Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Wicked Appetite (Audiobook)

Wicked by Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Series:  Lizzy & Diesel #1
Genre:  Paranormal, Chick Lit
Length: 6 hours and 13 minutes
Narrator:  Lorelei King
Source: eLibrary
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Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

With delectable characters and non-stop thrills that have made Janet Evanovich a household name, Wicked Appetite will leave you hungry for more.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dewey's #Readathon Wrap-up

1)  Which hour was most daunting for you?  Hour 5.  I started later than I planned and it created a flurry.  It was like catch-up, catch-up, catch-up, read, read, read, comment, comment, comment... But when I finally settled in, I was fine.

2)  Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? As much as I try to resist YA, it is so much easier to read during the readathon.  The writing is simpler, sentences shorter, and words bigger.

3)  Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  I love the read-a-thon as it is.  I like that each time I participate, I can change it and adapt it to fit what I need at that moment.  There are so many options.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mini-Challenge: Turn the Page

Hey Read-a-thoners!!  Have your warmed up and settled in yet?  Are you feeling the excitement?!  We've come so far, but you might start feeling like a nap doesn't sound so bad.  Never fear, we have a challenge just for these moments.  So grab your coffee/tea, stretch those muscles, and grab your read.  It's challenge time!!

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hours 13 - 24

Hour 21
Currently Reading:  To Katie with Love by Erica Lucke Dean
Completed Reads:  Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb; Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Updates:  I'm going to finish out this hour and then call it quits.  I've got to be up bright and early tomorrow.  I had fun this time guys!  Thanks everyone for stopping in.
Snacks Eaten:  None.  I'm done for the night on this front.

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hour 5-12

Updated Post Can be Found Here!
Hour 12
Currently Reading:  Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb (last few pages)
Updates:  I'm finishing up one book and starting another in the next few minutes.  We just had the mother of all hail storms.  Nice.
Snacks eaten:  None but I'm making tea as we speak.
Mini-challenge: Mid Event Survey

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dewey's Readathon Tomorrow!!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon is tomorrow and I hope I'll see you guys up and ready to go.  Looking for some last minute tips?  Check out my post on What Not to Do and Tips & Tricks.  I plan to start reading when I wake up and end around hour 18.  I've done the whole 24 hours before but I've got a busy Sunday so it isn't to be this time around.

I always like to set a few goals so let me tell you my plan this time around.

Here's my book list:
GOAL: It's long but I like to have options.  I hope to read at least three of these.
  1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  2. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Tomorrow There Will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer
  4. Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  5. Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb
  6. Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb
  7. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
  8. To Katie with Love by Erica Lucke Dean
  9. Legend of the Forbidden by J.F. Jenkins
  10. Legend of the Touched by J.F. Jenkins.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie
Genre: Chick-Lit
Pages: 208 (ebook)
Source:  ABG Reads Book Tours
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When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule’s best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it’s always been—carefree and easy—until they share a heart-stopping kiss moments before his departure. Overcome with mixed emotions, she fights the urge to over analyze the situation and resumes back to her normal life in New York City, working for an intolerable boss at a dead end job, creeping further and further away from her own dreams of becoming a professional chef.
While things become more complicated between her and Ollie, Roxy is sure that nothing can come between two lifelong best friends—not even mild jealousy over a thriving career or a silly little kiss that meant nothing. In fact, it was such a meaningless and forgettable kiss that she convinces herself that it’s not even worth mentioning to her fiancé, although it is all she can think about.
Roxy’s already topsy-turvy life only gets more complicated when her sisters Steffi and Izzie suddenly become her roommates. Steffi is six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss and Izzie is in the throes of a premature midlife crisis. Roxy tries to take control of her career, her love life and her sisters – but can she really handle it all? And can the Rule family keep it together – or break under the pressure?
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Since I Rarely Post Trailers...And a Random Story

I post many things about the Hunger Games on this blog, so it is only fitting that I post this trailer teaser thingy about Catching Fire. BUT this trailer made me a little less excited for the second movie... thoughts? Agree or Disagree?  Take a look below

P.S. The Hunger Games movie reminds me of my brother. He and I went to see the movie together when it came out. I remember this especially because it was one of the first major outings (if not the first) he went on after his accident that year. When we got to the theater, I thought it was going to be a big mistake because the line was long and he still couldn't stand for very long. He gritted through it and when we made it to the theater it was a little triumph for him.

 And I also think about this experience because you never know what people go through. When we sat down in the theater after he had stood for that time period, a woman asked if we could scoot down a seat and we said that we couldn't. At that time, he literally couldn't get back up because his legs had given out. She got so upset and told us that we were selfish people and would rot in hell. I'm not exaggerating. He felt so bad that he couldn't get up to move a seat. I was so mad at that rude lady.  People have no idea.  He sat through the entire movie worried that his legs wouldn't be ready to stand again after the movie. When it was over, he said the movie was worth it all.

He's a sweetheart.  Really.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Dark Tide

I apologize for this late review posting. I honestly thought I had schedule this one for review. Wouldn't you know, it was still in draft form? Grrr...

Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Pages: 388 (Hardback)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The first time Genevieve saw it, she knew it was the one: Revenge of the Tide, "an odd sort of a name for a boat." Genevieve had finally escaped the stressful demands of her London sales job and achieved her dream--to leave the city behind and start a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. She left the boat's name as it was. Revenge had character after all, and living in a marina made her feel a bit safer, a little less lonely; almost as if the boat looked after her, hid her away from view.

But her dreams are shattered the night of her boat-warming party when a body washes up, and to Genevieve's horror, she recognizes the victim as a close friend from nights dancing on-stage at a private members' club, the Barclay. She isn't about to tell the police, though; next to no one knew what Genevieve did every Friday and Saturday night to save money for her escape, and she sees no reason to reveal her past. The death can't have anything to do with her. Or so she thinks.

Soon the lull of the waves against Revenge feels anything but soothing, as Genevieve begins to receive mysterious calls and can't reach the one person who links the present danger with her history at the club. And then there is the parcel on her boat she's meant to be safekeeping for an old flame, which seems to be putting her in jeopardy. As Genevieve begins to fear for her safety, she recalls the moment when it had all started to go horribly wrong: the night she recognized her day-time boss in the crowd of customers at the Barclay. . . .
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

I want.

I want.  I kind of want this on my desk at work but that would be inappropriate.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: And Then She Fell

And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Cynster Sisters
Pages: 344 (Paperback)
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man...is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker," Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell.
But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.
A task infernally complicated by the undeniable, unquenchable attraction that flares between James and Henrietta, who continues to believe she will never fall..

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: The Kill Order (James Dashner)

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #0.5
Genre: Dystopian
Length:  9 hours and 59 minutes
Narrator: Mark Deakins
Source: eLibrary
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The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: The Death Cure (Audiobook)

The Death Cure by James Dashner
Series:  The Maze Runner #3
Genre: Dystopian
Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
Narrator:  Mark Deakins
Source: eLibrary
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Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: The Scorch Trials (Audiobook)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Series:  Maze Runner #2
Genre:  Dystopian
Length: 10 hours and 22 minutes
Narrator:  Mark Deakins
Source:  eLibrary
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Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

And I Mean It...

Feeling anti-social.  I'm getting too much people time and not enough book time.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour #Readathon, Who's In?

It's that time again!!!  I've signed up to participate in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon.  Twice a year in October and April one of my favorite events roll around.  Readers sign up to challenge themselves to read for an entire 24 hours (or as long as life allows).  There will be challenges, social media overload, and cheerleaders!

I love this particular challenges because I meet new people and find wonderful new blogs.  I always make new friends.  Last April I made the entire 24 hours for the first time, my mom made 21 hours,and my grandmother made it 18 hours.  It was a family affair.  Last October life happened and I didn't get to participate much.  I'm ready to go this time around though.

I've already started compiling my reading list.  You can find it on the right sidebar.

Are you in?  Let me know in the comments I want to start organizing my feed folder.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review: The Raven Boys (Audiobook)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Length: 11 hours and 8 minutes
Narrator:  Will Patton
Source: eLibrary
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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Spotlight with Missy Salick


Claiming Jeremiah by Missy B. Salick
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
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On the same night that twenty four-year-old Jordyn Sims has a miscarriage, her sister-in-law Tori Sims conceives a child. Nine months later, Tori, a long term heroin addict, abandons her two-hour-old drug addicted newborn Jeremiah, in a hospital stairwell. Jordyn receives the news and pursues foster adoption. However, Oscar, Tori's possessive drug-addicted boyfriend, is not about to give Jeremiah up so easily. While in confrontation with Tori and Oscar, Jordyn seeks help from the Administration of Children Services (ACS), only to discover she is faced with a maze of departments, regulations, legalities and overworked social workers. Jordyn, however, remains strong and continues to push through the uphill battle, even after she discovers she's pregnant.

With all odds against her adoption of Jeremiah, and her pregnancy at high risk from increasing stress, will Jordyn win this tough battle, or will her world crumble before her?

About the Author:
Missy B. Salick is a new author who has written her first novel, Claiming Jeremiah. Her fictional memoir on foster adoption is drawing a hefty buzz, with an online release date not until April 7, 2013 ( May 4 in paperback). The novel is small in size, but contains a powerful message. "Children in foster care need a place to call home." Salick, a foster care advocate, wrote this book based on her personal journey of foster adopting her four-year-old son.

Before self-publishing, Claiming Jeremiah, Salick spent several years as a freelance business writer for Fortune 500 companies such as: Shearman & Sterling, KPMG, Deloitte and many more. She also had a stint with song ghost writing. Salick's experience in the entertainment industry stems from working with entertainment companies and media including Violator, MBK, Village Voice and more. As the founder of J.J. Autumn Publishing, her publishing company is geared towards highlighting urban fiction dedicated to special causes and community awareness projects.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: The Scorpio Races (Audiobook)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Mythology
Length: 12 hours and 6 minutes
Narrator: Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
Source: eLibrary
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It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Just Kidding.

Hopefully you won't get pranked today.  Unless that is what you want.
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