Friday, February 12, 2016

Answer Me This: BEA: Does it excite you?

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.


Ash and I are going to the BEA's this year. Yes Chicago here we come. 
Our room has been reserved and our plane tickets bought I am registered. SO totally excited.


 I have been wanting to go since I heard about BEA and figured out what it meant. Yes a bit slow I am. So YAY. I hope to meet up with fellow bloggers and make some new friends. 

I have been trying to do some research on BEA tips and guidelines... How to survive. I am so overwhelmed. I sense there is way more than I can handle and I need a plan. I like plans. unfortunately all the things aren't announced yet. So can't plan yet... except for the travel. Luggage and clothes and such. I am a pre pre pre planner. I tend to plan and re-plan and plan again until the day arrives for any kind of event. Yes I am crazy and a bit OCD. I also know nothing ever goes as planned. So a little panicky. I am hoping for a few things. 


I would love to see or can't wait to see all the other bloggers that are going and what they have to say about this year's BEA. I need some help in my excitement. I need to share mine and join in with others. 



I am really hoping that there are some fellow bloggers out there that would love to join up with me at the BEA. I would love a team to help us through. 


I also hope to hear and read much on bloggers who have attended in the past. I need as much input as I can get. I am so totally nervous. 

I really am most excited about meeting people. I am not good at it but I do love people. So I hope this breaks me out of my shell a bit and I can get to know lots of new people. 


So Ash my question to you... What about BEA are you most excited for ? What are your thoughts and plans? 


Uhhh, where do I even start?

JAMIE FREAKING LEE CURTIS.

Okay, but really. I am definitely very excited to hopefully meet her, because I absolutely adore her. 

The next thing I am obviously very excited for is free books. Because I don't have enough already right?.. Right


Authors. I get to meet authors. I always love talking with them, they're so down to earth and don't even realize how amazing they really are. Unlike most celebs who are stuck up or full of themselves.

And then there's the fact that I'll have off work for a whole week. That's fun.

AND. I get to spend time with my mommy.



The thing I am least excited about, is five days without my baby boo. I don't know how I'm going to function. Or how he is for that matter. Gonna be interesting.

My plans? I don't have any, except to go and make it up on the spot. I've never been before so I'm a little nervous to be honest. And I've never been on a plane.. so that's scary.

Either way, I can't wait and I'm excited. 

That is all. 


 






Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
Title: Walk On Earth A Stranger
Author:  Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publishing Date:  September 22nd 2015
Pages:  432
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
Series: The Gold Seer #1
Source: Audio
 



Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift. 



Where do I start with this review. I really don't know. This book was a amazing. That is a good start. It was more than ever hoped for or expected and more than I can put into words. It was a book that tore my heart out, stole my soul, then expected me to live afterwords. It just was one of the best things I have experienced in a very long time. 

Lee Westfall has a secret, a secret that she and her family have always kept hidden very well. She sense gold. Feel it, hear it, find it. Which as  you can imagine during this time period is a gift from the heavens. She and her family has always lived comfortably. Nothing of show, not extravagant.Just good and healthy. Lee is happy. She has a great family and a best friend. She has all she needs. Of course that has to change in order for a story to unfold so her family is killed and her best friend... whom she is love with but resists this hard.... moves away. Her long lost uncle comes to town, takes over the house, orders Lee around, and pretty much says- hey I own you now, I know what you can do, and I am going to use that to my advantage. So what does Lee do. She dresses like a boy, takes a horse, and makes a run for it. To find her best friend, her love, and make a life in California. Where she has lots of gold to sense. This is where the adventure begins. The trek Lee makes across the country.

I never really thought I would fall in love with this book so hard. The last time I really fell hard for a book was The Wrath and the Dawn. That one has been a while. There was just something raw and real and painful but beautiful about this story. I had all the feels and felt them so deeply. This read really came out of nowhere for me and I am not sure what to do with my life now that I have read it.

Lee was one of the most amazing characters I have ever read. She was strong, sure of herself, determined, soft but hard, loving, intelligent, funny, and so much more. She had it all. She of course made some wrong decisions but she was quick to right her wrongs. She was also stubborn. of course where would the story go if she wasn't. She worked hard and she fit right in with all the boys. She didn't let a few curves and long hair get in her way. Both things she managed to get rid of in a way and become what she had to, to survive. She wasn't fearless but she live her live fearless. 

Lee was really easy to get attached to from the very first pages. She was just the kind that you wanted to feel sorry for. She had a lot taken from her... but she wouldn't let you. She didn't allow any pity in her life. Her biggest mistake... not being honest with herself. 

There were so many great characters in this book. It would take so much to time to really go through them all. I can tell you that each and everyone was worth getting to know. Each time there was loss, it hit me real hard. Every time someone was being a crap monster. I felt it real hard. I took everything personal in this book. If it was happening to Lee or one of the other beloved characters, it was happening to me. 

The characters were pretty awesome, but the story was really awesome too. Sometimes a book doesn't have both, this book did and so much more. The story didn't just touch on the gold rush or how women had to work harder and still be ignored in life. It touched on slavery, bigotry, hate, all that stuff that is in our past and still present that really doesn't need to be. it was handled well and it was rough let me tell you. 

There was a long trek on a wagon trail from the east coast to the west coast. This sounds a bit boring right. Well it wasn't it was so no boring. It was a hard read though. It was not a uplifting warm read, It was however encouraging at times but really it was harsh and sad and made me cry a bunch. But still worth the read. Not sure what it was but the book kept me glued to my chair and I just couldn't stop. 

The narrator was just amazing too. Erin Mallon. She brought the story and each character to life. She felt the tone of the writing and made it happen. This is the second book I have listened to by Erin, and I honestly don't remember the first much... but this one. I do. She made it so much more... if that was possible. 


Never slow, never boring, Well worth the read because it was quite the adventure. If I could I would give it all my hearts!











Rae CarsonI write books about teens who must do brave things. I'm originally from California, but I now live in Arizona with my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about questions I don't know the answers to.

Waiting on Wednesday: Ruined by Amy Tintera





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


Jenn's Pick- I Can't wait for:



Ruined (Untitled, #1)
The Ruined by Amy Tintera
                 


Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
I love cover for this book. Not the reason I can't wait for it but I wanted to mention the cover because I think its simple and beautiful. I think this book just sounds wonderful. Kidnappings, missions, kingdoms, fantasy. My kind of book. 



Ash's Pick- I Can't wait for:



The May Queen Murders
The May Queen
 Murders    



Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.


This cover is absolutely stunning, a lot like a photo I would take, I think. This book sounds very dark, twisty and kinda scary. My type of book. 




    


Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Monthly TBR


Here is where we post our Monthly TBR Mountain. Of course things change when reading is involved. But these are our hopes and dreams of this months reads.



Okay so January wasn't much better than December but... new month hopefully i get more reading done and read more of what I plan to read. Its hard for me to keep with a plan. I am such a mood reader.... maybe I can this month. 

Last month I read 

Dangerous LiesThe Killing JarUntil I Die (Revenants, #2)Fallout (Lois Lane, #1)The Black ButterflyDumplin'The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Bird BoxWicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)Not If I See You First



February I am planning to read...


Seven Ways We LieVengeance RoadPowerless (The Hero Agenda, #1)The YearbookDark EnergyBanished (Forbidden, #2)Future ShockLies I Told (Lies I Told, #1)Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade, #2)Rebel Bully Geek PariahA Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)BlackheartsLiars and Losers Like UsStarflight (Starflight, #1)Sugar SkullsStars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6)A Madness So DiscreetSpinning ThornsReign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)MonsterMade You UpFreak of Nature (IFICS, #1)Firstlife (Everlife, #1)




Ash read 

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)Ella, The Slayer

Ash wants to read. (She is aiming high) 

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)The Diamond Thief (The Diamond Thief, #1)Sugar SkullsThe Cellar (The Cellar #1)


 

 
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