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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Look #166: Fighting Solitude By Aly Martinez

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

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

This Week:
Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3)
By Aly Martinez
Book Look: Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3) By Aly Martinez
For my previous Book Looks click here!

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Ramblings: Perfectionism Vs. Lending/Borrowing Books

Perfectionism Vs. Lending/Borrowing Books

I'm a perfectionist. When you add my books into the mix I get very nitpicky about everything you can possibly imagine. I wasn't always like this. It started about the same time I started using my money to buy my own books. All of a sudden I knew what a hardcover was worth and I wasn't about to trust just anyone with my 'investment'. 

In the last few years I've learned that books and audiobooks can get expensive VERY fast. I learned that the hard way and I don't intend to let people touch and treat them willy nilly. I'm very particular about the way my books look and I'm one of those people, when given the opportunity to buy a physical book from an actual store (not online), I will go through all of them and pick out the physically most perfect book out of them all. In the long term it gets very annoying and time consuming, but I don't have any control over it.

I'm not in the business of lending my books to my friends or borrowing their books (even if they read english novels). Most of my friends aren't into taking as much care of books as I do and I'd have nightmares of getting my book back and I find that almost every page has been dog-eared. If I ever borrow a book (which I haven't for years and this also applies to anything I borrow from anyone) I obligate myself to take such good care of it that it becomes a pain actually reading it.

In conclusion, I don't like borrowing anything from anybody and I would be happy to not lend my books to anyone as well.

Are you a perfectionist when your books are concerned?
Do you consider them an 'investment'?
Tell me in the comments below!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Cursed By Jessica Sorensen

They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

(Cursed #1)
By Jessica Sorensen

Beautiful, popular, talented, and wealthy, Remi and her three best friends have always lived seemingly perfect lives.

But at exactly midnight on the day when the youngest of her friends turns seventeen, Remi discovers nothing about her life, and her friend’s lives is what it seems.

Beneath their beauty resides a deadly darkness tied to paranormal bloodlines.

Remi is now cursed with reaper powers and fights daily not to steal souls. And it doesn't help that she's drawn to Cameron, a sexy, charming, yet dangerous Grim Reaper.

Will she give into the evil or will she manage to find good in her curse?

A YA Paranormal series about four girls who kick butt saving lives.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Save Me By Logan Chance

Save Me
(Sex Me #3)
By Logan Chance

A friends to lovers romance.

Life changes us all. But, not as much as the military. Ryan Wagner is fresh out of the service, and trying his hardest to settle into his life in Miami.

The only souvenir from his time spent overseas is a shoulder injury which brings him closer to his best friend.

Lizzy ‘Lizard’ Packer hasn’t seen Ryan since he left for boot camp. The boy who left is nothing compared to the man who has returned.

As a physical therapist, Lizzy gets to rub her hands all over his strong arms.
It’s just a friendship.

A friendship she’s cherished since she was a little girl.

But, when the lines blur and then become nonexistent, will she be able to keep her feelings at bay?

What happens when life throws you a curve ball, and nothing is as it seems?

Sometimes you never truly see someone until it’s too late.

For others, sometimes seeing someone is all it takes.

But for these two, sometimes seeing is just an illusion that one day fades.

Follow along as these two try to help each other seek the answers they’re both searching for.
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My Review:

This was a very enjoyable book to read. Lately I've been a sucker for military novels and the fact that it ended up with a character having a disability made me love it even more. The disability makes it so the author has to get more creative with how scenes are experienced and that gives the book a whole new dimension. 

I liked Ryan. He's been hardened by war for serving in the US military and just because of that he has my respect. This book, through Ryan, wants to shine a light on the struggles of ex-marines who attained injuries during battle. Apparently the statistics are rather high and awareness needs to be brought to this subject. Anyone who has served deserves my respect and, if injured, to get the help he/she deserves after protecting any country.

Lizzy was very cute and nerdy. I adored seeing her geek out over stars and her telescope. It made it all the more realistic. I also loved that this story was about friends turned lovers. It made the romance that much more believable. 

The only thing that I disliked about this book was the transition between Ryan pushing Lizzy away and her convincing him that they could give being a couple a try. It felt too cut and dry. Overall this novel was beautiful and the quotes between chapters were adorable. The ending was sweet, but heart wrenching. 

My Favorite Quotes:

"My mind fights. My heart is in a battle of a lifetime. And my soul is nowhere near peace."

"Trying to be strong, and being strong, are two separate things."

"Life is a crapshoot, and you never know the hand you'll be dealt until it happens and you're left dealing with it all."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to the Top Ten Tuesday meme!!

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

This post doesn't go with this week's topic because I particularly hate the beach and being in the sun. The majority of the books I read are not fluffy or cutesy summer/beach reads, so it's difficult to recommend a book in a genre that I don't typically read. So this week's topic is a few years old:

Top Ten Childhood Favorites

* Book titles are linked to Goodreads.

I usually found my books in used book stores in my childhood. There wasn't a particular reason for it. My mom loved thrifting at the time and there were a wide selection of books and I couldn't pass them up. This lead me to find very old and torn up copies of this series and it just stuck. I ended up ordering most of the collection online and am proud to say that I own most of the collection in paperback.

This book holds a very vivid memory for me. It was the first book that I bought that my mom told me that I wouldn't read. I ended up proving her wrong and the book was awesome. 

I got the two books in this series from a Scholastic catalog when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. I remember laughing my butt off. It's a cute enemies turned friends story.

4. Goosebumps series in general

In the 5th or 6th grade a guy in my class got me into these books. We eventually started passing them between us (because I had a few that he didn't and vise versa). We used to have long discussions about the stories. I have very good memories of this series.

I believe this is the first and only high fantasy middle grade book series I've read. From what I remember as a child, it was mind blowing. If you're into these types of books, I'd recommend this.

I think this is where my particular flavor of humor started. This is a very funny, and somethings very sarcastic rendition of the character's life. Her rants and tangents are hilarious. I need to read this series again.

After the Mary-Kate & Ashley adventure's series I found this one. I will say these books have more depth to them than the aforementioned ones. I didn't get the full series, because I was getting them through used book places and at the time I didn't rationalize that there was a specific order or series to them. The few I read I loved.

These made me lose so many hours of sleep. I loved reading them, but I would only read them at night. You can imagine how grumpy I was waking up at 7 A.M. to get to school on time. 
Making this list made me realize that as a kid I was mostly into horror and mystery books. That's very surprising considering how I can't stand it nowadays. I don't know if this makes a normal kid or a messed up one...

Were you a horror and mystery buff as a kid?
Let me know in the comments below!
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