Archives for January 2016

From Austin to Boston – Part 3

Our last few days in Boston were bittersweet.  We were having such a wonderful time that we didn’t want to leave!

Our second to last day was spent idling about Boston; doing some more shopping and enjoying the quaint streets.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Assassin’s Heart

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Title: Assassin’s Heart (Assassin’s Heart #1)
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 400
Buy: Amazon

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

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From Austin to Boston – Part 2

Continuing our adventures, I awoke after a horrible night of sickness feeling perfectly fine.  We decided to take it a bit easier that day to play it safe and see how I felt later on that evening.

We walked over to the Italian district.  That’s one thing we loved about Boston–it’s such a great walking city.  Everything is so near one another.  Once we parked the car the day we arrived, we didn’t touch it again until the day we left.

We debated buying this shirt, but opted for a picture instead.

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Book Tuesday: Passenger

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Title: Passenger (Passenger #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date:
January 5, 2016
Pages: 496
Buy: Amazon

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

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From Austin to Boston – Part 1

So my friend, Meesh, and I had planned on going to Austin, TX for New Years.  When that didn’t pan out we decided to reroute to Boston.  I know what you’re thinking, “But it’s so COLD in Boston!”  We actually lucked out! We had such warm weather that some days with my coat, I was too warm.

We had an absolutely fantastic time, minus a few hiccups, but I’ll get to those.

Of course, you all know mine and Meesh’s talent for overpacking. What made you think this trip would be any different? #wewereonlythere5days

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Book Tuesday: GIVEAWAY x2!!

So I have a very different post for today’s Book Tuesday! Since I was slack last week and didn’t post a review, I thought I would make it up to you all with something else this week–a giveaway x2!

Last night I went to the book signing for Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch and Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger! Since I love you all, I got each of their books signed for two of you lucky winners! I’ve read Truthwitch and loved it and I’m about halfway through Passenger and can’t put it down.  SO GOOD.

The signing was awesome! Completely packed.  Erin Bowman was our moderator for the night and she had some fantastic questions for Alex and Sooz.

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Wow, what an incredible year this has been! I was looking back on my New Years post from last year and I realized, I pretty much did every resolution dream I said I would.  I would say that’s an incredible thing, no?  Here are some highlights from 2015!

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