Monday, June 30, 2014

~Top Ten Tuesday~

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  This weeks topic is Top Ten Favorite Classic Novels.  This makes me think back to my high school and college days when reading wasn't as fun as it is now.

Crime and Punishment

I loved this book.  Who doesn't love a good murder!

Great Expectations

Loved Pip.


To Kill a Mockingbird

Amazing awesome book!

Of Mice and Men

I love anything that John Steinbeck has written.

Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe

I had an English teacher who loved Edgar Allan Poe.  His stories are so dark but I really like them.

Lord of the Flies

Such a good book.  I might have to reread it this summer.

A Christmas Carol

A good Christmas book.  My kids and I always read this around the holidays.

Jane Eyre

I love reading this book.  I have it in every edition.

1984

Chilling!


On the Road

I love Jack Kerouac.  His books are not the easiest to read but entertaining.

I am sure I could add many more to this list.  What are some of your favorites?



~Book Review-Carnival by K.B. Nelson~

Carnival

Carnival
K.B. Nelson

Charlie should be packing her bags for college, but the life ahead of her isn’t one she’s certain she wants. Maybe that’s what led her to sleep with a perfect stranger at the county fair. Finding out he was a carnie was like winning the bonus round of the world’s worst game.

Blue grew up in the carnival, never staying anywhere long enough to call home. He never thought of himself as the type to seduce a local, let alone fall in love with one, but his impulsiveness got the better of him this time. He should go where the carnival takes him, but for the first time he’s not sure if he wants to follow.

When he makes the decision to stick around, Charlie eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole; into a world with no regard for consequences or regret. Most of all, he shows her that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling they can create and share. For a price. Because the higher the roller coaster goes, the faster it all comes crashing down.



4/5 STARS


My thoughts:  Wow, what an emotional roller coaster ride.  This book started out fast, with hot and steamy scenes.  A very good book that did not go in the direction that I thought.  Charlie is just a small town girl with big dreams but is afraid to act on them since the divorce of her parents.  With her best friend leaving for college and her ex-boyfriend still in love with her, she is at a crossroads in her life and feels like she doesn't belong anywhere.  Enter Blue, the hot young carnie with whom she has an instant attraction to.

After their scandalous night together, Charlie is sure she will never see Blue again.  Much to her surprise, Blue decides to stick around.  Can a relationship be based solely on sex and lies survive, or is there more to this couple?  What price will they pay to stay together?

I really liked this book.  I was so confused by the flow of the book at times but everything fit together at the end.  There were so many secrets and lies between these two that I figured there was no way they could stay together, especially with the interference of Charlies ex-boyfriend.  

This book is a New Adult Book for mature readers.  It has numerous references to sexual situations, language and mild drug use.

I received this book for free from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.  This in no way influenced the content of my review.


~Books For Review~

I received some pretty awesome books this week for review!

Amity

For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Inspired by a true-crime story of supernatural happenings and gory murders, Amity spans two generations and beyond to weave an overlapping, interconnected tale of terror, insanity, danger, and death.

I am thrilled to receive this book!  I can't wait to read it!

Carnival

Charlie should be packing her bags for college, but the life ahead of her isn’t one she’s certain she wants. Maybe that’s what led her to sleep with a perfect stranger at the county fair. Finding out he was a carnie was like winning the bonus round of the world’s worst game.

Blue grew up in the carnival, never staying anywhere long enough to call home. He never thought of himself as the type to seduce a local, let alone fall in love with one, but his impulsiveness got the better of him this time. He should go where the carnival takes him, but for the first time he’s not sure if he wants to follow.

When he makes the decision to stick around, Charlie eagerly follows him down the rabbit hole; into a world with no regard for consequences or regret. Most of all, he shows her that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling they can create and share. For a price. Because the higher the roller coaster goes, the faster it all comes crashing down.

The Competition (Rachel Knight, #4)

In Marcia Clark's most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles DA Rachel Knight investigates a diabolical high school massacre.

A Columbine-style massacre at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide. But in the aftermath of the shooting, as LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller dig deeper, they realize that the pieces don't add up. Could it be that the two "killers" were themselves victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose? When someone starts dropping clues that another horrific crime is in the works, Rachel and Bailey scramble desperately to profile their suspect and prevent another killing--before it's too late.

Homecoming

Ariane Michaelson is always the quiet girl in the room, the one that her kooky mother and three sisters lovingly call the wallflower. After graduating from college she finds it more than a little difficult to find the graphic design job of her dream...or any job, really. She’s more than given up on painting, and a terrible run-in with her twin sister’s fiancé makes each day harder to keep a life altering secret.

Liam Ashdown was just the moody small town nobody, with one friend and a busted pickup—until he moved to LA. Spotted by famous actor and producer Michael Jennings during a late night shift at the bar, Liam is transformed seemingly overnight into Tinsel Town’s hottest bad boy. The life Liam once knew is turned upside down with models and mayhem...and there isn’t much down time in-between. 

The only thing that keeps him sane is the paintings. Beautiful ocean portraits that remind him of home, painted years ago by some friend of a friend. 

What he wouldn’t give to know her. To tell her that her art saves him everyday.

The engagement of his childhood friend, Todd, brings him back home to Craryville, to deal with a drug-addicted mother and an ailing grandmother. But it also brings him hope—somewhere in the bridal party is the woman who has been his calm and respite in the storm of fame.

The only question is, can she save him?

Very good week at Oh, The Books You'll Read!
Happy Reading!



Sunday, June 29, 2014

~Favorite June Read~

I did not have to think about this long.  I actually have TWO favorite books that I read in the month of June.   

Rule (Marked Men, #1)

Rule
Jay Crownover

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters 

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want--and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

Who doesn't love the story of the tattooed bad boy who falls in love with the good girl!  This book was amazing. 

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1; Rosemary Beach, #1)

Fallen Too Far
Abbi Glines

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

Why have I never read a book by Abbi Glines!?!  I have all of her books on my Kindle and kept putting off reading them.  This is also a story of the bad boy who falls in love with the good girl.  I see a pattern here with my books.  

Have you read either of the books I have chosen?  Comment and let me know some of your favorite June reads.

~What I Read~

This is a list of books that I read during the week of  June 22 - June 29.  Click on the books and you will be taken to the Goodreads page.

Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)

Reason To Breathe (Breathing #1)
Rebecca Donovan

This book has been in my TBR pile forever.  I hate myself for not reading it sooner.  This book was amazing.  I actually finished it in one day.  A wonderful, thrilling story that I could not put down.  Evan Mathews is my new book boyfriend!  I can't wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. 

Armed and Outrageous

Armed and Outrageous 
Madison Johns

This is a cozy mystery book.  I usually don't read this genre but I liked the cover.  The sleuth in this book was a hilarious, elderly senior citizen who solved the crime and saved the day.  A good four star read.

Still Missing
Still Missing
Chevy Stevens

A quick mystery read.  It will keep you guessing til the end and make you wonder why some people make the decisions that they do.

Unbreakable (Unbreakable, #1)

Unbreakable
Rebecca Shea

I did not like this book at all.  I read half of it before I said, enough!  It was hard to follow the story line.  Some things that happened were not explained clearly.  I could not finish it.  I know I am the minority here because a lot of Goodreads reviewers loved it.  Not me!  I gave it a one star DNF.

That is the books that I read this week.  I look forward to many more exciting books next week.  Happy Reading!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

~Free Today On Amazon~

I just wanted to share a few books that I picked up for free today on Amazon!












Happy Reading!

~Back to the Blogger~




I have recently experienced, what I call, Blogger Burnout.  I have still been reading a lot but between work and family and life, I have not had any time to enjoy blogging.  My reading habits have also changed.  I still love reading YA and NA but I have branched out into new genres as well.  I have always enjoyed a cozy mystery every now and then.

I am now reading Armed and Outrageous (Agnes Batron Senior Sleuth Mystery #1).

Armed and Outrageous
I am also reading Innocence Lost by Carlton Stowers.  I never read true crime.  I enjoy fiction so much more than real life.  This story caught my attention because it happened the same year that I graduated from high school.  It is just a sad senseless crime.  

Innocence Lost

That is all for today.  I have downloading a bunch of books on my Kindle and plan on spending my free time this summer reading.  I look forward to sharing!  Happy reading!