February Novel Review Wrap Up

Undone by Shannon RichardUndone by Shannon Richard

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Hell Without You by Ranae RoseHell Without You by Ranae Rose

Challenges
– 100 books in a year
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review

Februrary Book Haul

These are the books that found their way to my bookshelf this month.

Bought Books:
– Celebrity Shopper by Carmen Reid
– The Stranger by Camilla Lackberg
– Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 (Coyote Moon, Night Of The Living Rerun & Portal Through Time) by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover & Alice Henderson

Giveaway:

Goodreads Giveaway:
– Fallout by James K. Decker
– The Winter People by Jennifer McMahone

NetGalley:
– Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
– Undone by Shannon Richard
– Hell Without You by Ranae Richards
– Plain Jayne by Laura Drewry
– Third Degree by Julie Cross
– Me Since You by Laura Weiss
– Endless by Amanda Gray
– Cowboy In My Pocket by Kate Douglas
– The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George
– Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard

Book Review – Hell Without You

Hell Without You by Ranae Rose
Title: Hell Without You
Author: Ranae Rose
Series: n/a
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Inc. (Self-published E-book)
Release Date: September 5th 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-4921-6559-0
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Time changes everything, except what’s meant to be.

Seven years is a long time – long enough to transform Clementine from a small-town teenager with a broken heart into a woman ready to take on the world, but not long enough to make her forget about the man she was never suppose to see again. A temporary return to Willow Heights thrusts her back into Donovan’s life and home, unearthing heartbreak and obsession that have stood the test of time.

He left seven years ago too, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to town where he grew up in the shadow of poverty and drug addiction makes no sense, and neither do Clementine’s feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice.

Now, she has the freedom to choose…and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of hell that drove them apart in the first place.

My Thoughts

My what a short and sweet little romance this was. It really did have my heartstrings pulled from cover to cover. I never imagined that Trevor would meet his end, I mean I envisioned something happening involving Trevor, Clementine and Donovan but not his death. If anything I thought his demise would be at the hands of Donovan and not Donovan’s friend and co-worker/employee Mike.

I’m really glad and had a teary eyed moment in the end where she and her mother’s relationship finally started to mend together. It’s really an eye opener to how people react and how much it takes for a person to realize their wrong.

I feel Trevor fully deserved what he got, and that justice was fully served for Clementine and the others that weren’t as lucky as Clementine to get away.

This novel highlighted the fact that true love can and will withstand the tests of time and anything that life has to throw at it. Novels like this give my big romantic sappy heart that something like this will one day happen for all of us.

I wasn’t disappointed with this novel, it was a truly a feel-good romance and I look forward to reading more works from Ranae Rose.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Hell Without You
Author’s Website: Ranae Rose
Amazon: Hell Without You by Ranae Rose

Writing Prompt #2

Sorry it’s a tad late, I did have it written, this is yesterday’s prompt. Todays will be out later.

Today’s writing prompt: A Plot of Earth: You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

I actually don’t know what I would do. My first thought which I eventually do want to do is to build a house that’s totally off the grid. A house that’s eco-friendly and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a place where I can live off solar panels and have a mile long garden. Somewhere, where I don’t hear cars on the highway. The cost of living theses days is so expensive, and the way I see it is that were paying to destroy the atmosphere. Were paying for all the greenhouse gases that get released into the air.

I actually wish we would rewind just a bit. I live in an area that use to be all farmer’s fields and vineyards. There was a forested area about a block away that they’ve logged and have started to put in a housing development. We moved out into this area because it was far enough away from the hustle and bustle but not too far away to get to everything we needed. Now the city has started encroaching. I wish we could go back to where we got our produce was the farmer’s market, what happened to supporting our local farmers, instead of buying crap at the grocery store from Mexico that spoils in two days.

They tell us their raising minimum wage to 11.00/hour. That’s all fine and dandy but it still doesn’t help us any (middle to lower class income) because now their going to raise everything else, to offset raising minimum wages.

As a young adult whose struggling to find a full time job, juggling paying rent, buying groceries and paying back a student loan and living with my parents, the cost of things and the way this economy is going absolutely sucks. The cost of food is ridiculous, I work at a grocery store and I see people buying the minimum and the price it comes out to is ridiculous.

I live with my parents, I pay rent that they set to help them offset the cost of living with them because I have three other siblings, my meager portion of rent for what I can afford still doesn’t help them any. I’ve watched them struggle to raise four kids all my life and now I only wish to help them while living with them and I am finding it difficult. It doesn’t help that high school didn’t help prepare me any for a career…the councellers were absolutely useless.

Writing Prompt #1

I’ve downloaded the ebook from Dailypost.wordpress.com, 365 Writing Prompts. I’m starting in February as opposed to where the book starts with January 1st.

Writing Prompt: Nightmares: Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?

I don’t really get nightmares, except when I watch scary movies and after having one I believe I’ve just over thought about the movie too much and taken it to heart and I should just stop watching scary movies.

But I do get the odd “Bad Dream” every once in awhile, this one was quite odd. It was about the characters in my novel that I’m writing. I’m at this one place in the novel where I’m writing about my FMC (female main character) finally coming home after she skipped town for a couple of years. And despite writing that she had only a few hitches in her friends and family welcoming her home apparently the whole event when to hell. Her friends hated her and believed her exes story.

Even though it’s only the first draft and I would have done this eventually I think her friends need to be more resistant to let her back into their lives, and not be so accepting of her coming back. After all she did up and leave town in the middle of the night.

Another Update!

I’ve decided that I want to get back into the habit of writing and blogging everyday and while I don’t exactly have all the time in the world I’ve decided that I can squeeze in a half hour everyday if that’s what it takes to get back into a routine. I love writing and blogging, it fuels my creative outlet.

There has been a lack of book reviews this month despite the pile up of books sitting to be read and reviewed. I hit a snag with two books that I was attempting to read and they’ve put me behind severely. I’m terribly sorry, I will try to have another  up within the next week. Possibly on the weekend.

I started up a sims blog yesterday, I got back into playing, actually playing a family versus building and decorating. I started a legacy family. It’s different mostly because I’m not looking to write a story – that’s where I get stuck it seems is telling the story. So my posts will be mostly picture laden with a few words here and there possibly explaining the moments before and after the picture was taken. I’ve also decided not to follow a legacy challenge I just want to see how long I can keep the family going. You can follow it here if you like: Just Another Sims 3 Blog. I’ll be attempting to move all my pages over within the next week.

Book Review – Undone

I’ve got another review for you today, I know I haven’t been as active this month, but I hope to be with work finally settling back into an equal pace.  This will be my first review for an Arc from NetGalley, so without further adieu…

Undone by Shannon Richard
Title: Undone
Author: Shannon Richard
Series: Country Roads – Book #1
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
ISBN 13: 978-1-4555-4723-4
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:

Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called “buck urine”
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King

After losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in a tightly knit town isn’t easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who’s interested in much more than Paige’s car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn’t sure she’d ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive or will their love come undone?

My Thoughts

What a lovely feel-good novel this was. I don’t exactly know where to begin with my thoughts. The whole novel was like a movie playing in my head, for one because you can picture yourself in the setting of Mirabelle and place yourself in Paige’s shoes as being the outsider in a small town. The novel was humorous in most spots, so much so that I was told to stop “cackling” roughly around midnight. But it was also sad in others like with the death of her father. It was a tear jerker both happy tears and sad tears.

The main characters were your typical – girl meets boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back and they live happily ever after – couple. < This most of the time isn’t a bad thing and wasn’t in this case. Paige and Brendan had their share of flaws and skeletons in their closet, and were easily relatable as I mentioned above. I could place myself in Paige’s shoes.

In the beginning I never would have guessed that Brendan would get her a job working in a funeral home, that had been a twist I wasn’t expecting at all. It did end up working out for her in the end and she actually enjoyed working with what she did. I also didn’t expect her father to pass away with cancer. That plot twist was a blinding, mostly because how the author introduced it into the plot was subtle but out of the blue – like all of the sudden he wasn’t feeling well and had pain and the only one who noticed had been Brendan. I don’t know about Pancreatic cancer from personal experience and each instance could be different but when a family member of mine had cancer you could tell there was something wrong, it slowly got more noticeable. They should had been able to notice but in the defense of Paige and her mum, they probably didn’t know the signs that started to show that he had cancer.

All in all it was a very good read and I’m excited to read all about Jax and Grace’s relationship…hopefully in the second book.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads: Undone
Author’s Website: Shannon Richard
Amazon: Undone by Shannon Richard

Game of Thrones – Character Dissection

So I started rereading A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, the other day so that I can finally review it. It’s one long series that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying, both reading and watching the television series.

Upon starting to read it from the beginning again, I decided to make a character chart of each of the character and note down little pieces from each so I can remember what’s going on. The way the book is written is different from what I’m used to, each chapter is told in a different character’s point of view. So instead of sticking to one main story line your subjected to the main plot plus the little side plots. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of.

When I read the novel the first time I found that if I didn’t like a certain character I tended to skim through their chapter just to get to another character I liked more. It didn’t happen so much in this book as it did the others in the series.

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It’s actually proving to be particularly handy and I’m glad I’ve done it, I’ll most likely continue to do it throughout the rest of the series.