not actually be the last book in the series anymore, but I'm still putting it in this list.

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