Thursday, October 31, 2013


I'm admittedly not the biggest Dystopian book fan. I don't know, they kind of creep me out to be honest. They aren't all bad though...and I do have a nice paperback copy of Divergent sitting on my shelf that needs a good home. If you want that home to be yours...

Thanks to My Shelf Confessions and I am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting this hop.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013


I'm quite late on this series, but honestly I don't start most series books until they are all out. How else could I keep track of the details? I was surprised how much I like this. I found the whole thing interesting and endearing. I had some issues with the ending, but overall nothing worth ignoring the series for. Mostly I enjoyed how the plot developed and kept pulling me in with new and interesting tidbits along the way.

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

It is a pretty clean read with some swearing here and there. Also the swoony moments don't go too far. Read more about the first book HERE.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Although this wouldn't be one of my "drop everything and read this book!" kind of recommendations, I thought this was a solid read and enjoyed it. I was reading the ARC so hopefully some of the plot issues I had got worked out in the end, but either way this is still a strong character book.

What I loved most of all, and what kept me reading was how well Doller created characters that were NOT black and white. They were all complicated and that helped them ring true to me. While at the beginning you hate the mom who took her daughter away and didn't properly take care of her for 12 years, you still understand why said daughter still loves her mom and has complicated feelings for her very loving father. On top of that, no one in this book is perfect. Not dad, not step-mom, not hot guy, not new best friend, not mentally ill mother, and definitely not our main character.

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the read. You can read more about it HERE.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Giving away one SIGNED hardback copy of my BFF's book The Savage Grace. The third book in an awesome trilogy in which my husband, Brent is a character.

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