Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Becoming the Bionic Woman (or why I'll be offline for awhile)

Going to be offline for awhile due to a bionic upgrade, aka knee replacement surgery. Not sure how long recovery will take, but I know I'm going to be extremely disappointed if I'm not able to leap tall buildings or make a cool gee-gee-gee sound when I run!

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So many tests! I've learned that no matter where I go, people keep wanting to take my blood. Think I might have gotten on a Vampire Blood Donor list by mistake!

A very nice lady came by Sunday afternoon to set me up with my very own torture device! After I get home from the hospital, I have to strap my leg into this thing for a minimum of six hours a day. Luckily, I can split those six hours however I like, so I'm thinking three sessions of two hours each. 

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Looking forward to all the books I'll be able to read during those sessions! I just have to lie there while the machine bends my leg for me. My kind of exercise! Read-a-thon, here I come!

So anyway, just wanted to explain why I'm going to be offline for a month or so. I'll try to schedule a couple of posts, but don't be alarmed if you come visit and the blog has gone radio silent.

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Please send good vibes and happy thoughts my way! Light a candle. Sacrifice a chicken. Say a prayer. Whatever it takes! See you on the other side!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up

Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up - Alexia's Books and Such

Well, another Bloggiesta has come and gone. This round was a major fail for me, as I got almost nothing done. :(

Saturday we hung out with my husband's godson, who brought his family down for the weekend. I bonded with his six year old over books, which was cool! Sunday I got a call that my medical liaison was in the area and could set me up today, so she came over to show me how everything worked. Having surgery this week and I get a fancy-schmancy machine to help bend my new knee. Then of course I had to play with everything and sort of forgot about my list of goals. *sigh*

Bloggiesta Goals:

  • Crosspost reviews on Amazon
  • Crosspost reviews on Goodreads
  • Update TBR Page
  • Update Reviews Page
  • Comment on at least 12 Bloggiesta participants blogs
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
Oh well, there's always next time....

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Book Haul 7/19/14

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.

Gifts:

My friend Tammy over at Bo's Book Nook sent me a boxful of awesome! She picked up a few books for me at BEA this year since I wasn't able to attend, but I wasn't expecting so many. Thank you Tammy! It's good to have good friends! 

Tammy's awesome gift! - Alexia's Books and Such
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz
Rooms by Lauren Oliver

The awesomeness continues! - Alexia's Books and Such
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Jackaby by William Ritter
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis 

But wait, there's more! - Alexia's Books and Such
Not only did Tammy send me a boxful of lovely books, but she also included a very cool tote bag, an Ally Condie sampler, and some great swag! The magnet is already front and center on my fridge, proclaiming to all that Authors Are My Rock Stars! Thank you so very, very much!!!

Oddest mail of the week:


what the heck? - Alexia's Books and Such
This has got to be, hands down, the oddest thing I've ever received in the mail. It's basically an office supply catalog, addressed to me with my name and blog name. While fascinating to browse, sad to say that I do not need 500 mailing envelopes, gigantic rolls of plastic wrap, or 1,000 sheets of packing paper. I can only assume that they got my name and address from a publisher, as that's the only mail I receive with my blog name. Why they would think that a book blogger would need bulk office supplies is beyond me. Very odd....


What did you receive this week?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Poison Promise

Book Review:  Poison Promise by Jennifer EstepPoison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Expected publication: July 22nd 2014 by Pocket Books

eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight… (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Despite her fervent wish to be left alone, people keep trying to kill Gin. Just because she's the assassin who finally took down Mab Monroe, that doesn't mean it's open season on her. Too bad no one told the bad guys.

This time Gin sort of brought the trouble on herself, by stepping in when she saw one of her waitresses being harassed in a parking lot. Little did she know that she would soon be in neck deep with a nasty vampire drug lord!

Bria, Gin's sister, is obsessed with taking down the drug lord. This makes a difficult situation even more complicated for Gin. It's not easy for an assassin to have an honest cop for a sister, and this case shows signs of straining their relationship.

The nasty vampire is pushing a really nasty drug, so you just know that Gin will get involved sooner or later. I still like that Gin is human despite her elemental powers, and she gets hurt during fights. I don't like that she takes unnecessary risks and have to wonder if she's maybe losing her edge? Can assassins ever retire?

Gin mentions at one point that she's tired of all the blood, the bodies, the sneak attacks, and having to be constantly vigilant. I got the impression that maybe the author is getting a little tired of Gin too. Can't put my finger on it, but this one didn't seem to have the energy of the previous books. It's still an interesting story and I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading about Gin and her friends, but there was something missing this time around.

I'm curious to see if anyone else got this impression or if I'm just reading between lines that aren't there. I really love Gin and watching her relationships with her family and friends grow, so I really hope I'm mistaken about the author losing interest!

Have you read the Elemental Assassin books? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of Gin and company!

Previous reviews:

The Spider (#10)
Heart of Venom (#9)
By a Thread (#6)
Spider's Revenge (#5)
Spider's Bite (#1)


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta Time!

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Are you feeling the need to freshen up your blog? Here’s hoping so, because it’s time once again for a Mini Bloggiesta!

Join us this weekend, July 19 and 20, for a fun gathering of bloggers, working feverishly to fix and freshen up their blogs! There’ll be a few new mini challenges, so stay tuned for that list on Friday, but you can also work on any of our past challenges. It’s a perfect time to catch up on challenges you missed during previous Bloggiestas! (Bloggiesta website)

Bloggiesta Goals:

  • Crosspost reviews on Amazon
  • Crosspost reviews on Goodreads
  • Update TBR Page
  • Update Reviews Page
  • Comment on at least 12 Bloggiesta participants blogs
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
This is going to be a busy weekend for me so I'm not sure how much I'll actually be able to accomplish, but going to give it the old college try!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: Stay With Me

Stay With Me - Alexia's Books and Such
Stay With Me by Alison Gaylin

ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Brenna Spector is held prisoner by the past. She has perfect memory, which allows her to recall in vivid and remarkable detail every moment of every day of her adult life. If only she could remember more from her child-hood...for she's still trying to unravel the mystery of her sister Clea's disappearance 28 years ago when Clea was seventeen. 

But now her obsession with finding out what happened to Clea is taking a toll on her own teenage daughter, Maya, who's been very secretive lately. And when Maya goes missing, Brenna fears her worst nightmare has come true. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Brenna is a fascinating character who is blessed (or cursed) with a perfect memory. This is a great asset for a Private Investigator, but not so much for a mother or girlfriend. Can you imagine living with someone who never forgets anything you've ever said or done? How do you win an argument with someone like that?  

I always think of Carrie Wells from the Unforgettable TV show while reading this series. Unlike Carrie, Brenna can get lost in her memories and sometimes needs an anchor to keep her in the here and now. Carrie seems to have a little more control over her memory, but this only makes Brenna more sympathetic.

Brenna has been obsessed with her sister's disappearance for most of her life, and it's taking a toll on her relationship with her daughter. When her daughter Maya disappears, Brenna is beside herself. Where did Maya go? Why was she suddenly keeping secrets? Could her disappearance have anything to do with her stepmother's job or was it Brenna's fault? So many questions with no good answers!

I'm really enjoying this series because Brenna is such a great character! The story is well written, well-paced, and chock full of interesting characters. I was actually surprised to learn the why behind Maya's disappearance, and a surprise ending is always a good thing. I believe that this is the third book in the Brenna Spector series, but you don't need to read them in order as the author gives you all of the information you need. Well worth reading!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. I haven't done one of these in awhile, but it's always fun! 

This week's topic is:

 Favorite TV Shows

  1. Dr. Who - My first Doctor was Tom Baker, towards the end of his reign. I was particularly fond of Peter Davison, who became a vet on "All Creatures Great and Small" after his time in the Tardis was done. Looking forward to the newest Doctor, as I think Matt Smith will be a tough act to follow!

  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - How could you not love a cheerleader turned Slayer? Demons, vampires, high school...scary stuff! And Spike! Loved Spike!

  3. Angel - One of the few spin-offs that I loved just as much as the original!

  4. La Femme Nikita - So in love with this show when it first came out, but disappointed in the ending. To tell the truth, I never actually watched the last episode as I read the spoilers and hated the sound of it. If I didn't watch it, then it didn't really happen, right? *L*

  5. Grimm - One of my favorite shows! Actually love the supporting players more than the main character in this one, but still a great show!

  6. The Blacklist - I'm a little surprised at how much I like this show, as I usually don't watch spy thrillers. James Spader is amazing, and the storylines are always interesting! One of my "must watch" shows!

  7. The Big Bang Theory - No matter how many times I see an episode, it still makes me laugh every time!

  8. Once Upon A Time - Who knew I'd wind up feeling sorry for the Evil Queen? Or that I'd actually grow to like Snow White, one of the most annoying Disney princesses around? Love how this show puts a unique twist on old fairy tale characters!

  9. Once Upon A Time in Wonderland - Was sad when I heard that this one got cancelled, as I loved the twist it put on Alice's story. And who doesn't love a sexy genie?

  10. The Americans - Another surprise on my list, as I wasn't sure what to expect from a story of two Russian spies living the American Dream. But I've become invested in their story, worried that their marriage would suffer, and wondered if Elizabeth would betray Phillip. Such a good show!

There are so many shows that could have made this list, so it was hard to narrow it down to only ten! I went with the ones I never failed to watch/tape. How I Met Your Mother would have made this list last year, but the finale ruined the entire show for me. Firefly, The Goldbergs, Newsroom, and Star Trek: Next Generation were all honorable mentions. 

Looking forward to seeing what shows made everyone's lists! Let me know if I missed anything?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Christmas in July book swap goodies

Christmas in July book swap goodies - Alexia's Books and Such
I recently took part in the Christmas in July Book Swap hosted by The Book Monsters and was matched with one of the hosts, Kristen. She was really on the ball and sent my package out before I had even started my shopping! And so many awesome goodies!

Christmas in July book swap goodies - Alexia's Books and Such
It really IS Christmas in July!

Christmas in July book swap goodies - Alexia's Books and Such
My goodies!

Christmas in July book swap goodies - Alexia's Books and Such
Kristen also threw in some book samples and bookmarks! How cool is it that she has her own bookmarks! Love it!


 Christmas in July book swap goodies - Alexia's Books and Such
Some of my favorites! Love red Twizzlers and caramel wafers, and Kristen was even sweet enough to include something for my dog Waffles! Waffles is used to me unpacking boxes, but was all over this one for some reason. It's almost like she knew there was a package in the box for her!

Christmas in July book swap goodies - Alexia's Books and Such
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
So excited to receive these two books! I gave Kristen free rein when it came to books and I couldn't be more pleased with her picks! Some Quiet Place doesn't sound like anything I've ever read before and I'm looking forward to reading it! I can't even imagine not feeling emotions, but actually seeing them. Wow! And I put The Princess and the Hound on my wishlist over four years ago and forgot about it, so excited for the reminder! Love books like that!

Very, very pleased with my goodies from the swap! Thank you again, Kristen! Hope you like your goodies, which will be in the mail to you soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: The City by Dean Koontz

The City by Dean Koontz - Alexia's Books and SuchThe City by Dean Koontz

Review copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. 

Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

My Thoughts:

This is not my favorite Koontz read and it took me awhile to get into it, but he has never let me down in the past and I'm glad I kept reading.

Narrated by Jonah Kirk, it's more or less his story. Growing up during turbulent times, he meets a woman he calls Miss Pearl. Miss Pearl is not your normal grown-up, but I wasn't really sure what she was. Magical? An angel? Or actually what she claimed to be? I knew that she wasn't crazy because of what happened during her visits. She was a little odd, but not crazy.

Jonah is a musical prodigy and all he wants to be is a Piano Man like his grandfather. Living with his single mother in a small apartment, his curiosity about a mysterious upstairs neighbor that Miss Pearl brought to his attention sets him on a dangerous path.

While it's been awhile since I last read a Koontz book, I was a little surprised at the stereotypical characters in this one. I don't remember Koontz using stereotypes before, but that could just be my faulty memory.

Jonah's mother was a talented singer, but she seemed just a little too perfect for someone in her situation. If her life had "exploded" four times before she was thirty, wouldn't she be just a little bit broken, bitter, or angry? Maybe it's just Jonah remembering her through the rose-colored glasses of time, but she seemed too good to be true.

And the mysterious upstairs neighbor didn't seem real to me. She was a little too angry and off-kilter, as did the other person Miss Pearl brought to Jonah's attention. The bad guys seemed a little too over the top.

Would have liked to hear more of another one of Jonah's neighbors, Mr. Yoshioka. Much friendlier than the mysterious mean lady, he seemed to have had an interesting life. I really liked him until towards the end of the story, when we found out a few things about him that cast him in an entirely new light. And do all Asians have to know martial arts? Another stereotype I didn't care for.

While not my favorite Koontz and a slower read than normal, it was still interesting. I liked Jonah and found his story intriguing. Koontz has a way with words that I've always liked. and you can't deny that the man can write!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winner of the Summer in the City Kit!



Congratulations to the winner of the Summer in the City Kit!


Nicole!


I've sent Nicole an email confirmation and am just waiting for her response.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Can I please have some cheese & crackers with my whine: The FTC Disclaimer Edition

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*disclaimer- all sarcasm and whining are my own

Background

There seems to be lots of discussion lately about the FTC disclaimers we use. I first read about it over at Sophisticated Dorkiness. Her post was really well written and she made several valid points. Several days later, posts at There Were Books Involved... and On Starships & Dragonwings popped up in my feed, both of which were also very well done with valid points.

Nothing against any of these bloggers, but I stopped reading at that point and turned into a grumpy old curmudgeon, yelling at non-existent kids to get off my lawn.

When the FTC first issued their guidelines, I put a disclaimer at the end of my reviews like a good little blogger. Then I was told that it needed to be at the top of my post. Fine. I moved it to the top of my reviews. But no, that still wasn't good enough as it's supposed to stand out. Sadly, I don't have access to the flashing neon fonts so just changed the color. Finding phrasing that I was comfortable with, I thought I was in compliance and wouldn't have to worry about it any more.

Apparently I counted my chickens before they were hatched and I'm still doing it wrong. *sigh*

The Whine

What's wrong with using "in exchange for an honest review" as part of your disclaimer? I only put that on the titles I actually review, not on my book haul posts.

My review policy states that I will be happy to take review requests under consideration and nowhere does it promise a review. My only requests are to NetGalley/Edelweiss and the rest of my review copies come from email pitches. Do I really need to change my phrasing again?

Grumpy Cat No - Alexia's Books and Such

Once I find something that I think works for me, I tend to keep it. I don't like change for changes sake. 

I am part of the Amazon Vine program, which recently changed policies and now requires a review for every item requested. This is still relatively new, as the program I signed up for only required a certain percentage of reviews per items.

I see nothing wrong with this, as they are sending you an item at no charge and the least you can do is write a review. All this has done is make me more selective about which items I request, although to be honest I keep missing my deadlines and submitting my reviews late. I seem to have issues with authority and deadlines and being told what to do, but that's a discussion for another day....

Mountain or molehill?

So are bloggers making a mountain out of a molehill ? Do I really have to change my disclaimer if I don't want to?

Several of the posts mention that changing their policy from "in exchange" to "for review consideration" has helped lower their stress levels about having to read all the books. Lowering stress levels is always a good thing, but don't we bring this on ourselves with self-imposed deadlines?

Lately, the only books I've been stressing about reading in time are blog tour books where I have to post on a certain date. I do ask publishers/publicists/the-kind-people-who-pitch-me-books to let me know if they need a review posted by a certain date, but they rarely give me a date.

What say you?

Do I need to stop using my "book received in exchange for an honest review" disclaimer and change to "book received for review consideration"? Is it really that big a deal?

Should I update my review policy, which was last updated in 2012? Should I include a link to my review policy in my acceptance emails to review pitches? Should I cut my waist-length hair short for the summer? Sorry...got distracted.

Anywaaaaay.....sorry for the long rant. I've rewritten this a few times and while it's not as snarky as my first draft, it's probably still not fit for print. But I can only rewrite something so many times before I get bored, and I'm going to post it anyway because I'd hate to have spent that much time working on something only to trash it.

**whine complete**

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: Divided

Book Review:  Divided by Elsie Chapman - Alexia's Books and SuchDivided by Elsie Chapman

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This is one of those sequels that not only lives up to the first book, but exceeds it! Really loved catching up with West and seeing what she's been up to since the last book. I was glad to see that she's still dealing with the trauma of being a striker and having to kill her Alternate, as no one should be comfortable with killing. I liked her relationship with her counselor, and that she was even seeing a therapist to begin with. Good for her!

Just when she's starting to get her life back together, someone from the Board shows up and makes West an offer she can't refuse. If she kills three targets, the reward will be amazing. Only West realizes that she's done with killing and has to come up with a last-minute alternate plan.

I liked that West didn't have all the answers and made mistakes. While I didn't agree with all of her choices, I could understand her reasoning. And when she realizes that she's been lied to and manipulated? Watch out!

This is one of those series that you should probably read in order, as a bit of background makes everything clearer. Full of interesting characters and a decently paced plot, I found myself wanting more. Not sure if there will be a third book, but would love to see what happens next for West and friends!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Currently...

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I've seen these on a few blogs I follow and it looks like fun, so thought I'd give it a shot.

**Currently reading**

The City by Dean Koontz - Alexia's Books and Such
The City by Dean Koontz
Not my favorite so far, but he's never disappointed me in the past so I'm still reading.


**Currently on my To-Do List**

*Catch up on my reviews
*Crosspost reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, & Pinterest
*Update TBR blog listing
*Comment on at least 5 blogs a day


**Currently watching**

Cook's Country & America's Test Kitchen - Alexia's Books and Such
Cook's Country & America's Test Kitchen
Not really sure what the difference is between these two shows because they star the same people and have similar formats, but we've found several new recipes to try from both!


**Currently burning**

Sunset Beach by Bath & Body Works - Alexia's Books and Such
I love, love, love candles and just discovered B&BWs! They've been having awesome sales lately, so I keep going back for more! 


**Currently obsessed with**

Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood hand soap - Alexia's Books and Such
I received a bottle of this soap in a recent PopSugar Must Have box, fell in love, and immediately ordered more! I find myself washing my hands more often just so I can smell them. I'm refusing to share and have hidden them in my bathroom. Don't judge! ;)


**Currently drinking**

Monster Energy Drink - Alexia's Books and Such
I don't drink these every day, but they're a great pick-me-up on those early mornings when I need to be productive and am still half-asleep!


Well, that was fun! A little different from my usual books-only format, so might pull this out again down the road! Any suggestions on other topics I could use? Most of the blogs I see this on are mommy blogs, so the topics don't apply to me.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My Book Haul 7/5/14

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:

Lee Child is one of my go-to authors and I'm a huge fan of Jack Reacher! Saw this on NetGalley as I was updating my reviews and requested it without thinking twice! Can't wait to see what Jack is up to now!

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Personal by Lee Child

With nine straight #1 New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, after the game-changing twist Child offered readers in Never Go Back, comes a breathtaking new thriller featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero Jack Reacher.





What did you receive this week?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Review: Frozen (Taken #2)

Book Review:  Frozen by Erin Bowman
Frozen by Erin Bowman

The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally - or enemy - is truly what they seem… (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

We pick up soon after the ending of Taken (book #1), with our determined band of rebels hiking across a frozen wasteland on what they sincerely hope is not a fool's errand. Coming across a seemingly deserted village, they learn that the dictator has sunk to new lows and things are worse than they thought.

There are several surprises in the story, both welcome and not. I really wasn't expecting one twist, which was a little shocking and didn't have the consequences I expected.

Lots of action in this one! Our group runs into several people along the way and you're never quite sure if they'll turn out to be allies or enemies, but it's always interesting. I wish Gray wasn't so indecisive at times, as I wanted to reach into the book and smack him upside the head more than once! Always a good sign when a character makes you mad, right?

This is a really well-done sequel, with interesting characters and a well paced plot. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Wrap Up

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I've been having trouble posting on a consistent schedule, so hoping that monthly wrap up posts will help keep me on track!

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've read 9 books this month:

  1. Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
  2. Buzz Books YA 2014 sampler
  3. Given by Vicki Pettersson
  4. Portals anthology
  5. I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff
  6. FaceOff anthology
  7. Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
  8. Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
  9. Expose Me by Kate Hewitt 

Blog Goals

One of my big goals was to raise my NetGalley score, and I finally got it over the recommended 80%! Granted, it's only 80.7%, but that still counts!

Commenting

Another mixed bag. Had some days when I did really well with commenting, but other days I didn't visit anyone. Again, need to work on consistency.

Overall

Doing better on my reading, but had a few too many close calls where I practically had to speed-read in order to finish a book in time for a promised review date. I'm trying to cut down on accepting review requests so I can read at my own pace and read what I want, but some are too tempting for me to resist! Hello, my name is Terri and I'm a bookaholic. *L*