Uncovered (141): Vengeance Road

Uncovered (141): Vengeance Road

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? While it’s not the only factor in picking up a book, a pretty cover doesn’t hurt. Uncovered is a weekly post where I show some cover love. Enjoy! Hi, everyone! Man it’s been a few weeks since my last cover post.  I am not sure what happened, as I actually started the post for this week’s cover when I first saw it several weeks ago. Anyway, this cover for Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman is AWESOME. I love how detailed the illustration is. I like the disparity between the pretty, feminine flowers and the animals bones and guns. The font is fantastic and makes me think of a vintage ad. The whole thing has a bit of a western vibe, which I like and the colors are also unusual. I have a feeling that this cover is going to be even more beautiful… Read more »

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Review: Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

Review: Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

I always like seeing what happens after happily ever after and Beautiful Beloved is a fun addition to the Beautiful Bastard series. New parents Max and Sara are struggling to balance life with a newborn. Their attempts to bring some of the spark back into their sex life has comical results but, in the end, they figure out a way to make it work and their relationship is stronger than ever.

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Manicure Monday (90): Soulbound

Manicure Monday (90): Soulbound

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. Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks for checking out this week’s Manicure  Monday. Today’s manicure was inspired by Soulbound which was released last week and is the 5th book in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series. This is the story of Adam, king of an immortal race made of those he’s brought back from death, cursed to live alone until he finds his soul’s mate. For this look, I started off with a base of 2 coats of OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, which is a dark blue teal creme. Next, I used a makeup sponge to create a smoky effect with Barry M Cyan Blue (lighter teal blue) and Cult Nails Tempest (white). I alternated these colors with the base color… Read more »

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Stacked (140)

Stacked (140)

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly post where I share with you the books that I’ve bought, borrowed or received for the week. I had a healthy book haul this week. It’s just in time, too, because the weather has suddenly turned much more winter-like here in southern California and this weekend was the perfect time to settle down with a few good books. Borrowed California by Edan Lepucki – Picked up this audiobook from the library the other day. This has been on my to-read list for a while now. This is a post-apocalyptic story set in Los Angeles that has gotten positive reviews.   The Sculptor by Scott McCloud – Graphic novel about an artist who makes a deal with Death to be able to sculpt anything he wants and then cannot decide what to sculpt once he has the power. The Master by Kresley Cole – Erotica/romance book… Read more »

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What Does the Bookworm Say?: Reading Snacks

What Does the Bookworm Say?: Reading Snacks

Hi and welcome to What Does the Bookworm Say?, a feature where I discuss bookish topics with my friends at The Reader’s Antidote, Books Unbound and The Windy Pages. Each week, we will discuss a new bookish topic. This week’s topic is: what is your favorite snack or drink to have while reading? My answer for this is going to be pretty short. I wish I could say that I had a cute little ritual where I had the perfect cup of tea and a cookie each time I sat down to read but, the reality is I usually plop down to read on my couch or bed each night without any kind of prep. I mean I’ll get up to get a snack if I get hungry but I don’t tend to eat while I am reading unless I am out at a restaurant or cafe by myself. I’ll snack on something if it’s handy while… Read more »

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Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth’s father has gone missing. At least she thinks he has. He won’t return her calls and her mom dodges her questions about his whereabouts. When his notebook is found in New York, Laureth decides to take her little brother to New York to find him. I didn’t really know what to expect with this book, but the premise intrigued me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from the point of view of a blind protagonist before. While I thought Laureth was a well written character with a really unique point of view, I found other aspects of her personality to be very frustrating.

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Outlander Read-a-long: Weeks 1- 3

Outlander Read-a-long: Weeks 1- 3

Hi, everyone! I know it’s been a little while since my last post. Exciting things were happening in my non book life. I welcomed a new nephew into the world last week! I am excited to have another child to spoil before handing him back to his parents. :) This post is long overdue. I haven’t been keeping up with this read-a-long very well. It’s not that I don’t like the book, because I do like it, but my progress has been pretty slow. I am going to try to answer the prompt questions as best as I can even though I’m only on Chapter 6. February 8th: Discuss: our initial thoughts of the book February 15th: Discuss: the characters and our thoughts on the characters. Which are our favorites and which ones we don’t like as much. February 22nd: Discuss: compare your initial thoughts with your current thoughts on… Read more »

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Manicure Monday (89): Valentine’s Day Edition

Manicure Monday (89): Valentine’s Day Edition

Hi, everyone! I don’t actually have a bookish manicure for you today. I  probably won’t have time to do proper book nails for a week or two and decided that I’d show you my Valentine’s Day nails this week instead. I don’t usually do holiday nails but I felt the urge to do something bright and fun for Valentine’s Day. I know people have mixed feelings about V-Day, but I happen to love it. I spent the evening with friends, Indian food and The Kingsman. Colin Firth in a suit is as good as it sounds. I am not going to go into a ton of detail for this manicure. I knew I wanted to use hot pink and the rest I kind of made up as I went along.   I wanted to make each nail a little different, which was harder than I thought it was going to… Read more »

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, at the core of it, I think that there are some interesting ideas and the seeds of what could be a really fun world. On the other hand, the execution of this novel left a lot to be desired. There is little world building despite the fact that the book is set in a very different world than ours. Instead of slowly introducing the reader to the history and nuances of this new world in engaging and subtle way, the author crams hundreds of years of history into large sections of info dumping. We barely begin to get to know one world when Paige is suddenly taken away to a completely new world. The excessive use of nicknames and slang was also confusing. There is an extensive glossary at the back of the book to help with this but it makes it hard to read a book when you have to look up a word every few sentences.

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Cover Reveal: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Cover Reveal: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Hi, guys! I’m really excited to be a part of the Nalini Singh Rock Hard cover reveal today. As a Nalini Singh fangirl I am more than happy to do my part in letting you all know about the next novel in Singh’s Rock Kiss series. Singh is best known for her Guild Hunter and Psy-Changeling series but delved into the world of rock romances last year with Rock Addiction. I have been waiting for Charlotte and T. Rex’s story ever since I first read about them last year, so you can bet that I will be getting Rock Hard as soon as it’s available.

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