May 29 2015
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Forgotten Fridays: Starstruck

Forgotten Fridays: Starstruck

 

Forgotten Fridays is a monthly feature here where the four of us get together to read an older book and discuss it. There are sometimes spoilers, but we always try our best to avoid them.

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert Series: Starstruck #1 Published by Delacorte Press on March 12th, 2013 Genres: historical, young adult Pages: 338 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased Goodreads Buy the Book Every week they arrive in Los Angeles–beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It’s all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she’s discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She’s more than ready to …

May 28 2015
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Epic Recs Review: Angelfall

Epic Recs Review: Angelfall

Lyn chose this book for me because she knew it would be a ME book, especially with our shared love on Daughter of Smoke & Bone I think.

It is definitely a book for me, so she was right and hit this epic recs right out of the park this month. 😀

What I need to get off my chest most of all first: This was not my very first attempt at reading Angelfall if you can believe it or not. I’d tried at the very beginning of the year, right after I finished Laini Taylor’s series when I thought I needed more of that angel and dark days feeling. But that didn’t work as planned. I had to put it off …

May 27 2015
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5 Best Bookish Moments Seen on TV

5 Best Bookish Moments Seen on TV

Have you ever been watching a favorite show on TV, when a character or characters remark on something bookish that gets your inner fangirl (or fanboy) going? Well, today I’m counting down my favorite bookish moments as seen on TV!

 

5. Supernatural and Hogwarts:

I loved this. To give Charlie a boost of courage, the guys gave her a pep talk using Harry Potter knowing that it’d help her out. LOL. And to be completely honest here, that kind of pep talk probably would have lifted my spirits some also.

 

4. Sam and her book on ICarly:

Okay. So if you have kids, or an inner kid, you probably see a lot of the young adult and children’s shows. My younger one …

May 26 2015
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Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top Ten Beach Reads!

With the temperatures climbing for the Northern hemisphere, most of our thoughts are turning to the summertime activities, such as cookouts, lemonade, and hitting the pool or beach.  Sand, sun, water and books, what a combination!

This week, Kara and Lyn share their top beach reads books for the warmer weather.

Kara’s Picks

1. Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
This is like Gossip Girl set in glitzy 1930s Hollywood. There are characters to root for, characters to hate, romance, and lots of drama and angst. I haven’t read the sequel yet, …

May 25 2015
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Book Review: The Witch Hunter

Book Review: The Witch Hunter

Here I present another book that caught my attention when it hit NetGalley and everyone’s reading list. This one was a new find for me.  I’ve wanted a great witch read after walking away from Salt  & Storm feeling slightly disappointed.

Sadly, this novel concentrated on threadbare ideas and themes that can be found in every other YA novel on the shelf. With a premise and a start out of the gate that could have blossomed into a grand story, the book, instead, sticks to generic checklist themes.

There were some good parts of the story.  First, the author knows her stuff, and her writing is actually very decent.  I enjoyed her straightforward prose and imagery, combining history and myth to create …

May 22 2015
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Book Review: Counting Backwards

Book Review: Counting Backwards

At the start of the year, I was on a contemporary kick. When I stumbled over this on Book Outlet, I was really drawn in by the psychiatric correctional facility. I am all over that.  Mental help? The chance to see a character that isn’t Ms. Perfect? Please, let me have that! When it arrived, I had to pick it up ASAP and read it.

I was a little shocked, and I really disliked the book, at first. But about halfway in, it really started to turn around for me, and I slowly began to appreciate the novel for what it was – it wasn’t about a chance for redemption or pity, a cry for attention, but about a girl who is …