Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel & Mortal Heart


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I have two picks for this week:

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Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: May 13, 2014
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The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can't-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.

After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn't what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren's instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he's underestimated Wren and Callum.

The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.


~ I really enjoyed Reboot and I love the fact that this is a duology and NOT a trilogy. There isn’t too long of a wait either!


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Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: November 4, 2014

Goodreads

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

~ Is anyone who reads this series NOT waiting for this book? Gorgeous cover and I have a feeling Annith’s story will be both heartbreaking and beautiful.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tune in Tuesday: American Authors, Bad Things, Foxes

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Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature was originally created and hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but can now be found over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

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I picked these three songs this week for their gorgeous lyrics..

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Luck


Bad Things

Caught Inside

I had no idea that Sean White (Olympic snowboarder/skateboarder) was the guitarist for this band.


Foxes

Holding Onto Heaven


Let me know what you’re listening to this week in the comments!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday ramblings…

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I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves – hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & the Sunday Post – hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, to dish about all the blogger happenings for this week.

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Another week of frustrated reading. I just can’t seem to find my groove. I’m not in a bad book slump exactly – I just want to do other things besides reading.

Here are two books that I did read this week and loved:

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Tanya by Rebecca Rogers Maher – Gorgeous! Releases April 30th.

Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott – I picked this one up because of Bookswarm’s Speed Date review. It did not disappoint. Sexy and funny!

Added to the looming pile:

20140411_113641Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – I was looking forward to this one but I’m hearing not so great things. At 600+ pages I’m not even going near it until I’m in a better reading mood.
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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – I received this book (unsolicited from Harper). I don’t usually read mid-grade but the cover is beautiful and it sounds fantastic. I have to get my hands on book one though. 

Too many Kindle deal books….



Slow Burn by Sam B. Morgan, Play by Kylie Scott, Special Interests by Emma Barry, Island Fever by Shellie Stevens, Bloodbath by Mark Henry, Take Me Now by Faith Sullivan, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Elviness by T.K. , Drive Me Crazy by Marquita Valentine, Parallel Attraction by Diedra Knight, A Matchless Romance by Chriti Barth, Just this Once by Rosalind James.

This week on the blog:

Review: Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna.
Tune in TuesdayReview: Meatless All Day - Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals by Dina Cheny
Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Garden ramblings

A couple of new (to me) blogs that I’ve discovered and love:

The Bookish Manicurist – she pairs book reviews with matching manicures that are amazing!
Notebook Sisters – this blog has a really fun vibe

Odd housekeeping tip:

I have a glass enclosure for my shower and it’s developed a layer of soap scum. Gross I know…I’ve tried every product I can think of to get it off to no avail. After a last ditch Google search, someone said to try a wet fabric softener sheet. I gave it a shot and poof! soap scum vanished! The fabric softener leaves a film so I followed that up with regular window/glass cleaner. Good as new.

That about covers everything! Leave a link to you r posts and I'll be sure to stop by.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Garden ramblings…this week in blooms

Before I started this whole blogging thing, my obsession was gardening. Reading and blogging has a way of taking over your life though and I didn’t do more than pull a few weeds last year. I really want to find more balance between my blog life and other hobbies so I’m making an effort to get back out in the yard this year.

It helps that everything is blooming really early. I think I’m going to have to pull out my good camera if I’m going to keep posting flower pics though. (another hobby left behind) My camera phone is not the best for quality photos.

So here are a few pictures of what’s blooming this week…

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Powder Puff shrub
Milkweed
Cosmos
Skullcap
& Indy soaking up the sun