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Audiobook Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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When I find an author I like, I tend to devour everything he or she has ever written. And then, with authors that I absolutely love (here’s to you, Stephen King and Karen Marie Moning), I read and re-read, and read again. So when I read Eleanor & Park a couple of months ago, and loved it, I knew I had to read everything by Rainbow Rowell.  I was excited when I got an email from the library telling me that the audiobook of Fangirl was ready for me to download. I immediately liked Cather. She was quirky and nerdy, but in a completely good way.  She and her twin, Wren (their mother wasn’t expecting twins and only had one name picked out – so she split it between them) are going off to college, and Wren is pulling away – she got a drastic haircut, doesn’t want to be roommates, and is basically a complete jerk to Cath for a large portion of the book.  I thought Cath cut … [Read more...]

ARC: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

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I thought I had this one figured out from the very beginning. And unfortunately, I was right. This book reminded me a whole lot of another book (whose title I will not reveal, as not to spoil any plot points). I was hoping it was going to go in some other direction that would totally throw me off, but there were no surprises. The book is told from the view points of three characters: Mia’s kidnapper, her mom, and the detective who is trying to solve the case. It also switches from “before” and “after”. In the advanced copy I was reading, there was no differentiation when the character changed.  This could be pretty jarring, because it would sometimes happen within the same paragraph. I would immediately realize it, but it made the book really difficult to get into in the beginning. I have checked, and in the final version, each section is labeled with the character’s name … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen

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I found this book in the big box of awesomeness that Jennifer sent me from BEA. I picked it up first because a blurb on the cover informed me that it was a great beach read, and I just happened to be headed to the beach. Right away I was pulled into the story and I was completely hooked. This was one of those books that I couldn’t read quickly enough, that I was disappointed when I was reading in the car and it got too dark to see, and that I finished in record time because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. Ruby was a bit of a downer, but she was also interesting, complicated, smart, and a worthy protagonist.  I wasn’t sure about her at first – after all, she had basically let a man drive her to the point of suicide and losing sight of all her dreams. The story alternated between the past, where we experienced the beginning of Ruby and Mark’s disastrous … [Read more...]

Holy crap! I’m off to Mexico to get married!

Jenn is ready!

By the time this posts, our plane will be taxiing down the runway to take off for Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico! We will be there for a week with family and friends, and we tie the knot on Friday, August 15th! I am so excited for this chapter in our lives, and for the opportunity to vacation with some of our closest friends and family. We plan to relax by the pool, enjoy the unlimited cocktails, go ziplining through the Mayan jungle (!!!!), and visit the Tulum ruins! Don't worry, we'll take lots of pictures! Amanda and Kristina are coming with me, so Jess is manning the blog this week!  Keep her company, y'all!  And also give her a pat on the back, because she's the real reason we have any content lately LOL.  Jess rocks, you guys!  We couldn't blog without her. See you guys next week!   … [Read more...]

ARC: Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear

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Confession: I am not a big fan of romance novels. Sure, I don’t mind a good love interest while we’re solving a mystery, or some sparks flying while our heroes race to save the world. But this was the first book I’ve read in a long time where the romance was the primary focus of the story.  And it was kinda nice.  In a light, frothy, perfect-for-a-lazy-summer-day kind of way.  I would love to spend a summer on Butternut Lake. It sounds beautiful, peaceful, and incredibly romantic. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and as a parent and as someone who has started over, I could relate to Allie.  I liked that her son, Wyatt, was her first priority in everything she did. Although we didn’t spend a whole lot of time with her, I also really liked Caroline, who ran the local diner. I was happy to see that she will be featured more prominently in the next book in this … [Read more...]

ARC: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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When I started this book, I wasn’t entirely sure from the description where it was going to go. When I discovered the direction we were headed was post-apocalyptic zombies with a scientific twist, I could not have been more excited! It was impossible not to like Melanie – 10 years old, smart, and all she wants is to please her favorite teacher, Ms. Justineau.  But Melanie and her classmates are prisoners, most of their teachers are scared of them, and there is more to their situation than meets the eye.  This definitely wasn’t just your typical “band of plucky survivors” zombie story. Sure, some of the characters seemed like they might fill the obligatory roles, but we got to see things from each character’s perspective, get inside their heads, and they became more than just one-dimensional. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is a completely fresh take on … [Read more...]

ARC: The Revealed by Jessica Hickam

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Political intrigue. A nation on the brink of re-establishment.  A secret organization. Kidnappings. Power to control the elements. Sounds fascinating, right? Well, it had a lot of potential.  And a very pretty cover. Lily Atwood is the daughter of one of the presidential candidates, which means that she is wealthy and privileged and shouldn’t have a care in the world. Unfortunately, she has been targeted by The Revealed, a secret organization who kidnaps 18 year olds, and they are never heard from again. Lily is being kept under house arrest until she turns 19, and guarded by her father’s top-notch security team. But somehow The Revealed keeps getting past security and they are taunting Lily with notes of her inevitable future kidnapping. Lily also keeps getting past security, at least briefly, in protest of being locked up. She figures there is nothing she can do to stop The … [Read more...]