Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On My Hold List (103)

My Librarian friend Jess from I Read to Relax came up with a great idea.  It's to highlight the books on hold at the library. I usually have 20-40 items checked out at the library and another 20 items on hold. 

An Ember in the Ashes: Been wanting to read this book forever - after hearing all the hype.

Endangered: A YA thriller about a photoblogger. I love the cover

Rook: Sounds like a Robin Hood vs Maid Marion set in the future. I'm also loving this cover.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters with Musical Talents

This week's topic is: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined). I was late this week, so I went with music. I just finished Jesse's Girl and Loved it. 
Take a BowWildflower (Wildflower, #1)Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)Open Road SummerJust Listen
The Daughters Take the Stage (The Daughters, #3)Audrey, Wait!Lovestruck SummerNow and ForeverFat Kid Rules the World

Tween Tuesday Mini Review: Just Joking

Animal Jokes, quizzes, and puzzles in brightly colored pictures.

The Good:
* Great Colors
* Great fonts that stand out
* Funny (sometimes terrible jokes)
* Lots of Trivia
* Lots of knowledge

The Bad:
* Would be great for a library binding edition (nitpicking)

Some of the riddles:

Final Thoughts: A fantastic fun book that entertains while getting your brain pumping with lots of laughter too.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mini Review: Disneyland Book of Lists

Lists of Disneyland history. 
The Good:
* From opening day issues to exhibits and rides that have closed to rides that were never opened to hidden Mickeys to in depth look at the rides to movie props used - this book is a treasure trove of information about the park.

* The lists make the information easy to take it.

* It's hard to put the book down.

The Bad:
* Nitpicking here, but I would have like a little more history of Walt Disney
My Two Favorite lists: 

And graves in the Haunted Mansion

Overall Thoughts: If you're planning a trip to Disneyland or if you like to read about history of places, read this book. It has everything you need to know to make your trip successful and memorable. 

* Book sent for Review.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Adult Review: Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Marlow doesn't allow herself think about those memories - if you can even call them memories. She doesn't remember anything about her life before Satin. After Satin, she learned quickly how to become a distract, how to steal, and how to make a living on the streets. You do what you must in order to survive.

Just as Marlow's about to do her job, she's taken by two men. One of the men had already spoken to her that day, claiming she's the daughter of highborn parents and he was hired by her parents to track her down.

Then he leaves her with his brother - who isn't quite sure what to do with her. Dane isn't amused at being left in charge of a street urchin with no manners. Marlow isn't amused at being kept against her will, even if the food is amazing. Their strong personalities push and pull against each other until it's clear something has to change.
My Thoughts: I love this start to a new series and I can't wait to read more from it. 

Lots of banter between Dane and Marlow - clever, funny, annoying. They made me giggle and smile with happiness at the end. 

The moments between Marlow and the Dowenger Countess made me laugh - a lot. Perfect scenes.

The moments between Marlow and Susanna were both funny and sweet. I like how they made each other grow.

The horrors of life for those less fortunate pulled at my heartstrings. I liked how Marlow kept telling Dane about the realities of living on the streets and how it wasn't the life most people would chose.  I like how he finally started listening to her after witnessing it first hand. 

The horrors Marlow had to face during her time in gang made her tough, strong, and able to handle almost anything - but it's still sad she had to go through it.

Final Thoughts: Fantastic book filled with humor, friendship, and love. If you read historical romance, don't miss this book. And if you don't read historical romance, try it starting with this one. You can't go wrong.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spine Poetry

For National Poetry Month, I thought I'd try my hand at a few spine poems out of the books sitting on my bookshelf. Hope you Like them.

Poem 1

POem 2

Poem 3

Poem 4

Poem 5

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Books I'm Dying to Read: June Edition

June Books I can't wait to get my hands on:

Ana of CaliforniaBetween Us and the Moon
Ana of California: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables!
Between Us and the Moon: A summer romance for a girl coming into her own

A Batter of Life and Death: A Bakeshop MysteryTruffled to Death
Batter of Life and Death: Book 2 in this cozy series about a struggling bakery
Truffled to Death: Book 2 in this cozy mystery series about friends selling chocolates and books

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1)Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3)
Second Chance Summer: The start of a new Jill Shalvis series
Wicked Charms: More Lizzie and Diesel 

The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane AddamsThe Night We Said Yes
House that Jane Built: Story of Jane Addams
Night We Said Yes: Can re-creating a night of the past change the future?

Emmy & OliverThe Revenge Playbook
Emmy and Oliver: What happens when your BFF returns after a kidnapping 10 years ago?
Revenge Playbook: Sounds like John Tucker Must Die crossed with Shut Out

After HoursHello, I Love You
After Hours: One summer game - of dares - who will win?
Hello, I Love You: One girls flees her world only to be sucked back in by a potential romance.

Those GirlsEven When You Lie to Me
Those Girls: Junior year could be a time to remember or the time that split them apart
Even When You Lie to Me: Student -teacher crush

The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1)Last Year's Mistake
Stars Never Rise: Secrets - demons - and sisters = trouble
Last Year's Mistake: After a second chance at happiness, her past could come back to haunt her.

I Am the Traitor (The Unknown Assassin, #3)The Devil You Know
I am the Traitor: I can't wait to see what happens next and how this trilogy ends
Devil You Know: A new road trip book - that could have terrible consequences 

Finding Audrey
Finding Audrey: Super excited about Sophie Kinsella's YA debut!

Proof of ForeverThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Proof of Forever: Camp friendships lost until magic happens
Summer of Chasing Mermaids: Inspired by the Little Mermaid!!!

The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #9)Bodice of Evidence
Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss: Book 9 in this cozy mystery series - this time featuring an chocolate anniversary 
Bodice of Evidence: Book 2 in the cozy series about perfect proposals

Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel
Royal Wedding: No explanation needed!!!!!!