June 8, 2015

Hiatus

Hey, all! I'm going to be on a hiatus for a bit. Work and the amount of time it takes me to get there has been consuming my life.

Just to give you a bit of an idea: I get up at 6am, leave the house at 7 to be at work by 8:45 (curse you, traffic!). I'm at work til 5pm and get home around 6:45. So from that time til I go to bed (about 10 or 11pm), I have to cook dinner, eat, spend time with my dog and husband, and work out. Sigh. I am exhausted all the time.

As you all know, blogging takes HOURS. Thinking up new posts, writing them, proof reading, responding to comments, visiting the blogs of your friends... I just don't have the time right now. I'll be back soon, though!

May 31, 2015

Blog Tour: The Edge of Forever by Melissa E Hurst (Review & Favorite Quotes)


The Edge of Forever

Publish Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

Blurb:
In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

May 28, 2015

Feature & Follow: TBR Count?

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!


May 27, 2015

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

Publish Date: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: Quirk
Rating: 2.5 / 5
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I purchased a copy via Amazon.

Blurb:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

May 26, 2015

Review: The Story of Us (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

Publish Date: February 14th, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I purchased a copy via Amazon.

Blurb:
I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

"Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry" ... He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it...
"I said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die"

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean's story will stay with you long after you read the final word. An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

May 25, 2015

ARC Review: Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant

Publish Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Atria
Rating: 3 / 5

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Blurb:
Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.

A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.

As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.

At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.

Lizzie loved Zach. She really did.

But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him.

Or what he was capable of . . .

May 21, 2015

Feature & Follow: Writing Reviews

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!


May 20, 2015

Let's Discuss: When You Just Aren't Feeling an ARC

In the past 2 weeks, I have DNFed more ARCs than I want to admit.
It feels awful. I can't even begin to imagine the time and effort that go into writing a book, only for some readers to not even finish the ARC you kindly provided them, for free!!

May 17, 2015

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Publish Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 3.5 / 5

I purchased a copy via Amazon.

Blurb:
I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

May 14, 2015

Feature & Follow: Organizing Books

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The point of Feature and Follow is to meet new people & gain followers in the book blog community!

How it works: Each week, Rachel and Alison post a question for bloggers to answer, provide a bloghop link, and choose two lucky participants to feature in their blogs!