11/29/11

Teaser Tuesday (1)

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 TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 My teasers are:

                  He runs a hand through his hair and bites down on his bottom lip and for one delirious moment all I want to do is taste him. I force myself back into focus.

            Not sure exactly what page it would be on an ebook but this is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and let me tell you it's amazing so far! 

What are your teasers?



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11/22/11

Divergent Review (FINALLY!)






Check it out on Goodreads!

One choice can transform you. Pass initiation. Do not fail! Thrilling urban dystopian fiction debut from exciting young author. In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five factions -- Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) -- each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a "perfect society." At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family's group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly "perfect society." To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.


My thoughts:

I have read so many reviews for this book and considering that 89% of them have been in favor of it, I couldn't wait any longer. So after buying it at my local Wal-Mart, I got it home and had it read in 2 days. It kept me there the whole time. I have a lot of problems staying with a book that loses my interest, it takes me longer to finish it. In truth, a lot of books that had me wavering midway in with it's slowness, has captured me when it really mattered. Although Divergent didn't have that problem in the least.

Back to greatness, Divergent was just awesome. I loved everything about it, the different factions and what they represented, then the awesomeness of being an actual Divergent. I don't know, maybe it's the huge dystopian dork in me but I love this stuff! I love how everyone has a choice at a certain age. The main character is what I would want to be like, she is selfless, but badass all the same. 

I sense an almost instant attraction between Tris and Four, then finding out how they all tie together just makes it that much of a better story. I commend Tris for all the struggles, losses, and gains that she has to go through. I can't really go into them, because I try not to spoil but I would definitely check this out if I were you! :)


A+





Stephanie

10/5/11

I must take a hiatus..

I regret to inform you, my peeps and tweeps, that I have to take a bit of a break. I have had some things happen in the past two days that are going to set me way back. I have fought with myself because I want to let you know what happened... Mainly because it was done by someone I never thought would do stuff like he did, how any man with that kind of mind concept should seriously be checked into an institution for observation. I didn't want to say anything for the simple fact, it's not your problem, I don't want and am not looking for any kind of pity party. I have some wonderful people that are giving my children and me a place to stay till I can get on my feet again. Till I can give my kid's the stable life they deserve and not have fear of it crumbling at our feet. So here goes..

My ex and I have been going through a lot of hard times. From the time we got together we had the life of him working, and me staying home with my kids. Something I had never had the chance to do since I had my daughter in 2005. So when it was offered I definitely agreed. Plus we weren't hurting for money, rich by no means, but we got by with no problems. All of the sudden (and for the next couple of years) money comes up missing, small amounts at first, then 250 dollars gone. No trace, nothing. Every time he would deny it, but I caught him a lot of times in my purse which is where I kept the bill money.

Long story short, this escalated to being broke all the time, in 2 years time moving nearly 10 times. Rent and bills not getting paid, me depending on food stamps for food for the kids. Something else I never had to do before, even when I was doing it all on my own. Well a few weeks ago we found ourselves homeless, no where to go, no money, nothing. We started staying at my ex husband's house (yes, my ex husband. In fact, that's who we are staying with now) and my ex started smarting off because he wanted to sleep in till 11:00am on the couch. Embarrassing me at every turn because he thought we were on some kind of vacation. We needed to be out there finding jobs, getting us a place to live. Well he dropped us off at my ex husbands and left. He started texting me, telling me he was leaving, he broke the steering rack on my car. He was going to take the keys to my moms and vamoose. I decided then that I was done, I had to concern myself with getting a life for my kids, a place they could call home for more than a couple of months. And I had to do that with or without him, so I told him I was done. He went to my storage building and destroyed all my furniture, a lot of my books (I didn't go completely through everything), and every shread of clothes I had. All I had was the jeans I had on, 3 shirts, 1 pair of underwear, and 1 bra.

You might think this is bad enough and it is.. How could you do that to someone, anyone. He even destroyed a lot of my daughter's clothes and purses, that stuff just doesn't fly with me. Then to beat it all he sells my car, leaving me with no transportation.

NOW I am happy to report that everything is going wonderful, I went out and got a job. Nothing fabulous, but it gets the bills paid :) I just recently got my internet hooked up and I am wanting to jump right back into the book review thing.  If you read previously, I lost most all of my books that I received for review and while I am not looking for extra copies, I am answering a lot of authors that have been asking me for their reviews. I hope this does not dispel anyone from trusting me with reviews in the future. I never plan on putting myself in that situation again. I am very happy with my life right now and who I am spending it with. I feel I am with the person I was always meant to be with. We have both went through a lot of the same trials and tribulations to get where we are now and we couldn't be happier. We have our own place and we have the kids so nothing could be better right now :) Big thanks to the people that didn't stop following me, I appreciate that more than you will ever know. I am planning a email change in the future, but that is something that is going to take awhile to change over. I will keep everyone updated as I go. So as always keep reading because I have been and I have some reviews to work on including Divergent by Veronica Roth (Which I loved!) and am currently reading Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. So keep in touch and email me if anyone has any specific questions for me. Love to all of you!!!

6/5/11

Dead Spell Review



17-year-old Harmony Wolcott is slowly succumbing to the haunting darkness of a forgotten memory. Afraid to ask for help or admit what's happening to her and around her, Harmony looks for the truth while trying to escape what it's done to her family. 
Dead Spell is about a ghost with a past and a girl that would die to forget it.
 
My thoughts:
Dead Spell is one of those book that doesn't offer in depth descriptions, but what it does offer is fast paced action. I love a book where I feel something towards the main characters. And that was definitely the case with Harmony and Brea. Harmony is handed a crappy hand in life and has to deal with an addict mother and other people that just want to see her fail in every way. Brea is her best friend (really her only friend) that sticks by her no matter what.

I connected with Harmony is a lot of ways, with a lot of the issues that she deals with. I saw my teenage self in her and although I wasn't near as destructive as her, I still felt the connection with her regardless. When learning that a lot of her misgivings were because of a ghost that was haunting her, I was totally engrossed in the story even more. The writing style was exquisite and I can't wait to read more from this author. She knows how to put a story out there that's not too hard to believe, but at the same time awkward enough to keep you reading till it ends.

I loved the relationship between Harmony and her boyfriend (his name escapes me for the moment). He is like Brea and is out to help and protect Harmony is anyway necessary, most of all from herself. There were things in the book that happened that I hated, but the book wouldn't have been the same and had the same ending if they didn't happen. So I understand that they had to happen (doesn't mean I have to like it).. :) This book gets an

A
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Starcrossed: Perigee Review






Aric Brennan is a whisperer - a perfectly engineered human/alien hybrid, designed specifically to charm and seduce. When Lucy is stalked by his unearthly creators, she has no choice but to trust him to help her navigate a way through a horrifying reality - a reality filled with creatures which should really only exist in nightmares.

My thoughts: (Warning! May contact slight spoilers)



This book to me was amazing! Coming from someone that loved watching X-Files growing up this was definitely my bag of tea. When it first started with the character, Lucy waking up in a barn in horse manure, I was a little taken back. But after the first couple of pages I was hooked! When she meets Aric, it's like her whole life is turned upside down and she learns things about herself and things all around her that aren't quite as they seem.

One of the big things that I loved about this book was the concept of it. Aric is a whisperer, which to me gave me the impression of when a vampire “glamours” someone. He basically makes it easier for the people that the aliens abduct by calming their nerves. But there's so much more to it, harvesting wyk, which is explained as energy. The things that the characters are able to do with wyk is amazing as well.. I could go on and on, but I don't want to give away toooo much :)

Another thing that I loved about it is the relationship between Aric and Lucy. It's a real love, but your average lustful yearning that a lot of paranormal romances have. From what I felt while reading it, they genuinely care for each other, and Aric one mission is to protect Lucy at all cost. Very chivalrous in the way he treats her, and let's be honest ladies, that's always a good thing for a man to have.

If you are wanting something fast paced and full of action, then this is definitely one that I would recommend. In my opinion, it's one of the best paranormal romances that I have read and I would recommend to anyone. This book get a solid


A 
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5/30/11

Spikebreaker Review



Telepaths are heavily regulated, virtual third class citizens, second class if working for the Specialist Psychic Intervention unit, dealing with psychic crimes, and handling Spikes, newly emerged telepaths endangering all around them. Lydia is a SPI telepath. Jack is her Spikebreaker, a mentally compatible police officer. Together they fight, well, mainly each other.

My thoughts:


I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. I love the whole concept of the telepaths that help the law enforcement officers. How awesome would it be knowing that you have someone looking out for you in every way, be able to scan others minds and see their intentions and let you know without making a sound. I know I am rambling but I am fascinated with telepathy stuff. Always have been, one of my favorite book series is the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit. They are a group of people that have different gifts concerning telepathy. Things like empaths, telepaths, touch telepaths, seers, mediums, Psychometrics, clairvoyants, ah.. it's always something new and the stories are amazing.

But back to Spikebreakers... (Sorry!) I was especially impressed on the relationship between the two main characters, Jack and Lydia. She is a SPI telepath and Jack is what's called a Spikerbreaker. But it's a meeting of the minds, not something that just happens. There's a bond between them, and most the time they are arguing because they are both bull-headed and determined to do what they feel is best. For this being such a short read (11,000 word novelette), it's awesome. I hope there is going to be more but it done a good job ending without too much of a cliffhanger.

Perfect if you want a quick weekend read, I read it in one setting (everyone was asleep but me, which is rare lol) and loved that it really made me think. I would recommend to anyone, because it grabbed me from page one, if you like action, this is perfect because it's going strong the whole time. Definitely an

A 

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5/26/11

Hey Peeps!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I haven't disappeared or given up on the whole reading/reviewing/blogging thing. My family and I have had some issues here the last week and I haven't had much time to do anything let alone get on the computer.. So now as I am looking through my mound of email and looking at all the awesomeness I have gotten in mailbox past couple of weeks I know I need to do some major catching up and I plan to do so.. I have a review or 3 to come :) (One can always find little bits of time to read) One definite review is Starcrossed: Perigee by Tracy Lee Campbell (LOVED it) and I finished up Amanda Hocking's vampire series. I loved them as well, but I don't know.. It didn't end the way I thought it might, but awesome all the same!

I can't wait to let everyone know what all I am reading and what I have got in the mail. I feel uber spoiled by the most awesome authors/publishers that have sent their books, and too all the awesome giveaways (won my first blog book giveaway *happy dance* and just got it in the mail!) So I am going to go now and get everything together to start getting my posts in order and what not..

Thanks again for the ones that held on! Good times are ahead (I think) so I can get back to business :)


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5/14/11

Fledgling: Coiree Guardians Review



"She didn't scream. She should have, but the scream never formed." Rebecka "Beka" Saberhagen idea of the world around her changed, when she found out her brother worked for a vampire. Just as she was able to understand that, multiple murders began to happen close to her home. Then she was attacked by another vampire. The night becomes a new playground for her and sometimes a nightmare. But, her brother and friends are being targeted; by someone with an old grudge. A grudge, she has nothing to do with. As she discovers the past, she realizes she will have to fight. Will Beka find the strength to fight for the people she loves? Is she powerful enough? Will she survive?

What I thought...


When I received this book in the mail I was worried.. I saw the cover, (I am horrible at judging books by their covers) and I didn't think it was going to be something I liked at all. I love it when I am proved wrong!

The story's main character is Beka, who's had her fair share of bad luck in her past and has the emotional (and physical) baggage to prove it. She is living with her brother in a building that is owned by Vincent. It starts off right away with Beka learning that Vincent is a vampire and that she is the only one that didn't know. When she finally starts trying to get use to the idea she is attacked by Steopa (another vampire).

What goes on after is a story of how she copes with becoming a vampire with the help of Steopa who is linked to her through his bite. She learns that she has a rare gift, something that is beneficial to her more than once.

I really enjoyed this book because there was no dull moments, I had to tear myself away from the book more than once to do the mommy/wife thing. I was so captivated by the story of her transitioning and the adventure that she embarks on to rid her city of evil at it's deadliest. (I am trying REALLY hard not to have any spoilers here)

Another thing that stood out in the book is the characters, but it did leave me wanting to know more about Vincent and Steopa's lives pre and post vampire. I really liked Beka's character for the simple fact she wasn't the perfect 10 girl that you read in most books. She's got a little weight on her and she's very insecure about herself in many ways. She's selfish to the point that she's only concerned about what goes on in her worldl Although after turning into a vampire she learns to except herself and in turn learns how selfish she had been. I believe she more than proves herself as being selfless and learning that even though her past has demons, it doesn't mean that it has to rule her life.

Please note that I included a “-” after my grade because I did have some conflict with the book, mainly because I want to know more about the characters. Although I believe that overall the story definitely deserved an A!

A-

5/3/11

IMM (1) Yes, my first one! :D

First off I want to say THANK YOU! Everyone one of you have been a tremendous support for me while starting the book reviewing venture. I am so thankful that people that I barely know have helped me make my blog what it is. So again, a huge thanks!

Ok.. Now time to try this IMM thing out :) This will be my first one, so please be nice and don't laugh too hard at the pictures as I had to take them with my webcam since my camera is well.. We'll just say sick :)

In My Mailbox is inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

The books that I received in the mail this week were all book that I won entering giveaways and contests, most of my review books are on my Kindle and at the moment too many to name. Give me time though and I will power through them to get you reviews on them.

The first book I received was...


It's Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison and I won it from Katidom which is another awesome book review blog that I suggest to everyone to check out at least once. The synopsis for this book can be found here.

Next one that came was this one..


The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman. I won this one from Dutton Books and the awesome thing is I was chosen to win this after following them on Twitter. Their Facebook page can be found here. The synopsis can be found here.

Next on the list is..


Enclave by Ann Aguirre! I have been wanting to read this so bad! I actually won this one on Twitter too after the author herself tweeted that the first 5 @ mentions would receive a copy and lo and behold I was one of them. :) Only thing that saddens me about this one is I am making myself wait to read it after I get caught up on review books. The synopsis for this one is here.

The last two on my list are by the same author and they are..



They are Between Here and Forever (synopsis here) and Something, Maybe (info here) and they are both by Elizabeth Scott. I won Between Here and Forever through a Goodreads contest and the author was super sweet and also sent Something, Maybe as well :)

Another thing I was wanting to mention in this post (and then I'll leave you all alone) have you checked out my new banner?! AND I have a button to offer people too. :) How you ask? Lucia Hua at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books is how. She graciously made me several buttons and banners for my site. Thank you again for that! Reaffirms that there are still some pretty awesome people in the world!

Please tell me what you think of my first IMM and thanks again for all the support!

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4/30/11

Taking Love in Stride Review



Track coach Andrea O'Connor is fuming at the audacity of Ian Powers, the very attractive father of one of her students. He offered to buy school equipment only if Andrea agreed to train him for a half-marathon.

Well, train him, she would. And not just in running. As a widower with a high-powered job, Ian needed some instruction in being a father to an active teenage daughter. Yet as this overbearing man opened up, Andrea found herself learning lessons--in loving.

Ian knew that Andrea, with her assertive attitude and her penchant for stilettos, was some woman! But her vulnerable heart was on the run, so he'd have to prove that his love, unlike his running, had limitless endurance--and once he caught this swift beauty, he'd never let her go.


What I thought...


I will start off by saying that although I have listed Romance as one of my least favorite, that does not mean that I don't love some of them and Taking Love in Stride is one of those I love.

The two main characters, Andrea and Ian are both written beautifully and both grow a lot in the book. Andrea is a teacher/track coach that has past issues with her father that she has let cloud her judgment on just about everyone. In taking the steps to help one of her students, she comes face to face with Ian.

Ian is a business man through and through, but he's also a dad and son. Which he tends to forget about in giving his daughter, Denise a life where she can have whatever she needs and mostly wants. Although what his daughter wants most is to have more time to spend with her father.

Andrea and Ian come together and connected from the start, but to Andrea he's just like her father. To him, she's bullheaded and jumps to the wrong conclusions too quickly. They end up helping each other in a lot of ways. I am really trying to keep it as vague as possible because this is definitely a book worth reading! I don't want to include any spoilers but this is a story that shows how hard AND rewarding it can be to go with your heart and come to terms with your past.

I would definitely grade this book a....


A


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iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books: Author Interview and Giveaway: Elizabeth Eulberg

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My Blood Approves Review


Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.

This is a young adult paranormal romance with mild language and mild sexual situations recommended for readers in grade 9 and up.

But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood...

What I thought...


I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would starting it. I was afraid it was going to be a bad spinoff of Twilight, which in some ways it is similar, but not in the "OMG I've already read this" way.

Starts off and you meet the main character, Alice, who's your average high school student except for the fact that she is clubbing with her friend on a school night. They are saved from a couple of losers by Jack (feel the Twilight vibe yet?) While her friend is enamored by Jack, Alice isn't and can't seem to get past the way her friend is acting towards him. Just as puzzling is Jack isn't the least bit bothered by it, but he is perplexed that Alice isn't acting the same way. Now for me, reading A LOT of vampire books, I knew right away that this was the case here.

What comes next is a friendship between Alice and Jack that always happens late afternoon till the wee hours of the morning. This was the part of the book where I wanted to scream to Alice that Jack was a vampire and that it was insanely obvious. I got so aggravated at how naive she was that I almost quit reading it right then and there. I am so glad that I didn't.

When she meets his "family" she meets his "brother," Daniel and instantly falls in love and intense passion just by looking at him. This got me intrigued at the connection she was having towards him especially the fact that he obviously wasn't feeling it towards her. Also to the fact of how Jack feels towards Alice. I would continue but I don't want to give too much away about the book.

One thing this book definitely did for me was give me my new favorite vampire, Jack. :)

Like I said, I really enjoyed this book, but can't say that it's one of my all-time faves. So I give this book a solid...

B

4/29/11

The Miracle Inspector Review






A dystopian thriller set in the near future. England has been partitioned and London is an oppressive place where poetry has been forced underground, theatres and schools are shut, and women are not allowed to work outside the home. A young couple, Lucas and Angela, try to escape from London - with disastrous consequences. Description from Amazon

What I thought..



I thought this book was one of the strangest, far out, and mind boggling books I have ever read. Not only that, it was the one of the best books I have ever read. It's set in the near-future London where things like art and theater and poetry are a big no no. I wasn't sure what to think at first when I started reading because you are soon tossed in a world where women are not allowed to work outside the house and the only time they can leave the house is when they are visiting relatives. They have to wear veils to cover their faces and bodies, and never allowed out at night. Or where people are taken away from their homes for having certain beliefs and never heard from again.

You meet Lucas, a ministry man who's job is Miracle Inspector. His job is to answer claims of miracles from the Virgin Mary's face in flan or Jesus' face in toast. Lucas comes and investigates and makes it known that no such thing has occurred, and deduces that it was usually done on purpose.

I felt myself having a lot of mixed feeling towards Lucas. I found myself disliking him because he believes the views as far as thinking a woman having a job outside of the house is ludicrous. On the other hand, I realize that it's the life that he was born and raised in. It's something that has been instilled in him since his parents are gone. He holds a prominent place in the ministry and must live by the rules in order to keep him and his wife safe.

Another view point of the story is from the point of view of his wife, Angela, whom I loved and admired since I first “met” her in the book. She dreams of getting away from London and living with Lucas in a place where woman and men are treated equal and they can have and raise a family with better views than where they are now. Instead of being home all day trying to keep herself occupied while Lucas is making a living outside of their home.

Compared to the other couples that you meet in the book I love the relationship between Lucas and Angela. I believe it's apparent from the first time we meet them that they are deeply in love, but also have conflict with each other. She wants a life outside of the home and Lucas above all wants to give that to her at whatever cost.

Their story has ups and too many downs, and at the end I was left wondering what is to come of these two. I like to draw my own conclusions, as many readers do and envision they have the life they each wanted for each other, just the way a miracle should be. Be prepared for British humor at it's best, and a story that will have you believing in miracles even when life isn't so kind.

The grading system I am going to use should be easy enough to understand as I am using the A, B, C, D, F as used in schools.

I give this book a huge A because I think everyone should check this book out! It's filled with adventure and gets you thinking, I can't wait to check out more books from Helen Smith because her writing style is very unique and easy to follow.


A



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4/25/11

Word by Word...: Final Moonglass Inspiration Giveaway!

Awesome book giveaway hosted by Word by Word Blog.. Clicky the linky and check it out!

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4/24/11

Getting it together

I am tired! Lol I have a had quite an exhausting past couple of weeks and I am so happy that I am sitting in a quiet room with no one yelling or jumping around. The baby is asleep (although we never know for how long) and I am going to rant a bit about some stuff that I want to do because I need your help! But with more important (and totally awesome) things first shall we?

First.. I enter a lot of giveaways, mainly for books and I won one from Katidom It's Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison and just from what they say on Goodreads I think I am good to go! Please do make sure and come back sometime in the future to check out my review on the book. Let's hope it lives up to the hype! Thank you again Kati and to everyone that hasn't seen her blog yet check it out with the link above.. If some of you are into good HONEST reviews on books, then I think you will love it as much as me. :)

Something else that I have been wanting to talk (blog) about is Swagbucks. I do a ton of searches on very random topics, whether it be for symptoms my kids are having to possible names for characters to locations to base a book on. With Swagbucks you can do the searches and earn Swagbucks that you can turn in to get actual prizes, without the shipping fees!

You can check them out here

Main reason I brought this up is that I recently turned some of my Swagbucks in to get a 5 dollars gift card from Amazon. With this I was able to get 4 books for my Kindle. They were all 99 cents each! The books I got are:

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking (which I LOVED, review to come later)
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
Switched by Amanda Hocking
The Father's Child by Mark Adair

I can't wait to get the time to dive in to the other Hocking books because the one I read was better than I thought, and her writing style is very unique. As far as The Father's Child, that was me judging the book by it's cover but I have rarely read a bad book IMO.

Ok, people here's where I need your help. I want to start getting books from publishers to read and review, I understand that I am very new at this but reading has ALWAYS been my passion. My one little slip is the fact that I don't have enough followers on my blog to qualify right now, and to be honest I am still learning. I have books that I have read in the past to do reviews on still and I know it's going to be a process. I have been inspired by some of the blogs I follow now like Reading Teen, Novel Thoughts, Katidom. So if you can spread the word about my blog please :) I am also on Twitter and Facebook. Help me make this happen, I am a stay at home mom that likes to go away to that place where only a book can take you. Not to mention the fact that I would be living under a bridge if I bought every book I wanted to read. I love all genres, more on the YA and mystery/thriller, dystopian, and the like. I have to say my least favorite is Romance but here recently there have been some really good ones! So I will quit rambling now (sorry!) and I appreciate all you can do to get the word across.

Final observation, being in this quiet house while the kids are away gets me thinking... A mom always wants an empty and quiet house, till she gets one. Then I am counting down till my babies are going to be home! Lol Well thanks everyone and have a wonderful Easter! Comments are welcomed and loved :)


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4/22/11

Heavenly Savings: Chunky Bling Interchangeable Watch Review and Give...

Yet another awesome giveaway for today from one of my trusty dusty blogs, Heavenly Savings! Just clicky the linky :)

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Yet another book giveaway, this time from one of my favorite blogs, Reading Teen. The book is Entwined by Heather Dixon, just clicky the link below!

Reading Teen: Reading Clean Spotlight! Entwined by Heather Dixon...: "ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECIEVE THIS..... READ MY REVIEW HERE !!!! This book was so amazing. I chose this book, for the month of April bec..."

Confessions of a Bookaholic: Guest Post & Giveaway: Sleight by Jennifer Sommers...

Awesome post and giveaway from the book Sleight by Jennifer Sommers. Just clicky the link below :)

Confessions of a Bookaholic: Guest Post & Giveaway: Sleight by Jennifer Sommers...: "Today I have a hilarious author here visiting my blog. Her name is Jennifer Sommersby and she is the author of Sleight . She's sharing a..."

Book Lungs: 300 Follower Giveaway!

This is an awesome new blog that has killer reviews and awesome giveaways! The following link will take you to one of those giveaways, if your smart (and I think MOST of you are) this should definitely become a blog to follow!

Book Lungs: 300 Follower Giveaway!: "Prize Pack #1 * ARC of Die for Me by Amy Plum - (Discontinued U.S. Cover) ARC of Misfit by Jon Skovron ARC of Exile by Anne Osterlund..."

4/19/11

The Bookish Type: A Cornucopia of Dystopia: ARC Giveaway of Divergen...

I have heard nothing but good things about this book and now here's a chance to win it! Just click the link below :)

The Bookish Type: A Cornucopia of Dystopia: ARC Giveaway of Divergen...: "Thanks to Allison at Harper Collins I am able to give away an ARC of the highly anticipated Divergent by Veronica Roth ! Coming May 3,..."

4/17/11

Heavenly Savings: Monster Factory Review and Giveaway!

Check out this giveaway from Heavenly Savings! Just click the link below!

Heavenly Savings: Monster Factory Review and Giveaway!: "My Thoughts on Monster Factory It seems like here recently I have seen many stuffed Monsters for Kids around. This was something that I ..."

4/16/11

Giveaway Blogdom: Purex Complete with Zout Review and Giveaway

Here's a giveaway from Giveaway Blogdom for a coupon for a free bottle of Purex with Zout!

Giveaway Blogdom: Purex Complete with Zout Review and Giveaway: "MMMM....the smell of freshly laundered laundry. For me it really is something that I could get lost in (not as much as the smell of co..."

4/14/11

Heavenly Savings: Honeycat Cosmetics Review and Giveaway! OPEN WORLD...

Don't you just love to have some you time? For most moms, this is harder to come by more than you think. Check out the blog Heavenly Saving and an awesome giveaway!

Heavenly Savings: Honeycat Cosmetics Review and Giveaway! OPEN WORLD...: "p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } My Thoughts on Honeycat Cosmetics You have all read my posts about how much I love my Bubble Ba..."

4/13/11

Giveaway Blogdom: TA-DA Bags - Review and Giveaway

Now for another awesome giveaway from Giveaway Blogdom!

Giveaway Blogdom: TA-DA Bags - Review and Giveaway: " As a blog reviewer I see a lot of new products come through my door. My mom once said it was like Christmas everyday an..."

4/7/11

Heavenly Savings: Scunci Bendini Clip Review and Giveaway!

Heavenly Savings: Scunci Bendini Clip Review and Giveaway!: "p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } My Thoughts on Scunci Bendini Clip Having a little girl is so much fun because I get to do fun sty..."

Heavenly Savings: Southern Magnolia Minerals Reveiw and $20.00 Gift ...

Heavenly Savings: Southern Magnolia Minerals Reveiw and $20.00 Gift ...: "p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } My Thoughts on Southern Magnolia Minerals I had my makeup done by a little Mineral Makeup stan..."

Giveaway Blogdom: Executive Gift Shoppe - Review and Giveaway

Giveaway Blogdom: Executive Gift Shoppe - Review and Giveaway: " My mom has had a job that requires business cards for the last ten years, and to date has yet to have a way to hold them. I la..."

4/1/11

Breastfeeding and an awesome Giveaway via Measuring Flower: Pump-a-Pair Review and Giveaway

One issue that I always seem to be at loggerheads with my friends is breastfeeding.. I have a couple (and yes that means like.. 2) friends that breastfed but most of my friends thinks it's nasty or weird or whatever.  Honestly to each their own, but I happen to be a very happy breastfeeding mommy and am always looking for things to make it a little easier experience. While scouring through my email I came across a blog I have been following for a few weeks now that offers giveaways, but also offers reviews on the products, recipes, craft ideas.. Truly a perfect site for a stay at home mom on a budget.. Did I mention coupons too? But any-who before I get off track the following link is to that giveaway and to the blog that mentioned before :)


Measuring Flower: Pump-a-Pair Review and Giveaway: "In October of 2010, Lyndsay Szymanski, with the help of her brother (now the CFO and co-owner) Jason Shultz, began Pumping Station, LLC, to..."


As always tell your friends about me :) And follow if you want!

3/4/11

The Broke Down on the Side of the Road Playlist and more!! :)

Hello all! Just so everyone knows I plan on my first few blogs to be about stuff that happened in the past to now. Reason being is I have been wanting to do the blog thing for awhile, not that I think everyone should read it.. No, but for the fact that I like to write, I wouldn't say I am published book worthy, but this gives me that outlet.. So if you enjoy it great! If not, can't blame ya I do like to ramble!! Ha ha :)

Okay, back to the subject at hand.. This was about 3 weeks ago on Saturday night we were going to Bowling Green to see my mom.. We live about an hour away and we got into Shakertown and BOOM! Our tire doesn't just blow out, it explodes.. So there we sit, we got a hold of someone and they were on their way, but we knew it was going to be at least an hour till then.  So this is my Playlist for getting stranded, I swear I wouldn't keep my sanity without my MP3 sometimes lol Hope you enjoy!!


Stranded Playlist
  1. My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (LOVE him for the simple fact I have yet to hear a bad song)
  2. I Love the Way You Lie - Eminem ft. Rhiana (This song always seems to make it to ALL my playlists :P)
  3. Drake - Over (Love the beat, really smooth)
  4. Flyleaf - All Around Me (Love her voice in this)
  5. Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are (Nothing like a good love song than one from someone with a beautiful voice)
  6. Easton Corbin - I Can't Love You Back (LOVE this one.. He sounds like a young George Strait)
  7. Fiona Apple - Criminal (Another one that always makes playlists)
  8. Florence and the Machine - Howl (Band I just discovered and I am so glad I did)
  9. John Denver - Annie's Song (Classic, completely forgot I had it :))
  10. Miranda Lambert - Only Prettier (Another Playlister)
  11. Paramore - Only Exception (Awesome song, awesome singer!)
  12. Rhiana ft. Drake - What's My Name (Good dance music)
  13. The Script - Breakeven (Discovered this band when I got another one of their songs on Itunes for Single of the Week.. My opinion awesome!)
  14. The Blow - True Affection (Quirky song that always makes me think of my best friend, Amanda and me at work.. We played this song at least 20 times a day :P)

Well that's the jist of it, I am always looking for new music, I love all kinds of music. If you have any suggestions leave a comment!! Thanks!

3/3/11

First and Foremost

I want to first tell everyone that is reading this that you may not like or agree with everything you read.. I am not here to impress anyone I am just trying to be me and if you have a problem with any of that in the future with what I write, then feel free to leave and not read anymore.. I know 99% of the people that I know won't care to read what I write, but I know there are those fair few that actually appreciate and like the way my mind works and how random it all is.. So if you are interested, then great! Be prepared for some pretty random stuff because that is the way that my mind tends to work.. SO... Here we go! Hope it's a fun ride for all! :)




My main reason I started this blog was right after I downloaded the StumbleUpon toolbar.. If you know what I mean, maybe you understand but I am addicted to this thing.  Long story short, it takes you to random websites of all different kinds of things.  If you have never used it, then I would definitely recommend it! SO, what I am trying to say is that you never know what you are going to find in here.. :)


I want to start things off with some quotes I have came across that I liked for whatever reason, see what you think:

"If it matters at all, it must matter completely" - Unknown

"If you hang out with me all the time, your life will turn into a musical whether you like it or not" - Unknown

"You make me laugh when I don't even want to smile" - Unknown

"Paper has more patience than people" - Unknown

"I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I'm not" - Kurt Cobain

"If it's stupid, and it works, it isn't stupid" - Murphy's laws of combat

"For every minute you remain angry, you give up 60 seconds of piece of mind" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Silence is the true friend that never betrays" - Confucius

Alrighty, since I am still new at this, I am open to suggestions but never expect anything by the book because I just don't function that way.  I figure the more random the better :) So thanks for reading and leave comments!!

Another note-- Happy Birthday to my Uncle Chris!! Love you!