Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday 116 and Top Ten Tuesday #106

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Bloggers choose two
sentences out of our current read to peak others' curiosity.

Black Ice
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick


Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

He brushed a kiss across my ear. Another rougher kiss to my throat. I lay there, eyes shut, feeling the ground spin beneath me. 

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at
The Broke and the Bookish that features a great bookish top ten every week.

Top Ten Series I want to start but haven't

The Testing (The Testing, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1)Slated (Slated, #1)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)Title:  The Book of Ivy 
Author: Amy Engel 
Publisher: Entangled Teen 
Publishing Date:  November 4th 2014
Pages: 304
Genre:  YA Dystopian Suspense/Thriller
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Source: ARC 


After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

This book kind of came out of nowhere for me. I found it on Netgalley and decided to request. I hadn't heard anything about it, hadn't seen it on any blogs, it was brand new to me. I was approved and I sat down to read it. I didn't get up. This book was a complete sleeper for me, I really didn't expect it to be a grand slammer for me, but it was. I couldn't put it down. Great characters, great story, wonderful writing, excellent pacing. I loved it from cover to cover.

Ivy was destined to marry Bishop. Marriage that was planned for 2 generations. Two feuding families, two political sides that were at war, now at peace... First generation to have one boy and one girl on each side. Expect it wasn't supposed to be Ivy, she wasn't the first daughter, she was the second. It was passed down to her, Ivy never had a chance for anything else in life. She knew for a long time that she would marry the president's son, her families enemy, a boy she was meant to kill. what Ivy wasn't prepared for was falling in love.
I really don't know were to start  with my review. I am totally obsessed with this book. I read it in one night. Once I started, there was not quitting. It had been a long time since a book grabbed me the way this one did and I can't tell what grabbed me the most... The story, the characters, the writing. It was all so good. I just couldn't put it down. 

Ivy was a great character. The character building in this book was phenomenal and I absolutely adored Ivy. She was two sides of one coin. She was tough but vulnerable, loyal but independent, brave but scared. She was real and I just loved her. Her character made sense for the life she lived and the world she was brought up in. She wanted to be her own person but the weight of her family weighed on her heavily. 

Bishop.... what to say about Bishop. I fell for Bishop right away. I was amazed by his character. He was nothing as I expected and what I did get was just all awesome. He was sweet, patient, kind, generous, honest, and so much more. 

The romance was so so perfect. It was slow building but not. The intensity was slow, the realization was slow, the bond was slow, the falling off the edge, was not so slow. But it wasn't quick either. It was just right. Ivy never knew where she was headed until she was there and Bishop well, he knew what he wanted from the very beginning even if he never admitted it. I am not sure that makes sense, but I think once you read this book, and you must read this book, you will completely understand. The relationship between Ivy and Bishop was slow burning, loving, romantic, and sweet. There was never a big bang moment just a steady build. 

The story was wonderful. Yes it was a dystopian and so yes all the predictable elements are there, but there was also an intense suspense that left me breathless with a quickly beating heart on more than one occasion. It stood out for me because of the small differences in the writing style and direction. It was written as a dystopian, a romance, and a suspense thriller. The pacing of course added much to the suspense thriller part of the story. It was very fast paced, very much a sitting on the edge of my seat kind of read. 

The only complaint I have...which really isn't a complaint... the ending. Talk about cliffhanger. Argh!!! I have to wait an entire year to get more. I don't like that at all! But I will survive and try to find something to keep me occupied until the next book comes out. 

So much awesome in such a small package. In my top reads of the year. 

Amy Engel

I was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), I settled in Kansas City, Missouri where I live with my husband and two kids. Before devoting myself full time to motherhood and writing, I was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on television. When I have a free moment, I can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's24 Hour Read A Thon October 2014 Hours 13-19


It is that time of year again and I am so excited. 
I would love to make it all night this time, we shall see. Here are my stack of books too read....

They All Fall DownCreed
What Is HiddenBlack IceThe Prince of Venice Beach

Hour 13: 

About halfway through 2 books and a third through another. 

right now I am reading between 
What Is HiddenBlack IceThey All Fall Down

Challenge Casual Closet Cosplay hosted by Books are my Friends

I decided to dress like the main character- Britt from Black Ice. She is in the mountains in the snow and ice in a cabin. This is something or another of what I think she would wear. 

A scarf and a sweater:

Hour 14: Color Cover Challenge - hosted by Wishful Endings 

My colors- Turquoise black and White

The Girl from the WellJackaby
Playlist for the DeadFeral

Hour 15: 

Almost done with They All Fall Down 
58 pages left! 

Challenge: Spine Poetry hosted by Ticket to Anywhere- I noticed whenever I do spine poetry it gets a little creepy. Not sure what that means but here is my poem.

Welcome to the Dark House
Fire and Ash, Spirit and Dust
They all fall down 
Poor little dead girls

Hour 16: 

Challenge: Pet Parade hosted by 

My kitties- Leeloo and Gimili and My hubby Michael 

Hour 17, 18, and 19

Finished We All Fall Down 

The Prince of Venice Beach

Challenge: Random Page

I'm Bleeding. My whole mouth is bleeding.  - Prince of Venice Beach 

Challenge Mad Libs 

On Saturday a smelly southwest accent came in, so everyone went dangling. I had an underwhelmed wet basketball, which I was eager to try. I'd found it in the alley and cut of the readers and toenails a few inches to make it fit. 

Challenge: Promote your Genre 

I love YA books of any type. I love Sci Fi, realistic fiction, romance, but I especially love a psychological Thriller. They are intense and fast paced and they really get my blood pumping and mind a thinking. They keep me all night and make me look around every corner. I Love them! 

That's it for me guys goodnight.

Dewey's24 Hour Read A Thon October 2014 Hours 7-12


It is that time of year again and I am so excited. 
I would love to make it all night this time, we shall see. Here are my stack of books too read....

They All Fall DownCreedA Little Something Different
What Is HiddenStone Cove Island
Black IceThe Prince of Venice Beach

Hour 7: 

Halfway through first book. Gonna do a change of pace and start one of my other books. 

Next on my list is 

What Is Hidden

Challenge Book Tower hosted by The Small Town Lookbook

J for JennRenee

Hour 8: 

Mini challenge - Character Cheering hosted by Love Laughter and a Touch of Insanity  

It's Hour eight 
Don't hesitate 
Don't despair 
Go ahead and share 
That picture you just took
Of that amazing book 
Get a second wind 
& make it to end!
Challenge: Show It Off hosted by Deadbookdarling

I don't have any books I am more proud to own than any other. I love all my books. But I do have an autograph book I take to signings and I love it. I have many YA authors signatures, some even more than once. I absolutely love meeting authors. So this I am most proud of.... 


Hour 9: 

Started reading.... just a few pages though.

What Is Hidden

Challenge: OF Food and Books hosted by  A Girl That Likes Books 

I am not a cook, my daughter is and she collects cookbooks. So I am using a Hunger Games Cookbook for this challenge. 

Fall means soup to me sooo here is a soup recipe that sounds yummy.... I haven't tried it but I will hopefully soon. 

District 13's Rejuvenating Beef  Stew: 

 A mouth watering beef stew that contains sirloin steak, lots of yummy spices, potatoes, onions, celery and carrots...oh don't forget the turnip. 

Something that is made from fresh veggies and some delicious meat on a cold day while getting ready for a rebellion. Sounds just right. 

Hour 10: 

About a third way through What is Hidden. Reading this book much quicker and I think I finally have my groove. 

Challenge: Recommend me a Book hosted by  Cautious

I recommended Breathe by Sarah Crossan - . Its a great survival story with a bit of conspiracy in the pages. A story about friendship, love, and sacrifice. I think you should give this one a go on your next read.

Hour 11: 

Challenge- Beloved Books hosted by Stacy's Books



Here are my guesses

Guess How Much I Love You 
Llama Llama Red Pajama 
Three Little Pigs 
Harry the Dirty Dog 
Green Eggs and Ham 
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Where the Wild Things Are 
The Very Busy Spider 

Here is my picture: I may have covered up a bit too much but our leaves such. They were a little hard to work with. 

Hour 12:

Challenge- Mid Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? What is Hidden
2. How many books have you read so far? haven't finished any
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Just finishing one of them.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? lots and lots of interruptions. They are with my grandson, they are welcomed.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How fast time goes by.
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