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Friday, November 11, 2022

Blog Schedule

Story idea- MC has lived his/her life with the ability to do-over anything but what he/she doesn't realize is that there's only so many you can do in a lifetime and now they've run out and he has to learn to live with the consequences of his actions.
Story idea- Completely moral, strict dad turns out to have done gay porn.
Story title- Learning his Place for the 4-parter
Story idea- two best friends live together despite one being married and have sex with each other when wife is away. wife is cool with the best friend living with them but doesn't know about the sex.
Story idea- College student gets in a study group with two foreign exchange students (Latinos) and they tease him sexually when he goes to their place.
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Books- Fool Me Twice, Paranoia, The Truth Against the World, Behind the Scenes, Hexed, #scandal, Through to You, Complicit, Conversion, Dream Boy, Oblivion, Some Boys by Patty Blount, The Last Kiss by Beth Neal, Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms, Unmarked, I'll Give You the Sun, Lailah by Nikki Kelly, Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst, The Good the Bad and the Beagle by Catherine Lloyd Burns, Breakaway by Kat Spears, If You Wrong Us by Dawn Kiehr

Expired e-galleys- The Eye of Zoltar, The Angel Tree, Court by Cat Patrick, The Body Electric, Spirit Animals Book 5, The Only Thing to Fear, Ben Fox, Killer Instinct, Love is the Drug, Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart, Perfect Timing by Robin Mellom, Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto, The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics, Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff, Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton, Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia, Love Blind by C. Desir, The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn, Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys, Smash and Grab by Amy Christine Parker, For This Life Only by Stacey Kade, The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown, Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Archived e-galleys- Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie, The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassie Clare, Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner, Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan, Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers, The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, Mania by J.R. Johannson, The Summer After You and Me, Hollywood Witch Hunter, The Fixer, You and Me and Him, The Girl with the Wrong Name, Awake by Natasha Preston, The Secrets Between You and Me, Powerless, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, The Devil and Winnie Flynn, Illuminae, Signs Point to Yes, A Thousand Nights, Breaking Up Point, Your Voice is All I Hear, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I Crawl Through It, Fate of Flames, Based on a True Story by Norm MacDonald

Check at library- One Was Lost, Unnatural Deeds, The Girl in the Picture, Just One Thing, Of Monsters and Madness
Get from Amazon- Rush by Sara Bennett Wealer, The Continent by Keira Drake

Reviews to be written-

Waiting for Ty
His Roommate's Pleasure
La Playita
Slave to Shadows
The Full Ride

Vanguard 6/17/15- Regular (119.65) and Retirement (323.77), 12/27/15- Regular (114.01) and Retirement (315.42)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Saying Goodbye

As I'm sure you've all noticed, I haven't been posting as much over the past few months. Part of it is the overwhelming nature of reviewing and maintaining a blog, but part of it is also that my laptop became unusable a few months ago and that was how I maintained the blog. I am using my friend's laptop to write this now, which is how I've been able to post some of the reviews I did earlier this year as well as write my reviews on Goodreads.

I've just passed the 10 year anniversary of my blog (June 23) so it's been a long time for me to be running this blog. There quite honestly aren't that many of us book bloggers left that started out that long ago. I have other things that I wish to pursue and keeping up with the blog was hindering that. I want to focus more on my writing now that I'm closing up shop on this blog and hopefully become an author that gets reviewed on other peoples' book blogs!

I won't be completely giving up reviewing; I still read quite a lot of books! It just won't be happening here but instead I'll be doing it over on my Goodreads page every so often, where I've been cross-posting a lot of my reviews anyway as well as posting some that haven't appeared over here yet. Click here to check out my profile there and feel free to add me as a friend or follow my reviews!

This blog has been so much fun for me, and it's brought me so many wonderful memories and awesome friends. It's given me the opportunity to get to know so many of my favorite authors and be in touch with them, and many of them have done some amazing things for me, especially during my chemotherapy for my lymphoma several years back. I've really appreciated all the support from them, the publishers, my fellow blogging peers, and my blog readers throughout the years. I started this on a lark because I was bored one summer and it's turned into so much more than I ever could have hoped. I've been to 3 Book Expo America conferences (along with several publisher events during those weeks), 4 years at YALLFest down in Charleston, SC, countless book signings and several other book festivals. I've had several of my reviews placed as blurbs on books, and been given the opportunity to read a couple manuscripts (including Suzanne Young's first book almost a year before it was published!)! It's been such a wonderful gift that I will treasure forever. I hope you all will continue to follow me on Goodreads and feel free to keep in touch. My email is in my About Me section so shoot me an email there. Thank you all for following my blog, whether old or new, and I appreciate all the support so much.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Our Own Private Universe
"Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it's mostly about sex.

No, it isn't that kind of theory. Aki already knows she's bisexual—even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too.

Actually, Aki's theory is that she's got only one shot at living an interesting life—and that means she's got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It's time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.

So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa—slightly older, far more experienced—it seems her theory is prime for the testing.

But it's not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you're in love? It's going to be a summer of testing theories—and the result may just be love."- summary from Amazon

In a little over two years, Talley has become one of my go-to authors- her books are compelling, inclusive, and simply amazing. I particularly enjoyed this one because it was from the point of view of a bisexual (which I don't see often enough) and dealing with new experiences, like falling in love with a girl, who is also bisexual, on her church's aid mission to a little town in Mexico. Aki's journey through the book is extremely relateable regardless of orientation- falling in love is a universal feeling and the all-encompassing nature of first loves is known to all. Talley does a great job highlighting all aspects of a person's life- while the love definitely takes center stage, there's a lot of the book that deals with her family relationships (including coming out to her minister father) and her friendship with her BFF Lori. This is a book worth checking out so go out and get it, and then read Talley's other books if you haven't already!

FTC: Received ARC from Media Masters Publicity. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
"Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there?

Solomon is the answer.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, sitting through Star Trek marathons with him and introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their walls fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well."- summary from Amazon

This is my first Whaley book (I know, I know) and I really enjoyed it! I loved reading from both Solomon and Lisa's perspectives, and it was interesting to read a book about an agoraphobe (I'm pretty sure I never have). I thought Whaley did a great job making Solomon's agoraphobia realistic and gave his progress a clear arc throughout the novel, though it's far from gone when the story ends. It's a weird book (in the best possible way) but really smart, very funny, and extremely insightful. I'm really looking forward to going back and reading Whaley's other books. I highly recommend this one!

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Blog Tour- The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.

By: Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Pages: 608
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire.

Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago.

What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years?

In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.

Purchase links:

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I'm sure my review won't make much of a difference; by now, readers should know if they like Ellen Hopkins or not. Of course I absolutely love her and her books. They are such heart-wrenching, insightful, and realistic reads, and she makes the characters so relateable, even though they are going through things we may never have to deal with (or have dealt with personally, though I know many of her readers find comfort in her books, knowing they are not alone). This book is no different; the only difference is that it's told both in verse (her normal style) and prose. Ariel's side is told through verse and is beautifully written, and then there's Maya's side, told in prose as well as journal entries. The two cross paths in a way I never would have guessed and it was a roller coaster of emotions reading their scenes together.

All in all, another fantastic book from Hopkins that I highly recommend and as I do finishing each new book, I am already looking forward to her next novel.

About Ellen:
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing.

Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

She is a regular speaker at schools; book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.

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