Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - How to Lose a Bachelor

How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks

"Now he seemed to languish in the spotlight like a fly on a pile of crap."

"For God’s sake, she’d done everything else in her power to humiliate him, but her intentions were never to kill the idiot."

"Why are my testicles always in danger on this show?"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review - How to Lose a Bachelor

How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

This book was a lot of fun. I don’t normally watch Bachelor type shows but the whole concept/structure in a book is a lot of fun. I really liked the humor in the story and how relatable all of the characters are.

Rochelle and Grant have some crazy chemistry and I love how far she took the whole revenge bits. I like that you slowly learn their history and get both sides of the story. Dual perspective shows you how crazy the whole situation is.

It has a great behind the scenes aspect to it all that makes for a quick and fun read. There’s plenty of manipulation on both sides and you’ll wonder what’s going to happen next. Plus though you pretty much know how it’s going to end, it’s a heck of an entertaining ride getting there.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - How to Lose a Bachelor

How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks

The first sentence from each chapter of How to Lose a Bachelor, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Rochelle Ransom hadn’t worn a dress like this since… actually, she’d never worn a dress like this.”

“They had instructed Grant to smile at each and every bachelorette in the room, at least long enough to give the camera a slight reaction.”

“How many times can Grant Drake ruin my life?”

“Grant shut the door behind him and strode to Richie’s extravagant mahogany desk.”

“Rochelle placed her empty suitcase in the walk-in closet she now shared with Maya.”

“Grant placed his palms flat on Richie’s desk and stared down at the man whose fault this was.”

“Even as the plane began its glide down the runway, Rochelle’s stomach tied itself into about eighteen different knots of hysteria.”

“Grant waited in the lavish courtyard outside the mansion.”

“Rochelle cursed under her breath as she assessed herself in the mirror.”

“Tonight’s Friendship Ceremony would be easy for Grant.”

“Rochelle couldn’t help but feel that she was in an endless beauty pageant where all the contestants were lined up on stage for inspection for days on end, expected to present themselves with an unwavering smile and sucked-in gut.”

“Grant groaned, carefully pulling the ice pack from the crotch of his boxers and placing it on the nightstand beside his bed.”

“When Grant handed Amber the bouquet of sweet peas at the Friendship Ceremony, Rochelle had to quash the urge to fling herself at him and finish the job she’d started in the gym.”

“Grant waited in the chef-level kitchen of the mansion.”

Grant is in an irritatingly good mood tonight, Rochelle thought to herself as she set to mashing up the baked sweet potatoes.”

“Progress had been made, Grant was sure of it.”

“Rochelle made her way down to the makeup studio set up in one of the many living rooms of the mansion.”

“This was the week Grant had been dreading.”

“Rochelle let herself into Richie’s office unannounced.”

“Grant settled into his first class seat, unable to appreciate the fact that he had the entire row to himself for the duration of the flight.”

“As the limo came to a stop on Main Street, Rochelle could hardly believe her eyes. Her wholesome hometown had turned into a commercial oasis.”

“He couldn’t take his eyes off her sitting across the dinner table, and not just because she’d kissed him earlier.”

Breakfast with the Drakes was nothing less than painful.”

“Grant shut the door to Richie’s office and took a seat in front of his desk.”

“Maya burst through their bedroom door, breathless.”

“A single gold-plated rose rested on the pedestal on the veranda.”

“Rochelle settled on her couch in her robe and slippers and cradled a fresh pint of Ben & Jerry’s while fumbling for the remote control.”

“Grant’s jaw dropped as Cassandra strode over to him and placed a gentle kiss on his cheek.”

“When the show suddenly cut off and went to commercial, Rochelle jumped from the couch, knocking her ice cream onto the floor.”

“Grant lay on the bottom cot of the cell, arms tucked behind his head.”

“Chris leaned against the wall in the hall of the hospital, arms crossed.”

Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekend Read - How to Lose a Bachelor

This book is hilarious so far, I love both of the characters and seeing what crazy thing they’ll do next.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Question of the Day - Do you play Pokémon GO?

I like a lot of other people of course remember Pokémon from the cartoon and the video games. I really never stopped playing the games so I was very happy the day Pokémon GO was released. It’s fun and I do find a lot more excuses to walk around a lot more then I used to. I'm Team Mystic/I live across the street from a Pokestop/there's a gym and three Pokestops at my work so it really has been a really fun week or so.

Here are some of my favorites I’ve found or evolved so far:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reread-tastic - aka Books I love to read over and over and over again

I adore this series. I discovered it in high school and continue to read these three books and the other books in the series over and over. The world building and characters just draw me back time after time. I even find myself skipping the bad guy chapters and just reading my favorite parts too. This is the kind of series where I want to know everything about these characters and would read books about them and their world forever. It's the kind of series that really lets you imagine being as Ariel from the Little Mermaid would say, "part of that world."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Weekend Read - This Savage Song

This book is fantastic so far and has me really curious about this world. Schwab always has fantastical worlds and characters so I can’t wait to find out more about this one.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review - Song of the Deep

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings

* Received from the publisher for review

4 gnomes out of  5 gnomes

Now this, this is a fun Middle Grade read. It kind of reads like a twist between a fairy tale and a fable.

Merryn is a great character and I love how strong she is, this girl knows how to get things done. Her father goes missing and she knows she has to save him. I like how her inventing skills save the day and how the whole submarine comes together.

She finds out that her father’s stories might be a lot more real than she imagined. There are a lot of fantastical aspects to it all but that’s where the fun and adventure really begins.

The illustrations really help the story shine, they kind of give the book an old-timey type of feeling. All these fantastical creatures and the environment make it so you never know what’s going to happen next.

This story is full of exciting characters and adventures and I know I can’t wait to play the video game that’s based on this book. The ending is strong and will make you want to explore more of this world.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - Song of the Deep

Song of the Deep by Brian Hastings

The first sentence from each chapter of Song of the Deep, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Received from the publisher for review

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

The first light of morning is seeping through my seashell curtains.”

When I wake up, my father is already gone.”

I hurry down the cliff steps, leaping the gap without breaking my stride.”

The seafloor bends downward in front of me.”

I can no longer see the surface of the water above me.”

The glowing green eyes stare back at me amid glints of metallic gold.”

We travel down through the rocky tunnel until it opens up into a huge undersea cavern.”

I race up out of the tunnel and lean into a roll, spinning the sub upside down and out of the way as the torpedo flies past me toward the distant surface of the water.”

Swish and I continue to sail west.”

The wreckage of Skeleton Reef flies by me on either side as the current pulls me down past the twisted remains of ships and along a winding sandy riverbed.”

The gray stone walls of the tunnel fly by in a seemingly unending blur.”

The fissure extends downward, hundreds of feet below the seafloor.”

Working as fast as I can, I hammer each piece of scrap metal into shape.”

I’m enveloped in blackness now, except for the glimmer of yellow-orange glowkelp bulbs along the wall of the trench, their lights streaking by me like shooting stars.”

Wake up, Dandelion,” my father calls to me.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

* Read via NetGalley for review

 “Just one sip,” he says. “If you don’t, it won’t be a toast. It’ll just be a burn piece of bread.”

“Technically true. But the thing about possibilities: There are some you want much more than others. Or only one you want much more than everything else.”

“The moral,” she says, “in case you haven’t come to it yourself, is that sometimes it’s enough just to put something out into the world.”

“I don’t even buy the potato chips for my own parties, so I can’t begin to know how to answer that question.”

“He puts down the tennis racket, as if doing this suddenly makes him serious. He’s looking at me like I’m a pet that’s gone feral.

And, fuck it, maybe I am.”

“Because I don’t want to be your wingman—I want to be your goddamn copilot.”

“Most lives are long, and most pain is short.”

“No,” he says again. “That’s your future self talking. Your grown-up, dumb-fuck self.”

“I don’t want to be a calendar if I’ll never get a date.”

“No way,” Katie said. “We’re a tricycle, and a tricycle goes nowhere without all three wheels.”

“We are no longer what we were. We are now what we’re going to be.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review - You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

* Read via NetGalley for review

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

This book was so good and it really makes you feel for the characters.

I like that the characters are open about their sexuality and how relatable their problems are. The first meeting of the two main characters is one of the funniest I’ve read in quite a while. That scene also made me think what an awesome potential movie this could be. It all just feels really thematic/is full of great visuals.

It’s awesome how Mark and Kate hit it off right away, it’s like they’ve each found their best friend soul mate.

Their relationships were well done/juicily complicated. The Mark/Ryan bits were cringey but also felt truthful and did make you feel bad for them. Kate’s potential relationship with Violet felt a bit stalker-y/weird at first but then it started to grow on me. I was never sure why Kate was friends with her best friend (they didn’t seem compatible at all.) How everything works out though is well worth reading.

The dialogue is strong and there are plenty of quotable quotes. The whole story takes place during Pride week and the whole atmosphere feels like another character in the story and really brings the book to life.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - You Know Me Well

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

The first sentence from each chapter of You Know Me Well, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Read via NetGalley for review
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
“Right now, my parents think I’m sleeping on the couch at my best friend Ryan’s house, safely tucked into a suburban silence.”

“Tell me about her again,” I say.”

“Someone is pulling me back to the bar.”

“A tulip, a dahlia, a freesia, a rose.”

“It takes a day for it to hit.”

“When we were little kids, Lehna and I painted a mural in my garage.”

“When I find Katie after school, she looks completely freaked out.”

“She’s smiling her amazing smile, right here, right in front of me, not in a photograph, not on a screen, but here.”

“It feels great for about three seconds.”

“Now there are two of us at a table set for three.”

“I take the train back from the city and walk from the station to Ryan’s house.”

“I wake suddenly—warm summer light through my window—and check my phone.”

“I don’t want her to go.”

“I find him on the sidewalk, exactly where his text said he would be.”

“Do you think it’s him?”

“I can’t find the mirrors.”

“Five nights ago, Katie and I were wandering around a crowded mansion and I felt more lost than I ever had in my life.”

“It’s a normal Thursday morning in my kitchen.”

I dare you.

“Making my way toward Lehna at lunch, I feel the closest I’ve ever felt to being one of those lonely freshmen in the first days of school.”

“We walked through the future and felt we were borrowing it.”

“You’re here!”