Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Prince Charming

"One day, if your lucky, you will find that person you can grow old with. Someone you can put your trust into and know they will always be there for you. Be there to take care of you. Be there in the good times and the bad. Always love them and feel lucky you found them. Remember, no one is perfect, but if you're with the right person, you won't have to be. Love you babes!!!" -Ryan
The statement above couldn't be more true. It was written as a status on Ryans facebook to me, as you can tell from the last part. :)

This is the reason why, I know, I've found my prince charming. The one who despite those stormy moments, I may have, will always be there to see that I'm okay. To wipe the tears away when I cry, to make me smile when others make me frown. He will be the Edward to my Bella, Charming to my Cinderella, Prince Eric to my Ariel, the Beauty to my Beast. In other words, the one who will make up my happily ever after.

"Learned what it would be like to not have was heart breaking." -Ryan on a dream he had where he didn't know me.


I just felt the need to share this with you all. I actually a few other things he had written to me in text, but that phone was damaged, and I had to send it in for a new one. Even though we have our moments where we're, shall I say, fed up with each other, we will always find a way to make it work. If you love someone don't give up on them during their bad times, be there for them, let them know that they don't have to go at it alone. I know when I've had a bad day it's nice to come home, and have Ryan here to sit beside me and listen, or rub my back to calm me down when I've been crying. How I've made the past 26 years without him I don't know.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Novella Review: Double Crossed by Ally Carter

AUTHOR: Ally Carter
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

STAND ALONE/SERIES: Novella to Gallagher Girls and Heist Society
SOURCE: bought as an ebook for free

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?

W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists

Two awesome series merging to form this little novella. I absolutely adore Ally Carter's writing. Her characters are always so fun, sarcastic, and enjoyable. I don't know why more authors don't try and merge some of their highly enjoyable series together. I mean yes they do the spin offs like Vampire academy and bloodlines, but eh. Then again maybe it's just the way Ally Carter delivers her stories and is able to do so flawlessly in my opinion.
As much as I loved Cammie and the other girls in the gallagher girls books it was fun to see Macey out and on her own, and then to add Hale and Kat from Heist Society was the icing on the cake.
You really don't have to read the other books to read this short story, but I guarentee once you read this one you'll want to learn more about them in their natural surroundings. Hale and Kat with their friends cooking up jewelry/art heists or Macey with Cammie, Bex, and Liz at the Gallagher Academy for the

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Books read in 2013

It's another new year which means another list of books read. I will be linking the books to the reviews I write for them. Go check them out and leave a comment. :)

My goal right now is to read 50 books. Hopefully I can read more, but it all depends.
1. Matched by Ally Condie
2. The statistical probability of love at first sight by Jennifer E. Smith
3. Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman
4. The Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman
5. Double Crossed by Ally Carter
6. Nobody by Jennifer L. Barnes
7. Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
8. The Nightmare Affairs by Mindi arnett
9. AKA by Robin Benway
10. Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
11. Freak of nature by Julie Crane
12. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
13. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
14. Wildefire by Karsten Knight
15. Envy by Gregg Olsen

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Giveaway: Nobody and Every Other Day by Jennifer L. Barnes

Hello my lovely readers!!
It's been awhile since I've done any sort of giveaway for ya'll so with the upcoming release of Nobody by Jennifer lynn Barnes and the release of the paperback  Every Other day the darling people over at Egmont have been generous enough to let me do a giveaway for both books.

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She argues with her father. She’s human.

And then every day in between . . . she’s something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her, and unfortunately she’ll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive . . . and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Don't both those books sound awesome. I'm actually reading Nobody right now, and enjoying it. So look out for my review to come soon. To get you in the spirit of the books here are some tidbits about the author.

Jennifer's Blog

* Two videos featuring Jen talking about Every Other Day, which is releasing in paperback on January 22, the same day as Nobody:* Two videos featuring Jen talking about Every Other Day, which is releasing in paperback on January 22, the same day as Nobody:

* Here are several additional videos of Jen sharing her thoughts on writing, what's next in YA literature, and the paranormal genre:
Video 1

*Here are links where you can purchase a copy of Nobody:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Debut Author Challenge 2013

I decided I would do this again. Last year I signed up for it, and basically just gave up, but I really do want to try and read some of these books.

My List as of now:
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Level 2 Lenore Applehans
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
PODs by Michelle Pickett (I actually had this as one of my WOWs awhile back)
Triangles by Kimberly ann Miller
Reboot by Amy Tintera
The S word by Chelsea Pitcher (Netgalley)
The art of wishing by Lindsay Ribar
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Splintered by A.J Howard
Being Henry David by Cal (From publisher)
Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe (Netgalley)
In the shadows of blackbirds by (netgalley)
Bruised (netgalley)
An infidel in Paradise (netgalley)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

AUTHOR: Jill Hathaway
Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
PAGES: 250

STAND ALONE/SERIES: Book 1 in the Slide series
SOURCE: bought

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

What would it be like to slide into someones mind and see what they're seeing? To know things about them that no one else does? Well for Vee it's as easy as touching something that a person has an emotional connection too. In some ways I think it would be neat to see what others see. You could actually say I've walked the mile in that persons shoes. Then there's that feeling of  "oh no" invading someones privacy is just wrong. What if you could help find a killer though?

Vee knows that Sophie didn't kill herself, that it was murder, but how do you tell people that when you can't really explain how you know.

So begins the mystery and unraveling of the classic who dun it scenerio. A teacher with a history to hide, a new kid who's too friendly, a best friend who's been distant, backstabbing friends, an ex. I absolutely adore mysteries, before reading YA that was my poison, when I read it was the likes of Mary Higgins Clark. What better way to enjoy a book then to have a mystery wrapped up with a little paranormal twist.

Slide was one of those mysteries where you're thinking it's got to be this person. I mean no one else has "that killer vibe", but then when you find out who it just throws you for a loop. Jill Hathaway did an awesome job at keeping you on your toes, keeping you wanting to know, keeping you guessing. Even with the supposed suicide/ killer on the loose Ms. Hathaway managed to squeeze in a bit of romance between our main character and you guessed it the mysterious new kid.

Definitely can't wait to read the next book Imposter.

Kindle Deals (6)

I always see blogs that have a page that show deals for the kindle, and I occasionally find one or two books on there that I would want. I'm more of a YA girl, and seeing as how most my followers are (I'm assuming here) I decided to make a list of the YA books I found that are $3.99 and less for the kindle. There are plenty more Ya books that are on amazon, but these caught my attention because either I have them, I've read them, or I'm dying to read them. :) Just click on the title and it takes you to their amazon page in a new window.
I'm not sure how long these deals will be here so get them while they're available.

$3.99 and above



Reviews to the books I've read on this page:
Sean Griswolds Head
Pushing the Limits

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

AUTHOR: Ally Condie
PUBLISHER: Dutton Juvenile

PAGES: 369

STAND ALONE/SERIES: Book 1 in the Matched series

SOURCE: bought


Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow

I've had Matched sitting on my shelf for a bit, and never really gave it any thought. it just didn't seem to have that appeal to me. Now that I've read it, I wish I could say that I should have read it sooner, but truth be told I can't. While there were a few parts where I felt the need to write some passage out so that I could remember it for this review the story itself just didn't hit the OMG level. You know that level right? Where you just can't believe you went that long without it? I can usually overlook the "eh" factor (Eh= I really could care less) I have if either the characters or plot line interest me, but Matched had neither. 

It just didn't Match up. Yes...yes I took it there. :) 

I don't want this review to be all negative Nancy. I try not to DNF any book even if it's v.e.r.y s.l.o.w because usually the ending is what keeps you hooked, and maybe that was part of the problem it just seemed to trudge along. I really would have liked it better had I been able to be in Ky's head most the time. He was the only character I truly cared to learn anything about. His story is what was interesting to me. Cassia just seemed like another girl trying to please her society knowing it was wrong. What was up with the society anyways? We hardly learned anything about them in my opinion.

Here's the deal even though I didn't enjoy this book I always try to give them the benefit of the doubt by reading the next book because maybe we'll learn more. Plus, I have a hard time just reading one book in the series if I start it I'm likely going to finish it.

Here are some passages that I did enjoy:

"I thought about Angels." I say.

"You know. The ones in the old stories. How they can fly to heaven."
"Do you think anyone believes in them anymore?" he asks.
"I don't know. No. Do you?"
"I believe in you." he syas, his voice hushed and almost reverent. "That's more faith than I ever thought I'd have." -Page 273 Cassia and Ky

"There." I say, and he looks at what I've written.
I love you.
Why are some things easier to write than say?
"You don't have to write it back." I say. "I just wanted you to know."
"I don't want to write it back," he tells me. And then he says it, right out there on the Hill, and of all the words I have hidden and saved and treasured, these are the ones I will never forget, the most important ones of all.
"I love you." Page 275

Like a secret told, a promise kept.

Even if it hurts, I have to tell him. Because either way, whichever life I build, has to be built on truth. page 300

My face fits perfectly into the spot against his shoulder, near his neck, where I can both hear his heart and smell his skin. I
'm safe here too. page 315 This reminds me of when I hug Ryan because he's taller then me and I fit into his shoulders as well, and it does feel safe.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

AUTHOR: Jennifer E. Smith
PUBLISHER: Poppy/little brown
PAGES: 286
SOURCE: bought

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

It should have been the worse day in Hadley's life, she missed her flight which was taking her to her dad's wedding in London, and to the start of a new life for him, and the ending to her family. One little missed plane turns everything around.

Before, you move on to reading what's sure to be a gushing review, I'm just going to say be prepared for references to Ryan because I pretty much thought about him while reading it. 

If you haven't read TSPoLaFS (sorry the name is too freakin' long to type out) then you're missing out. For a book that happens in a 24 hour period it does a wonderful job of showing who the characters are and what they're going through. I wish I could have been that person sitting in the chair next to Oliver and Hadley, or heck even the fly they shooed away. I freakin' adored Hadley and Oliver even before the story started I wanted them to end up together, and be happy. Did it happen? You'll have to read it. (Does anyone else skip to the back of the book to see if what you want to happen...happens? Or is that just me?) Anyways, Hadley definitely had her issues at the beginning of the story, but by the end I think she realized things could have been worse for her. I love that characters can grow so much in so little time. Oliver I adored just as much. He kept Hadley concentrating on other things and just being there for her.

The chemistry just seemed to work for them, and yes even if it was a little insta-love there was still enough of that genuine feel to it that it didn't ruin anything. I mean who doesn't want to believe in love at first sight. 

Ever have that book that makes you stop and remember something that happened in your life that was like wow, what if it had happened differently? That's what TSPoLaFS did to me. It made me think well what if I never had transferred from my old store to the new one back a few years ago. Then I would have never met Ryan. I would have never found that person I want to spend my life with. Maybe, I'm exaggerating. Maybe, I'm not it's all really just chance when you think about it. But I owe that little bit of chance a lot because I found that one person I would do anything for and I know he would do anything for me.

Jennifer Smith's writing was also something that made this book so enjoyable. Just the little passages that I found were so heartfelt, and I could easily relate to them.

Some quotes I liked:
-In the end, it's not the changes that will break your heart, it's that tug of familiarity-pg 19

-It seems impossible that she could have liked someone like Mitchell when there was someone like this guy in the world, someone tall, and lanky, with tousled hair, and startling green eyes, and a speck of mustard on his chin, like the one small imperfection that makes the whole painting work somehow. Is it possible not to ever know your type---not even know you have a type--until quite suddenly you do? -pg 31
I think I liked this one because it reminded me so  much of Ryan.

-and in August it will be 52 years together.(lady on plane)
Wow....That's amazing. (Oliver)
I wouldn't call it amazing.
It's easy when you find the right person. (Lady on plane)

-his hand pressing on her back as he kisses her, and the truth is, she's never felt so safe in her life. pg 100

-This house is about two dictionaries away from caving in, and you're buying duplicates? pg 153 This caught my attention do to the book lover side of me, and because it's so true.

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