Friday, May 20, 2016

Review--December (Calendar Girl Bk 12) by Audrey Carlan

I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, I’d make the most out of the experience. 

The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland. With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offer…until the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.

**I am reading the book series (4 books, each containing 3 stories). For the sake of reviewing I will review each story separately before reading the next story.

I've been hearing a lot of stuff online saying this series is for fans of the "Fifty Shades" series. I can see why they think that much like if you like "Castle" you must love "Lucifer". The only actual common thread thus far is they are both erotic romances. Otherwise they are completely unrelated.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Review--November (Calendar Girl Bk 11) by Audrey Carlan

Three things I never expected to experience in the month of giving thanks, but that is just what I received. Wes had survived Hell on Earth, and was back where he was meant to be…in my arms and my bed. For good. There would be no breaking us apart after the trauma we experienced up to this point. 

My new job with Century Production sent me to the big apple to interview celebrities for a special segment on being thankful. What is a girl to do when she has an entire host of celebrity friends from her past year of travels? You better believe I called up my friends Mason Murphy, all-star pitcher for the Red Sox, and Anton Santiago, the Latin Lov-ah, to participate. They were all too happy to oblige, only my guy’s feathers were a bit ruffled by the ease with which they came running. 

Add in my new family and you’ve got a fairytale Thanksgiving. Except for one tiny detail…the single seat at the table, left open by the hole in my heart that only one person could fill.


**I am reading the book series (4 books, each containing 3 stories). For the sake of reviewing I will be reviewing each story separately before reading the next story.

I've been hearing a lot of stuff online saying this series is for fans of the "Fifty Shades" series. I can see why they think that much like if you like "Castle" you must love "Lucifer". The only actual common thread thus far is they are both erotic romances. Otherwise they are entirely unrelated.

Monday, May 9, 2016

To My Followers


I have been sitting and staring at this letter for a few months now trying to decide what it was I want to say. I've been writing on this blog now for years off and on and it's been a part of my week, month, year since. I've been writing this blog since I started working in a library. I've been writing this blog since before I moved states. I've been writing this blog since family cancer diagnosis, remissions, etc. It's been a part of my life throughout these past few years.

At the same time I feel this overwhelming pressure. Pressure to create content. Pressure to read review books even when I'm not in the mood. Pressure to comment. Pressure to devote time to this when I need to devote it elsewhere. I feel crunched.

Every so often I put a bunch of posts together hoping to get ahead. Surely if I compose three weeks worth of posts now I can get it down to a schedule right? One tv review and two book reviews a week. That's not hard right? Well those three weeks go by and I haven't written anything. I keep staring at the screens unmotivated and unwilling to write.

So I've decided to take a step back. After this past STS post, I'm not going to post any more reviews except the ones saved up (the final two Calendar Girl reviews). I'll finish out that series since they are pre-written and then the blog will go dark. It will stay posted for past reviews. I will continue to update my reading/watching totals (those are for me). I will read and update my Goodreads. I will tweet about tv and books. I will not be posting to the blog unless I have something specific to say. 

Reviewing has taken a lot of the fun out of reading for me because of this overwhelming pressure to read certain things. I feel guilt every time I pick up something I want to read versus a review copy. It has to stop. So for now, I'm signing off and removing my social media links to the blog. 

Thank you for following me and commenting this past few years. It's been a lot of fun. I may come back. I'm not sure yet. I may try something different instead of just a review blog. Who knows. I'm going to see what comes and I'm going to read what I want to read. I'll still read review copies for my job and I'll post general feelings on Goodreads. You are welcome to follow me there. 


Thank you again.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Review--October (Calendar Girl Bk 10) by Audrey Carlan

The land of the stars was beckoning and I answered its call. Now that I was free, well, as free as anyone could be, I decided to pursue something for me. To grab life by the horns and ride that sucker until I found my place within it. That decision brought me back home to Malibu, California, where I awaited the beginning of this next phase in my journey. 

The job? Create a segment surrounding Living Beautiful for celebrity doctor and daytime television guru, Dr. Hoffman. The man was known for his cunning wit, good looks, and no nonsense lifestyle. In a city that was filled with plastic Barbie dolls, and nothing you touched was real, I set out to find beauty. And in doing so, I found a lot more that, for me, for the man I loved, and for the rest of the nation.


**I am reading the book series (4 books, each containing 3 stories). For the sake of reviewing I will review each story separately before reading the next story.

I've been hearing a lot of stuff online saying this series is for fans of the "Fifty Shades" series. I can see why they think that much like if you like "Castle" you must love "Lucifer". The only actual common thread thus far is they are both erotic romances. Otherwise they are entirely unrelated.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Marvel Mondays--The Incredible Hulk



My knowledge of Marvel is definitely low. I've been a DC girl for as long as I can remember. It was Superman, Batman, etc. in my house growing up so my familiarity is almost non-existent. Everyone always raves about these movies and I decided it was time. There have been 12 movies released as of April 2016 with the beginning of Phase III starting in May. So I have a bunch of work to do. As of the time of this review I have completed the first phase (6 movies) and intend to review them all. I am primarily looking at enjoyability and likability.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves-April 30/Weekly Wrap-Up



Review

 1. All the Feels by Danika Stone

2. Always My Girl (Shaughnessy Brothers Bk 3) by Samantha Chase

3. Curioddity by Paul Jenkins

4. Sweet Tomorrows (Rose Harbor Bk 5) by Debbie Macomber





Library

 1. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

2. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld


3. Heart-Shaped Hack (Kate and Ian Bk 1) by Tracey Garvis Graves

4. Jessica Jones Alias Vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis


 5. The Last Mile (Amos Decker Bk 2) by David Baldacci

6. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (Sammy Keyes Bk 1) by Wendelin VanDraanen


7. The Shooting Script (Diagnosis Murder bk 3) by Lee Goldberg

8. Sleeping Giants (Themis File Bk 1) by Sylvain Neuvel


9. Stay with Me/More of Me (Montgomery Brothers Bk 3-3.5) by Samantha Chase

10. 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

11. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 Squirrel Power by Ryan North

12. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2 Squirrel You Know It's True by Ryan North

13. Ms. Marvel Vol. 4 Last Days by G. Willow Wilson






Weekly Wrap-Up

On the Blog

1. Marvel Mondays-Iron Man
2. The Problem with Laurel Lance and Why She Had to Die
3. September (Calendar Girl Bk 9) by Audrey Carlan [2 stars]

Books Read

1. Jordan's Return by Samantha Chase
2. All-Star Western Vol. 1 Guns and Gotham by Justin Gray
3. Stay with Me/More of Me (Montgomery Brothers bk 1-2) by Samantha Chase
4. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert
5. The Death Merchant (Diagnosis Murder bk 2) by Lee Goldberg
6. Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 11 by Bisco Hatori
7. Amulet Vol. 7 Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi
8. Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 12 by Bisco Hatori
9. Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 13 by Bisco Hatori
10. 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

Currently Reading

Friday, April 29, 2016

Review--September (Calendar Girl Bk 9) by Audrey Carlan

My life felt like a fast ride on a too short highway. Coming home should be roses and rainbows, but nothing that comes out of the desert blooms free. I was most certainly not free. I’d missed my payment to Blaine, owed the last client a hundred grand I didn’t have, and my father was on his deathbed. To make matters worse, Wes was missing in action. As in, no one had seen or heard from him in three weeks. Devastation didn’t begin to explain where my mental state was at. 

Like anything life had thrown my way, I pulled on my big girl panties, not the sexy lacy ones I enjoyed teasing my guy with, but the kind that said, “This ass means business.” 

I had no choice but to make the decision I made. 

My ex, the man that ruined the concept of love for me, put my father in the hospital, was about to get everything he ever wanted…at least that’s what I led him to believe.

**I am reading the book series (4 books, each containing 3 stories). For the sake of reviewing I will review each story separately before reading the next story.

I've been hearing a lot of stuff online saying this series is for fans of the "Fifty Shades" series. I can see why they think that much like if you like "Castle" you must love "Lucifer". The only actual common thread thus far is they are both erotic romances (and arguably Calendar Girl at this point is not a "romance"). Otherwise they are entirely unrelated.