Monthly Archives:: May 2014

May 29

Mini Review * The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Reviews 0 ★★★

Mini Review * The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee GoldbergThe Heist by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Narrated by Scott Brick
Series: Fox and O'Hare #1
Published by Bantam on June 18, 2013
Genres: Adult, Humor, Mystery
Time: 8 Hours 26 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Add to: Goodreads
FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years, the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox—an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

Audacious, handsome, and dangerously charming, Nicolas Fox is a natural con man, notorious for running elaborate scams on very high-profile people. At first he did it for the money. Now he does it for the thrill. He knows that the FBI has been hot on his trail—particularly Kate O’Hare, who has been watching his every move. For Nick, there’s no greater rush than being pursued by a beautiful woman . . . even one who aims to lock him up. But just when it seems that Nicolas Fox has been captured for good, he pulls off his greatest con of all: he convinces the FBI to offer him a job, working side by side with Special Agent Kate O’Hare.

Problem is, teaming up to stop a corrupt investment banker who’s hiding on a private island in Indonesia is going to test O’Hare’s patience and Fox’s skill. Not to mention the skills of their ragtag team made up of flamboyant actors, wanted wheelmen, and Kate’s dad. High-speed chases, pirates, and Toblerone bars are all in a day’s work . . . if O’Hare and Fox don’t kill each other first.

What I Thought…

  • FUN!
  • Seriously, this was such a fun book to listen to.
  • It’s completely ridiculous at times (ok, most of the time) but who doesn’t need some light and fluffy ridiculousness in their life?
  • Kate and Nick make a good team despite the fact that one is the good guy and one is the bad guy. They are forced to work together and I enjoyed the way they both learned they had to make sacrifices for their partnership to work. I also loved that Nick get Kate to loosen up a bit!
  • They mystery was ok, nothing earth shattering, but good enough that I didn’t guess all the twists and turns.

If you like the Heather Well’s mysteries or the Stephanie Plum series then The Heist is for you!


May 26

Mini Review * Ruins by Dan Wells

Reviews 3 ★★★★

Mini Review * Ruins by Dan WellsRuins by Dan Wells
Narrated by Julia Whelan
Series: Partials #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on March 11, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Partials
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Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

What I Thought…

  • Ruins jumps right in and gets started and the action doesn’t stop. It was absolutely addicting to listen to.
  • There is a bit of a message in Ruins, but Well’s worked it in nicely and wasn’t preachy about it.
  • I’m a bit miffed that I wasn’t smart enough to figure out the key to the survival of the partials and humans.
  • The Partials series has a love triangle in it and for the first time in my life I didn’t make the right choice. The choice made was not the one I wanted made and it still angers me.
  • There is so much going on in Ruins, but it’s pretty easy to follow. I thought it was a great, if occasionally sappy, ending to the trilogy.

If you’ve read the first two books in the series, Partials and Fragments, or just like a good fast paced dystopian then Ruins is for you!


May 22

Review * Take My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway

Reviews 1 ★★★

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

Review * Take My Breath Away by Christie RidgwayTake My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway
Series: Cabin Fever #1
Published by HQN on May 27, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Make Me Lose Control, Can't Fight This Feeling, Keep On Loving You
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Poppy Walker has a plan to restore the family resort, and she's sticking to it. So when a good-looking guy with plenty of cash rents one of her half-repaired vacation cabins, she figures he's just what the handyman ordered. But when a late-winter storm blows through, it takes down some trees, her roof and then…her self-control. Even though she's been burned before by a wealthy passer-through, she can't stay away from the brooding but gorgeous stranger in the bungalow next door.

Former teen idol turned Hollywood exec Ryan Hamilton wants a private place in which to endure his very personal heartbreak. Finally, at this rustic mountain cabin, he has all the seclusion one man could want—until sparks begin to fly with his sexy, formerly chilly landlady. By the time the weather dies down, they're both hot, bothered and certain they're still wrong for each other. But there's no telling how they'll face the new storm brewing on the horizon…

What I Thought…

  • Life’s been a little stressful lately and this was the perfect contemporary romance to take me away from all the real life things going on. It’s cute and fun and a little bit silly. Plus I’m always a sucker for a famous/non famous romance going on.
  • Poppy was fun and someone I would want to hang out with. She is very determined to make things work, even though her family is cursed. She also has a super cute son that she is raising on her own. (Seriously, he is very cute).
  • Ryan has quite a history, some of it absolutely hilarious (and his determination to have the worst march ever, every year) and some of it is heartbreaking. I liked how his whole history isn’t revealed until about halfway through so it was long enough to build it up, but it was drug out for the duration of the book on purpose. He has a lot of coming around to do and while I enjoyed watching him do it, it also happened super fast.
  • Poppy and Ryan meet in unusual circumstances and their situation was made more crazy due to the fact that Ryan is famous and the paparazzi are crazy. While some of it was over the top, that didn’t make their developing romance any less fun.
  • Despite the fact that Poppy’s family isn’t all that supportive of her plans (see: the curse) I liked them. They are all a bit different but yet a little bit the same. I did not have warm fuzzies about Poppy’s son’s father. He got his though, so don’t worry.
  • I liked the secondary romance in Take My Breath Away (which doesn’t always happen for me) however I didn’t like how some of it was done in screenplay format. I’m not a fan of reading plays so I didn’t care for that part and skimmed through those parts (only a page or two each time)

If you are looking for a cute contemporary beach read then Take My Breath Away is for you!


May 21

I’m heading to BEA!


BEA_logo_starburstI’m going to be heading up to BEA next week! I’m really excited as I originally thought I wouldn’t be able to get the time off. I will be there Thursday-Saturday and I hope to see you there!

If I’m wearing my hair down I will look like this…


but most likely you’ll see me like this… 197393_1926139442532_1044971_n or this… 47374_1580936372671_268910_n

If you see me, be sure to say hi!


May 16

Bout of Books – Weekend Edition!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 10 team

Time Devoted to Reading

So…. I wasn’t planning on participating because this week was the final week before my students take their SOL (end of year standardized tests) next week but my weekend plans changed and I don’t have anything to grade or plan so I’m joining in for the weekend!

My Goals

Books to Read


  • The One by Kiera Cass (I’m staring here because this will be quick and easy and will make me feel good about myself lol.)
  • Finish Ruins by Dan Wells
  • We Were Liars by E Lockhart
  • Take My Breath Away by Christie Ridgway
  • Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
  • Other options



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May 14

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…

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Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging is my opportunity to discuss my bookish and blogging thoughts, whenever I feel like!

Breaking Up is Hard To Do…

Actually, sometimes it’s not. I used to be one of those people that HAD to finish a series. I also used to be one of those people that had to read ALL the books by an author. But you know what? My time is precious so why waste time with series or authors that no longer appeal to me?

Here are some series that I have broken up with:

James Dashner The Maze RunnerMaze Runner Series by James Dashner

This series break up was probably the easiest I’ve ever made. I was left with more questions and no answers and quite frankly I just didn’t see the point in any of it.



MatchedMatched Series by Ally Condie

I read Matched and Crossed and honestly I can’t even remember why I decided to read Crossed when I didn’t really enjoy Matched. The only things I really remember about the series is that they books were slow moving and the main character’s name was Cassia. Zero interest in continuing.



Emmy Laybourne Monument 14Monument 14 Series by Emmy Laybourne

I had a lot of love for Monument 14 and I was pretty excited that it was a series and there would be more. However, Monument 14: Savage Drift, was pretty disappointing. I didn’t like the direction of the plot or how the characters changed and I just don’t feel like I need to read more, I’d rather just pretend the second book didn’t happen.


What series or authors have you broken up with?


May 12

Review * Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Reviews 1 ★★

Review * Dead Ever After by Charlaine HarrisDead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Narrated by Johanna Parker
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #13
Published by Ace on May 7, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Time: 10 Hours 11 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...
Obviously there will be spoilers for the first 12 books of the series, but it’s hard to talk about this book without talking about how the series ended so there will be some spoilers for Dead Ever After.
  • Originally I rated Dead Ever After 3 stars but after writing my review it’s definitely more 2 stars than 3. :(
  • The Sookie Stackhouse series is one that I feel should have ended several books ago, and it has lost some of it’s appeal, but as I’ve read the first 12 books the OCD in me wouldn’t let me not read the last book. I am glad I read it, especially since Sookie made the right choice! View Spoiler »
  • One of my biggest issues with the Sookie Stackhouse Series is that it got too big, there were too many things going on, and Dead Ever After is no exception. I liked things a lot better when it was just the vampires and shape shifters and more focused in Bon Temps.
  • Over the course of the series the characters changed a lot, some for the better, some for the worse and sadly Eric was one that took a change for the worse. I didn’t like how things played out with him at all. He was super overprotective in the last book and in Dead Ever After View Spoiler »
  • Sookie was incredibly whiny in Dead Ever After. Very “whoa is me” and I kind of wanted to slap her. That act got tired a long time ago.
  • The plot of Dead Ever After wanders aimlessly at times but in the end we do get a conclusion, though to be honest I’m not really sure what exactly the plot was supposed to be.

Overall I’m glad I read the final book in the series View Spoiler »but the series ran too long for my tastes and the plot didn’t really wrap up the series as I would have liked.


May 11

In Bed With… Ruins

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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!

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!

photoThere is a lot going on school wise this week as we prepare for state testing so I probably won’t get to do much physical reading, but my 40 minute commute and my part time job allow for some audio time! While I work today I’ll be spending a good portion of it listening to Ruins by Dan Wells. Ruins starts up on the action pretty fast and that was rough for me, mostly because I apparently didn’t remember the ending of Fragments as well as I thought I did! A quick skim of the ending of Fragments cleared things up though!

I’m also excited to note that I finally got the ever elusive “Audible Obsessed” badge. I realize the badges are completely meaningless, but I like them and the general “rule” for the Audible Obsessed badge was listening for 7 days straight and I did that quite a few times and never got it. And then one day it finally took! I only have one badge left now.*

*Admittedly I’m not sure how I got some of these badges as I don’t believe I have ever listened for 5 hours straight and I hardly listen at night, but whatever.


May 05

Review * To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Review * To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

What I Thought…

  • A few weeks ago I went to a signing feature Jenny Han and I was immediately taken with her. She was funny, easy going and someone that I could totally see myself being friends with. This got me even more excited to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before gave me so many feels. Happy feels. Sad feels. Angry feels. Ecstatic feels. Basically, all the feels.
  • Just thinking about having love letters written in middle school and high school sent out is terrifying. Her love letters were not meant to be read by the boy, they were for her to get out her feelings, which makes that problem just a little bit worse as some of the things she said were not always polite.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is much more than a love story. It’s more about Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters and growing up more than anything else. Her relationship with her sisters went through some hard times and it was absolutely heartbreaking at times because I just wanted, no needed, them to patch everything up!
  • Lara Jean is adjusting to life without her older sister and it’s a bit of a struggle for her to try and take her sisters place in the household. At times she could be a bit mature, but given how much her older sister did for her I could see her having some of that immaturity. She did a fair amount of growing up and maturing throughout the book. She is a bit timid in shy and after the letters come out she decides that starting this fake relationship with Peter could be the answer to at least one of her problems. Being in a fake relationship with another teenager has it’s complications and they went through a lot of growing pains. There is a bit of teenage dram but I loved how their relationship was handled.
  • There are two boys that are present in Lara Jean’s life, Peter and Josh. I’m sure some would call this a love triangle of sorts, but I do not. I was drawn to Peter much more than I was to Josh. Josh was a little too perfect for me, and while Peter had quite a few flaws I liked him a lot more.
  • The ending absolutely killed me. Han closes things up nicely but kind of leaves you hanging at the same time. I cannot wait for the next book!

Overall I absolutely loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and would recommend it to everyone!