Saturday, January 2, 2016

December Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. A few years I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

Hit my 80 books in a year goal at the very last minute. Three books in the last two days. Hoping to have better luck reading next year.


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Or The Rainbow Book as my husband and kid now call it. They think it's all about rainbows. Boys! But what this books is about is not just one thing. It's many things. And it's magical. Rainbow does a great job of blending real world with a what-if world we all think about sometimes. It makes you think and wonder and appreciate everything you have.

How To Lose A Bachelor by Anna Bank

Rochelle was such a fun lead. I loved watching her make Grant squirm. The two had great chemistry which always makes for a great read. 

I Love Him, I Love Him Not by Ella Martin

Sweet followup to Will The Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up. I love books that are set in the same world with different main characters. And always fun to see the characters from the previous book.

Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox

Short, fun holiday read. 

Yours at Midnight by Robin Belman

Another short, fun read but I really enjoyed this one. A lot. I couldn't wait to see the characters get together.


Monday, December 21, 2015

November Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

November was a much better month.


The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.

It's been 7 years since I originally read this series. I remember laying on my little boys floor reading while he played and staying up until all hours of the morning devouring each book. I read all four in four days. Since I've been in a book slump lately I thought "hey, why not go back to an old favorite?" So I did. I read a book a day on my vacation and I'm glad I did. It was like I never left the world of Forks.


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

This was one crazy book. A friend likened it to a split between Little House on the Prairie and Stephen King. I've never read a S King novel but I can guarantee after this book I'm not sure I will! Talk about creepy! Though very intriguing. Good, spooky read.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Another re-read this month. I knew after re-watching the movies before the final Mockingjay I HAD to re-read the series. And I'm so glad I did.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Cute, fun read. Not my favorite of hers but I enjoyed reading it.

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

I love love LOVED this book! I wish everyone could read it right now! I read it when it was up on Swoon Reads for comments and critiques before it was selected a winner! Soon to be published!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

October Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

Another bad month. One. ONE! That's the number of books I read. And...it was more of a health book than anything.

Very good, informative book if you're looking into veganism.

September Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

September was a bad, bad month. I read 3 books. And one wasn't exactly a fun read.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20705722-rebound

 Rebound by Noelle August

Bunch by Noelle August

I really enjoyed this series. It's fun to see how the previous couples story goes in the next book.











I read this book after a friend recommended it. Having already done research into the animal industry before I went vegan, I knew what to expect during some of the chapters (I skimmed over those). But hearing the psychological reason behind the book was really fascinating. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

August Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

August was a GOOD book month! I struggled with reading over the summer but I think this month has fixed me. I hope it keeps up.



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22836575-99-days

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

I'm very torn with this book. While the writing is beautiful there was a lot that went on that just left me feeling....unsatisfied.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17571215-things-we-know-by-heart
Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

I'm not sure where to start...except this may be my new favorite Jessi Kirby book. Within a few pages I knew this book would be one of, if not the best book I read all year. And I knew I had to take my time with it. Until I got to the last 70 or so pages and I knew I had to rip off the band-aid and just go for it. And it left me in a puddle of tears. Recently losing someone, a family member, didn't help soften the impact this book had. On the balance of life and death. On how we need to live our lives, live each day. Jessi did a fantastic job of creating two memorable characters and a story that will stay with me through the years.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22718682-devoted
 Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu


Once I started reading Devoted, I didn't want to stop. Jennifer takes such a touchy, taboo topic and turns it into a beautifully told, relatable story. Rachel is such an amazing character. Watching her transform into a strong woman was moving. Mainly because there are girls and women out there just like her. Ones who are silenced every day. And most will never find a Lauren. A way out. They'll never find their own wild and precious life.  

A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij
 
Such a sweet, heart breaking story. I loved getting to know Em and Nick and can't wait to read more about them in Always Second Best this October.
Map To The Stars by Jen Malone

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, fast read that hooked me from the start.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045315-jesse-s-girl
Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Took me less than a day to read this book, and that included time outs to spend with my family. Once I started I didn't want to stop. There's just something about Miranda's writing and settings and characters that draws you in. Unforgettable and Unputdownable.


Friday, August 7, 2015

The World of Chameleon Blog Hop Day 4

Chameleon Releases Today!

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2
"Wow! A fast-paced, science fiction delight with fabulous action, a seamless world, and the most unique characters I've read in a long time." Elana Johnson, Author of the Possession Series.
 
The World of Chameleon
Adrium,
Adrium is the alien parasitic metal found inside the meteors. It is a compound capable of blending with its surroundings, which feeds on electricity – and given too much, the parasite (being what it is) forms a vague sort of consciousness of its own.
Being that it feeds on electricity there were two obvious options when the scientists began experimentation – Machine and human. The first attempt failed abysmally. There was too much animal in what they created and the Hound was born. After that they went in the other directions and coupled the adrium with too much machine (never a good idea).
The third attempt was with human psionic DNA. They did this because the psionic gene was introduced into the human race after the meteor showers, and while they couldn’t be certain of a connection, the lead scientist who created the Dominos was fairly sure it would synch. It took many failed attempts, but eventually domino #12 was successful, and well… the rest is Chameleon.
 
The Blurb:
When Sai's newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die.
Surviving means proving her continued existence isn't a mistake--a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid.
After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.
Available at:

Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | IndieBound

If you'd like a signed physical copy, Watermark Books has them in stock.

CELEBRATION!
We're having a blog hop, and an e-card & mega swag Rafflecopter giveaway!
The blog hop stops are noted below. Each day has a different theme and you can find out about the process, the idea, and the evolution of Chameleon, and even a bit about K.T. by visiting each blog, when their posts go live.
4-Aug 5-Aug 6-Aug 7-Aug 10-Aug
Fun facts about the book What I learned writing Chameleon Author Interviews The world of Chameleon The Evolution of Chameleon
Manuel Soto Marlo Berliner Leatrice McKinney Rebecca Enzor Patricia Lynne
J Elizabeth Hill Stacey Trombley Dawn Allen Sharon Johnston Bex Montgomery
E.L. Wicker JC Davis Suzanne van Rooyen Mandy Baxter Madelyn Dyer
Jessie Mullins Andrew Patterson Heather Rebel Jessica Therrien Carissa Taylor
Emma Adams Lady Jai Elyana Noreme Kendra Young
I’m giving away e-cards of your choice from B&N, iTunes, & Amazon – one to the value of $25, and three to the value of $10! Each prize includes a swag pack of a magnet, sticker, bookmark, postcard, and mousepad!
Just follow the options listed on the giveaway and you'll be entered!full swag pack

About the Author

Me Squared
KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.
When she's not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, and cat. No, she doesn't sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.
Note: Still searching for her Tardis
MUG

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16005219-get-even?from_search=true&search_version=service
Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
I'm not sure why more people aren't talking about this book! It's like Pretty Little Liars but it doesn't go on for 100 years (Don't get me wrong, I love PLL, but I stopped after book 8. I still adore the show). It's sassy and quirky and has a great mystery plot that I can't even begin to figure out.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15789443-something-real
 Something Real by Heather Demetrios


I wasn't so sure if I'd like this book based on the premise but once I read (and loved) I'll Meet You There I knew I had to give it a chance. And I am 100% grateful I did. I adored it. The characters and relationships were real and, though not always likeable, understandable. Chloe (Bonnie) is now one of my favorite female MCs. She's far from perfect but she's perfectly written. Her flaws are what make her so great. And I loved so much of the supporting cast; Patrick, Benny, Matt (best boyfriend EVER), Tess and Mer. Even Lexie (so much so I can't wait to read her story). It's also a book that makes you stop and take a good long look at things in our society. How real is reality TV? How much good does it do anyone compared to the damage it does we don't see. If you're on the fence about this one hop on over and give it a go! A must read.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16005224-get-dirty
Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil


Another amazing book from Gretchen McNeil! And another one that kept me on my toes.I had no idea how this series was going to end. I'm not even sure I came close. And that's what makes such an awesome thriller.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22840182-the-summer-of-chasing-mermaids?from_search=true&search_version=service
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I don't even know where to begin. I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I honestly don't know why I went in feeling that way. Maybe because it completely enveloped me. Elyse's story about voice -actual and metaphorical- really stuck with me. How she stood up for what she believed in and didn't give up. Not on herself or her friends.

Her friends - the majority of the side characters. Christian, Sebastian, Kirby, Vanessa...all incredible characters bringing their own flavor to the mix.

And the scenery - from the sea to the Pacific Northwest and all the way down to T&T, the details were amazing.

Basically the only thing I didn't love about the book was it ended.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22929537-the-devil-you-know
 The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Such a chilling read. It makes you stop and think about the people you know. Or don't. It's too hard to say anything about the book for fear of giving anything away. But I will say it is well worth a read.

Chameleon by K.T. Hanna

First a warning...this isn't a typical Mandie book. There isn't romance or kissing or even happily ever after. I just want to make readers aware of that first. I knew this going in (I was lucky enough to get an early e-book copy) and yet I still loved this book.

If you're a fan of sci-fi you'll enjoy Sai's thrilling ride as her psionic powers awaken and she trains to learn to control them. The characters she meets on her journey (humans, some with psionic powers, and Dominos (alien-parasite and psionic hybrids) help create a whole new world to get lost in.

K.T. does a great job of mixing whit, snark and sci-fi together that you can't help but enjoy this book.