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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Rather Ramblesome Post

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Brr.....winter is really starting to set in here in NE...fun winter fact: We are currently in a "coldhouse" phase.  So basically the earth has natural "greenhouse" and "coldhouse" cycles, and according to a research study, earth is currently in the cold phase.

I know I haven't been very productive lately, at least in regards to posting book reviews (almost done with a book though!)  ButI felt like now would be a good time to sort out my mind a bit...so this might be a rather ramblesome post (and yes I did just make up that word--along with "normallyier" a few hours ago...and I tried to spell "turn" as "tearn" just 10 minutes ago when writing my essay...lol, can you tell it has been a long day?)  

It seems as if every year is going by faster and faster, and as I'm here typing this, I can't help but realize there's so much I want to do! I was cleaning my room the other day and found a "Bucket List" I made in middle school--6th grade to be exact--and as I sat down on my bed and began to read it (there was 100 things listed, fyi) I was immediately transported back in time.  I couldn't help but laugh at some of my goals (open a summer camp--more specifically, a marine biology summer camp--boy have I changed since!) , others I proudly crossed out (run a half marathon), and still even more remain (visit Europe), urging me to hurry up and start living and just complete this task, will ya? 

And anyways, now I sit here typing, wondering where will I end up in 5 years? 10? Where will I live? What job will I have?  Will I have a family?  It seems as if winter (or rainy days or windy days or weather that generally discourages any sane person from going outside) seems to be my prime time for pondering such thoughts.

Well, it's been quite a crazy week for me (SAT in a couple of weeks--eep!  I've been practicing those timed essays, but man, they still unnerve me!) so I think I will sign off here. 

What goals do you have on your bucket list? Have you made up any words before?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Giveaway + Spotlight: Hurricane Butterfly



Genre: New Adult Romance

About the Book:

Twenty-year-old Sophie Blake, is trying her best to get her life back after a horrific dog attack ten months ago. However, this proves to be more difficult than she anticipated. With the help of her best friend Ben Slone, it seems as if she’s making progress, but the truth is that she can feel herself sinking deeper into a black hole…until a tall dark stranger comes knocking, looking for Ben.

Joshua Roxwell has been drowning his demons with Whiskey and woman in an attempt to deal with his guilt after the tragic death of his sister. When he finds an envelope addressed to Ben Slone, written by his sister before her death, he decides to track him down. Instead of resolving their differences, he meets the one girl who silences his demons…but redemption comes at a price.

This is a story of heartache, friendship and love, with a wicked twist…



About the Author:
Author of the soon to be released new adult novel Hurricane Butterfly.
Daydreaming about ideas for my next book. Baking treats that's no good for the hips. I love thunderstorms, rainy days, sweet tea and spending time with my wonderful hubby and two boys.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: Deepest Blues


Title: Deepest Blues

Author: Heidi Hutchinson

Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Reviewer: Aly

Book Blurb: 
Mike Osborn woke up in a hospital in Germany three years ago. He was breathing. They had saved him.Double Blind Study has been through every rock and roll cliché ever contrived. When their drummer nearly dies from a drug overdose, everything changes. Life is important again. Living is important again.
No one knows that better than Mike. So why does he feel like even though he's breathing and he's happy, his heart isn't beating the way it should be? Maybe it never did.
When Mike meets Clarke Matthews for the first time, he knows he should stay away from her. He knows too much about her and what she's been through. But for the first time, his heart has found another with a rhythm that matches his own. Every beat explodes a beam of light to illuminate his darkness.

Review:
Finally! We get Mike’s story! I’ve been waiting for this forever! Okay, while maybe a few months? But still, it’s been a while.

I loved the look at addiction we get through Mike’s perspective. I’ve never really thought extensively on addiction but when I have I’ve never seen it in that way. It was interesting and eye opening. I enjoyed this new outlook. It really opened my eyes. 

Like the previous books in the Double Blind Study, we get to view scenes that we’ve already seen in previous books. Now this does not mean they’re repetitive or boring. These scenes are told from another person’s perspective and adds another viewpoint to see this moment and how it affected the characters. I loved that! It gave an entirely new view of Shane and Greta’s first meeting as just one example. 

Then the struggles that both characters faced are huge. I really did not think that they would be able to bounce back and work through that. But again, I was proven wrong. Even though Clarke had good reason to hate Mike she honestly worked through her feelings and bounced back better than I thought she could. And Mike while struggling doesn’t go back to what he knows. It was wonderful to not necessarily see them struggle but to come through those struggles better for it. It gives hope that things can get so much better during difficult periods.

I also have to admit that as usual I loved the other characters, although Lia was a particular favorite. I just enjoyed her no nonsense attitude and her ability to stand up for herself. 

It was great to see everyone get their happy endings and I’m looking forward to seeing Harrison get his. Whoever he ends up with is really lucky as he seems such a sweetheart. 

Rating:

If you haven’t already read any of the Double Blind Study series and you like your rock star romances, then definitely give this series and book a chance! You won’t regret it!