Archives for July 2015

The (Wo)Man on the Flying Trapeze

I did it (barely).  Another thing crossed off the bucket list!

I took a Trapeze Lesson at the NY Trapeze School and even though it was hard as fudgsicles, it was an awesomely fun time!  My friend Christie works there and has been trying to get me to go for ages.  I’m so glad I finally did!  Like I said though, it was HARD.  My arms still felt it a few days later…and my abs.  Getting on the bar was the hardest part.  At one point I got all tangled up in the wire.  Dallas, one of the instructors, did a great impression of me as I was flailing around like a drowned cat trying to get untangled.  Needless to say, I did manage to get some entertaining shots for you all.  Proof is below.

Here I am just about to jump off:

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Book Tuesday: The Raven Boys

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Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: September 18, 2012
Pages: 416
Buy: Amazon

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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A Day at the Beach aka A Good Life Decision

So Thursday night I got a random text from my friend Meesh, “Hey! You wanna take a day trip to the beach tomorrow?”

Umm YES!

Who says no to the beach?

Now I need to give you some backstory.  Meesh and I are incapable of packing light….to go anywhere…for any immediate length of time.  Here we are with just OUR stuff when we stayed 2 nights at Atlantic City with the rest of our girlfriends.

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We might have had 16 pairs of shoes between the two of us…

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Book Thursday: ARC – Court of Fives

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Title: Court of Fives (Court of Fives #1)
Author: Kate Elliot
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Pages: 448
Buy: Amazon

In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test Kal’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Daughter of Dusk

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Title: Daughter of Dusk (Midnight Thief #2)
Author: Livia Blackburne
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon

After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

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Some Life Updates and a Bit of a Hiatus

Hi all!

I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately, solely posting book reviews (and shamefully ones I’ve had on backup).  I’ve been rather busy this month and am rather far behind on my reading schedule.

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Book Tuesday: The Burning Sky

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Title: The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1)
Author: Sherry Thomas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Pages: 464
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It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

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Book Tuesday: Stay with Me

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Title: Stay with Me (Wait for You #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publishing Date: September 23, 2014
Pages: 448
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At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

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