Archives for September 2015

Book Tuesday: Release Day – Six of Crows

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Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 480
Buy:Amazon

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Book Bonus Day: Medjugorje (The Final Prophecy)

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Title: Medjugorje (The Final Prophecy)
Author: Peter Danish
Genre: Contemporary, Historical
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: True North Publishing
Pages: 225
Buy:Amazon

On a pilgrimage to a holy shrine, in a war-torn country, five strangers of different faiths and ethnicities are thrown together by fate.  A war and a thousand years of hatred divide them.  But a fortune lies ahead if they can forget the past, put aside their differences and work together for one night.  Jew | Muslim | Catholic | Orthodox | Agnostic – five men, each on a pilgrimage of his own, have one chance to see all of their dreams come true.  A beautiful, mysterious, young girl with a tale of a vision, holds the key to unlocking a miraculous secret.  But only a miracle can keep these blood-enemies from killing each other in the process.  

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Book Tuesday: Until Friday Night

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Title: Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Buy:Amazon

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

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Sarah J Maas Signing with Claire Legrand + GIVEAWAY!!

So last week I was really fortunate enough to attend one of Sarah J. Maas’ signings on her Queen of Shadows tour.  It was an awesome time (as always)!  Even better because one of my other favorite authors, Claire Legrand was moderating.  Sarah was hysterical and since her signing fell on the first day of school for many people, she came in and asked:

“School started today right? Welcome back to prison….” 

We were dying.

Here is the fantastic Claire Legrand (which, if you haven’t read Winterspell, what are you waiting for?! It was one of my top books of 2014!)

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Sarah was accommodating as always and answered a LOT of questions about the next book and what to expect.  There will be even MORE twists and revelations (if that is even possible after QOS) and I seriously CAN NOT WAIT.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Walk on Earth a Stranger

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Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 432
Buy: Amazon

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

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Cruisin’ Around: THE CRUISE! – part 4

If you’ve never been to St. Thomas or if you’ve never been to Megan’s Bay in St. Thomas then you are missing out on an amazing place.  No joke, I think we look for cruises that specifically go to St. Thomas because of Megan’s Bay.  It’s been listed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and I can see why.

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Cruisin’ Around: THE CRUISE! – part 3

Antigua is beautiful.  I’ve never had the pleasure of going there before so this was a totally new experience for me.  We get off the boat and grab a cab to the beach.  The cab ride was awesome.  Our driver, Anthony (pronounced AnTony), essentially gave us a tour of the island and would regale us with stories and life antidotes such as “Don’t worry! Be Happy!”  He also taught us some dialect (which I wasn’t very good at), but he made the trip there and back so enjoyable! If you happen to stop in Antigua and are in need of a cab, ask for Anthony.  He’ll make your trip the destination!

After Anthony dropped us off at the beach we proceeded to lounge and do nothing except go in the water (which was magnificent) and catch up on our reading.

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Book Tuesday: Queen of Shadows

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Title: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Author:Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 656
Buy:Amazon

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Cruisin’ Around: THE CRUISE! – part 2

We arrived in St. Maarten to a glorious day.  We’ve been here before on previous cruises and while everybody tells you to go to the French side of the Island, we prefer the Dutch side (half is French, the other Dutch).  The beach is fantastic and the shopping area in downtown St. Maarten is small, bustling, and filled with all sorts of shops and restaurants.

We caught the jetty boat to the beach early that morning and promptly set up shop, grabbing some lawn chairs and umbrellas.  Then spent the majority of the day taking in some sun and swimming in that crystal clear, blue ocean.

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Apple – Banana Nut Bread

I just checked and the last time I posted a recipe was back in March! What?! That’s just unacceptable!  Rest assured though, I have a great one for you today.  The perfect intro to Fall flavors.  My Apple-Banana Nut Bread.

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