19 September 2014

REVIEW: True Calling by Siobahn Davis

True Calling by Siobhan DAvis
Age Category:
Young Adult
Release Date:
August 1, 2014

 Barnes & Noble

I wonder which situation is hardest.
Mine, because I remember everything, or hers because she can't.

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant,‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

16 September 2014

REVIEW: Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch

Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1)
by Kelsey Ketch

Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 26, 2013

 Barnes & Noble

“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”
Their worlds collide in California’s high desert. The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.
Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.
The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.

12 September 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist’s FOUR NOVELLAS


 Welcome to the Cover Reveal of Cynthia St. Aubin's The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist.


Liebster Award

I have been nominated by Sofia @ Take A Walk On The Write Side, thank you!

The rules to the Liebster Awards are these:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog!
List 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer their 11 questions.
Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
Ask them 11 questions.
Let them know you have nominated them

11 random facts about me:

09 September 2014

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon!

I'm joining!!! I just read about this today and I really wanted to lessen my TBR, so here goes nothing.
Here's the list of what I plan to read from September 8-20.

I have a review coming up for this and I would like to be able to finish it in time. Updates will be posted here as well.

Yes! I haven't read this yet. Please don't kill me. I'm going to finish it within the read-a-thon I promise!

I also have a review due for this. I know, I suck at organization.

 Just the cover alone makes me want to finish this ASAP. I've read a lot of good reviews and I'm excited for it.

There you go. That's it for now. I don't want to overwhelm myself, I still have a day job. But looking forward to accomplishing all these.I'm also looking forward in reading the other participant's update. Fingers crossed we might get a dent on our TBR list. Good luck to everyone!

08 September 2014

Introduction: Mommy Monday


      I created this feature to highlight anything mommy-ish. I am after all, above all else a mom. I may review a book or a movie about motherhood. And fingers crossed, interview a mommy that I look up to and aspire to be. Bottom line is, I will make Mondays a day to celebrate motherhood. After all, one day a year is not enough to honor the most wonderful woman in our lives.

For my first Mommy Monday post, I would like to share one of the books that really nailed it when it comes to being a mommy. I present to you, Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner.


Jennifer Weiner's rich, witty, true-to-life "New York Times" bestselling novel tells the story of three very different women as they navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.Becky is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband and baby girl, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim -- and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly is an event planner who's struggling to balance work and motherhood while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. And Ayinde's basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at her most vulnerable moment, putting their new family even more in the public eye. Then there's Lia, a Philadelphia native who has left her Hollywood career behind, along with her husband and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again. From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, "Little Earthquakes" is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive take on the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.
My Rating:

            Motherhood is beautiful. It's one of the most amazing things that can happen to a woman. But, and it's a big but, it can also be stressful, messy, stinky and sometimes just downright gross. I love how Jennifer Weiner managed to capture both sides. Little Earthquake is a story about four very different women that deals with the same thing: motherhood. All of them are first time moms. It gives you a glimpse on how it's really going to be when you give birth. There's no Johnson & Johnson moment wherein you're cradling a child fast asleep. Little Earthquakes provide a realistic narration of what really happens the first few months of your baby's life. I can definitely relate to most of them. Ayinde's struggle with breastfeeding. Becky's mother-in law problems. Kelly's money issues. This book just really hit it close to home. It's definitely in my backyard.

            I recommend it to first time moms. To those who are curious what the fuss is all about raising a baby. If anything, it's a fun read because these women have their own way of dealing with shit, pun intended.

Do you have any favorite books about moms? What do you think of this feature? I would love to hear them.

07 September 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Joy of The Bookshelf Intruder tagged me for this fun post. I hope I do it with justice. Pardon my random choices, I've been anesthetized twice. :)

1. What is your most unexpensive book?

Hands down, that would be Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I won it at a giveaway over at The Social Potato. (Thanks Faye!)

2. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Err, Sophie Kinsella? I loved The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret. Ironically, I didn't love the Shopaholic series. I hated Becky Bloomwood with an intensity meant for an ex-boyfriend.

3. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Top of my head, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. During random moments I'm struck with the need to spend time with Cath, Levi and Reagan. Even Simon & Baz.

4. Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I've tried reading this in high school. But every time, I feel like I should be taking down notes. There are just so much information that my lazy mind doesn't even bother processing.

5. What books do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Jane Eyre. To Kill a Mockingbird. The ones in my college syllabus.

6. What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

The bad ones. I like that some of them are impatient, selfish and just downright bitchy most of the time. Sarcasm is a huge turn on for me.

7. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Hmmmm. A lot. But first thing to come to mind would be The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset. I don't own any Hunger Games book and I've always wanted to re-read all of them.

Whew! I'm done! Again, thanks Joy for tagging me. It's always nice to be remembered. And now I would like to tag:

Aimee of Deadly Darlings
Hazel of Stay Bookish
Cayce of Fighting Dreamer

I hope you haven't done this. I'm excited to read all your answers!

05 September 2014

Notes: Trying to stay positive

         This is what I have been telling myself for the last couple of days. It's never easy when someone wants you to fail. It's hard to comprehend why would anyone go to so much trouble to give you grief. It's easy enough to say that I don't care, but it hurts me regardless. A part of me wants to prove them wrong. Good thing, I'm lazy. I figured after 11 seconds, none of this will matter. And if I stop caring and they still continue, that means I sort of win right? :)

Regular programming will resume after the weekend! Happy weekend folks! Let's all lose ourselves in a good book :)

04 September 2014

The Road So Far

Source: CW

            I've loaded up on posts this August and I feel very proud of myself. I usually give up 3 posts in so this is really an achievement for me. Let's back up a bit and see how I did on the..

Book Front

Finished & Reviewed:
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Hass

(Just) Reviewed:
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

(Just) Finished:
 One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

Isabel's Bed by Elinor Lipman

Currently Reading:
Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag

Already started on:
Drawn by Cecilia Gray
The 100 by Kass Morgan

I WON the Dangerous Boys Giveaway hosted by The Social Potato. Yay!

Look at that! I know it's pretty confusing. How can I be re-reading one book when I'm currently reading another book and have already started on two more books? Well, I'll tell you more about my reading habits on a separate post. I'll leave you wondering for now. 

Home Front

We moved houses and it was oh so stressful but oh so worth it.

We're starting to have a lot of things to do at work, ergo fewer posts. But I'm going to try really hard this month to produce quality post and not stress over the dreaded "numbers."

I am excited for: 
This is Supernatural Season 10 Promo Poster Released by the CW

This Month's GOAL:
  • Read at least 5 NEW books
  • Review at least 5 books
  • 25 blog posts
  • Have more pictures posted
That's all I can think of for now, but once I've figured out my to-read list this September, I'll update this. I will try to organize my post soon.