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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #70

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can 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 Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser. 

She could feel the tremors of fear as they ran down his spine. Then she saw the rope.

September To Be Read List

It's that time again, time to show you what I'll be reading for the month.  Sometimes I stick to this list and sometimes I deviate a little, but most of the time I do end up finishing all the books on the list for the month.  September is going to be a fun month for me as far as reading and blogging goes. I have a few books just in time for Halloween which is in about two months seeing as today is the first of September.  Then I have a few books  that I've been wanting to read and a few ARCs that I need to read for review.  So it's going to be a fun but weird reading month.

Let's do this! 

 Let's start with my three scary/freaky reads for September.  I'm reading each of these this month so I can review them in October. 

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I'm also going to be reading the following: 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken (Audio Book)
How to be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras (ARC Netgalley)
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (Physical Hardcover) 

So that is my list so far, might add a few if I read all of these, we shall see.  If by chance I don't finish all of these before the end of the month they will be moved over to October's TBR list.  

Hope you all have a great Tuesday and make sure you stick around today, I have a great teaser, from one of these books, that will be posted later on today.  



Monday, August 31, 2015

Bringing it All Back to that One Thing

Alright I know I know, I've skipped a few days, mainly due to the weekends.  I don't blog on the weekends anymore.  Would rather spend that time with my family, so I'm getting caught back up today.  Also I really want to mention that this challenge isn't just on the dates listed above in the graphic, this is a challenge that can be joined anytime of the year.  For more information about this challenge...CLICK HERE

Day 7 Challenge: What one thing will you focus on in 2015?

Ever wondered why you don't achieve as much as you want to? Are you spreading yourself too thin? Distracted by too many ideas?
Ever considered just ONE singular focus? 

Honestly, I hadn't thought of that at all, with how busy my life gets with family, blogging, reading and work it gets a bit crazy from time to time.  Hard to just focus on one thing, but I'm willing to try it. 

So, my one thing is to be more organized with this blog, my business and my life. I honestly think if I do this then I will have more free time opened up to spend more time with my family. This isn't something I can do overnight though of course.  It will take some time, but I think if I take each small item and then after awhile it wont be so hard to stay organized.  

That is the plan, what is the one thing you want to work on for the rest of 2015? 


It's Monday...What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!

Today I'm Reading...

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident. Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late. In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

What Else I Plan to Read This Week 

An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want. Reeling from her mother's death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave - all the things she's wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she's always been afraid to do - including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most - and you learn that you're stronger and braver than you ever imagined.

What I'll be Listening to This Week

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

So there you have it, the two books that I plan on reading this week. What are you reading this week? 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Published by Source Books Fire on July 7th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Source: Netgalley

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Practice Makes Perfect. Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol. But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

Jesse's Girl is the first book I've read by author Miranda Kenneally and to say I was excited to read this one is an understatement.  Put it this way, I squealed and requested it right away when I saw it on Netgalley.  After reading this fantastic book, I want to go back and read the entire series, the writing is superb and I can't wait to fall in love with the other characters. 

Jesse's Girl is a fantastic story, filled with great characters that I was rooting for from the start.  When they say opposites attract, they really meant it when it comes to the main characters in this book.  Maya and Jesse are far from the same, one of them loves rock music and plays in a rock band while trying to branch out in her music. Then there is Jesse who is a country music star, trying to figure out who he is. Like I said opposites attract and attract they did, but not at first, just like in most relationships it doesn't come that easy. 

I really loved the snarkiness of Maya, I must say to me she was so easy for me to connect with.  She doesn't have that much self confidence and at her age I was the same way. Jesse of course is adorable, but trying to juggle everything he has to tends to be hard at any age, especially his.  

I'm so glad I requested this book and loved reading every word of it.  I need more love stories like this in my life.  Jesse's Girl is the perfect book to snuggle up to while outside and read the day away.  If you haven't picked it up and read it yet, I highly recommend it, but head my warning your face will hurt with how much you smile. Oh and the occasional aww you will be saying, at least I did. 

Gifing my Feelings 


I would highly recommend Jesse's girl to anyone that loves author Miranda Knneally's other books.  Also to anyone that loves contemporary.  This would be a perfect book for you! 

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