Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reviews - Desire by Design & Tall, Dark, & Divine

Hey Y'all, 

I hope everyone enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend! Today I've got two reviews for you: Desire by Design by Paula Altenburg & Tall, Dark, and Divine by Jenna Bennett. Both of these are great romances with a HEA (Happily Ever After). Check back here either on Friday or next Monday and I should have the review of my current book, The Waiting Game by Eve Devon up and ready! 

On to the reviews! 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Review *Updated*- Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book received from Netgalley, Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor. 

Prep School Confidential is the story of Anne Dowling a 16 year old prep school queen bee. Anne can talk her way out of anything. If that doesn't work, there's always petty breaking and entering picking the lock to the headmaster's office to remove anything too incriminating. None of which really matters once you burn down your prep school. Well, technically it was just the auditorium. In less than 48 hours, Anne is enrolled & sent to the prestigious Wheatley School, a Massachusetts boarding school for the children of powerful families. Anne could care less who her classmate's parents are, she just wants to put in her time and get back home to NYC for her senior year. But everyone at Wheatley has a secret worth killing for and when Anne's roommate Isabella winds up dead she finds herself at the middle of a murder investigation. But Anne is not about to sit around and be framed for murder. With help from Isabella's sexy twin brother Anthony and her cute classmate Brent, it is  going to take all of Anne's fast talking  an lock picking skills to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Onto the review!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Team Nonsense:

Hey y'all,

You can't get on Facebook, Twitter, or any social media these days without seeing something like #TeamBelieber or #TeamOneDirection. We've gotten very caught up in explaining who we are by identifying as a fan/follower of a certain person or group. It has even, and maybe especially, pervaded the book world. Twilight has Team Jacob v. Team Edward, Vampire Academy has Team Adrian v. Team Dmitri, and The Sookie Stackhouse books have Team Sam v. Team Bill v. Team Eric (or if you watch True Blood it's basically Sookie & Team Everyone). So who cares, and why am I even talking about it?

Well, for the most part it is harmless, but like everything else there are people who ruin it for the rest of us. Case in point, this article from The Guardian tells about how Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books was threatened over which lover Sookie chose at the end of the final book, Dead Ever After. I just got done reading through some of the pissed off readers' reviews on GoodReads and people are crazy mad about who Sookie chose. I understand being frustrated and not liking the ending and needing to vent about it in an online format with other readers. However, you should at least give some other reasoning for disliking the book aside from or in addition to the love interest Sookie selected. Obviously it held your attention long enough to read the other 12 books in the series. 

If any of the rabid Harris haters should happen to find their way here, let me say this: I don't have a dog in this fight. I've only read the first 4 or 5 books in the series and watched the first two seasons of True Blood and really could care less who Sookie chose. 

Review - Hush by Stacey R. Campbell

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book provided by Netgalley called Hush by Stacey R. Campbell. Hush is the first in the Lakeview series and is the story of Blakely Henry a small town girl whose only concern is enjoying her senior year at Lakeview Academy without any boyfriend drama. Something which seems unavoidable when British exchange student, Max Ryder shows up suddenly with questions about her adoption. Little does Blakely know, but Max has been sent to Lakeview to figure out whether or not Blakely is the sole living heir to the throne of Tamura. But Max isn't the only one searching for any heirs to the throne. Someone who has already gone to a lot of trouble to kill off the royals of Tamura and they'll do anything to keep Blakely off the throne.

On to the review!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review - Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book provided by Netgalley called Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun. Sworn to Raise is the first in the Courtlight series and set in the magical kingdom of Algardis. Orphaned Ciardis Vane is a laundress in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom and is going exactly nowhere.  That is until she's handpicked to train as a court companion with the elite Companion's Guild. From there it's a whirlwind of of culture and etiquette lessons and just as Ciardis adjusts to her new life, she discovers her shocking heritage and that her gifts may be the only thing keeping the kingdom from destruction.

On to the review! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review - Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith

Hey Y'all, 

Today, I'm reviewing the YA book I received from Netgalley called Shadow Embraced by Cheree Smith. Shadow Embraced is the story of a young dhampir (half human/half vampire) named Scarlett with no idea of who or what she is, only that she loves to fight. After one fight too many she winds up at a hidden away school that is specifically for supernatural types. But Scar is the only dhampir, and finds out quickly that it's because dhampirs are notoriously unstable. Something that is of special concern to the staff when students begin to go missing. Scar is caught between learning to control her newly embraced abilities, attempting to fit in, and a search for answers that may very well lead to her own demise. 

On to the review! 

Beach Reads, Pt. Three

Hey y'all, 

Today is the final in the Beach Read posts and features two of my favorite Suspense books. When you manage to find a good book in the overcrowded suspense genre, it is a very happy day indeed! The two books I selected are: 

All The Pretty Girls by JT Ellison 
Snapped by Laura Griffin 

On to the reviews!

Monday, May 20, 2013

How To Successfully NOT Pay Attention in Class:

Note: I originally posted this as a note on FB in April 2009. 

No one should probably read this, but I'm a senior less than a month from graduation and I feel it is my duty to impart some of my hard earned wisdom to underclassmen of the world. Here goes!

1) If you can, bring your laptop. If possible, sit in the back row so that you don't annoy people sitting behind you or give them the opportunity to rat you out or otherwise get even.

2) Go to Google Documents and make a new word document. Title this document something like: Accounting 201 Notes. Yes, you could use Microsoft Word, but I recommend Google Docs because it not only stores your notes online & frees up your hard drive, but also gives you an excuse if your teacher walks around and wants to know why you have an internet browser open.

3) Don't get caught up in the interwebs! You must master the art of looking up at the teacher about every minute, occasionally with your head thoughtfully cocked to one side as if you are actually chewing over what they are saying. Also, if you are playing an online game, be sure to remember not to press the keys to loudly in your haste to defeat Donkey Kong.

4) Say something in class at least once a week. Whether an anecdote that pertains to the lesson or a question it reassures the teacher that you are paying attention. Also, do try and keep the anecdotes brief because if we have to hear everyday about how down on the farm such and such happened it will get old fast. And seriously, if you are going to answer a questions, make sure it is one you know!

5) Stay in good relations with your classmates. This helps in case you miss something and they are willing to help you out, it helps if you're able to help them out with something in return because there's nothing worse than when people don't pay attention and then ask you a million questions. After many many eons of classes I have developed a ninja sense where my brain is programmed to respond to keywords such as Test, paper, homework, etcetera and I very rarely have to ask my classmates questions.

6) If you can not bring a laptop, there are still options. You could bring your cell phone and text with people however be cautious of the buttons on texting because it can be really annoying for your classmates to hear that little clicking button noise the entire class. Also if texting, don't be obvious! Try and sit at a table and text underneath but be sure that the front is covered!! Or you could wear a hoodie with a front pocket thing and text in there, but be sure to sell it by shivering occasionally as if you are cold. Also, if you're wearing a hoodie you could have your music device in your pouch and the headphone wires running up the sleeve. Though I'd recommend leaving one earbud out so you can still nod along to the lecture. If neither of these are an option, I recommend falling back on the old book/magazine within a book.

1) Talking to your friend in class! You know how when you're sitting there in class and you hear a fly buzzing? That's how hearing two people talking (even quietly) is for your other classmates. For example, in class right now there are two girls who are sitting there talking not loud, but enough so that people keep shooting them dirty looks to stfu. The key in all of this is to draw as little attention to yourself, or at least control the type of attention you get. If you must talk to your friend in class keep it brief.

2) Beware if you have glasses also, because I've had people tell me that they can see me playing a game on my computer because it reflects in my glasses.

Warning: I am a senior and have awesomely easy classes. Use this guide at your own risk. Also, I supplement this with doing my reading so that I am still up to date with my classes and all of my assignments on time and I don't complain when I mess up because I take responsibility for my slacking. =)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beach Reads, Pt. Two

Hey y'all, 

It's 84 degrees outside today and my allergies are killing me, obviously this means Summer has arrived. Allergy doctors and school kids rejoice! Today I'm posting Young Adult beach reads and next week I'll post Suspense beach reads.  I've been both dreading AND looking forward to this week because of all the great YA books currently available. Ultimately, though, I selected two books: 

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause 
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha 

On to the reviews!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Beach Reads, Pt. One

There is a saying in Tennessee that if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it'll change. I'm sure this is true of a lot of other places too. As a case in point, Denver received more than a foot of snow last week.

Alas, despite temperatures outside in the 50s I am determined that Summer is on it's way! So in honor of the little season that could, I'm going to be posting reviews of some beach reads over the merry month of May.  This week I'll be posting romance beach reads and next week I'll post YA beach reads.

Reviews after the jump!