Monthly Archives:: December 2013

Dec 31

December in Review

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Month In Review

Happy New Year!

Despite all the craziness of December I actually got a fair amount of reading done (though not a lot of reviewing). The break from school is just what I needed to get back into the swing of things so look forward to more posts in January!

I spent the first week of winter break visiting my parents in Wisconsin and boy was it cold! I miss my family and friends but I DO NOT miss the weather. Even though my week was filled with cold and snow I had a great time over the holidays but I am ready for a few more days of relaxing before I head back to school.

December in Review


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Book Bloggers New Years Challenge – 14 days of posts!

Top Ten Tuesday – Goals for 2014 and Worlds I wouldn’t want to live in

Reviews – Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morril, Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik, The Program by Suzanne Young and more!


Dec 31

Top Ten Tuesday * Best of 2013

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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 Read in 2013

I read quite a few good books this year, here is just a sample of the goodness!

Miranda Kenneally Things I Can't Forget Gillian Flynn Gone Girl Brodi Ashton Everbound Jill Shalvis It Had to Be You

1. Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

I was sold on Miranda Kenneally from the moment I picked up Catching Jordan, she certainly didn’t disappoint with Things I Can’t Forget.

2. Gone Girl by Gilling Flynn

Biggest WTF ever!

3. Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Ashton did such awesome things with the underworld and that ending!

4. It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis

All of Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor books are fabulous but this one topped the first one of the series for me.

Kasie West Pivot Point Elizabeth Norris Unbreakable Kristan Higgins The Best Man

5. Pivot Point by Kasie West

West is another author that I was instantly sold on. Pivot Point blew me away and I can’t wait for Split Second!

6. Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

A great ending to a dualology!

7. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Higgins’ contemporary romances are some of my favorite and this is a great start to her new series.

Parallel Lauren Miller Not a Drop to Drink The Naturals Jennifer Lynne Barnes

8. Parallel by Lauren Miller

I really fell in love with multi-verse/time travel books this year and Parallel was one of my favorites.

9. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

By far my favorite dystopian of the year.

10. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes

A YA version of Criminals Minds – not to be passed up!


Dec 29

In Bed With… Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

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

Nice Girls Don't Bite Their NeighborToday is my last day in Wisconsin and I have one more Christmas event to go to so I don’t have a ton of time to read today, but I’ll be spending some time with Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors. This is the final book in the Jane Jameson series and I’m sad to say goodbye to Jane, Gabriel, Dick, Zeb and the rest of the gang. So far the last installment is just as good and funny as the rest!

Tomorrow I’ll be jumping on a plane home and my reading list includes finishing Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors and then starting Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Kate Alender, Also Known As by Robin Benway or maybe something else!

What are you reading today?


Dec 26

Review * The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Review * The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Narrated by Amber Faith
Published by Disney Hyperion on November 5, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Time: 7 Hours 28 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

What I Thought…

  • I was sucked into The Naturals from the very beginning. The Naturals is similar to a teenage version of Criminal Minds with a dash of the Scooby Doo gang thrown in.
  • The Naturals is a program founded by the FBI to work with teenagers who have certain “abilities” to help solve cold cases and eventually (I’m assuming) solve real cases when they are older and go through the FBI training. All five of the teenagers have special abilities such as being able to read people or being a human lie detector that appeal to the FBI.
  • Cassie was a strong main character, and used her strength to her advantage. Cassie also did not turn into a damsel in distress when things went bad, she remained strong. Cassie was very easy to connect with, she had lots of feelings and emotions, both good and bad, and it was easy to see where she was coming from and you couldn’t help but want good things for her.
  • I loved the whole group of teenagers. They were all different, yet shared enough qualities with others in the group that them working together wasn’t impossible. The boys, Dean and Michael, were total opposites and mostly likeable, though sometimes Michael annoyed me. The other girls, Lia and Sloane, were also quite different. Lia is the least likeable of the bunch, but she’s not all that bad. Sloane is  the outsider of the group but my favorite.
  • There was kind of a love triangle in The Naturals, but not really. Dean and Michael are both interested in Cassie, and there are times where she is interested in one or both of them, but the romance was so far in the background in The Naturals that it barely made a blip on my radar. Though if I must be honest, I do have a preference between the boys.
  • The Naturals weaves you in and out of a current case that the FBI agents are working on and a cold case that connects with Cassie’s past. Even though the teenagers aren’t supposed to be working on a current case you know there is no way they could stay away!
  • The mystery kept me on my toes and had just the right amount of creepy. Cassie and the other Naturals are working on connecting the current case with the cold case of Cassie’s mom’s murder. The mystery has a very criminal minds feel to it, which of course I loved. I listened to the audio and there were quite a few times that I got the chills. There are several “you” chapters (the voice of the killer) and the narrator did them in this low kind of whispery voice that was very creepy.
  • The Naturals is very fast paced and action packed. I had no clue who the killer was, but the reasons behind the killer made sense (in that killer kind of way of course) with the story and the characters.

If you enjoy Criminal Minds, or any other crime shows, and love YA this is the book for you!


Dec 24

Happy Holidays!

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1I know I haven’t been around much lately but work has been keeping me busier than I had imagined it would, but I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

This year I am spending Christmas in Wisconsin and while I love my family and I am excited to see everyone, I am not excited about the weather. Despite the fact that I’ve only been here for 2 days it’s been an eventful trip thus far.

When I left Sunday morning at 5am it was 65 degrees in Richmond. I was flying to Milwaukee with a layover in Detroit. Detroit is my least favorite airport of all time, but it cost $50 more to fly anywhere else so I sucked it up. I was a bit nervous though as there was a storm coming into Wisconsin and I did not want to get stuck in Detroit!

Luckily there were no delays and I left Detroit without a hitch, until we got to Milwaukee and had to circle the airport for 30 minutes while they plowed the runway. Spending an extra 30 minutes in a plan sucks, but it’s better than be rerouted.

My arrival into Milwaukee was met with lots of this2which is NOT one of my favorite things. Visibility was low and the snow just kept coming and coming!


We got about 6 inches total at my parents house, about 9 inches by the lake. Besides all the snow I was also greeted with this

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Brrrrrrrr. I cannot handle this type of cold any more!

I’m hoping to spend a good part of my break reading, reviewing and relaxing!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!


Dec 12

2013 End of the Year Book Survey!

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best-books-2013-1024x862 The End of the Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. I love this survey because it’s a great way to reflect on my reading this year without having to think up any questions myself! Be sure to check out Jamie’s post and link up your own survey!

Best in Books 2013

Kasie West Pivot Point1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary – Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis Paranormal – Pivot Point by Kasie West Dystopian – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne I really enjoyed Monument 14 and I expected to love Sky on Fire, but it just didn’t work for me. At this point I have no desire to even finish the series.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr Carnival of Souls is not even remotely my kind of book, but I gave it a shot anyway and completely fell in love with it. I listened to it on audio and it was fantastic!

Gillian Flynn Gone Girl4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Hands down Gone Girl is the most recommended book of 2013. I have practically been shoving it in people’s faces!

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

Jane Jameson series Molly Harper is insanely funny and I have completely fell in love with Half Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson. Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Hands down, Kasie West

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Pivot Point by Kasie West Had I not had a million things going on when I started this book I would have read it in one sitting for sure!

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Pivot Point by Kasie West, before I read Split Second

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

Brenna Yovanoff

11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

Nick and Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget them!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Miranda Kenneally Things I Can't Forget13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally Things I Can’t Forget gives you so much to think about and think about it I did. Also it was one of the few books I read this year that honestly made me cry.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

“When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.” Pivot Point by Kasie West

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

Longest: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi Shortest: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry (novella)

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

I hate to be repetitive here, but no book had a bigger WTF moment than Gone Girl. Your just chillin, reading along and then BAM!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Addie and… not at liberty to say, because spoiler, but loved them in Pivot Point.

Kristan Higgins The Best Man19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. My mom has been after me to read this forever and I decided to pick it for book club to force myself to read it and I’m so glad I did! It was fascinating and highly disturbing!

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Contemporary of course!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Xander, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Pivot Point by Kasie West

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi I’m not very good at visualizing books, but Rossi makes it easy. Her descriptions are just perfect!

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Awkward by Marni Bates

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Breathe by Sarah Crossan I don’t remember much hype for this book (or it’s sequel), but I loved it!

 Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?

Christina Reads YA I think I stumbled upon Christina in 2013, but honestly it could have been 2012. I don’t know!

Jamie McGuire Beautiful Disaster2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?

It was not my favorite book (far from it) but I’m most proud of my review of Beautiful Disaster. I worked at this review more than any other, and it sums up my feelings perfectly!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

Why Can’t We Play Nice? Because there is no right way or wrong way to blog!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Pass on this one for now, I have to find it!

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

I didn’t get to go to BEA this year, but I did go to some awesome signings and it’s impossible to pick a favorite! Kate from Midnight Book Girl and I made a couple of different trips down to the Raleigh area and saw Veronica Rossi, Beth Revis, Brodi Ashton and Maureen Johnson. Trips are fun. Bookish Trips are better! I also made a trip up to DC for Jessica Spotswood’s release of Star Cursed with Kate and Steph. We met a bunch of other bloggers and had a ton of fun.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

It’s not really a moment per se, but I love my book club and can’t imagine life without them.

Susan Beth Pfeffer Shade of the Moon7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Review * The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Page Views) This surprises me, but stats don’t lie! (Ok, they can lie, but whatever!)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

All of them! Traffic has been light lately, but that’s my fault for not posting a lot or getting out and commenting!

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

One More Page Books in Arlington. Such a cute look bookstore! I wish it was closer to home.

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

Nope, of course not lol!

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

If I Stay by Galye Forman

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Split Second by Kasie West

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Evertrue4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Evertrue. I must know what happens! (Runner Up: Into the Still Blue)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Get back into the swing of things with balancing the blog and life. I miss blogging so much!


Dec 10

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR List

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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 on my Winter TBR List

1. Evertrue by Brodie Ashton
2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
3. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
5. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
6. All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
7. The Program by Suzanne Young
8. Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper
9. Size 12 and Ready to Tock by Meg Cabot
10. Shadowlands by Kate Brian


Dec 03

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases!

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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 2014 Releases that I am excited about!

Trilogy Endings

EvertrueStill BlueRetribution of Mara DyerSunrise






1.Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (January 21)

2. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Ross (January 28)

3. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (June 10)

4. Sunrise by Mike Mullin (April 15)

Continuing Series

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5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (May 13… maybe)

6. Liar of Dreams by Libba Bray (August 5)

7. Split Second by Kasie West (February 11)

8. Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (February 11)


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9. Armada by Ernest Cline (July)

10. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (February 25)