March 25, 2017

Mini Movie Reviews

This is going to be a new feature here on the blog! I love movies almost as much as I love books. (Almost, but not quite.) So I figured it was time I start sharing another passion of mine with you all. My husband and I get a lot of movies from the library and try to go to the theater as often as our wallets allow us. Here are some movies I have watched recently. See which ones made me smile and which ones bored me.

The Shallows

This movie turned out to be better than I thought it would be. I'm not a big fan of Blake Lively's acting, but I think she did a nice job in this movie. There were some good underwater shots and a few times I was honestly nervous about this shark.

Star Trek Beyond

The trailer really didn't do this movie justice. Although the second movie will probably still be my favorite, this one was still full of action and had some amazing visuals. It doesn't hurt that Chris Pine is also in the movie.

Suicide Squad

Although not as bad as everyone was saying it was, it still wasn't great. I know I am one of the few that enjoyed this movie. I really liked Harley Quinn and her dark humor along with Deadshot. The villain was very disappointing.

Don't Breathe

Wow, I watched a lot of movies over the past month that I had very low expectations of. haha Don't Breathe had a creepy and surprising ending!

Star Wars: Rogue One

Honest truth, I am yet again the black sheep. Although I liked Rogue One quite a bit, I didn't see what all the fuss was about.


Sing was adorable. I felt inspired. I laughed and laughed some more. I am so glad my husband took me to see it.

The Secret Life of Pets

I love watching all of my own dog's mannerisms in this movie. It made me smile and Max reminded me so much of my Bash. Although I thought the animals were super cute and fun, the plot left a little something to be desired. It wasn't nearly as unique as I hoped it would be.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

March 23, 2017

My Weekend Plans

It is finally happening!!! Yes, I am being a bit dramatic, but I don't care. After working 11 straight days in a row between my two jobs, having class, doing homework, and trying to sleep, I finally get a day off. Not just one day off, but three! I just have to make it until 9 p.m. tonight and I will be home free. So what am I going to do with my glorious three days off? I thought I would give you a little glimpse since most of my activities will center around books. Plus, I like lists.

1. Go to a book store. It has been too long since I have done this, and I really want to buy The Hate U Give.
2. Go see Logan with my husband. We have been wanting to do this since it came out but obviously couldn't find the time. I love movie theater popcorn.
3. Take my dog on some nice long walks. The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend. Fingers crossed.
4. Do some chores around the house. I really want to clean out our cabinets in the kitchen and some other odds and ends.
5. Read. Read. Read. I want to read Lumberjanes Vol. 5 by Stevenson, Watters, Ellis, Allen, and Nowak, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley, Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan, and maybe Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.
6. Blog as much as I can. If I haven't had time to read then I definitely haven't had time to write any reviews, or have any reviews to write for that matter.
7. Take some photos for my Bookstagram. I miss doing that.
8. Catch up on The Walking Dead. This is one of my favorite shows, but we are behind by three or four episodes now!
9. Do our taxes. It's time.

What are your weekend plans?

March 14, 2017

TTT #76: Spring TBR

The Sequels


Something New


Graphic Novels


March 13, 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Traveler by L.E. DeLano

Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance/Parallel Realities
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I received a free copy from the publisher as part of Xpresso Book Tours! This did not affect my honest review.
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks
My Rating:
Synopsis: A teen writer discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life in this romantic YA fantasy by author L.E. DeLano. Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all teacakes, pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

My Review

Traveler in Three Words: Adventure. Swoons. Surprising.

I always love a book that has parallel realities, and this one is no different. What if you could travel through a reflective surface to another parallel reality? In Traveler, Jessa can do just that. So what if there is another Jessa in the reality she is entering? They trade places. I won't go into any more detail on that, this is just a quick summary of what Traveler has in store for you.

Jessa is your average teenager who then happens to find out that she can travel through mirrors. She meets Finn and life gets complicated. These two characters are like your average young adult couple. I can't say they were that unique, but I liked them just fine. I do like a certain pirate Finn from a different parallel reality the most. You will know who I am talking about when you meet him. I did really like that not only romance, but family and friendship were also highlights of the book. Jessa's mom is fairly present and her brother is sweet. You will get to meet several versions of different people in Jessa's life when she travels. That may have been my favorite part. I want even more of that in book two.

The unique plot and excellent pacing is what really makes this book worth reading. I just really enjoy a well thought out parallel reality story. The author does a great job at closing any timey-wimey gaps, and brings the reader on many adventures and different realities. I actually can't wait to go into what I hope is many more in the next book.

The Verdict: A book for any fan of young adult romance or parallel realities. That. Ending. Give me book two!

The Authors

L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.

The Giveaway

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March 7, 2017

New Release Review: Off the Ice by Julie Cross

Off the Ice by Julie Cross (Feb. 28, 2017)
Length: 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: I received a free copy from the publisher. This did NOT affect my honest review.
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: All is fair in love and hockey… Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again. Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good. It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love. For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

My Review

Off the Ice in Three Words: Love. Life. Hockey.

The lovely writing in Off the Ice will be sure to give the reader the same tingly love feelings that the two main characters are feeling. It may not be the best book I have ever read, but it's a strong young adult romance novel and shouldn't get lost in the fray.

The setting is a small town in one of the northern states that value hockey above all else. You will be able to smell the ice and feel the cold while reading Off the Ice, but that isn't even the best part. Meeting Tate Tanley is a definite highlight. Like Claire I may have fallen a little in love with him myself. He struggles with having a less than savory father and the responsibility of being the new star goalie on varsity. Claire isn't having the best time either. Her father recently underwent brain surgery and is having a tough recovery. She has left college and is back in Juniper Falls where she reconnects with her best friend's brother, who has totally grown up and who she starts to see in a new light. Both must dig deep inside themselves and see what the truly want and live life, luckily they have each other for company. This romance will give you feels. It isn't easy all the time, but it felt real and it will make you smile.

Off the Ice is filled with love, friendship, challenges, realness, truth, and hockey. This is a great sports romance that I am sure many will enjoy reading. I would give another book by this author a try. I will say that I feel like this is more of a book for older teens because of some mature content.

The Final Verdict: Just like the main character Tate Tanley, it's sweet and tough. Give it a try.

February 14, 2017

TTT #75: My Favorite Contemporary Romance Books

In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my favorite contemporary romance books! I stuck with young adult and new adult books for this list.

1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
2. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
3. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
5. Losing It by Cora Carmack

6. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
7. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nyugen
8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
10. 738 Days by Stacey Kade

February 9, 2017

Library Loot #55

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I haven't done a library loot post since December. Grad school really is taking away my reading for pleasure time. Although, I do think I am starting to get into a routine which will help a great deal.

My Library Loot

1. I read a review of this somewhere and knew I had to give it a try.

2. I can't wait to read this. I loved Reign of Shadows!

3. Although this isn't my favorite series, the ending of the last book is making me read this one.

4. A girl who can't leave the house. A boy who doesn't care.

5. I am back into and devouring the Chicagoland Vampire Series.

Have you gotten anything good from the library lately?

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