Thursday, August 25, 2016

How My Summer Went and Where I've Been

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Can you believe summer is almost over?

I certainly can't and with summer being over that means for us, back to school. With going to bed earlier, getting up way too early and of course school work, homework and the dreaded schedules of every day life, big breath, it has been a lot to take. 

I have to say, it's already kicking my butt, which is why I've been so absent from the blogsphere.  *sigh*

I usually start to get up early when I know school is right around the corner (I get up during the school year around 5:30) but this year it just didn't happen, for any of us so this first week back has been killer, but, we are slowly adjusting even if we are all a little sleep deprived. But it will get easier right? Please say it will get easier! 

With summer I went for a lighter blog schedule and I have to admit, I loved it! It was nice being able to be more carefree and spend time with my family and it does (almost) make me want to stick to it. It isn't always easy posting five times a week so, we will see how it goes. For now, I'm going to work my way back into blogging a little at a time. I've never felt so much like a slacker as I have this week, I've missed all you guys and while it is nice to have a break, it is nice to be back as well. 

Surprisingly I got a lot read over the summer, which was so nice. I was able to catch up on quite a few book series I had been neglecting and I got quite a few duologies and even some trilogies started and finished. There is nothing more satisfying than getting that good old TBR pile down and feeling like I accomplished something this summer besides the normal summer fun. 

I did also binge watch a ton of Netflix (I should be embarrassed about this but I'm not). I caught some series I'd never watched before like Charmed and saw some new ones like Scream (so good you guys!! Watch it if you haven't! it kept me guessing the whole way through!), The Dead of Summer (kind of creepy and still airing on Hulu), and I watched Stranger Things (really good too!) and The Between (two seasons, surprisingly good as well), both Netflix originals and they both were different and fun. So yeah, I watched way too much late night TV but it was nice to veg out once in awhile and do nothing, especially on the hotter days when it was over 100 outside.

So in a nutshell that was my summer as far as reading and watching went. As much as I hate getting up early, it is nice to be on a schedule again and have the time I need to read, write reviews, and blog. It is so much easier getting all of that done without the kids around and all the distraction and chaos that comes with it. ;) 

Hopefully I will be back in full swing before I know it, get some sleep somewhere along the way, and of course get to talk to all of you again. I've missed not being around every day but I know I'm not the only one that took some much needed down time and as much as I missed blogging every day, it was also a much needed break.  Thanks for visiting whenever I did post and for sticking around, you guys are the best!!  

(Thanks to kwizo and business insider for the images!)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WoW Pick of the Week!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has some of the best YA mysteries out there. She never fails me in how intricate her plots are and how lovable her characters are and her Natural series is one of my favorites so I'm extremely excited the next book will be out in November.

Book Description:

When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI's Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother's murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. 

As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.

New victims. New betrayals. New secrets.

When the bodies begin piling up, it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren't just hunting serial killers. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WoW Pick of the Week

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

I love Cat Winters, her books never fail to surprise me and reading the synopsis for her newest release has be excited to start it and the cover whore in me loves the cover. It's so simple and yet so pretty too.

Book Description:

From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core. A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O’Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they’re no more than the product of the girl’s vast imagination. But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.

Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

So what about you, are you a fan of Cat's work?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Title: A Promise of Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Series: Book One in the Kingmaker Chronicles
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 2, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

It seems like lovers of urban fantasy are always on the lookout for something new, something great, and most importantly, something different.

Bouchet's debut series is all of those things. With a wonderful blend of fantasy and mythology I can say without a doubt that readers need to look no further for something that stands out and needs to be taken notice of.

Filled with an outstanding cast of characters, action, humor, and a very slow burning, tension filled romance, this series kept me rapidly turning the pages and left bereft when it was over.

With talk of gods and goddesses, kings and queens, the world that Bouchet created was so much fun to delve into. One with wickedness, deceit, and mythical creatures abound, this kept me on my toes and always wondering what would pop up next. 

I can promise that this will be one series I won't only have my eyes on but will be one I will eagerly be awaiting the next release and will drop whatever else I am reading to get to it. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Series: Stand Alone 
Published By: Point (July 28, 2016 )
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

As one of the very few young adult contemporary author's that I still auto-buy and read without hesitation, Kasie West never disappoints. 

With lovable characters, a fun plot line, and a sweet romance that is bound to make you smile and melt your insides from the warmth of it, her stories are always a hit and ones I count on to put me in a good mood and leave me smiling after putting them down.

Riddled with witty one liners and laugh out loud moments as well as those sweet ones not only between  Lily and her pen pal but her family and best friend as well, this really was the perfect summer read to escape and get away for just a little while. I devoured this in one sitting and was so glad that I once again took the time to bask in West's great writing and easy loving characters.  

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: The Sight by Chloe Neill

Title: The Sight
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Book Two in the Devil's Isle Series
Published By: NAL (August 16, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . . 

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...

Riveting, entertaining, with an almost unique take on the paranormal world, Neill's latest series is definitely one that stands out and shines.

Every bit as good as its predecessor, The Sight was hard to put down and kept me eagerly turning the pages right up until the devastating end. 

With unforgettable characters (love Moses!) and a whole cast of unusual paranormal beings, it truly does have a place all its own in the genre. 

With new threats at every turn, new adventures to be had, Claire and her rag tag group of friends have even more to deal with and conquer as it seems like they take one step forward and two steps back trying to get New Orleans back to its original glory and to a place where humans and paras can both live and interact alike. 

I adored this second installment and with the ending that left it all up in the air, was left craving more. I'm so very excited for where this series is going and for what Neill will throw at us next.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Friday, August 5, 2016

Review: Lullaby by J.L. Bryan

Title: Lullaby
Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Book Seven in the Ellie Jordan Ghosttrapper Series
Published: July 28 ,2016
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Life is more difficult than ever at Savannah's only ghost-hunting detective agency. While Ellie copes with her mentor's departure and other unwelcome developments, she also worries about the supernatural injuries keeping her boyfriend caught in an endless slumber. 

At the same time, Ellie and Stacey are called in to investigate an eerie entity haunting a baby's nursery room. The ghost appears late at night, its face barely visible on the baby monitor, and sings a chilling song. 

Soon, Ellie learns there are more ghosts in the house, and at least one of them is a dangerous, child-hunting monster who must be stopped before it kills again.

With the way book six ended I was very eager to open up Lullaby and see where the story was going to go next. To see how Ellie, Jacob, Stacey, and Michael were, to see where they went from the devastating events of book six.  How they were going to deal with everything that happened and most importantly, how they were going to fight what was to come.

I love this series. It didn't take long for it to worm its way into my top 10 favorite creepy series. Bryan never disappoints to not only creepy me out and leave  me anxiously looking over my should at night but to also have me laughing out loud the next moment and his latest and greatest is no exception. 

So much is happening with Ellie, in her personal life as well as her work and not all of it is good, in fact, a lot of it isn't good. With new people, new experiences new dangers, and new ghosts, pretty much anything can happen and does happen.

It was exciting and creepy and so much fun to read. I can not wait for the next installment and wish that I had it already. I'm so ready for Ellie to kick some ghost butt and to be in a much better place job wise and emotional wise. This series continues to wow me and leave me wanting more.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*