Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: Flourless to Stop Him




Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

From My Local Little Free Library

I traded my copy of The Raven King for Flourless to Stop Him.  I have seen these Baking books around and even discussed one with a lady while waiting in line at BEA.  I've never read one, so I decided it was time now that I found one in our little free library.  I love mysteries, so this sounds like something I should enjoy.
Flourless to Stop Him (A Baker's Treat, #3)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

I bought a copy of Obsidian at the 2013 RT convention to have signed.  Book Nerd Mary and a few others told me "I had to read it", yet it has remained on my TBR shelf ever since.  In fact, I didn't have a clue what it was about until I started reading it a couple of weeks ago.

Katy Swartz is originally from Florida.  After the death of her father her mother decides to relocate to West Virginia for a change of scenery.  Jennifer Armentrout is from WV, so she is clearly giving her home state a little love, but I can't imagine how that would impact a high school senior.  In addition, her mother chose to live in a REALLY small town filled with "strange" people.

Katy is a book blogger, so it was funny to hear her geek out about her In My Mailbox or Waiting on Wednesday posts.  A shipment of books would arrive and it was like Christmas in July.  She was also worried about getting a new library card, which I'm sure would be on the top of my to-do list if I moved, so Katy should definitely appeal to most readers.

Living next door to Katy are the Black twins, Dee and Daemon.  They will be starting their senior year as well and Katy quickly becomes best friends with Dee.  Her relationship with Daemon is very hot and cold to say the least.  He can be sweet one minute and a complete ____ the next.  Katy can't figure out why Daemon and his friends think there is something inferior about "her kind" until she begins to notice some unusual things.  Daemon and Dee seem to move faster than humanly possible at times.  Daemon can swim under water WAY longer than he should be able to.  After witnessing several more dramatic events, she take the news that they are aliens pretty well.  The fact that there are beings known as Arum trying to kill her Luxen friends, and now her due to her association with them, is a different matter. 

Overall, I thought this was an action packed and tension filled start to the series.  Once we got past the whole "you aren't one of us" issue and the truth was out there, the story really began to flow.  Katy must guard their secret with her life and she is forced to do so on more than one occasion.

The only issue I had with the book was the word choice.  I'm sure everyone has seen the posts about why moist is the worst word ever and shouldn't be used.  She didn't use that word, but there was another cringe worthy word used on at least two occasions that needed to be removed.  If you have read the book and would like to guess the word I'm referring to, please leave a comment and I will be sure to reply.  Maybe it is just me, but I'm guessing not...

There are 5 books in the series, so it is a bit of an undertaking if you want to start this series.  I can tell you that the ending of this book left me wanting to jump right into the next book, but  I'm committed to reading the books on my spring TBR list first.  I will be sure to include Onyx on my Summer TBR list!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  You can also check out Can't-Wait Wednesday hosted by Wishful Endings.

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 19, 2017

I received an ARC of Three Dark Crowns at BEA last year.  I found the first half of the story to be a little slow, but the last half really took off.  The ending left readers with a major plot twist that I never saw coming.  Now I can't wait to see how the battle for the throne will play out.  

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)Goodreads Overview: 

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Lucky in Love by Kasie West



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  You can also check out Can't-Wait Wednesday hosted by Wishful Endings.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Release Date: July 25, 2017

The Distance Between Us is the only one of Kasie's books that I have read so far, but they all sound really cute.  This one is already on my TBR list along with several of her books that have already been released.  Hopefully I will be able to catch up soon!

Goodreads overview:

Lucky in LoveIn this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture. 

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I Have Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something bookish.  Click on the link above if you wish to participate.

Top Ten Most Unique Books I Have Read

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The story is told from the dog's POV.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Children chosen at random to fight to the death isn't something you read every day.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Night Circus
There was just something magical about how the characters created their own world.

The Night Circus

Easy by Tammara Webber
This book deals with a difficult subject in a way you don't usually see.

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This book takes a different approach at discussing domestic violence.

It Ends with Us

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The majority of the book is told from the POV of a character in a coma.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This book involves a set of triplet girls born every generation with magical powers.  They must fight each other to the death to take over the throne.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
I can't think of another series that builds a world inside a skyscraper and establishes class based upon how high up you are in the tower.

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Everyone should be familiar with the magical world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I loved how he tied all of the old pictures into the storyline.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)

This was an exceptional sequel to If I Stay!  It is rare that a book I loved has a 5 star sequel, but Where She Went definitely earned its 5 star rating and then some.  I would not; however, recommend reading this as a stand alone.  It is a continuation of the first book and the reader would lose a tremendous amount by skipping over the original installment.  

Where She Went was told from Adam's point of view, which I absolutely loved.  We get to see how he was affected by the accident that changed Mia's life forever.  We can see that he was just as much a casualty as the rest of her family.  While the world thinks Adam is on top of the world with the success of his band, he is barely hanging on.  Even after three years time he hasn't been able to cope with Mia walking out of his life with no explanation.

Mia appears to have moved on and is completing her Juilliard education.  She is one of the up and coming classical musicians and is beginning her tour at Carnegie Hall.  Adam happens to be in New York for an extra day before heading to London to start his tour.  He is walking past Carnegie Hall and notices an advertisement for Mia's performance.  He is able to get a ticket and the story takes off from there.

From their awkward reunion to their heart breaking confessions you could feel the emotion radiating from these characters.  Throughout their day together, Mia takes Adam around to all of her favorite places in New York and they slowly begin to reconnect.  I wasn't sure where Gayle would leave them at the end, but the ending couldn't have been more perfect.  I finally felt like I could be at peace with the story vs. the way she left readers hanging at the end of If I Stay.  I had no idea there was a sequel and I couldn't believe that was the end to Mia and Adam's story.

I haven't read any of Gayle's other books, but I have added them to my TBR list based solely on this exceptional series.  I would absolutely recommend these two books to any YA fan.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

From the Library

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

This is the fifth book in the six book Gallagher Girls series.  I started the series back in 2013, shortly before the release of the final book.  I don't know why I didn't just binge read the series, but I've decided it is time to see how the series concludes.

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman (39 Clues #5)

The Black Circle (The 39 Clues, #5)

My son and I have been reading the 39 Clues series together.  The one thing that I have enjoyed about this series is that it that it is historical fiction, so I feel like he is learning something while enjoying the fictional elements of the story.  In the fifth installment, Amy and Dan are off to Russia in search of their next clue.  This time we learned about the Romanovs, which was the Russian royal family.  They focus mostly on the Romanov children Anastasia and and Alexei.  We also learned about Rasputin and his involvement with the Romanovs.

It was very coincidental, but my son was learning about Rasputin and the Romanovs in school while we were reading this book.  In addition, my step-dad suggested that I start listening to these "Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths" podcasts.  When I pulled them up, the first podcast was about Rasputin, so I feel like quite the expert after this comprehensive history lesson.

Amy and Dan were forced to work with their cousins, the Holts, in order to accomplish this mission.  The clues were spread out all over Russia and there was no way any one team could collect all of them on their own in the designated time frame.  Amy and Dan continue to receive help from the unknown "NRR" .  We finally find out who NRR really is, which was a major surprise.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but it wasn't who I thought it was all along.

The Kabras trail the Holts and Irina Spasky mysteriously turns up in places Amy and Dan are searching.  She is definitely working against them, but at one point it seemed like she was genuinely concerned about their safety and offered them a warning.  Of course, the kids took it with a grain of salt and continued on with the quest.

Their final discovery appears to be leading them to Australia.  I can't wait to see what we will learn about Australia in book 6.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bookish Goals Status Update: March 2017


In an effort to help keep myself on track, I am going to post monthly status updates showing where I stand for each of my 2017 Goals.

Anything highlighted in gray is currently in progress, but not yet completed.

  • Read and review at least 40 books 
    1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
    2. Everbound by Brodi Ashton
    3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    4. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
    5. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
    6. The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
    7. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • I am once again participating in the New To You Challenge hosted by The Herd Presents.  I'm going to aim for 12-15 books. Any book over 80 pages qualifies as long as it is new to you.  New author, new genre, new series, etc.
    1. Three Dark Crowns - New Series and New Author
  • Read at least 10 New Adult books (My definition of NA = protagonists are post high school, but under 30)
    1. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
    2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
    • Last year I read three of the books that had been on my TBR list the longest.  I now have 46 books that were all added on September 7, 2010 that would qualify.  I plan on reading at least 3 more of them this year. 
    • Finish reading at least 5 series I have already started.  (I have several trilogies with final books I still need to read. 
      1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven Cycle Series
      2. This Girl by Colleen Hoover - The Slammed Series 
      3. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton - Everneath Series
    • TBR Challenge.  For this challenge I want to read at least 20 books that were on my TBR list AND were published prior to January 1, 2017.
      1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
      2. Everbound by Brodi Ashton
      3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
      4. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
      5. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
      6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
      • Achieve a Professional level in the 2017 Prequel and Sequel Challenge hosted by Novel Heartbeat with 76 - 100 points. You can click on the link for the sign up.
        1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4_ - 12 pts (finished series + sequel)
        2. Everbound by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #2) - 2 pts for a sequel
        3. This Girl by Colleen Hoover (Slammed #3) -12 pts (finished series + sequel)
        4. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #3) - 12 pts (finished series + sequel)
        5. The Black Circle (39 Clues #5) - 2 points for a sequel
        6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #2) - 2 pts for a sequel
                                                          Total Points = 42
      • I joined the New Release Challenge hosted by Unconventional Book Views and Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! My goal is to reach New Release Newbie level with 16 new releases read/reviewed during 2017.  The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages. 

      Sunday, April 2, 2017

      Stacking the Shelves: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella



      Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

      Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

      Traded in our Little Free Library:

      I had an ARC of Three Dark Crowns that I finished reading and traded for:

      Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

      Sophie Kinsella is usually good for a light and fun read.  I'll probably take this on my summer vacation.


      Wedding Night

      Wednesday, March 29, 2017

      Waiting on Wednesday: Once And For All by Sarah Dessen


      Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

      Once And For All by Sarah Dessen
      Release Date: June 6, 2017

      I have read several of Sarah's books and have yet to go wrong with any of them.  They are all stand alone novels, which is nice in an age where every one book you read seems to add several more to your TBR list.

      Once and for AllGoodreads Overview:

      As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine. 

      Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

      Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.


      Tuesday, March 28, 2017

      Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Have Met


      Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something bookish.  Click on the link above if you wish to participate.

      Top Ten Authors I have Met

      This is actually a difficult topic since I have met far more than ten authors and genuinely do not want to exclude anyone.  I'm not going to list authors simply because they have #1 books, or their books have become movies, or they are at the top of every favorite author list.  I'm going to select authors that I felt genuinely showed an interest in their readers.  These individuals actively engaged with their readers, put on a great presentation/book discussion, participated in speed dating sessions, etc.  

      Stacey Kade
      Stacey is the author of The Ghost and the Goth and Project Paper Doll series.  She also has a few stand alone novels that I really enjoyed.  I have had the opportunity to meet her on a few occasions and she is ALWAYS super sweet.  She will engage with readers on twitter and Facebook and was highly entertaining at the RT author events.


      Tammara Webber
      She is the author of Easy, which is part of the Contours of the Heart series, as well as the Between the Lines series. I met her at RT and of course I had to ask her how she selected Jacqueline for her main character's name since it is spelled the same as mine.  She answered several questions about the book and I have since participated in blog tours to help promote her books.


      Stephanie Perkins
      Author of Anna and the French Kiss

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      Jeri Smith-Ready
      Author of the Shade and WVMP Radio series.  She used to spend an insane amount of time entertaining fans by tweeting as the main characters from Shade. I always enjoyed following the conversations.  She also took the time to sit with us while we were having dinner at a conference and indulged our fangirling.

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      Amy Plum and Josephine Angelini
      The book nerds loved Amy's Die For Me series as well as Josie's Starcrossed series.  Amy lives in Paris and was even kind enough to give me a recommendation for somewhere to stay.  It just so happened to be across the street from the building she based Jules's art studio after.

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      Ally Carter
      Author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series.

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      David Levithan
      He was a busy bee at BEA this past year.  He had his own book signing and assisted with Maggie Stiefvater's signing.  He could be found mingling in the Scholastic area and speaking on several panels.  He was very engaging and entertaining.


      David Baldacci
      He came to speak at the grand reopening of the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  He was an excellent speaker and highly entertaining.  He signed books after the presentation and was even kind enough to sign my son's copy of Flush, which was written by a good friend of David's.  He couldn't wait to tell Carl Hiaasen he got to sign one of his book. He also told Preston he would sign any book if it encouraged children to read. (I did take my copy of King and Maxwell, which is the latest book in David's series, so we didn't look completely crazy).

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      Caleb Roehrig
      Caleb is the author of Last Seen Leaving.  Mary and I were fortunate enough to meet him at  the Fierce Reads blogger event at BEA last year.  I had never heard of him until this event, but he was definitely the life of the party.  Here he is in the little hat from the photo booth, which became his signature for the weekend.  He even took it to his signing.  After this event I bumped his book up to the top of my TBR list and I'm definitely glad that I did.  I gave it a solid 5 stars.

      Sunday, March 26, 2017

      Stacking the Shelves: Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell



      Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

      Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

      From the Library:

      This is the 4th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.  I enjoy a good murder mystery every now and then, so I started reading this series a while back.  There are a TON of book currently out, but I haven't felt the need to binge read the series.  I just read one or two a year.

      Cruel & Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

      Cover image for Cruel and Unusual

      Friday, March 24, 2017

      Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

      Evertrue (Everneath, #3)

      ***Spoiler Alert...I do not mention any spoilers from Evertrue (book 3 in the series), but if you haven't finished Everbound (book 2) there are some spoilers and you probably shouldn't proceed.*** 

      Evertrue is the third and final book in the Everneath series and picks up where book two left off.  Nikki and Jack are now on a mission to destroy the Everneath and restore Nikki's mortality. They have one major problem.  Nikki has to rely on Cole to feed her every night or she will lose her energy and die.  Even that is a short term solution to her  problems.  She has about a week to discover how to destroy the Everneath or she will be forced to choose between feeding on a forfeit for a century or allowing herself to die. They also hove no idea how to defeat the shades and the current queen.  

      I was shocked by a major twist that took place in this book.  Cole and his band disappear one evening and their condo is ransacked.  When Cole reappears, he isn't the same.  He is speaking like he is from the early 1900's with an ancient vocabulary and a strange accent.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but Nikki and Jack decide to use this to their advantage.

      We see a much different side of Cole in this book.  Personally, I liked the overly confident version of him better.  This version; however, did allow the reader to connect with him on a new level.  Even Nikki couldn't help but feel sorry for him.

      Jack, on the the other hand, is now a version of the Hulk... or Hercules if we are going to use the mythological equivalent.  He somehow grew in size and strength when he freed himself from the Everneath.  In addition, he now has a very short temper.  Every time Nikki and Cole were together I pictured him clenching his fists (which is constantly mentioned in the book) and turning into the Hulk before he went into one of his rages.  It came in handy at times, but for the most part he was a bit annoying.  I would have selected the old Cole over him any day.

      The ending wasn't much of a surprise, but there were some repercussions I didn't see coming.  I wish there could have been a happily ever after for everyone, but I guess that was never in the cards.  I was satisfied with how Brodi tied up the series and thoroughly enjoyed my time with these characters.


      Wednesday, March 22, 2017

      Cover Reveal: Don't Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray


      Don’t Kiss the Messenger Information Sheet:

      Book Title: DON’T KISS THE MESSENGER
      Author: Katie Ray (pen name of Katie Kacvinsky)
      Release Date: 4/10/2017
      Genre: Young Adult Romance
      Author Email: kaz@uwalumni.com
      Author Website: www.katieraybooks.wordpress.com
      Author Twitter: @TheWeirdists
      Author Facebook: Katie Ray Kacvinsky
      Author Goodreads: Katie Ray


      ~A modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac~

      Synopsis:

      For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him. CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate. Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...

      Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll fall in love.

      Author Bio:

      Katie writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her latest book, Don't Kiss the Messenger, is published under her new pen name, Katie Ray. She also has six books published under her legal name, Katie Kacvinsky (First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point).

      Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She lives in beautiful Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior, with her husband, two kids, and a very high-energy dog. To find out more about Katie and her books, check out her website: www.katieraybooks.wordpress.com

      If you are interested in participating in the blog tour, click on this link for the sign up information.  

      I have read all of Katie's books and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one.  I have a copy of Don't Kiss the Messenger and will post my review along with Mary on Book Nerds Across America.  As always, I will share my review here as well.

      My Reviews of Katie's Books:
      Maddie's Tattoo (Novella)

      Waiting on Wednesday: Brave by Tammara Webber


      Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

      Brave by Tammara Webber
      Tentative Release Date: Fall 2017

      I LOVED Easy and have read all of the books in Tammara's Contours of the Heart series.  I have no idea how I missed this announcement, but I found Brave listed when I pulled Tammara up on Goodreads yesterday.  I was beyond excited and immediately scheduled this as my next WoW post. 

      Brave (Contours of the Heart, #4)Goodreads Overview:

      Courage means rising up to defend your beliefs… or daring to question them.

      Get ready for Erin's story: A new standalone novel in the Contours of the Heart world.

      Greed. Betrayal. Loss. Revenge. And that's just where it begins.



      Tuesday, March 21, 2017

      Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have Read In A Weekend


      Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something bookish.  Click on the link above if you wish to participate.

      Top Ten Books I have Read In A Weekend

      This week's topic was supposed to include books completed in a day or even one sitting.  That isn't realistic for me since I work full time and I have a very active son.  I usually finish a book a week, so any books completed in two days or less is a feat for me.

      Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
      I read most of this book on a lengthy travel day to Hawaii and finished it the next morning. I loved the story and plan on reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe in the very near future.

      Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)

      Until Midnight
      This is a 112 page novella (book 1.5 in the Alienated Series) which I finished in a day.

      Until Midnight (Alienated, #1.5)

      Die Once More by Amy Plum
      This is a 100 page novella (3.5 in the Revenants Series).

      Die Once More (Revenants, #3.5)

      The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
      A full length novel that I read over a holiday weekend home alone.

      The Art of Racing in the Rain

      We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
      A 227 page novel that you simply can't put down once you start.

      We Were Liars

      Keeping Her  by Cora Carmack
      176 page Novella (1.5 in the Losing It Series)

      Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5)

      New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
      I was in a bit of shock when a character left and needed to see how this one finished.

      New Moon (Twilight, #2)

      Because of Anya
      My son's teacher read this to the class, but he was in the hospital.  It is only 114 pages so we read it together.

      Because of Anya

      The Guard by Kiera Cass
      A 64 page novella (2.5 in the Selection Series)

      The Guard (The Selection, #2.5)

      The Prince by Kiera Cass
      A 64 page novella (0.5 in the Selection Series)

      The Prince (The Selection, #0.5)