Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Assassin's Blade

* Prequel to Throne of Glass * 

I'm so in love with this series. I found it fascinating to see Celaena's life before Throne of Glass - her dealings with Sam and Arobynn.

Here's what I loved:
1. Seeing Celaene rise to power
2. Her Consciousness - and how it didn't matter, she was going to do the right thing
3. The feelings - especially at the end. 
4. Her banter with Sam
5. Her love for girly material things - made her a bit more human
6. Her time in the desert.

If you haven't read this series yet - what are you waiting for? Run to your library/bookstore and grab it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Books I'm Dying to Read: June Edition

Here's a list of books I can't wait to get my hands on come June- and there's a lot of them! 

Since Last Summer: Love Joanna Philbin and can't wait to see what happens next
#Scandal: In the social media age - one moment can ruin everything

Suddenly Last Summer: Loved the first book in the series - dying to read more about this family
Tea Shop of Lavender Lane: Life in Icicle Falls is always a great read - book 5 in this series with small town charm.

Beekeeper's Ball: Sequel to the Apple Orchard - can't wait to see what happens next.
Cinderella's Dress: Kate's family protects the real Cinderella's dresses - but trouble appears in the family and in the world.

Engaged in Murder: First in a new series about a woman starting a new business - creating the perfect proposal. 
Diva Wraps it Up: Love this series - looks like a Christmas cozy mystery

Top Secret 21: Still loving this series
Body in the Woods: 3 teens find a dead body in the woods - first in a new mystery series

Thicker than Water: Can't wait to see what happens to Max in the second book.
Manhunt: 3rd book in the Silver Jaguar Society - this time it's about an art heist!

Lost Mission: Loved the first book and can't wait to see what happens next to Boy Nobody.
Murder Complex: Described as action packed, blood soaked thriller = I'm so there!

My Faire Lady: Finding love while working at a Renaissance Fair

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Items

This week's topic is Bookish things I'd like to own. So many great things to look at! 

ProdIMG - totally want a Got Books charm bracelet!
Book Necklace - Book Jewelry - Book Lover Pendant - Time To Read Pendant - Vintage Book Quote Jewelry via Etsy JAN2014
I LOVE You HOBBIT Mug  Like a Hobbit Loves by TheMugglyDuckling, $12.95
Pride and Prejudice book bag by BiblioBags.
Read+Books+Tote+Bag+by+Olivia+Joy+StClaire+-+$22.00, book bag, book worm, white, gift for librarian or teacher, literary, gift under $30, pretty, unique one of a kind, photography, book lover
I Still Believe in 398.2 Necklace, Librarian Gift Jewelry, Librarian Valentine, Valentine Fairy Necklace, Dewey Decimal Charm N079
#jewelry #ring #harry potter
\Literary Hair Pins - Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth

Tween Tuesday Review: Persephone the Daring

* Book 11 in the Goddess Girls series *

When Persephone sees the results of a quiz from teen scrollazine, her heart sinks. Who wants to be known as dependable - isn't that just another word for boring. She needs to find a way to shred her image and fast!

When Persephone's dared to ask Orpheus (a rock star) for his autograph, she just might have found a way to be more spontaneous.  Soon Orpheus is staying at Mount Olympus Academy. Persephone get to know his girl friend. With her help, Persephone could soon become more daring. But is it for the best?
My Thoughts: I really like this series for the group of friends. They're sweet, thoughtful, and always have each other's backs. I felt bad for Persephone while she thought people found her boring, but I liked her working through her unhappiness.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mini Review: Tape it and Make it

Various crafts made out of duct tape.

The Good: The book's split up into categories: Accessories, bags, stickers, toys...I think the Vest would be fun to make. The directions are great - complete with pictures. I love the Penguin pillow. Very creative craft ideas.

The Bad: I wish the projects had levels - some of them look a bit harder than others.

Overall Verdict: A great book for someone who loves creating projects with duct tape. I'm guessing this book will get checked out frequently at the library.
Cover Thoughts: LOVE the edging of the cover to look like duct tape
Source: My Library

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Adult Review: Once in a Lifetime

 * Book 9 in the Lucky Harbor series *

Aubrey's had a rough year, but she's determined to succeed. She plans to re-open her decease Aunt's bookstore and make it a warm inviting place.  In working in the building, Audrey decides that she also needs to work on herself.

She writes a list of people she's wronged and works through it trying to right her past. Ben's on that list and given their chemistry, it's going to be hard to acknowledge her mistake. What if she loses him?
My Thoughts: I Love this series so much. I loved Audrey's story - trying to find inner peace and admitting to past failings. I admire that. I love that she's working to make the bookstore a cozy place for reading and hanging out. I really Enjoyed Bemn - especially his interactions with the kids. It was very sweet. As always, the ladies of town make it giggle. Another fabulous Lucky Harbor novel; I hope this series never ends.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mysterious Saturday Review: Sugar and Iced

 * Book 6 in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series *

Tate is driving Mel crazy with ideas on ways to expand, but even Mel agrees to provide cupcakes for the 75th annual Sweet Tiara beauty pageant when her mother asks. Setting up a cupcake display tree for three days is great publicity for their bakery.

And it works in their favorite when their friend decides to enter the competition. Lupe gets rid of her green hair and dresses in a more feminine style. She wants to win the scholarship money so she can attend Stamford.

Unfortunately, not everyone's happy to see her at the pageant. The other girls are horrific and their mothers are worse. Even the judges aren't thrilled with a new comer - going so far as to judge her harshly.  When the judging is called into question - Lupe and the judge argue.

The next day, the judge ends up murdered. Lupe's the prime suspect. Can she handle the stress of the competition and the stress of the investigation?
My Thoughts: I love this series - and this book was great! All the talk about Mel's cupcakes makes my mouth water. I might have to try a recipe or two. I really liked the family relationship with Mel and her mother. I like how Tate is driving Mel crazy, but also making her think. Marty and Olivia's relationship makes me laugh, as does Olivia with Mel and Angie. I really liked seeing more of Lupe and Oz in this book and I love how they fit into the circle of friends. The pageant scenes seemed like a nightmare - making it hard to believe anyone wants to be under that kind of pressure. I loved hearing about what the contestants came up with for cupcake recipes - very entertaining. I loved the really happy moments, but I'm sad about the twist at the end - which is making me anxious for the next book. 

Cover Thoughts: Super Cute
Source: My Library

Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: First Love

Axi's always been the good girl - but she's tired of it. So she decides to take control o her life instead of waiting. She skips class (for the first time) and meets her BFF. She tells him or her road trip plans and asks if he'd like to join her.

Rosbinson doesn't hesitate in saying yes. Of course Axi has the trip all planed out, but nothing ever goes according t plan. From the moment Robsinson hot wires a motorcycle, everything changes. Now they're on the run, enjoying the planned stops - until the worst thing imaginable happens. 
My Thoughts: I really liked this book. I loved the relationship between Axi and Robsinson - the banter and the depth. I wasn't expecting the twist at the end. I liked how Axi let go of herself and lived instead of being so rigid and perfect. I like how frustrated she felt with her BFF and how they started to talk about more meaningful things. I love how she planned out the trip for both of them - including his interests in the planning. A great novel about love, loss, friendship, and family drama.

Cover Thoughts: Cute - though now in the book
Source: My Library
Similar Read: A YA version of a Nicholas Sparks Book