February YA Giveaway!

February YA Giveaway!

Hi, everyone. It’s giveaway time! I really need to clean out my shelves which means that you can win some awesome books. First up is a box of YA books from my collection. This giveaway is for US addresses only. Sorry, but shipping a box of books overseas is too expensive for me right now. The box o’ books includes: From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Val Thomas The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen Forgive My Fins by Tara Lynn Childs Matched by Ally Condie A Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (SIGNED ARC) Under My Hat (anthology) I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells… Read more »

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Review: The Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: The Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Eve Dinwoody is a proper lady. Demure, polite, and all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment at Harte’s Folly, she has no patience for the sinfully handsome and sensual Asa Makepeace (aka Mr. Harte). Dubious of Harte’s commitment to the reconstruction of the pleasure garden after a fire, Eve threatens to cut Asa’s purse strings unless he can show progress on the garden. To keep an even closer eye on things, Eve decides to take over the accounting for the project, a bigger task than she’d anticipated. Unfortunately that puts her right into the path of the rough and bawdy garden owner. However, Eve soon finds that Asa’s temper and brute strength are just one side of him…Read more >>

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Stacked (154)

Stacked (154)

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly (usually) post where I discuss what books I’ve recently bought, borrowed or received. Happy Monday, all! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. The weather report was right for once and it actually rained here in SoCal yesterday. It was quite a good rain, too, and went on for most of the day. I used that as an excuse to be extremely lazy and stayed in for the majority of the day. I got a lot of reading in and managed to finish 1 1/2 books, which was soooo nice. This week’s books are all review books from Edeleweiss. I try not to request too many review books these days but was browsing the… Read more »

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Favorite Films of 2015

Favorite Films of 2015

Hello there. Sorry for the last of posts this week. I totally meant to blog but, somehow, the week got away from me and now it’s Friday. I know it’s a bit late for a best of 2015 list (as it’s almost February) but I had this list made up a while ago and forgot to post it. I figured I would share it with all of you here just for fun. This wasn’t a great film year for me. I know there were lots of good movies released but many of them just didn’t interest and so I stuck to my tried and true genres of sci-fi and action. There were some surprises on my list (like Spy and… Read more »

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Stacked (153)

Stacked (153)

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly (usually) post where I discuss what books I’ve recently bought, borrowed or received. This week’s book haul comes courtesy of Macmillan. They have a really great lineup of books coming out in the next few months and I was very excited to receive the books below for review.   The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray – Besides having a beautiful cover, this book is described as “A historical psychological suspense and murder mystery for teens, with all the trappings of Downton Abbey.” Doesn’t it already sound fantastic? I love historical novels and mystery and think this one is going to be really fun. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody – Brody makes a return… Read more »

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Manicure Monday (102): Be A Friend

Manicure Monday (102): Be A Friend

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. This week’s manicure is a very special one to me. Over the weekend, I was a volunteer at the launch party for the beautiful new picture book by Salina Yoon (Penguin and Pinecone, Stormy Night, Found). BE A FRIEND is her newest picture book and it’s a sweet and touching story of an unusual boy named Dennis who finds an unexpected friend. I saw a very early copy of this book and was very impressed and moved by it. The book is great for both children and adults and… Read more »

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Review: The Tiara On the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher

Review: The Tiara On the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher

The Tiara On the Terrace is a delightful follow up to the charming middle grade mystery, The Wig in the Window. Tiara follows the exploits of best friends Sophie Young and Grace Young who enjoy spy games and recently became town heroes when they captured a killer in their idyllic hometown of Luna Vista. Young and Yang are content to stay away from too much excitement for a while when a mystery falls right into their laps. The president of the Winter Sun Festival, the biggest and most revered annual event in Luna Vista, is found dead one morning in the float barn from an apparent accidental animatronic marshmallow malfunction. While everyone else accepts the tragedy as a freak accident, Young and Yang aren’t so sure, as the clues don’t quite add up. In order to solve the mystery, the two must embark on possibly their must difficult mission yet – infiltrate the Winter Sun royal court and catch the killer before he strikes again! Read more >>

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2016 Bookish Goals

2016 Bookish Goals

It’s a new year which means it’s time to make a plan for my 2016 reading goals. I am not a huge stickler when it comes to my reading. I tend to go where my mood takes me. However, I do like to set some goals for myself just to give myself an idea of what I’d like to get accomplished during the year… Read more >>

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Stacked (152)

Stacked (152)

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly (usually) post where I discuss what books I’ve recently bought, borrowed or received. Happy 2016! Is everyone having as hard a time as I am adjusting to being back at work? Even though I had a fair amount of time off, I feel like I need a vacation from vacation.  I am hoping to do a 2016 goal post at some point this month, but we’ll see how far I get with that. :) Well here are a few books that made their way to me recently.   In Bed with the Duke by Christina Dodd – My library has a very sad romance section but, occasionally, I do like to peruse it to see… Read more »

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