Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Beast by Brie Spangler

BeastBeast by Brie Spangler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beauty and the beast retelling with a tad bit of a twist to it. I am normally not fond of retelling’s or books told in the male POV but surprisingly, I did enjoy this one!

I really enjoyed the character of Dylan and felt sorry for him that he struggled with his appearance. I wanted so badly for him to just “own it”! I really liked Jamie too and loved the fact that she was not afraid to be herself even if herself was not what the rest of the world saw.

I went into this book without reading any reviews or having any idea of what happens and let me tell you, I was surprised by the direction that the story went but it also kept me reading to see where these characters would end up. It made the story more exciting and to be honest, I may have had a hard time reading it if I had known ahead of time what was going to happen.

I must warn you though, this book should only be read by those with an open mind and those that do not have a problem with LGBT. If that is not a concern, then DEFINITELY pick it up!!!

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Posted in 2016, October, Waiting on wednesday

WOW-Infinity by Jus Accardo

28220742Infinity (The Infinity Division #1)

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Entangled: Teen
There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:

One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.

Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.

Three: Everything she knew was a lie.

Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:

One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.

Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.

Three: Someone wants her dead.

If you have never read a book by Ms. Accardo, then you are missing out and you need to remedy that soon! I love her writing and cannot wait to get my hands on this book!


Posted in 2016, October


So I found the TMI Tag on Tumblr and thought…”Eh, I should do this and let everyone learn a little more about me instead of always books, books and more books!” (Not that we don’t love the books…just sayin:-))

So, here we go…

1: What are you wearing? 

Since I am actually at work, I am wearing a skirt and blouse…


2: Ever been in love? 

YES, with my husband of 17 years!

3: Ever had a terrible breakup? 

Definitely, who hasn’t??

4: How tall are you? 

5 foot 5 inches

5: How much do you weigh? 

This is a very personal question for a woman but since I like you guys, I will answer it. I currently weigh 195.6 pounds. I had weight loss surgery in August and am very in touch with my current weight.

6: Any tattoos? 

Yes, 2, one on each ankle

7: Any piercings? 

YES! Ears and eyebrow

8: OTP? 

hmmm…This is a tough one!

9: Favorite Show?

So many!! I am currently hooked on the show Shameless. I recently started to watch it on Netflix but I also enjoy The walking Dead (RIP Glenn), The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Bob’s Burgers…

10: Favorite bands? 

I enjoy all kind of music…

Tim Mcgraw for you country folks, Taylor Swift, Pink, Journey, STYX

11: Something you miss?

High School!! I really miss high school and the young innocence that goes with it. I also REALLY miss my cheerleading days!!

12: Favorite song? 

I do not really have a favorite song but recently love Closer by The Chainsmokers!!!

13: How old are you? 


14: Zodiac sign? 


15: Quality you look for in a partner? 

Hard working…My husband is a really hard worker and a great provider for my family. Sometimes it gets annoying and I wish he would just sit and relax but that just is not his nature.

16: Favorite Quote? 

“There once was a girl who found herself dead.
She peered over the ledge of heaven
and saw that back on earth
her sister missed her too much,
was way too sad,
so she crossed some paths
that would not have crossed,
took some moments in her hand
shook them up
and spilled them like dice
over the living world.
It worked.
The boy with the guitar collided
with her sister.
“There you go, Len,” she whispered. “The rest is up to you.”
Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere

17: Favorite actor? 

I kind of have a small crush on Bradley Cooper

18: Favorite color?


19: Loud music or soft? 

Lol! My kids would get a kick out of this one…LOUD music!!! I always have the music blaring in the car or in the house!!

20: Where do you go when you’re sad? 

My room

21: How long does it take you to shower?  

10-15 minutes

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

30 minutes

23: Ever been in a physical fight? 

Only with siblings when we were younger

24: Turn on? 


25: Turn off? 

Men that cry about everything…MAN UP!

26: The reason I joined Tumblr? 

Love the pics!

27: Fears? 

Death of loved ones or myself

28: Last thing that made you cry? 

Probably the night prior to my surgery, I was so nervous!

29: Last time you said you loved someone? 

This morning to the kids:-)

30: Meaning behind your Tumblr URL? 

NightlyReading…I assume it needs zero explanation!

31: Last book you read?

Beast by Brie Spangler

32: The book you’re currently reading? 

Weregirl by CD Bell

33: Last show you watched? 

The Walking Dead

34: Last person you talked to? 

My Mother In Law

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 

My oldest daughter

36: Favorite food?


37: Place you want to visit? 


38: Last place you were?

What does this even mean?? Vacation wise?? The Jersey Shore (not very exciting)

39: Do you have a crush? 


40: Last time you kissed someone?

Friday night

41: Last time you were insulted? 

Saturday by a text from the girls from work.

42: Favourite flavour of sweet? 


43: What instruments do you play?? 


44: favourite piece of jewelery? 


45: Last sport you played? 

Cheerleading and is a sport!

46: Last song you sang? 

Shake It Up by T Swift

47: favourite chat up line? 


48:Have you ever used it?


49: Last time you hung out with anyone?

Yesterday with the fam

50: Who should answer these questions next? 


I am not going to tag anyone but I would love if you all answered them either in the comments or on your own blog and let me know so that I can come over and read your answers!!!


Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Girl On The Brink by Christina Hoag


Girl on the Brink: A NovelGirl on the Brink: A Novel by Christina Hoag

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I often find that I really enjoy these books that have to do with dating abuse. I think that it is because I can relate. I had a bad experience with an ex that was not as bad as this situation but bordered on mental abuse. It was very difficult to get out of that relationship so I really felt for these characters while reading.

I enjoyed the character of Chloe a lot. She is a smart kid whom may not have made all the correct decisions but was smart enough to know when to get out. I could feel her loneliness when she was experiencing trouble with her friends and her boyfriend all at the same time. I really felt saddened during those times.

At first, Kieran, was perfect. I even fell for him but he quickly became obsessive and domineering, not to mention physically abusive. By the end of the book, I no longer had a liking for him and parts seemed to be written to make the reader feel a little bad for all he had gone through, but I did not.

I would suggest this book for any teen that may be going through an abusive relationship or any teen whom is starting to date just so that they know the dangers and can see the warning signs.

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Abusive relationships are widespread, cutting across socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, religiousand gender preference lines. One in three high school girls experience dating violence, while more than half of college-aged women reported experiencing controlling behavior in a relationship. Eighty-nine percent of male college students said they were unable to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship, and a third of teens involved in intimate partner violence ever told anyone about it.
For more information, see

About the Author

Christina Hoag is the author of Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire download-2and Ice YA/Melange Books, August 2016) and Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishing, September 2016). She is a former reporter for the Associated Press and Miami Herald and worked as a correspondent in Latin America writing for major media outlets including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times. She is the co-author of Peace in
the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). She resides in Los Angeles. For more information, see
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Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Moon Chosen by PC Cast w/Excerpt

Moon ChosenMoon Chosen by P.C. Cast

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the House of Night books so when I saw that this book was coming…I knew that I had to have it!!!

What I loved…

I liked the story line in general. This was a great fantasy and one that was unique to this genre. I also really enjoyed the characters. My favorite was Mari. She was very brave and loyal. I really enjoyed Sora too, she was kind of a bad a$$ in her own way. Nik was kind of a lost soul but was also enjoyable in his own right.

What I thought could have been better….

I usually love really long novels because it keeps you with the characters that you love, but, I thought this one was extremely long. There were times that I got a little bored with what was going on but I was enamored by the story enough to keep going. The dual POV’s tended to be a bit confusing but not enough that I was not sure of what was going on.

I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series. If you heart Ms. Cast’s work, then you have to pick this one up!

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CREDIT: From Moon Chosen by PC Cast. Copyright © 2016 by the authors and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Mari braced herself, and as she had so many times before, felt her mother stiffen while energy surged through Leda and into Mari, sizzling through her palm, down her arm to swirl around and around inside her, growing in power with each second that passed. Mari’s heartbeat began to hammer and her breathing suddenly increased until she was panting as hard as was the pup. In her arms, Rigel whined uncertainly.
“Focus.” Her mother’s voice was only a whisper, but Mari could feel it through her whole body. “You can do this. The power is not yours to keep – your body is merely its channel. Borrow serenity from the image of the Earth Mother. Though you may be surrounded by chaos or sickness or injuries, find the true you within. Release that which belongs to the world –fears, worry, sadness, so that the silver stream may wash unimpeded through you. It is a waterfall at night. Rigel is the basin that must hold it.”
Mari stared at the beautiful image of the Earth Mother that Leda pruned and cared for so lovingly. But, as always, the figure was only foliage and art to Mari. She couldn’t feel the divine presence her mother revered. She could not find her true self – her center. “Mama, I c-can’t. It’s s-so c-cold. It- it hurts.” Mari stuttered through chattering teeth.
“Only because the healing power is not meant for you. Release the fears of your body, Mari. Focus! Find your grounding and become a channel for the moon’s energy. Tonight you must succeed. If you do not, your Rigel will surely die.”
Her mother’s words exploded through Mari’s body. “No! He can’t die. I won’t let him.” She gritted her teeth against the cold and tried to focus past the pain – to release the cacophony of emotions that swirled through her body unimpeded – and to be the channel for the moonfall of water. Yet, still the power was a whirlpool within her. It terrified Mari and threatened to suck her down to drown in its freezing depths.
This was when she usually failed. This was when she dropped her mother’s hand and allowed sickness to claim her so that she vomited, dry heaving misery and moonlight while Leda stroked her back, consoling her with calm, loving words that reminded Mari there would be a next time – she would do better the next time.
But there was no next time for Rigel, and Mari refused to lose him. Think! Focus!
“Mari, slow your breathing. Calm your heart. This is no longer practice. You either heal Rigel, or fail and he dies from shock and blood loss. This is your reality.”
“That’s it, Mama! I need to make this my reality!” Mari squeezed her eyes closed. Could that be the answer? Could it really be that simple? Mari imagined that she was in their burrow, alone, sitting at her desk preparing to create a sketch. Her gulping breath slowed. Her hammering heart quieted. Mari found her grounding as she envisioned a blank sheet of paper. On that paper her imagination began to quickly, easily, sketch an image of herself, sitting crossed-legged with Rigel spread across her lap. From above her silver light cascaded into her lifted palm, washing through her body in a glistening wave to spout from her other palm, which was pressed against the pup’s bloody chest. Eyes still tightly shut Mari worked on the scene, creating a picture of Rigel’s body that was washed clean of blood by the liquid light, leaving behind wounds that were neatly closed and already healing.
Suddenly the cold tide within Mari was controllable. Instead of drowning her, it used her as a conduit, passing through her harmlessly as she let go of the energy. I’m doing it! I’m doing it! And just that quickly her concentration shattered. The picture she’d been creating disappeared along with the tide of power within her.
“No! No! Get it back! I was doing it – it was working,” Mari gasped, gripping her mother’s hand like a lifeline.
“It’s too late. The sun is fully risen. Even with your help I cannot call the moon back to me,” Leda knelt beside Mari, gently disentangling her daughter’s hand from hers. “But it was enough. You did it, sweet girl. I knew you could. Praise the Earth Mother and the blessed Moon! You have saved him.”
Feeling dizzy and disconnected, Mari looked down at Rigel. The pup wagged his tail animatedly and sat up, licking her face. Even though she felt light-headed, she laughed weakly and put her arms around him. He nested there, curled against her body and, sending her waves of contentment, Rigel fell sound to sleep in her arms. With a trembling hand, Mari brushed aside the blood-matted fur on his chest. What had only moments before been deep, seeping, whip-like lacerations were now pink lines of newly joined flesh that had ceased bleeding.
“I knew it was true. You do have my powers and more.”

About PC

P.C. CAST is the #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author of the House of

Night Series and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.  With more than 20

million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have been awarded thepc-cast_2_credit-daniel-stark-at-stark-photography

prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic

Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier,

Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath.

Ms. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and- forth between

Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology.

After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time.  Ms.

Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

Thank you to the publisher for the copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.


Posted in 2016, ARC Review, October

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

The Secret Horses of Briar HillThe Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have loved Ms. Shepherd’s YA stories and I was curious to read one of her MG. It did not disappoint at all!

The premise of the story was an interesting one. Winged horses can be seen in the mirrors of the hospital that the children live at. But only one child can see them and when one of the horses comes out of the mirrors, this sends her on an adventure to save him.

I really enjoyed the story line and could imagine myself as a young child loving this story just as much! I really felt for the children that lived in this house, they not only had to deal with their own illness but dealt with the illness of their peers also.

I must gush over this cover a bit! This is one of the most beautiful covers that I had ever seen and if I saw this book on a random shelf in a book store….I would be sure to pick it up! I love the colors that were used and the image inside of an image.

This book was filled with drama, loss and hope. I enjoyed every minute of it and did not want to put it down. I would recommend it for a more mature middle schooler since there is some dealings with death but I highly recommend it!

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Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Promo Post: The Cabin by Natasha Preston w/Excerpt!


The Cabin

By Natasha Preston

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (September 6, 2016)

A New York Times Bestseller!

There may only be one killer, but no one is innocent in this new young adult thriller from Natasha Preston, author of The Cellar, a New York Times Bestseller, and Awake

They think they’re invincible.
They think they can do and say whatever they want.
They think there are no consequences.
They’ve left me no choice.
It’s time for them to pay for their sins.

A weekend partying at a remote cabin is just what Mackenzie needs. She can’t wait to let loose with her friends. But a crazy night of fun leaves two of them dead-murdered.

With no signs of a forced entry or struggle, suspicion turns to the five survivors. Someone isn’t telling the truth. And Mackenzie’s first mistake? Assuming the killing is over…


I flicked my eyes open in time to see Megan stick out her tongue at Josh and stumble up the stairs. Blake was quiet but smirking at the scene.
You so like Blake. I did—-much more than I should.
“What’s your problem?” Aaron asked Josh, slumping back against the end of the sofa from his place on the floor. “Ever since Tilly and Gigi died, you’ve been a complete dick.”
Before that too.
I curled up, not wanting to talk about my dead friends with Josh. It made me violently angry when I thought about the things he’s said and what he was doing. You can be glad you didn’t die, but it’s unacceptable to be glad someone else did. I gritted my teeth.
“What’s your problem?” Josh sneered. “You dumped Tilly just before, remember?”
Aaron’s eyes darkened. “You know what, Josh? Drop dead! I swear if you ever say her name again, I’ll kill you.” I expected Aaron to get up and lunge for Josh. But he just sat there. Was he too drunk to move as well? That didn’t usually stop him.
Sighing, I scrubbed my face with my hands. Nights always ended in arguments now and I was tired of it.
“Stop!” Courtney shouted. “End it now.”
I clenched my fists. How could she not see who Josh really was? That he was the instigator? Aaron shook his head and took another swig from his bottle of vodka, finishing the last drop. I wanted to get up and leave the room, but I couldn’t even raise my arm. My eyes suddenly weighed a ton again. I was so over this. I felt horrible. I probably looked it too. The room spun, and I my limbs got lighter and lighter, like they were going to lift and I’d float off. Snuggling into the sofa with a throw pillow, I drifted.
It only felt like minutes later when I was woken up by the bravest human on earth. I don’t come out of sleep gracefully. This had better be good. “What?” I growled. Blake’s very amused expression was the first thing I saw when I reluctantly opened my eyes.
His eyes lit up and he grinned. “Your shirt.”
I propped myself up on one elbow and looked down. My shirt was still on, so I didn’t know what he was going on about. “What? My what, Blake?”
“It’s…” He traced his finger along my hip bone, where my shirt had ridden up an inch or two, showing a small slice of skin. Oh. I tried to breathe normally, but my senses were on overload. His intense gaze was all I could see, and that woody, masculine aftershave was all I could smell. His fingertip trailing over my skin tickled and left me breathless.
I looked around to see if anyone else was awake. Kyle and Aaron were sprawled and snoring on the floor. Courtney and Josh were nowhere to be seen, probably upstairs. Hypocrites. “You woke me up to touch my stomach?” I asked as calmly as I could.
“No, I woke you up to see if you’ve known me long enough to let me take you to bed yet.”
No, he hasn’t, but I can feel all logic jumping right out of the window. I’ve never wanted someone I barely knew before, but Blake is different.
My eyebrows shot up in shock, but my heart raced with excitement. I didn’t know Blake, not really, but I couldn’t get my brain to function well enough to convince me of that. Before I could reply, Blake’s lips touched mine, and that was when logical thought ended. I let him take me upstairs.


Posted in 2016, ARC Review, October

ARC Review: The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

The Memory of ThingsThe Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was intrigued by this book from the moment that I had read the blurb. As an adult that lived through the nation’s pain on that horrific day, I enjoyed this read and liked the fact that it took place in NYC.

The character’s were quite a mixture and I felt like I was able to feel their panic as the events were unfolding. I normally enjoy dual POV but in this one, I enjoyed the male much better than the female which is usually odd for me. I wasn’t sure about the romance aspect of the book either but felt that the book really didn’t need it. I felt compelled to read it by the 9/11 aspect alone.

I thought this was an interesting premise for a book which was unique to the YA genre and I am glad that I was able to review it. Although some parts felt a little forced, I really did enjoy this read!

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Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!


Posted in 2016, blog tour, October

Blog Tour: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the UniverseHolding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a really great contemporary read and my first one by Ms. Niven. I will be on the look out for more in the future though!

Libby has had a traumatic past! She was the fat girl but not just any fat girl….she was the girl who got so fat that she had to be cut out of her house. I really felt so saddened for her but this did not deter her from going out there and trying to make a life for herself. I really admired her bravery and even though sometimes, she hurt really bad…she did not let them see her cry.

Jack was often times a real jerk. It took me a while to really warm up to him. He had this bad boy persona that he had to keep up even though he had a secret that he was hiding. Jack is face blind which literally means that he does not recognize faces. No one’s! Even his own sometimes or his siblings or parents! He has kept this secret from his family and this is the reason why he tends to be such a jerk at times. He does not want anyone to know.

The two collide during a game of “fat girl rodeo” (which is a made up game where you hold onto the fat girl as long as you can. the one who holds on the longest wins) (this game is really offensive BTW). Needless to say, they end up in a sort of group counseling situation where they get to know each other better.

I really enjoyed the alternating POV’s. The ending was pretty powerful and I really want to suggest this book to my daughters. The character of Libby is really one to look up to full of strength, bravery and compassion!

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Posted in 2016, September

Book Tag: The Book Lover’s Tag

So I found this tag over at One Too Many Adjectives and I thought I would try it since I have found a love for book tags!!

1. Do you have a specific place for reading?

Honestly? I could read anywhere! LOL, I read in the car when we go on long trips, I read on the couch while everyone else is watching TV, I read in bed right before I fall asleep! I will even read in the doctor’s office while waiting to be called:-) So, no, I do not have a one specific place that I read. I just read wherever I feel like it!

2. Bookmarks or a Random Piece of Paper? 

Definitely BOOKMARKS!!!! I have, on occasion, shoved a random piece of paper in a book to keep my place but I usually ALWAYS have a bookmark. One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is dog-eared pages! I hate them!


3. Can you just stop anywhere or do you need to finish a chapter?

I usually try to finish a chapter. I have stopped in the middle if I need to help the kids or the hubby real quick but I almost always try to stop on a chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

I must admit that if I am home by myself, I will eat while reading. Especially if it’s a really good book that I do not want to put down. This can prove to be challenging at times though!

5. Music or TV while reading?

I do not usually turn either on while I am reading but it can be going in the background and it doesn’t bother me.

6. One book at a time or several?

One book! I have to finish one before I start another. Although, I can have an audiobook going at the same time that I am reading one!

7. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?

I prefer to read at home but we established that I can read almost anywhere!

8. Read out loud or silently?

Silently….Gosh, I would drive my family crazy if I read out loud! LOL

9. Do you read ahead or skip the pages?

No, But I do skim over a lot of the description paragraphs and really just concentrate on the spoken parts of a book. PLEASE…no judgment! I get crap for this all the time! I can’t help it but that is what I do!

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?


I am a spine breaker!!!

11. Do you write in your books?

NO!!! This is something that I would never do!!!

I am not going to tag anyone but if you would like to do this tag, feel free!!