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February 2017 Reads

February seemed to come and go quickly. To tell you the truth, I felt rushed with my reading list and there are still about seven books on my TBR list that I haven't had time to read yet. That's just the way it is. 
Here are the books I did read this month. Check out my reviews if you want to know more about how I rated them.
Weariland by Mary Shotwell Gilded Cage by Vic James
The Falconer by Elizabeth May The Prince by Kiera Cass 
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick 
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett
Ensnared by Rita Stradling The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Selection by Kiera Cass



#WeeklyMenu Week 186

It has been a long week. Each kid got sick in turn. This always happens. They never get sick at the same time. My youngest, poor guy, got strep on top of it all. He was down the longest. 
Of course, Cabin fever set in about day three. I was going crazy. Didn't want to write, didn't want to idly sit and watch a movie, and certainly didn't want to clean my house. Not that there was much left to clean after three days of being home. I can't wait to get back to work!
In writing news: Its been three weeks since I sent off my manuscript to my publisher. I hate the waiting game, but its the nature of the beast. 
I'm also a good 10k words into a new series. This one is going to be a scifi dystopian. Lots of excitement and fights against aliens.
Enjoy this weeks menu!
Monday - Beef Fajitas
Tuesday - Ranch Oven Fried Chicken and Potatoes
Wednesday - Roast Beef Grilled Cheese
Thursday - French Onion Pork Chops
Friday - Parmesan Chicken
Saturday - Cobb Salad
Sunday
- Tuna Sandwiches

#BookReview - Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Title: Ensnared  By: Rita Stradling Genre: Scifi / Fantasy Release Date: December 18th, 2017 Publisher:
Summary from Goodreads: A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake. 

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see. 

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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Review: Rita Stradling has done an amazing job at this futuristic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There is so much depth in the characters and the love scenes aren't overwhelming like a lot of b…

State of Allegiance by Summer Lane #BlogTour @SummerEllenLane @XpressoReads

State of Allegiance
Summer Lane
(Collapse #9)
Publication date: February 24th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Be brave. Be vigilant. But above all, be loyal.
In the wake of a dangerous but successful mission to Yukon City in Alaska, Cassidy Hart now finds herself back in California, at the naval air station in San Diego. Together, she and Chris now face their most terrifying threat yet: nuclear destruction.
Surviving in a world gone nuclear is easier said than done. Faced with the prospect of being wiped off the face of the earth by Omega’s nuclear arsenal, Cassidy, Chris and their fellow rebel friends stage an incredible, daring journey into the Pacific Rim with the hope that they will be able to seize a weapon that could turn the tide of the war in the militia’s favor.
The clock of the apocalypse is counting down.
Choices must be made. Relationships will be strained. True love will be put to the ultimate test.
It’s militias versus Omega. Hope versus destruction.
Where does your al…

The Piper's Price by Audrey Greathouse #BlogTour @missaudreyjoy @XpressoReads

The Piper’s Price
Audrey Greathouse
(The Neverland Wars #2)
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 21st 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Retelling, Young Adult
Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous Pied Piper.
Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn’t sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he’s just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that she’s nearly home and meeting with Jay again.
The Piper isn’t the only one hiding from the adults’ war on magic though, an…

Legacy of the Mind by HR Moore #BlogTour @hr_moore @YABoundToursPR

Legacy of the Mind
by H.R. Moore
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: January 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Anita has never been ordinary, she’s stuck out like a sore thumb her entire life; not only can she see the energy of others, a rare skill, but she’s won every Body challenge she’s ever entered. So when the powerful, good looking Descendants, Marcus and Alexander, mysteriously arrive in Empire, her difference attracts and keeps their attention.

Once in Empire, the sudden death of ruling Body Descendant, Christiana, sets in motion a number of events; a quest for the treacherous Austin to find the girl Christiana had been looking for; a challenge where Anita stands out more vibrantly than ever before; a perilous dip in the world’s energy; and a dangerous belief among the people that they will never truly be free. Powerful factions soon form within the ruling elite and when a trusted friend and mentor reaches out to ask for Anita’s help, she has to make a choice; help her friend …

#Review - Weariland by Mary Shotwell @MaryEShotwell @YABoundToursPR

Weariland
by Mary Shotwell
Genre: YA
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Merge Publishing

Summary:

For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.

“HIDING PLACE.”

The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.

As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…





Review: I found this book to be a quick read. I was really intrigued by the story line of Alice in Wonderland …

#Yalit #Giveaway

YALit Giveaway Event! A bunch of authors who got together to bring you a YOUNG ADULT Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway! One lucky winner is going to win FIFTY (50) Young Adult Paperback Books! How’s that for an epic Book-Lover’s Prize?! THIS BOX OF BOOKS IS VALUED AT OVER $500! And this giveaway is open worldwide! Our first giveaway went to a winner in ROMANIA–and yes, we’re willing to pay the insane shipping on this oversized, overweight package to get the prize to WHOEVER wins! — Here's a sneak peek from a couple of the sponsors: Adrenaline Rush by Cindy M. Hogan As I hurtled toward my destination at 500 miles an hour, I pulled out a notebook, placed it on the shiny mahogany table in front of me, and scribbled a quick to-do list. Pick out an outfit. Get folders and notebooks. Switch into fourth period drama. I chewed on the end of my pen. Oh yeah—just one more thing. Get kidnapped.
According to my pre-mission briefing, kidnappings were up in the States by five percent over the last …

Moribund by Genevieve Iseult Eldridge #BlogTour @GirlyEngine @Xpressoreads

Moribund
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae, #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl. With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

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#WeeklyMenu Week 185

Its now been two weeks since I sent my newest manuscript off the my publisher. I probably only have like ten more weeks to go before I hear back from them...

In other news, I started another series and I'm already on chapter three. It seems to be going well. More about that later.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday - Beef Burritos
Tuesday - Chicken Teriyaki
Wednesday - Loaded Nachos
Thursday - Fiesta Pork Chops
Friday - Chicken Burrito Bowls
Saturday - Doritos Taco Salad
Sunday
Avacado Tuna Melt

Hold Fast by Kate Carter #BlogTour @Xpressoreads

Holdfast
Kate Carter
Publication date: December 14th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Once they’d do anything to keep her safe. Now they’ll do anything to kill her.
The discovery of a genetically twisted corpse on her latest stepfather’s ranch in the Badlands of Forsaken triggers a desperate and brutal race against time for eighteen-year-old con artist Ariel Tesla when her loving stepbrothers are turned into monstrous killers with a single purpose: to hunt Ariel down and destroy her.
Running for her life, the one person she can turn to for help is the last person in the galaxy she can trust, former mark Hale Carrow. She needs a ship to get off the planet, fast; he wants revenge on the girl who broke his heart.
To save the family she never thought she wanted, she’s going to have to gamble on the boy she betrayed, or no-one’s life will ever be the same.
And hers will be over.Goodreads / AmazonEXCERPT: The human body can only handle so much stress. Ariel knew how this w…

#Review - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Title: The Underground Railroad By: Colson Whitehead Genre: Historical Fiction Release Date: August 2nd, 2016 Publisher: Doubleday Books
Summary from Goodreads: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor - engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven - but the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens…

#Review - Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Title: Scrappy Little Nobody By: Anna Kendrick Genre: Non-Fiction Release Date: November 15th, 2016 Publisher: Touchstone
Summary from Goodreads: A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star ofUp in the AirandPitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch PerfectUp in the AirTwilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanill…