Posted in 2013

Review & Guest Post: Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand


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Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Published March 7, 2015 by Elephantine Publishing

I thought watching my Werewolf boyfriend get arrested for murder was the worst experience of my life. But then I was knocked out and dragged off to a cell of my own by the very people who were supposed to protect me from danger.

I thought being held prisoner in solitary confinement for weeks on end was the worst experience of my life. But then a visitor came, and I realized I’d been wrong all along. There are worse things than torture and death. Much worse.

He wants my blood. More than that, he wants to get into my head. To use my bond to control his army, to wipe the world clean of anything with dirty blood. I can’t let that happen, but if I don’t he’ll kill every single person I’ve ever cared about—beginning with my Werewolf pack.

The prophecy said I would have to make an impossible choice, but I must be doing this wrong—so far every choice I’ve made has only led to more pain and danger and death. Hunters are pitted against Werewolves and I’m alone in my war against Gordon Steppe. I can’t fight him off anymore; all I can do is try to keep him out of the important places. And I’m failing at even that.

I thought the demons were out there, clearly marked and clinging to the shadows. But they’re not. The monsters are within the ranks of those sworn to protect. The enemy is among us.

Review

I have followed Ms. Hildenbrand from the beginning and I am one of her number 1 fans! I love this series and honestly cannot get enough of the characters!!

I cannot believe that this is the fifth book in this series! In my opinion, this is the best one yet! (I think I say that about each one! LOL) For those of you whom have not read a book written by Heather or just have not read this one yet, be prepared to not want to put it down! This installment is filled with lots of drama, action & suspense! We also get to see some characters that we thought had been gone but SURPRISE they are back!!!

At the beginning of the book Tara is trapped in a cage left wondering what had happened to the rest of her pack and Wes.  I really felt like this:

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I must start by saying that I am totally Team Alex. If you have not been introduced to Alex yet, then you need to start reading the first book in the series, Dirty Blood. Alex is awesome and I am always secretly hoping that Tara will give him a chance. It’s not that I dislike Wes but I just adore Alex more:)

Tara is definitely a kick ass heroine. I love to see how much stronger she gets in each book from the small, frail girl that we had seen from the beginning.

If you have read the rest of books in the series, then you will not want to miss out on this one! OR, if you love werewolf stories, then this series is definitely for you!! I highly recommend it!!

5-stars

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 I know, you are just as excited as I am! So here we go….

Alex’s POV for the morning after goodbye:

Alex stood on the roof of Griffin Hall for what would be the last time and looked out over the grounds of Wood Point. From here, all of the buildings were visible—and bustling with activity, even this early. Parents loading their cars with their student’s baggage. Kids horsing around or exchanging numbers. One last kiss with their latest beau.

He had done none of that. The few people he knew well enough to say goodbye to were going with him as part of Kane’s hunting party. Except for her. But he’d already said his goodbyes and he wasn’t up for doing it again.

Damn, but it’d been hard to walk away last night.

Especially after the way she’d thrown herself into his arms. Her dress bunched up around her thighs and tears streaking down her cheeks … he couldn’t get the image out of his head. He wouldn’t for a long time, he was sure.

In some ways, he hated the way she affected him. She was nothing like what he should want. But it’s not like he’d been able to control it.

Just then, the door to Lexington Hall opened and she walked out into the filtered sunlight of the courtyard. Cambria was beside her. He’d heard they were spending the summer together. His chest pinged with jealousy. Part of him wished it were him she would be spending time with this summer—but at least she had a friend. She deserved some fun, some down time after everything that’d happened the past few weeks.

From his perch on the roof, he watched them cross the courtyard, smiling and talking, as they headed for closing assembly. He knew the bus would be waiting on him by now but he couldn’t take his eyes off her. The cheap, black gown she wore did nothing to diminish her beauty. Her tanned skin gleamed smooth and fresh and her hair glistened in the sunlight. She looked untouchable.

Or at least, that’s how it felt as she passed through the doorway leading to the auditorium and disappeared from view.

It felt final. He hated the ache it left in his ribs.

From the other side of Griffin Hall, a horn sounded. He sighed and finally turned for the stairs.

H. Lee

Posted in 2013

Review & Release Blitz: Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder


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Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder

Published by March 10, 2015 via Smashwords

Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age – shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma’s farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won’t stop rising. And with it, old feelings she’s not so sure were forgotten after all.

* 17+ Mature YA / New Adult. This book contains some strong language and sexual situations. For mature audiences.

Review

I have read many different books and a couple of different genres by Ms. Stalder and I can tell you that each time I finish one, I am surprised! I honestly do not know why since I enjoy every single story that she has written. I really should know by now that Janelle’s mind is a beautiful thing and can create works that are utter masterpieces!

The last place that Ella wants to spend her summer is on her grandma’s farm helping out, but she loves Nan and so she also loves the farm. The one thing that has kept her away is Gage Hunter, her long lost best friend from when they were kids. Gage has changed and Ella wants no part of him. Enter Gage…. He has always had a thing for his childhood best friend but can he win her heart???

This story was fantastic and I had a very hard time putting it down once I started. I loved Ella. She was your typical sweet girl next door and Gage was what she thought was your typical bad boy. But he ended up being so much more!

I highly recommend this read if you enjoy NA books. Janelle has a way with bending words to get them to flow precisely right. Each chapter was just as good as the next and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for us in the future!

5-stars

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H. Lee

Posted in 2013

Book Review: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise


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White Like Me

Tim Wise

Published 2005

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Synopsis

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.

My Thoughts

What a gem White Like Me is! I have become very socially conscious on matters of Race in America since August last year, with the infamous Ferguson incident, so I was very interested in what Tim Wise had to say. I actually got the book from my Theory of Knowledge teacher, who was giving out an extra copy he had bought. (Shout out to Michael LoStracco!)

In case you didn’t already know, Tim Wise is a white American who is working to educate people on race relations and combat racism in America. The essence of what he was saying in his book, White Like Me: racism still exists in America, there is such a thing as white privilege, the micro-aggressions blacks face daily, were all things that I already knew prior to reading about them in his book. Yet, it was still refreshing to read a white person saying all that, especially when it comes to white privilege.

He is very honest and candid, which really impressed me when I was reading. Too many times have whites been to plagued by white guilt rather than facing the truth. Not Tim Wise. He wrote the hard truth, and it made me ecstatic. He wrote about privilege, belonging, resistance, and collaboration, and I could only marvel at the infinite wisdom, self-awareness, and empathy pouring out of a white man when writing about an issue that never affects him (at least not negatively, something he never has to worry about in his life: race.

I wish I could meet Mr. Wise in real life and thank him for writing such a candid book on our so-called “post-racial society”. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It’s important to be educated on such delicate social topics as race in today’s world. In fact, it is essential in combatting the ignorance that still befalls many in America today when it comes to race.

Favorite Quotes

“What whites have rarely had to think about—because being the dominant group, we are so used to having our will done, with a little effort at least—is that maybe the point is not victory, however much we all wish to see justice attained and injustice routed. Maybe our redemption comes from the struggle itself. Maybe it is in the effort, the striving for equality and freedom that we become human.”
Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

“So, in “Melting Pot” the children (about a third of whom were kids of color) sang the line, “America was the new world and Europe was the old,” in one stroke eradicating the narratives of indigenous persons for whom America was hardly new, and any nonwhite kids whose old worlds had been in Africa or Asia, not Europe.”
Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

“Hardly any aspect of my life, from where I had lived to my education to my employment history to my friendships, had been free from the taint of racial inequity, from racism, from whiteness. My racial identity had shaped me from the womb forward. I had not been in control of my own narrative. It wasn’t just race that was a social construct. So was I.”
Tim Wise, White Like Me

“And in “Elbow Room” the cast sings the glories of westward expansion in the United States, which involved the murder of native peoples and the violent conquest of half of Mexico. Among the lines in the song is one that intones, “There were plenty of fights / To win land right / But the West was meant to be / It was our Manifest Destiny?” Let it suffice to say that happily belting out a tune in which one merrily praises genocide is always easier for those whose ancestors weren’t on the receiving end of the deal.”
Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

Posted in 2013

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan


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Sarah Rees Brennan

Published September 24th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers

367 Pages

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Synopsis: 

It’s time to choose sides….

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

My Thoughts:

It’s always hard to write a review for a sequel because you don’t want to spoil anyone, but I’ll try because I loved this book, and I love this series so I’m writing a review.  So as a heads up, please excuse my vagueness its necessary evil. You can check out my review on the first book here, and the review for the final book in this amazing trilogy will be up next week Tuesday.

After having my heart completely shattered within the epilogue of Unspoken, I went into this book dreading what I would find. Relationships have been shattered, and secrets revealed, and a new foe has made its presence known in Sorry-in-the-Vale. I loved this book a little less than the first, like microscopically less but still. There is a lot more action in this book, which was great. A veil has been lifted and the Vale isn’t as idyllic as it once seemed which was so damn interesting to watch play out. I also enjoyed how everybody knew, and it was just a matter of whose side you’re on. One aspect I loved immensely was watching these seemingly innocent characters that Kami has known her entire life shed their masks and show what was actually hiding beneath.

Kami remained Kami. She didn’t change she stayed the character that I fell in love with in book one and for that I’m glad. While Kami was still a main character, we saw more of the secondary characters in this book which was fabulous. As I said in my review for book one, Sarah has a way at making every character feel like a main characters. I was as devoted and interested in every secondary character as I was with Kami or Jared. We learned more about Holly, which at first I disliked her but then I loved her. Her character was something I enjoyed reading about, getting to know about her and exploring her relationship with Angela was great. We get into Ash’s head in this book, and let me tell you I hate this boy but love him in a weird way. Being in Ash’s head was something I never thought I would enjoy but I did. His relationships with his family was so interesting, and it made me pity him. There were times I wanted to just wrap him in a hug or just slap him. Rusty is great, Rusty is amazing, Rusty is a STAR. I love Rusty, nuff said.

The urge to punch Jared Lynburn was real in this book. I still love him though, I loved a whole lot more in this book and the end made me want to cry my eyes out. After the end of Unspoken I was very interested in the direction of Kami and Jared’s relationship would go. Their relationship is still frustrating, but then enjoyable, then frustrating yet again. Jared was hurt a lot during this book and he was searching for a place to belong, which obviously broke my heart.

Sarah Rees Brennan is an amazing writer, this book was a spectacular sequel. It was still funny and dark, heartbreaking and breathtaking, and just plain fast paced fun! This world she created in Unspoken got a whole lot bigger in Untold! The twists that Sarah Rees Brennan comes up with are phenomenal, the clues were there but I just didn’t see them, until the end and then I wanted to cry my eyes out.

Favorite Quote:

“Some say love cannot be bought, but mine is available at this time for anyone with a good heart and the ability to use a photocopier.”

5-stars

sam

Posted in 2013

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan


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Unspoken

Sarah Rees Brennan

Published September 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers

370 Pages

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Synopsis:

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him? 

My Thoughts:

Unspoken is the first book that I’ve read by Sarah Rees Brennan, and it was fantastic! There are many reasons why I love this book so much but the main reason is undoubtedly my love/obsession with Kami Glass! Kami is everything I want in a main character, she is strong-willed, determined, and funny, she never backs down, and will doing absolutely anything to protect her family and friends.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the relationship she had with her friends, she is of course the ring leader, whether they liked it or not. They had to follow her around or else she would get into some serious trouble. Her relationship with Angela is something that I truly admired. Their relationship was so strong and Angela went along with Kami and all her crazy schemes because she trusted Kami wholeheartedly would never let her do something stupid without her. The family dynamic in this book also was so strong and relatable. Whether it’s the Glass family or the Lynburn’s it’s still relatable.  Sarah Rees Brennan has a way of making each and every character feel like a main character, and I love it.

Now onto the enigmatic Lynburn family. To say the least they were weird and I wasn’t the only one to think that, the whole town did too! I loved how Sarah just had me guessing what the Lynburns were, it was interesting to find out but in retrospect it’s kind of predictable – but then again that’s how all things are. I truly enjoyed getting tiny facts about this family throughout the book, and figuring out what about this family has the whole town afraid of them.

The only good Lynburn in my opinion was none other than Jared! *que fan girl squeals* he was perfect in every way. I mean he’s a jerk like pretty much the whole book and then the end he made me want to cry but, I still loved him. No matter what he did I couldn’t help but love him. Even when I wanted to punch him in the face I still loved him. His relationship with Kami in this book is loving and heartbreaking all in one. When one was reaching out, one was always pulling back. When one was building walls, the other was tearing them down. Their relationship is frustrating sometimes, but other times it’s utter perfection.

Sarah Rees Brennan is an amazing writer! Her characters are amazing and diverse, the world she created is dark and interesting, and the story is infused with humor and sarcasm. Unspoken is a magical book that will make you Laugh and want to scream out of frustration, and keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation. I have read this book twice, and I still laughed hysterically and still wanted to throw my book across the room, and my heart still broke over that ending even though I knew what was going to happen. So do yourself a favor and this book!

 Favorite Quote:

“Whoever he is, I agree with your mother,” said Dad as he entered the kitchen. “Stay away from him. Stay away from them all until you’re of marrying age. Once you reach a nice, mature fifty-four, gentlemen callers will be welcomed here.”

5-stars

sam

Posted in 2013

The Immortal Rules & The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa


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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Published March 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Published April 30, 2013 by Harlequin Teen

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make

My Thoughts:

This is the first series that I have read by Ms. Kagawa and I can tell you that I will be definitely picking up more!! I know what all of you are thinking right now….1. Heather! Why did you wait so long? and 2. You know that the last book in this series is out already right? Well, first off, I cannot tell you why I waited so long?? I guess that I just wanted to discover this author on my own without all the hype! AND, YES! I know the last book is out and I cannot wait to get it into my hot little hands but since I am kinda sorta on a book buying ban…..it will have to wait until I get more of my 164 TBR books read!!!

Now, on to the review….

I have not read a vampire story in quite a long time and felt that it was time. I had fell so in love with these paranormal creatures a long time ago with Twilight (and yes, I still love that trilogy! Don’t make fun) but they ended up being all the rage and it was hard to find a book at one point that did not involve vampires! So, I went on a little vampire hiatus and am glad that I did because it made me love the first & second in this trilogy even more!

SO this story is from Allison’s POV. She lives in the fringe which is basically the outskirts of her city. Why you ask? Because she does not want to be controlled by the vampires that rule the city. She wants to live on her own terms and watched what it did to her mother when you live by the vamps rules.

Living on the fringe is tough because you do not get anything handed to you. You have to literally fend for yourself to eat and find living quarters. Allison hangs with a small gang that only consists of four people. One of whom is Stick. He is younger than her but scared Shitless! If Allison did not help him survive on a daily basis, he would probably be dead!

One day, Allison decides to venture outside of the city limits to scavange for food. Noone likes going outside because the infected live there. They are called the Rabids and they will tear your flesh apart. Allison stumbles upon a cellar loaded with canned goods and convinces the rest of the crew to go with her to collect the reward. This is literally their undoing and what happens this fateful day, Allison can never undo! She makes a hard choice and one she will have to live with for eternity.

I really enjoyed the take on vampires. It was written superbly and it was not your typical bloodsucker story. The storyline was unique and one that I had never read before. My favorite character would have to be Allison. She is kind of kick ass! She really cares about people and that shows in her actions. She can be tough when she needs to be and kind when it is called for. She also is a tad bit snarky with those she does not care for.

“The mighty hunter,” I quipped as we snuck out the backdoor, escaping into the yard. “He can take down vicious rabids and rampaging boars, but one old lady can make him flee in terror.”

“One scary old lady,” he corrected me, looking relieved to be out of the house. “You didn’t hear what she told me when I got up — you’re so cute I could put you in a pie. Tell me that’s not the creepiest thing you’ve ever heard.” His voice climbed a few octaves, turning shrill and breathy. “Today for dessert, we have apple pie, blueberry pie and Ezekiel pie.”
Julie Kagawa, The Immortal Rules    

The second book, The Eternity Cure, was just as good as the first! You know how sometimes, the second book kind of feels like a filler book? Well, not in this case. The actions just ramps up and keeps going through out the whole book. We meet a few new characters as well as some old popping up where we least expect them to! I do not want to go into too much detail for those that have not read the first book yet! (trying to keep this spoiler free)

I also must talk a little about the romance going on! Don’t get me wrong, there is a little and it does not monopolize the whole book, but boy oh boy!!! Who doesn’t love a sweet and innocent young lad whom will stand up for himself and those he loves? hmm hmm, anyone??

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*Small Spoiler Ahead!*

We definitely get this in Zeke. He is kind, but also tough. He stands up for what he believes in. Now he and Allison did not have a great love affair right from the start. They did go through quite a rocky patch which made me love them together even more. It was not insta love but, they had to work for it. I was happy when they finally got together and Allison got her head out of her you know where:)

“Only death will take me away from you, vampire girl,” he whispered. “And even then, I’ll watch over you from wherever I end up.”   –The Eternity Cure

*End Of Spoiler*

So, In conclusion, I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone whom enjoys paranormal reads! Now, I just have to read more books so that I can buy the last one, The Forever Song. Then I can come back here and let you all know my thoughts!

H. Lee

Posted in 2013

The Good Girl’s Guide To Bad Boys by Katie hart


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Published September 19th 2014 by Carina

304 Pages

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First I have to say how insanely proud I am of Katie Hart. I was one of the many readers who had this on Wattpad. I remember impatiently waiting for the next chapter to be uploaded, then devouring it in minutes as soon as it was. I’m glad that is story that I loved to so much, has been published and now hopefully even more people will read too. But I have to say I liked the Wattpad version better.

It’s crazy that I didn’t like this one just the same because it’s the same story, but yet it’s not. I knew going into this new version that it couldn’t be exactly like the old version I read when I was 17. I knew and understood that things had to change, I was even excited to see what was changed! But when I opened the book and the first chapter was pretty much unchanged, and the next chapter was the same, and the chapter after that, I got my hopes up, but then I kept waiting for things to happen, things I knew was to supposed to happen next and they didn’t and I was disappointed. I was disappointed that some of things; scenes and characters that made me love this book so much was cut, and then I eventually just lost interest.

The thing with re-reading books is that, your opinions sometimes change, especially if you read the book a long time ago. I read this book for the first time when I was 17, and back then I loved it and thought it was amazing. But today at 20, I think it’s just okay. The writing was okay, and the characters were okay, the relationship/ chemistry was okay. Everything about this book was just okay. One of things I was hoping that would change was the plot, not the whole plot but just some aspects. I think if it were more emotional, edgy, or suspenseful this story would have taken off!

Don’t let my opinions of this book, keep you from trying it out! Majority of my problems stem from the fact that I’ve already read it a while ago. But here’s some good. This book is funny, I laughed quite a bit while reading it. If you’re looking for a book with a different kind of relationship, a relationship that isn’t love at first sight mushiness, then pick this up. While I wasn’t overly impressed by the romance/chemistry between these two characters I liked that It wasn’t a typical new adult romance. If you’re looking for something a little bit darker, but is still light & fun then I recommend this book wholeheartedly.

3 stars

sam

Posted in 2013

My January TBR Video!


Hi All! I decided to start posting my youtube posts. Thanks so much for watching and leave me a comment on what you are reading this month! Also, if you would like to subscribe to my channel and get notification every time I post a new video, please follow the link below:

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H. Lee

Posted in 2013

Where I have been?


Helllooooooo Everyone!!! I know that I have been really gone for a while now and I would like to send out my sincerest apologies! Geez, I do not even know where I should begin on an explanation??? Well, first off, we had MAJOR computer issues!!! Like…the computer died…LITERALLY! We did not have the cash flow for the bills and the computer, so guess what came in second…yup… THE COMPUTER!  I know! The horror! I wish that I had a money tree in the back yard!!! Secondly, my husband and I had been going through a whole mess of issues. We have things at a comfortable silence at the moment. Who knows what the future will bring in that department but at least we can say that we put our best foot forward. Thirdly, I was planning on having this post all typed up and put out there earlier this week and guess what happened???? I came down with the flu! YUPPERS! Influenza A baby! Yay me! If you have never had the flu before, consider yourself lucky:) Because, I seriously thought I was dying and was set to start planning my funeral. And for those of you medical people, I will answer before you even say it…..YES< I DID HAVE A FLU SHOT! Because, I am one of those medical people too:) So, as you can see, I have changed the blog around a bit and wanted to really just get back to basics. We will be saying goodbye to Mal at the end of the month and I wanted to take the time to thank her for keeping us a float for the past 6 months!!!

THANKS MAL!!!!

We will also be seeing a new reviewer this year, Tina, along with Sam and Kele. I just wanted to take the time to wish all of you a Happy New Year! And as always……Thanks for following:)

H. Lee

Posted in 2013

The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde


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Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 9, 2014)

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New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together—far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they’ve made and the scars they carry.

The story is told by two very different women, Jackie and Clementine and their individual perspectives. Characterization of these two women is outstanding as well as the development of other significant characters. Hyde allows the characters to slowly unfold, their thoughts, emotions and feelings on full display. You understand their flaws and qualities, fears and confidence, scars and strengths. Well sketched driving the story along with multiple themes.

Hyde touches on attitudes and consequences battling diversity and negativity. She doesn’t ‘change’ her characters, rather she allows them to evolve, become self aware striving to improve. Delicately she molds awareness and acceptance in a constructive manner. The way Jackie and Paula ‘deal/dealt’ with issues along with parenting was well done demonstrating their characters flexibility in thinking given alternative mindsets. Both ladies complimented each other wonderfully.

My only qualm, highly predictable, nonetheless enjoyable.

A profoundly gentle story of love, loss, grief and acceptance, each characters story unraveling a colorful tapestry of varying and affecting circumstances touching the reader. A wonderful read for all ages.

About Catherine Ryan Hyde
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including the 1999 smash hit Pay It author.photo_.Hyde_.08.20.12-221x300Forward,which has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and was made into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment. In addition to her novels, Hyde is the author of more than fifty short stories and is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. During her years as a professional public speaker, she addressed the National Conference on Education, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with President Bill Clinton.

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