Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Ten Things We Did

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by: Sarah Mlynowski
Series: N/A
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pub Date: June 7th 2011
368 pgs

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house - parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have. 

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year , April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart... on thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time. 

 This was a perfect quick read. It was extremely entertaining and hard to put down. I finished it in just two short days!! I found myself giggling out loud, fighting back tears and cheering April on as she found herself. The story is constantly bouncing between was is currently happening and some event in her life that she is referencing at that point. At first I found this slightly confusing but soon I relished it. It made the book sound like a story I would tell about my life, in which I would pause to explain something then jump back in. It made the story fresh and different and kept my attention. It is also a very good story about a girl finding herself and dealing with parental issues. As a child of divorced parents, and of parents who at times were very self centered, I really related to the book and felt like it was very realistic.
This is a stand alone novel. Yet another reason it may have been so refreshing. I have loads of series that I want to start or are in the midst of. Sarah Mlynowski does have several other novels including a series that may be very cute called Magic in Manhattan. I may try them someday but they are not moving to the top of this girls expansive TBR.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare
Series: Mortal Instruments #6
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pub Date: May 27th 2014
20 Hours 38 Minutes

In this dazzling and long awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. 
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. 

I read/listened the rest of this series back to back over a year ago. I was super hooked! The Nephilim was a new concept to me and I fell in love immediately. I rooted for Clary and Jace from the first few chapters! Finding out after reading the fifth book that I would have to wait almost a year and a half for the next novel almost put in into tears. I remember breathlessly ranting about this to my husband, whom doesn't read so didn't get why I was upset at all!! Anyway so I bought City of Heavenly Fire the day it came out!! Immediately my life became super hectic and I am just now reading it!! Shameful, I KNOW!!

I just need to note first of all that I loved the conclusion to this series. It was everything I could have wanted from a finale and honestly more than I expected!

The characters, le sigh, the characters. I know over the course of the series there has been a ton of progression but it is helped by leaps and bounds in this book! Something about the world coming to an end makes all the characters pull their heads out of the clouds. I am trying to find the words to explain. Part of me has just considered throwing a spoiler sign and just say all I want to. I may do that later ;)

I am combining the story progression, plot, and resolution here cause I would just find myself repeating. I am not a literary critic, I know many a person that could pick this book a part and find all its faults but personally I think it was perfect. I didnt find any parts dragging or lacking. I love the plot build up and the resolution. What I really want to say here is I was super impressed at the tying up of all the characters left that Cassandra Clare did after the conflict resolution!!! I was really concerned that after everything was said and done it would just be over but she has several chapters showing how life is going post war and all the cleaning up. Beautifully done!!
This series is complete! While I am sad to see if go, I prefer a conclusion versus more books in this instance. Cassandra Clare does have many other books and series most or all of them having to do with this world she has created. I found that City of Heavenly Fire more so then other books hints at stuff that makes you wanna read the other series to see if they hold more information!! Sneaky she-devil!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review: Eve and Adam

Eve and Adam by: Michael Grant
Series: Eve and Adam #1
Genre: YA, Sci Fi, Romance
Pub Date: October 1, 2012
6 hrs 50 Minutes

In the beginning, there was an apple-
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother's research facility. There, under the best care available, she is left alone to heal.
Just when Eve thinks she will die- not from her injuries, but from boredom- her mother givers her a special project: Create the perfect boy. Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts creating Adam.

I enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, it was a quick read in both length and in effort. It moved at a good pace and kept my attention. I am trying now at this really odd hour to remember if I have read a book with a similar premise before. I really don't think I have. I feel like I have read something about cloning once, or was that a movie? Anyway I digress. From the first time I heard about this book I have wanted to read it. I, like several other reviewers, was expecting something a little different then what you ended up with. However! I don't mind and actually prefer the direction this story lead. 

Characters. You don't see a lot of character progression in this book. I saw a bit in the two main characters but nothing in the rest. Especially none in a very stubborn Aislin which made me GRR a bit by the way. The story is told from three points of view at some point in the novel. I don't have an issue with this. Also I listened to this book and the readers did an amazing job giving the characters a voice and sounded so real. 

My only real reason for not giving this a 5-star type rating and review is a lack of WOW factor. It was all the thing I mentioned above and I would recommend the book to anyone. I just felt like it didn't have that moment that just made me stop and think that this book had something above anyone else. Do you understand what I mean? Of Course you do! I feel like the writing style was very simplistic. Which made it a great easy read but didn't give the imagination a lot to work with. It didn't explain a lot outside of what it took to get the point across.

I am pretty sure this is a single novel, Though for alot of the book I wondered cause I wasn't quite sure how we would get to a resolution in the amount of time I had left! hehe. Michael Grant has alot of other novels. I have his Gone Series in my TBR pile.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #5

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @Shouldbereading. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers. 
My Teaser: 
"I say lightly, because what else am I going to do when the most beautiful boy in the world is seated beside me and several inches of him are pressed against me and I swear the taste of his breathe is sweet in my mouth. Choke."

- Eve and Adam by: Michael Grant

25 Days of Book Boyfriends : Ridge Lawson

Day Two of the 25 Days of Book Boyfriends. I want to invite you to get to know a little about Ridge Lawson. He is the sweet and sexy book boyfriend I met earlier this year while reading Maybe Someday by: Colleen Hoover. He is a bit different then most Lead Male characters out there. He is deaf, a musician, and everyone's saving grace. What more could you ask for. While he tries his best to do right by all those around him and keep himself in control, I love seeing when the shield slips down just a bit :) Ridge feels very real to me, he does things in moments of anger then feels bad and tries to make up for it as best he can.

Maybe Someday by: Colleen Hoover
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pub Date: Mar. 18th 2014

"At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her-- and she is left trying to decide what to do next. 

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there;s something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one. "

Ridge Lawson:

"His dark eyes lock with mine..."
"He runs a free hand through the hair hanging loosely over his forehead..."

Love Me:

1. Ridge is gentle and caring.
2. Ridge will knock out your ex for cheating on you with your best friend
3. He writes amazing music!!
4. He just has a way with words, and actions
5. Putting the needs of others before himself
6. He is subtly funny and heartwarming
I could go on forever.... Do you feel the love I have for this man yet?

I have to admit that while trying to browse back through the book for quotes of what he looks like or even parts that made my heart sputter, I was immediately sucked in and almost read the whole book over again. I can promise this one is really hard to put down!!

I am so sure that you will fall like I have fallen I will be giving this book away on Christmas Day!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your email and your favorite book boyfriend. If you have a blog as well leave a link and I will be sure to stop by!!

Follow along and meet more amazing and scruptious book crushes in the days to come. Check the link to see the schedule!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: Reflected in You

Reflected in You by: Sylvia Day

Title: Reflected in You
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #2

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.


Quick Summary: Continuing story of Giddeon and Eva are back. While trying to deal with personal issues,  bigger things are out to destroy this relationship.

My Review: Oh my, my, my. Where to start?!?!? I was frustrated with alot of this book and still couldn't seem to put the thing down. I knew there was something big going on but I couldnt put my finger on it. I did not predict the twist in this story though in hindsight I probably should have. I just found myself riding Eva's emotions with her and it put my head in a hazy cloud. I was having a hard time stepping back and seeing the bigger picture. While this was incredibly frustrating, it was also enjoyable.

The plot in this story is very impressive and I love how so many little pieces built such a big picture. It made me look at my life and realize a few things honestly. Little pieces I missed cause I was caught in that hazy cloud of emotions, love and trust take so much effort and focus that sometimes you dont see other things that are going on till far after the fact.

I am kinda all over the place with this review and I apologize. I have a hard time explaining without spoiling and there was so much to this book. If you loved the first one and find this one hard to get into please just truck on through the ending is SOOOO worth it.

The only small issue I have other than the frustration due to events and emotions, is the writing. I feel it was a bit drawn out and sometimes a bit repetitive with certain concepts. I see now where that might have been necessary but it made reading more difficult at the time.

Future Novels:
All in all a great story and I am anxious for the finale in Entwined in You which I will be reading soon!!

Happy Reading. And Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday is Game Day #5

The Friday Game Plan

I will continue to post this every week :) I had to change this up a bit cause of issues with my audiobooks. I listened to Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. I also finished Jhereg, which wasnt on my list but this is because Brokenhearted was messed up and I had to contact audible! I have started Afterworlds

6. Beautiful Oblivion
5. Entwined with you
4. Brokenhearted
3. Clockwork Prince
2. Afterworlds
1. First Grave on the right

Every Friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles;) Feel Free to comment with your Game Plan or just link to the post on your blog so I can check you out!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Shiver of Light

Shiver of Light by: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Merry Gentry #9
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: 06/03/2014
12hrs 42 Minutes

Merry Gentry, ex-private detective, now full-time princess, knew she was descended from fertility goddesses, but when she learned she was about to have triplets, she began to understand what that might mean. Infertility has plagued the high ranks of faerie for centuries. Now nobles of both courts of faerie are coming to court Merry and her men, at their home in exile in the Western Lands of Los Angeles, because they will do anything to have babies of their own. 

I waited so long for another Merry novel. I have always enjoyed this series and I just couldn't see the last book being the end. This could just be me being selfish cause I love the story so much but I wanted to see more of what happens after the happily ever after. This book did not disappoint though I cant say its the best novel in the series. I enjoyed the story and I am once again crossing my fingers that this is not the end of the story!!

I was kinda surprised about the limited amount we see of other characters. This book is highly focused on Merry and how she has developed since the last novel. Both in magic and in power, building her new kingdom. You see a little character development in the men and quite a bit in the queen for the little we see of her. I found myself more upset with the loss we experience in this novel then I really expected to.

The pacing and plot in this book was very typical of Laurell K. Hamilton's books. This is in no way a bad thing just you start to see a trend after reading so many of her novels. I can say the same about Piers Anthony and he is one of my favorite authors ever!

Looks like another wait and see....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #3

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @Shouldbereading. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers. 

My Teaser:
"Scales graced almost the entire back of her body, trailing down into the tiny diaper. They weren't the rainbow scales of a snake like Kitto had on his back, but more like the wide, delicate scales on a butterfly or moth wing, except these were impossibly large, bigger than any natural butterfly on the planet."

- Shiver of Light by: Laurell K. Hamilton

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday is Game Day #4

The Friday Game Plan

Alas, the local Pee-wee football team played their final game this last weekend but I believe I really like what this post has done for my reading and for this blog. I will continue to post this every week :) I have made great bookish progress this week. I read Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) in just two days!! I also finally finished City of Heavenly Fire, it was a very long audiobook! I finished Eve and Adam. This was a pretty quick audiobook. I have also gotten some blog progression this week. I know it is only mid-November but I am preparing for a New year full of big things for myself and the blog.

6. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
5. Beautiful Oblivion
4. Entwined with you
3. Brokenhearted
2. Clockwork Prince
1. Afterworlds

Every Friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles;) Feel Free to comment with your Game Plan or just link to the post on your blog so I can check you out!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Lover Awakened

Lover Awakened by: J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J. R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savages feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. 

Bella is instantly tranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadists thirst for vengeande against Bella's tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her. 

Quick Summary: While saving Bella, she saves Zsadist.

My Review:

My absolute favorite part of this story is the character progression. I really seem to enjoy when a broken and battered person can come back and be an even better person. This novel was slightly less captivating to my tastes than the last but I still found myself staying up late reading it. I think I finished this one at 2 in the morning. I guess its a good thing my hubby is working nights :) Outside of the main romance story that saves a man from his tortured past and a woman from a life she is not interested in, there is story progression with other characters. I have a large curiousity about John and how it will work out with him.

We see some big changes in this novel that I see affecting future novels very deeply. I still get bored easily with the lessors chapters and find myself skimming quite a bit through these parts. One thing I can tell you is you can read this book without reading the lessor chapters but you get more information if you do.

Future Novels:

The next story in this series is Lover Revealed. I have decided not to read the summary before starting the book which I won't be doing immediately as I have a ton of other things to read to and need to bounce around some :) Though I am sure I will be back at it in short order, I really love this series. I am really hoping Lover Revealed is going to be about Vishous, but based on the title I think Phury has a good chance of being the protagonist.

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #2

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ShouldbeReading. Anyone can play along just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser: 
"As the freezing water engulfed me the first feeling was shock and numbness. But then. Slowly. I felt good. Alive."

-Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by: Sarah Mlynowski

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday is Game Day #3

The Friday Game Plan

It was a great week for reading. Rainy, cold, quiet. I still didnt get as much reading done as I would have liked. I only completed one book this week. Gonna keep the game plan pretty similar. I completed Avow only this morning.

6. Eve and Adam
5. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
4. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
3. Beautiful Oblivion
2. Entwined with You
1. City of Heavenly Fire - I am almost finished with this one.

Every Friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles ;) Feel free to comment with your Game Plan or Link to post on your blog so I can check you out :) Happy Friday.

Review: Lover Eternal

Lover Eternal by: J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Eternal
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Pgs. 446

Within the brotherhood Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He;s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. 
Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves. 


Quick Summary: Rhage is lonely, Mary uses her illness as an excuse to be alone. When the two come together they may just be what saves the other.

My Review:

This has to be one of the best books ever!! I really liked the first Black Dagger Brotherhood novel but this one is much more enticing. I liked the fact that Mary did not just fall into bed with Rhage immediately as Beth did with Wrath. Loved Loved Loved the progression of the characters and the events they went though. Oh and that finale!! I could not put this book down, stayed up till two in the morning to finish it. I even squealed out loud at times. Immediately texted my sister when I completed the book and ordered her to read it!! I highly recommend anyone who likes a bit of paranormal with their romance to try this one on for size. I would also like to state that though reading them in order will give you more background on the characters, it IS NOT necessary. This book could have very easily been a single novel and not part of a series.

Future Novels:

There is plenty more and I can't wait to delve in. Well actually I already have Lover Awakened is up next!!

Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #1

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ShouldbeReading. Anyone can play along just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My Teaser: 
"I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came... and I was awakened." - Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward book 3 in the Black Daggerhood Series. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday is Game Day #2

The Friday Game Plan

I missed last Friday as I was out of town with family. In the last two weeks I have had a chance to finish a few novels and I stuck to the list if not in any particular order :) I finished: A Shiver of Light, Into the Still Blue, and Reflected in You. I am still working on City of Heavenly Fire. So heres the new game plan.

6. Eve and Adam
5. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
4. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
3.  Avow
2. Entwined with You
1. City of Heavenly Fire

Every Friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles ;) Feel free to comment with your Game Plan or Link to post on your blog so I can check you out :) Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: The Death Cure

The Death Cure by: James Dashner

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #3

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends-the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. 

What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say


My Review:

I cant figure out how I feel about this novel. I even gave myself 24 hours to think about it. The ending was kinda predictable, or maybe its just what I wanted to happen. Once again I felt like there were more events then were necessary to tell the story. Many parts that fluffed the book. I may feel like this as I was so anxious to get to the truth and the resolution. I spent most of the book thinking it must be another trial and then believing that it wasn't. I liked this book more than the others though but I cant quite put my fingers on why.

All in all I enjoyed the book but this is one series that I am glad is at its completion. Onto new books!!

Side note:

There is a prequel called The Kill Order. I am not jumping straight into it as I have so much else I would rather read and this series has kinda bummed me out a bit. I may come back to it at a later date.

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: The Scorched Trials

The Scorched Trials by: James Dashner

Title: The Scorched Trials
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #2
10 hours 22 Minutes

Solving the maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch-the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers destruction-and they're determined to survive.


Quick Summary: After escaping the maze, the gliders are put through yet another series of obstacles with the promise of a light at the end of the tunnel.

Can anyone explain how I can be so bored and yet so intrigued that I must see this to completion? I listened to this one hoping it would be easier for me to get through than The Maze Runner. The reader was had a voice that almost put me to sleep, sorry to say. It still did not stop me from needing to know what is going to happen. If there is anything I can say about this series is it is unpredictable. I don't know what is coming, who is bad and who is good! I love Thomas's character more as the series progresses.

I will be starting The Death Cure immediately!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday (Oct. 22)

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Shouldbereading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
Audiobook - Shiver of Light by: Laurell K. Hamilton
E-book - Reflected in you by: Sylvia Day

What did you recently finish reading?
E-book - Into the Still Blue by: Veronica Rossi

What do you think you will read next?
Audiobook - City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday is Game Day!!

The Friday Game Plan

So I was sitting here thinking about what I want to read next, what I want to look on audible for, etc. Then I thought I should make a game plan, and since I recently moved to a small town where football is a big deal it made me think of that too. Friday is game day for the high school football team. While I wish my mighty badgers good luck tonight I want to make a game plan for a touchdown myself. I am going to list the next 6 books I want to read to help keep myself on track.

6. A Shiver of Light - I have been looking forward to a new Merry book for too long!!
5. City of Heavenly Fire - I guess I lost my fire for this series when I had to wait a year and a half for this to come out, but its about time to wrap this thing up :)
4. Eve and Adam - I have wanted to read this one for a while.
3. Into the Still Blue - I have read most of this one but my house burned down and took this one with it so I will get it back soon and finish her up!
2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Everyone raves about this series but I have only gotten to enjoy the first book.
1. Reflected in you - I really enjoyed the first book and would like to continue the series.

Every friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles ;) Feel free to comment with your Game Plan or link to post on your blog so I can check you out :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by: James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #1
Pgs. 890
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He is surrounded by strangers-boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out-and no one's ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.


My Review:

I will be honest here. There is two reasons I read this novel. Reason one, the movie came out and I must read the book before I can see the movie. Reason two, my sister loved it and insisted I read it. Now my sister and I are like day and night but we do tend to agree on books. However this of course will not happen 100% of the time. Like now. I thought The Maze Runner was just okay. That being said there could be several reasons for my disinterest here such as, my interest in books being away from dystopian at the present and leaning more toward romance, or my life being too busy to really give this book the concentration it deserves. None the less I read it when I did so here is how I feel about it now.

I was slightly bored with the way it played out. It felt very drawn out to me without enough action. The story was intriguing though and it kept me from putting the book down permanently. I keep trying to guess what is going to happen without enough evidence to support my conclusion. I like the main character but don't have a lot of feelings toward any of the others.

Future Novels:
There are three more books in this series. Well two sequels and a prequel already published. I am going to listen to the The Scorched Trials and hope that it keeps my attention better than reading The Maze Runner did.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Dark Lover

Dark Lover by: J. R. Ward

Title: Dark Lover
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Pgs. 1128

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed-orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate-Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.
Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger-one that threatens to consume them both.


Quick Summary:  A vampire bent on being alone vows to protect a young women after her father is killed. While trying to avenge his death he finds himself falling for her.

My Review:

Dark Lover had a hard start. It took me several chapters before I got hooked. Honestly if my sister hadn't begged me to read it, telling me how amazing she thought the story was I probably would have set it down after the first few chapters. I am so very glad I didn't!! It was an amazing story and refreshingly different then other vampire novels I have read. The take on vampires is different and the growth of several of the characters in the book had me falling in love.
The book has different chapters in different perspectives. I enjoyed most of them but when I cam on a Mr.X part I found myself skimming or would put down the book for the night. After finishing the book I understand the need for the various points of view but it did make the book a bit harder for me to get through.

Future Novels:
YES!! There are more books in this series!! The next one is lover eternal. However each book in the series, at least for the next several, is about a different brother. I think this will be exciting but I hope we still see where Wrath and Beth's relationship goes too!! I guess we shall see!!

Happy Reading

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Bared to you

Bared to You by: Sylvia Day

Title: Bared to You
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #1
Pgs. 352

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness.

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anyone or anything in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily.

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds and desires. 


My Quick Summary: A woman set on building her career and uninterested in a relationship get swept up in a friends with benefits gone awry relationship with the local business mogul.

My Review:
My sister in law suggested this book to me recently. Should I say she bugged me until I finally picked up the darn thing. Once I had picked it up I had great difficulty putting it back down again. I found the story very intriguing and interesting. I will not that this book does have quite a few erotic scenes so may not be for all readers. I personally do not have an issue with such things and prefer to get the whole story rather than "and then he took me to bed. The next morning..." type scenario. I admit in this book I skimmed those scenes more so then read every word as I was not in the mood to be hearing all the details. All in all a really good romance that isn't just another harlequin novel.

A Comparison:
I hear lots of comparison of this book to the Fifty Shades of Grey series. While reading I did notice similarities and I might recommend this book to those readers that liked the Fifty Shades trilogy. I did not feel as though it was a type of fan fiction or purposely written to play off the success of E.L. James novels. In some ways I enjoyed Bared to You more then Fifty Shades of Grey (the first novel). I say this only because I felt like a lot of the deeper storyline (beyond the sexual encounters) came more in the second two novels after their bedroom relationship had been established. I understand exactly why that is but I liked that this one did not have to delve so deep in that subject and was able to keep the storyline progressing.

Future Novels:
There are other books in this series that are already published and they will remain on my TBR!! She also has several other novels that I will take a chance on as well.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Very Long Time...

Okay, When I said there would be a lot of changes in the coming months, I meant with the blog. However life did the changing and kept me from this. I quit my job, moved across the state to a place with no internet. Finally got internet then my home burned to the ground. Finally I am back on my feet, with internet and a lot to talk about. Happy times! So some activity should be commencing shortly.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Hello fellow book lovers! Welcome to mine and my sisters blog Word Grenades we hope to x-plode the minds of our readers. I am J!nx, the flare for the dramatic creative little sister, I have a husband fuzzy and then we have our 2 little superheroes super B and The hulk. I love long walks... Oh not a dating site lol just kidding! I am opinionated so yes I have a blog to share them with you all I love to read draw write but aside from being a super mom my passion is photography. I hope u enjoy us and our opinions as well as our exploding Grenades of AWESOMENESS!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Introducing: Doodle

Hi! Hey! Howdy!

Doodlebug is the nickname that stumbled out of my mouth when my daughter was a few weeks old. Though it is her nickname I will be using it for the sake of the blog. We will deem her Little Bug and her brother Rhyno. My husband, Ace, and I have been together since I was a freshmen in High School.

My cohort in this adventure is my little sister. She will make an appearance soon and probably dramatically. She has always had more flair and creativity then her dear older sister. It is hard to know what to expect from her except that she will be down to ride if ever I need her.

My focus here will be books. They are the thing I want to talk about most! I am nerdy and talkative. Easily excitable and a bit sarcastic. I just want to put a smile on anyone's face, including my own!! I have a fondness for exclamation points and emoticons.

<3 Doodle!


Since it is Monday, Also because I can't resist. I will be submitting a delicious piece of meat for your visual enjoyment.

Meet Mr. Dylan O'Brien

You may well know him as Stiles from Teen Wolf

Or you may be looking forward to him as Thomas in The Maze Runner

He made me drool in The First Time


Introducing Word Grenades

You know what a Word Grenade is right? No? Well allow us to explain... A Word Grenade is that one thing that is said that changes everything. Sometimes they are good things, sometimes they are really bad. Either way they blow up your world and change who you are forever.

This blog is not going to be the blog that we have done in the past. We are tired of uniform and professionalism. We want to be able to throw some words down, post it and not concern ourselves with how it looks or sounds. We know this means that we may not grow like other blogs or gain the reader fanbase that most strive for, but this is just fine. 

Currently this blog consists of two authors, who will introduce themselves to the world shortly. For the fun of it they are sticking to nicknames and will nickname any other sources they deem necessary to write about. Anonymity is not the point, you may even find links to other places where they use their government names but here they will use their alias. 

We invite you to join us as we write about books, movies, our lives and who knows what else. We love comments and criticisms in response to our musings we only ask that you keep it respectful. Foul language and name calling are not necessary to convey a thought and will be deleted in a timely manner. 

If you are reading this anywhere close to the time its posted you will see many changes in the coming months as we see this blog take shape. So be prepared for construction!! 

Thank you!