Thursday, July 2, 2015

Taking a little break...

 Soooo....I've been in quite the blogging slump.

My reading slump is OVER so yay! But my urge to write reviews or blog is pretty much zilch at the moment. Also, we're having a new roof installed that is taking insanely long (1 1/2 weeks and counting) and it's so noisy here that I can't get much of anything done anyway.

Instead I've been redesigning my blog - which I really need to stop doing at some point - but I've developed something of an addiction to Etsy digital clipart. It's like the new .99 ebook download for me. lol

Any hoo I saw the cute yoga dog/cat clipart and had to use them somewhere so voila!

To be honest I'm not sure how much longer I'll be hanging in there with this whole blogging thing. So many of my friends have left or are considering leaving. The desire to crank out *thoughtful* reviews is gone for me. I just want to say "Hey - read it!" & ignore anything I don't like. But personally, I like a mix of good and bad reviews, so it feels weird for me to only be positive and ignore what I don't like. And I want to talk about other things besides books. Hopefully you'll hang in here with me. You always have and THANK YOU!

So this is my last ditch effort to stay. I have this new design and if I feel the urge to do anything other than mild tweaks (which still need to be done - font colors etc) I quit!

I'll be taking next week off and maybe one more if the roof doesn't get done. I need quiet to read and blog and don't seem to be getting that anytime soon.

Happy and safe 4th of July to those who celebrates and a wonderful relaxing summer to everyone!

I'll leave you with a few pics of Beau who knows how to ignore stress and chill....

Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Crazy for the Competition (Hope Springs #2) by Cindi Madsen

25562838The road to trouble is paved with sweet temptation…

Always the rebel in her ultra-conservative family, Quinn Sakata dreams of quitting her dad's real-estate business and restoring the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Hope Springs. Except that Quinn's not the only person bidding on it. Worse still, her competitor is her high school crush, Heath Brantley, who is all kinds of ripped, tattooed hotness...

So much for her "nice, conservative boys" rule.

Heath has his own reasons for bidding on Mountain Ridge, and he won't give in without a fight - even to the red-lipped hottie with a sailor's mouth. But when their rivalry shifts into an unexpected zing of chemistry, Heath realizes he's in deep trouble. Because it's inevitable that emotions will get involved, and he needs to keep his eyes on the prize before they both get hurt. ~ Goodreads


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you can’t really go wrong with anything from Entangled Publishing’s Bliss line if you’re looking for sweet romance with a guaranteed HEA. Especially if it’s written by Cindi Madsen – one of my top auto buy authors for swoony romances.

I gotta be honest though and say I was a smidge worried with this one. I’m not usually a fan of  books where there’s a lot of double crossing behind each others back to win something but I had no need to worry. Both Quinn and Heath, although fiercely competitive about owning the former B&B, always stayed on the up and up with each other. This was more healthy competition (with a mega dose of sexual tension!) than backstabbing.

Crazy for the Competition had a really nice romance that took it’s time to blossom. And what I loved even more is that both Quinn and Heath’s reasons for needing to win the bid were valid and came from the heart. Of course the solution is simple – get together dummies! but watching it happen was sweet, funny and sexy.

Another slam dunk for Cindi Madsen and Bliss!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review: Silence of the Six by E.C. Meyers

22595496What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?”

These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself.

Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting to prove his own innocence, Max goes on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.

Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances, and virtual identities — all while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late. ~ Goodreads

Source: Copy provided by the publisher via BEA

I was so intrigued by the premise of teenage hackers involved in a government conspiracy and cover up, on the run to save their lives.

I guess the premise was more interesting than the delivery for me. And oddly enough it was the very thing that first intrigued me – the hacking – that ended up boring me.

There was so much hacking terminology and fictional company names thrown around that I kind of glazed over. I really think that’s just me though. The Silence of the Six had a very fast pace and interesting characters. They just weren’t enough to overcome my complete lack of understanding/boredom when it came to the hacking. The book had a very technical feel to it. But if you like that – then this is the book for you!

Our MC, Max, tries to decipher code, open hidden files, crack passwords and it just felt…boring in print. I think this would maybe be more interesting to me on film.

Things picked up around the 140 page mark when he meets a girl named Penny. And while I found Max interesting – I found Penny and her sister whip smart and fascinating. But it wasn’t really about them.

This was really a case of It’s not you , it’s me. The Silence of the Six is probably a better fit for people who like more thriller type stories with technical speak than I do. Also, very little to no romance – just a tiny hint of interest. I know that’s rare in YA these days for the people who are looking for books that aren’t romance focused.