Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tons & Tons of Stuff

I have a lot of personal things going on. I've read so many books lately and I have a few reviews that I've made notes on but with all that's going on in my personal life, I've not even attempted to type it up. Please bear with me as I get through this trying time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

10 Darker Reads For Summer 2015

Can't decide what to read this summer? this handy list can help!

The smell of freshly mowed grass, honeysuckle, and coconut tanning oil. These are all smells that make me think of summer, of warm, wet skin, ponytails, and flip flops. I remember lying out in the yard with my best friend, slathered in tanning oil, listening to the portable radio and praying the batteries lasted. We always brought a pile of books to choose from because, what can chase away boredom like literature?

If you enjoy reading, books are a must have during your down time. Here's a list of books to keep you entertained in the summer sun.
Click on the pics for a synopsis of the book.

The Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Smother by Lindy Zart

Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

Tell No One by Harlan Coben


Monday, May 25, 2015

Review of Eve by Anna Carey

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Book review

Eve Eve by Anna CareyPublished October 4, 2011
Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062048503
3.7 of 5 stars  | 29,724 ratingsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars

First let me say I went into this with an open mind. I read the reviews but didn't let them cloud my judgment of the book. And, honestly, Eve wasn't that bad. Ms. Carey is a talented writer, especially in her use of sensory description. She is also good at writing emotional scenes; one, in particular, toward the end, almost had me in tears The boys, "I love you, I love you." sigh I enjoyed her style and thought the idea was interesting. I read the book in one sitting; it was a quick read.

That said, I did NOT like the main character, Eve. She was one of those TSTL (too stupid to live) characters. I rolled my eyes and sighed at almost every move she made. And, just when I thought she was making progress/wising up, she would make another idiotic move The code at Marjorie's house to name one.

It boils down to good and bad.

The Good
*Arden - She was the most interesting character. The others seemed bland and/or like caricatures of people.
*Ms. Carey is excellent at writing description. 'Thick blankets of flowers, their blooms no more than a few inches wide.' or 'lungs caked with dirt.' Those were just a couple that I liked.
*M & O Marjorie & Otis - I almost cried. For real.

The Bad 
*Eve is a HORRIBLE friend, It really pissed me off  that the first thing she did was leave Pip & Ruby at school when she knows about the 'sows'. Even if she kind of made up for it with Arden, she still let Arden take the heat from the guards. Ugh....
*For someone who grew up thinking that men were bad, Eve latched on to Caleb very quickly. It felt almost forced. I know I would have been extremely wary of men if I'd been taught, for 13 years no less, that men were evil, couldn't be trusted, etc.
*Eve has no worries about others. People tell her its dangerous, that people are looking for her specifically & they can kill others for hiding her yet she still does pretty much what she wants. Talk about impulse issues! She just lets people die/get hurt/cover her ass without even thinking about them.

The bad is mainly because of the main character. She was impulsive, self-centered, silly, and ignorant. Now, ignorance isn't necessarily a bad thing if you learn from it, but she just kept on making the same silly mistakes and not taking other people's lives into account.

Overall, though, the book wasn't terrible. Make Arden the main female character and it might even be good. I plan to read the next one because I want to see if Eve gets any smarter. I have my fingers crossed. I think Ms. Carey is a talented writer and it would behoove her to have a better main character.


GoodReads - Tara

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Look What eBook I Just Bought!

Pages & Prose

Super stoked over this!

I've been meaning to buy some new fiction books or ebook so, I took the plunge and purchased some ebooks since I had plenty of physical books. I showed you those yesterday.  

I'm so excited to show you what I got!!!

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Poor Little Dead Girls

Oblivion (Fiction - Young Adult)

The Last Good Day of the Year

I can't decide which to read first! What's your opinion?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stacking The Shelves

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Books I've bought this week.

Brought to you by Tynga's Reviews, Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. So, whether bought at the bookstore or online, let us know what you've picked up!

I'm a huge fan of books, especially cheap books in my preferred genres. So, today I ended up at Barnes & Noble for a few hours without the whole family. I ended up with three historical fiction books and two self-help books.  Here's what I bought.

The Gilly Salt Sisters by T. Baker
A Hundred Summers by B. Williams
The White Princess by P. Gregory
90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet

I also ordered some books from Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

I also blogged some this week. :)

Review of "A Midsummer's Nightmare."

Lunch Time Book Freebies and Deals

Review of "Going Too Far."

Have a great weekend, my lovelies!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

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A Midsummer's Nightmare A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody KeplingerPublished June 5, 2012
ISBN: 0316202126
3.83 of 5 stars | 13,432 ratingsMy rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay...I freely admit...this book made me cry and cry hard. In a (mostly) good way.

I'm a sucker for an emotional book that makes me cry (Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster and Annabel Joseph's Comfort Object being two of my favorite ones)and an even bigger sucker for emotional books that are well written. Like this one.

I began reading this because I thought it would be a quick, easy read on my day off. It started off that way but changed a few chapters in. It surprised me because I thought it would be a funny story about a troubled teenage girl who has a breakthrough, becomes all shiny and new, and lives happily ever after. Well, it kind of was, was so much more than the formulaic YA story.

While Whitley had a few not-so-endearing qualities and made a bunch of piss poor choices, I had to like her. We all have our scars and we've all made stupid choices in our past. It makes us human and much more lovable. Same with Whitley. I was rooting for her and glossing over her silly mistakes.

(I'm on a Grey's kick, don't kill me!)

I'm very impressed with Kody Keplinger and will keep my eyes peeled for more from her!


View all my reviews - Tara
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