Friday, April 17, 2015

Feature Friday: This $100,000 is MINE and I would BUY

Feature Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read!

Featured Blog:

The Mistress Case

Featured Question:

Here is a $100,000. Buy something. Anything at all. What would be the first thing you choose? and why? Suggested by Journey Through Fiction

Answer: Hard question because the truth... I would put the money towards paying off my house. If I didn't have a mortgage or bills... I would buy a really cute building in the middle of a downtown...Austin or Round Rock or somewhere near. I would start a reading nook/coffee/tea house/ board game central for everyone to share.  - vintage style. 

I love vintage style. Costumes available would be cool..  for ya know tea parties.  Old lounging couches, floor to ceiling bookcases. Ladders to reach the top. Old wooden staircase to the second floor. Cool looking lamps and tables with character. 
An entire section of board games. 

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The way I would keep this going... a membership fee. but for that fee you get books (to read on spot) coffee/tea, games and just so much fun! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing GirlsTitle: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver 
Publishing Date: 
Source: Audio

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

I enjoyed this read. It wasn't quite what I expected but I liked it. I went into this book for the mystery and yes there was mystery but that wasn't really what the book was, a mystery. It felt and read more like a realistic fiction and I think that many readers who read realistic fiction will enjoy this book too. I didn't quite get what I was expecting but I still liked the book. 

Dara and Nick are sisters not even a year apart, they are close, they do lot of things together. A car crash changes everything. The sisters no longer speak. Nick is miserable, and Dara plays the avoiding game and then the disappearing game. Nick sets out to find her and discovers many truths... about a missing little girl, her sister's avoidance and disappearance, and even a bit about herself. 

I really truly was not prepared for this book. I went into the read expecting a mystery and yes there was mystery but it was so much more. It had a realistic fiction feel. I wasn't expecting this but I liked it. I actually loved the tone and the writing style. I was curious from the very beginning and had a real need to fix the characters and find out the truth. 

The characters were annoying at times but after what has happened in their lives I really didn't expect anything more out of them. They were pretty screwed up. I didn't particularly like them but I connected with them. It was more of a "I want to slap you connection" but I enjoyed disliking them. I felt that in the end something would come out their issues and I was right. In the end there was growth and there was hope. SO I enjoyed my relationship with the characters. 

I did not enjoy the parents involvement in this book. There was so much going on and so little being address by the parents. I know this was a ya book and parents aren't always involved, but I feel that this book thy should have been. It was a story about family, loss, secrets, and some pretty dark stuff. I think parents needed to be involved. 

I loved the story. The story was good and I was a bit disappointed I figured out the mystery out before it was revealed. Of course this book had more than one mystery. That was one of the great things about this story. I only figured out one mystery, the others not so much. This story was, in a way, three stories intertwined. It was told in pieces from present and past. I love these stories, It adds so much. I also loved the blog entries, journal entries, and news stories that were added to pieces the story together. It flowed very well. 

The only piece of this journey that really held me back was the main mystery, figuring it out early brought down just a tad for me. I liked the story, enjoyed it very much but I think I would have been wowed if I hadn't picked up on the things that gave it away.

I liked it,  A well done story that was beautifully written.

Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.
She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #137 Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

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:

Delicate Monsters
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
June 9th 2015

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past. 

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs. 

I love love love this author. She is twisted and dark and her book are so crazy. Can't wait.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Delightful Discoveries #96

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

Hit (Hit, #1)Hit by Delilah W. Dawson 



The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own.

Since yarn bombing is the only rebellion in Patsy's past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren't strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy's list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

A Thousand Nights
A Thousand Nights by EK. Johnston 

LO-MELKHIIN KILLED THREE HUNDRED GIRLS before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Da Vinci's Tiger
Davinci's Tigher by Laura Malone Elliott 

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

The Unquiet

The Unquet by Mikaela Everett 

For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.

A Night Divided
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #99

Stacking The Shelves is a hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Come join the fun and share all the book you received this week. 

For Review:

The Devil You KnowThe Devil You Kniow by Trish Doller 


Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Any Way You Slice ItSuicide Notes from Beautiful Girls\AwakeThe Edge of ForeverWeightlessBeastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)


Storm (Elemental, #1)Opal (Lux, #3)Origin (Lux, #4)Opposition (Lux, #5)The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles, #2)Take Back the Skies (Take Back the Skies, #1)

Gifted for my Birthday!

The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)Black City (Black City, #1)So Close to You (So Close to You, #1)What Waits in the WoodsThe Walls Around UsThe Lair (The Farm, #2)Boys Don't KnitThe Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)

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