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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Problem with Laurel Lance and Why She Had to Die

A few years ago I wrote a blog post in support of Laurel Lance. I was totally rocking my Team Laurel shirt for her to have some amazing storylines and get involved with the plot. I did not want her to enter into a romance with Oliver but I was totally on board with her becoming a bigger, better part of the show. I was still cheering her on in the back of my mind while I rolled my eyes at her stories this season. I wanted more from the character. At the same time I am totally okay with her death. It's not a shipping issue or anything. I think her death serves a purpose (more later).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Marvel Mondays--Iron Man (Marvel Cinematic Universe--Phase I, Movie I)



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 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves--April 23/Weekly Wrap-Up

It's been a bit of a week. I'm slowly getting out of my book slump (slowly but surely). I've been watching loads of TV and gearing up for May Sweeps/Finales. I also watched Phase I of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so accomplishment! Otherwise I'm working on restructuring the blog a bit and deciding where I want to go from here. We'll see. How was your week?

Library


1. Amulet Vol. 7 Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi

2. As Time Goes By (Alvirah and Willy Bk 10) by Mary Higgins Clark



3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama

4. Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Bk 1) by Laura Lippman


5. DC Comics a Visual History by DC Comics

6. The Death Merchant (Diagnosis Murder Bk 2) by Lee Goldberg



7. Every Heart a Doorway (Every Heart a Doorway Bk 1) by Seanan McGuire

8. Firstlife (Everlife Bk 1) by Gena Showalter


9. Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain (Lunch Lady Bk 9) by Jarrett Krosoczka

10. Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle (Lunch Lady Bk 10) by Jarrett Krosoczka



11. Made For Us (Shaughnessy Brothers Bk 1) by Samantha Chase

12. Noragami Stray God Vol. 2 by Adachitoka



13. The Obsession by Nora Roberts

14. Once Upon a Prince (Royal Wedding Bk 1) by Rachel Hauck

15. Wait For Me/Trust in Me (Montgomery Brothers Bk 1-2) by Samantha Chase



Review

 1. Buffy the High School Years Freaks and Geeks by Joss Whedon/Faith Erin Hicks/Yishan Li

2. Close to You (Fusion Bk 2) by Kristen Proby


3. Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

4. Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster


5. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

6. Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay Bk 1) by Jill Shalvis


7. the Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Bk 1) by Genevieve Cogman

8. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

9. The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay Bk 2) by Jill Shalvis


Purchased


1. Bounty (Colorado Mountain Bk 7) by Kristen Ashley [$3.99]









Weekly Wrap-Up


Reviews

1. July (Calendar Girl Bk 7) by Audrey Carlan [2 Stars]
2. August (Calendar Girl Bk 8) by Audrey Carlan [2 Stars]

Books Read

1. Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain (Lunch Lady Bk 9) by Jarrett Krosoczka
2. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 4 [containing Vols. 10-12] by Akira Toriyama
3. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 5 [containing Vols. 13-15] by Akira Toriyama
4. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 16 by Akira Toriyama
5. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 17 by Akira Toriyama
6. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 18 by Akira Toriyama
7. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 7 [containing Vols. 19-21] by Akira Toriyama
8. The Silent Partner (Diagnosis Murder Bk 1) by Lee Goldberg
9. Batman Europa by Brian Azzarello
10. Green Lantern Corps Lost Army Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn
11. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 8 [containing Vols. 22-24] by Akira Toriyama
12. Dragon Ball Z Vol. 9 [containing Vols. 25-26] by Akira Toriyama
13. Ouran High School Host Club vol. 9 by Bisco Hatori
14. Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 10 by Bisco Hatori
15. Every Heart a Doorway (Every Heart a Doorway Bk 1) by Seanan McGuire
16. Wait For Me/Trust in Me (Montgomery Brothers Bk 1-2) by Samantha Chase
17. Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle (Lunch Lady Bk 10) by Jarrett Krosoczka
18. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
19. As Time Goes By (Alvirah and Willy Bk 10) by Mary Higgins Clark
20. Red Hood/Arsenal Vol. 1 Open For Business by Scott Lobdell
21. Back to the Future Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines Vol. 1 by Bob Gale
22. Sweet Little Lies (Heartbreaker Bay Bk 1) by Jill Shalvis

Currently Reading


Friday, April 22, 2016

Review--August (Calendar Girl Bk 8) by Audrey Carlan

Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending. Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months. 

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming. 

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders. 

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am. 

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave. 

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.


**I am reading the book series (4 series, 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 si they are both erotic romances (and arguably Calendar Girl at this point is not a "romance"). Otherwise they are entirely unrelated.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Review--July (Calendar Girl Bk 7) by Audrey Carlan

Hip-hop, Miami heat, and the Latin Lov-ah. 

The second half to this year-long journey has taken me to Magic City…Miami. I’ve been hired by the nation’s top hip-hop artist, Anton Santiago. His name is as sexy as he is, and it rolls off the tongue the same way his muscled form rolls to his music. He goes by the name Latin Lov-ah, and boy does he work that title from his rock-hard body, Latin hip-hop fusion dance moves, to the way he beds his women. 

He’s raw, dirty, and one hundred percent player...and I want to wrap my naked body all over him and forget about everything. 

Every word that comes out of his mouth is a siren’s song. 

Every thrust of his hips draws me closer. 

Every breath against my neck sends me into a tailspin of need and desire. 

After what happened in June, I need to rip the bandage off. Move on. Anton could be just the thing I need to get my groove back. 

I was hired to play the part of a seductress in Anton’s new music video, but, in the end, I’m the one being seduced.

**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.