Monthly Archives:: November 2014

Nov 27

Review * Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Reviews 3 ★★★

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

Review * Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn BarnesKiller Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on November 4, 2013
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 386
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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three-stars
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

What I Thought…

• Similar to the first book, The Naturals, Killer Instinct runs through like a episode of Criminal Minds. I really enjoyed the mystery and all it’s twists and turns. This particular case reminded me a bit of an old NCIS episode, which is one of my favorites, so I loved the twists.

• Even though Cassie is the narrator, Killer Instinct focuses a lot on Dean. The case intertwines with Dean’s father, who is a serial killer. We learn so much more about Dean in this book, and I wish he had been the narrator, I would have loved to have been up in his head instead.

• The fact that Killer Instinct focuses on Dean I wonder if the other books in the series will focus on the other Naturals as well.

• I love the Naturals group as a whole. They are all so different, but not at the same time and I think that even though they don’t always get along they are a great group and work well together to find the killer. High school kids catching serial killers is fairly unbelievable, but if you can suspend belief than you will enjoy the mystery in Killer Instinct.

• I don’t particularly care for the love triangle, even though it’s more of a legit triangle than say, Twilight. Cassie does make a choice at the end of the book, and I’m ok with it, but I wish she hadn’t made a choice. I feel like the group would work better if there were no romantic entanglements, but that’s just how I feel.

Overall Killer Instinct is a quite the thriller and fans of Criminal Minds will enjoy this!

Kimberly


Nov 25

Top Ten Tuesday * Winter TBR

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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

 In a Handful of Dust Wicked Biggest Flirts False Memory Afterworlds Get Even Magnolia Shopaholic to the Stars Retribution of Mara Dyer Zodiac

1.In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

2. Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

3. The Biggest Flirt by Jennifer Echols

4. False Memory by Dan Krokos

5. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

6. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

7. Magnolia by Kristi Cook

8. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

9. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

10. Zodiac by Romina Russell

Kimberly


Nov 20

Review * Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly HarperSnow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Series: Bluegrass #3
Published by Pocket Star on September 22, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Time: 6 Hours 7 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?

What I Thought…

• I have been waiting for Kelsey’s story. I loved her in My Bluegrass Baby and was disappointed that she wasn’t featured in the second book. It was worth the wait though.

• Kelsey has been dating the king of losers for a few years now and after he finally breaks up with her she decides that is enough is enough and she will not take him back. She doesn’t tell anyone this though because she knows that no one likes him and she will probably be told “I told you so.”

• Charlie is all sorts of adorable. He’s got a head for math and struggles in some social situations. We know from the previous books that he has a bit of a thing for Kelsey, but as she is with someone else he will not pursue her.

• Watching Kelsey and Charlie before Charlie knows that Kelsey and Darrell broke up is agonaizing. He gets close, then backs away, then gets close, etc. You can feel that both Kelsey and Charlie are torn over their situation.

• There is another guy thrown into the mix, but it didn’t turn out to be quite the love triangle that I was worried it would be. For which I am very grateful!

• Kelsey, Charlie and the gang get stuck on a mountain resort during a ridiculous snow storm for like 2 weeks? Maybe a bit more, not sure that part was specific. It was a bit over the top, but the ridiculousness is part of the reason why I love Harper’s books so much.

• I also love that we get to see the whole gang together and their relationships with each other. There are also some super sweet moments between Sadie and Josh.

Overall I loved Snow Falling on Bluegrass and it’s the perfect winter romance read!

Kimberly


Nov 19

Holiday Reading Plans

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

I absolutely LOVE reading books with a holiday theme. (I also love holiday movies and spend an inordinate amount of time watching the Lifetime Movie Network between Thanksgiving and Christmas.) This year I have three books lined up. If you have any other recommendations please let me know!

Undead Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Baby

Audible was offering I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas for free last year and for some reason I didn’t listen to it! My True Love Gave to Me is a bunch of short stories and Merry Christmas, Baby is a novella, all of which are perfect reading for this busy time of year!

Kimberly


Nov 18

Top Ten Tuesday * Sequels 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 Sequels I’m Looking Forward To

Lair of Dreams Still the One Dangers Ruby Circle Retribution of Mara Dyer Killer Instinct In a Handful of Dust Sister's Fate

1. PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

2. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

3. Still the One by Jill Shalvis

4. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

5. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

6. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodki

7. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

8. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

9. Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

10. Sister’s Fate by Jessica Spotswood

Kimberly


Nov 16

Sundays in Bed With… The Winner’s Crime

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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!

Winner's CrimeToday I’m reading The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski… and I’m totally loving it! The Winner’s Crime jumps right into the story, which I love, except I couldn’t quite remember all the details of The Winner’s Curse and I don’t own a copy to refresh my memory so that made for a couple of “Huh? Oh yeah…” at the beginning.

And all the covers on GoodReads look like this, but this isn’t the cover on the arc and that makes me sad because I like that one better.

Later today I’ll be watching my Packers on TV!

What are you curled up in bed with today?

Kimberly


Nov 12

Waiting on Wednesday * Wicked

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

Today I’m waiting on Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout which comes out on December 8, 2014.

 WickedThings are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because it’s Jennifer L Armentrout and I have yet to not like one of her books. Also it’s a paranormal New Adult which is exciting in itself!

What are you waiting on?

Kimberly


Nov 10

Review * All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Review * All Broke Down by Cora CarmackAll Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #2
Published by William Morrow on October 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
five-stars
Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

What I Thought…

• Holy. Smokes. I sat down with All Broke Down just before bed with plans on reading just a few chapters before going to sleep. Three hours later I finished!

• Not all authors can redeem a previously unlikeable character. Silas came off as a total asshat in All Lined Up. When I found out this book was going to be about him I was a little leery, but then I saw some good reviews so I decided to dive right in… and I ended up loving this one more than All Lined Up.

• Silas is a football player for Rusk University with a hot temper and not a whole lot else going for him other than football. No matter how important football is to him he can’t help but keep making the same mistakes (mostly fighting) and his typical excuse is that that’s the kind of person he is and “can’t be any better, so why bother trying.”

• Dylan is the “good girl” and is desperate to live up to that expectation. She’s a bit of an activist (but not so much that I found it annoying) but goes a little too far and ends up getting arrested, which is how she meets Silas. She has no idea what she wants in life because she always wants what people expect her to want and behaves how people expect her to behave.

• I loved how Silas and Dylan came together. Their first meeting is little awkward but it’s was a perfect way for them to see that not so fabulous things about each other. They push and pull at each other a lot, but it’s what they both needed.

• There is a particular scene at the end of All Broke Down that is enraging but the way Silas handled it, from his perspective, was perfect. The situation itself didn’t work out as it should (in a perfect world) but that piece made him stand out a whole lot more for me.

Overall If you like characters who redeem themselves, football and sexytimes All Broke Down is for you!

Kimberly


Nov 06

Review * Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Reviews 1 ★★★

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

Review * Famous in Love by Rebecca SerleFamous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Published by Poppy on October 21, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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three-stars
The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

What I Thought…

• I know that there have been some mixed reviews for Famous in Love, but I enjoyed it.

• Paige lands a part in a major movie from a book as an unknown. I’ve read books with actors/actresses as the main character before but this felt a bit different, probably be cause Paige wasn’t always in the movie business and she was learning things as the story progressed. Paige was likeable and had some real struggles with who she was/wanted to be, as well as which boy to choose.

• Rainer and Jordan are the two guys, and yes this is a love triangle. A real one too, not a twilight one. Paige struggles with making her choice as she has feelings for both guys.

• This is a rare case for me in which I actually like both Rainer and Jordan. Neither are perfect but they aren’t bad either. Normally once guy sticks out to me as the obvious choice but throughout the book I could see this going either way, and I had a hard time settling on a choice myself.

• What stuck out the most for me was Paige’s friendship with Cassandra and Jake. The three of them have been friends for a long time, but when Paige leaves for Hawaii to start filming things change. Moving to another state for a period of time to film obviously has effects on friendship and I thought they way things happened and how they played out were very realistic.

• I’m not 100% sold on Paige’s choice of boyfriend, mostly for her reasons for making the choice.

• I didn’t know until I went to write my review that Famous in Love is going to be a series, which given the ending makes a lot more sense.

Overall I enjoyed Famous in Love and would recommend it to people who love books about actors/actresses.

Kimberly


Nov 04

Top Ten Tuesday * Books I Want to Reread

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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’d Like to Reread

I Don’t reread as much as I used to since I started blogging, but I do love rereading books. There is nothing like curling up with an old favorite!

JK Rowling HP 1 and the Sorcerer's Stone Michelle Hodkin The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Katie McGarry Pushing the Limits Elizabeth Norris Unraveling
1. Harry Potter Series – I’m actually just starting this now for Book Journey’s Reread!

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer/The Evolution of Mara Dyer – The new book is out today, but there is so much going on in these books that a reread is a must before I read the final book.

3. Pushing the Limits – By far my favorite book in this series and it deserves another read.

4. Unraveling/Unbreakable – I’m not a huge SciFi person, but I loved this series.

Divine Evil Jill Shalvis Simply Irresistable Kasie West Pivot Point Brodi Ashton Everneath

5. Divine Evil – My favorite Nora Roberts novel. It’s dark and twisty and a little disturbing.  I was going to reread this in October, but wasn’t able to fit it in.

6. Simply Irresistible – The first Lucky Harbor book and one of my favorites. I would someday like to reread the whole series.

7. Pivot Point/Split Second – I loved these books so hard and they are in my definite plans to reread over Christmas break.

8. Everneath/Everbound/Evertrue – Another series favorite that I want to dive back into.

Ernest Cline Ready Player One Libba Bray Beauty Queens

9. Ready Player One – One of my favorite books.

10. Beauty Queens – Absolutely hilarious and I really want to listen to the audiobook.

Kimberly