“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review: Don't Even Think About It

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah MlynowskiDon't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

eBook provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same. So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This was a fast, fun read about a group of high school students who develop telepathy after getting a flu shot. Turns out the vaccine was "tainted" and now they can hear everyone's thoughts.

Who hasn't wished that they could read minds at one time or the other? I know I have! But according to this book, the reality is much different. When there's no way to filter the thoughts, things can get a bit....loud.

The teens behave as you would expect telepathic teens to behave, from seeing what that cute boy really thinks of you to cheating on a test. The group of teenagers was a little stereotypical (smart Asian girl, mean pretty girl, etc), but it didn't bother me.

This would make a great book to take to the beach, as it's what I consider a light read. Fun, but not too thought-provoking.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: The Uninvited

 photo uninvited.jpgThe Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

ARC received via Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Davy is a smart, talented, good-looking girl who seems to have it all. Until she tests positive for the so-called "kill gene" that is, then she suddenly becomes an outcast.

Everyone with the gene is labeled a murderer and ostracized. Uninvited from her prestigious school, she finds herself attending public school, where she's warehoused in a basement cage with other teen carriers. Quite a change from her formerly golden life.

Things go from bad to worse for Davy as society grows increasingly fearful of the carriers. Push comes to shove when some of the carriers decide that enough is enough. A little surprised that no one thought this would happen, as if you treat someone like a criminal, they'll eventually start to behave like a criminal. Has no one heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? Isn't that Pysch 101?

In one way, Davy is lucky in that she's smart and talented and things aren't quite as bad for her as for others. But in other ways, her road is even rougher once she's singled out for special treatment.

Davy is an interesting character and I liked some of the allies she found. While I would have liked more information about the kill gene and why the majority of the population was okay with how they were treated, I did enjoy the story.

Curious if society would really react that way to the discovery of a so-called kill gene. Whatever happened to the Nature vs Nurture debate? Sad to say that I think our society would react poorly to this discovery and be all too willing to use carriers as a scapegoat for everything they're afraid of. Or maybe I'm just too cynical?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Write On Review-a-Thon wrap up

Write On Review-a-Thon
The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. 

I'm so glad that Brianna is hosting a review-a-thon every month, as I really need something to keep me on track!

Books to review:

  1. Poison Promise
  2. Don't Even Think About It
  3. What Nora Knew (decided not to review this one)
  4. The Doll
  5. Uninvited

Well, I actually did better than expected with this round and completed three reviews. I know myself well enough by now that I know I don't do well with deadlines and thons, so three is actually a win for me!

Decided to admit defeat and throw in the towel for What Nora Knew, as I read it so long ago that I can barely remember the story. Didn't leave much of an impression on me and didn't want to reread it for a review. 

I'm working on writing my reviews immediately after I finish reading and have about a 60% success rate. Sometimes I just want to jump into the next book, but I'm working on it!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Book Haul (51)

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:

This was an email invitation from the author that sounded too intriguing to pass up! I've been an avid fan of the TV show Once Upon A Time, so excited to read this story about Snow White and what happened to her after her HEA ending!

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?

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An email invite from NetGalley that sounded too interesting to pass up!


I Am the Weapon
I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die - of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. (Goodreads)

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After enjoying book #1 of the Age of X series, I was happy to accept an offer to review the sequel! Richelle Mead is an awesome writer, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Mae and Justin have gotten up to since the last book!

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The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodline series returns with the second installment in her acclaimed Age of X series. (Goodreads)



What did you receive this week? 
Leave me a link in the comments and I'll swing by to say hi!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love

Book Review: How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken BakerHow I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

Review copy received from Running Press Teens in exchange for an honest review

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word - "fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Emery is a smart girl with a great sense of humor who knows that she's never going to be a size 2 like her mother and sister, but she's okay with that. More or less. While initially reluctant to take part in a reality show to lose weight, she eventually agrees in order to save her family home from foreclosure.

While I really liked and admired Emery, the whole premise of the reality show bothered me. Losing 50 pounds in 50 days isn't healthy in any way, shape, or form. And Emery is put under so much pressure that she turns to the dark side of weight-loss and develops some unhealthy habits.

Another thing that bothered me was the way Emery's weight was discussed. The various descriptions of Emery had me thinking that she was in the 250-300 pound weight range, but then we find out that she's 5'6" and 199 pounds. While technically obese, that's nowhere near the whale-like proportions mentioned throughout the book.

Emery is a great character and this book could have been so much more, but I had a hard time getting past the misrepresentations of her weight. No one with Emery's stats would have to rest her arms on rolls of fat or have overhanging belly fat obscuring her bikini bottoms! I mean, c'mon!

The author has worked in the entertainment business for awhile, including a stint as an E! News Correspondent, so I think that might be why he has such a skewed view of overweight women. I dropped my rating to a 3/5 because the weight issue bothered me so much, but the book was well written and Emery is a fantastic character!

Anyone read this one yet? Am I over-reacting? I have no problem with someone mocking themselves and their weight, but couldn't help feeling that Emery was just as delusional as her skinny sister when it came to their weight.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Book Review:  Expiration Day by William Campbell PowellExpiration Day by William Campbell Powell

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Told in diary format, Expiration Day is the powerful and poignant story of a young girl coming of age and discovering what it means to be truly human by a talented debut novelist. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Really enjoyed this story, and I liked the idea of couples adopting robot children because of infertility. The children go in for periodic upgrades to give the illusion that they're growing up, which is both fascinating and more than a little creepy. Even creepier is the fact that the teknoids don't know that they're robots!

Through Tania's journal entries, we discover just had bad the infertility crisis has become. We also learn how creativity is also being affected, as there are no new paintings, music, or books being produced.That aspect of the future scared me more than anything else, as who wants to live in a world of cover bands and recycled novels?

As Tania gets older, she picks up new hobbies and even discovers boys. But in a world where you're not sure who is or isn't human, dating can be a little tricky. Tania matures from a precocious brat child to a likable teen, although she does have her moments.

This is an awesome debut novel by a very talented writer, as he's come up with a unique premise with interesting characters! Even though it's in diary form, it reads like a regular story and isn't gimmicky in any way. I really enjoyed the ending and was pleased that I had guessed correctly. Still had a surprise twist though, and I had to read it a second time as I hadn't seen that part coming!

Left wondering if life without creativity would really happen or if that's just a plot point? Wouldn't the remaining humans still create art? Even if a large majority of children were teknoids, there still has to be the urge to create and appreciate new art, right? Food for thought...


Monday, April 21, 2014

Write On Review-a-Thon

Write On Review-a-Thon
The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th. Let’s get those reviews done!

I'm so glad that Brianna is hosting a review-a-thon every month, as I really need something to keep me on track! Here are the reviews I want to work on this month:
  1. Poison Promise
  2. Don't Even Think About It
  3. What Nora Knew
  4. The Doll
  5. Uninvited
I know I probably won't get to them all, but will do my best!

Are you taking part in the review-a-thon this month? Curious what it's about? Find out more details at The Book Vixen!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Remember everyone - big candy sale tomorrow!!!


Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Book Haul (50)

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:

Simon R. Green is always a good read for me, so when I saw that he was coming out with a collection of short stories, how could I resist? Very pleased that I was able to get a review copy via NetGalley!

Tales of the Hidden World
Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green

Seventeen delightfully unexpected stories from Simon R. Green - including a brand-new adventure of the Droods - take us deep into the Darkside, embroil us in the Secret Histories, and lead us into the shadowy places where monsters and demons roam. Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. Green. (Goodreads)

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Cecelia Ahern is a talented writer and I've enjoyed all of her previous books, so was happy to accept a review offer from William Morrow Paperbacks. The synopsis sounds intriguing, and I know that Cecelia will pull me into the story immediately!

One Hundred Names
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

Journalist Kitty Logan's career is being destroyed by scandal - and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend's bedside, Kitty asks - what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance's office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. (Goodreads)

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This is one of the titles that caught my eye in Buzz Books 2014, so I was very happy to accept a review request from the publisher! If the rest of the book lives up to the sample I read, this should be a fun read!

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word - "fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight. (Goodreads)


What did you receive this week?


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Social media is sucking me dry....

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I have a sticky note on my desktop with the following list:

*Stumble
*Facebook blog page
*Pinterest
*Google+
*Bloglovin'
*email
*Twitter
*Reddit
*blog comments

This is to remind me what I need to spend time on every day. I set my timer for 15 minutes, then move on to the next item. I don't get to every item every day, but it's starting to become habit.

Why am I doing this? A combination of Bloggiesta inspiring me to be more active online, and an online course I'm taking.

My Facebook page and Google+ account were being sadly neglected, as I used to just post links to my recent reviews and call it a day. I'm trying to interact more on both of these, but it seems most of the people I'm following just post links.

I'm still not sure about Google+. Am I supposed to comment there or click through to the original blog? I think I'd rather have people comment on my blog, so am doing a weird dance of +1-ing, then blog commenting. I'm using the +1 and share buttons the same way I do on Facebook, but still trying to figure the rest out.

Reddit is something new to me. I joined one of their gift exchanges, so figured I should start participating. Have found a few interesting boards, but it's another time suck unless I use my timer, so have to be careful!

Does anyone else drive themselves crazy with too many social media outlets? Any suggestions about which are the "important" platforms I should concentrate on? I keep reading that Facebook is dying and everyone is moving to Google+, but I don't see much interaction on either platform.

I just want to talk about books with my fellow book lovers, so why does social media make it so hard? *sigh*

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Forever Song

Book Review:  Forever Song by Julie Kagawa | While sad that this is the last book in the series, I'm pleased with the ending and can't imagine anything better.The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

eARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

On the trail of the insane master vampire bent on destroying the world, Allie is still fighting her inner demon. Devastated by her recent loss, she isn't sure if the fight is worthwhile any longer. Instead of trying to follow in the footsteps of her sire Kanin, maybe things would be easier if she followed her blood brother Jackal's example and let the monster out once and for all?

Allie has been through an awful lot since becoming a vampire, and her path just seems to be getting harder instead of easier. Determined to destroy Sarren once and for all, nothing else seems to matter and she's dangerously close to giving up. Thank goodness she finds a reason to keep going!

There is a big plot twist that totally took me by surprise, and there's more than one! The author is fiendishly clever and just when you think you know what's going to happen next, she pulls the rug out from under you. Love when that happens!

I really like Allie. Despite her inexperience and the fact that she gets beat up pretty badly time and again, she keeps going. Sometimes her motivation is vengeance and sometimes it's the desire to do the right thing, but she keeps going even when the odds are stacked against her. I like that in a character!

While sad that this is the last book in the series, I'm pleased with the ending and can't imagine anything better. A great main character with an interesting setting, fascinating villain, and believable secondary characters, this series is a must-read for urban fantasy fans! Even Jackal grew on me by the end!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Book Haul (49)

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:

Another email invitation from NetGalley that I couldn't resist. Read the excerpt and was immediately hooked! Can't wait to read this one!

Expiration Day
Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Told in diary format, Expiration Day is the powerful and poignant story of a young girl coming of age and discovering what it means to be truly human by a talented debut novelist. (Goodreads)


What did you receive this week?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Review: The Here and Now

Book Review:  The Here and Now by Ann BrasharesThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

At less than 200 pages, this was a quick read for me. While I enjoyed the story, I would have liked more information about the future, devastated world Preena came from.

The story seemed a little light on details at times, when I would have liked in-depth descriptions of certain people, places, or events. Because of its short length, some of the secondary characters weren't fully developed. There were also a few situations I found a little unbelievable and in need of more explanation.

Preena has no special powers or abilities, which is a nice change from so many of the YA heroines out there. While she is supposed to be highly intelligent, she's also a typical teenager who chafes against the strict rules of her community.

Ethan makes a good love interest, and I appreciated that there was no insta-love. While she doesn't understand his initial interest in her, we do. I really liked that they were friends first, as that seems rare in YA nowadays.

There were a few plot points that didn't make sense to me (such as the future plague), and it annoyed me when so many of the adults reprimanded Preena by calling her stupid. I thought she was supposed to be super-smart? While she didn't always act intelligent, she did act like a teenage girl so give her a break! 

While a little thin in places, I think this would make a good beach read. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review: First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

 photo first15lives.jpgFirst Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

eARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message."

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This book has an original, unique premise that I haven't come across before - what if you were reincarnated every time you died, but reborn as yourself and retained your memories? Stuck in the same timeframe during each lifetime, but with the memories and experience to change your path however you chose? I found this concept fascinating!

Harry is a kalachakra, described as one who loops perpetually through the same course of historic events. Most of the kalachakra eventually discover (or are discovered by) the Cronus Club, a loosely organized group where the members help future generations deal with their unique situation. Harry is a little unique among the unique because he remembers everything. Called a mnemonic, the kalachakra who retain everything are considered not only rare, but also a little dangerous.

Most of the members of the Cronus Club are self-indulgent and unconcerned with the outside world. While there is a plausible explanation why they don't get involved in the big events (like killing Hitler), I couldn't help but feel they were frittering away this wonderful gift. What's the point of endless lives if you just spend them partying your time away? But that's a philosophical discussion best left for another day....

While the story bounces around a bit between Harry's different lives, I never had trouble following the plot and actually enjoyed connecting the puzzle pieces! Harry is an interesting character and made a good narrator, but this is one story where I wouldn't have minded multiple narrators to get other POVs about the life of a kalachakra.

Highly recommended reading for anyone in search of an interesting story! It was not only a good read, but left me wondering how I'd respond in a similar situation. I hope I wouldn't fritter my life away, but guess I'll never know. Unless that sense of deja vu means.... 

Rumor has it that Claire North is a pseudonym for an anonymous 'well-known' author and there will be an announcement on April 22 to reveal his/her true identity. I'm looking forward to finding out who it is so I can read all of their other books immediately!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Book Haul (48)

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:

Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely love her Spider series! So happy that I was approved for a copy on NetGalley, and I can't wait to read this one!

Poison Promise
Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep 

In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction).


Swag:

Received this lovely package in the mail from Jeri Smith-Ready after joining her Street Team! Looking forward to reading her next book!

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Two sets of autographed bookmarks and a Street Team ID card!


What did you receive this week?



Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Review: Two Sisters

Book Review: Two Sisters by Mary HoganTwo Sisters by Mary Hogan

Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Mary Hogan’s powerful and poignant debut novel about two sisters - opposites in every way - plus their mother and the secrets and lies that define them all.

One family, two sisters, a lifetime of secrets . . .

The third child in a family that wanted only two, Muriel Sullivant has always been an outsider. Short, dark-haired and round, she worships her beautiful blonde sister, Pia, and envies the close bond she shares with their mother, Lidia. Growing up in their shadow, Muriel believes that if she keeps all their secrets - and she knows plenty, outsiders always do - they will love her, too.

But that was a long time ago. Now an adult, Muriel has accepted the disappointments in her life. With her fourth-floor walk-up apartment and entry-level New York City job, she never will measure up to Pia and her wealthy husband, their daughter, and their suburban Connecticut dream home. Muriel would like nothing better than to avoid her judgmental family altogether. One thing she does quite well.

Until the day Pia shows up to visit and share devastating news that Muriel knows she cannot tell - a secret that will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

From the synopsis, I assumed that the story would focus on the relationship between Muriel and Pia, the two sisters. Well, there are two sisters in the story, but I'm still puzzled over what the focus of this book was supposed to be as it wasn't about their relationship. It was a bit all over the place, as though the author couldn't make up her mind about what type of story she wanted to tell.

We start off with two narrators alternating chapters, but that soon peters out. Every now and again a different narrator would pop up, but the main voice is Muriel's. There are occasional flashbacks that I didn't realize were flashbacks until later, which made things a little confusing. Maybe making the storyline messy, the way that life is messy, was the author's intention? I'm still not sure.

Unfortunately, I didn't find any of the characters very likable. Muriel seems to have no purpose or direction to her life, but I kept forgetting that she was in her early twenties because she acted so much older. I got the impression that she blamed her family for her lackluster life, which is one of my pet peeves. I don't care what your upbringing was like, but once you're an adult it's up to you to turn your life around and take charge!

Mother Lidia is an unlikable, self-centered woman, married to Owen, an aloof, distant man. Sister Pia is an unrelatable golden girl who seems to have always had it all. We don't really get to know brother Logan, as he left home when Muriel was still a child.

Despite not liking any of the characters and what I found to be a chaotic storyline, I still kept reading as I wanted to see what would happen next. I found myself wishing that a strong editor had tightened things up, but the story still seemed to work. I'm curious to see what other readers thought of this one!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Wrap Up

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Hoping that these monthly wrap up posts will help keep me on track! So far, so good!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I read nine:

  1. Concealed in Death by JD Robb
  2. The Doll by Taylor Stevens
  3. Stolen by Erin Bowman
  4. Half Bad by Sally Green
  5. I See You Made an Effort by Annabelle Gurwitch
  6. Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
  7. John Dreamer by Elise Celine
  8. Two Sisters by Mary Hogan
  9. Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Blog Goals

I took part in the Spring Bloggiesta this month, so was able to catch up on several tasks that I've been putting off. I backed up my blog; caught up on crossposting my reviews to Amazon, Goodreads, and Pinterest; updated my Review, TBR Pile, and Challenges pages; and completed several of the mini-challenges.

Commenting

Did so-so with my commenting this month. There were several days when I didn't visit any blogs at all, but during Bloggiesta I commented the heck out of other blogs! I need to work on my consistency instead of binge-commenting.

Overall

The online timer is working out well. When I remember to use it, that is! I just need to get in the habit of setting it, then stopping whatever I'm doing when the timer goes off and move to the next thing on my list. It's really tempting to finish whatever I was doing, but that's how I lose track of time. I call it the "just one more chapter" syndrome.

I've given up on my email replies, as so many people have no-reply accounts that they kept bouncing back to me if I didn't doublecheck the address first. Oh well, it was a good idea while it lasted.

Thanks to Bloggiesta, I realized that I've been sadly neglecting my Facebook Page, Google+, Stumble, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. I'm going to try and devote at least 15 minutes per day to showing them some love.

And finally.....it's Spring! I know the weather isn't acting like it, but it's officially Springtime! :D

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