Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors
*All images found on goodreads, links below

I love Revis' Across the Universe series! I was a little disappointed with her Body Electric stand-alone novel, but she still remains one of my all time favorite authors.

Gail Carriger is an amazing author. Period. I love EVERYTHING that she writes. On top of that, she is a sincere person who connects with her readers. I just ADORE her!

Holly Black has been one of my go-to authors since I read the first book of her faire series Tithe. She does dark REALLY well! You should check her out if you haven't already. 

Does J. K. Rowling really need any sort of explanation?

Maggie Stiefvater is another author who I really respect and a writer and a person. I friend-ed her livejournal back in the day and connected with her often. She's just as awesome as her writing!

Maria V. Snyder writes like I wish I could write. I love her Poison series and the spin-off series as well! She one of my most recommended authors!

Oh Neil Gaiman! How I love thee! I read many of his books back in college. SO. GOOD. He remains one of my favorite authors to this day! 

Sarah Ockler's writing is just lovely! I love everything she has written and always make it a point to read her new books. You should check her out if you haven't read anything from her yet.

I loooooove me some Rainbow Rowell! If you haven't read Fangirl, you need to. Like Now!

Atwood has been one of my go-to authors for a long time. I just adore her feminist approach. Every woman should read at least one book by Atwood!

What are some of your favorite authors?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekly Round-Up 4/12 - 4/18

Life This Week:
Oh man. In case you don't already know, John and I bought a house and it needs a looooot of renovating. I've done things I thought I'd never be able to do. While we're making good progress, it's been slow reading. By the time I get home, I shower and go to read and then end up falling asleep. It's an endless cycle these days. 

Top Ten Tuesday:

I've been OBSESSED with this video lately. Whenever I'm having a bad day or really, any random moment, I watch it and it makes me smile! :)

So that's all I have. Let me know if you like this new feature!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Penelope Spaulding just can't catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents' plans for her future, it's hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away...
Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.
The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.
She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.
With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?

Book Review:
Ok, so the description of Any Way You Slice It is super long, but I still wasn't sure what to expect. I guess I thought the story line would be more along the lines of Penelope finding her independence from culinary school...and it kind of was. What I discovered was an adorable coming of age tale. The characters are easy to relate to. I love the references to a certain culinary TV station and a certain TV personality from said TV station. :) Hockey played a heavier influence than I had expected, but Asselin ties it in nicely. Overall, this was a fun, light read. I'd pick up something by this author again.

Thanks to Bloomsbury for this copy.
Published April 21st 2015
This is my honest review.

Cover Art Commentary:
I like the picture of Penelope, but I'm not sure why the background is a brick wall. Perhaps it's supposed to be the back of the pizza restaurant? I think it would make since if the background was the inside/front of the restaurant or an ice rink.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

I actually did this for a Life of A Blogger post. You can check it out here!

Let me know what you think and be sure to share your favorite quotes! :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life. 

Book Review:
Ah, this book was like chatting with an old friend. After being somewhat disappointed with Hawkins' Hex Hall series (particularly, the ending), I had decided to give her another try by picking up the original book in this series, Rebel Belle. Rebel Belle felt like the beginning of the Hex Hall series to me...exciting, engrossing, and entertaining. I was hooked. When I realized the sequel, Miss Mayhem was soon to be released, I had to get a copy STAT!

I'm so glad I did. As I mentioned before, this book was a pure comfort...like chatting with an old friend, or slipping into your pj's at the end of a long day. The story starts right off where the last book ended. Haper, David, and Ryan (and Bee), continue their journey into a world of mystery and magic. If you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for a story based in the South. Miss Mayhem, doesn't disappoint. There's sweet tea, crazy aunts, and pageants galore! If you're looking for a YA paranormal romance, look no further! I can't recommend this series enough!

Cover Art Commentary:
Gorgeous. I love the colors, they are rather original. I can't remember when I saw a book with these colors. Also, I love the simplicity of the cover. It keeps in-theme with the first book, Rebel Belle.