Friday, July 26, 2013

Where do the weeks go?

Another week and I almost didn't post!  Gotta get better at that. 

We kinda had a family car emergency this week that resulted in me buying a new "Swagger Wagon"  AKA a Toyota Sienna.  I love my new car, and now I can relax and work on reading!

This weekend I am finishing my ARC of Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson!  Be sure to come back next week for a long awaited "Clean off the bookshelf" giveaway! 

Happy reading this weekend!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday Three

1)  Tonight is book club.  I LOVE book club, even when I don't get around to reading or finishing the book.  Well this time we read DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth.  One of those on my "to read" pile, that I just haven't gotten to yet. 

WHY DID I WAIT!!!!!!!!????

I will be reviewing what I thought of the book and maybe some of what my book club talked about tomorrow.  But until then, I ask.  What do you read for book club?

2) While we're on the DIVERGENT subject.  Check out this quiz and tell us what you get!  I'm Divergent leaning towards Candor.  (I took several other quizzes and got Candor 95% of the time).

3) And while we're on the subject.  What do you generally think of YA books turned into movies?  Since Twilight and The Hunger Games did so well, many have been picked up.  But then Beautiful Creatures didn't do great in the US, so now studios are questioning doing more.  What are your thoughts? 

I don't think the movie ever really is better than the book.  But I have been pleased with many, even with upsetting changes.  What books to movies have you loved?  Which have you hated?  Are you going to go watch DIVERGENT?

Friday, July 12, 2013


Just wanted to say thanks for the comment love!  People are reading!  Yay! 

What are you reading this weekend?  I am reading my ARC of BLACKMOORE by Julianne Donaldson for the blog tour in Sept. 

Whatever it is:  Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday Three

1) Monsters Univiersity. 

Did you see it?  Did you like it? 

I thought it was a great backstory to the characters we know and love.  But it was missing something that was magical about the first one.  That thing that Pixar has that makes you just fall in love with the characters and truly feel their heartbreaks.  My 5 yr old enjoyed it though so it will probably be something on the shelf in our home.  As far as Pixar movies go it's not the bottom of my list by any means, but it was just okay.

2) I know I have been slacking about blogging lately and I hope to change that.  1) cause when I actually do post, more of you read the blog.  Shocker.  2) because I have lots of books sitting on my shelves waiting to be given away!  But I need devoted readers to do that (hint, hint, if you comment I know you're not a lurker and are actually reading this).  And 3) because I am getting some awesome books to review and I am back in a "reading mood".  Pray it lasts people!

3) Remember that list of books I said I have to review?  Here's some hints as to what they might be:
Proper Romances
Janitorial Exploits

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Book Cover Reveal: INTO THE DARK: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain

Oh I am in love!  I absolutely adore Bree as an author and I am so very excited for this one! 

Wanna know more?  Check out Bree's post and an ARC giveaway!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Signing and Review -- Natalie Whipple's TRANSPARENT

Okay, so this was forever ago, and I've been a horrible blogger, but I wanted to post because Natalie is made of awesome and her launch was so much fun!

Here's some of the snippets from her launch.  As usual remember I write these down as close to actual quotes as possible, but sometimes they get a little off. 

  • Dreams, i can see them but I didn't know how to achieve them (talking about writing)
  • It's like stars.  When they're far away they're nice to look at and you're not sure what they're like up close, and that can be nice.  
  • I went to college -- go for your dreams but have a back up plan was my mantra

  • Finished college and all I wanted to do was write, so I found myself at home with my baby and decided to start writing
  • I didn't know how to catch my dream.  I thought it might just fall out of the sky and into my lap. They don't do that.  You have to go out and get them.
  • Slowly I was ablet to catch this star thing and start bringing it down to me, but it was a lot of work.
  • This book was difficult (talking about TRANSPARENT) my agent said it all had to be re-written, so 1 chapter at a time I wrote it and sent it to my writer's group thinking they'd hate it, but they didn't.  I was reeling that star in slowly.
  • When I finished edits it sold to a publisher in 6 weeks, and that's when the dream got really real.  The star, the dream, got so real and so close.  
  • It's (talking about the dream) not just a pretty sparkly thing in the sky.  It's a huge burning ball of gas that could kill me, but I can't take it back because at that point gravity took over.
  • But I'm really glad I went for my dreams even though it's been pretty much the hardest thing in my life.  Don't let that stop you!
Isn't she awesome!  Now is her book awesome?  Read on!


by Natalie Whipple
Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by HarperTeen
Placement in the Pile:  Reaching New Heights
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

Think x-men meets mobsters in a dystopian world.  Yeah, it's cool.  
Natalie Whipple does a great job drawing you in instantly.  Fiona is a believable, likeable character.  A teenage girl with all the normal insecurities we can all relate to, even though she's invisible.  In fact her literal invisibility is what gives her the biggest connection to a real life teenager.  Don't we all feel invisible sometimes?
The pacing of the book was constant and I loved every minute.  
If you're in the mood for a good summer read this one is for you!  I am very excited to see what else we get from Natalie!  She's one to watch!