Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


August 30, 2011

Review: Elemental: The First by Alexandra May

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When Rose’s parents go away on business overseas, she is left in the care of her grandmother. Ley lines, Stonehenge, and myth surround the isolated town. As Rose rekindles childhood friendships, she is drawn into a strange world where her secret gift finally gets discovered. A warrior woman from the past haunts her dreams, but the truth lies in her ancient bloodline. Excerpt from Smashwords.

I liked Elemental: The First it was filled with suspense and I was constantly trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Elemental: The First gives a lot of background information of the characters and the town. Normally, I find too much detailed information and not enough action to bore me but Alexandra had a perfect balance between the two. The ending did bug me because I was hoping that we would find out a bit more of what exactly Rose does and more about Aiden and Morgan but it ended right where the suspense was the greatest! Such a cliff hanger! I was in shock that it ended like that. It was like a TV Show finale that is split into 2 weeks and ends with your going NO I NEED MORE WHY THE HECK WOULD YOU END IT THERE ARRRG!!!

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Details:

Format: EPUB
Published: July 22, 2011
Publisher: Pauma Publishing
ISBN-10: 1463708343
ISBN-13: 978-1463708344

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August 28, 2011

Review: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

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on the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--ai ling discovers a power welling deep within her. she can reach into other people’s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams…and that’s just the beginning.

ai ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor’s palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. she must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. and then she meets chen yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance--of anything with the making of legend. Excerpt from Cindy’s website.

I really enjoyed Silver Phoenix. It was full of culture, action and romance. I liked how the romance part of the novel was minor addition to the story and didn’t overwhelm it. The action kept my attention and I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. I loved learning about the culture and myths in the story it help expand how each character thought as well as bringing depth to the story. Silver Phoenix reminded me of Mulan I was almost expecting the characters to break out in song while they were on their journey. Cindy did an amazing job at describing the landscapes and monsters that Ai Ling and Chen Yong had to defeat.

I really enjoyed Ai Ling’s character she wasn’t just some push over she took it over her own life when she needed to the most. Chen Yong’s character is what I would like to call everyone’s knight in shining armor. I would get myself into trouble just for him to come rescue me. I can’t wait to see what Ai Ling has planned for herself in Fury of the Phoenix.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.38 x 8.13 x 0.84 in
Published: January 24, 2011
ISBN - 10:0061730246
ISBN - 13:9780061730245

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August 26, 2011

Review: The Bleeders by Michaela Haze

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For Sophia Taylor, life has gotten surreal…

Sophia, Soho barmaid, woke up on her sofa with her love interest Henry Blaire by her side. He was smoking all of her cigarettes and she was BLEEDING from her head.

…Which was weird because Henry hated cheap cigarettes.

1) Sophia Taylor was only bleeding from the head because SOMEONE has pushed her down the stairs

2) That “someone” being Henry Blaire, the person smoking all of her death sticks and coincidently the man that Sophia had hired to kill the two murderers of her sister Melanie Taylor.

3) Henry was smoking all of her cigarettes BECAUSE she was bleeding.

4) The bleeding wouldn’t have been so bad if Henry wasn’t an incubus with an addiction to life-force and killing the scum of the earth to get it.

No one must ever know of the existence of daemons, it is their law. Sophia must run for her life. Excerpt from the back of the book.

Wow this is one of the darkest, sexiest, romantic novels ever. It is definitely not suitable for younger readers. The Bleeders deals with death and addictions but is dealt in a practical matter than helps the story move forward. It wasn’t just added just because; there was a perfectly good reason for it. I loved Sophia’s character. She was so complex and even if she is addicted to Henry, I didn’t find her annoying like I do with some characters. I like how the story went from present day Sophia then to Sophia telling us about her past it was a nice change of pace through the novel. The way Michaela ended the story made me go “What!! I NEED more” I can’t wait to see what is in store for The Human Herders.

If you are a fan of darker novels you will for sure enjoy The Bleeders.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 310 Pages
Publisher: Dirty Jeans Publishing
ISBN: 9781453711254

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August 24, 2011

Review: Devil. May. Care by Jolene Ballard Gutierrez

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Searching for answers, Ana meets Gabrielle, her mentor. Gabrielle teaches Ana that she's an angel and is here on Earth to help prepare for a war between good and evil.

The only problem? Ana can't always tell who's good and who's evil.

While she's learning, Ana meets the man of her dreams, Dylan. He's gorgeous, sexy, and really seems to care about Ana. Even though he's a demon, Ana's heart tells her to trust him.

Then Ana's world is shattered and she finds herself alone and afraid. As the boundaries between good and evil blur, Ana realizes she no longer knows who she can trust and who might be out to kill her. Excerpt from Goodreads.

I love the angel mythology that Jolene created in her series. Out of all the angel books I have read I felt this one expanded on the background stories of angels and the fallen angels the most interestingly. I like that Ana came right out and explained everything to her best friend Cheyenne, which normally doesn’t happen. It’s nice to see the best friend not get shafted and actually be part of the main characters supernatural life.

I found that Jolene’s writing kept my attention and ended up reading this one pretty darn fast. I was impressed with myself. I liked the characters in Devil. May. Care they were relatable and I found some characters shocked me with their actions which didn’t seem quite divine or evil enough for their respected side.

If you are a fan of Angels/Fallen Angels stories you must add Devil. May. Care to your collection.

The Rating:

4.8 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 274 pages
Published: April 28, 2011
Publisher: Indie
ISBN: 9781461062455

Buy your print copy at Creatspace or B&N, or ecopies and print copies through Amazon

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August 22, 2011

Review: Dark Matter Heart by Nathan Wrann

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A new town. A new school. A new beginning. Seventeen year-old Cordell Griffin and his mother move from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest to deal with his "allergies," and start a healthier new life. Cor has one goal: To blend in and be invisible. Unfortunately for him, no matter how far he goes, he can't run away from his secrets. Secrets about who he is. Secrets about why he's sick. And secrets about why so many people he meets end up dead, drained of blood.

In "Dark Matter Heart", the origin novel in the "Cor Griffin Bloodsuckers" Young Adult Paranormal Thriller series from filmmaker Nathan Wrann, Cor must uncover the mysteries of his past and conquer the secrets of the present in order to protect the girl of his future, and save himself. Excerpt from Goodreads.

Dark Matter Heart reminded me of one my favorite series The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. I totally enjoyed Dark Matter Heart it was a light easy read that was suspenseful and kept my attention. I like Cor’s and Taylor’s character. This was another refreshing novel that had the best friend accepting that their best friend may be a supernatural creature. I like how Nathan made it seem like you were guessing between if Cor was a vampire or just had a weird allergy to the sun. I really liked Taylor and his geekyness for science and criminology…I really have a soft spot for geeks. The suspense of the murders around town reminded me of the many murder mystery TV shows and I liked that I personally didn’t see who the murderer was and the shocking twist at the end of the story. I’m hoping that Nathan will continue Cor’s story as I really enjoyed it.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

The Details:

Format: PDF
Dimensions: 149
Published: May 11, 2011
Publisher: Dalton Gang Press (Indie)

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August 17, 2011

Review: So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev

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Things are never easy for Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. Something's happened to the Théâtre Illuminata, putting the only home she's ever known in limbo. Her mother's sanity is fraying under the strain, her father has vanished and an angry goddess is out for revenge. Bertie is caught between her duties and her dreams, just as her heart is torn between Ariel and Nate. But hope glimmers in a Distant Castle, and if Bertie can put on the performance of her life, maybe she can win the magical boon that may save them all. Excerpt from Lisa’s website.

So Silver Bright is the conclusion of the Théâtre Illuminata series and did Lisa ever end it perfectly. Bertie gets an in depth look at her past which helps her along her journey backs to the Théâtre. As always the fairies make the story – I love them soooo much.

The triangle between Nate and Ariel continues the two men egg each other on which creates lots of humorous. I could feel the jealously radiantly off of them Lisa wrote it so well. I felt bad for Bertie in some parts of the book because the boys did make her feel horrible. Stupid boys always having to make think complicated for us girls. I don’t want to give too much away but if you have liked the previous 2 books you will love book 3 and I think its the best ending ever for any series I have ever read. I wasn’t mad for once over decisions made I was actually happy about them all. I may have done a happy dance.

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Hardcover (I had an ARC)
Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.98 in
Published: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN - 10:0312380984
ISBN - 13:9780312380984

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August 15, 2011

Review: Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark) by Dave Ferraro

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Teenager Shanna Hunt has been hunting demons since her parents were murdered by them. She's used to doing things alone, her own way, but one fateful night throws her into the company of a team of hunters, each specializing in a particular kind of monster: vampires, werewolves, witches, shape-shifters... This newly-formed team should be an unstoppable force for whatever is out there picking off individual hunters across the globe, but their first battle together against the monsters of the night could be their last. Excerpt from Goodreads.

I loved loved loved Her Dark Destiny. It was filled with action from the first chapter all the way through to the end. Which kept my attention and I really didn’t want to go to work in the morning or go back to work after lunch. Her Dark Destiny reminded me of my favorite TV show Supernatural. Shanna starts hunting demons after they murdered her parents I totally think her and Sam would get along very well (Sorry Shanna Dean is mine). I liked how the story wasn’t focused on just one supernatural creature but it was a supernatural buffet.

I liked all the characters. There was a character that everyone could relate it, which I liked. I would love to see Her Dark Destiny as a movie; Hollywood would be able to make this awesome book and even more fantastic movie. Besides The Hunger Games keeping me on the edge of my seat and Cassandra Clare’s writing that puts a spell on me, I think I have found a new favorite series that seriously makes me want to stay up all night reading.

Special thanks to Dave for providing me a copy to review. Receiving this copy did not affect my review in any way.

The Rating:

5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: PDF

Dimensions: 360 pages

Published: April 9, 2011

Publisher: Indie

Get yourself a copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble for just $0.99!

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August 12, 2011

Review: Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father's Day Tale by Raymond Masters

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The brochure reads: "Dangerous Hunts: If it moves, you can kill it." But the Carters will soon discover that not everything that moves can be killed.

At his wife's urging, Matthew Carter takes his new step-son on a Father's Day hunt he will not soon forget.

It's open season on the undead, and there's no limit on the amount you can bag.

Dangerous Hunts was a cool short story novel about Zombies. I liked that it was a quick read but I would have liked a little bit more Zombie killing action. The action that was there was pretty good but I am all for killing zombies so the more the merrier. Raymond ended the story on the interesting side. I find myself wondering what has happened to the resort. Makes me wonder if he will continue the story... It was written well and I look forward to reading more of Raymond’s work. If you like zombies and want a quick read I suggest reading Dangerous Hunts.

Special thanks to Raymond for sending me a copy to review.

The Rating:

3.8 out of 5

The Details:

Format: PDF
Dimensions: 22 Pages
Published: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Indie
ISBN - 10:0803735529
ISBN - 13:9780803735521

Get yourself a copy for only $0.99 on Smashwords!

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August 10, 2011

It’s Official

So I have updated my Review policies but I figured I would do an official post that says….

I will now accept EPUB or PDF versions of novels or short stories for review!

YAY! For having a Kobo….I have a feeling that my TBR pile is going to increase…as I can now buy my favorite indie authors books as ecopies and save so much money on shipping Smile

If you would like me to review your novel feel free to email me at vampsweresandcassay [at] yahoo [dot] ca

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August 8, 2011

BLOGOVERSARY WINNERS!!!

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YAY! Its time to announce the winners and for once I’m not being tardy and announcing on time yay me. SO some of you lucky ducks have won more than one giveaway! Also, if you won a book but have decided that you don’t want to pay 50% of the shipping costs just let me know and I will draw a new winner. I won’t be mad at you. I’m estimating that most shipping for the books will be between $5-$10 but I will let you know the cost before I send it incase you want to opt out. Winners have until Thursday at midnight to provide their mailing addresses or else I will pick a new winner. I will be emailing you all shortly. Between all the giveaways there were over 200 entries which meant a lot of random.org for me Smile but I am more than happy.

Now onto the Winners!!!

Copy of Spyglass goes to Rebs @ Book Rants

 

Copy of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treaded goes to Ashley Suzanne

 

True Blood Journal and keychain goes to Susan Moffatt

 

New Moon prize pack goes to Autum Frailey

 

The Body Finder *Signed* Swag goes to Ashley (email starts with (asherz)

 

Ecopy of Becoming Edward goes to Katie @ Call me Crazy

 

*Signed* copy of the Chosen Historian goes to Jennifer K Jovus

 

Copy of Revelations goes to Monica

 

Ecopy of Beautifully Broken goes to Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

 

Harry Potter Key chains:

Christina Bean wins Hermonie

Krystal @ Stellar Book Blog wins Ron

Alexandra C. wins Harry

Jennifer K Jovus wins Dumbledore

Annmarie Ager wins Hagrid

Patricia @ Two Chicks on Books wins Dobby

 

Laney Giveaway:

*Signed* Copy of Laney goes to Cynthia Garcia

and the 10 bookmarks go to:

Giselle

Clarissa P (Clary)

Teresa

Savanna

Kristy

Lana

Nat Cleary

Ashley Kay

Monica

Mikk-Man

 

Hush, Hush & Awakened Giveaway:

*Signed* copy of Awakened goes to Michele Luker

3 swags packs go to:

Tasha Shahirak

Rebs @ Book Rant

Clarissa P (Clary)

 

3 Random Swag packs go to:

Lisa @ Fic Talk

Rebs @ Book Rant

KimvA

 

Hunger Games giveaway:

Grand Prize: Alice Priday

1st Prize: Autum Frailey

2nd Prize: Tamara

 

Congrats winners! Remember you have until Thursday at midnight to send me your mailing addresses!

*EDIT* – Winners who have claimed there prizes have there name crossed out.

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Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into a brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. Excerpt from Beth’s website.

Mystery in space…I really quite enjoyed it. I’m not normally into sci-fi stories (mind you I have only read 1 other sci-fi book and I disliked it so I’m a bit iffy about the genre) but Beth may have just changed my opinion of the sci-fi genre. Everyone was raving about Across the Universe so I decided I would give it a chance and I am very glad I did because I quite enjoyed it. The characters, government, and story were quite involved and I like that Beth wrote it so well that nothing was confusing and it was easy to read and follow. I like how each of the chapters switch between the two main characters Elder and Amy, it helped me get the atmosphere of Godspeed by being able to see it through the eyes of an outsider and someone who has lived on the ship there entire life. I loved the twists in the story. I really didn’t see what I think is the major twist coming which I was in total shock over. I did guess who the murderer was on the ship but the motives were interesting for that character and other characters. I found that I didn’t want to put the book down as I had to find out what the heck was happening on Godspeed. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the sequel A Million Suns.

I can’t wait to meet Beth at the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour in Vancouver!

The Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The Details:

Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 400 Pages, 6.4 x 9.25 x 1.45 in
Published: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group
ISBN - 10:1595143971
ISBN - 13:9781595143976

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August 3, 2011

July RAK Wrap up and August RAK

RAK is soo much fun! I have a blast and last month I tamed down my RAK it was getting a little bit out of control.

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Here's the rules and details:

• Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.
• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)

• Create a wish list and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there's a link to it.}
• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger for their address.

• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!

{Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes :)
OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Lets's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!
Thank you Uniflame for pointing that out!! :P
FYI: One RAK will be chosen and showcased! Yayyy!

That's it!

Easy peasy huh??

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vanessa at

Twerd413 [at] gmail DOT com

 

Sara pre-ordered me a copy of Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

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Thanks sooo much Sara!

This month I gave Sara my copy of Swoon by Nina Malkin

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I also ordered Spider Bites and Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep for Tynga

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I finally received  my Kobo in July so I can now accept e-books in either PDF or EPUB. I know www.kobo.com has the option to gift books.

I have put in brackets my preference between paperback or eBook or doesn’t matter

August’s Wish list:

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan (doesn’t matter)
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (doesn’t matter)
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves (doesn’t matter)
Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) by Lauren DeStefano (doesn’t matter)
Invincible: The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon(doesn’t matter)
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (doesn’t matter)
The Candidates by Inara Scott (doesn’t matter)

Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens (doesn’t matter)
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens (doesn’t matter)
Virtue by Amanda Hocking (doesn’t matter)
Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers (paperback to match the 1st one)
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (doesn’t matter)
Bloodline by Richelle Mead (e-book)

 

I hope you joy the fun!

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Gear up for Fall S&S Canada Giveaway!

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I just wanted to tell you all about the awesome Gear Up For Fall giveaway that S&S Canada is currently hosting. You have a chance to win 10 copies of the book of your choice and a cheese basket. Click the picture to enter or click the sidebar picture Smile>

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Blogoversary Wrap–Up!

So July is officially over which means there is only 1 month left of summer Sad smile. And here in Alberta we have had nothing but rain!!! It was finally nice this past weekend and we went to a Heritage Days festival where we could try different types of food from other countries. It was pretty cool, I tried a deep fried banana. It was interesting…I think I liked it and I got super burned! My shoulders are killing me. How has your summer been going?

Did you all have fun with the events and giveaways? I sure hope you did. I decided to make the giveaways end August 7! So you still have 4 days to enter if you haven't yet. P.S. You are all very welcome for the giveaways. I want to thank you for being AWESOME  friends/followers.

As promised I said I would answer some questions that you had for me. I was suppose to post this on the 31st but one question stumped me for a bit…. and this was it:

Ashley asked: If you had to pick two favorite characters (one male, one female), who would they be?

Only 2 really….this is why I have been stumped I had to take a whole month to think this one through.

Fav Female Character: I’m going to have to go with Raine Benares from Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series. Why: Because Raine is soo freaking awesome! She is funny and if I were to need someone on my team to kick some major ass I would want her.

Fav Male Character: This one is sooo hard….grrrr….I still haven’t decided but I think I will go with Jay from The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting. Why: Who wouldn’t want Jay as a best friend/boyfriend he is soo supportive and would do anything for Vi and I am totally jealous of Vi’s and Jay’s relationship.

Alice asked: Why did you start reading and blogging?

Well you see I used to be a book hater! I absolutely hated reading while in school. I didn’t like any of the books we were forced to read (I would have totally rather watched a movie or something). Then I started working full time at an accounting firm and during my half hour lunch I would play Sudoku but I was getting bored with it because I couldn’t finish the extra hard puzzles in 30 min LOL. Then one day the boyfriend was like wanna come to Chapters with me…I’m thinking about getting a book to read on my lunch. I said sure and thought maybe I should grab a book. So I grab Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone and Eragon. I came home with my books and my mom stole Eragon so I was left with Harry Potter (which is so not a bad thing). I finished it that week so I went back and bought the rest of the series and finished it all in a month. Harry Potter kind of started a snow ball effect. I started reading books I had seen movies of and then once I finished the Twilight series I decided to open myself up to books that weren’t movies and Cassandra Clare kick started that snowball and the rest is history. I’ve been reading a book a week ever since Smile.

Why I started blogging:  I would post on my personal facebook page about books I just finished reading and a quick sentence about it and I was starting to get family/friends asking me to recommend them books so I would. Then I found a bunch of book bloggers that’s talked about books and I started reading a bunch and I thought to myself hey this looks fun maybe I should try it. I knew it would take some hard work and some elbow grease and I always told myself that I would post when I wanted to post. I also decided to start blogging as a way for me to track my thought on books on what I like and what I didn’t.

I know my reviews are the best ever reviews but I try and put effort into them and it helps my creative thinking because I really don’t have a creative bone in my body lol. I am also very proud of all my 369 followers. I send you all tons and tons of hugs for being awesome. I am also still shocked when an author asks me to review their novel. It makes me want to do a happy dance. I thank you all so much for giving me the opportunity to speak my mind and have you all listening. /HUGS!!!!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways!!!

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