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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Brightest Sunset By Aly Martinez

The Brightest Sunset
(The Darkest Sunrise Duet #2)
By Aly Martinez

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Words destroyed me.

“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”

“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”

“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.


Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.

Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.

“He’s gone.”

In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.

“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”
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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review: That's What Friends Aren't For By Jim Benton

That's What Friends Aren't For
(Dear Dumb Diary #9)
By Jim Benton

Dear Dumb Diary,

So now I'm friends with Angeline. This is automatic friendship, and I have to just accept it and make the best of things. 

See, if I objected, then Aunt Carol might divorce Angeline's uncle, sending both of them tumbling into a deep pit of depression for the rest of their lives, and Angeline could wind up feeling so guilty that she would have to go be locked up in an old dirty insane asylum for years and years, and Stinker's puppies could grow up not knowing both their parents --- and I couldn't live with myself for doing something like that to a puppy.
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My Review:

What a throw back this book turned out to be! I can see where my particular flavor of humor started off. This is as sarcastic and funny as any middle grade book can be without going too far. This series was a big part of my childhood and it was awesome to read it as an adult. I can see where my twisted self first started appearing.

Jamie Kelly is all kinds of weird and her random theories make her all that much more entertaining to read about. She's in grade school and during that period of her life, she's still discovering who she is and what friends are really there for. This isn't a heartfelt story nor does it strive to be anything like that. It's a humor filled oddity that has found its place in my shriveled up heart. 

I would recommend this series to the end of the world and back. That's probably nostalgia talking, but it's an entertaining and quick read! The drawings were adorable and on point with the story.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Of course I can't really say that, I can only write it. But I'm writing it totally sarcastically and rather meanly."

"I treasure how the same people and things make us both want to barf."

"I do call her my friend, the same way I call them my socks or my infection. Nobody would ever suggest that the infection belongs to itself."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Movies

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to the Top Ten Tuesday meme!!

It's a weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Tuesdays will be on hiatus until August 15th, 2017.
During those weeks I'll be going through their archives and posting about topics I missed!

Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Movies

* Titles linked to the movie IMDb page.

I know it's been over done and it's very cheesy, but I really enjoy it. I went into it knowing what to expect: outrageous, sometimes unrealistic and improbable situations with zombies. You won me over at zombies.

With this movie series, I discovered that watching acapella groups sing is very relaxing and fascinating to me. It's all very exaggerated and most characters are meant to be that way. It's a fun movie to zone-out-of-the-world to.

This is one of the movies (that I watched when I was younger) that I have very fond memories of. I even got my mom to like it (which is still surprising to me). No matter how exaggerated it is, it's hilarious yet raunchy at times and I accept it for what it is: a good time.

- Magic Mike (& XXL)

How is it possible to not like a movie about male strippers? Alex Pettyfer & Channing Tatum. Do I need to say more?

This follows the same concept of the previous explanation, but with different actor crushes. Vin Diesel & The Rock. The cars are pretty cool to look at too, but the racing is so cringe-y at times.

This was the first supernatural movie that I watched that wasn't too horrifying for me. For the past decade, I haven't been the biggest fan of horror/thriller/scary-anything movies and this surprised me, in a good way. I was willing to put up with the scare aspect as long as I could watch a movie about vampires and werewolves and it ended up not being that scary.

This movie has such an absurd concept and I love it. It's unrealistic and I hope society never comes to this point, but it's fascinating to watch. I also really like Emma Roberts.

I may be in the minority when I say that I really enjoyed this movie. I hope they eventually give the sequel a go (though it's unlikely). I love the book series and seeing the characters come to life is just awesome.

- John Tucker Must Die

Surprisingly this is also a movie from my childhood. What can I say, I wanted to live vicariously through these characters? That's the only explanation I could come up with as to why I like this movie so much. It's super exaggerated and full of raunchy humor (can you see the trend?). 

What are a few of your guilty pleasure movies?
Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book Look #174: The Blue Wood By Nicole Maggi

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
The Blue Wood By Nicole Maggi

Book Look: The Blue Wood By Nicole Maggi
For my previous Book Looks click here!

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Ramblings: Missing Books: Where Are They Now?

Missing Books: Where Are They Now?

* This post was inspired by Maryse and her blog post.

Reading Maryse's blog post made me realise that over the years I've curated a list of novels I've found digging through Goodreads that should have released years ago but never did. The synopsis of these novels were so good that I had to list them somewhere so I could remember to check back on them later. I just need to share this list with someone!
Fearless Fighter By Harlow Grace

I came upon this book while scouring Goodreads for books to read in 2015. At the time this book (I believe) had a possible release date. After a few months passed and nothing of this book actually releasing, I went searching for more information. The author's Goodreads page (as of scheduling this post) shows that she's adding friends and liking reviews as of June 2017. On her other social media though, it's a different story. Her official Facebook page's last post is of August 2015. Her Twitter page's last post is of September 2015. I sent her a Goodreads message in February of this year and haven't heard back from her as of scheduling this post. I just really would love to know if this book is ever going to release because, even though so much time has passed, I would still give it a chance.
Blaze (Fireborn #2) By Mari Arden

The first book in this series was so good! I would love to get a continuation to the story, but this author seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet. Her Goodreads page has a book marked as 'currently reading' as of January 2016. The last post on her website is from November 2013. There's a quote of the unreleased second novel on her blog under the 'Fireborn Series' tab, but no release date, update, or new information. Her Twitter page hasn't been updated since November 2013. Her Facebook page hasn't been updated since September 2015, BUT I found a comment asking about the second book to the Fireborn series and a reply from the author:

So, if I'm being optimistic, as of July 2015 she was still working on this book. I just wish she would give a more in depth update as to how it's coming along and if it'll ever release. I've reached out to the author via Facebook and haven't heard back as of scheduling this post.

Update: The author has responded to my message and has said that she still plans to release this novel. She's going through some personal matters at the moment. That's the reason this book has been delayed.
Rocked Out (Rocked #2) By Cora Hawkes

This novel dates back to 2013. The first novel that the author released was amazing! This novel was supposed to be released a few months later. The release date never came. Her author Facebook profile hasn't had a new post in years (2013). The comments range from 2013 to 2016 with people asking if this novel would still be released. The authors twitter hasn't been touched in years. The last update of this book is on her blog/website in the form of a post from July 2013. The comments on the post are the same (if not more rude and violent) as the ones on her Facebook page: Everyone want's an update! I've reached out to the author through her Facebook page and haven't heard back as of scheduling this post.
Nik (Band Of Brother #2) By Lyra Parish

This book was originally supposed to release a few months after the first. She stated that in a Goodreads question that she answered.

I found it strange that after she teased that the cover was gorgeous ( I vividly remember reading this somewhere), yet out of nowhere in the Goodreads synopsis the following pops up one day: "**THIS BOOK WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLISHED, I'm very sorry.**". It was updated on Feb. 28, 2017. Her last website post and Facebook post is from January of 2017. I couldn't find a justification for that quote anywhere on her official social media. I reached out to her through email a few weeks ago and have yet to hear back from her. I want to keep my hopes up, but with her disappearing from her social media, it's disheartening.
This post wasn't made with the intention to throw any author under the bus or to insight rude comments on their social media. If the author has backed out of the publishing world, that's their right and it deserves to be respected. Please be mindful of that in the comments!

If you have any news for any of the books/authors
mentioned in this post I'd love to hear it!
Feel free to tell me about it in the comments below!
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