Sunday, June 30, 2013

Challenge Post [1] -- Teaser Tidbits

This challenge is hosted by Shelf Addiction apart of the Summer Lovin' read-a-thon. Jump over there to see the rules and to get involved.


Teaser 1: “Why not?” He seemed agitated. I liked it.

“Because I am a llama and you are a bird and WE are not compatible.”

Teaser 2: “Handsome, fictional men were so much easier to stomach than real life ones who smelled of Christmas and looked like a Calvin Klein model”

The Opportunist by

To see my review click here.


Link up your Teasers and I'll stop by.


Read-a-thon [1] -- Summer Lovin'


The information via summerlovin read-a-thon:

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

I am definitely in for my first read-a-thon. So excited :)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Follow Friday [1]

This meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

This is my first time participating in this Follow Friday meme. Tis' always a good thing to make new book-loving, blogger friends.

Okay on to the question:


Q: What is your preferred format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback, etc?

A: I have an addiction to reading on or near water. Something about water and books (and occasionally sun) goes together, don'tcha agree? On a float in the pool, toes in the sand at the ocean, or yes even the bathtub, I can be found with a book in my hand. So in the summertime, I prefer formats that can get a little wet. I usually remove the slip if it is hardback cause I don't like to mess those up. But actual pages are fair game to get a bit damp.

However, I love the flexabiltity and easy of eBooks. I also like the fact that nobody can judge you for your book choice because they cant see the title or cover. And I am a sucker for the .99 cent deals that I see on amazon.

Be sure to follow me through bloglovin', GFC, or linky. Leave a comment and I'll be sure to follow back :)

Happy hopping!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

How far would you go to reconnect with the person you love? The answer for Olivia Kaspen is as far as it takes. Olivia Kaspen sees her old ex (and love of her life) in a store -- only to realize that he has lost his memory. Seeing this as an opportunity to slip back into his life, she cannot back away. This is not the first time she has done crazy things to gain his attention, only he doesn't remember. He has forgot thier past relationship including all of her past lies and mistakes. Lies and mistakes that pushed them a part.

Now, Olivia does what she can to hide thier past while forming a new future with Caleb. Only problem? Red, aka Leah, Caleb's current girlfriend who does remember everything. And of course, the invetiable problem that Caleb's memory could return at any morment.

This book will take you on a crazy ride with no gurantee that you will like what you find at the end. Don't let that scary you away because this book is worth the crazy. Fisher does an amazing job capture the different characters and showing thier flaws. They all -- all -- have some serious flaws and she doesn't shy away from exposing them. In fact, the main character, Olivia, does some really messed up thing in the name of love.

I couldn't put this book down. From start to finish, I was drawn into Olivia and Caleb's relationship. Olivia and Caleb have one of those whirlwind relationships that I loved. Fisher does an awesome job of forming thier relationship and showing how it builds through the years. Caleb was swoon (with his slight accent) and I can understand why the ladies were so smitten. But like all things built on lies, things start to unravel. And Fisher, also does a good job of slowly pulling the rug and piecing the truth together for the reader.

At one point the POV changed along with the narrator. I had no clue what was going on because everything had been in first person and now it was in third. That annoyed me slightly, but after that chapter was over everyting went back to normal. So be prepared for that random chapter -- and don't let it throw you ditoo much. Also, with everything that was built on in the beginnning the last few chapters seemed rushed in comparision.

Give this book of chance, if you're looking for something a little different. If you like twists, a good flaw, writting that flows, and an non-traditional ending, pick up this book.


TTT [3] -- Best of 2013 (so far)

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
So...I finally graduated from University -- Yay me!!! Anyway, I have had a lot more free time for books and blogging. So hopefully, I can get back in the swing of things.
This week we are talking about the best books we have read in 2013 -- so far.


1. Back to You by Priscilla Glenn - This is one of the best romance that I have read in a long while. (Read my review here).

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- Hazel Grace and Gus have a beautiful, heart wrenching story. And now, I am convinced that I want to name my first daughter Hazel. I listened to this via audible and the voice of Hazel was phenomenal.


3. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead -- This book, series, and world are amazing. I cannot believe I waited so long to read these. This whole series pulled me and I loved every moment. And I love how tough, witty, and fearless Rose is -- she is one of my YA heroines. And hello, Demitri. Enough said.


4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore -- Confession time: while reading this I called the main character, Katsa, Katniss soooo much. The Kat always got me and they are both particularly BA. This book was amazing from start to finish, the author had me hooked. I enjoyed the fresh plot and the character development is spectacular. And of course, Po with his dreamy eyes and tattoos.


5. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe -- This was my first ever audio book. And it was fantastic. I love 80s movie anyway -- so I really enjoyed hearing Rob Lowe telling stories of his past.
Stay Gold, Ponyboy.
6.The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith -- British accent. Cute boy. Family Problems. Airports. England. This book has all the makings of a great story and I really enjoyed it.
7. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally -- I didn't think I would like this when I first picked it up. But the writing and storyline pulled me in and I ended up really enjoying this book. A girl QB dealing with all those football players made for some great laughs, a few serious moments, and an awesome book.
8. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick -- I enjoyed this so much more than Crescendo. I am glad that I finally talked myself into picking this up. Hush, Hush still holds the gold in my book, though.
9. Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters -- I cant give this book a rating. It knew it was darker but it dealt with so many heavy issues that my mind was frazzled when I had finished. See more of my jumbled thoughts here.
10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher -- I also listend to this book via audible. Couldn't rate it either. When heavy issued are addressed it almost feels like I am 'cheaping' (is that a word?) the book by rating. I know I am not, I guess I just have to let me thoughts settle before I can rate it. I liked how this book had two narrators -- one for the MC and one for the tapes. It was like we got to experience Hannah's tapes along with him. Hard book, but the overall lesson of be kind to one another shines through.



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