My Wreck This Journal

Wreck This Journal

By: Keri Smith

I seriously love this book. Well, its more like a journal…a journey…an experience. It’s really something amazing and I think this book is for every perfectionist out there. That, and everyone who wants to express their creativity in a different way. For that, I am not going to actually review this book because it can be so different for each person, but I’m going to show you what mine was transformed into and give you a bit of information on it, so you can (you really gotta) check this out for yourself. Its so much fun!

Goodreads Description:

For anyone who’s ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in “destructive” acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making-and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

My Wreck This Journal:

(sorry, the pics came out strangely placed!)

I recently purchased this book :

And I cant wait to get started! Do you have Wreck this Journal or Mess? I’d like to see the outcome if you do!

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Review: Married With Zombies

“The Couple Who Slays Together Stays Together.”

GoodReads Description:

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains, they might just kill each other.

My Review:

First off, I’m Zombie biased! I love zombie everything. Although this is categorized as a zombie book, Much like the series “The Walking Dead” on AMC, this is about how people adapt during a zombie apocalypse. Sarah and David are married, and both are at their wits end with each other when the book starts . In fact, they are going to counseling when all hell brakes loose. Whats great about it is that Sarah and David use what they have learned from their counseling sessions, and apply it to whats currently going on in their lives, including the zombies!

“Give each other a compliment every day. Even when the undead attack, its nice to feel pretty. Or badass.”

Every chapter’s title is a piece of advice that a couple having troubles (during the zombie apocalypse), could benefit from. Mostly they are all hilarious. Jesse Petersen, the author, holds nothing back when it comes to the dialogue. Yes, there is cussing. I mean, c’mon, when you’re faced with a once human being, now dead, smelly rotting corpse lunging at you wanting to eat your flesh, I give you permission to cuss. The F bomb is dropped in the first chapter. So, that being said, you can only imagine the banter between a married couple on the rocks NOT in the zombie apocalypse much less one that is. Lets just say, when faced with imminent danger, you come closer together.

“Balance the world in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing ALL the Zombies.”

That is a true statement. Have each others back I always say 🙂 Anyway, although Sarah and David are very dysfunctional, you will be rooting for them the whole way. It makes me want to stock up on non perishables and a machete. Overall, I love this book. I love the two books that follow. Its great, and I think that, even if you aren’t a Zombie lover like myself, you will enjoy the comedy of Sarah and David. Enjoy!

What would be your must have if you were in the zombie apocalypse?

Review: Throwaway

GoodReads Description:

When society deemed Jessie a throwaway, she didn’t let it stop her from finding the sunshine in her world… But that world is threatened when she finds herself undeniably drawn to the mischievous glint in the eyes of a man unlike any she’s ever met before. What starts as a simple crush will lead them both on a journey they could never have anticipated. From a vibrant St. Louis neighborhood known as Cherokee Street to a cave in the Ozark Mountains with a 120-year-old mystery to hide, Jessie fights organized crime, corruption and her own fears to reclaim her life and leave her mark on this world.

My Review:

This is the first book I’m reviewing on my blog that doesn’t have any supernatural people or a type of supernatural world in it. It’s about a prostitute, her life, and how she tries to get out of that world. Jessie, the main character has been in that type of business for fourteen years. In fact, it’s the only one she has ever known. The book talks about her past and how as a child she was thrown into the system and then “thrown away” when she hit 18 and forced to take of herself. Hence, Throwaway. The author, Huffman is good writer. The story, in 3rd person, allows you to experience not only what Jessie is going through but also the people involved in her life.

The story of Jessie, moves on rather quickly. In fact, I felt like this book really had what could of been 2 books. Jessie is a hooker, has a pimp, meets a cop, falls in love, try’s to find a way out. That would of been book one for me. That’s just halfway through! So unfortunately, the last half of the book felt rushed. The author was trying to give you all the information you needed to wrap up the story and leave no loose ends as this book isn’t in a series. Despite the rushed ending, it had great emotion. I teared up several times, and laughed a lot! The moral of the story is that happiness can be found even under the worst circumstances. I gave this book four stars because of its overall message and grammatically there is no errors that I noticed. Good chic lit book!

Get the book HERE. Enjoy!

Friday Finds (4/20)

This weekly Meme is hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading

MizB asks “What great books did you hear about or discover this past week? Share with us your Friday finds!”

Here is what I found this past week and can’t wait to read!

(one I am currently reading, check my sidebar!)

  • Bloody Little Secrets By Karly Kirkpatrick
  • Wraith By Angel Lawson
  • Branded By Keary Taylor
  • Throwaway By Heather Huffman

What have you found this week? Have a great weekend!

My Zombie Story

Yup. I’m writing a book! Nope. I have never attempted it before but I have always had the idea for a Zombie book in my head, it was always about finding the time to put pen to paper (fingertips to keyboard, rather). That being said, I’m apologizing in advance for my poor grammar and any misspelled or misused words. Keep in mind I am not an experienced writer, just an experienced reader! Hahah!I hope you enjoy it! I’ve got a name for the book. But I’m on the fence about it! What do you think?

Rayne

A Zombie Tale

  

Prologue

My name is Rayne Delaney. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. Even as a child, I loved helping people. I graduated nursing school last year and I was employed ever since at the local, very small hospital in Blessing, Texas. My hometown. I was never the one in high school that wanted to get out of this small town, trying to cling on to dreams of bigger and better things. I knew then what I know now, and that is that I was meant for here. Blessing, Texas lived up to its name and brought me all the right blessings I needed to live my little, comfortable life. I had a nice, loving family. I had a quaint home, but it was so perfect for me. I had a small dog named Peggy who was given to me by my brother when his dog had puppies last year. I owned my car and I had a career. I guess a date or two would have been nice, but none of that mattered now. On the 1st day of the year 2011 life changed for everyone, everywhere. This is my story of what we now call Z-day. The day zombies took over the world and crushed what I thought was my perfect, little life.

Chapter 1: The Hangover

I

’m late for work. I’d like to add, “Well, that’s the story of my life,” but it isn’t. I’m a punctual person. I pride myself on being said punctual person. I’m going to give myself a break this time. I mean, if there’s one day a year to be late to work, it should be New Year’s Day. Besides, it was worth it. I got to spend time with some of my closest friends and even had a new year’s kiss! I hate that weird feeling single people get about 30 minutes or so before the ball drops and your just thinking to yourself “Will I be that one who’s not kissed tonight?” Luckily, my friend Aiden went stag to the party, and as the countdown began, he rushed over to me, champagne in our hands, and bestowed a kiss on my lips. It was sweet and lingered just a second over. We gave each other a short glance, and I could feel the red rushing over my face. He smiled at me, and went on mingling with the others. Several glasses of champagne later and less than 5 hours of sleep, I’m pulling into the employee parking lot, rather fast might I add. Aiden and I work the same shift, and I always park next to his civic, only today, I’m actually realizing it.

 I’m finding it hard to pull myself together. I look and feel a hot mess, but finally muster up the energy to pull my keys out of the ignition and slump out of my car. Every step I take toward the hospital is trying, and everything is taking on a brighter shade of its color today. My eyes are begging me for a pair of sunglasses. As I walked through the double doors to the ER, I automatically snap into shape and everything around me is clear again. This is my place, and this feels like home to me. Passing the intake desk as fast as I can, Aiden catches my eye and I catch his. “Looks like someone had a great night.” He says with a clever look on his face.

“Epic, really.” I smile shyly but keep on walking, because it’s time to get down to business, not to mention I’m already late and I want to slip into work going as un-noticed as possible. Behind the only unmarked door in the ward is where I’m headed. My own little piece of this hospital is here, my locker.

3 (beep) 7 (beep) 9 (beep). A longer beep sounds off on the keypad allowing me entrance to the employee room. Inside, is Nurse Jackson sitting on the bench tying her shoe laces. It’s odd but, I’ve worked here a year and I still don’t know her first name. “Late too, Rayne?” I guess she knows mine. It must be her demeanor that keeps me from asking her first name because she makes me feel like I should have respect for her. She’s getting into her sixties: if she’s not already there.  She’s worked at this hospital since it opened. Plus, she has that attitude that can be in full force when needed and much kinder when it’s called for too. I guess she reminds me of my grandma, so I treat her as such. “Yes ma’am, trying to sneak in. Guess that didn’t work out too well.”

“Honey, sneaking in is impossible when you’ve walked straight in the front door.” With a quick wink, she was out the door and on her way. She’s right, there is no way you could miss me today. I’m not looking or feeling my best and I guess you can tell that at first glance. I’ve got my favorite black scrubs on that have hot pink piping. I like them because they match my black and pink reeboks. I’m happy to say that I look pretty good in scrubs, well, as good as one can look in them. As for my dark brown hair (rather lackluster today) and green eyes, it’s a good thing I have an emergency kit in my locker. I set up by the mirror and quickly brush my hair. It’s getting pretty long, so I feel a braid is in order. The braid falls alongside my shoulder and I feel a little better. Next, I brush a little shadow over my eyes, and wisp a bit of mascara on my lashes. Last on my list, I grab an Emergence-C packet from my kit; shake it into a warm bottle of water and down that sucker. Hangover Shmangover, I’m good to go.

 Nurse Jackson is jotting down patients info on a clipboard at the nurses’ station. When I walk up, she hands it to me. “You’re up, Rayne.”

While checking the log of patients Dr. Oliver shouts at me in passing (if you haven’t noticed, its common around here to walk and talk, as they say).

 “Delaney, assist me in triage room two.”

He really does have a giddy up in his step, which isn’t easy for a man pushing sixty and smokes like a chimney, so I drop the clipboard and follow in his footsteps. This isn’t a man you keep waiting. It’s pretty unlikely that Dr. Oliver, the Chief of Emergency medicine, would be in such a hurry for any patient, so it gets my mind wondering. I happened to read on the clipboard that a young male was in triage two. When I walk in the room, the doctor is explaining to the boy’s mother that he needs to take some blood for testing. This prompts me to set up a tray of vials and needles, so I can assist the doctor. He excuses himself from them and gives me the “follow me” expression. Just outside the door, Dr. Oliver’s expressions went from professional to worry.

“I’ve got a strange feeling about this kid. He has a raging fever but is feeling just fine. He should be in a coma. Go in there and take his vitals. I need a second pair of eyes, so I know I’m not going crazy. Also, take forty cc’s of his blood and get it to the lab for testing. Call me when you’ve completed the vitals so we can collaborate.”

He didn’t give me time to answer him. He walked away briskly and I knew I needed to be on my toes back in the room.

“Hello, I’m Nurse Delaney and I’m going to run some vitals on-“ my eyes quickly glance down at his clipboard, “- Joseph here. Then I’m going to take some blood as Dr. Oliver requested.” I look at Joseph’s mother for reassurance that she understands me, and she gives me small nods in return.

“Hi Joseph, how are you feeling?” I start talking to Joseph in a kind voice. He doesn’t answer, but I want him to trust me and allow me to poke at him without a struggle. This is the first time I’m actually getting a good look at him. We are face to face after all since I’ve settled down in a rolling chair next to his bed. He is a small boy, much smaller than I would have guessed a 10 year old to be. His hair is long and cut into that surfer boy style that is so popular these days and he can’t seem to keep it out of his eyes. His piercing blue eyes are friendly and exhausted. I give him a side grin and ask for his arm. He extends his arm and the second my skin touches his, I draw back.

He’s burning up! Keep calm …

 “Wow Joseph, you sure are warm. Are you feeling bad at all? When I’m done here, I’m going to grab you some cold packs we keep in the fridge to rest on your head and arms, okay?”

He shrugs his shoulders and replies “Okay. I’m feeling fine really, I’m just tired and hungry, but I can’t keep my food down. Mom says the fever medicine she gave me at home didn’t work. That’s why we came here.”

After I take his blood pressure, I listen to his pulse. It’s slower than it should be so I start over. It’s the same. I notate this so I can let Dr. Oliver know the results. Next, I take his temperature and try not to jump backwards out of my chair.

112°… What is going on here?!

 Luckily, Nurse Jackson comes in to ask if I need assistance. I tell her to go ahead and draw his blood because I cannot wait any longer on getting him some cold packs. Plus, this will give me a second to get my wits about me. The hangovers involuntary sweating stage is in full effect. The mini-fridge is located down the hall, so I walk over and grab for the handle. The cold air hits my face and it’s suddenly a little easier to breath. Okay, I’m a nurse, and that means there is a logical reason behind Josephs fever and we are here to figure that out. I have been in much worse situations with people in the past; I can get a fever down.

Okay. Back into work mode, I walk into Joseph’s room with 6 cold packs. I pop the bags and the coldness comes to life, I wrap them in a small rag and place them on his arms, legs and forehead. Nurse Jackson is quickly done drawing his blood and is on her way to deliver it to the lab. Josephs Mom walks over to me. “Can I speak with you for a moment? Outside.”

“What exactly is going on with my son? Why aren’t you telling us what’s happening? I mean, I wasn’t born yesterday, I know a hundred and twelve fever isn’t possible so”, She pauses for a moment realizing the volume in her voice has gotten to an inappropriate level. “-so, give me some answers. Please.”

Obviously this woman does not want to bullshit. So I give it to her straight. “Honestly, we don’t know. You’re right, a hundred and twelve degree fever is unheard of, but since your son is feeling well, it’s best to not alarm him or you for that matter, until we know what’s going on. The blood tests will determine where to start. Please give us some time, and I will try and keep Joseph and you as comfortable as possible in the meantime.” She was satisfied with that answer. She curtly nodded at me and turned her heel to return back to her son’s room. It’s time to call Doctor Oliver anyway. He needs to know that he was right, Joseph’s vitals are unstable and he needs help right away. Just then, I hear that noise that makes even the most experienced nurse shudder.

He’s coding.

I slam into the door, push the big red button on the wall that says “cardiac arrest” under it and the lights begin to flash and the friendly voice over the speaker says, “Code blue, triage two. Code blue, triage two.”

Review: My Blood Approves

My Blood Approves

By: Amanda Hocking

Rating:

GoodReads Description:

Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood

Review:

I’m going to go ahead and get this out of the way first, I felt a lot of twilight in this book. No, i didn’t go and so my research to find out if this book or twilight was released first, but I’m read so many thing that were similar. The Vampire, the vampire’s family of other vampires, the girl who’ll do anything for this vampire without knowing why. From the first chapter I couldn’t shake the feeling, but I kept reading. Thankfully I did, because the story, although more than halfway through, finally started to turn around and I felt the originality of the story start to blossom.

Alice, the main character in this book, is a teenage girl obviously unhappy in her surroundings. She kind of has that personality like she is always and forever going to be unlucky. She has the worst best friend one could have, and luckily, her best friend is sort of weened out of the book as every chapter goes by. Her brother Milo, who is two years younger, is really a sweet kid and im rooting for him throughout the whole book. The relationship she has with her brother felt real to me. Her character development was on point. I’ll go into the next book knowing exactly whats going on. In the first chapter, Alice is in a dangerous situation when out of the dark of night, Jack, rescues her. Immediatly, they are connected and there is no turning back. She, right away gives him trust he hasnt earned. Goes out with him again the next night, even after finding out that hes 7 years older than her. I didnt like that this age thing isnt really explained until the very end and why the gap was so big.

During her adventures with Jack, she meets his family, and all of a sudden moves out of her mothers house b/c her Mom is mad that she came home at 7AM on a school night (day).  She also meets Jacks brother who hates her guts, but leads her on. You know what? the more I write this review, I realize that Im not so sure I liked it as much as I thought.

Nahhhh! Im a sucker for Vampire books and this one, although it wont be for everyone, Kept my attention and is going into my guilty pleasures bookshelf!

Author Interview: Alivia Anders

Well if you’ve read my blog at all, you know I’m absolutely obsessed with this gal. (Not is a creepy way, just a “I love her book” way!) In celebration of her B-day, and the Illumines Wish giveaway, I asked her to do an interview with me and she kindly obliged! Sweet!

Heres what Goodreads has to say about her:

Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the ‘back door’ into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.
Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn’t so intolerant to dairy she’d live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.

Here is our interview:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I turn 21 this April 11th! Haha, how’s that for a starter? Let’s see, some basics! I’m a girl, used to be hugely active in RPG Forums (especially the Harry Potter based ones!) still hold a soft spot in my heart for World of Warcraft, can’t make up my mind on my hair color, and most definitely am addicted to caffeine for life.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

I don’t think I ever stop writing, really. I can lie and say I’m playing video games or watching True Blood hungrily, but stories still run in the back of my head like little flies buzzing about.

3. Do you have a day job?

Yes! I work in a sports collectibles shop, where I continue to dream over owning all the signed Phillies stuff.

4. Where do you get your ideas?

Life. Example, Essallie’s fire? I’m pretty sure that stemmed from the time I almost char-grilled my hands on the fireplace.

5. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not technically writer’s block, but writer’s distractions and procrastination. I actually blogged about the five levels that I go through when I procrastinate.

6. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way?

Oh gosh, tons! Just about every author I’ve ever read made me want to publish more and more, because I wanted to be just as cool as them! I wanted to have stories people couldn’t wait to get their hands on the day they came out.

7. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting Illumine published?

Deadlines are the hardest. I actually had been massively behind at one point, and pulled a double all-nighter. 48 hours of straight writing and work so I could finish it. And 21k words later, I had. Who says you can’t create genius in the last few minutes?

8. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

I’d take a little bit more time adding things into the first book for later pieces, but really that’s it. I love the cover, love the story it tells and I’m proud of the fact I can say I did it all myself.

9. Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Certainly can! Obumbrate is the second book to follow Illumine, and it continues right where Illumine left off. Essallie is still trying to figure herself out- she’s a ticking clock that can blow at any moment with those bizarre fire powers! In Obumbrate we get to see a lot more of her and her past come to light, see new angles of her and her relationships with other people, maybe even a love interest!

10. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

About 99.9% of it is all imagination. But that last .1% does come from real life experiences.

11. How did you come up with the titles?

Illumine actually was originally titled Ethereal when it was in the initial stages of formation. But the more I wrote it, the more the title didn’t fit, so I started looking for a new title. Illumine came up when I was looking for something to stand for light, because the first book is about Essallie illuminating the shadows and secrets of her past, and it stuck perfectly. Obumbrate means to darken, and it fits perfectly too for reasons you’ll see in the book!

12. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

So far the toughest criticism, wasn’t even criticism. I had gone to a PR even, a gathering of sorts, and when I introduced myself as an author to someone, they gave me that look, the one that said, “Oh, so you’re saying you jumped the book-writing bandwagon?” It really hurt! I’ve had the dream of being an author since middle school, I certainly didn’t jump a bandwagon. The best compliment had to be about a month after Illumine was out and one of my mother’s friends messaged her on Facebook to say she loved my book so much she wanted to get back into reading and after finishing mine she wanted to read Twilight and more. To be put in a sentence with Stephenie Meyer like that, personally, is a compliment like no other. I’d love to be where she’s at in the next five years!

13. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write. I know, people say it all the time, but seriously, WRITE. You can attend all the seminars in the world, buy every how-to book in the world, listen to all the advice you can stomach, but nothing will get done unless you put pen to paper or fingers to keys and WRITE YOUR HEART OUT.

14. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

HAI. I LOVE ALL OF YOU AND WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU ALL CAKE. Seriously. You all rock, and without you, I feel only half-full. I love to write, but you guys make it that much more awesome to write. Thank you.

15. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

Oh yes. But most of this was in High School. I wore my pants inside-out for almost half of the day before someone pointed it out- and it was a boy!

16. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

You’re kidding, right? I hate making beds. Except on vacation. Why is that?

17. Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screeech?!

Bugs are gross for the most part. Spiders? Yuck! Ladybugs are awesome, though.

18. What book are you reading now?

I’m in the process of reading three, actually. Birthright by Willow Cross, The Keeper by Natalie Star, and Archon by Sabrina Benulis. But I haven’t gotten far into either of them because of all the stuff I’ve been doing!

19. Whats your favorite movie?

Titanic. Hands down. Followed by Alice in Wonderland (2010 Tim Burton edition), Inception, all Harry Potter movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and V for Vendetta.

20. Whats your favorite word of all time?

PISH POSH! Because it doesn’t matter where I am or when it’s said, but if I say it around my best friend Stephanie, she’ll reply ‘I love surprise sex!’ and vise versa. If you ever see that on a meme somewhere one day, you know where it started.

Thanks Alivia for taking the time to chat with me! 🙂 Learn more about Illumine on goodreads here. Check out my previous post for a chance to win the book. Ending soon!

Review: The Trouble With Magic

The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery #1)

Author: Madelyn Alt

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Genre: Paranormal Chick-Lit Mystery

GoodReads Description:

Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O’Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity’s wiccan friends for help–and discover her own spellbinding talent.

Review:

This was a fun a different book to read. I really like the character Maggie O’Neill. Basically, one day she finds herself hating to wake up every morning and going to the same drab and boring collections job. She knows there is something better out there for her, she just needs to find it. The book opens up with Maggie’s most terrible and somehow best day by far. Already late to work, she stops by a few shops in a shopping strip in her town of Stony Mill. While window shopping, it suddenly rains the kind of rain you wish you had a storm shelter to hide in kind of rain. Shocked, and soaked, by the rain, she stumbles into Felicity’s shop. Literally, stumbles in, and falls flat on her butt. This is where her pretty terrible day turns into her best day by far. Hating her collections job, Felicity offers her a job right then and there. As if she knew, somehow, that Maggie was in a rut and needed to be let out.

Felicity is up front with Maggie that she is a Wiccan. One of the “good” ones I guess you could say. Maggie was raised a catholic, so, she needs some time to let that sink in. Maggie struggles with this the entire book. I wish there was one point in it all that she would have just accepted this, and if not, moved on from it all together. She was stuck in between what she was taught was right, and what she felt in her heart was right. One of the downsides of this book, and something to often brought up. Needless to say, Maggie sticks around, since there is still an entire book to fill 😉

At her first day on the job, Felicity gets a call from her estranged sister and rushed away to save her. But in doing this, becomes the prime suspect in the same said estranged sisters murder. This is where the book gets juicy. Maggie. although she isn’t a detective and doesn’t know Felicity very well at all, starts investigating the murder and all the while is putting herself in danger. I did like that Maggie, being a 30 something single woman, take charge when it seems all is lost in the case. But in reality, this wouldnt happen. Most likely she would of just had to quit the job and beg for her old collections job back.

I would have to say the the plot development was fast, I easily figured out who the killer was, and it lingered to much on character development, even for the first in the series.  But, the writing was flawless, and the twist and turns where all in the right places. I kept reading despite what i felt about the plot and characters. Not a whole lot of romance and a strange connection between an old lady and what is said to be a handsome younger biker guy. (Its weird and i couldn’t really figure out if it was a mother/son thing or a cougar/boyfriend thing. LOL) I love a good mystery book. And although there are some things I felt needed work it was still GOOD. Hence the 3 star rating. Im going to give book #2 a shot!

Upcoming Giveaway!!

Hi yall! I’m so excited to be participating in our first blog giveaway event called Illumines Wish! Book Nook (that’s what I call us) and several other book blogs are participating and have been given some special gifts to give away to a few lucky people. So please stay tuned and be ready to enter this sweet give away very soon!!

Movie Vs. Book- The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Directed By: Gary Ross

Movie Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins

I am super impressed with this movie! I really anticipated it and was very happy that flixter certified it fresh at 87% just three days after its release.  Im not going to get into detail about what this movie is about because you can read my review on the book HERE. I give deets about what the book is about there. The movie stuck very closely to the book. I could literally tell what was about to happen next. I didn’t mind that, because what was even better, was the fact that the director left out unnecessary details that the book provides, but nothing too detrimental to the story line. Jennifer Lawrence embodied Katniss perfectly. She kept Katniss strong, and intelligent, and full of spirit. Josh Hutcherson portrayed Peeta pretty well. He brought out the good characteristics in Peeta and Ross,the director, didn’t emphasize to much on his flaws. Atleast not in this movie. I’ve read an article that some fans are going stir crazy over the fact that Rue and her counter tribute are african american.This didn’t bother me at all, but I also didn’t imagine them as such. Suzanne Collins played a big roll in casting the movie, therefore, this was her vision of the characters all along. Every single tribute played their part well and everyone was casted to the tee. I also enjoyed getting to see the other side of the games. The book follows Katniss very closely and never do you really know what’s going on with the other characters who are not in the area. I won’t give away spoilers, so you just gotta go watch it to see what I’m talking about! (as I’m sure most of you already have). Here’s my one and only downside to the movie, the shooting style of the movie made me dizzy more than a few times. Sometimes I felt it wasn’t even necessary to have the camera moving in some scenes. But if lots of camera movement doesn’t bother you, your in for a great 2 hours and 24 mins of your life! Over all, I still choose book over movie. The book Gives more detail, and also offers less of the PG-13 rating (more gore). Either way, you MUST read or see The Hunger Games!

                         Happy Hunger Games & May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor.   ;o)