Archives for August 2015

Cruisin’ Around: The Drive Down – Charleston, SC

My love affair with this city will never end.  Like for realz.  If I ever get rich and wanted to buy a summer home, I would get one in Charleston.  I absolutely love the vibe of this city and it’s a must-stop whenever I head down south.

You can stroll downtown Charleston and see the most colorful and extravagant houses.  It has a small town feel while still being a major metropolis.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Hunter


Title: Hunter (Hunter #1)
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

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Cruisin’ Around: The Drive Down – Washington, DC

Most people tend to take vacations after a hectic period in their lives; a time to unwind, relax, and recharge again.  This time around, I decided to be different.  I went on a lovely vacation with my family before the hectic-ness that will await me this fall.  What can I say? I like being different.

We drove down to Florida–gasp! That tends to be the reaction I get every time I tell them, but you know what? For every Florida vacation I’ve taken in my life, I’ve always driven down.  Frankly, I enjoy it a lot more because you get to stop along the way and see some of the beautiful cities and hidden gems that the East Coast is home to.

Our first stop was Washington, D.C.  Now when I say, I’ve practically seen everything in DC over the years, I mean it.  We ended up staying away from the Mall and went to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.  We had never been and Dad has been itching to go for awhile now.


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Book Tuesday: ARC – Firewalker


Title: Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 352

****Spoilers for Book 1 in the description****

Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

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Book Friday: Trial by Fire


Title: Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 374

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

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I’m Back!

Woot! woot!

Did you miss me?

I was away on a lovely vacation with the family which you will all hear about in the next week or so 🙂  It was very relaxing and very much needed before the hectic-ness of this upcoming fall.

The next few weeks might be a bit strange in terms of scheduling, especially regarding reviews, because I have so many to post and catch up on! I was able to do a lot of reading while I was away so you might see more than one review a week 😉 You’re welcome world.

Now, I have to go back to laundry, food shopping, cleaning, and catching up on all the work I missed while I was away.  (I know you’re all envious).

I will leave you with this glory and wish that I was still there….sigh….



Book Tuesday: Release Day – Reawakened


Title: Reawakened (The Reawakened #1)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 400
Buy: Amazon

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

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A Brief Hiatus

Hi All!

So like I said earlier, I’ll be taking a brief hiatus from the blog/social media for a bit, but DON’T PANIC (Yes, you).  I’ll be back mid August with some awesome posts/reviews/recipes!

There are some great things in the works and I can’t wait to share them all with you!!

See you soon!