Jan 16

Review * This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Reviews 1 ★★★★★

Review * This Is Our Story by Ashley ElstonThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Published by Disney Hyperion on November 15, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
Five went in. Four came out.

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

What I Thought…

• I could not put down This Is Our Story. It had me from the get go and wouldn’t let go of it’s hold on me.

• I love the way the story was told. There were chapter’s from Kate’s POV and also interludes from the killer’s POV, only we don’t know who it is.

• Nothing is as it seems. There are five boys in the group, one of them is killed and the other four agree to this pact to “protect” themselves. It’s absolutely crazy, but I could totally see this being a real story.

• Kate was pretty awesome. I loved her job in the courthouse and that she was fiercer than I thought she would be.

• There were quite a few plots twists. Some I saw coming, some I didn’t. It was really hard to know what was true and what was a lie.

• Belle Terre is a small town and I loved the mix of small town politics combined with rich people politics. It added another delicious element to the story.

• I was pleasantly surprised that there was a little romance in Belle Terre. I picked up This Is Our Story because of how intriguing the mystery was, and given that half the characters are suspects to a murder I just assumed no romance.

• Kate’s BFF Reagan was the kind of best friend everyone should have in high school. She calls it like it is, but is also supportive.

Overall you should read This Is Our Story. Now. Seriously. The mystery has so many twists and turns – you won’t regret it.


Jan 11

Review * The Sun Is Also a Star

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on November 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 348
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

What I Thought…

• OMG! THIS BOOK! So many feels!

• I’m honestly not even sure where to begin. I feel like this book turned my brain into complete mush and I am having a hard time having coherent thoughts. There is just so much to talk about and it’s all amazing.

• Natasha and Daniel were amazing. Natasha is an illegal Jamaican immigrant and while Daniel was born in America, his parents were not. They were modeled after the author’s own relationship which is all kinds of awesome. I loved learning a little bits of information about the Jamaican and Korean cultures, and how they are the same/different here in America. Their families came here for different reasons in different manners and that really shaped the lives of their children.

• At first I wasn’t too sure about the style it was written in. Natasha and Daniel are the two main characters but throughout The Sun Is Also a Star there are other POV’s and little tidbits of information relevant to the story woven through the story. These parts really came to grow on me, especially the informational ones. We learn about the theory behind eyes, and how it came to be that African-American hair care stores tended to be owned by Koreans. It was all so fascinating!

• There is a lot of discussion in The Sun Is Also a Star over destiny/fate and science. I know that I fall somewhere in the middle of both and I loved that Natasha was full of the science of things and Daniel was full of “meant to be”. It was a good mix and I enjoyed how they shifted a little bit in how they feel about things.

• I think my favorite part of the story was how everything was woven in and you see how their chance meeting affected others lives and how those lives affected them. The intertwining was so smooth and really hits home how one small thing can make a difference in the life of someone else.

• Both Natasha and Daniel have someone in their family who is less than awesome. For me, Daniel’s brother was THE WORST. Ugh.

• I also liked how Yoon gave us a little snippet of the futures of not just Natasha and Daniel but also some of the other lives in the story. I really liked the ending, even though I wanted to punch a certain person in the face for his actions because things could have turned out differently, but then again, I think that ending would have been too cheesy for me and this one was better.

Overall if you haven’t read The Sun Is Also a Star yet run to the bookstore pick it up and read it now. It was AMAZING!


Jan 01

Happy New Year!

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All in all 2016 was a pretty good for me, but I’m still ready for 2017 to begin. I love the fresh start, and because I am who I am, I also love that this year January 1 is on a Sunday. It’s the perfect new beginning!

Today is my last day of winter break before I school begins again tomorrow. This break has felt way to short, probably because I traveled and that always makes the break seem shorter.

Today my day will be spent reading and watching football. And a nap because my team doesn’t play until 8:30 which means I’ll be up late and I don’t want to return to school all grouchy.

I’m currently reading these two beauties right here.

How are you spending your New Years?


Dec 31

December in Review

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but since I kind of, maybe, possibly, bought quite a few books this month it seemed like a good time to do one.

Books Bought


The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon
My Unscripted Life – Lauren Morrill
This is Our Story – Ashley Elston
The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee
The Problem with Forever – Jennifer L Armentrout
The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro
Someone Like You – Lauren Layne



Dec 22

2016 Year in Review

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2016 was a great year for me personally. I finished my third year of teaching strong, with a great group of kids. I went on an epic road trip over the summer. In late August I started at a new school and I’ve never been happier. Right now I’m back in Texas to see my new niece who was born in November (and see the adorable first one too of course).

Reading wise things were very slow. At this time I’ve only read 52 books, which is my lowest total by more than half since I started using Goodreads in 2012. I went through a huge slump this summer, which is a bummer as that’s the easiest time for me to read because there is no school. Thankfully things are back to normal.

Now… on to the stats!

No surprises here. Contemporaries are my favorite. Totally 66.7% overall. What does surprise me is the 7 science fiction books I read. That’s a lot for me!

This one still blows my mind. I only read 5 print books this year. Five!! That’s crazy. 64.7% were digital.

As always most the books I read are those that I’ve purchased. I’m pleased that almost 20% of my books were from the library – that’s a big chunk to me. Digital copies for the win! (I’m not very good at returning the physical copies.)

I feel good about my ratings this year. I’ve toned down the 5 star to be the REALLY REALLY GOOD ones. And if a book is bad enough for one star than I usually DNF.

I read A LOT of series this year. But that’s ok. I actually really like series books. I like see what the characters are up to later on.

This one is a big change from the last three years and Adult books overtook the YA books. I think that was mostly because of my reading slump and I tend to go with contemporary romances during that time.

Jill Shalvis is my favorite author so this is no surprise. And 70% were different authors so I feel good about that.

Yeah… this is pretty typical, but probably lower than ever before. Gotta work on this one!

Well this was my year. Not as great as other years, but overall not too bad. How was your year?


Dec 19

2016 End of the Year Book Survey

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The End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie and The Perpetual Page Turner. You can read more about the End of the Year Book Survey over at Jamie’s blog, but basically you just answer a bunch of questions about the books you read this year!

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 52
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary, of course!

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

By Your Side by Kasie West

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I can’t even with this one.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Sci-Fi and Fantasy books are hit or miss for me and this one was a huge hit.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?

Honestly…. no books were pushed this year.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best Series – Heartbreaker Bay by Jill Shalvis

Best Sequel – Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper

Best Series Ender – Their Fractured Light by Aimee Kaufman and Megan Spooner

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Jus Accardo. Infinity was such a fun and interesting read. I can’t wait for the next one.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Interference by Kay Honeyman

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

By Your Side by Kasie West

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

I honestly cannot think of one. Is that bad? I’m just drawing a blank right now.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?

Honestly, I have nothing for this this year. :(

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“People’s inability to face up to this thing is worse than the thing, it really is.”

The Last Policeman by Ben H Winters

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Longest – The Angel’s Share – 432 Pages

Shortest – Romancing the Ranger – 152 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Last Star by Rick Yancey – and NOT in a good way.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Kate and Hunter from Interference

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Elle, Pru and Willa from the Heartbreaker Bay Series

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

PS I Like You by Kasie West

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Finn from Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

Didn’t read one.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Infinity by Jus Accardo

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

No books. I had no feelings this year.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Game On by Michelle Smith

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

There was no soul crushing this year.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Nil by Lynne Matson

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I RAGED. I will probably continue to rage for some time.

My Bookish/Blogging Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

OMG I am was a terrible blogger this year, I’m not sure I discovered any.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

The End of the School Year is Here… and I’m a Crying Fool

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

My friend Kate works at the local bookstore and I went to an event she hosted. It was awesome.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

My book clubs Christmas Party. My book club is awesome and we had such a great time (as always)!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Tuesday * 2017 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of them!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

None this year. Man am I lame.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Other than the Goodreads challenge I did no challenges this year. I’m going to try again in 2017.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut).

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I don’t know.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

Blog more! I did not have a good blogging year and that is on me for being a slacker.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommended To Everyone:

By Your Side by Kasie West

Participating in this survey is one of my favorite things! If you participated please let me know so I can check out your answers!


Dec 13

Top Ten Tuesday * 2017 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

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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 Books I’m looking forward to in 2017.

Ok, technically I’ve already read the first two,  but whatever. They were both excellent and you should check them out.

The other eight I am eagerly anticipating. It Started with Goodbye is the only one that is a new author, the others I’ve read before.

What’s on your 2017 anticipated list?


Dec 12

Review * The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Reviews 1 ★★

Review * The Last Star by Rick YanceyThe Last Star by Rick Yancey
Narrated by Ben Yannette, Phoebe Strole
Series: The 5th Wave #3
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 24, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Time: 9 Hours 17 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Add to: Goodreads
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

What I Thought…

UGH!!!!!! I enjoyed both The Fifth Wave and The Infinite Sea but this…. UGH!!!

“I looked into his chocolate fondue fountain eyes.” – need I say more?


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I listened to the audio and tuned in and out, I’m sure I missed things but it wasn’t as riveting as the previous books and in the end I just wanted it to be over.
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Overall… don’t bother.


Dec 11

Sundays in Bed With… Book Club Holiday Party!

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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 will probably spend very little time reading today as its my book club holiday party. We do this awesome thing (courtesy of Steph) where we have a bunch of little prizes wrapped up in a saran wrap ball and then we unwrap it, but you only get as long as it takes someone to roll doubles. It’s awesome, though I’m sure I didn’t explain it in a manner that reflects it’s awesomeness.

Saturday I did the Tacky Light 6k for the second time. It’s amazing, though it was cold this year and that part sucked, but oh well!

If I have time to read I’ll either be reading The Cage by Meghan Shepard or Fire in You by J. Lynn.


Nov 06

Sundays in Bed With…

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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 haven’t done one of these in a looooooong time. But it’s all good. I worked my butt off this week so that I could enjoy a lazy Sunday, full of books and football. And maybe a nap. We’ll see.

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In the plans for today is to finish Nil. And make some progress on The Unexpected Everything. I’ve been working on the latter since the summer but I hit a reading slump and now that I’m mostly out of it (I hope) I really need to get back to this book. It’s just a little daunting being a 500+ page contemporary.

I’m not sure what else I’ll read, but I’ll see where the day takes me! Happy Sunday everyone!