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Try Convincing Their Hearts | Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Title: Kiss of the Royal By: Lindsey Duga Genre: Fantasy Pages: 400 Release Date: July 3rd, 2018 Publisher: Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads: In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.
Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.
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Confront the Real World | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One By: Ernest Cline Genre: Dystopian Scifi Pages: 374 Release Date: August 16th, 2011 Publisher: Crown Publishers
Summary from Goodreads: In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
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Review: I don't usually review older books that I've been dying to ready, just for the fact that I'm super busy during the w…

Not for the better | Moonlight and Midtown by Christina Bauer #Giveaway

Moonlight And Midtown
Christina Bauer
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: May 27th 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life. No more crazy aunties. Her curse is toast. And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true. Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school. Forget those sketchy tutors! To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle. It’s a blast, except for one thing: Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan. All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them. Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C. But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets. With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these …

Yum Bibimbap | #WeeklyMenu Week #250

Its Monday, its Memorial Day and its my middle son's birthday weekend. 8 years old. We've had a blast with the birthday boy. Seeing the look on his face as he opens his present to find the exact present he's been asking for, its priceless.

I've been able to work on my writing this week. Just a few days, but I'm excited to finish it. I need to find more time though, there is never enough. Just as I'm really getting into the story and the words are flowing, my lunch hour is over and I have to get back to work. I can never win. Either way, I'm making head way, no matter how slow it is. One day it will be done, and one day I will have started the third book in my Hunter Saga. I have some great ideas for it and I think I can finally write it.

On to the delicious menu. Enjoy!

Monday -Balsamic Pork
Tuesday - Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
Wednesday - Ground Beef Tacos
Thursday - Oven Baked Chicken Legs
Friday - Spaghetti
Saturday - Korean Beef
Sunday - Leftovers Night

Win their freedom | Alpha by Jus Accardo

Title: Alpha By: Jus Accardo Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 400 Release Date: July 3rd, 2018 Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Summary from Goodreads: “A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Infinity
Sera is the obsession of a killer chasing a ghost. G is a soldier with too much blood on his hands.

Dylan lost the only person he ever loved—and will stop at nothing to get her back.

In a whirlwind chase that takes them back to where it all started, Sera, G, and Dylan will have to confront their demons—both physical and mental—and each other, in order to win their freedom.

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Review: I have to tell you the truth, this book was a little hard for me to get into. It might have something to do with the fact that this is the third book in the series, but after reading some of the other reviews, I'm convinced that it was just a slow start. Once things really go going in the story, I was drawn in. Loved the characters and the way they interacted, but I could…

Lose Her Identity Forever | The Aviary by Emily Shore

The Aviary
Emily Shore
(The Aviary Series, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
I am nobody’s Swan.
Beauty is now a corporate commodity, bought and sold on city streets and displayed in elite Museums.
Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding, to keep safe from this decadent world. Overnight, her parents disappear, and Serenity is kidnapped, sold at auction, and thrust into the Aviary—an illustrious Museum where girls are displayed as living art by day and at night, cater to the lascivious whims of men who bid on their exhibits. Serenity has much to learn about this enthralling but competitive world where girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.
The enigmatic and deadly Aviary Director, Luc, soon idolizes Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes the most coveted exhibit in the…

Release the Chicken Kraken | #WeeklyMenu Week #249

Well, its Monday again. The ever busy, ugly stepsister to Tuesday. It never fails that I have a million things to do and not enough time to do it. On top of that, there is no chance of having a nice quiet morning when I get home from dropping the kids at school. The solace of a quiet morning are now nonexistent. Sad face :(

Life seems to want to throw me in the deep end. I'm still angry, but more off, I'm just sad. Sad that I let it get like this. Sad that I don't have the guts to change it. I took small steps this week to take my life back, and it seemed to lift a small weight off my shoulders. Baby steps and I think I will get back to the person I used to be... But with a new strength I didn't have before.

Enjoy this weeks menu!

Crispy Chicken
Tuesday - Balsamic Pork
Wednesday - Chicken Cheddar Fajitas
Thursday - Cheddar Smash Burgers
Friday - Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
Saturday - Spaghetti 
Sunday - Leftovers Night

To hold on to his mermaid | The Mermade by Christina Henry

Title: The Mermaid By: Christina Henry Genre: Fantasy / Retelling Pages: 336 Release Date: June 19th, 2018 Publisher: Berkley
Summary from Goodreads: From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.
Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived o…

Giveaway! | Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine @RachelCaine @Berkleypub

I'm excited to bring you this giveaway! Rachel Caine has brought us another book in her Great Library series. I really enjoyed the last book and I was lucky to get my hands on a precopy for review (coming soon.)

Checkout this excerpt from Smoke and Iron, provided by Penguin Random House, Inc. Scroll to the bottom for the Giveaway.
SMOKE AND IRON by Rachel Caine
It had all started as an exercise to fight the unending boredom of being locked in this Alexandrian prison cell.
When Jess Brightwell woke up, he realized that he’d lost track of time. Days blurred here, and he knew it was important to remember how long he’d been trapped, waiting for the axe to fall—or not.  So he diligently scratched out a record on the wall using a button from his shirt.
Five days. Five days since he’d arrived back in Alexandria, bringing with him Scholar Wolfe and Morgan Hault as his prisoners. They’d been taken off in different directions, and he’d been dumped here to—as they’d said—await the Archivist’…

This New Life | Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale by Molly Lazer

Title: Owl Eyes: A Fairy Tale By: Molly Lazer Genre: Fantasy Pages: 264 Release Date: March 20th, 2018 Publisher: Fire and Ice YA
Summary from Goodreads: Nora knows three things: she is a servant, her parents are dead, and she lives in the kitchen house with her adoptive family. But her world is torn apart when she discovers that her birth father has always been right there, living in the house she serves.
This discovery leads Nora to more questions. Why was she thrown in an ash-covered room for asking about her father? Why is a silver-bladed knife the only inheritance from her birth mother? Why is magic forbidden in her household—and throughout the province of the Runes? The answers may not be the ones Nora hoped for, as they threaten a possible romance and her relationship with the adoptive family she loves.

With the announcement of a royal ball, Nora must decide what she is willing to give up in order to claim her stolen birthright, and whether this new life is worth losing her family—and …

Release Day! | Stanley & Hazel by Jo Schaffer

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for Stanley & Hazel by Jo Schaffer presented by Month9Books! Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
A great depression has gripped the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante in waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes. When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all …

Anger and Spaghetti | #WeeklyMenu Week #248

Monday, Monday. Its always Monday here on the blog. Its one of my favorite days though. One where the kids go off to school, I only have the little one and the house is fairly quiet. I can't wait till fall when the little on is off to Kindergarten and I have the house to myself.
My writing has really suffered lately. I've been angry, and when I am angry, I don't feel like writing. Its been a long time since I produced something worthwhile and although I'm almost done with my current manuscript, its far from being complete. It really suck, and thinking about it makes me more angry. Its a vicious cycle. 
Well, enjoy this weeks menu!
Monday - Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
Tuesday - Burrito Bowels
Wednesday - Cuban Spiced Steak
Thursday - Crispy Chicken
Friday - Spaghetti
Saturday - Little Ears Pasta
Sunday - Leftovers Night

The Greatest Showman | Review

Title: The Greatest Showman Genre: Historical Fiction / Musical Release Date: December 20th, 2017 Rating: 7.8/10 Cast: Huge Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron
Summary from IMDB: Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
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Review: Finally, I got my hands on a copy of The Greatest Showman. I've been dying to see this movie and it didn't disappoint. 
The movie is a musical, but not like Les Miserables where there is only singing and no actual dialogue going on. This is a nice mix of both, along with some fantastic dancing and a kick ass story line. Based on the life of P.T. Barnum, we follow the story of how his circus was born and how he brought joy to so many lives. I loved the movie and would recommend it to anyone.

Happily Ever After | All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

Title: All the Ever Afters By: Danielle Teller Genre: Fantasy/Retelling Pages: 384 Release Date: May 22nd, 2018 Publisher: William Morrow
Summary from Goodreads: In the vein of WickedThe Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return t…