Monday, September 29, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 29, 2014

I kinda forgot to do this last week, so this is two weeks worth

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week


TUESDAY
The Fine Art of Pretending- Rachel Harris--review for an Around the World ARC Tour












FRIDAY
The Perfectionists- Sara Shepard--review for an Around the World ARC Tour













Ghost House- Alexandra Adornetto--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

SATURDAY
Magnolia- Kristi Cook--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Spellbound (Hex Hall #3)- Rachel Hawkins--PaperbackSwap













TUESDAY
Chasing Power- Sarah Beth Durst--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Wildcat Fireflies (Fenestra #2)- Amber Kizer-- PaperbackSwap












SATURDAY
Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)- Jennifer L. Armentrout--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Sunday Salon- September 28, 2014

The Sunday Salon

This week was another, wait for it...busy week.  Shocker, huh?  On Monday I met up with some friends at the Boardwalk hotel then had a softball game and dinner with the team.  On Tuesday, I had a Yelp event at Hawkers.  On Wednesday I had amazing free dinner at Eddie V's with a friend.  On Thursday I had a Fit2Run fun run.  I bailed on my Friday night plans so Kory and I could stay home and watch a movie.  Yesterday I had the 5k at Oakland Park and then dinner out with the girls.  Then today I had to work at Disney.  Whew!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 












I am currently reading White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) and up next is Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review- Bitter Sweet Love

I finished reading Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout on Wednesday.

From Goodreads:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.


Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.
And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…


Don’t miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!

Ok, I'm not sure why, but I had NO idea this book was a paranormal.  Which is in no way a bad thing since I love paranormal books.  But it's like when you take a drink of something, thinking its something off.  Throws you off for a few seconds.  I guess I had just never read the premise of the series.

But I really enjoyed this short little novella.  Gargoyle Wardens are something new! (at least to me!)  I liked getting a little taste of this world that I'll be diving into for the new two books.  Yup!  I have White Hot Kiss up next and then Stone Cold Touch right after.  I can't wait!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I bought this book.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Sunday Salon- September 21, 2014


The Sunday Salon
Mark another one down as a busy week--softball, Open House, Dance Trance Class, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Magical Dining Month at Fogo de Chao, Miracle Miles 15k, Gator Game, and working at Disney.  Whew!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson












I am currently reading Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout and up next is The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review- Catch a Falling Star

Last night I finished Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson.

From Goodreads:

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?


Okay.  So I'll admit it.  I'm one of those girls that loves Hollywood.  I've always been into acting and came thisclose to moving to L.A.  So I was excited about reading this book.

And yes, it's mostly fluff (although there is slight discussion of gambling addiction).  But it was right what I needed.

Most of the characters were enjoyable.  Carter was a great small-town girl who never wanted to leave.  I do wish we knew more about the dancing thing, but that's okay.  Chloe was a great sidekick.  Funny and true.  And Adam.  There was more to him than just movie star-ness.  But Alien Drake bugged me.  I mean, I guess I kind of get it, but he didn't seem like the nicest guy.

As for Carter and Adam's relationship--I think Carter was good for Adam.  Brought him back down to Earth.  That being said, I didn't really see the chemistry between them.  I thought they came off more as friends.  But no matter.  I still really enjoyed this one!

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review.

Monday, September 15, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 15, 2014

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

MONDAY
Sublime- Christina Lauren--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios--review for an Around the World ARC Tour










Death Date- Victoria Laurie--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











This Shattered World (Starbound #2)- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner--review for an Around the World ARC Tour











THURSDAY
Messenger of Fear- Michael Grant--from publisher for review












The Swap- Megan Shull--from publisher for review

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Sunday Salon- September 14, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I had another busy week.  I had softball, a Fit2Run Fun Run, a happy hour for charity, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Hit and Run 5k, Gator game, and working at Disney!  And with the exception of one more day, I have something every day in September!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:

Atlantia by Ally Condie












I am currently reading Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson and up next is Death Date by Victoria Laurie.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review- Atlantia

I finished Atlantia by Ally Condie last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Can you hear Atlantia breathing? 

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.


I thought the idea of an underwater city was so neat.  But I would have liked more details about what it was like.  I could never really picture it in my head.  It was mostly just like a tunnel with silver leaves.  I would have loved to have been able to envision it more fully.

The idea of the siren and how they came about was also interesting.  But I never really grew attached to the characters.  Rio was nice and all, as were Bay and True (what's up with the names???), but I just didn't seem to connect with them for some reason.  There needed to be more emotions and feelings behind everything that I didn't get.

But because I liked the premise of the story, I enjoyed it, although not as much as the Matched trilogy.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

Atlantia will be released on October 28, 2014.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Monday, September 8, 2014

In My Mailbox- September 8, 2014


In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week

TUESDAY
Atlantia- Ally Condie--review for an Around the World ARC Tour












FRIDAY
Not in the Script (If Only #3)- Amy Finnegan--review for an Around the World ARC Tour










Blind Spot for Boys- Justina Chen--review for an Around the World ARC Tour



The Sunday Salon- September 7, 2014

The Sunday Salon

I celebrated my 34th birthday on Monday with a great day with my hubby!  We saw a movie, ate great food, and saw the Frozen fireworks at Hollywood Studios!  I only got a little bit of reading done this week.  I need to get with it!

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid 













I am currently reading Atlantia by Ally Condie and up next is Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson.