Admitting what you’re reading…guilty pleasure books in public

We’ve all been there…  You’re reading your guilty pleasure book in public and you get asked THE question.  “What are you reading?”

You could be sitting in the break room at lunch, you could be toting the book around in your purse/your hand/your book bag, you could even just have the book flipped over in the seat of your car…  You’re bound to get THE question.

I just started a new job and I’ve been asked THE question…here’s how it’s gone for me lately.

*START SCENE*

I’m reading, minding my own business, and someone walks in and asks THE question…

“Whatcha reading?”

My immediate reaction (I tend to get lost in my stories and hate it when I’m interrupted):

I then realize it’s my boss…

I immediately start thinking through my options…

1) Run (most preferable, but I just started this job and don’t want to freak them out quite yet):

2) Hide (next preferable option…but there’s usually not a place to hide):


3) Pretend I didn’t quite hear them (this option should be followed with another question of a completely different topic…this requires some fast thinking):

4) Pretend to go back to work (this only works if I’m near my desk…obviously):

6) Look at my boss like they’re an idiot for asking (this usually backfires, as it usually angers people to be on the receiving end of such a look):

7) Make death threats (Ultimately I view this option as a last resort for obvious reasons…):

8) Fess up and endure the awkward moment (I am not a fan of this option, so I generally go through options 1-7 in my head first and if all else fails…confess):

I would love to know what you’ve told people to hide what you’ve been reading.  Maybe it’s the new Fifty Shades of Gray or the latest YA fiction…do you just come out and say it or are you pretty creative in being able to avert the question?  And don’t tell me that you don’t read your guilty pleasure books in public…you have at one point in your life risked the odds by sitting in plain sight, reading one.

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“WoW” – Days of Blood and Starlight

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

Author: Laini Taylor

Publication date: November 6th

Summary (by Goodreads):

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a “must read” by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it “a breath-catching romantic fantasy.”

Why I can’t wait:

I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I first read it.  The writing is just so unique that I have been eagerly anticipating this second book to the series!  The cover looks amazing and although the summary is in desperate need of a boost…I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this book!!

What book are you counting down the days for?

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

I don’t know if I really actually liked this book or not.  The writing in it, for me, didn’t seem as “up to par” as some of the other books I’ve been reading lately.  I really liked the idea, but I also felt the author maybe backed herself into a corner in trying to get the characters together…I’m confused with my feelings about the book, can you tell?

Title: Temptation (Temptation #1)

Author: Karen Ann Hopkins

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Summary (by Goodreads):

Your heart misleads you.  That’s what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me.  We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.

First Sentences:

Holy crap.  I watched the churning water rush over the driveway and back into the swollen creek bed.  I’d never seen anything like it before, and from the look of incredulity on Dad’s face, neither had he.

Sam and Justin, on the other hand, were enjoying the bizarre scene wading knee-deep into the current with their street clothes on, splashing each other like maniac dolphins.  Actually, now that the storm had passed and the sun was peeking its way out from behind the fluffy clouds, it was beginning to feel like a sauna, and I was seriously thinking about joining my brothers.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from DAC ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Harlequin as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book will be published/released on June 26th!

First things first…I like the idea for the story.  The idea of an Amish boy and a “regular” girl falling in love is a cool premise.  Making it work is a whole ‘nutha story unfortunately.  The author does SUCH a good job showing how young these teens are that when it comes down to the final decision of Noah leaving his entire family/church/life OR Rose completely converting to being Amish and leaving everyone/everything she knows…it makes it seem completely impossible for the author to have one of the characters actually make a choice without upsetting the reader.  And she couldn’t leave her two characters to end up separated…that would just REALLY make us mad.

Secondly, I actually cared for our characters.  I maybe liked Noah more than Rose in the sense that he had convictions and family and knew his place in life.  Rose, on the other hand, could just use her eyes to get anything she wanted and in getting what she wanted, she became a little selfish.

I’m having a really hard time doing a review for this book because I really am torn.  I want to like the book for the “real” characteristics of it, but at the same time…I was upset with the ending.  I am NOT posting spoilers.  I just…the ending…*throws hands up*

This is the first to the series…I don’t know if I can read the second book.  I think I’m maybe more upset at the parents in the book.  One set seems to be overbearing and the second doesn’t seem to care and therefore the kids have issues that they try to fix with another person in their life…I should have majored in psychology!

Overall, I’d give it 3.5 stars.  I liked the characters and the idea.  I wasn’t crazy with the execution and the way it turned out.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday – Weighted

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  That’s putting it nicely!  This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Weighted

Author: Ciara Knight

Publication date: August 2012

Summary (by Goodreads):

The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

Why I can’t wait:

First of all…look at that cover!  It’s gorgeous!  Secondly, the fact that it’s a fantasy/dystopian makes me super excited! This is a “novella”…not a TRUE book; so it’s about 40 pages long.  The author apparently gave out a couple of copy’s as ARCs and everyone who’s read it so far has given it 4 and 5 star reviews.  🙂  I can’t wait!

What book are you counting down the days for?

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Books On My TBR List”

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun way to spice up Tuesdays (because everyone hates Mondays, Wednesdays are  the halfway point, Thursdays are “little Fridays”, and everyone knows about Fridays… :)) and it’s hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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Book 1.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

A boy who’s Amish and a girl who isn’t…what happens when they fall in love?  What happens when it’s not allowed?   A story of love that is doomed to fail because there’s so much standing in their way.

Book 2.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

They’ve been labeling this as the “Game of Thrones” for YA fiction.  An 18 year old girl assassin, is brought before the prince after serving years of hard labor in the salt mines.  In order to gain her freedom, she must fight against all opponents brought against her.

Book 3.

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

A girl, penniless and gifted with a magical power, must trek through the wildness of the world to Shadowfell.  It’s the only place where she can train to fight against the tyrannical king and avenge her family’s death.

Book 4.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In Gerodd, dragons and humans have had a treaty of peace for almost 4 decades.  But when a member of the royal family is murdered, Seraphina must tread lightly to keep her secrets concealed as mistrust between dragons and humans escalate.

Book 5.

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Kendra is fifteen, has been sexually abused, feels the presence of someone following her, and can’t rely on her mother to listen to her pleas for help.  She paints on canvases to ease the pain, but when that doesn’t always work, she cuts herself to relieve the pressures.

Book 6.

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Maggie remembers the party the night before, how she raided her closet to find something to wear, her kiss with Justin…but then it jumps to where he’s floating dead in the water below.  She knows they were supposed to dive together, but how did he end up dead and her still alive?

Book 7.

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

When two boys stand up their dates…the girls go out to have a night for themselves and end up landing in jail in their prom dresses.  It sounds hilarious and very angsty as the teens try to figure out what happens when their life “is over”.

Book 8.

Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson

What happened before Wendy showed up?  When Tiger Lily falls in love with Peter Pan and runs away from her home, family, and horrible fiance’…she finds herself in a situation she doesn’t know how to get out of because someone else has stolen Peter’s heart.

Book 9.

Want by Stephanie Lawton

A southern girl wants to head North and enroll in a Boston school to become a piano virtuoso.  Isaac, the guy who has left Boston to come back to the South, is trying to help her with her dreams, but what is he hiding and what happens when the attraction between them builds?

Book 10.

Incendiary (The Premonition #4) by Amy A. Bartol

So there’s no summary for it yet and there’s no book cover….but I am a die hard fan of this series and I cannot freaking wait for this book to be released!  Evie, Reed, Z, Buns, Brownie, and Russell all need a happy ever after.  Quick.  Real quick.  I don’t think I can wait much longer.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

This book was just weird.  I LOVE Philippa Gregory and have LOVED all of her books…this was just NOT a book that I liked.  I don’t know what went wrong!

Title: Changeling (Order of Darkness #1)

Author: Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Summary (by Goodreads):

Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.     

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.    

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.     

The first in a series, this epic and richly detailed drama is grounded in historical communities and their mythic beliefs. It includes a medieval map of Europe that will track their journey; and the interior will include relevant decorative elements as well as an interior line illustration. And look for a QR code that links to a note from the author with additional, detailed information about the setting and the history that informed the writing. With Philippa Gregory’s trademark touch, this novel deftly brings the past—and its salacious scandals—vividly and disturbingly to life.

First Sentences:

The hammering on the door shot him into wakefulness like a handgun going off in his face.  The young man scrambled for the dagger under his pillow, stumbling to his bare feet on the icy floor of the stone cell.  He had been dreaming of his parents, of his old home, and he gritted his teeth against the usual wrench of longing for everything he had lost: the farmhouse, his mother, the old life.

My take:

So I don’t know where to start with this review…

Thanks Leo…I knew it was going to be rough…

So the book just didn’t hold my attention for some reason.  Ms Gregory is trying her hand at YA fiction…and maybe had I known that before I read the book, I may be more forgiving.  But the book was jumpy, it should have ended sooner, an additional story seemed to be an afterthought…it just was poorly put together.

The story starts with Luca. His parents disappeared when he was eleven and he was given to the local monastery to live his life with the Brothers.  His life soon changes as he is questioned by an Inquisitor and is recruited to go out into the country to find works of the Devil, doubts that need reassurance of faith, or signs of the end times.  Along the way he meets a beautiful girl named Isolde.

Isolde is the daughter of a lord who seemingly on his deathbed decided to completely change his mind.  Instead of leaving the palace to his daughter, he has willed that she either marry a Prince (who is a pig…by the way) or leave to become a nun.  Aka: leaving everything to her brother…who conveniently wouldn’t let Isolde see her father while he was dying.   She takes the road of becoming a nun and soon things go from bad to worse.

While living at the convent, the Devil seems to be possessing the women there as many of them have started seeing visions, sleepwalking, or having strange marks show up on their bodies.  Luca is called in to investigate and figure out exactly what is going on and if there is witchcraft being practiced.  The main issue is the fact that the acts started happening when Isolde showed up, making her the main suspect for the investigation.

Again, I wish that I had enjoyed this book.  I LOVE Philippa Gregory.  The characters didn’t seem to use common sense and would frustrate me, there seemed to be an afterthought of a story added, and the book overall just seemed “dumbed down”.  *sigh  I hate giving bad reviews.  There’s nothing that I really even liked about the book to save it; unless you count the fact that I like ALL of her other books.

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“WoW” – Throne of Glass

“Waiting on” Wednesday is an event created and hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. That’s putting it nicely! This is going to be a book I’m drooling over, waiting for it to be released.

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Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication date: August 7th

Summary (by Goodreads):

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Why I can’t wait:

They’ve labeled this as the “Game of Thrones for YA fiction”. It sounds amazing and I cannot wait to sit down and read it. I got accepted to read it from NetGalley, but of course can’t put up a review until I’m within the 2 week timeframe of when it’s published, but I’m super excited none the less! 🙂

What book are you counting down the days for?