Mar 22

Sundays in Bed With… Work and Getting Ready for Book Club

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

I’m probably not going to have time to read today, but I’m still going to have a good bookish time. It’s book club day and everyone’s coming to my house. I’m super excited about today’s meeting because we are doing a brunch theme and I LOVE breakfast foods!

I’m going to be spending the morning cleaning my house and the early afternoon making food. I also have 70 tests and 50 quizzes to grade after book club. I’ll be doing that while I watch Wisconsin play their tournament game tonight.

Yes PleaseIf I get a chance I might have time for Yes Please by Amy Poehler. This is our book club pick for this month, and of course I am not going to finish. Sigh. Waited too long to start, but it’s all good!

Yes Please is also incredibly funny and touching. I have loved every minute so far and I highly recommend the audio version as Amy Poehler narrates it herself.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly



Mar 16

Review * The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

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Review * The Chapel Wars by Lindsey LeavittThe Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-stars
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.

What I Thought…

• I wanted to like The Chapel Wars so much, but I was a bit disappointed.

• My favorite thing about The Chapel Wars was the relationship between Holly and Camille, her best friends girlfriend. Holly doesn’t have any female friends but as Holly’s life changes her and Camille strike up a friendship.

• I also liked that Holly was left in charge of her family’s Wedding Chapel after her grandpa passed away. This might be realistic in the real world (she’s still in high school after all) but it made the book unique and fun.

• Learning about the other side of Las Vegas was cool too. The non-touristy side of Las Vegas sounds awesome and if I ever go back I want to see that side.

• I did not care for Dax at all. He was just meh. I also didn’t like the insta-love between them.

• I also found The Chapel Wars to be a bit slow and boring at times, I just wanted to get on with the cute and fun stuff and there wasn’t as much of that as I was hoping.

Overall The Chapel Wars was a bit of a disappointment for me, but I still plan on reading Going Vintage when I can.

Kimberly


Mar 14

Sundays in Bed With… Of Neptune (On a Saturday!)

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Of NeptuneToday I’m listening to Of Neptune by Anna Banks. A couple of weeks ago I decided to attempt my first mermaid book and I loved it! So glad that I started this series after all the books were published or the first book might have killed me waiting for it!

I’m also hoping to finish Wild Hearts this weekend and start something new, but I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for yet.

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Mar 05

Review * Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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Review * Of Poseidon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks
Narrated by Rebecca Gibel
Series: The Syrena Legacy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 22, 2012
Genres: Mythology, Young Adult
Time: 9 Hours 32 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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four-stars
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

What I Thought…

• My first mermaid book was a success!

• I was sucked in from the very beginning. It started off with quite a bit of action, but even when the story slowed down it still had all my attention. I typically listen to music in the car but Of Poseidon was so good I just had to listen to it.

• I liked both Emma and Galen, but my favorite characters were Toraf and Rayna. Rayna is Galen’s sister and Toraf is his best friend. I loved their relationship with Galen and with each other.

• Emma and Galen have good chemistry and push and pull at each other a lot, which I loved.

• The mythology of the Syrena was fascinating. There are two “families” of sorts that split the ocean, and they don’t always get along. There was also a bit of mystery regarding Emma and how she came to be what she is as well as other mysteries (despite all the hints I totally didn’t see one thing coming).

• While I did love it a couple of things drove me crazy. Galen knew a lot of stuff about humans, but then there were other times where he knew nothing, and if he had been around humans as often as he implied then he should pretty much know all the things.

• I listened to the audio, and while it was really good it was strange to have only one audio narrator for a dual narrated book. There were times when I missed that it was Galen’s pov.

Overall I really enjoyed my first mermaid book!

Kimberly


Mar 03

Top Ten Tuesday * All Time Favorites

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten All Time Favorites from the last 3 years.

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These are books that I still think about and know that someday I will reread them again.

1. Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

4. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

7. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

8. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

9. One in a Million by Jill Shalvis

10. Pivot Point by Kasie West

Kimberly


Mar 02

Review * The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * The Trouble With Love by Lauren LayneThe Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne
Series: Sex, Love and Stiletto #4
Published by Loveswept on March 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

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Kimberly


Mar 01

Month In Review

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Month In Review

I am not that said the February is coming to an end. Despite the 6 extra days off of work I enjoyed I am over winter. I am done with snow and cold and all the other things that come with winter. Bring on spring! I read 11 books this month, which honestly could have been more but I didn’t read too much on my snow days. I think this is mostly because I did not read a lot of awesome books this month. My average star rating was a 3.3.

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Favorite book is a tie between The Ruby Circle and Station Eleven. Least favorite was The Chapel Wars.

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From Netgalley/Edelweiss

Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil

Joyride by Anna Banks

Prove Me Wrong by Tessa Marie

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart

Purchased

Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans

Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Gifted

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Upcoming in March

Hopefully less winter and more spring. I should be able to get in a fair amount of reading before school kicks up into high gear for the SOL tests the students will take in May.

 

 

Kimberly


Feb 27

Review * The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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Review * The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiThe Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #2
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BYR on March 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: The Winner's Curse
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The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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Kimberly


Feb 25

Waiting on Wednesday * March Releases

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

Today I’m waiting on some March releases. There are only a few this month, which is definitely a good thing!

 The Start of Me and YouIt’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

I absolutely loved Open Road Summer. Lord knows how to bring out all the feels and I can’t wait to read this one!

Fall With MeEleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

I fell in love with Armentrout’s books last summer and I just can’t get enough. The Wait For You series is among my favorites.

Dangers of Dating a Rebound VampireIn the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants…

Molly Harper never fails to make me smile and laugh. I read a novella that featured Gigi and I am excited to read about her adventures!

Kimberly