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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Tuesday, July 18

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Release Date: July 18, 2017  
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Summary:  Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

My Thoughts: When I saw the summary of this one, I figured it was right up my alley! Sounded interested and a fun light read.

We are introduced to Quinn who is working a medieval themed restaurant and it’s a real riot. It's a job and she needs money right now. It isn’t perfect but it's okay for her. She goes to work, does her job, and goes home and copes with the rest of her life. She is dealing with her grandmother not remembering her and being put in a nursing home. She has a tough life.

It gets even more tough when a new hire comes along. His name is Wesley and Quinn has quite the past with him. She basically hates his guts and doesn’t want anything to do with him because of their past.

I really liked seeing these two quarrel.  I really wanted to support Quinn and hate him from the get go, but I just couldn’t. All I could see was this sweet boy who was trying.  

I liked the way things went along and I liked seeing their interactions. I really did like the characters for the most part but I did just have a hard time really connecting with them for some reason.

I’m glad I read this one even though I did have some issues with following along with the story! However, I did like the different pranks going on!

Overall: I liked this one but maybe a little less than I thought I would. It was still a fast light read and I did like certain parts more than others. I’d still recommend it, it probably just isn’t my top read of the year! But you also have to remember, contemps are my cup of tea!! So I read a lot of them!

Cover:  Love it! Love how fun and cute it looks.

What I’d Give It:

Tuesday, April 11

Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 4, 2017  
Publisher: BloomsburyUSA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400

Summary:  Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts:  This one will probably have to be a shorter review from me. I may cry the whole time writing it. I basically cried most of the time reading it.  

We are introduced to Juliet who lost her mother. She visits the cemetery and leaves her mom a note. Because she always wrote her mom notes. She’s dealing with her death the best way she knows possible.  But when someone responds to the note, it's a whirlwind of emotions for Juliet. That was a private note, why would anyone even write back?

We also meet a boy named Declan who is a loner. He’s a good guy, but doesn’t have the best past. People are afraid of him.  I fell for him from the start. He was such a good character and I just knew he had a big heart.

They start to communicate back and forth. They have both been through so much.

This story is so raw and beautiful. But if you’ve lost a parent I do believe it makes it just so much more emotional. I’ve lost both parents now. And its rough. I could feel everything Juliet was feeling. I could see the pain. I could feel the pain.

Overall: If you like contemps, this one should be on your read list this year. It was addicting and beautiful, yet it made me cry. It made me happy seeing how much they start to care for each-other, but it’s also heartbreaking to see Juliet go through everything she has.  Add this to your TBR now!!!! I’d definitely give this one 5 cupcakes!

Cover:  Honestly, I probably would pick this one up once I read the back. I just don’t think the cover gives it justice!!!!

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