Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I Can't wait for:

Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky  October 11th  2016

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she's spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she's never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it's not her real father giving the orders . . .

It's his memories.

Before he died, Frost's father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she's ever set eyes on. But can a girl who's only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?

This one looks really really interestng and I can't wait to get my hands on it. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Are Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme to share our reads. Just in case you are curious about what book is in our hands and waiting on our shelves.

So there hasn't been a ton of reading in my life right now. It's been crazy but hopefully this is changing and my life can get back to normal. 

Jenn's Current Reads:

The Assassin Game

Jenn's Current Audio

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

This week coming up Jenn has planned to Read 

WaxEnter Title Here

Ash's Current Read:


I am still reading this. It's a really great book, really well written, but I'm kinda just in a slump. So what I'm going to do is just start a new book and go back to this one. 

What Ash hopes to finish this week:


What have been your great reads the week?



Sunday, July 24, 2016

Delightful Discoveries

Delightful Discoveries are books that I have discovered recently... old, new, just released... from blogs, Goodreads, libraries, friends, or bookstores. 

Unnatural Deeds
Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog

Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.

And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her.

Fate of Flames (Effigies, #1)
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?

Traveler (Traveler #1)
Traveler by L.E. DeLano 

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities.

But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

The Replacement Crush
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts 

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart. 

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

Extraordinary October
Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman

October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won’t go away, and her life is turned upside down. Suddenly, she can hear dogs talk, make crows fly, and two new and very handsome boys at school are vying for her affections. After she starts “transplanting” herself through solid rock, October learns that she is not ordinary at all, but the daughter of a troll princess and a fairy prince, and a pawn in a deadly war between the trolls and the fairies. Now October will have to use all of her growing powers to save her family, and stop a mysterious evil that threatens to destroy the fairy world.
In the fantastical vein of authors such as Julie Kagawa and Holly Black, Extraordinary October takes us on a magical journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.

Answer Me This: Where In the World Have You Been??

Answer Me This. We are hoping this will help our friends get to know us a just a tad bit better. 
A question will be asked and answers will be given by both Ash and Jenn. We hope you enjoy getting to know us outside of the bookshelves.

So I am sure some of you have noticed... we have been quiet on the blog. We have disappeared for just a bit and I hope that all the chaos in our  life is settled for a bit. It has been so crazy around here.
We have gone through hospitalization of little Finn. Some minor and not so minor medical issues around the household, job searching, and of course the crazy summer activities in between all the other crazy.

I think it's settled for now. We hope and we hope to be back to our regularly scheduled nonsense on the blog and our happy comments to others. We want to get social again.

Only a little social though, don't forget you are going to Gencon in a week!

For now, I will give you a little bit of details on a few things that made our life so hectic.... just in case you need some time to fill.

Our little Finn... well he had Staph and was in the hospital. It wasn't bad... we caught it real quick but it was scary and it was miserable seeing him be poked and prodded in the hospital. Luckily we found it early and we went from a doctor's visit on a Saturday afternoon to ER on Sunday night and the children's hospital on Monday right at midnight. He is good. he had to stay about 3 days on some heavy antibiotics then 10 days of giving him pills... that was not fun. He is back to his normal self.

I wouldn't say "normal" but he is doing much better. Also, it wasn't pills we had to give him, it was a pill that we opened and put the powder in a tiny bit of water in a syringe. And it was the single nastiest thing I have tasted in my life, and it stayed in your mouth. It was awful. Now every time i see a little rash on Finn, I have a tiny freak out moment....


After that happened I started to look for another job. I decided it was time for me to move on and find something new. I was stressed and busy every night sending off my resume and of course ,going to interviews and having phone interviews. I have hardly had time to read at all. I will post more of this updated at another time.

In the meantime, I have had some painful issues going on that had the doctors stumped a bit. Well after some sonograms and some doctor visits, we figured it out. It's not real serious but can cause pain and I will need to make a decision in the future to get surgery or live with some pain. Still, I have not decided.

Then this week Finn, Ash, and I got a pretty bad cold. It's short lived compared to some but it was a pretty nasty bout. I am on the very tail end of it. So yay. Maybe now my life can resume to the normal crazy. By the way, Summer colds are the worst.

It's still kicking my butt. I just felt so exhausted and weak all the time! Ugh.

On a good note.... we have been hitting the pool and movies on the weekends we have all been healthy. We have seen Finding Dory, Secret Life of Pets, Jungle Book, and X-Men Apocalypse in the theaters. Enjoyed every single one. Maybe this weekend will be Alice Through the Looking Glass or Tarzan. Both I am very much looking forward too. I think Ash and I want to start reviewing movies too but not there yet.

Update: Y'all went to go see Tarzan today! Next weekend is Alice, I hope.

I have so many ideas and need to do's on here but such little time. I hope to fix that soon.

That is our crazy this last month... what about everyone else out there???

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wee Reads: Ducky and the Monsters by Lizlot Versteeg

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

What Finn Read....  

Ducky and the Monsters
Ducky and the Monsters by Lizlot Versteeg 

This is Ducky. Ducky is on his way home. Cheerfully he walks to the forest. But hey, he has to go through the big monster forest! What will Ducky do? Do you think he is afraid of monsters?
Have a look!

On every page you can discover a color and recognize a part of the body. And with the monsters you learn how to count from one to ten! Can you spot the blue beetle on every page?

An instructive book about funny monsters and a brave little duck for hours of fun.

What Finn Thinks...

Finn just went crazy over this book. It was full of fun colors, counting, monsters, and so much fun. I had to read it to him about 3 times in a row and he didn't want to stop.  Finn interacted with my reading and really had fun with the story. 

What I found adorable and loveable about this book was the story and the graphics. The story is really cute about a duck who cares for the monsters instead of being scared of them. The illustrations are just too adorable and bright and vibrant. I also found the book really good for teaching multiple things.. counting, colors, body parts, how to care for others, and how to be friendly and brave. I think this is perfect for ages 2-5 and maybe some adults too!

What Finn Rates:

Other books like this or by this author:

What Does Kitten Hear?: A Big Book of Animal SoundsWhere Does Rabbit Live?: A Big Book of Animal Searches


Imagination Designs