Monthly Archives: February 2017

Winter Book Haul

 

Every now and then, I’ll go on a book buying craze. I didn’t really do this before I started blogging. I would only buy one book, read it, shelve it, and then buy another. This winter though, I kept buying books. In my defense, most of them were on sale! I know exactly what happened, I was planning out my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge and I just wanted to go ahead and have them. So, here are the books I purchased starting in December and going through February.

ARC’s Received via NetGalley

 

 

 

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

I purchased this on my kindle and it was on sale for $4.99, what a deal, right?! I figured I loved her 99 Days, so I wanted to try her other novels. Very interested in reading this one this summer. Love me some Contemporary Romances. I ended up loving this one so much that I bought it in hardback too.

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Oblivion by Kelly Creagh (Book 3 in Nevermore Series)

I already owned the first two books in this series, so I needed to complete the collection. I’m hoping to also get the whole set signed because I live near the author and she’s always doing local events. I’m planning on reading the whole series over because I read the first one a long time ago and don’t remember much of it. Just the cute emo boy, Varen Nethers!

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

This was my third attempt at a Hoover book and I loved it, my review was posted a few weeks back if you want to check it out! If you’re going to read a book by this author, this needs to be the one! So many twists!

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

I purchased this late in the game because the blurb didn’t strike my fancy but I love Sarah Dessen books so much! After I finished the Twilight series, I ran into Dessen’s books at the library and gobbled them up! Love her YA novels, obviously planning on reading this one over the summer.

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Horror Coloring Book

This was a gift for Christmas from my husband. We love spooky things (we got married on Halloween, of course we love spooky things) and this is killer, pun intended. It’s my third adult coloring book and by far the most detailed. I admit though, I feel like a lunatic when I’m coloring blood on a zombie…

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Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett

Another Christmas gift from my husband. I love cats. I have three cats. I love tattooed musicians… thus, Metal Cats. It’s literally just a book of guys in metal bands with their kitties! So cute! It’s a great addition to my cat bathroom, yes, I have a cat themed bathroom with cat reading materials.

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Peter Pan by JM Barrie

I already read this on Kindle, but I ended up running into this beautiful copy at Barnes and Noble for only $10. Hardback too! I’m not fond of the front cover, but the back is gorgeous! I love the quote in the silhouette of Peter. I also already have a review of this one up for your reading pleasure. By far my favorite classic book.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

I purchased this on kindle because it was on sale for $1 and I really want to reread some of Dessen’s books. I believe this was one of the first books I ever read of hers. I prefer the old cover though, this one is kind of boring but I don’t have to look at it since it’s an e-book.

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The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West

I got a email from GoodReads, saying this one was on sale for only $1.99 so I figured it was a great price on a kindle book. I wanted to read this years ago, but didn’t get around to it. Interested to see if I enjoy West’s writing.

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Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet

If you have a tumblr or instagram, you’ve probably read some of Michael Faudet’s poetry or Lang Leav’s. I really love their poems and I wanted to be sure to pick up Michael’s new one. Beware though, his poems are a little graphic– sexually. I love them.

 

Unashamed by Christine Caine

I saw a girl on my facebook post about this book and how ‘life-changing’ it was and I figured what the heck, I can’t spend my whole year reading YA and borderline erotica so I chose this one. I think I’m going to pick one non diction book a year to read and get myself amped up for life. Is that cheesy?

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True (True Believers 1) by Erin McCarthy

Speaking of cheesy, this cover is super cheesy. My friend however, recommended this book and because she read the whole series in about a week or two, I figured it had to be good. Plus, I love having people to discuss books with! It’s also by a local author, set locally!

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I saw the movie trailer for this and it looked amazing, so I’m totally going to read this before it comes out! It was actually $2 cheaper to buy the paperback than the kindle book.

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We the Kings 10 (Concert Review)

 

A blog post and it’s not even Friday?! Surprise! I just thought I might give a little review of my experience at Saturday’s We the Kings concert. As some of you may know, this is their ten year anniversary, so they played every song from their first album and then some more!

Sound check was running a bit late when we got there, so doors were behind by a little bit. Luckily, it was a decently warm winter day in Cincinnati (about 40 degrees that night, yes, that’s warm), so we didn’t mind waiting. When inside, I actually passed by Charles Trippy (bass player, YouTuber) in the hall and about lost my mind. I didn’t stop to bother him though, he looked like he was in a rush but he did have a smile on his face and said hello to everyone.

The concert was in the basement of the theatre and it was really cool, but it ended up getting way too hot in there with a sold out show.

 

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Astro Lasso

First on stage was the new band Astra Lasso from PA, this was only their second show ever and I think they did amazing for not performing much before this. The band consisted of two guys, think Matt and Kim. They were probably the better/more memorable opener of the night, great stage presence and did a cover of Ed Sheeran which got the crowd going. If you sign up for their news letter, you can even get a free song download from them!

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This band didn’t impress me as much as the first. I honestly forgot their name the second they said it. The lead singer needs to work on his stage presence a bit, he was doing all these weird moves over and over again. They did have a heavier sound than the other bands, which I liked, but wasn’t crazy about them. I did like that the whole band looked like they were enjoying themselves, they were pretty much smiling the entire time they were on stage.

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I didn’t know that they were still around! This band brought me back to my early emo phase from high school, and I loved seeing them live. Shaant, the lead singer, was hilarious and amazing on stage. I even got to take a selfie with him after the concert. He was super nice. They announced that they’ll try to get some new music out soon, which will be amazing. Can’t wait!

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Alas, We the Kings! As I said before, they played every single song on the first album and then some. My favorite was Just Keep Breathing, I really needed that after the day I had. The whole venue was up and moving, I seriously thought my heart was going to come out of my chest from all the excitement! At one point, I got hit in the face… by a guitar pick! I didn’t have time to see if it was Hunter’s, Travis’s or Charles’, I just shoved it into my pocket! Once we left the venue, I saw that it was indeed a bass pick from Charles! This made my night! I was so thrilled to get it.

 

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This concert reminded me why I love going to see my favorite bands. It took my mind off of the tragedy/loss of one of my best friends last week and made me feel happy for the first time in a long time. I can’t wait to see Mayday Parade in April!

 

 

How to Love by Katie Cotugno Book Review

 

Title: How To Love

Author: Katie Cotugno

Genre: Young Adult meets New Adult?

Overall Emotions: In love, amazed, sad.

Rating: 5/5 Stars




 

Before:
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After:
Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.




 

This book is beautiful, I don’t know why it took me so many years to finally pick it up. I was a huge fan of 99 Days, which I read a year or two ago and I had checked out the synopsis for How to Love but it didn’t interest me at the time. I’m glad I finally read it, I devoured it in three days.

Sereena had a plan to get the hell out of her Florida town and she was going to do it a year early. Nothing was going to stop her, that is, until she found out she was pregnant and the father has left town without even knowing of his unborn child.

I loved how Cotugno interweaved the before and after in alternating chapters and It worked perfectly. We got to see why she had fallen in love with him and why she had this burning hatred for him when he returned out of the blue.

There were so many twists and turns with this book, and I only saw a handful coming. The biggest one being Sawyer’s rock and roll lifestyle. I loved that Reena’s parents were main characters, too often in YA novels, teens do whatever and we only see their parents a scene or two. Seeing her parents, you could tell they still treated her like a silly, naive child.

Even though I loved this book and gave it a perfect score, I did have some issues:

  1. Occasionaly, Reena calls Hannah ‘the baby’. I have to handle the baby, the baby needs a nap. The baby is 14 months (another pet peeve of mine, your baby is one. Just one). It bothered me, it made Hannah seem unwanted sometimes.
  2. I felt like toward the end where the two families are together and Reena explodes in rage around everyone, I didn’t think she got the chance to say everything. Sawyer’s parents literally were non-existent like he was in his daughters life. If I were Reena, I would have made sure to let Sawyer know how they treated her. Or possibly, did Reena just push them away? We never learn that.
  3. Why was she even friends with Allie the shoplifter. Allie had a horrid personality and she wasn’t a great friend to Reena. She talked down to her so much!
  4. The ending. Yes it was happy, but I wasn’t pleased with it.

 

I hope Katie Cotugno can put more novels out like this, I’ve loved everything she’s done so far.

 

 

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Outcast: Volume 1 Review

Title: Outcast Vol. 1 A Darkness Surrounds Him

Author: Robert Kirkman & Paul Azacetaoutcastvol1_cover

Genre: Horror, thriller comic

Overall Emotions: Horrified

Rating: 4/5 Stars




 

NEW HORROR SERIES FROM THE WALKING DEAD CREATOR ROBERT KIRKMAN! Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1-6.

 




 

It’s always tough for me to review comics/graphic novels because there really isn’t an end. This was no exception with this one. I heard about this when I went to Walking Dead Day in Cynthiana last summer, it was an advertisement in the back of the free comic they gave out and when I saw Kirkman wrote it, I knew I wanted to check it out. Especially if it had the chance of getting as big as The Walking Dead has.

However, I was a little disappointed, but only because it’s not TWD. Why would it be? It’s completely different from TWD… I just need to first get that through my head. It’s more horrifying than zombies. Just having it on my nightstand creeped me out.

From what I’ve gathered while reading volume one is, Kyle lives in a town where it seems everyone is possessed by/ or has been possessed by demons at one time in their life. Kyle lost his mom to this, his family, his everything. He teams up with the Reverend and they try to work together to stop these possessions. Soon, I believe the Devil shows up, or at least I think it’s the devil.

Not too much happens in the first volume, we’re just introduced to the characters and Kyle’s past. I’m assuming Kyle is immune to being possessed.

Will I read on? Possibly, I might give the second volume a chance.

Supposedly, the show is going to come on. Here’s the trailer for it. It looks way better than the comic!

 

 

My Favorite ‘Cancer Books/Movies’

Ah, that sounds like a tough subject doesn’t it? Cancer is scary. It’s best to stare it right in the face and attack head on. This Sunday marks 18 years since I, myself, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was eight years old when I found out I had cancer. Thanks to the doctors, nurses, my family and medicine, I quickly became known as a ‘survivor’.

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I thought this week I would make a post about my favorite ‘cancer books’ or ‘cancer movies’. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you have any ‘cancer book’ recommendations!

1.) A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Though I’ve never read the book, I loved the movie when it first came out. I know book to movie adaptations don’t always stay true to the original, so I’ll just be explaining the 51zxxgtyhul-_sx324_bo1204203200_movies plot. From what I’ve read, the book and the movie are two completely different plots, so I’m going to only recommend watching the movie. Literally, you will be in tears! Mandy Moore gives a fantastic performance in this story.

Landon is the popular, bad boy and Jamie is the preacher’s daughter who always has a Bible with her. Landon has to befriend her when he gets into trouble at school and soon learns about Jamie’s illness, but it’s too late because he’s already fallen in love with her.

 

 

2.) Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

If you’re going to read any ‘cancer book’, read this one. I thought it was way better and truer to the disease that TFiOS.

 

3.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

 

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Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues,My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.

Another book that I didn’t read but actually loved the movie. The plot twist at the end threw me for a loop but I totally sided with Kate’s choice. How long can you push a child to fight cancer before it’s time to let them give up?

 

4.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot the-fault-in-our-starstwist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

I actually read the book and watched the movie for this one. I recommend reading the book and passing on the movie for this one. My only issue is I felt like this book romanticizes cancer too much, I didn’t feel like any of the characters were really sick.

When you have cancer, you’re low on energy, you’re sick all the time to the point you can’t even get out of bed, your hair is (usually) gone, and love is the last thing on your mind (or so it was for me, but I was 8.)

 

 

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1999, the face of a cancer kid who thought the only perk of being in the hospital was that you didn’t have to go to school. Clearly, they have tutors.