Mini Book Reviews: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd, Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

As most of you know, this summer has been pretty busy for me what with work, getting ready to move away to university, and trying to hang out with all of my friends for one last time before I leave! So, because of this, I have A BUNCH of books that I’ve read dating back to mid-June that I haven’t had time to review yet! I figured that instead of taking a bajillion hours to give all of these books full length reviews, I will have a series of mini reviews come out during the next few weeks, featuring three books per post, just until I get myself caught up. Sound like a good plan?? GOOD! (clicking the book covers will lead you to goodreads)

mini review if you find me

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*** Recommended to me by Judith. If she ever recommends something to you, you listen.***

Summary from Goodreads: There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

 What I liked: EVERYTHING!!!! I am not kidding. This book was fantastic! I couldn’t put it down the entire time I was reading it. Emily Murdoch is a writing genius, and this was most definitely one of the best – if not the best – debut novel I have ever read! Murdoch took such great care in writing from Carey’s POV as someone who does not know much about civilized life, and the way she describes simple things that Carey has never seen before is amazing. Also, being an only child myself, I really appreciate reading about a great sibling relationship as I don’t have one myself and love living them vicariously through books! Carey and Janessa are perfect, and are definitely up there tied for the top of my favourite sibling relationships along with Sam and Dean from Supernatural!!! Anyway, I can’t say enough good things about this book! READ IT NOW and thank me later.

What I didn’t like: Nothing. I literally have not one single complaint about this book. Except maybe that it could have been longer. So that I didn’t have to stop reading it so soon and that the amazingness would never end!!!

Swoon factor?: It’s not a huuuuge factor in this book, but there is this boy named Ryan Shipley, and he’s perfect. <3

Favourite character: Carey. She’s amazingly awesome and takes care of her little sister so well.

Favourite quote: “I answer her with my silence, understanding the full power of it for the first time. Words are weapons. Weapons are powerful. So are unsaid words. So are unused weapons.”

Rating:  5 hearts+ a million more hearts!

mini review the madman's daughter

the madman's daughter Summary from Goodreads: In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

What I liked: This book was another fast favourite of mine! I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau before, but I think I might have to now so that I can see what Megan Sheperd pulled from that book in her retelling. The Madman’s daughter was perfectly dark and creepy and had just the right amount of plot twists and shocks woven in! Juliet is a strong female MC, which I just love so much. I also was a fan of both male characters present, Montgomery and Edward, however I think I liked Montgomery just the tiniest bit more than Edward. Also, THE ENDING! Megan did an amazing job of leaving just me on a little bit of a cliffhanger, and throwing in another twist! I need the next book, NOW!

What I didn’t like: My only minor reservation about this book is that there is a bit of animal torture/death…. Now, had I known anything about The Island of Dr. Moreau, I would have been a tad more prepared for this. I am one of those people who react so much more to animal deaths in books/movies, so this was a little bit hard for me to swallow. Nevertheless, don’t let that hold you back from reading a fantastically creepy book!!!

Swoon factor?: I didn’t really fall hard for either love interest in this book, but like I said above, I like Montgomery a little bit more than Edward.

Favourite character: Juliet. She was the perfect strong female MC, with just the right amount of sass!

Favourite quote: “The ways of men and women are such a puzzle. And I could barely decipher my own feelings, let along anyone else’s.”

Rating: 5 hearts

mini review pretty girl 13

pretty girl13 Summary from Goodreads: Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she’s returned home…only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen-or at least that’s what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn’t know.

But there are people who do — people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

What I liked: Pretty Girl-13 has some crazy heavy subject matter, and the way that Liz Coley deals with it and writes about it is amazing. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of research that would have had to go in to writing a book like this. Pretty Girl-13 goes to show just how much the human brain is capable of, and how far it will go to protect you. This is one book that I literally couldn’t put down, and I had finished it in a matter of only a few hours. Kudos to Liz for writing such an entertaining book!

What I didn’t like: The only thing holding me back from giving this book five stars is that unfortunately, it was a tad too predictable for my liking. By the time I had made it to the HUGE OMG moment, I had guessed it. But still, it’s an amazing twist, if not slightly too much strangeness if you know what I mean.

Swoon factor?: As much as I love for books to have a love interest and kissing, this book wouldn’t have been able to incorporate that, and that’s ok. It would have been waaaay too much and would have made everything a big mess.

Favourite character: Due to spoilery things, I can’t tell you who my favourite character is, except for that it isn’t Angie… Read it and find out!

Favourite quote: “For three long years all I’ve wanted is to know what happened to you. Now, I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember.”

Rating:4 hearts

Well ladies and gents, there you have it! Three mini reviews for three good books! Let me know your thoughts on any or all of the books below, and also let me know what you think of the mini review idea!! I love getting feedback from all of you lovelies <3

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Harry Potter Book Mash!!!

Hi everyone! Today I’m supposed to be doing a lot of packing for school, so I’ve got to keep the post short! I wanted to do something a little fun, and something that touches upon my favourite book series ever. The solution? HARRY POTTER BOOK MASH!!! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

You all remember playing MASH when you were a kid, right? Well, if not, basically it was a game to decide your future!! So, I’ve included the categories husband, best friend, job, pet, number of kids, favourite subject, and Hogwart’s school house! LET THE FUN BEGIN!

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So, after a bunch of counting lines and crossing names out, THE RESULTS ARE IN!

Husband: Ron Weasley
Best Friend: Luna Lovegood
Job: Auror
Pet: Trevor
Kids: 2
Favourite Subject: Herbology
House: Gryffindor

Below is a Mr Linky for you to attach your own book mash games if you want to! You don’t have to do Harry Potter, and you don’t even have to stick to one book or series! Try mixing things up and include a bunch of different characters from a variety of genres, and maybe you can even include a category for where you live!!! HAVE FUN!!!

I Need Your Help!!!

Hello everyone!!! As many of you know, I’m going away to start my freshman year of university in September!!! YAYYYYYY!!!!!! I am so unbelievably excited, and I can’t wait to move into my dorm. I talked more about that in this post – PS, my dorm is haunted!! :S

Now I want to tell you a little bit more about my school. I’m headed to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario!! It opened its doors in 1871, making it one of the oldest universities in Canada! It’s chalk full of traditions, and has the most beautiful campus.

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Our school colours are red, blue, and yellow: aka the tricolour!

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We take our tricolour and school spirit very seriously here at Queen’s, as evidenced by these two guys here:

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I’m entering con-ed, which is a five year program that includes teacher’s college. So by the end, I’ll be a high school math and physics teacher! But don’t worry, I’m taking english as my elective ;)

Now, let’s go back to the title of this post: I NEED YOUR HELP!!! There are actually two things I need all of your help with. Firstly, I’ve only started blogging in my year off of school. That means that I haven’t had to juggle any other steady commitments (other than working a few times a week) with my blogging. I know that a few of you started blogging while in university, or have blogged at some point while in school, or maybe you still are in school! Who knows?!! Anyways, I need to ask you:

Do you have any tips for balancing blogging and the heavy workload that comes with university???

As for the other thing that I need help with, it’s a little bit more fun to talk about. It involved books – YAY! So, my mom has told me that I am only allowed to bring a few books with me at a time to school, and the limit is 10! ONLY TEN!!!! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!?!?!

I need you to help me pick which ten books to bring with me in September!

Thanks for all your help!!!! Happy reading everyone :)

Jamie’s A to Z Book Survey!

Hey y’all!!! I’m back! I’ve been away from the blog for almost two weeks now – with the exception of last week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I just couldn’t resist – and here’s why! From July 31-August 5 I was at an amazing country music festival in Bowmanville Ontario called Boots and Hearts. I heard so much great music from so many amazing artists, spent some time with good friends, and made a few new friends too! I’ll definitely be writing up a separate post about that festival for all you country lovers out there – ahem, Rachel ;) Anyway, I was back from that adventure on Monday, so you’re probably wondering what else I have been up to!

Well, as most of you know, I’m headed to Queen’s University in September, and I am BEYOND excited about it! So this past week I’ve been trying to gather together the last few things that I am going to need for my time there. I also found out what dorm I will be staying in this week, and it is the wonderful Waldron Tower, nicknamed Wally :) My building is located right on Lake Ontario, and was built so that every single room has a lake view! How awesome is that?! I’ve also heard some speculation that my building is haunted by a nurse who used to live in it…. So that’s a little creepy. You can read more about that here. Anywhooooo, that’s what I’ve been up to!

So, what better way to bring myself back into the blogging world after my unexpected hiatus than a fun book survey created by Jamie over at the Perpetual Page Turner!!! Here we go:

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Lemony Snicket! Oh, the good old Series of Unfortunate Events ;)

Best Sequel Ever:

Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Pushing the Limits was amazing, and I can’t wait for Crash Into You!

Currently Reading:

Asylum by Madeline Roux and If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Water or tea! In the summer though iced coffee is my go to drink :)

E-reader or Physical Book?

Oh I love my physical books! For me, reading off of an e-reader just isn’t the same. BUT, I do like having it for some of my review copies.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Wes from The Truth About Forever. Wes is one of my favourite book boyfriends, and I TOTALLY would have dated him in high school! Macy describes him as “quiet and incredible” and that is just so perfect for him. He creates these amazing metal sculptures from scrap metal, and he’s totally gorgeous, but doesn’t even know it. He’s a reformed bad boy, so you get the good boy and bad boy all in one package!! ;)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfruend. This book was on my list of Top Ten Intimidating Books, but I am so glad that I finally gave it a chance! I ended up LOVING this book to bits, and I can’t wait to read Across a Star-Swept Sea!

Hidden Gem Book:

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Stumbling upon book blogs! I’ve always been a reader, but I used to be the type of person to read a book, and forget about it right after I finished it. Once I started blogging, I’ve noticed that I retain way more information about the books that I read, and I also find out about so many other amazing books!

Just Finished:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfruend

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction books, or of adult books – they scare me!!!

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (870 pages)

Major book hangover because of:

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Number of Bookcases You Own:

3. Two are built in to the window seat in my bedroom, and one is downstairs and houses all of the books from when I was a kid. But I need more shelves – badly!!

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Harry Potter Series. Let’s be honest, I’ve definitely read this series about 5 times through.

Preferred Place To Read:

Curled up in my corner of the couch, or in bed!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

Reading Regret:

I’d have to say The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I had to read this for grade 10 English in high school, and I really just didn’t like this book.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

OMG there are so many!!! I am horrible with starting a series and then just leaving it hanging there, even though I so badly want to know what is going to happen! Let’s see, Unearthly series, Delirium series, The Infernal Devices… the list goes on.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfruend, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

JK Rowling. No explanation needed.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Across a Star-Swept Sea. I NEED to see what is going to happen to Kai and Elliot!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Probably throwing my books into my bags and purses without seeing how they land, and then they come out kind of bent…

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Your latest book purchase:

A whole lot of books from garage sales a few weekends ago! There were probably about twenty books!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas was guilty of this!!! I just NEEDED TO KNOW what was going to happen next and how everything was going to play out!

Waiting for the Storm Book Tour + Giveaway!!!

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17258025Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Publication date: April 9th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:

Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give her the time and space she needs to begin healing, and an opportunity to bring her family back together. When she meets her mysterious neighbor, Ezra, it doesn’t take long for Charlotte to confess the issues she’s developed. Ezra begins giving Charlotte assignments to get over her fears, and although she accepts his tasks, all she really wants is to be with him. When she’s with Ezra, she’s able to forget the hollow ache in her heart and the fact that her family is falling apart. But Ezra has secrets…

Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for Ezra? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?

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AUTHOR BIO
Marie Landry is the author of BLUE SKY DAYS (contemporary YA—January 2012), UNDRESSED (a collection of short erotic romance stories—October 2012), THE GAME CHANGER (chick lit—November 2012), and WAITING FOR THE STORM (contemporary YA—April 2013). Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood, she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews. For more on Marie and her books, please visit marielandry.blogspot.ca or check out her book blog Ramblings of a Daydreamer (sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca).

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When I found out that Waiting for the Storm was going to be a part of a blog tour, I jumped at the chance to participate! I hadn’t read the book yet, but it sounded like something I would like. I also was really drawn in by the fact that the love interest’s name is Ezra!!! (Any Pretty Little Liars fans out there? ;) )

Anyways, I don’t want to give away too much about this book, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I really liked the story and I thought that everything played out realistically for a girl and a family who had just lost their mother. Charlotte is heartbroken after the loss of her mother, and her sister is handling the loss by not handling it at all. And their father? He has all but fallen off the face of the earth, and is majorly depressed. The three of them head out to a small island in Lake Ontario just outside of Kingston where Charlotte’s mother had spent all of her summers. I was a fan of this setting because it was all so familiar to me! I am actually going to university in Kingston in September, and they talked about the actual school I am going to!

There were a lot of details in Charlotte’s character that reminded me of myself, so I was really able to connect with her. And as soon as I read about Ezra, I was in love! He sounds absolutely perfect, and he drives a Chevy Impala like Dean does in Supernatural! <3<3<3<3<3

All in all, I really liked how this book played out, and I was pleased with the ending. The writing was not phenomenal, and it was lacking slightly in secondary characters, but I would definitely still recommend this book!

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Rating: 3.5 hearts

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Summer of Stand Alones: Mid-July Check In

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Well ladies and gents, it is time for the mid-July check in for the Summer of Stand Alones challenge hosted by Cassie at Books with Cass!

I challenged myself to reading 10 standalone books with summer, and so far I have read 8! They haven’t all been the books I planned to read for this challenge. But hey, they’re stand-alones, so they still count!

So far I have read:

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (my review)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (my review)
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (my review)
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman
The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (my review)

Sooo, I definitely think that I will be able to meet my goal of 10 stand-alones this summer – what with still having the rest of July and all of August to read two more LOL! I do hope that I will be able to finish all of the stand alones I actually planned to read this summer though, so that would put me at a total of 16 books!

Wish me luck! :D

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon: Goals, Challenges, and Updates

Hopefully I do better in this Read-a-thon than I did in the last one I participated in! I don’t have to work as much this week though, so I should be able to get a good amount of reading done!

Goals!!!

My goal is to read 4 books during this read-a-thon! They are:

the madman's daughter The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

pretty girl13 Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity.

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she’s returned home…only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen-or at least that’s what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn’t know.

But there are people who do — people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing – and ultimately empowering page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

hallowed Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

angelfall Angelfall by Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Updates!!!

Update as of July 5, 2013:

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On!

So far, I have finished The Madman’s Daughter by Magan Shepherd, Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley, and I am about a quarter was through Angelfall by Susan Ee! I think I’m on the right track to finishing the four books that I had hoped I would be able to finish for the read-a-thon!

Challenges!!!

Challenge #1: Teaser Tidbit Challenge

This one is hosted by Tamara at Shelf Addiction, and you can find all the details about it here!

The book I am currently reading is The Madman’s Daughter, and here are my two teaser sentences!

From the rigid outline of the muscles beneath his shirt, I realized Montgomery probably could have knocked them all flat, too.

He’d changed from a servant to a gentleman, and I’d done the exact opposite.

Challenge #2: Cover Re-D0

This challenge comes to us from Nancy at Tumbling books, and all the details can be found here!

Here is my cover re-do of If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch:

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Challenge #5: Cover Title Scramble

The details for this challenge can be found over at Love Life Read.

May

1) The 5th Wave
3) Winger
4) Just One Kiss
6) It Had to be You
7) Lost and Found

June

1) The Moon and More
2) Siege and Storm
4) Sweet Salt Air
8) Two of a Kind
11) Faking It

July

1) If the Shoe Fits
2) The Edge of Never
4) True Love
5) Three Little Words
7) Perfect Fling

August

1) Fall of Five
2) Crown of Midnight
5) The Hero
8) This Girl: A Novel
9) Temptation

Summer of Stand Alones: Intro Post

Hey everybody! I recently signed up to participate in Cass’s Summer of Stand Alones reading challenge! You can read all about it on her blog, right here.

This post is just for me to quickly share my goals with you. I, Natalie, plan to read 10 stand alone books this summer. The books are:

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Stardust  by Neil Gaiman
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Guys this is going to be my first ever read-a-thon!!! (Can you tell I’m a little bit excited??) Also, how cute is the graphic?!

My First Read-Along!!!

Eeeeeppppp!!!!! I’m so excited!!! I’m going to be participating in my first read-along, and it is being hosted by Cass from Books With Cass! The read along is the “Spring into Summer Read-Along” and here is the super cute graphic that Judith from Paper Riot created! Isn’t it just adorable?! spring-into-summer-FOR-REAL-maybeThe two books we will be reading are two that I have been excited to read for a while! We will be starting with This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smithon May 13, and a week later we will be reading All I Need by Susan Colasanti. If you are interested in joining this read along, head on over to Books with Cass and check it out by clicking on this button below! :)

Wish me luck with my first read along! I’m so excited to do this one, and it’s with some of the best bloggers I know <3