Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby by William Ritter

October 24, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★★½

Jackaby was nothing like what I expected going in. In fact if it weren’t for the cover I probably would not have been so excited when it came in the mail. I know this sounds horrible and presumptuous but I make it a habit to avoid the mystery genre as a whole since I have a horrible habit of of always correctly guessing the end. ALWAYS. And believe me I find no joy in this. Do you know how annoying it is to watch the first 20 minutes of a movie and guess, CORRECTLY, who done it? SO FLIPPING ANNOYING! So yes, I was hesitant about Jackaby and only after staring at that beautiful cover and listening to Shelly gush about it did I square my shoulders and say… And it was a good life decision! Ritter has brought this amazing world of mystery and logic and effortlessly merged it with a world unseen. A world filled with trolls and… Read more »


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Mini Review

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: Mini Review

October 23, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★★½

I have heard some pretty great things about this book, and so  I decided to borrow it from the library, and I am a little.. underwhelmed. I’m not disappointed, but I’m not so impressed with it either. I think it’s due to the hype, because of the large amount of people saying how great the twist is, I was a little underwhelmed because I was expecting something much more surprising. In the lamest of terms, this book is about a rich family, the Sinclairs. Ever summer, the Sinclairs go to summer island off the coast of Massachusetts but this year, things are different. This book is about summer flings, complicated families and accepting the truth. We Were Liars is a great short contemporary about the intricacies of aristocracy in the modern world. It was interesting, jaw-dropping and kind of amazing. While I don’t want to get into the details of the book, for fear of spoilers, I suggest you give it… Read more »


Waiting on Wednesday ~10/22/14~

Waiting on Wednesday ~10/22/14~

October 22, 2014 Features & Spotlights 6

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we can share upcoming releases that have us excited! Fairest by Marissa Meyer To Be Published: January 27th 2015 In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told. Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff To Be Published: Fall 2015 THESE BROKEN STARS… Read more »


Top Ten Tuesday ~New-ish Series We Want To Start~

Top Ten Tuesday ~New-ish Series We Want To Start~

October 21, 2014 Features & Spotlights 11

Happy Tuesday lovelies!! Today’s TT post took a lot of wok for me since there are SO MANY series I want to jump into! Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis Book 1 in the Not A Drop To Drink Duology Published September 24th 2013 Sequel In a Handful of Dust published September 23rd 2014             Grave Mercy by Robin La Fevers Book 1 in the His Fair Assassins series Published April 3rd 2012 Book 2 Dark Triumph published April 2nd 2013 Book 3 Mortal Heart published November 4th 2014           The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Book 1 in the Gentleman Bastard Series Published (in Mass paperback edition) June 26th 2007 Book 2 Red Seas Under Red Skies published August 31st 2007 Book 3 The Republic of Thieves published October 8th 2013 At the time of this post Goodreads had books 4-7 up as well    … Read more »


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout

October 20, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

  This is me…even though I finished White Hot Kiss DAYS ago….even though I have Stone Cold Touch on hold at the library (THE ONLY HOLD!)…even though I know if I ask very nicely I can get an ARC of book 3. This is me. And I blame Crystal for the feels overload I am going through right now. DAMN YOU CRYSTAL! DAMN YOU TO BACON HELL!!   Ummm sorry you had to see that. Really sorry. O__O Any way! White Hot Kiss was never on my radar. Yeah I like JLA as much as the next reader but something about “gargoyles” in the blurb just turned me away. I had heard Crystal say she liked it but to be honest it went in one ear and out the other which is horrible because this is CRYSTAL we’re talking about! She would never steer me wrong. But any who, WHK was sitting on a shelf at the library looking extremely… Read more »


Stop & Chat ~Reading Schedules~

Stop & Chat ~Reading Schedules~

October 19, 2014 Features & Spotlights 16

Happy Sunday my lovelies!!! As always I’m happy to have you all back for another Stop & Chat discussion. This week I wanted to go over something that has remained elusive to me….. Reading Schedules! I live by what I call organized chaos. My desk, my room, my purse even my car all, at first glance, look like these horrible monstrous messes. Yet if you asked for a pen, or paper clip or specific piece of paper I would be able to find it in seconds. So it’s no wonder that RSR is the same. I mean, look at my “post” calendar. The entire month of October is full of completed TTT, WoW, reviews, tours, discussions and other random post. To be perfectly honest 90% of the time I’m not really sure how this came to be but.. c’est le vie I suppose. Any who, something I can never….NEVER plan is what I read. I tried a TBR schedule and failed…. Read more »


Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

October 17, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★★½

A while before I started blogging I read The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. It wasn’t highly ranked on Goodreads, I didn’t have any bookish friends to tell me to try it or anything like that. I just wandered the library and stumbled across this magnificently detailed and somehow depressing cover.   I took it home and read it in one sitting. Loving this amazing and heartbreaking story with it’s characters that felt in a way that made you want to do something to help. It was after reading The Space Between that I realized if Brenna Yovanoff wrote it I had to read it. So it comes as no surprise that when I was wandering the library, yet again, and stumbled across Fiendish all shiny on the shelves I snatched it right up and scurried home with it. But this time was different. For the first 160-166 pages I really wasn’t in love with Fiendish. In fact I was downright… Read more »


The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

October 16, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★

I read The Art of Lainey a while ago, and this review is very late, but hey- better late than never! While I have read it a while ago, I don’t find myself forgetting what happened in it, which rarely happens any more. The Art of Lainey is one of the cutest summer reads I’ve read this year, it is just so good. While it is your basic cute book, it also has a lot of more meaningful moments. Basically, The Art of Lainey is basically an amazingly fun novel, full of cute romance and some entertaining melodrama. When Lainey gets dumped by her boyfriend, she resolves to make him jealous using The Art of War. She then gets the help of Micah, basically the most badass chef ever, and they pretend to be dating in order to make Lainey’s ex jealous. So in essence, this whole book screams fun! Lainey’s personality was a little annoying at times, and she was a little whiny,… Read more »


Waiting on Wednesday ~10/15/2014~

Waiting on Wednesday ~10/15/2014~

October 15, 2014 Features & Spotlights 0

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where we can share upcoming releases that have us excited! The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord To Be Published: March 31st 2015 It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? Brimming with… Read more »


Top Ten Tuesday ~Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit~

Top Ten Tuesday ~Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit~

October 14, 2014 Features & Spotlights 3

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s Top Ten post was a ton of fun since most of the place on Shelly and I’s list are really on my “Places I Must Visit!” bucket list. Hogwarts. No “places I want to go” list would be complete without Hogwarts.         Vancouver, Canada             The infamous Powell’s Books                 New York City!             Paris! And may I just take a second to say how much I adore this picture?!                 London. I know it’s so cliche , especially in the book world, but I really want to go!         Ireland. The thought of visiting Ireland throws me into a fantasy fit!           CANADA!!!! I’m not out doorsey but darn it… Read more »