Wednesday, June 27

Hey You All!!!!

Well, its been quite sometime since I updated this blog!  I haven't spent much of the last 6 months even reading, which has been a drag!  

However, I just wanted to update this.  I am going to start reading again, even if its slowly. I may not read as many books as I used too but I miss reading and I really used to enjoy it.   I will post some new reviews soon.  I'm not sure if anyone will even still read this, as I feel like I've been out of the reading/blogging world for a while now.   And I sure do miss it!!!

I also feel like I've missed out on so many books that have been released that I knew I would love to read!!! I miss my contemps and I feel like I'm out of the loop of great ones now! HAHA

Is anyone still out there?  I'm not sure if anyone misses me but I miss you all!!!!   

Wednesday, March 7

2018 DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE AND BOOKS READ

2018 Debut Author Challenge

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Thursday, September 14

Where Have I Been?

Where Have I Been?  Am I still alive?  Does anyone even read this anymore?  

I'm still alive!  Princess Bookie Here!!! 

So, I've been missing a lot from the internet lately.  I haven't been reading, blogging, or doing much of anything really.  Been watching a lot of saved tv shows on the tivo trying to get caught up for fall tv to begin.  And collecting pop vinyls! 

Thats about all I've been doing really.  

The past year or so I think I've just been in this dark deep hole I couldn't get out of.  Reading slump.  Life gets in the way.  Trying to be optimistic.  

I guess.

Since my mom passed away, I've took it pretty hard.  Few months ago, I dealt with a broken tooth. (had to get a crown) that was pretty anxiety ridden.  The past 6 months or so have been rough in my personal life.   Been dealing with medical issues. Been dealing with personal obstacles. Haven't felt very good. Emotionally and physically.

I'm back.  I've set some goals for myself so hopefully you'll see some reviews soon.

Is anyone still around? Anyone out there? Please say HI if so, so I know I'm not all alone in this blogging world still!!!

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Tuesday, September 5

Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Balzer And Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  432


Summary: Set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world.


Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.


But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.


The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced


My Thoughts:  I haven’t been reading as much lately so I needed a book to get me back into the game and out of this slump.  This one seemed to do the job. I want to read again!


We are introduced to Kamzin and her sister Lusha. Both sisters are so different yet they share a bond even if a little estranged at times.


A boy comes to town named River Shara to find a girl to take him on an expedition through a deadly mountain and he thought he had chosen the right girl until he meets Kamzin.  He’s on the hunt for a sacred treasure and it’s up to him to find it.


Honestly, I feel like if I tell you too much of the plot, I’ll ruin the story completely.  I especially liked when the two meant each other! HA! This one has so much going on, I never knew what was going to happen next. Thats a good thing.


I liked all the characters it seemed. I liked him, but I also liked Kamzin. I also liked her best friend.  I even liked the not so good guys. This one was just a fun read. I always felt like I was right there with them exploring and seeing new things.  And I really liked how things turned out.


Overall:  I really enjoyed this one. I liked the setting a lot too. I liked feeling like I was in the tent with them, or going up the mountain. Or through the woods.  I really enjoyed this one!  Great characters and great plot!


Cover:  Like it! Its got a kind of mysterious feel to it. Pretty.

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Tuesday, July 25

Lucky In Love by Kasie West

Lucky In Love by Kasie West
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Point   
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352


Summary: In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.


Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --


She wins!


In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.


Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.


My Thoughts:  Kasie West is one of my all time favorite authors so when I was given the chance to read this I jumped on it! It was one of my most wanted books of the year of course!


We are introduced to Maddie who has always put her best effort forward. She goes after what she wants even though she’s a bit shy. She is motivated yet she isn’t very social. Well, except for her small group of friends.  She also loves working around animals and works at a zoo.  She loves her job and it doesn't hurt there's a cute boy who also works there.


Things go crazy when Maddie’s birthday doesn’t go as planned. She treats herself to a little gift and she ends up with a huge surprise!!!!


I really enjoyed the concept of this one.  If you were put in the situation you wouldn’t really know how you’d act.  I always think I’d spoil my family, give back to the ones not so fortunate and live life more fully and open.


I also loved the romance in this one! So sweet!! I think I loved most how she worked at a zoo and a lot of the small conversations with a certain boy took place there.  


Overall:  I enjoyed this one! I don’t think it was my favorite West book but it still fits into one of my favorite all time books. It was a cute story with a bit deeper lesson. Add some romance, friends, family and you have a great combination.


Cover: Love it!!! I’d definitely pick this up if I saw it in a bookstore! Super cute!


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