Book to Movie Giveaway Hop!

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I’m so excited to be participating in the Books to Movies Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds and I am a Reader, Not a Writer! I love seeing books made into movies. Even though I usually end up complaining about how horrible the movie is compared to the book, I still love it every time I hear a new book is being made into a movie. Because I love books and movies!

For this giveaway, I decided to highlight a few adaptations that I’ve really enjoyed. If I listed them as a book, it probably means I liked the book more, or haven’t seen the movie, and if I listed it as a movie, it means I liked the movie more. Or haven’t yet read the book. *gasp* I know! The winner of this giveaway will be able to pick one of the books or movies shown. Here are your options:







Rules for the giveaway:

  • You must be at least 18 years old or 13 years old with a parent’s permission to enter.
  • The contest is open to US addresses only. 
  • There will be one winner who will receive their choice of one book or movie shown above.
  • I will contact the winner via email and they must respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.
  • One entry per household. No giveaway accounts.
  • I’m not responsible for items that may get lost or damaged in the mail.
  • I will delete entries that don’t follow the instructions. So read carefully and please don’t cheat.

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Book Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance by Lyla PayneMistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 2015-10-06
Genres: Contemporary, Holidays, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
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In "Mistletoe and Mr. Right," Jessica (not Jessie) takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays for Christmas break, sure that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily ever after. But it turns out his family--and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend--don't feel the same way, and the only person making the trip worthwhile is the local farmhand, who has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most . . . and least.

The holiday hijinks continue in "Sleigh Bells and Second Chances," when Jessica's best friend makes her own way across the pond! Christina Lake does not want to be away at Christmas, but it's her duty to babysit one of London's hottest bands at their last-minute concert on Christmas Eve . . . even though she had a fling with Cary, the band's lead singer, that never officially ended. Now forced to reconnect, Christina is starting to think that maybe London is exactly where she's supposed to be to get the perfect New Year's kiss--at least until she finds out that he's been lying the whole time. Can Cary find a way to prove himself before the clock strikes twelve? Or will the New Year ring in a new romance?

Lyla Payne wraps up two perfect holiday novellas, ties them with a ribbon of romance, and tops them with a light dusting of snow. Perfect to curl up with under the tree. Just add hot cocoa!

I am a huge sucker for winter/holiday romances. I love them. I can’t help it. Give me a romance with snow and a cute couple on the cover, a hot drink and a cozy blanket, and I’ll be happy. So when I saw this book, I was very excited. I didn’t read the first novella when it came out last year but I’d had my eye on it. So when the chance to review both novellas together in this book, I took it. And I’m glad I did. While the book wasn’t the best I’ve read, it was definitely fun.

The first story features Jessica who travels all the way to Ireland to surprise her boyfriend during Christmas while he’s home visiting his family. I had so many problems with the beginning of this story it’s almost too hard to list. But my main problem was just how ridiculous she was. She knew it was a bad idea. She hadn’t been invited, didn’t tell anyone she was coming, and she and her boyfriend had only been dating for four months. Everybody knows you don’t show up unexpectedly at a family holiday like that. But she did. And it was horrible. Have you guys seen the movie Leap Year? It was adorable. But same concept. Girl travels to Ireland to see if her boyfriend really is The One. Turns out pretty much the same way as well. But with all of that being said, I actually enjoyed it. It was fast, it is a novella after all, but when she finally makes connections with people and relaxes a bit, it really turns around. Plus, I have to say, I really enjoyed the ending. I was just waiting for something over the top but it was really just adorable. I definitely recommend this story, but only if you can get over an annoying main character who just won’t listen to herself.

The second story features Christina, Jessica’s best friend and college roommate. I loved the connection between the main characters. They were great friends, even if we only saw small glimpses of their friendship. It was still fun. This second story is called a novella as well but it’s about 200 pages and felt long enough to be on its own. I would have preferred it to be a tiny bit shorter and faster for a novella, but it wasn’t and that’s okay because I enjoyed it. We follow Christina as she confronts a lot of pain from her past while getting to do her dream job. I liked this one more because even though it was a tad long and repetitive in parts, I felt like I understood Christina and her motives more than Jessica. It was easier to understand why she acted the way she did now based on her past than with Jessica. In this book she finally confronts two very painful parts of her past and tries to find a way to move on that isn’t just ignoring all of it. That I could relate to and was very hopeful for her. I thought the other characters were interesting as well and while I didn’t really like most of them, they definitely all served a purpose. And those I did like, I really liked.

These two novellas both take place over Christmas, one year apart. If you’re looking for holiday romances, I’d definitely recommend these. Though they weren’t my favorite, they were fun and fast. They also had some surprising depth, especially the second one. I would not say that these will end up as favorites of mine or that I’ll ever revisit the stories, but I really appreciated them as a nice escape. They had the same feel as a chick flick. I’m sure some people will roll their eyes at me making that comparison, but I love chick flicks. And I love romances. And I enjoyed this book. So there it is. I had a few issues with it but overall the stories are cute and the romances are swoony. So if cheesy romances are your thing, I’d check this one out.


October Reading Queue

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Reading Queue is a monthly meme hosted by Books: A True Story and Book Tasty where we can get together and talk about the books we hope to read in the coming month and the books we read last month. So write up your own Reading Queue post and then go check them out!

Wow. September was a good reading month for me in terms of how much I enjoyed the books I read but it was bad as far as following my reading queue and actual numbers of books read. I’m not going to dwell on it much because the month is over and it happened and we all have months like that, but wow, it’s been a long time since I haven’t followed my queue as much as last month! Of the ten books on my list, I only read five. So if you remember last month’s list at all, you’ll definitely be seeing some repeats this month! Also, not listed below but I’m so excited for it, is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!! I don’t know why I didn’t show it below, I guess I’m just nervous about the book and that if I put it down, I might not read it. I don’t know. But I preordered it and it should be here soon! Will you guys be reading it?

September Reads

 Vengeance Road Every Breath (Every #1)

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Every Breath by Ellie Marney: These are books that I both really enjoyed and would recommend! VR is a western but really it’s about family and revenge and hurt and loss. With a little bit of romance. Every Breath is a Sherlock-like murder mystery. With a little bit of romance. I loved them! Perfect for when you want intense stories that aren’t drowned by romance.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson: These are two more books that I would definitely recommend and really enjoyed myself. Six of Crows is one of the big books right now and just came out this week. It deserves the hype. If you like books that focus on characters rather than action, though there is also a lot of that, this is a good one for you. CoE was one of the best sequels I’ve read and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. I highly recommend this series so far. I can’t wait to read The Bitter Kingdom!

Blood and Salt Saga, Volume 5
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett and Saga Vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughn: B&S was my least favorite read this month. I know a lot of people have loved it but it just wasn’t for me. On the other hand, I really loved Saga!!

October Reads


Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas and Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance by Lyla Payne: QoS was on my list last month but the book is huge and I just didn’t get to it. My husband has now read it and said he will spoil it for me if I don’t finish it soon so we can talk about it. That’s some good motivation. I’m reading it now. I just finished the Mistletoe stories and they were cute but not great. Swoony and fun enough for holiday reading as long as you don’t expect too much from them.

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1) Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes, #2)
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin and Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: I’m so excited for both of these books! I really liked The Walled City and I’ve heard really good things about this new one. Snow Like Ashes was one of my favorites last year so it should be no surprise that I’m excited for the sequel. I hope it’s just as good as the first! (Though we all know I’m terrified it won’t be.)

A Madness So Discreet Red Girl, Blue Boy (If Only . . ., #5)
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and Red Girl Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted: I’m really excited about Madness because I loved McGinnis’ previous series and it’s based on an old asylum from Ohio. RGBB is getting pretty mixed reviews already so I’m a little nervous but always excited for a romance. We’ll see!

Every Word (Every, #2) Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Every Word by Ellie Marney and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Every Word!! It came last month and I’m dying to read it! The last book was so good! A slow burn but totally worth it in the end. I loved it. I was suppose to read Scarlet last month for the readalong but time got away from me so I’m hoping to get to it this month. I hear good things about it so I’m looking forward to it!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)
Cress by Marissa Meyer and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson: If by some crazy miracle I read all of the books above, these will be next on the list. More sequels I’m excited for. The Lunar Chronicles readalong is doing Cress this month so if I can catch up, I’ll be back on track. And I really want to read The Bitter Kingdom soon because I really loved CoE last month. Seriously. Hector and Elisa are the best.

What are you guys excited to read this month?!

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September at a Glance

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September was full of so many awesome things around here! Including a trip to Orlando to visit Harry Potter! I mean, Disney and Universal. It was amazing and fun but SO HOT. How do people survive in Florida? I’m pretty sure I would melt. Or die of starvation because I would never leave my house. But regardless, it was super fun to visit with our kids and my brother’s family and my mom. But now we’re ready to be home and back to a regular schedule. Plus, it’s fall here! Finally! We had a full day of rain and now the temps are in the 60s and the leaves are changing and it’s glorious.

As far as books and blogging have gone, it was better than August! I feel like I’m finally settling into a routine with school and reading and blogging. The kids are settling into homeschooling as well and I think we’re all still happy with our decision. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the school year!

I hope all of you guys had a good September. Here’s what happened on the blog last month. Also, I’d love to hear what your favorite book from September was and what book you’re most excited for in October. I think I’d have to say Crown of Embers or Six of Crows and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!



Most Exciting Book Mail

Every Word (Every, #2) Saga, Volume 5

Every Word by Ellie Marney and Saga Vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughn: I ordered Every Word as soon as I finished Every Breath and am so excited to read it!! And Saga Vol 5 was a preorder and I’m so glad it came so fast! I read it the day it showed up and I can’t wait for more!

Favorite September Reads

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) Vengeance Road Every Breath (Every #1) The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Of course I recommend this! I’ll have a review up in the next couple of weeks but I really enjoyed this and I think it’s much better than the Shadow and Bone series!
Vengeance Road by Eric Bowman: So good! I was glued to this book as soon as I started it! I loved it! It doesn’t shy away from the dark side of westerns and I’m glad because then it would just have been stupid. This was dark and action-packed with just a tiny bit of romance. It was great.
Every Breath by Ellie Marney: Like I said above, I finished this book and then immediately ordered the next one. I really liked this mystery and it’s connection to the Sherlock stories. The characters are completely new and really interesting and I can’t wait to find out what comes next for them!
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson: I had to read this after finishing Walk on Earth a Stranger (which I also recommend!) and am so glad I did! IT IS SO GOOD! I don’t know why I didn’t pick it up right after I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns but I’m so glad I finally did. You guys were so right. Hector!! 

Coming Up in October

October. Really?! Yikes. The months just keep on moving faster and faster. But I’m so glad fall is finally here! I am finding it harder to come up with time to read and blog with teaching the kids and soccer and other activities going on but I find just enough time here and there because I love it so much. And I know you guys understand since we all are trying to find time in these crazy buys days to fit in the things we love. I’m glad I get to do this and I appreciate all of you guys sticking around!

Coming up in October will be a couple of fun giveaways, some tour stops, and, of course, reviews! Six of Crows and Illuminae reviews will definitely be up and hopefully a few others I need to get caught up on. Time is slipping away so fast! I also really really want to start a Dawson’s Creek rewatch! In case you didn’t know, I love this show. I’ve wanted to do a rewatch for a while now and finally started the posts for it so I’m hoping they’ll be ready soon! Have you guys seen the show? Do you love it? But really, how could you not?!


(It’s not creepy. It’s sweet.)

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Book Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Leggett

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Book Review: Blood and Salt by Kim LeggettBlood and Salt by Kim Leggett
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Published by Penguin on 2015-09-22
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

Do you guys know the feeling you get when you learn about a book and it sounds really interesting but you also realize that it’s a genre you don’t usually get along with? And then you think, maybe this will be the book the changes that? And then you start reading the book and you realize you are just truly incompatible with that genre? That’s exactly what this book was for me.

I went in pretty excited because I’d seen some good reviews for this book and I actually really love the cover and the tag line. “It’s good to be afraid. It means you still have something to live for.” Perfect for a creepy September read. But as it turns out, I just don’t do creepy (or just weird) very well. It seems as if this book will do well for its intended audience but, unfortunately, that isn’t me.

I had a few issues with the book but because I don’t read horror very often, I don’t know if they’re part of the genre or just this book. The first was the very weird history of Ashlyn’s family. There’s a big long story that stretches throughout most of the book until the end when we finally find out what is/has really happened. It’s suppose to be creepy and weird and I think it would translate very well into a movie but for whatever reason, it just didn’t work in the book for me. I kept either rolling my eyes at the rituals and traditions and explanations for things that were happening and just being really confused by it. I just think it lost a little bit of the creepy factor through the writing, which was more direct storytelling than an experience. I think if the writing had been more emotional and engaging, it would have worked a little bit better.

Another problem I had with the book was just how bored I was for the first half of it. I really almost gave up. There’s a lot of explanations of the town their parent’s came from, Ash’s life and history, her mother’s weird traditions, and then meeting people and the town of Quivera. I really almost put the book down because I was wondering if anything was ever going to actually happen. Of course, one of the few things that did happen was insta-love. I won’t say much about it or the relationship so that you can read about it yourself if you want, but it’s also wrapped up in the history of the town and her family, but I could not get behind the relationship at all. Instantly, as soon as Ash sees this guy, that’s it. She’s gone and can only think about him. I just can’t. Even with the explanations given to why they’re drawn together, I just can’t get behind it. It annoys me for reasons I won’t go into again here but you should know the relationship is very insta-lovey.

I really hate to dislike this book so much because it really just comes down to the fact that it was different than I had anticipated and didn’t pull me in like I had hoped. I think it might be good for people who like this genre. I’ve never seen Children of the Corn so I can’t say if the comparison is fair, but there is a lot of talk about corn in this book. If you’re a fan of this genre, I’d go check out others’ reviews of this to get a better sense of why they like it. Since I’m not a fan of the genre, I won’t automatically tell you not to read it. But if you hate insta-love or books that tend to be slow in the beginning or characters that are harder to connect with, I’m not sure that you’ll love it either.


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