Monday, November 10, 2014

An Overdue Update reviews, I have them!

Then why am I not updating, you ask?

The short answer is that this has been the semester of ULTIMATE DOOM, and the long answer can be found here on my other blog, Library Nerd - which is just a re-purposing of the blog I ran for my knowledge management course last semester where I post about library school and other library related topics.

Anyway, I have read about sixteen book, and have about another fourteen or so on my immediate TBR list. I just have not had the time to write any of my reviews down. Hopefully I'll be able to sit down and work on it in a few weeks during the winter break. However, I'll admit that my first priority is enjoying the holiday season and spending time with friends and family so it may get put on the back burner.

(Side note: Sorry publishers who sent me ARCs via netgalley!)  

While I haven't written any reviews yet, I can in good conscience recommend some books for your holiday TBR pile or for gifts. Deadly Little Sins by Kara Taylor, is the final book in the Prep School Confidential trilogy and like the rest is great - I read it in one sitting. DLS is considered a YA mystery, so it is great for teens looking for a mystery series. Although I would also recommend it to adults who don't mind teens for main characters. Awesome series, rarely do all three books in a trilogy consistently offer entertaining characters and satisfying plots. Anne Dowling is one of the best new characters I've had the pleasure to read about in a long time.

If you love trivia and/or have someone on your shopping list who aspires to compete on Jeopardy, they will enjoy 1,3999 Quite Interesting Facts by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, and James Harkin.

Finally, Joss Whedon by Amy Pascale was a fantastic biography. If you consider yourself a Whedonite then this is a must-read, or if you just enjoyed The Avengers and are curious for some insight into Whedon, you will Pascale's book very enlightening. For instance, did you know that young Whedon (padawhedon?) went to High School at an elite English boarding school? And that Whedon would go on to perform on stage in front of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the school's anniversary celebration? That's just a sample of the interesting facts you will learn in this book. Fascinating biography.

That's all for now, and if I don't post until after Christmas - Happy Holidays Everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mystery Review - Jenn McKinlay Trio!

Today I'm review three cozy mysteries, Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lovers #1), Cloche and Dagger (Hat Shop #1), and Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery #1) all by Jenn McKinlay.

More after the jump!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review - Literary Rogues by Andrew Shaffer

Today I'm reviewing Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors by Andrew Shaffer.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review - The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Hello Marshmallows!

Today I'm reviewing The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham, which is book one in a new Veronica Mars book series.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Double Review - Cop Town & Don't Talk to Strangers

Today I've got two excellent mysteries to review that you may want to add to your beach reading list. 

Summary from Goodreads: Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and the city is on the edge of war.

More after the jump! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review - Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Today I'm reviewing a YA novel, Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski. 

Summary from Goodreads: We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening.

More after the jump! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review - Getting Waisted by Monica Parker

Today I'm reviewing a hilarious biography by Monica Parker that is a must read! 

Summary from Goodreads: Monica Parker bridges the divide between serial dieter's survival guide and memoir, taking readers on a hilariously funny yet bumpy ride from chubby baby to chunky adult. 

In "Getting Waisted, " Monica begins every chapter with a diet she committed to and reveals how much weight, money, and self-esteem she lost, then she tells how much weight she gained when she fell off the wagon. After all, "no one tells a short person to get taller, or a tall person to get shorter, but fat people hear about their bodies all the time." From Living Large in a size zero world to jumping into the dating pool without causing a tidal wave of angst, Monica learns that when you stop buying what the diet-devils are selling and start liking yourself, life is far more rewarding. When Mr. Right appears out of thin air, will she run back to the catalogue of Mr. Wrongs out of fear? Readers will laugh and cry as she realizes that while she thought it was her body that was in the way, it was really what she kept in her head that needed adjusting. 

Ultimately, "Getting Waisted" is an inspirational look at life through society's warped fun-house mirror, but Monica's reflection tells the real tale: everyone is always under construction and we are all flawed, chipped, and dented, but that doesn't mean we're not interesting, vital, and sexy.

Review: I LOVED this book. It seriously hit the nail on the head about how it feels to be overweight in today's society. Coupled with the stories of her life, Monica Parker's Getting Waisted is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Double Review - Scalia & General Sherman Biographies

On this blog I mainly review fiction books, but I do love history, particularly about American political figures. So today I'm reviewing two biographies, one about General Sherman and the other about Justice Scalia. 

Summary from Goodreads: Warrior, family man, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has finally found a biographer worthy of his protean gifts. A masterful character study whose myriad insights are leavened with its author’s trademark wit, Fierce Patriot will stand as the essential book on Sherman for decades to come.

Review after the jump! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Double Review - Dualed & Divided by Elsie Chapman

Today I'm reviewing Dualed and Divided by Elsie Chapman. 

Summary from Goodreads: In the city of Kersh, everyone must eliminate their genetic Alternate twin, raised by another family, before their twentieth birthday. West Grayer, 15, has trained as a fighter, and has one month to hunt and kill her Alt. A tragic misstep shakes her confidence. Guilty, grieving, she feels unworthy, runs from her Alt and from love - both can destroy her.

Review after the jump! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review - Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

Hello all!

It's been a while since I posted, and I'm going to be changing things up a bit. This blog will continue to be solely focused on reviews or other book related topics, but I'm also going to maintain the class blog that I started in January for my knowledge management class. This really isn't a big change, all it means is when I blog about library school or other library issues it will be on that blog instead of this one. So feel free to check it out if you are interested or thinking about going to library school. I should have a new blog up by the end of today reflecting on what I've learned in the past year. Now on to the book discussion!

Today I'm talking about Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor, which is the second in the Prep School Confidential series. 

More after the jump!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review - School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

Summary From Goodreads: Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!

Review after the jump!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review - The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing The Fiery Heart (#4 in the Bloodlines Series) by Richelle Mead.

Summary From Goodreads: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review - Exposed by Laura Griffin

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Exposed (#7 in The Tracer Series) by Laura Griffin.

Summary From Goodreads: With the click of her camera, Maddie Callahan inadvertently added herself to the hit list of a criminal mastermind the FBI’s been investigating for months. Agent Brian Beckmann is determined to protect the sexy photographer, but she may be his only lead.

As a forensic photographer, Maddie is used to seeing violence up close, but she’s never before been a target. When a freelance photo shoot goes awry, she realizes she may have seen, and perhaps photographed, the kidnapping of a key witness in a federal probe. And although her camera was stolen, Maddie has something that could be even more valuable to investigators. With the help of her colleagues at the Tracers crime lab, Maddie uncovers DNA evidence that provides a desperately needed break in the case.

Although Brian is reluctant to involve Maddie, she’s determined to help with the investigation and the two set out to track a vicious criminal known as The Doctor, whose far-reaching violence has led to multiple deaths. But as the task force gets closer to catching the deadly Doctor, Maddie is in more danger than ever...

Review after the jump!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Summary From Goodreads: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review after the jump!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review - The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

Summary From Goodreads:

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review - Whisper by Stacey R. Campbell

Hey y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Whisper (#2 in the Lakeview Series) by Stacey R. Campbell.

Summary From Goodreads: Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . .

On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s spirit walks the halls of her father’s school, waiting for someone who can.

One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal.
Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them.

Once Leigh and Calum are forced work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review - How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller.


Summary From Goodreads: A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?

Review after the jump!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review - The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Summary From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.
Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review - The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard.

Summary From Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.
Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

Review after the jump!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review - Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Going Rogue by Robin Benway.

Summary From Goodreads: Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review - Let It Snow Anthology

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Let It Snow an anthology featuring three holiday romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

Summary From Goodreads: The New York Times bestseller! Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review - Ten Lords A-Leaping by C.C. Benison

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing Ten Lords A-Leaping by C.C. Benison

Summary From Goodreads: Although Father Tom Christmas serves his little church in enchanting Thornford Regis with a glad and faithful heart, he never expects to find himself skydiving to raise money for it. Nor, safely back on the ground, to see two of the other divers leap from the plane, then tangle in a midair punch-up and begin falling to the earth.

To say that there is tension between the men in question—Oliver, the 7th Marquess of Morborne, and his brother-in-law Hector, the 10th Earl of Fairhaven—would be an understatement. But the trouble among this ancient landed family really began a generation ago, when a marquess divorced his first spouse to marry his brother’s wife, fathering in his two marriages a viper’s nest of arrogant young aristocrats. Now they have all turned up for the show to witness this shocking event in the sky.

Thankfully the men land safely, but death will not be slighted. Much to Father Tom’s dismay, he later discovers Lord Morborne lying deceased on castle grounds. Rumors of bigamy, art forgeries, and upstairs/downstairs intrigue fly. So do whispers of unvicarly behavior between Tom and Oliver’s beautiful half-sister, Lady Lucinda. In fact, the vicar may be headed for a very hard landing of his own.

C. C. Benison gives a virtuoso performance in this gripping new puzzle, a compelling and wise holiday mystery with the irresistible allure of hot tea and warm scones on a cold winter’s day.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review - The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot.

Summary from GoodReads: Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

Review after the jump!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review - United We Spy by Ally Carter

Hey Y'all,

School has officially started back so my joy-reading has (mostly) come to an end. But I've got all my reviews ready to post throughout the semester so that the blog stays updated with new reviews. Today I'm reviewing United We Spy by Ally Carter.

Summary From GoodReads: Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Review after the jump!